July 30, 2003 |
Stephen Frears' new movie, the London-set "Dirty Pretty Things," has one of the most startling lines in recent memory. In the scene, a Nigerian doctor turned cab driver/hotel clerk, with a Turkish chambermaid and a black prostitute in tow, delivers contraband to a trafficker. The trafficker, accustomed to someone else carrying out the transfer, says suspiciously, "I haven't seen you before." To which the doctor replies, "We are the people you do not see.
July 13, 2007 |
"TALK to Me," which stars Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor, hearkens to another era, to a time before shock jocks bestrode morning drive time like colossal blowhards. Cheadle plays Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, an ex-con turned Washington, D.C., radio and television talk-show host, beloved local icon and Howard Stern role model. Ejiofor plays the straight-laced Dewey Hughes, who put him on the air when nobody else would have.
February 8, 2008 |
LONDON -- "Hairspray," the bouncy, bouffant American musical, dominated the first stage of the 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards with 11 nominations. Three Shakespearean superstars squared off for acting honors. Ian McKellen's King Lear, Patrick Stewart's Macbeth and Chiwetel Ejiofor's Othello all earned nominations Thursday for best actor in a play, alongside John Simm for the Norwegian comedy "Elling" and Mark Rylance for the farce "Boeing-Boeing."
October 8, 2009 |
When destroying the world, it often takes a painstakingly coordinated effort among many accomplices and plenty of equipment to get the job done. And in the case of the upcoming apocalyptic movie "2012," it also takes a large blue screen area to create an array of CGI destruction scenarios. Veteran photographer David Strick was on location in Burnaby, Canada, as director Roland Emmerich, star John Cusack and the crew shot part of the film in a large warehouse. The end-of-the-world thriller also stars Danny Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt and Woody Harrelson.
September 20, 2003
EARL Ofari Hutchinson can be an astute political observer but when it comes to Hollywood, he's out of his element ("The Curious Case of the Star Who Isn't There," Sept. 15). Movie marketing campaigns are never built around unknowns. Ironically, it's only because Miramax was smart enough to exploit the popularity of "Amelie" star Audrey Tautou that a lot of people (and American producers) got to see Chiwetel Ejiofor's terrific performance in "Dirty Pretty Things." When "The Pianist" was first released, all the paid advertising stressed director Roman Polanski -- not its then unknown star, Adrien Brody.
December 5, 2003 |
Germany's blockbuster hit "Good Bye, Lenin!" will lead the field at the European Film Awards competition Saturday with five nominations, while the British films "Dirty Pretty Things" and "Dogville" have four nominations each. Forty-three European films out of 360 submitted for the 16th annual awards presented by the European Film Academy are in the running for the prizes that are sometimes called the "European Oscars."