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Bono and group U2 have written and recorded a new song for the Weinstein Company’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” movie. “Ordinary Love” will debut in a new trailer for “Mandela” this evening on Yahoo and various media. The trailer will also run before showings of “12 Years A Slave,” which debuts tomorrow around the country from Fox. Mandela, of course, was 27 years a prisoner.

Bono and U2 have long been supporters and friends of Mandela. This also gives the movie a potential Best Song nomination. It’s not the first time Bono has teamed up with Harvey Weinstein. He recorded the title track for “Gangs of New York” a few years ago. U2 received an Oscar nomination in 2001 for “The Hands That Built America.”

“Mandela” is directed by Justin Chadwick, and stars Idris Elba and Noemie Harris in Oscar-buzzed performances. The movie won cheers at the Toronto Film Festival and is scheduled for a holiday launch.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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