Jennifer Hudson

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Oh look, another biopic. If you’ve heard any buzz about a Nelson Mandela-centric movie this year, it was probably about Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the Idris Elba and Naomie Harris vehicle set to hit theaters this fall. But after getting negative buzz at TIFF all the way back in 2011 and finally securing a distributor this spring, it looks like Winnie Mandela will also see the light of day in September. Directed by Darrell J. Roodt (Sarafina; Cry, The Beloved Country), the biopic follows the story of the South African freedom fighter (Terrence Howard) from the perspective of his wife, Winnie (Jennifer Hudson), as she campaigns for his release from jail and in the fight against apartheid. And in the fashion of some, if not a lot of biopics, it seems like a safe bet for all involved. As soon as the trailer starts and you get sucker-punched by the emotional soundtrack, it’s clear that we’ve walked into a story about an Important Woman – but will it be enough to keep our attention? What will be interesting is seeing how the film handles the negative press and criticism Winnie garnered later in life, or if the film will even touch on the subject. Check out the trailer here:

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column about movie news and things that interest you. Hopefully it finds more of the latter, but it tries to do its best. It’s no super soldier of news aggregating, but it certainly has taken its share of experimental drugs at the behest of Tommy Lee Jones. The characters of Captain America: The First Avenger now have their own posters. Released today via Cinemarcado, the one-sheets feature Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, Hugo Weaving as Red Skull (above) and Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Cap’s lady of interest. The most interesting is Red Skull, who looks pretty wicked. Is it me or does he look like Hell-spawn that spent too much time with Michael Jackson’s plastic surgeon?

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The Secret Life of Bees

Every year, a movie is released that is so torturous to sit through that it almost violates the terms of the Geneva Convention. This is the one for 2008.

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The Magical Studio in the Sky is struck by a wayward comet, sending Kevin and Neil in different directions. But take heart, they manage to link up through the interwebs to form the Virtual Studio in the Sky.

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Sex and the City

Want to film at locations in New York where nobody else gets permission to film? Want to have an Oscar-winning actress be your personal assistant? Want to wear a ton of Tiffany every day? Well, maybe you can’t, but Carrie Bradshaw can.

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