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These days it seems like everyone is coming out with a biopic. Whether a political figure, entertainer or important person, there’s no getting away from actors taking on their character. Take 12 Years a Slave for example. It followed the life of Solomon Northup, a free black man sold into slavery. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o, the film grossed $187.7 million worldwide and won three Academy Awards including Best Picture. It was a successful biopic. Here are 10 other films that resonated with us and ones that were so-so in their delivery. Do you have a favorite?
Many people questioned Jennifer Hudson’s capabilities when they learned that she’d been cast to play Winnie Mandela in biopic, Winnie. However, JHud told HipHollywood that she’s not too busy concerning herself with those who doubt her because folks said the same thing about her role in Dreamgirls—and we all see what a success that was. She also discussed how amazing it’s been working with talented actor Terrence Howard. Check out some excerpt from her interview below.
On the challenges of taking on her first starring role:
“Facing ‘Winnie’ was definitely the most intimidating. I mean, it’s Winnie Mandela. Just to be anywhere near that is intimidating alone, and then it was my first lead role at the same time, which was also like, daunting.”
“Well you know, I try not to think of those things. But I always say, ‘No one knows your potential better the way you do.’ A lot of people said the same thing about ‘Dreamgirls.’ I try not to think of those things and that’s how you grow.”
On working with a pro like Terrence Howard:
“Terrence automatically makes you raise your bar. Like at times he would be like, ‘I wanna use the language closer, let’s use the dialect. Let’s speak their language,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh God, Terrence I’m just trying t get the accent down.’He’s always pushing you and everyday he would address me as ‘Winnie.’ He would come in character all the time. I don’t think there was a time I was talking to Terrence.”
Watch JHud’s interview on page two.
Not only is Jennifer Hudson flexing her Academy Award winning skills for her role as Winnie Mandela, in the eponymous biopic, she also uses the talent she was first known for and contributes to the film’s soundtrack.
In the ballad which almost sounds like a heroine’s track, “Bleed for Love,” Hudson sings about the intense commitment she has for her husband who spent 27 years incarcerated. The lyrics go as follows
“Would you lay down your life? Would you give it all? Would you beg and crawl? Would you fall upon the knife? Would you bleed for love?”
Daaang! Do you have a love like that?
Anyway, take a listen to the song below and tell us, pass or play?
The soundtrack is available today and the film will hit theaters this Friday, September 6.
It’s officially the year of Madiba. While some are already talking about Oscar buzz for Idris Elba in his portrayal of Nelson Mandela for the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, which comes out this fall, some of you guys forgot that Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson have been working on their own Mandela film for years now. They first started talking about Winnie in 2010, but the film seemed to fall off the radar since it never officially hit the big screen. But hold up wait a minute! A new US trailer has been released for the film, brought to you by T.D. Jakes, and the name of the film has been changed from Winnie to Winnie Mandela.
The film will now try to step on the toes of Elba’s Long Walk To Freedom, and will be released on September 6 (in how many theaters, we’re not sure), just a few months before Long Walk To Freedom comes out on November 29. However, the focus of Winnie Mandela is clearly more about the former wife of Mandela and her struggle to keep his fight against apartheid going while he was in prison, and as she faced major challenges from the police and government. It’s also about the drama that came later in life for her around her divorce with Madiba and accusations of violence. From the trailer alone, it looks like it’s going to be pretty entertaining, but you never know these days. Trailers can play tricks on you. Check it out for yourself and let us know if you would see it!
If you were wondering if Idris Elba would be able to pull off the role political icon Nelson Mandela, the full length trailer for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom has finally been released.
In the clip, we get to see a glimpse of the love story between Nelson and Winnie (played by actress Naomie Watts) as well as the political uprising that occurred in South Africa during that time. As we all know, Mandela was and continues to be the biggest force behind social change there.
