Sir Richard Branson said on CNN’s “New Day” Friday that Nelson Mandela tried to prevent the Iraq war by flying to Saddam Hussein to convince him to step down, but bombing started when “the plane was due to leave South Africa.”
“He was incredibly angry about the invasion of Iraq,” Branson said. “I spoke with him before the invasion of Iraq. And actually sent a plane to take him to Iraq to see Saddam Hussein to try to persuade Saddam Hussein to step down. Him and Kofi Anon were going on a secret mission.
“The day the plane was due to leave South Africa, sadly the bombing started and they never had the chance to try to get Saddam Hussein to step down in the interest of his country and the people,” Branson said. “He was trying all the time to try to resolve conflicts, rather than encourage the starting of conflicts to resolve problems.”
Branson said Mandela, who organized a peaceful transition of power from the same pro-apartheid regime that held him prisoner for 27 years, believed most of all in forgiveness.
“The one word I think that sums him up the most is forgiveness. And I think that he would want all of us individually, in our own lives, to pick up the phone today. Talk to somebody that you’ve fallen out with. Invite them to lunch. Embrace them. Life is too short to have any enemies. On the bigger picture, he would have welcomed the talks with Iran. It’s so much better to try to become friends again with nations that you’ve once fallen out with, rather than drop bombs on each other.”
Watch the interview:
The post Richard Branson: Nelson Mandela’s Secret Attempt to Prevent the Iraq War (Video) appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
NBC certainly went out on a limb with its three-hour production of “Sound of Music,” which aired live on Thursday night and sparked a lot of commentary on Twitter.
Led by Grammy winner Carrie Underwood and “True Blood” star Stephen Moyer, it also starred Tony Award winners Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle.
The reported $9 million production was a big part of the network’s holiday programming roll out. Set to air at least one more time before Christmas, NBC reportedly hopes it can air annually as a holiday mainstay.
“Smash” producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan headed up the production, which was based on the original 1959 Broadway production of “The Sound of Music,” starring Mary Martin and Theodore Bike.
But of course, most viewers are better acquainted with the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. So, NBC’s take had big shoes to fill.
What did those in the entertainment industry have to say about the gutsy production?
See below for their best tweets about “Sound of Music Live”:
Tonight they will finally put back the original scene where Von Trapp sucks the blood out of Maria. #soml
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 6, 2013
— Cameron (@CameronDiaz) December 6, 2013
Carrie Underwood is serving eyebrow acting realness. #TheSoundOfMusicLive
— Alec Mapa (@AlecMapa) December 6, 2013
Wonder why they remade this
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 6, 2013
Nuns are dope so far! Way better than sister act. #SoundofMusic
— Echo Kellum (@EchoK) December 6, 2013
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 6, 2013
I'm watching some painful Austrian soap opera. #SOML
— Patrick Gilmore (@PatrickGilmore) December 6, 2013
Wow there's so much fake fun happening! #SOML
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 6, 2013
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 6, 2013
— Cara Lynn Shultz (@caralynnshultz) December 6, 2013
Please let Alexander Skarsgard be a shirtless Nazi! #TheSoundOfMusicLive
— Eitan (@EitanTheWriter) December 6, 2013
@LauraBenanti killing it!
— Kevin Rahm (@KevinRahm) December 6, 2013
Yeah, Rolf's a Nazi, but that booty tho. #TheSoundOfMusicLive
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) December 6, 2013
The Von Traps make my fam look almost normal
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 6, 2013
BECAUSE IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL MARIA HAS A SOUTHERN ACCENT IN 1940'S NAZI GERMANY. #TheSoundOfMusicLive
— Lindsay Hollister (@LindsHollister) December 6, 2013
Only in 1940s Austria can a Vampire fall in love with a Country singer #TheSoundOfMusicLive
— Drew Champion (@drewchamps) December 6, 2013
— Michelle Collins (@michcoll) December 6, 2013
The post NBC’s ‘Sound of Music Live’: Hollywood’s Best Reactions appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
Oprah Winfrey considered Nelson Mandela her friend, mentor and inspiration.
