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."
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o Thinks Queen Of Katwe Is A Normal Story
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.
Continue reading: The Jungle Book Review
The annual issue’s cover features 13 of the most important women in Hollywood, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
From Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence to Viola Davis and Diane Keaton, Vanity Fair’s annual ‘Hollywood issue’ cover is a celebration of diversity. Released against the backdrop of the growing diversity debate after this year’s Oscar nominations, the cover shows the variety of women making their mark in Hollywood today, breaking barriers for age and race.
Clooney and Nyong’o join the growing list of names speaking out over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations.
Lupita Nyong’o and George Clooney have become the latest stars to speak out about this year’s Oscar nominations, which have been criticised for their lack of diversity. Already director Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith have said they’ll be boycotting this year’s ceremony which for the second year in a row features no non-white nominees in any of the major categories.
Lupita Nyong’o has joined the debate over this year’s Oscars.
Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2013, wrote on Instagram: "I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year's Academy Awards nominations. It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture."
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o And George Clooney Join Oscars' Diversity Debate
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.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o - Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens - Interview
Appealing both to a new generation of viewers and fans of the series since the beginning, this 30-years-later sequel to 1983's Return of the Jedi is a thrilling adventure. Filmmaker J.J. Abrams has managed to capture the tone of the original trilogy while telling a story about young, vibrant new characters whose connection to the overall saga deepens intriguingly as events unfurl.
Over the past three decades, the Empire has regrouped, forming the First Order to crush the Old Republic for good. And the plucky Rebellion hasn't offered much resistance since leader Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) disappeared. The Empire's top henchman Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is searching for him just as diligently as the rebel leader General Leia (Carrie Fisher). But the real action is happening out of their grasp, as disaffected storm trooper Finn (John Boyega) teams up with rebel pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) and then feisty scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and expressive droid BB-8. Along the way, Han Solo and Chewbacca (Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew) find themselves back in the fray. And everyone is startled when there's a strong stirring in the force.
Abrams beautifully recreates the scruffy, clanky mechanical atmosphere of the original trilogy, infusing scenes with witty banter and John William's soaring score to throw us right back into that familiar galaxy. This includes the saga's main themes: the temptation of power, how true heroism is often accidental, and the tension between parents and children. Combine this with a plot that propels itself with a series of unexpected adventures and battles, all centred on the characters, and the film taps strongly into the teen in all of us.
Continue reading: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Review
After the victory of the Rebel Alliance over the Galactic Empire and subsequent demolition of The Death Star, you'd imaging life in a certain galaxy would be a little more subdued, but as we soon learn, life for Princess Leia, Luke and Hans wasn't exactly easy following their small yet essential victory.
30 years on and to most citizens - humanoid and alien - the stories of evil Lord Darth Vader and the Jedi Masters are just a legend, a story they tell their children that starts with the well-known overture: 'A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away'. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the Star Wars series and is an additional story to the original Star Wars outline.
The film follows a set of new characters as they join the battle and fight the evil forces once again threatening to destroy their galaxy. The Force Awakens was directed by Jj Abrams and sees a number of cast favourites return to the story including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
Josh Trank will no longer be directing the 'Star Wars' spin-off film.
Director Josh Trank has announced his departure from a standalone Star Wars project. The Chronicle director was supposed to direct a spin-off film, similar to Star Wars: Rogue One which is currently being developed by Gareth Edwards. Trank, who has also directed the upcoming Fantastic Four remake, announced he was leaving the Star Wars project on Friday (1st May) via the film franchise's website.
The upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, is due to be released in December.
Continue reading: Director Josh Trank Leaves 'Star Wars' Spin-off, Citing Personal Reasons
Lupita Nyong'o and J.K. Simmons - Shots of a variety of stars in the press room at Hollywood's biggest night, the 87th Annual Academy Awards which were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
Lupita Nyong'o - Hollywood's biggest stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the 87th Annual Oscars awards ceremony which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 201
It doesn't tell us much, but here's your first taster of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.
It's finally here! The teaser trailer you've all been waiting for: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', and while it's not really giving anything away, it looks pretty intense. Vehicles have updated, the stormtroopers are looking shinier and R2D2 appears to have evolved.
Star Wars returns in December 2015
Since George Lucas announced his retirement from the franchise, there's been all sorts of speculation about what differences could be expected from an updated sequel: though it's difficult to tell from the less than one and a half minute trailer. Everyone seems to be in a rush (especially, in a comical fashion, R2D2) and there's some brand new faces, who all look a little nervous as a voiceover booms out: 'There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The dark side and the light.'
