This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Idris Elba was featured in Paris Match’s January 2015 Issue with photos photographed by Francois Berthier. 13 incredible shots of him have been added to our photo gallery!

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Big Driis attended the JAGUAR XE presentation at Umspannwerk on January 27, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. 28 photos have been added to our site.

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Idris Elba was all smiles at the New York Knicks v Milwaukee Bucks Game on January 15, 2015. 12 medium quality images have been added to our library.

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Sébastien Ogier welcomed British actor Idris Elba into the passenger seat of his Polo R WRC on January 22nd, before taking the Golden Globe winner on a tour of the principality’s winding streets on a specially cordoned off circuit along the same stretch of road used for the Formula One Grand Prix in Monaco. 4 photos have been added to our gallery!

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

MotorAuthority.com — Idris Elba may be the self-appointed King of Speed but it seems he’s about to focus more on fuel economy. Jaguar just tapped the British actor and musician to handle driving duties behind the wheel of a diesel-powered Jaguar XE. The small sports sedan needs to get to Berlin for its German launch, and Elba will be piloting it from a London starting point as a bit of a promotional stunt.

Jaguar and Elba will create a series of short films to chronicle the trip, and they’ll hit the Internet on February 10 via the automaker’s social media sites. This trip will take Elba, who has appeared in films such as Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim and American Gangster, and the car through four countries over the course of three days and 750 miles. He should see strong fuel economy numbers thanks to the promise of over 62 mpg from the XE’s available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine.

Mind you, that figure is based on European fuel economy testing, which is a bit a more liberal than our EPA tests, which should see the car’s mileage move close to 40 mpg by our calculations. That’s still extremely impressive, and we’d have to imagine it’s, of course, due in part to the engine but also to that aluminum body construction.

Regardless, we’re still in wait-and-see mode on that front as the car doesn’t arrive here until 2016. And fingers crossed we get this diesel variant too. At the moment we only know of gasoline-powered 2.0-liter turbo fours and supercharged 3.0-liter V-6s heading our way.

Note, this isn’t the first time Jaguar Land Rover has enlisted the help of celebrities to help promote its wares. Singer Lana Del Rey was enlisted to help promote the F-Type and actor Daniel Craig helped with promotion of Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Idris Elba, an actor with a director’s itch he’s been scratching, returns behind the camera again, to direct a SKY Arts’ “Playhouse Presents” TV drama titled “King for a Term,” which is apparently currently shooting.

IndieWire.com — And thanks to reader (and actor) Hoji Fortuna, who shared the info with me, here’s a description of the project: “A low budget, one-off drama for SKY “Playhouse.” The story follows 9 year old boy, Akuna, and his experience starting at a school for disabled children. It is a heart warming and truthful story.”

This will be the second time Elba has directed a film for SKY “Playhouse.” You might recall that, in 2013, he made his TV directorial debut with a SKY “Playhouse” film titled “The Pavement Psychologist,” which Mr Elba also wrote the screenplay for! Chronicling the intriguing relationship between an affable businesswoman and a charismatic homeless man, Nonso Anozie starred in the film, which would eventually be broadcast in the UK, but, as far as my research tells me, it’s never been made available in the USA (if someone has a link, please share).

As for “King for a Term,” I don’t have any casting information, nor an ETA. Playhouse Presents is a series of self-contained TV dramas, made by British broadcaster Sky Arts. The series started airing in 2012, on SKY Arts 1.

Idris Elba has long expressed his desire to direct. We first learned about this in mid-2010, when he mentioned he was working with the BBC, on a feature film project that was already being developed for him to helm, some time in following year (2011), which would’ve been his directorial debut. He didn’t share much at the time, other than to say that the BBC-commission film centered on a young girl – nothing more. And nothing more on that project since then. Although he’s directed others, including a pair of music videos.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Bloomberg.com — Actor Idris Elba, focusing on life as a DJ, brushes off 007 rumors

Idris Elba drives fast, loves British cars, and rocks a well-cut suit. That doesn’t mean he will play James Bond any time soon. “It’s really just a rumor—and it’s not even my rumor!” he says via phone from Germany. He has called me, an auto journalist, because the luxury brand Jaguar recently hired him to drive from London to Berlin in its new XE diesel sedan, the one that gets 75 miles per gallon. He drove it to DJ a Jaguar-sponsored party the night of his arrival in Berlin.

It was a well-timed publicity stunt. While it is true that Elba has long followed car culture—his father worked for years at Ford, and Land Rovers and a Jaguar XJR are his current cars of choice—the drive comes right after revelations from the Sony hack revealed that Elba was being considered for the title role in the next 007 flick.

For the moment, Elba says he is focusing on his life as a DJ. “I appreciate you saying that I’d be a good James Bond, but Daniel Craig is doing a great job with it right now,” he says. 
”I love working with music, making people dance.” In fact, Elba has worked in music for years, playing under the name Driis. He co-produced and performed on the intro to Jay-Z’s 2007 album American Gangster, and he earned a Billboard Music Awards nomination for his own EP, High Class Problems Vol. 1. “I mostly taught myself to DJ, but I did used to lift the speaker boxes for my uncle when he would do weddings,” Elba says. “He was the first to really turn me on to it.” 

These days, he plays chill and deep-house tracks mixed with pop and what he calls “party classics.” (Imagine Chromeo, Second City, and Chocolate Puma mixed with James Brown and Aluna George.) He also plays new work from such little-known (outside the U.K.) artists as Gorgon City and My Nu Leng. Elba is enthusiastic. Last night, as part of a stunt, he drove the new XE right onto the dance floor. If you ask him, it was practically a normal day on the road.

“I’m a bit of a speed demon,” he admits, laughing. “But I am a safe driver! I haven’t been in any accidents.”

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

8 beautiful new portraits of Idris Elba at a Press Conference for Luther back in 2011 have been added to our photo library!

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