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Drones are now one of the most effective weapons the military have when fighting in battle. Their surveillance abilities are incredibly high quality and make it much easier to find and target individuals who are wanted.

Colonel Katherine Powell has been given a mission to go and find and capture an ex-British citizen who's become an extremist and is meeting with some of the men on the most wanted list. Having been previously connected to a series of suicide bombings, the Colonel tracks down the woman (currently going under the new Ayesha Al-Hady) and makes contact with her superiors to let them know her progress.

Using a multitude of surveillance equipment, Powell soon becomes privy to the terrorists next plans, she discovers that the bombers are planning another imminent attack. Placed in an impossible situation, Powell and her bosses must decide how to complete the mission without the loss of civilian life.

Barkhad Abdi To Portray 'Dead' Warlord On Hawaii Five-0


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Barkhad Abdi, the break-out star of Tom Hanks movie Captain Phillips, has landed a major Tv role on island police drama Hawaii Five-0.

The Oscar-nominated Somalian actor will play a Congolese warlord who faked his own death during a 2011 bombing raid on his compound and fled to Hawaii, where he became a taxi driver.

Hawaii Five-0 executive producer Peter Lenkov tells Entertainment Weekly Abdi's character is loosely inspired by Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony.

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The Academy Opens Its Arms Once More: 271 Stars Invited, Inc. Nyongo'o, Pharrell, Fassbender


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Like a basking shark, hoovering up the most talented plankton the world of cinema has to offer, The Academy has extended a warm invitation to a slew of new potential members.

Lupita Nyongo OscarsLupita Nyong'o with her Oscars at the 2014 ceremony [Photo: Getty images, credit: Kevork Djansezian] 

The headline acts comprise a host of last year’s most prominent nominees and winners: Lupita Nyong’o, who stunned with her performance as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s moving drama ‘12 Years a Slave’, Barkhad Abdi, whose turn as an uncompromising Somali pirate provided a perfect foil for Tom Hanks in ‘Captain Phillips’ and Pharrell Williams, who imbued Despicable Me with an irresistibly catchy soundtrack, have all been invited in and could vote for next year's nominees and winners.

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Dame Helen Mirren And Aaron Paul For Eye In The Sky


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Dame Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul have joined the cast of 'Eye in the Sky'.

The 68-year-old actress and the 'Breaking Bad' star have signed up to star in the warfare thriller alongside Colin Firth and Captain Phillips' Barkhad Abdi, whose involvement was confirmed earlier this week, according to Variety.

Firth will star as a military intelligence officer charged with remotely commanding a top-secret drone operation in an attempt to capture a group of terrorists from their safe-house in Kenya, while the roles of the new cast members are yet to be confirmed.

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Best Shirtless Performance? Who Should Win The Less Serious MTV Movie Awards?


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The MTV Movie Award nominations have been announced and you know what? It’s so refreshing to see some different movies thrown into the mix! The MTV Movie Awards don’t take themselves quite as seriously as the Academy Awards or the BAFTAS, taking pop culture into account just as much as a good performance. The main movies that we’ve come to be acquainted with over awards season are still up for nomination, but which of these nominees do you think deserve a chance to take home one of the sillier (for lack of a better word) awards?

Chris HemsworthChris Hemsworth WILL Win Best Shirtless Performance

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The Financial Troubles Of Barkhad Abdi, And What's Next


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Barkhad Abdi might have taken home a BAFTA for his role in ‘Captain Phillips’ and earned an Oscar nomination, but it seems the actor has found himself in dire financial straights since his big movie break. So how exactly has an Oscar nominee now found himself broke and where can his career take him next?

