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Selma, the rousing civil rights epic I crowned the best film of 2014, is finally making its way to Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on May 5th, two weeks after it arrives on Digital HD platforms.
Ava DuVernay’s stunning depiction of how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led protesters from Selma to Montgomery to fight for equal voting rights is that rare biopic alive and responsive not only to the emotions of its time but also to how those emotions carry over to the modern era. It’s brilliantly acted, gorgeously shot and passionately written, all of which have convinced me it will be hailed as a masterpiece in the years to come.
Paramount Home Media Distribution is handling the release. Full specs are below, and the amount of extras included make the Blu-Ray for Selma a must-buy. Look for it this May.
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- Isaac Feldberg
Hailed as “extraordinary” (David Denby, The New Yorker), “deeply moving” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and “a triumph” (A.O. Scott, New York Times), director Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.
The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD April 21, 2015.
Embraced by critics and audiences alike, Selma was named one of the best films of the year by New York Times,New York Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and many more. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for John Legend and Common’s compelling tribute “Glory.”
- Michelle McCue
The critically acclaimed film Selma is coming to blu-ray in May, Paramount has revealed, with a handful of historical special features that will give you a deeper look at the events that inspired the movie. Come inside to learn exactly when you'll be able to bring it home.
If you missed Selma in theaters or simply want to relive the powerful story again, you'll get your chance in a couple months as the film hit's blu-ray on May 5, 2015. You can get all the information on what's coming on the disc thanks to the press release from Paramount:
Hailed as “extraordinary” (David Denby, The New Yorker), “deeply moving” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and “a triumph” (A.O. Scott, New York Times), director Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Looking back over the films I’ve watched lately, it appears that I’ve developed a thing for true-story features and documentaries. Short, long, downtown or small town, ho-downs or showdowns, I don’t think it matters as long as the quality and uniqueness is interesting and delivered by the filmmaker in an entertaining way. And that’s the thing about this form of filmmaking at the moment – they’re increasingly more compelling for mainstream audiences and feel more like cinema features rather than Sunday-night specials.
Sundance opened with Cartel Land and What Happened, Miss Simone? before closing with Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief and True Story. Next week’s South By South West (SXSW) Film Festival will open with nine documentaries before closing with 12 whilst next month’s Tribeca Film Festival (where this author will be in attendance) opens on April 15th with the Saturday Night Live »
- Sacha Hall
Fox News has signed Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, as a contributor, network Chairman Roger Ailes announced Friday. A minister and civil rights activist, King will appear to provide social and cultural commentary across Fox’s programming. Also Read: Oscars Diversity Protest Called Off at ‘Selma’ Director Ava DuVernay’s Request “Alveda has brilliantly carried the legacy of the King family to the next generation and has been a source of inspiration for many Americans,” Ailes said. “Her passion and mission for social change will be a valuable contribution to our network.” Also Read: How ‘Selma »
- Jordan Chariton
Fox News Channel (Fnc) has announced, via press release, that the network has hired minister and civil rights activist Dr. Alveda King as a contributor. In her role, Dr. King will provide social and cultural commentary across Fnc’s daytime and primetime programming. In making the announcement, Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News, said, "Alveda has brilliantly carried the legacy of the King family to the next generation and has been a source of inspiration for many Americans. Her passion and mission for social change will be a valuable contribution to our network." The founder of Alveda King Ministries, Dr. King currently serves as Director of African-American »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Fox News Channel (Fnc) has announced, via press release, that the network has hired minister and civil rights activist Dr. Alveda King as a contributor. In her role, Dr. King will provide social and cultural commentary across Fnc’s daytime and primetime programming. In making the announcement, Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News, said, "Alveda has brilliantly carried the legacy of the King family to the next generation and has been a source of inspiration for many Americans. Her passion and mission for social change will be a valuable contribution to our network." The founder of Alveda King Ministries, Dr. King currently serves as Director of African-American Outreach at Priests for Life. She is the daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King and wife Naomi Barber King as well as the niece of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She has continued her »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Welcome to another horror round-up! This time around, we have details on how you can support Tom Savini's Nightmare City remake that's presented by Umberto Lenzi, the director of the 1980 original, a look at a new poster and information for the Halloween-related documentary, Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran, and the reveal of who will play the lead role in Fox's Frankenstein pilot.
Tom Savini's Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with Judith O'Dea (Barbra from Night »
- Derek Anderson
In his memoir But Enough About Me, screen legend Burt Reynolds tells all about his life and and his famous loves, including Dinah Shore, Sally Field and ex-wife Loni Anderson."I wanted to set the record straight," Reynolds, 79, tells People about his book, out this fall. "Not only about my relationships with Dinah, Sally and Loni, but also about the things that people don't know about me." There's a lot more to the star of Deliverance, Smokey and the Bandit and, more recently, Boogie Nights, than a '70s sex symbol famous for his 1972 nude centerfold in Cosmopolitan. Such as? »
- Liz McNeil, @lizmcneil
It was a performance that triggered goose bumps at the Grammys - and for Beyoncé, her rendition of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" had a deep, personal resonance. On Sunday night, the singer, 33, donned a flowing white frock as she stood still and sang the Gospel standard with a choir of black male singers, also clad in white, behind her. In a new video released by the singer, Beyoncé explains she seized the moment to showcase black men after a year of racial turmoil marked by deaths of unarmed black men including Michael Brown and Eric Garner. "I wanted to »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd
From BAFTA to DGA, the Latest Winners this Awards Season
With the Oscars upon us, the awards season is almost over! But the last trek to the Academy Awards include many guild awards and of course, BAFTA! So here.s the latest congratulatory awards list of the winners from BAFTA to DGA, from Annie to Ace and everything in between!
