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News: God Particle’s Marketing Campaign Begins

20 January 2018
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The third installment to the Cloverfield canon – God Particle or Untitled Cloverfield Sequel as some are calling it – is on the horizon, and another cryptic viral campaign is on the way.

The original marketing campaign (amid a number of curious red herrings) included a website for fictitious Japanese mining company Tagruato, which has recently been reinstated. One eagle-eyed Reddit user discovered that if you turn the brightness down on your screen, a message appears which reads:

Tokyo – January 18 2018: Tagruato has begun development on a revolutionary new energy technology in what Ceo Garo Yoshida called a technological great leap forward for our planet. This renewable technology will take at least 4 years to complete along with another six years International regulatory bodies to bring the powerful revolutionary energy source by April 18 2028.

There is also a link to another website, 04182028.com, which has far more frightening content (particularly if you have your computer volume whacked up without realizing) as a garbled audio plays over distorted visuals with a man warning us of “dangers” ahead. Consider us confused, and terrified. [Source]

News: Gugu to Receive an MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

08 September 2017
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The Queen’s traditional list recognising public and private figures, sports stars and celebrities for their services to the country has been announced. There is a total of 1,109 people on the Honours list. Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) Awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others. Gugu is going to be awarded for her achievment in drama.

Miss Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha-Raw. Actress. For services to Drama. (Oxfordshire)

The announcement was made in July (and I missed it because they actually typed in Gugu’s full name) but the actual ceremony is happening in a few weeks according to Amma Asante (Belle’s director who will also be honoured).

News: ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ to Debut at D23

04 July 2017
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Director Ava DuVernay confirmed it on twitter, can’t wait for D23 and hope it means Gugu will be there!

 

News: Gugu Joins ‘Farming’

05 May 2017
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Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and rising star Damson Idris (star of John Singelton’s upcoming FX series Snowfall) will star in Farming, a story based on the life of Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

In the 1960s through 1980s, Nigerian children were farmed out to white working class families in the UK and as they were in private foster care many of them were never registered with social services making them invisible to the authorities. Growing up in white communities across the country these children slowly lost their cultural identity and many were never reunited with their parents.

Idris will play a young Nigerian boy, “farmed out” by his parents to a white British family in the hope of giving him a better future. Instead, Enitan grows up to become the feared leader of a white skinhead gang in 1980s England. Beckinsale plays the self-serving foster mother Ingrid. When all seems lost and Enitan spirals into self-destruction, a benevolent teacher (Mbatha-Raw) offers him one last chance at redemption. [Source]

News: Gugu Joins “Irreplaceable You”

22 February 2017
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With a huge thanks for Debbie about the tip, it looks like Gugu joined the cast of a movie called “Irreplaceable You”.

What movie are you working on?
It’s Irreplaceable You and it’s starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who is one of my favorite actresses. She’s an absolute delight to work with.
It’s a romantic comedy, but the subject matter is a little dark. It’s all about what happens when life throws a wrench into the plans you thought you had with the love of your life. How do you move on and make sure that they’re okay, if you have to move on apart? It’s been a great project and I like that I’m filming in New York for once. It’s so rare that I get to film in the city that I live in. [Source]

News: Gugu Mbatha-Raw to Star in Thriller ‘Fast Color’

13 January 2017
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star in thriller “Fast Color” for “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz via Original Headquarters and “Jackie” producers Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon via LD Entertainment.

“Miss Stevens” director Julia Hart is on board to helm from a screenplay she wrote with Horowitz. Principal photography will commence in New Mexico on March 13. LD is fully financing the project.

Mbatha-Raw will portray a woman forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. [Source]

News: Honorable Mention to Gugu’s Performance in Black Mirror

05 November 2016
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HONORABLE MENTION | While some Black Mirror episodes can be haunting, even terrifying, Season 2’s trip to “San Junipero” was alternately heartbreaking and then reaffirming, thanks in great part to the work of Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Her Kelly, at first, was just a party girl looking to have the best time possible in the titular place. But then came Yorkie, an awkward sweetheart who slowly but surely showed Kelly how to love — and commit to — someone again, having already suffered great loss. Mbatha-Raw’s performance was most compelling during the last couple of San Junipero sequences, as Kelly convinced Yorkie, and us, that their undying (so to speak) love was not meant to be — until, as their and our hearts swelled, it was. [Source]

News: ‘God Particle’ Is Next Film in Cloverfield Series

29 October 2016
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The mysterious upcoming J.J. Abrams-produced film”God Particle” will be the latest movie connected to the producer’s cult hit “Cloverfield,” an insider familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Not only will “Particle” be the third in a series of connected “Cloverfield” films, but Abrams and studio partner Paramount Pictures are quietly developing more movies for the shared universe, the individual said. Both parties hope to release a new film in the shared “Cloverfield” each year, the insider added.

Fans of “Cloverfield” and its cinematic cousin “10 Cloverfield Lane,” which starred John Goodman and was released in March, speculated the “God Particle” was indeed connected to the same universe when the project was announced in February.

“Particle” is about a team of astronauts who make a “shocking discovery” and end up fighting for survival in what is described as an altered reality. Julis Onah (“The Girl Is in Trouble”) directed from a script by Oren Uziel. It stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl and Chris O’Dowd. [Source]

News: Gugu Mbath-Raw Joins ‘Wrinkle In Time’

21 October 2016
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News: Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins London Film Festival Jury Members

30 September 2016
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With less than a week to go before the curtains are raised for the BFI London Film Festival, organizers have named the jury members who will be poring over entries in the four competitions.

Athina Rachel Tsangari, whose Chevalier won the main award in 2016 and is Greece’s entry for next year’s Oscars foreign-language category, is president of the official competition, heading up a team that includes rising star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Miss Sloane), director Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo) and screenwriter Abi Morgan, whose Suffragette opened last year’s festival.

 

Also announced Thursday, the awards ceremony, to be held Oct. 15, will be hosted this year by Michael Sheen. Steve McQueen will receive the BFI Fellowship at the event. [Source]