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Selma Review

17 December 2014 8:45 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Few Americans have been remembered and venerated as greatly as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but Ava DuVernay’s excellent Selma isn’t interested in simply tipping its hat to the legend. Instead, Selma looks closer, to find the real man behind the icon and elegantly put his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement into perspective.

Though King (masterfully portrayed by David Oyelowo) was the face of the nonviolent protests throughout the ’50s and ’60s, he was not the only one to devote (and indeed eventually give) his life to the cause of racial equality, a distinction DuVernay’s film takes great care to make. There were others too, like John Lewis (Stephan James), the young chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (Sncc) who led marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on Bloody Sunday; Annie Lee Cooper »

- Isaac Feldberg

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"Selma" to Open Palm Springs International Film Festival

17 December 2014 6:55 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Paramount's "Selma" from director Ava Duvernay is picking up steam this awards season. The Martin Luther King drama has been announced to be the opening night movie of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The festival will close on Sunday, January 11 with the Us premiere of "Boychoir" from director Francois Girard. David Oyelowo, who plays the beloved King in "Selma," is also being honored at the fest with Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor.

Here's the complete press release which includes the list of Easter European movies in a program titled Eastern Promises:

Palm Springs, CA (December 16, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will launch on Friday, January 2 with the opening night screening of the GoldenGlobe nominated Selma directed by Ava Duvernay. The Festival will wrap on Sunday, January 11 with the Us premiere of Boychoir directed by François Girard. New this year, the festival will focus on »

- Manny

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Kingdom, Ep. 1.10, “King Beast”: Are you strong or are you weak?

11 December 2014 6:10 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Kingdom, Season 1, Episode 10: “King Beast”

Written by Byron Balasco

Directed by Tim Iacofano

Airs Wednesdays at 9pm Et on the Audience Network

The first season finale of Kingdom, appropriately titled “King Beast”, is more interesting for what it doesn’t do than what it does. Namely, the episode contains no overreactions to the events of fight day. There is a complete lack of build up to the fights both Ryan and Jay have been preparing for for months. Both fighters are loose at Navy Street during final preparations, if not totally relaxed. Jay is his usual sarcastic self throughout the entire day, keeping everybody around him in good spirits as the fights inch closer. Even in the stew room, surrounded by nervous family and friends, the tension doesn’t overwhelm the excitement of the battle. Ryan is visibly coiled up inside, ready to burst, but not in a way »

- Whitney McIntosh

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David Oyelowo’s Preparation to Portray Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in ‘Selma’

11 December 2014 8:21 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

British actor David Oyelowo’s portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay’s Selma has received praise since the film premiered at AFI Fest. The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Farber said, “His rousing speeches are superbly done, and his moments of introspection and self-doubt retrieve the humanity in a leader who has come to seem larger than life.”

Now, he isn’t the only British actor playing a Southerner in the film: Tom Wilkinson embodies President Lyndon B. Johnson while Tim Roth depicts Governor George Wallace.

Oyelowo will receive this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Breakthrough Performance Award, and if he earns an Oscar nomination for his role as King, it wouldn’t be the first time an actor landed a nomination for personifying an iconic figure from a different country: American actress Meryl Streep won for her portrayal »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Re-Release of 'King' Mini-Series Starring Paul Winfield Coming Next Month... Just in Time for 'Selma' of Course

10 December 2014 6:26 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

It should be no surprise that, with Ava DuVernay’s acclaimed "Selma" set for release nationwide in January, there would be attempts to capitalize on the film, with the release (or re-release in this matter) of older films that are thematically similar. Which brings us the announcement yesterday that the Olive Films DVD label will be releasing, on Jan. 27, a re-mastered blu-ray DVD of the TV mini-series "King: The Martin Luther King Story," starring Paul Winfield as Mlk, and Cicely Tyson as Coretta Scott King (the series was previously released on standard DVD by MGM/Fox Home Video, back in 2005). The 6 hour mini-series was broadcast on NBC in Feb 1978, »

- Sergio

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David Oyelowo to be Honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

8 December 2014 2:10 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

David Oyelowo shines as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava Duvernay's "Selma" and now, he's being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival! Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (December 7, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present David Oyelowo with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor for his critically acclaimed performance as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava DuVernay.s Selma at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.

