Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Bono, U2 Write and Record New Song for “Mandela” Movie

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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
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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