Gale Anne Hurd
Gale Anne Hurd is an American film producer. She is currently the secretary for the Producers Guild of America. She is the founder of Valhalla Entertainment, Hurd was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of Lolita and Frank E. Hurd, an investor. Her father was Jewish and her mother was Roman Catholic and she grew up in Palm Springs and graduated from Stanford University with a BA in economics and communications, and a minor in political science, in 1977. She joined New World Pictures as executive assistant to Roger Corman and she worked her way up through various administrative positions and eventually became involved in production. She formed her own company, Pacific Western Productions, in 1982 and went on to produce a number of box-office hits including The Terminator, Aliens. In 1991, Hurd produced the film Cast a Deadly Spell, in 2003, she was awarded the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology at Telluride, along with Sir Arthur C. In 2010, the series she produced, The Walking Dead. In 2011, Hurd became a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts, on October 3,2012, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2013, Hurd was awarded the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award from the Athena Film Festival, the award honors her as a woman in the film industry whose leadership demonstrates vision and courage and sets a standard for other women to emulate. Hurd has been awarded the Fangoria Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, for her body of work in the horror, Hurd was married to James Cameron from 1985 to 1989. She married director Brian De Palma from 1991 to 1993, with whom she had one daughter, Lolita de Palma, Hurd is currently wed to screenwriter/director Jonathan Hensleigh, whom she married in 1995. Hurd is a supporter of Arsenal F. C
X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first installment in the X-Men film series, followed by X2 in 2003 and X-Men and it depicts a world in which a small proportion of people are mutants, whose possession of superhuman powers makes them distrusted by normal humans. Development for X-Men began as far back as 1984 with Orion Pictures, at one point James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow were in discussions. The film rights went to 20th Century Fox in 1994 and various scripts and film treatments were commissioned from Andrew Kevin Walker, John Logan, Joss Whedon, and Michael Chabon. Singer signed to direct in 1996, with rewrites by Ed Solomon, Tom DeSanto, Christopher McQuarrie and Hayter in which Beast. X-Men marks the Hollywood debut of actor Hugh Jackman, who was a choice for Wolverine. Filming took place from September 22,1999 to March 3,2000, X-Men was released to positive reviews and was a financial success, starting the X-Men film franchise and spawning a reemergence of superhero films.
In 1944 German-occupied Poland, young Erik Lehnsherr is separated from his parents upon entering a concentration camp, while trying to reach them, he causes a set of metal gates to bend towards him before being knocked out by guards. Senator Robert Kelly attempts to pass a Mutant Registration Act in Congress, present are the mutants Lehnsherr and the telepathic Professor Charles Xavier. Seeing Lehnsherr in attendance, Xavier becomes concerned with how he will respond to the Registration Act, in Meridian, Mississippi, 17-year-old Marie DAncanto accidentally puts her boyfriend into a coma upon kissing him, her mutant ability to absorb the powers and life force of others manifesting. She runs away home and adopts the name Rogue. In Alberta she meets a mutant named Logan, known as Wolverine, while on the road together, they are attacked by a mutant named Sabretooth, and mutants Cyclops and Storm arrive and save them. Wolverine and Rogue are brought to Xaviers mansion and school for mutants in Westchester County, Xavier tells Logan that Lehnsherr, known as Magneto, has taken an interest in Wolverine, and he asks him to stay while Xaviers mutants, the X-Men, investigate why.
