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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
Thanks to the Hunger Games franchise, her Academy Award nomination for American Hustle and X-Men: Days of Future Past it may seem as though Jennifer Lawrence is working non-stop, but she actually hasn’t shot a single thing since filming the final two Hunger Games movies back to back. However, that’s going to change big time come the New Year because not only will Lawrence likely lead David O. Russell’s Joy, but it’s also being reported that the romance between Mystique and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto is a big part of X-Men: Apocalypse. Hit the jump for more on the status of Joy and what we can expect from Lawrence in X-Men: Apocalypse. The THR story details what’s to come for Lawrence and predominantly what’s going on with Russell’s next film. Clearly Lawrence is one of the most in-demand stars out there right now, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Technical difficulties messed us up a little this week, but we still pulled together an episode that includes reviews of Interstellar, Big Hero 6 and The Babadook. We also discuss the new Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens title, the news of a Toy Story 4 that's on the way and Laremy watches the trailer for Chappie and we hear his reactions... What fun! We also answer your questions, play some games and prattle on as long as we can before the technical issues bog us down just too much. 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 »
- Brad Brevet
When you're in the mood for an action movie, Netflix has plenty to stream. Great, except that so many of their action titles are no-name, forgettable schlock. So we've done some of the heavy lifting by highlighting the best of the best currently available in the genre. Who do you want to see duke it out? Take your pick, from gangsters to gladiators, robots to ninjas, schoolkids to superheroes.
Cue that suiting-up pre-battle montage and start streaming, because here are some of the best action movies Netflix has to offer. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Assassins" (2010) R
2. "48 Hrs."(1982) R
3. "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) R
- Sharon Knolle
The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho), 2014.
Directed by Daniel Ribeiro.
A blind teenage boy falls in love with one of his classmates.
There’s a particular branch of film theory that deals entirely with the sense of touch in cinema; about how you experience what the protagonist feels onscreen. Not in some emotional, empathetic way, but as a physical response. The reeds on Russell Crowe’s hands as he wonders through Gladiator’s Elysian fields. The taste of the scrambled eggs at Michael Fassbender’s bedside in Hunger. The knee being caved in by the hammer of Kill List. It’s called ‘haptic visuality‘. In The Way He Looks, it’s ones lips practicing a kiss on the window of a shower.
The film’s title is a pun, so the movie had won points before it began. »
- Oliver Davis
If Joel Edgerton has one piece of advice to aspiring actors, it’s this: always be sure to check your inbox.
“I found an email the other day from my old agent in London, that I’d just sort of discarded because I was too busy at the time,” Edgerton recalls on a recent afternoon in New York, looking a tad professorial in full-rimmed glasses and beard. “It was this screenplay for a film by a first-time filmmaker that, if I was interested, I should consider auditioning for.” As it turned out, the filmmaker was Steve McQueen and the movie was “Hunger.”
Well, you win some and you lose some in this business, and lately Edgerton has been chalking up the wins. After back-to-back breakout performances in the Oscar-nominated “Animal Kingdom” (2010) and “Warrior” (2011), the 40-year-old Australian actor and screenwriter has been working nonstop in Hollywood, from his Navy Seal commander »
- Scott Foundas
What do film directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Agnès Varda, Robert Wise, Fred Zinnemann, Luis Buñuel, Alain Resnais, Roman Polanski, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Louis Malle, Richard Linklater, Tom Tykwer, Alexander Sokurov, Paul Greengrass, Song Il-Gon, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro Iñárritu have in common? More specifically, what type of film have they directed, setting them apart from fewer than 50 of their filmmaking peers? Sorry, “comedy” or “drama” isn’t right. If you’ve looked at this article’s headline, you’ve probably already guessed that the answer is that they’ve all made “real-time” films, or films that seemed to take about as long as their running time.
The real-time film has long been a sub-genre without much critical attention, but the time of the real-time film has come. Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), which was shot and edited so as to seem like a real-time film, floated away with the most 2014 Oscars, »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
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