Monday, April 22, 2024

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” Gets White House Screening This Thursday


Big news: President Obama and his family will host a White House screening for Justin Chadwick’s “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” this Thursday. Stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris and Harvey Weinstein will on hand. Nelson Mandela’s daughters Zindzi and Zenani Mandela, will be on hand as well. The Weinstein Company movie screened in Toronto in September to raves, and opens November 29 in the U.S. The film had its South African premiere this past weekend in Johannesburg with Winnie Mandela in attendance. Said Zindzi Mandela in a press release: “Idris Elba brings my father’s essence to life with an exceptional performance as Nelson Mandela. I loved the film, especially how it portrays my father’s life and his global impact from the values of a small village boy through to an international leader.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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