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They say timing is everything and if that is true, the timing is perfect for Lupita Nyong’o and the stars are aligning perfectly.
Nyong’o is right in the middle of awards season and with the big one right around the corner (the Academy Awards airs March 2nd), it is only right that we get to see a new film co-starring everyone’s current favorite girl.
In the new movie Non-Stop Nyong’o co-stars alongside Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore as a flight attendant on an international flight that is being highjacked. Yes, this is another one of Neeson’s action thrillers (he’s found his lane since Taken and hasn’t slowed down since) and while we don’t hear much from Nyong’o in this clip, she’s in quite a few scenes. We wonder if she could be one of the highjackers since they don’t show her talking much in this trailer.
I love that she still has her short hair cut for this role. Anyway, check out the trailer for Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and our girl, Lupita Nyong’o!
Will you check out Non-Stop when it lands into theaters on February 21st?
Red carpet season is moving full steam ahead.
Yesterday, the 2014 NAACP Image Award nominations were announced. These nods are pretty much in line with what the rest of Hollywood has been buzzing about.
Historical drama 12 Years a Slave earned four nominations: Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Alfre Woodard and Lupita Nyong’o).
Fruitvale Station also picked up several nominations: Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Michael B. Jordan) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Octavia Spencer).
Head on over to ESSENCE.com to see who else was nominated. The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards will air live on TV One on February 22nd.
With the new year celebrations just behind us, we figured it was time that we turn our attention to the big screen productions that have us anxiously awaiting their release. From comedies to dramas to historical tour de forces, here we take a look at the 2014 movies we’re most eager to see over the next 12 months.
>I don’t know about you but it can often be soo hard to try and get into a movie about business or finance. While it may be intriguing to the Warren Buffets of the world, there’s something about stocks, bonds, mergers and acquisitions that can get kinda dry – and that’s only if you understand what they are talking about.
Luckily there are some films about dollars that actually make sense. Here are 10 surprisingly entertaining movies about business. Perhaps you have seen a few of them?
image credit: Wall Street, Twentieth Century Fox (1987)
It’s been a while since a biopic like “Crazy Sexay Cool” made us fall in love with a girl group all over again. Let’s take a look back at some of the best biopics to hit the big and small screens. If we’ve left your favorite out, put us on to the movie in the comments section.
She might play one on television, but actress Denise Vasi is no longer a single lady!
On Saturday afternoon, the 30 year old actress married 40 year old video director and photographer Anthony Mandler in front of their close friends and family members.
The wedding was held at a posh vineyard in Santa Ynez, California. Her beautiful dress was courtesy of Kleinfeld Bridal.
As the way everyone receives information evolves, people are almost forced to go with it. With that in mind, there was a sign outside the reception that said, “If you Instagram, #vasimandlermerge.” Trust, the guests took full advantage of it as pictures were all over Instagram the entire night.
Vasi, a former model, has been acting for years. Her biggest role came during her time on ABC’s All My children (from 2008 until it ended in 2011) and she currently plays Raquel on VH1′s Single Ladies which is slated to return later this television season. Mandler is a major video director, with his biggest client being the one and only Rihanna. He’s also working on his first feature film.
We’re sure the reception was everything as the DJ of the night was DJ D-Nice.
Congratulations to the happy couple on their new union!
In other wedding news: After rumors swirled that Pharrell would be tying the knot this weekend, it’s been confirmed that his nuptial to Helen Lasichanh did indeed happen on Saturday in Miami. Congrats to them too!
At the height of their careers, these celebrities left their breakout gigs to explore other opportunities, finish school or move on professionally. With many of these celebrities starring in their breakout roles, they decided to part ways and to not continue riding the wave of a solo-role stardom.
In the case Dave Chappelle, we’re seeing a comeback, with the comedian back on the stand-up tour and doing media interviews like this one in The New York Times. Here are nine celebrities who left the fame of their major roles at the height of their success and may not make the same move.
This is turning out to be a momentous year for model-turned-actress Yaya Alafia, formerly Yaya DaCosta. She’s starring in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and two other films (Big Words and Mother of George), celebrating her one-year wedding anniversary with filmmaker Joshua Alafia, and expecting her first child. For her turn as student activist Carol Hammie in The Butler, Alafia says she didn’t have to reach far into her playbook to imagine the character because both her parents are lifelong activists who were active in the Civil Rights Movement. Alafia chatted with ESSENCE.com about unleashing her inner activist for the role, preparing herself for reenacting sit-ins, and why she wasn’t geeked out about working with the likes of Oprah and Forest Whitaker.
