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Do you get offended by the idea of someone mistaking one black actress for another black actress just because both are black actresses? Zoe Saldana doesn't. In this week's Hollywood Reporter cover story, the Guardians of the Galaxy/Star Trek/Avatar star is prompted to recall a story in which her mother thought she was in Crash, because she saw Thandie Newton in the film's poster. Then Saldana, an Afro-Latina of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, explains why it's totally understandable: I've gotten Kerry Washington and Jada Pinkett, too, but mainly Thandie. People ask me if I'm offended that I'm confused with every other black actress out there. "Doesn't it bother you that people think you're all the same person?" No. Because one time I entered a restaurant and there were all these beautiful blond girls around a table, probably all from Orange County. It felt like it might have »
- Gilbert Cruz
DirecTV is expanding its Kingdom.
Lost actress Zuleikha Robinson, most recently seen in ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, is joining the mixed martial arts drama (fka Navy St.) for a multi-episode arc, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Additonally, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alum-turned-Malibu Country co-star Jai Rodriguez is also set to appear in multiple episodes of the series, which stars Frank Grillo, Matt Lauria, Kiele Sanchez, Jonathan Tucker and Nick Jonas.
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Robinson plays Allison, a charming and ultimately ruthless woman looking to go into business »
Nigerian Censor OKs ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Release Nigeria has given a greenlight to the distribution of Chiwetel Ejiofor starrer Half Of A Yellow Sun. The drama will be released August 1, after being certified by the National Film and Video Censors Board. It previously was due to open in April, but some scenes were deemed objectionable at the time, the BBC notes. Thandie Newton also stars in the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel. Set in 1960s Nigeria, the story brings audiences into a country torn apart by civil war and shows how the interwoven lives of […] »
Nigerian censors gave a greenlight to “Half of a Yellow Sun” July 4, more than two months after the board put a hold on the film’s domestic release, citing “regulatory issues.”
While refusing to comment on the conditions surrounding its release, the statement by the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (Nfvcb) cleared the way for pic’s country-wide rollout.
Pic is an adaptation of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s international bestseller, set during the brutal civil war which roiled the West African nation in the 1960s.
The war — which claimed more than a million lives — is still a sensitive issue in Nigeria. Writing for the New Yorker’s website in May, Adichie criticized the censors for what she dubbed “a knee-jerk political response” to fears that the film might “incite violence.” At issue seemed to be a scene in which Christians from the country’s Igbo ethnic group »
- Christopher Vourlias
What? Yet another article about "Half of a Yellow Sun" I can hear you saying.But wait, don’t leave before I tell you that I have some good news for our readers in the Chicagoland area.Biyi Bandele's feature film, which is being distributed by Monterey Media, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, John Boyega, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji, is a drama that weaves together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of civil war, with a newly independent 1960's Nigeria as the backdrop.The good news is that the film will finally open in Chicago this month, for a week’s engagement, starting next Friday, June 20 through 26. The film will play »
The deal re-teams the Mexican-Kenyan actress — who won an Oscar in her film debut in “12 Years a Slave” — with Pitt’s production company, which produced the searing historical drama.
“Americanah” centers on a young Nigerian couple in a romance that explores the cruelties and the humor of the modern immigrant experience on three continents.
