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Idris Elba Just Made History

8/5/2015 9:09pm EDT
Idris Elba Maxim Magazine
Maxim Magazine is continuing it re-branding effort under new Editor-in-Chief Kate Lanphear, and after nearly two decades of focusing on gracing its cover with beautiful models, actresses and singers, the magazine has landed it's first male cover star, Idris Elba.

Lanphear took over as editor last fall, and soon after she announced that the irreverant "lad mag" would be switching gears. Women were shown more tastefully on the cover, from Lana Del Rey's shoulders up shot on the December 2014/January 2015 cover, to Victoria's Secret Model Candice Swanepoel gracing the cover in March -- but in...

Idris Elba Heading To The Final Frontier?

3/25/2015 6:22pm EDT
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Idris Elba is reportedly in early talks to play the villain in the next Star Trek movie sequel, according to

Justin Lin will take over directing duties from J.J. Abrams, who will still produce the film, and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and John Cho are all set to return.

Elba is rumored to be the leader of the Klingons, who have yet to appear in the rebooted franchise, but that remains to be seen.

Despite the early rumors, the same thing happened in 2012 when Benedict Cumberbatch was announced as the main villain of Sta...

What Did Idris Elba Say About 'James Bond' Rumors?

12/28/2014 1:05pm EST
Idris Elba Responds To 'Bond' Rumors
Idris Elba revealed on Twitter he isn't sexy enough to play James Bond.

The star revealed on Twitter that he feels he is not good looking enough.

"Isn't 007 supposed to [be] handsome? Glad you think I've got a shot! Happy New year people," he tweeted, along with a picture of himself.

Daniel Craig is already working on the latest Bond film "Spectre."

The actor is then contractually committed to one more Bond film.

Right after the controversial Sony hacking scandal, a message from chairman Amy Pascal read: "Idris should be the next Bond."

Pascal believed she was emailing Elizabeth Canti...

Who Will Be The Next James Bond?

12/20/2014 12:10pm EST
Leaked Sony Email Name Idris Elba As James Bond Candidate
Will Idris Elba be the next 007? Leaked emails reveal that Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal was pushing for the actor to take over the iconic role from Daniel Craig.

According to the Daily Beast, Pascal sent an email to Elizabeth Cantillon, former executive VP of production for Columbia Pictures, which distributes the Bond films, on Jan. 4, 2014, that read, “Idris should be the next bond.”

In the past, Elba admitted he'd jump at playing the role.

The 24th film in the franchise, "Spectre," is opening in theaters in November 2015.

Craig revealed in 2012 that he was ready...

Fox Remaking British Series 'Luther'

11/19/2014 11:12am EST
Fox Remaking Acclaimed British Series 'Luther'
Acclaimed British series "Luther" will be getting a reboot in America on Fox.

A remake of the dynamic British detective show about investigator John Luther is getting an American makeover. The show’s creator, Neil Cross, will write and executive produce the American remake.

Fox has committed to the series. British series star Idris Elba will not star in the American version, but will serve as an executive producer on the version shown in the states.

Elba was Emmy-nominated for the role and earned a Golden Globe in 2012 for his starring role in the series. The series earned eight Emmy nom...

Bill Murray To Voice Baloo In Upcoming 'Jungle Book' Film

8/2/2014 9:26am EDT
Bill Murray
Bill Murray has been cast as the voice of the loveable black bear Baloo in the upcoming adatation of the classic Disney masterpiece. Baloo is well known for his carefree nature, his antics and endearing laziness. He's all about the 'Bare Necessities' - and we're interested to know if Bill Murray will be piping up to sing the classic Disney tune.

Bill Murray's casting of Baloo isn't the first surprising choice, as Christopher Walken has been chosen to play King Louie, the leader of the apes. Idris Elba is scheduled to play the voice of the main antagonist, the tiger Shere Khan, while Ben ...

11 Controversial Comic Book Movie Castings

3/19/2014 1:01pm EDT
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As a comic book nerd, nothing is worse than seeing a poor attempt at a movie adaptation of one of your beloved super heroes. So one could understand why so many casting decisions in comic book films create a controversy. Here are 11 controversial comic book movie castings:

Idris Elba - Heimdall in Thor. In what will be an occurring theme in this list, Elba's casting as Asgard Sentry Heimdall was a controversy only because of the color of this skin. Several white supremacist groups employ Norse mythology, so the perceived slight was twofold for them. In the end, the boycott attempts failed ...

