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Amanda Seyfried, Chiwetel Ejiofor & Chris Pine To Star In 'Z For Zachariah' For 'Compliance' Helmer Craig Zobel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2013 9:00 PM
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The apocalypse is terrifying at the best of times, but when the concept of oblivion hits you through young adult literature -- as the teens of today are finding out through "The Hunger Games," "Divergent," "The Knife Of Never Letting Go" et al -- it's almost guaranteed to lead to some sleepless nights. For a certain generation, that fear of radiation poisoning came from "Z For Zachariah," the 1974 novel by Robert C. O'Brien (who died before the book was completed).

Watch: First Clip From 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor & Thandie Newton

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • April 13, 2013 10:01 AM
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Timed to coincide with the forthcoming release of "Americanah," the third novel from heavy-hitting Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the first look at the adaptation of her prize-winning second novel "Half of a Yellow Sun" has arrived, and a handsome fellow it is too.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Actor Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 27, 2013 2:45 PM
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As part of our steady quest to go cold turkey from the Oscar season over the next few days, we've been running down some of our possibilities for the films that will be elbowing each other for awards in 2014. Yesterday, we looked at Best Picture, and today, we turn to Best Actor, won this year by Daniel Day-Lewis.

Watch: Trailer For Chiwetel Ejiofor's Jazz Age BBC Miniseries 'Dancing On The Edge'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 29, 2013 6:27 PM
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Chiwetel Ejiofor has been turning in great performances since Steven Spielberg spotted him and cast him in “Amistad” back in 1996, but it wasn’t until almost a decade later he started to make himself known to wider audiences in the likes of “Children of Men,” “Inside Man,” and, of course, “Serenity.” We’re particularly looking forward to a couple of his upcoming movies, “Half of a Yellow Sun” and Steve McQueen’s “Twelve Years a Slave,” but he’s also got an interesting looking project coming soon to the small screen.

Young 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' Star Quvenzhané Wallis Joins Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 11:18 AM
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Given the quality of "Hunger" and "Shame," it's no surprise that there's a long queue to work with director Steve McQueen, but even considering that, the cast he's put together for period epic "Twelve Years A Slave" is quite extraordinary. The film's led by one of the most exciting actors working today, Chiwetel Ejifor, who plays Solomon Northrup, a free man in the 1840s who was kidnapped and kept for the titular dozen years as a slave before escaping.

First Look At Chiwetel Ejiofor & Thandie Newton In 'Half Of A Yellow Sun'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 30, 2012 1:23 PM
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You don’t hear of many British-Nigerian co-productions, but judging by the talent involved in the one that’s currently making its way to screens then we’d argue the two filmmaking nations should join forces more often. The British Film Institute and a Nigerian private equity firm have combined to bring the bestselling (and Orange Prize for Fiction-winning) novel “Half of a Yellow Sun” to the screen and assembled a pretty impressive cast in doing so. Dominic Cooper, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Game of Thrones” star Joseph Mawle and “Attack the Block” breakout actor John Boyega are all involved, and they even snagged themselves a Disney Princess in the form of Anika Noni Rose (“The Princess and the Frog”).

5 Actors Who Could Play Marvel's 'Black Panther'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 6, 2012 11:19 AM
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For all their success so far, the Marvel movies have, aside from a few smallish parts, been a pretty lilywhite affair to date: only Samuel L Jackson was a significant minority presence in "The Avengers." But signs are that the studio aren't going to keep that up for too long: yesterday, it was reported that the company are actively moving ahead with a movie about "Black Panther," the African prince-turned-crimefighter, and are targeting a release in 2014 or 2015.

The Wait Grows Shorter For 'Twelve Years a Slave' As Steve McQueen Project Negotiates Final Financier

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 10, 2012 11:42 AM
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Two distinguished directors have both been hard at work putting together their Louisiana-based period films about slavery, and now the one least likely to have an Ennio Morricone sample, Steve McQueen's “Twelve Years a Slave,” appears to finally be ready to roll.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dominic Cooper & Thandie Newton To Star In Adaptation Of Bestseller 'Half Of A Yellow Sun'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2012 9:22 AM
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It's not been documented much abroad, but Nigeria has one of the most vibrant, active film scenes in the world; over the last couple of decades, it's overtaken the United States to become the nation that produces the second largest quantities of film per year, behind only India. And while the films and stars of "Nollywood," as it's nicknamed, haven't yet crossed over to the Western mainstream, it's surely only a matter of time before their influence becomes felt. And now, it's been announced that Nigerian backers are teaming with British producers for a star-laden adaptation of a novel that tells a key part of the nation's history.

Steve McQueen Discusses His Short-Hand With Michael Fassbender, The Influence Of Pasolini On 'Shame' And His Fela Kuti Biopic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 1, 2011 12:03 PM
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Not every filmmaker has a background as a controversial, award-winning artist. But film has always been intrinsic to Turner Prize-winner Steve McQueen's work  -- 1997's "Deadpan," for instance, recreated Buster Keaton's legendary collapsing building stunt in "Steamboat Bill Jr." -- so his movement into feature filmmaking always felt like a natural shift, and it was no surprise that when it came with 2008's "Hunger," it would be one of the most indelible films of that year.

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