September 29th, 2014
One.org – Actor Idris Elba told world leaders to take urgent action on Ebola from the Mashable Social Good Summit in New York City this week.
His message is a part of a short crowdsourced film being sent to world leaders at the UN General Assembly. Idris put special emphasis on the Ebola crisis, which has claimed the lives of nearly 2,600 people.
“I want to live in a world where we come together and fight a health crisis together,” he said in a video message to the Social Good Summit audience. “I want to be in a world where we can fight and cure and add solutions for something like Ebola. It’s hugely important that we do it, and it’s hugely important that we do it now.”
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“We need [world leaders] to do more than just talk. We need them to act on Ebola – NOW,” he said. “We’re running out of time.”
September 17th, 2014
SundayWorld.co.za – British actor Idris Elba has come a long way from his east London roots.
The son of a car factory worker, he is now one of Hollywood’s most sought-after stars. The Golden Globe-winning star of “The Wire” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is fresh from promoting his latest film “No Good Deed,” which topped this weekend’s North America box office.
Elba plays an escaped convict who terrorizes a woman along with her two children in the thriller, which made some $25 million despite being panned by critics. But the 42-year-old says he is keen to avoid getting himself typecast — he has played his fair share of gangsters, a world away from the South African statesman. He says he’d like to try his hand at directing some day.
“I try to mix up,” he said, discussing the new film — and his career strategy — at a Beverly Hill hotel. “I definitely want to challenge and ask my audience not to fall in love with one character or type of character. You just have to be vigilant about your own vision. My vision is to be an actor that went from Mandela to playing a psychotic man… that’s something that I think is interesting.”
Brought up in London’s Canning Town — he is proud to call himself a genuine Cockney, born within the sound of Bow Bells — he began acting professionally in his early 20s. Elba’s big break came when he landed a starring role on the US television show The Wire in 2002, playing drug lord Russell “Stringer” Bell in the Home Box Office series which became a hit worldwide. Having moved to the United States — he has lived here for 15 years — he became a jobbing Hollywood actor in the noughties before earning his Golden Globe for 2010’s made-for-TV movie “Luther.”
In the last few years he has hit the real bigtime, landing roles in blockbusters like “Thor” (2011 and the 2013 sequel) and last year’s “Pacific Rim.” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” also came out last year, coincidentally premiering in London the very day that the anti-apartheid icon passed away in South Africa. Ironically, he was studying Mandela’s autobiography as he was playing escaped convict Colin Evans in “No Good Deed.” “The irony is that I was going from that movie to go to South Africa for eight months to go do Mandela. So I was reading ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ as I was playing,” he told a small group of reporters.
The new movie may have had poor reviews — it received a paltry 14 percent on ratings website Rotten Tomatoes, which called it “dull, derivative and generally uninspired” — but it made nearly twice its $13 million on its opening weekend. And Elba is clearly going from strength to strength. Working with A-list directors like Guillermo del Toro (“Pacific Rim”) has taught him a great deal. “Guillermo is a legend,” he said. “I learnt a lot .. I’d like to direct at some point. Just watching him direct was just incredible,” he gushed.
Elba is currently working on a smaller project in London — giving him a chance to see his family. And while he seems equally at ease with the trappings of Hollywood success, he admits it sometimes baffles his mum. “She’s always worried about how much I work … when you get to a certain level of success it’s just an ongoing thing, it’s great, but it really is taxing. And she worries about that,” he said. He also downplays his reputation as a sex symbol. “It’s a compliment no doubt,” he said, but added: “You should see me in the mornings.”
September 17th, 2014
RollingOut.com — In the drama, No Good Deed, starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, when Colin goes “knock, knock” during a dreadful storm and Terry answers the door, the “who’s there?” answer is chilling; not quite the fond memory we have of the time-honored knock knock game we played with our parents and peers, or whoever would indulge us.
It starts off as an obvious plot; Colin (Elba) is a fugitive claiming he’s waiting on a tow truck to help him with his stalled car. Terry (Henson), a lonely housewife, knows better but she invites him in anyway. Her intentions are innocent. But, this good deed is true to the adage and it gets punished.
While the husband’s away, the housewife wants to play. It’s a cat-and-mouse game that quickly gets out of hand and the petite housewife realizes Colin is an intruder to whom she offered an invitation. Terry opened her home to a stranger, one she finds easy on the eyes and who temporarily fills her empty love tank. He’s charming and she’s flattered.
