Saturday, 7 December 2013

Photos: Naomie at 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Royal London premiere













WOWZERS: Naomie Harris Gets SEXY For ESQUIRE Magazine's January 2014 - theybf

WOWZERS: Naomie Harris Gets SEXY For ESQUIRE Magazine's January 2014


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Well, HELLO Hottie!  British bombshell Naomie Harris is showing off her sex appeal for Esquire magazine.  Check out how the newest 'Winnie Mandela' is reminding us of her Bond Girl behavior....

Naomie Harris stripped down and opened up--literally--to shoot the Esquire January Film Special.   In sheer black & blue lingerie and heels, the 37-year-old Skyfall actress turned Mandela star is doing a whole lot of talking...without saying a word.
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But she did actually speak a few words...about her equally sexy co-star Idris Elba.  She admitted she was the one who started the rumors about Mandela star Idris becoming the first black James Bond.
'A journalist once asked me, ‘Who do you think is going to be the next Bond?’ I said, ‘I’ve just finished working with Idris so, if I had the chance, I would vote for him’.
'The next thing there were headlines going: Naomie Harris says Idris Elba to be the next Bond’. And Idris has had to live with that ever since. Now, nearly every time he does an interview, he gets asked about it.'
And she also told Esquire about being terrified about what the real Winnie Mandela would think of her movie portrayal:
'She loved it. I was over the moon — she was the one critic I was really scared of. But she’s seen it, she likes it, my job is done.'
More hot pics below:

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Loves her!  The full interview with Naomie is in the January 2014 issue of Esquire on stands now.

Photography: Andrew Woffinden

Friday, 6 December 2013

Naomie Harris, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron and Morgan Freeman lead tributes to Nelson Mandela as Hollywood mourns loss of great leader

Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and Morgan Freeman lead tributes to Nelson Mandela as Hollywood mourns loss of great leader


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I am deeply saddened by the loss of one of the greatest inspirational leaders of our time. Today South Africa lost its spiritual father. Too often violence and oppression lead to further violence and retribution. He taught us to fight back with peace. Long before we made this movie, I was inspired, as so many have been, by the leadership, grace and compassion of Nelson Mandela. While no single film can replicate a person’s life, I am very proud to be part of our tribute to this extraordinary man. His accomplishments and approach to peace are lessons that will live on for generations.

  • Oscar winner Charlize says: 'There will never be words to say what I'm feeling right now, I'm saddened to the depths of my soul'
  • Idris - winning plaudits for playing Mandela - said: 'What an honor it was to  portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world'
  • Mandela producer Anant Singh announced news of Mandela's death to shocked crowd at Royal premiere tonight
  • Movie mogul Harvey calls it an 'honour' to make the biopic based on Mandela's biography
  • Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in 2009 film Invictus, described him as: 'A hero who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind'
  • David Beckham, the Kardashians, Rihanna, Kerry Washington and Cher were among other stars paying their respects