On her role as Carol in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and if she could be that person in real life:
I wouldn’t have been Carol. I wouldn’t have necessarily have made the specific choices she had made but yes, my personal history is very much one of activism. My parents were very active in the Civil Rights Movement. My father was a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) worker; my mother was a secretary with the Panthers. I definitely come from that. I grew up going to marches and protests, so that’s just part of how I was raised. Still, it’s hard to say. It was a very different time and people sacrificed not only their comfort, but also at times their lives. So it’s easy to say in 2013, yes I’d be one because it’s just not the same.
On marriage and this being such an exciting time in her personal life:
I’m really grateful for every opportunity that I’ve been afforded thus far in life and I feel like life is amazing. With losses come gains. We had already planned my wedding when my brother passed away in 2012. When you’re grieving you don’t necessarily want to think about something like that, but my brother told me that he wanted me to so we went ahead and did it. It’s very common for new spirits to enter the Earth right after someone has passed in the family and I just feel so blessed to have so much love in my life, to have found my husband and to just continue doing what I love to do.
You can read the rest over on Essence.com. It is awesome to see how Yaya continues to flourish in both her professional and work lives – she was big fan favorite on America’s Next Top Model. Congrats to her and her husband on their baby!
‘Black Movies May Alienate Others:’ Shemar Moore On How All-Black Casts Can Be Bad For Movie Marketing
Shemar Moore recently reached his fundraising goal for his upcoming film project, The Bounce Back, which is somewhat of romantic dramady about finding love. He recently sat down to chat with Shadow and Act about the project, color casting and why all-black casts can sometimes be a detrimental marketing decision. Check out some highlights below.
On reaching his fundraising goal:
“Yeah, it’s pretty cool. This whole process has been new to me, so I didn’t really know if we had a shot or how it worked. I’m not one to ask for money so that was a little foreign to me. But then I started to understand the concept, that this is the way Hollywood is now progressing, and I could control of my own content and create stories that I want to tell. It’s kind of fun not to be a puppet anymore, where you take the strings off and you’re not saying someone else’s words. I can come up with the projects that Hollywood might not necessarily be making.”
On the plot:
“Sex sells, drama sells, love stories sell. We never get enough of falling in love and believing in love. I did a movie called Diary of a Mad Black Woman which was about finding true love. So yeah it’s going to be similar, but not exactly the same. It’s more of a dramedy. This guy writes a book because he lost the love of his life in a car accident, so there’s going to be an element of drama and heartache. But then it’s about trying to find love and giving women the rules and tips to outthink a man and keep a man”
On casting a Latina actress as his love interest:
“Nadine Velazquez is just very talented and she showed support. She was a friend of a friend who said, “I like this story, I’d love to be a part of it.” She did me a favor and we were able to shoot a little teaser. It’s not to say that my love interest couldn’t be black. We haven’t shot the movie yet. I just know that Nadine is very passionate about it and I would love to have her in the movie. But I think love is blind. I’m half black, half white. So are we going to be mad at my mother and father for being together? I wouldn’t have life without it.”
On being pegged as a “black actor:”
“I don’t see myself as a “black actor,” I’m just Shemar Moore the actor. I’m very proud to be black but I’m just as much black as I am white. But I want tell stories that everybody can relate to, so I don’t care who’s opposite me. If Halle Berry or Jada Pinkett Smith called and said, “I want to do a movie with you,” I’d be right there because I believe in their talent.”
On why a diverse cast is a wise marketing decision:
“If every character in the movie is black, it’s going to be looked at as a black movie and that might alienate other people from going to see it. But we’re very sensitive to representing all demographics and it’s going to be a very mixed cast. Whoever fits the bill and can bring the noise.”
Would you agree? Do all-black casts promote the alienation of potential viewers from other races?
When it comes to the big screen and accolades, many black films do not get the same attention as the competition. This can happen for many reasons that range from lack of funding to the simple fact that some people (both moviegoers and industry higher-ups) are turned off at the idea of a “black film.”
This is why it’s so important that we support the progress of screenwriters, directors, producers and actors who try to put out memorable films. This year has a ton of promise with great pictures in the queue to make their box office debut (“Put Your Money in the Box Office: Upcoming Black Films You Need to See“). Let’s take a look at black movies that did better than anticipated at the box office.