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Pathe has revealed these three images from the much anticipated Nelson Mandela biopic, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.’ Based on the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s autobiography of the same name, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ is directed by Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) and produced by Anant Singh. Alongside Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris plays his wife, Winnie. The likes of Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto co-star.
Anant Singh began communicating with Nelson Mandela about making a film based on his life while he was still in prison and acquired the film rights to Mandela’s book at the time of its publication in 1996 and development on the film began immediately when Academy Award Nominee, writer William Nicholson (Les Miserables, Gladiator, Shadowlands) signed on. The film tells the story of the legendary South African freedom fighter, spanning over seventy years, including his struggle against apartheid, 27 years in jail and his rise to prominence as a political leader and head-of-state. ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ arrives in cinemas on November 29th in the US and January 3rd in the UK.
2 More ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Banners Highlight Lee Pace’s Thranduil & Luke Evans’ Bard
Warner Bros. Pictures is releasing five banners (banner #1 can be viewed here) in the run up to the new trailer for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ which is hitting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6am PT/9am ET/2pm GMT. ’The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is the second installment of a three-part film series based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel ‘The Hobbit,’ beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) and set to conclude with ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ (2014). The three films together act as prequels to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy.
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ arrives in cinemas on December 13th while ’The Hobbit: There and Back Again’ concludes the trilogy on December 17th, 2014.
After making a movie centered on ‘Maleficent,’ the villainess from Sleeping Beauty, Disney is reportedly setting its sights on another iconic villain: Cruella de Vil. Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) has been hired to pen Cruella, which will bring the dog-fur-loving fashionista from ’101 Dalmations’ into a live-action feature.
Cruella de Vil first appeared in Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel ‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians,’ but became a Disney icon with the 1961 animated movie. And it’s not the character’s first incarnation in a live-action feature. Glenn Close memorably played the character in 1996′s ’101 Dalmatians’ and the 2000 sequel, ’102 Dalmatians.’ Disney is currently keeping its latest take on the character under wraps.
Paramount Pictures has unleashed this new TV spot for Jeff Tremaine’s ’Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.’ Set for a October 25th release, the comedy blends Jackass-style pranks with a narrative involving Johnny Knoxville’s 86-year-old Irving Zisman and his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll).
86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companions, his 8 year-old Grandson Billy in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”. This October, the signature Jackass character Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and Billy (Jackson Nicholl) will take movie audiences along for the most insane hidden camera road trip ever captured on camera.
With the release of ‘Thor: The Dark World’ on the horizon, Marvel has set loose these two new TV spots for the film. ‘Thor: The Dark World’ continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor” and ‘The Avengers,’ Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos… but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves… but our universe itself.
In the film, the likes of Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Jaimie Alexander (Sif), Idris Elba (Heimdall), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis), Rene Russo (Frigga), Tadanobu Asano (Hogun), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Stellan Skarsgård (Dr. Erik Selvig) and Natalie Portman (Jane Foster) reprise their roles from the first ‘Thor’ film, while Zack Levi is confirmed to play Fandril, Christopher Eccleston will play the villainous Malekith The Accursed, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje will be playing Algrim the Strong and Kurse.
Columbia Pictures and MGM send word that principal photography has begun on ’22 Jump Street,’ the sequel to the 2012 action-comedy blockbuster ’21 Jump Street,’ which took in more than $200 million at the worldwide box office. ’22 Jump Street’ reunites Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as they return to their roles as undercover cops Schmidt and Jenko; they are also re-teaming with ’21 Jump Street’ producer Neal H. Moritz (“Fast and Furious” franchise) and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ upcoming ‘The LEGO Movie’). Alongside Hill and Tatum, Ice Cube reprises his role as Captain Dickson.