Civil rights leader and the first black president of South Africa died Thursday night from a recurring lung infection. He was 95.
Mandela was instrumental in putting to an end apartheid, South Africa’s practice of racial segregation by the white minority rule.He was imprisoned for 27 years for fighting apartheid, but was freed in 1990, when he began his work to unite the nation by encouraging forgiveness and unity.
“We will always love Madiba for teaching us that it is possible to overcome hatred and anger in order to build a new nation and a new society,” President Jacob Zuma, using the clan name shared by South Africans for Nelson Mandela, told reporters Friday. According to Zuma, Mandela will be buried in a state funeral on Sunday, December 15, in Qunu in the Eastern Cape province, the former president’s ancestral hometown.
Sunday will be a “national day of prayer and reflection,” where countrymen will gather in places of worship to hold “prayer services and meditation reflecting on the life” of Mandela, Zuma said.
Mandela’s body will lie in state at the seat of government in Pretoria, where he served as president, from Wednesday through next Friday, Zuma said, adding, “Long live Madiba!”
“Nelson Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man,” President Barack Obama said Thursday. “We have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. He no longer belongs to us — he belongs to the ages.”
Actor Paul Walker died on Saturday in a car accident in Santa Clarita, Ca.
Paul Walker, 40,was attending an event for his charity, Reach Out Worldwide, (benefitting victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines) when he left with friend Roger Rodas.
The two drove off in a 2005 Porsche Garrera GT which soon after lost control, crashed into a pole, and erupted in flames. Both passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station is still investigating the fatal accident.
Walker was best known for his role as Brian O’Connor in the Fast and the Furious action films where he played an underground drag racer. He is survived by his 13 year old daughter.
1.The Simpsons” actress Marcia Wallace Dies
Marcia Wallace, the voice of Bart Simpson’s promiscuous, chain smoking, middle-aged teacher Edna Krabappel since 1989 (when “The Simpsons” first aired) has died. Wallace,70, died from complications related to Breast Cancer. Wallace was a proud breast cancer survivor for over 20 years.
The actress began her career appearing on “The Merv Griffin Show,” “Columbo” and “The Brady Bunch.” But it was on “The Bob Newhart Show” where Wallace became a star playing the eccentric secretary Carol Kester from 1972-1978.
Wallace went on to host a number of withstanding game shows including “Hollywood Squares” and was nominated for an Emmy for guest starring on “Murphy Brown.” In 1992, Wallace won an Emmy for her voice over role on “The Simpsons.”
Producer and Showrunner of “The Simpsons” Al Jean said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly:
“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” he added, “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”
2. Charlie Hunnam Out, Jamie Dornan In
Irish actor Jamie Dornan will replace “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam in the highly anticipated film adaptation of author E.L. James erotic novel “Fifty Shades Of Grey.”
“Stow your twitchy palms ladies…our man is here. Welcome to #TeamFifty @JamieDornan1 x,” James wrote in a tweet this week.
Although Hunnam says he had good chemistry when reading for the role of bondage infatuated billionaire Christian Grey, he had to drop out of the role because of scheduling conflicts.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features released a statement saying:
“The filmmakers of “Fifty Shades of Grey” and Charlie Hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.” (LA TIMES)
Actress Dakota Johnson will star opposite the former Calvin Klein Underwear Model as Anastasia Steele. The film will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.
3. Tom Hardy To Star As Elton John
Tom Hardy will portray Grammy award winning musician Elton John in a biopic. The British actor, best known for his role as Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,” has also starred in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Inception.”
According to a press release by producer Steve Hamilton Shaw, “Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life. We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board.”
Variety reports that Elton john will re-record much of his hits for the film detailing his life from a child to adult musician.
The film “Rocketman” will be directed by Michael Gracey. The screenplay, written by Lee Hall (“War Horse”) is being produced by Rocket Pictures, Elton John and his partner David Furnish’s film production company.
Academy award winning actor Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Ray) is set to play civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a new biopic to be directed by Oliver Stone (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, W.).
“We’re looking for a way to relate to this extraordinary man,” Stone told the Journal of the film. Several members of the Dr. King’s family are expected to serve as executive producers according to The Wrap.
Both Foxx and Stone are well acquainted with biopics: Foxx having won an Oscar for his portrayal of singer Ray Charles and Stone (also an Oscar winner,) directed W. in 2008, Nixon in 2005 and JFK in 1991.
Can J.Foxx pull off Dr.King? What do you think?
Ben Affleck has obtained the role of Batman in the Man Of Steel sequel opposite Henry Cavill, aka Superman.
Warner Bros. president of creative development and worldwide production, Greg Silverstein, made the announcement on Thursday, stating”We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent.”
Affleck’s Argo (2012) won an Oscar for Motion Picture Of The Year and Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture-Drama redeeming the actor from flops including Gigli (opposite Jennifer Lopez) and Daredevil (with wife Jennifer Garner).
Man Of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder, earned $125.1 million in its opening weekend making a record for the biggest June opening. When Snyder announced that he would include Batman in the sequel, speculation began about who would play Gotham city’s masked vigilante. Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin were some of the popular names thrown into the hypothetical bid, which is probably why the Affleck announcement came as a surprise to DC Comic fans everywhere.
Will you watch Ben Affleck star as Batman in the Man Of Steel sequel?
Is anyone else depressed because “The Real” came to an end on Friday? The fabulous new daytime talk show debuted July 15th on Fox with co-hosts Tamar Braxton (Braxton Family Values), Tamera Mowry-Housley (Sister, Sister), comedienne Loni Love, stylist Jeannie Mai and singer Adrienne Bailon (The Cheetah Girls). “The Real” is produced by Jersey Shore‘s Sally Ann Salsano and is looking to get picked up by the network.
So I started watching the show because I’m a Tamar-tian (that’s a die-hard Tamar Braxton fan for all of you poor fools still not on the bandwagon) and because of the genuine appreciation and respect the ladies seem to have for one another. It’s so not a show where the women appear to be colleagues pretending to get along for the sake of a pay check while trying to hide their seething rage. These women really do seem to like one another (as opposed to the other daytime talk shows with a bunch of cackling spinsters who can’t seem to let one another get a word in. Those shows shall remain nameless). Check out this video of the girls discussing their hilarious first impressions of one another:
Nothing is off limits to these girls: Marriage, kids, pre-nuptials, sex, infidelity, porn and all of the other delicious stuff us girls love to dish about. Tamar brings the spice while Jeannie Mai brings the nice; and whenever Adrienne and Loni take out of control for a spin, Tamera is always there to reel them all back in.
Here’s to hoping that the real ladies of “The Real” get picked up. We’re dying for more!