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Wakanda is one of Africa's biggest nations, it's still a third world country but it's also holder of many secrets. It's former ruler was King T'Chaka, the nation loved their King but he was killed by a bomb explosion, since then his son T'Challa is his rightful heir and leader of the Black Panther tribe.
After returning to his country, T'Challa finds his country of Wakanda fragmented and in disarray; though his people are still loyal to the crown and his lineage, many people have seized the opportunity to take a piece of Wakanda for themselves - one of which T'Challa is all too familiar with.
Klaw is T'Challa's nemesis and is an incredibly intelligent yet despicably evil man who will go to any lengths to take what he thinks is his for the taking. Klaw wishes to take the Wakandan land for his own and is willing to destroy all its citizens if needs be.
Continue: Black Panther Trailer
After the release of The Force Awakens at the end of 2015, Disney and Lucas films didn't mess around delivering the general public its first announcement/teaser for The Last Jedi back at the start of 2016. Now, well over a year later, we finally get to see some proper footage from the upcoming movie.
Many of the key cast from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will feature in The Last Jedi including Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and Adam Driver as Kylo Ren who famously slaughtered his much-loved father in a face to face battle that made for one of the most pivotal scenes in the history of Star Wars.
As ever with new Star Wars releases, the scrip and the story outline is one of Hollywood's most closely guarded secrets and few official details have been released to the public. We do know that the story will pick up where The Force Awakens ended with Rey going off into a mountainous setting to hunt down Luke Skywalker in a bid to train with him and learn his knowledge.
Continue: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer
Critics haven't a bad word to say about the Oscar winner's performance.
It feels cruel that we haven't seen much of Lupita Nyong'o on the big screen since she won an Academy Award for her first film role in '12 Years A Slave', but it's worth the long wait to see her in her latest venture, Disney's 'Queen Of Katwe'.
Madina Nalwanga and Lupita Nyong'o star in 'Queen Of Katwe'
She's yet to grace the screen with a leading part, but her supporting role in this film about Ugandan chess champion Phiona Mutesi is star quality. She plays Phiona's firm but affectionate mother Nakku Harriet, while Phiona is played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o Is The Star Of The Show In 'Queen Of Katwe'
After winning an Oscar for her first role in a feature film (2013's 12 Years a Slave), Lupita Nyong'o has picked her projects carefully.
Lupita jumped at a chance to work with her longtime friend, filmmaker Mira Nair, shooting Queen of Katwe in Uganda, next door to Kenya, where she grew up. Most films set in Africa, she says, are about "wars or political dictators or what-have-you. But this is a view of Africa told with Africans front and centre. It's their narrative, and that means that you have layered characters. Yes, you have struggle, but it is also a story about perseverance, vision and the magic of realising your dream."
In the film, Nyong'o is Harriet, the mother of child chess prodigy Phiona, played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga. Nyong'o loved working with the young actors. "Children remind you what the heart of the matter is," she says. "They work from a truthfulness. I mean, I watched Madina develop her craft as we went along. She was always so curious about what we were doing and why we were doing it. I would be warming up and she would ask me what I was doing, and the next thing I knew she was doing it. With every take, I'd see she would have a deeper understanding of what the dynamics were, what was at stake, what the subtext was. And she may not even be able to articulate that. But I could see her growing as an actor."
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o Thinks Queen Of Katwe Is A Normal Story
Disney's Queen of Katwe is set in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda where we follow Phiona Mutesi on her journey to dream big and create a better life for her and her family. Her mother Harriet works on the market selling vegetables in order to just provide enough money to keep a roof over the family's head and says to Phiona that she will be disappointed if she 'dares to dream'.
Using remarkably photorealistic animation, this remake of the 1967 Disney classic is warm and enjoyable, with a few moments of suspense for the kids in the audience. Loosely based on Rudyard Kipling's stories, it's a lively tale packed with memorable characters. But it feels relentlessly tamed for a family audience.
Stranded in the jungle as a baby, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) was rescued by the panther Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley) and raised by a pair of wolves (Lupita Nyong'o and Giancarlo Esposito). But the presence of a human in the jungle is unacceptable to tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba), who was injured by a man and now wants Mowgli's blood. While fleeing to the human world, Mowgli has a fateful encounter with the seductive python Kaa (Scarlett Johansson). He's rescued by the bear Baloo (Bill Murray), with whom he has a series of adventures, including being kidnapped by a gang of monkeys led by King Louie (Christopher Walken). But Shere Khan is still searching for him, and Mowgli can't hide forever.
Filmmaker Jon Favreau (Iron Man) keeps the story skimming along the surface, avoiding the darker themes woven into the premise. So instead of exploring the meaning of humanity or mankind's relationship with nature, the film is a breezy adventure romp with the usual action movie beats and some surprisingly nasty violence. And it looks utterly amazing, especially since the credits note that it was filmed completely in downtown Los Angeles.
Continue reading: The Jungle Book Review
The annual issue’s cover features 13 of the most important women in Hollywood, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
From Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence to Viola Davis and Diane Keaton, Vanity Fair’s annual ‘Hollywood issue’ cover is a celebration of diversity. Released against the backdrop of the growing diversity debate after this year’s Oscar nominations, the cover shows the variety of women making their mark in Hollywood today, breaking barriers for age and race.
Clooney and Nyong’o join the growing list of names speaking out over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations.
Lupita Nyong’o and George Clooney have become the latest stars to speak out about this year’s Oscar nominations, which have been criticised for their lack of diversity. Already director Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith have said they’ll be boycotting this year’s ceremony which for the second year in a row features no non-white nominees in any of the major categories.
Lupita Nyong’o has joined the debate over this year’s Oscars.
Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2013, wrote on Instagram: "I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year's Academy Awards nominations. It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture."
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o And George Clooney Join Oscars' Diversity Debate
Model and actress Lupita Nyong'o chats about some of the benefits to playing a motion capture character (Lupita even spoke to Andy Serkis, the master of motion capture, for some advice) and what attracted her to the role of Moz in the first place. Speaking about the character, she says there's a great heart at the centre of the character and what might become of the role.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Interview
Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the beginning, this 30-years-later sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi is a thrilling adventure. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has managed to capture the tone of the original trilogy while telling a story about young, vibrant new characters whose connection to the overall saga deepens intriguingly as events unfurl.
Over the past three decades, the Empire has regrouped, forming the First Order to crush the Old Republic for good. And the plucky Rebellion hasn't offered much resistance since leader Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) disappeared. The Empire's top henchman Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is searching for him just as diligently as the rebel leader General Leia (Carrie Fisher). But the real action is happening out of their grasp, as disaffected storm trooper Finn (John Boyega) teams up with rebel pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) and then feisty scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and expressive droid BB-8. Along the way, Han Solo and Chewbacca (Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew) find themselves back in the fray. And everyone is startled when there's a strong stirring in the force.
Abrams beautifully recreates the scruffy, clanky mechanical atmosphere of the original trilogy, infusing scenes with witty banter and John William's soaring score to throw us right back into that familiar galaxy. This includes the saga's main themes: the temptation of power, how true heroism is often accidental, and the tension between parents and children. Combine this with a plot that propels itself with a series of unexpected adventures and battles, all centred on the characters, and the film taps strongly into the teen in all of us.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review
After the victory of the Rebel Alliance over the Galactic Empire and subsequent demolition of The Death Star, you'd imaging life in a certain galaxy would be a little more subdued, but as we soon learn, life for Princess Leia, Luke and Hans wasn't exactly easy following their small yet essential victory.
30 years on and to most citizens - humanoid and alien - the stories of evil Lord Darth Vader and the Jedi Masters are just a legend, a story they tell their children that starts with the well-known overture: 'A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away'. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the Star Wars series and is an additional story to the original Star Wars outline.
The film follows a set of new characters as they join the battle and fight the evil forces once again threatening to destroy their galaxy. The Force Awakens was directed by Jj Abrams and sees a number of cast favourites return to the story including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
Josh Trank will no longer be directing the 'Star Wars' spin-off film.
Director Josh Trank has announced his departure from a standalone Star Wars project. The Chronicle director was supposed to direct a spin-off film, similar to Star Wars: Rogue One which is currently being developed by Gareth Edwards. Trank, who has also directed the upcoming Fantastic Four remake, announced he was leaving the Star Wars project on Friday (1st May) via the film franchise's website.
The upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, is due to be released in December.
Continue reading: Director Josh Trank Leaves 'Star Wars' Spin-off, Citing Personal Reasons
It doesn't tell us much, but here's your first taster of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.
It's finally here! The teaser trailer you've all been waiting for: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', and while it's not really giving anything away, it looks pretty intense. Vehicles have updated, the stormtroopers are looking shinier and R2D2 appears to have evolved.
Star Wars returns in December 2015
Since George Lucas announced his retirement from the franchise, there's been all sorts of speculation about what differences could be expected from an updated sequel: though it's difficult to tell from the less than one and a half minute trailer. Everyone seems to be in a rush (especially, in a comical fashion, R2D2) and there's some brand new faces, who all look a little nervous as a voiceover booms out: 'There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The dark side and the light.'
Everybody came out in their Sunday best - literally - for the American Music Awards.
We have to talk about something. Specifically, about the American Music Awards. More specifically, about One Direction at the American Music Awards. Now, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but have you seen those young British gentlemen and their outfits? The boyband is definitely turning into a manband these days and their black-on-black ensembles were strategically chosen to reflect the change.
Gone are the wind-swept, vaguely hippie-ish days.
They went for a hipster-meets-business-chic kind of look (see the pictures over on CNN) and we love it – even if it has the potential to this decade’s sagging white pants. Harry’s hat and Liam’s l cheetah print shirt were particularly nice touches.
The Oscar-winning actress recently opened up about how she had to learn she was beautiful.
Even though Lupita Nyong'o, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at this year's Academy-Awards, is currently No.1 on People Magazine's Most Beautiful list, from a young age she was taught she wasn't beautiful.
Nyong'o talks about learning she is beautiful
Nyong'o, who was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, opens up about her youth while covering December's Glamour magazine for its annual Women of the Year issue, which she will be honoured with at the glossy mag's 24th annual awards ceremony in New York City on Nov. 10th.
Kingsley joins a hugely promising cast for Favreau's latest remake of the legendary story
Ben Kingsley at The Prince's Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards
Kingsley will play the role of Bagheera, the friendly, caring panther that acts as a surrogate father figure for the orphaned Mowgli. His recent projects include the high profile blockbusters Ender's Game and Iron Man 3, while his upcoming projects include Autobahn, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Nyong'o's Vogue cover has seen the star open up on fame
Having won an Oscar for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o has likened award season and, more specifically, the red carpet, to a war zone. The 31-year-old star was talking to Vogue as part of her well-documented cover feature.
