Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon received widespread acclaim for their roles in the Clint Eastwood-directed Invictus. (Image: Invictus) British actor Idris Elba, who portrays Nelson Mandela in the latest film on the icon’s life, has reportedly worked hard on his gait, stance and accent.(Image: moviepilot) Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in the upcoming film directed by Darrell Roodt. The film’s release has been delayed considerably because of negative reaction and criticism.(Image: Black Thespian) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang CEO and spokesperson Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 011 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Nelson Mandela: a timeline • Jazz inspired by Mandela • Mandela around the world • Travelling the Mandela Route • Mandela’s head rises in HowickRomaana NaidooStanding 6ft 4ins – 1.93 metres – tall, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is a giant of a man whose life will again be immortalised on the silver screen, this time with the focus on his earlier years through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.The political activist not only united a nation divided but also put his country on the international map, and now another part of his life’s journey will be packaged in a form for all generations to appreciate. British actor Idris Elba stars in the latest film on the former president of South Africa, titled Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.It is a videoed chronicle of Mandela’s journey, by producer Anant Singh, from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration, and covers the period from 1924 to 1994. Stars in the film – scheduled for release on 29 November 2013 – include Elba and Atandwe Kani as Mandela at different ages, Tony Kgoroge as Walter Sisulu and Riaad Moosa as Ahmed Kathrada. Other cast members include Zolani Mkiva (Raymond Mhlaba), Gys de Villiers (FW de Klerk), Simo Magwaza (Andrew Mlangeni), Fana Mokoena (Govan Mbeki), Thapelo Mokoena (Elias Motsoaledi), Nomfusi Gotyana (Miriam Makeba) and Naomie Harris (Winnie Madikizela-Mandela).Under director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl), principal photography began in KwaZulu-Natal at the end of May 2012 before moving to Cape Town, and later to Johannesburg, the Eastern Cape and then back to KwaZulu-Natal.In 1963, the South African government found Mandela, or Madiba as he is fondly called after his clan name, guilty of sabotage for his anti-apartheid activities, and he was imprisoned for 27 years, first on Robben Island and later in Pollsmoor Prison, also in Cape Town, and then Victor Verster Prison outside Paarl, from which he was released on 11 February 1990. With then-president FW de Klerk, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his role in ending apartheid peacefully. Finally, he became the first black president and first democratically elected leader of South Africa in 1994, showing his incredible ability to lead a nation once so divided.Elba, born in East London, in England, starred in popular television show Luther, among other productions. He joins an illustrious group of actors who have played Mandela in previous films, including Morgan Freeman, Terrence Howard, Sidney Poitier, Dennis Haysbert and Danny Glover. Winnie also honoured in filmHoward plays the former statesman in Darrell Roodt’s biopic of struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, which was selected as the opening film for the eighth Montreal International Black Film Festival on 19 September 2012. The formidable Madikizela-Mandela was reportedly not consulted for the film, and in an interview published in UK newspaper The Guardian, described it as “an insult”.Winnie is based on the book Winnie Mandela: a Life by Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob. It stars Jennifer Hudson as Mandela’s wife and chronicles the life of the struggle heroine from her childhood through her marriage and her husband’s incarceration. It and Long Walk are expected to tussle at the box office with their release into mainstream cinema towards the end of 2013 – Winnie hits the big screen later than its originally scheduled