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Author, journalist, and fellow First Time Fest juror Gay Talese hosted an Alabama Night in New York screening at Paramount Pictures of Ava DuVernay's Oscar nominated film Selma, a forceful and passionate look at a turning point in Civil Rights history. David Oyelowo in a spectacular performance as Martin Luther King Jr., Carmen Ejogo as his wife Coretta, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as Alabama Governor George Wallace, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, with Oprah Winfrey, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tessa Thompson, Dylan Baker, Giovanni Ribisi, Martin Sheen and Alessandro Nivola are part of the remarkable ensemble.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
It was a performance that triggered goose bumps at the Grammys - and for Beyoncé, her rendition of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" had a deep, personal resonance. On Sunday night, the singer, 33, donned a flowing white frock as she stood still and sang the Gospel standard with a choir of black male singers, also clad in white, behind her. In a new video released by the singer, Beyoncé explains she seized the moment to showcase black men after a year of racial turmoil marked by deaths of unarmed black men including Michael Brown and Eric Garner. "I wanted to »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd
In a packed, standing-room-only South Carolina courtroom, seven black men in their 70s stood - or raised their hands - as their names were called and the dockets from their Feb. 1, 1961 convictions recited: "Offense, Trespassing; Disposition, guilty; Sentence, $100 or 30 days hard labor. Conditions, sent to chain gang." Fifty-four years after those men, most of them students at Rock Hill's Friendship College, served their 30 days for peacefully sitting down at a segregated lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina, their convictions were overturned Wednesday morning to a standing ovation. South Carolina's 16th Circuit solicitor, Kevin Brackett, offered the still-living members of »
- Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
By Anjelica Oswald
The Imitation Game features Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer science pioneer who, along with his fellow code-breakers, broke the Nazi Enigma code to help end World War II. Though Turing was hailed as a hero, he was eventually arrested and prosecuted for homosexuality, along with 49,000 other British men and women. Turing chose to be chemically castrated rather than face imprisonment, so he could continue his work, and it is believed that he committed suicide a few years later. Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned Turing in 2013.
On Jan. 21, Stephen Fry led a discussion about the The Imitation Game following a screening of the film for BAFTA voters, discussed Queen Elizabeth’s pardon and suggested that the 49,000 persecuted men and women should be as well. Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, which is honoring The Imitation Game at its Human Rights Gala on Jan. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Chicago – The excellent film “Selma” focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But just as important as King were the marchers from supporting civil rights societies, such as the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (Sncc), and their leaders like James Forman, portrayed in the film by Trai Byers.
Byers is an up-and-coming actor, with “Selma” being his first major film after stints on the daytime drama “All My Children” and the revival of “90210.” But besides “Selma,” Byers has a high profile part as Andre Lyon, the son of lead character Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) on the huge new Fox Network hit, “Empire.” The freshman drama has already been picked up for a second season, and its maneuverings within the Shakespeare-in-the-music-industry vibe has connected with viewers.
Photo credit: Paramount Pictures
Trai Byers was in »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
6th Update, Tuesday, 3 Pm: Rentrak Theatrical filed the weekend’s actuals with Warner Bros.’ American Sniper counting a four-week cume through yesterday of $110.4M. Talk about the spoils of war: American Sniper propelled the 2015 box office, in its first 19 days, 3.6% percent over the same frame last year with $667M. It stands to reason that this would be the highest-grossing four-day Mlk weekend of all-time with $248.5M after American Sniper broke a slew of records, read Eastwood’s career-high bow, best three-day opening ever during January and February. Previous Mlk record was 2009 with $231.5M when Sony comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop zoomed up a four-day bow of $39.2M. American Sniper had the biggest theater average of the four-day weekend with $30,100, followed by Sony Classic’s Still Alice, which chalked up $20,685 PTA or $248K in 12 venues.
The consensus is that American Sniper is going to hold for another two weekends. Wide releases »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Although Hollywood has been no stranger to cinematic portrayals of the Civil Rights movement, it has long avoided the prospect of tackling Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. head-on. And it’s clear why – his legacy is vast, mythic, and daunting. The cultural memory of King is generally as omnipresent as it is unspecific, forming his ghost through monuments, perfunctory history lessons, and yesterday’s federal holiday into a historical character defined (and limited) by select phrases from speeches as well as decontextualized ideas like “nonviolence.” As a cinematic presence, King has largely been relegated to the margins of other people’s biopics like The Butler and Ali, and is often presented in a fashion consonant with his mythic status – as a relic of history and a fountain of wisdom rather than an actual, historical person. Ava DuVernay’s Selma pulls King’s legacy away from the conventional narratives of achieving certain equal rights – which often promotes historical »
- Landon Palmer
News: 21 of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Most Powerful Quotes
"What we feel is we want this to be more than just cameras and spectacle," Oprah told Et's Nischelle Turner. "That you are actually walking in the footsteps of people who have come before you -- people who did this in the sense of great courage and pride."
Selma follows a crucial time in Mlk's life when black marchers attempted to walk from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. in order to obtain voting rights in 1965. Oprah's The Butler co-star David Oyelowo stars as Mlk in the film and he chimed in, putting their demonstration in perspective.
"This is amazing for us but it was real for them and we want to see »
"It's about the movement and it's about the people," John told Nischelle. "It's about knowing what happened before and using that as inspiration."
John and Common's sentiments seemed to echo the majority of those involved. For Nischelle, this was more than just an assignment.
"I'm just honored to be an American No. 1," Nischelle said. "And an African-American No. 2, who is saying 'thank you.' "
In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a march »
People throughout the country today remembered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American leader of the Civil Rights Movement, with celebrations and marches. He was man who truly changed the U.S. and really made it a better place.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the filmmakers and cast of the Academy Award-nominated film Selma joined the residents of Selma, Alabama in a commemorative march yesterday to pay tribute to Dr. King’s contributions to the city and its role in the civil rights movement.
Selma mayor George Evans addressed the community at Selma City Hall with Rev. Dion Culliver of Tabernacle Baptist Church and Rev. Leodis Strong of Brown Ame Chapel before the crowd participated in a commemorative march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where the historical marches occurred 50 years ago.
- Michelle McCue
It is almost impossible to describe how astounding the box office performance of "American Sniper" has been this weekend. In 3,555 theaters, an R-rated biopic about a famed U.S. marksman (Chris Kyle) directed by an 84-year-old legend (Clint Eastwood) and featuring only one recognizable star (Bradley Cooper) grossed $90 million from Friday to Saturday. The film, which opened in limited release in December, currently has an overall gross of $93.6 million. While the six Oscar nominations certainly didn't hurt in growing interest for the drama, Warner Bros. marketing campaign was an exemplary effort which made the movie look more stylish than it is and focused on the relationship between Kyle and his wife which opened the subject matter up to different audiences. "Sniper" is now the no. 1 January opening of all-time and the second biggest R-rated opening after "The Matrix Reloaded" in 2003. It also stands at no. 40 among all-time openings, but some context. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The first-of-its-kind free ticket campaign, expanded Friday to 25 locations nationwide, comes courtesy of contributions from a variety of prominent African-American business leaders and notable personalities, including basketball star Baron Davis and Janine Sherman Barrois, an executive producer on CBS’s “Criminal Minds.”
See Photos: 21 Non-White Actors in »
- Travis Reilly
An additional 12 locations have joined the growing movement led by African-American business leaders to raise funds for students across the country to see the Academy Award-nominated film “Selma,” expanding the first-of-its-kind campaign to 25 locations nationwide.
Due to the generous contributions by so many of the country’s most prominent African-American business leaders, more than 275,000 middle and high school students across the U.S. will experience the critically acclaimed film for free at participating theaters while supplies last.
The new locations joining the movement are Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Central Florida/Orlando, Connecticut, Detroit, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Montgomery, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and St. Louis.