Luptia Nyong'o thinks the red carpet is a war zone. Luckily, this one's blue
“Everyone said, 'Brace yourself, Lupita! Keep a granola bar in that clutch of yours!'” she explained. “I didn't really understand what they meant, and it was only once it was past that I realized that my body had been holding on by a thread to get through this very intense experience. Nothing can prepare you for awards season,” she added. “'The red carpet feels like a war zone, except you cannot fly or fight; you just have to stand there and take it,” she explained.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o On Award Season: It's Like A War Zone
While landing her first front cover of Vogue, the 31 year-old actress recalls her harrowing encounters walking the red carpet: "My body had been holding on by a thread to get through this very intense experience."
The whole award season was rather overwhelming for the 31 year-old actress, who was unheard of before starring in '12 Years A Slave,' especially the daunting experience of walking the red carpet.
While Nyong'o landed her first front cover of Vogue, looking stunning in a Prada purple-and-red printed dress, she revealed what it is like being at the limelight of Hollywood.
The 31-year old actress admits that fame crept up as if from nowhere
Lupita Nyong’o was a relative unknown before she burst on the screen with her captivating performance in ’12 Years a Slave’. Her role as Patsey in Steve McQueens award-winning slave drama, which told the true-to-life story of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), saw her pick up the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and placed her irrevocably in the limelight.
Lupita Nyong'o is fast becoming a fashion icon, too
"It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognising me - before I recognised them!” the Kenyan-Mexican star explained, adding that she knew she was ‘famous’ when the paparazzi were pointing their lenses at her.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o On Fame And Future Projects Beyond '12 Years'
Rumours regarding the plot of Star Wars are already circulating and websites suggest people working within Pinewood Studios are being kept in the dark. However, some sources have managed to glean some information and have passed on the rumours.
The plot of Star Wars is already being widely discussed despite the producers' attempts to keep the story line under wraps. Rumours are flying amuck about the possible plot and some of them are originating from inside the Pinewood Studio.
The Star Wars Episode VII script is top secret.
The website, makingstarwars.net, has allegedly spoken to people working within the studio and with close proximity to the cast and crew. Although the website emphasises these rumours are merely speculative and that none of the sources have read the script, there appears to be some information creeping through.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars Episode VII' Rumours - Will "Jedi-Hunters" Be The Villains?
The casting choices had faced criticism for being 'too male'
The Star Wars Episode VII cast is growing still with Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie added. No details have been given on their characters yet, but the move does remedy some of the criticisms that the company was too male orientated.
"I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of 'Episode VII,'" Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement on starwars.com. "It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape."
'12 Years A Slave' star Lupita Nyong'o dazzled photographers with her outfit as she left her New York hotel ahead of her appearance at the 2014 Costume Institute Gala where the theme was 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion'. She was wearing a brown mini dress under a decorative beaded gown adorned in feathers and teamed with an ornate head band. As she gets into her car, paparazzi start chanting 'Lupita!' so she obligingly winds the window down and waves as the car drives away.
This year's Charles James-inspired theme left plenty of room for self expression.
Last year at the Met Gala, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West made news for all the wrong reasons. While the then-heavily pregnant Kardashian should have been able to wear whatever she wanted, news outlets jumped on her choice of a floral printed bodycon dress like there was no tomorrow. So this year, with the theme of the Gala being “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”, the pressure was on for this couple in particular – Kanye is a designer after all. Fortunately, K&K did not disappoint and walked the red carpet in a pair of stunning ensembles. While West opted for a classic black tux, accessorizing it with a white tie and vest, his fiancée showed off her enviable post-pregnancy figure in a structured, futuristic blue satin dress. The cinched at the waist look worked really well with her hourglass shape and the pair were just a sight to behold. Oh, and in case it's still a question - there were no rings on either of their fingers.
Kate Upton went for an extravagant Dolce & Gabbanna ensemble.
Some other highlights from the night included Beyonce and Jay-Z, him in a classic black and white suit and her in a luxurious (if slightly see-through Givenchi dress). Taylor Swift came in with a more innocent look than we’re used to seeing her in lately. The Red singer wore a pink , form-fitting Oscar de la Renta gown with a long train and looked as statuesque as ever in it.
Avril Lavigne went way down in our estimations this week whilst Marc Anthony made knees weak at the Billboard Latin Awards and Peaches Geldof was laid to rest.
People's "Most Beautiful": Lupita Nyong'o is beautiful? Tell us something we didn't know! The 12 Years a Slave star was honoured this week for her natural beauty and bang-on style with People magazine's "Most Beautiful" prize. Sure, the award isn't as special as say, her Academy Award but goes to show that 2014 is the year of the Lupita for sure with filmmakers, fashion houses and fans falling at her feet. Need inspiration? We've compiled a list of her top red carpet looks here. And what was that about a role in the new Jungle Book movie?
'The Hobbit' Name Change: It's a bold thing for a director to change the name of a movie but the third and final 'Hobbit' movie has received a make-over from 'There And Back Again' to 'The Battle of the Five Armies.' Find out Jackson's reasoning for the swap here. The grandiose new title brings visions of the predictably epic battle between the goblins and dwarves, elves, men, and the majestic giant eagles at the foot of the Lonely Mountain. Expect awesomeness: here are our three predictions for the new movie.
Oscar winning actress and now People's most beautfiul person of 2014, Lupita Nyong'o has had quite the year, but one place where we really fell in love with her was on the red carpet.
Lupita Nyong’o has topped this year’s People Magazine Most Beautiful list and we couldn't be happier for her. Since Lupita emerged on the scene the 12 Years A Slave actress has been inspirational with her grace and elegance, not to mention giving us more than a few red carpet looks to lust over. So in celebration of the ‘most beautiful’ actress here are our favourite Lupita red carpet moments.
