Secret in Their Eyes Remake

Years ago Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) was hired to direct an English-language remake of The Secret in Their Eyes. The original Argentinian version, by director Juan José Campanella, was a huge success, and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture in 2010. A US remake seemed all but inevitable, but it has taken a long time to move forward. Now, it has hit the Cannes marketplace, with Ray still attached to direct. And now it has Chiwetel Ejiofor set to star. Read More »

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Chiwetel Ejiofor

Coming off a Best Actor nomination in Best Picture winner 12 Years a SlaveChiwetel Ejiofor might be cast in one of the biggest franchises in the world. No, not that one. Ejiofor is the current front runner to be the latest villain in the James Bond series.

Bond 24 will hit theaters November 6, 2015 and starts filming this Fall. Sam Mendes is returning to direct and Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007. Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw will all return as well, continuing the story from Skyfall. Read More »

Gravity

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts unveiled the winners of their 2014 awards this weekend, just two weeks ahead of the Academy Awards. The biggest winner of the night was Gravity, which took home six awards, but Best Film remained out of Alfonso Cuarón‘s grasp. That prize went instead to 12 Years a Slave, which secured only one other win last night, for lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Elsewhere, American Hustle, widely considered this season’s other Best Picture frontrunner, nabbed three prizes including one for supporting actress Jennifer Lawrence. The corresponding male category offered perhaps the biggest surprise of the night — a win for Captain Phillips‘ Barkhad Abdi, who beat out the likes of Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender

Hit the jump for the list of winners.

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LABOR DAY

Briefly: John Hillcoat (Lawless, The Proposition) can dredge whatever material he wants up out of the depths of his mind and it probably won’t generate the ridiculous controversy set in motion by his thoroughly non-controversial Super Bowl Coke ad. So the film Triple Nine, about “a group of crooked cops who plan to kill one of their own so they can cover up a major heist,” probably won’t move the needle in a way even vaguely like the Coke ad did.

But it will have a great cast: Kate Winslet has signed on for the long-gestating picture. She joins a cast that still includes Casey Affleck and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who have been attached to the film for a while. Matt Cook scripted, and as far as we know his draft remains the basis for the film. [Variety]

Update: Michael B. Jordan, who had been linked to the film last year, has also been confirmed as being in talks, and Deadline reports that Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot, and Michael Pena are also in talks to join.

POTD: Vanity Fair’s 2014 Hollywood Issue Cover

Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2014 (header)

It may not be a tradition as entrenched as the Golden Globes drunkenness or office Oscar pools, but for the past twenty years the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue has been a fun fixture of awards season. The magazine gathers up the brightest stars of the year, pretties them up and poses them just so, and snaps a photo that simultaneously celebrates the year that was and looks ahead at the years to come.

This year’s choices are a nice mix of established A-listers (George Clooney, Julia Roberts), rising veterans (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba), and exciting fresh faces (Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie). Hit the jump to see the full spread.

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Casey Affleck / Michael B Jordan / Chiwetel Ejiofor

Three of this year’s hottest stars are teaming up for director John Hillcoat. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, and Casey Affleck have just boarded Hillcoat’s crime drama Triple Nine, joining the previously announced Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett.

That’s a cast to rival Hillcoat’s last star-studded affair, the bootlegging pic Lawless. Which is really saying something, since the roster for that one included Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Dane DeHaan, and Guy Pearce. More about Triple Nine, including Ejiofor, Jordan, and Affleck’s roles, after the jump.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor

Update: There’s now video of Ejiofor answering a question about Star Wars. See it below.

Imagine being a journalist, landing an interview with J.J. Abrams about his new book (which means you can’t really talk about Star Wars Episode VII too much), then haphazardly running into a potential Oscar winner in Abrams’ office. Exclusive scoop!

That’s what happened to UK newspaper reporter Rhys Blakely, who writes for The Times. He walked into the Bad Robot office to speak with Abrams about S and found Chiwetel Ejiofor waiting there. Does that mean Ejiofor, considered a potential Oscar-contender for 12 Years A Slave, is in Star Wars Episode VII? Not necessarily, but it’s certainly possible.  Read More »

12-years-a-slave-header

The new film from director Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man who was kidnapped and held as a slave for over a decade. In 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Northrup, and we see his horrific journey and what amounts to years of imprisonment as a slave as he is tormented by captors and owners.

The impressive cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis, Lupita Nyongo, Scoot McNairy, Michael Kenneth Williams and Garret Dillahunt. The story is wrenching — if Django Unchained played fast and loose with history, this is the film that attempts to tell the story of a slave’s emancipation from more true-to-life details. The trailer has an air of Oscar bait about it, but the emotions it calls up are undeniable. And knowing the way McQueen’s films work, the trailer could be a much more audience-friendly experience than the final film will be. Read More »

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