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Welcome to the March 9, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: Leave Lily James' body alone. "On one hand it's upsetting, on the other hand it's just boring," James told The Huffington Post about those who have questioned whether her tiny waist in Disney's "Cinderella" was altered in post-production to appear smaller. "Why do women always get pointed at for their bodies? And why is this whole thing happening and I'm constantly having to justify myself? International Women's Day has just gone, and it just feels just a bit sad that it's still happening. You know, I'm very healthy and I always have been." Want more? There's plenty of indignation to go around. See below for a full roundup of today's kerfuffles. Outraged: The Maryknoll sisters Target: Bill O'Reilly Why: The Roman Catholic nuns have »
- Chris Eggertsen
Thousands of people walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Al, on Sunday to commemorate 1965's "Bloody Sunday," a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery that took place nearly half a century ago. The historic march ended with a violent attack on 600 activists by state troopers and police who used batons and tear gas on the crowd, but on the 50th anniversary of the march, the mood was more celebratory. An estimated 70,000 demonstrators sang "We Shall Overcome" and carried signs that said "Black Life Matters" as they crossed the bridge. The occasion brought out families, activists, and other supporters, including young children. Earlier on Saturday, Barack Obama also visited Selma to touch on how far the civil rights movement has come - watch the president's moving speech on the fight for racial equality, and keep reading to see the powerful images from the march. »
Fifty years after the historic civil-rights confrontation at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., U.S. President Barack Obama traveled to the town to honor the 600+ non-violent protesters who were attacked by Alabama state troopers as they tried to march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights. In addition to Potus, First Lady Michelle Obama, First Daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Obama, former President George W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, who was at the Selma march, attended the ceremony. About 100 members of Congress attended, too. In a moving speech, Potus paid tribute to those who marched in the event that came to be known as Bloody Sunday. "It is a rare honor in »
Thousands of people walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge Sunday in Selma, Alabama, to mark the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march. The fateful march in 1965 marked a turning point in the civil rights struggle after activists were beaten by state troopers and police officers who attacked them with batons and dogs, and sprayed them with tear gas. However, the mood was celebratory this weekend, with President Obama walking hand-in-hand with his family across the bridge. They were joined by former President George W. Bush and his wife, 100 members of Congress and civil rights icons in a commemorative »
- Anita Bennett
President Barack Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" on Saturday. In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. marched with civil rights activists across Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Al, before police officers brought on a violent confrontation. Standing in front of the bridge half a century later, the president reflected on the fight for racial equality. "The Americans who crossed this bridge were not physically imposing, but they gave courage to millions," he said. "They held no elected office, but they led a nation. They marched as Americans who had endured hundreds of years of brutal violence and countless daily indignities, but they didn't seek special treatment - just the equal treatment promised to them almost a century before." While stating that he rejects "the notion that nothing's changed," Obama brought attention to police brutality in Ferguson, Mo, and elsewhere: "What happened in Ferguson may not be unique, but it's no longer endemic, »
Documentary filmmakers Morgan Neville (2014 Oscar winner for 20 Feet From Stardom), Fabien Constant (Mademoiselle C), Varon Bonicos (A Man's Story) and Keyhole director Guy Maddin share their thoughts on the passing of the great documentarian Albert Maysles at the age of 88, Thursday, March 5, in New York City.
Author and journalist Gay Talese on an American Assignment for the New York Times in Selma, Alabama, sent a note, upon hearing the news, from the place where Gay had covered the civil rights march and "Bloody Sunday" 50 years ago.
Tribeca Film Festival Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer wrote "…this is very sad to lose a master of Cinema. We are playing his last film in the Tribeca [World Documentary] Competition,..." In Transit, co-directed by Maysles with Nelson Walker, Lynn True, David Usui, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
President Barack Obama called on Americans everywhere to continue the fight for justice that the protesters in Selma, Alabama, started 50 years ago. The President spoke in front of a crowd of thousands on Saturday at the Selma 50th anniversary march. The event was organized to remember "Bloody Sunday," when more than 600 peaceful protesters fell victim to police violence as they marched from Selma to Montgomery for equal voting rights on March 7, 1965. "One afternoon 50 years ago, so much of our turbulent history - the stain of slavery and anguish of civil war, the yoke of segregation and tyranny of Jim Crow, »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made a trip to Selma, Al. to speak at the 50th anniversary of the civil rights "Bloody Sunday" march on Saturday afternoon. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush were also in attendance with fellow government leaders at the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the Mar. 7, 1965 50-mile march. Protestors were beaten and tear-gassed in their effort to end discrimination in voting by marching in peace to Montgomery. Read More 'Selma': What the Critics Are Saying "We gather here to honor the courage of ordinary Americans,
- Natalie Stone
Production commences on political thriller starring Roger Allam.
