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

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

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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’.

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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/

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Lady Gaga shares the devastating personal story behind the final song in ‘A Star is Born’

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Warning: Contains *huge* spoilers for the ending of A Star is Born.

“Anyone’s who seen A Star is Born will know that the final song in the movie is by far the most gut-wrenching and emotional moment.

Lady Gaga sings “I’ll Never Love Again” — a song written about her by her late husband Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) — in tribute to him. It’s a powerfully moving moment that reduces you — and everyone else in the cinema — to a sobbing wreck.

Lady Gaga has shared a personal story about the day that scene was filmed and the reason that scene was so important to her. Right before filming the scene, Gaga received a phone call that her best friend Sonja Durham was about to pass away from stage IV cancer.

“On that day my friend Sonja — who had been battling cancer for years — her friend called me and I could hear her moaning in the background and she said she’s not doing well,” Gaga told Zane Lowe. “And I thought she was dying so I left the set……………………….”

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Juicing, workouts and monetised self-obsession acting aint what it used to be

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Hollywood was once all about tradecraft. But not any more, as Mark Wahlbergs ridiculously brilliant daily schedule makes all too clear

“When the famously dissolute movie star John Barrymore died, having spent much of the last year of his life passed out at Errol Flynns house, the brilliant character actor Peter Lorre bribed the funeral homes director to loan him the corpse for a night. Lorre, Humphrey Bogart and a couple of others sneaked into Flynns Mulholland Drive home while he was shooting late, arranged the body in a chair near the bar, then hid and waited. When Flynn returned home from set, he nodded at Barrymore, and continued to walk over to fix himself a drink. After a few steps, Flynn froze. He went back to the chair, touched Barrymores ice-cold body, then shouted: All right, you bastards, come on out!

I know what youre thinking. This is all very well; but did any of these ill-disciplined men make Daddys Home 2, Mark Wahlbergs highly called-for sequel to his turn in Daddys Home? Alas not. At the time of this late-night incident, Bogart was shooting a picture called Casablanca, and though well probably never know his workout schedule for the movie, I guess we can say for sure that he could bench-press at least a quarter of John Barrymore. But only after tipping-out time at the Cocoanut Grove.

And so to the much-remarked-upon daily routine of Wahlberg, which is here reproduced in full:

2.30am wake up
2.45am prayer time
3.15am breakfast
3:40-5.15am workout
5:30am post-workout meal
6:00am shower
7:30am golf
8:00am snack
9:30am cryo chamber recovery
10.30am snack
11:00am family time/meetings/work calls
1:00pm lunch
2:00pm meetings/work calls
3:00pm pick up kids @ school
3.30pm snack
4:00pm workout #2
5:00pm shower
5:30pm dinner/family time
7:30pm bedtime

Hey, dont knock it. Its called acting.

Or is it? Is that what this life is? For many, Marks schedule is the equivalent of letting daylight in on tragic. Once the inspiration for Entourage indeed, that comfortingly silly………………………..”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/lostinshowbiz/2018/sep/13/juicing-work-outs-monetsising-self-obsession-acting-mark-wahlberg

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“Assassination Nation” is trying to make you uncomfortable. The film even starts out with about a dozen “trigger warnings” previewing the horror that is to come in this internet age Salem witch trial about four teenage girls who become the enemies of an entire town when a hacker stars leaking individuals’ information.

Morality, sexuality, female nudity, homophobia, misogyny, pornography, pedophilia, mob mentality and gun violence are just a few of the subjects and taboos addressed in writer-director Sam Levinson’s purposefully insane film…………………..”

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