And the Winnies Go To…

Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard will star in the movie Winnie, about South African activist and legend Winnie Mandela. As I reported in 2009, the Creative Workers of South Africa boycotted the movie not on the terms that they didn’t like Ms. Hudson’s acting, but on the terms that the movie failed to hire local Africans in front of and behind the camera. Since I haven’t seen Jennifer Hudson in anything except Dreamgirls and “American Idol,” I will wait to give my opinion.

However, Americans seemed to have missed the commanding performance of British actress Sophie Okonedo in the BAFTA-award nominated, BBC mini-series, “Mrs. Mandela.” Here are both trailers of the iron souled (and controversial) queen of the anti-apartheid movement Winne Mandela.


Mrs. Mandela



Release Date: 20 July 2012
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman

Who can forget the slinky Eartha Kitt in the campy television series “Batman”? She personified the role of arch super-villain Catwoman. Other actresses dimmed in comparison with her, but that didn’t stop Hollywood from casting Lee Meriwether, Julie Newmar (who got close, but not quite), and Michelle Pfeiffer. Arguably, Halle Berry portrayed the Catwoman in the film of the same name, but the movie was nothing compared to the actual comic book character.

The new Batman movie is slated for release in 2012, but there’s been no mention of the Catwoman character. Maybe if the creators thought hard enough, they would surprise us by casting one of these sultry sisters in homage to the late, great, Eartha Kitt… purrrrr…

Sophie Okonedo Stars in Skin

Sophie Okonedo stars in the true story of Sandra Laing, a Black woman born to white parents in apartheid era South Africa. The complicated story explores race and class and the tenuous relationship between them all in an unjust society. Unlike many of the “tragic mulatto” films, this story takes a deeper look at how we define race, and how it effects every aspect of who we are and who we think we are. This film also stars Sam Neil and Alice Krige as Sandra’s parents.

Read the SF Chronicle review: