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With 2015 looking like the year of the sequel, 2014 is very much an original affair with the likes of 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Lego Movie and George Clooney’s Monuments Men all being released. That said, there are still a fair few sequels being released this year including the likes of Captain America: Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 300: Rise of an Empire and Muppets Most Wanted and The Raid 2: Berandal. Reboots this year include the latest Jack Ryan movie with Chris Pine taking the lead role in Shadow Recruit and a remake of Robocop.
Collectively the HeyUGuys team have come together to bring you all of our most anticipated movies of 2014. There’s an awful lot to read here but we hope that it will help you to plan your cinematic diaries for the coming year. A lot of the movies don »
- David Sztypuljak
Here’s the full list of nominations for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. As awards season kicks off, we get to see who may come out on top at this years Oscars, the daddy of all award ceremonies.
Check out the list below which is led by Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dwight Henry, Dickie Gravois, Scoot McNairy, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Paulson and Brad Pitt. If you missed our interviews from the Lff earlier in the year, you can click here to have a watch.
Who do you think will take best Picture?
The Golden Globe Awards are set to take place January 12th.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical
- David Sztypuljak
Ever since its debut at Telluride and Tiff, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave has been gaining critical acclaim left, right, and centre.
The film was long one of the most anticipated of the year, with McQueen’s making a return behind the camera following 2011’s acclaimed (and Oscar-snubbed) Shame.
Whilst it’s now playing in Us cinemas, UK audiences will have to wait until January for its arrival, and eOne has begun gearing up the momentum towards its release with a new TV spot for our shores.
12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender, Bryan Batt, Dwight Henry, Kelsey Scott, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Zeigler, Scoot McNairy | Written by John Ridley | Directed by Steve McQueen
Freedom is one of those buzzwords that has been thrown around a lot lately. How we define its reach, and what measures we should take to protect it are debates that have gone on for generations. Often the accusation of taking away one’s freedom is used to challenge the creation of questionable policies in order to rile up the opposition. In Steve McQueen’s latest directorial effort 12 Years a Slave the idea of removing an individual’s freedom is not just inane rhetoric, but an appalling reality that led a remarkable story of the wiliness to survive the cruel nature of humanity.
12 Years a Slave recounts the true life story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and illegally sold into slavery. »
- Dan Clark
By Mark Pinkert
In a recent interview with A.O. Scott of the New York Times, Joel and Ethan Coen admitted they first auditioned only “real musicians” for the part of the eponymous 1960s folk singer in their latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films). The role was to be heavily performance-based, so casting a proven guitarist/singer seemed only logical.
The Coens realized quickly, though, that it would be difficult to marshal an inexperienced actor through an entire movie, regardless of his musical proficiency, telling one outlet: “It’s often possible — sometimes it’s even easy — to get somebody like that through a scene or two scenes or three scenes or whatever, and it’s great, it’s fine. But this character’s literally in every scene in the movie, so we realized we were going the wrong direction, and we just started seeing actors who could play, as »
- Mark Pinkert
Director Steve McQueen’s moving historical drama 12 Years a Slave is undoubtedly one of the best films of the year, and we here at Collider are happy to debut six new images from the film. Based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, the true story chronicles Northup’s twelve-year journey as an educated and married free man from New York who was abducted in 1841 and forced into slavery for over a decade. Buoyed by tremendous performances from Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’O and masterful direction from McQueen, 12 Years a Slave is one of the most powerful moviegoing experiences I’ve ever had. This film is essential viewing. Hit the jump to take a look at the new images, which also behind-the-scenes looks at McQueen on set, and click here to read Matt’s review from the Toronto International Film Festival. The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, »
- Adam Chitwood
Fox Searchlight has released a new clip from director Steve McQueen’s intensely moving drama 12 Years a Slave. The true story is based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in New York in 1841. Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade. This clip takes place shortly after Northup’s abduction, as he discusses a plan for survival with two fellow captives played by Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and Chris Chalk (Homeland). This really is one of the best films of the year, and I highly suggest seeking it out when it opens in a theater near you. Hit the jump to watch the new clip, and click here »
- Adam Chitwood
Fox Searchlight has released a new TV spot for director Steve McQueen’s (Shame) incredible drama 12 Years a Slave. The true story is based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in New York in 1841. Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade. I caught the film at Tiff and it is not only one of the best films I’ve seen all year, but also one of the most emotional moviegoing experiences I’ve had period. This TV spot is heavy on intensity, but it’s not really indicative of the film’s pace. McQueen offers an unflinching, terrifying look at slavery in a straightforward manner that captures the »
- Adam Chitwood
12 Years a Slave has released its first clip.
Steve McQueen's biopic centres around the 19th century free man who was kidnapped and forced to work on a plantation in the deep south.
Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Michael K. Williams and Brad Pitt also feature in the tale of Northup's long journey back to freedom.
12 Years a Slave will open on October 18 in the Us and on January 24 in the UK. »
Fox Searchlight has released the first clip from 12 Years a Slave. The true story is based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in New York in 1841. Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade. The clip features one of the film’s more potent scenes where Solomon, before he’s kidnapped and sold into slavery, chooses to turn a blind-eye to the heinous institution. Hit the jump to check out the clip along with some new images. The film also stars Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt. 12 Years a Slave opens on October 18th. »
- Matt Goldberg
Perhaps no film emerged from the Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals with as much unqualified success as Steve McQueen’s upcoming slavery drama 12 Years A Slave, which follows the journey of a freed black man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in 1841 Washington D.C. who is kidnapped and sold into slavery by ruthless traders.
The historical drama, which is based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup, made a huge splash during its premiere at Telluride and subsequent showing at Tiff, earning overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. Many have predicted that 12 Years A Slave will be a huge player at this year’s Oscars and may receive nominations for its acting, direction, cinematography, screenplay and score.
Our own Darren Ruecker gave the film a perfect five-star review, summarizing that:
12 Years A Slave provides a new, deeply emotional subject for director Steve McQueen to apply his skills to, and it’s a beautiful and devastating fit. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Wow. This just snuck up on me, because I wasn't exactly expecting to see any footage so soon, especially with no new updates since our last report on the project, in June, when it was revealed publicly that shooting had been suspended on Julien Temple’s Marvin Gaye biopic, Sexual Healing, starring Jesse L. Martin (as Gaye), S. Epatha Merkerson (as Marvin’s Gaye’s mother, Alberta Cooper Gay), and Dwight Henry (as Marvin Gaye’s father, Marvin Gay, Sr.). It was reported that there was a possibility that the film might not see completion (at least, not anytime soon), because Focus Features International, the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated 12 Years a Slave made its unofficial debut out in Telluride before its official bow at Tiff, and the reviews have been nothing but impressive so far – you can read our own review from Toronto here.
With the festival wrapping last night, it was of course time for the annual awards to be handed out, with the top three categories put to the vote from festivalgoers for the Blackberry’s People Choice Awards. And it should come as no surprise that 12 Years a Slave, which is based on a true story, has walked away as the People’s Choice Award winner.
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in the lead, with a terrific ensemble led by Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Michael Kenneth Williams, Garrett Dillahunt, Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Ruth Negga, Alfre Woodard, and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o.
- Kenji Lloyd
Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave has won the 'People's Choice Award' at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
The winners of the Toronto 'People's Choice Award' have often gone on to secure a nomination for 'Best Picture' at the Academy Awards the following year.
12 Years a Slave tells the true story of Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free man sold into slavery and made to work on a Louisiana plantation for 12 years.
Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis, Lupita Nyongo, Scoot McNairy, Michael Kenneth Williams and Garret Dillahunt also feature in the star-studded lineup.
