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The Huffington Post just today came out with a video interview with Oscar-winning screenwriter and director John Ridley taped at the SXSW Festival.Ridley is currently in Austin to both attend the U.S. premiere of his Jimi Hendrix film with Andre Benjamin, All is By My Side, and also directing the pilot for his new TV series for ABC, American Crime.He mainly talks about the Hendrix film and other things, but yes, he does bring up the issue about that feud with Steve McQueen and whether there is one or not. (And Ridley has had feuds before with other directors such as David O. Russell and his film Three Kings).So is there one or not? You’ll have to watch and find out for »
Following the slavery drama's Best Picture victory at the Academy Awards, rumours began to surface of a feud between Ridley and McQueen over the screenplay. Ridley is said to have refused McQueen a co-writing credit, while both men failed to thank each other when they took to the Kodak Theatre stage on March 2.
Ridley told EW: "I do regret it. But just 24 hours earlier at the Spirit awards I sincerely went on and on about Steve and my work with him. You know, the guy changed my life.
"At the Oscars you have 30 seconds to talk and it's like the oxygen drops out of the room. I know [when I heard my name called] I hugged my wife twice, I know David O Russell - again this person people think I have beef »
"This year it’s who hugged and kissed who and who didn’t,” Oscar winning "12 Years A Slave" screenwriter John Ridley told EW about the awards season narrative this year. And he's not that far off. While the past few months have seen much milder mud slinging between contenders than past years, and indeed, one of the largest stories of any film up for awards, was centered around the squabbles between the director and stars of "Blue Is The Warmest Color" (which wound up being nominated for zero awards, partially because it was ruled ineligible for Foreign Film). However, in the wake of the Oscar ceremony, word burbled up that there was a secret, still lingering beef between Ridley and director Steve McQueen, part of a longstanding disagreement over the screenplay credit. And Ridley is working hard to debunk that talk. Last week, he said he was "grateful" to McQueen »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Zack Snyder's gorefest slaughters competition at the cinemas, Grand Budapest Hotel makes a grand appearance and Oscars winners get box-office boost
• More Us box office analysis here
300 rules the roost
Critical scoffing about its fanboy roots notwithstanding, 300: Rise of an Empire got the last laugh at the weekend. A sequel to the 2007 movie that established director Zack Snyder as a genre rock star, the Warner Bros action film smashed its way to the top of the charts in North America. Its estimated $45.1m (£27m) haul contributed to a $132.9m global assault. Next weekend's action release Need for Speed may apply the brakes to a degree, but that movie's largely unknown cast and brand may struggle to stop Rise of an Empire from holding on to pole position for a second weekend. And if that's not enough of a belaboured car racing metaphor for you, try this for size: »
- Jeremy Kay
Screenwriter points out he had thanked McQueen at previous awards amid rumours of a rift over director's request for co-credit
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly a week after his victory in the best adapted screenplay category, Ridley pointed out that he had thanked McQueen the previous day at the Independent Spirit awards. But he did little to dispel rumours that the film-makers fell out after he rejected McQueen's request for a co-credit on the screenplay.
Ridley and McQueen did not acknowledge each other as the former walked to the stage to accept his prize, though the screenwriter stopped to hug American Hustle director David O Russell. Ridley did not thank McQueen in his speech, and McQueen failed to thank Ridley in his own acceptance speech for the best film prize. »
- Ben Child
Less than a week ago, TheWrap first reported the details behind the rift between “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley and the director of the Best Picture Oscar winner Steve McQueen. Now, in a new interview, Ridley sought to clarify the situation. He said that he regrets not thanking McQueen when accepting the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars, but that it was an omission rather than a diss. “I do regret it,” Ridley told Entertainment Weekly. “But just 24 hours earlier at the Spirit Awards I sincerely went on and on about Steve and my work with. »
- Todd Cunningham
Since his Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley has been busy enough to tune out superfluous drama. He’s been in Austin since shooting the pilot American Crime for ABC, and promoting the U.S. premiere of the Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side at SXSW. But he knows that failing to thank 12 Years director Steve McQueen in his acceptance speech, and the seemingly chilly body language between the two of them on the big night, sparked countless stories of behind-the-scenes beef.
