Lennie James

  • 18 February 2005

Occupation

Actor

Lennie James To Bring Morgan To 'Fear The Walking Dead' In Huge Crossover

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27 November 2017

Lennie James

The actor begins filming for the 'Walking Dead' sister show this week.

Fans finally know the identity of the character who'll be part of one of the biggest events in 'Walking Dead' history, as it was announced on this week's edition of 'Talking Dead' that Lennie James' character, Morgan Jones would be stepping back in time to star in AMC series 'Fear The Walking Dead'.

Image caption Lennie James with Andrew Lincoln on the set of 'The Walking Dead' season 6

The announcement came after weeks of speculation by fans, with many thinking that Michael Cudlitz's character Abraham would be the one to star in 'Fear', after his life was taken in the season 7 premiere of 'The Walking Dead' by the series' current big bad, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

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Blade Runner 2049 Review

Excellent

It's been 35 years since Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic, which was set in 2019. This sequel is once again a visual spectacle that mixes super-cool images with a jaggedly engaging noir-style mystery that grapples with issues of memory and identity. It's a staggeringly beautiful epic, as director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) invests intelligence and artistry into each imaginative setting. He also avoids falling into the standard structure of an action blockbuster, skipping hackneyed things like chase scenes for much deeper emotions.

In the past 30 years, earth's eco-system has collapsed, leaving people scrambling for resources in grimy mega-cities like Los Angeles. Human-like replicants have been refined, but blade runners like K (Ryan Gosling) are still on hand to hunt down old models that have gone rogue. Then K discovers a skeleton of a replicant that apparently gave birth, which should be impossible. So K's boss (Robin Wright) instructs him to hunt down the child and erase all evidence. But Wallace (Jared Leto), head of the monolithic corporation that controls all technology, wants to find the child himself. He sends his favourite sidekick Luv (Sylvia Hoeks) to follow K and his virtual girlfriend Joi (Ana de Armas) as they track down long-lost blade runner Deckerd (Harrison Ford), who is hiding in radioactive Las Vegas and might have some answers.

The plot is packed with implications that get K's mind spinning with possibilities, and the audience's as well. And Gosling is terrific as a guy who is cold on the surface, only barely concealing his conflicting feelings. His scenes with de Armas are superb, as she offers him some romantic hope amid the doom and gloom. Gosling and Ford also generate some terrific chemistry, exchanging physical and verbal blows. And as the villain and his henchwoman, Leto and Hoeks bring plenty of menace.

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Lennie James Teases Unforgettable 'The Walking Dead' Season 8 Scene

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 01 October 2017

Lennie James

The show will be making its return a little later this month.

There's 'All Out War' on the horizon in 'The Walking Dead'. As a fan-favourite comic book arc, the story is going to have to be adapted extremely well if it's to live up to the lofty expectations many already have in place for it. It's also a great chance for the show's writers to reel back in the viewers they lost in season 7.

Lennie James returns to 'The Walking Dead' as Morgan

After the decline in viewership last year, it's going to be very interesting to see exactly where things go and how the threat of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) will be dealt with. It's entirely possible that the storylines already told in the comic books could be twisted and turned upside down so as to surprise everybody watching, but changes to the plot haven't always in the past gone down very well with the loyalists sitting at home.

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Blade Runner 2049 Trailer

Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is an LAPD law enforcer and a new Blade Runner whose job it is to hunt down and destroy any replicants that find their way to Earth. Replicants are genetically engineered people with short lifespans who have been used solely for work on space colonies for the last few decades. However, when Officer K uncovers a terrifying secret about the replicants that threatens the future of the entire planet, he embarks on a search for a Blade Runner named Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who has been missing for 30 years. It's here we uncover the truth behind Deckard's identity, after the original movie left it cloaked in mystery. Meanwhile, replicant manufacturer Wallace (Jared Leto) has nefarious intentions on his mind regarding his 'children'.

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Lennie James seen at a 90-Minute Special Edition Of 'Talking Dead' as presented by AMC held at Hollywood Forever, California, United States - Sunday 23rd October 2016

Lennie James - 'The Walking Dead' Season Six Premiere and Ultimate Fan Event at Madison Square Garden - Arrivals at The Walking Dead, Madison Square Garden - Manhattan, New York, United States - Friday 9th October 2015

Get On Up Review

By Rich Cline

Very Good

With an appropriately jarring sense of energy, this James Brown biopic acutely captures the Godfather of Soul's iconic musical talents, although the fragmented script undermines any emotional kick in his story. The film also struggles to build up momentum, because it continually leaps between various chapters in Brown's life. Which means that it never quite connects these disparate episodes into one coherent narrative. Even so, Chadwick Boseman delivers an electrically charged central performance.