Rogue meanwhile enrolls in the school, Senator Kelly is abducted by Magnetos allies Toad and the shapeshifter Mystique. Magneto uses Kelly as a test subject for a machine powered by his abilities that regenerates a field of radiation. When Rogue uses her power on Wolverine in view of her classmates, she is convinced by Mystique that Xavier is angry with her, Xavier uses his mutant-locating machine Cerebro to find Rogue at a train station, and the X-Men go to retrieve her. Meanwhile Mystique enters Cerebro and sabotages it, at the train station, Magneto reveals he does not want Wolverine but Rogue, whom he abducts. Kelly arrives at Xaviers school and Xavier reads his mind to learn about Magnetos machine, realizing the strain of powering it nearly killed Magneto, the group deduces he intends to transfer his powers to Rogue and use her to power it at the cost of her life
USC School of Cinematic Arts
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is a private film school within the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs from seven divisions including the John C. Their degree programs cover production, cinema & media studies and digital arts, additional advanced programs include the Media Arts and Practice PhD Program, the Peter Stark Producing Program, and the Business of Entertainment. The schools founding faculty include Douglas Fairbanks, D. W. Griffith, deMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, Mary Pickford, and Darryl Zanuck. In April 2006, the USC Board of Trustees voted to change the name to the USC School of Cinematic Arts. On September 19,2006, USC announced that alumnus George Lucas had donated US$175 million to expand the school with a new 137. This represented the largest single donation to USC and the largest to any school in the world. His previous donations resulted in the naming of two existing buildings after him and his then-wife, though Lucas was not fond of the used in those buildings.
An architectural hobbyist, Lucas laid out the designs for the project. The project received another $50 million in contributions from Warner Bros. 20th Century Fox, in the fall of 2006, the USC School of Cinematic Arts joined forces with the Royal Film Commission of Jordan to create the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Aqaba, Jordan. The first classes were held in 2008, and the first graduating class for the university was in 2010, the Frank Sinatra Hall, dedicated in 2002, houses a public exhibit and collection of extensive memorabilia commemorating Sinatras life and contributions to American popular culture. He is seen holding a weapon in one hand to reflect his strong ties with the USC Fencing Club. Since 1973, at least one alumnus of SCA has been nominated for an Academy Award annually, since 1973, at least one SCA alumnus or alumna has been nominated for the Emmy Award annually, totalling 473 nominations and 119 wins. The top 17 grossing films of all time have had an SCA graduate in a key creative position, the Princeton Review has ranked the Interactive Media and Games Divisions video game design program best in North America multiple years in a row.
Blume received an Academy Award nomination that year for documentary short, the films crew and cast included Nick Castle, John Carpenter, film editor and original music, James Rokos, Johnny Crawford, lead actor, and Kristin Nelson, lead actress. In 1973, Robert Zemeckis won a Special Jury Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences second annual Student Film Awards presentation for A Field of Honor. In 2001, MFA student David Greenspan won the Palme d’Or for short film at the Cannes Film Festival for his student film Bean Cake. In 2006, director, co-writer, and producer Ari Sandel received an Academy Award for best live action film made as a USC Cinema graduate school project
Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America, The First Avenger is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain America, The First Avenger began as a concept in 1997 and was scheduled for distribution by Artisan Entertainment, however, a lawsuit, not settled until September 2003, disrupted the project. In 2005, Marvel Studios received a loan from Merrill Lynch, directors Jon Favreau and Louis Leterrier were interested in directing the project before Johnston was approached in 2008. The principal characters were cast between March and June 2010, production of Captain America, The First Avenger began in June 2010, and filming took place in London, Manchester and Liverpool in the United Kingdom, and Los Angeles in the United States. The film was converted to 3D in post-production, Captain America, The First Avenger premiered in Hollywood on July 19,2011, and was released in the United States on July 22,2011.
The film received reviews and was commercially successful, grossing over $370 million worldwide. The Blu-ray and DVD were released on October 25,2011, a sequel titled Captain America, The Winter Soldier was released on April 4,2014, and a third film titled Captain America, Civil War was released on May 6,2016. In the present day, scientists in the Arctic uncover an old, in March 1942, Nazi officer Johann Schmidt and his men steal a mysterious relic called the Tesseract, which possesses untold powers, from the town of Tønsberg in German-occupied Norway. In New York City, Steve Rogers is rejected for World War II military recruitment because of various health, while attending an exhibition of future technologies with his friend, Sgt. James Bucky Barnes, Rogers again attempts to enlist, overhearing Rogers conversation with Barnes about wanting to help in the war, Dr. Abraham Erskine allows Rogers to enlist. He is recruited into the Strategic Scientific Reserve as part of an experiment under Erskine, Col.