After the former South African president and activist died on Thursday at age 95, Winfrey expressed her feelings about the man later that day in a statement.
“One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela’s home, spend private time and get to know him,” she said. “He was everything you’ve ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time.”
She continued, “He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.”
Winfrey and her longtime partner, businessman Stedman Graham, were invited to stay at Mandela’s home on South Africa’s Western Cape in 2000 for 10 days.
The 59-year-old Oprah Winfrey Network founder and CEO told Forbes that she credits her discussions with Mandela about the country’s poverty and education for inspiring her to create Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy For Girls in Henley on Klip, south of Johannesburg.
The all-female boarding school was founded in January 2007 with the goal of providing educational and leadership opportunities to academically gifted girls from impoverished backgrounds.
Mandela appeared several times on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Watch her discuss one of them below.
The post Oprah Winfrey Says Goodbye to Nelson Mandela: ‘My Hero’ (Video) appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
A Tujunga, Calif., man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a part of the Porsche that “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker died in, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.
Jameson Witty, 18, was arrested after allegedly taking a red T-top roof panel from the car. According to the sheriff’s department, several vehicles followed the tow truck transporting the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT from the accident scene. When the tow truck was stopped at a red light, a male exited one of the vehicles, took the part, and drove off.
The part was recovered by detectives at a residence in Canyon Country in Los Angeles County.
Witty was arrested with bail set at $20,000.
A second suspect, who is currently outside of California, is negotiating with detectives to turn himself in.
Detectives will meet with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office to discuss pressing charges of felony grand theft and tampering with evidence against both suspects.
Walker, 40, and 38-year-old Roger Rodas — who was driving the vehicle — died in a collision during a charity event in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Saturday. The Los Angeles County coroner determined that Walker died of the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries.
Also read: Paul Walker Cause of Death Determined
The crash is still being investigated. Meanwhile, Universal Pictures has shut down production on “Fast & Furious 7″ so that “we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise.”
The post Paul Walker Death: Man Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Part of Wrecked Porsche appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
All it took was the promise of a gay catfight and the viewers came a-running to Tuesday’s episode of Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset.”
It attracted 836,000 viewers in the advertiser-coveted Adults ages 18-49 demographic and 866,000 viewers in Bravo’s key demo, adults 25-54. It also earned a season-high number of total viewers with close to 1.5 million people tuning in to the episode.
After the ratings boost, Bravo scheduled a double helping of episodes for next week. The first will air on Sunday at 9/8c after “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” And the second will air in its regular slot on Tuesday at 10/9c.
The episode featured castmember Reza Farahan’s catfight, nay, catfights (plural) with another Iranian gay man who just pushed all the wrong buttons. Later, the argument would place Farahan against his own friends, the show’s monied Iranian-American Los Angelinos.
Watch the second catfight above.
The post ‘Shahs of Sunset’s’ Gay Catfight Earns Season-High Ratings appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
After “Les Miserables” and Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” Universal is sticking with Amanda Seyfried, who just closed a deal to star in “He’s F-ing Perfect,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing through their Gary Sanchez banner along with Kevin Messick. Jake Szymanski is directing from a script by McKay’s former assistant Lauryn Kahn, who originally sold the project as a seven-figure spec to Fox 2000. Good Universe will also produce.
The story follows a girl who’s pessimistic about love and uses social media to vet her friends’ dates. When she finds what looks like the perfect guy, she decides to use her web-sleuthing skills to turn herself into his perfect match.
Seyfried, who just signed on to star opposite Russell Crowe in “Fathers and Daughters,” is repped by Innovative Artists.
The post Amanda Seyfried to Star in Will Ferrell-Produced Comedy ‘He’s F-ing Perfect’ appeared first on TheWrap.
Walden Media and Anschutz Film Group has promoted general counsel Frank Smith to the position of COO as part of a broader corporate restructuring, the “Chronicles of Narnia” producer said Thursday.
