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How 'The Shawshank Redemption' invented Morgan Freeman, and how Morgan Freeman invented himself

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Born in Memphis, raised in Mississippi, four years in the Air Force, acted off- and then on-Broadway, spent the ’70s on The Electric Company, spent the early ’80s on Another World, earned one Oscar nomination as the street smart one in Street Smart, earned another Oscar nomination as the one who wasn’t Miss Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy, stole Robin Hood from Kevin Costner, almost stole Unforgiven from Clint Eastwood: This is what Morgan Freeman did for his first 57 years on this planet. Technically.

But even if you know that Freeman had been a working actor for close to three decades beforehand, it’s still possible to watch him in The Shawshank Redemption and feel like you are witnessing the birth of an icon: Newly arrived, yet fully formed. Freeman is not the star of the movie–or rather, his character never announces himself as the star of the movie. Freeman plays Red, one of many convicts spending a lifetime of long days inside the walls of a state penitentiary. The subject of Shawshank‘s story is Tim Robbins’s Andy Dufresne–but Red is the guy telling the story. And Freeman’s voice infuses the whole movie with emotional breadth: now wry amusement; now light pathos; now genuine horror; now ecstasy; now agony. READ FULL STORY

Morgan Freeman on Nelson Mandela, plus a tribute to Madiba with the actors who've played him -- VIDEO

Morgan Freeman, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for playing Nelson Mandela in the film Invictus, shared his thoughts on the former South African leader’s passing Thursday.

Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century.  Nelson Mandela was a man of  incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve—a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind.  As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go.  Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us. 

Take a look at this special video honoring Mandela and the actors who have played him in film below:
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Nelson Mandela dies at 95: Five touchstone film moments about his life

Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday at the age of 95. Imprisoned from 1962 to 1990, the former South African president (1994-1999) fought to abolish apartheid and worked to end poverty. Known as “The Father of a Nation” the celebrated leader was the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner and received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other honors.

It’s no surprise that his inspirational story has made its way to the big screen. In addition to the current film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is in theaters now, the South African leader has been the subject of several feature films and documentaries in recent years. Below, check out five iconic portrayals of Mandela in pop culture.

1.) Idris Elba is currently portraying Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directed by Justin Chadwick. The biopic, about his life from childhood to his election as president of South Africa, was just released on Nov. 28. Check out an interview with Elba about playing Mandela:
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Watch Morgan Freeman find out about twerking -- VIDEO

The one time you forget to tune in to HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meadethe one time! — they go and teach Morgan Freeman what twerking is.

The Voice of God’s big revelation came yesterday, when Meade asked the Oscar winner to read a few of the day’s big headlines aloud. As it turns out, Freeman’s golden pipes can make any story seem dignified — even the one about the word “twerking” being added to the Oxford dictionary.

It’s pretty awesome when Freeman gravely repeats the tome’s definition of “twerk” (“to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance”). But it’s even more awesome when the actor admits that this is the first he’s heard of twerking. (“Welcome to my world,” says Joan Collins.) He’s just being Morgan!

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There Should be a Sequel: 'Now You See Me'

Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

Let me start off by stating the obvious: Not every film needs a sequel. As Darren Franich poignantly pointed out: “Every big-budget movie Hollywood releases now is not just a movie. It’s also an advertisement for a potential sequel, or spinoff, or alternate-universe prequel-reboot.” Valid point, and in most cases, this is true. However, sometimes a full story simply can’t be told in two hours (theoretically speaking) or less. No matter how much you might have loathed The Dark Knight Rises, you have to admit that it wrapped things up pretty cleanly and gave the audience some sense of closure. That’s a sequel’s purpose — closure. Do they always attain it? Of course not. But for every Grown Ups 2, there’s an Iron Man 3.

That being said, most of the flicks released widely this summer were a bit lackluster. One, however, stood out for me. Has anyone seen Now You See Me? Sure, I was dragged to see a matinee viewing, but I’ll admit it: I was smitten. I don’t know if it was Isla Fisher getting the screen time that she deserves, the so-stupid-it’s-clever plot or the sight of an always-welcome Morgan Freeman, but Now You See Me was a gem that could have an equally special follow-up. Don’t believe me? Let me defend my case.
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Morgan Freeman knows the meaning of a power nap -- VIDEO

Is cinema legend Morgan Freeman falling asleep during this on-air interview while his Now You See Me costar Michael Caine answers a question? We know Morgan Freeman is very intelligent and contemplative, so he could just be closing his eyes to think. Except he kind of does that thing where you catch yourself after nodding off.

Watch the clip below and decide if he’s a power nap master or just a really serious thinker:

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Tom Cruise goes back to the future in the trailer for 'Oblivion' -- VIDEO

Just a few days after the first poster hit the web, Universal has released the first trailer for Tom Cruise’s upcoming dystopian sci-fi adventure Oblivion. Cruise plays Jack Harper, a repairman left behind on Earth to help keep drones in operation 60 years after the planet has been ravaged by an alien attack. On one of his last repair jobs, Harper stumbles onto a mystery that forces him to question everything he thought he knew, involving a beautiful woman in a downed spacecraft and a ragged-looking, Road Warrior-esque band of survivors led by Morgan Freeman. The movie, which is directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), opens Apr. 19. Watch the clip below. READ FULL STORY

Morgan Freeman lends his heavenly voice to pro-marriage equality ad -- VIDEO

Forget Jermaine Paul — Morgan Freeman actually is The Voice. The Oscar winner’s deep, soothing, eminently reasonable articulation could convince anyone of just about anything. So advocates of marriage equality should be pleased to hear that Freeman has lent his golden pipes to a national TV ad for the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization for LGBT Americans. (On the other hand, conservatives who praised the Freeman-narrated March of the Penguins for supposedly advocating right-wing values might find themselves feeling miffed at this news.)

Check out the feel-good spot below, then allow yourself one brief moment to imagine that stately Freeman really is our president — or, you know, the Almighty:

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