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Thor: Ragnarok Review

Very Good

The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision to let wacky New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi loose with the characters. In many ways, this film has the same comical sensibilities as his classics What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Except on a much larger scale with massive special effects. Yet even with all this action, there's not a moment of actual suspense, which is a growing problem in a movie universe in which the characters need to survive unscathed.

 

Ragnarok is a prophecy about the end of time, specifically the death of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the destruction of Asgard. And it has just been triggered, stopping Odin's sons Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in their tracks with the news that they have an older sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the self-proclaimed goddess of death. As she brutally asserts her claim to the throne, the brothers find themselves dumped on the planet Sakaar. Loki mischievously worms his way into the favour of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who sends Thor into the coliseum to fight the champion, namely his old friend Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). As Thor convinces Hulk's alter-ego David Banner to return with him to Asgard to stop Hela, he also needs Asgard's last Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a tetchy warrior who is reluctant to work with him.

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Kate Winslet Reveals Idris Elba Was Nervous Filming Sex Scenes With Her


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British acting icons, Kate Winslet and Idris Elba are taking cinematic screens by storm with their new film, The Mountain Between Us. With decades of acting experience and scores of TV series and films on their collective CVs, the pair make for quite an impressive lead duo.

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However, Kate has recently revealed Idris was incredibly nervous when filming the movie’s sex scenes and she had to take the lead to get the awkward filming done.

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Idris Elba Auditioned For Gaston In Live-Action 'Beauty And The Beast'


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Many people know Idris Elba as an action star. He's brought gritty detective drama 'Luther' to fans across the globe, starred as The Gunslinger in the film adaptation of Stephen King's novel series 'The Dark Tower' and is even considered one of the frontrunners to take on the role of James Bond, when Daniel Craig finally kicks the film franchise to the curb.

Idris Elba was seen a little worse for wear earlier this year, but soldiered on in true fashionIdris Elba was seen a little worse for wear earlier this year, but soldiered on in true fashion

So, it may be a little surprising for some to hear that Elba was interested in picking up one of the leading roles in the recent Disney live-adaptation of classic film, 'Beauty and the Beast'. Elba says he wanted to tackle the role of the villainous Gaston, admitting he's a huge fan of musicals in the process.

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Why Kate Winslet Could Not Avoid Ice Stunt On 'The Mountain Between Us'


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Kate Winslet is set to appear alongside Idris Elba on the adventure drama 'The Mountain Between Us' this Fall, which sees her perform many an action stunt - including getting dunked into ice cold water twenty years after the first time she did it in 'Titanic'.

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in 'The Mountain Between Us'Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in 'The Mountain Between Us'

The 41-year-old spoke about this particular scene on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon', admitting that there was no way her fanbase would forgive her if she shied away from completing the stunt - especially the ones who continue to insist that there was enough room on that floating door for Jack as well as Rose on 'Titanic'.

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Thor: Ragnarok Trailer


With his friends and his hammer, Thor is virtually unbeatable by any creature in the known universe. But what about when he doesn't have either of those things? It only takes a run-in with afterlife goddess Hela for his hammer to be destroyed, apparently beyond repair. And when he is kidnapped by her people and taken to the planet Sakaar, he has no choice but to enter into a gladiator match to save the people of Asgard from Ragnarök; the fate of total destruction. To his initial delight, and to the confusion of everyone in the arena, his opponent turns out to be none other than the Incredible Hulk. But when he realises that this Hulk is hell-bent on destroying him, he realises that he has no choice but to fight his supposed friend to the death. 

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Molly's Game Trailer


To most of the world, Molly Bloom is a beautiful young skiing extraordinaire, but behind closed doors she is a serious poker prodigy. She has been running an exclusive, underground gambling club in a luxury suite for ten years with a clientele that includes the likes of Hollywoo's biggest superstars, celebrity athletes, business tycoons and even the Russian mob. Unfortunately for her, the latter lands her in the sights of the FBI who raid her poker game one late night and arrest her for operating an illegal gambling business. The only person she can talk to now is her defence lawyer Charlie Jaffrey, but even he takes some convincing to change his perspective on this shrewd and uncompromising woman. And who is really going to believe that she isn't in cahoots with the mob?

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Idris Elba Explains The Lure Of The Dark Tower


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The film has been in the works for more than a decade, and its path to the cinema has been rocky. The first hurdle came with the casting of Idris Elba in the lead role, which sparked a social media outcry that the character isn't black. King himself weighed into this debate. "Honestly, I didn't care what colour he was as long as he could command the screen, draw fast and shoot straight," the author said.

