First look at Jennifer Hudson in ‘Winnie’

Posted by · 5:27 pm · November 16th, 2010

Thanks to reader Nicolas Mancuso for tipping me off to this extended promo trailer for “Winnie,” Darrell James Roodt’s Winnie Mandela biopic with Jennifer Hudson in her first dramatic headlining role. I was sceptical of this project when it was announced a year ago, and I’m afraid the trailer has only exacerbated my fears. A […]

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THE LONG SHOT: Categorical denial

Posted by · 7:25 pm · October 20th, 2010

Wild-eyed, table-banging outbursts — sometimes of enthusiasm, more often of outrage — are an essential part of the floor show at any Oscar viewing party, but I’ve rarely seen one more unhinged than a friend’s reaction to Angelina Jolie’s (widely expected) Best Supporting Actress victory at the 1999 ceremony. “Who the hell was she supporting?” […]

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Back off, Hollywood

Posted by · 10:39 am · December 8th, 2009

While South Africa’s currently high Hollywood profile is putting smiles on the faces (and much-needed cash in the pockets) of many figures in the country’s film industry, it appears that not all local actors are as pleased. The Guardian reports that a number of prominent local thesps have spoken out against the casting of bankable […]

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Jennifer Hudson boards Winnie Mandela biopic

Posted by · 8:17 am · November 18th, 2009

The current vogue for South African-focused cinema continues apace. With Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman applying A-list Hollywood polish to the figure of former president Nelson Mandela, Jennifer Hudson is now set to do the same for his ex-wife. Rumors about this have been circling for some time, but yesterday Variety confirmed that Hudson has […]

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Jennifer Hudson sings for Michael Jackson

Posted by · 3:22 pm · July 7th, 2009

I’m sure many of you have been watching the Michael Jackson memorials proceedings just as I have, so there’s no need to remind you of what went down. A largely tasteful, moving affair, I’m pleased to say. In the interests of keeping things movie-related (I mean, how many other Oscar winners can claim to have […]

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Academy shortlists 49 original songs

Posted by · 4:36 am · December 17th, 2008

… and 11 of them (count ’em) are from “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.” That’s over a fifth of the contenders, so I’m guessing the folks at Disney will be pretty mortified if at least one of them doesn’t make the final five. And hell, one of them should. I’m not too snobbish to […]

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Our hearts go out to Jennifer Hudson

Posted by · 5:49 pm · October 24th, 2008

UPDATED (8:30 p.m.): The pain of confirmation here. EARLIER: What else can really be said?  Absolutely crushing.

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Step right up…Best Original Song is there for the taking

Posted by · 8:20 pm · August 20th, 2008

Generally around this time of year I start to compile a list of original songs for consideration in our charts…but I have to say, I’m having a hell of a time coming up with a respectable roll call. What have we got so far this year?  Peter Gabriel’s “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” seems to […]

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Four Girls in New York

Posted by · 5:34 am · June 2nd, 2008

Is there anything to say about this film “Sex and the City” that is driving women into movie houses all across the United States? According to box office reports this morning, the film made $55.7 million in 3,285 theaters. It generated a reputable $16,968 per screen average according to Nikki Finke. It dominated the Friday […]

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