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A24 and DirectTV have acquired all U.S. rights to John Maclean's directorial debut "Slow West". Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn star in the film which will have its world premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival.
Set at the end of the 19th Century, Smit-McPhee plays a teen journeying across the American Frontier in search of the woman he loves. Fassbender plays a mysterious traveler Mendelsohn plays an outlaw.
It's a busy day for Fassbender, his frequent screen collaborator Steve McQueen ("Shame," "Hunger," "12 Years a Slave") told The BBC that there's a role for the actor in his upcoming biopic of civil rights activist Paul Robeson:
"If Michael wants to do it, I'm sure there'll be something for him. He means very much to me, and we met at a pivotal time in both our lives. It's important to me to keep my original »
- Garth Franklin
Quickly ascending to be one of the most dominant voices in cinema over the last few years, it’s been gratifying to see Steve McQueen‘s career take off. Alongside him since the beginning has not only been his cinematographer Sean Bobbitt, but another key factor in his collaborations: Michael Fassbender. After lead roles in his first two features, Hunger […] »
- Jordan Raup
Christmas is fast approaching, and the Digital Spy movies team has scoured high and low to find some cool gifts for those who love everything silver screen-related.
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1. Stanley Kubrick: 8-Film Masterpiece Collection - £92.30
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The Oscar-winning director of 12 Years A Slave, Steve McQueen, has chosen a female-led heist movie as his follow-up project. The filmmaker will re-team with production company New Regency to create a new, feature film version of the British television mini-series Widows, which first aired in 1983.
Created and written by Lynda La Plante, the original version of Widows comprised six episodes, and featured a plot that saw three armed robbers killed during the commission of their latest heist. Discovering that the circumstances of the deaths of their husbands were not as straightforward as they first seemed, the widows team up and resolve to finish the job. Starring Ann Mitchell, Fiona Hendley, Maureen O’Farrell and Eva Mottley, the series was very popular on British television in its time, and spawned two sequels. In 2002, Disney produced a U.S remake, which starred Mercedes Ruehl, Brooke Shields and Rosie Perez.
McQueen’s version »
- Sarah Myles
This story first appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. For his follow-up to best picture Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen (CAA, the U.K.'s Casarotto Ramsay, Bloom Hergott) had his choice of projects. The auteur behind such intense male-led dramas as Hunger and Shame is making a bit of a departure with a female-led heist film, one based on the 1980s British TV series Widows that he devoured as a London teen. See more '12 Years a Slave': Portraits of Solomon Northup's Descendants But the film and TV
- Tatiana Siegel
We're covering a lot of ground today with the centerpiece being our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. We also dig into the Bill Cosby controversy for a second, the death of Mike Nichols, Universal's plans for at least three more Fast & Furious movies, Prometheus 2, Zoolander 2, a few of your questions, some games and a few knicks and knacks along the way. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
With Hunger, Shame and most recently 12 Years A Slave, director Steve McQueen has proven himself incredibly skilled where it comes to making dark dramas that claw at the audience's emotional soul, but for his next project he will be working with material just a shade lighter. After telling stories of hunger strikes, sex addiction and slavery, he's ready to tell a story about a group of women teaming up for a heist. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that director Steve McQueen has chosen his next project to follow the Best Picture Academy Award-winning 12 Years A Slave, and it will be a big screen version of Widows - based on the 1983 British television series of the same name. Said to be a project with dominant themes of female empowerment, the story begins when a group of men who are killed while attempting a dangerous heist. In the wake of this, »
Remember, just yesterday, when it was reported director Steve McQueen's next film would be about singer and Civil Rights activist Paul Robesonc Well, it looks like that film is going to have to take a backseat for a little while. Variety reports that McQueen's actual next film will be something a bit out of left field. He will be adapting the British TV series "Widows" for the big screen. The film, produced by New Regency (who also produced 12 Years a Slave), is a heist picture about a group of widows, whose spouses all died in a failed robbery, finishing the job they could not. That... actually sounds pretty awesome. It is definitely a very different direction than what McQueen has been making, but that makes it sound even more interesting. The Paul Robeson film, which McQueen has wanted to make since his first film Hunger, has not gotten the kibosh. »
- Mike Shutt
A couple days ago, we reported that 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen would be doing a film based on the life of activist Paul Robeson. It sounded right up McQueen's alley: It's a passion project he now has the clout to push forward, it's about an activist (like his debut feature Hunger), and it deals with racial conflict in America. McQueen had even done an art instillation in 2012, End Credits, dedicated to Robeson. It all made sense. Here's what makes somewhat less sense: McQueen's next movie is a heist thriller. Hit the jump for more. According to Variety, McQueen will reteam with New Regency to write, direct, and produce a heist thriller based on the 1980s British TV series, Widows. Per Variety, the story "begins when four armed robbers are killed during a robbery and their surviving widows come together to try to finish the failed job." That is »
- Matt Goldberg
In this brief snippet from IGN's interview with Jennifer Lawrence, the Hunger Games actress provides some info about her character in the next X-Men movie. We've already heard one rumor that Mystique and Magneto's "romance" would be pushed to the forefront of the film to capitalize on Lawrence and Michael Fassbender's profiles, and while she doesn't make mention of that here, she does suggest that ol' Eric will have to go find her before any rekindling can be done. First Lawrence talks about whether she perceives Mystique as a hero or villain, before revealing that she's had "a few conversations" about where we'll find her in Apocalypse. Something tells me a character like Mystique won't exactly have too much trouble going into hiding! Bryan Singer is returning to direct X-Men: Apocalypse, which will also star James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult among many others. The film will be »
Hunger and Shame got director Steve McQueen some pretty great buzz, but it wasn’t until 12 Years a Slave that he really broke through outside the indie/arthouse crowd. The slavery drama took home Best Picture at the 86th Oscars and marked McQueen as a big deal. Now he’s using the clout he gained from that […]
- Angie Han
Few filmmakers have had a better year than director Steve McQueen, whose searing 12 Years a Slave wowed critics and audiences alike, earning over $187.7 million and earning three Academy Awards last spring, including Best Picture. The win put McQueen in the history books both as the first black producer to have received the award and the first black director to have made a Best Picture winner. Will his next big screen project continue the winning streak?
Of course, it’s too early to tell, but the director’s new subject will certainly make Academy voters prick up their ears – McQueen’s next film will focus on actor, singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson.
McQueen announced the project on stage at the Hidden Heroes awards, calling it a passion project that he’s been trying to make since his debut Hunger:
“I was about 14 years old, and not knowing who Paul Robeson was, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Manuel here bringing you news about Steve McQueen's next film project.
Surely one of the joys of this past Oscar season was McQueen's ebullience, no?
While we know McQueen has been busy casting his lead for his HBO pilot, Codes of Conduct, it was less clear what his follow-up to his Academy Award winning 12 Years a Slave would be. Well, now we have an answer: a Paul Robeson biopic. He’s quoted by The Guardian, noting that,
“His life and legacy was the film I wanted to make the second after Hunger. But I didn’t have the power, I didn’t have the juice.”
Robeson’s life will surely offer McQueen quite a bit to play with, though I’d love for him to focus on Robeson’s impact and role in the Harlem Renaissance; might I be selfish in wanting him to craft an entire movie out »
- Manuel Betancourt
I could not imagine being Steve McQueen, trying to decide what his next film will be. 12 Years a Slave was a riveting and challenging piece of work that won him a Best Picture Oscar. Following up a Best Picture winner is hard enough, but when it was a winner that was actually of a very high quality, that makes the followup even more difficult. McQueen has chosen the subject of his next project, which will be singer and Civil Rights activist Paul Robeson. McQueen has wanted to make a film about Robeson for a long time now. He told The Guardian: His life and legacy was the film I wanted to make the second after Hunger. But I didn't have the power, I didn't have the juice. After winning Best Picture, he certainly has the power. McQueen is also currently working on a pilot for HBO called "Codes of Conduct »
- Mike Shutt
Before Steve McQueen directed features like "Hunger," "Shame," and the Best Picture-winning "12 Years a Slave," he was a video artist whose work appeared in museums and galleries. "End Credits" was one such work, an audio/video installation projecting pages of the FBI’s McCarthy-era investigation of actor-activist Paul Robeson while a voiceover reads the reports’ cringe-worthy details aloud. McQueen’s topical explorations took experimental shape, many fascinations that first popped up in visual art have crept into his big screen work. According to the director, "End Credits" will undergo the same evolution — McQueen has announced that he’ll direct a feature film based on Robeson’s life. On Tuesday evening in New York City, McQueen accepted the Media Hero award stage at the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Hidden Heroes awards. Taking the stage to say a few words, the director revealed that his next film would focus on the legendary »
- Matt Patches
The 12 Years a Slave filmmaker is working on a film about the singer and civil rights activist, reports The Guardian.
