Connect with us

New Movie Articles

With his new comedy, Idris Elba is keen to show that he’s as hilarious as he is suave

Published

on

Idris Elba stars alongside Bill Bailey in his new comedy series ‘In the Long Run’.

Image: sky

When you think of Idris Elba, the first thing to spring to mind might be his legendary role as Stringer Bell in The Wire.

Or maybe you think of him going head-to-head with Matthew McConaughey in the blockbuster adaption of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, or hunting serial killers in the London-based crime drama Luther.

What you probably wouldn’t think of are comedies and musicals. At least not yet.

Elba is keen to do more of both, though. At a roundtable event last year to promote his new semi-autobiographical comedy series In the Long Run, he spoke about his desire to try his hand at more light-hearted roles.

“I like it,” explained Elba. “I like the freedom of it. I think with drama obviously you follow a narrative in a certain way.

“But with comedy you can on the day come up with something really stupid and make the crew laugh that actually might work in the show. I love doing that.”

Sammy Kamara plays a character based on a young Idris Elba in ‘In the Long Run’.

Image: sky

Set on an estate in 1980s London, In the Long Run is a snapshot of Elba’s own childhood. Elba stars as Walter, a character based loosely on his own father, while the young actor Sammy Kamara plays Kobna — a boy based on Elba himself. It could easily have been a coming-of-age drama rather than a comedy, but Elba explained that he was keen to keep it light.

“I wanted to make it a comedy because I wanted to try my hand at comedy — doing a comedic role, at which I fail miserably!” he joked. “But that said it felt too heavy to be a drama; it felt like there was a statement to be made if we did a drama and we didn’t want to do that. I didn’t want to focus on racism from a point of view of like, ‘Oh my God, this is what it was like in the ’80s’.

“So we wanted to take a comedic stance, and like I said selfishly I wanted to… I wanted to be in Only Fools and Horses, you know what I mean, I just never got the audition.”

So does Elba find comedy challenging, given he’s largely starred in dramas, thrillers, and big budget blockbusters?

“It is a challenge, yeah, because if I’m honest I tend to overcook it,” he said.

“[The script] feels very funny, period. When I’m acting in comedy I tend to egg it up a little bit. But I enjoy doing it because my old man was a bit like that.”

“I never want to be that person that says, ‘Oh, I wish I did it’.”

What comes across most at the roundtable is how keen Elba is to take on new challenges, and work on the things he’s passionate about — and how he’s not afraid to put the work in to get those projects made.

“Sometimes you have to sacrifice certain things if you want things,” said Elba. “My mum and dad were very much like that — they worked all the time, but never really achieved the things they wanted to. And I remember growing up thinking I’d rather just achieve the things I want.

“I never want to be that person that says, ‘Oh, I wish I did it’. I just want to do it.”

Aside from comedy and doing more work behind the camera (Elba also produced and helped write In the Long Run) is there anything else in his career he’s keen to achieve that he hasn’t done yet?

“A musical,” Elba said. “I would love to do a musical. It’s just something I haven’t done that I would like to do.”

Watch this space…

All episodes of In the Long Run (Sky One) are available on 29 March.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/03/30/idris-elba-in-the-long-run-interview-comedy-musical/

New Movie Articles

Someone recut the ‘Bird Box’ trailer using scenes from ‘The Office’ and it’s too perfect

Published

on

“Think The Office is all laughs and lighthearted pranks? Guess again. Drew Boatner proved the beloved NBC comedy can be creepy as hell.

Turns out with a few recuts The Office works perfectly as a Bird Box trailer. Meredith getting hit by a car, Dwight’s fire drill, and Andy punching a hole in the wall can come across as very dark with the right sound effects.

The show also got the Quiet Place treatment back in 2018, which I’m sure made John Krasinski very proud. So maybe instead of a revival fans will entertain the possibility of a Dunder Mifflin horror movie.