Lupita at the premiere of 12 Years A Slave
Lupita first stole our hearts at the premiere of 12 Years A Slave when the emerging star turned heads in a MuiMui mini dress straight off the runway from their Spring 2014 show. Showing off her high fashion leanings early, the light-pink cockatoo print dress featured long sleeves and a high neck and fanned out into a pleated skirt.
Continue reading: The Beautiful Lupita Nyong'o: Our Favorite Red Carpet Looks
The actresses will star alongside Idris Elba in the live action/CGI hybrid film.
Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o are reportedly in talks to star in Jon Favreau's adaptation of the classic tale, The Jungle Book. The actresses will join Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom's Idris Elba, who will voice the man-eating tiger, Shere Khan.
Scarlett Johansson Is To Star In John Favreau's Adaptation Of 'The Jungle Book.'
Johansson ('Under The Skin') is rumoured to be in line for the voice of Kaa, the deceptive python who eats other animals by hypnotising them whilst 12 Years a Slave star Nyong'o is in final negotiations to voice Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts the human boy, Mowgli, according to THR. The role would see Johansson become the movie's second villain, after Elba's formidable Shere Khan.
Of course the actress is beautiful, but it's her other attributes that make her a star.
Lupita Nyong'o has been named as People magazine's "Most Beautiful Woman," topping off a remarkable year for the actress, who was comparatively barely known this time in 2013. An Oscar-winning supporting role in Steve McQueen's equally Academy Award-festooned drama, 12 Years a Slave, served as a rocket to fame for the 31 year-old Kenyan-Mexican.
Lupita Nyong'o Has Been Crowned People's Most Beautiful Woman.
Nyong'o's performance in the emotionally-challenging slavery tale earned her international critical accolades but her many appearances on the red carpet at awards shows earned her a place in the hearts and imaginations of the fashion world. Having starred in a Miu Miu campaign and been signed up as the face of Lancôme within the past three months, Lupita's ascent to icon status has been rapid yet deserved.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o Named People's Most Beautiful, But She's So Much More
Here's your rundown of some of the more curious MTV Movie Awards moments.
The big news this morning has to be the Mtv Movie Awards. Since it’s so far out of awards season and generally awards the biggest movies of the year, the awards are a good way to see where the wind is blowing, for this summer, in terms of blockbusters. So here is your much needed rundown. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire won Movie of the Year (is anyone really surprised) and still mostly rules the young adult and sci-fi scenes, with new hopeful Divergent. With Conan O’Brien hosting, Hunger Games leads Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson snapped up Best Female Performance and Best Male Performance, respectively, E! News reports. Meanwhile, the red carpet was just as eventful.
America's favorite Young Hollywood leads are yet to be dethroned.
Parks & Rec’s Chris Pratt, who is set to have one epic summer with Guardians of the Galaxy, stopped for some red carpet interviews and said he and wife Anna Faris are working on developing Vacation Friends, a comedy recently bought by Fox. "It will be a chance for us to work together again," he said. "It's in the preliminary stages,” Pratt told USA Today.
'12 Years A Slave' actress and Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong'o, is the new face of Lancôme, it was announced today.
Lupita Nyong'o is the face of new Lancôme, the French cosmetic company confirmed on Friday (4th April). Campaigns featuring the 31-year-old actress will be released in September.
Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar for her role in 12 Years A Slave.
Nyong'o has enjoyed a busy year having starred as Patsey in the award winning historical drama 12 Years A Slave for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her incredible performance. After years working behind the camera as a production assistant, writer, producer and director, Nyong'o has been catapulted into the spotlight owing to her incredible performance and beauty. It's no wonder the cosmetic company has singled her out as the new face of their brand.
It seems Gary Oldman and Adam Driver are joining the Star Wars Episode 7 empire.
The Star Wars Episode 7 cast will be nearing completion behind closed doors, but fans are still none the wiser as to who will be starring in one of the biggest movies of the past 20 years. Rumors have reached boiling point, though unusually, nobody has given the slightest indication that they've signed on the dotted lines for Jj Abrams new movie.
Gary Oldman May Well Be Joining the Empire
We know that the cast will feature both new and old faces, and Irish bookmaker Paddy Power are convinced that Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will be reprising their roles as Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
Stars Wars Episode 7 begins shooting in May - but have Jesse Plemons, Adam Driver, Gary Oldman, Mupita Nyong'o, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill signed on the dotted line?
Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed that Star Wars: Episode 7 will begin shooting at Pinewood Studios in May and, crucially for fans, will be set 30 years after the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi, accordng to the Hollywood Reporter.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger told Disney's annual shareholder's meeting in Portland, Oregon, that the film "will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces."
Continue reading: 30 Years After 'Return Of The Jedi', 'Star Wars' Is Set For Episode 7
Lupita Nyong'o is rumoured to have met with 'Star Wars: Episode VII' director J.J. Abrams. Reports suggest she is being considered for the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi's descendant.
Secrecy generally surrounds the plot and casting decisions of Star Wars owing to its high profile status and constant media coverage. As such it is difficult to speculate who Nyong'o, should she be cast in the sci-fi film, would play. The role she could be considered for, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is that of Obi-Wan Kenobi's descendent. This character may be one of the lead female roles but there is a separate ongoing search for two actors - a male and female - in their twenties who will, most likely, have some form of romantic relationship. However, Nyong'o may be being considered in this search as opposed to that of Obi-Wan Kenobi's descendant.
