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Eddie Izzard: ‘The greatest love of my life? My mother'

28 May 2016 1:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The comedian, actor and writer on his 27 marathons in 27 days and his most treasured possession

Born in South Yemen, Izzard, 54, began his career as a standup at the Comedy Store in London in 1987; he later also took up acting. He has appeared in the film Valkyrie and the TV series Hannibal; his latest role is in the crime drama, Powers, which is on Spike. He is touring Force Majeure, his comedy show in three languages. In March, he completed 27 marathons in 27 days in South Africa as a tribute to Nelson Mandela. He lives in London.

When were you happiest?

Living in Bangor, County Down, because my mum was still alive. She died when I was six.

Related: Una Stubbs: ‘Which living person do I most despise? Tony Blair'

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- Rosanna Greenstreet

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Errol Barnett Joins CBS News As Washington D.C. Correspondent

25 May 2016 2:24 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Errol Barnett has joined CBS News as a correspondent based in Washington, D.C.  Barnett starts next month and will report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. Barnett has been an anchor and reporter for CNN International, based in Atlanta; among news stories he covered were the attacks in Paris, protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of Nelson Mandela. Prior to anchoring from Atlanta, Barnett was a general assignment correspondent based in Johannesburg, South… »

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What Language Does Black Panther Speak in Civil War?

6 May 2016 6:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In this weekend's Captain America: Civil War, Marvel fans will be introduced to Wakanda native T'challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, a statesman who gets involved in the worldwide effort to create an agency that will watch over The Avengers. The country of Wakanda has been mentioned several times in previous Marvel movies, and in last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, we even met Wakanda native Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), who is believed to return in the standalone Black Panther movie. During certain scenes in Captain America: Civil War, T'challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, is seen speaking the Wakandan language with his father, T'chaka. But since the country of Wakanda doesn't actually exist, some fans may be wondering what that language actually is.

Thankfully, director Joe Russo revealed exactly what language we hear T'challa and T'chaka speak, in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. T'challa speaks English throughout most of the movie, »

- MovieWeb

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This Swedish Woman Standing up to Hundreds of Neo-Nazis Has Became a Symbol of Heroism Worldwide

5 May 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

An image of a woman standing up to 300 neo-Nazis during an anti-fascist rally has become a symbol of heroism across the world. Tess Asplund, 42, raised her fist in protest in the streets of the Swedish city of Borlänge on May 1, standing in the path of hundreds of neo-Nazis - part of a rising tide of far-right, anti-immigrant sentiment in Scandinavia. "It was an impulse," Asplund told the Guardian. "I was so angry, I just went out into the street. I had this adrenaline. No Nazi is going to march here, it's not okay." Photographer David Lagerlöf captured Asplund's courageous moment, »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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This Swedish Woman Standing up to Hundreds of Neo-Nazis Has Became a Symbol of Heroism Worldwide

5 May 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

An image of a woman standing up to 300 neo-Nazis during an anti-fascist rally has become a symbol of heroism across the world. Tess Asplund, 42, raised her fist in protest in the streets of the Swedish city of Borlänge on May 1, standing in the path of hundreds of neo-Nazis - part of a rising tide of far-right, anti-immigrant sentiment in Scandinavia. "It was an impulse," Asplund told the Guardian. "I was so angry, I just went out into the street. I had this adrenaline. No Nazi is going to march here, it's not okay." Photographer David Lagerlöf captured Asplund's courageous moment, »

- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves

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Bet Orders John Singleton’s ‘Rebel,’ Dramedy ‘Benched,’ Music Drama ‘Tales’ in Scripted Push

20 April 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bet Networks is loading up its 2016-17 slate with series and telepics that reflect an earthy view of African-American life, including a detective drama from John Singleton, a soap set in the world of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and a dramedy revolving around a criminal courts judge.

Bet is stepping up its production of original scripted series for its mothership Bet channel at a time when competition for its target audience has become fierce. “Rebel” revolves around a female police officer in Oakland, Calif., who becomes a private investigator after her brother is killed by police. “Benched,” created by Scott Brown, is a dramedy about a young judge who struggles to give up his bachelor lifestyle as he confronts the “underbelly” of the criminal justice system on a daily basis.

