10:11 AM EDT 10/28/2013
Originally posted 10/20/2013 09:20AM
Awards-show presenters: Learn the pronunciation now, because you'll likely be calling out Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o's name for the next several months.
The newcomer, 30, is garnering rave reviews and Oscar buzz for her gut-wrenching big-screen debut in the Brad Pitt-produced drama 12 Years a Slave, and she'll receive the new Hollywood award at the Hollywood Film Awards on Monday.
In the film, which arrives in theaters on Friday, she plays an abused plantation slave named Patsey opposite Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Here are five things to know about the It girl who is about to become a household name for her star-making performance.
Originally posted 10/16/2013 07:45PM
Scoring your first movie role is exciting. Scoring that role in a movie starring and produced by Brad Pitt is beyond exciting. Just ask Lupita Nyong'o, who has a memorable role in his new film, 12 Years a Slave.
The 30-year-old, who was raised in Kenya, plays a slave named Patsey in the pre-Civil War film, which is getting lots of Oscar buzz.
So how does she feel about making her debut in such a big movie?
Originally posted 10/16/2013 06:15PM
Tom Hiddleston, Orlando Bloom, Michael Fassbender: You might think of them as serious thespians, but you'd be wrong.
We're not sure what's going on across the pond, but we're on board, as it's produced a crop of handsome and critically acclaimed stars who are also not above getting goofy.
Don't believe us? Check out our favorite off-the-cuff moments below:
Originally posted 10/15/2013 10:25AM
Now that his acting career has skyrocketed, Michael Fassbender is finding it much easier to talk to women.
"You become a lot more successful in terms of, like, talking to a girl," Fassbender tells GQ in its November issue. "She's all of a sudden more interested in me. I know that, like, three years ago, she would've walked away after two sentences left my mouth."
He adds: "I remember I was sitting at this table at this thing, and I was talking to this girl. I was like, 'God, I am so boring right now.' But she was like, 'That's so interesting!' I was like, 'You know what? Five years ago, this would not have been interesting.' "
Originally posted 10/10/2013 12:30PM
For Michael Fassbender, meeting and working with Brad Pitt on 2009's Inglourious Basterds was a life-changing experience.
"Brad is a wonderful human being who has a generous soul," Fassbender, 36, told PEOPLE at Wednesday's Cinema Society and Emporio Armani screening of his new film The Counselor in New York. "I have a lot of reasons to thank him. He has always been a real champion for me."
Originally posted 10/06/2013 05:00PM
It's not even three months since she gave birth to her daughter, Luna, so Penélope Cruz knows all about the difficult balancing act that working moms struggle with.
“I’ve always been a very family person, since I was a little girl, that’s the way I was raised,” Cruz, 36, said during Saturday's London press conference for her new movie The Counselor. “So that will always be a priority. But I have to work, like everyone else, so I will find a way to balance.”
The mom of two – who debuted her post-baby slim-down in a figure-hugging Temperly London gown earlier this week – wore a red-hot Nina Ricci suit as she promoted her new film, which also stars Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Michael Fassbender.
Originally posted 09/09/2013 02:30PM
The heady first few days of the Toronto International Film Festival are wrapping up, so how are the heavy hitters doing so far? Here are some of the biggies:
Originally posted 06/25/2013 04:55PM
Get ready to see some very good-looking people doing some very bad things.
The Counselor, directed by Ridley Scott (Prometheus), stars Michael Fassbender as a respected lawyer who gets involved in an illegal business deal that careens out of control.
Penélope Cruz plays his love interest, while her real-life husband, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz play shady characters.
Originally posted 03/11/2013 06:00AM
Josh Brolin – who recently split from Diane Lane after eight years of marriage – stepped out on Friday night with friends Bradley Cooper, Benicio Del Toro and Michael Fassbender.
They stopped by Skybar at the Mondrian Los Angeles, where Fassbender ordered a round of beverages for the group, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 09:30AM
Do not adjust your screen!
That's Brad Pitt on the London set of his upcoming film The Counselor, with a guy who looks a lot like ... Brad Pitt!
In the movie, written by Cormac McCarthy and directed by Ridley Scott, Pitt plays a Western-wear-loving attorney who gets into trouble when he becomes involved with drug traffickers.
Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Michael Fassbender also star in the movie, which is due out next year.
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