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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network has acquired the broadcast rights to the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
The film chronicles the life of the late South African leader’s education, struggles and imprisonment before taking on presidency and rebuilding the country. British stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris portray Mandela and his wife, Winnie Mandela, in the film.
“We couldn’t be more honored to showcase this powerful film to the OWN viewers. Nelson Mandela was Oprah’s hero, and ultimately, the inspiration behind Oprah’s school in South Africa,” said OWN president Erik Logan. “His story of forgiveness and redemption is a gift not only to the people he touched, but to the world.”
You can read more about the OWN premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom on ESSENCE.com.
“Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” was already poised to be a smash hit at the box office, but with the recent passing of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, the impact of the film is expected to be that much greater. Of course, with great expectations comes great pressure and as Idris Elba And Naomie Harris Cover JET magazine’s upcoming January 6, 2014 issue, the film’s lead stars discuss just that.
Though fans would likely disagree, Idris admitted he wasn’t sure he was the best man for the job of portraying such a heroic leader on screen. He told JET:
“I didn’t feel like I was accomplished enough to play such a great man. It was a massive challenge. He could energize people with his charisma and aura. I tried to channel that. I want people to be inspired by his story.”
It seems Idris has already done some inspiring of his own when it comes to his co-star, Naomie, who portrays Winnie Mandela in the film. She noted the role was a huge undertaking for her as well, but said her birthday twin (she and Idris were both born on September 6) helped her along the way.
“I felt like he was holding my hand through the whole thing,” she said. “It was a very difficult story to tell — dark and harrowing. We got to go on a journey together.”
That journey has culminated into a biopic that many expect will be the recipient of a number of award nominations, if not wins, as it has already proven to be a huge success in South Africa. After its opening last week, “Mandela” has now become South Africa’s highest-grossing picture. Only time will tell if American audiences feel the same way about this timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest leaders.
Check out behind-the-scenes video of Idris and Naomi’s photo shoot in the video below. Their JET magazine cover hits newsstands next Monday, December 16. What do you think?
Black people and horror movies haven’t always been a winning combination, but that doesn’t mean every instance between these two entities has been a complete fail. Don’t believe us? Then check out our list of 12 horror films worth watching this Halloween weekend – if only for their inclusion of main black characters who don’t die fifteen minutes in.
After an advanced screening for the new James Bond film Skyfall in New York City, Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Carribbean, 28 Days Later) discussed her role as the newest “Bond girl,” Eve. In particular, she talked about her intense physical training for the movie, what surprised her about it, and how it’s affected her since. Skyfall opens nationally November 9, 2012.
Style To Steal Or Girl, Stop: Rita Ora Pays Homage To The Matrix, Rihanna Does Black On Black And More
What were you wearing this week? If it’s anything like what the five women chosen this week had on, you might have made some smart style choices–or some big a** fails. Let’s take a look at the most interesting ensembles of the week and figure out who looked fab and who failed. Shall we?
Rihanna arived at her Halloween party this week at Greystone Manor in West Hollywood looking very dark but very diva on the red carpet. Of course, this wasn’t her costume, but she wore this black on black ensemble to accept an award for being “Queen of West Hollywood.” Random I know. Anyway, for the occasion, she showed up in a black ribbed tank, a black skirt with lace panels and sheer booties to top it all off. Back to her half-shaven hairstyle, the singer made sure to give her look some extra pop (before she put the crown on) with a hot red lip. While some strappy heels or even a pair of heels with some color really would have taken this look to the next level, I don’t dislike it. It’s simple but still snazzy and I absolutely dig the skirt. I probably would have put this look together differently, but it’s not too bad. Steal.
Having the opportunity to co-star beside a suave British intelligence agent such as James Bond, requires a lot of skill and technique. According to 36-year-old actress Naomie Harris, prepping for her starring role in, Skyfall, proved to be more strenuous than she originally expected.
While promoting the franchise’s 23rd installment of Bond, Harris took time out to speak with the Huffington Post about her new role as 007’s sidekick, in addition to her thoughts on Idris Elba possibly becoming the first black James Bond.
In recent years there’s been talks of the possibility of fans seeing a black James Bond at some point. Do you have any personal favorites that you would consider for the role?
I didn’t realize that there was this talk and then I did a film with Idris [Elba] and he said that he met Barbara Broccoli [James Bond producer] and that it does seem like there is a possibility in the future that there could very well be a black James Bond. And I would have to vote for Idris because I just finished working with him and he’s a great guy. [Laughs]
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Stylist and stylista June Ambrose stepped out for the Bergdorf Goodman 111th anniversary event in NYC rocking a very interesting look. She rocked a halter dress with a short skirt and a long skirt on the outside. Talk about details though! The cream top was covered by a sheer black overlay and a thick feather and ribbon combination tied around the neckline. The short skirt underneath has a lace bottom, and the large skirt on top is a sheer one with a large feather shaped like a flower, and small feathers going down the hip to the floor. She carried a sleek black clutch, threw on silver strappy heels and put her hair up like the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland–minus the hat.
Love this lady and her style most of the time, but this one–not so much. There’s just too much going on all over, from the hair to the skirt, and she’s too fashionable for that. Sorry, dear, but I’m going to have to ask you to stop.
Check out the newest Bond girl! Naomie Harris is one of two ladies that will play the new Bond girls alongside Daniel Craig in the newest James Bond installment, Skyfall (random title right?). During the press conference today in London, Harris, known for her roles in films like, 28 Days Later, and Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man’s Chest, stepped in front of the flashing lights in this form-hugging, structured cream dress. While it was definitely a Hot look, the London-born beauty still managed to keep it classy since the dress reached over her knees and rocked cap-sleeves. She topped the look off with strappy heels, minimal jewelry (that chunky bangle), and some relaxed, loose curls around her square-shaped face. The makeup is nice as well (I see the eyes seem to be going for the smokey look), and her skin is shimmering!
If I have to give a verdict, I would reluctantly say, “Style to Steal.” I only say reluctantly because something about these colors is a bit on the drab side to me. You can see the small details in the dress, but you kind of have to look hard. So I’m thinking if this color was a bit brighter, I would be in love with the look. However, because it’s so tame, it’s almost boring. Almost like something I can see some chick wearing at an after-five set at a lounge. And why aren’t folks with money opting out of wearing fun jewelry??? I think some big or long statement earrings that don’t clash with the bangle could have taken this ‘fit to the next level. But hey, I’ll give it a pass. What about you?
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