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‘Playback’: Jeff Nichols Talks Oscar Contender ‘Loving,’ Fox’s ‘Alien Nation’ (Listen)

22 September 2016 5:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast.

On today’s show Jenelle Riley and I are back to chew on the season’s lead acting Oscar races. The best actress field is stacked with so many contenders it seems a guarantee that a few deserving candidates will be left out of the equation. From Emma Stone (already a prize winner for “La La Land”) to Natalie Portman (causing a stir in Venice and Toronto with “Jackie”) to great performances we’ve seen from the likes of Ruth Negga (“Loving”) and Meryl Streep (“Florence Foster Jenkins”) and possible contenders we haven’t, like Taraji P. Henson (“Hidden Figures”) and Viola Davis (“Fences”), it’s just incredibly competitive.

Meanwhile, the best actor race is uncharacteristically soft. No one, really, seems like a lock. Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) is certainly a strong candidate among the performances we’ve seen, while Denzel Washington »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Joel Edgerton Reveals How ‘Loving’ Can Change the Conversation About Racism in America (Video)

16 September 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski had been on the job for all of five days when footage screened for writer-director Jeff Nichols’ interracial biopic “Loving” at the Berlin Film Festival. He jumped on the opportunity, buying all available world rights for $9 million.

Fall festival showings in Cannes and Toronto reveal a full-fledged Oscar contender. It’s a sincere, restrained portrait of a biracial Virginia couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Australian Joel Edgerton and half-Irish actress Ruth Negga), who were arrested under miscegenation laws in 1962 after marrying in Washington, D.C. In order to avoid prison time, a local judge demanded they leave the state for 25 years if they wanted to stay together. Eventually, the Aclu supported their landmark civil rights case and took it to the Supreme Court; its 1967 ruling struck down all miscegenation laws nationwide.

In our video interview in Cannes, Edgerton, who co-starred with Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst in Nichols’ “Midnight Special, »

- Anne Thompson

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Joel Edgerton Reveals How ‘Loving’ Can Change the Conversation About Racism in America (Video)

16 September 2016 9:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski had been on the job for all of five days when footage screened for writer-director Jeff Nichols’ interracial biopic “Loving” at the Berlin Film Festival. He jumped on the opportunity, buying all available world rights for $9 million.

Fall festival showings in Cannes and Toronto reveal a full-fledged Oscar contender. It’s a sincere, restrained portrait of a biracial Virginia couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Australian Joel Edgerton and half-Irish actress Ruth Negga), who were arrested under miscegenation laws in 1962 after marrying in Washington, D.C. In order to avoid prison time, a local judge demanded they leave the state for 25 years if they wanted to stay together. Eventually, the Aclu supported their landmark civil rights case and took it to the Supreme Court; its 1967 ruling struck down all miscegenation laws nationwide.

In our video interview in Cannes, Edgerton, who co-starred with Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst in Nichols’ “Midnight Special, »

- Anne Thompson

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Ruth Negga Reveals How Her Chemistry With Joel Edgerton Raised ‘Loving’ Beyond Melodrama — Tiff 2016

12 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ruth Negga employs a couple of handy metaphors when talking about her turn as Mildred Loving in Jeff Nichols’ biographical drama, “Loving,” from carrying a precious vase to safety alongside her co-star Joel Edgerton to launching off a trampoline under the guidance of Nichols. But each metaphor – thoughtfully considered and very charming, much like the Ethiopian-Irish actress herself – help drives home one single thing: The delicate, brave nature of taking on such a meaningful and important role.

Nichols’ film eschews the standard high-drama biographical movie formula, instead focusing on the more intimate aspects of the love story that would go on to change the face of marriage in America. While many Americans are at least aware of the existence of the landmark Loving v. Virginia case, few know the details – how the Lovings were ambushed and raided after their 1958 marriage, charged with a slew of crimes, forced to leave their »

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Oscar's Next Best Actress? 5 Things You Need to Know About Loving Star Ruth Negga

16 May 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The next Best Actress is among us. Ruth Negga's Cannes Film Festival favorite is undeniably great - so great that it is already getting that Oscar buzz. Loving stars Negga and Joel Edgerton travel back in time to the 50s to play real-life couple Mildred and Richard Loving, who were arrested in 1958 in their own bedroom for the crime of matrimony. Because it was illegal for a white man to be married to a black woman (and vice versa), the Lovings love truly stood the test of time when they challenged the law and brought their case before the »

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Oscar's Next Best Actress? 5 Things You Need to Know About Loving Star Ruth Negga

16 May 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The next Best Actress is among us. Ruth Negga's Cannes Film Festival favorite is undeniably great - so great that it is already getting that Oscar buzz. Loving stars Negga and Joel Edgerton travel back in time to the 50s to play real-life couple Mildred and Richard Loving, who were arrested in 1958 in their own bedroom for the crime of matrimony. Because it was illegal for a white man to be married to a black woman (and vice versa), the Lovings love truly stood the test of time when they challenged the law and brought their case before the »

- Nicole Sands, @nicolesands901

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[Cannes Review] Loving

16 May 2016 4:04 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton deliver remarkably nuanced performances in Loving, a late ’50s- / early ‘60s-set true life story of a mixed-race couple whose illegal marriage became a landmark case in the United States Supreme Court. Having tried his hand at the coming-of-age drama (Mud) and both small- and large-scale science fiction (Take Shelter and Midnight Special, respectively), the increasingly prolific Jeff Nichols branches out once more here to the awards season period drama. This heartwarming and wonderfully refined film might not do a whole lot of things we haven’t seen before in the civil rights-era picture, but it does the familiar stuff with enormous care and control.