The Truth Commissioner, a political thriller set around the Northern Ireland peace process, has begun principal photography this week in Belfast and Dublin.
The adaptation of David Park’s 2008 novel, directed by Declan Recks (Eden), will film for five weeks across locations spanning Belfast and Londonderry in Northern Ireland as well as Dublin and other parts of the Republic of Ireland. Historic locations will include Derry-Londonderry’s Guildhall setting for the Bloody Sunday enquiry and Belfast’s Stormont Castle - seat of the Northern Ireland Executive.
Carnaby International handle sales and took the upcoming title to Berlin’s European Film Market (Efm) last month.
Set in a post-Troubles Northern Ireland, the film follows the fictional story of Henry Stanfield (Allam), a career »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The story is about a 6-year-old girl, Mary Ward, in rural Suffolk in 1952 who realises she is a boy. The film follows Mary’s quest to become Martin over the next three decades.
The Indiegogo campaign is now live at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sacred-country, and aims to raise £50,000 of the film’s initial funding in the next five weeks.
Producer Cross, whose credits include Bloody Sunday and Shooting Dogs, told Screen that the crowdfunding campaign was about more than raising money, but showing other potential partners that there is an engaged community and audience for the film, including Lgbt networks and Tremain readers.
“It’s not a niche film but it can start with a niche audience,” Cross said. “The »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
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 »
Oprah Winfrey, along with other cast and crew members from the movie Selma, gathered near Alabama's Edmund Pettus Bridge yesterday to march with local residents in memory of Bloody Sunday. Winfrey kicked off her address by yelling "Selma!" then explaining that the event was intended to pay homage to both Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who marched. "We stand here today in honor of you all, in honor of them, not just in memory of them, not just in memory of Martin Luther King, or in memory of Selma and what happened on the bridge," she said, speaking in front of Selma City Hall, "but to memorialize Martin Luther King as an idea, and Selma as an idea of what can happen with strategy, with discipline, and with love."Winfrey marched with Selma director Ava DuVernay, star David Oyelowo, and rapper Common. The AP reported that Common and John Legend »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Also on the guest list, according to a White House official, were director Ava DuVernay; star David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King Jr.; Carmen Ejogo, who portays Coretta Scott King; and actor Tim Roth, who portrays Gov. George Wallace.
Lewis, a leader of the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee, helped lead the Selma-to-Montgomery march on March 7, 1965, that was stopped at the Edmund Pettus Bridge when state troopers attacked the demonstrators. The broadcasting of the event on nationwide TV that day, known as “Bloody Sunday,” proved to be a turning »
- Ted Johnson
Ava DuVernay and her Selma corps. aren’t letting any Oscar disappointment keep them down. The director and her cast, including stars David Oyelowo and Common, and producers Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, are heading to the Selma, Alabama setting of their Martin Luther King, Jr. drama Monday to march in tribute for Mlk Day.
The day-long celebration will honor King, his historic work in Selma, and its impact on the civil rights movement. Those achievements are chronicled in DuVernay’s critically acclaimed film, which yesterday picked up Best Picture and Best Song (for Common and John Legend’s stirring anthem “Glory”) Oscar nominations.
On the docket are a filmmaker Q&A moderated by Congresswoman Terri Sewell for local high schoolers and teachers, a mayoral address at City Hall, a group prayer led by Rev. Dion Culliver of Tabernacle Baptist Church and Rev. Leodis Strong of Brown Ame Chapel, »
- Jen Yamato
Matteo Lovadina’s Paris-based Reel Suspects has sold U.S rights to supernatural fantasy “Horsehead,” a French genre auteur fest hit, to Raymond Murray’s Artsploitation Films, a indie distributor specializing in unsettling art or genre film fare from around the world.
