Lupita Nyong’o will star and produce the feature adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah together with D2 Productions, Plan B and Potboiler Productions. A winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award, Americanah tells the epic love story of two young immigrant Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze, as their lives span various continents. Americanah was also listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review, the BBC, and Newsday. Adichie is the MacArthur Fellowship winning author of such novels Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun.
Said Nyong’o, “It is such an honor to have the opportunity to bring Ms. Adichie’s brilliant book to the screen. Page after page I was struck by Ifemelu and Obinze’s stories, whose experiences as African immigrants are so specific and also so imminently relatable. It is a thrilling challenge to tell a truly international story so full of love, humor and heart.” Read More »
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'Maleficent' scores at box office while 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' dies; California's $100 million Film & Tax Credit lottery deadline is today; Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o Joins 'Star Wars' cast. Dominic Patten reports.
Box Office: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ Casts $68M-$69M Spell
California Assembly Passes New Film & TV Tax Credit Bill
Lupita Nyong’o & Gwendoline Christie Join ‘Star Wars’
BREAKING: Casting on Star Wars: Episode VII under JJ Abrams continues. Joining the group is 12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie, currently starring in the HBO’s hit series Game Of Thrones as Brienne of Tarth. She is also in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. ”I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “It’s thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape.”
Related: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast Finalized
John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow were the first batch of stars joining Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film. Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams wrote the script and Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.
Related: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast: Photos
Hot off her Best Supporting Actress Oscar win, Lupita Nyong’o has signed with CAA. The 2012 Yale School of Drama grad made her feature debut in the Steve McQueen-helmed Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave playing cotton plantation slave Patsey opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender. Nyong’o was a darling of Oscar season, storming red carpets and media appearances in what marked her breakthrough year during which she racked up numerous critics’ awards, a SAG Award, and Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. The Kenyan-Mexican actress also appeared in Universal’s airborne thriller Non-Stop with Liam Neeson. She’s also repped by D2 Management and Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein & Lezcano.
After partying until 3 AM-ish today, Ellen DeGeneres continued making Oscar headlines today when she announced on a live post-Oscar edition of her syndicated talk show that Samsung would donate $3 million to charity in celebration of her celebrity-hug selfie during the Academy Awards and its record-setting 3 million retweets. She also played host to Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto — and Edgar the Pizza Guy.
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Watch Nyong’o explain the lip gloss here:
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Warner Bros’ Gravity took home the most hardware at Sunday’s 86th Academy Awards and 12 Years A Slave won Best Picture, but everyone was all smiles backstage in the winners’ circle. Check out Deadline’s gallery of photos with the night’s big Oscar winners, including Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o, Jared Leto, Alfonso Cuaron, those peppy Frozen songwriters, and more: Read More »
The 86th Academy Awards are underway at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood (follow Deadline’s live-blog here). Take a peek at the stars who hit the red carpet and awards show tonight in our gallery, updated throughout the night.
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It’s a banner year for Oscar newcomers in the uber-competitive acting races. Outside of the veteran-heavy lead actress contest, 13 of the 20 nominees in lead and supporting are receiving either their first or second nominations. Considering how often the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tends to play favorites, it is good to see new blood. As voters enter the final balloting period before the March 2 ceremony, the guilds and other precursor awards have provided two fairly solid lead-category frontrunners—one of whom is a first-time nominee.
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With wins at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Movie Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Dallas Buyers Club’s Matthew McConaughey has leapt to the front of the pack in the incredibly tight best actor race, which has see-sawed all season. But storm warning ahead, Matthew: The all-important British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards are still to come on Sunday, and you didn’t even snag a nomination there, leaving an opening for your chief rivals: The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Leonardo DiCaprio, a four-time acting nominee looking for his first win; 12 Years A Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor (who is British and a first-time Oscar nominee); and Nebraska’s Bruce Dern, enjoying his second nom. American Hustle’s Christian Bale, who won a supporting Oscar in 2011 for The Fighter, rounds out the category.
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Monica Corcoran Harel is contributing to Deadline’s Golden Globes coverage.
You can tell a lot about a Golden Globes nominee’s fashion poise by how she exits her limo. Not surprisingly, Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara — wearing a Zac Posen with a painted on bodice — anxiously adjusted her copious cleavage in the reflection of her car, while Cate Blanchett of Blue Jasmine regally swanned from a backseat in a high-necked, lace Armani Prive gown with nary an adjustment. Wouldn’t it have been fun if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association forced the two to switch dresses?
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But let’s get right down to business. Best dressed at this year’s ceremony? Hands down, Lupita Nyong’o in a vibrant red Ralph Lauren column dress with an architectural cape. The contrast of the sleek, minimal design with the blinding color highlighted her complexion and chiseled beauty. A close second would be Blanchett’s breathtaking confection of delicate lace with a sculpted open back. Black, which can feel so funereal on a red carpet, becomes a light, airy option with a full skirt of frothy tulle and shimmering black Swarovski crystals.
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On their four-inch heels were Olivia Wilde in sequined Gucci maternity wear (reminiscent of Angelina Jolie’s Atelier Versace look in 2011), nominee Taylor Swift channeling Grace Kelly in a color blocked cherry and black Carolina Herrera and Naomi Watts in a molten silver Tom Ford with a gold crystal collar and sultry cut-outs. Amy Adams’ Valentino get up — replete with a capelet in a ’70s palette of rust, red and clementine — had a bold, retro coked up feel that felt right in step with American Hustle and flattered her slight upper frame.
Related: Golden Globes Winners: The Complete List
On to the plus-size ladies — a genre that better mirrors us mortal viewers. Plus, it’s always refreshing to see an actress on the red carpet who weighs more than a wet Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Lena Dunham of Girls highlighted her curves expertly in a clingy, citron-yellow Zac Posen, while Melissa McCarthy outlined her silhouette in a black gown bisected with silver edging that looked a bit like a crop circle of paper clips. (Her 2012 Marina Rinaldi dress still stands out as a favorite because she accentuated her shape with an empire waist.) Read More »