A relative newcomer to mainstream Hollywood, the 31-year-old attracted attention and widespread admiration for her role in 12 Years a Slave in which she played Patsey. The actress took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in movie last week and it was around this time that she met with Abrams.
The newspaper made a correction on one of its archived pieces.
The New York Times has chosen to amend a detail from an article written 161 years ago about the memoir of Solomon Northup, the free African-American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Steve McQueen received an Academy Award on Sunday for his harrowing adaptation of Northup's tale, which caused articles related to the story to be dug up.
An Article Written About The Original '12 Years A Slave' Memoir Has Been Amended 161 Years Later.
An article written on January 20th 1853 was discovered by author Rebecca Skloot, who discovered the mistake and publicised it via Twitter. The problem was that the 19th century article had Northup's name spelt in two different ways: Northrop and Northrup, neither of which were accurate.
Fear of flying? This one's probably not for you.
New Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop landed in cinemas last Friday and took its first weekend box office by storm, soaring to number one. The movie had the tricky task of taking on all the Oscar-nominated movies that are still out in theatres but rose to the challenge masterfully, earning $30 million ahead of Son of God's $26.5 million. The tense who-dunnit also managed the impressive task of taking out the previous number one film, The Lego Movie, which was forced to settle for third this week.
Liam Neeson Races Against Time To Save Passengers & Himself In 'Non-Stop.'
Neeson's lead role is the movie's main draw, and fans of the Taken actor have a seemingly insatiable thirst for the Irish star's serious, determined and urgent acting style. However, if Neeson's star power was all that was drawing moviegoers in Non-Stop's first weekend, what is it that could see the movie retain its coveted ranking?
After winning an Oscar, the world is Lupita's oyster.
Lupita Nyong'o must be feeling on top of the world right now: she has become the talk of the town all awards season with a conveyor belt of supporting actress trophies headed for her shelf, topped off with Sunday's crowning glory, an Oscar. Despite few at the Academy Awards being able to pronounce the Mexican-Kenyan actress' name*, Lupita has been praised for her surefooted sense of red carpet style, her permanently dazzling smile and that Hollywood gold dust trait, genuine niceness.
Lupita Nyong'o Has Emerged As One Of The Most Exciting New Talents Of The Year.
Unlike many actors who triumph at the Oscars, Lupita hasn't been building to this moment of glory throughout a long career. In fact, she was cast as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave before she'd even graduated from Yale after she was selected as one of the School of Drama's outstanding students. She had a solid base of theatre training from her university and a Kenyan AIDS prevention television series under her belt but that was about it; she was about to get thrown headfirst into Hollywood.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o: Where Is Hollywood's Brightest New Star Headed?
The film is expected to make up to $2 million from the expansion.
A Best Picture Oscar definitely brings a lot of cache to a film. Now that 12 Years a Slave has won the big one, Fox Searchlight is planning a major expansion in US theaters. The unexpected move comes after the film saw an unexpected spike in profits over Oscar weekend. On its 20th weekend, the film grossed $975,931 from 411 theaters - up 86 percent from the previous weekend and pushing its domestic total to a strong $50.3 million, THR reports.
McQueen's film is seeing additional commercial success after its awards season run.
The new expansion will include more than 1,000 theaters across the US. Typically, a movie would not see an expansion once its out on DVD, since theater owners don’t make significant profits of them. However, in the case of 12 Years a Slave, all concerned parties are willing to make an exception. The expansion is expected to contribute to a sizeable profit for both Fox and the additional 1,000 theaters.
Continue reading: "12 Years A Slave" To Hit 1,000 More Theaters Thanks To Oscar Buzz
Vanity Fair played host to a roomful of merry movie stars after last night's Oscars.
Hollywood was out in full force for one of last night's biggest and most glamorous Oscars after-parties, hosted by Vanity Fair. After the star-studded ceremony had taken place, guests flocked to the annual party and its new specially designed setting at 8680 Sunset Boulevard, built under the direction of architect Basil Walter, according to the magazine.
'Scandal' Star Kerry Washington Looked Elegant In A Dusty Purple Down.
Guests were greeted with cocktails and music as they arrived at the V.F. editor Graydon Carter-hosted event. A steady procession of movie star A-listers filed into the party to celebrate their wins, congratulate each other and try out a little bit of dancing. It was an evening of merriment and friendship, even between former lovers.
Social media brings stars closer to the audience and Ellen used it to her advantage.
When Ellen Degeneres took the Academy Awards gig this year, she had some huge expectations to live up to. Mostly expectations that she wouldn’t alienate half the audience thanks to a certain performance by Seth Macfarlane the previous year. So Ellen found an easy solution and bribed all the attendees with pizza. Presumably, it was the ever hungry Jennifer Lawrence who had the best time as the delivery guy (still unclear whether he was an actor or not) walked into the Dolby Theater and started handing out slices to the A-listers. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto and Harison Ford each got a slice, before Ellen left it to producer Harvey Winestein to foot the bill. He must have been a good tipper, though.
"No pressure, only a billion people are watching, whatever you feel is right," she shouted.
Ellen's casual hosting style was a nice change of pace for the stuffy award show.
Continue reading: Ellen Degeneres Hosts One Massive Pizza Party At The Oscars
Jennifer Lawrence - a constant reminder that Academy Awards attendees don't always have to be graceful and composed.
