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New 'Selma' TV Spot Highlights Leader, Rebel, Legend, Man in Mlk w/ New Footage

21 November 2014 8:16 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Here's a new TV spot for Ava DuVernay's "Selma," which Paramount Pictures has set a Christmas day initial limited release date for, followed by a nationwide theatrical expansion on January 9, 2015.  Telling the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic voting rights struggle, the film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation. David Oyelowo leads a cast that includes Carmen EjogoTom Wilkinson, Colman Domingo, Tim Roth, Giovanni RibisiKeith Stanfield, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson, Kent Faulcon, Oprah Winfrey and more, in a film produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Christian Colson (who won an Oscar »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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David Oyelowo and “Selma” launch to the top of the Oscar race

18 November 2014 2:26 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Last night, I was in attendance for the first New York screening of Ava DuVernay’s film Selma. This on the heels of it having a World Premiere last week at AFI Fest, which shot it directly into the heart of the awards season. Always thought to be a potential Oscar contender, particularly for David Oyelowo’s lead performance as Martin Luther King Jr., the movie has instead had a rapturous reception so far that has pundits like myself amending Academy Award predictions left and right. Yes, Oyelowo is not just getting into Best Actor, but is almost assuredly winning it too. Furthermore, I now believe that Selma is one of the three most likely Best Picture winners as well. In case the title itself doesn’t let you in on what the film is about, this is a look at the civil rights marches that took place in Selma, »

- Joey Magidson

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'Selma' Review: 7 Things You Should Know About Ava DuVernay's Mlk Biopic

18 November 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

On Monday night (Nov. 17, 2014) in NYC, Ava DuVernay and cinematographer Bradford Young presented a festival cut of "Selma," which premiered last week at AFI Fest to rave reviews and a standing ovation. (The NYC audience had an equally enthusiastic reaction.) This period drama offers an intimate look at the events leading up to the famous civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Al., including the devastating events known as Bloody Sunday.

David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King, Jr., alongside Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon B. Johnson, and a star-studded cast playing storied civil rights activists and leaders.

1. It's called "Selma" for a reason.

This isn't your typical biopic; while obviously a great deal of the narrative is focused on Martin Luther King, Jr., "Selma" is about all of the people involved in the events leading up to the legendary marches. "Selma" offers the human »

- Jenni Miller

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AFI: Selma Premiere or, We Ate Cookies With Lorraine Toussaint!

13 November 2014 3:17 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Safely happily physically ensconced back in New York City, my head is still ping-ponging around that exciting week in Los Angeles. My thoughts take scary stumbles back in time to 1960s Alabama when white politicians and racists were trying to stop black citizens from voting. Sound familiar? The first part, I mean. Sadly in 2014 we're still fighting efforts to surpress the vote, making Ava DuVernay's upcoming Christmas release Selma a historical drama that is also uncomfortably contemporary.

The AFI Festival Presented By Corporation (don't make me say it, publicists!) closes tonight with Foxcatcher but we'll have a few more days of coverage to catch up. My closing night film was the world premiere of Selma. It was so fresh from the editing bay that the great cinematographer Bradford Young was brought up on stage five days earlier for that A Most Violent Year premiere (he's busy) only to instantly »

- NATHANIEL R

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‘Felony’ VOD Review

13 November 2014 2:15 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jai Courtney, Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Melissa George, Sarah Roberts, Rosie Lourde | Written by Joel Edgerton | Directed by Matthew Saville

Felony follows three male detectives as they become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma with brain damage. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to both disguise and unravel the truth?

I think what really hooked me into Felony was the fact that there were not really any “good” guys. It is a very morally grey film, each character having their own flaws and questionable qualities and that definitely ramps up the realism. Along with that, this isn’t an action film with shooting ofinfinite bullets, car chases and explosions. No, this film definitely explores the boundaries of right and »

- Richard Axtell

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‘Felony’ VOD Review

13 November 2014 2:15 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jai Courtney, Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Melissa George, Sarah Roberts, Rosie Lourde | Written by Joel Edgerton | Directed by Matthew Saville

Felony follows three male detectives as they become embroiled in a tense struggle after a tragic accident that leaves a child in a coma with brain damage. One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it. How far will these men go to both disguise and unravel the truth?