.David Oyelowo.s transformation into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is truly outstanding,. said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. »

- Manny

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David Oyelowo, 'The Imitation Game' cast are latest Palm Springs Film Festival honorees

8 December 2014 4:58 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It’s very possible that, by the Oscars in February, every name associated with the awards season will somehow be honored by the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Its winners are all names you know: Julianne Moore for "Still Alice," Rosamund Pike for "Gone Girl," Eddie Redmayne for "Theory of Everything," and J.K. Simmons for "Whiplash" are among the talent set to be honored at the fest’s awards gala. Now we can add two predictable, completely worthy names to the list: Benedict Cumberbatch and David Oyelowo. They'll be honored on Psiff's gala on Jan. 3, 2015. Well, not just Cumberbatch — the entire cast of "The Imitation Game," in fact. Psiff announced that the inevitable Best Actor nominee, Keira Knightly (a Best Actress candidate herself), and the rest of the director Morten Tyldum’s biopic cast will take home the ensemble performance award. "'The Imitation Game' is one of the »

- Matt Patches

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Must Watch: UK Trailer For Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic ‘Selma’ Starring David Oyelowo

6 December 2014 9:22 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s not often a movie trailer gives you shivers but the historic nature of Martin Luther King Jr.’s story gave me that reaction, and in a truly positive way after watching this first UK trailer for Selma. The film focuses around the civil rights marches that, very literally, changed America and had a rippling affect forever across the world. The story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans opens in UK cinemas on 6th February, 2015 with next year also marking the 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in the Us Civil Rights Movement and this triumphant story of the power of the people.

Selma stars the brilliant Brit actor David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. with direction coming from Ava DuVernay. There’s also an impressive supporting cast that includes Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as »

- Dan Bullock

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‘Selma’ Director Ava DuVernay On Breaking Down The Myth Of Mlk

3 December 2014 4:22 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Four years ago, Ava DuVernay quit a lucrative publicity career to pursue film directing full time, and in this brief span she’s covered a lot of territory. Her second feature, 2012’s L.A.-set relationship drama Middle of Nowhere, earned her a best director prize at Sundance (a first for an African-American woman) and an Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. Nowhere also opened the door to her third film, Paramount’s Selma, which follows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The Christmas release has a who’s-who of talent, including producer-actor Oprah Winfrey and Britain-born David Oyelowo playing Mlk. DuVernay recently spoke about how her Nowhere star Oyelowo led her to the project and the challenge of delivering a truthful portrayal of a cultural icon.

Is it true that Oyelowo pitched you for the Selma job?

David got me the job. »

- Christy Grosz

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Review: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' is beautifully made but oddly hollow

2 December 2014 12:45 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When Angelina Jolie got the job directing "Unbroken," the new film about Louie Zamperini and his WWII experience, she immediately started hiring the very best people she could possibly hire. Roger Deakins is her photographer. The score is by Alexandre Desplat. William Goldenberg and Tim Squyres cut it. Designed by Jon Hutman. And the list of screenwriters who share final credit for adapting the book by Laura "Seabiscuit" Hillenbrand? Amazing. A murderer's row. Joel and Ethan Coen. Richard Lagravenese. William Nicholson. Nuclear force talent. Here's where I tell you that I have not read Hillenbrand's book, nor was I especially familiar with Zamperini's story before I sat down in the theater yesterday. Anything I write, I'm writing about the film and the way his story is presented here, not about the real guy, who evidently touched a lot of lives. I want to be clear about that because it always »

- Drew McWeeny

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‘Rocky Horror’ Sequel ‘Shock Treatment’ Set To Electrify London Stage

27 November 2014 11:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Legendary schlock musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show had a successful stage to screen transfer, in the process inspiring more cosplay than a thousand Wizard World conventions. Follow up movie Shock Treatment was a flop, but writer/star Richard O’Brien is planning to set the blood-stained glitterball in motion again with a reworked live version, due to premiere at the King’s Head Theatre in London next year. Though not a direct sequel, the film featured Rocky Horror characters Brad and Janet, who became part of a deranged TV broadcast in an age before reality television.

The satirical content is clearly a big draw for reviving the script now. While Shock Treatment didn’t make a dent at the box office it does have its own following. The production cast numerous performers who would go on to greater things, such as the late Rik Mayall and Ruby Wax, as »

- Steve Palace

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David Oyelowo says a higher power told him he would play Martin Luther King Jr.

