Lupita Nyong’o Options Film Rights for “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The author of the novel Americanah announced that the book’s film rights have been optioned by Nyong’o on Thursday.

Left: author of the novel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Center: Cover of Americanah; Right: Actress Lupita Nyong'o
Left: author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Center: cover of Americanah; Right: actress Lupita Nyong’o

The announcement was made via twitter: “@StylistMagazine: Lupita Nyong’o has optioned rights for the film version of Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie confirms #stylistbookclub”

The Root gives a great synopsis of the best-seller: “Americanah is a love story that centers on a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. The book was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the editors of the New York Times Book Review and it won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction).”

This is the second book by Adichie to hit the big screen; the film adaptation of her book Half of a Yellow Sun is currently playing, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.

This is the first major film announcement concerning Nyong’o since her Oscar win for 12 Years a Slave.

 

Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson in Talks for Roles in Disney’s Live-Action Version of “The Jungle Book”

Disney’s adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic is looking to add the two actresses to the cast.

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Johansson and Nyong’o are currently in negotiations, but are looking to join Idris Elba in the cast of the live-action/CG hybrid, directed by Jon Favreau, with the script written by Justin Marks.

Nyong’o will play Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts Mowgli at the beginning of the film.

Johansson, if cast, will play CG animated Kaa, the python who eats other beings by hypnotizing them. Kaa is a secondary villain to Shere Khan, who is man-eating tiger voice by Idris Elba.

Idris Elba, who will be the voice of Shere Khan in Disney's adaptation.
Idris Elba, who will be the voice of Shere Khan in Disney’s live-action/CG adaptation of The Jungle Book.

Mowgli has not yet been cast.

Warner Bros. is also adapting the Jungle Book material, with Andy Serkis set to direct.

Are you going to see the Disney version when it comes out in October 2015? Which studio do you think will adapt the material better?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Award Season Exclusive – 20th Annual SAG Awards Complete Winners List

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were held tonight at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. All of the nominees were in attendance to support their work and cheer on their peers. The red carpet fashion was also at the forefront tonight as the SAG Awards are usually a precursor to the Oscars.

Photo via SAGAwards.com (Photo by: Chris Polk/Wireimage.com)
Photo via SAGAwards.com (Photo by: Chris Polk/Wireimage.com)

There were some surprise winners, as well as some repeat winners from the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards. Here is the complete list of winners:

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Photo via SAGAwards.com (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/Wireimage.com)
Photo via SAGAwards.com (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/Wireimage.com)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Breaking Bad

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
American Hustle

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Lone Survivor

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Game Of Thrones

Photo via SAGAwards.com (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/Wireimage.com
Photo via SAGAwards.com (Photo by: Kevork Djansezian/Wireimage.com)

What do you think of the winners? Do you think these results could have an influence on the Oscars? What did you think of the red carpet fashion? Are you looking forward to watching the Oscars this year?

Source: SAGAwards.com and The Wrap

Award Season Exclusive – SAG Award Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 20th Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards were officially announced this morning.

Two panels of 2,100 members from across the country select the nominees and from there, all of the SAG-AFTRA members are given voting information to select the winner. The ceremony will be broadcasted live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, January 18, 2014. 

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Here is a complete list of nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards:

Feature Films:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Judi Dench, Philomena

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruel, Rush
James Gandolfini, Enough Said
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
August: Osage County
Dallas Buyers Club
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Primetime Television:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Peter Dinkledge, Game of Thrones
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Veep

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game Of Thrones
Homeland

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock
Arrested Development
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Veep

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Jeremy Irons, The Hollow Crown
Rob Lowe, Killing Kennedy
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Angela Bassett, Betty & Coretta
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton & Taylor
Holly Hunter, Top of the Lake
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

SAG Honors for Ensembles:
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
All Is Lost
Fast & Furious 6
Lone Survivor
Rush
The Wolverine

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game Of Thrones
Homeland
The Walking Dead

What do you think of the nominations? Are you surprised by any of these nominations? Do you have specific actors, films, or television shows that you are rooting for? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Source: The Wrap

TIFF 2013 – Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” Wins Toronto Audience Award

The Steve McQueen-directed historical drama 12 Years a Slave was awarded top honours today at the  2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The highly awaited film was awarded the Toronto Audience Award today during the awards luncheon.

Other films that have won this award include Oscar-winning films American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook, and Slumdog Millionaire. This is a very prestigious award and often winning this award leads to other nominations and to potential Oscar wins .

Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, and Chiwetel Ejiofor

12 Years a Slave is base off of the true story of Solomon Northup’s life as a slave. Northup was a free man living in upstate New York, until he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 and eventually freed in 1853.

This film has an absolutely stellar cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Quvenzhané Wallis, and Alfre Woodard. If you have not seen the trailer, be sure to watch it here.

12 Years a Slave - poster

Do you think 12 Years a Slave will win any Oscars this year? Are you interested in seeing this film when it is theatrically released on October 18, 2013?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter