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Well, the past seven days may just have been the busiest week of the year in terms of superhero news, with several huge stories dropping throughout the week, and the biggest surprise of all? Marvel Studios and its multitude of projects has been virtually anonymous as Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox grabbed all (well, most) of the headlines. We've got a lot to get through this week, but we'll start things off with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...
So, things have been almost »
- Gary Collinson
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards winners 2013 to be posted here; see (way out there) predictions below The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the early ’70s, will be selecting its winners and runners-up on Sunday, December 8, 2013, beginning at 10 a.m. Pt. We’ll be posting their choices here, as they’re announced. As usual, expect some overlapping with the choices of both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review, which were announced earlier this week. That’s only normal. Having said that, the good thing is that in the last few years the Los Angeles Film Critics have gone their own way in several key categories, making the sort of daring and/or international choices that the now chiefly mainstream, Hollywood star-struck New York Film Critics used to make four decades ago — e.g., Liv Ullmann, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, »
- Andre Soares
Chicago – Nelson Mandela, the father of modern South Africa who died two days ago, has a new film coming out soon. In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening passes up for grabs to “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” starring Idris Elba (“Prometheus”) as Nelson Mandela.
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which is rated “PG-13”, also stars Naomie Harris (“Skyfall”) as Winnie Mandela, Jamie Bartlett, Terry Pheto, Deon Lotz, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa and Fana Mokoena from director Justin Chadwick (“The Other Boleyn Girl”) and writer William Nicholson based on the autobiography by Nelson Mandela.
To win your free “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Gasps were audible throughout the packed cinema for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom's royal premiere on Thursday when the film's producer Anant Singh announced the death of South African leader Nelson Mandela to the London audience. As the credits rolled, Singh took to the stage along with Mandela actor Idris Elba, who was visibly emotional, to address the crowd, which included Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The Hollywood Reporter obtained the first footage of the announcement, seen above. "I wanted to advise you that President Zuma of South Africa has announced the passing of Madiba at 9:30 tonight." Singh said, "He stated that Madiba had
- Scott Feinberg
The frame’s top contenders are a familiar pair as they dominated the box office last weekend with a wide margin of victory. The only difference this time is it appears Disney’s “Frozen” will slip past “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” for first by Sunday with about $28 million.
Friday, however, Lionsgate’s “Catching Fire” still held the lead. It took $7.7 million to “Frozen’s” $6.8 million. And Lionsgate projects the “Hunger Games” sequel to take in about $27.5 million in three days, within licking distance of “Frozen,” though rival studio estimates have its haul closer to about $25 million.
Either result would be a strong third weekend performance for the actioner, which will have a domestic cume upwards of $330 million by Monday.
- Michael Sullivan
It might not have matched the success of Iron Man 3, but Marvel's latest Phase Two offering Thor: The Dark World has certainly proven to be another big hit for Disney and Marvel Studios, with the film having officially crossed the $600 million mark at the global box office.
Thor: The Dark World is the third Disney movie of the year to reach that figure after Iron Man 3 ($1.215 billion) and Monsters University ($743.5 million), and the Chris Hemsworth-headlined solo sequel has now become the fourth highest-grossing instalment of the McU, having overtaken Iron Man's haul of $585.2 million from 2008. With the film still on general release and a Japanese opening set for February 1st, you'd have to expect the film to go on to surpass the $623.9 million take of Iron Man 2, leaving the God of Thunder sitting comfortably behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3 as the third-biggest chapter of the blockbuster superhero franchise. »
- Gary Collinson
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This Ain't California (Tbc)
(Marten Perseil, 2012, Ger) 90 mins
Just as its East German teen subjects took skateboarding behind the Iron Curtain, so this "documentary" smuggles faked footage into its true 1980s history. The result is a fascinating parallel pop-cultural history with a moving (but imaginary) human centre. Working out what's true and what's not only adds to the fun.
Stubborn old Dern and son take a quixotic road trip back into family, and American, history.
Disney's classy, sparkly assault on the Christmas holidays, with wintry vistas, musical numbers and a sister-powered fairytale. »
- Steve Rose
Earlier this week, the movie world was shocked when it was announced that Gal Gadot (Fast And Furious film series) will play Wonder Woman for the characters cinematic debut set to take place in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman Vs. Superman.
When it was also revealed that The Flash will have a role somewhere in the sequel, it became very clear that Warner Bros are no longer wasting their time and are indeed paving the way for a future Justice League team up film to rival Marvel’s The Avengers. Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel sequel will now include DC Comics three most iconic heroes, which are of course Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). While the film is becoming increasingly bloated, you can’t argue with Warner Bros’ ambition and willingness to make the audience aware of these characters. This is especially true »
- Ben Read
We have added a set of photos from the "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" Royal Premiere in London. As the film reached it's climax at the Odeon Leicester Square last night, the sad news of Nelson Mandela's passing was announced to the audience within the theater by Idris Elba, the actor who portrays Mandela in the movie.Photographed on the red carpet for the Royal event were Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Jermain Defoe, Tony Tgoroge, Jamelia, Emma McQuiston, Harvey Weinstein, Shingai Shoniwa, Richard E Grant, King Charles and Justin Chadwickheck."Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his »
- Anthony Pearson
‘Fast and Furious 7′ Producers Considering Scrapping Production, Starting Over in Wake of Paul Walker’s Death (Exclusive) With cast, crew, family, friends, and Hollywood mourning the unexpected loss, production on the sequel has shut down, and producers aren’t yet sure how to proceed. Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman React to Nelson Mandela Death Two of the actors who have portrayed him most recently joined Oprah Winfrey, Hollywood, President Barack Obama and the rest of the world in remembering one of the most respected humanitarian leaders of all time. ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Announced for May 2016 One of the best villains in the Marvel universe is finally. »
- Greg Gilman
Nelson Mandela movies (photo: Idris Elba in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’) Nelson Mandela, the former South African president who spent 27 years in jail and who played a fundamental role in the demise of that country’s apartheid system, died of a lung infection yesterday, December 5, 2013. Mandela was 95. One of the best known political figures of the late 20th century, Nelson Mandela inevitably became a topic for filmmakers. Below are a few examples. Idris Elba in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ British actor Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela in Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on Mandela’s autobiography, and which opened this past weekend in the United States. Written by William Nicholson, the film — much like Richard Attenborough’s Best Picture Oscar winner Gandhi — is a de facto biopic (or rather, hagiopic, according to reviews), covering Mandela’s life from his childhood years to his election »
- Andre Soares
Director Colin Trevorrow found the female (human) lead in Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation) for Jurassic World – the fourth installment in the sci-fi Jurassic Park franchise – fairly early on, as rumors about the actress’ involvement were floated even before the film was delayed from a 2014 to 2015 release date. However, since then, there have been a number of unconfirmed reports about potential actors to play the male lead in the upcoming fourth bout between humans and genetically-engineered dinosaurs (set in the present day).
- Sandy Schaefer
Of the many balls that Harvey Weinstein is juggling for Oscar attention this year, none seem to be forgotten about quite as much as Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. While it opened this past weekend in limited release, it just hasn't gotten nearly as much attention as any of his other major contenders like August: Osage County, Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels' The Butler, and Philomena. In some respects, it's a puzzling decision. After all, it's a biopic of the recently passed away Nelson Mandela (based on his autobiography), starring an exciting actor in Idris Elba, written by a well respected scribe in William Nicholson, and it's coming out in a year that's shaping up to be as diverse as any for the Oscars. Even when it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival to mixed reviews, it wasn't thought to be out of the race by any stretch. As the weeks passed though, »
- Joey Magidson
In film, the role of the former Anc activist and president of South Africa has traditionally been approached with great reverence
The voice. The gentle, mysterious smile. The walk – generally an older man's walk, across a garden, or presidential office, or prison exercise yard. The enigmatically polite manner: intimidating, even awe-inspiring for allies and adversaries alike. The list of actors who have tried all this is long: Morgan Freeman, David Harewood, Terrence Howard, Danny Glover, Sidney Poitier, Clarke Peters, Dennis Haysbert, Idris Elba – and Lindane Nkosi, the one South African actor who has managed to make some sort of impression as this character in Anglo-Hollywood circles, for a film called Drum, about the 1950s anti-apartheid campaign, that played at festivals in London and Cannes.