“It’s a completely different kind of part for him,” says the director, Sam Miller, who works with Elba on the British TV cop drama, “Luther.” He describes the movie as “a classic claustrophobic, sexy thriller in the neo-noir tradition” that discloses secrets gradually.
“At the center of it is a sympathetic woman who tries to be a good Samaritan,” adds Miller. “Once she is trapped by him, she learns that he is capable of shocking brutality. As the evening progresses, his plans become clearer — and much more frightening. Colin reveals himself slowly, so the audience has to put the pieces of the puzzle together.” There are many layers to Colin. Like snakes and spiders, he sheds his skin. And the more he sheds, the more terrified we become.
Hmm. Is art imitating life? How well do fans really know Elba? This writer has to be honest. Prior to seeing the movie, the trailers were quite disturbing. I speak for many black American women when I say we have a constant crush on Idris Elba. I wasn’t ready to see Elba portray Colin — a dark, gruesome, cold and calculating killer.
Didn’t Elba portray gangster Stringer Bell in the crime drama “The Wire” you ask? To your point, it’s a sinister side Colin has that goes deeper than a street thug. Let’s face it! It took a long time for us to forgive Terrence Howard’s Quentin-the-jackass he portrayed in The Best Man.
While preparing for this interview, I nibbled on skinny fries and oysters Rockefeller, and sat poolside at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills reflecting on the film.
And then, along came a spider. With an entourage in tow, Elba and his team — a publicist, an assistant, his manager and an associate — whisk past. Through my dark tinted glasses, I side-eyed the actor who kept me on the edge of my seat during the entire movie screening the day before. Turns out, he wasn’t so “creepy” as he walked by dressed in dandy fashion, wearing a pair of oversized round spectacles — he’s actually suave and cool.
How did he prepare for this role of playing such a deranged killer? “The script is what the script is. I wanted to find out from people who create these situations, what’s missing in their lives. You and I may have a conscious stop button, and we know what we’re doing is wrong … but this guy doesn’t have that,” Elba says of getting into character to play Colin. The interview and cover photo shoot, which was held one day after my poolside revelation, took place at the tree-lined L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, a five-star fabuluxe hotel that sits blocks away from the famed Rodeo Drive.
What I learned during my inquiry is the U.K.-born global entertainer actually studied real-life criminals. “I wanted to research that psychosis to understand the people who are in jail for similar scenarios. My research involved looking into the mentality of someone like Colin, a troubled and anxious man on a mission. There are so many common denominators like their upbringing, neglected at child birth, abused as a child by their mum, dad or siblings, bullying, and they ended up having these similar personalities and didn’t have a conscience,” he reveals.
September 17th, 2014
Dailymail.co.uk — No Good Deed starring Idris Elba did the punishing at the weekend box office as the crime thriller finished in first place with $24.5 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
The 42-year-old British actor portrays a charming escaped convict who terrorises a stay-at-home mom played by 44-year-old Taraji P. Henson.
The Sony drama was produced by Will Packer with Elba also serving as an executive producer and had an estimated budget of $13 million. ‘It’s the first brand-new post summer release to really catch on,’ said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. ‘It almost doubled its reported budget in its opening weekend with these box-office returns,’ he added.
Elba, who starred in HBO’s The Wire as a Baltimore, Maryland drug lord, has been busy lately with three films in the works, two in post-production and three more in pre-production.
September 13th, 2014
Added to our photo gallery are 100+ screencaptures of Idris Elba in his new film No Good Deed, which is now currently playing in theaters! For more information on the film, visit the IMDb page.
Terri is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin, a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.
September 13th, 2014
Idris Elba has been rumored to be in the new Finding Nemo sequal “Finding Dory”. Now, this is just a rumor, but who knows, maybe it could happen! And if it does, he’ll be along side his The Wire co-worker Dominic West.
InsideMovies.ew.com — Wire alums Idris Elba and Dominic West are reportedly lending their voices to Finding Dory, Disney and Pixar’s followup to Finding Nemo. West revealed the news in an interview with ShortList magazine this week. “I saw Idris recently,” West said in the interview. “We’re both in the sequel to Finding Nemo, so we were recording that.” Elba is also voicing the role of Shere Khan in Disney’s The Jungle Book, which is currently filming. The interesting thing here is that West implies that he and Elba were in the studio at the same time, which hopefully means that their unknown characters will have scenes together.