Lee Daniels to Direct Historic Civil Rights Flick "Selma" 


Lee Daniels is my new favorite director right now. He mesmerized me with his flick "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."

Last month, we told you that the director was in talks to direct the movie version of the musical "Miss Saigon," now, Daniels is in serious negotations to helm "Selma."

Variety told us that "Selma" will trace the historic 1965 march in the Alabama town that marked the political and emotional peak of the civil rights movement.

The script is written by Paul Webb ("Lincoln") and I heard that it's fantastic!

There's no cast attached yet, but production is set to begin early spring.

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Jennifer Hudson to Play "Winnie" Mandela! 


Jennifer Hudson, the Oscar-winner and ex-American idol contestant, is getting ready for her next big challenge -- playing "Winnie," the former wife of South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela.

Darrell J. Roodt is set to direct. Roodt previously helmed 2006's "Yesterday," and also worked on "Cry, the Beloved Country" and "Sarafina!"

Based on Anna Marie du Preez Bezdrob's biography "Winnie Mandela:A Life," Andre Pieterse, Roodt, and Paul L. Johnson collaborated on the script.

Variety is reporting that Mandela's "former wife is a far more complicated figure. She has been depicted as the mother and wife who was a steadfast supporter of her activist husband and who was jailed herself for campaigning for his release and fighting against apartheid. Her image was subsequently tarnished by association with a bodyguard who murdered a 14-year old alleged informer, and she was later convicted of fraud."

The filmmakers are saying they will the whole story, good and bad.

Producting begins May 30 in Johannesburg, Capt Town, and the Transkei and Robben Island. Hudson is expected to sing the film's theme song.

Another Mandela-centric film is set to open this December. Morgan Freeman will play Nelson Mandela in the Clint Eastwood film "Invictus."

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Dr. McSteamy to Go "Burlesque!" 


Eric Dane aka Dr. McSteamy is joining the cast of the musical "Burlesque!" He will be joining Cher, Christina Aguilera, Stanley Tucci, Cam Gigandet, Kristen Bell and Alan Cumming.

The film is written and will be directed by Steve Antin.

"Burlesque" tells the story of Ali, a small-town girl (Aguilera) with a big voice who becomes the toast of the town after appearing in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club.

Cher will co-star as Tess, a former dancer who takes the small town girl under her wing. Stanley Tucci will play the manager of the club and the best friend of Tess.

Dane will play Marcus, Ali's knight in shining armor who offers to buy Tess out of the burlesque club.

"Burlesque" is set for release Thanksgiving 2010.

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"Thor" Finds His Warrior's Three 


Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, and Tadanobu Asano are joining the cast of "Thor" to play Warrior's Three, a trio of Asgardian warriors who fight alongside Thor, our favorite Norse god.

Kenneth Branagh is directing the Marvel Entertainment action-adventure.

Townsend will play Fandral ala who looks seriously like Errol Flynn, Stevenson will star as Volstagg the Valiant,the hard-living brawler, and Asano will play Hogun the Grim, the traveling companion of Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth.

Anthony Hopkins
is set to play Odin, the King of Asgard and the father of Thor and Loki, played by Tom Hiddelston. Natalie Portman will be playing Thor's love, Jane Foster.

The production will be lensing this January and Paramount Pictures will release "Thor" on May 20, 2011.

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"Precious" Movie Review! See Why I'm Calling it One of the Best Films of 2009! 


I cannot stop talking and praising “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” It’s an uplifting film that will push you down to the lower depths of despair before picking you up and dusting you off. “Precious” is one of the most hopeful, courageous, and inspirational films of 2009.


The heart at the center of “Precious” belongs to Gabourey Sidibe, a twenty-six-year old actress, working on her first professional gig. Sidibe gives a memorable performance as Claireece “Precious” Jones, a sixteen-year old girl born into a life no one would want. Read More...

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