Nelson Mandela has been a role to be approached reverently, a difficult part and a career hurdle in some ways, like a royal figure in a Shakespearian play, »
- Danny Glover, Peter Bradshaw
Zack Snyder's Batman Vs. Superman is rocketing toward production and is going to to set the stage for a big, epic Justice League movie. Some recent news on the project include Gal Gadot being cast as Wonder Woman, and a rumor that Metallo will end up being one of the villains. I'm excited to see what kind of story they will tell, and how they will lead into Justice League.
The same site that brought us the news about Metallo, Think McFly Think, is back with some more information on that Justice League movie and other actors who have tested for the role of Lex Luthor. As far as Justice League goes, their source offers up a bit of interesting information, saying,
"The concept we’ve heard plays Superman represents the world as a whole (Being an immigrant of Earth he speaks for everyone), Batman would represent the United »
- Joey Paur
A new and unconfirmed report over at ThinkMcflyThink indicates Warner Bros. Pictures is deliberately throwing its casting net wide with its eventual "Justice League" film. Why? To create a mix of nationalities amongst the cast members.
This "United Nations approach" to casting can already be seen in "Batman vs. Superman" - British-born Henry Cavill as Superman, U.S.-born Ben Affleck as Batman, Israel-born Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and New Zealand-born Callan Mulvey who is rumored to be playing the villain Metallo.
But the report's main bit of casting speculation is that actors from all ethnicities are currently being tested to portray Lex Luthor, the big role that they are trying to lock down at the moment. Denzel Washington was reportedly the first choice, while Idris Elba also made the list. »
- Garth Franklin
Watch a new exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette from Weinstein Co's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl) and opened on November 29th, 2013. Also in the cast of the film scripted by William Nicholson are Tony Kgroge, Riaad Moosa, Jamie Bartlet, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Terry Pheto and Deon Lotz. The film is based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country's once segregated society. »
For such a widely revered public figure, Nelson Mandela was oddly underrepresented when it came to major motion pictures. The South African leader, who passed away yesterday at age 95, was portrayed only a handful of times, mostly in marginal fare that barely registered critically or commercially. Part of this probably has to do with the unusual contours of his long life, 27 years of which were spent in prison -- daunting subject matter from the perspective of a filmmaker, who must place those decades in context.
The latest attempt to render Mandela's life and legacy on the big screen comes from director Justin Chadwick, in the form of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," a biopic that we got to see earlier this year at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Star Idris Elba brings a lot of conviction to the challenging role, giving Mandela great depth and shying away from the »
- Drew Taylor
The death yesterday of one of the greatest peacemakers the world has ever seen, Nelson Mandela, took on an extra sad twist yesterday.
Mandela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani were attending the London premiere of the biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" last night, along with various cast, crew, and VIPs such as Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge.
Mandela died at 8.50pm local Johannesburg time, ten minutes before the screening of the film began. The daughters had just finished meeting the cast and crew when they received the phone call about their father's passing.
They insisted to producers that the film shouldn't be interrupted and guests should watch the film as planned. They didn't attend the screening and returned to their hotel.
- Garth Franklin
In an emotional judgment call, two of Nelson Mandela's daughters decided that the London premiere of the Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom would continue, despite the former South African president's death Thursday at the age of 95. Zenani and Zindzi Mandela attended the premiere and learned of their father's death during the screening. Though the pair left the Odeon Leicester Square theater, they asked that the film play to the end uninterrupted, according to a statement from the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Zindzi Mandela had spoken about her father's health on the film's red carpet, saying that he was "fine. »
- Nate Jones
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