A United Kingdom trailer

A United Kingdom is like a trifecta of talents who seem like they should be much bigger than they are. In the lead roles it has Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, who gave two of the best performances of 2014, and behind the camera it’s got Amma Asante, who delivered the smart period drama Belle that same year. While none of them are at household name status quite yet, all three are worth keeping an eye on. So when they all converge for one project, you can bet we’ll be paying attention.

Based on a true story, A United Kingdom chronicles the eventful romance of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams. The two meet and fall in love in 1940s London, which is tough enough given they’re an interracial couple — but their relationship is further complicated by the fact that he is the prince of Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana). The film is slated to debut at TIFF next month, but before we get there you can check out the first A United Kingdom trailer below.  Read More »

Five Nights in Maine trailer

What happens when a first time feature filmmaker throws two powerhouse performers at each other? You might get something like Maris Curran‘s Five Nights in Maine, starring David Oyelowo as a grieving widower who visits his estranged mother-in-law (Dianne Wiest). Their relationship is chilly to begin with, and they aren’t exactly quick to warm to each other once they’re face-to-face. But the visit sets both on a difficult journey of healing.

Five Nights in Maine hit the festival circuit last year, and is now headed for release in the U.S. next month. Rosie Perez co-stars as Wiest’s nurse, and Teyonah Parris plays Oyelowo’s sister. Watch the Five Nights in Maine trailer below.  Read More »

movie fan controversies

We’ve yet to get confirmation that Daniel Craig is done with the James Bond franchise. But considering he spent the Spectre press tour calling his character a misogynist and declaring he’d rather slash his wrists than play Bond again — and considering recent rumors that he’s turned down $100 million to reprise the role for two more films — it seems a safe assumption that he won’t be sticking around for too much longer. So the question, then, is who’ll replace him. Because Bond is eternal — the only question is what form he’ll take on next. It’ll probably be a while before we get a real answer, but in the meantime, here are some of our favorite choices.  Read More »

Queen of Katwe

It’s not that Lupita Nyong’o hasn’t kept herself busy since her Oscar win for 12 Years a Slave. But we’ve barely seen her, because her two biggest recent roles, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Jungle Book, have kept her wonderfully expressive face offscreen. Fortunately, that changes this fall with Queen of Katwe.

Directed by Mira Nair, the based-on-a-true-story drama stars Nyong’o as a poor single mother raising a 10-year-old daughter, Phiona (played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga) in rural Uganda. Phiona’s life takes an unexpected turn when she meets a missionary (David Oyelowo) teaching local children how to play chess, and discovers she has a natural talent for the game. Watch the Queen of Katwe trailer after the jump.  Read More »


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Elizabeth Debicki in Man From UNCLE

As of now, Julius Onah‘s God Particle remains shrouded in the usual layers of secrecy that surround any project from J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot. But at the very least, we know this thing will have a killer cast. David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw signed up for the space-set sci-fi earlier this spring, and John Krasinski began orbiting last month. Now Elizabeth Debicki, of The Great Gatsby and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., will be joining them as well.  Read More »

Gugu Mbatha Raw in Jupiter Ascending

The mystery box surrounding the J.J. Abrams-produced God Particle has cracked open just wide enough to let in a couple more people. David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw have just signed on to star in the sci-fi feature, which is being directed by Julius Onah for Paramount. It’s a major step forward for the project, which has been in development since 2012 but only recently set a 2017 release date.  Read More »

Thrilla in Manila Movie

It’s been a couple of years since we heard about Ang Lee‘s 3D boxing drama that was said to focus on the boxing world in the 1960s and 1970s, when heavyweights like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier ruled the ring and grabbed people’s attention. The project was set up at Universal, but ended up taking a backseat so Lee could direct Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk instead.

Now the project has life again, this time at Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, and Lee is already scouting locations for the project. He also has an eye on two stars to play Frazier and Ali. Find out who they are after the jump. Read More »

David Oyelowo Is the New James Bond (In an Audiobook)


David Oyelowo is the new James Bond. As far as picks go, he’s a pretty great one: handsome, dashing, talented, and blessed with the ability to rock the hell out of a midnight blue tuxedo (in glittery fabric, even). However, there’s a catch. Oyelowo isn’t playing 007 onscreen, but rather in an audiobook. More on the David Oyelowo James Bond news after the jump.  Read More »

Black Panther director rumor

Kevin Feige said last weekend that Marvel will soon choose directors for Black Panther and, most likely, Captain Marvel. He also confirmed that Marvel had talked with Selma director Ava DuVernay about making one of the studio’s films. Now, however, DuVernay has said that she won’t make Black Panther, and it sounds like she’s probably not going to make any Marvel film at all.  Read More »

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Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for the thriller Captive. Based on true events, the film has Kate Mara as Ashley Smith, a struggling mother and recovering drug addict whose bad day takes a turn for the much, much worse when she’s taken hostage by accused rapist Brian Nichols (played by David Oyelowo).

But the real star here is Rick Warren‘s Christian self-help book The Purpose Driven Life. Ashley initially rejects the book, but comes to find great value in it. Especially once it becomes a way for her to convince Brian to let her go. Watch the Captive trailer after the jump. Read More »