Everybody came out in their Sunday best - literally - for the American Music Awards.
We have to talk about something. Specifically, about the American Music Awards. More specifically, about One Direction at the American Music Awards. Now, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but have you seen those young British gentlemen and their outfits? The boyband is definitely turning into a manband these days and their black-on-black ensembles were strategically chosen to reflect the change.
Gone are the wind-swept, vaguely hippie-ish days.
They went for a hipster-meets-business-chic kind of look (see the pictures over on CNN) and we love it – even if it has the potential to this decade’s sagging white pants. Harry’s hat and Liam’s l cheetah print shirt were particularly nice touches.
The Oscar-winning actress recently opened up about how she had to learn she was beautiful.
Even though Lupita Nyong'o, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at this year's Academy-Awards, is currently No.1 on People Magazine's Most Beautiful list, from a young age she was taught she wasn't beautiful.
Nyong'o talks about learning she is beautiful
Nyong'o, who was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, opens up about her youth while covering December's Glamour magazine for its annual Women of the Year issue, which she will be honoured with at the glossy mag's 24th annual awards ceremony in New York City on Nov. 10th.
Kingsley joins a hugely promising cast for Favreau's latest remake of the legendary story
Ben Kingsley at The Prince's Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success Awards
Kingsley will play the role of Bagheera, the friendly, caring panther that acts as a surrogate father figure for the orphaned Mowgli. His recent projects include the high profile blockbusters Ender's Game and Iron Man 3, while his upcoming projects include Autobahn, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Nyong'o's Vogue cover has seen the star open up on fame
Having won an Oscar for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o has likened award season and, more specifically, the red carpet, to a war zone. The 31-year-old star was talking to Vogue as part of her well-documented cover feature.
Luptia Nyong'o thinks the red carpet is a war zone. Luckily, this one's blue
“Everyone said, 'Brace yourself, Lupita! Keep a granola bar in that clutch of yours!'” she explained. “I didn't really understand what they meant, and it was only once it was past that I realized that my body had been holding on by a thread to get through this very intense experience. Nothing can prepare you for awards season,” she added. “'The red carpet feels like a war zone, except you cannot fly or fight; you just have to stand there and take it,” she explained.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o On Award Season: It's Like A War Zone
While landing her first front cover of Vogue, the 31 year-old actress recalls her harrowing encounters walking the red carpet: "My body had been holding on by a thread to get through this very intense experience."
The whole award season was rather overwhelming for the 31 year-old actress, who was unheard of before starring in '12 Years A Slave,' especially the daunting experience of walking the red carpet.
While Nyong'o landed her first front cover of Vogue, looking stunning in a Prada purple-and-red printed dress, she revealed what it is like being at the limelight of Hollywood.
The 31-year old actress admits that fame crept up as if from nowhere
Lupita Nyong’o was a relative unknown before she burst on the screen with her captivating performance in ’12 Years a Slave’. Her role as Patsey in Steve McQueens award-winning slave drama, which told the true-to-life story of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), saw her pick up the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and placed her irrevocably in the limelight.
Lupita Nyong'o is fast becoming a fashion icon, too
"It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognising me - before I recognised them!” the Kenyan-Mexican star explained, adding that she knew she was ‘famous’ when the paparazzi were pointing their lenses at her.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o On Fame And Future Projects Beyond '12 Years'
Rumours regarding the plot of Star Wars are already circulating and websites suggest people working within Pinewood Studios are being kept in the dark. However, some sources have managed to glean some information and have passed on the rumours.
The plot of Star Wars is already being widely discussed despite the producers' attempts to keep the story line under wraps. Rumours are flying amuck about the possible plot and some of them are originating from inside the Pinewood Studio.
The Star Wars Episode VII script is top secret.
The website, makingstarwars.net, has allegedly spoken to people working within the studio and with close proximity to the cast and crew. Although the website emphasises these rumours are merely speculative and that none of the sources have read the script, there appears to be some information creeping through.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars Episode VII' Rumours - Will "Jedi-Hunters" Be The Villains?
The casting choices had faced criticism for being 'too male'
The Star Wars Episode VII cast is growing still with Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie added. No details have been given on their characters yet, but the move does remedy some of the criticisms that the company was too male orientated.
"I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of 'Episode VII,'" Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement on starwars.com. "It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape."
