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Right now, mention of the name Benedict Cumberbatch brings to mind characters like Sherlock Holmes and his mystery-until-now Star Trek Into Darkness villain. But later this year the buzz around the British actor will likely shift to another role: Julian Assange, co-creator of the controversial website WikiLeaks.
Assange’s story has already made a trip to the silver screen with We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, a documentary directed by Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room). The film’s producer Marc Shmuger (former co-chairman of Universal Pictures) has revealed some thoughts on the upcoming project starring Cumberbatch as Assange, »
- Emily Rome
Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to Winnie Mandela at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. Budgeted at $15 million, the film is an adaptation of Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob's biography Winnie Mandela: A Life and is written and directed by Darrell J. Roodt.
Winnie Mandela stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls; Sex and the City) and Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow; Red Tails; Iron Man) and will be released in theaters Fall 2013. The film is presented by T.D. Jakes, and produced by Andre Pieterse (Ironwood Films) and Michael Mosca (Equinoxe Films). Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment, made today's announcement, with the following statement.
"Both Jennifer Hudson (as Winnie) and Terrence Howard (as Nelson Mandela) deliver exceptional, solid performances. We are honored to distribute the film and give audiences the opportunity to see Winnie Mandela's powerful story. »
Image Entertainment announced today its acquisition of domestic distribution rights to Jennifer Hudson-starrer "Winnie Mandela", the biopic focusing on the wife of South African President Nelson Mandela that debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last fall after much delay. Based on the book by Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob, the film adaptation was written and directed by Darrell Roodt ("Yesterday"). Terrence Howard plays Mr. Mandela, and the film is scheduled for a fall 2013 release. Hudson has garnered only a handful of unenviable roles since her Oscar win for "Dreamgirls" in 2006, most recently on the axed TV series, "Smash." "Winnie Mandela" could mark a return to winning ways for the former American Idol, who also lends her voice to a song by Diane Warren for the film. Though a tepid response out of Toronto (Winnie Mandela herself has also spoken out against it). »
- Ben Travers
Image Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Winnie Mandela at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. Budgeted at $15 million, the film is an adaptation of Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob.s biography "Winnie Mandela: A Life" and is written and directed by Darrell J. Roodt. Winnie Mandela stars Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson ( Dreamgirls , Sex in the City ) and Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard ( Hustle & Flow , Red Tails , Iron Man ) and will be released in theaters fall 2013. The film is presented by Td Jakes, and produced by André Pieterse (Ironwood Films) and Michael Mosca (Equinoxe Films). Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment, made today.s announcement. .Both Jennifer Hudson (as Winnie) and Terrence Howard »
Jocko Sims has joined the cast of Fox’s Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes, says Variety, the upcoming sequel to 2011’s franchise reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The Matt Reeves-directed movie's cast includes Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Kodi-Smit McPhee and Gary Oldman. The sequel is set in an apocalyptic future more than a decade after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, in which the ape population far exceeds humans. Sims will play a military operative named Werner - a supporting role. He's appeared on the big screen in films like Dreamgirls and Jarhead, as well as on the small screen on shows like Franklin & Bash and Emily Owens M.D. Fox has set the film for »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Is Blue Ivy destined to be a big sister? Page Six is reporting that "Dreamgirls" star Beyonce and her music mogul hubby, Jay-z, may be expecting another child. Rumors began after photos surfaced of the singer looking a little bit bigger in the tummy area on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour last week. Bey did reveal on Gma that she wanted Blue to have a sibling, and at the Met Gala last Monday, the singer wore a strategically placed belt as an accessory to her Givenchy dress. Hmm, could that have been a clever baby-bump disguise? According to Page Six, Beyonce's reps declined to comment, which is no surprise considering she revealed her last pregnancy in a very public, suspense-filled way at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. What do you think? Is Bey's belly bump Blue Ivy's newest playmate, or did she just have a big lunch? [via NY Post h/t Hollywood Life] »
- Dana Taddeo
We're getting to know the Film Experience community with reader spotlights once or twice a week. This may take awhile! Today we're talking to Troy from Maryland.
What's your first movie memory?
My first movie memory is seeing Annie in the theater with my mother, aunt, and cousin. I recall being thoroughly drawn in as everyone's favorite redhead clings to Punjab for dear life toward the climax of the film. I also have a vivid recollection of viewing Pinocchio when it was re-released in the early 1980s. I guess that makes me one of your elder readers.
