Celebrities around the Twittersphere and beyond have been reacting to the death today of South African leader Nelson Mandela, including Idris Elba and Morgan Freeman, both of whom portrayed the civil rights icon on the big-screen. Below you can find a sampling of remembrances in honor of the late, great figure. “What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family." - Idris Elba “Today the world lost one of the »
- HitFix Staff
Nelson Mandela’s passing today at the age of 95 had a strong impact on Hollywood. While the South African politician and revolutionary leader has been depicted in films such as the upcoming TWC biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” he also partnered with insiders on charity campaigns. Here, he is remembered by some who knew him:
“One of the privileges of making movies is having the opportunity to immortalize those who have made a profound impact on humanity,” said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “We count ourselves unspeakably fortunate to have been immersed in Nelson Mandela’s story and legacy. It’s been an honor to have been granted such proximity to a man who will go down as one of history’s greatest freedom fighters and advocates for justice. I have had the privilege of spending time with President Mandela and I can say his sense of humor was as great as his optimism. »
- Variety Staff
Actors Idris Elba and Morgan Freeman, who portrayed Nelson Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Invictus,” respectively, have responded to the death of the iconic South African president. Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein also weighed in. “What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family,” said Elba, who later issued a second statement. “I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the. »
- Jeff Sneider
Following the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela on Thursday, Hollywood took a moment to express their condolences.
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Vice President Joe Biden: "Nelson Mandela once said, 'A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.' Mandela's wisdom and compassion were formidable enough to change the world. First his courage and then his forgiveness inspired us all, and challenged us to do better. In the words of the South African poet Peter Horn, he 'dreamed the world another way.' I saw his world the way it used to be when I visited South Africa as a 34 year old Senator. When I exited the plane I was directed to one side of the tarmac, while the African American congressmen traveling with me were sent to the other side. I refused to break off, and the officials finally relented. When I tried to enter Soweto township with Congressmen »
Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela died Thursday afternoon, and the outpouring of appreciation for his global contributions from Hollywood was swift. Hollywood’s connection has never been closer – Mandela is the subject of the hotly anticipated “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” starring Idris Elba as the icon, and the love story between Mandela and wife Winnie was featured in September release “Winnie Mandela,” starring Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson. Also Read: Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman React to Nelson Mandela Death Here is what they’ve had to say: Rest In Peace, @NelsonMandela pic.twitter. »
- L.A. Ross
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected black president and a crusader against apartheid, died Thursday in his suburban Johannesburg home. He was 95. He had been receiving in-home intensive care since leaving the hospital on Sept. 1 after being admitted in June for a lung infection. Mandela was an inspiration to many, including some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, who quickly took to Twitter and Instagram to mourn his passing. The former president has been portrayed onscreen by Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Terrence Howard, Sidney Poitier and Dennis Haysbert among others. His life is also
- THR Staff, The Associated Press
New York (AP) — Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to his death on Thursday, when apartheid had fallen and he was among the world's most admired people. Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies. Those honoring him include Academy Award winners Sidney Poitier and Morgan Freeman, Grammy winners Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston and Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, a South »
- Hillel Italie (AP)
It is with sadness that Thn report this evening the death of Nelson Mandela. He was 95 years old. South Africa’s first black President had been in hospital for three months receiving treatment for a lung infection having been critically ill for six months. He was discharged in September, but continued to get ongoing treatment at home.
“Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell.”
“Our nation has lost its greatest son.” He added.
Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, charged with sabotage, and led the transition of white party rule following his release in 1990.
He became president in 1994 and ruled until 1999.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “A great light has gone out in the world. »
- Paul Heath
Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday at the age of 95. Imprisoned from 1962 to 1990, the former South African president (1994-1999) fought to abolish apartheid and worked to end poverty. Known as “The Father of a Nation” the celebrated leader was the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner and received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other honors.
It’s no surprise that his inspirational story has made its way to the big screen. In addition to the current film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is in theaters now, the South African leader has been the subject of several feature films and documentaries in recent years. »
- Erin Strecker
Former South African President Nelson Mandela -- famous for his fight to end the racist policy of apartheid -- died today at the age of 95.Mandela's health had been in steep decline over the past few months -- he was hospitalized on June 8 for kidney and liver problems and had been on life support. Doctors also said he had a recurring lung infection. The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, had said Mandela was »
- TMZ Staff
Nelson Mandela, whose anti-apartheid leadership inspired millions around the world including songwriters, filmmakers and writers, died today at 95.
Mandela emerged after 27 years in prison (1963-1990) to become president of South Africa and is generally considered the father of his country. After his presidency, 1994-1999, he founded a global charitable organization. There have been many activists who have been mistreated and/or unjustly imprisoned, but Mandela’s story captured the imagination of the public — and artists — much more intensely than most.
Idris Elba plays him in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which was released in November. He has been portrayed in film and TV by a distinguished group of actors in such works as the 1997 “Mandela and de Klerk,” Sidney Poitier; 2007 “Goodbye Bafana,” Dennis Haysbert; 2009 “Invictus,” Morgan Freeman; 2010 “Mrs. Mandela,” David Harewood; 2011 “Winnie,” Terrence Howard.