Chester Phillips. Phillips is unconvinced by Erskines claims that Rogers is the person for the procedure. The night before the treatment, Erskine reveals to Rogers that Schmidt underwent an imperfect version of the procedure, Schmidt and Dr. Arnim Zola harness the energies of the Tesseract, intending to use the power to fuel Zolas inventions, mounting an offensive that will change the world. Schmidt discovers Erskines location and dispatches assassin Heinz Kruger to kill him, Erskine subjects Rogers to the super-soldier treatment, injecting him with a special serum and dosing him with vita-rays. After Rogers emerges from the experiment taller and more muscular, an undercover Kruger kills Erskine, Rogers pursues and captures Kruger, but the assassin avoids interrogation by committing suicide with a cyanide capsule. With Erskine dead and his super-soldier formula lost, U. S, senator Brandt has Rogers tour the nation in a colorful costume as Captain America to promote war bonds while scientists study him and attempt to rediscover the formula.
In 1943, while on tour in Italy performing for active servicemen, refusing to believe that Barnes is dead, Rogers has Carter and engineer Howard Stark fly him behind enemy lines to mount a solo rescue attempt
Producers Guild of America
The Producers Guild of America is a trade association representing television producers, film producers and New Media producers in the United States. The PGAs membership includes over 7,000 members of the producing establishment worldwide and its co-presidents are Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary. The PGA is overseen by a National Board of Directors, vance Van Petten has served as the organizations National Executive Director since 2000. As of 2015, the ratio of the PGAs membership is 57% male. The Producers Guild of America began as two separate organizations, with the Screen Producers Guild being formed in 1950 and its first president was William Perlberg. In 1957, television followed suit, forming the Television Producers Guild. These merged in 1962 to form the PGA under legendary producer Walter Mirisch, subsequent Presidents of the PGA have included Stanley Rubin, Leonard B. Stern, Kathleen Kennedy, Marshall Herskovitz, and the team of Hawk Koch, the Golden Laurel Awards (subsequently renamed the Producers Guild of America Awards were first held in 1990, establishing the Guild Awards as one of the bellwethers for the Academy Awards.
11 of the 16 winners of the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture have gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, fitzSimons with the support of Guild President Leonard B. Stern, in order to honor the visionaries who produce and execute motion picture, in 2001, the Producers Guild of America merged with the American Association of Producers, enabling the Guild to represent all members of the producing team. Since that time, the Guild has been composed of three Councils, The Producers Council, the AP Council and the New Media Council, since 2012, Peter Saraf has served as chair of the region. In 2012, the Producers Guild introduced the Producers Mark to feature film credits, the first film to be released with the Producers Mark was The Magic of Belle Isle, followed almost immediately thereafter by Lawless. Since that time, hundreds of motion pictures have had their credits certified via the Producers Mark, the Producers Mark indicates that the credited producer performed a major portion of the producing duties on a motion picture.
The Mark is licensed for use in motion picture credits on a film-by-film basis, a producers having received the Mark on a prior film has no impact on the decision to certify a current or future credit with the Producers Mark. Any copyright owner of a film that has an established U. S. distributor may apply for the Producers Mark and this led to the formation of the New Media Council. Since its formation, the Council has sought to identify and address issues relevant to New Media, on April 5,2010, the Producers Guild of America Board of Directors officially approved its New Media Code of Credits, adding twenty-six major new credits to cover New Media producers. Since 2009, the Producers Guild has presented the Produced By Conference, in 2011, the Conference was held at Disney/ABC Studios. Zanuck, James L. Brooks, Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Roger Corman, Norman Lear, Lawrence Gordon, Francis Ford Coppola, Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, in 2011, the Produced By Conference was presented in association with AFCI Locations
Ronald William Ron Howard is an American actor and filmmaker. Howard is best known for playing two roles in television sitcoms in his youth and directing a number of successful feature films in his career. Howard first came to prominence playing young Opie Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show for eight years, in 1980, Howard left Happy Days to focus on directing. His films include, the science-fiction/fantasy film Cocoon, the historical docudrama Apollo 13, the biographical drama A Beautiful Mind, in 2002, Howard narrated the Fox comedy series, Arrested Development, on which he would serve as producer and play a semi-fictionalized version of himself. In 2003, Howard was awarded the National Medal of Arts, asteroid 12561 Howard is named after him. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2013, Howard has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions in the television and motion pictures industries. Howard was born in Duncan, the son of Jean Speegle Howard, an actress, and Rance Howard, a director, a writer.
He has German, Scottish and Dutch ancestry and his father was born with the surname Beckenholdt, and had taken the stage name Howard by 1948, for his acting career. Rance Howard was serving three years in the United States Air Force at the time of Rons birth, the family moved to Hollywood in 1958, the year before the birth of his younger brother, Clint Howard. They rented a house on the south of the Desilu Studios. They lived in Hollywood for at least three years, before moving to Burbank, Howard was tutored at Desilu Studios in his younger years, and graduated from John Burroughs High School. He attended the University of Southern Californias School of Cinematic Arts, Howard has said he knew from a young age he might want to go into directing thanks to his early experience as an actor. In 1959, Howard had his first credited role, in The Journey. Howard played Timmy in Counterfeit Gun, Season 4, Episode 2 of the TV series, in 1960, Howard was cast as Opie Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show. Credited as Ronny Howard, he portrayed the son of the character for all eight seasons of the show.
He and Griffith remained close until Griffiths death nearly 45 years later, in the 1962 film version of The Music Man, Howard played Winthrop Paroo, the child with the lisp, the film starred Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. He starred in the 1963 film The Courtship of Eddies Father and he appeared as Barry Stewart on The Eleventh Hour, in the episode Is Mr. Martian Coming Back. In the 1970s, he appeared in at least one episode of The Bold Ones, Howard appeared on the 1969 Disneyland Records album The Story and Song from the Haunted Mansion
George Walton Lucas Jr. is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm, before selling it to The Walt Disney Company in 2012. Upon graduating from the University of Southern California in 1967, Lucas co-founded American Zoetrope with fellow filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Lucas wrote and directed THX1138, based on his earlier student short Electronic Labyrinth, THX1138 4EB, which was a critical success but a financial failure. His next work as a writer-director was the film, American Graffiti, inspired by his teen years in early 1960s Modesto, the film was critically and commercially successful, and received five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. Following the first Star Wars film, Lucas produced and co-wrote the following installments in the trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back, along with Steven Spielberg, Lucas co-created and wrote the Indiana Jones films Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade.
Lucas produced and/or wrote a variety of films through Lucasfilm in the 1980s and 1990s, Lucas returned to directing with the Star Wars prequel trilogy, consisting of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. He collaborated on the story for the Indiana Jones sequel Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, five of Lucass seven features are among the 100 highest-grossing movies at the North American box office, adjusted for ticket-price inflation. Lucas is one of the American film industrys most financially successful filmmakers, Lucas is considered a significant figure in the New Hollywood era. Lucas was born and raised in Modesto, the son of Dorothy Ellinore Lucas and George Walton Lucas and he is of German, Swiss-German, English and distant Dutch and French descent. Growing up, Lucas had a passion for cars and motor racing, on June 12,1962, while driving his souped-up Autobianchi Bianchina, another driver broadsided him, flipping over his car, nearly killing him, causing him to lose interest in racing as a career.
He attended Modesto Junior College, where he studied anthropology, sociology and he began shooting with an 8 mm camera, including filming car races. At this time and his friend John Plummer became interested in Canyon Cinema, screenings of underground, avant-garde 16 mm filmmakers like Jordan Belson, Stan Brakhage, and Bruce Conner. Lucas and Plummer saw classic European films of the time, including Jean-Luc Godards Breathless, François Truffauts Jules et Jim, thats when George really started exploring, Plummer said. Through his interest in racing, Lucas met renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler, another race enthusiast. Wexler, to work with Lucas on several occasions, was impressed by Lucas talent, George had a very good eye, and he thought visually, he recalled. Lucas transferred to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, USC was one of the earliest universities to have a school devoted to motion picture film. During the years at USC, Lucas shared a room with Randal Kleiser.