Since she didn’t win Best Actress at last night’s Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence didn’t get the chance to commit one of her trademark gaffes onstage. So she did the next best thing – a red carpet gaffe – instead. Well, gaffe might not be the right word. Given that Lawrence finally got her pizza and photos of that little pizza party in the audience are spreading like wildfire online, it seems like Lawrence really can do no wrong in the eyes of her audience.
Lawrence did look pretty fabulous, once she made it to the red carpet.
When Lawrence exited her limo at the Award Show, two things were immediately obvious. One, her Dior dress was very red and very stunning. We’ve known Lawrence to rock red in the past, but her strapless peplum gown this year was more mature, more form fitting and a lot, and we mean a lot tighter. Which is fine, since she looked fabulous as ever in it. Only problem - no space to move.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lawrence Turns Oscars Tumble Into Yearly Tradition
Nyong'o made her Oscars debut memorable in more ways than one.
Happy Monday everyone! While the media is still buzzing from the Oscars, most people have to get back to the real world right about now. Still, that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a little more fun rehashing the better moments from the night. Case in point: Lupita Nyong’o winning. The Supporting Actress category rarely gets as much attention as it did this year, but it isn’t hard to see what got everyone to pay attention this year. 12 Years a Slave, while shining a light on an ugly part of American history and making many squirm in their seats, is undeniably a great and necessary.
Also, let's just marvel at that dress for a few more seconds.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o Caps Off Shining Awards Season With First Oscar Win
The Independet Spirits are where the stars are free to get their hipster on.
Tonight is Oscar night, which means celebrities are expected to amp up the glamour and sport the latest in couture for their trips down the red carpet. But at last night’s Independent Spirit awards, they were free to let down their hair (or sport the messiest of pixie cuts as the trend seems to be) and spread their quirky fashion wings. If you’re into it (who isn’t?) read on for a rundown of the best looks.
Incidentally, Nyong'o's outfit matched her shiny new Supporting actress award.
We can’t start a fashion rundown this season without talking about Lupita Nyong’o. Look, the woman just knows how to rock an outfit – she’s worn bright colors and neutrals, gowns and short numbers, patterns, prints and solid colors and she looks flawless (resisting the temptation to hashtag it). This time it was a silk crocodile-printed Stella McCartney romper which she paired with grey suede Casadei heels, a Devi Kroell clutch, and Neil Lane jewels. We’ll stop listing designer names now, but just look at the outfit.
Continue reading: In Fashion Terms, The Independent Spirit Awards Have The Oscars Beat
Sunday's Academy Awards look like they may be the least predictable in years, although we know Lupita Nyong'o will wear the best frock. This week's new trailers offer a glimpse of Godzilla, a snappy return for Veronica Mars, and Michael Cera terrifying Juno Temple in Chile...
All eyes are on Hollywood this weekend as the Academy Awards take place this Sunday night. The least predictable Oscars in years, there are multiple possible winners in most of the major categories, as Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle vie for Best Picture and Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen contend for Best Director. We relive some of the the biggest upsets in Oscars history here.
Other too-close races include actor (Matthew Mcconaughey vs Chiwetel Ejiofor), supporting actor (Jared Leto vs Barkhad Abdi) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o vs Jennifer Lawrence). The only sure thing is Cate Blanchett for Best Actress. And that Gravity will mop up all the technical awards. Here is more detail on the best supporting actress Oscar battle between jennifer lawrence and lupita nyong'o being too close to call.
'12 Years A Slave' star Lupita Nyong'o is seen wearing a green cap-sleeved dress with floral print and light green stilettos at the DuJour magazine luncheon in New York. She is joined for press pictures by DuJour founder Jason Binn.
An in-depth look at who could star in season 2 of HBO's intense crime drama 'True Detective'.
Nic Pizzolatto put the sincerity and quality of True Detective’s story over multiple seasons of the show, asserting that a strict 8-episode format would be condusive to a strong third act. And judging by the critical claim he’s received – his creation is being talked about in the same breath as The Wire – one is inclined to trust the man who risked everything to write the new HBO anthology series.
Woody Harrelson [L] and Matthew McConuaghey [R] as Hart and Cohle in 'True Detective'
“One of the reasons I wanted to do an anthology format is I like stories with endings. I like a good third act. And continuing serial dramas, they tend to have really good beginnings and really long middles and then sort of have to hustle to develop an ending. And I like the idea of telling a self-contained story,” explained Pizzolatto.
Continue reading: True Detective Season 2: Which Pairing Can Pick Up From Cohle And Hart?
'12 Years A Slave' actress Lupita Nyong'o wanted to celebrate her co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor's BAFTA honor for Best Actor, so she took to twitter to state the win was "well deserved."
Chiwetel Ejiofor beat out the likes of Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Dern and Tom Hanks to be awarded the top prize at Sunday's (Feb 16th) BAFTA Awards.
The 36 year-old Brit took home the Best Actor prize for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave'.
And his fellow co-stars were more than thrilled for him.
Who wears the trousers in Brangelina? They both do, obviously.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have gone home without any individual BAFTAs at last night's British Academy Film Awards but the Hollywood power couple have been two of the most talked-about attendees since the glittering ceremony. The actors turned up at the event in the matching attire of tuxedos and black ties and Angelina served as her fiance's touch-up stylist, tweaking his bowtie on the red carpet.
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Rocked Up In Matching Suits At The BAFTAs.
Whilst Brad kept his look polished and smart, Angelina opted to dress her look down with an open-necked shirt, loose silk tie and tousled hair. The Tomb Raider actress' choice to ditch a party frock in favour of a Saint Laurent blazer turned heads at the awards and made her the ceremony's style icon.
