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Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo Talk Selma, the Lesser-Known Sides of Dr. King, Personal Connections to the Material, DuVernay’s Shot Selection and More

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Selma already scored four Golden Globe nominations, five Independent Spirit Awards nominations, a slew of critics association honors and I’d like to bet it’ll add even more accolades to the list as we move through awards season.  The film is actually the very first major motion picture to feature Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) as the protagonist and also the first to chronicle his efforts during the voting rights movement.  Selma focuses on what happens when Dr. King tries to hold a peaceful march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama in the spring of 1965 in hopes of ending the widespread obstruction of black Americans’ right to vote. With Selma now playing in select theaters, I got the opportunity to sit down with director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo to discuss their personal connections to the material, showing the lesser-known sides of Dr. King, the timely release of the film, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Selma Review

24 December 2014 1:34 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Selma is tragically timeless.  The Civil Rights Movement, and in particular, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, should be a completed accomplishment.  It should be something we look back on, shake our heads at the ignorance and hatred of the time, celebrate those who were brave enough to fight back, and then we can go on with our daily lives.  But that didn't happen, and director Ava DuVernay doesn't let her movie sit as a nice, historical relic that smoothes over difficult events and complicated people in an attempt to placate her audience.  While we know King's march ended in an important victory for African-Americans, Selma goes deep into the politics and personal relationships behind that success.  Although the timeline can be a bit fuzzy and some characters could be better defined, DuVernay has crafted a powerful film anchored by a remarkable performance »

- Matt Goldberg

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TV Casting News: Da’vine Joy Randolph, Ernie Hudson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Loretta Devine, Roger Cross, Keith & Kenny Lucas

23 December 2014 3:25 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Some TV news stories you should know about... First, Da’vine Joy Randolph has been cast as a female lead in "Vice Principals," HBO’s 18-episode comedy series from "Eastbound & Down" creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill. "Vice Principals" tells the story of a high school and the people who almost run it: the vice principals. Randolph plays Dr. Belinda Brown, the confident & powerful new Principal at Lincoln High school. Second, Ernie Hudson has been cast as King Poseidon in ABC’s "Once Upon A Time." He'll first appear in episode 15 of the fairytale drama’s »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Once Upon a Time Casts The Originals’ Sebastian Roche as Aurora’s Father

23 December 2014 7:03 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Even though Prince Philip’s portrayer Julian Morris is busy dating Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) on New Girl, we’ll soon be meeting one of his in-laws on Once Upon a Time. As first reported by Entertainment Weekly, the ABC fairy-tale drama has cast The OriginalsSebastian Roche to play, King Stefan, the father Sarah Bolger’s Aurora, in Season 4. According to EW‘s report, Stefan has a “has a complicated past with Maleficent (Kristin Bauer Van Straten).” Roche is no stranger to genre shows. The actor currently stars as Mikael, a villainous role he originated on The Vampire Diaries, on The CW’s The Originals, and his past TV credits include FringeSupernatural, and Scandal. He’ll appear in a March episode of Once Upon a Time. Additionally, Roche’s King Stefan is the second major father role that Once has cast over the past couple of days. Back on Friday, »

- Chris King

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Once Upon a Time Casts Originals Baddie as Aurora's Father

22 December 2014 4:26 PM, PST | | See recent news »

TV’s go-to baddie, Sebastian Roché, next will fill a role fit for a king — on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

Having most recently made mayhem as The Originals’ Mikael, Roché will guest-star as Aurora’s father, King Stefan, in the upcoming second half of Once‘s fourth season, reports.

As per Sleeping Beauty lore, Roché’s royal has a past that’s entangled with the sorceress who years ago cursed his daughter — Maleficent, played by Kristin Bauer.

Sharlto Copley played King Stefan in Disney’s big-screen Maleficent, released earlier this year.

Roché’s TV resumé also includes stints on Scandal, »

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Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2014, By Patrick McDonald

22 December 2014 1:07 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – It’s that time of year to figure it out, as 2014 leaks away, and the film year follows suit. Whittling down a list to ten films, after hours of entertainment and provoking of thought, is a fool’s challenge at best. Then who better to do it than Patrick McDonald of

Best to change it up to first person voice, since I’m writing the actual article. So, I, Patrick McDonald, will attempt to break down the film year into the 10 Best, and my colleagues on will follow suit in the next several days.

The most difficult slot of any list like this is the 10th position, for it leaves out so many brilliant possibilities for 11th place and onward. At that position are the international films “Bright Days Ahead,” “Force Majeure” and “The Raid 2”; the horror/comic genius of “Dead Snow 2: Red vs. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Compelling Clip & Featurette For Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic ‘Selma’

21 December 2014 5:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Much like the first trailer, this stirring clip for Selma highlights and reminds of the historic nature of the movie but also how utterly compelling David Oyelowo is in the lead role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Telling the true story and struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans, the film is set to open in UK cinemas on 6th February, 2015, with next year 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 Brit David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. and is directed by Ava DuVernay with a supporting cast that includes Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as Governor George Wallace and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta King; alongside Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper who also produces.

Watch the compelling speech clip below and also an insightful »

- Dan Bullock

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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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