'12 Years A Slave' star Lupita Nyong'o dazzled photographers with her outfit as she left her New York hotel ahead of her appearance at the 2014 Costume Institute Gala where the theme was 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion'. She was wearing a brown mini dress under a decorative beaded gown adorned in feathers and teamed with an ornate head band. As she gets into her car, paparazzi start chanting 'Lupita!' so she obligingly winds the window down and waves as the car drives away.
This year's Charles James-inspired theme left plenty of room for self expression.
Last year at the Met Gala, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West made news for all the wrong reasons. While the then-heavily pregnant Kardashian should have been able to wear whatever she wanted, news outlets jumped on her choice of a floral printed bodycon dress like there was no tomorrow. So this year, with the theme of the Gala being “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”, the pressure was on for this couple in particular – Kanye is a designer after all. Fortunately, K&K did not disappoint and walked the red carpet in a pair of stunning ensembles. While West opted for a classic black tux, accessorizing it with a white tie and vest, his fiancée showed off her enviable post-pregnancy figure in a structured, futuristic blue satin dress. The cinched at the waist look worked really well with her hourglass shape and the pair were just a sight to behold. Oh, and in case it's still a question - there were no rings on either of their fingers.
Kate Upton went for an extravagant Dolce & Gabbanna ensemble.
Some other highlights from the night included Beyonce and Jay-Z, him in a classic black and white suit and her in a luxurious (if slightly see-through Givenchi dress). Taylor Swift came in with a more innocent look than we’re used to seeing her in lately. The Red singer wore a pink , form-fitting Oscar de la Renta gown with a long train and looked as statuesque as ever in it.
Avril Lavigne went way down in our estimations this week whilst Marc Anthony made knees weak at the Billboard Latin Awards and Peaches Geldof was laid to rest.
People's "Most Beautiful": Lupita Nyong'o is beautiful? Tell us something we didn't know! The 12 Years a Slave star was honoured this week for her natural beauty and bang-on style with People magazine's "Most Beautiful" prize. Sure, the award isn't as special as say, her Academy Award but goes to show that 2014 is the year of the Lupita for sure with filmmakers, fashion houses and fans falling at her feet. Need inspiration? We've compiled a list of her top red carpet looks here. And what was that about a role in the new Jungle Book movie?
'The Hobbit' Name Change: It's a bold thing for a director to change the name of a movie but the third and final 'Hobbit' movie has received a make-over from 'There And Back Again' to 'The Battle of the Five Armies.' Find out Jackson's reasoning for the swap here. The grandiose new title brings visions of the predictably epic battle between the goblins and dwarves, elves, men, and the majestic giant eagles at the foot of the Lonely Mountain. Expect awesomeness: here are our three predictions for the new movie.
Oscar winning actress and now People's most beautfiul person of 2014, Lupita Nyong'o has had quite the year, but one place where we really fell in love with her was on the red carpet.
Lupita Nyong’o has topped this year’s People Magazine Most Beautiful list and we couldn't be happier for her. Since Lupita emerged on the scene the 12 Years A Slave actress has been inspirational with her grace and elegance, not to mention giving us more than a few red carpet looks to lust over. So in celebration of the ‘most beautiful’ actress here are our favourite Lupita red carpet moments.
Lupita at the premiere of 12 Years A Slave
Lupita first stole our hearts at the premiere of 12 Years A Slave when the emerging star turned heads in a MuiMui mini dress straight off the runway from their Spring 2014 show. Showing off her high fashion leanings early, the light-pink cockatoo print dress featured long sleeves and a high neck and fanned out into a pleated skirt.
Continue reading: The Beautiful Lupita Nyong'o: Our Favorite Red Carpet Looks
The actresses will star alongside Idris Elba in the live action/CGI hybrid film.
Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o are reportedly in talks to star in Jon Favreau's adaptation of the classic tale, The Jungle Book. The actresses will join Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom's Idris Elba, who will voice the man-eating tiger, Shere Khan.
Scarlett Johansson Is To Star In John Favreau's Adaptation Of 'The Jungle Book.'
Johansson ('Under The Skin') is rumoured to be in line for the voice of Kaa, the deceptive python who eats other animals by hypnotising them whilst 12 Years a Slave star Nyong'o is in final negotiations to voice Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts the human boy, Mowgli, according to THR. The role would see Johansson become the movie's second villain, after Elba's formidable Shere Khan.
Of course the actress is beautiful, but it's her other attributes that make her a star.
