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Spotlight: The Elders's Celebrity Supporters

Based on an initiative by Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela announced the formation of The Elders in July 2007 in Johannesburg on the occasion of his 89th birthday. Members of The Elders are: Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Brundtland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu (Chair).

The Elders are a group of global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who use their collective experience and influence to promote peace, justice and human rights worldwide.

They include the former holders of some of the world’s most important and demanding posts, and individuals with an extraordinary track record on peace-making, reconciliation and social change.

Independent of government and no longer holding public office, the Elders are helping tackle some of the world’s most intractable problems, through both private advocacy and public work.

The Elders work strategically, focusing on areas
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Clare Stewart on the London Fest as Awards Launch Pad, and Films on Social Issues

Clare Stewart on the London Fest as Awards Launch Pad, and Films on Social Issues
Clare Stewart is the Australian who has breathed new life into the BFI London Film Festival. Her tenure as festival director has seen the scope of the event broadened beyond Central London theaters to neighborhoods throughout the capital and across the rest of Britain. The festival’s spot on the calendar has also recently turned it into a prime platform for launching Oscar campaigns, as with “Moonlight,” which was in competition in London last year.

The 61st edition of the festival opens Wednesday evening with Andrew Garfield-starrer “Breathe” (pictured). Variety spoke to Stewart about what to expect this year and how Lff has evolved.

Q: How does Lff fit into the calendar of events, how important is its place as a launchpad for a run at the Oscars?

London is home to a lot of voting Academy members and the BAFTAs. In very real terms we have articulated the benefit of screening at the festival and
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Spotlight: Pencils of Promise's Celebrity Supporters

Pencils of Promise builds schools in the developing world and trains socially conscious young leaders to take action at home and abroad.

Celebrity supporters

Pencils of Promise has 11 known supporters, including Justin Bieber, Desmond Tutu, and Sophia Bush

Areas of work PovertyEducation Read more about Pencils of Promise's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles Justin Bieber Makes Promises For CharityJustin Bieber Joins Usher's New Look For CharityGet The Clothes Off Justin Bieber's Back For CharityJustin Bieber Celebrates Charity SuccessDoSomething.org's Top 20 2010 Celebrity Charity Champions

Are you organizing an event which celebrities will attend? Tell us about it so we can spread the word!

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Sundance Review: ‘Winnie’ Presents a Duality to an Infamous Political Figure

It’s difficult to truly capture a controversial subject in film. For a figure such as Winnie Madikizela Mandela, it may be impossible unless you ensure her perspective is included. This is a woman labeled terrorist by many countries, a wife who “tarnished” her heroic husband’s legacy. Yet the people of South Africa hail her as Nelson Mandela‘s equal—maybe greater. She was the on-the-ground leader of the African National Congress (Anc) when he and others were imprisoned or exiled, the one person who put her fist up in opposition without fear. She saw the carnage and violence first-hand and taught South Africans to match that level of brutality in order to survive. Outside the filter of her oppressors’ smear campaigns to criminalize her actions, Winnie was a general.

This duality between “Mother of the Nation” and “war criminal” is what interested director Pascale Lamche. What if she
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Winnie’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Winnie’
There may be no life in South African politics more narratively riveting than that of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Her ex-husband Nelson may have the more grandly heroic arc, having endured 27 years in captivity to bring democracy to his nation, but her parallel story — one that includes triumph, disgrace and exile, the worshipful embrace of one population sector and the moral disgust of another, complete with a still-disputed murder mystery — is the stuff of true cinema. Though she has met with mixed fortunes on the biopic front over the years, a dedicated feature-length documentary on her is long overdue — making Pascale Lamche’s “Winnie,” which features rare and extensive first-hand testimony from the lady herself, something of an event. It’s a shame, then, that “Winnie” gradually reveals itself to be rather a specious work, unabashedly one-sided in its adherence to the “mother of the nation” line pushed by her admirers, and
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Afm: Saban Picks Up Roland Joffe's 'The Forgiven,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana

Afm: Saban Picks Up Roland Joffe's 'The Forgiven,' Starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana
Roland Joffe's upcoming drama about South African icon Desmond Tutu has found a North American home. Saban Films on Monday announced it has acquired domestic rights to The Forgiven, starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. Co-written by Oscar-winner Joffe and Michael Ashton and based on Ashton’s play The Archbishop and The Antichrist, the drama follows Archbishop Tutu’s (Whitaker) work as President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa and his struggle with a brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and redemption. The film is currently in production. { "nid": 942417, "type": "news", "title":

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AFM: Forest Whitaker-Eric Bana Drama ‘The Forgiven’ Bought by Saban

AFM: Forest Whitaker-Eric Bana Drama ‘The Forgiven’ Bought by Saban
Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Roland Joffé’s South African drama “The Forgiven,” starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana.

Joffe is directing from a script he co-wrote with Michael Ashton based on Ashton’s play “The Archbishop and The Antichrist.” Whitaker portrays Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as in post-apartheid South Africa and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana).

