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Spirit Awards: David Oyelowo addresses “Black Panther” rumors

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As the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two continues to film, speculation is running rampant about which films will be included in Phase Three. “Ant-Man” is the first flick to be released in the third wave of Marvel movies with its November 6, 2015 release date, but what will come after that? Superheroes like Doctor Strange or the Hulk have been tossed around for standalone movies, and many believe a Black Panther film is only years away.

In fact, “Black Panther” is all but confirmed. Latino Review claimed back in June that a the flick was in development, though their timeline of the movie’s release was off. Stan Lee told AceShowBiz in November that “‘Black Panther’ is being developed,” calling the character “one of my favorites.” “All the [Marvel] heroes will eventually be made into movies,” he claimed.

Marvel has had the rights to “Black Panther” since 2005, and many names have swirled since for the role of T’Challa. One that continues to pop up is “Red Tails” actor David Oyelowo, who would definitely be suitable for the role. IFC caught up with Oyelowo on the Spirit Awards red carpet and asked him if he would be interested in playing the title character in a “Black Panther” movie.

“If the script is right,” he answered. “It’s all about the script for me. I don’t discriminate between an independent film, a studio film, a play, a radio play, a TV show; if the script is great, I’m there.”

The script was apparently right for “The Butler,” Oyelowo’s upcoming Lee Daniels film based on the story of real-life White House butler Eugene Allen. He plays Louis Gaines in the movie, and stars opposite actors like Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, Alan Rickman, Mariah Carey, Melissa Leo and even Oprah Winfrey. Oyelowo’s excitement for the project was palpable as he talked about it on the red carpet.

“It’s a love letter to America, that film,” he explained. “It charts the birth of the Civil Rights movement in this country and the reason why those actors signed on is just, again, a love of storytelling, a love of film, a love of this country and a love of the fact that sometimes you can both educate and entertain with what we do, and I think that film really represents that, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

“The Butler” is being released by The Weinstein Company and does not yet have a release date.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Jason Schwartzman on the “Bored to Death” movie: “It’s so exciting”

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Jason Schwartzman has more than Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” to look forward to in the future: It’s also been announced that his cancelled HBO drama, “Bored to Death,” will be getting renewed life on the big screen.

Back in January, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that HBO is developing a “Bored to Death” feature film with Jonathan Ames, creator of the show. When IFC caught up with Schwartzman on the Spirit Awards red carpet, we asked him if he had a status update on the flick.

“It’s just in its infancy. Jonathan Ames, who created the show ‘Bored to Dead,’ is writing the movie as we speak — right over there, he’s sitting on a bench over there writing it,” he said, referring to the Santa Monica beach. “All I can say is I hope that it gets made. I know roughly what happens and it’s so exciting. The end of that show was a really sad, hard moment and so the fact that it might have another life is really awesome.”

“Bored to Death” starred Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson, and went off the air on November 28, 2011. The logline for the movie reads, “Jonathan, Ray, and George reunite to fight crime, commit crime, lose their minds and fail at love in a ‘Bored to Death’ feature-length slapstick adventure.” When the flick was first discussed in June 2012, the script saw Jonathan become a police officer, while Ray and George become roommates. No word yet on when it could be released.

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Laura Dern talks potentially returning for “Jurassic Park 4″

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Of all the projects Laura Dern has worked on, the one she is perhaps most known for is “Jurassic Park.” That’s why it seemed only natural to ask her about the upcoming “Jurassic Park 4,” which has been discussed for years but finally seems to be coming to fruition soon.

“I know a little and it’s been ever-changing. It’s been evolving for many years as Steven has been considering it so that’s all I can say right now,” Dern told IFC on the Spirit Awards red carpet. “But very excited about the original ‘Jurassic Park’ coming out in 3D this summer. I’m going to see it soon, which will be very interesting.”

There’s little known about “Jurassic Park 4,” specifically if it will involve the cast of the original “Jurassic Park” or what it will be about. Dern doesn’t seem to have decided whether or not she’d want to join the movie if she had an opportunity to do so.

“Oh, I don’t know. We’ll see what they do. Right now we’re just focused on our party of this summer,” she said with a laugh.

“Jurassic Park 4″ is in some capable hands. Spielberg is producing the movie along with Frank Marshall, with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver having written the screenplay for the movie. It’s due in theaters on June 13, 2014, and does not currently have a director attached. “Jurassic Park 3D’ is due out on April 5.

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