Aw, we have readers of all ages. It's just the younger readers seem way less shy. When did you start reading Tfe?
Oscar race 2001 after a link from Sasha Stone's site. As someone who was not a fan of A Beautiful Mind, I was impressed by your incisive dissection of the movie's glaring flaws. »
- NATHANIEL R
The long-in-development biopic Spinning Gold, about music producer Neil Bogart, has finally found a financier. Foresight Unlimited has come aboard the project to produce, finance, and handle worldwide sales.
Justin Timberlake is set to produce and also star as Bogart, a 1970s music industry icon who promoted the careers of such artists as Kiss, Donna Summer, and the Village People before he died at age 39. His son, Timothy Scott Bogart, wrote the script for the biopic. Dreamgirls producer Laurence Mark, who earned an Oscar nomination for Jerry Maguire, will also produce.
“Spinning Gold is about a larger than life man »
- Emily Rome
Foresight Unlimited (Foresight) has come aboard to produce, finance, and handle worldwide sales on the epic biopic Spinning Gold written by Timothy Scott Bogart. Emmy® and Grammy Award®-winning Renaissance man Justin Timberlake (The Social Network, Inside Llewyn Davis) will take on the lead role of the famous 1970s record icon Neil Bogart.
Bogart, a legendary music business entrepreneur, is credited with discovering, launching and nurturing the careers of a generation of music superstars during the 60’s and 70’s including Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, Kiss, Parliament, Donna Summer and The Village People among many others. Featuring some of the most iconic music of the era, Spinning Gold tells the rags-to-riches story of a poor kid from Brooklyn who went on to become the man who defined the pop music culture of his time. Neil Bogart died prematurely in 1982 at age 39.
Foresight’s CEO Mark Damon will produce the film alongside Timberlake, »
- Michelle McCue
Annie: Jamie Foxx may play a “variation” on Daddy Warbucks in the upcoming musical adaptation Annie. Young Academy Award-nominated actress Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) is already set to play the titlular role of a little orphan girl for producers Will Smith and Jay-z. If the negotiations are successful, Foxx would be singing on-screen for the first time since 2006’s Dreamgirls. [The Hollywood Reporter] Sugar Bandits: Filmmaker Joe Carnahan, who scored a one-two action punch with The A-Team and The Grey a couple of years ago but has since seen other potential projects such as Daredevil fall through, is now in talks to direct Sugar Bandits, based on a novel by Chuck Hogan (The Town, adapted into Ben Affleck’s movie). The story revolves...
- Peter Martin
• Michael Fassbender (Shame) is attached to play the title role in a film update of Macbeth, William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about a scheming nobleman intent on ruling Scotland. The play has been adapted for the big screen a number of times, including Orson Welles’ 1948 version in which he also played the character of Macbeth, and Roman Polanski’s 1971 version which starred Jon Finch. Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) will direct the Fassbender update which will reportedly use the original language. The part of Lady Macbeth has not been cast yet. [Screen Daily]
- Lindsey Bahr
The upcoming “Annie” remake may have found its Daddy Warbucks: Jamie Foxx is in talks to take on the role of the rich man who adopts the titular orphan, played by Quvenzhane Wallis. Foxx would play Benjamin Stacks, an updated take on the Warbucks character whose name literally means money. (In case you're not a Puff Daddy fan: “Benjamin” is slang for $100 bills.) Foxx certainly has the musical chops to carry the role: he won an Oscar and Golden Globe for portraying legendary musician Ray Charles in “Ray,” starred in “Dreamgirls,” and released several successful R&B albums, for which he also won a Grammy. Plus, Foxx should have no trouble embodying the chrome-domed character after sporting the bald look for his upcoming role as Electro in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” His charismatic personality should also lend itself well to Warbucks/Stacks, since the millionaire forms a close relationship with the spunky Annie. »
- Katie Roberts
Jennifer Hudson has a friend in Jennifer Aniston. The former Friends star asked the Dreamgirls Oscar winner to play a war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder in Call Me Crazy, the new Lifetime movie coproduced by Aniston. "Jennifer Aniston and I had been in talks about working together on different projects, and she presented me with a lot of different projects and this was one of them," Hudson said at the Crazy premiere earlier this week in West Hollywood. "So here we are, and hopefully this is the beginning." When asked if their budding friendship means that Aniston has played babysitter to Hudson's three-year-old son David Jr., Hudson cracked, "Not yet, but that's next »
Washington -- Music's biggest night came to Washington Wednesday at the annual Grammys on the Hill Awards, which honored Jennifer Hudson with the Recording Artist Coalition Award for her philanthropic and artistic achievements.
