• Jude Law (The Grand Budapest Hotel) is in talks to join Melissa McCarthy (The Heat) and Rose Byrne (Insidious: Chapter 2) in the upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper. Jason Statham (The Transporter) has also been confirmed to co-star in the upcoming film, which centers on the adventures of a James Bond-esque female spy. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
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Nobel Peace Prize winner and former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died Tuesday at the age of 95, is the subject of the new film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, released last week. The film stars Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) and is directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl). On behalf of the Weinstein Company, which is distributing the film, studio Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein released the following statement:
“One of the privileges of making movies is having the opportunity to immortalize those who have made a profound impact on humanity. We count ourselves unspeakably fortunate to have been immersed in Nelson Mandela’s story and legacy. It’s been an honor to have been granted such proximity to a man who will go down as one of history’s greatest freedom fighters and advocates for justice. I have had the privilege of spending time with President Mandela and I can say his sense of humor was as great as his optimism. We are deeply saddened by his loss; our hearts go out to his family and the entire South African nation.”
Last August, EW spoke with director Chadwick about making the film, which was shot in South Africa. Weeks before shooting, Chadwick got to meet Mandela, who had been in frail health. “That was a moment and an afternoon I will never, ever, ever forget,” Chadwick told EW. “I was invited to the house for tea. The electricity that came off him was amazing. It was a great, great meeting. I started shooting about three weeks later, and I just carried that energy with me all the way through [filming].”
Read more at People.com:
Nelson Mandela: His Life in Pictures
Dignitaries and Stars Pay Tribute
Flashback: The Actors Who’ve Portrayed Him
Prince William at ‘Mandela’ Premiere: He Was ‘an Extraordinary and Inspiring Man’
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was the toughest ticket to get in the very few theaters it played last holiday weekend, when it averaged more per-screen than Catching Fire and Frozen. With the film set to expand nationwide on Christmas, a new featurette titled “Mandela: The Leader You Know, The Man You Didn’t” aims to reintroduce the man behind the legend, as well as promote Idris Elba’s candidacy for acting accolades.
In the video, which features commentary from public figures as eclectic as Tom Brokaw and Sean Combs, the inspiring words of the hero himself combine with grainy footage of the early anti-apartheid movement to set the tone for the story of how Mandela became Public Enemy No. 1 for fighting against the white South African regime.
At a precise moment, Mandela’s words overlap with Elba’s, and the actor takes over. There’s very little physical resemblance between the two men, a fact Elba himself has admitted, but the actor emits a determined strength that honors both men.
Watch the clip below:
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• Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) has signed on to star in the thriller Bastille Day, which finds a young artist and a former CIA agent teaming up on an anti-terrorist mission in France. Baran bo Odar (The Silence) is set to direct. Andrew Baldwin (The Outsider) penned the script. Elba can be seen next as Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (out Dec. 18). [Variety]
If there’s one real-life story that doesn’t require a swelling soundtrack for added drama, it’s Nelson Mandela’s decades-long struggle to end apartheid and regain his freedom. But in the latest trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, it sure doesn’t hurt.
Idris Elba plays the South African icon in the film, and his powerful performance is backed by an original song by U2, whose frontman, Bono, has long supported Mandela’s cause. The movie is based on Mandela’s 1994 autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.
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• Rachel McAdams is set to join Wim Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine, which tells the story of a writer (James Franco) who causes the death of a young boy. McAdams will take on the role of Franco’s girlfriend — a part that Sarah Polley was originally attached to play. Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia) will appear as the slain boy’s mother. The story chronicles the 10 years after the accident. [THR]
“He was public enemy No. 1, hunted by the police, feared by the government. Revolutionary. Outlaw. Rebel. Fighter.”
Are we talking about a fictional action hero — a vigilante in the tradition of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, or maybe some kind of Bourne descendent?
Nope: Those are the words used to describe none other than South African political leader Nelson Mandela in the following trailer. Though the nonagenarian revolutionary — the ailing icon just celebrated the big 9-5; happy birthday, Your Excellency! — is best known today as a smiling, stooped old man, he was quite the debonair radical until he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1962. Mandela was released in 1990 and elected president of South Africa just four years later.
In Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the man himself is played by Idris Elba — who knows how to smolder and inspire in equal measure, even while delivering occasionally clunky dialogue. (“You are Winnie Madikizela, the first black social worker they’ve ever hired,” he says to the woman who will become his second wife, played here by Naomi Harris. “And you are the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.”)
See South Africa’s savior speed away from exploding bombs, be called a womanizer, and exhibit more un-Gandhi-like (and un-Gandhi-like) behavior in the clip below.
The first teaser trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on Nelson Mandala own 1994 autobiography, has arrived. Starring Idris Elba as the titular icon, this biopic will reportedly cover a great majority of Mandela’s life, from childhood to prison to his inauguration as President of South Africa. The quick first trailer goes for a literal approach, showing Elba’s Mandela walking along a mountain amongst a group of children. Viewers don’t get a close-up of his face, but do get to hear Elba say, via voiceover, “I have walked a long walk to freedom. It has been a long road, and it’s not over yet. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin. People learn to hate. They can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart.” So it’s slightly different than the dialogue from Elba’s current project, Pacific Rim.
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'Pacific Rim' premiere: Guillermo del Toro and monster-mashing cast pick their favorite feature creatures
Director Guillermo del Toro freely admits he’s a geek for all things sci-fi and supernatural, so he wholeheartedly jumped at the chance to smush two of his favorite Japanese sub-genres — mecha (huge robots, machines or human-piloted suits of armor) and kaiju (giant monsters) — into one super-sized summer blockbuster hopeful: Pacific Rim.
“No one has done it before and that was what first attracted me because I’m a big fan of both these very traditional [Eastern] genres,” Del Toro told EW on the black carpet at the film’s U.S. premiere Tuesday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. “This movie represents as much of me as a small adult movie like Pan’s Labyrinth does. They represent two sides of me, but they are both absolutely sincere and full of love. [Robots] and [monsters] are like vanilla and chocolate. You can’t pick which is better. I had a chance to do a giant poem to both of them, so win-win for me.”
The film’s stars also found it impossible to definitively decide whether the menagerie of dino-like aliens or the fleet of epic war machines called Jaegers were cooler. “The movie is way more fun than you can even imagine, because these monsters are formidable and these robots are like a World Cup team,” frequent Del Toro collaborator Ron Perlman explained. “Just when you think you understand [the monsters’] skill set in terms of how dangerous they are, they adapt and reinvent themselves. They are a nightmare of an enemy. But then Guillermo made the team of Jaegers that are kind of like the 1927 Yankees. Each of them has their own personality and swagger and none of them tolerate losing.”
The cast all marveled at the seemingly endless array of badass beasts dreamt up for the Warner Bros. film that now join the annals of movie monster history. It seemed like the perfect time to ask who gets their vote for greatest movie monster of all time.
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