As they say about these sorts of things: you just couldn’t write it. In June 1958, at the age of 18, Mildred Delores Jeter — of African American and Native American descent — became pregnant with the child of Richard Loving, a 24-year-old white man. »

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‘By Sidney Lumet’ Helmer Nancy Buirski Sets ‘The Rape Of Recy Taylor’ As Next Pic

19 April 2016 9:40 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Nancy Buirski, the director of the Cannes documentary By Sidney Lumet and The Loving Story, which aired on HBO and became the basis for Jeff Nichols’ Cannes-bound pic Loving, has found her next project. She will direct and produce The Rape Of Recy Taylor, the true story of a 24-year-old wife and mother who was gang raped in Alabama by seven white men in 1944. Recy Taylor’s story highlights the black women who waged war to take back their bodies and their dignity, and by… »

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Us briefs: June Pictures backs Sean Baker’s 'Tangerine' follow-up

18 April 2016 10:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Los Cabos, Tfi, Gabriel Figueroa, Labodigital renew association; D Films picks up Canadian rights to Oasis doc; and more…

June Pictures will produce and finance The Florida Project from Sean Baker, the writer-director of last year’s acclaimed Indie Spirit best feature nominee (pictured).

The Florida Project centres on a precocious seven-year-old and her friends who enjoy a summer filled with adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.

Baker reteams with Chris Bergoch on the screenplay but will not repeat another element of Tangerine and will shoot on 35mm rather than the iPhone.

Production will commence in Florida this summer on the June Pictures, Cre Films, and Freestyle Picture Company project. ICM Partners represents Us rights and cast will be announced shortly.

The Los Cabos Film Festival has renewed its association with the Tribeca Film Institute and Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund and announced on Tuesday that Gaz Alazraki’s Cabos Discovery 2015 project Casi El »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Joel Edgerton-Ruth Negga Interracial Drama ‘Loving’ Set for November Release

15 March 2016 6:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features has given an awards-season release date to interracial drama “Loving,” starring Joe Edgerton, Ruth Negga and Michael Shannon.

Focus will open the film in limited release on Nov. 4 and then go wide on Nov. 11. The studio bought rights to the movie on Feb. 13 at the Berlin Film Festival.

The film is directed by “Midnight Special” director Jeff Nichols from his own script, financed by Big Beach and developed by Raindog Films. It’s inspired by Nancy Buirski’s Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Loving Story” about Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and African-American woman who fell in love and were married in 1958.

The couple was jailed by the state of Virginia, where they were making their home, and then banished from the state. The couple took the civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled in their favor.

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Berlin: Focus Buys Joel Edgerton-Ruth Negga Interracial Drama ‘Loving’

13 February 2016 10:48 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus Features has bought the interracial drama “Loving,” starring Joe Edgerton, Ruth Negga and Michael Shannon, for North American and most major international territories including the U.K., Germany and Latin America.

The deal was for nearly $9 million and was announced Saturday at the Berlin Film Festival. It is the first major transaction for Focus since its Feb. 4 reorganization, which saw the exit of CEO Peter Schlessel.

Footage from the film, directed by Jeff Nichols, was shown Friday to buyers. Nichols’ “Midnight Special,” which stars Edgerton, also premiered in competition Friday at the festival.

Loving,” financed by Big Beach and developed by Raindog Films, is directed by Nichols from his own script. It’s inspired by Nancy Buirski’s Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Loving Story” about Richard and Mildred Loving, a white man and African-American woman who fell in love and were married in 1958.

The couple was jailed by the state of Virginia, »

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Efm: Focus Features falls for 'Loving'

13 February 2016 6:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The revamped studio has paid around $9m for North America and most of the world to Jeff Nichols’ upcoming interracial marriage drama starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga.

CAA brokered the deal and fielded multiple offers after showing early footage to buyers on Friday, the day when Nichols’ Midnight Special premiered to great acclaim in the competition.

Edgerton plays Richard Loving and Negga plays Mildred, an interracial couple from Virginia who incurred the wrath of the authorities and ended up in prison in 1958.

The Lovings were banned from Virginia but found redemption when they sued the state and their case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which struck a blow for the Civil Rights movement when it upheld their right to marry. Big Beach financed the film.

Nichols’ screenplay was inspired by Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story. »

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