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For his part, Elba was intrigued by playing a character from a King novel. "I was excited to sign on for the role because he does create complex, well-rounded characters with a lot of depth," the actor says. "And Roland Deschain in particular is a character that has a massive, massive journey throughout the book series. Yes, I want the fans to be satisfied by the character I portray, but the wonderful thing with being an actor in film is that I am able to interpret the character. And I hope the fans are proud of our interpretatiom.

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Idris Elba Faced 'homelessness Once'


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Idris Elba faced ''homelessness once''.

The 44-year-old actor has admitted at one point in his life he had to find another place to stay the night because he did not have a home to go to.

Speaking to TimeOut magazine, he said: ''I faced homelessness once, and it just seems bizarre that young people are getting into this perpetual cycle. This is England, Great Britain, we shouldn't be facing that. ''

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'The Dark Tower' Slated By Critics


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One of the biggest movies of this summer is the long-awaited 'The Dark Tower' film adaptation, based on the stories told by acclaimed author Stephen King is his eight book novel series. Idris Elba steps into the leading role of Roland Deschain aka the Gunslinger, with Matthew McConaughey serving as his adversary, the mysterious Man in Black.

Idris Elba leads the film as the GunslingerIdris Elba leads the film as the Gunslinger

Though the film isn't based on any of the books in particular, but instead takes place after the events that long time fans will already have read about, the story here is a new one for everybody, but it's one that's not been impressing those fortunate enough to have already seen the flick.

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Idris Elba Doing Google Translate Songs Is The Best Thing You'll See Today


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If you've ever used Google translate to change song lyrics into a foreign language and then back again, you'll know how funny the new lyrics turn out. That's exactly what Idris Elba was in for when he appeared on 'The Tonight Show' for a little game of Google Translate Songs. 

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Jimmy Fallon has some of the best games on his show, but one of our favourites has now got to be Google Translate Songs. He had 'The Dark Tower' star Idris Elba help him sing some new lyrics to popular songs during his appearance on the show earlier this week, and needless to say it turned out hilarious.

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'The Dark Tower' TV Series Will Include Idris Elba


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For a decade now, Akiva Goldsman has been working on bringing Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' novel series to the small screen, alongside fellow talents Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. With a sequel to the books now scheduled to hit movie theatres across the globe in just a couple of months however, rumours have been circulating about whether or not the show would be moving ahead.

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Fortunately for fans, it's still on track, with those behind-the-scenes simply waiting for the right time to launch it, and likely waiting to see exactly how well-received the film is upon its release.

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Kate Winslet Wanders The Wilderness With Idris Elba In 'The Mountain Between Us'


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Nobody likes to have their flight cancelled, especially when it means missing your own wedding or someone else's emergency surgery. But when fate seemingly gives you a way out, it can really put your initial problem in perspective. Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in wildnerness survival drama 'The Mountain Between Us'.

Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in 'The Mountain Between Us'Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in 'The Mountain Between Us'

Based on the novel of the same name by Charles Martin, which he released to much acclaim in 2011, the story follows two very different people whose lives collide when they try to solve their respective problems and end up on a tempestuous voyage of survival, friendship and self-discovery. But mainly survival.

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Pandemonium In London As Extras Flock To Idris Elba's Open Auditions


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It looks like there are a lot of Idris Elba fans living in London. An open casting call for extras for his forthcoming movie had to cancelled this week when hundreds of people flooded the streets causing a chaos. The actor and filmmaker has suggested online submissions as an alternative.

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When producers called for an open casting for 'paid extras' for a forthcoming movie directed by Idris Elba, they had no idea of quite the pandemonium that would be caused when hundreds of hopefuls flocked to Whitmore Community Centre, many of them pushing and screaming to get in. 

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Idris Elba And Tom Taylor Make Quite The Team In 'The Dark Tower' Trailer


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The full trailer for Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' has finally been unveiled, seeing Idris Elba, Matthew Mcconaughey and Tom Taylor in the lead roles. It's a dark blend of fantasy, sci-fi and traditional western, which is what makes it one of the most exciting films of the year. 

Idris Elba and Tom Taylor team up for 'The Dark Tower'Idris Elba and Tom Taylor team up for 'The Dark Tower'

Idris Elba plays the formidable Gunslinger in Nikolaj Arcel's adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling series of novels, with Matthew McConaughey as the evil Man in Black and Tom Taylor as the Gunslinger's unlikely 11-year-old quest partner Jake Chambers. 

