Morgan Freeman on Nelson Mandela

In a statement released to the media earlier, Academy Award-winner, Morgan Freeman said, “Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve—a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.”

Pictures: Olympus Has Fallen interviews

Aaron Eckhart, Jason Von Berg

All in all a good day. Both Aaron Eckhart and Gerard Butler were great. Very intelligent, funny, friendly and forthcoming when I interviewed them earlier. This is as part of their promotional tour for Olympus Has Fallen, which releases in South Africa this Friday. More from the interviews later this week.

Gerard Butler, Jason Von Berg

Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart coming to SA

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Hollywood actors, Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart are heading out to South Africa next month. The stars will be out here to promote their new film, Olympus Has Fallen. Now if you’re a fan of either one of them and you live in South Africa, you’ll get the opportunity to hang out with them an an exclusive fan event courtesy of the good folks at Nu Metro.
The event is taking place at Montecasino on the 9th. R100 will secure you a ticket to see the film as well as to participate in a Q&A session with Gerard and Aaron.
The two will also be participating in a press junket and a premiere of the movie in Mzansi. Naturally my request has gone in and if all goes according to plan, I’ll be sitting down with them to discuss the film. More on that in the next few weeks, but for now check out the full press release below
Johannesburg, March 18th, 2013:  Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart, who will be visiting South Africa in April as part of a global tour to promote their new film, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, will now also participate in an exclusive Fan Event at Nu Metro Montecasino.
 
The event will take place on Tuesday, April 9th and will include a screening of their latest film; OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, followed by a Q&A session with Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart.
 
Tickets for this “hot-ticket event” will cost R100 per person and will include a Coke and Popcorn. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 22 March 2013 and will be available through numetro.co.za or at the box office at Nu Metro Montecasino. 
 
The event begins at 18:30 for 19:00 and the Q&A with Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart will take place immediately after the film.   
 
OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN releases at Nu Metro Cinemas on April 12th, 2013.
 
 
About the Film
When the White House (Secret Service code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is kidnapped, disgraced former presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national security team scrambles to respond, it is forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the president and avert an even bigger disaster.
 
The film stars Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart, as well as Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett

The Dark Knight Rises poster revealed

It has been a couple of year’s since we’ve seen Batman looking out over Gotham City, but that is all about to change. On the 27th of July, The Dark Knight Rises and it’s bound to blow your mind. This is the final installment in director Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy. The official movie poster was revealed this week and I think it looks awesome. Definitely one for the diary.

In this film you’ll get to see the likes of Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman and many many more.

I’ll bring you more on this release in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.

The Oscars 2012 – Billy’s opening, Hugo wins

Academy Award winner and legend Morgan Freeman opened the show introducing a montage of this year’s Best Pictures. This is a way to also introduce host Billy Crystal, who places himself in some of the scenes with this year’s nominees. It’s a light way to kick things off.

This is the 9th time Crystal is playing host for the Oscars. He said, “We’re at the beautiful Chapter 11 theatre…” This in the wake of Kodak going under recently. After his song and dance parody, he introduces Tom Hanks. He is presenting the Oscar for Achievement in Cinematography, which goes to Robert Richardson for Hugo:

“I want to thank you. Martin you’re a genius as usual. To all the past, present and future filmmakers this is for you.”

The Oscar for Best Art Direction goes to Dante Ferretti and his wife for their role in Hugo too.

“This is for Martin and for Italy”

 

2012 Golden Globes: Morgan Freeman wins the Cecil B. DeMille award

The incredible Morgan Freeman was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille at the 69th Annual Golden Globes. The award was presented by Dame Helen Mirren and the legend that is Sidney Poitier. While Sidney was more serious in his words, the Dame was lighter in her presentation saying out of the fifty films he has been in, she has only been in one. He then came up to accept his award and in true graceful Morgan style, he kept it light, to the point and cool.

“Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all. Thank you Helen. I can’t really tell you how it feels to be up here being up here by someone I love very much. Working with you was fun but I learn one thing watching you handle that gun makes me really I never want to piss you off.

And Sidney. Mr. Poitier. Getting the Cecil B. DeMille Award from someone like you, let it be known that this will also bebe known as the Sidney Poitier Award. It’s been said if you do what you will love you will never work a day in your life.” #TrueStory

Just take a look at some of the films he has been in, in his fifty years in the business:

Driving Miss Daisy,

Brubaker

Million Dollar Baby

Lean on Me

The Shawshank Redemption

Glory

Street Smart

Seven

Bruce Almight

March of the Penguins

The Electric Company

Deep Impact

The Bucket List

Amistad

Invictus

Watch Coldplay performing on Letterman

One of the world’s most celebrated, most loved bands is hitting South African shores in a few hours (if they’re not already in Mzansi). The band will be rocking out in Cape Town tomorrow night and this will be followed by a gig at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday. The #coldplay fever is hitting South Africa and HARD!!! I can’t wait for this gig, it’s going to be something special I feel.

Hold thumbs that my interview with Chris Martin and the rest of the guys is granted. It’ll be a personal interview highlight for me, right up there with Morgan Freeman and Annie Lennox vibe. I’ll keep you posted. One of my new favourite tracks from Coldplay is the track Paradise, which was released a day after my birthday. It’s off their forthcoming album Mylo Xyloto, which drops on the 24th of this month. You can watch them performing that track on the Letterman show in the video above. Their whole set is actually up online, so be sure to check it out. It’s great. Coldplay, bring it baby!!