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Nelson Mandela Dies at 95
Nelson Mandela, whose anti-apartheid leadership inspired millions around the world including songwriters, filmmakers and writers, died today at 95.
Mandela emerged after 27 years in prison (1963-1990) to become president of South Africa and is generally considered the father of his country. After his presidency, 1994-1999, he founded a global charitable organization. There have been many activists who have been mistreated and/or unjustly imprisoned, but Mandela’s story captured the imagination of the public — and artists — much more intensely than most.
Idris Elba plays him in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which was released in November. He has been portrayed in film and TV by a distinguished group of actors in such works as the 1997 “Mandela and de Klerk,” Sidney Poitier; 2007 “Goodbye Bafana,” Dennis Haysbert; 2009 “Invictus,” Morgan Freeman; 2010 “Mrs. Mandela,” David Harewood; 2011 “Winnie,” Terrence Howard.
He has also been given a dozen other depictions on TV and in film. And he »
- Tim Gray
‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ‘House of Cards’ Earn WGA Awards Noms in TV
The digitally distributed Netflix series were announced in July as eligible by the WGA. “Orange Is the New Black” earned noms for top comedy series and top new series as well as two in the episodic comedy category, for the pilot teleplay by Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan and a subsequent episode by Sian Heder.
Also nominated in the drama series category were “Breaking Bad,” “The Good Wife,” “Homeland” and “Mad Men.” In comedy series, the other nominees were “30 Rock,” “Modern Family,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Veep.”
The three remaining nominations for top series were “The Americans,” “Masters of Sex” and “Ray Donovan. »
- Jon Weisman
Lance Reddick Heading to American Horror Story
American Horror Story has cast Lance Reddick, of Fringe and The Wire fame, as Papa Legba, a "voodoo Satan," according to EW. He'll factor into the final four episodes of the season as someone important in Marie Laveau's (Angela Bassett) life. No offense to Reddick, but why does this show even bother casting men this season? Just let the witches do their thing, and once in a while have a background fella show up and get sexed to death by Taissa Farmiga. »
- Margaret Lyons
Bryan Singer announces 'X-Men: Apocalypse' will hit theaters in 2016
Fox wasn't kidding when they announced their plans to ramp up production on the various "X-Men" films. Right now, Bryan Singer is hard at work finishing "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," and even so, he took a moment to Tweet this morning that we can also look forward to "X-Men: Apocalypse" in 2016. Several sites are reporting a May 27, 2016 date for the film, although that wasn't part of Singer's Tweet. If that's true, then I'm curious what it means for James Mangold's "Wolverine" sequel. Would they try to get that done between the two "X-Men" movies, or will they »
- Drew McWeeny
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy headline Sundance sections
When Sundance announced the films in competition for the 2014 festival yesterday, its organizers noted that they were impressed by the caliber of cinematic artistry — mostly due to technology — that freed up filmmakers to experiment with different genres. No category of the festival is more rooted in genre than Park City at Midnight, the late-night section that specializes in horror and the supernatural, and this year’s slate has several potential breakouts. “The Midnight lineup came together in a way that is about the strongest group we’ve ever had, top to bottom,” says Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Keri Russell on Home Burglary: 'The Police Were So Great'
Keri Russell has felicitations for the NYPD after thieves broke into her Brooklyn Heights home while she was sleeping Wednesday morning. "The break-in did happen," the actress's rep tells People. "Everyone is fine, and Keri sends her thanks to the police." A laptop, jewelry said to be earrings and a purse were taken around 3 a.m. Wednesday, reports the Associated Press. Although asleep at the time, Russell, 37, awoke to hear footsteps and voices in the apartment, then she called 911. While Russell never saw the intruders, police said afterwards that she found a window and front door open and her items missing. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Alejandro González Iñarrítu in Talks for Live-Action Jungle Book
Guys, we have a real Toby (meaning very similar movies, getting developed at the same time) on our hands. A month ago, we learned that Disney signed Jon Favreau up to direct a live-action version of The Jungle Book, and now Deadline reports that 21 Grams director Alejandro González Iñarrítu is in early talks to adapt the Rudyard Kipling novel for Warner Bros. Not sure if two Jungle Book movies would be considered the bare necessities or mother nature's recipes, but at least your kids will shut up for three hours and you can forget about your worries and your strife. »
- Jesse David Fox
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Debuts First Trailer
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for the highly-anticipated “Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
The film brings back Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. The sequel also stars Jamie Foxx as Electro and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn. Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper, Sally Field and Denis Leary also star.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ arrives in theaters May 2, 2014.