There was a once a Scranton Strangler, after all. Who’s to say he can’t strike again?”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/the-office-bird-box-trailer/

Continue Reading

New Movie Articles

Netflix’s ‘Sex Education’ finds the humanity in awkward teen sex

Charmaine Blake

Published

on

‘Sex Education’ is all about the dirty, awkward underbelly of sexuality

Image: Jon Hall/Netflix

“The horrors of teen sex are a universal experience. And Sex Education feels like the extended therapy session we needed to work through all that buried, mortifying trauma.

At first, you might be quick to put the new Netflix series in the same category as other racy teen British shows like The Inbetweeners, Skins, or even Misfits. But while Sex Education mines in a similar brazen youthfulness, it strikes closer to home with a realism more akin to Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade.

Otis starts off as your average, introverted, loser high school “everyboy.” A virgin who’s paralyzingly uncomfortable with his own sexuality, his phobias run counter to the openness of his sex therapist mother, played perfectly by Gillian Flynn. But Otis experiences a spike in relevancy when popular bad girl Maeve capitalizes on his untapped skills as a psychologist’s son and turns him into the school’s sex guru.

But that stereotype-laden summary fails to communicate how Sex Education brilliantly subverts the assumptions made through labels like jock, mean girl, dunce, weirdo, therapist, popular, loser, gay, lesbian, slut (or slag), and virgin.

Boy meets bad girl

Image: Jon Hall/Netflix

Each character’s journey, whether a main plot or side story, is an amalgamation of quietly unexpected revelations. Sex Education knows which trope you expect to play out, and instead delivers a story about real people and the complex mess of contradictions that we are.

Sex Education knows which trope you expect to play out, and instead delivers a story about real people and the complex mess of contradictions that we are.

This largely traces back to how it uses physical intimacy as a way to explore rather than exploit its characters. Despite its title, the sex scenes are decidedly unsexy. The most graphic, like the opening scene with a guy faking an orgasm, are cringe-inducing fiascos of mundane reliability. In another, a lesbian couple tries frantically to……………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/sex-education-review-netflix/

Continue Reading

New Movie Articles

Welcome to ‘Blade Runner’ year, now where’s my damn replicant

Charmaine Blake

Published

on

A new life awaits you, but when?

Image: warner brothers

The confetti has been swept up, the hangovers have almost faded, and there is nothing before us now but huge swathes of 2019.

Which is, as any nerd knows, the year in which the 1982 classic Blade Runner officially took place. And whatever else may happen in this likely very insane year, it’s safe to say that we have utterly failed to live up to the future we imagined back then.

Oh, sure, we created a generalized dystopian atmosphere of despair. That part was easy; we were already well on our way to crumbling infrastructure and rising inequality in the 1980s. The fact that the movie (sort of) predicted an out-of-control climate is no big whoop either; anyone working at an oil company or paying attention to scientific literature back then knew global warming was about to be a thing.

But the Ridley Scott movie, and the Philip K. Dick short story on which it was based, both anticipated major leaps and bounds in our adventurousness and our technological prowess that compensated for the gloom.

Here was a future where most people have departed years ago for “off-world colonies.” Hence the giant blimp seen advertising a new life in them to the remaining residents of grimy Los Angeles. Not only that, but we had created lifelike artificial intelligence in the form of replicants to help build those colonies. True, that part didn’t work out too well, at least not for the victims of six dying rogue replicants who fled back to Earth. But still, pretty impressive tech there, Mr. Tyrell!

On the one hand, it’s something of a relief that we are not as smart as we liked to think. Best not to have malfunctioning robots running amuck, giving poignant yet snooty speeches about all the things they’ve seen that we wouldn’t believe. On the other hand, it would be kind of nice if somebody would go far off-world and see things so they could come back and brag like a hipster about it.

Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty: replicant, hipster, dove-lover

Image: sunset boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images

Rutger Hauer, who wrote that space fantasy death monologue himself, has never explained how attack ships off the shoulder of Orion could actually catch fire in the vacuum of space. (Maybe that’s why we wouldn’t believe it.) Nevertheless, I say we build attack ships, send them to Orion, and test his hypothesis! (Spoiler alert: We won’t be visiting Orion………………………………………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/blade-runner-2019/

Continue Reading

Trending