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■ Black Pan­ther stole the show Satur­day night at Marvel Stu­dios’ Comic-Con pre­sen­ta­tion. Fans at the San Diego con­ven­tion went wild for the ex­clu­sive sneak peek at the up­com­ing su­per­hero film, fea­tur­ing star Chadwick Bose­man’s char­ac­ter, T’Challa, in­ter­cept­ing a sketchy vi­bra­nium trade be­tween Andy Serkis’ Klaw and Martin Free­man’s Everett. Set in an el­e­gant casino, the deal goes hay­wire and T’Challa and his se­cu­rity de­tail, played by Lupita Ny­ong’o and Danai Gurira, jump to ac­tion in their even­ing gowns to re­trieve the pre­cious goods. The clip was fol­lowed by the trailer for the film, and the crowd of 6,500 broke into deaf­en­ing cheers at the sight of T’Challa don­ning the Black Pan­ther suit. Marvel Stu­dios also teased its third Thor film, Thor: Rag­narok, which has a dif­fer­ent and more ir­rev­er­ent tone than pre­vi­ous in­stall­ments. The film hits the­aters in Novem­ber. “I’ve played this char­ac­ter five times,” said the movie’s star, Chris Hemsworth. “Me, per­son­ally, I got a lit­tle bored and thought we’ve got to try some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent … push the en­ve­lope, take it to an­other level.”

■ It was a typ­i­cal phone call be­tween two boys and their mother, who was on va­ca­tion in France. It was brief — the boys wanted to get back to play­ing with their cousins, not spend time on the phone chat­ting. The brevity of that 1997 call haunts Prince Wil­liam and Prince Harry to this day — for their mother, Princess Diana, would die in a car crash that night. “Harry and I were in a des­per­ate rush to say good­bye, you know, ‘See you later.’… If I’d known now ob­vi­ously what was go­ing to hap­pen, I wouldn’t have been so blase about it and ev­ery­thing else,” Wil­liam said in a new doc­u­men­tary. “But that phone call sticks in my mind, quite heav­ily.” Harry said the fi­nal chat is some­thing he will re­gret un­til the end of his days. “Look­ing back on it now, it’s in­cred­i­bly hard. I’ll have to sort of deal with that for the rest of my life,” Harry said. “Not know­ing that was the last time I was go­ing to speak to my mum. How dif­fer­ently that con­ver­sa­tion would have panned out if I’d had even the slight­est inkling her life was go­ing to be taken that night.” The doc­u­men­tary — Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy — is air­ing to­day on Bri­tain’s ITV. Ex­cerpts from the film and new fam­ily photographs were re­leased Sun­day. The show is a trib­ute to Diana as the 20th an­niver­sary of her Au­gust 31, 1997, death ap­proaches. It is only in the past year that Wil­liam and Harry have spo­ken openly in pub­lic about their feel­ings about the sud­den loss of their mother. Wil­liam, sec­ond in line for the Bri­tish throne, was only 15 at the time of her death. Harry was 12.




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