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#OscarsSoWhite? Not SAG, Sundance

Big wins for diverse actors, productions Saturday night at 2 ceremonies

(Newser) - In a flurry of wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, diversity made itself forcefully heard, reports the AP . Over a few hours Saturday night, the SAG Awards and Sundance showered honors on performers and films that presented a stark contrast to the crisis that... More »

New James Bond Author: Idris Elba Too 'Street' for the Part

Reaction was swift, unhappy

(Newser) - There have been many calls for a black James Bond, and for a while, there were even rumors Idris Elba would take on the 007 role. (Rumors Elba himself shot down earlier this year .) But at least one prominent person in the Bond universe doesn't think that's... More »

Pacific Rim Is the Biggest, Dumbest, and Funnest

(Before you send an error report, yes, we know 'funnest' isn't a word)

(Newser) - Guillermo del Toro is back, but if you're expecting anything like the thoughtful Pan's Labyrinth, you'll be disappointed. Instead, we've got Pacific Rim, a sci-fi blockbuster in which giant robots fight giant monsters in increasingly over-the-top battles, starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, and Rinko Kikuchi. But,... More »

Descendants, The Artist Win Big

'Homeland' also does well at the Golden Globes

(Newser) - Be honest: You tuned in to the Golden Globes tonight mostly to see what Ricky Gervais would say . But awards were handed out too, and The Artist and The Descendants were the big film winners. Both won best picture and best actor in their respective categories (comedy or musical for... More »

White Supremacists Boycotting Thor Over Black God

Casting of Idris Elba infuriates Council of Conservative Citizens

(Newser) - A far-right group is calling for a boycott of the upcoming Thor movie because a black actor has been cast as a Norse god. Wire star Idris Elba plays the god Heimdall in the superhero movie, a casting decision that the Council of Conservative Citizens says is an "insulting... More »

The Losers Just Can't Win

Violent CIA action flick, another comic book adaptation, disappoints

(Newser) - The Losers has some bright spots, but overall the new comic book adaption is a muddled mess of CIA intrigue, uneven acting, wall-to-wall violence, and Zoe Saldana in her underwear. Some critical reactions:
  • "The film had promising roots in the comic book's band of irreverent brothers," Betsy Sharkey
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Obsessed? Don't Be

Beyoncé vehicle about office affair misses the mark

(Newser) - Obsessed, a thriller in which Ali Larter, as a temp in Idris Elba’s office, attempts to steal him away from wife Beyoncé, opens today. Having added a racial slant to the usual office love triangle story, the film has “can’t-miss hot-buttons built into it,” writes Roger... More »

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