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Morgan Freeman Becomes Voice of CBS News

'It was the right time' to replace Walter Cronkite: network

(Newser) - Nearly six months after Walter Cronkite's death, his voice is leaving the CBS Evening News. His introduction of anchor Katie Couric has been replaced by a voiceover featuring actor Morgan Freeman. The legendary CBS News anchor recorded the introduction, played at the beginning of most newscasts, when Couric started at... More »

Invictus Does Mandela Justice

Morgan Freeman is superb in the main role

(Newser) - Clint Eastwood's Nelson Mandela tale, Invictus, wins mostly solid reviews, and everybody loves Morgan Freeman in the main role:
  • Peter Travers, Rolling Stone : " Freeman seems born to play Mandela, and he never delivers a false note." Eastwood "shames the usual Hollywood showboating" and makes a "film
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Freeman to Wed Step-Grandkid: Enquirer

Actor has raised her from childhood

(Newser) - Morgan Freeman plans to marry his step-granddaughter, whom he and his now-estranged second wife raised from childhood, family sources tell the National Enquirer. E’Dena Hines, the 27-year-old granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife, has been engaged in a secret affair with Freeman for nearly 10 years, and “becoming... More »

Freeman: It's Easy Being Mandela

Hollywood legend says Eastwood made role a snap

(Newser) - When you’ve had the career Morgan Freeman’s had, “there aren’t many challenges in making movies,” the venerable actor tells Vogue. But he found one: Freeman’s taking on the role of Nelson Mandela in a big-budget biopic. “You've got to do this without embarrassing... More »

Crash Passenger: I'm Not Freeman's Mistress

Plaintiff says he offered her a place to stay

(Newser) - The woman suing Morgan Freeman for damages after a car crash says the actor was drinking all night before getting behind the wheel, the Commercial Appeal of Memphis reports. Demaris Meyer also denied that she was his mistress but said they were headed for his home when they piled into... More »

Passenger in Freeman Crash Sues Actor

(Newser) - The woman injured in a car crash with Morgan Freeman last year is filing suit against the actor, RadarOnline reports. Demaris Meyer has vowed to reveal the nature of her relationship with Freeman and release details—including explicit photos—of the crash. Freeman announced he was divorcing his wife shortly... More »

Hardest-Working Film Actors

Morgan Freeman tops list with 9 films in 5 years

(Newser) - Who's the hardest-working actor in show biz? Many would lay claim to the title, but Forbes actually tallied which troupers took on the most meaty roles in big-budget films over the past 3 years:
  • Morgan Freeman: Hollywood's top worker, he's played in nine films since 2005, including The Bucket List,
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Kennedy Center Salutes Freeman, Streisand

DC meets LA in annual cultural celebration

(Newser) - Entertainment’s elite descended on Washington last night for the 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors, this year saluting Morgan Freeman, Twyla Tharp, George Jones, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, and Barbra Streisand, the Washington Post reports. They were honored by performances and speeches by a no-less star-studded roster. “It's like... More »

Dark Knight Curse Claims More Victims

Be afraid, be very afraid, Radar warns

(Newser) - First a technician died on the set of the Dark Knight, then Heath Ledger overdosed. Christian Bale allegedly assaulted his mother recently, and now Morgan Freeman is recovering from a nasty car accident and undergoing a divorce. Folks have started muttering about a Dark Knight curse, and Radar insists the... More »

Freeman Leaves Hospital

Weekend wreck left actor, 71, with broken bones, other injuries

(Newser) - Morgan Freeman was discharged today from the Tennessee hospital where the Oscar-winning actor was treated for broken bones and other injuries sustained in a weekend car crash in Mississippi, the AP reports. A spokeswoman for the hospital gave no details other than that Freeman had checked out. More »

Morgan Freeman Divorcing

Actor, wife Myrna Colley-Lee separated since December

(Newser) - Morgan Freeman is divorcing his wife after 24 years of marriage, Access Hollywood reports. The Academy-Award-winning actor is in divorce proceedings with Myrna Colley-Lee, and they have been legally separated since December, said Freeman's lawyer. Freeman, 71, broke his arm and elbow and suffered shoulder damage in a serious car... More »

Freeman in 'Good Spirits'

(Newser) - Morgan Freeman “has a broken arm, broken elbow, and minor shoulder damage but he is in good spirits," his publicist told People. The actor underwent successful surgery to correct the damage from a car accident Sunday night in Mississippi, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. "He's worried about his... More »

Freeman Seriously Hurt in Car Accident

71-year old actor injured in Miss.

(Newser) - Actor Morgan Freeman is in serious condition after a car crash in Mississippi last night, reports the AP. The 71-year-old Oscar winner was airlifted 90 miles to a Memphis hospital after flipping his car several times. A business partner of Freeman's said he suffered some fractures but is expected to... More »

Top 10 Oscars That Weren't

Film classics and actors the Academy overlooked

(Newser) - In the Academy Awards' 80-year history, many classic films, performers, and directors have been robbed of their statues. CNN's Screening Room names the 10 most crushing Oscars that weren't, many of which lost out to—gulp—musicals:
  • 1941: Seminal Citizen Kane loses to sappy How Green Was My Valley
  • 1956:
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Bucket Tops Box Office List

First Sunday debuts in second as Juno holds strong at third

(Newser) - The Bucket List kicked National Treasure: Book of Secrets from top spot this weekend in the best-ever debut for a Rob Reiner flick, Variety reports. First Sunday nabbed a close second and Juno kept crowds giggling in third. Tonight's toned-down Golden Globes will not help Juno as expected, but the... More »

Bucket List Is Leaky Schlock

Into-the-sunset tearjerker suggests that facing cancer can be fun

(Newser) - The Bucket List, Rob Reiner’s new cancer comedy, “never ascends from the bowels of tearjerk formula and audience pandering," writes Newsday’s Jan Stuart. The film stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as terminally ill buddies trying to do it all before they die. They skydive, race... More »

Treasure Shines Again

National Treasure: Book of Secrets keeps top spot as Alvin out-sings Legend

(Newser) - National Treasure: Book of Secrets shone in the top spot again this weekend as filmgoers kept flocking to the movies, Variety reports. Alvin and the Chipmunks crooned its way into second, humbling I Am Legend, as Mike Nichols-directed Charlie Wilson's War claimed fourth over Juno, an offbeat dramedy that nabbed... More »

Hollywood Prays for Laughs from the Faithful

With 'Evan Almighty,' Universal skews pious in comedy division

(Newser) - God is returning to the big screen this Friday in Universal's Evan Almighty, a big-budget comedy aimed at the churchgoing. The LA TImes recalls that Hollywood used to balk at religiously-inflected films, but saw the light when Mel Gibson's spiritual blockbuster The Passion of the Christ raked in $370M in... More »

THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC

Does Barack Obama make white people feel safe?

(Newser) - As if Barack Obama did not face enough obstacles, the junior senator from Illinois with Oval Office aspirations is likened to a "magic negro" by David Ehrenstein. The "magic negro" is a cultural and cinematic racial stereotype exemplified by some of the characters played by Sidney Poitier, Scatman... More »

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