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Prince Harry's tour of South Africa has been jam-packed with royal activities so far, and it looks like he's having an absolute blast. After doing work with his charity Sentebale in Lesotho and playing in the Royal Salute Polo Cup, Harry made appearances all over Cape Town on Monday, resulting in some seriously cute photos. After channeling his inner David Beckham while kicking a soccer ball around with a group of children at the Football For Hope Centre in Khayelitsha, he stopped by the Ottery Youth Centre, a rehabilitation facility for children linked to gang-related crimes. Princess Charlotte's uncle also presented Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with the Order of the Companion of Honour at The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, flashing a huge smile while engaging with the Nobel Peace Prize winner. Read on to see more photos from Harry's trip through South Africa, and keep an eye »
- Quinn Keaney
Documentary from Australian war artist George Gittoes centres on street kids in Afghanistan.
Tel Aviv-based sales company Cinephil has acquired the worldwide right to George Gittoes’ Snow Monkey ahead of its international premiere in competition at Idfa (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) (Nov 18-29).
The film is a portrait of daily life in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where art activist Gittoes recruited gangs of war-damaged children to shoot local, Pashto-style films - vibrant, colorful and infused with the violence they experience on a daily basis.
Gittoes will return to Idfa, which runs Nov 18-29, having previously screened Miscreants of Taliwood, shot in Peshawar with Taliban-besieged filmmakers, some of which have helped create Snow Monkey.
Kowarsky said the film “offers an unprecedented understanding of the lives of the people of Jalalabad »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Variety is reporting that Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) and Vince Vaughn (True Detective) have signed on to appear in The Archbishop and the Antichrist, a post-apartheid drama from director Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields).
Based on the play by Michael Ashton, The Archbishop and the Antichrist is “a fictionalized account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s meetings with Piet Blomfield, a murderer who seeks redemption for the atrocities he has committed while he serves a life sentence in prison in post-apartheid South Africa.”
“Forest Whitaker brings a great sense of depth and power to all his performances and he is the perfect match for Tutu’s complex character,” states Tannaz Anisi, president of 13 Films. “Vince Vaughn continues to prove his wide-ranging acting skills following his more dramatic roles in Into the Wild and the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge.”
Production on the film is slated to get underway early in »
- Gary Collinson
Forest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn are set to star in Roland Joffe's The Archbishop and the Antichrist. The film will be based on the play of the same name by Michael Ashton, which follows a fictionalized account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's (Whitaker) meetings with brutal murderer Piet Blomfield (Vaughn).
In the film, Vaughn's character Piet Blomfield seeks redemption for the atrocities he’s committed while he serves a life sentence in prison in post-apartheid South Africa.
“Forest Whitaker brings a great sense of depth and power to all his performances and he is the perfect »
- Laura Frances
Michael Ashton’s post-Apartheid play The Archbishop and the Antichrist is headed to the silver screen, and today brings word that the drama has tapped Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, The Butler) and Vince Vaughn (True Detective, Hacksaw Ridge) for leading roles. Two-time Oscar nominated writer/director Roland Joffé is behind the lens for this one.
Understood to be simmering in pre-production, Joffé’s adaptation will place Whitaker and Vaughn on two very different sides of post-Apartheid South Africa, with the former set to play a fictionalized version of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, while the latter will assume the role of infamous murderer and warlord Piet Blomfield. Serving a life sentence in prison for his heinous crimes, The Archbishop and the Antichrist explores the trying relationship between the pair, as Tutu sets about heralding a new era of peace to the troubled country.
In shepherding the tale from one medium to the next, »
- Michael Briers
A terrifying turn as the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin won Forest Whitaker an Oscar in 2007. Now the American actor is to play a markedly different, but equally notable African figure after signing on to star as Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a new post-apartheid drama.
Whitaker will play the South African anti-apartheid activist in The Archbishop and the Antichrist for French director Roland Joffé. The film is based on the Michael Ashton play of the same name, which details Tutu’s meetings with murderer Piet Blomfield who seeks redemption for his terrible crimes.
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- Ben Child
Based on Michael Ashton's play of the same name, the story follows a fictionalized account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his meetings with Piet Blomfield - an imprisoned murderer who seeks redemption for the atrocities he has committed.