Weird Celebrity News: Shia LaBeouf Won't Shower, Idris Elba Gets Turned On By Bow Ties

1/11/2014 10:00am EST
Shia LaBeouf
Weird and unusual things sometimes happen in the lives of celebrities. Here's a roundup of this week's strangest stories...

Shia LaBeouf has irritated his co-stars on the set of his new film Fury by refusing to shower - for weeks at a time.

A source told The Daily Mail: "Shia drove everyone mad on set trying to prove that he was the most dedicated star. He pulled out  his own tooth during the first few weeks of filming and then refused to shower for weeks on end so he could better understand how his character would have felt living in the trenches."

As a result of his lack of grooming, L...

Idris Elba Won't Be Playing James Bond, Hates 'Black Bond'

1/6/2014 5:03pm EST
Idris Elba
Idris Elba has cleared up rumors that he will be playing James Bond after Daniel Craig ends his time as the character - and has choice words for the term "Black Bond."

Elba told Huffington Post back in November of the rumors, "I didn't know that was still sort of in the mix. I say it all the time, but if it was to ever happen and if I was ever to get offered that role, that would be the will of a nation. That would be like, 'Wow, human beings are really powerful. They really made that happen, because [producer Barbara Broccoli] certainly didn't."

Elba has now told ITV's Lorraine Kelly the...

Pregnant Celebrity Couples Due In 2014

12/29/2013 3:03pm EST
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
Just because there isn’t a Royal baby or Kimye child on the way doesn’t mean there aren’t bundles of joy to look forward to this year from some of your favorite celebrities. Here are some celebrities couples expecting in 2014:

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green - Announced in August 

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski - Announced in September

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale - Never announced, but obvious

Danielle and Kevin Jonas - Announced in July

Soleil Moon Frye and Jason Goldberg - announced in August 

Lauren Silverman and Simon Cowell - announced in August


'Thor: The Dark World' World Premiere - Arrivals

10/22/2013 1:08pm EDT
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Kat Dennings - 'Thor: The Dark World' World Premiere - Arrivals, Odeon, Leicester Square, 10/22/2013


'Luther' Review 3.4: Go Ask Alice

9/7/2013 9:22am EDT
A thoroughly satisfying conclusion of these four nights of Luther with episode 3.4, and the hope that we'll be seeing Idris Elba again in the title role along with all the supporting characters who survived.

Satisfying because it was to good see Stark get what he deserved from the shotgun of Tom.  Satisfying because Luther made some good and right choices, only some of which were in his control.

For example, in the scene on the roof, where Tom with shotgun in hand asks Luther to choose who will die - Alice the evil genius or Mary the pixie - Luther after saying repeatedly he can't choose,...

'Pacific Rim' Premiere Pics: A Leggy Rinko Kikuchi, Scruffy Charlie Hunnam & More!

7/10/2013 12:00pm EDT
Rinko Kikuchi
Several celebrities attended the "Pacific Rim" premiere in Hollywood on Tuesday. Rinko Kikuchi, above, wore a slinky black embroidered dress that showed off her legs.

Not familiar with the Japanese actress? She received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her role in the 2006 film "Babel."

"Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam also attended the premiere, looking dapper in a black suit with his hair slicked back and a short beard.

During a press tour for the film, the actor admitted he smacked Kikuchi's stuntwoman in the face during a fight scene, giving her a black eye three d...

Five Fun Facts about 'Prometheus' Actor Idris Elba

6/7/2012 2:00pm EDT
Idris Elba - Five Fun Facts
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus comes out this Friday, reminding us of the buzz that surrounded his original Alien film back in 1979. Much like he did with that film, Scott has cast this science fiction piece with well-established actors including Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, and Michael Fassbender. Fans of the HBO series “The Wire” or the BBC series “Luther” will be pleased to see Idris Elba take on the role as the captain of Prometheus, giving us a good excuse to dig up five fun facts on the sexiest man to ever work at Dunder Mifflin.

1) A working actor since 1999, it was...

Trailer Talk: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Could Be This Summer's Next Big Blockbuster & More

6/4/2012 1:02pm EDT
Arriving in theaters this week are Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated sci-fi vehicle “Prometheus,” the silly computer animated sequel “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” the coming-of-age comedy “Lola Versus,” the indie time travel comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed,” the period piece drama “Bel Ami,” the family relationship dramedy “Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding,” and Todd Solondz’s drama “Dark Horse.”

Unfortunately my pick from last week, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” was plagued by bad acting, lackluster action scenes, and farfetched concepts even for a fairy tale. Not only was it diff...

