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Martin Luther King Jr., is a celebrated American icon. His wife, Coretta, was a beloved American public figure. President Lyndon Johnson was a colorful Texan, and Governor George Wallace was a good ol' boy son of the South from Alabama. In director Ava DuVernay's Best Picture nominee about the 1965 Selma civil-rights march, however, they're portrayed by David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, and Tim Roth, respectively, who share at least one thing in common: They're British. Selma isn't an exception—rather, the Brits seem to be everywhere lately. Last year's Best Picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, about a 19th-century »
- Jeff Labrecque
Selma stars British actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, eager to secure obstacle-free voting for the people of Alabama in this civil-rights drama set in 1965. Produced by Oprah Winfrey, who also has a cameo, the film was directed by Ava DuVernay and co-stars Carman Ejogo as King's wife and Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon B Johnson
• Selma is released in the UK on 6 February Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
If you're betting on "Boyhood" to win big at the upcoming Academy Awards, think again! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was deemed to be the big Oscar frontrunner but a double-dose of guild awards over the weekend tamed those prospects down. First, the Producers Guild of America gave their top honor to Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the Screen Actors Guild followed suit!
"Birdman" took home the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award! But, since the movie is about acting, this award is just fitting.
My biggest surprise, and it'a welcome surprise indeed, was "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne taking home the Outstanding Male Actor trophy. Sorry Michael Keaton! I think Redmayne truly gave the Performance of the Year award!
Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.
It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble »
- Alfie Nobes
The Screen Actors Guild handed out the 21st annual SAG Awards Sunday night live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is a rundown of all the nominees and winners as they are announced. And be sure to re-live our live blog of the show here! Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell / John du Pont – "Foxcatcher" (Sony Pictures Classics) Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – "The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Company) Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – "Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films) Michael Keaton / Riggan – "Birdman" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) **Eddie Redmayne / Stephen Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features)** - Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jennifer Aniston / Claire Bennett – "Cake" (Cinelou Films) Felicity Jones / Jane Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) **Julianne Moore / Alice Howland-Jones – "Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics)** - Winner Rosamund Pike / Amy Dunne – "Gone Girl »
- Kristopher Tapley
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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
Paramount’s civil rights drama doesn’t catch fire despite holiday, Best Picture Oscar nomination
The civil rights drama “Selma” not only didn’t get much of a box-office boost from last week’s Best Picture Oscar nomination and the Martin Luther King holiday, it actually fell off in its second weekend of wide release.
Despite adding 56 theaters, “Selma” brought in $8.3 million between Friday and Sunday, a 23 percent drop from its $11.3 million wide opening last weekend.
And the Mlk holiday weekend doesn’t seem to be providing the spike in business some observers had expected for the Paramount Pictures’ historical film either. »
- Todd Cunningham
Selma, now an Academy Award contender for best picture of the year, chronicles Martin Luther King's campaign to bring equal voting rights leading up to the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. Selma's David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Roth, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Common and director Ava Duvernay talk about what a movie like Selma means in history and in today's tumultous times in this Qa.
David Oyelowo, who portrays Martin Luther King, Jr., spearheaded the making of Selma, and he enlisted Oprah Winfrey as a producer to bring the film to the big screen. The cast and director talk about what it means to them to be part of Selma, and its relevance to the modern day protests over Ferguson and Eric Garner.
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On the heels of Thursday’s Oscar nomination for Best Picture, the filmmakers and cast of “Selma” will invite residents of the Alabama town to march on Sunday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Director Ava DuVernay, stars David Oyelowo and Common and producers Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will be among those paying homage to the slain civil rights leader at the event on Jan. 18, Paramount Pictures announced in a statement on Friday.
- Debbie Emery
Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that the company will re-release director Wes Anderson's Oscar- nominated and Golden Globe Award- winning film The Grand Budapest Hotel in select cities for special return engagements starting today, Friday, January 16.