Your full BAFTA winners (winners are highlighted):
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The Grammy Awards took place this week, crowning a new group of artists winners. Sam Smith was the big winner of the night, taking home several awards, including song of the year, record of the year, and best new artist. Many awards were also announced prior to the ceremony, so you'll want to check out this list even if you tuned in to the broadcast. See what artists like Pharrell, Beyoncé, and Eminem won for! Album Of The Year Morning Phase by Beck Record Of The Year "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith Best Pop Solo Performance "Happy" by Pharrell Best Pop Vocal Album In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith Best Urban Contemporary Album Girl by Pharrell Best Country Album Platinum by Miranda Lambert Best Rock Song "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore Best New Artist Sam Smith Song Of The Year "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith Best Music »
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark »
- Donna Dickens
While many showbiz veterans are nervous about rapidly-evolving digital technology, the eight recipients of Variety’s first Artisan Awards were unanimous in saying that the changes offer more opportunities than threats.
At a Tuesday session during the Santa Barbara Film Festival, production designer Suzie Davies said change is inevitable, so she embraces it, with makeup artist Bill Corso said he sees the innovations as an added tool, rather than a replacement for traditional methods.
Variety had previously announced the recipients of the first Artisan Awards, saluting outstanding work in 2014 films. They are cinematography, Dion Beebe, “Into the Woods”; costume design, Steven Noble, “The Theory of Everything”; editing, Sandra Adair, “Boyhood”; makeup and hair, Corso and Kathrine Gordon, “Foxcatcher”; production design, Davies, “Mr. Turner”; song, Shawn Patterson, “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”; sound mixing and editing, Richard King and Mark Weingarten, “Interstellar”; and visual effects, Joe Letteri, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »
- Variety Staff
Chicago – The excellent film “Selma” focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But just as important as King were the marchers from supporting civil rights societies, such as the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (Sncc), and their leaders like James Forman, portrayed in the film by Trai Byers.
Byers is an up-and-coming actor, with “Selma” being his first major film after stints on the daytime drama “All My Children” and the revival of “90210.” But besides “Selma,” Byers has a high profile part as Andre Lyon, the son of lead character Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) on the huge new Fox Network hit, “Empire.” The freshman drama has already been picked up for a second season, and its maneuverings within the Shakespeare-in-the-music-industry vibe has connected with viewers.
Photo credit: Paramount Pictures
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Although Hollywood has been no stranger to cinematic portrayals of the Civil Rights movement, it has long avoided the prospect of tackling Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. head-on. And it’s clear why – his legacy is vast, mythic, and daunting. The cultural memory of King is generally as omnipresent as it is unspecific, forming his ghost through monuments, perfunctory history lessons, and yesterday’s federal holiday into a historical character defined (and limited) by select phrases from speeches as well as decontextualized ideas like “nonviolence.” As a cinematic presence, King has largely been relegated to the margins of other people’s biopics like The Butler and Ali, and is often presented in a fashion consonant with his mythic status – as a relic of history and a fountain of wisdom rather than an actual, historical person. Ava DuVernay’s Selma pulls King’s legacy away from the conventional narratives of achieving certain equal rights – which often promotes historical »
- Landon Palmer
News: 21 of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Most Powerful Quotes
"What we feel is we want this to be more than just cameras and spectacle," Oprah told Et's Nischelle Turner. "That you are actually walking in the footsteps of people who have come before you -- people who did this in the sense of great courage and pride."
Selma follows a crucial time in Mlk's life when black marchers attempted to walk from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. in order to obtain voting rights in 1965. Oprah's The Butler co-star David Oyelowo stars as Mlk in the film and he chimed in, putting their demonstration in perspective.
"This is amazing for us but it was real for them and we want to see »
"It's about the movement and it's about the people," John told Nischelle. "It's about knowing what happened before and using that as inspiration."
John and Common's sentiments seemed to echo the majority of those involved. For Nischelle, this was more than just an assignment.
"I'm just honored to be an American No. 1," Nischelle said. "And an African-American No. 2, who is saying 'thank you.' "
In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a march »
People throughout the country today remembered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American leader of the Civil Rights Movement, with celebrations and marches. He was man who truly changed the U.S. and really made it a better place.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the filmmakers and cast of the Academy Award-nominated film Selma joined the residents of Selma, Alabama in a commemorative march yesterday to pay tribute to Dr. King’s contributions to the city and its role in the civil rights movement.
Selma mayor George Evans addressed the community at Selma City Hall with Rev. Dion Culliver of Tabernacle Baptist Church and Rev. Leodis Strong of Brown Ame Chapel before the crowd participated in a commemorative march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where the historical marches occurred 50 years ago.
- Michelle McCue
The first-of-its-kind free ticket campaign, expanded Friday to 25 locations nationwide, comes courtesy of contributions from a variety of prominent African-American business leaders and notable personalities, including basketball star Baron Davis and Janine Sherman Barrois, an executive producer on CBS’s “Criminal Minds.”
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- Travis Reilly
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