Chadwick Boseman honored at Wakanda premiere

The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premiere includes red-carpet tributes to Chadwick Boseman; Hugh Jackman honors his late father in The Son; in praise of Jenny the miniature donkey from Banshees of Inisherin; congratulations to the winners of the Newport Beach Film Festival and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival; until next year, SCAD. All in today’s Movie News Rundown.

So Long, SCAD: Yesterday was my last day at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, and I miss it already! It’s still going on until Saturday, so it’s not too late to drop in if you’re in Savannah. My favorite thing about SCAD is watching movies in a theater full of college students. Their squeals of delight when Timothée Chalamet walks on screen for the first time in Bones and All — and their groans of disgust when he starts munching on human flesh — definitely made the movie-watching experience more fun. Triangle of Sadness, X and Pearl were other highlights. There’s just nothing else quite like watching a movie in a crowded theater.

Wakanda Forever: The red carpet at the world premiere of the Black Panther sequel was full of tributes to the late, great Chadwick Boseman: Letitia Wright wore a look very similar to one previously worn by the King T’Challa actor, and director Ryan Coogler wore a pendant with a portrait of Boseman.

Reactions Are Overwhelmingly Positive: These are the early, pre-review social media reactions of people who attended the premiere, which tend to be good for all movies, but: We believe them.  No plot points are included in the tweets below, but if you want to see Black Panther: Wakanda Forever knowing nothing, of course you should skip them. Okay?

“I Felt His Presence”: Hugh Jackman opens up about losing his father right before he started shooting The Son in a new Variety cover story. “My father never missed a day of work,” Jackman says, explaining why he resisted taking time off to grieve. “I could feel him. I knew if he could talk to me, he’d be like, ‘You got to go to work! What are you talking about?’ I felt his presence on the set,” Jackman said.

An Ode to Jenny, the Miniature Donkey: If you’ve seen The Banshees of Inisherin, you’ll understand why I haven’t stopped thinking about ColinFarrell’s co-star Jenny the miniature donkey ever since. I’ll be honest — pretty much any animal can make me cry in a movie. But rarely has a movie critter affected me so emotionally as Jenny did in Martin McDonagh’s latest. Vulture has all the details about Jenny and her early, well-deserved retirement here.

Congratulations: To all the winners of the Newport Beach Film Festival. The Quiet Girl won the jury award for best film, Four Samosas won the audience award for best U.S. narrative feature, The Banshees of Inisherin won the audience award for best international narrative feature, and The Ghost of Richard Harris won the audience award for best documentary feature.

More Congrats: To the winners of the Hotsprings Documentary Film Festival. SANSÓN AND ME won best U.S. feature film, and Hidden Letters won both the jury award for best international feature film and th audience award in the same category. De Humani Corporis Fabrica won the Critics Prize.

Submissions Now Open: For the 25th annual Sarasota Film Festival in Sarasota, Florida. The festival is taking place from March 24 – April 2, 2023, so if you have any films to submit, now is the time! Send them via Film Freeway here.

Comment of the Day: “The Empire State Building is “iconic.” The Hoover Dam is “iconic.” No part of a one-month old horror movie could possibly be “iconic”… unless you have a crystal ball. Good movie. Horrible use of English to hype something that is just not possible.” — Steve J., taking issue with our story about Mia Goth’s smile in Pearl.

MovieMaker Responds:

Mia Goth Says That Creepy Smile Scene in Pearl Wasn't Scripted

A Teaser for a Song: Want to hear Rihanna’s new music for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever? Come back tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy these few seconds of Rihanna.

Main image: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in theaters November 11.