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Nassau, Bahamas (AP) — Actor Danny Glover has received a career achievement award in the Bahamas as he reflected on the role he played as Nelson Mandela while the South African leader was still in prison. The 67-year-old actor says he was moved by Mandela's political writings as a student in the 1960s and acknowledged he was the only U.S. actor who portrayed him in a film before the publication of his biography and release from prison in 1990. Story: Nelson Mandela Dies at 95 "There's a great deal that comes back over a period of time,
- The Associated Press
Nelson Mandela on film and TV: From Sidney Poitier to Terrence Howard (photo: Sidney Poitier as Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela and de Klerk’) (See previous post: "Nelson Mandela Movies: ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,’ ‘Invictus.’") As found on the IMDb, here are a handful of other narrative big-screen films featuring Nelson Mandela: Darrell Roodt’s Winnie Mandela (2011), with Jennifer Hudson in the title role and Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela. Pete Travis’ Endgame (2009), with Clarke Peters’ Mandela as less a martyred saint than a skillful realpolitik negotiator. This political drama also features Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Hurt, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong, and Derek Jacobi. Zola Maseko’s 1950s-set Drum (2004), in which Mandela is played — for a change — by a South African actor, Lindani Nkosi. As reported by Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian, British filmmaker Peter Kosminsky (White Oleander, Wuthering Heights) "got into hot water a couple of years ago »
- Andre Soares
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
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
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected black president and a crusader against apartheid, died Thursday in his suburban Johannesburg home. He was 95. He had been receiving in-home intensive care since leaving the hospital on Sept. 1 after being admitted in June for a lung infection. Mandela was an inspiration to many, including some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, who quickly took to Twitter and Instagram to mourn his passing. The former president has been portrayed onscreen by Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Terrence Howard, Sidney Poitier and Dennis Haysbert among others. His life is also
- THR Staff, The Associated Press
It is with sadness that Thn report this evening the death of Nelson Mandela. He was 95 years old. South Africa’s first black President had been in hospital for three months receiving treatment for a lung infection having been critically ill for six months. He was discharged in September, but continued to get ongoing treatment at home.
“Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell.”
“Our nation has lost its greatest son.” He added.
Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, charged with sabotage, and led the transition of white party rule following his release in 1990.
He became president in 1994 and ruled until 1999.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “A great light has gone out in the world. »
- Paul Heath
var brightcovevideoid = '2898010499001'; Nelson Mandela, who heroically symbolized the longstanding fight against South Africa's white supremacist government - and rose from its victimized prisoner to his nation's powerful and compassionate leader - has died, according to South African President Jacob Zuma. He was 95. "My Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed. He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013," Zuma said in a statement. "He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Former South African President Nelson Mandela -- famous for his fight to end the racist policy of apartheid -- died today at the age of 95.Mandela's health had been in steep decline over the past few months -- he was hospitalized on June 8 for kidney and liver problems and had been on life support. Doctors also said he had a recurring lung infection. The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, had said Mandela was »
- TMZ Staff
“Blurred Lines” is the song of the year — and it could also be the theme song for this year’s supporting races.
Julia Roberts, Barkhad Abdi, Josh Brolin, Daniel Bruhl, Steve Coogan, Will Forte and Jake Gyllenhaal are being proposed in the supporting category. Each could be considered a lead, due to their time onscreen, but there is a logic in calling them supporting: All portray characters who are reacting off of individuals who are at the center of the plot: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Kate Winslet, Chris Hemsworth, Judi Dench, Bruce Dern and Hugh Jackman, respectively.
But the supporting definition is partly strategic: Roberts (“August: Osage County”), Abdi (“Captain Phillips”), Bruhl (“Rush”), Forte (“Nebraska”) and Gyllenhaal (“Prisoners”) are all in films where another performer is being touted in the lead category, and studios believe (wrongly) that two noms in one category will cancel each other out.
