Posted on 28 March 2013   Film, Interview, UK

Idris Elba Says His Mandela Biopic Is ‘Hands Down The Best’

Idris Elba sat down with UK’s Guardian for a very insightful interview about his career at the launch of the Tanqueray Gin Palace in London. The Thor actor discussed, among other things, his role as the legendary political activist-turned-South African president Nelson Mandela in the upcoming biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Here are some of the highlights from the interview. On comparing his portrayal of Mandela with that of Morgan Freeman (Invictus) and Terrence Howard (Winnie):... Read More »
Posted on 18 March 2013   Theater, UK

All-Black ‘Julius Caesar’ at BAM

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) will present an all-black production of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, to run April 10 through Apr 28, 2013 at the BAM Harvey Theater. Gregory Doran will direct a cast that includes Paterson Joseph as Brutus (pictured), Jeffrey Kissoon as Julius Caesar, and Ray Fearon as Marc Anthony. Brooklyn, NY—The world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company returns to BAM with a new twist on Shakespeare’s Julius... Read More »
Posted on 12 March 2013   TV, UK

Lucien Laviscount Joins CW’s ‘The Selection’

CW’s The Selection has recast the role of Aspen for it’s second pilot. British actor Lucien Laviscount has landed  a leading role in the network’s retooled drama pilot The Selection – a Hunger Games-esque drama based on a book series by Kiera Cass. Set 300 years in the future, an epic romance centering on a working class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with... Read More »
Posted on 26 February 2013   TV, UK

‘Downton Abbey’ to introduce it’s first black character

Dowton Abbey is on the verge of diversifying it’s cast by adding a black character into the mix. The upcoming season of the Emmy Award-winning period drama will feature it’s first black cast member, has learned. According to British tabloid  The Sun, a casting notice was sent out to top agents searching for  a black actor in their late 20s to portray a Jazz singer named Jack Ross. The notice describes the character... Read More »
Posted on 07 February 2013   TV, UK

Watch David Oyelowo track down a terrorist in ‘Complicit’ preview trailer

The preview trailer for UK’s Channel 4 upcoming telepic Complicit has hit the web and one thing is clear—this is a serious drama about terrorism. The drama, directed by Niall McCormickm, will see David Oyelowo as an MI5 agent facing a moral dilemma when he tracks down a suspected terrorist. The official synopsis reads: In fighting the War on... Read More »
Posted on 15 January 2013   Awards, UK

Adrian Lester Wins Best Actor at UK’s Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards

Adrian Lester  has won the best actor award at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for his role as pioneering African-American actor Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet. Lester is the first black actor to recieve the honor. The winners were announced earlier today at an informal ceremony at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. Each member of the Drama Section independently casts his or her vote based on... Read More »
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