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A United Kingdom is based on extraordinary true events. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were a perfect match, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighboring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana.
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- Tom Stockman
We like to think that scientific breakthroughs come from earnest and dedicated work, but history has numerous stories where the ethical lines were crossed in the name of progress, and that forms the heart of the true story drama, “The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks.”
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- Kevin Jagernauth
The Oscars are the grand finale of award season, and this year, we have more to look forward to than ever. La La Land is up for an astonishing (and recording-tying) 14 awards, Viola Davis has already broken a record, and unless one of them doesn't show up for their nominated categories, ex-couple Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield will be in the same place at the same time. (It's exciting, Ok?) If you're looking forward to the big show, take a look at all the need-to-know details below! The Nominees The best picture race is incredibly tight, with Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight all in the running. At least one actor from each of those movies is up for an individual nod, including Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Casey Affleck, Denzel Washington, and Viola Davis. There are »
- Maggie Pehanick
“A United Kingdom” has taken in more than $6 million at the international box office since its U.K. premiere in November, but actor-producer David Oyelowo’s passion project faces its first real test in the U.S. this weekend. After opening in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles last week, generating a promising $70,000, the historical drama expands to 45 theaters on Friday. Fox Searchlight Pictures bought the North American theatrical distributions rights to the film out of the Toronto International Film Festival, and is expected to make an aggressive national push to hundreds of theaters.
Directed by British filmmaker Amma Asante, the movie is based on Susan Williams’ book “Colour Bar,” which tells the story of Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana’s marriage to Ruth Williams, a white woman from London, »
- Graham Winfrey
Lupita Nyong'o has two major films in the works, and it looks like she's already transforming for one of her upcoming roles.
The 33-year-old Oscar winner shared an epic makeup chair selfie on Thursday where her face appears to be plastered in thick purple paint.
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The post, captioned, "more than a facial," could be a Throwback Thursday snap from the set of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which wrapped filming last year, or a peak at Nyong'o's character in Marvel's Black Panther.
Production on Black Panther began in Atlanta in late January and will also shoot in South Korea, according to a Marvel news release.
Bleecker Street announced it has partnered with Fingerprint Releasing to distribute Steven Soderbergh’s comedy “Logan Lucky.” Featuring an all-star cast, including Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, and Daniel Craig, “Logan Lucky” follows two brothers who attempt to pull off a heist during a Nascar race. Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Also Read: 'Othello' Theater Review: David Oyelowo, Daniel Craig Go to War The production shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Hollywood's biggest night is right around the corner!
The new presenters to join an already diverse group include Javier Bardem, David Oyelowo, Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, John Cho, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monáe, Emma Stone and Charlize Theron.
They join previously announced presenters Halle Berry, Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Gael Garcia Bernal, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Kate McKinnon, Shirley MacLaine and Hailee Steinfeld.
The 2017 Academy Awards hosted by Jimmy Kimmel will air on Sunday, Feb. 26 on ABC.
Warren Beatty’s long-awaited Howard Hughes movie Rules Don’t Apply did not end up an Oscar contender (or a critical and financial success, for that matter). Still, the legendary multi-hyphenate will end up taking the stage during the ceremony. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Beatty will present the prize for Best Picture alongside his Bonnie And Clyde co-star Faye Dunaway in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary. The Academy has not officially announced their participation yet, but THR reports that there have been whispers that it was plotting to nod to Bonnie And Clyde’s class of Best Picture nominees, which also included eventual winner In The Heat Of The Night and The Graduate.
- Esther Zuckerman
Amy Adams, Dwayne Johnson and Emma Stone are among the latest crop of A-list presenters at this month’s Oscar telecast, producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced Thursday. Other newly-named presenters include Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, John Cho, Felicity Jones, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo and Charlize Theron. “No matter who you are or where you live, movies bring us together,” De Luca and Todd said in a joint statement. “Through indelible, fearless performances these extraordinary actors help make it happen. We are thrilled to welcome them to the 89th Oscars stage.” Also Read: No, Rin Tin Tin Didn't Really. »
- Thom Geier
The third slate of presenters for the Feb. 26 telecast was announced on Thursday, and 11 more stars were invited to read the winners’ names.
- Karen Mizoguchi
In less than two weeks, the 2017 Oscars will bring out the brightest stars in Hollywood. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced the third slate of presenters Thursday morning, with Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, John Cho, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Emma Stone and Charlize Theron joining fellow actors Halle Berry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Gael García Bernal, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Brie Larson, Shirley MacLaine, Kate McKinnon, Mark Rylance, Hailee Steinfeld and Alicia Vikander onstage. "No matter who you are or where you live, movies bring us together. Through indelible, fearless »
The end of award season is just around the corner. With that in mind, I can now exclusively report that Taraji P. Henson, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Beckinsale, Janelle Monae, Issa Rae and Aubrey Plaza have signed on to present at the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 25. They join previously announced presenters Jon Hamm, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Édgar Ramírez and Danny McBride. American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are nominated for best feature. Best female lead contenders include Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Ruth Negga (Loving) and Natalie Portman (Jackie). Casey Affleck »
It was a postcard of a painting that inspired director Amma Asante’s 2013 movie “Belle,” the little-known true story of a mixed race woman raised among aristocracy. For her new film, “A United Kingdom,” Asante delves in a true-life tale of epic romance and political intrigue in the 1940s that is all the more shocking because it’s so unknown. The film details the marriage of Ruth Williams (played by Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, and Seretse Khama (portrayed by David Oyelowo, who also produces), the Prince of Bechuanaland (now known as Botswana). Their relationship faced not only disapproval from their families, but from both their governments.