Abdi, Brolin, Bruehl, »
- Tim Gray
London-born actor says playing former president in Long Walk To Freedom was 'a massive responsibility'
He could hardly be described as Nelson Mandela's spitting image, but when the British actor Idris Elba arrived at the South African premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom on Sunday, there was some of the awe and adulation usually reserved for the great statesman himself.
"You can see the sweat! No pressure?" joked Elba, feeling the heat of countless cameraphones as he wiped perspiration from his forehead. "South Africans love their Madiba and it's a massive responsibility to bring him alive in the best possible way."
Playing Mandela is an acting Everest that stars including Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, David Harewood, Terrence Howard, Clarke Peters and Sidney Poitier have attempted to scale, but none, perhaps, have quite reached the summit. Elba, who grew up in Hackney, east London, has already earned the praise of Mandela's family. »
- David Smith
An Original Voice
“We didn’t get mad, we got smart,” HBO CEO Michael Fuchs said about hitting The Wall, looking back at HBO stalling in 1984 from the vantage of the early 1990s. Actually, a lot of the rank and file didn’t get mad or smart; we’d seen 125 of our friends and colleagues get shown the door when the company had suddenly flatlined after eight years of phenomenal growth, and what we got was scared.
But it’s to the credit of HBO’s execs that whatever anxieties they may have had, they showed no panic or even nervousness in public. Instead, they poured any concerns into energetically and immediately addressing the question of, “What do we do now?” The world we knew had changed and there was no going back to the Gold Rush days of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The company required a humongous »
- Bill Mesce
Director Justin Chadwick’s new biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom has released its first full trailer. The film promises to provide a truthful portrayal of revolutionary that doesn’t hide his less flattering aspects. Speaking at the Toronto film festival this past weekend Luthor actor Idris Elba, who plays Mandela in the film stated:
“I didn’t want to deface Mr Mandela in any way. But I didn’t want to portray him in a way that wasn’t honest.”
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There have been a host of other films that portray the anti-apartheid campaigner and other actors to have taken on the role include; Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, David Harewood and Sidney Poitier. Nelson Mandela, now ninety five years of age, was released from hospital last week after three months of treatment for a pre-existing lung infection. While no one can doubt the figures historical importance, do »
- James Byiers
Having taken nearly as long to reach the screen as its subject spent imprisoned by South Africa’s brutal apartheid government, producer Anant Singh’s film of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography finally arrives bearing the slightly musty odor of a 1980s Richard Attenborough superproduction: stolidly reverential, shackled to the most dire conventions of the mythmaking biopic, and very much a white man’s view of the “dark” continent. Making “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” seem positively avant-garde by comparison, director Justin Chadwick (“The Other Boleyn Girl”) and screenwriter William Nicholson’s CliffsNotes version of Mandela’s nearly 700-page memoir never opts for a light touch when a sledgehammer will do, slathered in golden sunsets, inspirational platitudes and John Barry-esque strings that will doubtless make a certain contingent of awards voters sit up and beg for more. But for all its failings, there is one thing about “Long Walk to Freedom »
- Scott Foundas
Every Labor Day weekend, cinephiles journey out to a small town nestled in a remote corner of southwest Colorado’s San Juan mountain range for the Telluride Film Festival. Production staff are hard at work building state-of-the-art theaters for more than a month before the event and readying for a sudden influx of dedicated filmgoers. Veteran pass holders, staff, and volunteers make the trip largely out of faith in the festival’s superb programming that’s famously kept completely secret up until the day before it begins. The shroud of mystery, the breathtaking scenery of a box canyon and the fact that there are no press lines, competitions, or paparazzi lend a sanctified awe to this complete cinematic immersion. Venturing deep into uncharted storytelling territory with old or new friends make the cost of getting out here and the intensive labor involved with putting it all together worth it each and every time. »
- Lane Scarberry
With each passing year, Tiff is becoming more and more prominent on the film festival circuit, with more and more Oscar-primed films making their debut out in Canada. And with the initial line-up announced for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the trend is definitely continuing.