I think what really hooked me into Felony was the fact that there were not really any “good” guys. It is a very morally grey film, each character having their own flaws and questionable qualities and that definitely ramps up the realism. Along with that, this isn’t an action film with shooting of infinite bullets, car chases and explosions. No, this film definitely explores the boundaries of right »

- Richard Axtell

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The Hype Cycle: AFI Fest

13 November 2014 11:46 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As the end of the year approaches, the number of question marks in the Oscar ranks continues to sink lower. This past week, Selma, American Sniper, The Gambler and A Most Violent Year all dropped at AFI Fest, leaving only movies like Unbroken (still presumed to be a front-runner in a crowded field), Exodus: Gods and Kings (possibly not an awards movie at all), Big Eyes, and Into the Woods (who knows?) still unseen.

Did these newcomers make an impact worthy of making the charts? Let’s explore below.

1. Selma

It seemed like just a few weeks ago Selma might not even be completed in time for a serious awards push. This week Oprah convinced Director Ava DuVernay to screen the whole film rather than just a 30-minute preview, and the gamble paid off in spades.

Critics have been hailing Selma as an American cinematic triumph. Director Ava DuVernay’s »

- Brian Welk

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AFI Review: 'Selma' Directed By Ava DuVernay, Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo & Oprah Winfrey

12 November 2014 2:18 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Selma” is vital correspondence, filmmaking lived on the streets where brutal facts were ignored then reported, and now snatched back from history to sustain a spirit few films can or will possess. It is stunning humanistic cinema on a mainstream scale, made by a group of unconventional artists. Premiered in an unfinished cut at AFI Fest, this rarely feels like any biopic you’ve seen. It has inventiveness, urgency, humor, and most of all emotion that draws effortless parallels rather than leaving its lesson up on the screen. Even the title cards offer something fresh. Clacking up in Courier New alongside an FBI stamp, they frame three months of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life in 1965 as he tried to secure the Voting Rights Act as the monitored event it was. With Lyndon Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) dragging his feet on policy change and Alabama governor George Wallace (a gleefully sinister »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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‘Selma’ And ‘The Gambler’ Take Center Stage As Paramount’s Oscar Hopefuls Storm AFI Fest

12 November 2014 10:17 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Paramount’s late-breaking strategy of premiering the entire film of Selma at Tuesday night’s AFI Fest, rather than just the previously advertised 3o-minute preview, paid off in a prolonged and enthusiastic standing ovation from the packed-to-the-rafters audience at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. Though director Ava DuVernay said the movie wasn’t “quite” finished with some sound mix work still to be completed (there was also no end credit roll yet), the powerful drama about the Martin Luther King Jr.-led 1965 march on Selma in support of gaining voting rights for blacks turned out to be a stirring and emotional experience for the crowd, who exited after a lively Q&A singing the movie’s praises.

Awards bloggers immediately began ecstatic tweeting suggesting Oscar nominations could be in store, particularly for DuVernay who not only would be the rare female to break into Oscar’s elusive, exclusive directing club, but also the first black woman. »

- Pete Hammond

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Review: 'Selma' is a powerful portrait of Martin Luther King at a crossroads

12 November 2014 9:11 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Often we put our heroes on pedestals. Yet, even the greatest men in history have made mistakes, suffered because of their personal vices and doubted themselves at the most critical junctures of their lives. Ava DuVernay's powerful new drama "Selma" tells the tale of the Selma to Montgomery marches that spearheaded the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but at its center is one historically prominent hero who finds himself at a crossroads, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After leading the nonviolent movement that brought about the passage of the civil rights act in 1964, "Selma" finds Dr. King (David Oyelowo) and his organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Council (Sclc), focusing their efforts on removing the discriminatory practices that are effectively blocking African Americans from registering to vote across a majority of the South. Following a year of trying to register voters in Selma, Alabama with little success, the Sclc decides to »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Selma' and 'American Sniper' land as an interesting AFI Fest double feature

