November 20th, 2014

I’ve added 15 photos of Idris Elba at the Los Angeles Screening for No Good Deed to our photo gallery.

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November 20th, 2014

Idris Elba attended the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards on September 21st, 2014. He looked natty in a sleek suit by Gucci and shared Karan’s sentiments saying, “I’m excited to refocus the efforts against ebola—I think there’s a little miscommunication and people have to be more effective on the ground.” 4 photos have been added to our site.

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November 20th, 2014

Idris Elba, actor and activist, speaks at the Social Good Summit on September 21, 2014 in New York City. The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world.

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November 20th, 2014 — Actor Idris Elba took on the role of curator for his upcoming album, mi Mandela, dedicated to the late Nelson Mandela. Elba played the South African president in 2013′s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and was inspired to make the album while filming in Johannesburg. Both South African and British artists, including James Black and Mumford and Sons, sing the 11 tracks, written by Elba himself.

You can listen to it here! Five songs from the album are now streaming on Elba’s SoundCloud, and Mi Mandela comes out Nov. 24.

November 20th, 2014 – On the immediate heels of the news that FOX had ordered a pilot for a U.S. remake of Luther, with creator Neil Cross and star of the original series Idris Elba both producing, comes the announcement that the U.K.’s Luther series will return for two new installments in 2015! Yes, Idris Elba will make a welcome return to BBC One and BBC America next year to reprise his role of DCI John Luther, the murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

When asked about the much anticipated return of the hugely popular show, creator Cross said: “Ever since we said goodbye to John Luther on Southwark Bridge, there’s hardly been a minute when I didn’t wonder what happened next. So I decided to find out. We’re putting the band back together; Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work.” Luther will return as a two-part event special and will film in and around London in March and will premiere later next year on BBC One in the UK and BBC America.

There’s no word at this time about whether or not Ruth Wilson, who’s currently starring on Showtime’s The Affair, will be back as Alice Morgan.

November 8th, 2014 — Idris Elba is best known for acting. Acting hard, acting cool, and acting like someone your partner would leave you for quicker than you can say Pacific Rim.

He’s recognized as being Stringer Bell in The Wire, South London’s troubled answer to Columbo in the BBC detective series Luther, Captain Janek in Prometheus, and Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. But, as we found out recently, there is much more to Elba than such simple tags as suicidally depressed detective, intellectual drug lord, and pragmatic spaceship pilot.

For a start, he spent his whole summer doing an Ibiza residency: pounding classic house into the sunburnt faces of Ibizan party critters. “Yea, I did a whole season there this summer,” laughs Idris. “It was a little tiring, but that said: all I had to do was party hard and get people off their arses. So…it was hardly work.”

Secondly, he’s spent the last year curating, writing, and producing a music project after getting hooked on African rhythms while filming the Mandela biopic. The project, titled mi Mandela, pairs acts like James Blake, George The Poet, Maverick Sabre, and Cody ChestnuTT with South Africa’s most gifted yet largely undiscovered musical talents. “I just wanted to embody South African musicianship, and what I love about UK musicianship, and see what would come out of it,” explains Idris. “Phuzekhemisi, for instance, isn’t exactly well known to us, but he’s an amazing Zulu guitarist who has sold over 30 million records to his own people. I also felt in touch with some producers who aren’t getting the light of day outside of their own townships, yet they are dope.”

So, Idris is clearly a bit of a tastemaker. But what will he make of the freshest music that is soundtracking the Noisey stereo each week? Does Idris lose sleep with nervous excitement about the bubbling grime revival? Did he agree with the Mercury Prize? Do Sleaford Mods make him want to turn up at the next tory conference with a balaclava and a packet of organic eggs? Does he understand Dean Blunt? We sent the Hackney hard man five tracks that are circulating this month to see what he made of it all.

Okay, the grime revival is kicking off right now with new music from Dizzee, Wiley, and Skepta. What do you make of this new Skepta track, and were you into grime first time round?

