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First Look: Idris Elba As The Gunslinger in Upcoming Film 'Dark Tower'

Photos of the 'Luther' star on the film set have leaked.

Those of you who wouldn’t bat an eye at drinking Idris Elba’s bathwater will be thrilled to know that behind-the-scene photos of the British actor, clad in cowboy gear, on the set of South Africa-based film, The Dark Tower, have surfaced on the Internet.


It’s a first glimpse of the star, who also lent his voice as lion-villain Shere Khan in Jungle Book, and he looks quite convincing as the brawny gunslinger in the anticipated Sony film adaptation of Stephen King’s western-meets-fantasy eight-part series, which has taken three decades to get the big screen treatment.

Elba’s character will square off against the dubious “Man in Black” a.k.a. Walter Padick played by Matthew McConaughey.

It’s great to see the flick, directed by Nikolaj Arcel and due out in theaters February 2018, is finally in production after quite a bit of speculation, several false starts and studio changes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

See more pics of the Beasts of No Nation  and Luther  star on set over at Daily Mail.

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Interview: Lady Du, Amapiano’s Sultry-Voiced Superstar, Is Smashing The Glass Ceiling

In conversation with amapiano star Lady Du about her rise, spirituality and considering herself a kwaito queen.

Lady Du is currently one of the hottest voices in amapiano. Born into a family of musicians, her father DJ Choc and uncle DJ Zan D are reputable deejays and producers. Lady Du, real name Dudu Ngwenya, first learned how to play at the tender age of nine. Since then and during her early adult life, she had been trying to get a successful break into the music industry. Though she made songs with renowned producers such as DJ Clock, DJ Mshega and DJ Maphorisa (back when he still did gqom) in 2013, 2014 and 2018 respectively, her breakthrough only came under a year ago through the track "Superstar", alongside revered amapiano deejay and producer Mr JazziQ.

Lady Du's musical journey speaks to her resilience, and her success can rightfully be attributed to her perseverance. On "Superstar", Lady Du sings about aspiring to superstardom, even going as far as mentioning some South African celebrities that she looks up to! Today, her name is listed among the very stars she once mentioned on the track. Since 2020, she has collaborated with heavyweights like Oskido, Cassper Nyovest, Khuli Chana, Focalistic, De Mthuda, Josiah De Disciple, Busta 929, DBN Gogo and many others. Her signature sultry voice, which sometimes resembles that of a baby, can also be heard on some of amapiano's biggest smash hits like "Umsebenzi Wethu", "Dakiwe", "Catalia", "Woza", "GUPTA" and more.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.