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'Blade Runner' Sequel Adds Barkhad Abdi To Cast

The Hollywood Reporter | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.30.2016 | Black Voices

Barkhad Abdi, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his screen debut in 2013’s "Captain Phillips," is the latest actor to join Alcon Entertainm...

Eye in the Sky: An Eye for an Eye

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 03.31.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Director Gavin Hood has skillfully ratcheted up the dramatic tension as a nice counter point to the moral and political debates. Views are aired; sides are not taken. This is not agitprop.

Eye In The Sky

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.10.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

What is the tolerance level for collateral damage during drone strikes? It's been a topical subject for years, as the U.S. and other countries fight t...

Helen Mirren in Eye in the Sky: Debating the Cost of War

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.10.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

What a coup! Publicist Peggy Siegal exulted in the day's headlines: drones taking down 150 al-Shabab inductees in Africa. The occasion was a luncheon ...

Keep the Lifelines Open for Family-to-Family Support in Somalia

Barkhad Abdi | Posted 07.13.2014 | World
Barkhad Abdi

As Money Service Business accounts continue to be closed, the ultimate victims are the Somalis who rely on remittances from abroad.

'Captain Phillips' Star Lived On Per Diem During Awards Season

Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment

What's it really like to be a non-actor thrust into the spotlight during Oscar season? Barkhad Abdi has some insight. The "Captain Phillips" star was ...

Throwing an Oscar Afterparty

Reyne Haines | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Reyne Haines

Have you ever wondered how A-listers celebrate after the event? Who throws the parties, who attends, where are they at?

Barkhad Abdi And The Financial Reality Of Hollywood

Indiewire | Posted 03.03.2014 | Black Voices

Something that always irks me is when I hear black people talking about how some black actor or actress in some movie, is supposedly making “big mon...

What's In Store For Margot Robbie And Other Breakout Movie Stars?

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Last year's breakout stars are still reveling in their ascent to fame, but we're more anxious to see what 2014 has in store for them. Margot Robbie wo...

Red Pencilling the Oscar Noms

Jon Eig | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

Their picks. (My deletions.) My picks. Not all that different. Except where they are extremely different.

My Conversations With Two of 2013's Rising Film Stars: Somali-born Actor Barkhad Abdi and Kenyan Actress Lupita Nyong'o

Tavis Smiley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Abdi's debut screen appearance garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. Nyong'o has won numerous honors for her feature acting debut as Patsey in the critically acclaimed film, 12 Years a Slave, including SAG and Golden Globe nominations.

Tom Hanks' Capt. Phillips: I Gasped!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.08.2014 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

I gasped. For air? In shock? Both. Watching Tom Hanks, playing Captain Richard Phillips taken hostage by Somali pirates as our Navy SEALS closed in ne...

19 Best Breakout Performances Of 2013

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 12.18.2013 | Entertainment

The past year wasn't just exceptional with regard to films, but also performances. Veteran stars like Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Sandra Bullock tur...

Surprise SAG Award Nominee: 'This Is A Really Good Day'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

The 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations included some big-name snubs, but also some great surprises. Take Barkhad Abdi, the 28-year-old Somali...

Popcorn Preview: Captain Phillips

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Captain Phillips (2013) Cast includes: Tom Hanks (Saving Private Ryan), Catherine Keener (Into the Wild), Barkhad Abdi Screenplay: Billy Ray (T...

ReThink Review: Captain Phillips -- 21st Century Piracy Ain't Jack Sparrow

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Is Captain Phillips a case where bigger, louder -- and since it's Paul Greengrass, shakier -- is actually better? And do the film's pirates rise above being caricatured villains to represent the real Somalian men who turn to this high risk/high reward way of life?

Mike Ryan

"I Can't Believe I'm Doing A Scene With The Forrest Gump Guy!"

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Ryan | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment

It's that old success story you've heard a million times: Born in Somalia, moved to Minneapolis, now stars in a major motion picture opposite Tom Hank...

Movie Review: Captain Phillips

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.08.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Based on the title character's book recalling the 2009 incident -- in which an American cargo vessel in the Indian Ocean was captured by four Somali pirates -- Captain Phillips puts you right in the middle of the action and never lets you go.

Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips: Heroics on the High Seas for Opening Night at the New York Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.28.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The New York Film Festival must have a thing for danger on the high seas. Last year's opening night featured the fantasy ocean crossing Life of Pi: a ...

Tom Hanks' Best Performance Yet?

Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Christopher Rosen

"Captain Phillips" stands at the very top of the recent spate of thinking-persons' action films from the last few years, on par with Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" and well ahead of Ben Affleck's Best Picture-winning "Argo."

The Unknown Actor Who Might Steal Tom Hanks' New Film

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 08.08.2013 | Entertainment

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