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President Obama brings out his anger translator Luther

Last night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, also called the Nerd Prom, President Barack Obama brought out his anger translator Luther.  Luther is Keegan-Michael Key from the Comedy Central series Key and Peele.

President Barack Obama knew he might need some help to get his points across at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, so he brought in his anger translator Luther to make his message more clear.

Luther, whom fans might recognize as Keegan-Michael Key from the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele,” helped Obama speak on climate change and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

And check out this video relating to the November 2012 election victory.

Idris Elba stars in Luther on BBC America

Last night the BBC America crime drama miniseries Luther premiered.

Idris Elba stars as the self destructive detective John Luther.

According to BBC America:

Luther is a gripping, psychological thriller driven by a brilliant and emotionally impulsive detective tormented by the darker side of humanity.

A self-destructive near-genius, Luther might just be as dangerous as the depraved criminals he hunts. In each episode, the murderer’s identity is known from the start, focusing the drama on the psychological duel between predator and prey.

Luther shines a light into the hearts and minds of psychopaths and killers, and the shadowy spaces of his own soul.

The six part miniseries first aired on BBC One in England earlier this year. A second series for Luther will air in England 2011.  It will air as 2 two hour long movies.

I enjoyed part one.  A nice change of pace to hear Idris talk in his native British accent.  The actress who plays Alice Morgan looked familiar.  Her name is Ruth Wilson.  After doing a google search I recognized her from a PBS miniseries I saw earlier this year starring Naomie Harris titled Small Island.

If you missed part one you can catch it again on BBC America on Thursday October 21 at 9:00pm.  New episodes of Luther air on Sundays at 10:00pm.

Idris Elba

Yesterday’s Washington Post has an interesting article about rising star Idris Elba.

I first laid eyes on Mr. Elba, aka Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire. After leaving the show he starred in many films including Sometimes in April, The Gospel, Daddy’s Little Girls, American Gangster, 28 Weeks Later and Obsessed. He’s currently starring in the film Takers.

Interview with Idris Elba, a new Hollywood star with a strong fan following

By Vanessa Williams
Saturday, August 28, 2010; C01

Idris Elba, looking as cool and virile as the fictional Baltimore drug lord whom he so memorably played on the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire,” winces at the mention of the s-word.

“Sexy?” he repeats, shifting in his chair and wrinkling his brow in a convincing display of mild discomfort. “I’m a little sheepish about it. Whenever I meet fans and they’re like, ‘Oh, you’re so sexy,’ I just don’t get that. There’s no way one man can be universally sexy.”

It’s a good answer, because had he said, “Hell, yeah, I’m sexy!” even in that cute British accent of his, it wouldn’t at all jibe with the image of the sensually serious man whose face these days is all over magazine covers and television and movie screens.

Right now, Elba’s career as an actor also is hot.

And that is something he is not only comfortable with, but eager to talk about. Elba, through the character of Russell “Stringer” Bell, seduced a loyal following that crossed race, class and gender lines. He also has been the most successful acting alumnus of the series, appearing in a number of movies, such as “American Gangster” with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and several episodes of the TV sitcom “The Office.”

His latest project, “Takers,” a heist flick starring the rapper T.I., Chris Brown and Matt Dillon, opened Friday. Once again, Elba plays a cerebral criminal, the head of a high-tech, high-class ring of thieves who rob banks for big bucks.

He is also back on premium cable TV, in a recurring role in Showtime’s new series “The Big C,” starring Laura Linney. He will play a love interest of her character, an uptight suburban homemaker who decides to let loose after learning she has terminal cancer. And last year, he was praised in England for his starring role in a new BBC cop drama, “Luther,” which U.S. fans will get to see later this year on BBC America.

Check out the entire Post article here.

I will be keeping an eye on the BBC America schedule.  According to Entertainment Weekly Luther premieres on October 17. And here’s more good news about Idris:

Idris Elba’s slow and steady rise might speed up with this news: The Wire actor has been cast as Dr. Alex Cross in a reboot of the role that Morgan Freeman originated in Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider. Deadline reports that Elba will star in David Twohy’s adaptation of James Patterson’s novel Cross, the 12th book in the series, which follows the forensic psychologist as he tries to help nab a serial rapist and mutilator (Michael Sullivan, the Butcher of Sligo) who used to work for the mob and may have killed Cross’ pregnant wife years earlier.

You can check out Mr. Elba’s site here and you can read the article, Idris Elba: Man on a Mission at the Telegraph.  He recently graced the cover of Ebony Magazine for August 2010:

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