The film is currently in production. Wme Global handled North American rights, with 13 Films handling international sales at the upcoming American Film Market.

Joffe, whose credits include “The Killing Fields” and “The Scarlet Letter,” is also producing with Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten (“Hook,” “Shattered Glass”) and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films, with financing being provided by The Fyzz Facility.

Saban FilmsBill Bromiley said: “The depth in ‘The Forgiven’ is unnerving, something Roland Joffé is known for. Whitaker and Bana’s history of
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Saban Films Takes Roland Joffe’s ‘The Forgiven’ Starring Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana

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Saban Films Takes Roland Joffe’s ‘The Forgiven’ Starring Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana
Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Roland Joffé's dramatic film The Forgiven which is based on the Michael Asthon play The Archbishop and The Antichrist and stars Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. Co-written by Joffé and Ashton, the story follows Archbishop Desmond Tutu's (Whitaker) work as President of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with a brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over…
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Us Briefs: Amazon Studios to co-finance, distribute 'Brad's Status'

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Amazon Studios will co-finance the dramatic comedy with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (Ske) and distribute in North America.

Sierra/Affinity will introduce to international buyers at the Afm this week.

Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson and Jenna Fischer have joined Ben Stiller and Austin Abrams on Brad’s Status, which Mike White is currently shooting about a father who still harbours feelings of jealousy towards his old school friends.Ske, Plan B and Dave Bernad are producing.

Saban Films has picked up North American rights from Wme Global to Roland Joffé’s drama The Forgiven starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. 13 Films represents international rights at the Afm. Joffé and Michael Ashton adapted The Forgiven from Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist, about Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as president of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa. The film is currently in production and Joffé produces alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat
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Us Briefs: Saban Films acquires 'The Forgiven'

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The distributor has picked up North American rights from Wme Global to Roland Joffé’s drama starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana. 13 Films represents international rights at the Afm.

Joffé and Michael Ashton adapted The Forgiven from Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist, about Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s work as president of the Truth And Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa.

The story charts Tutu’s struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld, played by Bana, over issues of redemption. The film is currently in production.

Joffé produced the film alongside Link Entertainment’s Craig Baumgarten and Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light & Dark Films. The Fyzz Facility provides financing.

Ddi has acquired worldwide sales rights to the comedy Ripped starring stand-up comic Russell Peters, Faizon Love, Kyle Massey and Alex Meneses. Brad Epstein’s feature directorial debut centres on two stoners who fast forward 30 years to 2016 after smoking top-secret CIA pot. Epstein produced
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Forest Whitaker Will Play Desmond Tutu in ‘The Archbishop and the Antichrist’ Opposite Eric Bana

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Forest Whitaker is attached to play another prominent African figure – this time it’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu – in a project by Roland Joffé, titled “The Archbishop and the Antichrist.” When the project was first announced at least a year ago, Whitaker… Continue Reading →
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Eric Bana To Star Opposite Forest Whitaker In Desmond Tutu Pic ‘The Forgiven’

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Eric Bana To Star Opposite Forest Whitaker In Desmond Tutu Pic ‘The Forgiven’
Exclusive: Eric Bana has just signed on to The Forgiven, the adaptation of Michael Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist about Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Forest Whitaker is already aboard to play Tutu, with Roland Joffé directing the script he co-wrote with Ashton. The drama centers on Tutu’s work as president of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and…
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Forest Whitaker Will Be In Marvel's Black Panther

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Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Marvel StudiosBlack Panther. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), has also added Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba to an all-star lineup that includes Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, ruler of Wakanda, and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, plus Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye, members of the fierce Dora Milaje.

Whitaker (Roots, Lee DanielsThe Butler, The Last King of Scotland) will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Whitaker appears in this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as fringe Rebel leader Saw Gerrera, and he’ll be seen in The Forgiven as famed activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Head of the Turth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa.

Kasumba will reprise her Captain America: Civil War role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje.
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Black Panther Gets Forest Whitaker as Wakanda Statesman Zuri

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Black Panther Gets Forest Whitaker as Wakanda Statesman Zuri
Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of Marvel Studios' Black Panther. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), has also added Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba to an all-star lineup that includes Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, ruler of Wakanda, and Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, plus Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye, members of the fierce Dora Milaje.

