Jennifer Hudson made a splash on American Idol, then quickly went on to win an Oscar for her debut role in Dreamgirls, but we haven’t seen much of her onscreen since. Now she’s got a follow-up role to her big breakthrough: in Winnie, she’ll play Winnie Mandela, wife to South African president Nelson Mandela.
Directing is South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt, who was behind Yesterday and Sarafina! The script is from Roodt, Andre Pieterse and Paul L. Johnson, from the biography Winnie Mandela: A Life, by Anne Marie du Preez. Winnie Mandela fought apartheid alongside her husband, and was jailed for demanding his release, but she faced legitimate legal troubles down the road. Variety also reports that Hudson is expected to sing the theme for the film.
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Universal has released the movie trailer for Leatherheads, a romantic comedy set in the world of 1920s football. The story follows the owner of a professional team who drafts a straight-laced college sensation in an attempt to legitimatize the sport, only to watch his new coach fall for his fiancÃ©e. Directed and starring George Clooney, co-starring John Krasinski, RenÃ©e Zellweger, and Stephen Root.
Seems a little zany to me, but I keep telling myself that this is the same guy who directed Confessions of a Dangerous MindÂ and Good Night and Good Luck. Watch the trailer after the jump. What you you guys think?
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The first four official production photos for the next Coen Brothers film have been released. When a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande, violence and mayhem ensue. No Country for Old Men stars Josh Brolin (Grindhouse, Goonies) Tommy Lee Jones (Fugitive), Stephen Root (Office Space) and Woody Harrelson. The film will premiere at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, with it’s official release tentatively scheduled for late 2007 (Oscar season). As always, left click to enlarge the images. More photos after the jump.
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