release date because initial criticism and negative feeling towards the film caused the producers to take it back into the studio for more work.Madikizela-Mandela’s life was the subject of another film titled Mrs Mandela. It was released in 2010 as a television drama on the BBC and starred British actress Sophie Okonedo as the one-time first lady of South Africa, with David Harewood as Mandela. Local faces in this production included Rika Sennett, Vusi Kunene and François Stemmet.Then there is Winnie: The Opera, which premiered on 28 April 2011 at Pretoria’s State Theatre with Soweto-born soprano Tsakane Maswanganyi in the title role.Mandela at the moviesAnother blockbuster film portraying South Africa’s first black president is the high-profile Invictus (2009), a biographical sports drama directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Freeman and Matt Damon. The storyline is based on the John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation, which centres around events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, hosted in the country after the dismantling of apartheid. South Africa won the tournament.Eastwood’s son Kyle wrote the score for the film, which earned Golden Globe, Screen Actors’ Guild and Academy Award nominations for Freeman as best actor and Damon as best supporting actor.Also released in 2009 was the film Endgame, starring William Hurt as Prof Willie Esterhuyse, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Thabo Mbeki, Clarke Peters as Mandela and John Kani as Oliver Tambo. It’s based upon the book The Fall of Apartheid by Robert Harvey and focuses on the secret talks which took place in Somerset, UK, between the then-ruling National Party and the African National Congress (ANC) at the end of the apartheid years. Mbeki was the ANC’s director of information at the time and philosophy professor Esterhuyse was a well-known apartheid critic. He received a national order for his role in the negotiations.In Goodbye Bafana, released in 2007, American actor Dennis Haysbert played Mandela and Joseph Fiennes played James Gregory, a prison guard who became his close friend during the years the two were together on Robben Island and at Pollsmoor and Victor Verster. The film was based on Gregory’s book Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend, and was released in the US as The Color of Freedom.Poitier portrayed the statesman in the 1997 television release Mandela and De Klerk, with veteran Michael Caine as FW de Klerk. The film revealed the events leading up to the transition to democracy and also starred Gerry Maritz as De Klerk’s predecessor PW Botha, Ian Roberts as National Party politician and negotiator Kobie Coetsee, Ben Kruger as James Gregory and Jerry Mofokeng as Walter Sisulu. It was filmed in South Africa and, as far as possible, most of the locations were where the actual events took place. Back in 1987 the television film Mandela starred Danny Glover in the title role, supported by Alfre Woodard as Madikizela-Mandela, John Matshikiza as Sisulu and John Indo as Tambo. It was filmed in Zimbabwe and followed Mandela’s progress after his graduation as a lawyer as he evolved into a political activist.However, the repeated casting of overseas actors to play South Africans has been criticised locally. Mabutho “Kid” Sithole, former president of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa, said recently of Long Walk: “There’s always some reason to avoid using South African actors and having other people tell our stories. You tell me now, how will this actor pronounce Qunu, where Mandela was born, or Rolihlahla, his real name?”Internationally acclaimed actor and playwright John Kani is reported to have said, when asked by Freeman about how he felt to see Mandela portrayed by an American, that he understood why the producers chose a big Hollywood name but was saddened that “I wasn’t even asked”.Sello Maake Ka Ncube, a local actor, did portray Mandela in the 2011 local stage production Rivonia Trial, which opened at the State Theatre in April that year. It was written by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom and directed by Aubrey Sekhabi.In 2014 the Rivonia Trial marks its 50-year anniversary.
