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How Kasi Lemmons' Return to the Holiday Musical 'Black Nativity' Saved Her Life

But it took Lemmons four years to "shake down" the play and come up with her own take, which is revived every Christmas in cities all around the country, and new music to go along with the original's holiday standards. Producer Celine Rattray first suggested the project to her. "Look no further," Lemmons told her. "Please let it me me."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2013 10:10 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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