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'Selma' Returns to Theaters for 50th Anniversary of March

18 March 2015 1:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Paramount Pictures will re-release its Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning film Selma nationwide for a special encore engagement. The film will play in theaters across the U.S. beginning Friday, March 20th. Tickets are on sale today online and at theater box offices. For a list of theaters and to purchase tickets, visit SelmaMovie.com.

Moviegoers who purchase a ticket to see Selma at a participating theater can receive an additional ticket free. This limited time offer is only available at participating theater box offices. Selma won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "Glory" by Common & John Legend. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

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Ava DuVernay’s Selma Back In Theaters Friday, March 20

18 March 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Paramount Pictures will re-release its Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning film Selma nationwide for a special encore engagement.

Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film will play in theaters across the U.S. beginning Friday, March 20th.

Tickets are on sale today online and at theater box offices. For a list of theaters and to purchase tickets, visit www.SelmaMovie.com

Moviegoers who purchase a ticket to see Selma at a participating theater can receive an additional ticket free. This limited time offer is only available at participating theater box offices.

Selma won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for “Glory” by Common & John Legend. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

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- Michelle McCue

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Selma Bows On Blu-Ray May 5th

10 March 2015 6:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Selma, the rousing civil rights epic I crowned the best film of 2014, is finally making its way to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on May 5th, two weeks after it arrives on Digital HD platforms.

Ava DuVernay’s stunning depiction of how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led protesters from Selma to Montgomery to fight for equal voting rights is that rare biopic alive and responsive not only to the emotions of its time but also to how those emotions carry over to the modern era. It’s brilliantly acted, gorgeously shot and passionately written, all of which have convinced me it will be hailed as a masterpiece in the years to come.

Paramount Home Media Distribution is handling the release. Full specs are below, and the amount of extras included make the Blu-Ray for Selma a must-buy. Look for it this May.

Hailed as “extraordinary” (David Denby, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma on Blu-ray Combo Pack May 5, 2015

10 March 2015 1:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Hailed as “extraordinary” (David Denby, The New Yorker), “deeply moving” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and “a triumph” (A.O. Scott, New York Times), director Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD April 21, 2015.

Embraced by critics and audiences alike, Selma was named one of the best films of the year by New York Times,New York Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and many more. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for John Legend and Common’s compelling tribute “Glory.”

Director Ava DuVernay delivers the “definitive depiction of the 1960s American civil rights movement” (Lou Lumenick, New York Post) with the incredible story of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. »

- Michelle McCue

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Selma Blu-Ray Gets Detailed and Dated

10 March 2015 10:41 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The critically acclaimed film Selma is coming to blu-ray in May, Paramount has revealed, with a handful of historical special features that will give you a deeper look at the events that inspired the movie.  Come inside to learn exactly when you'll be able to bring it home. 

If you missed Selma in theaters or simply want to relive the powerful story again, you'll get your chance in a couple months as the film hit's blu-ray on May 5, 2015.  You can get all the information on what's coming on the disc thanks to the press release from Paramount: 

Hailed as “extraordinary” (David Denby, The New Yorker), “deeply moving” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and “a triumph” (A.O. Scott, New York Times), director Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Want An Experience? Try Watching A Documentary

7 March 2015 3:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Looking back over the films I’ve watched lately, it appears that I’ve developed a thing for true-story features and documentaries. Short, long, downtown or small town, ho-downs or showdowns, I don’t think it matters as long as the quality and uniqueness is interesting and delivered by the filmmaker in an entertaining way. And that’s the thing about this form of filmmaking at the moment – they’re increasingly more compelling for mainstream audiences and feel more like cinema features rather than Sunday-night specials.

