British royal Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge broke down in tears when she was told the news of Nelson Mandela's death at the royal premiere of his biopic, according to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The Duchess and her husband Prince William both attended the screening of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom in London on Thursday night (05Dec13), and they were alerted to the civil rights icon's passing during the event.
The film's executive producer, Weinstein, was also at the premiere when the story broke, and he has now revealed the sad news took its toll on the Duchess.
He tells Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, "'Kate was very emotional, she was in tears and very moved by the events. We all were. There is nothing to describe the momentousness of what happened. The Duke and Duchess handled themselves very elegantly. I spoke to them downstairs in the foyer after the movie. William was deeply touched by the news, you could see it in his face, but he was being very courageous."
The news broke while the movie was playing, but most of the guests were not told until the end of the film, when producer Anant Singh took to the stage along with director Justin Chadwick and the film's star, Idris Elba, to request a minute's silence.
The premiere's after party was cancelled as a mark of respect to the former South African president.
Actor Idris Elba was rushed to hospital on Saturday (02Nov13) after falling ill on a plane preparing to depart to South Africa. The Wire star was due to attend a press conference in Johannesburg for his upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, but failed to make the journey after suffering an asthma attack on the aircraft.
The actor was immediately rushed to hospital from London's Heathrow Airport, but is now reportedly recovering well.
Producer Anant Singh says on Sunday (03Nov13), "Idris is in hospital after an asthma attack on the plane last night."
The thing is Pulse actually has a pretty compelling premise. From the furtive mind of co-writer Wes Craven it shows how our society’s utter reliance on broadband and telecom technology has come back to bite us in the ass. A college student trying to hack into a system inadvertently releases some massive malevolent virus from beyond that infects anyone with a computer cell phone PDA you name it. In other words there’s a whole lotta crack in that Crackberry now. Unfortunately Craven or whoever else tinkered with Pulse has to also adhere to the movie horror genre throwing in the same old scare tactics as we watch pretty young things Mattie (Kristen Bell) and Dexter (Ian Somerhalder) run around trying to stop the bad pasty-white ghosts before they too are infected. The one saving grace is the ending doesn’t cope out. Perky and blonde Bell (of TV’s Veronica Mars fame) is highly capable of convincing us she’s freaked out. As Mattie she witnesses her boyfriend killing himself watches all her friends turn into black ash; we certainly feel her pain. But there’s a determination there too and somehow you know she going to outsmart those nasty spirits--or at least outrun them. Her cohort Somerhalder--best known to Lost fans as Boone the show’s first major casualty--is right there with her every step of the way. It’s comforting actually to put hip young stars in horror movies because it makes it easier to root for their survival. First-time director Jim Sonzero--probably a little freaked himself making a big-budget movie AND dealing with the Weinstein brothers (who produced Pulse)--looks like he watched movies like The Ring and Dark Water over and over. Granted Pulse is also based on a Japanese horror film Kairo so it makes sense everything is so cold and bleak with rundown filthy apartments and lots of concrete. Creepy movies couldn’t be nearly as effective in a brightly lit environ I suppose. What’s interesting however is how some of the masters of horror of our generation are thinking alike. Craven isn’t alone in his telecom fears. Stephen King has also come out with a new novel called Cell which basically addresses the same issue but in a far more twisted way god bless him. In fact King’s end-of-the-world story starts with what he calls “The Pulse ” which is sent via cell phones and makes everyone who has one go crazy. Yep Craven and King are definitely on the same wavelength. Now that’s a scary place to be.