<p>Somali-born Barkhad Abdi gave one of the most indelible performances of 2013, playing a real-life pirate who overtook an American freighter in the harrowing thriller "Captain Phillips" from d...
Despite being nowhere near the announced cast list for Judd Apatow's upcoming comedy Trainwreck, Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei were revealed to be a potential part of the film by way of some curious set photos from the New York City shoot. In the photos, Radcliffe and Tomei are seen covered under a blanket of poodles. Radcliffe is also shown walking a big group of dogs solo. If the two actors are, in fact, part of the movie they would join a seriously odd and wondrous cast that including the likes of Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Ezra Miller John Cena, and Barkhad Abdi.
Since we doubt that Mr. Radcliffe has morphed into some sort of crazy dog person in the ensuing years since the Harry Potter went on permanent recess, we're just going to ignore this little tweet from director Judd Apatow denying Radcliffe's involvement and assume that he's in the film, albeit in a small cameo role. Whatever Radcliffe's role in the film turns out to be, it looks hilarious, and the images of the actor corralling a half dozen dogs at a time are all so wonderfully caption-able, we couldn't help put take a stab at them with our best one-liners.
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“No, it’s okay. You just have to sing to them and they’ll calm down. I saw it in a movie once.”
Harry Potter had to take up dog walking after earning that useless Philosophy of Magic degree from Wizard State University.
“I don’t know why you expect me to control them; I think a few of these dogs are bigger than me!”
“I’m starting to rethink this whole ‘quit showbiz to become a dog walker and search for your inner happiness’ thing.”
"I'm not sure, but one of these may be my uncle."
“Get some dogs, they said. It’ll help you recover from the trauma of losing Sirius, they said. Don’t worry, they almost never trample you to death, they said.”
“…And then the spell must have ricocheted off of something, because everyone in the Gryffindor common room turned into a dog and Ron keeps terrorizing the hot dog carts and I don’t know what to do.”
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“What, you think I’m scared of a few dogs? I conquered the Dark Lord. I am invincible.”
“I mean, once you learn how to ride a dragon, other animals just don’t seem that intimidating anymore.”
"Lean Parseltounge at Hogwarts, they said. You'll never need to know Poodletounge, they said. The poodles will never attack… "
“Could Cripple Billy do this? No. No he could not.”
“You wanna start something? I’m Harry Potter, I will curse you into next week. I will command these poodles to lick you to death.”
“What? Have you seen rent prices recently? That Harry Potter money doesn’t cover everything.”
Somali Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi, Paul Dano and Michael Fassbender are among the 271 artists and executives who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Actors Ben Foster, Sally Hawkins, Josh Hutcherson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and Jason Statham and directors Gavin O'Connor, Paolo Sorrentino and Jean-Marc Vallee are also on the membership list with Hollywood's top casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, make-up artists, animators, producers, moguls and documentary makers.
Musicians Eddie Vedder and Pharrell Williams have also been invited to join the Academy.
New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September (14).
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The NBA season might be coming to a close, but it doesn't look like Lebron James will be taking a vacation any time soon. According to TheWrap, the Miami Heat star has joined the cast of Judd Apatow's upcoming comedy Trainwreck, along with rapper/actor Method Man. The film will star Amy Shumer, who also wrote the script, and follows a woman who has a knack for ruining everything in her life as she attempts to rebuild from the ground up. It hasn't yet been revealed what kind of role Method Man or James will play, but since the latter only has a short window of free time every year, it seems likely that his will be a smaller part.
The pair are the latest additions to Trainwreck's diverse cast, which includes indie darlings, Oscar nominees and Councilman Jamm, in addition to a rapper and an NBA champion. Upon first glance, the cast list might read as if several IMDB pages got mixed up, but this strange group of people actually make perfect sense together, because all of the big names involved with the project are connected. In fact, it's possible to connect every single person who has signed on to this film, from James to Bill Hader to Tilda Swinton, with a maximum of two degrees of separation between them - surprisingly, none of which are Kevin Bacon. Let's start with the director:
Judd Apatow directed Funny People, which starred Aziz Ansari, who was on Parks and Recreation with…
Jon Glaser, who plays Laird on Girls, which also featured…
Colin Quinn in the role of Hermie. Quinn is a Saturday Night Live alum just like…
Bill Hader who was on SNL at the same time as…
Vanessa Bayer, who is part of the current cast with Bobby Moynihan, who does voice work on Chozen alongside…
Method Man, who starred in The Sitter with Jonah Hill. Hill was in 21 Jump Street with…
Brie Larson, who guest starred on an episode of The Kroll Show, which airs on the same network as Inside Amy Shumer, which stars…
Amy Shumer, who appeared in Sleepwalk With Me, a film made by…
Mike Birbiglia, who had a role in Your Sister’s Sister with Emily Blunt. Blunt has acted opposite Tom Hanks, as did…
Barkhad Abdi, who was nominated for an Oscar, just like…
Tilda Swinton, who is in The Zero Theorem with Matt Damon, who appeared on Entourage with…
Lebron James, who is an athlete-turned-actor, as is…
John Cena, who guest starred on Pysch, which airs on the same network as Royal Pains, which featured a 5 episode guest spot from…
Ezra Miller, who starred in The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Paul Rudd, a perennial favorite of Judd Apatow.
