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Poster and trailer for South African drama Colors of Heaven

Ahead of its premiere on the streaming service tomorrow, Netflix has released a poster and trailer for Colors of Heaven, the award-winning South African drama from director Peter Bishai, which tells the story of the fall from grace and redemption of South Africa’s onetime most famous teen black movie star, Muntu Ndebele. Check them out here…

Colors of Heaven hits Netflix on February 15th and features a cast that includes Wandile Molebatsi (Machine Gun Preacher, Chappie), Jason Hartman (Idols), Stelio Savante (Eisenstein In Guanajuato, The Making Of The Mob: New York), Masello Motana and Mpho Osei Tutu (Catch a Fire).
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Monumental, Google, National Academy of Sciences Team on Biopic of Trailblazing Mathematician

Monumental, Google, National Academy of Sciences Team on Biopic of Trailblazing Mathematician
Alison Owen and Debra Hayward’s Monumental Pictures is set to make a movie biopic about the trailblazing Victorian mathematician and computer-science visionary Ada Lovelace. Google and The Science and Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences, are backing the project.

Owen’s credits include Oscar-nominated “Elizabeth,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Suffragette,” as well as the upcoming “Tulip Fever” for The Weinstein Company. Hayward produced the Golden Globe-winning “Les Misérables,” and recently produced “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” starring Renee Zellweger. Hayward was formerly at Working Title Films, where she served as executive producer on such films as “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Atonement,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Pride & Prejudice.”

Shawn Slovo, who won a BAFTA for Chris Menges’ “A World Apart” and a Writers Guild of America award for Stephen Frears’ “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” will pen the screenplay of the Lovelace biopic. Slovo
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Monumental Pictures Developing Ada Lovelace Biopic With Shawn Slovo

Monumental Pictures Developing Ada Lovelace Biopic With Shawn Slovo
Alison Owen and Debra Hayward's Monumental Pictures is set to make a big screen biopic about Victorian mathematician and computer science visionary Ada Lovelace. Development is being supported by Google and the National Academy of Sciences' program, The Science and Entertainment Exchange. Shawn Slovo, who wrote Stephen Frears' Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight and Phillip Noyce’s Catch a Fire, is set to write the screenplay. Lovelace was the daughter of notorious Romantic…
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Backroads rewatched – fast-paced road film on racial injustice

Starring Aboriginal activist Gary Foley opposite Bill Hunter, director Phillip Noyce’s exploration into race relations is one ending short of being a classic

Of the many influential film-makers to have emerged from Australia in the 1970s, Phillip Noyce is one of the most political. Most of Noyce’s body of work consists of political dramas and thrillers, often with a side of geopolitical intrigue – titles such as Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Catch a Fire, Salt and The Quiet American.

In the early 2000s the director made a rare voyage back to Australian shores for the hard-hitting stolen generations drama Rabbit-Proof Fence, a personal but polemical film advertised in America with an incendiary poster tagline: “What if the government kidnapped your daughter?”

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Idris Elba Talks About His New Album, mi Mandela

  • PEOPLE.com
You're probably familiar with Idris Elba, the actor. But are you familiar with Idris Elba the DJ? The guitarist? The house music buff? Elba, 42, just released his first album, mi Mandela, which he wrote and produced in collaboration with musicians from South Africa and the U.K. as a tribute to both Nelson Mandela and Elba's father, Winston. Recorded in Johannesburg, London and Mali by a cast of musicians that includes Mumford & Sons and James Blake, it's available now via Elba's label, 7wallace and Parlophone records. "I made this album to express how it was to play Nelson Mandela, because
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City in the clouds by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Weinstein Company presents The Giver press conference at Essex House on Central Park South Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Phillip Noyce, who directed Dead Calm with Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane - Rabbit-Proof Fence with Kenneth Branagh and David Gulpilil - The Quiet American with Michael Caine - and Catch A Fire with Tim Robbins, now gives us The Giver.

Following the press conference with Jeff Bridges (who paid tribute to Robin Williams), Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites, et al, I spoke with the director about his James Turrell inspiration for The Giver's abode. MoMA PS1, where Michelangelo Frammartino's Alberi was shown in 2013 is the location of Turrell's Meeting.

The Giver director Phillip Noyce: "He [Jonas] should be discovering home. the concept of home. It's in the book as a memory where he experiences Christmas." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Giver, screenplay by Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide,
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10 Things About... new X Factor judge Mel B

Like cheese on toast, Mel B and TV talent competitions seem destined to belong together.

Not content with currently being a judge on America's Got Talent or coaching on The Voice Kids Australia, the multi-talented popstar's globetrotting ends back in the UK after being confirmed as the fourth judge on this year's X Factor, joining Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell.

To celebrate, Digital Spy has decided to spice up your life by digging out ten facts about Scary Spice.

1. Melanie Janine Brown was born in Harehills, Leeds on May 29, 1975. Melanie was raised on a council estate by her English mother Andrea, and her Nevisian father Martin, who both encouraged the budding singer to follow her dreams.

