12:19 PM EDT 12/18/2014
Originally posted 12/05/2013 06:30PM
There was a standing ovation followed by a stunned hush in the London movie theater where Prince William, his wife, Kate, and a roomful of VIPs had just finished watching the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
The group was shocked when they learned that the subject of the movie, Nelson Mandela, had died.
"We were delivered the news as the credits rolled," Tweeted The Mail on Sunday's royal correspondent Katie Nicholl. "Silence here in the cinema where the royal couple have just watched Mandela. RIP."
Originally posted 12/05/2013 05:55PM
A great leader has died – and within minutes, people who knew Nelson Mandela and many others, who only knew of his fight for freedom in South Africa and for people around the world, lit up social media sites like Twitter and Instagram to express their condolences and pay their respects.
Madela passed away Thursday at the age of 95.
"The founding President of our democratic nation has departed," the current President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, using Mandela's tribal name, said in an address to the nation. "He passed on peacefully in the company of his family ... on the 5th of December 2013. He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."
Originally posted 12/05/2013 04:55PM
Nelson Mandela, who heroically symbolized the longstanding fight against South Africa's white supremacist government – and rose from its victimized prisoner to his nation's powerful and compassionate leader – has died, according to South African President Jacob Zuma.
He was 95.
"My Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed. He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013," Zuma said in a statement.
"He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss."
Originally posted 12/05/2013 03:45PM
The party season is in full swing for Prince William and Kate as they stepped out for a movie premiere Thursday in London.
The couple, both 31, were the guests of honor at the U.K. premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Kate, in a favorite white Roland Mouret gown that she previously wore to a private dinner in May 2012, and William, in his traditional tuxedo, lit up the chilly West End evening.
Originally posted 11/27/2013 04:15PM
Send the kids to Frozen and the adults to Homefront for a satisfying holiday weekend, says PEOPLE's critic.
Here's what to see and what to skip in movie theaters this Thanksgiving.
Originally posted 09/09/2013 02:30PM
The heady first few days of the Toronto International Film Festival are wrapping up, so how are the heavy hitters doing so far? Here are some of the biggies:
Originally posted 09/06/2013 03:15PM
It's the end of summer and the movies are meh, but PEOPLE's critic says you can still learn something from Winnie Mandela, get your aggression out with Riddick, and indulge in a guilty pleasure with Adore.
Originally posted 07/18/2013 10:30AM
Nelson Mandela is celebrating his 95th birthday on Thursday – a day that's being met with gleeful celebrations in South Africa and around the world by well-wishers ecstatic that the ailing leader has reached another milestone.
The scene outside the hospital in Pretoria where Mandela is being treated has been particularly joyous, as children danced and held balloons and flowers in front of giant, colorful get-well-soon cards.
Mandela's birthday, July 18, is a kind of global holiday, known as International Mandela Day, which honors the former South Africa president's legacy by encouraging people to volunteer, do community service and offer small acts of kindness.
Originally posted 11/18/2009 10:00AM
She can do a diva with a dream deferred – now can she portray the mother of a nation?
Jennifer Hudson is set to play Winnie Mandela in Winnie, a movie about former South African president Nelson Mandela's powerful apartheid-busting but disgraced ex-wife that will begin filming May 30.
"I was compelled and moved when I read the script," Hudson tells Variety.
Originally posted 06/27/2008 12:20PM
Nelson Mandela doesn't turn 90 until July 18, but the U.K. decided to throw him a bash – early and star-studded – on Friday.
Some of those offering the South African leader their congratulations via video include stars from David and Victoria Beckham to Josh Groban and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
To see the concert on Friday, go to the Nelson Mandela tribute site for a live streaming webcast.
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