Anthony Mackie Says Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Doesn’t Need Black Director: ‘They Didn’t Get a Horse to Direct Seabiscuit’

Avengers star Anthony Mackie does not believe that Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther film – the first in the cinematic superhero universe to feature an African-American lead – needs an African-American director behind the camera. In a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Beast, Mackie said a director’s race is not an important factor in the success of a film. “I don’t think it’s important at all,” the actor said. “As a director your job is to tell a story. You know, they didn’t get a horse to direct Seabiscuit! The thing is I don’t think the race of the director has to do with their ability to tell a story. I think it’s all about the director’s ability to be able to relate to that story and do it justice. I think men can direct women, and two of my greatest work experiences were with female directors. So I think it all depends. May the best man—or woman—win.” Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up, 42) is set to star as T’Challa, prince of Wakanda, who becomes the superhero Black Panther after his father is assassinated. Marvel had courted Selma director Ava DuVernay to take the reins of the project, but she passed on it, citing creative differences. The search is now on to find a director for the film, which is set for release in 2018.

Gotta give credit where credit is due..  And, despite his stereotypical, anti-Republican party, very liberal, HollyWEIRD politics..   Anthony is exactly right for saying this about whoever is to direct this film.  So, kudos to him for this.  It’s not a popular, or very pc thing, to say in his industry..

Taraji P. Henson Apologizes to Glendale Police for Racial Profile Allegations

Taraji P. Henson apologized to the Glendale Police Department on Friday afternoon for the allegations she made against them about racially profiling her son. “I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s,” the Empire actress wrote on Instagram. “Sometimes as humans WE over react without gathering all of the facts. As a mother in this case I over reacted and for that I apologize. Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son.” In an interview with Uptown magazine, Henson said that her son will not be attending USC — and instead attending Howard University in Washington D.C. — because he was racially profiled near the campus. “Police stopped him for having his hands in his pockets,” Henson said in the interview. Henson did not reference the alleged USC incident in her apology. She went on to explain that her son was also racially profiled by Glendale police. “My child has been racially profiled. He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car,” Henson said. “It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for.” The apology came hours after a video obtained by the Los Angeles Times showed the encounter between Henson’s son and Glendale police, disproving that police racially profiled him. Footage from the Oct. 18 incident shows an officer speed up and stop a Honda Civic that drove through a lit crosswalk as a pedestrian crossed. Marcell Johnson, Henson’s son, is not visibly apparent in the video when the officer stopped him. The officer tells Johnson he was stopped for driving through a crosswalk that a pedestrian was walking across and asks if he has any illegal items in his car. Johnson admitted to having marijuana (and a medical marijuana license that he could not find) and prescription drug Ritalin. “I appreciate you being honest with me about the weed. I do appreciate that because I do smell weed,” the officer told Johnson. Johnson consented to having the officer search his car; the officer was joined by two fellow police officers and a cadet during the search. Following the car search, the officers found hash oil, a grinder and marijuana, according to the LA Times. “I am not going to give you a citation for running that yellow because that would actually put a moving violation on your driver’s license, and you are going to have to go to traffic school and all that stuff, so I am helping you by not giving you a violation on it. All I am going to do is take the weed from you,” the officer said. Johnson was told he could pay off the fine instead of going to court.

Wow..  No wonder Taraji apologized!  And, kudos to her for having done so!  But… She apologized because she had to.  This is textbook example of why its important that cops have dashboard cams, and personal video cameras.  Her son was clearly in the wrong.  And, the video proves it.  So, she had to do a quick backtrack and apologize, otherwise she’d make more of a fool of herself.

French conservative leader Le Pen accepts Madonna offer for a chat

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Tuesday accepted an offer to sit down with Madonna over a drink and chat about their points of view. “I accept Madonna’s invitation with pleasure,” Le Pen told AFP. Madonna, who in the past has demonised Le Pen on stage by portraying her with a swastika on her head, made the unusual overture during a French television interview late Monday. “I would like to sit down and have a drink with her. I want to understand where she’s coming from,” she said on the network Canal+. The American singer, who superimposed the swastika on video of Le Pen’s face during a 2012 Paris concert, only last week called Le Pen’s National Front party “fascist”. In the interview she conceded: “Maybe I misunderstood Marine Le Pen. I’m not sure. I don’t want to start a war. I want peace in the world.”

