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Nelson Mandela on film and TV: From Sidney Poitier to Terrence Howard (photo: Sidney Poitier as Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela and de Klerk’) (See previous post: "Nelson Mandela Movies: ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ ‘Invictus.’") As found on the IMDb, here are a handful of other narrative big-screen films featuring Nelson Mandela: (Image of Sidney Poitier as Nelson Mandela in the TV movie Mandela and de Klerk: Sullivan Entertainment.) Darrell Roodt’s Winnie Mandela (2011), with Jennifer Hudson in the title role and Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela. Pete Travis’ Endgame (2009), with Clarke Peters’ Mandela as less a martyred saint than a skillful realpolitik negotiator. This political drama also features Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Hurt, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong, and Derek Jacobi. Zola Maseko’s 1950s-set Drum (2004), in which Mandela is played — for a change — by a South African actor, Lindani Nkosi. As reported by Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian, »
- Andre Soares
A+E Networks’ miniseries treatment of the Bonnie and Clyde story is a bold gamble in almost every way.
The four-hour production tackles the story of well-known historical figures, and treads ground covered by director Arthur Penn’s much-lauded 1967 feature. “Bonnie & Clyde” will unfold as a simulcast over two nights, Dec. 8-9, on three A+E nets: A&E, Lifetime and History. That programming strategy will prove lucrative if auds show up — and be a triple whammy if they don’t.
But for Robert Sharenow, Lifetime Networks’ exec VP and g.m., what’s perhaps most valuable about the mini is the promise that it will expand in viewers’ minds the definition of a Lifetime movie. Sharenow has been on a mission to move past the stigma of the melodramatic sudsers that have become synonymous with the cabler over the years, bringing in bigger names, higher production values and more ambitious material. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Anybody who saw “Bonnie and Clyde” in a movie theater has a pretty good chance of being a grandparent by now, so there’s no quibble with remaking it for a next (and next) generation. Yet even if this History-Lifetime-a&E synergistic expansion — on three networks, over two nights — hews more closely to history, its creative license still oozes into misguided touches, and the additional length produces arid patches in getting to the inevitable blood-soaked end. That said, the material — with its name recognition and Southern ties — should yield a solid Nielsen haul, if likely not quite as ostentatiously as “Hatfields & McCoys.”
Beyond gaining an ampersand, the protagonists add significantly more backstory. Clyde (Emile Hirsch) picks up an unnecessary voiceover narration that even survives him in death, and his character also channels eerie flash-forward visions of coming events, presumably to reassure the audience that something dramatic is going to happen after the next commercial break. »
- Brian Lowry
The McKittrick Hotel’s creaking elevator and stone-faced porter lent a speakeasy air to Dec. 1′s “Bonnie & Clyde” premiere party, hosted by A&E, Lifetime, History Channel, and Gotham Magazine. Inside, costumed actors sipped brown liquor and played poker while a ruby-lipped chanteuse belted out the blues. Yet despite the Old Hollywood glamour, the affair was strictly modern.
Lifetime Evp Rob Sharenow played de facto master of ceremonies, announcing to the packed crowd that they were part of “the first ever three-network premiere. Why would we do this? Because it’s a great film.” The two-part, four hour movie event — don’t call it a miniseries — is the first collaboration between the three cable networks.
“It’s the ultimate romance, of scorning the world for each other, of [being] anti-establishment, there for each other,” gushed Holliday Grainger, who plays Bonnie Parker, the film’s titular femme fatale. “True love, especially first love, »
- Caroline Golum
The deals for the two-part film, which explores the relationship from the separate points of view of a couple working through a rough patch in their relationship, were closed following screenings at the American Film Market.
Myriad closed new deals with Prokino for Germany and Austria, Imagine for Benelux, Ster-Kinekor for South Africa, Praesens for Switzerland, Seven Films for Greece, Discovery for former Yugoslavia, Hgc for China, and Mono Generation for Thailand. Myriad is also fielding offers for Japan, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. »
- Dave McNary
A new extended trailer for "Bonnie & Clyde" has hit the web. The mini-series, which will air simultaneously on Lifetime, A&E and History, will explore the lives of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker as they led their now-legendary crime spree across the United States.