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Be PunctualI would advise that you show up earlier than your scheduled call time when working on a set because there’s always a need for an extra set of hands and you’ll be remembered for being one of the first ones on set. It’s also typical for a shoot to go much longer than expected, so do yourself a favor and prepare to stay as long as you need to until the job gets done. This may be the easiest and simplest tip on the list, but it’s also the one that is most overlooked. It’s a primary reason that crew members lose their jobs or don’t get called again – so be on time.Know Your Role & Respect the Chain of CommandQuite often, film sets can seem as if there is a lot of “down time” or standing around, but once the ball gets rolling, things become very hectic, very quickly. This is especially true for micro budget indie films, where money can’t be thrown at problems in order to solve them quickly, but can also occur on much larger scale projects. Make sure that you know your role inside and out so that when you are called to actually do your task, you are making the most out of the little time that you have to get the job done. If you’re working with new equipment, spend time with it in the days and week before the shoot so you’re comfortable and familiar with it when it’s ‘go time’. One of the most important things you can do when starting out in the film industry, is learn to abide by the unwritten rules of the set.Many less experienced crew members are often coming right of school where they have been taught to ‘stand out’ from the crowd and show off how much they know or how great they are at a particular task. However, on a film set proper etiquette is often times just the opposite, and these behaviors can actually do you more harm than good. It’s crucial that newcomers understand that a set has a ton of moving parts and a good film set operates like a well-oiled machine. In order for this to happen, all of these moving parts must work together, coherently. Whether you’re looking for a refresher or are new to set life, here is a list of tips for set etiquette. These tips are not only for making sure you work well (and appropriately) with others but also pointers for getting hired again! One important role to follow when working on set is to respect the chain of command, in all circumstances. It is your department head’s duty to delegate and oversee your work. If you have any questions or concerns, approach your department head or the individual directly responsible for you on set.Stick to Your TasksYour title on set clearly defines your tasks, creating boundaries for you and those you work with. It’s very important that you stick to your defined role and let others stick to theirs, leaving little room for error or confusion.Sometimes there will be crew members who have experience in different areas on past sets, and as a result, they tend to overstep their boundaries and try to look like the ‘hero’. For example, if you worked as a DP on a previous set but you’ve been hired for this production in an entirely different department, it’s not your job interject and insert your opinion on matters of lighting or shot setups. Scenarios such as this do you more harm than good. Specific titles for crew members assume that individuals on set have an intimate knowledge of their roles, which is why they are hired to perform them. Stick to yours.Avoid Too Much Small TalkWhile it’s nice to meet new people and forge relationships, you’ve been hired to assist in making a film (and you are hopefully being paid to do so!) In this way, film sets are vastly different than many work environments where chatter occurs all day long and, in some cases, team building and communication is encouraged by superiors. It may seem as if you have time on your hands to chat with fellow crew members, but in those ‘down’ moments you’ve got to be watching and listening to those around you to so that you can anticipate what is required from you next. Simply put, socializing on set should be kept to a minimum. It is distracting, annoying and could cause you to drop the ball, not to mention that it just looks bad when your department head catches you chatting it up when you should be working.Stay PositiveOne of the simplest and most effective things you can do on set is to simply be positive. Department heads love hiring crew members that work hard without complaining and that are natural problem solvers. Put yourself in the shoes of your department head on set and imagine what it would be like for them to be juggling so many different things all at once. When things don’t go as planned, when the shoot runs later than expected, and when everyone is exhausted, use this time as an opportunity to set yourself part by tackling it with a positive attitude. It won’t go unnoticed.Final ThoughtsThese are just a few tips that will help you have a better experience on set and increase your chances of being called back by the producers or department heads. A lot of what it takes to be a successful member of a crew just comes down to common sense, but you might be surprised at how often newcomers to set simply don’t follow these sort of guidelines. If you just remember to always show up early, work extremely diligently in the role you have been assigned, and remain positive and focused on set, you will be many steps ahead.
Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Bottom-dweller University of the East stunned Final Four hopeful University of Santo Tomas in five sets, 27-25, 24-26, 25-23, 18-25, 17-15, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Red Warriors improved to 2-5 for share of the sixth spot with De La Salle while the Tiger Spikers, who played without star hitter Joshua Umandal, dropped to fifth at 3-4.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag UST shot itself in the foot after committing a league-worst 50 errors against the Red Warriors in a game it badly needed to win to stay at the top four of the standings at the end of the first round.Lloyd Josafat paced UE with 16 points while Al-jhon Abalon and Clifford Inoferio had 12 and 11 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsManuel Medina finished with a game-high 30 points to lead UST.In the other game, Adamson University took a share of the third spot following a four-set beating of University of the Philippines, 22-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Soaring Falcons’ 4-3 record tied Ateneo’s card while the Fighting Maroons are at a miserable 0-7 slate for the no.8 spot.Leo Miranda led Adamson with 18 points while Paolo Pablico and Mark Alvarez had 17 points apiece.John Mark Millette led UP with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Google Philippines names new country director UST makes it 3 in a row, blasts UE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
Madrid: Gareth Bale’s move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning has been cancelled by Real Madrid, a source close to the Wales forward told AFP on Sunday. Bale, 30, who has been in the Spanish capital since 2013, was expected to join the Chinese Super League outfit on a three-year-deal worth ?1 million ( 1.1 million) a week. The 77-time international had been told by Real coach Zinedine Zidane he does not form part of his future plans at the Bernabeu. The former Tottenham Hotspur winger came off the bench to play half an hour in Real’s record 7-3 defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday. The source dismissed reports by Spanish daily Marca which said the player’s family had blocked a potential move to Asia. Marca said those close to Bale had asked his representatives to look for clubs in Europe “before definitively saying yes to Jiangsu Suning’s offer”. The Chinese transfer window closes on Wednesday.