Those dreams, however, didn't involve school, as Melanie explained: "I didn't do that well in school, let's put it that way. I was more focused on singing or wanting to go out
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Brenton Thwaites Discovers Color in Full Trailer for Sci-Fi 'The Giver'

"When the elders need guidance, I provide wisdom, using memories of the past." Following the batch of character posters that featured just a stripe of color running through the black and white images of various characters from The Giver, the sci-fi adaptation gets shown off even more in the full theatrical trailer. The film seems to unfold as a science fiction sort of Pleasantville as the black and white world of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) is invaded by color, as he learns more about the all too ideal community in which he lives, thanks to the wisdom of Jeff Bridges, the titular guide and keeper of wisdom from the past. Watch! Here's the full trailer for Phillip Noyce's The Giver, originally from Yahoo: The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Catch a Fire, Salt) and adapted by newcomer Michael Mitnick. The haunting story,
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Taylor Swift Has an Evil Twin on Eight 'The Giver' Character Posters

Even when there's plenty of characters that fans will know in films like X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Hobbit, The Avengers or other blockbuster films with ensemble casts, the idea of character posters is just wasteful and pointless. But here we are with some character posters for the adaptation of the revered sci-fi young adult novel The Giver. This has an impressive cast, but not necessarily worthy of character posters, especially when most general audiences don't know these characters. Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites & Taylor Swift looking like her evil twin from another dimension are here and more. Here's the character posters for Phillip Noyce's The Giver from Imp Awards: The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Catch a Fire, Salt) and adapted by newcomer Michael Mitnick. The haunting story, adapted from Lois Lowry's young adult book of the same name,
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Watch: Brenton Thwaites is the Receiver in Short New 'The Giver' Spot

Following the recent original horror flick Oculus, we're still due for quite the dose of newcomer Brenton Thwaites this year. The young actor leads the sci-fi indie The Signal, has a supporting role as Prince Phillip in Maleficent and stars alongside Jeff Bridges in the adaptation of the revered sci-fi novel The Giver. Now a new trailer has arrived for the film that also features Meryl Streep and Katie Holmes, combining some footage from the original teaser with some of the new bits that popped up in the recent featurette. While the book is held in high esteem, we're not sure if the film can offer anything fresh in the Ya market. Here's the new trailer for Phillip Noyce's The Giver straight from The Weinstein Company: The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Saint, Catch a Fire, Salt) and adapted by newcomer Michael Mitnick.
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Watch: Jeff Bridges is 'The Giver' in Ya Sci-Fi Adaptation First Trailer

"There's something missing from our lives, something that has been stolen." With Divergent poised to hit theaters this weekend, a more iconic young adult sci-fi book is coming to theaters later this year with The Giver. Based on Lois Lowry's Newbury Medal winning book of the same name, the film follows Jonas (Brandon Thwaites), who lives in a content, future dystopian society that feels a little too familiar to the rest of the young adult adaptations we've been seeing. But after being given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory, he begins to unravel the secrets behind his community, and they might be rather disturbing. Maybe Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep will give this iconic tale the weight it needs. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Phillip Noyce's adaptation of The Giver from The Weinstein Company: The Giver is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger,
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Meryl Streep Cast as Chief Elder in Jeff Bridges' 'The Giver' Adaptation

The immensely talented Meryl Streep continues her illustrious career with two more adaptations. Streep has been officially cast in The Giver, an adaptation of the beloved Newbery Medal book, being directed by Philip Noyce (Catch a Fire, Salt). In addition, The Giver also gains actors Alexander Skarsgard (seen in Melancholia, Battleship, The East) and Cameron Monaghan (seen on "Shameless"). Jeff Bridges stars in the film, which starts shooting this fall in South Africa. Streep is also confirmed for Michael Cunningham's The Good House adaptation with Robert De Niro (the fourth film these two will be in together) as we reported. As for The Giver, The Weinstein Company and Walden Media are producing the adaptation of Lois Lowry's bestselling novel. This has been one of Jeff Bridges passion projects for a while, and it sounds like it's finally coming together and shooting this year with Philip Noyce at the helm.
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Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Cameron Monaghan join Jeff Bridges in The Giver adaptation

  • JoBlo
Wait, there's a film adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver in the works? And Jeff Bridges is in it? I'm ashamed that I didn't know about this until now. It was one of my favorite books as a kid and is possibly the best young adult novel I have ever read. Deadline has learned that Meryl Streep is set to join The Giver with Phillip Noyce (Salt, Catch A Fire) helming the adaptation. Streep will play the head elder of the seemingly utopian society that has...
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Watch: 3 Clips From Stephen Frears' Cannes Film 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

