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News from “Mandela” Premiere: New U2 Album Coming in March 2014 (See Bono Video Here)

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The new U2 album is on its way. I told you a few weeks ago that the album would make the first quarter of 2014, that the video work had commenced as well as the marketing materials. Now comes “Ordinary Love,” the first single, written for the soundtrack of “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” which premiered last night at the Ziegfeld.

I hung out on the red carpet with U2’s two managers, the famed and brilliant Paul McGuinness who’s been with U2 since Day 1, and Guy Oseary, who’s coming in to work with Paul after his tireless guidance of Madonna over the years.

No, Guy told me, there will be no Madonna-U2 duet on the new album.

Paul did tell me that the album will come in March, maybe right after the group wins an Oscar for their “Mandela” song. They should.

Milling about with us on the red carpet: Oscar buzzed “Mandela” stars Idris Elba and Noamie Harris, plus Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who co-hosted the screening. No sunglasses, no aides or assistants running about. No Devil Wears Prada. Anna and McGuinness have been friends for literally eons. She was very comfortable.

Also on hand: the great beauty Iman, without David Bowie, very low key also.

Harvey Weinstein is passionate about “Mandela,” Justin Chadwick’s comphrensive and absorbing take on the life of a historic, great leader. Harvey introduced the film and the filmmakers and Bono, who himself was introduced by Nelson Mandela’s daughter, Zenani. She sang his praises.

Keep an eye on “Mandela,” especially Idris Elba and Noamie Harris. They are very much in the Oscar game. Elba is kind of a rock star because of his TV work in the UK. He is a towering presence as Nelson Mandela. SAG voters in particular are loving his performance.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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