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Idris Elba on Tyler Perry and Oscars

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 12:00 am.

A few weeks ago we reported that Malcolm D. Lee, the director of The Best Man, wasn’t a big fan of Tyler Perry. Now Idris Elba has sounded off on Perry as well. As a guest speaker at Rutgers University’s Newark campus, Elba said:

“Can I be candid?” he asks before turning to face the audience directly. “I don’t like all of Tyler Perry’s films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for “Daddy’s Little Girls” because it portrayed a positive image of a black father. I am happy for Tyler’s success…we need Tyler Perry…by going to support his movies, we need to show economic strength. But we are also responsible for elevating film. I’m not with buffoonish characters like Madea or Big Momma.”

Some are shocked at Elba’s comments. But is there an unspoken rule that Black actors and directors cannot express themselves on the Tyler Perry phenomenon?  Of course there will be rants that he is a “hater,” but maybe Elba, a Golden Globe–nominated actor, made an informed opinion. It’s not as if he is a novice or known for ridiculous work. Idris Elba is probably one of the most respected actors out there today.

The London native also gave some insight on the lack of Black actors nominated for an Oscar this year. Halle Berry and Idris Elba were the only Black actors nominated for a Golden Globe this year.  Elba said, “The Oscars aren’t designed for us … Let’s focus on making more films.”

I think that perfectly sums up this year’s award season.

Speaking of awards, check out the list of Oscar winners from last night.


Photo credit: WENN

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No Diversity and No Surprises at the Golden Globes

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 12:30 am.

No shockers last night at the 68th Annual Golden Globes.  Several wins for Glee, Natalie Portman for best actress in Black Swan and tons of bad fashion. As we already know, there is no diversity this year at the award shows so not one person of color won — I guess Precious was a once in a decade event!  Thank God for the NAACP Image Awards

Notable wins include the legendary songwriter Diane Warren for best song for Cher’s “You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me” from Burlesque, Robert DeNiro receiving the Cecil B. Demille Award, and the most moving speech of the night came from Chris Colfer for best supporting actor for Glee.

The openly gay Colfer said, “All the amazing kids that watch our show and who are constantly told no by…bullies at school and told they can’t have what they want because of who they are. Well screw that!” Considering bullying has been headline news of late, Colfer’s words are highly relevant and important.

The at times drab night was somewhat picked up by Ricky Gervais, who took some stabs at the Hollywood elite like Angelina Jolie (commentating on how The Tourist bombed), John Travolta (those gay rumors), Hugh Hefner (marrying a 24-year-old), Robert Downey, Jr. (drug problems) and of course Mel Gibson.

Other folks in attendance were LL Cool J, Diddy, Lee Daniels, Alicia Keys, Golden Globe nominee Idris Elba (who lost to Al Pacino) and Halle Berry.

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2011 Golden Globe Nominations: Halle and Idris Get Noms

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 8:45 am.

The 2011 Golden Globe nominations are in — the diversity of last year’s award season is no more. You’ll get more color at the Country Music Awards!

Some of the expected were nominated like Inception for best picture, James Franco for best actor in 127 Hours and five nods for Glee.

Again, not much to look for in the diversity front but Halle Berry received a best actress nomination for her performance as a woman suffering with split personalities in Frankie & Alice. Halle has been nominated two times before and won in 2000 for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

Idris Elba received a nomination for best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for television for Luther. This is Elba’s first Golden Globe nomination and it is long overdue.  His greatest performance, HBO’s Sometimes in April in 2005, was ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press.

Whatever the case, being honored by mainstream awards does not indicate success, and many of the nominations are well-deserved like Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right, Melissa Leo for The Fighter and The Social Network.

The complete list of nominations are below.

Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A

Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street 2
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David Seidler, The King’s Speech
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Despicable Me
How To Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

The Concert
The Edge
I Am Love
In A Better World

Alexandre Desplat, The King’s Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahman, 127 Hours
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception

“Bound to You,” Burlesque
“Coming Home,” Country Strong
“I See the Light,” Tangled
“There’s A Place For Us,” Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
“You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me,” Burlesque


Boardwalk Empire
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

Julianne Marguiles, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee

The Pacific
Killers of the Earth
Temple Grandin
You Don’t Know Jack

Idris Elba, Luther
Ian MacShane, Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack
Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
Romola Garai, Emma
Jennier Love Hewitt, The Client List

Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-O
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
David Straithairn, Temple Grandin

Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly McDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family


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EXCLUSIVE: T.I. Says ‘Takers’ is #1 Despite Reports and Talks Prequel

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm.

“We built a bond that I feel transcended through the screen,” says T.I., the star and producer of the number one film in the country, Takers.  That bond was obvious with a powerhouse cast that included Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Chris Brown, Michael Ealy and of course T.I.  Although there has been some back and forth regarding whether Takers or The Last Exorcism was number one, the “Live Your Life” rapper-turned-actor talked to to confirm Takers is number one – plus, he gives us the scoop on a prequel!

How are you, T.I.?
I can’t complain!  The star and producer of the number one movie in the country with the support of the people behind me.  Man, I’m ecstatic!

Takers was in less theaters than its competition but still managed to rock the number one spot.  What do you think it was about this film?
We were in less theaters but we had a higher per screen average, which means after the math was done the number of people that showed up, the number of sold-out shows we had exceeded the number of sold-out shows our competition had.  Although it was believed and perceived that we would fall to the number two slot, the support of the people, word of mouth, the quality of the film and just the energy associated with the project is what catapulted us into the number one slot.  We couldn’t have done it without the people.  We appreciate it!

I’m seeing on various web sites that Takers was number one and then Exorcism was number one.  Why is there this indecisiveness on which film topped the box office?
You know, in film, it’s much different than music; they count dollar for dollar, hour for hour.  In doing that there are estimations that are given — they reported this morning from numbers that came in last night.  With those numbers they estimated the end-all-be-all would be the competition being number one and Takers being number two.  But this morning, after those estimations have already been reported, the final numbers came in from Sunday night.  When all those numbers came in, Takers was indeed number one — officially.  They made estimations and kind of prematurely got that word out and miscalculated.  The final call is Takers is number one.  The people demanded it, as they should — and they got what they wanted.

I know it’s fairly early but do you see anywhere in the future a Takers sequel?
I’m a step ahead of you — I just got off the phone with the director, writer, the head of Screen Gems and the label heads over at Sony.  We are working not a sequel, but a prequel to tell the back story of the characters.

Any last shout outs to all the people from BET and beyond who went out and supported Takers this weekend?

Absolutely, BET was a huge supporter.  We could not have done it without you guys.  Grand Hustle Films thanks you, Sony Pictures thanks you. Also, the people.  In all the theaters in Atlanta, New York — Mount Pleasant, Michigan, they showed up real big.  I’m talking about everywhere!  Dallas, D.C., Philadelphia, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Detroit — everybody showed up real big.  I’m saying this because I’m watching the numbers.  I’m seeing the numbers of people who really showed out at the theaters.  I just want to say I thank you.  On some real sh*t,  it ain’t often that we are able to bring dreams into fruition.  This is one of those times.   I just want to say thank you, I couldn’t have done it without you.  I’m trying to repeat it — I ain’t over!

Takers is in theaters now.

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VIDEO: Idris Elba Talks ‘Takers’

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, August 27, 2010 at 12:00 am.

The crime-thriller Takers, which has a powerhouse cast that includes T.I., Chris Brown, Michael Ealy and Idris Elba, is in theaters today.  Don’t gasp and swoon too much ladies, but the video below is of chatting with a modest Elba.

He talks the new film, working with an accent and which actor gets the most screams from the ladies.  He put himself third on the list, but in Takers there is one scene of Mr. Elba in bed and a pack of women screamed, nearly hitting the movie theater floor.  Check out the interview!

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American Black Film Festival Winners

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm.

While we were all enjoying the festivities of the 2010 BET Awards, there was another festival, Film Life’s 14th Annual American Black Film Festival in Miami.  Idris Elba hosted the event, which brought out Lee Daniels, Golden Brooks, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Chrisette Michele and more. Here are the winners:

Grand Jury Prize for Best Film: Legacy directed by Thomas Ikimi and starring IdrIs Elba

Grand Jury Prize for Best Performance by an Actor: Golden Brooks for The Inheritance

Career Achievement Award: Lee Daniels

BET’s Rising Icon Award: Chrisette Michele.

HBO Short Film Competition: Stag and Doe

HBO Star Project Winners: Emayatzy Corinealdi and Stephen Hill


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“Losers” Trailer; Starring Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 9:30 am.

LosersSynopsis: An explosive action tale of betrayal and revenge, The Losers centers around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. But the team—Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar—soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross, instigated from the inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max.

Making good use of the fact that they are now presumed dead, the group goes deeply undercover in a dangerous plot to clear their names and even the score with Max. They are joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda, who is more than capable of scoring a few points of her own. Working together, when they’re not arguing amongst themselves, they have to stay one step ahead of the globetrotting Max—a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war for his own benefit. If they can take down Max and save the world at the same time, it’ll be a win win for the team now known as The Losers.

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Will Smith wants to be the Black James Bond

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:00 am.

willsWhen Big Willie says he wants a role — Hollywood better pause. The Black James Bond role has been floating around for the past few months with Diddy and Jamie Foxx’s name in the mix. Now, the #1 man in Hollywood says he wants the role.

In a recent interview Jada’s old man said, “Puff probably lives the most like James Bond and Jamie Foxx got the swagger for James Bond. He can sing too, so he can add a new element to Bond, wooing the ladies. But I think I can guarantee the box office!”

Without a doubt, Smith can guarantee the box office. However, Idris Elba recently said he thought he should have the role because Bond is British. Honestly, I would rather see an actor on the up and coming land the Bond character versus someone who is already a massive moviestar. Traditionally, playing James Bond made someone a superstar. You gotta love Will Smith — but give the up and coming folks a chance!

Do you see Will Smith as James Bond?

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‘Obsessed’ wins the weekend

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 12:00 am.

idris1Regardless of bad reviews,  rumors, or the other competitive movies opening this weekend –  Obsessed pulled in 28 million dollars at the box office this weekend.  According to Entertainment Weekly:

“Despite a widespread critical drubbing (Metacritic smacked it with a 22 score), Obsessed clearly tapped into a female-driven audience bloodlusting for some schlocky, catfighting fun with its story of a woman (Knowles) battling to keep a mentally unhinged secretary (Ali Larter) from stealing her husband (Idris Elba). Knowles’ full-court media press last week certainly didn’t hurt either: Nearly doubling many prognosticator’s estimates (including that of EW’s own Joshua Rich), Knowles pulled in her biggest three-day opening since 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember.”

Another success this weekend was the documentary Tyson, which was only in eleven theaters but performed well.  Variety reports: “James Toback’s  Tyson posted a middleweight per-screen average of $7,817 as the documentary grossed an estimated $85,982 opening in 11 theaters in New York and Los Angeles.”

Here is the complete list:

1. Obsessed $28,500,000
2. 17 Again $11,665,000
3. Fighting $11,441,000
4. The Soloist $9,715,000
5. Earth $8,554,000

What movie did you check out this weekend?

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Is Meagan Good the Next Beyonce? Idris the Next Jay-Z?

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 12:00 am.

meaganidrisNow, I know this is a film blog, but this is what happens when actors jump into other worlds. For some reason it’s easier for singers and rappers to become actors — not that they’re any good at it, but it isn’t as embarrassing as the other way around. You know who started this — Eddie Murphy! Yep, he got that one hit with “Party All The Time” and ever since actors have thought they could go the singer route. Some have made it work, like Jamie Foxx, but Jamie is a rarity.

First, there is Idris Elba. An amazingly talented actor who does have experience as a DJ, but now he is a singer… and a rapper. On his MySpace page the 36-year-old features a ditty called, “Same Ish” spitting lines like, “Chicks wanted me to talk sh*t while I f*cked ‘em. So I talked sh*t while I broke ‘em off.”  I  think Shaq had better lyrics than that in his I-want-a-be-rapper days.  Then there is “Best That I Can Do” with vocals from Elba, which sounds like Bob Marley with a speech impediment.  The song isn’t absolutely terrible, but I must admit –  this really cheapens a great talent like Elba.

Then there is Meagan Good. Lawd have lacefront mercies!  Her song, “So Good” leaked on her Twitter page… the song is so painful.  It sounds like a rejected track from Janet Jackson’s  Discipline album!  I’d rather watch One Missed Call 27 times before listening to the 27 seconds of that snippet.  Meagan please, I still have faith in your skills because you were in Eve’s Bayou — but we have enough n0n-singers with epic weaves  in R&B!  Oh, she did tell she is going for a more “pop” sound – that sounds like more of a flop sound!

Funny thing, both Meagan and Idris were in The Unborn together — maybe they’ll have a duet it the works!

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