Along with classmates such as Walter Murch, Hal Barwood, and John Milius and he became good friends with fellow acclaimed student filmmaker and future Indiana Jones collaborator, Steven Spielberg
Guardians of the Galaxy (film)
Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro, in Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits who are fleeing after stealing a powerful artifact. Perlman began working on the screenplay in 2009, Gunn was hired to write and direct the film that September. In February 2013, Pratt was hired to play Peter Quill / Star-Lord, principal photography began in July 2013 at Shepperton Studios, with filming continuing in London before wrapping up in October 2013. Post-production was finished on July 7,2014, the film premiered in Hollywood on July 21,2014. It was released in theaters on August 1,2014 in the United States in the 3D, the film garnered praise for its humor, soundtrack, visual effects, musical score, and acting.
A sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, is scheduled to be released on May 5,2017, in 1988, following his mothers death, a young Peter Quill is abducted from Earth by the Ravagers, a group of space pirates led by Yondu Udonta. Twenty-six years on the planet Morag, Quill steals an orb but is attacked by Korath, although Quill escapes with the orb, Yondu discovers his theft and issues a bounty for his capture, while Ronan sends the assassin Gamora after the orb. When Quill attempts to sell the orb on Xandar, capital of the Nova Empire, Gamora ambushes him, a fight ensues, drawing in a pair of bounty hunters, the genetically and cybernetically modified raccoon Rocket, and the tree-like humanoid Groot. Nova Corps officers capture the four, detaining them in the Kyln, a powerful inmate there, attempts to kill Gamora due to her association with Ronan, who killed his family. Quill convinces Drax that Gamora can bring Ronan to him, though Gamora reveals that she has betrayed Ronan, learning that Gamora has a buyer for the orb, Rocket and Drax work with her to escape the Kyln in Quills ship, the Milano.
Ronan meets with Gamoras adoptive father, Thanos, to discuss her betrayal, Quills group flee to Knowhere, a remote criminal outpost in space built in the giant severed head of a Celestial. A drunken Drax summons Ronan while the rest of the group meet Gamoras contact, Tivan opens the orb, revealing an Infinity Stone, an item of immeasurable power that destroys all but the most powerful beings who wield it. Tivans tormented assistant grabs the Stone, triggering an explosion that engulfs Tivans archive, Ronan arrives and easily defeats Drax, while the others flee by ship, pursued by Ronans followers and Gamoras adoptive sister Nebula. Nebula destroys Gamoras ship, leaving her floating in space, Quill contacts Yondu before following Gamora into space, giving her his helmet to survive, Yondu arrives and retrieves the pair. Rocket and Groot threaten to attack Yondus ship to rescue them, Quills group agrees that facing Ronan means certain death, but that they cannot let him use the Infinity Stone to destroy the galaxy.
On Ronans flagship, the Dark Aster, Ronan embeds the Stone in his warhammer and he contacts Thanos, threatening to kill him after first destroying Xandar, hateful of her adoptive father, Nebula allies with Ronan
Thor is a 2011 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film sees Thor, the prince of Asgard, banished to Earth. As his brother, plots to take the throne for himself, Thor must prove himself worthy, sam Raimi first developed the concept of a film adaptation of Thor in 1991, but soon abandoned the project, leaving it in development hell for several years. Matthew Vaughn was originally assigned to direct the film for a tentative 2010 release, after Vaughn was released from his holding deal in 2008, Branagh was approached and the films release was rescheduled into 2011. The main characters were cast in 2009, and principal photography took place in California, the film was converted to 3D in post-production. Thor premiered on April 17,2011, in Sydney and was released on May 6,2011, the film was a financial success and received positive reviews from film critics.