” ‘Benched’ and ‘Rebel’ will allow us to address issues that are very relevant and germane to our audience,” said Stephen Hill, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The Cutest Prince George Portrait Yet - and the Secret to How He Got So Tall! See 4 Generations of Royal Heirs in Amazing New Photo

19 April 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's the future King and the reigning Queen - or as they're known to each other, George and Gan-Gan. Holding onto the right hand of his dad Prince William, 2-year-old Prince George - standing tall on a stack of foam blocks - shows off a huge smile and the famous Cambridge cheeks in a shot taken last summer in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace and released on Tuesday. Photographed by Ranald Mackechnie, it is the first time George has appeared on a British stamp and was released in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday on April 21. The sweet »

- Simon Perry, @SPerryPeoplemag

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Eddie Izzard Runs 27 Marathons In 27 Days: ‘Don’t Do This At Home’

21 March 2016 4:01 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

British comedian Eddie Izzard completed a double marathon in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday which signifies the end of his 27 marathons in 27 days. Eddie Izzard Finishes 27 Marathons In 27 Days The charity challenge was in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela. The number 27 was picked for every year he was […]

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- Crystal Smith

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Eddie Izzard Runs 27 Marathons in 27 Days for Charity: 'It's Been the Hardest Thing I've Ever Done'

20 March 2016 12:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On Sunday, British comedian Eddie Izzard finished a double marathon in Johannesburg, South Africa - a great feat on its own, but those races completed a larger charity challenge in which he ran 27 marathons in 27 days. Izzard, 54, completed his final 26.2-mile run at the feet of a large statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela, in whose honor the challenge is structured. (He ran one marathon each day for every year Mandela was imprisoned.) Izzard's efforts raised more than $1 million for this year's Sport Relief, according to the BBC, a biennial charity effort. At the run's end, Izzard was »

- Adam Carlson, @acarlson91

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South African Film and TV Businesses Struggle With Diversity Issues

18 March 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nearly two weeks before Chris Rock took Hollywood to task over the film industry’s lack of diversity at the 88th Academy Awards, South African TV writer Phathu Makwarela issued his own impassioned tweet de coeur.

Hoping to call attention to what he saw as a shortage of black-produced shows nominated for the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) —  including the popular drama “Skeem Saam,” for which he writes — Makwarela tried to jumpstart a social-media campaign around the hashtags #SAFTAsSoWhite and #BoycottSAFTAs10.

Despite his efforts, the protest quickly fizzled out. But while it failed to stir an online storm, Makwarela’s criticism echoed what many others agree is an ongoing challenge not only for the SAFTAs — which take place on March 18 and 20 — but for the South African TV industry as a whole.

“Diversity has always been a big issue, and it will always be because of the history of the country, »

- Christopher Vourlias

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The Story Of God’s Morgan Freeman: “The biggest question we ask is about resurrection”

18 March 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

The Story of God With Morgan Freeman premieres Sunday, April 3 at 9/8Ct on National Geographic Channel. By his very nature — the soulful eyes and regal bearing, legendary voice and sonorous delivery — when Morgan Freeman tells you something, you believe it. You just do. Hence, the Oscar winner is frequently tapped to play noble sorts — doctors, lawmen, statesmen, even revolutionaries like Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X. Even God. And God is the reason Freeman is here today, seated beside his Revelations Entertainment partners Lori McCreary and James Younger in a Pasadena hotel suite. Not because he’s portraying God. … Continue reading →

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- Lori Acken

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The Surprising Way Priyanka Chopra Was Inspired by a Disney Princess

17 March 2016 11:40 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Priyanka Chopra makes a gorgeous cameo in Glamour's April issue, and she's continuing to be a beacon of inspiration and self-love in Hollywood. The Quantico star has been dropping nuggets of wisdom for months now; last year in New You magazine, she delivered a mic-drop quote about finding your confidence. And that's just the start. Keep reading for another lovely dose of empowerment, then look back at her stunning appearance at this year's Oscars. On her personal words to live by: "To be a philanthropist, you don't have to be Nelson Mandela. You just have to look around you and ask, 'What little bit can I do? Whose life can I touch?'" On how her relationship with her father has inspired her: "I used to love the story of Cinderella. My father always told me, 'You should not want to fit into someone else's glass slipper. You should shatter the glass ceiling. »

- Ryan Roschke

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DeMarcus Ware & Demaryius Thomas -- Post Super Bowl Bro-cation With Lions (Photos)

24 February 2016 1:39 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

DeMarcus Ware and Demaryius Thomas are celebrating their Super Bowl victory over the Panthers ... by staring down Lions on a South African safari. The Broncos superstars are visiting the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa -- home to lions, leopards and elephants. In addition to observing wildlife ... the guys toured a winery, went deep sea fishing and visited Nelson Mandela's prison cell on Robben Island. A rep for Ware tells TMZ Sports the trip »

- TMZ Staff

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New Nelson Mandela biopic to tell story of South African freedom fighter's years in power

23 February 2016 6:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Good Morning, Mr Mandela will be based on the memoir by Zelda la Grange, a white Afrikaner who became the president’s most trusted aide

A new film will tell the story of Nelson Mandela and the white Afrikaner who became his secretary and trusted right-hand man after the South African freedom fighter left prison and assumed the office of president, reports Deadline.