Hudson, a frequent visitor to the Obama White House who most recently performed Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" for President and Michelle Obama's first dance at an inaugural ball in January, said it was "so cool" being backstage with the Obamas and that the president requested her as a performer.
Of course the Boston bombing was on everyone's mind, and the show opened with a memorial message to the victims. Hudson sent her prayers to Boston too, saying, "When I saw the news, it just stopped me in my tracks. It's just heartbreaking."
- The Huffington Post
Britain's Got Talent returned to screens this weekend and proved that despite a few unfortunate exceptions, the nation still has a lot of talent to offer.
From comedian Jack Carroll to the tear-reducing shadow dance act Attraction, there was most certainly variety on the show's premiere.
Jack Carroll, a 14-year-old comedian, impressed the judges with his self-deprecating jokes. Carroll suffers from cerebral palsy but used his condition as a source of humour. Asked why he does this, he said: "In comedy, a lot of times, your weaknesses are your strengths."
He got off to a brilliant start by telling the judges he was a "professional gymnast" when Cowell asked him to tell everyone a little more about him.
After his performance, David Walliams told him he was a "comedy genius".
He continued: "I wasn't as funny as you at 14, I'm not even as funny now as you are now at 14 years old. »
Director visits Julian Assange at Ecuadorian embassy in London and praises the Wikileaks founder's strength of mind
Stone, a long-time supporter of Assange, tweeted a picture of himself with the political activist. He wrote: "A sad occasion in that Julian could not follow me out the door. He lives in a tiny room with great modesty and discipline."
In further tweets, Stone added: "Strong mind, no sun, friends who visit, work to be done, one documentary coming out from Alex Gibney that is not expected to be kind.
"Another film from Dreamworks which is also going to be unfriendly … I don't think most people in the Us realise how important Wikileaks is and why Julian's case needs support.
"Julian Assange did much »
- Ben Child
The Plot: "The Fifth Estate" focuses on the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, which is tested as the website becomes increasingly powerful. -Insertgroups:12- The Pedigree: The film is directed by Bill Condon, who won an Oscar for writing "Gods and Monsters" (1998) and was nominated again for his script for 2003 Best Picture champ "Chicago." He also helmed "Kinsey" (2004), which earned a Supporting Actress bid for Laura Linney, and "Dreamgirls" (2006), which won that category for Jennifer Hudson. The screenplay is by Josh Singer, based on a book by Domscheit-Berg, and another by British journalists Luke Harding and David Leigh. It's Singer's first feature screenplay, but his TV credits include scripts for "The West Wing" and "Fringe." The cast is led by rising stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl (above) and »
The story will center on the life of the late comedian. Pryor's widow Jennifer will also produce alongside Nina Yang Bongiovi.
He departed, and with Whitaker taking over he is developing a whole new screenplay. However, it isn't known if a writer is attached as yet.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
A biopic of late, great stand-up comedian Richard Pryor is clearly a cursed production. Versions with filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Kasi Lemmons have crashed and burned, even with stars attached. Filmmaker Bill Condon was coming off the $100 million "Dreamgirls" in 2006 and had an honest script in place depicting all the drugs, women and turmoil of Pryor's life, but the hard R rating made it difficult to land financing. It was dark with a capital "D," and stars such as Eddie Murphy, Will Smith and Jamie Foxx balked, further scaring off studios as the project bounced from Fox Searchlight »
- Kristopher Tapley
You might not see Beyonce's face in the new 20th Century Fox animated movie "Epic," but you will hear her voice. The pop star is the focus of a new featurette about the upcoming film and she talks about her character, the Queen of the Forest.
"Once I learned about my character, Queen Tara, I just had to be a part of it," she says of the movie. "What I like most about Tara is she sets a great example for the people she protects. I've always wanted to be a queen. The film is about how everything in our life connects."
She continues, "Everything in this movie is big: the characters, the action. This is one time where the film really lives up to its title."
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