The above featurette includes new footage as well as some commentary from the actors involved. "The media certainly glamorized it when Bonnie and Clyde were robbing banks," star Emile Hirsch says. "They were respected as these types of Robin Hood figures."
Bringing the notorious eponymous outlaws to screens once more, this time on the small screen, Bonnie & Clyde is less than three weeks from its simultaneous broadcast on History, Lifetime, and A&E in the Us.
The four-hour miniseries will be split across two nights in December, and a new preview has debuted online, teasing Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger looking rather beautiful in their 1930s attire with a nod to another of America’s most famous outlaws, Jesse James.
Bonnie & Clyde is a star-studded miniseries for History, Lifetime and A&E networks. The four-hour, two-night event miniseries stars Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) in the title roles of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the Depression-era outlaw couple whose criminal exploits have assured them lasting fame for eight decades.
- Kenji Lloyd
Adding a Discovery Channel simulcast into the mix pumped up viewership on The Challenger Disaster to nearly 2 million premiere viewers, and 5 million unique viewers during its debut weekend. On Science Channel, which co-produced the project with BBC, Challenger Disaster drew an average of 730,000 viewers in its Saturday premiere, making it the network’s most-watched program of 2013. The William Hurt-starrer is also the third-most-watched program in Science Channel history, tied with Firefly: Browncoats Unite. On Discovery Channel, the drama delivered 1.2 million total viewers in its premiere. The Challenger Disaster follows the story of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Richard Feynman’s role on the Presidential Commission charged with determining the cause of the Space Shuttle Challenger’s explosion over Cape Canaveral, Fl, on January 28, 1986. It was based upon Feynman’s book What Do You Care What Other People Think? chronicling his efforts to navigate the many vested interests represented on the commission, »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Broadcast ranked as Science’s most-watched program of the year, and third most-watched program in the net’s history.
The TV movie, starring William Hurt, averaged 730,000 viewers on Science Channel and 1.2 million on Discovery in its 9 p.m. timeslot. By weekend’s end, over 5 million viewers had tuned into the special and its encore broadcasts.
- AJ Marechal
Now almost two decades old, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction almost singlehandedly changed the way Hollywood wanted to make movies in the '90s. Now, a comprehensive new book on the film -- Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece (by Jason Bailey from Voyageur Press) – reveals some intriguing casting near-miss and what if? details, from the possibilities of Daniel Day-Lewis as Vincent Vega (the role now owned by John Travolta) and Meg Ryan as Mia Wallace (the role now defined by Uma Thurman) to even Ellen DeGeneres starring in a supporting role...
Related: 5 Shocking Truths About the Making of 'Pulp Fiction'
After being reduced to playing third wheel to talking babies and dogs in the Look Who's Talking movies, Travolta's career was practically flatlining before the role of Vincent Vega gave him a second lease on life in Hollywood. But the role originally was meant for Michael Madsen, who played »
A shared Discovery/Science Channel telecast, “The Challenger Disaster” approaches the 27-year-old tragedy like an elaborate jigsaw puzzle, with William Hurt cast as the eccentric physicist who put the pieces together. Daring to focus on the painstaking aspects of scientific inquiry, the movie approaches the story with enough time having passed to feel fresh, emerging as a small but engaging international production – one that feels pretty timeless in its look at cover-your-ass bureaucracy – helped by first-class casting that in addition to Hurt includes Bruce Greenwood and Brian Dennehy.
Hurt plays Dr. Richard Feynman, a brilliant California physicist, avowed atheist and cancer patient who, in the wake of the Challenger explosion (tastefully dealt with via video in the first five minutes), is enlisted by a former student to join the presidential commission assembled to find out what happened.
Reluctant at first, once there Feynman becomes the proverbial bull in a china shop, »
- Brian Lowry
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
The Challenger Disaster movie on Science Channel: Science Channel’s first dramatic feature dramatizes the inquiry into the cause of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger explosion through the eyes of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (William Hurt). Feynman cut through red tape to uncover breakdowns in the governmental, scientific, design and engineering communities that oversaw the space program. The 1986 explosion of space shuttle Challenger and the loss of its crew is one of the indelible moments in American history — a sobering gut-punch to America’s space program and a disillusive lesson that the most complex machine ever built is still […]
The post The Challenger Disaster movie on Science Channel Nov. 16 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Ryan Berenz
Science Channel and BBC land William Hurt and other fine actors to make the space shuttle tragedy into a surprisingly solid biopic worth watching.