See? It's not such a strange bunch after all.
Basketball superstar Lebron James is set to follow Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal from the court to the big screen after signing on to star in moviemaker Judd Apatow's new film Trainwreck.
The Miami Heat star will team up with Bill Hader, Brie Larson, wrestler John Cena and 2014 Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi in the film, according to Variety. Rapper Method Man has also joined the cast.
Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi is reportedly in talks to star in his first major film since he confronted Tom Hanks as a Somali pirate in Captain Phillips. If Abdi signs on, he would join a cast that includes Amy Schumer, Bill Hader and Brie Larson in Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, according to Variety.com.
The casting news could not have come at a better time for the 28 year old, who recently opened up about the financial struggles he has faced since filming on Captain Phillips wrapped.
Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena, and Ezra Miller are also in negotiations to join the cast for the film, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in July, 2015.
Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi has been struggling to make ends meet after quitting his job at a cell phone store in Minneapolis following the 2013 release of Captain Phillips. The 28 year old had been working as a limo driver before landing his acting debut as a Somali pirate in the movie, opposite Tom Hanks, and after filming wrapped in 2012, he went back to his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota and took on a job at his brother's mobile phone shop.
He walked away from the gig in October (13) when Captain Phillips hit movie theatres, and his $65,000 (£40,625) salary from the film has since dried up, leaving Abdi facing financial difficulties, according to a profile in the New Yorker magazine.
Reporter Dana Goodyear writes, "When Abdi is in Los Angeles to promote the film, he subsists on a per diem, good at the Beverly Hilton (hotel), where the studio likes to put him up.
"The town car is available only for official publicity events. His clothes are loaners. Recently Abdi requested that he be allowed to stay at a commuter hotel near LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) to be closer to his friend, a Somali cabdriver from Minneapolis, who shuttles him around for free."
Discussing his decision to quit working at his brother's store, Abdi tells the magazine, "How I thought about it was, like, when the movie came out, reviews (are) either gonna (sic) be good or bad. Either way, I cannot be working here."
Abdi, whose performance in Captain Phillips earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and won him a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award last month (Feb14), is currently reading scripts to find his next role, but his money struggles may soon be over - he is in talks to star in upcoming drama The Place That Hits The Sun, about South African marathon runner Willie Mtolo, a Zulu warrior who competed in the 1992 New York Marathon.
Once regularly under fire for their lack of diversity, the Academy Awards have gained a reprieve in recent years as people of various ethnic backgrounds have received nominations and scored wins. This year, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o both earned acting nominations for 12 Years a Slave, while the film's director Steve McQueen was nominated as both a director and producer. Gravity's director Alfonso Cuaron was nominated in the same categories as McQueen, and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) notched a nom for Best Supporting Actor. In recent years, there have been wins in supporting categories for Octavia Spencer and Mo'Nique, and in directing for Asian filmmaker Ang Lee.
Compared to the the majority of the Academy Awards history, where wins for actors like Sidney Poitier, Rita Moreno, and Jose Ferrer were very much the exception and not the rule, the Oscars are far more diverse. Of course, that's like saying that there have been strides made to curb global warming... any progress is great, but that doesn't mean that there isn't more work to do.
Publisher Lee & Low recently analyzed the first 85 years of Oscars to spotlight issues such as there being only one minority winner (Halle Berry) in the Best Actress Category, that only one woman (Kathryn Bigelow) has ever won for directing and that only six minority performers have won for Best Actor... and that's including Ben Kingsley, who is of Indian descent. The Los Angeles Times originally published a look at the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 2012 and updated it in 2013 to show that 93-percent of those casting votes were white and about three quarters are male. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is a black female, helped spearhead a movement to add new members to the voting pool, but the Times found that the changes have had only a minimal impact on the percentages.
