Marvel Cinematic Universe: Every MCU Movie And TV Show Planned For 2017

After a big year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe that included two hugely successful Netflix series and two blockbuster films, the plans for new MCU content in 2017 are even bigger. Three new Marvel series will be debuting on Netflix, including Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders. Theatrical releases scheduled for 2017 include the latest installments for Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy, while Spider-Man stars in his first film since joining the MCU. And on top of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a new live-action series joins the Disney-ABC Television Group with Marvel’s The Inhumans. What follows is a look at everything currently scheduled to be released in 2017 as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) return in The Defenders on Netflix in 2017 [Image by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Netflix] Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 4 Conclusion Agents of SHIELD has been on a break since December 6, returning to ABC on January 10. The series is scheduled to air a total of 22 episodes for Season 4, but the focus after the new year will switch from Ghost Rider to the Life Model Decoy. As is generally the case with any sort of artificial intelligence in a sci-fi world, the beautiful robot designed by Holden Radcliffe has started to act on its own accord. It would appear that Radcliffe missed the memo about Ultron. Marvel’s Iron Fist — Season 1 If Iron Fist comes anywhere close to receiving the sort of response that Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage received before it, then Danny Rand will likely be established as a household name just before the debut of The Defenders. While each Marvel/Netflix series so far has had its own aesthetic and unique approach to storytelling, there is a certain feel to them that sets them apart from the characters in the films and the ABS series. There’s no reason to think that Marvel’s Iron Fist won’t add to that legacy when the first season is released via Netflix on March 17, 2017. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 As reported by Box Office Mojo, the first installment of Guardians of the Galaxy had a domestic box office that nearly doubled it’s $170 million budget. Worldwide, the film did more than $773 million. It should come as no surprise that everyone plans to reprise their role in the MCU sequel, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro. When Guardians 2 is released on May 5, it will be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe theatrical addition since Doctor Strange. Marvel’s The Defenders — Season 1 Although no official release date has been set for The Defenders crossover series on Netflix, three or four months after Iron Fist would make it a Summer series. And since Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will collectively be defending New York City, it makes sense that it would be released around the same time as Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is about another Marvel Comics superhero that is primarily based out of the Big Apple. Spider-Man: Homecoming While there may not be any Iron Man movies planned for the MCU’s future, the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming shows that Tony Stark will be playing an integral part in the development of Peter Parker as the newest member of The Avengers. Spider-Man is the only Marvel superhero that has had his film franchise rebooted as many times as Superman and Batman from DC Comics. But with superhero pop-culture at an all-time high, this could easily prove to be the most successful Spider-Man movie yet. It hits theaters on July 7, 2017. Marvel’s The Inhumans — Season 1 Premiere The Inhuman race has already been introduced on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the series hasn’t dealt specifically with the Inhuman Royal Family, which was originally scheduled to be a part of the MCU film franchise. As noted by ComicBook.com, this series will focus on characters like Black Bolt and Medusa, who are the king and queen of the Inhumans in Marvel Comics. The first two episodes of Marvel’s The Inhumans will debut exclusively at IMAX theaters on September 4 before being replayed on ABC two weeks later. RELATED REPORTS BY THE INQUISITR MCU: 5 Ways Agents Of SHIELD: Ghost Rider Could Cross Over With The Netflix Marvel Universe Woman Crush Wednesday: Hayley Atwell — Black Mirror Griever & Captain America’s Crush Marvel: The 5 Biggest Surprises And Twists In Luke Cage On Netflix Hulu: What’s Leaving After November? What’s New In December? Marvel’s Iron Man To Be Added Gotham City Sirens — Megan Fox And Will Smith To Join Margot Robbie In Suicide Squad Spin-Off? Woman Crush Wednesday: 5 TV Super Heroines Or Villains Who Will Steal Your Heart First Official Trailer Released For Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming MCU: Five Villains From Marvel Comics That Could Be In The Defenders On Netflix Marvel’s The Punisher — Season 1 After playing an amazing role in the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, Jon Bernthal was offered his own series as The Punisher. Likely to be released sometime after both Iron Fist and The Defenders, there will certainly be plenty of anticipation building through most of 2017 until Marvel’s The Punisher finally hits Netflix. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 5 Premiere At the conclusion of Season 4, Agents of SHIELD will have been around long enough to go into syndication, which could help lead to a decision to cancel any future seasons. Unlike the MCU’s endeavors into huge films and gritty Netflix series, their network television programming hasn’t connected with fans in a major way. Marvel’s Agent Carter only lasted two seasons, and the short, digital spin-off series Agents of SHIELD: Slingshot was released with almost zero fanfare. As noted by TV Line, the show has been moved to ABC’s Tuesday night 10/9c slot, which has been historically bad. If Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns for a fifth season, it will likely have a season premiere around September 26, 2017. Chloe Bennet (Agents of SHIELD) and Grant Gustin (The Flash) [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images] Thor: Ragnarok Thor will be the third character from the MCU film franchise to have a third film named after him, joining his brothers from The Avengers, Iron Man and Captain America. With both Tony Stark and Steve Rogers apparently having put their alter egos aside, will the trend continue for the third film to be the last? As can be seen in the video below, there are big plans for the Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok, which seems likely to play into Avengers: Infinity War in 2018. The third Thor movie hits theaters on November 3, 2017.