- Variety Staff
Ron Burgundy's 'SportsCenter' Appearance Postponed
Ron Burgundy won't be telling Bristol, Connecticut, to stay classy today – Will Ferrell's appearance as America's favorite anchorman on Espn's SportsCenter has been postponed due to a scheduled news conference regarding the sexual assault allegations leveled against Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Ron Burgundy's scheduled Thurs. appearance on @SportsCenter has been cancelled in light of the potential implications of any news from the State Attorney's press conference in Fla.," Espn's director of communications David Scott wrote on Twitter. Although Scott wrote yesterday that »
Behold, The Sound of Music Live! Drinking Game
Today is the 80th anniversary of the repealing of prohibition. Today is also the premiere of The NBC's Sound of Music Live!, starring that girl who won American Idol and Bill from True Blood. Coincidence? We think not. Thus we present the rules for E!'s Official Sound of Music Live! Drinking Game. Because if Carrie Underwood is going to play an Austrian nun, you're going to want to be at least a little liquored up. Remember: If you start to think your curtains look like a smart wardrobe choice, you're on your way! Keep drinking! Take A Sip: Every time someone yodels. Every time the Captain blows his whistle. Every time you see a »
How Nelson Mandela Affected South Africa's Film Industry
London – The death of Nelson Mandela has put South Africa and its political past and future back in the headlines. But its film industry has also gone through much change since the end of Apartheid that saw Mandela, often referred to by his Xhosa clan name Madiba or as "tata," or "father" of the nation, become president 1994-1999. After the democratic elections that put the anti-Apatheid fighter into political office, South Africa focused on developing its infrastructure and the skill sets of its film crews. It has in recent years grown its production infrastructure, such as the
- Georg Szalai
Nelson Mandela's Death: World Leaders, Media React
The death of South African Apartheid fighter-turned-President Nelson Mandela dominated headlines on newspapers and newscasts around the globe Friday as the world mourned one of the history's greatest freedom fighters and statesmen. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called Mandela a “giant for justice,” the German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the late South African leader was “a shining example” to the world while UK Prime Minister David Cameron noted "a great light has gone out.” In an ominous bit of timing, Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were attending the
- THR Staff
Film Review: ‘Unhung Hero’
“Unhung Hero” amusingly details comedian Patrick Moote’s quest to find out if size really matters — and whether it’s really possible to enlarge the size of one’s junk — after a public humiliation underlines the insecurity that dwells in his underwear. Brian Spitz’s ingratiating first theatrical feature opens Dec. 6 at Hollywood’s Arena Cinema, launching on DVD and iTunes a few days later. It has a good shot at parlaying favorable reviews and other press attention into additional theatrical dates.
A droopy-lidded, emo-looking Gen-y actor and standup talent, Moote endured a less-than-desirable moment of fame a while back when he proposed to his girlfriend (otherwise never seen or heard from here) at a UCLA basketball game. Her decline was projected to all on the Jumbotron in a scene that became an embarrassing viral hit, much discussed by the usual talkshow pundits. Apparently the soon-to-be-ex-g.f. subsequently explained that »
- Dennis Harvey
TV Review: ‘The Sound of Music Live!’