Barkhad Abdi at the BAFTASBarkhad Abdi after his BAFTA win for 'Captain Phillips'

Barkhad Abdi was born in Somalia and spent the early part of his childhood being raised in Yemen. When he was 14 his family moved to the United States and settled in Minnesota, where the actor has since being living. Before landing the role in ‘Captain Phillips’ opposite Tom Hanks, Barkhad had worked as a limo driver, something which has been much played upon by the media as part of his ‘rags to riches’ story. While Barkhad was working as a limo driver in 2011 he heard of an open casting call happening in Minneapolis for Somalians to star opposite Tom Hanks in a new movie. Despite having no experience Barkhad went for the audition and got the role of Abduwali Muse, the leader of the pirates who would hijack ‘Captain Phillips’ ship. He was originally kept apart from Hanks until the pair had their first scene together to add to their performances. Speaking of the surreal experience of starring alongside Hanks Abdi said his thoughts on their first scene were ‘I can't believe I'm doing a scene with the Forrest Gump guy!”

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The Financial Woes Of Barkhad Abdi Proves An Oscar Nomination Doesn't Mean Riches


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The lifestyles of the rich and famous were on display for all to see on Sunday night; golden statuettes were handed out, thousand-dollar tuxes were worn and after parties were attended. Barkhad Abdi, a relative newcomer to this lifestyle, enjoyed all of that – apart from the statuette bit – but that doesn’t mean he’s living the movie-star lifestyle.

Captain PhillipsBarkhad Abdi Lays Down The Law in Captain Philips, Opposite Tom Hanks

It’s hard to escape the cynicism that surrounds Hollywood’s love for Abdi. The huge standing ovation he received for his Bafta award did seem a touch forced, especially considering he wasn’t that good in Captain Phillips. Then again, escaping war-torn Somalia, immigrating to the U.S via Yemen, becoming an actor, starring in a Hollywood blockbuster and winning an award for it is the stuff of movies, and his newfound peers are probably just relishing in the rarity of his remarkable story.

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2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Barkhad Abdi - Celebrities attend 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Plaza. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 2nd March 2014

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BAFTA AFTERPARTY

Barkhad Abdi and Guest - EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) after-party held at the Grosvenor House - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th February 2014

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Hey Internet, Of Course Bradley Cooper Knew Who Barkhad Abdi Was


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There were some pretty nasty accusations flying round on what was otherwise a cordial affair at the Baftas last night; when Emma Thompson read out Barkhad Abdi’s name for the Best Supporting Actor award, the camera fixed on Bradley Cooper and his apparent, “who’s that?” snub.

Barkhad AbdiBarkhad Abdi picked up the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor

Of course, as a supporting actor in one of 2013’s biggest films, acting alongside Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass, it’s pretty obvious who Abdi is to anyone in the industry, let alone anyone with even a fleeting interest in film. And that’s something Cooper sought to reiterate. He told The Independent: “I can’t even tell you how insulting this is not only to me but to Barkhad."

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BAFTA - Afterparty

Barkhad Abdi - EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 (BAFTA) - Afterparty - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th February 2014

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British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

Barkhad Abdi - British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) 2014 held at the Royal Opera House - Press Room - London, United Kingdom - Monday 17th February 2014

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British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

Barkhad Abdi and wife - British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) 2014 held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 16th February 2014

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Gravity Scoops Six BAFTAs


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'Gravity' won big at the BAFTAs tonight (16.02.14) taking home six awards.

The 3-D space drama directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock was the biggest winner of the night at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs) in London, gaining trophies for Best Director, Special Visual Effects, Cinematography, Original Music, Sound and Outstanding British Film.

Accepting his award, Alfonso - who is Mexican, but has lived in England for more than ten years - said: ''I don't know if I can open my mouth. I consider myself a part of the British film industry. I guess I make a good case for curbing immigration.''

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Taxi Driver Landed Tom Hanks Movie Role After Chance News Report


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Former taxi driver Barkhad Abdi was catapulted into a Hollywood movie starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks after seeing a Tv report about the auditions.

Abdi, of Minnesota, Minneapolis, was working as a humble cabbie when he chanced upon a news item detailing how producers were casting Somalis for new film Captain Phillips.

Despite having no acting experience, Abdi headed to the auditions the next day and eventually won a major role as a pirate in the movie, which charts the story of the 2009 hijack of U.S. cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama.

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