NBC’s ‘Wizard Of OZ’ Inspired Show: When Does ‘Emerald City’ Start?

Like Dorothy Gale, NBC’s Emerald City has been fraught with misadventures when it was first conceived in 2015 by Matthew Arnold. Initially, NBC like the concept, but then decided against it. Then, the show was taken out of the round file and given a second chance with Tarsem Singh Dhandwar who serves as both director and executive producer of the 10-episode limited series. David Schulner, Shaun Cassidy, Josh Friedman and Matthew Arnold are along for the ride serving as executive producers. Emerald City takes many of the concepts and characters from the iconic L. Frank Baum series of books featuring the wonderful wizard of Oz and turns the stories on their metaphorical heads. Florence Kasumba as the Wicked Witch of the East in “Emerald City.” [Image by Rico Torres/NBC] “It makes sense that the brickless ‘Yellow Road’ in Emerald City is paved with opium — since this is one trippy adventure,” says Michael Starr from the New York Post. In the new story, Dorothy is a 20-year-old nurse working at a rural hospital in Lucas, Kansas and lives with her adoptive parents. (Perhaps her birth parents live in Oz?) Like the original story, Dorothy is swept up in a tornado but only after she uncovers a crime scene. Instead of the family home, she travels inside a police car with the K-9 German shepherd, Toto. And like the original tale, Dorothy’s vehicle crash lands on top of a witch who is known as the Mistress of the Eastern Wood. Her sister, the Witch of the West, is none too happy with the latest developments. Mido Hamada as Eamonn, Olafur Darri Olafsson as Ojo in “Emerald City.” [Image by David Lukacs/NBC] Emerald City stars Adria Arjona as Dorothy and Vincent D’Onofrio plays the all-powerful Oz who has outlawed magic, but it appears that Dorothy has a few mystical talents of her own that she wasn’t even aware of until his latest vacation away from home. New to the story is a man that Dorothy calls Lucas (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). Lucas is a man who has been crucified and was left for dead. Being that Dorothy is a nurse, she is able to fix him up, but soon finds out that he is left with no memory and is probably a good stand in for the scarecrow. There are no munchkins to speak of (at least not in the beginning of the series) but there are plenty of tribal woods people taking their place. Joely Richardson plays Glinda the presumably “good witch” and Ana Alura plays the Witch of the West. Jordan Loughran plays new character, Tip, a young boy who is held against his will by an older man who swears that he is only trying to protect the boy. We can only guess who or what he is protecting the boy from. RELATED REPORTS FROM INQUISITR: ‘The Good Wife’ Spin-Off Trailer Posted, ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ And More News CBS ALL Access
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Schwarzenegger Settles In New ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Role But Is Donald Trump Out For Good? NBC describes Emerald City as “Epic, romantic and fantastical, and is an empowering tale of a young woman finding her true strength and identity even as she battles to bring a divided world together.” This isn’t your parent’s Wizard of Oz story nor is it intended for young children. It addition to Arjona and D’Onofrio, the show stars Mido Hamada, Jordan Loughran, and Gerran Howell. Emerald City begins with a two-hour premiere on Friday, January 6 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. on NBC. TV shows based on Fairy tale stories have become quit popular the last few years with ABC’s Once Upon a Time and NBC’s Grimm. While you definitely won’t be in Kansas anymore, will you give the new show a try? [Featured Image by NBC]

Netflix Movies And Series: Review Of ‘Travelers,’ Plus Best Movies On Netflix For Sci-Fi Fans