It’s a long way back to Mary Martin as Peter Pan, but the notion of a live TV musical — with all the inherent risk that entails — still contains more than a little magic. So give NBC credit for tackling the challenge, in trump-the-dvr-age fashion, with “The Sound of Music Live!,” even if the actual production too often felt as lifeless as those alpine backdrops. Part of that has to do with mounting a stage production on TV — even with the benefit of swooping camera angles — and part the casting, with Carrie Underwood handling the vocal chores more ably than the acting.
Produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — who have done their all to prove musicals can thrive on screen, from “Chicago” to (less successfully) NBC’s “Smash” — the production was certainly handsome and polished, although in a sense, that worked against the live element. Sure, you might have »
- Brian Lowry
The Sound of Music Live!: TV Review
It’s easy to remember a musical for its songs. That is, after all, what makes a musical different from every other kind of narrative: The characters will shout to the rafters in full throat, revealing things they just can’t speak, because the music gives them leave to lay themselves bare. And the songs in The Sound of Music are sublime. Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II knew their way around a tune and these numbers — from “My Favorite Things” to “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” to the indefatigable “Do-Re-Mi” — have endured since the Broadway production bowed in 1959
- Marc Bernardin
Another X-Men Sequel Hits Theaters May 2016
In case you were worried that next year's Days of Future Past was the last X-Men movie, director Bryan Singer would like to put your mind at ease. "#XMen #Apocalypse 2016!," he tweeted today. Rumor has it Apocalypse refers to a classic X-Men villain, so better grab those Tumblr urls now, teens! No word as to which X-Men will return for the film, which hits theaters May 27, 2016, but come 2017 we're betting Jennifer Lawrence will star exclusively in period dramas. Maybe a rom-com occasionally, but that is it. »
- Halle Kiefer
'X Factor' Recap: Two Dreams Crushed During Double Elimination
Thursday night's results show brought another double elimination on The X Factor and cut the top six contestants down to the final four. Simon Cowell dedicated the show to the late Nelson Mandela, who died earlier in the day and set a somber tone for a night that would crush two hopefuls' dreams. Ellona Santiago was the first girl to get the boot despite her strong showing on Wednesday night. Her take on Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy" failed to earn her enough votes from home viewers to stick around another week. Photos:
- Cortney Wills
Man Arrested for Stealing Paul Walker Wreckage
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department arrested 18-year-old Jameson Witty today for allegedly stealing a piece of the Porsche Carrera Gt involved in Paul Walker's death. Witty allegedly tailed the tow truck carrying the destroyed car to an impound yard and made off with part of the Porsche's roof. He will likely be charged with grand theft and tampering with evidence in the court of law, and being a morbid wierdo in the court of public opinion. »
- Halle Kiefer
'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Director on Adapting the Life of The South African Icon (Q&A)
Editor's note: The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Justin Chadwick before Nelson Mandela's death. A former actor who has cut his teeth on high-end U.K. television shows such as Bleak House, starring Gillian Anderson and Carey Mulligan and highly-acclaimed spy thriller Spooks, Justin Chadwick made his feature debut in 2008 with The Other Boleyn Girl, a costume drama boasting Natalie Portman, Eric Bana and Scarlett Johansson among its stars. Just over a year later, Chadwick shot The First Grader in Kenya, a film that proved the filmmaker's metal for making movies in Africa. Photos: Nelson Mandela and Apartheid:
- Stuart Kemp
'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Will Damon escape 'The Cell'?
The theme for tonight's episode of "The Vampire Diaries" seems to be hot vampires trapped in small spaces. I'm not kidding, either. First, we have to deal with Damon's entrapment by the truly loathsome Wes. It turns out Wes comes from a long line of sadists, I mean, scientists who love poking and prodding vampires to see how they tick. And, as we know, Damon has been through this before. We start off by flashing back to 1953, when Damon was a cool greaser (of course; did you expect anything else?) and some guy named Joseph Salvatore owned the palatial digs we »
- Liane Bonin Starr
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