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Lupita Nyong'o (born March 1st 1983) Lupita Nyong'o is a Mexican Kenyan movie star best known for her debut feature film '12 Years A Slave'.
Film career: Lupita Nyong'o began her career behind the camera working in production in such films as 'The Constant Gardener' and 'The Namesake'. Her first TV role was in 2009 series 'Shuga'. That year she also directed the documentary 'In My Genes'. Her breakthrough role came in Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' in 2013, for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The following year she appeared alongside Liam Neeson in the plane thriller 'Non-Stop'. That year she was also announced to star in 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens'.
Personal life: While Lupita Nyong'o was born in Mexico City but grew up in Kenya. Her parents are Dorothy and college professor Peter. She returned to Mexico as a teenager to learn Spanish at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México's Learning Center. She went to Rusinga International school where he first play role was in 'Oliver Twist'. She then enrolled at St. Mary's School in Nairobi before moving to the US and attending Hampshire College. She later went to Yale School of Drama.
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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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While the new trailer has given away little secrets, fans are freaking out in anticipation for ‘The Force Awakens’.
On Monday evening the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit and the internet nearly broke, thanks to the reactions of excited fans. The new clip is our third look at the upcoming film, but this trailer is by far the most interesting for fans, even if it gives little away.
Han Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Newcomer Daisy Ridley is heavily featured as Rey, a scavenger who is thought to be the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia. The actress herself was just as emotional as the franchises’ legion of fans on Monday, while watching the trailer from her bed.
It's been thirty years since the Rebel Alliance; led by the noble Luke Skywalker, the intrepid Princess Leia and the lionhearted Han Solo; finally defeated Emperor Palpatine of the Galactic Empire, alongside his redeemed assistant Darth Vader. The second Death Star was reduced to rubble, and the galaxy was free from a tyrannous evil once more. If only that were true. For there can never be good without evil, and sure enough another Dark Lord, Supreme Leader Snoke, has arisen to take the Emperor's place, with even more brutal plans for the civilians across the stars. But this time there are also new heroes, better equipped to deal with the ever looming terror thanks to an example set by the now ageing former Han, Luke and Leia. They are now preparing to help a vindicated former stormtrooper named Finn, an independent scavenger called Rey, and Poe Dameron who is a Resistance X-Wing pilot.
Continue: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
Mowgli is a human boy known as a man-cub to his peers, among which are an array of jungle beasts. Left in the jungle as a baby, he was taken in by a family of wolves who raised him as their own. However, the older he grows, the more of a threat he becomes to a formidable villain named Shere Khan; a Bengal tiger with a deep fear of fire and loathing of man. Led by an impatient black panther named Bagheera, he is sent away from his jungle home to the safety of a nearby man village, though the journey becomes less straight-forward the further they stray. Mowgli befriends a fun-loving bear named Baloo, but finds Khan is not the only jungle menace as he is set upon by a gang of monkeys led by the orangutan King Louie, and hypnotised by a vicious snake named Kaa.
Continue: The Jungle Book - First Look Trailer
Purists may need ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ to help this news go down…
Disney are planning to make a new Mary Poppins film. The upcoming film will not be a remake of the much beloved original but will take place 20 years later when the magical nanny has a new set of children to take care of. Like the original, the film will be set in London.
Julie Andrews starred in the original Mary Poppins. Photographed here at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival in L.A. in March 2015.
Read More: Disney Announces Mulan Live Action Remake.
Benicio Del Toro is reportedly in talks with Disney and Lucasfilm for a role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’.
Benicio Del Toro has reportedly been offered the villain role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. A number of sources close to the casting process confirmed Del Toro’s possible involvement in the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday (20th July).
Benicio Del Toro at the Los Angeles premiere of Escobar: Paradise Lost in June 2015.
Date of birth
1st January, 1970
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