South African Oscar-winner Charlize Theron led the tributes to Nelson Mandela on Thursday night alongside movie mogul Harvey Weinstein - just hours after the Royal premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Charlize, 38, said: 'My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever,' adding: 'There will never be words to say what I'm feeling right now. I am saddened to the depths of my soul. Truly.'
Mr Weinstein, 61, who produced the movie starring Brits Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, told MailOnline: 'One of the privileges of making movies is having the opportunity to immortalize those who have made a profound impact on humanity. 
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Tender: South African Oscar winner Charlize Theron shares a moment with Nelson Mandela on March 11, 2004, in Johannesburg, South Africa
Tender: South African Oscar winner Charlize Theron shares a moment with Nelson Mandela on March 11, 2004, in Johannesburg, South Africa
Premiere: The Duchess of Cambridge meeting movie mogul Harvey Weinstein tonight at the London premiere of his film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Premiere: The Duchess of Cambridge meeting movie mogul Harvey Weinstein tonight at the London premiere of his film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Royal seal of approval: Producer Harvey Weinstein greets Mandela stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris and director Justin Chadwick at the Royal premiere of Mandela: London Walk to Freedom in London tonight
Royal seal of approval: Producer Harvey Weinstein greets Mandela stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris and director Justin Chadwick at the Royal premiere of Mandela: London Walk to Freedom in London tonight
'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.'
The producer was joined by stars across the world, including Idris himself in paying tribute to the great leader.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and two of Mr Mandela's daughters, Zindzi and Zenani, were watching the movie when news of the former South African President's death broke.
Sad: South African-born Charlize Theron paid tribute to Mandela
Sad: South African-born Charlize Theron paid tribute to Mandela
Star: Charlize Theron adds to her message to Mandela family
Star: Charlize Theron adds to her message to Mandela family
Tribute: Rihanna posted a picture of Mandela
Tribute: Rihanna posted a picture of Mandela
The Duke and Duchess were discreetly informed by aides during the screening. 
And actor Idris Elba, who plays the former South African president, was in tears as produceAnant Singh announced the news to a stunned audience after the credits had rolled - followed by a two minutes' silence.
Speaking in the foyer of London's Leicester Square Odeon, a sombre Duke of Cambridge, with his wife by his side,  said: 'I just wanted to say it's extremely sad and tragic news.
On-screen portrayal: Morgan Freeman played Mandela in 2009 movie Invictus
On-screen portrayal: Morgan Freeman played Mandela in 2009 movie Invictus
Grieving: Celebrities paid their respects to Nelson Mandela on Twitter tonight
Grieving: Celebrities paid their respects to Nelson Mandela on Twitter tonight
'We were just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was. "My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. It's very sad.'
Mr Mandela's daughter Zindzi, 55, has been promoting the movie at screenings in New York and last month attended a special screening at the White House in Washington DC. She looked overcome as she was ushered out of the premiere, according to onlookers.
Idris, 41, best known for roles in The Wire and BBC hit Luther, said: 'What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.'
Touching tributes: Tennis star Serena Williams posted a series of tweets dedicated to Nelson Mandela
Touching tributes: Tennis star Serena Williams posted a series of tweets dedicated to Nelson Mandela
Mr Weinstein added: '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.'
The Weinstein Company immediately scrapped a star-studded party planned for the Royal premiere as guests were described as walking out of the screening in shock and silence.
Celeb outpouring: Kim Kardashian also took to Twitter to pay respects, as well as a host of other names from the entertainment world
Celeb outpouring: Kim Kardashian also took to Twitter to pay respects, as well as a host of other names from the entertainment world
Morgan Freeman, who played the South African leader in the 2009 film Invictus, also paid tribute to Mandela, describing him as 'a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind'.
The 76-year-old actor – who some mistakenly posted a picture of next to tweets paying tribute to Mandela - added: 'As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we've come, but on how far we have to go. 
'Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.'
Meanwhile, celebrities across the world were quick to pay their tributes to Mandela.
Superstar Rihanna posted a picture of Mandela on her Instagram account, with the message: 'One of the greatest men who's ever lived!!! #Legend We will never forget the things this man has taught us, and we will never truly comprehend the level of strength that it took for him to endure many of his years!! Thank you #Mandela.'
Taking to Twitter: Music legend Cher, 67, also shared her thoughts
Taking to Twitter: Music legend Cher, 67, also shared her thoughts
David Beckham took to his Facebook account to post a picture of himself with the former South African President and anti-apartheid revolutionary.
The sportsman, who met the legendary figure in 2003 before the then-England captain played in a friendly fixture against South Africa, captioned the image with a simple: 'Thank you.'
Beckham also posted a longer tribute to Mandela shortly beforehand and admitted it was an 'honour' to have met such a 'courageous human being'.  
He wrote on his Facebook page: 'My heart goes out to the people in South Africa and Mr Mandela's family. We have lost a true gentleman and a courageous human being. It was truly an honor to have known a man who had genuine love for so many people. Rest in peace (sic)'
Paying tribute: David Beckham posted an image of himself and Mandela on his Facebook page before writing a lengthy tribute message
Paying tribute: David Beckham posted an image of himself and Mandela on his Facebook page before writing a lengthy tribute message
Back in the day: David's wife Victoria met Mandela with the Spice Girls back in 1997, with members of the group all taking to Twitter to pay their respects
Back in the day: David's wife Victoria met Mandela with the Spice Girls back in 1997, with members of the group all taking to Twitter to pay their respects
David's wife Victoria met Mandela along with her fellow Spice Girls bandmates – Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Mel B and Mel C – in 1997 when he jokingly declared: 'These are my heroes.'
Emma led the girl group's tributes to the great man last night, writing on Twitter: 'RIP Nelson Mandela. What a legacy he has left behind. I had the honour of meeting him and his spirit was unlike any other.'
Mel C tweeted: 'I always feel strange acknowledging somebody's passing on twitter but I have to say I am honoured to have met the great Nelson Mandela #RIP (sic)'
While some messages were short, others from celebrities were more detailed.
Actor Ryan Phillippe recalled meeting Nelson Mandela with his daughter Ava over ten years ago.
The 39-year-old actor wrote: 'The privilege of spending a small amount of private time w/ Mr. Mandela as he held my baby daughter, is a highlight of my life. Mandela was bouncing Ava, then two yrs old, on his knee & called her, “future leader”. I couldn’t believe it in that moment. I still can’t.'
More outpouring of love: From Justin Timberlake to Goldie Hawn
More outpouring of love: From Justin Timberlake to Goldie Hawn
Heartfelt: The tweets continued to roll in as news spread of the leader's passing
Heartfelt: The tweets continued to roll in as news spread of the leader's passing