Lupita Nyong'o has been named as People magazine's "Most Beautiful Woman," topping off a remarkable year for the actress, who was comparatively barely known this time in 2013. An Oscar-winning supporting role in Steve McQueen's equally Academy Award-festooned drama, 12 Years a Slave, served as a rocket to fame for the 31 year-old Kenyan-Mexican.
Lupita Nyong'o Has Been Crowned People's Most Beautiful Woman.
Nyong'o's performance in the emotionally-challenging slavery tale earned her international critical accolades but her many appearances on the red carpet at awards shows earned her a place in the hearts and imaginations of the fashion world. Having starred in a Miu Miu campaign and been signed up as the face of Lancôme within the past three months, Lupita's ascent to icon status has been rapid yet deserved.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o Named People's Most Beautiful, But She's So Much More
Here's your rundown of some of the more curious MTV Movie Awards moments.
The big news this morning has to be the Mtv Movie Awards. Since it’s so far out of awards season and generally awards the biggest movies of the year, the awards are a good way to see where the wind is blowing, for this summer, in terms of blockbusters. So here is your much needed rundown. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire won Movie of the Year (is anyone really surprised) and still mostly rules the young adult and sci-fi scenes, with new hopeful Divergent. With Conan O’Brien hosting, Hunger Games leads Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson snapped up Best Female Performance and Best Male Performance, respectively, E! News reports. Meanwhile, the red carpet was just as eventful.
America's favorite Young Hollywood leads are yet to be dethroned.
Parks & Rec’s Chris Pratt, who is set to have one epic summer with Guardians of the Galaxy, stopped for some red carpet interviews and said he and wife Anna Faris are working on developing Vacation Friends, a comedy recently bought by Fox. "It will be a chance for us to work together again," he said. "It's in the preliminary stages,” Pratt told USA Today.
'12 Years A Slave' actress and Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong'o, is the new face of Lancôme, it was announced today.
Lupita Nyong'o is the face of new Lancôme, the French cosmetic company confirmed on Friday (4th April). Campaigns featuring the 31-year-old actress will be released in September.
Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar for her role in 12 Years A Slave.
Nyong'o has enjoyed a busy year having starred as Patsey in the award winning historical drama 12 Years A Slave for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her incredible performance. After years working behind the camera as a production assistant, writer, producer and director, Nyong'o has been catapulted into the spotlight owing to her incredible performance and beauty. It's no wonder the cosmetic company has singled her out as the new face of their brand.
It seems Gary Oldman and Adam Driver are joining the Star Wars Episode 7 empire.
The Star Wars Episode 7 cast will be nearing completion behind closed doors, but fans are still none the wiser as to who will be starring in one of the biggest movies of the past 20 years. Rumors have reached boiling point, though unusually, nobody has given the slightest indication that they've signed on the dotted lines for Jj Abrams new movie.
Gary Oldman May Well Be Joining the Empire
We know that the cast will feature both new and old faces, and Irish bookmaker Paddy Power are convinced that Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill will be reprising their roles as Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.
Stars Wars Episode 7 begins shooting in May - but have Jesse Plemons, Adam Driver, Gary Oldman, Mupita Nyong'o, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill signed on the dotted line?
Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed that Star Wars: Episode 7 will begin shooting at Pinewood Studios in May and, crucially for fans, will be set 30 years after the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi, accordng to the Hollywood Reporter.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger told Disney's annual shareholder's meeting in Portland, Oregon, that the film "will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces."
Continue reading: 30 Years After 'Return Of The Jedi', 'Star Wars' Is Set For Episode 7
Lupita Nyong'o is rumoured to have met with 'Star Wars: Episode VII' director J.J. Abrams. Reports suggest she is being considered for the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi's descendant.
Secrecy generally surrounds the plot and casting decisions of Star Wars owing to its high profile status and constant media coverage. As such it is difficult to speculate who Nyong'o, should she be cast in the sci-fi film, would play. The role she could be considered for, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is that of Obi-Wan Kenobi's descendent. This character may be one of the lead female roles but there is a separate ongoing search for two actors - a male and female - in their twenties who will, most likely, have some form of romantic relationship. However, Nyong'o may be being considered in this search as opposed to that of Obi-Wan Kenobi's descendant.
A relative newcomer to mainstream Hollywood, the 31-year-old attracted attention and widespread admiration for her role in 12 Years a Slave in which she played Patsey. The actress took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in movie last week and it was around this time that she met with Abrams.
