BY JAMIE HWANG
The ABA announced winners of the 2018 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts, which recognize outstanding efforts to foster the public’s understanding of law through media.
From 19 finalists, the Standing Committee on Gavel Awards selected six pieces of media for Silver Gavels with four others receiving honorable mentions.
“The American Bar Association engages in a careful, deliberative judging process to pick winners of the Silver Gavel Awards,” said Stephen C. Edds, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Gavel Awards. “We congratulate all of our 2018 awardees for their extraordinary efforts to foster the American public’s understanding of law.”
Silver Gavel Awards and honorable mentions are available in nine categories—books, magazines, newspapers, commentary, drama & literature, documentaries, television, radio and multimedia—but not every category will necessarily receive an award every year. The 2018 Silver Gavel finalists were selected by a committee of 45 lawyers from 166 entries. The 18-person standing committee selected award winners from those finalists in six categories:
Silver Gavel: Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission, by Barry Friedman.
Honorable Mention: In Praise of Litigation, by Alexandra Lahav.
Silver Gavel: And Then They Came for Us, by Ginzberg Productions.
Honorable Mention: They Call Us Monsters, by BMP Films.
DRAMA & LITERATURE
Silver Gavel: Marshall, directed and produced by Reginald Hudlin.
Silver Gavel: “Death-Penalty Defense Drama at Guantánamo War Court,” featured in the Miami Herald.
Honorable Mention: “Secrecy Rules,” featured in the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Silver Gavel: Breakdown Season 6: A Jury of His Peers, by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Honorable Mention: Null and Void, by Radiolab at WNYC.
Silver Gavel: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, by PBS Distribution, Frontline and ITVS.
The ABA has awarded Silver Gavels every year since 1958. ABA President Hilarie Bass will present the winners and honorable mentions on July 17 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
By Ani Bundel
When Avengers: Infinity War ended there were almost no loose ends left behind. The film accounted for nearly everyone who was done and dusted, except one: Shuri, T’Challa’s little sister. Because Infinity War was finished before Black Panther came out, the Russo Brothers didn’t know she’d be a fan favorite or audiences would worry about her fate. Now actress Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri, is giving hints for what happens in Avengers 4: (No There’s No Title Yet). And it sounds like Shuri could be the next Black Panther and ruler of Wakanda.
While here in the states, the biggest entertainment news this weekend is the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, over in the UK, it’s their biggest comic convention of the year. Known as MCM Comic-con, this London based event brings out major stars from all sorts of franchises. This year the cavalcade of stars included Letitia Wright, who was brought up in Tottenham in North London.
In a panel which occurred on Friday, Wright was asked about how her life has changed now she’s technically a “Disney Princess.” After all, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is owned by Disney and Shuri is a Wakandan Princess. QED.
Wright admitted she was initially taken aback when fans called her that. According to Deadline, Wright said:
I was like, ‘what’s this Disney Princess pressure? Do I have to be perfect?’ Then I realized that everyone’s just so geeked about having a different kind of female character in the Marvel universe and the Disney universe. And there’s going to be much, much more – I’m not the only Disney Princess to come to the surface and claim that title.
But Shuri’s status as a princess also means she stands to inherit the kingdom of Wakanda were something were to happen to T’Challa. When the question came up (considering something did just happen to T’Challa, along with half the universe), Wright’s answer was short, but interesting.
To be comic-book accurate, yes.
What Wright means by “comic book accurate” is her character was originally conceived to be the “spare” to T’Challa’s “heir.” This is the way almost all royal families work. Prince Harry was the “spare” to Prince William’s “heir” back when they were born. Now, in William’s own family, Princess Charlotte is “spare” to Prince George’s “heir.” Writer Reginald Hudlin, who came up with Shuri in 2005, pointed out at the time T’Challa’s only child status was not believable, and if T’Challa’s mother died, his father would simply remarry in order to make sure there was a spare running around.
Moreover, Hudlin followed through by killing off T’Challa so Shuri could inherit and take over the role of the Black Panther. (Don’t worry, it was merely a temporary death. Much like fans hope his death at the end of Infinity War will be.) But this means Shuri taking on the role of the titular superhero is, as they say, “canon.”
That’s a big deal for the MCU, which has been accused of favoring white male leads for far too long, and when they do have women of color in major roles, they do things like paint them green. Black Panther was a huge step forward for the franchise in terms of diversity. CEO Kevin Feige is working overtime to get female lead movies in the mix as well, with Wasp, Captain Marvel, and Black Widow. But those are noticeably all white women.
If the MCU really wants to get diverse, promoting Shuri into the Black Panther role for Avengers 4 and putting her front and center alongside Captain America and Iron Man would be an endorsement of the direction they’re planning to go in Phase IV, as well as making her the first black female stand-alone superhero to grace the MCU. It could even lead to her own film. After all, director Ryan Coogler already said he’s game for directing an all women’s Black Panther spin-off.
Avengers 4: No There’s No Title Yet, Stop Asking arrives in theaters May 3, 2019.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9646810cu)
Vin Diesel attends the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 45th Chaplin Award Gala at Alice Tully Hall, in New York
2018 Chaplin Award Gala Honoring Helen Mirren, New York, USA – 30 Apr 2018
by Anita Busch
Fast and Furious franchise star Vin Diesel will star in STX’s new action-comedy Muscle which will be produced by the actor and Samantha Vincent through their One Race Films. Also producing will be Reginald Hudlin and Byron Phillips who brought the project to STX which is looking to make the IP into a franchise. The storyline for the comedy is being kept under wraps but the writers are Scott Taylor and Wesley Jermaine Johnson.
“I’ve known Vin for more than a decade after working closely with him on the Fast and Furious franchise and I’m excited for him to return to this genre,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms in making the announcement. “Muscle is the perfect blend of action and comedy that his millions of devoted fans around the world have come to love him for, and we believe has the potential to become his next big, signature franchise.”
STXfilms’ Senior VP of production Drew Simon and Director of Development Kate Vorhoff will oversee the film’s production.
Not only has Diesel starred in and produced (this is Neal Moritz’s baby) the five highest-grossing films in the massively successful Fast franchise bu the also voices the character ‘Groot’ in both the Guardians of the Galaxy films and appears in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. He will begin shooting Sony’s Bloodshot this summer and then star in and produce xXx4.
Diesel is represented by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Taylor and Johnson are repped by manager Sheree Guitar Entertainment and law firm Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.