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One of seven 2013 slave-themed films that made my January list, Ketchup Entertainment has acquired distribution rights to Savannah, the drama starring Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor, to release theatrically on August 23, and on DVD/VOD on September 24. It could be quite a year for Chiwetel Ejiofor, thanks to the 3 feature films he stars in, scheduled for release in the next 7 to 8 months: Twelve Years A Slave, Half Of A Yellow Sun (although a release date hasn't been announced yet) and Savannah. Like the other 2 films, Savannah is also a work of historical fiction, based on real events, set during post-Civil War days, in which Caviezel stars as »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Based on Robert C O'Brien's 1974 novel, the science fiction thriller follows a young woman who believes she is the sole survivor of a nuclear war, only to discover a scientist who has also survived.
Seyfried will play the lead character, Ann, with Ejiofor in the role of scientist Loomis, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Pine is reportedly playing a third survivor, whose appearance "complicates matters" between Ann and Loomis, although no such character exists in O'Brien's novel.
It was announced last year that Tobey Maguire would play the role of Loomis, and it is not clear at what stage he was replaced by Ejiofor.
But while Trek fever will have died down by autumn, Cumberbatch fever is unlikely to follow suit: he's got a spectacularly awards-baiting trio lined up with Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate, Steven McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave and Meryl Streep/George Clooney drama August: Osage County.
With that bright future in mind, Digital Spy takes a look back over Cumberbatch's five most memorable roles to date.
Cumberbatch earned his first BAFTA nomination for playing physicist Stephen Hawking in the BBC's bio-drama, which begins with Hawking's diagnosis with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and follows him throughout his doctoral years at Cambridge. It's a remarkably physical performance from Cumberbatch, who tracks »
The Oscar-winning composer has completed work on the period drama, according to Film Music Reporter.
It will also feature Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Ruth Negga, Taran Killam, Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Michael K Williams and Brad Pitt.
Zimmer has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning in 1995 with The Lion King.
An an eight time Oscar nominee -- winning for "The Lion King" in 1995 -- recent years have seen Hans Zimmer mostly in blockbuster mode. For Christopher Nolan, he's tuned up "Inception," "The Dark Knight" trilogy and the forthcoming "Man Of Steel," and he's given Captain Jack Sparrow some bounce in three of the four "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies. This year alone he's already delivered music for the hit mini-series "The Bible," with work on "Rush" and "The Lone Ranger" around the corner. But a slavery drama? We didn't see this coming. Indeed, Zimmer will be scoring Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years A Slave," adding another intriguing ingredient to what is already a very anticipated film. The talent is as great as it is extensive: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Ruth Negga, Taran Killam, Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Quvenzhané. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After filming roles in one of Terrence Malick's upcoming projects, on-set drama foiled Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman's big screen reunion in "Jane Got a Gun," but the pair won't have to wait too long to make up for it.
Screen Daily is reporting that Fassbender and Portman have both taken roles in a new screen adaptation of one of William Shakespeare's most beloved, and feared, plays, "Macbeth." The take of a Scottish lord and his—let's call her—eccentric wife will be directed by Justin Kurzel, who won praise for his breakout film, the brutal "Snowtown."
According to the site, "Macbeth" starring Portman and Fassbender will not be a modernization of the psychologically terrifying play. "The new take on Shakespeare's classic... is set in the 11th century and in the original language," Screen Daily explains.
It seems that Kurzel's take on "Macbeth" will differ from the »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
I was more than a little surprised to read this week that the Weinstein Company had chosen a summer release date for their Sundance pick-up Fruitvale whilst Fox Searchlight went with the Weinstein-like December 27th for Steve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave. While summer is by no means a bad move for Fruitvale (movies without stars, instant hooks, or famous directors need time to build) and Fox Searchlight can sell a movie to Oscar with any date, it's weird to see the Weinstein Company go this route; Harvey Weinstein is more than a little responsible for the modern "December Or Bust!" fanaticism that awards campaigns live by. For a moment I worried that they might have no faith in Fruitvale at all.
It's never been true, of course, that you have to release a movie in December to be an Oscar player but the important thing in regards to »
- NATHANIEL R
Now for some news that has made me clap my hands in excitement – Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness) looks set to join the already cast Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-man, The Help) and Charlie Hunnam (Sons Of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) in the upcoming haunted house horror film Crimson Peak, which is to be directed by the absolutely brilliant Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’S Labyrinth). Details about the film are sparse, but with the cast already this solid and Del Toro at the helm both as a director and writer I am getting really excited about this project.
Benedict Cumberbatch is having 2013 as a bit of a banner year, with films such as Star Trek Into Darkness, Twelve Years A Slave, August: Osage County, Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate and a little film about a hobbit and a group of dwarves travelling to face a dragon all hitting cinema screens this year. »
- Esben Evans
Gist: After the divisive and award-winning Shame from 2011, McQueen’s latest is a period piece set in the 1800s about a man from the north who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south on a plantation in Louisana and its loaded with Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Quvenzhane Wallisi, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard.
Prediction: After premiering Hunger in the Un Certain Regard section and skipping out on the fest with his last, Fox Searchlight just announced a December release date and THR updated the status of the pic stating that this won’t be in time. We were thinking a definite Main Comp showing but now the chances are slim. Look for Venice, Tiff and/or Nyff for its North American premiere.
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- Moen Mohamed
From Star Trek to Crimson Peak – say hello to Benedict Cumberbatch, ’cause we’ve just learned that he’s set to star in the upcoming haunted house thriller! Cumberbatch will join previously announced Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam who are already on board to lead Guillermo del Toro‘s next flick! Guillermo del Toro will direct the whole thing from a script he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon, and at this moment we know that the movie will be a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. In other words: The gothic horror story centers on a woman...