The couple fall in love as teenagers in a Lagos secondary school while Nigeria is under military dictatorship. The young woman departs for America but the young man is unable to join her and plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Years later, he’s become wealthy in a newly democratic Nigeria, while she returns after having achieved success as a writer of a blog about race in America. »
- Dave McNary
America’s newest sweetheart (and the Oscars’ latest Supporting Actress winner) Lupita Nyong’o has been very careful about her job choices (read: she hasn’t eagerly snapped up anything and everything that has come her way) since capturing our hearts with last year’s wrenching turn in 12 Years a Slave, but that seems to be steadily changing (and with so far very good results). Just yesterday, Nyong’o’s highly anticipated involvement with a project you may have heard of – Star Wars? anyone? anyone? Bueller? — was announced to general enjoyment from fans of both the actress and the beloved franchise, but that’s not the only big endeavor that the actress has taken on lately, and it’s certainly not the only one you should be excited about. Nyong’o’s apparent interest in picking and choosing the next big roles that will help shape the rest of her career also has a literary bent, as »
- Kate Erbland
Title: Half of a Yellow Sun Director: Biyi Bandele Starring: Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle, John Boyega, Onyeka Onwenu A well-intentioned historical drama that unfolds in the 1960s against the backdrop of the Nigerian Civil War, ”Half of a Yellow Sun” features a couple strong lead performances and the sort of stark socioeconomic class conflict and high stakes that often lends itself to engaging adaptation, but the film gets caught up in the undertow of mawkish melodrama early on, never to fully recover. The story centers around a pair of twin sisters from a well-to-do family, Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose), who return to their homeland [ Read More ]
The post Half of a Yellow Sun Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Yeah, Andre Benjamin (better known as Andre 3000 by Outkast fans) played Jimi Hendrix in the indie film, “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” but you know Hollywood just can’t have just one biopic of a legend. Hollywood is giving us variety by giving us the news that Anthony Mackie will play the guitar legend in a brand new film. According to IndieWire, reports from Cannes say that Mackie will star in “Jimi,” a biopic about the last nine days in Hendrix’s life. Noomi Rapace is in negotiations to star as Hendrix’s girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham. Thandie Newton will star opposite Mackie in an unspecified role. IndieWire states that the film [ Read More ]
Anthony Mackie has been bulking up to co-star opposite seriously brawny men in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain and superhero hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But he'll need to slim down and get serious for his upcoming role, the iconic rock legend Jimi Hendrix. Indiewire reports out of the Cannes Film Festival that Anthony Mackie is set to headline Jimi, a Jimi Hendrix biopic that will focus on the last nine days of the music icon's life. Thandie Newton will co-star in an unspecified role, and Noomi Rapace is in negotiations to portray Hendrix's girlfriend Kathy Etchingham. Here's a side-by-side comparison of one Swedish actress next to the other: The drama was written and will be directed by English filmmaker Ol Parker, who is best known for writing the screenplay for the winsome adaptation The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Parker made his directorial debut back in 2005 with the R-rated »
It's in a very limited theatrical release in the USA currently, opening on just 1 screen a week ago, to likely expand to a few more cities this weekend, and thereafter; but it's probably safe to say that most of you will not get the opportunity to see Half of a Yellow Sun in a theatrical setting. So you might be glad to know that Starz, in an acquisition from Monterey Media, will exclusively debut the Us television premiere of the film, this fall on Starz In Black and its associated Starz On Demand and Starz Play online services. Based on the award-winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun is a romantic drama set in the backdrop of 1960s Nigeria during the country’s turbulent civil war. The film centers around the diverging destinies of two sisters, Olanna (played by Thandie Newton) and Kainene (played by Anika Noni Rose »
- Tambay A. Obenson
A few years ago, Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Anthony Mackie was slated to star in a biopic about the late, iconic rock star Jimi Hendrix in a film called Crosstown Traffic. At the time, The Bourne Ultimatum and Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass was attached to direct, but when Hendrix's estate objected over the portrayal of Hendrix in the film, the project fell apart. However, Deadline has learned those issues have been resolved, and now Mackie is ready to pick up the guitar again in the film that will be directed by Ol Parker (Imagine Me & You) and is now simply called Jimi. And there's more! Thandie Newton (Crash) is on board to take a role, and Noomi Rapace is wanted to take the role of Hendrix's former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham (they actually look very similar). The film itself won't chronicle the rise of Hendrix to one of »
- Ethan Anderton
The actor is back on for Jimi, reports The Wrap.
The film is back on track after it was shuttered in 2010 under objections from Hendrix's estate over the portrayal of the legendary musician.
Ol Parker will direct from the screenplay he wrote.
Paul Greengrass was previously on board to direct Mackie in the project's previous incarnation.
