Black Panther's Costume to Go on Display at the Smithsonian

Disney/Marvel Studios
Disney/Marvel Studios

After breaking numerous box office records and garnering near-universal acclaim, Marvel’s Black Panther can add another accolade to its collection when the costume T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) wears in the movie makes its way to the Smithsonian this fall.

The Black Panther suit will be displayed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. during the museum’s inaugural African American Film Festival from October 24-26, 2018. Additionally, some thought has been given to making the costume a permanent fixture of the museum.

In the movie, T’Challa wears two Black Panther suits—one at the beginning of the film, which debuted in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and an upgraded one soon after. The museum will display the first costume, which it acquired in February when a public screening of the film was held there. Also on display will be a signed shooting script, pages from the film’s spec script, and behind-the-scenes photographs showing the filmmaking process.

While the $1.35 billion the movie made is certainly impressive, it's the film's cultural impact that landed it within the halls of a Smithsonian Institution.

“I think the film presented notions of African regality, dignity, modernity, and respect for culture and tradition that many people felt proud to see represented onscreen,” Rhea Combs, a curator at the museum, said in an interview with Smithsonian Magazine.

For many, Black Panther represents the start of a new generation of African American representation in film, which is exactly what the museum is highlighting with its fall festival. “The film festival is as much about celebrating and honoring the past as it is about recognizing and representing the promise of tomorrow, which is precisely what Black Panther represented as well,” Combs said.

You can get more information on the museum's African American Film Festival here.

Harry Potter Fans Are Waiting 10 Hours or More to Ride Hagrid’s Roller Coaster

Universal Orlando
Universal Orlando

Muggles will do anything to be a part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal Orlando opened up its newest ride this week at its version of Hogsmeade, the village that surrounds Hogwarts castle. Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure takes wannabe wizards and witches on a twisting, high-speed flight through the mystical Forbidden Forest.

Diehard fans began waiting overnight outside the park in anticipation of the ride, and it looks like just about everyone had the same idea. At 8:30 a.m. on opening day, the line was already eight hours long, and quickly stretched to 10 hours long by 10:30 a.m., CNN reports.

The line is worth the wait for many fans of the franchise. As Potterheads already know, Rubeus Hagrid, beloved friend of Harry Potter and the gang, has a special affinity for mysterious creatures. So who better to see the beasts of the forest with than the half-giant?

Participants on the ride can choose to sit in Hagrid’s sidecar or in the driver’s seat. The winding track includes appearances by some of our favorite wizards, like Arthur Weasley, and creatures benevolent and otherwise, such as Cornish pixies, massive spiders, and the three-headed dog, Fluffy.

Fans aren’t the only ones wanting to experience the ride. Some of the stars of the film series had a little reunion in Orlando this week to celebrate the opening, including Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).

Unlike the fans, however, they have magic (fame) to keep them from having to wait in 10-hour lines.

Happy riding, Potterheads!

[h/t CNN]

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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