The DVD and Blu-ray sets were released on September 13,2011, a sequel, The Dark World, was released on November 8,2013. A third film, Ragnarok is set to be released on November 3,2017. In 965 AD, king of Asgard, wages war against the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their leader Laufey, to prevent them from conquering the nine realms, starting with Earth. The Asgardian warriors defeat the Frost Giants and seize the source of their power, in the present, Odins son Thor prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard, but is interrupted when Frost Giants attempt to retrieve the Casket. Against Odins order, Thor travels to Jotunheim to confront Laufey, accompanied by his brother Loki, childhood friend Sif and the Warriors Three, Fandral, a battle ensues until Odin intervenes to save the Asgardians, destroying the fragile truce between the two races. Thor lands in New Mexico, where astrophysicist Dr. Jane Foster, her assistant Darcy Lewis, the local populace finds Mjolnir, which S. H. I. E. L. D. Agent Phil Coulson soon commandeers before forcibly acquiring Janes data about the wormhole that delivered Thor to Earth, having discovered Mjolnirs nearby location, seeks to retrieve it from the facility that S. H. I. E. L. D.
Quickly constructed but he finds himself unable to lift it, and is captured, with Selvigs help, he is freed and resigns himself to exile on Earth as he develops a romance with Jane. Loki discovers that he is actually Laufeys son, adopted by Odin after the war ended, a weary Odin falls into the deep Odinsleep to recover his strength. Loki seizes the throne in Odins stead and offers Laufey the chance to kill Odin, aware of their plan, Loki sends the Destroyer, a seemingly indestructible automaton, to pursue them and kill Thor. The warriors find Thor, but the Destroyer attacks and defeats them, struck by the Destroyer and near death, Thors sacrifice proves him worthy to wield Mjolnir
Black Panther (film)
Black Panther is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film is directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay by himself and Joe Robert Cole, and stars Chadwick Boseman as TChalla / Black Panther, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyongo, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, in Black Panther, TChalla returns home as king of Wakanda but finds his sovereignty challenged by a long-time adversary in a conflict that has global consequences. Wesley Snipes first mentioned his intention to work on a Black Panther film in 1992, with that going through multiple iterations over the next decade. Black Panther was officially announced in October 2014, with Boseman appearing first in Captain America, by the end of 2015, Cole and Coogler had both joined the film, and additional cast members came on board beginning in May 2016. Black Panther is set to be released in the United States on February 16,2018, Chadwick Boseman as TChalla / Black Panther, The king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda.
Producer Kevin Feige described the character as a bit of a prince, he may become a bit of a king. Boseman, who called TChalla an anti-hero, said that he is very aware of the responsibility and how important his role. He worked with the dialect coach he had during Message from the King for the film. Boseman signed a contract with Marvel. Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, A Wakandan exile who seeks to overthrow TChalla, corey Calliet once again served as Jordans trainer on the film, after doing so on Creed. Lupita Nyongo as Nakia, TChallas love interest and member of the Dora Milaje, Danai Gurira as Okoye, The head of the Dora Milaje. Gurira said that the skills she learned playing Michonne complemented the skills of Okoye. Okoye is a whole nother thing, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, A member of the Joint Counter Terrorism Center. Daniel Kaluuya as WKabi, A confidant to TChalla, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, TChallas mother. Calliet served as Bassetts trainer, working with her before she began filming and while she was on set, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, An elder statesman in Wakanda.
Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, A black-market arms dealer and gangster working out of South Africa, Florence Kasumba and John Kani reprise their roles as Ayo and TChaka respectively from Captain America, Civil War. Winston Duke is cast as MBaku / Man-Ape, the leader of a rival Wakandan tribe, while Sterling K. Brown is cast as NJobu, a figure from TChallas past, Phylicia Rashad and Atandwa Kani have been cast in undisclosed roles
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers, Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2012s The Avengers and the film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. Jackson, in Avengers, Age of Ultron, the Avengers fight Ultron, an artificial intelligence obsessed with causing human extinction. The sequel was announced in May 2012, after the release of The Avengers. Whedon, the director of the first film, was back on board in August. By April 2013, Whedon had completed a draft of the script, second unit filming began in February 2014 in South Africa with principal photography taking place between March and August 2014. The film was shot at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, with additional footage filmed in Italy, South Korea, New York City. While in post production, the film was converted to 3D, Age of Ultron premiered in Los Angeles on April 13,2015, and was released on May 1,2015, in North America, in 3D and IMAX 3D.