12 November 2014 12:36 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Hollywood — AFI Fest sure did put together an awkward bloc of scheduling Tuesday night at the Egyptian Theatre. A moving story of a civil rights leader who was gunned down by a sniper followed by… "American Sniper," directed by a guy who talks to a chair and hates Obama. Ok, that's a little unfair, but after Chris Rock's zinger Saturday night, it was sort of hard for my mind not to go there with two films that deal with political ideologies in both overt and subtextual ways. Nevertheless, the onus was on Warner Bros. after Paramount finally vacated the theater around 8:30pm. Because anyone asked to follow Ava DuVernay's "Selma" would be facing a tall order as the film landed like some sort of game changer in this year's Oscar race. Honestly, I'm not convinced the studio knew what it had on its hands, but that sigh »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Ralph Fiennes returns to 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' just in time for awards season

11 November 2014 1:16 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Eight months after it hit theaters, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is back in business, and here's hoping Hollywood is paying attention. Ralph Fiennes joined co-stars Tony Revolori and Jeff Goldblum for a final SAG nominating committee Q&A Monday night in Los Angeles that this pundit was lucky enough to moderate. Most in the packed theater had already seen "Budapest" but wanted a chance to hear the film's stars discuss their journey into Wes Anderson's latest creation in person. Fiennes, who plays the indomitable M. Gustav, discussed how little he cared to look at Anderson's detailed animatic of the picture and how a friend of the director's gave him slight inspiration for the role (will the real M. Gustav please stand up?). Revolori, who plays Zero the faithful Lobby Boy, recalled how nervous he was meeting Fiennes for the first time during a fitting and how the Oscar nominee reassured him with a hug. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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AFI Fest to premiere American Sniper

10 November 2014 10:55 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The world premiere of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper will screen on November 11 on the same day as the world premiere screening of Selma.

American Sniper and Selma are two of the few remaining unseen awards contenders this season and their addition to the programme represents another coup for a festival that is growing in prestige.

The world premiere of Jc Chandor’s A Most Violent Year opened the festival last week.

Clint Eastwood is an American icon,” said AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale. “His are stories that stand the test of time, and we are proud and honoured to unveil his latest masterpiece.”

American Sniper centres on the life of Chris Kyle, the Iraq War veteran regarded as one of the most devastatingly accurate shooters in Us military history. Warner Bros will open the film on December 25.

Ava DuVernay directed the Civil Rights drama Selma starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr alongside »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Oprah convinces Ava DuVernay to screen all of 'Selma' at AFI Fest

10 November 2014 8:11 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For awhile,  Ava DuVernay’s "Middle of Nowhere" follow-up "Selma" looked like Paramount Pictures’s perpetually-teased-never-shown December holdout, a big question mark for Oscar season. The movie only wrapped production over the summer. Post-production was racing towards a release date. Would it be done in time? Fear not: The Martin Luther King Jr. drama will scrap its plans to screen 30 minutes of exclusive footage at the currently-running AFI Festival and let the entire feature out of the gates. After the "Selma" trailer played like gangbusters, Oprah, the film’s executive producer, and DuVernay took to Twitter to celebrate. The result was DuVernay throwing caution to the wind: So, @Oprah. I think I want to show the whole film. Not just a 30 minute preview. Why wait, right? Let's Do this! Hot off the presses! Yes? — Ava DuVernay (@Avaetc) November 10, 2014 Centered around a1965 voting equality campaign mounted by Martin Luther King, Jr. »

- Matt Patches

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Katherine Heigl’s Gay Marriage Dramedy ‘Jenny’s Wedding’ Hits Afm at Perfect Time

8 November 2014 6:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Katherine Heigl’s gay-marriage comedy-drama “Jenny’s Wedding” is hitting Afm at exactly the right time, according to Hollywood veteran Mary Agnes Donoghue.

