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Entertainment Express: Long Walk to Freedom, Cory Monteith, JK Rowling, Fruitvale Station, Radiohead

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* A UK teaser trailer that’s been released for the upcoming Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom film is creating a lot of awards-season buzz already. From the voice alone, and the aerial shots of Idris Elba walking across a stretch of land, it’s apparent the British star has done a good job in portraying our beloved Madiba. We’ll see that full job in November when the film is finally released.

* It’s been a sad weekend for Gleeks and the rest of the entertainment industry – following the death of 31-year-old actor Cory Monteith, who was found in his Vancouver hotel room on Saturday. A cause of death is not yet known, but an autopsy will be done on Monday. We do know the actor checked himself into rehab for substance abuse earlier this year.

* Another story that’s had the entertainment world speaking out is the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. It’s a move that’s seen protests and rallies across the country, and calls for a sobering look at the issues of racism and gun control in the US. The indie movie Fruitvale Station has taken on a poignant resonance, with its similar story-line of so-called urban violence. The Sundance hit is a must-see – and from the opening box office results, people are.

* What do you do if you’re a world-famous, incredibly rich author who wants to try something different? If you’re JK Rowling, you pen a crime novel under a pseudonym – as an ex-military man who publishes a debut detective novel. The book The Cuckoo’s Calling had already won critical acclaim, but now that the secret’s out the Harry Potter author was behind the story, its sales are soaring.

* Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has pulled music from Spotify. The singer’s solo album, The Eraser, as well as his Atoms for Peace project with producer Nigel Godrich. At the moment, Radiohead albums are still on the site, but it’s not clear if those too will be taken down in protest of the amount the music service pays artists.

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