"We didn't film chronologically, so our first scene together was us getting married. It was the first thing we did, and we hadn't even met each other." Actress Naomie Harris was forced to conjure up some chemistry with her Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom co-star Idris Elba on the first day of their shoot. The former Bond girl portrays Winnie Mandela in the biopic, while Elba plays former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Idris Elba's new Nelson Mandela biopic has landed another major screening - at the White House. U.S. leader Barack Obama will host the cast of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at a presidential screening later this week (07Nov13).
Elba and co-star Naomie Harris are set to attend along with Mandela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani.
The movie officially opened in Johannesburg, South Africa at the weekend (02-03Nov13) and was attended by Mandela's former wife, Winnie.
The film's world premiere took place at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada and it has also been selected as this year's Royal Film Performance in London in December (13).
The news of the latest high-profile screening for the movie comes just two days after Elba, who portrays Mandela in the film, was forced to delay his arrival in South Africa for the premiere there on Saturday (02Nov13) after suffering breathing difficulties prior to take-off at Heathrow Airport in London.
British singer Rita Ora was left stunned after finding love with her beau Calvin Harris, as the pair was embroiled in a heated feud on Twitter.com before they even met. The R.I.P hitmaker has revealed she was shocked when her relationship with the DJ blossomed because of their bust-up on the social networking site last year (12), which was fuelled after Harris accused the singer of lying when she claimed she had turned down Cheryl Cole's track Call My Name.
However, they were able to quickly overcome their initial differences when they realised how much they actually had in common after meeting at an event earlier this year (13).
Ora tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "It's great, it's going well, I'm happy. When something is worth having, you make time for it. When you want something you make it work...
"At the start we had a Twitter feud. So we never really liked each other in the beginning. Then after that it just kind of happened really. It was backstage at a thing like this when we first met and it went from there."
The couple confirmed the romance in May (13).
Actor Chris Noth wasn't the only star forced to slim down for his role on Sex And The City - his onscreen love rival John Corbett was also asked to lose weight for the hit TV series. The Law & Order star recently revealed that he had been asked by show creator Michael Patrick King to shed a few extra pounds before reprising his character Mr. Big in the film adaptations of the programme, and now producer Amy B. Harris confesses Noth wasn't alone.
But it wasn't his leading lady Sarah Jessica Parker who was asked to watch her weight - it was her other love interest Aiden, played by Corbett.
Harris admits TV executives wanted Corbett's character to make a return to the TV version after his initial split from Parker's Carrie Bradshaw looking sexier than ever, so he had to embark on a strict diet plan.
She tells Eonline.com, "We told Corbett to lose weight between seasons three and four. When we talked about whether or not we wanted to see John come back, we basically said we want him to come back so hot that she cannot believe it. Like, he looks so much better after she left him. And we made him lose weight. And then we made Chris lose weight for the movie."
And Harris still finds it funny how the male stars were the only ones placed under pressure to watch their figures: "It's hilarious. The women were, like, perfection, and no one ever mentioned anything about their weight ever. It was just the two guys! I think the women were just predisposed to be lucky and didn't have to worry."
TV bosses behind How I Met Your Mother are planning a spin-off, according to U.S. reports. The hit sitcom, which stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan, is in the midst of its ninth and final season, but creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas may continue their reign on television with a new show.
Bays and Thomas, along with former Saturday Night Live writer Emily Spivey, have pitched an all-female comedy called How I Met Your Father, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Like its predecessor, the spin-off would tell the tale of a group of friends living in New York and follow the main character's journey to meeting her future husband. If the project is greenlighted, the new cast of characters would likely be introduced in the series finale next spring (14).
How I Met Your Mother has been one of America's top-rated shows for the past eight years.
Animated comedy Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 rained on its rivals by topping the U.K. box office at the weekend (25-27Oct13). The sequel, featuring the voices of Neil Patrick Harris and James Caan, took $5.47 million (£3.65 million) in ticket sales in its opening week, while Tom Hanks' hostage drama Captain Phillips earned $3.66 million (£2.44 million) to remain in second place.
Johnny Knoxville's Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa took $2.91 million (£1.94 million) to debut in third place, while last week's (ends24Oct13) top film Turbo, another animated movie, fell to fourth place, with $1.98 million (£1.32 million).
Harrison Ford's latest science fiction outing, Ender's Game, rounded out the top five with $1.72 million (£1.15 million) in earnings.
Veteran singers Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late Cowboy Jack Clement were the toast of Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday (27Oct13) as they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Barry Gibb, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris were among the stars who gathered at the venue to salute the three honourees, with Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks and Darius Rucker joining forces to celebrate Rogers' career.
Speaking during the ceremony, Brooks hailed The Gambler hitmaker as a master, saying, "If there was an entertainer university, when it comes to Entertainer 101, I can vouch firsthand that Kenny Rogers would be the professor of that class."
The event also featured a special tribute to Clement, who learned of his Hall of Fame induction five months before he succumbed to liver cancer in August (13), aged 82. He was remembered by two trumpeters, who performed the horn intro to his classic hit Ring of Fire, which he produced for Johnny Cash.
"My favourite project of hers was an overlooked short film that she made earlier this year. She plays a very inebriated housewife defending her inebriated husband. And if you haven't seen it, you can go on YouTube." Comedienne Chelsea Handler pokes fun at her pal Reese Witherspoon's much-publicised altercation with a police officer in Georgia while honouring her at Monday's (21Oct13) Elle Women in Hollywood awards event in Beverly Hills. The actress joined Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Naomie Harris and Melissa McCarthy among the honourees.
Actresses Reese Witherspoon, Naomie Harris, Marion Cotillard and Melissa Mccarthy were among the stars honoured at Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood Awards on Monday (21Oct13). The publication's bosses paid tribute to the female celebrities as part of their 20th annual ceremony at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
The honourees were each introduced by a celebrity pal, who shared recollections of how the star helped them get ahead in their own careers. Among the guest presenters were comedienne and talk show host Chelsea Handler, who feted her pal Witherspoon, and Kathy Bates, who celebrated McCarthy's onscreen achievements.
Audience members included Glee star Lea Michele, Emmy Rossum, Cybill Shepherd, Laura Dern, Emilia Clarke, Shailene Woodley and funnywoman Whitney Cummings.
It looks like Bono wants an Oscar, guys. In the newest trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the brand new U2 song titled "Ordinary Love" overlaps with Idris Elba's (playing Nelson Mandela) booming voice and poetic words in an effort to send empowering chills down your spine.
The lyrics, which were specifically written for this film, include lines like: "Oh, the beauty that's been lost before/ Wants to find us again" and "We can't fall any further in." With what seems like a music/film match made in heaven (what with U2 singing about human rights in every other song), we can't help but assume that the Irish rock band is aiming for an Oscar nod this upcoming award season, especially since it wouldn't be the first time they've made the ballot. In 2002, the group partnered with Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York to create "The Hands That Built America," which was nominated for an Academy Award and won at the Golden Globes.
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The Justin Chadwick-directed biopic, based on Mandela's autobiography of the same name, follows the political figure's life from his childhood to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens in limited release on Nov. 29.