Smith will oversee day-to-day operations as the company behind “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “Bridge to Terabithia” expands into television and animation.
AFG CEO David Weil is stepping down at the end of the year, so Smith will run the show with the help of Walden co-founder and President Micheal Flaherty, publishing chief Chip Flaherty, CFO Ryan Jones and Naja Cucukov, VP of production and development.
This regime will focus on co-financing and providing marketing support for films, TV shows and animated projects brought in by third parties and studio partners.
Walden’s next movies are “The Giver,” an adaptation of the popular novel it is co-producing with the Weinstein Co., and “Everest,” which Walden and Cross Creek are co-financing for Universal and Working Title. It also maintains a first-look deal with Fox.
“The restructuring reflects how the industry is working today,” Smith said in a statement. “Now Walden can better leverage its capital in a more efficient manner, which means we can invest and collaborate on more films, and explore animation and television projects. Our initial meetings with studios, production companies, and agencies have been great, validating our approach and showing the great number of opportunities that are open to us.”
The post Walden, AFG Restructures, Elevates Frank Smith to COO appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
NBC is bringing back “The Sing-Off.” And while it has made a few changes, it’s also going back to it roots.
Season 4 of the acapella competition brings on “The Voice” producer Mark Burnett and his team. Additionally, singer-songwriter Jewel has joined the show’s judging panel with returning judges Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman.
Nick Lachey also returns as its host. And it revisits its original format from Season 1 when it was a limited Holiday event rather than a full-out fall series.
“The Sing-Off” premieres its first of seven episodes next Monday at 9/8c.
Also read: ‘Blacklist’ Renewed for Season 2 by NBC
TheWrap has a first look at the show’s new teaser airing during Thursday’s “Sound of Music Live.”
Watch it above.
The post Watch NBC’s ‘The Sing-Off’ Teaser Airing During ‘Sound of Music Live’ (Exclusive Video) appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
From “The United States of Tara” to “21 Jump Street,” “Scott Pilgrim” to “Rampart,” Brie Larson seems impossible to pin down as an actress. But despite the outward schizophrenia of her choices, the actress insists that she knows immediately when she finds something she connects with, as she did to profound effect with the acclaimed independent film “Short Term 12.”
“I read so many scripts, and it’s just certain things that make sense to me when they’re on the page,” Larson explained Wednesday night at TheWrap’s awards-season screening of the film. “And Grace was that for me – there was never a moment when I didn’t know how to approach a given scene. (Writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton) put these things on the page, it made so much sense to me.”
Larson plays Grace, a supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers who as an adult is still dealing with her own traumatic adolescence. As enthusiastic as she was about playing the role, Cretton revealed that he was equally certain that she had the qualities that were most important for audiences to see in Grace.
“I think there’s something about (Brie) that’s extremely strong, very, very strong,” Cretton said. “And strong enough to also be vulnerable, which I think is pretty difficult, and requires quite a bit of maturity. And that was a balance for Grace I think she did as well.
When Cretton adapted his own short film of the same name into a feature, the central character was a man. When he decided to transform the character into what would become Grace, Cretton admitted it took him a while to understand that writing for a female character was not as daunting a task as it initially seemed.
“I initially felt very underqualified to write from a female voice,” Cretton said. “But this process has kind of made me see how in a lot of cases, there’s not much difference. All humans go through the same emotions, and I completely relate to everything that Grace goes through in this movie.
“I didn’t feel like I was writing from a foreign point of view. But I also have three sisters to check things on,” he added, laughing.
Meanwhile, Larson underwent her own preparation in order to fully inhabit Grace, not just as a single role but as a vocation, and further, a disposition, that demands much from those who choose it. “I was trying to get of understanding how someone gets through a day at the job, and what brings them back to that job every day,” Larson said.
“The woman that I got to shadow was so incredible, and I learned so much, so many valuable things from her, not just that I brought to Grace, but to my own life.”