The newspaper made a correction on one of its archived pieces.
The New York Times has chosen to amend a detail from an article written 161 years ago about the memoir of Solomon Northup, the free African-American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Steve McQueen received an Academy Award on Sunday for his harrowing adaptation of Northup's tale, which caused articles related to the story to be dug up.
An Article Written About The Original '12 Years A Slave' Memoir Has Been Amended 161 Years Later.
An article written on January 20th 1853 was discovered by author Rebecca Skloot, who discovered the mistake and publicised it via Twitter. The problem was that the 19th century article had Northup's name spelt in two different ways: Northrop and Northrup, neither of which were accurate.
Fear of flying? This one's probably not for you.
New Liam Neeson thriller Non-Stop landed in cinemas last Friday and took its first weekend box office by storm, soaring to number one. The movie had the tricky task of taking on all the Oscar-nominated movies that are still out in theatres but rose to the challenge masterfully, earning $30 million ahead of Son of God's $26.5 million. The tense who-dunnit also managed the impressive task of taking out the previous number one film, The Lego Movie, which was forced to settle for third this week.
Liam Neeson Races Against Time To Save Passengers & Himself In 'Non-Stop.'
Neeson's lead role is the movie's main draw, and fans of the Taken actor have a seemingly insatiable thirst for the Irish star's serious, determined and urgent acting style. However, if Neeson's star power was all that was drawing moviegoers in Non-Stop's first weekend, what is it that could see the movie retain its coveted ranking?
After winning an Oscar, the world is Lupita's oyster.
Lupita Nyong'o must be feeling on top of the world right now: she has become the talk of the town all awards season with a conveyor belt of supporting actress trophies headed for her shelf, topped off with Sunday's crowning glory, an Oscar. Despite few at the Academy Awards being able to pronounce the Mexican-Kenyan actress' name*, Lupita has been praised for her surefooted sense of red carpet style, her permanently dazzling smile and that Hollywood gold dust trait, genuine niceness.
Lupita Nyong'o Has Emerged As One Of The Most Exciting New Talents Of The Year.
Unlike many actors who triumph at the Oscars, Lupita hasn't been building to this moment of glory throughout a long career. In fact, she was cast as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave before she'd even graduated from Yale after she was selected as one of the School of Drama's outstanding students. She had a solid base of theatre training from her university and a Kenyan AIDS prevention television series under her belt but that was about it; she was about to get thrown headfirst into Hollywood.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o: Where Is Hollywood's Brightest New Star Headed?
The film is expected to make up to $2 million from the expansion.
A Best Picture Oscar definitely brings a lot of cache to a film. Now that 12 Years a Slave has won the big one, Fox Searchlight is planning a major expansion in US theaters. The unexpected move comes after the film saw an unexpected spike in profits over Oscar weekend. On its 20th weekend, the film grossed $975,931 from 411 theaters - up 86 percent from the previous weekend and pushing its domestic total to a strong $50.3 million, THR reports.
McQueen's film is seeing additional commercial success after its awards season run.
The new expansion will include more than 1,000 theaters across the US. Typically, a movie would not see an expansion once its out on DVD, since theater owners don’t make significant profits of them. However, in the case of 12 Years a Slave, all concerned parties are willing to make an exception. The expansion is expected to contribute to a sizeable profit for both Fox and the additional 1,000 theaters.
Continue reading: "12 Years A Slave" To Hit 1,000 More Theaters Thanks To Oscar Buzz
Vanity Fair played host to a roomful of merry movie stars after last night's Oscars.
Hollywood was out in full force for one of last night's biggest and most glamorous Oscars after-parties, hosted by Vanity Fair. After the star-studded ceremony had taken place, guests flocked to the annual party and its new specially designed setting at 8680 Sunset Boulevard, built under the direction of architect Basil Walter, according to the magazine.
'Scandal' Star Kerry Washington Looked Elegant In A Dusty Purple Down.
Guests were greeted with cocktails and music as they arrived at the V.F. editor Graydon Carter-hosted event. A steady procession of movie star A-listers filed into the party to celebrate their wins, congratulate each other and try out a little bit of dancing. It was an evening of merriment and friendship, even between former lovers.
Social media brings stars closer to the audience and Ellen used it to her advantage.