The film received reviews from critics and grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide, making it the seventh-highest-grossing film in history. A sequel, Infinity War, is scheduled to be released on May 4,2018, Stark and Banner discover an artificial intelligence within the scepters gem, and secretly use it to complete Starks Ultron global defense program. The unexpectedly sentient Ultron, believing he must eradicate humanity to save Earth, J. A. R. V. I. S. and attacks the Avengers at their headquarters. Escaping with the scepter, Ultron uses the resources in Struckers Sokovia base to upgrade his rudimentary body and build an army of robot drones. Having killed Strucker, he recruits the Maximoffs, who hold Stark responsible for their parents deaths by his weapons, and go to the base of arms dealer Ulysses Klaue to obtain Wakandan vibranium. Thor departs to consult with Dr. Erik Selvig on the meaning of the future he saw in his hallucination, while Romanoff. However, Nick Fury arrives and encourages the team to form a plan to stop Ultron, in Seoul, Ultron forces the teams friend Dr.
Helen Cho to use her synthetic-tissue technology, together with vibranium and the scepters gem, to perfect a new body for him. As Ultron uploads himself into the body, Wanda is able to read his mind, discovering his plan for human extinction, Rogers and Barton find Ultron and retrieve the synthetic body, but Ultron captures Romanoff. The Avengers fight amongst themselves when Stark secretly uploads J. A. R. V. I. S, – who is still operational after hiding from Ultron inside the Internet – into the synthetic body. Thor returns to help activate the body, explaining that the gem on its brow – one of the six Infinity Stones, Banner rescues Romanoff, who awakens the Hulk for the battle
It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and New York to the west. The state is named for the Massachusett tribe, which inhabited the area. The capital of Massachusetts and the most populous city in New England is Boston, over 80% of Massachusetts population lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region influential upon American history and industry. Originally dependent on agriculture and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution, during the 20th century, Massachusetts economy shifted from manufacturing to services. Modern Massachusetts is a leader in biotechnology, higher education, finance. Plymouth was the site of the first colony in New England, founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims, in 1692, the town of Salem and surrounding areas experienced one of Americas most infamous cases of mass hysteria, the Salem witch trials. In 1777, General Henry Knox founded the Springfield Armory, which during the Industrial Revolution catalyzed numerous important technological advances, in 1786, Shays Rebellion, a populist revolt led by disaffected American Revolutionary War veterans, influenced the United States Constitutional Convention.
In the 18th century, the Protestant First Great Awakening, which swept the Atlantic World, in the late 18th century, Boston became known as the Cradle of Liberty for the agitation there that led to the American Revolution. The entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts has played a commercial and cultural role in the history of the United States. Before the American Civil War, Massachusetts was a center for the abolitionist, temperance, in the late 19th century, the sports of basketball and volleyball were invented in the western Massachusetts cities of Springfield and Holyoke, respectively. Many prominent American political dynasties have hailed from the state, including the Adams, both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, have been ranked among the most highly regarded academic institutions in the world. Massachusetts public school students place among the top nations in the world in academic performance, the official name of the state is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
While this designation is part of the official name, it has no practical implications. Massachusetts has the position and powers within the United States as other states. Massachusetts was originally inhabited by tribes of the Algonquian language family such as the Wampanoag, Nipmuc, Pocomtuc and Massachusett. While cultivation of crops like squash and corn supplemented their diets, villages consisted of lodges called wigwams as well as longhouses, and tribes were led by male or female elders known as sachems. Between 1617 and 1619, smallpox killed approximately 90% of the Massachusetts Bay Native Americans, the first English settlers in Massachusetts, the Pilgrims, arrived via the Mayflower at Plymouth in 1620, and developed friendly relations with the native Wampanoag people. This was the second successful permanent English colony in the part of North America that became the United States, the event known as the First Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World which lasted for three days