The Grand Budapest Hotel earned 9 Academy Award nominations and has already garnered over 20 major nominations from The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (nominated for 4 Golden Globes and winning Best Picture), The Broadcast Film Critics Association (nominated for 11 Critics Choice Awards and winning Best Comedy), The Screen Actors Guild (SAG Awards nomination for Best Ensemble), The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominated for 11 awards. The film has earned numerous major Guild nominations and Critics Groups accolades, as well as being on over 185 Top Ten Lists.  After premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, The Grand Budapest Hotel opened in the U.S. on March 7, 2014 and has grossed »
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
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) is to host the world premieres of Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren; Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan; and Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain.
The films form part of the Berlinale Special Galas line-up, which will also include the international premiere of awards contender Selma and the European premiere of Bill Pohland’s Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack
Based on a true story, Woman In Gold is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and stars Mirren as Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
“Selma,” which stars David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson, makes its international premiere in Berlin. It was described by Variety‘s reviewer as a “razor-sharp portrait of the civil rights movement.” Pic has made faltering progress in the awards season, mainly due to the lack of screeners.
“Life,” which world premieres in Berlin, stars Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Pic is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955. Corbijn’s previous pics are “Control” and “A Most Wanted Man.”
- Leo Barraclough
Predicting Oscar nominations is far from an exact science. While there are indicators of how a film will do in the race — mainly guild nominations — you’re relying a lot on buzz and media hype. Going with your gut instinct over logic can pay off big, or be a killer in the office pool.
It’s also hard to ignore personal biases. There are certain films I might not like, but have to acknowledge that the majority of the industry does. Sometimes it’s a pleasant surprise; as much as I loved films like “Nightcrawler” and “Whiplash,” even I have been caught offguard to see how well they’re doing in precursor races. And my respect for “Selma” has me ignoring all the warning signs and hoping it bounces back in the Oscar noms.
“Selma” failed to register with guilds (and was ineligible for WGA), but I’m chalking that »
- Jenelle Riley
Having stepped behind the camera himself for the very first time for his black comedy Bad Words in 2013, Jason Bateman is poised to return the favor, as the actor has signed on to star in Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut, Weirdo.
Written and directed by the Warrior star, the film will bring together Bateman and Rebecca Hall as a husband and wife who look to turn over a new leaf when they move to a seemingly idyllic town. However, a spanner is soon thrown in the works after an old friend from the past turns up out of the blue, threatening to tear their relationship to ribbons. It’s an arc that has been described as a “chilling and suspenseful” journey for the couple.
Given that the the concept centers around Bateman and Hall’s two leads, you begin to get the feeling that Edgerton’s outing will live or »
- Michael Briers
Jason Bateman, who recently made his feature directorial debut, is going to star in a film that's another actor's first stab at directing. Bateman has signed up for Joel Edgerton's upcoming film, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported that Bateman has joined the project, which Edgerton wrote and will produce and direct. Edgerton will also act in the film alongside Bateman and Rebecca Hall. Per Deadline, the film's plot revolves around a husband-wife couple played by Bateman and Hall starting life in a new town only to have someone from their past emerge. Bateman made his feature directorial debut with last year's Bad Words. »
- Esther Zuckerman
What a difference four months, and some good campaigning, makes.
When “Nightcrawler” and “Cake” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival back in September, the former movie seemed too dark and creepy and the latter too small to figure in the Oscar race. But as PricewaterhouseCoopers reps prepare to unveil this year’s nominations to the Academy staff on Wednesday night and to the entire world on Thursday morning, both of those films have found themselves in the thick of the race, as two of the unlikeliest potential success stories of this year.
Although I thought they were both near-prohibitive longshots only a few months ago, »
- Steve Pond
Last night's Golden Globes did nothing to change the long since frozen Best Supporting Actor race. It's so frozen that I think everyone even agrees on the order or support for each player (which is fairly unheard of). So get your place in line for the coronation parade for everyone's favorite shouty music professor. Especially after a strong acceptance speech. Barring a total shock on Thursday morning our line up will look exactly like it's been looking for some time now in the year's least contested acting category (seriously. People are still trying to make Best Actress that but it is So not)
Best Supporting Actor Final Predictions
Paul Thomas Anderson's film came out too late. »
- NATHANIEL R
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
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