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Are David Oyelowo & Michael B. Jordan In Consideration For 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Roles?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 20, 2013 12:47 PM
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From the rumor-mill, courtesy of our friends at Latino Review, who've broken many-a-story in the past. Although, no official confirmation of any of this from the actors themselves, the studio, or the director. In short, Latino Review is reporting exclusively that David Oyelowo and Michael B. Jordan (2 black actors who are having very good years, starring in 2 of 2013's most-talked about films) have both met with director JJ Abrams regarding roles in the upcoming Star Wars franchise reboot, although the website doesn't say what those specific roles might be that Abrams is considering the 2 actors for.You'll recall that it was last fall when Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.1 billion and has announced its intent to make another trilogy (at least) of Star Wars films, with the first one (to be directed by JJ Abrams) set for release in 2015, and a new one every two to three years thereafter.On top of that, Disney later revealed that, in addition to at least 3 more films, fans should expect stand-alone films, and TV series, separate from the official Star Wars films, that will be based on Star Wars characters.

Watch 4 New Clips From 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' + Check Out A New Poster

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 2, 2013 4:39 PM
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Here are 4 new clips from Lee Daniels' The Butler - a film that was in the middle of a legal battle between its distributor, The Weinstein Company, and their opponent, Warner Bros., but the fight is now over, with the film set for release in 2 weeks, on August 16.

David Oyelowo, David Gyasi Join Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Cast

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 30, 2013 5:13 PM
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British actors David Oyelowo and David Gyasi have joined the growing cast of Christopher Nolan's super-secret sci-fi project Interstellar, according to TheWrap.

Huge! Ava DuVernay Tapped By Brad Pitt's Plan B To Take Over Lee Daniels' 'Selma'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2013 3:25 PM
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Ava DuVernay is taking over directing duties of the Martin Luther King Jr feature project that Lee Daniels was once originally attached to helm, but faced a financing wall, and moved on to other projects.Deadline reports that David Oyelowo, who was to star in Daniels' project, will stay onboard to play MLK, reuniting with DuVernay (he co-starred in her 2012 acclaimed sophomore effort, Middle Of Nowhere).Titled Selma, DuVernay was brought onboard to direct the project by Pathe UK, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and producer Christian Colson, who were impressed by her last effort, Middle Of Nowhere.The feature drama centers on the 1965 landmark voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement. DuVernay has reportedly already began scouting locations, and is working over the script with screenwriter Paul Webb, with production aimed to begin sooner than later, given the competition in the form of several other MLK projects, on the horizon.Daniels' Selma was reportedly held up because family and close friends of the King estate didn't approve of the project, which would have highlighted some of King's vices. No word on whether there's been a shift, whether in the script, or the attitudes towards it.4 years ago, here's how Daniels described what was then a much-buzzed about script, that was said to focus on the relationship between Martin Luther King Jr and Lyndon B. Johnson:"It's a moment in time in Martin Luther King and LBJ's (life) around the signing of the Civil Rights. It's a snapshot of the march. It's really Lyndon Johnson's story. Martin Luther King is a part of it, but it's really the arc of a man that starts out as a racist who is forced to look at himself in the mirror and then ultimately side with King. It's really a journey of a white cat and how he sneers at tradition and against George Wallace, against everybody, says, 'Uh-uh.'"Now we wait in anticipation to learn what/whose story DuVernay's polished script will tell. A lot, I'm sure, has changed in 4 years.Regardless, this should be a nice budget-bump for Ms DuVernay to play with, after directing 2 low-budget indies in I Will Follow and the aforementioned Middle Of Nowhere. In addition to Oyelowo, the cast of Daniels' Selma also included Lenny Kravitz (as civil rights activist Andrew Young), Cedric The Entertainer(as Ralph Abernathy), Hugh Jackman (as racist Selma sheriff Jim Clark), and Liam Neeson (as President Lyndon Baines Johnson). No word yet on whether they're still attached.I should also note, in closing, that it was last summer when Lee Daniels, apparently unable to get Selma off the ground, switched gears, still staying on the MLK course, but this time teaming with Hugh Jackman (who was also attached to Selma), to take on Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in a new film that would reportedly explore an "unconventional view of King's murder."To be titled Orders To Kill, the film was to tell an alternative version of the MLK shooting, with Daniels directing of course, and Jackman starring.

David Oyelowo's Life Will Spiral Out Of Control In 'Nightingale'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 9, 2013 10:38 PM
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Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo Fight Over Sidney Poitier's Relevance In New Clip From 'The Butler'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 9, 2013 6:01 PM
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Welp... Here's a first clip from Lee Daniels' The Butler - a film currently in the middle of a legal battle between its distributor, The Weinstein Company, and their opponent, Warner Bros.

VOD Review: BBC Films' 'Shoot The Messenger' (2006)

  • By Emmanuel Akitobi
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  • May 26, 2013 9:00 AM
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"Whenever I think about it, everything bad that has ever happened to me has involved a black person."

Netflix Streaming Pick: Review Of BBC Drama, 'Blood and Oil' (Naomie Harris, David Oyelowo Star)

  • By Wendy Okoi-Obuli
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  • February 21, 2013 2:01 PM
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The BBC two-part drama, Blood and Oil, which couldn't be more topical, is now streaming on Netflix for USA audiences.

David Oyelowo Talks Race Play & Other Complexities In Torture During War Drama 'Complicit'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 18, 2013 11:05 AM
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David Oyelowo's MI5/Guantanamo Bay thriller Complicit, which centers on the moral dilemmas posed by the war on terror, as an MI5 agent (played by Oyelowo) becomes involved in the torture of a suspected terrorist to prevent an attack in the UK, aired on Channel 4 (in the UK) last night, Sunday February 17th at 9pm.

Zoe Saldana Apparently Did All Her Own Singing For Nina Simone Movie...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • February 8, 2013 2:10 PM
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Sifting through my newsfeed as I do daily, I came across this piece of exlusive news on E! Online, that I obviously thought was worth sharing. Chatting with co-star David Oyelowo a few days ago (he plays Clifton Henderson in the film), here's the segment: