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Anna Udvardy and Kristof Deak in the press room at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

Anna Udvardy, Kristof Deak, David Oyelowo and Salma Hayek

David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th February 2017

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David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo

David Oyelowo at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 25th February 2017

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Ava Duvernay and David Oyelowo
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Ava Duvernay and David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 25th February 2017

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David Oyelowo at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 25th February 2017

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A United Kingdom - Featurettes


'A United Kingdom' is the story of Sir Seretse Khama who, in 1948, caused a stir within both the UK and South African governments when he - as the Prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) - fell in love and decided to marry a white woman named Ruth Williams from London.

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David Oyelowo Traversed His UK And African Heritage


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Even though it was a global news story in the 1940s when Seretse Khama, the crown prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), married white Englishwoman Ruth Williams, causing a political crisis both in London where he was studying and back in Africa.

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike in A United Kingdom

David Oyelowo plays Khama in the movie, and says he first heard the story about seven years ago when someone gave him a book about the interracial marriage and its fallout. "It was the image of them on the cover that just arrested me," he recalls. "I thought, 'Who are they? Why don't I know who they are? I want to know more.' And that was basically when my obsession with the idea of their story being told as a film began."

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A United Kingdom Review

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Based on a powerful true story from the late 1940s, this drama is packed with present-day resonance as it explores a relationship that sparks intense social and political fallout. And it's made properly engaging with central roles beautifully played by David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. So it's a shame that the screenplay is so simplistic, failing to generate any momentum in the story with its awkward structure and paper-thin side characters.

It opens in 1947, as Seretse Khama (Oyelowo) has spent 20 years of his life studying in London and is ready to return to Bechuanaland (now Botswana) to take his rightful place as king. But he has fallen in love with white, working-class Englishwoman Ruth (Pike), and they decide to return to Africa together. This causes a crisis for Seretse's uncle Tshkedi (Vusi Kunene), who has been ruling the country while Seretse was away. And there's even more fierce resistance from the British colonial officials (including Jack Davenport and Tom Felton), who refuse to allow the couple to live together in Bechuanaland because a mixed-race marriage undermines the UK's acceptance of South Africa's policy of Apartheid. So they exile Seretse from the country and manipulate the situation to Britain's political benefit. But Ruth stays and fights on.

The film chronicles this astonishing battle with a fascinating attention to detail, although screenwriter Guy Hibbert struggles to avoid repetition as the events shift between Africa and London, leaving main characters off the screen for what turns out to be years at a time. Meanwhile, the British are portrayed as moustache-twirling villains who lie and conspire to undermine the government of Bechuanaland. A bit more complexity might have made the situation compelling on-screen.

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Queen Of Katwe - Trailer & Alicia Keys Featurette


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'. 

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Daniel Craig To Join David Oyelowo For Off-Broadway Production Of 'Othello'


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Daniel Craig is set to join David Oyelowo in an off-Broadway production of Shakespeare tragedy Othello in New York next fall. The play will be staged at the prestigious New York Theatre Workshop and will be their first Shakespeare production since 1990.

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig will join David Oyelowo in Othello.

Oyelowo will play the title character, while Craig will take the role of the scheming, envious Lago. The production will be directed by Sam Gold, who won the Tony award for best director earlier this year for his work on the musical Fun Home.

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Pierce Brosnan Reckons The Time Is Right For A Black Or Gay James Bond


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There’s been much talk about Idris Elba being cast as the next James Bond, potentially becoming the first black man to portray 007 on the big screen. However, Pierce Brosnan has said that he could also see the womanising secret agent being portrayed as gay man in future movies.

“Sure. Why not?” he said to Details magazine about whether such a script might be possible, before adding, “Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don't think Barbara [Broccoli, Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing.”

Pierce BrosnanPierce Brosnan sees no reason why Bond couldn't be written as a gay character

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David Oyelowo To Play James Bond... In Audiobook


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English actor David Oyelowo has been selected to play James Bond – in an audiobook version of a brand new 007 novel penned by Anthony Horowitz. The book, titled ‘Trigger Mortis’, has been commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate and will be released on September 8th.