The sale comes as Reel Suspects’ “German Angst,” a horror triptych, has been selected for the Rotterdam Festival. Artsploitation aims to give “Horsehead” a limited theatrical release before its distribution on DVD and VOD.
A first feature from France’s Romain Basset, but shot in English, “Horsehead” has played many of the world’s top genre/fantasy fests, establishing its credentials among fanboys (and girls), including Austin’s Fantastic Fest, Spain’s Sitges, Mexico’s Morbido Fest, the Buenos Aires Rojo Sangre meet, and Germany’s Exground Filmfest.
- John Hopewell
Written by Paul Webb
Directed by Ava DuVernay
UK / USA, 2014
Selma is a shining example of how to create an informative biographical drama that still packs an emotional wallop. Rather than trying to portray the entire life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, director Ava DuVernay captures the essence of King by wisely focusing on three tumultuous months in his life. David Oyelowo delivers a mesmerizing performance as the civil rights icon, showing us a man whose passion is rivaled only by his intellect and political cunning. Selma takes an unflinching snapshot of American history that, sadly, feels more relevant today than ever before.
Nestled between the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a perilous 13 month period that would forever define America’s cultural identity. Racial segregation was legally dead, but Jim Crow was still alive and well in the American South. »
- J.R. Kinnard
In the last few days of Oscar voting (balloting ends tomorrow at 5 Pm Pst) campaigns have been running at full bore with events for numerous films ongoing here in NYC were Tfe is based. None of them have been greater than the Selma luncheon yesterday which was a beauty from start to finish. The luminaries really turned out for this one: several former Oscar nominees and winners, famous TV journalists, and Harry Belafonte himself, who we recently honored here to coincide with his Jean Hersholt Huminatarian Award and who was so instrumental in the events of Selma and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
I worried at first during the opening speech (my apologies but I forget the name of the man who introduced the event) that the righteous politics and the "importance" button were being pushed with too much force. »
- NATHANIEL R
Update, Wednesday, 7 Am: Gay Talese speaks out in the New York Times.
In a Letter To The Editor published this morning in the New York Times, former Times reporter Gay Talese, who covered Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery for the Paper of Record, expanded on his remarks yesterday during a gathering of Oscar voters and journalists. Here’s his letter, in full:
To the Editor:
Re “Film Casts Johnson as Villain, Restarting Civil Rights Debate” (front page, Jan. 1), about criticism of a film that depicts President Lyndon B. Johnson as “a laggard on black voting rights who opposed the marches”:
I have seen Ava DuVernay’s new film, “Selma,” and I was also part of this newspaper’s team that covered the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. In my opinion, there is nothing in Ms. DuVernay’s film that significantly distorts »
- Jeremy Gerard
Following the New York premiere of “Selma,” a dramatic account of a pivotal chapter in the civil rights movement, director Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo and other cast members took to the steps of the city’s public library, raising their arms in the “don’t shoot” pose and wearing T-shirts bearing the last words of slain Staten Island resident Eric Garner: “I can’t breathe.” The red-carpet event and protest unfolded on the same December weekend that saw more than 25,000 demonstrators march through the streets of Manhattan after a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the choking death of Garner.
It was a surprisingly blunt statement of political and artistic intent for a film that likely would have struck a resonant chord in any year — not least because it’s the first theatrical feature ever made about the life of Martin Luther Jr. (Oyelowo), and »
- Justin Chang
'Selma' movie review: Politically salient in the early 21st century and 'beautiful in all the ways of cinema' (photo: David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in 'Selma') The title of director Ava DuVernay's historical drama Selma tells us what the film is about, while implying what it isn't about. In other words, Selma is not about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- wonderfully played by British actor David Oyelowo -- even though the reverend is the film's gravitational center and its emotional weight accrues to him. Just like what took place in Selma, Alabama, back in 1965. In fact, Oyelowo's presence is as transfixing as that of the young Ben Kingsley in his transformative interpretation of Gandhi in Sir Richard Attenborough's 1982 titular classic about one of Dr. King's inspirational figures. Unlike Gandhi, however, Selma is a single canvas on which a few months in Dr. »
- Tim Cogshell
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