Having released the film to widespread critical acclaim, not to mention a Gotham award for Larson’s performance, Cretton and Larson earned the right to celebrate their achievement. But Larson said that the greatest thing she hopes to accomplish with the film is sharing its optimism and positivity with audiences.
“I believe in film so much, and I believe in it as being an experience that’s more than myself,” she explained.
“This script was everything – it’s so surprising and unexpected, and it takes you to these places that are really emotionally devastating. But there’s always hope at the end,” she observed. “And I love the fact that this movie had the potential when I read the script that as much love as we put into it, it can kind of be sent off.”
The post TheWrap Screening Series: How Brie Larson’s Roulette Career Landed on ‘Short Term 12′ (Video) appeared first on TheWrap.
Weep not for Alec Baldwin; his MSNBC show “Up Late With Alec Baldwin” might be a thing of the past, but he’ll be back on the small screen soon. However briefly.
Taking a chance that Baldwin won’t hurl any homophobic slurs between now and Jan. 6, TCM has booked the former “30 Rock” star to guest host “Private Screenings” on that night.
Baldwin will interview Osborne as the latter switches seats to become the interviewee, as part of the network’s 20th anniversary celebration.
“Ever since TCM launched, Robert Osborne has been the face of the network and its passionate, driving force,” TCM’s senior vice president of programming Charlie Tabesh said of the switcheroo. “‘Private Screenings: Robert Osborne’ is a perfect chance for viewers to get to know Robert and learn the story behind his fascinating career. As TCM celebrates its 20th anniversary, we are proud to take this opportunity to honor the man who has done so much to bring classic films to life for generations of movie lovers.”
Baldwin and MSNBC parted ways last month, after Baldwin was caught hurling a slur at a photographer. While TMZ, which published the altercation, initially reported that Baldwin called the shutterbug a “cocksucking fag,” Baldwin later claimed that he had uttered the word “fathead.” In a subsequent tweet, Baldwin conceded, after being consulted by GLAAD vice president of communications Rich Ferraro, that “cocksucker” is in fact a slur, and apologized for using the word.
“Up Late” was then put on a two-week time-out, from which it didn’t return.
The post Alec Baldwin Lands Another TV Hosting Gig (for a Day) appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
Christian Bale thinks Bradley Cooper is ruining America by busting corrupt politicians in a new clip from director David O. Russell’s “American Hustle.”
Bale plays a con-man, alongside his British partner played by Amy Adams, who gets roped into the 1970s ABSCAM scandal by an ambitious FBI agent played by Bradley Cooper.
“He’s the one ruining America, not me,” Bale tells Adams. “People just got over Watergate and Vietnam, all right? And now you’re going to shit all over politicians again, just because you want to be a big shot and get a promotion.”
Jeremy Renner plays the shady politician being referenced in the Oscar hopeful ,which is being praised for its visual style and strong performances from its entire cast. TheWrap‘s critic Alonso Duralde wrote that the “entire ensemble is a thrill to watch.”
The post Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper Are Ruining the Country in ‘American Hustle’ Clip (Video) appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
A version of this story first ran in OscarWrap: Actors Issue.
“I always joked with my parents,” said Oscar Isaac with a grin. “I told them, ‘If I don’t make it as an actor, my fallback is musician.’”
Those dual career paths may not have reassured his parents, but Isaac has somehow made them work — and he’s merged them in his quiet performance as the titular folk singer in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
The black comedy — or maybe it’s a twisted drama — was inspired by the life of folk singer Dave Van Ronk, and stars Isaac as a skilled but self-destructive singer who makes a mess of his life except when he’s onstage singing old folk and blues tunes. Typically for the Coens, the film is dark and occasionally mean, but it also has heart.
And Isaac carries it as a melancholy songsmith who has the bad luck to be a decent folk singer in a Greenwich Village scene that is about to be upended by a titanic new arrival, Bob Dylan.
“He’s a blue-collar workman, not a poet,” Isaac told TheWrap of his character. “It was an interesting challenge, because you had to develop a character who really only shows his soul in his songs. He doesn’t try to smile or charm or bullshit people.