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- Garth Franklin
Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Last King Of Scotland) and Vince Vaughn (upcoming Hacksaw Ridge, Into The Wild) are set to star in the drama The Archbishop And The Antichrist to be directed by two time Oscar nominee writer/director Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Scarlet Letter), it was announced today by Emmy Award nominated producer Craig Baumgarten (Hook, Never Back Down).
13 Films is handling international rights and will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market. Wme Global is handling North American rights.
Kim Ashton serves as executive producer on the feature film.
- Michelle McCue
Movement on a project first announced in 2012, although casting hadn't been shored-up at the time. Announced today, Forest Whitaker has signed on to play another prominent African figure - this time it's Archbishop Desmond Tutu - in a project by Roland Joffé, titled "The Archbishop and the Antichrist." He'll be joined by Vince Vaughn in the film, which is based on the play by Michael Ashton, and centers on the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings - a post-apartheid commissioning in which victims took an active role in the judicial process (called on to give accounts of the gross human rights violations they were subjected to), while offenders were »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Forest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn have been set to star in The Archbishop And The Antichrist, a drama to be directed by Roland Joffé. The script, co-written by Joffé and Michael Ashton and based on Ashton’s play, follows a fictionalized account of meetings between Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Whitaker) and brutal murderer Piet Blomfield (Vaughn), who seeks redemption for the atrocities he's committed while he serves a life sentence in prison in post-apartheid South… »
13 Films is handling international rights and will introduce the project to buyers at the American Film Market, which launches Nov. 4. Wme Global is handling North American rights.
Based on the play of the same name by Michael Ashton, the film follows a fictionalized account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s meetings with Piet Blomfield, a murderer who seeks redemption for the atrocities he has committed while he serves a life sentence in prison in post-apartheid South Africa.
The project has been in development for several years with Whitaker attached.
“Forest Whitaker brings a great sense of depth and power »
- Dave McNary
Production is scheduled for early 2016. Wme Global represents North American rights.
Joffé co-wrote with Michael Ashton the screenplay based Ashton’s play of the same name about a fictionalised account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s meetings with death row murderer Piet Blomfield during the Truth And Reconciliation Commission hearings in post-apartheid South Africa.
Craig Baumgarten is producing and Kim Ashton serves as executive producer.
“Forest Whitaker brings a great sense of depth and power to all his performances and he is the perfect match for Tutu’s complex character,” said 13 Films president Tannaz Anisi.
“Vince Vaughn continues to prove his wide-ranging acting skills following his more dramatic roles in Into The Wild and the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge. Under the direction of Roland Joffé, their combined »
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A mural of Bill Cosby in the comedian’s hometown of Philadelphia has been removed by the city after being tagged with the word “rapist.” According to the Philadelphia Citypaper, the mural depicting Cosby in one of his trademark sweaters, was painted over after being defaced with graffiti reading “rapist” and “dude with ludes,” referencing the recently unsealed 2005 deposition in which the comedian admitted to obtaining Quaaludes to give to women with the intention of having sex with them. The Mural Arts Program was already intending to remove the “Father’s Day” mural, which also featured Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, »
- Reid Nakamura
Livia Firth is a committed activist who is looking towards the future. She is the founder of The Green Carpet Challenge, Creative Director of Eco-Age, and Oxfam Global Ambassador along with Bill Nighy, Helen Mirren, Annie Lennox, Desmond Tutu, Gael Garcia Bernal, Helena Christensen, and Colin Firth. At the Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein, William Ivey Long, Cindy Sherman and Stella McCartney invitation screening of Andrew Morgan's The True Cost, organised by Peggy Siegal, Livia and I spoke about her role as The True Cost executive producer (credited as Livia Giuggioli), exposing myths, and what it means to connect the issues to work towards reversing brainwashing.
Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman: "I know Livia and I know how thorough she is…" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
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PublicVine presents Sundance award-winning producer Greg Reitman screening his new film 'Rooted In Peace', which he also produced and directed. The event will be held today at the Funn Networks Club 301 located in the heart of Sundance on Main Street in Park City, Utah. The film will be screened using PublicVine, the social video marketplace, followed by a live question and answer session and after party with Reitman, PublicVine's Founder/CEO Nam Mokwunye, and producer/writer Scott Zarakin.