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Photos: Naomie meeting Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge at 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Royal London premiere








See ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ for Naomie Harris’s Winnie Mandela

See ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ for Naomie Harris’s Winnie Mandela - Bitch Flicks


Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as Nelson and Winnie Mandela
Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as Nelson and Winnie Mandela

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is such an old-fashioned, pro-forma biopic that it’s almost hard to believe it was made in 2013. We begin with a quick, symbolically loaded note from Madiba’s youth as he completes his Xhosa coming-of-age ritual, swiftly move to his entrance into anti-Apartheid activism, neatly transition into the second act with his arrest and 27 years as a political prisoner, and end with his release from prison and subsequent election as President.
I may have a slightly skewed perspective because I have lived in South Africa for the past year and a half, but I think most of the audience for this film comes in with this basic knowledge. Nelson Mandela’s life story is already a profoundly moving inspiration to people worldwide, without a dramatized cinematic portrayal. So seeing it played out note-by-note like this doesn’t have much value. It’s emotionally moving, but intellectually hollow. I’d much rather have seen a film like Spielberg’s Lincoln, focused on Mandela’s vital role in the reorganization South Africa as a free country.



Poster for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with tagline "The Leader You Knew, The Woman You Didn't"
Poster for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom with tagline “The Leader You Knew, The Woman You Didn’t”

Where Long Walk to Freedom is able to offer something new and compelling is in its depiction of Winnie Mandela, played by Naomie Harris in a stunning, ferocious performance. Winnie’s story isn’t as well-known, and she’s not as saintly a figure, so the film is able to actually take a point of view in its portrayal of her. The film could have demonized Winnie for her radicalism to further beatify Mandela for his post-imprisonment commitment to peace. Instead, it presents her politics as an understandable reaction to the brutal oppression of Apartheid; and moreover, her particular persecution by the government, including her own imprisonment and a year and a half in solitary confinement. But Long Walk to Freedom does not gloss over Winnie’s endorsement of violence, including “necklacing,” brutal murders of suspected informants by setting tires around their necks on fire.



Naomi Harris as Winnie Mandela shortly after she is released from prison
Naomi Harris as Winnie Mandela shortly after she is released from prison

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’s nuanced depiction of Winnie Mandela owes a lot to Naomie Harris’s incredible performance. She should be a front-runner in this year’s Oscar race, although I am not sure if she’ll be put forward for the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress category (the choice will probably depend on the rest of the field; although her role is certainly as substantive as what last year’s Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence had in Silver Linings Playbook).
Harris also benefits from playing a woman whose face isn’t as iconic as Nelson Mandela’s, even though she doesn’t much look like Winnie Mandela. One of the film’s significant problems is how Idris Elba can never quite disappear into his role because he looks nothing like Mandela, particularly in his later years, where Elba is saddled with extremely awkward age makeup.



Naomie Harris is barely aged when playing Winnie Mandela in the 1990s, but Idris Elba is buried under makeup.
Naomie Harris is barely aged when playing Winnie Mandela in the 1990s, but Idris Elba is buried under makeup.

Strangely, Harris is barely aged through the course of the film, despite her role spanning 40-odd years of history. While this decision smacks of sexism, suggesting the filmmakers’ unwillingness to depict an older woman on screen, Harris’s performance ultimately benefits from the absence of distractingly bad age makeup.
So while Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is far from a perfect movie, Naomie Harris’s near-perfect performance saves it from total mediocrity. The power of her acting and the complex depiction of Winnie Mandela are almost entirely what makes the film worth seeing, unless you know nothing of Nelson Mandela’s story.

Photos: Idris Elba and Naomie Harris attend the Royal film performance of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom"

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris attend the Royal film performance of "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" at The Odeon Leicester Square on December 5, 2013 in London, England.