When Ellen Degeneres took the Academy Awards gig this year, she had some huge expectations to live up to. Mostly expectations that she wouldn’t alienate half the audience thanks to a certain performance by Seth Macfarlane the previous year. So Ellen found an easy solution and bribed all the attendees with pizza. Presumably, it was the ever hungry Jennifer Lawrence who had the best time as the delivery guy (still unclear whether he was an actor or not) walked into the Dolby Theater and started handing out slices to the A-listers. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto and Harison Ford each got a slice, before Ellen left it to producer Harvey Winestein to foot the bill. He must have been a good tipper, though.
"No pressure, only a billion people are watching, whatever you feel is right," she shouted.
Ellen's casual hosting style was a nice change of pace for the stuffy award show.
Continue reading: Ellen Degeneres Hosts One Massive Pizza Party At The Oscars
Jennifer Lawrence - a constant reminder that Academy Awards attendees don't always have to be graceful and composed.
Since she didn’t win Best Actress at last night’s Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence didn’t get the chance to commit one of her trademark gaffes onstage. So she did the next best thing – a red carpet gaffe – instead. Well, gaffe might not be the right word. Given that Lawrence finally got her pizza and photos of that little pizza party in the audience are spreading like wildfire online, it seems like Lawrence really can do no wrong in the eyes of her audience.
Lawrence did look pretty fabulous, once she made it to the red carpet.
When Lawrence exited her limo at the Award Show, two things were immediately obvious. One, her Dior dress was very red and very stunning. We’ve known Lawrence to rock red in the past, but her strapless peplum gown this year was more mature, more form fitting and a lot, and we mean a lot tighter. Which is fine, since she looked fabulous as ever in it. Only problem - no space to move.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lawrence Turns Oscars Tumble Into Yearly Tradition
Nyong'o made her Oscars debut memorable in more ways than one.
Happy Monday everyone! While the media is still buzzing from the Oscars, most people have to get back to the real world right about now. Still, that doesn’t mean that we can’t have a little more fun rehashing the better moments from the night. Case in point: Lupita Nyong’o winning. The Supporting Actress category rarely gets as much attention as it did this year, but it isn’t hard to see what got everyone to pay attention this year. 12 Years a Slave, while shining a light on an ugly part of American history and making many squirm in their seats, is undeniably a great and necessary.
Also, let's just marvel at that dress for a few more seconds.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o Caps Off Shining Awards Season With First Oscar Win
The Independet Spirits are where the stars are free to get their hipster on.
Tonight is Oscar night, which means celebrities are expected to amp up the glamour and sport the latest in couture for their trips down the red carpet. But at last night’s Independent Spirit awards, they were free to let down their hair (or sport the messiest of pixie cuts as the trend seems to be) and spread their quirky fashion wings. If you’re into it (who isn’t?) read on for a rundown of the best looks.
Incidentally, Nyong'o's outfit matched her shiny new Supporting actress award.
We can’t start a fashion rundown this season without talking about Lupita Nyong’o. Look, the woman just knows how to rock an outfit – she’s worn bright colors and neutrals, gowns and short numbers, patterns, prints and solid colors and she looks flawless (resisting the temptation to hashtag it). This time it was a silk crocodile-printed Stella McCartney romper which she paired with grey suede Casadei heels, a Devi Kroell clutch, and Neil Lane jewels. We’ll stop listing designer names now, but just look at the outfit.
Continue reading: In Fashion Terms, The Independent Spirit Awards Have The Oscars Beat
Sunday's Academy Awards look like they may be the least predictable in years, although we know Lupita Nyong'o will wear the best frock. This week's new trailers offer a glimpse of Godzilla, a snappy return for Veronica Mars, and Michael Cera terrifying Juno Temple in Chile...
All eyes are on Hollywood this weekend as the Academy Awards take place this Sunday night. The least predictable Oscars in years, there are multiple possible winners in most of the major categories, as Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle vie for Best Picture and Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen contend for Best Director. We relive some of the the biggest upsets in Oscars history here.
Other too-close races include actor (Matthew Mcconaughey vs Chiwetel Ejiofor), supporting actor (Jared Leto vs Barkhad Abdi) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o vs Jennifer Lawrence). The only sure thing is Cate Blanchett for Best Actress. And that Gravity will mop up all the technical awards. Here is more detail on the best supporting actress Oscar battle between jennifer lawrence and lupita nyong'o being too close to call.
'12 Years A Slave' star Lupita Nyong'o is seen wearing a green cap-sleeved dress with floral print and light green stilettos at the DuJour magazine luncheon in New York. She is joined for press pictures by DuJour founder Jason Binn.
