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.”
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.
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.
I’ll bring you more on this release in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.
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”
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:
Lean on Me
The Electric Company
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!!
As promised, here are my interviews with the stars from The Hangover Part II. Besides interviewing the likes of Morgan Freeman, Annie Lennox and Keri Hilson, this is yet another career highlight for me! Loved the opportunity, the experience thanks to Nu Metro and Warner Bros. and I hope I’ll get the opportunity to do many more of these. Hold thumbs, like it and spread the word 😉
The 18th of July is a day we celebrate in South Africa. The reason? It’s former president, Nelson Mandela’s birthday. He will be 92 years old. Now while he spent 67 years fighting for human rights, equality among everyone and making a difference in the world; Madiba and his team have called for us to spare just 67 minutes for those less fortunate than ourselves. You can read newspapers to the elderly or you can go and help nurses and social workers feed a few of our younger members of society. I haven’t decided on what I will be doing on Sunday, but I will share my experience with you when I’m done.
So that is what Sunday will hold for many, but it also sees the launch of the new Big Brother season on DStv. To help kick off the launch of the show, dancehall star, Sean Paul will perform three of his songs. I saw Sean Paul performing in 2007 at the X-Games in Aspen and he was but awesome. So Africa, you’re in for a treat. What a great way to kick off the new, All-Stars season of the hit show. I’m wondering who will be there, vying for the $200 000 prize money? Perhaps Lerato from South Africa? How about the very controversial Tatiana? Let’s see this weekend, when the show gets going. You can follow Big Brother on Twitter @BigBroAfrica and online at http://www.mnetafrica.com/bigbrother
It’s been a busy year on The Von Vodcast and host Jason Von Berg has traveled far and wide to get up close with some of the biggest names in entertainment. See what Annie Lennox thinks about The Von Vodcast, check out the one on one with Invictus star, Morgan Freeman; What does actor Jamie Bartlett eat for lunch and see an exclusive performance by multiple SAMA winner Lira in this and more in The Best Of The Von Vodcast for 2009.