Are reading this from a brand-new device you got for next to nothing after standing in line overnight for the big Black Friday sales? Or, are you lazy like us and waiting for Cyber Monday? VH1 News was curious about the holiday shopping habits of the rich and famous, and asked them what they’d wait in line for, with some interesting results. Girls‘ Zosia Mamet would do it for a unicorn (of course!). But our favorite answer came from Idris Elba. Read more…
When Idris Elba signed on to play Nelson Mandela in the new film Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom, he not only had to play one of the most recognizable men in history without it seeming like an impression, but he also had to capture the vitality of the man in his youth. Nelson Mandela isn’t just a peace maker or a former rebel. As seen we see in Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom, he was also a ladies man.
And so, Elba joins a long list of hot actorss like Nicole Kidman, Amanda Seyfried and Ashton Kutcher who have had to either turn down (or turn up) their looks to match the hotness of the historic heroes and legendary celebs they’ve been hired to play.
In case you forgot, we’re grilling hot dogs and lighting fireworks on the Fourth to celebrate our independence from England. But are we really free from the folks across the pond? On our screens and in our magazines, there are those darn colonizing Brits everywhere! And we still love them, sometimes more than our homegrown stars (wait, did we just say that on July 4?). Who’s the next Emma Watson, Henry Cavill or Russell Brand?
Whoever did the background score and sound effects for Prometheus — well done. Even though we didn’t get to see any real carnage, but only the suggestions of it, the various screams and pleas punctuated by a looming, foreboding swell of music made us crawl under our duvet. We already know this movie is going to be terrifying. It’s the prequel to the Alien series and is directed by who else but Ridley Scott. The cast is pretty amazing too with Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Idris Elba starring. Prometheus will be out in theatres in June, 2012. Until then, this chilling trailer should suffice.
Aw, remember when Bradley Cooper was just a sweet newspaper reporter with an unrequited crush on his superspy best friend? We doubt Alias‘ Will would believe today’s news — that Brad is People‘s Sexiest Man Alive — but the rest of us aren’t so surprised. Especially not those of us who saw this video of him speaking French. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdsoFZxk7DU Just don’t forget those of us who loved you way back when!
These Idris Elba James Bond rumors are new to us, but we would love if they were true. We like Daniel Craig, but it’s best to turn in your 007 badge before you wear out your welcome. Remember Pierce Brosnon‘s invisible car in Die Another Day? We rest our case. Sadly, our dreams of The Wire star having a view to a kill must be put on hold, at least for now. “It’s a rumor,” the Luther actor told NPR, though he did admit, “I’d definitely consider it. I’m never shaken or stirred.” Plus he already has the saucy banter down! We are just wasting time and resources if we don’t cast him, people!
Whether he ever plans to team up with Q or not, it sounds like Elba has one major qualm about following in the footsteps of former Bonds like Roger Moore or Timothy Dalton, “I just don’t want to be the black James Bond,” he says. “Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.” Okay, what about just…the best James Bond? The only James Bond that’sÃ‚Â ever co-starred with Beyonce? We’ll just keep working on these until we come up with one you like, Idris.
It always surprises us when fan boys rage long and hard against particular casting choices. Do people not remember there’s a war on? While visiting Rutgers, Idris Elba responded to critics of his Thor casting, in which he’ll be portraying what had been written as a white character. “We have a man [Thor] who has a flying hammer and wears horns on his head. And yet me being an actor of African descent playing a Norse god is unbelievable?,” an incredulous Elba said. “I mean, Cleopatra was played by Elizabeth Taylor, and Gandhi was played by Ben Kingsley.” Right, and further more, those people actually existed.
Critics of Thor‘s color-blind casting took issue with The Wire star playing Heimdall, an ostensibly white all-seeing, all-hearing deity who defends the rainbow bridge to Asgard. So clearly it’s unrealistic to have an African-American man play him in a movie! A rainbow bridge to the afterlife, sure, but how can you expect the audience to suspend their disbelief that much?
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