If the success of 'Taken' is anything to go by, Liam Neeson's 'Non-Stop' should do big business this weekend.
Liam Neeson, who has been repackaged as a global action star since Taken, stars in the new suspense thriller Non-Stop from director Jaume Collet-Serra and producer Joel Silver. Out this weekend, the movie also stars Julianne Moore - but is it worth the admission price?
Liam Neeson Doing His Thing In 'Non-Stop'
Neeson stars as U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks, who receives a series of cryptic text messages demanding that he instruct the government to transfer $150 million into an off-shore account, with a passenger on his flight being killed every 20 minutes in the meantime.
Continue reading: 'Non-Stop': Now, Liam Neeson Is Fighting Crime At 40,000 Feet
We focus on the British awards season this week with BRITs and BAFTAs celebrations as well as the arrival of Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show' and a most thrilling trailer drop for a certain superhero movie...
Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Controversy: Miley Cyrus has predictably upped the ante on her controversial media storm by making sure all eyes are on her during her currently touring Bangerz show. The concerts have been packed with the usual raunchy and cringe-worthy stunts, including faking a "Monica Lewinski," getting freaky on the bonnet of a car, snogging Katy Perry and doing some pretty unsightly things to a hot dog. Her pre-teen fans are obviously revelling in it but their outraged accompanying parents have called for the tour to be axed. Check out the whole debate.
BRIT Awards Stuffed With Surprises: The biggest awards evening on the UK music industry calendar - the BRIT Awards - was held on Wednesday and saw a typically spectacular showcase of pop talent, rising up to meet the benchmark set by the Grammys. In a hurry? We've picked our ten best moments. He may not have even attended but David Bowie became the most talked-about star of the evening when he won the prize for Best British Male and sent Kate Moss to read his acceptance speech.
Continue reading: A Week In News: Miley, Jimmy Fallon And British Brilliance At The BRITS
The BAFTA's are over, but what does that mean for next month's Oscars?
As the last big awards show before the Academy Awards in March the BAFTA’s has always been regarded as a solid barometer for the Oscars. Last night (February 16, 2014) however was full of surprises, so with the race for the Oscars well and truly on, here's 10 things the BAFTA’s told us about the biggest night on the movie calendar.
'Gravity' director Alfonso Cuaron and producer David Heyman
'Gravity' could cause an upset
Continue reading: 10 Things The BAFTA's Told Us About The Oscars
At the risk of breaking the Internet: Jennifer Lawrence shouldn't win anything else for American Hustle.
This is getting a bit ridiculous: Jennifer Lawrence could just about win the Ballon d’Or right now. Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTAS ahead of Sally Hawking and Lupita Nyong’o? Come on, really? We get that that Laurence is adorable, both in front of and behind the camera.
Jennifer Lawrence won big for her role in American Hustle
We also get that she’s a positive role model for young women with her organic approach to media and ‘normal’ appearance (her appearance is not normal, though is it). And while we get all that, it doesn’t mean she should just get all the awards.
The winners were somewhat predictable, but it was all about the presenters and winners' speeches.
As the British equivalent to the Oscars, last night’s BAFTAs were obviously a glamorous affair. In between bouts of Stephen Fry’s self deprecating humor (“[Oprah’s] performance in The Butler was so moving, I almost gave mine the afternoon off.”) and jabs at all of his colleagues (Fry introduced the flawless Emma Thompson as “In the film world, a goddess. In real life, a ghastly piece of sickly shrieking awful.”) there were also some awards given out.
Stephen Fry always makes for an entertaining awards show.
The big winners of the night were somewhat surprising. Predictions pegged Gravity and 12 Years A Slave – the two award show favorites so far – for the majority of BAFTAs as well. Instead, the Steve McQueen directed 12 Years only took two awards out of 8 nods total. Granted, they were the big ones - best film and leading actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor) – but that was it.
Continue reading: The 2014 BAFTAs Run Like The Oscars' Older, Funnier Sister
The severity of 12 Years isn't shirked in the India edit.
Such is the importance of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, the usually strict nudity censorships practices in India have lightened somewhat to allow the film to be shown unhindered, according to The Guardian.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
The Oscar-nominated has been hailed as a modern classic, and is the favorite to take home the prize of Best Picture. It has attained such a status in part due to its unerring approach to the atrocities of slavery.