Grime missed me, man. I was in the States when it kicked off. I heard echoes of it, but I never got into. And I have to be honest, I wasn’t too inspired by what I was hearing from grime at the time. Recently though, I feel like it is stepping up and starting to sound more like itself. For the reason that it is totally British, I think it deserves its props. At the same time, some of it aint great. I mean, some of it really isn’t that good. You often get that across rap in general though. This track, the beat is crazy. It sounded like some fucked up Kool Moe Dee shit. It’s very different. The rapping almost didn’t sound like grime to me. It sounded different, like his flow… *Idris starts rapping like Skepta*. I like this video too. It’s so blatantly raw!

November 8th, 2014

‘ You Give Me Love’ featuring Maverick Sabre is the first single from Idris Elba’s forthcoming album ‘Mi Mandela’.

Actor and DJ Idris Elba returns to music with an elegant first single entitled ‘You Give Me Love’ featuring singer and rapper Maverick Sabre. The track is inspired by contemporary pop and R&B, fused with the sound of South Africa.

‘You Give Me Love’ will be released as part of Idris Elba’s latest musical project ‘Idris Elba Presents: Mi Mandela’, which incorporates both high-profile Western pop sensations; from Mumford & Sons to George The Poet; with virtually unheard of South African genius; including the Mahotella Queens and Nothembi Mkhwebane. It will be released just in time for Christmas through Elba’s own label 7wallace and Parlophone Records, and marks Elba’s first musical venture since 2010.

The eleven-track record came about following Elba’s role as the late revolutionary Nelson Mandela in 2013’s ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’. Researching the life and work of this extraordinary man and his roots, the Golden Globe winner found himself drawn by the unique approach to music in South Africa. His father Winston became another central figure to the development of the album, as he encouraged Elba’s work before he sadly passed away, not long after seeing his son portray Mandela on screen.

‘South Africa has numerous different tribes and each one has a musical expression, and each one has a very unique, different sound style’, Elba explains, about the creation of ‘Mi Mandela’. ‘At the time I had my studio at the apartment I was staying in while I was making Mandela – a little keyboard, a laptop – and as an experiment to myself, I vowed to keep making music.’

Among the co-writers and co-producers of the album include the frequently recurring Mr Hudson, Atlanta’s Cody ChesnuTT and London’s Shaun Escoffery, as well as SA talent such as Aero Manyelo and the culture-splitting London African Gospel Choir. Recorded in Johannesburg’s Jazzworks Studio as well as in London and Mali, ‘Mi Mandela’ was a passion project on which Elba oversaw every area, from writing to production. Even the artwork is a tribute to his supportive late father.

First single ‘You Give Me Love’ ft. Maverick Sabre will be available for digital download on November 10th 2014, with the ‘Idris Elba Presents: Mi Mandela’ to follow on November 24th.

November 2nd, 2014 — While it was previously thought that Tom Hiddleston’s Loki would not be a part of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it has now been revealed by Idris Elba that both him and Hiddleston are actually in the film.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Elba let the detail slip out while talking about a DJ set he had played in a Ibizia nightclub. Elba revealed that the day before the DJ set he had just shot a scene for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Elba said, “And I’m doing a scene with Chris Hemsworth [who plays Thor] and Tom Hiddleston [Loki], and they’re like, [whispers] – ‘Aren’t you [meant to be] in Ibiza?’”

So what is the mystery scene that Elba is referring to that he shot with Hemsworth and Hiddleston? The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer revealed what appeared to be flashback scenes for Captain America and Black Widow. The Avengers: Age of Ultron clip shown at the Marvel Studios Phase 3 event also featured Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. talking about what that Maximoff kid had shown Thor. It’s probably likely that Hiddleston and Elba appear in a vision that Scarlet Witch shows Thor.

In addition to mentioning his Avengers: Age of Ultron scene, Elba also talked about the challenge of adjusting from playing Mandela to doing a reshoot scene for Thor: The Dark World. Ebla said, “I’m actually falling down from a spaceship, so they had to put me in harness in this green-screen studio. And in between takes I was stuck there, fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this f—— helmet, while they reset. And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela’.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to be released in movie theaters on May 1, 2015.

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