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First Look At The Lead Cast In 'Thor: Ragnarok' [Trailer And Pictures]


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It looks like Thor might finally have met his match with the arrival of dark underworld queen Hela. The new trailer for 'Thor: Ragnarok' sees him lose his legendary hammer to her power, and face off against an unlikely opponent who is the last person he wants to fight.

Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Thor: RagnarokChris Hemsworth as Thor in Thor: Ragnarok

This Norse god never thought he'd be pitted against his most physically powerful ally, but when he finds himself all armoured-up in an arena against a very angry and ruthless Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), he knows that both their survival is unlikely. In fact, his own survival is unlikely now that he has no hammer.

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Idris Elba on the red carpet for the UK premiere of Sky Atlantic's new TV series Guerrilla held at The Curzon Bloomsbury - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 6th April 2017

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Idris Elba on the red carpet for the UK premiere of Sky Atlantic's new TV series Guerrilla held at The Curzon Bloomsbury - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 6th April 2017

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Release Date For Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Pushed Back Again


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Coming to fans across the globe later this year, Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' novel has finally been adapted for cinema, starring Idris Elba, Tom Taylor and Matthew McConaughey in the leading roles as The Gunslinger, Jake Chambers and The Man In Black respectively. With reports last year that the film would act as a sequel to the eight-book series rather than a pure, through-and-through adaptation however, there could be surprises around every corner, even for those who have enjoyed reading through the novels in the past. While we'll be dealing with many of the same characters already introduced through the books, this is a different journey entirely.

Idris Elba as The Gunslinger in 'The Dark Tower'Idris Elba as The Gunslinger in 'The Dark Tower'

Taking inspiration from a multitude of different genres, it's hard to pin down exactly what one should expect from 'The Dark Tower'. At times it's a dark Western, but at others there are elements of science fiction and fantasy. There's no telling what you're going to get in this story.

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100 Streets Review

OK

A multi-strand drama set in London, this film is very nicely shot and acted, but the simplistic script makes it difficult to properly engage with. Every plot point feels pushy, as the characters are forced into situations that are oddly contrived by screenwriter Leon Butler. This means that the actors feel less like real people and more like cardboard-cutout figures. At least they're sharply well-played by a superb cast.

The central plot strand centres on Max (Idris Elba), a famous former rugby star whose womanising has shattered his marriage to Emily (Gemma Arterton), but he hasn't given up trying to win her back. She, on the other hand, is devoted to their children and developing a romance with a photographer (Tom Cullen). Meanwhile, cab driver George (Charlie Creed-Miles) and his wife Kathy (Kierston Wareing) have started the process to adopt a child. Then George is involved in a fatal car accident that leaves him badly shaken. And on a rough nearby estate, the teenaged Kingsley (Franz Drameh) is a thug simply because he doesn't know how to break the cycle of violence. But he wants to change. On a community service sentence, he meets veteran actor Terence (Ken Stott) who encourages him to explore his burgeoning artistic side.

These three storylines circle around each other in the same part of London, but only very rarely intersect. Each one explores the realities in a specific strata of society, from wealthy to working class to deprived. All of these people are struggling to get their lives back on track, facing unexpected challenges at every turn and finding encouragement in the places they least expect. All of this is very well-played by the gifted actors, adding emotion and energy to each scene. But the script never allows any of these stories to develop realistically, forcing each event with corny plot devices that limit what the actors can do with their roles.

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Gemma Arterton at the UK premiere of 100 Streets held at the BFI Southbank, London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 8th November 2016

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Finding Dory Trailer


Dory's past has always eluded her, she's a little forgetful fish whose bright character and warm heart make up for all the times she's got herself - and her friends - into trouble. Dory lives with Marlin and Nemo but now she wants to go out and find her real parents. Before she can begin her real adventure, Dory finds herself being scooped up and taken to a marine institute. Whilst in quarantine, Dory meets a whole host of new friends who instantly take to the little blue tang. Hank, the octopus, Bailey the white beluga whale and Destiny the whale shark are just a few creatures who will help her. 

For Dory, her mission is quite clear, she must escape the confines of her new home and return to the ocean to find her family - whilst hopefully finding Marlin and Nemo once again too. Dory's new friends in the institute are eager to help Dory out however they can. 

Finding Dory is the 2016 follow-up to the 2003 film Finding Nemo. Like the first film, it was written and directed by Andrew Stanton but this time directorial duties are in partnership with Angus MacLane.

Hank The Octopus, Becky The Loon, The Otters: Meet The Cast Of Finding Dory!


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'Finding Dory' is definitely on the way now, and with it a whole host of lovable new characters. It takes place just a year after the events of 'Finding Nemo', even if it's taken more than ten years for this sequel to finally arrive. We're sure it'll be worth the wait.

