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WATCH: First Trailer for 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,' Starring Idris Elba

The first trailer for Justin Chadwick's "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" has landed, starring Idris Elba in the title role as the former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary. Naomie Harris ("Skyfall") also stars as Mandela's wife of 39 years, Winnie. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 19, 2013 11:34 AM
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'Pacific Rim' Review: Del Toro's Monster-Scale Epic Needs You!

Guillermo del Toro is the latest director to enter the summer 2013 tentpole sweepstakes, and the advance tracking on his gigantic monster spectacle "Pacific Rim" doesn't bode well for an opening boffo enough to justify its $180 million cost. Del Toro is a gifted film artist applying his skills in service of a mammoth studio enterprise. That's the Hollywood challenge: to mix art and commerce in a mainstream event movie that will pull in the hordes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 10, 2013 4:28 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Guillermo del Toro Talks 'Pacific Rim' Robot Porn (VIDEO)

Guillermo del Toro calls it "robot porn." The Mexican filmmaker was at his geekiest last week at Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco, dissecting a fierce fight at sea in "Pacific Rim" between his enormous robot Jaegers and Kaiju alien monsters. It was like watching his version of "Raging Bull," as he explained how he staged the fight choreography while getting the right height, weight, speed, and volume in CG. But he was just as effusive about the aesthetics of alternating between gritty and surreal.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 5, 2013 1:29 PM
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WATCH: New 'Pacific Rim' Trailer Gives Us More Kaiju Monsters vs. Robots

A new trailer for Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" has arrived, with Charlie Hunnam grimly narrating the epic fight between the sea-emerging Kaiju monsters and the human-created Jaeger robots. "In order to fight monsters, we created monsters of our own," he says. Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Pearlman also star in the Warner Bros. tentpole, due in theaters July 12. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 16, 2013 2:13 PM
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Image Entertainment Snaps Up 'Winnie Mandela' Starring Jennifer Hudson; Up Against Weinsteins' 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Image Entertainment has picked up all US rights to "Winnie Mandela," starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson as Nelson Mandela's long-time partner. The film, which is written and directed by Darrell J. Roodt from Anne Marie de Preez Bezdrob's biography, is slated for a fall 2013 release, which puts it up against the Justin Chadwick/William Nicholson biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba in the title role and "Skyfall" star Naomie Harris as Winnie (November 29, limited).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 16, 2013 1:27 PM
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Weinstein Company Takes Biopic 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,' Starring Idris Elba: Oscar Fodder?

The Weinstein Company has acquired all North American, Australian and New Zealand distribution rights to the Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." The film stars Idris Elba ("Prometheus," "The Wire") in the title role of the former South African president and anti-apartheid revolutionary, and Naomie Harris ("Skyfall") as Mandela's wife of 39 years, Winnie.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 22, 2013 11:56 AM
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Trailer Watch: Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim' is Essentially Godzilla vs. Transformers

The first trailer for Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" has landed. The film is an homage to Japanese giant monster films (called "Kaiju"), and features Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day as humans caught up in a robo-monster war. It looks like Godzilla vs. Transformers, stylishly made.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 13, 2012 1:08 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Idris Elba Reveals New Sides of South African Leader in 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Check out this first look at Justin Chadwick's "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," which stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris as Nelson and Winnie Mandela. From the screenplay by Bill Nicholson ("Gladiator," "Les Miserables"), the biopic reveals sides of the pivotal South African leader most of us do not know. Yes, the film documents his rise from rural villager to political prisoner and country changer, but it also introduces Mandela as a playboy who loves women, fast cars and boxing. Naomie Harris will soon become better known as the latest Bond Girl opposite Daniel Craig in "Skyfall." Elba ("The Wire," "Luther," and "Prometheus") is currently reprising his role as Heimdall in "Thor 2." "Mandela" began shooting in May, mostly on the actual location where the events took place, from the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu Natal.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 22, 2012 12:42 PM
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Review Round-Up and Featurette: Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" Promises Serious Eye-Candy

Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" premieres in the U.S. on June 8, but after overseas debuts in France, Russia, and England critics have inked their responses and some spoiler-heavy ones at that. The handful of critics who published early reviews agree that the film's visuals are stunning and Ridley Scott is right at home in the "world creation" part of his fantasy films. The new featurette on the space ship Prometheus posted below is irrefutable evidence of stunning visuals. It's still up for debate whether the movie provides substance to the heady questions of morality and existence.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 30, 2012 11:40 AM
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Trailer Watch: Action-Packed 58-Second Teaser for Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

In case you missed this, check out Ridley Scott's "Alien"-inspired "Prometheus" whirlwind of a 58-second teaser trailer. Fox's teaser adds new material to shots from the first trailer, while retaining a shroud of mystery.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2012 2:02 PM
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