Mackie was most recently seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He is currently in negotiations to star with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Jonathan Levine's untitled Christmas Eve in New York City comedy. »
At one point a few years ago, Paul Greengrass was looking to make a biopic on legendary rocker Jimi Hendrix with Anthony Mackie in the lead. But when the Hendrix estate wouldn't sign off on the project, it fell apart and everyone moved on. But now, things are moving again. Mackie is back to play the axeman, with Ol Parker ("Now Is Good") at the helm of the movie "which chronicles the last nine days of Hendrix's life." Thandie Newton is on board to play Hendrix's wife, with Noomi Rapace eyed to play his ex-girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham. The project is currently being shopped at Cannes, no production start has been tabled, and we'll see what the Hendrix family has to say about this. Let's just hope the filmmakers get clearance to use his actual music. [The Wrap] Aubrey Plaza is using her break from "Parks and Recreation" to join "The Driftless Area" with Anton Yelchin, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For the past decade, Anthony Mackie has been quietly working hard in supporting roles that have steadily grown in size, within increasingly more prestigious projects. He appeared in no less than six films released in 2013 – including The Fifth Estate, Runner Runner and Gangster Squad – and has kicked off 2014 with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Things are about to go very loud, very fast, for the talented young actor, however, as he takes the lead role in Jimi.
Originally titled Crosstown Traffic, the film was firmly on the slate of Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) until problems arose regarding approval from the Hendrix estate. Such approval is vital to the authenticity of projects such as these, as the use of the artist’s back catalogue hangs in the balance. A rival Hendrix project – John Ridley’s All By My Side, starring Andre 3000 – seems to be proceeding without that all-important approval, which may »
- Sarah Myles
Today’s film is the 2006 short The Interrogation of Leo and Lisa. The film is directed by Hamish Jenkinson and written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. It stars Elliot Cowan, Kevin Spacey, and Thandie Newton. Over the course of a career spanning over two decades, Newton has appeared in films such as Interview with the Vampire, Mission: Impossible II, The Chronicles of Riddick, W., and 2012. Her newest feature, titled Half of a Yellow Sun, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Thanks in part to consistent work – including his recent role as Sam “Falcon” Wilson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Anthony Mackie is in demand at the moment. It appears he may finally get to realise an ambition and play Jimi Hendrix on the big screen, as Ol Parker has come aboard to direct Jimi.The film, once called Crosstown Traffic, was set up a few years ago with Paul Greengrass interested in directing Mackie in a story about the last nine days of the legendary rock star’s life. Back then, the Hendrix estate objected to his portrayal, and the project fell apart. Now, with Parker aboard and the issues seemingly worked out, the renamed Jimi should be gearing up to shoot this year.The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel director Parker has his wife, actress Thandie Newton, ready to co-star and has approached Noomi Rapace about playing the rocker’s ex-girlfriend, »
When it comes to turning books into film, the sprawling historical novel is both the most alluring and most treacherous of source material. Alluring because of the promise of sweep, atmosphere, and the spectacle of human lives jostled around by great events. Treacherous because, well, movies are short, and novels are long. Case in point: Half of a Yellow Sun, written and directed by the Nigerian-British author Biyi Bandele, and adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning historical epic set during Nigeria’s civil war in the 1960s, is transporting, well acted, and occasionally powerful. It’s also a rushed, maddening mess.The film begins on the eve of Nigerian independence in 1960, and follows two young women, Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose), the daughters of a wealthy Lagos businessman, as they pursue the privileges that beauty, family wealth, and their headstrong demeanors bring them. Kainene is cool, »
- Bilge Ebiri
R, 1 Hr., 53 Mins.
The makings of a grand historical epic –sweeping drama, personal tragedy, real-life heroism –are all there in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2006 novel about the Nigerian civil war of the late 1960s. But instead of distilling the book, the movie races through it, leaving great performances (notably by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton as a wealthy, emotionally complicated couple) overwhelmed by the unrelenting march of heart-wrenching moments. B –Adam Markovitz
Ai Weiwei The Fake Case
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 29 Mins.
The daring Beijing artist is shown at rest in quiet »
- EW staff
Anthony Mackie might get to play Jimi Hendrix after all. Four years after Paul Greengrass’s version of the movie fell apart over disagreements with the Hendrix estate, sources tell EW that Mackie is attached to Ol Parker’s (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) biopic that will focus on the rocker’s last days. Parker will direct his own screenplay, and the long-delayed project reportedly is moving forward again after resolving issues with the Hendrix estate.
Greengrass and the Hughes brothers had failed to get a Hendrix project off the ground, and 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley finally succeeded »
- Jeff Labrecque
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