The son of an escaped slave, Robeson also had careers as an actor and athlete.
He was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for his affiliation to the Communist Party, which destroyed both his career and his mental health.
"His life and legacy was the film I wanted to make the second after Hunger," McQueen said on stage in New York at the Hidden Heroes awards. "But I didn't have the power, I didn't have the juice."
McQueen was introduced to Robeson by a neighbour who gave him an article about the man when he was a teenager.
"It was about this black guy who was in Wales and was singing with these miners," he said. "I was about 14 years old, »
Steve McQueen says his next film will be about Paul Robeson. The Guardian reported that the British director revealed the news to an audience at the Hidden Heroes awards in New York organized by the Andrew Goodman Foundation on Monday. McQueen described the Robeson movie as his dream project and something that he had longed to do, but, until now, never had the power to realize. "His life and legacy was the film I wanted to make the second after Hunger. ... But I didn't have the power; I didn't have the juice," McQueen said. Read more Steve McQueen on '12 Years':
- Abid Rahman
McQueen made the disclosure Monday night at the Hidden Heroes tribute event in New York, saying that he had wanted to make a Robeson movie for the past six years.
“His life and legacy was the film I wanted to make the second after ‘Hunger,’” McQueen said at the event, covered by The Guardian. “But I didn’t have the power, I didn’t have the juice.”
The New York event is held by the Andrew Goodman Foundation, named after one of the civil rights workers killed in Mississippi in 1964.
McQueen, a London native, first became aware of Robeson when reading a newspaper story about the activist supporting miners in Wales. He also said Belafonte, 87, is involved in an undisclosed capacity. The pair met earlier this year at the New York Film Critics awards. »
- Dave McNary
Filmmaker Steve McQueen has been doing incredible work for years now, but it all came to a head last year with his Best Picture-winning drama 12 Years a Slave. His follow-up project was a bit atypical for an Oscar winner, as he opted to turn his attention to developing and direct the HBO pilot Codes of Conduct, which revolves around a young African-American man entering New York City high society. With that drama now complete, McQueen has announced his next feature film project: a film about actor, singer, and Civil Rights activist Paul Robeson. More after the jump. McQueen announced his next project on stage in New York at the Hidden Heroes awards (via The Guardian and The Film Stage), where he revealed that a film about Robeson is a passion project of his that he initially wanted to make after Hunger: “I was about 14 years old, and not knowing who Paul Robeson was, »
- Adam Chitwood
"12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen's next feature film will be about black American icon Paul Robeson, as revealed in The Guardian today. McQueen, who won the Best Picture Oscar for "12 Years" earlier this year, said this is the dream movie he wanted to make after the brutal Ira striker drama "Hunger" (2008). "But I didn’t have the power, I didn’t have the juice," he told a New York audience at the Hidden Heroes awards, honoring civil rights activists murdered by the Kkk in the 1960s. McQueen has wanted to tell the story of Robeson— singer, actor and activist whose father escaped slavery and who shepherded anti-imperialist movements that landed on the McCarthy blacklist—since he was a teenager. One of the director's previous artworks, a digitally projected ream of documents entitled "End Credits," tributed Robeson in 2012. Recent Governors Awards honoree Harry Belafonte is apparently involved in the Robeson film. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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