'Rooted In Peace' challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings.Reitman poses the basic question of "How do we want to live?", inviting viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world around them, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence. The film relies not only on memoir, but also interviews with such authorities as Deepak Chopra, media mogul Ted Turner, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
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PublicVine, which was designed at Stanford University by Nam Mokwunye, is the online and mobile social video marketplace-a platform, where video content vendors and consumers connect, transact, and get paid. PublicVine is venture-backed with $5.6 million and is partnering with film festivals, filmmakers, distributors, and other "video content vendors" to redefine the industry in a manner that is transparent, fair, and safe. Both video content vendors and consumers benefit from PublicVine's social invite, viral revenue sharing, and social apps systems. Much like a "video mall in the cloud", PublicVine allows video content vendors to set up unlimited channels and video stores from which they can rent out or sell video content directly to consumers. These transactions can happen in three streaming modes: video on demand (VOD), live programs, and TV/Radio broadcasts. When consumers rent or buy video content, it appears in their video library. They can also invite friends in their social network to rent or buy those videos. And when they do, they make a commission. And they can also make commissions on their friends' commissions.
But just as important to filmmakers is PublicVine's international reach. Through its relationship with global telecom operators, PublicVine offers video content vendors access to the 3 billion smart-device consumers in over 200 countries in which it is transactional. With no downloading, video content vendors retain 100% control of their video content, and can receive up to 79% of transaction revenue on each of their videos. Video content vendors can also make up to 79% on ad revenue and 20% of apps revenue that is generated on their channel(s). There is no fee to register, no NDAs, no exclusivity, and no loyalty contract.
"Greg Reitman's screening of 'Rooted In Peace' from his channel on PublicVine could be a first in film history," says Mokwunye. "This screening only gives us a glimpse of what is possible with PublicVine and what opportunities lie ahead for the industry-particularly for the 97% of filmmakers whose creations never make money. As a formerly practicing fine artist, I personally understand how important it is to receive pragmatic opportunities. PublicVine is one of those." »
- Erin Grover
Emma Watson is a women on a mission! The Un Goodwill Ambassador unveiled her new initiative called "HeForShe Impact 10X10X10" in a passionate speech at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Friday. The "Harry Potter" actress has been very vocal on her quest to achieve gender equality, and this appearance marks the second time Emma has spoken about her stand on the issue. The 24-year-old began by thanking those who have helped her since she launched the "HeForShe" initiative in September."Since He for She launched in New York last September, I think it would be fair to say that my colleagues and I have been stunned by the response," she said. "Everyone, from Desmond Tutu to Prince Harry to Hillary Clinton to Yoko Ono, have issued their support or contacted us since Sept. 20, Watson continued. "I couldn't have dreamed it, but it's happened. Thank you so much. »
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Another 10 points for Gryffindor! Emma Watson gave an impassioned speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Friday. "Since He for She launched in New York last September, I think it would be fair to say that my colleagues and I have been stunned by the response. The He for She conference was watched over 11 million times, sparking 1.2 billion social media conversations, culminating in the #HeForShre hashtag becoming so popular that Twitter painted it on the walls of its headquarters. And men from almost every country in the world signed up to our commitment. Everyone, from Desmond Tutu to Prince Harry to Hillary Clinton to Yoko Ono have issued their support or contacted us since Sept. 20. »
An worthwhile, upcoming project to add to your watch-lists; no Eta yet. Titled "The Foolishness of God: A Forgiveness Journey with Desmond Tutu," it s documentary feature film directed by Karen Hayes, which "takes viewers on a global journey revealing Desmond Tutu’s process of promoting forgiveness. Following Tutu intimately, the filmmaker and audience are thrust into an uncomfortable world where Tutu asks that atrocities be forgiven. And as Tutu challenges traditional notions of justice, personal lives are impacted in unimaginable ways." Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, a moral icon of our time, and key role player in the fight »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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