“Once I got the part, I kept developing it, changing things, figuring out where his motor was, and thinking a lot about the comedy of resilience.”
To land the role, the Guatemalan-born, Miami-raised Isaac needed the kind of good luck that stands as the exact opposite of his character’s string of misfortune and bad timing. A Juilliard-trained actor and part-time musician who’d played in bands for years, he found himself doing solo acoustic gigs in a local hangout to pass the time on the Pittsburgh shoot of “Won’t Back Down,” in which he had a small role.
Then, while filming a tiny movie in a New York bar, he ran into an extra, a musician and guitar teacher named Eric Franzen who had played with Dave Van Ronk, lived in the neighborhood where Llewyn Davis is set and introduced him to Van Ronk’s widow. “He started playing me these old recordings, and taught me finger-picking stuff,” Isaac said.
“The fact that I happened to find this guy before the audition is wild. That’s kind of the whole point of the movie, how much of a role chance and serendipity plays.”
Then again, chance and serendipity goes the wrong way for Llewyn Davis – as the old blues song has it, if it wasn’t for bad luck, he’d have no luck at all. “I thought about Buster Keaton a lot,” Isaac said. “He has this nearly immobile face and he’s always sort of melancholy, but somehow that works.”
To land the part, though Isaac first zeroed in on the Van Ronk repertoire, learning three songs for his audition—“what I lack in talent I make up for in obsessiveness,” he said—and impressing the Coens and musical director T Bone Burnett.
“It’s about somebody who’s got musical chops, and you want to actually watch them perform,” Ethan Coen told TheWrap. “We knew we didn’t want to fake it, we wanted to shoot live performances. But also, it’s about this very complicated, difficult character, and the whole movie’s about him, and it’s got to be an actor who can do that.
“Thinking about those two things in combination, I don’t know why we assumed we would find that person, or that that person existed. But he did, and it was Oscar.”
When Isaac got the role, he learned an entire new style of guitar playing, Travis picking, so that he could perform the folk/blues repertoire, and then headed for Burnett’s studio for what he figured would be “music boot camp.”
“I thought they were going to have experts teaching me how to sing and play this particular style,” he said. “But I showed up and it was none of that. We’d sit for a little bit, and he’d say, ‘Have you heard the new Tom Waits record?’ He’d put it on, leave the room for an hour, come back, say, ‘Play me something.’
“He kind helped me to strip away a little bit. He said, ‘Quiet it down. Just sing it like you’re singing it to yourself.’ And I took that into the character as well.”
But it was important, he said, to blur some of the lines between Oscar Isaac the musician and Llewyn Davis the character. “I wanted my authentic voice to come through as well, because that will be the most truthful thing,” he said.
“That’s why they were looking for musicians at first. It’s not musical theater – it’s a window, as opposed to an expression of the character. The overlap between me as a musician and Llewyn as a musician had to be there as well.”
Isaac even let the overlap go the other direction, try out certain aspects of LLewyn’s character in his own life. “He doesn’t do the regular things like smiling or charming people,” he said. “But at the same time he’s not cool. He’s just very direct and open.
“I would go to parties, and I would try to talk to people and be warm, but not smile. And there would either be zero connection, or there would be a sudden intimacy. And just like in the movie, there would be people saying, ‘This guy’s a dick.’”
While he didn’t share his experiment with the Coen brothers, Isaac said he let Ethan in on his approach after shooting had finished. “Not that long ago I was talking to Ethan about it, and I kind of mentioned this stuff,” he said, grinning. “And he was like, ‘Oh, so that’s what you were doing. Huh. I wish I would have known that.’”
The post How Oscar Isaac’s Career Fallback Landed Him ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
Mandela becomes national president of the ANC Youth League in 1951.
The post Nelson Mandela Death: The Anti-Apartheid Freedom Fighter’s Life in Pictures (Photos) appeared first on TheWrap.
