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Jennifer Hudson to Play Controversial South African Figure

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Jennifer Hudson to Play Controversial South African Figure

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.

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Stars Congratulate Mandela on 90th – Watch the Concert

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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Stars to Celebrate Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday at London Concert | Nelson Mandela

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Stars to Celebrate Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday at London Concert

Originally posted 05/06/2008 09:10AM

To ring in his 90th birthday, Nelson Mandela will have some pretty big guests – Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey and Robert De Niro, for starters – at his star-studded concert in London's Hyde Park next month.

At the June 27 show, performers such as Leona Lewis, Annie Lennox, Dame Shirley Bassey, Queen, Simple Minds and Kirsten Dunst's ex, Johnny Borrell and his band Razorlight, will rock the stage. Other attendees include Bill Clinton and Forest Whitaker.

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Naomi Campbell Visits Nelson Mandela | Naomi Campbell, Nelson Mandela

UpdatePosted 04/04/2006 11:00AM

Naomi Campbell Visits Nelson Mandela

Originally posted 04/04/2006 11:00AM

Even second-degree assault charges (for allegedly throwing her cell phone at a housekeeper in New York City last week) couldn't keep Naomi Campbell from a peacekeeping mission in South Africa.

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Kate Bosworth: Superman's Lois Lane | Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth: Superman's Lois Lane

Originally posted 01/07/2005 08:00AM

CAST: Kate Bosworth has apparently won the role of Lois Lane in Bryan Singer's new Superman movie over such other contenders as Claire Danes, Linda Cardellini and Michelle Monaghan, says the Hollywood Reporter. Bosworth will costar opposite Brandon Routh, who was already named the new Man of Steel. The villain of the piece, Lex Luthor, is to be Kevin Spacey, who currently stars with Bosworth in his film bio of '60s singer Bobby Darin, Beyond the Sea. Long in the works, the Superman movie is finally set to start flying before the cameras in March. … That same month, in Florida, John Travolta and James Gandolfini will start filming Lonely Hearts, based on the true story of detectives who captured a couple known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers," who found their victims through newspaper personal ads, Variety reports.

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Brad Pitt Visits Africa to Help Fight AIDS | Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt Visits Africa to Help Fight AIDS

Originally posted 11/10/2004 08:35AM

Brad Pitt traveled to Ethiopia last weekend for "a listening and learning visit" about the AIDS epidemic in Africa, according to Jamie Drummond, a spokesman for DATA, a Washington-based lobby group co-founded by Bono.

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