Jack Davenport Takes Center Stage

1/30/2012 2:20pm EST
NBC's Smash is full of stars, but the one you don't know - that you should know - is British actor Jack Davenport.

In the ambitious new series (starting February 6 at 10), he plays Derek Wills, director of the Marilyn Monroe musical and not the kind of man who'll be winning a congeniality award anytime soon. Derek is complimentary one minute and cringeworthy the next. He's the kind of boss we'd all hate to have but whose results can't be dismissed either. It's a role where many actors could focus on the negative and make him a tyrannical, unlikeable mess. Davenport, however, brings ...

'The Descendents' & 'The Artist' Triumph At The Golden Globes (See Pics & Full List Of Winners)

1/15/2012 11:57pm EST
2012 Golden Globes
Oscar favorites The Descendants and The Artist were the big winners at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles on Sunday night, picking up the top movie awards and the two Best Actor honors.

The Artist was a triple winner, in addition to Best Picture the film won for Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Best Original Score; while director Alexander Payne's The Descendants took home the Best Motion Picture Drama prize and a Best Actor gong for George Clooney.

There were no multiple wins for any other movie, but TV series Homeland picked up two honors for Best TV Drama and Best Actress (Claire Danes).


Celebrities That Turn 40 in 2012

1/3/2012 8:00am EST
Celebrities That Turn 40 in 2012
In 1972 the Watergate scandal hit the national scene, "The Godfather" ruled the movie box office and songs that dominated the radio airwaves included Don McLean's "American Pie," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," and "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers.

Also that year many of today's prominent stars were born that starred in films such as "Stand by Me," "Good Will Hunting," "There's Something about Mary," and many more. See what stars turn the big 40 in 2012. Check out the slide show below.

Amanda Peet - Born January 11, 1972

Drea de Matteo - Born January 19, 1972

Gabriel Macht - Born ...

'Prometheus' Trailer Released

12/23/2011 2:25pm EST
Ridley Scott's Prometheus was originally going to tie into the Aliens series before its story grew into something completely different. The trailer, released recently, shows the influence from the Aliens series - but it doesn't show any monsters just yet. Watch it below!

Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, and Ben Foster. The movie is due out next summer.

Bradley Cooper Is The Sexiest Man Alive

11/16/2011 12:00pm EST
Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper has been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine! The Hollywood hunk beat out other actors such as Ryan Gosling, Alec Baldwin and Idris Elba.

People writes, "Ladies, take note: this Georgetown grad can whip up dinner, take you for a spin on his motorcycle and whisper sweet nothings in French (he's fluent!). Just don't try convincing him what a catch he is."

Cooper, who sat down for an interview with the mag, says: "I think it's really cool that a guy who doesn't look like a model can have this. I think I'm a decent-looking guy. Sometimes I can look great, and other t...

TV on DVD: 'Luther,' 'Margaret Thatcher' & 'Robotech'

10/27/2011 4:15pm EDT
This week in TV on DVD, check out Luther: Series 2 and The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher (BBC Home Entertainment), as well as Robotech: The Complete Series (A&E Home Entertainment). Read on for my looks at all three new titles!

Luther: Series 2 (BBC Home Entertainment)

Just days after Luther's second series finished airing on BBC America, you can now bring it home. DCI John Luther (Emmy nominee Idris Elba) returns after the disastrous ending of the previous series to tackle two more violent cases. You can check out my episode reviews of Luther, though be advised they do contain...

'Luther' Recap: 'Series 2, Episode 4' (2.04)

10/19/2011 11:02pm EDT
Can you believe Luther is already over? Weren't we just talking about its beginning a month ago?

While trying to help Jenny cover up the death of Toby (the psychopathic grandson of Jenny's former madam Baba), Luther gets to deal with "twins with a shared psychosis" who look at their crimes as one big competitive game. I would complain here about how our hero cannot catch a break, but I'm not sure that he'd want one if he could get it. John Luther is not unlike an addict; he's consumed by the world he lives in and doesn't seem very interested in getting out.

Once again things star...

'Luther' Review: 'Series 2, Episode 2' (2.02)

10/5/2011 11:05pm EDT
This week's Luther is not unlike my least favorite episode of 24: a character gets tortured for an entire episode, and I spend that time feeling my stomach turn to the point where I don't ever want to watch it again.

DCI John Luther and his team are spending this week trying to rescue their colleague DS Ripley from the clutches of Cameron Pell, the killer they couldn't catch last time. While Ripley's anguished screams fill the background, Cameron demands attention that Luther has no intention of giving him, less Ripley become expendable and end up dead.

