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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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    Contest: Win 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack

    Though the epic drama about the life of anti-Apartheid activist and politician didn't make into the Oscar mix in the way some might have thought, "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" is still worth a watch to understand the struggles and victories of a man who made history in South Africa. And with the l...

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    NYT Best Sellers Dominated by Films and TV: '12 Years a Slave,' 'Long Walk to Freedom,' 'Orange Is the New Black' and More

    One of the revelations from the current New York Times list of non-fiction bestsellers is how many films land there. Solomon Northup's "12 Years a Slave," which was overshadowed upon its 1853 publication by abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin" and...

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    Harvey Weinstein and Idris Elba React to Nelson Mandela's Passing

    The news broke this afternoon that Nelson Mandela, the South African revolutionary, anti-apartheid icon and former President of South Africa, passed away at age 95.

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    'Mandela' Opens Strong with Weak Reviews, Spike Lee's 'Old Boy' Collapses, '12 Years a Slave' Passes 'Blue Jasmine' as Year's Best Indie Performer

    ´╗┐´╗┐With so many adult-oriented films playing in wide release over the holiday weekend, it was more difficult for narrower releases to gain traction. One, the second Weinstein potential awards contender in a row to open in just two cities, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," exceeded expectations while t...

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    Specialty Box Office: Indie Oscar Contenders Battle Out a Very Crowded Holiday

    While the studios saw record numbers this holiday weekend care of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen," a good dozen smaller films tried to take as much turkey money as they could in varying levels of release.

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    This Holiday Weekend, See Musicals 'Black Nativity' and 'Frozen'

    From Langston Hughes adaptation "Black Nativity" to Disney's animated musical comedy "Frozen," there is plenty of family fare to see this holiday weekend, which is light on awards contenders. Starring an acclaimed Idris Elba, the Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" also opens, as d...

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    Watch: New Trailer For 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Brings The Struggle For Freedom To Big Screen

    Based on an inspiring true story, led in front of the camera by Idris Elba and guided behind the camera by Justin Chadwick ("The Fifth Grader"), it would seem that "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" would tick all the Oscar bait boxes with ease. And yet, ready to hit theaters next week, buzz is rather ...

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    Watch: New Trailer For 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Brings Hip Hop Beats

    So, you've got a 2 1/2 hour movie about Nelson Mandela opening around Thanksgiving time, but it seems that buzz is minimal at best. How do you get audiences interested, and more crucially, those kids with disposable income who will be home for the holidays and looking for something to do other than ...

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    President Obama to Host White House Screening of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

    President Obama has a special White House screening of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" planned, with an impressive guest list: stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, as well as Nelson Mandela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani.

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    Watch: 2 Clips Plus New Images From 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom'

    With little in the way of critical buzz to build on, "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" serves up a bit of a marketing conundrum for The Weinstein Company. So far, it seems they've decided to solve that problem with U2 songs and numerous clips, and today comes more scenes and images from the movie.

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