Good Morning, Mr Mandela will be just the latest biopic of the celebrated leader, who took office in 1994 and served a five-year term. It is based on Zelda la Grange’s memoir about rising from the role of typist for Mandela’s private secretary to Nelson’s private secretary during his presidency.

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- Ben Child

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Bestseller 'Good Morning, Mr Mandela' Is Heading to the Big Screen

22 February 2016 9:58 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

A book written by Nelson Mandela's former personal assistant, and one of his most trusted advisers, Zelda La Grange, is heading to the big screen via Maven Pictures, the production company that acquired film rights to "Good morning, Mr. Mandela," the title of the book. In it, La Grande gives an intimate look at the Mandela she got to know over the nearly two decades during which she worked with him. "It makes you humble when your life's journey is transformed into a film," the author said. "It is a proud South African story." Producer Jacqui Lewis ("Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief") is teaming up with Maven to produce the film »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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News Bits: Transformers, Malick, Stiff, Mandela

22 February 2016 8:51 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Transformers 5

Newly released casting calls for Michael Bay's upcoming fifth "Transformers" film have confirmed that principal photography on the film will take place starting in June in both London and Detroit. New leads and supporting actors capable of working in both countries on the project, going by the codename "E75," are currently being sought. [Source: TFW2005]

Weightless

Producer Sarah Green has confirmed that acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick's next picture, the Austin music scene based movie starring Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender, has scored a title - "Weightless". The name was first suggested but dismissed by Malick's last spring, but it looks like he's sticking with it. She also confirms his long in the works IMAX documentary "Voyage Of Time" is on the way too. [Source: Indiewire]

Stiff

H2O Motion Pictures has begun development of the Dan Mazer-penned and Michael Dowse-directed rock star comedy "Stiff". The story follows a »

- Garth Franklin

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Nelson Mandela Pic In Works From Maven Pictures & ‘Going Clear’ Producer Jacqui Lewis

22 February 2016 7:06 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray's Maven Pictures is teaming with Going Clear producer Jacqui Lewis to produce a film adaptation of Zelda la Grange's bestselling book Good Morning, Mr. Mandela. The story charts the unlikely but true story of la Grange’s friendship and career with former President Nelson Mandela for over two decades as his personal assistant and right-hand person. The story spans from Mandela’s release from prison and until his death. In… »

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Shepherds and Butchers’

13 February 2016 11:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

We’ve seen the despairing trudge to the execution chamber in many an anti-death-penalty drama; the significantly messier way in which bodies leave the space, on the other hand, is less vividly built into our consciousness. For crafting a rare, disorienting perspective on capital punishment — through the eyes of a teenage guard tasked with every feces-streaked stage of the inhuman process — South African helmer Oliver Schmitz’s apartheid-era procedural “Shepherds and Butchers” deserves considerable credit. Less fresh or persuasive is the inelegant courtroom drama framing the boy’s trauma, though the roles it affords for Steve Coogan and an excellent Andrea Riseborough as ethically sparring lawyers will bring a modicum of international attention to this sincere, still-seething snapshot of a thankfully defunct national administration.

It’s been 20 years since South Africa, then in the first flush of Nelson Mandela’s democratically elected presidency, formally abolished the death penalty that his predecessor, »

- Guy Lodge

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15 Inspirational Quotes to Commemorate Black History Month

1 February 2016 11:30 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

February has been designated as Black History Month by every Us president since 1976, and we're commemorating this year with 15 inspiring, motivational quotes from influential black figures like Angela Davis, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as iconic entertainers like Beyoncé Knowles and Oprah Winfrey. These thoughtful celebrity quotes are the perfect words to soak up now and pin later! Share away and don't forget to follow our Pinterest board for more uplifting words from your favorite stars. »

- Brittney Stephens

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Sidney Poitier to be honoured with BAFTA Fellowship

12 January 2016 6:30 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pioneering actor to receive BAFTA’s highest honour.

BAFTA is to honour Us actor Sidney Poitier with its Fellowship honour at the Ee British Academy Film Awards in London on Feb 14.

Awarded annually, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed by BAFTA upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.

Fellows previously honoured for their work in film include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Judi Dench, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Lee, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker and Helen Mirren. Mike Leigh received the Fellowship at last year’s Film Awards.

Poitier said: “I am extremely honored to have been chosen to receive the Fellowship and my deep appreciation to the British Academy for the recognition.”

The pioneering actor’s award-winning career includes six BAFTA nominations, including one BAFTA win for The Defiant Ones (1958), and a British Academy Britannia Award for Lifetime »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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