Schenk proves he's more t...

'Luther' 2.01 'Series 2, Episode 1' Review

9/28/2011 11:06pm EDT
The first series of Luther scared the hell out of me on at least one occasion. I couldn't help but wonder: could it top that? Should it? Well, series two was certainly going to try.

While Alice Morgan (the devilishly delightful Ruth Wilson) sits in a mental hospital, DCI John Luther (Emmy nominee Idris Elba) makes a half-hearted attempt to kill himself. You can't blame him, considering that he lost his wife at the hands of his close friend last series. When that doesn't work, he turns to an awkward friendship with his wife's lover Mark North (Paul McGann) and of course, to his job...

Summer Superhero Recap: What Worked, What Didn't, What Comes Next

7/25/2011 2:00pm EDT
Summer Superhero Recap 2011
Now that Captain America has slung his mighty shield across the cineplexes, 2011’s summer superhero quadrumvirate—Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and Cap—is ripe for a recap: What worked, what didn’t, and most importantly, what comes next? (Oh, and even though they bested all four DC and Marvel characters at the box office, we’re not counting the Transformers or Harry Potter, okay?)


Released: May 6. Worldwide box office to date: ~$444 million. Rotten Tomatoes rating: 6.7/10

Marvel Comics’ God of Thunder kicked off the superhero summer in a film directed by the Shakespeare...

What Happened To The Emmy Nominations?!

7/14/2011 2:07pm EDT
What happened to this year's Emmy nominations? They're...actually pretty great.

I normally can't stand TV's big awards show; it seems like the same people and series get nominated all the time, with the occasional "why did that get nominated at all?" head-scratcher for variety. But the 2011 nominations were announced early Thursday morning, and while it's still a little puzzling (though let's not name names), there's a bevy of deserving names on that big list.

Here are some of my favorites:

Finally, some love for Justified: I still maintain that star Timothy Olyphant was robbed l...

Chris Brown Dominates The 2011 BET Awards - See All Winners & Photos

6/27/2011 8:19am EDT
Chris Brown
R&B star Chris Brown sealed his career comeback by picking up four trophies at the BET Awards on Sunday.

The Kiss Kiss hit-maker's career was in ruins after he was convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna during a heated fight in 2009, but Brown proved the controversy is firmly behind him at the 2011 BET Awards prize giving in Los Angeles.

He won best Male R&B Artist, Viewers' choice, Collaboration for Look At Me Now with Lil Wayne, which also won him the Video of the Year. Brown's former lover was also a winner at the ceremony - Rihanna was named best Female R&B artist.


Idris Elba To Open African Healthcare Clinic

4/4/2011 2:23pm EDT
Idris Elba
British actor Idris Elba is planning to open a healthcare clinic in Sierra Leone to provide support for sick families in his father's homeland.

The Wire star was born in England to African parents and admits he's "embarrassed" he's never visited his dad's birthplace or his mother's home town in Ghana.

So he's putting together plans to boost healthcare in Sierra Leone by teaming up with a cousin to fund a medical unit in the country - and he's even considering helping the region's arts industry.

Elba tells Britain's Observer Magazine, "It's embarrassing. I have to go. There are plans, ...

Tyler Perry To Star In 'I, Alex Cross'

2/1/2011 8:05am EST
Tyler Perry
Actor/director Tyler Perry has signed up to play famed fictional sleuth Dr. Alex Cross in a new movie.

The character, created in James Patterson's crime novels, has been immortalized on the big screen by Morgan Freeman, who played the role in 1997's Kiss The Girls and 2001's Along Came a Spider.

Perry has now agreed to take Freeman's place in a new film, which will be helmed by The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor director Rob Cohen.

The movie is reportedly titled, I, Alex Cross.

British actor Idris Elba had previously signed up to play Cross in a different adaptation, which is current...

Film On DVD: 'Takers' [Blu-Ray]

1/20/2011 9:42am EST
Starting Tuesday, you can bring the heist flick Takers home on DVD and Blu-Ray courtesy of Sony Home Entertainment. What's inside for the taking? I open up the Blu-Ray version to help you find out!

The Film

Takers could have been a really great, great movie. Any film that's led by Golden Globe nominee Idris Elba (Luther) is going to have at least one good performance, but adding in Paul Walker (Fast & Furious) and Michael Ealy (FlashForward) had me waiting for this one with bated breath. I couldn't wait to see it...

...and I couldn't believe I'd waited so long for it when it was over.