Although the film doesn’t open until January, the buzz around it has been huge. It seems like everyone is talking about it. If it plays out as well as many hope, Long Walk To Freedom could raise Elba’s Hollywood “stock” even higher. He’s already having a great year, having been part of some of this summer’s biggest blockbusters.
It looks like Naomie Watts will do a really good job as Winnie but since the focus is on Idris, what do you think of what you saw? What do you think of his accent?
Check out the trailer below.
No Sale: Auction Of Winnie Mandela’s Possessions Failed After There Are No Bidders Or Entry Into Home
The former First Lady of South Africa Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who is frequently called “mother of the nation,” is in debt and recently the court ordered that her possessions be auctioned off to help pay off the debt. But it seems no one was willing to take part. According to The Huffington Post, no one bid on the items, which included artworks and other belongings of Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife. And there were no locksmiths willing to unlock the doors to her home for the scheduled auction.
“Court sheriff John Maluleke and two other officials joined reporters gathered outside her gated home but were denied entry despite repeated ringing of the bell and banging on the metal gate,” reports HuffPo. The auction was listed by attorney Stephen Karnavos of Alan Levy Attorneys. According to Karnavos, Mandela owes nearly R46,000 ($5,000), which includes the unpaid school fees for her niece plus interest, legal costs and sheriff’s fees. A check for the equivalent of $1,700 was paid to the law firm a day before the planned auction, but the check has not yet cleared, said Karnavos. As a member of South Africa’s Parliament, Madikizela-Mandela earns R900,000 (more than $95,000) annually.
The auction was called off after officials could not find a locksmith willing to force entry into Madikizela-Mandela’s home, a sheriff’s official told The Associated Press.
The anti-apartheid activist has had other legal problems. She was accused of allegedly ordering the kidnapping deaths of several young men in the 1980s and in 1991 she was found guilty in the kidnapping and assault of one youth who died of his injuries. The court sentenced her to six years in jail. After an appeal, she was found guilty of being an accessory in the assault and her sentence was reduced to a fine and a suspended prison term, reports the website.
Nelson Mandela and Madikizela-Mandela married in 1958 but his 27-year imprisonment by the apartheid government separated the couple. They reunited when he was released in 1994 but divorced in 1997.
‘The Mandela Name Is Our Name As Well:’ Nelson Mandela’s Granddaughters Discuss New Reality Show, ‘Being Mandela’
It’s quite apparent that we are living in the age of reality television, where people from all walks of life invite the public into the their private lives by allowing camera crews to follow and document their every move. While these types of shows are generally frowned upon due to the negativity that they are commonly associated with, every once in a while, a positive show comes along, debunking the stereotype that all reality shows are bad. The latest show that offers the hope of reinforcing positive images of Black women in the media is Being Mandela, a reality show that will document the lives of Nelson and Winnie Mandela’s granddaughters, Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Swati Dlamini. The Grio‘s Chris Withrerspoon recently sat down with the sisters to discuss their upcoming show. Check out some of what they had to say.
On why they chose to do reality TV:
“When we were initially approached, we took a lot of time to think about whether or not going down this avenue was the right thing for us to do in terms of reality TV. But, then, when we actually made the decision we thought this would be a great showcase for our country. We didn’t only produce Nelson Mandela. You know, there are also other things that are awesome about the country,” said Swati
On what we can expect to see on the show:
“…ourselves, our lives, our families are going to be on the show. My grandmother, she’ll be on the show, our mom, our siblings, some of our cousins… Through the show you actually get to see us as women, as mothers, as businesswomen. So it’s kind of just insight into how we live our lives, ” expressed Swati
On getting permission from their grandparents to do the show:
“I mean we didn’t have to ask them. You know, my grandfather is 95, so we don’t actually go and ask him things like this. But, the Mandela name is our name as well, so he entrusts us to do well by the name, respect the name, to treat it with integrity, to produce something he can be proud of. So, we just know he supports us in everything that we do and we take pride in our name so we would never do anything to tarnish the name in anyway,” said Zaziwe.