During a trip to the Arctic aboard a Greenpeace ship, Actor Emma Thompson has spoken out about what she describes as a ‘culture of guilt’ around what’s needed to protect the Arctic and deal with global warming.The two time Oscar-winner urges people who feel powerless about the problem to stop feeling guilty and to use their voices to call for solutions that are already available.Speaking from the deck of the Greenpeace Esperanza, Emma said: “We’re told that it is all our fault, global warming — we want the fuel, we want our cars, and that the oil industry is merely responding to the needs of a greedy public. But that’s simply not fair. Most of us want to live cleaner lives, but our governments don’t make these things easily available.“The changes we need, that the Arctic needs, must come from the top as well as the bottom. We need electric cars to be cheaper and more accessible. We want safer bike lanes in every big city. We want plastic bags to be banned for good. We need governments to stand up to the dirty industries that have for so long funded and controlled them, and to give us all an affordable chance to live our lives in a more sustainable way.”The multi-award-winning actor and writer has embarked on a mission to the Arctic with her 14-year-old daughter Gaia, on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza. Along with Canadian Cree actor Michelle Thrush and her 14-year-old daughter Imajyn, the group has visited retreating glaciers, heard lectures on climate impacts in the north and the plastic crisis in our oceans, encountered walruses, seals and reindeer, and walked on the precarious sea ice.Emma continued: “Yes, keep recycling; keep using your own shopping bags, taking transit and using your bike. But also use your voice. Know that you have power and you can make your government listen. Above all, I hope that people stop feeling so guilty and powerless about climate change. That’s the lie that keeps us paralyzed when really together, we are so much more powerful.“But bear in mind that politicians often lose sight of issues that aren’t in front of them all the time. They can end up ignoring even something like climate change, which is possibly the most pressing challenge of our time. So we all need to be bold. Attend a rally, write to your local leaders. If tens of millions of us wrote to our leaders demanding action on the Arctic and climate change, well – that could change everything.”Emma’s trip to the Arctic is part of a global Greenpeace campaign that has attracted over five million people in just two years.During the journey, Tom Hanks, Russell Crowe, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugh Grant, Rita Wilson and Stephen Fry have taken to twitter to voice their support for fellow actor and friend, who has been tweeting for the first time using the handle @savethearctic.Greenpeace is calling for a ban on dangerous oil drilling and industrial fishing in the Arctic, as well as the creation of a protected sanctuary in the international waters around the North Pole.Emma is also calling on Americans to attend the world’s largest climate march in New York this September, on the eve of Ban Ki-moon’s climate summit there.Emma is asking people to join the campaign at www.savethearctic.org/emma.
Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement After the big X-Men Mansion drop-in a few weeks ago, Deadpool 2’s start of filming in Vancouver proved quieter with a shoot of Deadpool at a kids party and then an afternoon shoot on the roof of a downtown office tower yesterday.Deadpool was photographed bouncing on a trampoline at a kids party and on the roof wielding a gun while wearing his mask and Crazy Horse t-shirt.Deadpool 2 — with the working titles Caribbean Blue, Daisy and Love Machine — will shoot in metro Vancouver until early October 2017.