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New TIFF Photos: Keanu Reeves' 'Man of Tai Chi,' Stephen Frears' 'Philomena' & 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 25, 2013 5:08 PM
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The Man of Tai Chi
It's been over 10 years since Keanu Reeves was kung-fu fighting and fast as lightning in the "The Matrix Revolutions" (makes you wish they woulda quit after the first film), but while Reeves has been taking it kind of easy ever since (probably the two biggest films he's starred in since then have been the utterly forgettable "Constantine," and "The Day The Earth Stood Still"). But Keanu seems to be slowly coming out of his hiatus. His big-budget samurai/kung-fu spectacle, "Ronin 47," is finally scheduled for a December release after almost two years of delays (see the trailer here) and he also has a directorial debut on the way. Scheduled to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, we've already seen an international trailer and a few photos from Reeves debut, "The Man From Tai Chi," and now courtesy of TIFF we have a few more.

TIFF 2013: '12 Years A Slave,' 'Prisoners,' 'Gravity,' 'Under The Skin,' 'Labor Day' & Much, Much More Coming To Toronto

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2013 10:33 AM
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Tuxedos are being rented, red carpets shampooed and cleaned and the city of Toronto bracing itself as this year's Toronto International Film Festival is now just over a month away. And this morning, organizers have dropped the first wave of titles coming to Canada, and it looks like cinephiles will be in for a big treat this year.

Watch: Idris Elba Fights For His Rights In New Trailer For 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2013 9:39 PM
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mandela, long walk to freedom
Listen, we know you have to sell this intense drama about the struggle to end apartheid to a mass audience. But can we call a moratorium on using "Wavin' Flag" by K'naan for...well, anything...for about a decade? The official song for the 2010 World Cup (yes, which was held in South Africa, hence relevance) has been played to death and lost any innocence and impact it had. At least for now. Okay, with that off our chest, here's the new trailer for "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom."

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For Biopic 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Starring Idris Elba

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2013 7:36 AM
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"Today at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time. We have chosen to believe in each other! Today we face the monsters that are at our door, today we are cancelling the apartheid!" Okay, maybe Idris Elba won't be saying that in the upcoming, awards season horse "Mandela: The Lone Walk To Freedom," but the actor will be taking on the challenging role of anti-apartheid crusader Nelson Mandela. It's a tough part for anyone, and it's certainly one that will be studied with even more scrutiny given Mandela's failing health at the moment, but it looks like Elba is up to the challenge.

New Posters Arrive For 'The World's End,' Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' & 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 21, 2013 10:44 AM
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This week brings the closing chapters of one of the rarest things in cinema -- a consistently strong trilogy -- in the shape of the latest installment of one of the most beloved series in recent memory. Not "The Hangover," but "Before Midnight," the closing (?) chapter to Richard Linklater's tale of romance. While it's bittersweet, we're also hopeful that one other perfect trilogy will be coming along before summer's out, in the shape of Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg's Cornetto trilogy, begun with "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz." A new trailer for the third installment "The World's End" is coming tomorrow, but just arriving before that is a new British quad poster, which highlights some of the supporting cast, including Rosamund Pike, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan. Check it out above.

Cannes 2013: The Weinstein Sizzle Reel Showcases 'Grace Of Monaco,' 'Mandela' & More, Only Occasionally Sizzles

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 17, 2013 4:43 PM
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Cannes 2013 TWC Sizzle Reel
In what has apparently become something of a tradition on the Croisette, this evening saw a select group of journalists forgo tempting Official Selection screenings to attend instead the starry, champagne-fuelled preview of The Weinstein Company’s forthcoming slate. Perhaps not quite as salivating a prospect as last year’s auteur-heavy brand-new lineup, which included early glimpses of “Django Unchained,” “The Master,” and “Silver Linings Playbook” it’s still a mark of TWC’s high standing on the awards circuit that what is essentially an invite-only marketing event got so many clamoring to attend. Well, that and the canapes (foie gras toastinis, breaded shrimp and mini eclairs, if you must know). Oh, and the presence of the legendary Harvey Weinstein.

The Weinstein Company Sets Oscar Release Dates For Nicole Kidman's 'Grace Of Monaco,' Meryl Streep In 'August: Osage County' & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 2, 2013 12:22 PM
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Maybe they were reading our Premature Oscar Predictions? Just days after our series ended, looking way far at the horizon of next year's potential Oscar nominees, The Weinstein Company has dated four films of their late fall awards season hopefuls. Obviously, those films were going to land in Oscar season regardless, but kudos to our features for being on point; Harvey and co. will be driving hard the very films we had touted as potentially strong contenders for next year's Academy season.

Stringer Bell The Oscar Contender? The Weinstein Company Pick Up 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Starring Idris Elba

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2013 4:51 PM
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The Oscars are in just over for 48 hours, but man, they feel so yesterday already, amirite? So let's start looking ahead to next year, and one can't ignore the news and start speculating when someone like Harvey Weinstein snaps up a movie about Nelson Mandela.

Naomie Harris To Play Winnie Mandela Opposite Idris Elba In 'Long Walk To Freedom'; Justin Chadwick In Talks To Direct

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 12, 2012 12:56 PM
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A film adaptation of "Long Walk To Freedom," Nelson Mandela's memoir of his time in prison under South African apartheid, his subsequent release, and rise to the presidency, has been, ironically, a long time coming. Back in the 1990s, "Elizabeth" director Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct a version starring Morgan Freeman as Mandela, but the project never came together, and Freeman would later take on the role in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus." More recently, Tom Hooper flirted with the project before "The King's Speech" got underway and sent him into the stratosphere, but again, the stars never aligned properly.

Idris Elba To Play Nelson Mandela In Adaptation Of 'Long Walk To Freedom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2012 9:42 AM
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There has been no shortage of portrayals of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, and given his courageous story, which still resonates and inspires to this day, it's not exactly a surprise. But the past few years have seen an uptick of the man on screens, both big and small. Of course, Morgan Freeman took on the part in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus," while David Harewood and Terrence Howard both inhabited the man for "Mrs. Mandela" and "Winnie" respectively. And there's more on the way. Last month Variety revealed that a biopic mini-series was in the works for U.K. TV titled "Madiba" and based on "Conversations with Myself" and "Nelson Mandela by Himself." But it seems it will be contending with another long brewing project, that has landed a freshly minted Golden Globe winner for the lead.

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