25 November 2014 1:41 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beverly Hills — Get ready to hear a lot more about actor David Oyelowo. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Ava DuVernay's "Selma," which sounded a thunder clap upon arrival at this year's AFI Fest, he exhibits a presence and a commitment that is sure to keep him in the thick of the Best Actor Oscar discussion. And according to him, it was sort of pre-ordained. Oyelowo is a relaxing personality to be around, prim, proper, but thoughtful and inviting. He spoke at length recently about coveting the role of Dr. King and his desire to imbue his own sense of faith with a character, a man, who himself was clearly so driven by a higher power. It was that higher power, Oyelowo says, who told him he would one day take on the role, even when other directors weren't so sure. The journey of this project has been a long one for him. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Ava DuVernay talks 'Selma' and the last-minute mad dash to an AFI Fest premiere

17 November 2014 9:50 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beverly Hills — Last week saw the world premiere of Ava DuVernay's "Selma" at AFI Fest after it had been advertised as a 30-minute footage presentation. But there was a lot more to the story behind the scenes. The plan had long been for Paramount to drop the full film as a surprise to the crowd that turned out for the presentation, assuming DuVernay could get the edit where she wanted it to be in the days leading up. Then, the festival dropped a shocker on both festival attendees and those involved with the "Selma" event: Clint Eastwood would take advantage of the Veteran's Day holiday to premiere his "American Sniper" as a secret screening right after Team "Selma" cleared the Egyptian Theatre. The pressure was on. In the end, though, it all worked out. "Selma" played like gangbusters with a deafening standing ovation and a lively post-screening Q&A moderated by actress Alfre Woodard, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Jesse Jackson -- 'Dr. King Would Be Proud of LeBron'

17 November 2014 7:22 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be Proud of LeBron James ... so says Jesse Jackson who tells TMZ Sports LeBron's work off the court makes him "great."Rev. Jackson was leaving Boa Steakhouse on the Sunset Strip this weekend when we asked about a recent interview Jackson gave to the Northeast Ohio Media Group ... in which he praised LeBron for all he's done for the city of Cleveland "His work in the community beyond the court makes him very great, »

- TMZ Staff

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‘Selma’ Could Become the Fifteenth Race-Related Film to Land a Best Picture Oscar Nom

14 November 2014 11:24 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Originally planned to screen as a 30-minute preview at AFI Fest, Ava DuVernay’s Selma, centered on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, premiered in its entirety and stirred up more Oscar buzz ahead of its Christmas Day release.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Farber says the film is “intelligently written, vividly shot, tightly edited and sharply acted,” and that it “represents a rare example of craftsmanship working to produce a deeply moving piece of history.” Meanwhile, Paul Webb’s screenplay and David Oyelowo’s portrayal of Dr. King have been praised. The Wrap’s James Rocchi says, “Oyelowo’s performance would be impressive enough if it merely recreated the icon we now revere as perfectly as he does through a variety of methods… But Oyelowo, and Webb’s screenplay, also give us a rich, rewarding portrait of King as a man, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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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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Oprah Winfrey & David Oyelowo Reunite in Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic, Selma—Watch the Powerful Trailer!

7 November 2014 12:11 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Oprah Winfrey reunites with The Butler co-star David Oyelowo in Selma, a biopic about the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that contains scenes that may seem chillingly familiar to many viewers following recent current events. The first trailer for the movie, directed by Ava DuVernay and co-produced by Winfrey (and Brad Pitt), was released on Thursday. Oyelowo, a British actor, played Oprah's son in The Butler. In Selma, he plays King, one of the most famous American civil rights leaders in history. Winfrey plays one of his supporters. King helped spearhead the nation's civil rights movement, which aimed to end racial segregation and discrimination. King, who supported »

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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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Debut Trailer For Oscar-Tipped Biopic Selma Marches Online

7 November 2014 7:19 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With this year’s awards circuit right around the corner, moviegoers are about to experience cinema’s annual purple patch. Not to disparage those films that hit during the course of the spring and summer, but as the nights get darker, generally speaking, Hollywood studios begin to play their ace in the holes. And this year it’s been no different, with Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Birdman and Nightcrawler all already drawing praise across the industry. But one release that is beginning to emerge as a dark horse of sorts is Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King biopic, Selma.

Over the past few months, we’ve been teased with umpteen screenshots for the civil rights drama and today, the studio has finally unveiled the first full-length trailer, which shows David Oyelowo in the role of the renown activist circa 1960.

In essence, the story will chart the groundswell of support that »

- Michael Briers

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First Trailer for Civil Rights Film 'Selma'

7 November 2014 4:42 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Make King’s dream come alive.

First trailer for David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Selma” had been released.

The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, with Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey as “Annie Lee Cooper.”

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. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement »

- Gig Patta

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