Lupita Nyong’o is tipped to take the Oscar next month in what's been a meteoric rise for the young actress.
If there’s one name you need to remember for this awards season it's12 Years a Slaveactress Lupita Nyong’o. The Oscar nominee is the girl everyone is watching at the minute as she graces every award show's red carpet. The past few month’s have seen the Kenyan’s rise in both the film and fashion world, making her 2014’s hottest actress, so it's about time we took a look at the story so far for Lupita Nyong’o.
Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong'o, shines on the BAFTA red carpet
In the beginning…
Continue reading: The Rising Star Of Lupita Nyong’o: Film Star And Fashionista
On a remarkable night at the BAFTAs, some remarkable performances were overlooked.
The Baftas delivered on certain promises, collating some of the world’s biggest stars and funneling them down a red carpet, giving a select few the chance to present an award, and, creating talking points as the perennial battle between who should have won and who did win continued to flare.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave
Gravity was the night’s big success story as it was when it debuted at Venice all those months ago. The case for the film’s British credentials were never in doubt – BAFTA awards home soil movies and, given that the space thriller’s special effects were delivered by a British team in England, Gravity’s passport is a U.K one.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean the coveted Best Director nod should have gone Alfonso Cuaron’s way. Despite the pure, exhilarating brand of entertainment delivered – almost old-school Hollywood – it’s hard to look past Steve McQueen for his work on 12 Years a Slave when looking for someone more deserved of individual recognition.
Yes, 12 Years reeled in two magnificent awards: that of Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Best Film. Despite these high-profile gongs, though, there were other categories in which the slave drama missed out on, and almost certainly didn’t deserve to.
The supporting actor categories leap out as key pieces of evidence in the case of 12 Years a Slave. Barkhad Abdhi’s ascension this past 12 months has been a joy to watch, and his performance in Captain Phillips was touching and terrifying in equal measure. But he wasn’t better than Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps – the evil plantation owner with a scary infatuation with Patsy, played majestically by Lupita Nyong’o.
And, like a seasoned radio professional, that neat segway leads me on to the Best Supporting Actress win for Jennifer Lawrence, which was – despite her current popularity and GIF-worthyness – a ridiculous decision. To put her role in American Hustle above Nyong’o’s in 12 Years was a travesty; to put it above newcomer Nyong’o and Sally Hawkins’ turn in Blue Jasmine is nothing short of wrong.
Continue reading: From 'Gravity' To Barkhad Abdi - Where The Baftas 2014 Got It Wrong
The Oscars auditions are going well for the cast and crew of 12 Years...
12 Years a Slave enjoyed another fruitful evening at an awards show last night when it picked up three gongs – including that of Best Film - at the British Critics’ Circle Awards.
12 Years a Slave is winning big as we approach Oscars night
Steve McQueen will have been disappointed not to be recognised as Best Director, though; the award heading the way of Alfonso Cuaron for his work on Gravity – a film that will be vying for similar honours on March 2 when The Academy close awards season for another year.
The '12 Years A Slave' actress was magnetic at this year's PGAs: we hail a bright new star.
As far as careers in acting go, Lupita Nyong'o has had one of the most impressive yet equally short stints in the spotlight. Barely out of her twenties, the actress has excelled in her first movie role in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave. Nyong'o is picking up awards and new nominations for her supporting role alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender at an alarming rate with the golden prize - an Oscar - comfortably within her reach.
Lupita Nyong'o Explodes Into Hollywood With Critically Acclaimed Performance.
The weekend's Producers Guild Awards was forced to announce a tie between 12 Years and another of 2013's biggest movies, Gravity, which meant that the films had to share Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures. Whilst the award propels the best film Oscar closer into Gravity's grasp, it also signals a seemingly unbreakable chain of wins for the slavery drama.
Golden Globes successes brought Oscar nominations speculation this week as movie awards overshadow all other news.
Golden Globes Glory: Last weekend's Golden Globe awards set hearts racing ahead of March's Oscars with plenty of deserving winners next to a few jaw-dropping snubs. 12 Years A Slave predictably came out on top with the big gong but a few unpredictabilities set award odds and Oscars speculation askew. Newbie comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine saw off rivals to claim two awards whilst Blue Jasmine's Cate Blanchett took the leading lady award alongside Dallas Buyers Club's for the men.
Gravity's Alfonso Cuarón stole Best Director from Steve McQueen whilst Breaking Bad and Behind The Candelabra snatched the big TV awards. The surprise wins also made for some truly memorable speeches too, with Elisabeth Moss exclamation of "Oh s**t!" and Jacqueline Bisset's sweary ramble marking two particular highlights. Read about all the winners here.
Much more than a film about 19th century slavery in America, this sharply well-told true story has a lot to say about the world we live in today. And as he did in Hunger and Shame, filmmaker Steve McQueen puts us right into the middle of the story so we live it ourselves. Watching this film is a riveting, unnerving and ultimately moving experience.
It's based on a firsthand account by Solomon Northrup (Ejiofor), a musician who is living with his family in 1841 Saratoga, New York, when two friendly men offer him a great gig. But they drug him and sell him to slave traders, who send him to New Orleans and strip him of his identity. He spends the next 12 years working for two masters. Ford (Cumberbatch) is a fair man who puts him under the watchful eye of the cruel Tibeats (Dano). Then he is sold to Epps (Fassbender), a harsh boss who sends him into cotton fields and angrily suspects that Solomon is more educated than he admits.