As you’ll note, I’ve changed the title slightly from “far right” to conservative.  I did this because the AP and Yahoo news consider Obama “moderate.”  So, you have to consider the source.  Plus, France is an extremely socialist country.  So, if you put forth even mildly conservative policy alternatives, people like Madonna call them “fascist.”  And, again, consider the source.  Marine Le Pen has been drawing the ire of the leftist media because she has the audacity to suggest that maybe, just maybe, France should review its extremely liberal immigration policies in light of the recent Radical Islamic terrorist activities in that country.  Yeah.. imagine that!  Of COURSE France should do that!  We should as well..

Another Hollywood Star Comes Out; And He’s Loud and Proud About It

Another big name in Hollywood has come out of the closet, the political closet that is, the brave new world where actors can come clean about their honest political beliefs and risk being ridiculed, demonized and forever putting their careers in jeopardy by bigoted and intolerant leftists for having the audacity to go against the norms in Hollywood society as NOT being a politically-correct, America-hating communist. As the Washington Times reported, actor Charlie Sheen publicly came out of the political closet on The Flipside with Michael Loftus, joining the ranks of the courageous few in Hollywood like James Woods, Dean Cain and Clint Eastwood in the interview that took place on February 8.

Interesting..  Normally we don’t do the whole HollyWEIRD celeb thing here at The Daily Buzz because we’re already over-exposed to such irrelevant garbage.  But, every once in a while we see a story, like this, that catches our eye.  That, and maybe its just Friday the 13th..  Anyway, despite Charlie’s “coming out” about his Constitutional positions (which we can all definitely appreciate and respect), he DID note that he’d like his extremely liberal dad has his political side-kick if he were to ever get involved politically.  So, just putting that out there….for what it’s worth.

Shirley Manson Goes After ‘Small and Petty’ Kanye West for Grammy Rant

Female rocker Shirley Manson took to her Facebook page on Monday to go after rapper Kanye West for dismissing Beck as an artist, describing him as “small and petty,” among other things. Alternative rock artist Beck took home the Album of the Year award at Sunday night’s Grammys, but in accepting the accolade, Beck inadvertently drew the ire of Kanye West. In a rant after the show, Kanye blasted both the Grammys and Beck, who he said needed to “respect artistry” and “should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.”

We try and avoid the whole celeb thing here at The Daily Buzz. There are plenty of sources in the checkout lanes at your local grocery story for that sorta irrelevant nonsense. But, every once in a while a story catches our eye, and so..what the heck? The real story here is.. Why do the Grammy’s continue to allow an obnoxious tool like Kanye West to attend their annual ceremonies after what he did back in 2009? Remember the way he treated Taylor Swift back in 2009, when Taylor won her award, and Kayne went up, snagged it out of her hand and went on some strange rant that it should have been awarded to Beyoncé? As you may recall..Taylor, who at the time was like 19, handled it with class and grace. Kanye should have been dragged off stage by security, and thrown out the back door. Well, apparently the Grammys allowed that oxygen thief to return, and he did it again…This time the target was Beck. And, btw.. What is his, pathological, and bizarre infatuation with Beyoncé anyway? Does someone need to remind Kanye that she’s married? Or is it some racial thing? I’m thinking its probably a combination of both. What a loser.. Anyway, I’m no fan of Ms. Manson.. But, he response here is spot on. Frankly, I think she’s being WAY too nice.

Fox News Responds to Lindsay Lohan Lawsuit

Fox News has released a statement Tuesday responding to the news that Lindsay and Dina Lohan are filing a defamation suit against the cable news network for remarks made on “Hannity” a year ago: We will defend this case to the fullest. The remark about which Lindsay and Dina Lohan complain was made on live television by a guest nearly a year ago. We removed the segment from our archives altogether last February and also apologized on-air. At that time, the Lohans did not make any demands for money, and we are surprised they are doing so now.

This speaks volumes (none of it good) about Lindsay and her ambulance-chasing mom.  What a ridiculous law suit.  Hopefully the judge will blink twice, shake his/her head, and throw it out.  No news organization can control what a GUEST says live on air.  If the Lohans have such an issue with what Michelle Fields said about their possible drug use over a year ago (and that’s what this is all about), then they should go after Michelle; NOT Fox News.  But, being the ambulance-chasers they are, they know Fox News has deeper pockets.  Shame on them..