He has also been given a dozen other depictions on TV and in film. And he »
- Tim Gray
Nelson Mandela -- the long-jailed activist whose famous struggle to replace South Africa's racial segregation system of apartheid eventually led him to become the country's first black president -- has died at the age of 95, South African President Jacob Zuma announced Thursday.
Mandela -- who was born July 18, 1918 in the South African village of Mvezo -- had been hospitalized in recent months after being treated since early June for a recurring lung infection. A message posted to Mandela's official Twitter page on Thursday read: "Death is something inevitable.When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people&his country,he can rest in peace."
Mandela became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s. He joined the African National Congress (Anc) in 1942 and for the next 20 years, directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against his country's racist policies.
When the Anc was outlawed in 1960, Mandela was forced to go underground »
As the world mourns former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95, filmmakers behind the latest Mandela biopic, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," have offered condolences of their own.
Idris Elba, who plays the anti-apartheid leader in the film, released the following statement:
What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Harvey Weinstein, co-chair of "Long Walk to Freedom" distributor The Weinstein Company, also released a statement reacting to the news, from the London premiere of the film:
One of the privileges of making movies is having the opportunity to immortalize those who have made a profound impact on humanity. We count ourselves unspeakably fortunate to have been immersed in Nelson Mandela's story and legacy. »
- Katie Roberts
Yesterday's banner for The Lego Movie featured Emmet (Chris Pratt) going for a ride on Wyldstyle's (Elizabeth Banks) souped up motorcycle. Today, Emmet rides shotgun on the BatWing with Batman (Will Arnett) himself in the latest poster. Who will Emmet be riding with in tomorrow's image?
Relax, everybody, #Batman is here. Another exclusive new banner for #TheLEGOMovie! @arnettwillpic.twitter.com/03wIwwaWIJ
— The Lego Movie (@TheLEGOMovie) December 4, 2013
The Lego Movie comes to theaters February 7th, 2014 and stars Cobie Smulders, Channing Tatum, Elizabeth Banks, Jonah Hill, Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Alison Brie, Will Ferrell. The film is directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller. »
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s The Lego Movie is nearly upon us, with just over two months to go until the animated block-venture hits the big screen. The promo train will keep rolling until then, with two new banner designs released today and you can check out below.
The Lego Movie follows construction worker Emmet as he attempts to thwart the evil President Business with the help of a whole raft of characters, from Batman to astronauts to Unikitty.
So far, the film looks like more of the same offbeat humour (that should appeal to all ages) that’s to be expected from the people behind the fantastic Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs series.
- Chris Wharfe
The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Relax, everybody, #Batman is here. Another exclusive new banner for #TheLEGOMovie! @arnettwill pic.twitter.com/03wIwwaWIJ— The Lego Movie (@TheLEGOMovie) December 4, 2013 New banner for #TheLEGOMovie! Are you ready for the biggest movie ever assembled? @ElizabethBanks @PrattPrattPratt pic.twitter.com/aHfaNNCSRG— The Lego Movie (@TheLEGOMovie) December 3, 2013 The Lego Movie stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman and Alison Brie, and is set to be released in 3D on February 7th, 2014. »
Check out the latest banner poster for Warner Bros.' The Lego Movie animation starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett and Jason Sand. In The Lego Movie, an ordinary Lego minifigure is mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder and recruited into a quest to stop an evil Lego tyrant from gluing the universe together. Chris Miller and Phil Lord direct and also wrote the screenplay, as well as story alongside Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman. Catch The Lego Movie in theaters from February 7th, 2014, it looks hilarious. »
Following the banner revealed yesterday , Warner Bros. has debuted another new banner for Phil Lord and Chris Miller's The Lego Movie , this time featuring Batman! Check it out below. The original 3D computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average Lego minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. Voiced by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman, The Lego Movie hits theaters on February 7, 2014. Click on the image to see a bigger »
Adventures of the Penguin King is the latest in a decade-long string of penguin films that now constitute their own minor genre, on par with pirate movies or films about chavs who rob jewel dealers. In the context of the whole history of American cinema, we live in a Golden Age of penguin films that we’ll only appreciate decades hence, when the ice has melted away from the Antarctic land mass, forever changing the ocean’s thermohaline circulation and altering the climate, and penguins are nothing but a cute, sad Gif file in the cortexes of the RoboCops in charge of signing our timesheets. The film is a klutzy rearrangement of documentary footage into a forced story arc narrated in first person by Tim Allen. Allen, no Morgan Freeman, fully embodies the »
Eat your heart out, HD and Blu-ray. Because there will never be enough images of Morgan Freeman to satisfy the demand, Kyle Lambert of Cheshire, England, took it upon himself to commission a new portrait of the Oscar winner, using only the Procreate app on his new iPad Air and one finger. The result? An amazing likeness that looks like an actual photograph of Freeman—and an instant viral hit. Per ABC News, the three-minute video about the making of "the world's most realistic finger-painting" was viewed 1.3 million times in 24 hours. That number has since risen to more than 2.5 million. This isn't the first of Lambert's high-tech creations, either: His portfolio »
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