The makeup of the Academy's voting blocks are only partially to blame, however. While there are some women and minorities in top decision-making roles at studios, like Sony Picture's Amy Pascal and Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara, the majority of studio executives are still white males. The movies made by Hollywood, while perhaps more diverse than in the past, still feature casts and crews that are predominantly white and, particularly behind the camera, largely male. Adding to the problem, UCLA's 2014 Diversity Report showed that only a small group of talent agencies represent an overwhelming majority of the actors, directors and writers making movies for studios, but that their rosters were less diverse compared to all other agencies combined.
While there has been progress in films featuring black actors, there is still a gap when it comes to representing other minority groups like Asians and Hispanics. The last Asian actor to be nominated for a leading role was Kingsley in 2003. Not counting European-born actors like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, or Joaquin Phoenix, who was born while his parents were living in Puerto Rico, only one Latino actor (Demian Bichir for A Better Life in 2011) has been nominated for a lead role in the last 10 years.
Until Hollywood starts telling stories that are as diverse as the nation as a whole, and employing casts and crews that represent that diversity, there will continue to be only minimal gains realized at the Academy Awards. After all, the prerequisite for earning an Oscar nomination is having the opportunity to do the work in the first place.
There might come an award season where an actual mix of nominees in all categories adequately represents women and minority groups, but it hasn't happened yet. Just being better isn't good enough.
The ship which was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009 and used as inspiration for Tom Hanks' Captain Phillips drama has hit headlines again after two Americans were found dead onboard the vessel in the Seychelles. Police in the Indian Ocean island are investigating the deaths of security officers Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, whose bodies were discovered on the Maersk Alabama on Tuesday (18Feb14).
Both men worked for the U.S.-based Trident Security firm to provide protection to sailors travelling near the coast of Somalia, where pirate attacks are common.
Authorities have yet to reveal the cause of death, but officials from the U.S. Coast Guard have also launched their own probe into the incident.
The Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips movie is based on the real-life events of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking drama, during which Captain Richard Phillips, portrayed onscreen by Hanks, was taken hostage by pirates. Barkhad Abdi played pirate leader Adbuwali Muse, a role which won him the Best Supporting Actor honour at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) film awards on Sunday (16Feb14). He is also shortlisted for the same prize at the Oscars next month (02Mar14).
"Barkhad Abdi! BAFTA winner! He IS the captain now! Somali champion!!!" Tom Hanks salutes his Captain Phillips co-star after he picked up the Best Supporting Actor award at the BAFTAs in London on Sunday (16Feb14).
<p>Somali-born Barkhad Abdi gave one of the most indelible performances of 2013, playing a real-life pirate who overtook an American freighter in the harrowing thriller "Captain Phillips" from director Paul Greengrass. Despite having never acted before, Abdi's soulful presence underscored the desperation of hijacker Abduwali Muse, who abducted American captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) in an ill-fated attempt to gain a fortune in ransom money. Like the Cambodian doctor Haing S. Ngor did for his role in "The Killing Fields" (1984), Abdi drew on his own real-life experiences as a witness to the violence in Somalia for his performance and earned an Oscar nomination for his efforts. In the process, Abdi not only delivered a stellar performance which launched a promising acting career, but also put a sympathetic face on the conditions that drove many of his countrymen to commit criminal acts like those depicted in the film.</p><p>Born April 10, 1985 in the city of Mogadishu, Somalia, Barkhad Abdi left his native country at the age of seven when civil unrest broke out, resulting in widespread violence and lawlessness. He was raised largely in Yemen before his family relocated to the burgeoning Somali community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There, he studied engineering at Minnesota State University while working at a variety of jobs, including disc jockey and limousine driver at a relative's chauffeur company. While employed at the latter position, Abdi took part in a open casting call for Somalis to appear in "Captain Phillips." After two rounds of auditions, Abdi was cast as the lead pirate, Abduwali Muse, who embodies the fate of many Somalis, who are forced to turn to hijacking in order to survive the punishing living conditions in their country. Critical praise was near-universal for his debut performance, which netted Abdi a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, as well as Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and an array of supporting actor awards from various film critic societies. </p>
Trained to execute many of the physical requirements of his role in "Captain Phillips," including boat navigation and weapons use.
Was initially criticized by members of the Somali community for participating in a film that they believed would demonize Somalis, but later received praise from many individuals.