Netflix provides some of the best movies and series in our modern era, and Travelers is their latest of original series to hit the streaming site. Netflix’s Travelers is a sci-fi thriller sure to please most fans, and Netflix also has some of the best movies of the genre for those looking for more fantastical action. Unlike Netflix original movies, which are largely panned by critics and fans alike, their series are among the most popular out of TV and any streaming venue. But whether or not Netflix subscribers find Travelers to be a binge-worthy series will remain to be seen. Thus far, Travelers has not received many reviews, and it doesn’t seem to be taking the internet by storm; but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Netflix’s Travelers: The Plot IMDB has a score for the show of almost eight stars (out of ten), and the site provides the premise for Netflix’s Travelers. “Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into people of the 21st century. These travelers assume the lives of others, while attempting to save humanity from a terrible future.” To be more specific, when a human in the 21st century dies the travelers assume their body. Thus they take on the life that their hosts had, kind of like Quantum Leap but more morbid. Eric McCormack (Will and Grace) plays the leader of the group from the future that leaps into the body of an FBI agent. His team consists of a man whose host was a heroin addict, a woman who leaped into an extremely abusive relationship, among many others. Seemingly, this is the casts’ first major role (aside from McCormack); and MacKenzie Porter steals the show. The series does a great job of character building and depth, but Porter’s character (Marcy Warton) is constantly evolving showing her range as an actress. Netflix’s Travelers: The Delivery The plot is original which is hard to pull off these days, and the characters are strong. The series is as dramatic as it is thrilling, but because of a constantly looming soundtrack, Netflix’s Travelers is a bit uneven. There are very witty lines in the series that would normally be a laugh-out-loud moment; because of the ominous music playing over these moments, the humor is lost. Because of this, it’s hard to tell what the creators want the audience to feel. At times this is a very dark show, but then it has moments where it feels like a fun adventure, but the series never commits fully to either tone. But the powerful performances from the cast helps make up for this, and this makes it a worthy sci-fi thriller to watch. Because the first season spent so much time with character building, this feels like a perfect setup for the second season. Most likely fans of sci-fi and thrillers won’t find the season finale to be as gripping as they would like, so Netflix subscribers will probably not find it pleasing to binge-watch the show since the payoff isn’t that high. But if you were to watch all 12 episodes of the first season at a moderate pace, rather than watching all of it within a few days, you will most likely enjoy the experience. Best Movies On Netflix For Sci-Fi Fans If after watching Netflix’s Travelers you still crave some good sci-fi fantasy, Netflix has some of the best movies of the genre currently streaming. ARQ This is one of the few Netflix original movies that garnered positive attention. Though it’s nothing you haven’t seen before from other time-loop based movies, it’s still very solid and offers some edge-of-your-seat action. [Image by Netflix] Galaxy Quest This hilarious satire is great to revisit for those that have seen it, and newer generations will fall in love with it. The film received a stunning 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and the site provides the synopsis for one of the best Netflix movies. “For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA Protector donned their uniforms and set out on thrilling and often dangerous missions in space – then their series was cancelled. Twenty years later, the five stars of the classic ’70s series “Galaxy Quest” are still in costume, making appearances at sci-fi conventions for legions of die-hard fans – but some of those fans are a little more far out than the actors could have ever imagined. A group of aliens who have mistaken intercepted television transmissions for “historical documents” arrive at a convention and whisk “Commander Peter Quincy Taggart” and his crew into space to help them in their all-too-real war against a deadly adversary.” Circle Independent movies are often overlooked on Netflix, but Circle is certainly worth viewing. The film, which is just under 90 minutes, wastes no time leaping right into the plot: a group of strangers suddenly finds themselves standing in a circle around a futuristic machine that kills them off based on their votes. And if you refuse to vote, the machine kills someone from the group randomly. The Forgotten When a mother is told that her memory of her lost child is all made up, because of a psychotic breakdown, she will go to any lengths possible to discover the truth. This film has plenty of drama, suspense, and sci-fi mystery. Fire in the Sky Was he just creating a fictional story, or was he really abducted by aliens? Based on supposed true events, Fire in the Sky tells the story of a man who claimed to be abducted by aliens. Barbarella If you like your Netflix movies to come with a cheesy erotic plot, then Barbarella is one of the best. Jane Fonda stars as an outer space traveler who is sent to find a missing scientist, and along the way she finds plenty of pleasure. [Image by Paramount Pictures] Primer With a blend of drama, mystery, and science fiction, this is one of the best movies on Netflix if you want a cerebral challenge. *Batteries Not Included The ’80s was a decade of big movies, and Batteries Not Included is one of the best for a feel-good experience that’s perfect for the entire family. Tiny flying saucers help an impoverished group of tenants survive in their slums and in return the tenants help fight the aliens’ enemies. 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The Top 10 Movies Of 2016: Disney’s ‘Finding Dory’ Tops The List

Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory just kept swimming to the top spot of top grossing movies of 2016 according to Heavy and while that won’t surprise too many people, what is surprising is that of the top 10 movies of 2016, Disney had a hand in six of them. Warner Bros. came in second with two and 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures each had one in the mix. Overall, this is a good thing for the movie industry. As of December 26, it has passed over $11 billion in box office ticket sales and could pass last year’s record of $11.14 billion. Not every movie released in 2016 was a hit. The Steven Spielberg-directed family film, The BFG based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl had an estimated budget of $140,000,000 but only made $55,472,665 in the U.S., according to IMBD. However, Disney was more than able to make up the difference with six gems. Of course, it helps to have an extensive brand list including Marvel and Star Wars. Here are the top 10 movies of 2016: “Doctor Strange” [Image by Marvel/Walt Disney Pictures] Doctor Strange
$228.5 Million ($656.0 Million Worldwide) Released in November, some feared this Marvel movie wouldn’t be too obscure or that audiences would have suffered from superhero burnout to do well. In the end, Doctor Strange is currently the ninth most successful Marvel movie of 14 films. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” [Image by Lucas Film/Walt Disney Pictures] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
$318.1 Million ($555.5 Million Worldwide) This film is just getting started. It has been the #1 top grossing movie for two weeks in a row and will no doubt continue to dominate or at least stay in the top 10 list for some time. Suicide Squad
$325.1 Million ($745.6 Million Worldwide) After disappointing returns from Warner Bros.’ other DC titles, Suicide Squad surprised many. Heavy says the “movie shouldn’t have been a hit and did make 41 percent of its total on opening weekend, but audiences still flocked to it.” Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
$330.4 Million ($873.3 Million Worldwide) Like Suicide Squad, DC’s other big movie suffered from mixed reviews from both critics and fans and yet, it still managed to become a huge hit for Warner Bros. even though the numbers were still lower that what the studio would have liked. “Zootopia” [Image by Walt Disney Pictures] Zootopia
$341.3 Million ($1.0 Billion Worldwide) This animated darling from Disney was the first movie of the year to reach $1 billion in global box office sales, but unlike films like Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad the film was a hit with both critics and audiences alike and a sequel was quickly planned. Deadpool
$363.1 Million ($783.1 Million Worldwide) While Deadpool is part of the Marvel universe, it is not a property owned by Disney. 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the foul-mouthed superhero which made $100 million more than the studio’s other Marvel franchise film. X-Men: Apocalypse. “The Jungle Book” [Image by Walt Disney Pictures] The Jungle Book
$364.0 Million ($996.5 Million Worldwide) Director Jon Favreau was able to keep the spirit of the original 1967 animated movie and improve upon it to create a whole new film where almost everything in it was CGI animation except for the film’s protagonist, Mowgli played by Neel Sethi. The Secret Life of Pets
$368.3 Million ($875.4 Million Worldwide) However powerful Disney animation is, Illumination Entertainment has proved that the mouse-house isn’t the only player on the field. Even while competing with Finding Dory, Pets was able to hold its own. RELATED REPORTS FROM INQUISITR: Two More Disney Movies Added To The National Film Registry: See What Made The Cut For 2016
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‘Stranger Things’ Producer, Shawn Levy, Is Working On ‘Sesame Street’ Movie “Captain America: Civil War” [Image by Mavel/Walt Disney Pictures] Captain America: Civil War
$408.1 Million ($1.15 Billion Worldwide) This Marvel movie has the distinction of being the fourth-highest grossing movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, it didn’t hurt that the film also featured about a dozen of other Marvel characters and acted like another Avengers film. Finding Dory
$486.3 Million ($1.03 Billion Worldwide) The is a common rule in Hollywood that sequels are “never as good as the original,” but Pixar has already blown that theory out of the water with the Toy Story sequels. For Finding Dory, the film was able to dominate the box office 13 years after the original Finding Nemo. [Featured Image by Walt Disney Pictures]

Rockettes' Lack Of Black Dancers Uncovered: All-White Cast Was Artistically Desirable Until The Late 80s

The Rockettes were late in the game when it came to diversity. Although the dance troupe now has a few black dancers, it wasn’t that way until decades after segregation was outlawed and equal employment opportunities were the social norm. It’s been uncovered by Mediate that a New York Times article published almost 30 years ago reported on the lack of black performers within the Rockettes cast. According to the 1987 New York Times article titled “Rockettes and Race: Barriers Slip” by Bruce Lambert, the dance troupe noticeably rejected having anything other than a white cast — with the exception of one Japanese dancer who’d been dancing with them for over a year. When a black dancer was asked to audition for the production as an on-call dancer for the Super Bowl, Lambert wrote that “the color barrier in what is perhaps the world’s most famous chorus line is beginning to fall.” Just prior to the audition, another black dancer had appeared in a “West Coast edition of the Rockettes.” The Rockettes lack of diversity was called out by civil rights officials as shocking given its “visible symbol of a multiracial city.” Trump Inauguration Performers the Rockettes Didn’t Allow Black Dancers Until 1987 https://t.co/zb3jqwweVL pic.twitter.com/B4NvwTSNpX — Mediaite (@Mediaite) December 26, 2016 ”They stayed lily white all these years – in New York City, of all places,” said Hazel N. Dukes, president of the New York State chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. ”When I hear ‘White Christmas,’ to me it doesn’t mean Caucasian Christmas – it means American Christmas.” The Rockettes’ was formed 92 years ago by Russell Markert, who imposed strict color uniformity within the cast. He “even forbade suntans for a white dancer because it would ‘make her look like a colored girl.’” Violet Holmes was the director of the Rockettes in the 80s, and defended the all-white cast because it was artistically necessary. The dancers were intended to be “mirror images” of each other. “One or two black girls in the line would definitely distract. You would lose the whole look of precision, which is the hallmark of the Rockettes,” Holmes said. The Rockettes came under new ownership in 1979 after Rockefeller Group Inc. started Radio City Music Hall Productions. Helene Greece, the company’s spokeswoman, said the production didn’t see lack of black dancers as an “issue” because they were an “equal opportunity employer.” She noted that the company’s other dance groups have “long been integrated.” She ended by saying the “only thing we want are the best dancers.” Scare job openings were one of the justifications for the Rockettes lacking a more diverse group of dancers. The production held a rare audition in October 1987 and ads were placed in black, Hispanic, and Asian publications encouraging minorities to audition. Greece said of the 221 dancers who auditioned, only 23 were selected and one was black. She said there wasn’t a dossier kept of minority dancers who tried out. Rockettes didn’t allow black dancers until 1987 but dancers get to be ‘appalled’ by Trump @BIZPACReviewhttps://t.co/I60m3ATVK1 — All American Girl (@AIIAmericanGirI) December 26, 2016 When the Rockettes began adding minorities to the cast in the 80s, Enoch H. Williams, chairman of the City Council’s Black and Hispanic Caucus, called the change “long overdue.” ‘The Rockettes have been white ever since I was a kid,” Williams said. “It’s a shame that a great institution like Radio City wasn’t out in front, instead of dragging the dog’s tail. It shows how archaic their thinking is.” Many heading Human Rights and minority groups thought it was strange that the Rockettes didn’t more accurately reflect the culture of New York City and the rest of the nation. The dance troupe has is by far more diverse than it was 30 years ago. The Rockettes will perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20. [Featured Image by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images]

