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.
By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Autopsy results for "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker could be released as early as Tuesday, as medical examiners wait for dental records to formally identify the actor's body, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner said on Monday. Walker, 40, who became a symbol of street-racing and car culture in his roles in the "Fast & Furious" film franchise, was a passenger in a fiery one-car crash on Saturday in Santa Clarita, California, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. "The bodies are unidentifiable." Media reports identified the driver of the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames as Roger Rodas, 38, a friend of Walker's who owned Always Evolving, an auto dealership and racing services company in Santa Clarita.
By Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Late kung fu star Bruce Lee's iconic yellow jumpsuit and matching nunchucks that were immortalized in his final fight scenes will go under the hammer at an auction in Hong Kong on Thursday, 40 years after his death. Zau already owns a claw prop used by Lee's nemesis in the movie "Enter the Dragon" and nunchucks that Lee used for regular practice.