Idris Elba Luther

It amazes me that there are so many fans of great TV, and so many fans of Idris Elba, yet so few people have heard of or watched Luther. The BBC show, created by Neil Cross, follows a dangerously determined police detective who gets much too involved in his investigations. Eventually his already questionable morality reaches a breaking point when he’s forced to work with a woman he knows, but can’t prove, is a killer.

The first two seasons of the show are currently on Netflix and the third, which aired this summer, will be released on Blu-ray next month. Though it might sound like every other cop show out there, it’s much more character-driven and cinematic. It’s highly recommended.

For those who have seen the show, the fact that the third season is the end is obviously a disappointment. Elba and Cross feel your pain and are hoping to bring the show to the big screen. Cross has written a prequel script that he’s hoping to shoot next year. Read More »

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I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pretty excited to see Thor: The Dark World. Where I felt the first Thor was just okay, after the character’s emergence in The Avengers, along with the blossoming of his evil brother Loki, the prospect of seeing them both on the big screen again is quite exciting. And it’s coming soon. Thor: The Dark World, directed by Alan Taylor, opens November 8.

Today, a whole bunch of brand new still images only add to that excitement. In them, you get a much closer look at Christopher Eccleston‘s bad guy Malekith the Accursed, some sweeping scenery and a few new glimpses of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Jaimie Alexander and more to boot. Check them out below. Read More »

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Two of the breakout stars from The Wire just landed new jobs with some modern auteurs. First up, Idris Elba (most recently seen in Pacific Rim) will star in Cary Fukunaga‘s (Jane Eyre) latest film called Beasts of No Nation. Next, Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams is the second actor to join Spike Lee‘s still untitled Kickstarter film. Read more about both projects below.

UPDATE: Lee’s film is reportedly called Da Blood Of Jesus.

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Idris Elba in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

This weekend’s Pacific Rim sees Idris Elba leading the charge against massive sea monsters known as Kaiju. In another few months, though, he’ll be demonstrating heroism of a more grounded sort.

Directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boelyn Girl), Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom stars Elba as anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, who became the first-ever South African president elected in a non-segregated democratic vote. Watch the first teaser after the jump.

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Pacific Rim

Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim won’t be out for another week or so, but some of its nomenclature has already begun to permeate geek culture. “Kaiju” and “Jaeger,” words some fans were very familiar with, are becoming more common in geek circles as Warner Bros. gets closer to releasing their massive monster vs. robot movie on July 12.

Lots of the talk over the past few days, though, has been surrounding the non-geek audience and their knowledge/anticipation of the film. The “tracking,” as it’s called, is reportedly low for a film of this magnitude. Some blame that on the fact we know about the monsters and robots, but we don’t know the humans of Pacific Rim. Names like ”Stacker Pentecost” and “Hannibal Chau” aren’t quite as recognizable as the Jaeger name “Gipsy Danger.”

This latest, and probably final trailer feels like a direct answer to that criticism. While there’s still plenty of giant action, we learn about the neural connection jaeger pilots have to one another, see more of Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and Rinko Kikuchi, and even get a hint at the demons that Charlie Hunnam‘s character, Raleigh Beckett, must face. Check it out below. Read More »

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At this point we’ve seen a lot from Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, but with a couple weeks left before the film opens, why not one more trailer? (Here’s why: the film needs more of a guaranteed audience than it already has, and so Warner Bros. and Legendary are trying to show people what this one is.)

This extended 2-minute TV spot features a longer version of the “apocalypse” speech from Idris Elba, and a more detailed presentation of the launch sequence for the giant robot Jaegers, too. There are some other flashes of new footage, along with a quiet, fearful audio track that goes for tense breaths rather than big “braaaaahm!” noises. There’s good stuff here, though I almost would have preferred to wait for the full film to see a few of these shots. Read More »

Idris Elba

Fans of The Wire have long insisted that Idris Elba was destined for A-list stardom — indeed, that in a just world, he’d be a household name already. And while he’s not quite there yet, he seems to be inching closer and closer.

His latest new gig, in the politcally inclined action-thriller Gunman, puts him in the company of director Pierre Morel (Taken) and stars Sean Penn and Javier Bardem. Jasmine Trinca was also recently added to the cast. Hit the jump to learn more about their roles.

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After seeing the film this summer, Pacific Rim viewers might clamor for a theme park attraction replicating some of the film’s action. Based on what director Guillermo del Toro has to say while describing the production process in a new featurette, it seems like all a park would need to do is import the giant set that depicted the Jaeger head and control module.

The main set was four stories high, rigged to shake and vibrate, equipped to assault the actors with water and physical resistance, and able to drop fifteen feet very rapidly, in order to simulate one action in the film. “Every film needs to have a portion of analog practical effects to really convey the sense of physical reality,” the director says, and this video shows that the production didn’t skimp when the time came to build sets for Pacific Rim. He describes the set as “a torture machine.” That translates to “holy crap, this looks like a hell of a ride.” Read More »

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