Zindzi Mandela (L) and Zenani Mandela (R) at London premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (December 2013)
*The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have invited Nelson and Winnie Mandela‘s daughters Zindzi and Zenani to attend the Oscars, where U2 will be performing the nominated song, “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.” [Click through to watch U2's acoustic version with The Roots on "The Tonight Show."]
U2 and lead singer Bono were personal friends of their father and have been working in the anti-apartheid movement through their music since the late 1970s when the daughters were only in their teens.
In a statement Zindzi and Zenani said, “This is especially meaningful to us because of how much our father loved watching movies. This song was inspired by the beautiful letters that my father and mother exchanged while he was imprisoned at Robben Island.”
Will Smith and Jimmy Fallon
*(Via MSN News/AP) — If Jimmy Fallon had already proven he was a natural hosting NBC’s “Late Night,” he left no doubt Monday that “The Tonight Show” now fits him like a glove.
As promised during the much-promoted run-up to his “Tonight Show” debut, Fallon made no drastic changes to the “Late Night” formula that had served him for five years. He remained funny, gracious, bubbly and, above all, comfortable presiding over a show that was different mostly for its earlier time slot, its classier production values and legendary brand name.
*Fresh off of winning four Grammys and having a great 2013 comes another high-profile accomplishment for Pharrell Williams.
As we reported Tuesday, the producer, who enjoyed crazy success last year with his work on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s Grammy-winning “Get Lucky,” will take the stage at this year’s Academy Awards. Williams will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Happy.”
*A new trailer for The Weinstein Co.’s upcoming biopic on Nelson Mandela, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” has debuted online.
The new look at the film about the anti-apartheid leader takes a more narrative approach than the first, opening with Idris Elba’s Mandela greeting his wife (Naomie Harris) and children, and saying that he wants his kids to be able to walk free in their own land.
Mandela is then shown urging people to rise up against the government in South Africa, addressing a gathering by saying, “We are the people of this nation but we don’t have rights. There comes a time when there remains two choices: submit or fight!” The crowd is then shown chanting, “fight” and marching through the streets.
The new clip features some of the first trailer’s same scenes of Mandela’s arrest and imprisonment, but the new look at the film also shows scenes of the campaign to free him and ends on an uplifting note as an older Mandela and his wife lead a march with the South African leader saying, “love comes more naturally to the human heart.”
The clip is soundtracked by a new U2 song, “Ordinary Love,” which was written for the film.
TWC is set to release “Mandela,” directed by Justin Chadwick, in limited release in the U.S. on Nov. 29.
Watch the new trailer below.
Usher attends the Dolce & Gabbana Boutique on Sept. 8, 2011 in New York City.
*Usher, Lady Gaga and U2 have been booked to perform at a bash for President Bill Clinton that Yahoo will stream live over the Internet, the parties are set to announce today.
The concert, scheduled for Oct. 15 at the Hollywood Bowl, is billed as a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the William J. Clinton Foundation, which has raised some $10 billion for the former president’s favorite causes, such as HIV/AIDS treatment and reducing hunger.
It’s also a late birthday party for Clinton, who turned 65 on Aug. 19.
Details of the concert were still being hammered out early Tuesday, but a long list of movie and TV personalities are likely to appear, according to the Hollywood Reporter. A spokeswoman said tickets will be available to the public, unlike an invitation-only Rolling Stones concert that was organized to celebrate Clinton’s 60th birthday.
Instead of a traditional TV partner, the organizers have granted exclusive broadcast rights to Yahoo, which expects to stream it worldwide to an audience of several million, and sponsors were still being lined up Tuesday.
The show, a charitable event that is being produced by Control Room, is officially titled “A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation.”