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9 items from 2013

Saving Hope: CTV Series Renewed for Season Three

7 November 2013 2:26 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

NBC may have cancelled Saving Hope after one season but the medical drama continues to prosper north of the border. CTV has renewed the series for a third season.

They've ordered 18 new installments which will bring series' episode total to 49 episodes. Production will begin in the spring and the remainder of season two episodes will start airing this January. The summer portion of the second season drew an average of 1.3 million viewers.

Saving Hope's cast includes Erica Durance, Michael Shanks, Daniel Gillies, Wendy Crewson, Huse Madhavji, Julia Taylor-Ross, Kristopher Turner, Michelle Nolden, and Benjamin Ayres.

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EnRoute Film Festival 2013: Finalists Showcase Movies

5 November 2013 8:15 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Most Canadians who've flown Air Canada are familiar with their on-board magazine, enRoute. What a lot of people don't know is that enRoute holds an annual short film competition, where Canadians are encouraged to submit their own creations.

The finalists have now been chosen for the seventh annual enRoute Film Festival, and the four finalists are: Sophie Jarvis and Kane Stewart for "The Worst Day Ever" Andrew Moir for "Just As I Remember" Eileen Peng for "Godfather Death" Roman Tchjen and Vaishni Majoomdar for "Walk the Moon"

The winner of the Best Short Film Award will receive a cash prize of $5,000 courtesy of Cineplex Entertainment. All winners will receive an all-inclusive trip for two to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, courtesy of Air Canada.

A free public screening of the nominated short films will take place on Wednesday, November 6 at the Varsity Cinema in Toronto from 7 to 8 p.m. »

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Winnie Mandela Movie Review

30 August 2013 11:29 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Winnie Mandela (originally called Winnie) Director: Darrell Roodt Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Elias Koteas, Wendy Crewson, Angelique PretoriusWinnie Mandela,” originally called “Winnie” during its indie circuit run, is, of course, a film that relates the story of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (Jennifer Hudson), the first wife of Nelson Mandela (Terrence Howard). The film starts out a little glowing, but soon delves head-first into the life of Winnie. If you don’t know that much about Winnie’s life, then this film might be a great insight into her life. But, if you do know a lot about the real life Madikizela-Mandela, then you might think this film is a little lacking,  [ Read More ]

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‘Winnie Mandela’ Trailer Arrives

7 August 2013 11:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We’ve certainly been experiencing Nelson Mandela deja vu of late, with not one but two biopics following the ailing legend’s early life as a revolutionist/radical. This offering, titled Winnie Mandela, focuses more on the great leader’s wife as she tries to keep her and her husband’s beliefs alive while he serves a lengthy prison sentence. It seems as though both this and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom are aiming for award glory with strong performances from Jennifer Hudson and Terence Howard in the former and equally impressive acting from Naomie Harris and Idris Elba in the latter.

With Nelson Mandela facing poor health of late, it’s a nice change to remind us of and celebrate his early life, rather than the news outlets circling his hospital bed waiting to publish his obituary. However, they’ll be constant arguments over whether we really need two »

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Jennifer Hudson’s Turn As Winnie Mandela Gets Release Date

4 July 2013 11:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Jennifer Hudson’s long overdue project telling the story of the life of Winnie Mandela is finally due to be released at the end of the summer, nearly two years after it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2011.  Winnie will showcase Hudson as the wife of South African revolutionary President Nelson Mandela. Winnie fought for many years during her husband’s imprisonment to have him freed and helped him continue his fight against apartheid. The synopsis of the film is as follows:

‘A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband’s incarceration.’

Terrence Howard will play the former president Mandela with a supporting cast including Wendy Crewson (Revenge) and Elias Koteas (The Killing).  The film is written and directed by Darrell Roodt whose previous work includes Yesterday; another film about South Africa, well received by critics upon release »

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Winnie Mandela Acquired for Distribution by Image Entertainment

16 May 2013 3:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to Winnie Mandela at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. Budgeted at $15 million, the film is an adaptation of Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob's biography Winnie Mandela: A Life and is written and directed by Darrell J. Roodt.

Winnie Mandela stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls; Sex and the City) and Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow; Red Tails; Iron Man) and will be released in theaters Fall 2013. The film is presented by T.D. Jakes, and produced by Andre Pieterse (Ironwood Films) and Michael Mosca (Equinoxe Films). Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment, made today's announcement, with the following statement.

"Both Jennifer Hudson (as Winnie) and Terrence Howard (as Nelson Mandela) deliver exceptional, solid performances. We are honored to distribute the film and give audiences the opportunity to see Winnie Mandela's powerful story. »

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Cronenberg Offers 'Cold, Clammy' Look at Celebrity Idolatry Gone Amok

19 April 2013 4:08 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The young Cronenberg Offers 'Cold, Clammy' Look at Celebrity Idolatry Gone Amok in the 21st century Antiviral (first released in 2012). Direction and Screenplay by Brandon Cronenberg. Cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Malcolm McDowell, Wendy Crewson, Douglas Smith, Sheila McCarthy, Joe Pingue, and Nicholas Campbell. (Pictured above: Landry Jones holds a celebrity-related specimen in writer-director Cronenberg's film debut. Image via distributor IFC Films / IFC Midnight.) There will come a day, and a blessed day it will be, when we reach the saturation point in our obsession with celebrity. It’s proven a resilient phenomenon, brought on by the Internet’s "24-minute" news cycle, dozens of cable channels needing cheap reality-show talent who’ll do anything for fame and, of course, our tragically misplaced priorities. Oddly enough, one of the very best movies to tackle our fascination with celebrity was released in the pre-Internet era: released in 1983, Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy »

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Revenge Recap: "Collusion" Sends Emily and Daniel to Los Angeles

20 January 2013 8:53 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Last episode, we watched Aiden (Barry Sloane) and Emily (Emily VanCamp) dupe Helen Crowley (Wendy Crewson) into capture and then interrogation—but was she fooled, or did she know it was them all along? History would point to the latter option. Also predictable: Conrad (Henry Czerny) decided he was going to run for office—and use the desperate Porter boys as leverage. What We Learned Helen Crowley Wants Victoria Dead: After last episode's surprise kidnapping—where Helen and Aiden were captured and gassed, and then interrogated (it turned out that Aiden and Emily were actually behind the whole thing)—Helen Crowley, member of the Americon Initiative, is onto them. And she »

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'Revenge' Enlists 'Torchwood' Alum for Recurring Role (Exclusive)

7 January 2013 1:24 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Revenge is adding a common foe for Emily (Emily VanCamp) and the Graysons. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that British actor Burn Gorman (Torchwood) has been cast as another member of the nefarious Americon Initiative. He'll play Trask, a representative from the group previously aligned with Conrad (Henry Czerny) and Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) and responsible for Emily's father's wrongful conviction. The part is recurring. Photos: THR Visits the Set of Revenge   Revenge has revealed only two other members of the Initiative at this point in the series: Helen Crowley (Wendy Crewson) and the the now-deceased Gordon Murphy

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