Rev. Starsky Wilson, President & CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, in St. Louis
“It is important that students are aware of this moment in history and make connections between the struggles of earlier generations and the challenges facing today’s youth,” said Rev. Starsky. “We are »
- Michelle McCue
In honor of the King! After being snubbed for a Best Actor Oscar nomination by the Academy, Selma actor David Oyelowo, who portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the film, kept his head held high at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards on Thursday, Jan. 15. The British actor, 38, chose the occasion to honor the civil rights leader on what would have been his 86th birthday. Photos: Critics' Choice Awards 2015 red carpet fashion Appearing clean-cut and dapper in a black suit with a white shirt, [...] »
Hey everyone! We've been up working almost non-stop since 5:30 Am for the Academy Award nominations and haven't napped yet. That means it's time to live-blog the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards right? Who's excited? Anyone got an over/under for a "Lego Movie" or "Dick Poop" call out? In case you forgot who was nominated, check out this year's honorees here. 6:00 Pm - The show has started and host Michael Strahan is doing some 'Magic Mike Xxl' themed intro number. Whoever thought this was a good idea should probably not come back to the show next year. Strahan explains who the Bfca (the Broadcast Film Critics Association) is without saying those words. Strahan tries to joke with some of the nominees in the audience. We're not sure this is working. Strahan wants a "Birdman-Strahan" sequel. Whew, we're cutting to a 2014 in review montage. 6:05 Pm - Strahan goes »
- Gregory Ellwood
Three of Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are expected to appear in an Atlanta courtroom on Tuesday as they battle over the slain civil rights leader's tattered personal Bible and Nobel Peace Prize, reportedly worth millions of dollars. Dexter King and Martin Luther King III have sued their sister Bernice King for the items, which are in her possession. King's estate is controlled by Bernice's two brothers, who reportedly want to sell their father's belongings to a private buyer. The dispute started not long after President Barack Obama used the Bible during his 2013 inauguration. Bernice was ordered by »
- Johnny Dodd, @Johnny_Dodd
Updated Final, 2:03Pm: Full Monday actuals per Rentrak are in, and the year’s box office, through 11 days, is at $379.4M, 1.1% behind last year (that’s $4.27M behind). What’s up? While it’s too early to sound the alarm; it turns out that this weekend’s haul of $126.57M — despite Taken 3‘ s great opening — was off 10% from the same frame a year ago, which minted $140.8M. For the most part, we can attribute it to the fact that we’re dogging Frozen‘s carryover from a year ago. While Lone Survivor‘s wide break made $37.8M during the second frame of January 2014, Frozen in its eighth weekend made $14.7M ($3.4M more than No. 2 Selma did over its Fss).
Taken 3 (Fox), $39.2M, 3,594 locations, $10,908 average; total cume: $39.2M, Wk. 1 Selma (Par), $11.3M, 2,179 locations, $5,189 average; total cume: $13.6M, Wk. 3 Into The Woods (Dis), $9.6M, 2,833 locations, $3,373 average; total cume: $105.1M , Wk. »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
Chicago – One of the specialities of HollywoodChicago.com is the film and personality interview. The majority of these chats came through me, Patrick McDonald, and I couldn’t narrow it down to a top 10 or even a top 20. For 2014, there were 25 top interviews, and it is a diverse range of voices.
It is a privilege to get the opportunity to participate in the promotional tours, awards ceremonies, film festivals, book appearances, phoners and other lucky happenstances that feature the notable among us. To whittle down the list, I mostly thought about what was said in these interviews, whether inspirational or provocative – plus the status of the participants, whether they are up-and-coming or established.
The interview highlights are broken down by “Background and Behind-the-Scenes” and the “Memorable Quote” associated with each subject, and are often accompanied with exclusive photography by Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com. Four notables who just missed the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Ever since standing inside a frozen moment at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis – looking across to where the bullet must have issued, taking the life of an icon of nonviolent resistance – the image of Dr. Martin Luther King has become something more intimate to me. Black and white schoolroom footage becomes flesh, the voices less distant, when you stare into the full horizon of the cultural landscape that fought against basic life rights for African Americans in the South and those who began to turn the tide. Ava DuVernay’s Selma takes us to that headspace, shows us the familiar under new lights, ruminates on American history without histrionics.
Kitchens, bedrooms, churches, and the slim streets of Selma are the backdrop of an American revolution, one that seemed far too faded and familiar before Selma took the tactical back room approach to the legend of King’s organized protests for Black voters rights in 1965 Alabama. »
- Gregory Fichter
Inspired by the overwhelming success in New York City, prominent members of the African-American business communities in major cities across America have teamed with Paramount Pictures to create funds for students to see the Golden Globe-nominated film Selma for free in participating theaters.
The cities joining the effort will be announced Monday, January 12th at 9:00 a.m. Et.
The New York City program provided free admission for 27,000 of the city’s 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see Selma in participating local theaters. 27 African-American business leaders contributed to the fund and activated their network of contacts to put this program into motion, creating an impromptu and innovative public-private partnership for the greater good.
The students in these cities will provide a student ID or report card at any of the participating locations for free admittance. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. on January 12 and run through January 19 (Martin Luther King, »
- Michelle McCue
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