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Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, 'Finding Dory' is set to arrive on June 17th 2016. While it was disappointing to learn that we won't be hearing Michael Sheen's voice in the movie after all since he was edited out of the final cut, the new characters that did make it are still inescapably awesome.

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Zootopia [aka Zootropolis] Review

Very Good

The filmmakers behind Tangled and Wreck-it Ralph join forces for this entertaining animated action comedy, which has clearly been planned as a franchise-launcher. Energetic and funny, the movie is packed with wonderfully engaging characters and animated with clever visual inventiveness. But even though it's a lot of fun, it's difficult to escape the feeling that Disney is trying to sell us a whole new range of products.

The setting is a world populated only by animals, where predators and prey have learned to get along. The story centres on feisty rabbit Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin), who grew up under pressure to work in the family carrot-farming business. But she wants to be a cop, even though no bunny has ever made the force. Top of her class at police academy, she's assigned to the Zootropolis Police Department, where Chief Bogo (Idris Elba) makes her a meter maid. But she's too ambitious to write parking tickets all day, and teams up with con-artist fox Nick (Jason Bateman) to look into the strange case of a missing otter, which might be linked to a series of unexplained events in which predators suddenly became aggressive and dangerous.

The writers and directors have a great time with the premise, peppering scenes with knowing references mainly to other movies but also to resonant aspects of society, such as the genius casting of sloths as government workers. And there are also much bigger themes rattling around the edges, from how other peoples' expectations constrain us to how politicians use fear to control the public. There's also a cleverly pointed undercurrent about prejudice and diversity. And at the centre, Goodwin and Bateman give solid vocal performances as natural enemies who find a way to trust each other. Of the supporting cast, Elba is the standout as a buffalo who is all bluster.

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Kate Winslet, Julie Walters, Domhnall Gleeson, Saoirse Ronan, John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nick Hornby, guest , Idris Elba - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at Royal Opera House - Press Room at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Shots of British actor Idris Elba with a hand injury as he films scenes for 'Luther' on Southwark Bridge in London, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th March 2015

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Shots of British actor Idris Elba as he films scenes for the BBC drama series 'Luther' The star is hotly tipped to be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig. The scenes for 'Luther' were being filmed in London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 3rd March 2015

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#FUTBOLNOW - In collaboration with Pepsi® MAX triple-threat actor/director/rapper Idris Elba has today released his first short film directorial debut "Unstoppable", as part of Beats of the Beautiful Game. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 7th May 2014

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Idris Elba - Idris Elba DJs at Bucks Townhouse with celebrity guests Adam Clayton & wife Mariana Teixeira de Carvalho... - Dublin, Ireland - Sunday 4th May 2014

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Idris Elba - Celebrities arrive at Bucks nightclub - Dublin, Ireland - Saturday 3rd May 2014

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Idris Elba - Nelson Mandela memorial service at Westminster Abbey - London, United Kingdom - Monday 3rd March 2014

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Idris Elba

Date of birth

6th September, 1972

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Actor

Sex

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Idris Elba Movies

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision...

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

With his friends and his hammer, Thor is virtually unbeatable by any creature in the...

Molly's Game Trailer

Molly's Game Trailer

To most of the world, Molly Bloom is a beautiful young skiing extraordinaire, but behind...

The Mountain Between Us Trailer

The Mountain Between Us Trailer

When two people from different walks of life find themselves unable to take their scheduled...

The Dark Tower Teaser Trailer

The Dark Tower Teaser Trailer

Jake Chambers is an 11-year-old boy who has been having visions of a strange other...

100 Streets Movie Review

100 Streets Movie Review

A multi-strand drama set in London, this film is very nicely shot and acted, but...

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Finding Dory Movie Review

Finding Dory Movie Review

It's been 13 years since the release of the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, and filmmaker...

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

This is where the Star Trek franchise officially shifts from thoughtful drama into thunderous action....

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

When the Starship Enterprise finds itself under forceful attack, the crew on board fight to...

Finding Dory Trailer

Finding Dory Trailer

Dory's past has always eluded her, she's a little forgetful fish whose bright character and...

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Star Trek Beyond is the thirteenth film to be released from the Star Trek franchise...

Bastille Day Movie Review

Bastille Day Movie Review

An attempt to muscle in on Luc Besson's Taken-style of thriller, this is an odd...

The Jungle Book Movie Review

The Jungle Book Movie Review

Using remarkably photorealistic animation, this remake of the 1967 Disney classic is warm and enjoyable,...

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