Amongst the many, many films making their presence felt out in Toronto will be Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated 12 Years a Slave, which launched a powerful first trailer earlier in the month. The film sees Chiwetel Ejiofor lead a fantastic cast, with Michael Fassbender returning to work for his Hunger / Shame director, alongside the likes of Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, and many more.
Opening the festival will be Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, alongside Daniel Brühl, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, and Stanley Tucci.
And closing it will be Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Bet Networks will celebrate the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela on this Thursday, July 18, with the premiere of the Bet News Special, Mandela - Freedom’s Father, at 8 Pm Et/Pt and the Bet Premiere Cinema debut of Invictus at 9 Pm Et/Pt.Details via press release from Bet:“Bet News Special: Mandela – Freedom’S Father” - Premieres Thursday, July 18th at 8 Pm* Et/Pt.This one-hour Bet News special, "Mandela: Freedom's Father", takes viewers on a journey through the life and times of Nelson Mandela with exclusive video and heartfelt interviews with celebrities and Mandela insiders. Actors Alfre Woodard and Blair »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bet Networks will celebrate the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela on this Thursday, July 18, with the premiere of the Bet News Special, Mandela - Freedom’s Father, at 8 Pm Et/Pt and the Bet Premiere Cinema debut of Invictus at 9 Pm Et/Pt.Details via press release from Bet:“Bet News Special: Mandela – Freedom’S Father” - Premieres Thursday, July 18th at 8 Pm* Et/Pt.This one-hour Bet News special, "Mandela: Freedom's Father", takes viewers on a journey through the life and times of Nelson Mandela with exclusive video and heartfelt interviews with celebrities and Mandela insiders. Actors Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood, along with Mandela biographer, Richard Stengel offer personal accounts of the fight for Mandela's freedom, the struggle to build a new South Africa and the special memories of their time with this great Father of a Nation. To view an exclusive clip of the special go. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Rising from anti-apartheid revolutionary and political prisoner to President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela is a courageous man with an incredible life story. It's one that has inspired a handful of biopics over the years, including two made-for-tv features starring Danny Glover in 1987 then Sidney Poitier in 1997, and Goodbye Bafana, a 2007 release in which Dennis Haysbert played Mandela. Then of course there was Clint Eastwood's historical drama Invictus, which earned Morgan Freeman an Academy Award nod for his portrayal of the internationally respected leader. But the latest, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is one based on the man's own autobiography. And though you can't make him out in the teaser above, Mandela is played here by the one and only Idris Elba. Between winning a Golden Globe for his devastating drama series Luther and stealing scenes as the accordion-playing space captain in the polarizing sci-fi epic Prometheus, 2012 was a »
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and a charismatic inspiration to Hollywood and millions around the world, died Thursday. He was 95. Mandela, who was portrayed by Morgan Freeman, Sidney Poitier, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, David Harewood, Terrence Howard and others in TV and film, died in his bedroom at his suburban Johannesburg home. South African President Jacob Zuma announced the death in nationally televised address. Photos: Nelson Mandela and Apartheid: 13 Hollywood Portrayals He had been in intensive care since being discharged Sept. 1 after nearly three months in a hospital for a lung infection. Idris Elba can
- Andy Lewis, Mike Barnes
As millions pray for Nelson Mandela, hospitalised for a week with a recurring lung infection, the race is under way to provide the definitive film version of his extraordinary life and times.
Leading the charge is a big-budget adaptation of Mandela's bestselling autobiography Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba, best known for The Wire and Luther, and Naomie Harris, recently seen in Skyfall.
Later this year it could go head-to-head at the box office with Winnie, featuring Jennifer Hudson as Mandela's wife, the struggle heroine Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with Terrence Howard as South Africa's first black president.
The casting of foreigners has been controversial in South Africa and accents will be under close scrutiny in the latest films, which represent a transatlantic duel between Britons Elba and Harris and Americans Hudson and Howard. »
- David Smith
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