Made with an earthy, realistic style, there's a clear sense that McQueen and screenwriter Ridley stuck closely to the details of Northrup's memoir, which was published shortly after his release and became a bestseller at the time. By never indulging in Hollywood-style exaggeration, the events remain grounded in the characters, drawing on the spiky interaction between them. At the centre, Ejiofor is utterly magnetic, delivering a transparent performance that takes our breath away. In his terrified eyes, we experience this horror ourselves.
Continue reading: 12 Years A Slave Review
Director Steve McQueen joins the stars of '12 Years A Slave' to praise the immense level of acting skill that went into creating the movie. Among those actors were main star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o.
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The '12 Years A Slave' director was heckled by a critic who should have known better.
Steve McQueen was the subject of some pretty ugly heckling at last night; New York Film Critics Circle Awards where a critic shouted insults at the director. As a critic, whether you like someone's work or not should be confined to your review but one man decided to step out of line and make things personal.
Steve McQueen Was The Victim Of Some Petty Heckling At An Awards Show Last Night.
However, Armond White, a New York critic, hated McQueen's latest movie, 12 Years A Slave, so much that he couldn't resist spewing a little hatred as the director took to the stage to collect his 'Best Director' award. "You're an embarrassing doorman and garbage man. F*** you. Kiss my ass," yelled White, according to Variety.
Steve McQueen's slavery drama leads 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and 'August: Osage County' in the Screen Actors Guild nominations.
12 Years a Slave hasn't even been released in most countries yet but has already been heaped with accolades with more awards bound to blossom from the scores of nominations Steve McQueen's movie has garnered. The Screen Actors Guild awards nominations are out and yet again the slavery drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor has emerged on top with four major nominations.
Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Leads The SAG Nominations.
The critically lauded movie is up for best ensemble, best male actor (Chewitel Ejiofor), best supporting male actor (Michael Fassbender) and best supporting female actor (Lupita Nyong'o). 12 Years will come up against American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Lee Daniels' The Butler and August: Osage County in the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category, according to the LA Times.
Continue reading: SAG Awards Noms & Snubs: '12 Years A Slave' Leads The Way [Trailer]
Steve McQueen brutal slavery drama looks set to clean up during awards season.
We're into the realms of awards season now and Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave seems set to continue its miraculous habit of picking up awards, like a giant snowball gathering more prizes as it rolls along.
Chiwetel Ejiofor's '12 Years A Slave' Set To Sweep The Board.
Ahead of the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards, widely considered to be a landmark ceremony of the season, the Chiwetel Ejiofor-starring film about 19th century slavery in America has been nominated in seven categories, including best feature, director, screenplay, male lead for Chiwetel Ejiofor, supporting lead for Lupita Nyong'o, supporting male for Michael Fassbender and cinematography.
Liam Neeson doing what he does best: railing against bad guys.
Those with even a teensy fear of flying should click away now because new Liam Neeson thriller exploits just about every aeroplane-based fear there is, including terrorists, fire, a hurtling plummet and a killer on the loose.
You ready? Well Neeson plays Bill Marks, a US federal air marshal whose job it is to protect our skies but ironically hates flying. He boards a plane from New York to London and gets settled down in his seat next to Julianne Moore when his phone goes off, despite his supposedly secured network. He checks the message and it reads an eerie "Hello Marshal."
Bill Marks is a U.S. federal air marshal who ironically can't stand plane journeys. His hatred for flying is only about to get a lot worse when an anonymous person breaks through the secure network on his phone to send him a threatening text explaining that they're going to kill a person on the plane every twenty minutes unless $150 million is transferred to an offshore account number. With the crew sceptical that anything's amiss and insisting that no-one could get away with murder on a 6 hour flight between the States and the UK, Bill is forced to search for the culprit alone - but time is running out as the first victim is discovered. When it is revealed that the account number is actually in his name, news spreads across the world that he has hijacked the flight and he is forced to defend himself while keeping everybody else from being harmed.
This high-action mystery thriller will have you on the edge of seat this winter with an almost impossible to believe cat and mouse chase. 'Non-Stop' has been directed by Jaume Collet-Serra ('Orphan', 'Unknown', 'House Of Wax') and written by Ryan Engle ('On a Clear Day') and John W. Richardson and Christopher Roach in their feature screenwriting debuts. It is set to be released in the UK on February 28th 2014.
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
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The cast of '12 Years A Slave' arrive at the movie premiere at the New York Film Festival including lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and director Steve McQueen. Ejiofor plays real life wronged man Solomon Northup in this story about one man's illegal enslavement despite his American citizenship and achievements, based on the autobiography of the same name.
Solomon Northup was a well-educated man from a successful family living in upstate New York with his wife and three children. He was categorised as a free black man and made money through various jobs including as an entertainer playing the violin. In 1841, he was tricked into going to Washington DC with two white men for work where he was instead kidnapped and sold to slavery despite there being laws to protect free African-Americans. He spent twelve years on a plantation in Louisiana serving the brutal and abusive owner Edwin Epps. Determined to live his life again as a free man, he befriended a Canadian carpenter working for Epps by the name of Samuel Bass, whose high-morals turned Solomon's life around forever.
This poignant historical biopic is based on the 1853 autobiography 'Twelve Years a Slave' by the real Solomon Northup. It has been adapted to screen by writer John Ridley ('U Turn', 'Red Tails') and the BAFTA nominated director Steve McQueen ('Hunger', 'Shame'). With themes of freedom, racial inequality and the cruelty of mankind, '12 Years A Slave' could be one of the more heart-wrenching movies to kick of the year on its UK cinematic release on January 24th 2014.
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