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Chiwetel Ejiofor To Topline London’s Young Vic’s Film Version Of 'A Season In The Congo'

  • By Sergio
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  • September 15, 2013 9:32 AM
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Almost a year ago, I reported on Chiwetel Ejiofor's return to the stage this summer to play Congolese nationalist hero Patrice Lumumba, in poet and political activist Aimé Césaire's play A Season in the Congo, at the Young Vic in London. The new stage production was directed by Joe Wright, who helmed the films Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Hanna, and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.

TIFF 2013 Review - Biyi Bandele’s Adaptation Of 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Misses The Mark

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • September 12, 2013 5:20 PM
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Before it even went into production, writer-director Biyi Bandele’s debut feature Half of a Yellow Sun sparked a huge casting debate. Based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the movie would focus on the stories of two sisters during the Nigerian-Biafran war of the late 60s and early 70s. The controversy came from the casting of the biracial Thandie Newton as Olanna, an Igbo woman. In January 2012, a petition was drawn up in protest of the casting, with the main gripe being: “Igbo people, like any other people range in physical characteristics as well as complexion. However, the majority of Igbos are dark brown in complexion. Igbo people do not look like the bi-racial Thandie Newton. Thandie Newton is an accomplished and talented actress in her own right. However, she is not Igbo, she is not Nigerian, and she does not physically resemble Igbo women in the slightest.”

Steve McQueen On Whether Being British Was Of Any Influence On Making '12 Years A Slave'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 9, 2013 3:25 PM
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I love the no-nonsense way in which Steve McQueen handles himself. It's so rare to see this kind of forthrightness and outward displays of emotion from industry types - then again, I suppose he's still something of an *outsider,* not living in Hollywood (he doesn't even live in the USA actually).

Lots Of New Footage In New '12 Years A Slave' Featurette (Video)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 3, 2013 2:15 PM
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Here's a nice behind-the-scenes featurette, highlighting the making of the film, featuring key cast and crew, including director Steve McQueen and star Chiwetel Ejiofor, as well as a lot of new footage not seen in the only trailer that's been released thus far.

Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' *Snuck* Into The Telluride Film Festival - Screens Today!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 30, 2013 10:27 AM
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Well, shucks! We won't be there for it unfortunately. We may have, if I was aware that it would be screening there, but, Telluride is one of those film festivals... it traditionally doesn't unveil its slate until attendees are well on their way to the festival. In essence, you attend the festival blindly, not knowing before you book your trip, what films will be screened, and may not even know until you get there.

The One Thing That All Of Chiwetel Ejiofor's 2013 Projects (5 Of Them) Have In Common...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 19, 2013 4:22 PM
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I realize that it's merely a coincidence, so I'm not necessarily implying that something sinister is afoot. But I thought I'd share one interesting characteristic that runs through the handful of projects that Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in this year - unquestionably the celebrated thespian's biggest year ever!

Starz Network Picks Up Chiwetel Ejiofor's BBC Mini-Series 'Dancing On The Edge' For USA TV

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 26, 2013 7:10 PM
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The Starz network has announced the USA television premiere of the musical drama Dancing on the Edge, an original miniseries from writer/director Stephen Poliakoff, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (an actor who's set to have a really good second half of 2013 with 3 films he stars in debuting).

'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Producers Talk Film's Production (Cast, Crew, Hollywood vs Nollywood)

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 23, 2013 7:13 PM
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An excerpt from a chat with the producers of the film adaptation of Half Of A Yellow Sun that I thought worth sharing.

First Trailer For Film Adaptation Of 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Arrives!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 23, 2013 2:59 PM
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As reported earlier, Biyi Bandele's Half Of A Yellow Sun - a film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name - will make its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.The long-awaited, much-anticipated film adaptation, Bandele's feature film directorial debut, stars Thandie Newton, John Boyega, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji.

Film Adaptation Of 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Will Open Africa International Film Festival

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 22, 2013 10:46 AM
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I was able to confirm directly with the festival programmer/curator Keith Shiri, that long-awaited, much-anticipated film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun, will be the opening night film at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Calabar, Cross River State (Nigeria), in November.