Saturday, 21 December 2013

Video: Behind the JET Cover: Idris Elba & Naomie Harris

Behind the JET Cover: Idris Elba & Naomie Harris







Published on 10 Dec 2013
Hear exclusive insights from Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, co-stars in "Long Walk to Freedom," as they shoot their incredible cover with JET magazine. Check it out on newsstands beginning December 16.

Naomie received two nominations at the 34th London Critics Circle Film awards



More kudos for Mandela film



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Winnie Mandela sits between British actor Idris Elba, who plays Mandela in the movie "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom", and her daughter Zindzi Mandela. Picture: Reuters
Johannesburg - “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” received two nominations at the 34th London Critics Circle Film awards, Videovision said on Wednesday.
Naomie Harris, who plays Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, received nominations for Supporting Actress of the Year and British Actress of the Year.
The winners will be announced on February 2.
“We congratulate Naomie on receiving these two nominations from the UK’s foremost organisation of film critics,” producer Anant Singh said in a statement.
“This is really a massive achievement, well-deserved and very exciting.”
The London Critics Circle Film Awards are voted for by the UK’s longest standing and most prestigious critical organisation, which has 140 members who between them see every one of the hundreds of films released in the UK each year.
“Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” received three Golden Globe nominations last week.
Idris Elba received the nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his role as former president Nelson Mandela.
Alex Heffes received the nomination for Best Original Score, and U2 was nominated for the Best Original Song for “Ordinary Love” which was written for the film.
The movie features local actors including Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa and Terry Pheto.

British actor Idris Elba was among the dignitaries who attended the funeral of the former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Sunday.
Elba played the character of Mandela in the movie recently released about his life.
Funeral programme director ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said Elba had been nominated for an award for his portrayal of Mandela in the movie, titled Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom.
Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey and US actor Forest Whitaker were also among the dignitaries. - Sapa

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Idris Elba on the surreal moment he heard that Nelson Mandela had died 'I looked back at Kate and Prince William and they were just in tears with me'

'I looked back at Kate and Prince William and they were just in tears with me': Idris Elba on the surreal moment he heard that Nelson Mandela had died

Actor Idris Elba has described the 'surreal' moment when he heard Nelson Mandela had died, during the world premiere of his biopic about the statesman, in which he plays the title role. 
He said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in tears when news of the former South African president's death emerged midway through the screening of the film Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom, a fortnight ago.
In an interview with Radio 2's Chris Evans, he said it was 'undoubtedly one of the strangest - and most beautiful - moments of my career'. 
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Poignant: Idris, pictured in a scene from Mandela: Long walk to Freedom, found out the statesman had died during the film's premiere
Poignant: Idris, pictured in a scene from Mandela: Long walk to Freedom, found out the statesman had died during the film's premiere
Emotional: The Duchess of Cambridge looked tearful as she was seen leaving the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Emotional: The Duchess of Cambridge looked tearful as she was seen leaving the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Elba explained: 'Literally halfway through the film Mandela had passed and there was sort of a slight buzz around the auditorium.
'Interestingly, the Duchess, Kate, sort of turned to me and looked at me as she had her phone and I wondered what was wrong with her because she looked quite emotional, but the film's very emotional.
    'And my girlfriend looked at me and handed the phone and I looked down and Mandela had passed and it was on a website. 
    Special screening: Idris Elba chats to Prince William before the premiere of his film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
    Special screening: Idris Elba chats to Prince William before the premiere of his film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
    Cast: The Duchess of Cambridge chats to actress Naomie Harris about her role in the film as Winnie Mandela
    Cast: The Duchess of Cambridge chats to actress Naomie Harris about her role in the film as Winnie Mandela
    Memories: Idris met Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe Mandela at the screening
    Memories: Idris met Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe Mandela at the screening
    'It was just the most surreal moment. I looked back at Kate and Prince William and they were just in tears with me. It was just odd. very odd.
    'There's a moment in the film and I play older Mandela and he says this one line and it is 'just open the gate and let me free' - and I kid you not, that that was that line when we heard the news that was on the screen.'
    He and the film's producers decided he should make an announcement to guests who had gathered within the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London.
    Role of a lifetime: Idris plays the role of Nelson Mandela in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
    Role of a lifetime: Idris plays the role of Nelson Mandela in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
    'It only felt appropriate to say what had happened and honestly there was an audible gasp in the auditorium.
    'Some people didn't know, they had their phones off. It was just surreal.
    'It was very odd, after seeing the credits and I walk on stage. They were giving me a nice round of applause but it was just this moment where I had to say please sit down, and announcing the official speech from president Zuma of South Africa. It was just weird.' 
    Co-stars: Idris Elba and Naomie Harris play the roles of Nelson and Winnie Mandela
    Co-stars: Idris Elba and Naomie Harris play the roles of Nelson and Winnie Mandela