Whitaker (Roots, Lee Daniels' The Butler, The Last King of Scotland) will play the role of Zuri, an elder stateman in Wakanda. Whitaker appears in this year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as fringe Rebel leader Saw Gerrera, and he'll be seen in The Forgiven as famed activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Head of the Turth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa. Kasumba will reprise her Captain America: Civil War role as Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje.
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu Hospitalized in South Africa

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu Hospitalized in South Africa
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was readmitted to a South African hospital over the weekend, his family told CNN. The 84-year-old was showing signs of an infection following a surgery he had just days ago. After a three week stay in a Cape Town hospital, the Nobel laureate left last Wednesday. Also Read: Vince Vaughn, Forest Whitaker to Star in Desmond Tutu Movie 'The Archbishop and the Antichrist' He was first admitted to treat a recurring infection and had a minor surgery for the issue. What forced Tutu to return to the hospital, according to his wife Leah, was that the surgical
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Seeing Prince Harry Play Soccer With These Kids Will Make Your Heart Grow 3 Sizes

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Seeing Prince Harry Play Soccer With These Kids Will Make Your Heart Grow 3 Sizes
Prince Harry's tour of South Africa has been jam-packed with royal activities so far, and it looks like he's having an absolute blast. After doing work with his charity Sentebale in Lesotho and playing in the Royal Salute Polo Cup, Harry made appearances all over Cape Town on Monday, resulting in some seriously cute photos. After channeling his inner David Beckham while kicking a soccer ball around with a group of children at the Football For Hope Centre in Khayelitsha, he stopped by the Ottery Youth Centre, a rehabilitation facility for children linked to gang-related crimes. Princess Charlotte's uncle also presented Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with the Order of the Companion of Honour at The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, flashing a huge smile while engaging with the Nobel Peace Prize winner. Read on to see more photos from Harry's trip through South Africa, and keep an eye
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Cinephil takes world on Idfa title 'Snow Monkey'

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Documentary from Australian war artist George Gittoes centres on street kids in Afghanistan.

Tel Aviv-based sales company Cinephil has acquired the worldwide right to George GittoesSnow Monkey ahead of its international premiere in competition at Idfa (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) (Nov 18-29).

The film is a portrait of daily life in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where art activist Gittoes recruited gangs of war-damaged children to shoot local, Pashto-style films - vibrant, colorful and infused with the violence they experience on a daily basis.

Gittoes will return to Idfa, which runs Nov 18-29, having previously screened Miscreants of Taliwood, shot in Peshawar with Taliban-besieged filmmakers, some of which have helped create Snow Monkey.

Cinephil MD Philippa Kowarsky negotiated the deal with producers Gittoes and Lizzette Atkins of Unicorn Films.

Executive producers are Norway’s Torstein Grude and Bjarte Mørner Tveit for Piraya Film.

Kowarsky said the film “offers an unprecedented understanding of the lives of the people of Jalalabad
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Forest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn set for The Archbishop and the Antichrist

Variety is reporting that Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) and Vince Vaughn (True Detective) have signed on to appear in The Archbishop and the Antichrist, a post-apartheid drama from director Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields).

Based on the play by Michael Ashton, The Archbishop and the Antichrist is “a fictionalized account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s meetings with Piet Blomfield, a murderer who seeks redemption for the atrocities he has committed while he serves a life sentence in prison in post-apartheid South Africa.”

Forest Whitaker brings a great sense of depth and power to all his performances and he is the perfect match for Tutu’s complex character,” states Tannaz Anisi, president of 13 Films. “Vince Vaughn continues to prove his wide-ranging acting skills following his more dramatic roles in Into the Wild and the upcoming Hacksaw Ridge.”

Production on the film is slated to get underway early in
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Forest Whitaker And Vince Vaughn Cast In Roland Joffe's 'The Archbishop And The Antichrist'

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Forest Whitaker and Vince Vaughn are set to star in Roland Joffe's The Archbishop and the Antichrist. The film will be based on the play of the same name by Michael Ashton, which follows a fictionalized account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's (Whitaker) meetings with brutal murderer Piet Blomfield (Vaughn).

Joffé has been nominated for an Oscar for his films The Killing Fields and The Mission. He also directed films like The Scarlett Letter and Goodbye Lover.

The Archbishop And the Antichrist will be produced by Emmy Award nominated producer Craig Baumgarten (Hook, Never Back Down). Kim Aston will serve as executive producer.

In the film, Vaughn's character Piet Blomfield seeks redemption for the atrocities he’s committed while he serves a life sentence in prison in post-apartheid South Africa.

Forest Whitaker brings a great sense of depth and power to all his performances and he is the perfect
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Post-Apartheid Drama The Archbishop And The Antichrist Enlists Forest Whitaker, Vince Vaughn

Michael Ashton’s post-Apartheid play The Archbishop and the Antichrist is headed to the silver screen, and today brings word that the drama has tapped Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, The Butler) and Vince Vaughn (True Detective, Hacksaw Ridge) for leading roles. Two-time Oscar nominated writer/director Roland Joffé is behind the lens for this one.

Understood to be simmering in pre-production, Joffé’s adaptation will place Whitaker and Vaughn on two very different sides of post-Apartheid South Africa, with the former set to play a fictionalized version of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, while the latter will assume the role of infamous murderer and warlord Piet Blomfield. Serving a life sentence in prison for his heinous crimes, The Archbishop and the Antichrist explores the trying relationship between the pair, as Tutu sets about heralding a new era of peace to the troubled country.

In shepherding the tale from one medium to the next,
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