Rockettes' Lack Of Black Dancers Uncovered: All-White Cast Was Artistically Desirable Until The Late 80s

The Rockettes were late in the game when it came to diversity. Although the dance troupe now has a few black dancers, it wasn’t that way until decades after segregation was outlawed and equal employment opportunities were the social norm. It’s been uncovered by Mediate that a New York Times article published almost 30 years ago reported on the lack of black performers within the Rockettes cast. According to the 1987 New York Times article titled “Rockettes and Race: Barriers Slip” by Bruce Lambert, the dance troupe noticeably rejected having anything other than a white cast — with the exception of one Japanese dancer who’d been dancing with them for over a year. When a black dancer was asked to audition for the production as an on-call dancer for the Super Bowl, Lambert wrote that “the color barrier in what is perhaps the world’s most famous chorus line is beginning to fall.” Just prior to the audition, another black dancer had appeared in a “West Coast edition of the Rockettes.” The Rockettes lack of diversity was called out by civil rights officials as shocking given its “visible symbol of a multiracial city.” Trump Inauguration Performers the Rockettes Didn’t Allow Black Dancers Until 1987 https://t.co/zb3jqwweVL pic.twitter.com/B4NvwTSNpX — Mediaite (@Mediaite) December 26, 2016 ”They stayed lily white all these years – in New York City, of all places,” said Hazel N. Dukes, president of the New York State chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. ”When I hear ‘White Christmas,’ to me it doesn’t mean Caucasian Christmas – it means American Christmas.” The Rockettes’ was formed 92 years ago by Russell Markert, who imposed strict color uniformity within the cast. He “even forbade suntans for a white dancer because it would ‘make her look like a colored girl.’” Violet Holmes was the director of the Rockettes in the 80s, and defended the all-white cast because it was artistically necessary. The dancers were intended to be “mirror images” of each other. “One or two black girls in the line would definitely distract. You would lose the whole look of precision, which is the hallmark of the Rockettes,” Holmes said. The Rockettes came under new ownership in 1979 after Rockefeller Group Inc. started Radio City Music Hall Productions. Helene Greece, the company’s spokeswoman, said the production didn’t see lack of black dancers as an “issue” because they were an “equal opportunity employer.” She noted that the company’s other dance groups have “long been integrated.” She ended by saying the “only thing we want are the best dancers.” Scare job openings were one of the justifications for the Rockettes lacking a more diverse group of dancers. The production held a rare audition in October 1987 and ads were placed in black, Hispanic, and Asian publications encouraging minorities to audition. Greece said of the 221 dancers who auditioned, only 23 were selected and one was black. She said there wasn’t a dossier kept of minority dancers who tried out. Rockettes didn’t allow black dancers until 1987 but dancers get to be ‘appalled’ by Trump @BIZPACReviewhttps://t.co/I60m3ATVK1 — All American Girl (@AIIAmericanGirI) December 26, 2016 When the Rockettes began adding minorities to the cast in the 80s, Enoch H. Williams, chairman of the City Council’s Black and Hispanic Caucus, called the change “long overdue.” ‘The Rockettes have been white ever since I was a kid,” Williams said. “It’s a shame that a great institution like Radio City wasn’t out in front, instead of dragging the dog’s tail. It shows how archaic their thinking is.” Many heading Human Rights and minority groups thought it was strange that the Rockettes didn’t more accurately reflect the culture of New York City and the rest of the nation. The dance troupe has is by far more diverse than it was 30 years ago. The Rockettes will perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20. [Featured Image by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images]

The Top 10 Movies Of 2016: Disney’s ‘Finding Dory’ Tops The List

Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory just kept swimming to the top spot of top grossing movies of 2016 according to Heavy and while that won’t surprise too many people, what is surprising is that of the top 10 movies of 2016, Disney had a hand in six of them. Warner Bros. came in second with two and 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures each had one in the mix. Overall, this is a good thing for the movie industry. As of December 26, it has passed over $11 billion in box office ticket sales and could pass last year’s record of $11.14 billion. Not every movie released in 2016 was a hit. The Steven Spielberg-directed family film, The BFG based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl had an estimated budget of $140,000,000 but only made $55,472,665 in the U.S., according to IMBD. However, Disney was more than able to make up the difference with six gems. Of course, it helps to have an extensive brand list including Marvel and Star Wars. Here are the top 10 movies of 2016: “Doctor Strange” [Image by Marvel/Walt Disney Pictures] Doctor Strange
$228.5 Million ($656.0 Million Worldwide) Released in November, some feared this Marvel movie wouldn’t be too obscure or that audiences would have suffered from superhero burnout to do well. In the end, Doctor Strange is currently the ninth most successful Marvel movie of 14 films. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” [Image by Lucas Film/Walt Disney Pictures] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
$318.1 Million ($555.5 Million Worldwide) This film is just getting started. It has been the #1 top grossing movie for two weeks in a row and will no doubt continue to dominate or at least stay in the top 10 list for some time. Suicide Squad
$325.1 Million ($745.6 Million Worldwide) After disappointing returns from Warner Bros.’ other DC titles, Suicide Squad surprised many. Heavy says the “movie shouldn’t have been a hit and did make 41 percent of its total on opening weekend, but audiences still flocked to it.” Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
$330.4 Million ($873.3 Million Worldwide) Like Suicide Squad, DC’s other big movie suffered from mixed reviews from both critics and fans and yet, it still managed to become a huge hit for Warner Bros. even though the numbers were still lower that what the studio would have liked. “Zootopia” [Image by Walt Disney Pictures] Zootopia
$341.3 Million ($1.0 Billion Worldwide) This animated darling from Disney was the first movie of the year to reach $1 billion in global box office sales, but unlike films like Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad the film was a hit with both critics and audiences alike and a sequel was quickly planned. Deadpool
$363.1 Million ($783.1 Million Worldwide) While Deadpool is part of the Marvel universe, it is not a property owned by Disney. 20th Century Fox owns the rights to the foul-mouthed superhero which made $100 million more than the studio’s other Marvel franchise film. X-Men: Apocalypse. “The Jungle Book” [Image by Walt Disney Pictures] The Jungle Book
$364.0 Million ($996.5 Million Worldwide) Director Jon Favreau was able to keep the spirit of the original 1967 animated movie and improve upon it to create a whole new film where almost everything in it was CGI animation except for the film’s protagonist, Mowgli played by Neel Sethi. The Secret Life of Pets
$368.3 Million ($875.4 Million Worldwide) However powerful Disney animation is, Illumination Entertainment has proved that the mouse-house isn’t the only player on the field. Even while competing with Finding Dory, Pets was able to hold its own. RELATED REPORTS FROM INQUISITR: Two More Disney Movies Added To The National Film Registry: See What Made The Cut For 2016
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‘Stranger Things’ Producer, Shawn Levy, Is Working On ‘Sesame Street’ Movie “Captain America: Civil War” [Image by Mavel/Walt Disney Pictures] Captain America: Civil War
$408.1 Million ($1.15 Billion Worldwide) This Marvel movie has the distinction of being the fourth-highest grossing movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, it didn’t hurt that the film also featured about a dozen of other Marvel characters and acted like another Avengers film. Finding Dory
$486.3 Million ($1.03 Billion Worldwide) The is a common rule in Hollywood that sequels are “never as good as the original,” but Pixar has already blown that theory out of the water with the Toy Story sequels. For Finding Dory, the film was able to dominate the box office 13 years after the original Finding Nemo. [Featured Image by Walt Disney Pictures]

Netflix Movies And Series: Review Of ‘Travelers,’ Plus Best Movies On Netflix For Sci-Fi Fans

Netflix provides some of the best movies and series in our modern era, and Travelers is their latest of original series to hit the streaming site. Netflix’s Travelers is a sci-fi thriller sure to please most fans, and Netflix also has some of the best movies of the genre for those looking for more fantastical action. Unlike Netflix original movies, which are largely panned by critics and fans alike, their series are among the most popular out of TV and any streaming venue. But whether or not Netflix subscribers find Travelers to be a binge-worthy series will remain to be seen. Thus far, Travelers has not received many reviews, and it doesn’t seem to be taking the internet by storm; but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Netflix’s Travelers: The Plot IMDB has a score for the show of almost eight stars (out of ten), and the site provides the premise for Netflix’s Travelers. “Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into people of the 21st century. These travelers assume the lives of others, while attempting to save humanity from a terrible future.” To be more specific, when a human in the 21st century dies the travelers assume their body. Thus they take on the life that their hosts had, kind of like Quantum Leap but more morbid. Eric McCormack (Will and Grace) plays the leader of the group from the future that leaps into the body of an FBI agent. His team consists of a man whose host was a heroin addict, a woman who leaped into an extremely abusive relationship, among many others. Seemingly, this is the casts’ first major role (aside from McCormack); and MacKenzie Porter steals the show. The series does a great job of character building and depth, but Porter’s character (Marcy Warton) is constantly evolving showing her range as an actress. Netflix’s Travelers: The Delivery The plot is original which is hard to pull off these days, and the characters are strong. The series is as dramatic as it is thrilling, but because of a constantly looming soundtrack, Netflix’s Travelers is a bit uneven. There are very witty lines in the series that would normally be a laugh-out-loud moment; because of the ominous music playing over these moments, the humor is lost. Because of this, it’s hard to tell what the creators want the audience to feel. At times this is a very dark show, but then it has moments where it feels like a fun adventure, but the series never commits fully to either tone. But the powerful performances from the cast helps make up for this, and this makes it a worthy sci-fi thriller to watch. Because the first season spent so much time with character building, this feels like a perfect setup for the second season. Most likely fans of sci-fi and thrillers won’t find the season finale to be as gripping as they would like, so Netflix subscribers will probably not find it pleasing to binge-watch the show since the payoff isn’t that high. But if you were to watch all 12 episodes of the first season at a moderate pace, rather than watching all of it within a few days, you will most likely enjoy the experience. Best Movies On Netflix For Sci-Fi Fans If after watching Netflix’s Travelers you still crave some good sci-fi fantasy, Netflix has some of the best movies of the genre currently streaming. ARQ This is one of the few Netflix original movies that garnered positive attention. Though it’s nothing you haven’t seen before from other time-loop based movies, it’s still very solid and offers some edge-of-your-seat action. [Image by Netflix] Galaxy Quest This hilarious satire is great to revisit for those that have seen it, and newer generations will fall in love with it. The film received a stunning 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and the site provides the synopsis for one of the best Netflix movies. “For four years, the courageous crew of the NSEA Protector donned their uniforms and set out on thrilling and often dangerous missions in space – then their series was cancelled. Twenty years later, the five stars of the classic ’70s series “Galaxy Quest” are still in costume, making appearances at sci-fi conventions for legions of die-hard fans – but some of those fans are a little more far out than the actors could have ever imagined. A group of aliens who have mistaken intercepted television transmissions for “historical documents” arrive at a convention and whisk “Commander Peter Quincy Taggart” and his crew into space to help them in their all-too-real war against a deadly adversary.” Circle Independent movies are often overlooked on Netflix, but Circle is certainly worth viewing. The film, which is just under 90 minutes, wastes no time leaping right into the plot: a group of strangers suddenly finds themselves standing in a circle around a futuristic machine that kills them off based on their votes. And if you refuse to vote, the machine kills someone from the group randomly. The Forgotten When a mother is told that her memory of her lost child is all made up, because of a psychotic breakdown, she will go to any lengths possible to discover the truth. This film has plenty of drama, suspense, and sci-fi mystery. Fire in the Sky Was he just creating a fictional story, or was he really abducted by aliens? Based on supposed true events, Fire in the Sky tells the story of a man who claimed to be abducted by aliens. Barbarella If you like your Netflix movies to come with a cheesy erotic plot, then Barbarella is one of the best. Jane Fonda stars as an outer space traveler who is sent to find a missing scientist, and along the way she finds plenty of pleasure. [Image by Paramount Pictures] Primer With a blend of drama, mystery, and science fiction, this is one of the best movies on Netflix if you want a cerebral challenge. *Batteries Not Included The ’80s was a decade of big movies, and Batteries Not Included is one of the best for a feel-good experience that’s perfect for the entire family. Tiny flying saucers help an impoverished group of tenants survive in their slums and in return the tenants help fight the aliens’ enemies. [Image by Universal Pictures] OTHER NETFLIX ARTICLES FROM THE INQUISITR The Best Movies On Netflix For Christmas, Plus The Best Christmas Episodes From Netflix Series Best Movies On Netflix: Review Of The Netflix Original Barack Obama Movie, ‘Barry’ Best Horror Movies Of 2016 New To Netflix Best Movies On Netflix For Thrill-Seekers From Netflix’s Travelers to *Batteries Not Included, some of the best series and movies on Netflix are perfect for sci-fi fans. [Featured Image by Netflix]

NBC’s ‘Wizard Of OZ’ Inspired Show: When Does ‘Emerald City’ Start?

Like Dorothy Gale, NBC’s Emerald City has been fraught with misadventures when it was first conceived in 2015 by Matthew Arnold. Initially, NBC like the concept, but then decided against it. Then, the show was taken out of the round file and given a second chance with Tarsem Singh Dhandwar who serves as both director and executive producer of the 10-episode limited series. David Schulner, Shaun Cassidy, Josh Friedman and Matthew Arnold are along for the ride serving as executive producers. Emerald City takes many of the concepts and characters from the iconic L. Frank Baum series of books featuring the wonderful wizard of Oz and turns the stories on their metaphorical heads. Florence Kasumba as the Wicked Witch of the East in “Emerald City.” [Image by Rico Torres/NBC] “It makes sense that the brickless ‘Yellow Road’ in Emerald City is paved with opium — since this is one trippy adventure,” says Michael Starr from the New York Post. In the new story, Dorothy is a 20-year-old nurse working at a rural hospital in Lucas, Kansas and lives with her adoptive parents. (Perhaps her birth parents live in Oz?) Like the original story, Dorothy is swept up in a tornado but only after she uncovers a crime scene. Instead of the family home, she travels inside a police car with the K-9 German shepherd, Toto. And like the original tale, Dorothy’s vehicle crash lands on top of a witch who is known as the Mistress of the Eastern Wood. Her sister, the Witch of the West, is none too happy with the latest developments. Mido Hamada as Eamonn, Olafur Darri Olafsson as Ojo in “Emerald City.” [Image by David Lukacs/NBC] Emerald City stars Adria Arjona as Dorothy and Vincent D’Onofrio plays the all-powerful Oz who has outlawed magic, but it appears that Dorothy has a few mystical talents of her own that she wasn’t even aware of until his latest vacation away from home. New to the story is a man that Dorothy calls Lucas (Oliver Jackson-Cohen). Lucas is a man who has been crucified and was left for dead. Being that Dorothy is a nurse, she is able to fix him up, but soon finds out that he is left with no memory and is probably a good stand in for the scarecrow. There are no munchkins to speak of (at least not in the beginning of the series) but there are plenty of tribal woods people taking their place. Joely Richardson plays Glinda the presumably “good witch” and Ana Alura plays the Witch of the West. Jordan Loughran plays new character, Tip, a young boy who is held against his will by an older man who swears that he is only trying to protect the boy. We can only guess who or what he is protecting the boy from. RELATED REPORTS FROM INQUISITR: ‘The Good Wife’ Spin-Off Trailer Posted, ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ And More News CBS ALL Access
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Schwarzenegger Settles In New ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Role But Is Donald Trump Out For Good? NBC describes Emerald City as “Epic, romantic and fantastical, and is an empowering tale of a young woman finding her true strength and identity even as she battles to bring a divided world together.” This isn’t your parent’s Wizard of Oz story nor is it intended for young children. It addition to Arjona and D’Onofrio, the show stars Mido Hamada, Jordan Loughran, and Gerran Howell. Emerald City begins with a two-hour premiere on Friday, January 6 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. on NBC. TV shows based on Fairy tale stories have become quit popular the last few years with ABC’s Once Upon a Time and NBC’s Grimm. While you definitely won’t be in Kansas anymore, will you give the new show a try? [Featured Image by NBC]