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    Idris Elba and Naomie on the cover of Jet Magazine



    IDRIS ELBA & NAOMIE HARRIS COVER JET MAGAZINE



    Idris Elba and Naomie Harris Jet Magazine Idris Elba & Naomie Harris Cover JET Magazine
    ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris graced the cover of JET magazine.
    Inside the issue, the two dished on what it was like to play in the biopic for Nelson Mandela and his former wife Winnie Mandela. Idris said it has been his biggest role yet.At first I wasn’t sure that the role was for me. I expected that they’d want an older actor, someone more distinguished, like Denzel Washington. Plus, I was really stuck on the way Mandela looks and the way I Iook.
    Naomie on reservations about the Winnie Mandela role:
    I felt more like a researcher than an actor at one point. But then I interviewed her and that’s when everything really gelled for me.
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    Photos of Naomie at the Oxfam Charity Gala during Dubai International Film Festival















    Video Naomie Harris Talks About Touching Mandela Film Tribute

    Naomie Harris Talks About Touching Mandela Film Tribute
    Naomie Harris talks about how the film "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" was screened at the memorial for Nelson Mandela and the carpet was blackened and lit by candle light.





    Wednesday, 18 December 2013

    Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, will be honored as actor and actress of the year by the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival

    Italy's Capri, Hollywood Fest to Premiere 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

    Mandela Long Walk To Freedom
    Idris Elba in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

    Fest director Pascal Vicedomini says the civil rights 

    icon's passing has inspired an unofficial section for 

    films about Africa and African-Americans.

    ROME -- Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, stars of Justin Chadwick's Mandela: Long Walk
     to Freedom, will be honored as actor and actress of the year by the upcoming Capri, Hollywood
    Film Festival, organizers said Monday.

    The
     Nelson Mandela biopic, which will go into wide release in the U.S. on Christmas day, 

    will have its Italian premiere at the Italian island festival five days later.
    The festival also announced Monday it would screen two other films: Lee Daniels' The Butler -- 
    about a White House butler (played by Forrest Whitaker) who served eight presidents -- and Fruitvale Station, a drama from Ryan Coogler narrating the story of Oscar Grant
    the African-American youth who was fatally shot in the back by a Bay Area Rapid Transit 
    officer.
    Combined with Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, previously announced to screen at the 
    Capri Fest, the films form a sort of subplot focused on Africans and African Americans.
    "The emotions generated by the death of Nelson Mandela, a global icon for human rights, encouraged us to create a festival section dedicated to films promoting tolerance, solidarity, and respect for migrants," said Pascal Vicedomini, the founder of the 18-year-old Capri festival.
    The festival, which takes place on the scenic island of Capri, off the coast of Naples, runs from 
    Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, 2014. It is traditionally the last film festival of each calendar year and the 
    first of the following year. In the past, Capri Hollywood Fest honors have been a harbinger 
    of good fortune for several films.
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    Sunday, 15 December 2013

    Naomie close ups at Oxfam Charity Gala during Dubai International Film Festival

    Naomie Harris attends the Oxfam Charity Gala during day six of the 10th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 11, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.