In an alley behind a cafe in New York's Greenwich Village, an unidentified stranger knocks singer Llewyn Davis to his knees. Within the first 10 minutes of the Coen brothers' latest dark comedy, the filmmakers acquaint us with the curiously obscure, as violent fits are not usually associated with folk music.
A film based on the life of Nelson Mandela, "Long Walk to Freedom", has became South Africa's all-time highest grossing picture after its opening last week, production company Videovision Entertainment said Tuesday. The British-South African co-production, starring British actor Idris Elba as Mandela, has earned 4.4 million rand ($427,000, 315,000 euros) -- shattering records previously held by blockbusters like "The Wolverine", "Hangover 3" and some locally produced films. South African producer Anant Singh said he was "extremely pleased with the audience reaction" and the emotional response to the two-and-a half-hour movie.
By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite just a handful of acting roles to date, country singer and "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood was the first choice to play the coveted lead role of Maria in a new live version of "The Sound of Music" for television. Since winning "Idol" in 2005, Underwood, 30, has taken the country music scene by storm with hits like "Before He Cheats," and "Jesus, Take the Wheel," winning six Grammys and more than 100 other music awards. Underwood spoke with Reuters ahead of the December 5 broadcast about taking on a challenge like Maria.