The Antichrist is coming, and his arrival is all caught on tape in a new trailer for upcoming found-footage horror film “Devil’s Due.”
The latest preview for the pregnancy nightmare shows that a new mom (Allison Miller) begins her descent into madness after a drunken night with her husband (Zach Gilford) on their honeymoon, during which some strangers perform a satanic ritual on her.
And yes, the weird, creepy ritual appears to have been miraculously caught on tape, while the rest of the footage comes courtesy of the premise that the proud husband wants to begin his family history by videotaping their whole life leading up the birth of baby Satan.
Audiences will be able to watch the consequences of getting drunk and hooking up with the devil on Jan. 17 when the “Devil’s Due” hits theaters.
The post The Antichrist Is Coming in New ‘Devil’s Due’ Trailer (Video) appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
“Pretty Little Liars” star Ian Harding, “Harry Potter” actress Evanna Lynch and Oscar nominee Carol Kane will star in the crime thriller “Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale,” which will mark the feature directorial debut of Tate Steinsiek.
Jason Noto wrote the film, which will co-star Brendan Sexton III (“The Killing”), Leo Fitzpatrick (“Kids”), Chaske Spencer (“Twilight Saga”), Polly Draper (“thirtysomething”) and Ray Santiago (“Dexter”).
“Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale” is produced by Ash Christian, Jordan Yale Levine and Max Bornstein for Ironclad Pictures.
Based on a true story, “Dynamite” follows family man Max Bornstein, who was a full-time dope fiend working within the underground, highly illegal pornography industry in 1968’s New York City. While running books and films to delivery points and mob headquarters around the east coast, Max had the Feds on his tail. But even in the wake of a federal investigation, Max’s worried most about his wife and two young children, a family kept in the dark about Max’s real life. As Max battles his consuming addiction, dissolving family unit and the growing suspicion about his drug use amongst his associates, Max watches helplessly as his well-crafted reality falls to pieces, leaving him searching for the spaces in between.
Steinsiek is an accomplished SFX makeup artist and recently appeared on the first and fifth seasons of Syfy’s hit reality competition show “Face Off,” on which he won runner-up. Steinsiek established Ill Willed Productions in 2001, which provides SFX makeup and prosthetic application and fabrication to the film and television industry. His clients have included The Jim Henson Company, Dreamworks, Lionsgate, MTV, Law and Order, SNL, The History Channel, Discovery, and HBO.
“We are thrilled to be bringing this inspiring true story to life. It’s an important tale of one man’s downward spiral and ultimate redemption,” said Christian. “Having the ability to produce films with an uplifting message has always been a goal for our company, and we hope the film’s story and heart resonates with audiences around the world.”
The 18-day production started shooting on location in New York on December 2.
The post ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Ian Harding to Play Drug Addict in ‘Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale’ appeared first on TheWrap.
Actors Idris Elba and Morgan Freeman, who portrayed Nelson Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Invictus,” respectively, have responded to the death of the iconic South African president. Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein also weighed in.
“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,” said Elba, who later issued a second statement. “I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba’s family. We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honored to be associated with him. He is in a better place now.”
“Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve—a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. 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,” added Freeman.
Weinstein was at the London premiere of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” when the news of Mandela’s death broke.
“One of the privileges of making movies is having the opportunity to immortalize those who have made a profound impact on humanity. 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. 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,” said Weinstein.
More to come…
The post Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman React to Nelson Mandela Death appeared first on TheWrap.
The network and cable news outlets jumped into action just minutes after the news broke that former South African president Nelson Mandela Dead at 95 on Thursday. He was 95.
The leader spent 27 years imprisoned by South Africa’s opprepressive Apartheid. An activist for years, he inspired many and won the Nobel Peace Prize and served as that country’s president from 1994 to 1999.
Several of the networks are offering special coverage surrounding Mandela’s death, which may include some programming changes.
See below for how the networks are covering Mandela’s death:
(Note: We will update as information becomes available)
– “ABC World News” is a full hour on Thursday starting at 6:30 ET.