“I must admit that the timing is pretty good — not just with the issue but also with Katherine’s ‘State of Affairs’ getting so much notice for her new series,” she noted.

Indeed, Heigl’s new NBC drama, which debuts Nov. 17, is getting a lot of social media and other online buzz. Advertisers like her too: A Variety survey this summer of commercial-ratings projections from four major ad buyers finds “State” is expected to generate the most commercial viewership among freshman scripted programs in the 2014-15 season in viewers between 18 and 49.

“Jenny’s Wedding” is getting its first market screenings at the American Film Market. The Solution is handling foreign territories, while CAA and Gersh are handling U.S. rights.

Donoghue directed from her own script and »

- Dave McNary

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Gravitas Harvests ‘Field Full of Secrets’

8 November 2014 5:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Specialty distributor, Gravitas Ventures will handle distribution of documentary “A Field Full of Secrets,” from Dec 2.

The film, directed by Charles Maxwell, starts with an examination of crop circles and ventures into a hunt for UFOs and the quest for a human society no longer reliant on fossil fuel.

Gravitas will release the film via video on demand platforms throughout North America.

Founded in 2006 with a focus on VoD has previously released films including Dave Grohl’s 2013 Sundance premiere “Sound City,” “The Longest Week,” starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde, and Mattew Sweet’s “Felony,” starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson.

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- Patrick Frater

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Watch: First Trailer for Oprah Winfrey’s Mlk Biopic ‘Selma’

8 November 2014 3:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Oyelowo looks almost unrecognizable as he steps into the shoes of Martin Luther King Jr. in the first trailer for “Selma.”

The emotional trailer finds the legendary civil rights activist challenging President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson), FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Dylan Baker) and Alabama Gov. George Wallace (Tom Roth) in between bloody marches that took place in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

The film focuses on a a three-month period in King’s life when he campaigned for equal voting rights by leading three protests down a 54-mile highway. His actions helped turn the tides against segregation.

The biopic also stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey, who’s also a producer on the pic.

Thirty minutes of the film will debut at AFI on Tuesday. “Selma” hits theaters on Christmas Day.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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Trailer Watch: Ava DuVernay’s Selma

7 November 2014 11:03 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

You seldom see a female filmmaker making the quantum leap from a $200,000 Sundance title to a Brad Pitt-backed Christmastide blockbuster, so hats off to Ava DuVernay on the upcoming Selma. A retelling of the 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, the film stars David Oyelowo (also of DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere) as Martin Luther King, Jr., with a substantial ensemble in Tom Wilkinson, Oprah Winfrey, Keith Stanfield, Tim Roth and Lorraine Toussaint, among others. Shot by the brilliant Bradford YoungSelma is set for a December 25 limited release and a national rollout on January 9, 2015. »

- Sarah Salovaara

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Here’s the Very Oscar-y First Trailer for Selma

7 November 2014 7:36 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

What kind of biopic is Selma going to be? From the looks of this first trailer, it'll be the kind where characters say things like, "There are 70 million people watching!" over the swell of inspiring orchestral music. It's also the kind of film where all the major figures from American history are played by British actors — not just David Oyewolo as Mlk, but also Tom Wilkinson and Tim Roth as Lbj and George Wallace, respectively. All appear to be solid choices. See, The Butler, this isn't that hard! »

- Nate Jones

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Trailer for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Film Selma

7 November 2014 7:26 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The first powerful trailer for director Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King, Jr. drama Selma has been released. The movie tells the story of King’s battle to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It has an incredible cast that includes David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, and Lorraine Toussaint, with Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey. Here's the synopsis: 

Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.  The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.  Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. »

- Joey Paur

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