Sundance opened with Cartel Land and What Happened, Miss Simone? before closing with Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief and True Story. Next week’s South By South West (SXSW) Film Festival will open with nine documentaries before closing with 12 whilst next month’s Tribeca Film Festival (where this author will be in attendance) opens on April 15th with the Saturday Night Live »

- Sacha Hall

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Dr. Alveda King - Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Joins Fox News Staff

6 March 2015 1:08 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Fox News Channel (Fnc) has announced, via press release, that the network has hired minister and civil rights activist Dr. Alveda King as a contributor. In her role, Dr. King will provide social and cultural commentary across Fnc’s daytime and primetime programming.  In making the announcement, Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News, said, "Alveda has brilliantly carried the legacy of the King family to the next generation and has been a source of inspiration for many Americans. Her passion and mission for social change will be a valuable contribution to our network." The founder of Alveda King Ministries, Dr. King currently serves as Director of African-American Outreach at Priests for Life. She is the daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King and wife Naomi Barber King as well as the niece of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She has continued her »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Niece Joins Fox News as Contributor

6 March 2015 12:35 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Dr. Alveda King is Fox News Channel's latest contributor. The minister, civil rights and pro-life activist, vocal conservative and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has signed on to offer social and cultural commentary across the network's daytime and primetime blocks. "Alveda has brilliantly carried the legacy of the King family to the next generation and has been a source of inspiration for many Americans," said Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in the announcement. "Her passion and mission for social change will be a valuable contribution to our network." Read More Martin Luther King

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- Michael O'Connell

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An Alabama Night in New York by Anne-Katrin Titze

11 February 2015 7:39 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay's impassioned Selma

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.

Gay Talese with Mark Nelson and Culpepper Clark: "In 1965, I was one of the reporters covering this story…" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Glory, performed by John Legend and Common with music and lyrics by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Beyoncé on Her Grammys Performance: I Wanted to Show the 'Strength' of Black Men

10 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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

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'Friendship 9' Cleared of 1960s Civil-Rights Convictions

28 January 2015 10:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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

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Best Picture Winners Based On or Inspired By Real People and Events

27 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

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

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Interview: Actor Trai Byers of Film ‘Selma,’ TV’s ‘Empire’

22 January 2015 1:34 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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.

Trai Byers as James Forman (left) Kneels with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo, right) in ‘Selma

Photo credit: Paramount Pictures

Trai Byers was in »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Eastwood’s Fistful Of Dollars: ‘Sniper’s Cume At $110.4M – 4-Day Actuals

20 January 2015 3:48 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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

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The Strength of Selma: Dr. King’s Humanity and Strategy

20 January 2015 8:22 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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

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Oprah, 'Selma' Cast Honor Mlk With March in Alabama

19 January 2015 6:15 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Et was in Selma, Ala. nearly 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic march, where Oprah Winfrey and the Selma cast led thousands in an emotional event that recreated Dr. King's march.

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 »

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John Legend & Common Perform 'Glory' During Emotional Concert in Selma

19 January 2015 5:58 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Et's Nischelle Turner shared an emotional video diary of her time with the cast of Selma over the weekend.

Nischelle marched alongside the cast and thousands of others in Selma, Ala. to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where John Legend and Common performed their Oscar-nominated song "Glory."

Video: Oprah Gets Emotional Talking About Selma

"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."

"It's people like Dr. King and leaders who we now get to study to know that these are some of the ways that you change things," Common said.

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 »

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Cast And Crew Of Ava DuVernay’s Selma Make Commemorative March in Selma, Alabama – Photo Essay

19 January 2015 5:30 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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.

Common and John Legend performed their song “Glory” on the historical Edmund Pettus Bridge. The Golden »

- Michelle McCue

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Box Office: 'American Sniper' makes history with an astounding $90 million

18 January 2015 11:22 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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‘Selma’ Expands Free Screenings to Over 275,000 Students

16 January 2015 12:19 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Over 275,000 middle school and high school students across the country will be now able to see Ava DuVernay‘s Oscar-nominated Civil Rights drama “Selma” free of charge.

The historical drama, which stars David Oyelowo as legendary rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has received an additional 12 screening locations including in Los Angeles

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

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