Actual Nigerian prince David Oyelowo talks fictional African kings and President Shithole on The Late Show

While David Oyelowo traditionally downplays the fact, the Selma star is a no-joke, recent descendant of African royalty. Talking with Stephen Colbert on Monday’s Late Show about his new movie, Gringo, the English-Nigerian actor nonetheless kept it princely, even when Colbert asked him about Donald Trump’s…

David Oyelowo will never recover from Bob Odenkirk’s Carpool Karaoke audition, and neither will you

The promotional tour for Bob Odenkirk’s new Netflix film, Girlfriend’s Day, is bearing a surprising amount of comedic fruit for the one-time Mr. Show co-star and current Better Call Saul lead. His Late Show stop found him impersonating host Stephen Colbert in a fake clip for The Late Show: The Movie, while his…

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike outshine the filmmaking in A United Kingdom

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David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike have strikingly similar career trajectories. Both England-born actors started out in television in the late ’90s before jumping to feature films in the early-to-mid ’00s, and they both had overdue breakout roles in 2014: She as the title character in Gone Girl, he as Martin Luther King…

Disney’s Queen Of Katwe turns a game of chess into a feel-good family affair

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Queen Of Katwe, Disney’s new rags-to-riches biographical drama about Ugandan teenage chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, is exotic on some levels and predictable in others. It’s set in Katwe, a massive slum area of the Ugandan capital city of Kampala that’s teeming with life, constantly moving in every direction through the…

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike find love in A United Kingdom trailer

In the first trailer for Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, David Oyelowo and Rosamund play real life figures Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams, who fall in love and get married much to the displeasure of everyone around them. He’s the prince of a Bechuanaland, a protectorate in Africa; she’s a salesman’s daughter. Outrage…

Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, and other black artists state “My Life Matters”

The activist group Blackout For Human Rights has gathered together several prominent black actors, creators, and influencers for a video series called “My Life Matters.” The videos are focused on raising awareness about police brutality. The black creators discuss their personal and professional accomplishments before…

Lupita Nyong’o tries to make chess exciting in the trailer for The Queen Of Katwe

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o is joining the ranks of Joe Mantegna, Computer Chess’ Andrew Bujalski, and everybody else who’s ever toiled to turn the game of kings into a watchable cinematic experience. Nyong’o is currently starring in Disney’s The Queen Of Katwe, where she plays the mother of a young chess prodigy…

David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in talks to star in J.J. Abrams’ God Particle

In addition to expanding his intermittent Cloverfield franchise into a full-fledged “universe,” J.J. Abrams is lending a lens-flare hand to produce Julius Onah’s upcoming sci-fi thriller, God Particle. Onah, who directed The Girl Is In Trouble, assumed the helming responsibilities about two years ago, after the…

Ang Lee’s 3-D boxing drama has a new studio, possible cast

Ang Lee has been trying to bring Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier’s titanic “Thrilla In Manilla” fight to cinema screens for several years now. For whatever reason though, the project just wasn’t coming together: It spent some time in development at Universal back in 2013, but when nothing came of it, Lee went off to make…

David Oyelowo’s bravura performance anchors HBO’s unsettling drama Nightingale

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Social isolation feeds on itself, creating a relentless cycle that is remarkably difficult to break once it has begun. The fewer human connections a person makes, the less worthy he feels of making them, and his relationship to the outside world slowly deteriorates. The progression is a logical one, but that makes it…