Boseman plays James from the time he was 16, thrown into prison for stealing a suit in 1949, until his comeback in the 1990s. Raised in a brothel run by his Aunt Honey (Octavia Spencer) after his parents (Viola Davis and Lennie James) abandoned him, James is in prison when he meets visiting gospel singer Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis), who takes him in on his release. Together they form The Famous Flames, gaining small-time success as James catches the eye of a manager (Dan Aykroyd), a record executive (Fred Melamed) and the public. A string of major hits followed in the 1950s and 60s, then James went solo in the 70s before the usual issues of fame caught up with him: money, drugs and guns. But he returned to the stage in the 1990s.

The film completely skips over his Hollywood years in the 80s, which wouldn't be a problem if the decade was so notably missing from the film. As the story skips back and forth through the years, the audience is forced to make sense of the disparate scenes, filling in several holes along the way. Aside from one rather surreal scene in a Southern Gospel church, there's never much of a sense of how Brown found his voice or developed his inimitable style. It also never quite captures his impact on the music industry as a whole.

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Get On Up Trailer

Since he was a child, he knew he'd become a star. He may not have had the easiest life growing up in a poor family and enjoying frequent brushes with the law (something that continued for the rest of his life despite his illustrious career), but he was a pioneer in what he did best. Following his first stint in prison as a teenager, he embarked on a musical career that would create a whole new way of looking at music. His funky rhythms, mind-blowing voice and effortless moves on stage would go on to inspire artists for generations even if his troubled personal life left much to be desired. He even took his soul magic to Vietnam during the 20-year conflict - a venture that demonstrated both his patriotism and his bravery. This is the story of James Brown.

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Get On Up - Featurette

The stars of the upcoming James Brown biopic 'Get On Up', Viola Davis, Nelsan Ellis and Octavia Spencer, talk about the legendary musician alongside artists Ice Cube, Pharrell, Mick Jagger, Cee-Lo Green and Aloe Blacc in a short featurette ahead of the film's release on September 26th 2014.

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Lennie James - The British Academy Television Craft Awards held at The Brewery - Outside Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 27th April 2014

Get On Up Trailer

James Brown didn't have the easiest childhood being born to two young parents who were so poor they could barely afford to live. After just a few years, his mother left him and he was raised by his aunt who, although was equally as financially insecure, resolved to love him as her own. Naturally, given his tough background, James turned to crime as a youth and spent time in a juvenile detention centre following an armed robbery conviction. It was there he took his passion for music seriously and decided to form a gospel band with some fellow inmates. Following his parole, he joined another gospel group and from there spiralled an illustrious career in funk and soul music that took the entire world by storm. Just as he dreamed, he became one of the music industry's most revered stars, but, alas, he also became one of the most troubled.

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The Critics Are Delighted With Line Of Duty's Return

By Jack de Aguilar in Movies / TV / Theatre on 13 February 2014

Martin Compston Lennie James Vicky McClure

BBC 2's drama impresses

If there’s one thing the British viewing public love, it’s a solid crime drama, and Line of Duty delivers in spades. The critics have been really impressed the Line of Duty’s series 2 opener, calling it an exciting return to form.

Image caption Serious business: Line of Duty

The procedural cop drama, which, unusually for its genre, is part improvised, blurs the lines between good and bad, often pointing the finger at law enforcement bodies. In that sense, it’s truly original, but it still adheres to the tropes of the crime drama, with brooding tension and plot twists along the way. But don’t take our word for her, here are what the critics had to say.

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Lennie James - Celebrities attend AMC's 'Low Winter Sun' Los Angeles premiere at Arc Light Hollywood - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 25th July 2013

Lennie James Saturday 8th December 2012 14th Annual 'A New Way of Life' Fundraising Gala held at Omni Los Angeles Hotel

Colombiana Review

By Rich Cline

OK

This preposterously overwrought revenge thriller is entertaining simply because it so rarely pauses for breath. It makes virtually no sense if you think about it, and the writing and direction are mostly incoherent. But it's also guilty good fun.

In Colombia, feisty 9-year-old Cataleya (Stenberg) witnesses her parents' massacre of by Marco (Molla), henchman the drug kingpin Luis (Benites). Years layer (now Saldana) she's in Chicago, where she's been raised by her uncle (Curtis) to be a stealthy assassin. Now she's trying to draw Marco and Luis out of protective CIA custody by leaving clues at each murder scene. And it seems to be working. With an FBI agent (James) on her trail and a boyfriend (Vartan) who knows nothing, she's playing a dangerous game.

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