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Every MCU Movie And TV Show Planned For 2017

After a big year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe that included two hugely successful Netflix series and two blockbuster films, the plans for new MCU content in 2017 are even bigger. Three new Marvel series will be debuting on Netflix, including Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders. Theatrical releases scheduled for 2017 include the latest installments for Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy, while Spider-Man stars in his first film since joining the MCU. And on top of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a new live-action series joins the Disney-ABC Television Group with Marvel’s The Inhumans. What follows is a look at everything currently scheduled to be released in 2017 as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) return in The Defenders on Netflix in 2017 [Image by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Netflix] Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 4 Conclusion Agents of SHIELD has been on a break since December 6, returning to ABC on January 10. The series is scheduled to air a total of 22 episodes for Season 4, but the focus after the new year will switch from Ghost Rider to the Life Model Decoy. As is generally the case with any sort of artificial intelligence in a sci-fi world, the beautiful robot designed by Holden Radcliffe has started to act on its own accord. It would appear that Radcliffe missed the memo about Ultron. Marvel’s Iron Fist — Season 1 If Iron Fist comes anywhere close to receiving the sort of response that Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage received before it, then Danny Rand will likely be established as a household name just before the debut of The Defenders. While each Marvel/Netflix series so far has had its own aesthetic and unique approach to storytelling, there is a certain feel to them that sets them apart from the characters in the films and the ABS series. There’s no reason to think that Marvel’s Iron Fist won’t add to that legacy when the first season is released via Netflix on March 17, 2017. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 As reported by Box Office Mojo, the first installment of Guardians of the Galaxy had a domestic box office that nearly doubled it’s $170 million budget. Worldwide, the film did more than $773 million. It should come as no surprise that everyone plans to reprise their role in the MCU sequel, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio Del Toro. When Guardians 2 is released on May 5, it will be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe theatrical addition since Doctor Strange. Marvel’s The Defenders — Season 1 Although no official release date has been set for The Defenders crossover series on Netflix, three or four months after Iron Fist would make it a Summer series. And since Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will collectively be defending New York City, it makes sense that it would be released around the same time as Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is about another Marvel Comics superhero that is primarily based out of the Big Apple. Spider-Man: Homecoming While there may not be any Iron Man movies planned for the MCU’s future, the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming shows that Tony Stark will be playing an integral part in the development of Peter Parker as the newest member of The Avengers. Spider-Man is the only Marvel superhero that has had his film franchise rebooted as many times as Superman and Batman from DC Comics. But with superhero pop-culture at an all-time high, this could easily prove to be the most successful Spider-Man movie yet. It hits theaters on July 7, 2017. Marvel’s The Inhumans — Season 1 Premiere The Inhuman race has already been introduced on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the series hasn’t dealt specifically with the Inhuman Royal Family, which was originally scheduled to be a part of the MCU film franchise. As noted by ComicBook.com, this series will focus on characters like Black Bolt and Medusa, who are the king and queen of the Inhumans in Marvel Comics. The first two episodes of Marvel’s The Inhumans will debut exclusively at IMAX theaters on September 4 before being replayed on ABC two weeks later. 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Likely to be released sometime after both Iron Fist and The Defenders, there will certainly be plenty of anticipation building through most of 2017 until Marvel’s The Punisher finally hits Netflix. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 5 Premiere At the conclusion of Season 4, Agents of SHIELD will have been around long enough to go into syndication, which could help lead to a decision to cancel any future seasons. Unlike the MCU’s endeavors into huge films and gritty Netflix series, their network television programming hasn’t connected with fans in a major way. Marvel’s Agent Carter only lasted two seasons, and the short, digital spin-off series Agents of SHIELD: Slingshot was released with almost zero fanfare. As noted by TV Line, the show has been moved to ABC’s Tuesday night 10/9c slot, which has been historically bad. If Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returns for a fifth season, it will likely have a season premiere around September 26, 2017. Chloe Bennet (Agents of SHIELD) and Grant Gustin (The Flash) [Image by Kevin Winter/Getty Images] Thor: Ragnarok Thor will be the third character from the MCU film franchise to have a third film named after him, joining his brothers from The Avengers, Iron Man and Captain America. With both Tony Stark and Steve Rogers apparently having put their alter egos aside, will the trend continue for the third film to be the last? As can be seen in the video below, there are big plans for the Hulk in Thor: Ragnarok, which seems likely to play into Avengers: Infinity War in 2018. The third Thor movie hits theaters on November 3, 2017.