“I do regret it,” says Ridley of his omission. “But »
- Karen Valby
The Oscar-winning director of 12 Years a Slave has pushed back the boundaries of film because of the fearlessness that comes with a background in art
When the director Steve McQueen was an art student learning basic film-making skills at Goldsmiths College, London, he joked he was already aiming for the time when his name would eclipse that of his glamorous namesake, star of The Great Escape and Bullitt. "One day," he told his tutor, Professor Will Brooker, "when people talk about Steve McQueen, I am going to be the first person they think of."
Now, with an Oscar for his film 12 Years a Slave, the transition from Turner prizewinning artist to celebrated director has been made in style. It is a path to cinematography also taken by the British artist Sam Taylor-Wood, nominated for a Turner prize in 1998 and now editing her high-profile film of the erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey. »
- Vanessa Thorpe
I’m trying something new here today…namely, just sort of thinking out loud about a few different topics, hence the title. Some of these musings might turn into full blown articles down the line, but for now, this is basically a look at what’s swimming around in my head. Everything will be more or less Oscar related, but it’ll all tie into movies, that much I’m sure of. For now, I’ll present things just as a series of bullet point paragraphs, but we’ll see how it evolves over the course of the weeks to come. I’m aiming to do this every Saturday, but again, we’ll see how everything goes from here. This first installment is very much just an experiment. -Am I the only one who’s not interested in trying to make a feud between 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen »
- Joey Magidson
Getting credit for things in Hollywood is always an issue. Especially where Oscar-winners are concerned. Everyone wants a piece. During the fall festivals, when I talked to the eventual Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley and producer/director Steve McQueen about "12 Years a Slave," I picked up on a chill between the two men. I perceived more praise from Ridley toward McQueen than the other way around. But neither man actually said anything critical during the long road to Oscar. I spoke to Ridley on the phone from Austin, Texas where he is shooting a pilot (ABC's "American Crime) and will visit SXSW to plug his sophomore directing effort "Jimi: All is By My Side," which debuted in Toronto. (More of our interview on that film is below.) So what is the rift between Ridley and McQueen about? Yes, as reported by The Wrap, McQueen did discuss sharing the screenplay credit with Ridley, »
- Anne Thompson
While Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” just won the Best Picture Oscar, it’s never too late to be thinking about next year’s Academy Awards. With the new film “Grace of Monaco” originally opening on March 14th, the Weinstein Company is planning to push the biopic for the Cannes Film Festival this May and now has a new poster (via The Playlist). “The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.” “Grace of Monaco” stars Nicole Kidman, Milo Ventimiglia, Tim Roth, [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
“The Basketball Diaries” director Scott Kalvert has been found dead at age 49, TheWrap has confirmed. Kalvert was found at his home and pronounced dead on the scene in Woodland Hills on Wednesday at 1:55 p.m. His death is currently being investigated as a suspected suicide. Also read: Oscars: '12 Years a Slave’ Screenplay Rift Between Steve McQueen, John Ridley Boils Over Kalvert was a well-respected music video director, who worked with artists such as Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (“Good Vibrations”), DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith (“Parents Just Don't Understand”), LL Cool J (“I'm That Type of Guy”), Salt ‘N. »
- Jeff Sneider and Tim Kenneally
Imagine going from "12 Years a Slave" to "The Grand Budapest Hotel." That's exactly what happened to production designer Adam Stockhausen, who was able to convey beauty in the darkest of dramas, but when it came to Wes Anderson's witty caper, there was no holding back the Czech Republic eye candy: a pink hotel with a dollop of yellow butter cream, and the sugary Mendl's bakery. But then Stockhausen is no stranger to Anderson, having previously worked on "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Darjeeling Limited." However, when he read the script for "The Grand Budapest Hotel" while still making Steve McQueen's eventual Oscar winner in New Orleans, he immediately embraced the opportunity to partake in the Eastern European opulence. "It's bright, vivid, and poppy but not electric," Stockhausen offers. In tone, the movie's a cross between Max Ophuls' melancholy "The Earrings of Madame de" and the screwball antics of "The Wrong Box. »
- Bill Desowitz
Director Peter Landesman credits Paul Giamatti’s involvement in Parkland as one of the key reasons that Abraham Zapruder’s family – consistently silent until now – agreed to collaborate with his film.
Landesman had reached out persistently to the relatives of Zapruder, the man who had witnessed the shooting of JFK through the lens of his little 8mm camera, but was turned away on numerous occasions.
“I’d go back to them and say, ‘no, really we want to tell his inner story.’ And there’d be silence. So I’d go back again because I just didn’t want to take ‘no’ for an answer,” says the director.
“I was starting to think that it would never happen, but then, when Paul Giamatti agreed to play Abraham Zapruder, we were able to present them with one of the finest actors of our generation – or of any generation for that matter. »
- Gary Collinson
The winners of the first-ever Guardian film awards have been announced. You can see the winner for each category in the list below
• See the full shortlist here
Best supporting actor
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
The Great Beauty
Best line of dialogue
Best film festival
Best marketing campaign
The Rex, Berkhamsted
• See the full shortlist here
Guardian Film Awards
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Joshua Oppenheimer's study of 1960s Indonesian death squads wins best film, beating Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave
The Act of Killing has taken the top prize at the inaugural Guardian Film Awards.
Joshua Oppenheimer's surreal study of the Indonesian death squads of the 1960s was nominated in three fields – best director, biggest game-changer and best film.
Oppenheimer said of the recognition: "Artistically, it's a far more meaningful award to me than an Oscar."
The film – voted best film of 2013 by Guardian critics, and seventh best of the year by Guardian readers – was also strongly championed by the two external judges, Claudia Winkleman and Adam Curtis; the former calling it "one of the best films I've ever seen »
- Catherine Shoard
12 Years a Slave is all the rage right now. After its very successful Oscar night, those who haven’t yet seen Steve McQueen’s latest are eager to do so. If you happen to fall into that camp, then it’s your lucky day, as we’re giving away 2 Blu-Ray copies to celebrate the film’s recent home video release.
Not that you need anymore convincing as to why 12 Years a Slave is essential viewing, but our very own Matt Donato reviewed the film back in the fall and said the following:
12 Years A Slave will beat you down emotionally, scene after scene, without any mercy – but that’s just a testament to the brilliant direction, transformation-like performances, and unapologetic storytelling that elevates Steve McQueen’s movie high above the masses.
If you’d like to enter the contest, just like us on Facebook and then re-tweet our contest message by hitting the button below. »
- Matt Joseph
When you think of Michael Fassbender, you typically think of Magneto, David from Prometheus, or the powerhouse turns he had in Steve McQueen's Shame and 12 Years A Slave. You think about an actor so damn impressive that there is no doubt he will someday win an Oscar. But, Michael Fassbender will also be known this year as the guy in that crazy movie about the musician in the big papier mache head. Yeah, that is Frank. We have seen some images and brief clips from Frank back when it »
- Alex Maidy
While Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” just won the Best Picture Oscar, it’s never too late to be thinking about next year’s Academy Awards. With the new film “Grace of Monaco” originally opening on March 14th, the Weinstein Company is planning to push the biopic for the Cannes Film Festival this May and now has a new trailer (via The Playlist). “The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.” “Grace of Monaco” stars Nicole Kidman, Milo Ventimiglia, Tim Roth, [ Read More ]
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- Rudie Obias
Screenwriter John Ridley is fresh off an Oscar win for 12 Years A Slave, and has courted a bit of controversy surrounding some reported friction between him and the Best Picture winner’s director, Steve McQueen. His upcoming film, a biopic of ground-breaking rock legend Jimi Hendrix called All Is By My Side, has its share of controversy as well.
Ridley wrote and directed the film, which stars André Benjamin – better known as André 3000, one half of the great hip-hop duo OutKast – as Hendrix, and tracks the guitarist’s early years, right up to the edge of international fame with his band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Don’t expect any of the classic rocker’s landmark hits, however, as the late Hendrix’s family – which keeps a tight reign on classic songs such as “Purple Haze”, “Foxy Lady”, and “Hey Joe” – denied ...
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- Anthony Vieira
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