The Guardian reported on Thursday (August 13th) that the 39 year old was “very honoured” to be offered the role by the Fleming estate itself, describing it as “really special”. Oyelowo has some form in playing security service agents, portraying MI5 officer Danny Hunter in the BBC spy drama ‘Spooks’.

David OyelowoDavid Oyelowo will voice James Bond in the audiobook version of 'Trigger Mortis'

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Captive Trailer


Ashley Smith is heavily addicted to drugs so much so that she has lost custody of her young daughter, who is also without a father following the death of Ashley's husband. She regularly attends a support group, though still struggles to find peace. Another woman in the group gives her a copy of 'The Purpose Driven Life' by Rick Warren, which proves to have a much bigger effect on her life than she imagined. Meanwhile, a violent criminal named Brian Nichols who has just found out he's a father has escaped from his trial at Fulton County courthouse, murdering the judge along the way. As a manhunt gets underway, he bumps into Ashley on her return home and holds her hostage in her apartment. As time wears on, Ashley begins to read the book to Brian who starts to question his actions, and his own purpose in life.

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'Selma' Honoured At NAACP Image Awards After Oscars Snub


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Civil rights drama Selma has been named ‘outstanding film of 2014’, at this year’s NAACP Image Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The film. which chronicles the journey of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 to secure equal voting rights, walked away with four awards during the two ceremonies on Thursday and Friday evening.

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma

After being denied an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Rev. King, David Oyelowo took home the Image award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Accepting the award Oyelowo said, “I want to take this opportunity to say I thank the Lord I was able to play one of the most transcendent human beings who ever walked the planet.”

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'Selma': David Oyelowo's Oscars Snub Gets More Bizarre By The Day


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Though civil-rights drama Selma is nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars later this month, there's a palpable sense of injustice concerning Paramount's movie - which, for a short while, was considered a serious contender to defeat Boyhood at the biggest night on the movie calendar.

SelmaDavid Oyelowo was snubbed for the Academy despite turning in one of the finest performances of the year

Since there, it's been plagued by bad publicity over inaccuracies, the snubbing of director Ava DuVernay by the DGA and David Oyelowo's absence from the category of Best Actor at the Academy Awards. The first is contested, the second, curious, the third: a downright scandal. Michael Keaton probably deserves to crowned for the year's best performance and Eddie Redmyane deserves his nomination - no doubt - though to suggest Oyelowo's turn as Dr Martin Luther King was outdone by Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) or Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) is at best an embarrassing oversight and at worst, a conspiracy.

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David Oyelowo

Date of birth

1st April, 1976

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David Oyelowo Movies

A United Kingdom Featurettes Trailer

A United Kingdom Featurettes Trailer

'A United Kingdom' is the story of Sir Seretse Khama who, in 1948, caused a...

A United Kingdom Movie Review

A United Kingdom Movie Review

Based on a powerful true story from the late 1940s, this drama is packed with...

A United Kingdom Trailer

A United Kingdom Trailer

Once upon a time, a handsome, intelligent man fell in love with an equally clever...

Queen Of Katwe - Teaser Trailer

Queen Of Katwe - Teaser Trailer

Disney's Queen of Katwe is set in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda where...

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Captive Trailer

Captive Trailer

Ashley Smith is heavily addicted to drugs so much so that she has lost custody...

Selma Movie Review

Selma Movie Review

One of the finest biopics in recent memory, this drama manages to present someone as...

A Most Violent Year Movie Review

A Most Violent Year Movie Review

With this confident drama, J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost) continues to evolve as...

Selma Trailer

Selma Trailer

“What happens when a man stands up and says ‘enough is enough’?” So goes the...

A Most Violent Year Trailer

A Most Violent Year Trailer

In 1981, New York City saw its most violent year in the city's history. When...

Interstellar Trailer

Interstellar Trailer

Mankind is doomed. Following generations of neglect and a lack of care, the planet Earth...

Interstellar Trailer

Interstellar Trailer

Cooper is a pilot and engineer with a huge ambition to save the world. With...

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