– A special edition of “Nightline” on Mandela will be live Thursday on both coast at 12:35 a.m.
– A special “GMA” airing Friday morning.
– An hour-long “20/20″ special Friday at 10/9c.
– Anderson Cooper will be live through 11 p.m. He will be joined by Christiane Amanpour and Wolf Blitzer with Robyn Curnow will be reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa.
– The film, “Unreal Dream,” which was to air Thursday at 9 p.m. will be rescheduled.
– Online, users can go to www.cnn.com as well as the CNN Apps for the latest updates, which include articles, photo galleries, interactives and video. Additionally, CNN iReport, the network’s global participatory news community, invites users to share their memories, photos and personal stories of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Fox News Channel
– Breaking coverage with Shepard Smith leading the network’s coverage for the first hour of breaking news, preempting “The Five,” on Thursday afternoon.
– At 6 p.m. ET, “Special Report W/ Bret Baier” will continue the network’s live coverage with additional contributions from FNC contributor and co-host of “The Five,” Juan Williams, one of the first journalists to interview Mandela at his home following his release from prison while working for the Washington Post. Also, FNC’s Jennifer Griffin, who covered his release from prison, will be live from the Pentagon and FNC’s chief White House correspondent Ed Henry is live from the White House.
– FNC’s coverage will continue during the regularly scheduled programming through the evening and into primetime from 7-11 p.m. ET. FNC producer Paul Tilsley and a crew are currently in South Africa.
– FOX News Senior Correspondent Greg Palkot is traveling to South Africa and will begin coverage this weekend.
– “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” will provide a special one-hour broadcast on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela on Thursday. The second half-hour is optional to local NBC stations. Brian Williams will anchor from New York with contributions from Tom Brokaw, Andrea Mitchell, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Rohit Kachroo outside the Mandela home in Johannesburg. More to be announced.
– NBC News will also provide a special report to cover President Obama’s remarks at approximately 5:20 p.m. ET.
– “Sound of Music Live” with Carrie Underwood and “True Blood’s” Stephen Moyer will air as planned at 8/7c.
– “Nelson Mandela: One Man,” Thursday, 9/8c; Friday, 10 a.m./9c: “Navigates Mandela’s journey through life, from the dedication he demonstrated as a young activist in the African National Congress, the struggles he experienced in his years on the run and in hiding, the darkness of his time as a political prisoner and the triumph of his inauguration as the first black president of South Africa. The hour-long documentary also charts the history of racism in the country, beginning with the arrival of the National Party, through the upheaval and segregation of apartheid, and finally the dismantling of the cruel regime in the 1990s.”
– “Music for Mandela,” Thursday, 10/9c; Friday 11 a.m./10c: “Explores the role music played in the life of if the iconic leader. Through the duration of his prison term to the present day celebrations of his legacy, the music born out of Mandela’s inspiring journey is discussed by his closest friends, former exiled musicians, current international artists and community volunteers. Combining striking visuals with songs stemming from a wide range of musical genres, the documentary is not only a tribute to the man himself, but also to the ultimate power of music to motivate and educate.”
– “News One Now Coverage,” Friday, 9 a.m./8c.
The post Nelson Mandela Death: How the TV Networks Are Covering (Updated) appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
Veteran Fox Sports executives David Nathanson and Bill Wanger are moving up, the company announced Thursday.
Nathanson has been appointed general manager and chief operating officer of Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, a newly created position. Wanger, previously Fox Sports’ executive vice president of Programming & Research, adds one more department to his business card as executive vice president, Programming, Research & Content Strategy.
“It’s been over three months since we launched Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, and over time we’ve identified areas that require focused attention from experienced executives,” said Eric Shanks, president, chief operating officer & executive producer, Fox Sports. “David and Bill are two of the most valued executives at Fox Sports, and we’re excited to expand and redefine their roles.”
Reporting to Nathanson, as the senior management team guiding both national sports channels, are 19-year Fox Sports veterans Scott Ackerson, who becomes executive vice president of news and George Greenberg, whose title is now executive vice president, Content Integration & Presentation.