On their grandfather’s health:
“His health is very good. He’s surrounded by family. We go to the house all the time. He’s really happiest the most when he spends time with his great grandchildren. So before we came on the trip we literally went to go see him to say bye. So he’s in really really good spirits. We’re very happy,” said Zaziwe.
Being Mandela premieres on Cozi TV February 10th at 9:00 pm ET.
Check out footage of the interview on the next page. What do you think of the Mandela heiresses getting their own reality show?
Despite my earnest efforts to try to help Oprah save her fledgling network, she is still hell bent on doing it her way – mainly by interviewing us to death.
And who can blame her? Oprah’s signature program, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” has produced the second highest viewership in the short lived network’s history. Yet as the viewership numbers appears to be looking up for O, Oprah might be running out of A-listers willing to appear on the show and it looks like she is scrounging through the bottom of the barrel looking for quality interviews. It has also been reported that she has even considered getting OJ Simpson on her show so that she can get him to confess to the 1992 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. I guess there is nothing like circling the drain of failure to force you to go back on your very public vow to never have OJ on as a guest.
Nevertheless, since Oprah insists on doing things her way, I’m still willing to help a sister out. What can I say? Oprah is my shero. Therefore, as a hard and fast stan, who wants to see her succeed, I have put on my thinking cap and came up with a list of five people Oprah should consider interviewing for her next chapter:
What Will Make Her a Good Guest: Seriously this woman is screaming for a sit down, tell all (and I mean ALL) interview. There is no more intriguing person right now in my mind than Lil Kim. Not only was she the pioneer in the smut rap genre, her rise to fame crosses all sorts of intersections between race and gender and sexuality. She even had good Christian girls walking around, talking about, I used to be scared of the d**k, now I throw lips to the s**t, handle it like a real b****h… Heck, I bet after reading this, about a dozen people went straight to YouTube to pull up her entire archive of music.
What Oprah Should Ask Her: Listen, there is no need to beat around the bush. Just go right in and ask her, “What the hell happened to your face?” Maybe not in that manner, but you get what I’m saying. Then you can talk about what’s holding her back from a comeback; her beef with Minaj; her time in prison and her relationship with Biggie Smalls. But most importantly talk about her face. Heck make it a two-part special. After Oprah gets down to exposing all the pathology behind her…er…transformation into a Puerto Rican cat, she can then hand the reigns over to Iyanla Vanzant, who can lay hands on her, do some chanting and help Kim find her inner peace. On a more serious note: body dysmorphic disorder is a very real thing, even in the African American community. And with so many folks of darker hues doing all sorts of craziness like skin bleaching to appear lighter, that interview could help lots of folks work through some of the same sort of self-esteem issues we’ve seen on full display with Kim.
Let’s just say people weren’t too enthusiastic at the thought of Jennifer Hudson playing Winnie Mandela in the biopic Winnie, particularly with Terrence Howard playing her husband, South African apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. Less than stellar reviews from the screening at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival also confirmed that lack of enthusiasm but now the general public is getting a chance to make up their own minds about the film.
Winnie has been scheduled for a Fall release and a new trailer is giving us a first look at what to expect from the movie, which is directed by Darrell Roodt and follows the life of Winnie from her early childhood through to her marriage and later imprisonment of her husband. According to Soul Culture, the film chronicles her continuous harassment by the security police, banishment to a small Free State town, betrayal by friends and allies, and more than a year in solitary confinement.
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Just when we thought the Winnie Mandela biopic was dead on arrival, it has been resurrected. According to Forbes Winnie will get a fall 2012 release.
A version of the film was screened at the Toronto Film Festival in September of last year, but received mixed reviews and considerable backlash. One reason being that Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard star as Winnie and Nelson Mandela, rather than South African actors, but also because Winnie Mandela was never consulted during the production of the film.
See how Jakes stepped in over at theGrio.com.
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