12 Years a Slave will get a limited release in the Us on October »
’12 Years a Slave’: 2013 Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award winner (photo: Chiwetel Ejiofor in ’12 Years a Slave’) 12 Years a Slave, already touted as a top contender for the 2014 Best Picture Academy Award, was the not unexpected People’s Choice Award winner at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. Steve McQueen’s biopic tells the story of Solomon Northup, a freeborn 19th-century black man from Upstate New York who is kidnapped and sold as a slave in the American South. Twelve years later, he succeeds in regaining his freedom. Fox Searchlight will be releasing 12 Years a Slave, surely to be plugged as a people- and Oscar-friendly Triumph of the Human Spirit tale, on October 18 in North America. The prestigious 12 Years a Slave cast features Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, in addition to Michael Fassbender (Steve McQueen’s lead in both Hunger and Shame), Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, »
- Andre Soares
Check out a selection of new posters from the following films: Thor: The Dark World - Alan Taylor's Marvel follow-up starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Jamie Alexander, Stellan Skarsgård, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Christopher Eccleston opens November 8th. Snowpiercer - Bong Joon-ho's futuristic thriller starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner,Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song, and Ko Asung does not yet have a U.S. release date. The Book Thief - Brian Percival's book adaptation starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Ben Schnetzer, opens November 15th. 12 Years a Slave - Steve McQueen's biographical drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Quvenzhane Wallis, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy, Garrett Dillahunt, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt opens October 18th. »
- Dave Trumbore
Oscar-nominated director Benh Zeitlin to remain in fantasy territory with an unconventional love story
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His debut film, the environmental fantasy Beasts of the Southern Wild, wowed critics and picked up four Oscar nominations with its offbeat, freeform vision of a young girl's fight for survival down on the flood-threatened Louisiana bayou. Now Benh Zeitlin has revealed the synopsis for his next film, and there's no sign of a segue into bland orthodoxy.
Speaking to the New York Times, Zeitlin said the new movie would be about a young girl "who gets kidnapped on to a hidden ecosystem, where a tribal war is raging over a form of pollen that breaks the relationship between ageing and time".
He added: "It follows a friendship-love story-adventure of her and a joyous, reckless, pleasure-mongering young boy as they swirl »
- Ben Child
It was just about a year ago, while still basking in the spotlight of his acclaimed directorial debut that Beasts of the Southern Wild director, and New Orleans resident, Benh Zeitlin, revealed in an interview that he had already begun work on his follow-up film, which he said would also likely be set in New Orleans, where Zeitlin's Court 13 film production company calls home. Further, Zeitlin shared at the time, that he planned on using the same production team for his second film that he used on Beasts, And, of most interest, that he wanted to, once again, cast Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry in the new project - both who made »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave received massive acclaimed when it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, and now the first featurette for the film has been released. The true story is based on Solomon Northup’s autobiography of the same name, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men) as Northup, an educated and married black man living in New York in 1841. Northup was approached by two men about a job offer in Washington D.C., but when he showed up he was kidnapped and forced into slavery for over a decade. The featurette contains plenty of new footage, and listened to the interviews, it looks like they've stayed pretty close to the source material. I read the book earlier this year, and found it to be revelatory and emotional, and I couldn't understand why it's not on middle school reading lists alongside Uncle Tom's Cabin. It's a powerful story, »
- Matt Goldberg
On the last Friday in August of 2012, Ben Affleck's "Argo" made a surprise debut at the Telluride Film Festival. The film was met with rapturous reviews from critics attending the prestigious and secretive fest, with many early viewers already predicting Oscar nominations for Affleck's third feature. Six months later, "Argo" was named Best Picture at the 85th annual Academy Awards.
Whether that trajectory happens with Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave," of course, remains to be seen. The film, however, was a surprise addition to the already impressive Telluride schedule on Friday night, and critics are gushing about the slavery drama, McQueen's third feature, in ways they haven't gushed thus far this year.
"Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave,' Anchored By Brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor, Is a Slavery Movie For the Ages," reads the headline on Eric Kohn's A-plus review for Indiewire. The piece is no less enthusiastic, »
- The Huffington Post
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