How did “A United Kingdom” come to you?
It was David Oyelowo. David and I go back at least two decades — he was in the first thing I ever wrote for television, (“Brothers and Sisters.”) He rang me up one evening, »
- Jenelle Riley
Hard-working British actress, Rosamund Pike, has remained quite visible in a number of films since her breakout role as “Bond girl” Miranda Frost in Die Another Day. Despite the vast number of films she’s appeared in, Pike only started to really get recognition on these shores when she starred in David Fincher’s Gone Girl, for which Pike received an Oscar nomination.
In between, she could be seen in a wide variety of films that include Pride and Prejudice, Doom, Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, and Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher. After a maternity break, Pike is reunited with another star from that latter film, David Oyelowo, for A United Kingdom from director Amma Assante (Belle).
In the film, Pike plays Ruth Williams, a British working class woman in the ‘40s, who encounters Oyelowo’s Seretse Khama, who happens to be the heir to the king’s thrown of Bechuenaland, »
- Edward Douglas
Amma Asante directs romances, but according to her, she’s “never going to tell a pure love story.” That’s in part because her films like Belle and the newly out A United Kingdom focus on couples who engage in political acts simply by falling for one another. She’ll next do so in the WWII-set Where Hands Touch, but her latest casts David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike as real-life couple Seretse and Ruth Khama, whose interracial relationship becomes the center of international controversy. The 1948 marriage between a prince of what was then Bechuanaland—who would ultimately go on to become the first president of Botswana—and a white Londoner is seen as a threat to many nations’ interests. The A.V. Club spoke with Asante at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September.
The A.V. Club: David Oyelowo came to you with Seretse’s story, right ...
- Esther Zuckerman
Late last week, Variety debuted a first look picture (see below) from “A United Kingdom” and “Belle” filmmaker Amma Asante’s latest feature, a World War II-set interracial romance titled “Where Hands Touch.” The film follows the romance between pair of German teenagers — Amandla Stenberg as the biracial Leyna and George MacKay as Lutz, the son of a prominent SS officer and a member of the Hitler Youth — and it unfolds against the backdrop of the war and the Holocaust.
The first look image was met with backlash across social media platforms, and various commenters loudly voiced their displeasure that, in crafting a story around a persecuted person and a Hitler Youth, Asante was “romanticizing” Nazis and otherwise diminishing the experience of those that suffered during World War II and the Holocaust.
I didn’t realize until @mixedtck told me a second ago that “When Hands Touch” is a Nazi romance. »
- Kate Erbland
Some stories are too good to be true — and some are so fantastical that they can only be based on reality.
Such is the case with the true story of African prince Seretse Khama and English clerk Ruth Williams, the interracial couple whose simple wish to live together as man and wife in Seretse’s native Botswana led to a decades-long bitter fight between his family and the British Empire that ended in that African country’s independence from Britain.
Now, almost 70 years since Seretse and Ruth first met in the summer of 1947, their epic triumph over prejudice and injustice »
- Ale Russian
10 February 2017 1:29 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The 1940s marriage of African king Seretse Khama to British woman Ruth Williams caused an international uproar, but ultimately altered the political landscape of their respective countries. These events are recounted in Fox Searchlight's drama A United Kingdom, out Friday, with David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike portraying the peacefully political pair.
The two actors spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about receiving surprises from Botswana locals, being critical of historical British rule and learning activism lessons for the era of Brexit and Donald Trump.
How did you come to this project?
David Oyelowo In 2010, I was doing 96 Minutes with producer Justin »
- Ashley Lee
David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike star in A United Kingdom, a true story about a couple who faced down the British establishment and the rise of apartheid next door to their home in Botswana, which Fox Searchlight is rolling out this weekend. The title had a robust premiere at the Paris Theater in New York this week followed by a swank party at Manhattan's Avra Madison Estiatorio, where the cast and director Amma Asante mingled with Searchlight execs and invitees. The film… »
A forbidden love can often times create a powerful rift amongst family members, but one of the strongest bonds of the 20th century ultimately overcame harrowing taboos and redefined relationships between two continents. Seretse Khama, who was born into one of the most powerful royal families of Bechuanaland, felt such a strong connection to British […]
- Karen Benardello
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