- Jeanne Standal
But of course! If the MPAA had rated it PG13, or anything other than an "R," I'd be very concerned. Yes, courtesy of Box Office Mojo, new MPAA ratings announced this week include Steve McQueen's highly-anticipated Twelve Years A Slave. The slave narrative gets an "R" rating for: "violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality." Like I said, but of course! As I noted on my Cannes 2013 predictions list, Twelve Years A Slave should premiere at the festival; however, according to a very recent report via The Hollywood Reporter, the film actually may not debut at Cannes after all, because, as THR says, it might not be done in time for the festival. So »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that the company will release Regency Enterprises’ and River Road’s drama Twelve Years A Slave. Directed by Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) and written by John Ridley, based on the book by Solomon Northup, Twelve Years A Slave stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender (who starred in McQueen’s previous films Hunger & Shame), Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Lupita Nyong’o and Paul Giamatti.
The film is scheduled to be released in theaters right in the middle of Awards season – Friday, December 27, 2013.
Twelve Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, »
- Michelle McCue
The final quarter of each calendar year tend to bring the heavyweight films that usually end up doing quite well at the awards season. In case of awards, absence doesn’t seem to make the heart grow fonder and therefore it is rare to see the Best Picture nominees to be films released early in the year. This year will probably be no exception and one of the films that is mooted as a big contender for a ton of awards is Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave which follows a true story about a free black man from New York, Solomon Northup (the underrated Chiwetel Ejiofor) who gets abducted and sold into slavery in the south.
A great cast consisting of people like Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, and Quvenzhané Wallis, makes this likely to be featured heavily at the Academy Awards next year. »
- Esben Evans
Earlier today Pamela McClintock wrote at The Hollywood Reporter said Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave would not be done in time for a 2013 Cannes Film Festival premiere. Well, someone better tell the MPAA because it has received its rating and with a month and a half left before the fest begins I would think McQueen and Co. would have more than enough time to color correct and tack on some credits for it to be ready for showtime. The only other additional title of note in today's bulletin is Louis Letterier's Now You See Me starring Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Common, Melanie Laurent and Morgan Freeman. Who knows, maybe McQueen's new film will still make it to Cannes. With a rating in place my hopes are up a bit, but that December release date still looms... Would Fox Searchlight premiere a film in May »
- Brad Brevet
Michael Fassbender scored plenty of acting honors (but missed out on an Oscar nomination) for his last collaboration with director Steve McQueen, the erotic drama Shame, and it looks like their pair’s latest pic is being set up to give the very busy Prometheus star another shot at golden glory: Fox Searchlight will open the duo’s slavery drama Twelve Years a Slave in limited release on December 27 – just in time to qualify for next year’s Academy Awards.
- John Mitchell
Fox Searchlight took a huge gamble picking up Steve McQueen's Toronto 2010 entry "Shame," starring Michael Fassbender as a tormented sex addict, which hit theaters in 2011. Fans of McQueen's work (which also includes 2008's "Hunger") have been chomping at the bit for his next film. Searchlight is giving his "Twelve Years a Slave" --starring dream team Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano and Fassbender--a limited release on the Oscar-friendly date of December 27, 2013. Pint-sized Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (and Broadway's new "Annie") and Michael Kenneth Williams of "The Wire" also have roles in the sprawling cast. Written by John Ridley from the book by Solomon Northrup, the film centers on his true story: Northrup (Ejiofor), a freed black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War United States. Fassbender plays Northrop's malevolent slave owner, »
- Beth Hanna
With the official lineup yet to be announced -- aside from Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby -- the 2013 Cannes Film Festival so far is being defined by which films aren't going. In some instances, it's a matter of projects not being done in time. Included in that group are Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave, starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Quvenzhane Wallis; Lee Daniels' ensemble White House historical drama The Butler; and Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller's high-profile follow-up to Moneyball.
- Pamela McClintock
A bunch of release date news and changes to report today.
The Weinstein Company has scheduled the Oscar-nominated Norwegian historical action adventure "Kon-Tiki" for a U.S. release on April 26th. The English-language version, shot simultaneously with the Norwegian version, is the one being released.
Sony Pictures has moved up the ensemble apocalyptic comedy "This is the End" by two days for a June 12th release.
Searchlight has also announced a December 27th U.S. release date for Steve McQueen’s "Twelve Years a Slave," putting the historical drama up for potential awards contention. Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt star.
Disney has pushed back DreamWorks’ "Need for Speed" by five weeks to a March 14th 2014.
Finally, Warner Brothers has pushed back production »
- Garth Franklin
Fox Searchlight has acquired and announced a release date for Steve McQueen‘s Shame follow-up Twelve Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. The picture features Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, with performances from an incredible ensemble cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard, Garret Dillahunt, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Scott McNairy, Sarah Paulson, Michael K. Williams, Chris Chalk, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis and Brad Pitt. According to a tweet (below) from distributor, the historical drama based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup is scheduled for a release on December 27th, 2013. This allows the film to qualify for the major awards ceremonies that...
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- Nick Martin
Briefly: In advance of any film festival debut, Fox Searchlight has acquired and announced a release date for Steve McQueen's Twelve Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, American Gangster, Salt) as Solomon Northup, a man living in New York during the mid-1800s who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep south. The film has an incredible ensemble cast, with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Beasts nom Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Michael K. Williams and Marcus Lyle Brown. They've scheduled it for a release on December 27th, 2013, which bodes well for an awards push after very likely many film festival premieres. »
- Alex Billington
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