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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Cinema in Noir: 'Dear White People' and Dream Roles for Lupita Nyong'o

Whether or not she's your favorite to take home the coveted Academy Award in March, there should be no debating that Lupita Nyong'o has become Hollywood's IT girl this season. She's in countless magazine spreads and has been photographed rubbing shoulders with Hollywood heavyweights from Leonardo DiCaprio to Oprah Winfrey. But the ladies and I of Cinema in Noir have noticed that her IMDB filmography is looking kinda...bare. In fact, after next month (when she stars alongside Liam Neeson in the action film, Non-Stop), there's nothing else listed. 

So we decided to help Hollywood out and suggest dream roles that Nyong'o can tackle next. After the very serious 12 Years a Slave, we--as well as our listeners--want to send her right into the sci-fi/fantasy world with roles in Black Panther, X-Men and even as a romantic interest or Jedi in some alt world universe. Things got really exciting when i suggested that she and Jared Leto (you know how much I love him) team up for a live action version of Final Fantasy, after I heard how she's a superfan of the video game. Marvel or DC Comics, your play. 

We also discussed Dear White People, which you might remember I previewed here, The film has become quite a conversation started across racial backgrounds, and from what we've read it really captures some of the nuances of being black in a "post-racial" society. The film has also just nabbed a Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance, which hopefully leads to it being picked up an getting a good distribution (we want to see it!). 

Co-host Rebecca Theodore-Vachon also shared her review of I, Frankenstein (which debuted at the box office this weekend at #6). Her take may help you understand why a blockbuster like this opened to such miserable numbers. Lastly, we chatted about some of the imagery in American Horror Story: Coven (which I commented on in an earlier post), and our favorite songs from movies (who knew so many of you were Aladdin fans? *fist pump*). 

Listen to the full episode here

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