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Selma, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans, has confirmed a 6th February release date for 2015. Next year also marks the historic 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in the Us Civil Rights Movement.
With a great cast that includes the ever-impressive Brit actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., the film tracks a dangerous and terrifying three month campaign led by Martin Luther King Jr. which culminated in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign galvanized American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act, protecting Africa-Americans’ right to vote.
Directed by the Middle Of Nowhere’s Ava DuVernay, the film co-stars Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson; Carmen Ejogo as Coretta King; Tim Roth as Governor George Wallace; and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.
Selma’s screenplay was »
- Dan Bullock
A Martin Luther King biopic, a French drama about the world.s worst soprano and the follow-up to Joshua Oppenheimer.s documentary on the Indonesian genocide are heading to Australian cinemas next year.
These were among the titles pre-bought by distributors at the Toronto International Film Festival. From the Oz viewpoint it was a .solid, not spectacular market," according to Transmission Films co-founder Andrew Mackie, whose acquisition reps were in Toronto.
.As usual there was a lot more on offer for the Us market, with many key titles that were already spoken for here in Australia still open for the Us,. Mackie said.
In light of the contraction of the independent/specialty market in Australia and worldwide, Mackie said he is taking a cautious approach to the smaller art house titles that are struggling to find a foothold theatrically and don't have much ancillary value.
- Inside Film Correspondent
Tavis Smiley has a bone to pick with the producers of Dancing with the Stars. The talk-show host, who on Tuesday became the second celebrity to get booted from the competition, said there was no way he could fit in rehearsal time with his latest book tour. And the producers knew it, he insisted. "Producers shouldn't sign up people who can't commit the time when they are told up front that the person is going to be on a book tour," Smiley told People immediately after the show. "We gave them the entire book-tour schedule in advance! This is not about sour grapes. »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Paramount Pictures has released a couple of stills giving us our first look at their upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. drama Selma. The film tells the story of King Jr.‘s fight to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
David Oyelowo plays the civil rights leader, and it has an impressive supporting cast that also includes Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, with Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Wendell Pierce, and Lorraine Toussaint. The photos give us a look at some of these actors. Here's a short synopsis:
Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The movie will be released in theaters on December 25th. »
- Joey Paur
Paramount Pictures just unveiled the first photos from the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr story, called "Selma," which stars David Oyelowo (The Butler, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr, Oprah Winfrey, and Giovanni Ribisi. Check everything out below. Plot: the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people . a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The new movie is directed by Ava DuVernay and is set to hit theaters on December 25th. It will then expand to a wider release on January 9th, 2015. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
A cross, constructed entirely of lightbulbs, shines behind David Oyelowo as he approaches the pulpit of Atlanta’s 145-year-old Wheat Street Baptist Church. It’s a steamy June night, and 500 extras—including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a key architect of the civil rights movement—eagerly await the British-born actor’s first attempt to preach as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But just as director Ava DuVernay puts on her headphones and does a last sound check, a freak lightning storm threatens the safety of the crew and forces the production to shut down.
Delays are nothing new in the »
- Nicole Sperling
“Selma's” march to awards season has officially begun. The Paramount film stars David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a biopic narrowly focused on the fight for equal voting rights that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Al in 1965. Due out on Christmas Day, the movie is directed by Ava DuVernay, a Sundance winner for “Middle of Nowhere.” Also read: Oprah Winfrey to Play Civil Rights Protester Annie Lee Cooper in Mlk Movie ‘Selma’ “Selma” is a hotly anticipated movie that has finally risen out of development hell, emerging with a star-studded cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, »
- Jordan Zakarin
Gather 'round for your first look at one awards contender - the film Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, starring David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With the awards season kicking off next month, many films lining up are finally starting to be unveiled and this is yet another on the docket. Selma follows Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. on his historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. While one shot gives us a close look at Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo as his wife Coretta Scott King, the second one features quite the ensemble line-up: Tessa Thompson plays Diane Nash, Omar Dorsey plays James Orange, Colman Domingo plays Ralph Abernathy, André Holland plays Andrew Young, Corey Reynolds plays Rev. C.T. Vivian, and Lorraine Toussaint plays Amelia Boynton. See both images below. Here's the first two photos from Ava DuVernay's Selma, revealed by Paramount Pictures (via SlashFilm »
- Alex Billington
Paramount Pictures has released the first photos from the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma. This gives us our first look at David Oyelowo as the human rights activist alongside his wife Coretta Scott King, played by Carmen Ejogo. A second photo gives us a look at the supporting cast, including Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Omar J. Dorsey as plays James Orange, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King, Jr., Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Corey Reynolds as Rev. C.T. Vivian, and Lorraine Toussaint as Amelia Boynton.
Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people - a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson »
Pararmount has revealed a first look at Ava DuVernay's upcoming film Selma, telling the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s (David Oyelowo) historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people - a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This is our first look at Oyelowo (The Butler, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as Dr. King as well as some of the supporting members of the cast including (see below) Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. Additional cast members include Keith Stanfield, Andre Holland, Omar J. Dorsey, Tessa Thompson, Colman Domingo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Giovanni Ribisi and Stephan James. Paramount has already set a December 25 release for the film. Along with two more pictures below (the second featuring Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson »
- Brad Brevet
The summer movie season is just about wrapped up now, which means it’s time to look ahead to the prestige dramas of fall and winter. One of the most intriguing titles coming our way in the next few months is Selma, about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s fight to pass the Voting Rights Act of […]
- Angie Han
Paramount Pictures has released the first Selma images from director Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic. David Oyelowo takes on the role of Dr. King in the film, which recounts the epic, dangerous, and terrifying civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that resulted in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It’s a story that’s both inspiring and heartbreaking, as it evokes humanity at its best and worst. Oyelowo is joined in the cast by Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Andre Holland, Omar J. Dorsey, Tessa Thompson, Tim Roth, Wendell Pierce, and Colman Domingo. The film will open in limited release on Christmas Day before expanding nationwide on January 9, 2015. Hit the jump to check out the first Selma images, along with new images from the Disney musical Into the Woods and Disney’s animated comic book adaptation Big Hero 6. Selma “Selma” is »
- Adam Chitwood
Directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle Of Nowhere), Selma is being produced by Oprah Winfrey, Plan B -- the producers of the Academy Award-winning Twelve Years A Slave, and Cloud Eight Films’ Academy Award-winning Christian Colson (127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire). Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation. The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, »
- Pietro Filipponi
Chicago – The iconic film critic and renaissance man, Roger Ebert, deservedly gets a full documentary film treatment of his 2011 memoir, “Life Itself,” and who better to create it than the Chicago-based director of “Hoop Dreams,” Steve James. And who better to produce and guide it than Roger’s soulmate, his wife Chaz Ebert.
Steve James has been a conscientious filmmaker ever since his career began, and after the amazing reception for “Hoop Dreams” (1994), he has made many other notable documentaries including “Stevie” (2002), “At the Death House Door” (2008), The Interrupters” (2011) and “Head Games” (2012). James got the assignment for “Life Itself” personally from Roger and Chaz Ebert, working with Roger on the project right up to the film critic’s death.
Photo credit: Magnolia Pictures
Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert met Roger in 1989, and they were married three years later. She was by his »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Composers Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams will gather at the Academy for “Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer,” on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.
In a conversation hosted by Tavis Smiley, the illustrious trio will discuss significant musical moments in film that have inspired their work as they examine the art and process of creating a film score as well as the director-composer collaboration.
Dudamel, now entering his sixth season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, made his first foray into composing for motion pictures with “The Liberator (Libertador),” a biopic about Simón Bolívar that screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this month. The score for this film, as well as a CD on Deutsche Grammophon, was recorded with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, of which Dudamel is music director. Dudamel »
- Michelle McCue
[Press Release] Hollywood, CA (June 20, 2014) – Paramount Pictures and Pathé today announced that the feature film “Selma” will have a limited release in the U.S. on Christmas day and will open wide on January 9, 2015. Directed by Ava DuVernay (“Middle Of Nowhere”), the film is being produced by Oprah Winfrey, Plan B, the producers of the Academy Award®-winning “Twelve Years A Slave,” and Cloud Eight Films’ Academy Award®-winning Christian Colson (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”). Academy Award® nominee Oprah Winfrey joins the film’s cast as Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by the sheriff. “Selma” is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to »
Look out, Oscars. Oprah's coming for you. After being shut out last year for Lee Daniels' The Butler, she's returning with a vengeance, and she's armed with even more black history to slap upside your head. It's the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Oprah is demanding that you better recognize one of the most pivotal figures in American history. Paramount Pictures has announced that Oprah Winfrey, who is producing Selma, will also be taking a supporting role. The film, which traces Dr. King's fight for voting rights that led to a historical march upon Selma, Alabama, adds Winfrey to a cast that includes David Oyelowo (as King), Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo and Tim Roth. Winfrey is playing Anne Lee Cooper, a major civil rights leader who fought in Selma for her voting rights. She was known for challenging Sheriff James Clark face-to-face, and decking him »
Paramount has just thrown an interesting little wrench in the Oscar works and added yet another title to the Christmas Day release slate by announcing Ava Duvernay's Selma -- the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people -- will have a limited release in the U.S. on Christmas day and will open wide on January 9, 2015. Considering I haven't updated my Best Picture Oscar predictions since May 5, it makes sense now is as good a time as any to shuffle the ranks. Of course, one of the most difficult thing about predicting so early are the number of films I haven't seen, those that have been seen (but I haven't seen) and those I have seen and then doing my best to sort through my personal bias and trying to come to some conclusion as to how I think the Academy will vote. »
- Brad Brevet
Selma is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation.
It was also announced that Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey has joined the cast as Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to »
- Michelle McCue
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