Continue reading: Stringent Nudity Censorship In India Doesn't Apply To '12 Years A Slave'
The British film director is delighted with the film's influence
Following his modern classic, 12 Years a Slave, which portrays the true story of Soloman Northrup’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) kidnapping, subsequent slavery and escape, director Steve McQueen has been made a patron of the world's oldest human rights organisation.
12 Years a Slave - starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender - has been hailed as a modern classic
He joins the Anti-Slavery International, a committee set up in 1839 to lobby against slavery and related abuses, in an ambassadorial role.
Continue reading: Steve McQueen Becomes Ambassador For Anti-Slavery International
A new box office champion, a silly teenager on drugs, an angry director and the rumour of three Wonder Woman movies kept us hooked on the news this week.
Bieber Banged Up For Druggy Drag Racing: Justin Bieber has just had the mother of all terrible fortnights. The recalcitrant popstar was under investigation for a vicious egg attack on his neighbor's home by police who discovered drugs upon raiding Bieber's abode. The 'Baby' singer headed snowboarding with his equally rebellious chums with the threat of deportment looming. The singer was then arrested yesterday for DUI and drag racing in Miami.
Bieber showed what a true hard-ass he really was when police stopped him and he immediately snitched on himself, saying he was drunk and high on weed and prescription medication. The 19 year-old was released from a Miami jail an hour after a Miami judge, set a "standard" $2,500 bond Thursday afternoon. The widely-circulated mugshot shows the fallen star grinning ear-to-ear in his orange prison v-neck, prompting Seth Rogen to brand him "a piece of s**t."
Last night's SAG awards evened out the odds for the upcoming Oscars.
The Screen Actor Guild Awards are one of the biggest industry events during awards season and the one of the early indicators for Oscar trends. So, when Lupita Nyong’o won the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting role (aka Supporting Actress) over Jennifer Lawrence, the world of film took note. Earlier this month, Lawrence beat Nyong’o in the corresponding category at the Golden Globes, but this sets their chances pretty much on par.
The tables turned as Nyong'o beat Lawrence in the Supporting Actress category.
Something else was made clear last night: the main contenders this January are David O’Russel’s American Hustle and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Each film ended the night with one award, but Hustle received the top honor for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o, "American Hustle" Dominate SAG Awards 2014
The cast and production team have been incredibly busy in the run-up to awards season - none moreso than McQueen himself.
With nine nominations, 12 Years A Slave is the obvious favorite at the Oscars this year. Among those nine nods are the big ones – Best Director and Best Picture. This could make McQueen the first black director to win the Best Director award, prompting the question: why did it take so long? Overdue or not, McQueen is ecstatic about the nominations and optimistic about 12 Years’ (generally great) chances.
12 Years a Slave's chances are looking great at this point.
“I am exhilarated, ecstatic,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Getting all those nominations, I’m so very happy.”
This week's mixed bag of news brought serious Oscar indications, exciting new music from Beyoncé, not so exciting music from Rebecca Black and a shocking revelation from the mind of Tila Tequila.
Beyoncé Unveils Pre-Christmas Surprise: Beyoncé Knowles has dropped an entire album of new material suddenly and unexpectedly, somehow accomplishing the astonishing task of managing to evade those who seek to leak new pop albums. The singer dropped BEYONCÉ with its 14 new songs plus 17 music videos on iTunes after stating she was "bored" of the traditional way of releasing music. Find out more here.
Paul Walker Wreckage Thieves Charged: In a frankly unbelievable story of crime that rocked not only the grieving family and friends of the late Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker but Hollywood too, two thieves attempted to steal parts from the Porsche car that the actor and driver Roger Rodas died in. Jameson Witty, who bragged about his theft on Instagram, and Anthony Janow face charges of one felony count of grand theft of personal property and two misdemeanor counts of destroying evidence as well as delaying a police officer. Read the full story here.
It's out tomorrow (Oct 18) in the U.S on a limited basis and in the U.K at the BFI Film Festival
We can mince our words, right click and look for a fancy synonym and dress up symbolism with metaphor to give you an abstract endorsement, but that fact is: 12 Years a Slave is really very good, and you should go and watch it, soon. Now.
Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
The story follows the born-free Soloman Northrup (Chitawel Ejiofor) who was kidnapped from Washington D.C having been lured from a free life in N.Y.C. Je was forced into slavery, working on plantations in Louisiana for 12 years, obviously.
Michael Fassbender was among the cast of historical biopic '12 Years A Slave' who attended the New York Film Festival premiere of the flick. He was joined by director Steve McQueen and main star Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Date of birth
1st January, 1970
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