Nathanson, who spearheaded Fox Sports’ FIFA World Cup rights acquisition in 2011, will continue to manage Fox Soccer Plus in his updated chair.
In addition to his current responsibilities overseeing programming and research for all Fox Sports linear channels, Wanger’s new responsibilities include content strategy for all Fox Sports outlets and assessing long-term rights acquisition opportunities and value.
The post Fox Sports Promotes Execs David Nathanson, Bill Wanger appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap:
Former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela died Thursday afternoon, and the outpouring of appreciation for his global contributions from Hollywood was swift.
Hollywood’s connection has never been closer – Mandela is the subject of the hotly anticipated “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” starring Idris Elba as the icon, and the love story between Mandela and wife Winnie was featured in September release “Winnie Mandela,” starring Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson.
Here is what they’ve had to say:
— The Weinstein Co. (@WeinsteinFilms) December 5, 2013
Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country.
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) December 5, 2013
Huge sadness for the loss of Nelson Mandela, a sterling example of human greatness and achievement.
— Emile Hirsch (@EmileHirsch) December 5, 2013
President Nelson Mandela Born July 18th,1918-December 5th In The Year Of Our Lawd 2013. http://t.co/u0OxRMmg0S
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) December 5, 2013
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela. Humanity at its absolute best.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 5, 2013
Today is officially one of the saddest days! The world has lost the most inspirational person to ever walk the earth rip #NelsonMandela
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mandela, rest in peace. What an unbelievable legacy…
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) December 5, 2013
The world has lost a great man in Nelson Mandela http://t.co/7H8hUrxaP0
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) December 5, 2013
I remember Soweto. Election day 1994. Standing in line with elderly South Africans voting for the first time in their lives. #Mandela
— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) December 5, 2013
Today marks the passing of one of the world’s great leaders and visionaries, Nelson Mandela. Farewell, Madiba. http://t.co/HerYzsPbMJ
— Al Gore (@algore) December 5, 2013
Rest in peace Nelson Mandela
— Chelsea Peretti (@ChelseaVPeretti) December 5, 2013
There were only 3 people that I wanted to meet in life, Nelson Mandela was one of them.
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) December 5, 2013
My statement on the passing of a hero, President Mandela: http://t.co/ce8FyjCzN1
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) December 5, 2013
"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." #RIPNelsonMandela
— Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) December 5, 2013
RIP Nelson Mandela. God Bless You. http://t.co/yRZh3RrP7K
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) December 5, 2013
The post Nelson Mandela Death: Hollywood Reacts to the Legendary Humanitarian’s Passing appeared first on TheWrap.
Sports fans and “Anchorman” fans, alike, may have been disappointed to learn on Wednesday that Ron Burgundy would not be appearing on ESPN, but they can still watch him talk sports on “The Dan Patrick Show.”
Will Ferrell continued his media blitz to promote “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” by stopping by the DirecTV radio program on Thursday in his signature burgundy suit and with two dozen donuts in hand.
Burgundy read the greatest sports calls of all times, interviewed USC Coach Steve Sarkisian and held an impromptu book signing during his visit, which came after taking over Emerson College’s School of Communication on Wednesday.
Champ Kind (David Koechner), a key member of Burgundy’s news team who was also scheduled to appear on ESPN on Thursday, called in to talk about his complicated relationship with Burgundy.
“Ron’s busy, I guess. But we’re close. I’ve had many dinner appointments he just doesn’t show up to — those are usually in my house. At night,” Kind said. “We could just sleep, Ron. We don’t have to eat.”
Watch Burgundy make his entrance and improv his usual witty banter in the video above. Then see his interpretation of some of the greatest color commentary in sports history, his chat with Kind and interview with Sarkisian, below.
The post Ron Burgundy Talks Sports DirecTV’s ‘Dan Patrick Show’ (Video) appeared first on TheWrap.Related stories from TheWrap: