Stars bring the drama to Met Gala
People magazine names the most stylish stars
LOS ANGELES (AP) — They are the A-listers who wow on the red carpet.
Ahead of the Academy Awards on Wednesday, People magazine released its list of Hollywood's most stylish stars.
The magazine calls Lupita Nyong'o a trailblazing beauty and Emma Stone the modern romantic. Nicole Kidman is the elegant icon, Emily Blunt the queen of whimsy and Tracee Ellis Ross is considered avant-garde.
Singer Kacey Musgraves is considered a rule-breaker, Rihanna is a showstopper and Amber Heard is the bombshell.
Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ to premiere as opening film at SXSW
NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Peele's "Us," his anticipated follow-up to "Get Out," will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
SXSW announced Tuesday that "Us" will open the 26th edition of the Austin, Texas, festival on March 8. Like Peele's "Get Out," ''Us" is a socially minded horror thriller.
Stars shimmer at the Golden Globes
Viola Davis says ‘stop taming us’ at Hollywood event
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and producer Viola Davis gave a rousing speech about leadership and authenticity to a well-heeled crowd of Hollywood power players Wednesday morning at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast.
NEW YORK (AP) — Designer Raf Simons scored a repeat win at fashion's glittery awards ceremony Monday night, again displaying his considerable influence in American fashion less than two years after taking the reins at Calvin Klein.
"Thank you, women!" Simons said, accepting the prestigious womenswear prize of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from presenter actress Cate Blanchett. It was actually the Belgian designer's third CFDA award in two years; last year he won for menswear, too.
PARIS (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival is about so much more than just movies. It's also one of the biggest celebrity events in the world - pulling in stars ranging from Marion Cotillard to Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o and Julianne Moore for 12 days of red carpet photo calls. Here are some of the 71st annual festival's most eye-catching looks:
CANNES, France (AP) — In one of the biggest sales of the Cannes Film Festival, Universal Pictures has acquired the female-led spy thriller "355," which Jessica Chastain has promoted as an antidote to male-centered action films.
Universal on Saturday closed the sale of the highly touted project. Earlier this week, Chastain and co-stars Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong'o and Fan Bingbing posed for photographers and pitched the film to potential buyers.
CANNES, France (AP) — At last year's Cannes Film Festival, Jessica Chastain noticed the paucity of female-led action films at the movie marketplace. This year, she brought a corrective.
Chastain and her co-stars on Thursday promoted plans for "355," a James Bond-like spy thriller led by female stars. Along with Chastain, the film is to star Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong'o, Penelope Cruz and Fan Bingbing.
Queens of Hollywood float into Cannes photocall
NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Ashley Judd, one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of misconduct, read aloud a personal letter she'd written to sexual assault survivors Saturday, telling them that healing is not only possible, "it's our birthright."
Lupita Nyong’o to voice giant in VR animated ‘Jack’
NEW YORK (AP) — It's the latest example of gender-bending casting: Actress Lupita Nyong'o will voice the role of the Giant in "Jack," an animated virtual reality version of the "Jack and the Beanstalk" story.
The Oscar winner will participate in the next installment of the VR experience, produced by Baobab Studios. The first installment, "Jack: Part One," is now showing at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Kevin Feige says Black Panther 2 will happen when Ryan Coogler wants it
Kevin Feige says 'Black Panther 2' will happen when director Ryan Coogler gives it the green light.
The President of Marvel Studios has revealed he would love for Ryan to return to direct the project, but he admitted that the studio's timescale will be dictated to by the 31-year-old filmmaker.
Speaking to Collider, Feige shared: "We definitely want Ryan to come back and that's actively being worked out right now.
Thandie Newton is the first woman of color to have a prominent Star Wars role
Thandie Newton is thrilled to have become the "first woman of color to have a prominent role in the 'Star Wars' legacy".
The 45-year-old actress plays the part of Val in the eagerly-awaited 'Solo: A Star Wars Story', which is due out next month, and Thandie is proud to have secured the role, describing it as a "big deal".
"I'm the first woman of color to have a prominent role in the 'Star Wars' legacy," she said.
On a night featuring real-life heroines, many actresses went for something strong and bold on the Oscar red carpet — something metallic.
Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek and Sandra Bullock literally shimmered in gold and silver gowns. They stood out on a carpet that starred mostly whites and neutrals.
Lupita Nyong’o, Kumail Nanjiani declare ‘dreamer’ solidarity in Oscar speech
Actors Lupita Nyong'o and Kumail Nanjiani took time before presenting the Oscar for production design to declare a side in the illegal immigration debate.
Miss Nyong'o, born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, and the Pakistani-born Mr. Nanjiani noted those birth facts and then went on an extended riff involving the term "dreamers," both in its literal sense of an imaginative artist and with the unmistakable overtones of political debate surrounding "Dreamers."
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Chadwick Boseman says there's more excitement surrounding 'Black Panther' than the release of the Malcolm X biopic.
The 41-year-old actor - who plays the titular character in the new Marvel movie - believes that the film, which centres on a superhero of African descent, has created more of a buzz than the Spike Lee-directed 'Malcolm X', which saw Denzel Washington play the civil rights activist.
Back to black on BAFTA red carpet
Tears, exuberance as ‘Black Panther’ opens across Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — "Black Panther" has burst onto the screen in Africa, handing a powerful response to the unfortunate remarks about the continent by President Donald Trump.
As the red carpet in South Africa swirled with stunning outfits and exclamations in the local isiXhosa language used in the film's Wakanda kingdom, cast member John Kani laughed at the U.S. president's views, which several African nations have openly scorned. (Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o said simply: "No comment.")
Lupita Nyong’o brings ‘Black Panther’ home to South Africa
‘We’ve arrived:’ South Africans cheer ‘Black Panther’ launch
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans have cheered the local premiere of "Black Panther" and have quickly begun dissecting the way actors pronounced the local isiXhosa language used in the film's fictional kingdom of Wakanda.
Actresses Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira were applauded Friday night along with the South African actors who played roles in the film and contributed to the soundtrack.
The women of ‘Black Panther’ take center stage
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Scientist. Warrior. Queen Mother. Spy. These are just a few of the job titles of the women of "Black Panther," now playing nationwide.
None of them are fighting over a guy, or needing one to save them. They are fierce, proud, intelligent and capable. And, in the case of Danai Gurira's character Okoye and her fellow Dora Milaje fighters: Bald and rocking a bold lip while protecting the nation of Wakanda at the highest level.
Black Panther, the most high-profile black movie superhero yet, is finally hitting theaters. Fans are already praising the film for celebrating black excellence at an unprecedented level. The all-star cast includes Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman and Daniel Kaluuya, among others. Directed by Ryan Coogler, the highly anticipated film has already broken Marvel’s pre-sale records and is expected to pull a box-office opening of $100 million to $120 million.
‘Black Panther’ stars’ ‘kindred’ friendship
Ryan Coogler’s ‘profoundly moving’ trip to Africa
Movie Minute: There’s ‘Black Panther’ and everybody else at the box office this weekend
Movie Minute: There's 'Black Panther' and everybody else at the box office this weekend
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The first blockbuster of the year arrives in theaters today. Marvel's "Black Panther" is poised to dominate the box office over President Day's weekend with a predicted gross between $180-$200 million according to Deadline.
In case the movie is sold out, you can always watch one of the other two new wide releases: the stop-motion animated pic "Early Man" and the biblical action film "Samson."
ShowBiz Minute: Weinstein, Herrera, ‘Black Panther’
Lupita Nyong'o has joked the cast of 'Black Panther' needed a "support group" to deal with fan frenzy over the movie.
The 34-year-old actress stars as Nakia in the hotly anticipated Marvel movie - which is set for release on Friday (16.02.18) - and has said that she and her fellow cast mates, including Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, were left overwhelmed by the reception the first trailer received over the summer.
Nyong’o on ‘Black Panther’: ‘People are claiming it for themselves’
Marvel-ous stunts of ‘Black Panther’ stars
Boseman: ‘We went to war together’
"Black Panther," the first black standalone Marvel superhero movie, won rave reviews Tuesday, with critics praising both its adventure and its portrayal of a majestic Africa, according to Reuters.
Directed by Ryan Coogler and featuring a predominantly black cast, including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Angela Bassett, "Black Panther" was hailed by the Daily Beast as "a love letter to every black person" and "a correction for years of diversity neglect" by Rolling Stone.
Sprained MCLs and spear work for ‘Black Panther’ stars
Lupita Nyong’o hails ‘public, intimate conversation’ about sexual misconduct
Lupita Nyong’o cheers #Me Too and Time’s Up movements
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lupita Nyong'o is hailing the "public, intimate conversation" about sexual misconduct in Hollywood and elsewhere.
The 34-year-old actress who wrote an essay in October detailing her experiences with Harvey Weinstein said she's been happy to see the growth since then of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements.
Marvel's 'Black Panther' appears to be worth the hype (Photos)
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The "Black Panther" premiere took place Monday night, meaning a select few in Hollywood were able to screen the movie that has as much hype surrounding it as any Marvel movie to date.
And that hype appears to be justified.
The film, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira has received an overwhelmingly positive reaction from those who attended the screening last night.
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is working on a picture book
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is working on a picture book.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers announced Thursday that Nyong'o's "Sulwe" will come out next January. According to the publisher, the Kenyan actress' debut book will be a story about "colorism," the favorable treatment given to people with lighter skin. Sulwe is a 5-year-old girl from Kenya coming to terms with her dark skin. The book's illustrator is still to be determined.
Lupita Nyong'o has written a children's book.
The '12 Years A Slave' star took to social media to reveal she has penned a book about a young girl called Sulwe and hopes it will inspire all young people to "walk with joy in their own skin".
Tomei, Arquette, Nash and Munn to present at SAG Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mandy Moore, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Munn and Rosanna Arquette will be among the presenters at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph and SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris are among the presenters announced Wednesday. The SAG Awards honor outstanding performances in television and film, with "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Big Little Lies" the leading nominees.
Lupita Nyong’o says magazine ‘edited’ her hair in cover photo
Lupita Nyong’o was excited to be on the cover of Grazia UK magazine. Until she saw the cover.
The Oscar-winning actress took to social media to accuse the fashion magazine of digitally altering the look of her hair in a cover shot to make it “fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like.”
She posted before and after pictures on Instagram and Twitter to show how her hair had been changed, along with a statement criticizing the magazine.
UK magazine apologizes to Lupita Nyong’o over edited hair
LONDON (AP) — British magazine Grazia U.K. has apologized to Lupita Nyong'o after the actress accused it of altering her hair on its front cover "to fit a more Eurocentric notion" of beauty.
The Academy Award winner tweeted before-and-after images, saying the magazine "edited out and smoothed" her hair. She added the hashtag "dtmh (don't touch my hair)."
Producer sentenced for bilking investors with fake play
NEW YORK (AP) — A Broadway producer who admitted scamming friends and others into investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into a nonexistent play about opera star Kathleen Battle has been sentenced to six months in jail.
Kenneth Branagh has praised the "gutsy" women who have come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
The disgraced producer stands accused of sexually harassing a number of female employees over a 30-year period, and Hollywood star Kenneth, 56, has expressed his "unreserved admiration" for those who have had the courage to come forward and share their experiences with Weinstein.
Directors guild files disciplinary charges against Weinstein
NEW YORK (AP) — The Directors Guild of America announced Saturday it has filed disciplinary charges against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
The group said it filed the charges on Oct. 13.
Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in the weeks since The New York Times and The New Yorker published exposes alleging decades of sexual misconduct by Weinstein.
The Latest: Nyong’o recounts Weinstein massage encounter
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein (all times local):
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o says she had an encounter with Harvey Weinstein in 2011 at his home in Connecticut. Nyong'o says Weinstein invited her there to screen a film while she was a student at the Yale School of Drama.
Genealogy show unlocks family secrets for Carly Simon, more
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there's a bigger cheerleader for genealogy research than Henry Louis Gates Jr. it's unlikely they're nearly as well-connected.
The prominent Harvard professor once again lures the famous and celebrated to PBS' "Finding Your Roots," which shares their ancestry and family stories as uncovered by impressive research and science.
Lupita Nyong'o has become "more familiar" with herself and Hollywood over the last three years.
The '12 Years A Slave' star has learned a lot about herself since she catapulted to fame.
She said: "I am more familiar with [this world]. I have my likes and dislikes. I know when I am spreading myself too thin. Now I know how many hours I need to sleep."
And the 34-year-old actress feels "very privileged" that her fame has allowed her to choose what she wants to work on.