If further evidence were needed that the lines between TV and film are becoming less and less visible, Cannes has provided a decent opportunity. Last year saw "Hemingway & Gellhorn" get an out-of-competition screening, whereas this year went one better, and has seen Steven Soderbergh's "Behind The Candelabra" pick up some of the best reviews of the festival. But the trouble with the Liberace biopic getting so much attention is that it's overshadowed the other HBO movie, "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," which screened this morning to virtually no buzz, and which has just debuted its first three pieces of footage. Written by Shawn Slovo ("Catch A Fire"), and directed by Stephen Frears, it tells the story of the Supreme Court debate over the great boxer's conscientious objection to fighting in Vietnam, focusing in particular on the relationship between the torn Justice Harlan (Christopher Plummer) and his clerk (Benjamin Walker: Vampire Hunter). Frank Langella,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight’
Although technically apt, the title of the dry Supreme Court drama “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” refers not to any of the boxer’s bouts in the ring, but rather to his legal battle for recognition as a conscientious objector. Helmer Stephen Frears splices in archival footage of Ali at his articulate, charismatic best, but really, the main dramatis personae are Eight Grumpy Men from the Supreme Court (one, Thurgood Marshall, recused himself) as they argue around a conference table. Result is a worthy but faintly dull civics/history lesson that’s well suited to broadcast by producer HBO, but doesn’t have the muscle mass for theatrical distribution.

An opening credits montage unspools choice clips of Ali battling in the ring, bragging oncamera and then announcing his conversion to the Nation of Islam. Explanatory subtitles help crisply establish how Ali was convicted of draft evasion in 1967, at the height of his career,
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Phillip Noyce may helm The Giver adaptation of children's book

The Giver starring Jeff Bridges may land Salt helmer Phillip Noyce Lois Lowry's 1993 "The Giver" children's book may have found its director in Catch a Fire's Phillip Noyce, who's currently in early talks to helm the bigscreen adaptation for Weinstein Co and Walden Media. Jeff Bridges will star and also produces alongside Nikki Silver. Weinstein Co had no official comment on Noyce's involvement, reports Variety. The Giver is set in a society which is at first shown as a utopian society, then gradually becomes dystopian. By converting to "Sameness," the society has eliminated pain and strife, which has also eradicated emotional depth. The story follows Jonas, a twelve-year-old selected to be the "Receiver of Memory" who discovers the power of knowledge. People living in the community are content because they don't know they're capable of a better life, but the knowledge of what they are missing, could create chaos.
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Phillip Noyce may helm The Giver adaptation of children's book

The Giver starring Jeff Bridges may land Salt helmer Phillip Noyce Lois Lowry's 1993 "The Giver" children's book may have found its director in Catch a Fire's Phillip Noyce, who's currently in early talks to helm the bigscreen adaptation for Weinstein Co and Walden Media. Jeff Bridges will star and also produces alongside Nikki Silver. Weinstein Co had no official comment on Noyce's involvement, reports Variety. The Giver is set in a society which is at first shown as a utopian society, then gradually becomes dystopian. By converting to "Sameness," the society has eliminated pain and strife, which has also eradicated emotional depth. The story follows Jonas, a twelve-year-old selected to be the "Receiver of Memory" who discovers the power of knowledge. People living in the community are content because they don't know they're capable of a better life, but the knowledge of what they are missing, could create chaos.
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Stephen Frears To Direct 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' For HBO, Casting Underway

If there is one thing about Stephen Frears, he doesn't usually let too much time pass before he's on to the next project. And barely a week after his latest film "Lay The Favorite" premiered at Sundance, it looks like he may be on to something new. And now, it's not the developing remake of "The Hit" or "The Bengali Detective." Instead, it's "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" and it's gearing up at HBO. The folks over at Shadow & Act first got wind of the project, and have learned that casting is underway. The film seems to be moving under the radar, but when is known thus far is that it has a script from Shawn Slovo ("Catch A Fire," "Captain Corelli's Mandolin") and Scott Ferguson ( past HBO successes "You Don't Know Jack," "Temple Grandin," "Recount") is one of the producers according to Montana Artists Agency. So what's it all about?
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Liam Hemsworth is 'Timeless'

Liam Hemsworth has been cast as the male lead in Relativity Media's romantic drama "Timeless."According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phillip Noyce ("Dead Calm," "Patriot Games," "Catch a Fire," "Salt") is directing from a Bill Kelly script.Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh is producing with Sunil Perkash.No production start date has been set.The film centers on a heartbroken man (Hemsworth) who attempts to create a scientific method that can turn back time following his wife's death.Hemsworth, who was last seen in "The Last Song," will appear in "The Hunger Games" in March and "The Expendables 2" in August.
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Lover's rock: the story of reggae's Motown

Lover's rock influenced the Police and Sade, and gave women a voice in reggae – so why was it sidelined in its native Britain?

In 1979, Janet Kay's piercing falsetto was one of the defining sounds of the summer. Silly Games, her bittersweet ode to a faltering relationship, enjoyed heavy radio play, thanks in part to a subtle arrangement by songwriter/producer Dennis Bovell, a distinctive drum pattern from Aswad's Angus Gaye and distribution on a Warners subsidiary. The song reached No 2, the highest chart placing for a black, British woman at that point. It also signalled a coming of age for lover's rock, the softened, British reggae sub-genre that focused on romance, but, as noted in Menelik Shabazz's documentary The Story of Lover's Rock, involved so much more than setting teenaged heartbreak to a reggae beat.

Though a primarily underground phenomenon, lover's rock influenced pop acts such as the Police,
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