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'Star Wars': Who might Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie play?

After much harrumphing that the new Star Wars film was in danger of not being Title IX compliant, the Force was somewhat balanced yesterday with the announcement that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie had been cast in J.J. Abrams’ space epic. That’s hardly gender parity — with Carrie Fisher and newcomer Daisy Ridley the only other females currently announced — but it’s certainly a substantial and necessary improvement for a traditionally boys-heavy franchise entering the post Hunger Games universe. Thus far, the only significant female Star Wars characters in six episodes have been a princess and a queen — but Abrams has a solid reputation for strong, well-drawn female characters, from Felicity to Alias to Fringe. 

Speculation based on seating order at the recent Star Wars read-through and preconceptions about Han and Leia’s inevitable offspring hinted that Ridley will play their teenaged daughter and perhaps be the keystone to Episode VII‘s story. But what of Nyong’o and Christie? Who might they play? And does the fact that they were not part of the first round of casting announcements indicate that they’re background players and not essential personnel?

Based on the popular profile and pedigree of both actresses, it’s unlikely that either Nyong’o or Christie will be relegated to Lobot or Cantina-dancer status. And though Lucasfilm has announced that the Expanded Universe is no longer gospel — not that it ever technically was — the studio is not against plucking favorite characters and storylines from previous material. “While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded,” Lucasfilm said back in April. “Creators of new Star Wars entertainment have full access to the rich content of the Expanded Universe.” With that in mind, here are three hopeful character possibilities for both actresses, based entirely on wishful thinking. READ FULL STORY

Black star, white ceiling: Why can't Lupita Nyong'o find a role worthy of her?

An Academy Award can mean many things, but it’s never the solution to a problem. That reminder landed brutally in late April, when Lupita Nyong’o, the actress whose Oscar for 12 Years a Slave was the Cinderella story of this year’s ceremony, entered final talks for her first major post-prize gig. She’ll be playing the mother wolf in a remake of The Jungle Book.

You read that right. Hollywood is handed a beautiful, talented, Yale School of Drama-trained actress of color, and what does it come up with? Well, let’s see…she could be an animal. In the Third World. READ FULL STORY

Lupita Nyong'o is 'People' magazine's Most Beautiful

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And People’s Most Beautiful goes to… Lupita Nyong’o!

The actress was announced as the recipient of People’s annual title Wednesday morning. Nyong’o told the magazine she’s thrilled about what this means: “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [the cover] and feel a little more seen.”

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Watch Lupita Nyong'o's old Kenyan soap -- VIDEO

Cheer up, Lupita Nyong’o — at least your embarrassing “before they were famous” video is coming out after you won your Oscar.

Prior to capturing our hearts in 12 Years a Slave, Nyong’o starred as Ayira in the 2009 raunchy MTV Kenyan soap Shuga. The soap was actually a hit and was broadcast across 40 African countries. In addition to the typical relationship drama one might expect, the show also tried to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. It went on to win a Gold award in May 2010 at the World Media Festival in Hamburg, Germany, in the Public Relations Health category.

Watch a trailer — which heavily features a young Nyong’o before she became a fashion icon — below: READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014 review: Who were the real heroes of an endless night?

Despite a terrifically loose Ellen DeGeneres, the first half of the Oscars was the type of slog that makes you wonder if your friends who don’t watch TV are onto something.

Last night got off to a dreadfully slow start — Ellen’s great monologue aside, which included that surprising and just-this-side-of-cruel dig on Liza Minnelli. From the beginning the show was almost fatally crippled by the thick-with-self-regard theme of “Heroes in Hollywood.” That meant puffy, poorly edited montages of  animated heroes, action heroes, and those ordinary among us who commit quiet acts of heroism (you know, average Joes like Abraham Lincoln and Muhammad Ali). Amy Adams spoke for all of us suffering quietly at home when she got caught checking her phone during Harrison Ford’s snoozy line reading of some Best Picture nominees.

The choice to have Bette Midler sing her old weepy “Wind Beneath My Wings” after the In Memoriam montage felt cheap and manipulative. (The segment producers could take notes from the elegance of Bill Murray, whose introduction of Harold Ramis as a 6th Best Cinematographer nominee was as poignant as it was understated.) And I think I speak for parents everywhere who cursed the whole production for holding Idina Menzel’s performance of “Let It Go” until the end after we promised our young children they could stay up and watch. (#John Travolta, you’re a mess.)

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Jennifer Lawrence jokingly tries to steal Oscar from Lupita Nyong'o -- PHOTO

Jennifer Lawrence can’t stop. Jennifer Lawrence won’t stop. And I, for one, wouldn’t want her to.

At last year’s Oscars, Lawrence took home the award for Best Actress, but only after she tripped her way up the stairs. And after she had the award in hand? She flipped off the entire press room. This year, she did not get a chance to trip up the stairs as she lost the Best Supporting Actress race to Twelve years A Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o. However, J Law did not disappoint. She made sure to get her clumsiness out of the way early when she fell on the red carpet — stupid traffic cones! — and then, after she lost the Oscar race, she tried to get her hands on Nyong’o’s Oscar. Of course, she was joking, and the whole thing only makes us love her more.

The real question is, which fake fight was the night’s best — Lawrence’s struggle with Nyong’o, OR Kelly Osbourne “choking” Lady Gaga? (Osbourne and Gaga have apparently decided to bury the hatchet, after feuding for several years.) You decide:

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Hidden Gems of the 2014 Pizza Oscars

These Oscars were unusually lacking in memorable reaction shots — perhaps Amy Adams’ quick iPhone-check sums up the whole show?

Below, my quick play-by-play of the Oscars’ (arguably) least significant details: READ FULL STORY

Lupita Nyong'o, more honored at emotional 'Essence' Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

Academy Award-nominated actress Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and more were honored at this year’s seventh annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in a beautiful event that took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday. Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Spike Lee, and more were in attendance at this year’s celebration, which packed an emotional punch as honorees spoke of personally struggling with finding their place in the world. Read on to find out what the winners had to say in their acceptance speeches below: READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture Nominees: A deep dive into '12 Years a Slave'

Name: 12 Years a Slave

Release date: Oct. 18, 2003 (limited); Nov. 8, 2013 (wide)

DVD release date: March 4, 2014

Run time: 134 minutes

Box office: Opening weekend, wide release: $6.675 million; domestic total: $49.133 million; international total: $78.9 million (as of Monday, Feb. 24)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 96 percent READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Oscar front-runners Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong'o sit for candid chat

We’re in the final stretch of this year’s Oscar season, and Entertainment Weekly‘s latest issue is here to bring you all you need to know before the big night.

This week’s cover story features a sit-down with two Oscar hopefuls — the veteran Cate Blanchett (the front-runner in the lead actress category for her role as a fallen socialite in Blue Jasmine) and the newcomer Lupita Nyong’o (a lead contender in the supporting actress race for scene-stealing part as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave). The two discuss the never-ending award season, what they love most about their jobs and their hopes for the future.

Blanchett, who has spent the past six years running a theater company in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, discusses her fraught relationship with her chosen profession. “I’m constantly running away from acting,” she says. “I have to get seduced back into it each time.” READ FULL STORY

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