Everybody wants in the scripted game, but most firsts are painful lessons in just how hard it is to get fiction right. That first comedy is often lame. That first drama often pales in comparison to what’s already out there. Channels devoted to unscripted fare often find that diversifying their content is easier in concept than execution.
However, in something of a miracle or at least a wonderful surprise, the Science Channel, in association with the BBC, has delivered a little gem in The Challenger Disaster (Nov. 16, 9 p.m., also shown on Discovery).
Photos: 18 Big-Screen Space Disasters
Feynman is »
- Tim Goodman
Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner are set to bring director Jerry Zucker's Ghost to the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the writing pair will turn the supernatural romance into a pilot for Paramount TV. Released in 1990, Ghost stars Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat, a man who, after being killed by a mugger, returns to the woman he loves (Demi Moore's Molly Jensen) in spectral form. Goldsman, who won an Academy Award for his work on Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind , will soon make his directing debut with Winter's Tale , starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint and Russell Crowe. Pinkner, meanwhile, has written for small screen series like "Alias," "Lost" and "Fringe." »
Fitting for a Valentine's Day opening 2014, Colin Farrell plays a man in love in a mythic New York, but he wakes up with amnesia in modern day New York more than a century later. Described as a sci-fi, fantasy film, Winter's Tale is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film also stars "Downtown Abbey's" Jessica Brown Findlay as his love interest as well as Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Eva Marie Saint.
Film producer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman takes the helm as director and marks the third time working with Russell Crowe (Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man). The Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A
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Warner Bros. has today released the first trailer for screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's (Batman & Robin, A Beautiful Mind) directorial debut, the romantic fantasy Winter's Tale, which stars Colin Farrell (Total Recall), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Russell Crowe (Man of Steel), Jennifer Connelly (The Dilemma), William Hurt (The Host), Kevin Durand (Fruitvale Station) and Eva Marie Saint (North by Northwest). Check it out after the official synopsis....
"Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, Winter’s Tale is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil."
- Gary Collinson
It's a good thing I'm not one of those people that makes assumptions based on the signs placed in front of me. Because if I happened to be that kind of person I'd have to say the stealthy nature in which Warner Bros. decided to drop the first trailer and poster for Akiva Goldsman's directorial debut, Winter's Tale, at 8:30 Pm Et last night I'd say that's not a very good sign. Lines such as "I've had no memory for as long as I can remember" and the tagline on that poster below aren't either, but at the same time there's something interesting about this film's trailer that has me intrigued, and perhaps that's because I can't quite figure it out... always a good thing. Of course, when I see images such as the one above, which is to say, see, look, symbolism, then I again begin to question what I'm looking at. »
- Brad Brevet
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Winter's Tale" fantasy film, starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, and Jessica Brown Findlay. Check it out below. Plot: One night in winter, Peter Lake (Farrell), orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn (Findlay), a young girl, who is dying. "Winter's Tale" is the directorial debut of Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer of "A Beautiful Mind," "I Robot," "Cinderella Man," "The Da Vinci Code" and "I Am Legend." The movie is based on a 1983 novel by Mark Helprin and is set to hit theaters on February 14th, 2014. Trailer: »
"That looks kind of like 'Cloud Atlas'" is a comment that can be taken as a horrible insult or a gratifying compliment, and either way it can certainly be said of the new trailer for "Winter's Tale." The romantic drama stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Russell Crowe and is in no way, shape, or form based on the Shakespeare play of the same name. (Instead, it's based on a marginally popular 1983 fantasy novel by American novelist and outspoken rightwing nut job Mark Helprin.) Depending on your disposition, this could look like an amazingly romantic romp (it's even coming out on Valentine's Day) or utter balderdash.
The plot, as much as we can glean from the trailer, is at first set in the early 20th century and concerns a small time criminal (Colin Farrell) who falls in love with the dying young woman whose home he has »
- Drew Taylor
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