December 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The New York Film Critics Circle just named David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” the Best Picture of 2013, also awarding the film and Russell Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress to Jennifer Lawrence, solidifying the not-even-out-yet film as a major player in this Oscar season.
Best Director went to Steve McQueen for “12 Years a Slave,” while a pair of veterans, Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, took home the Best Actress and Best Actor trophies for “Blue Jasmine” and “All Is Lost,” respectively.
Jared Leto, forever Jordan Catalano in our hearts, continues his acting career resurgence by winning Best Supporting Actor for “Dallas Buyers Club,” while the Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” took Best Cinematography for Bruno Delbonnel. “Blue is the Warmest Color” starring Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux took Best Foreign Language Film, which the film is not eligible for at the Oscars.
The full list of winners is below.
October 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
There are no two ways about it, Steve McQueen’s unrelenting, unflinching and brutal “12 Years a Slave” is a modern masterpiece of filmmaking and the most visceral examination of slavery you are likely to ever experience. Anchored by an Oscar-worthy performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor, the journey of Solomon Northup into slavery and then back out again is not in the slightest easy to sit through, but is the sort of must-see film experience that comes along very rarely.
October 10, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Fox Searchlight has released two new clips of “12 Years a Slave”. Steve McQueen‘s acclaimed drama stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Soloman Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery. Through his twelve years as a slave, he serves various owners, including the ruthless Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Sarah Paulson).
In the first clip, Paulson’s character summons Northup to fetch a list of orders, to which he accepts with obedience. But before he heads out to do her errands, she questions him about his background. Throughout their brief conversation, she remains cold and stern. “You’re here to work, that’s all… Any more will earn you a hundred lashes.” The second clip shows an emotional Northup being advised by his fellow slaves on how to stay out of trouble. But unlike his companions, Northup has no intention of remaining submissive. “I don’t want to survive. I want to live,” he tells them.
“12 Years a Slave” is scheduled for a limited release on October 18, followed by a wide release on November 1st. Check out the new clips (one courtesy of HitFlix) below!
October 3, 2013 | Posted by Alfonso Espina
Fox Searchlight has released the first TV spot for Steve McQueen‘s forthcoming pre-Civil War drama “12 Years a Slave.” The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano and Alfre Woodard.
“12 Years a Slave” tells the true of story of Soloman Northup (Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery, first serving a man named William Ford (Cumberbatch). His third slave owner, Edwin Epps (Fassbender), is the most malicious one yet. Along with Epps’ wife (Paulson), they run an abusive plantation that uses the Bible to excuse their immoral behaviour. In his twelfth year as a slave, Northup makes a life-changing encounter with a Canadian abolitionist named Bass (Pitt), giving him hope in his enduring battle for freedom.
September 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“12 Years a Slave” continues its march towards Oscar with the announcement today that the Hollywood Film Awards, a dubious but ceremonial stop on the road towards awards season, will be honoring two of the Fox Searchlight film’s filmmakers at its October 21st gala. THR reports director Steve McQueen will receive the Breakout Director Award and actress Lupita Nyong’o will receive the New Hollywood Award.
Nyong’o, who graduated from Yale School of Drama in just 2012, landed and plays the role of Patsey in the film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender. An especially gifted cotton-picker, she works on Fassbender’s plantation and receives unwelcome attention from his character Edwin Epps as well as his wife Mary, played by Sarah Paulson. She is in good company with past New Hollywood Award winners, which include Jennifer Lawrence, Quvenzhane Wallis and Felicity Jones, and is considered a strong contender for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.
The film itself is considered an Oscar frontrunner in most major categories after winning over critics and then winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. “12 Years a Slave” opens on October 18th.
September 27, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Chiwetel Ejiofor is seen in happier times in the first clip released today via Vulture from Oscar favorite “12 Years a Slave.” Based upon Solomon Northup’s own memoir of the same name, the Steve McQueen film follows the free-born man as he’s kidnapped and sold back into slavery and the long, long road he endures to get back to his old life.
As we can see in this first clip, Northup is living a comfortable and happy life as a free man, stopping in a store to buy his wife a new bag for her travels. A tense moment interrupts the idyllic portrait, and as we well know, things go downhill for Northup after this early scene. In addtion to Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender is said to give a standout performance as a brutal slave owner, as does Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Patsey, a particularly skilled cotton picker.
In addition to Fassbender, Ejiofor and Nyong’o, also pictured in new stills below are Paul Dano and Benedict Cumberbatch (head to The Playlist for even more). The cast also includes Michael K. Williams, Ruth Negga, Scoot McNairy, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt. “12 Years a Slave” opens on October 18th.
September 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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And we’re off! The first really major indicator of this year’s Oscar race has just been unveiled, with Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” winning the Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award.
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the titular “slave”, Solomon Northrup, a free-born son of a farmer who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Michael Fassbender, in his third collaboration with McQueen following “Hunger” and the criminally underrated “Shame,” turns villainous here as an abusive slave owner, while Brad Pitt plays Solomon’s family’s lawyer, who seek to free him after receiving word of his capture. The film is based on Northrup’s autobiography of the same name, and the rest of the all-star cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Adepero Oduye, Ruth Negga, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis, Lupita Nyong’o, Scoot McNairy and Michael K Williams.
The film has been unanimously praised by critics, with Ejiofor, Fassbender and Nyong’o the standouts among the actors singled out for their performances. The film is now a firm frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar and is in good company with past BP winners like “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The King’s Speech” and nominees like “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Precious.”
July 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Steve McQueen’s got a new movie coming out, and it looks just as riveting and powerful as his previous efforts, “Hunger” and “Shame.” Today, the first trailer for “12 Years a Slave”, which features the third collaboration between McQueen and Michael Fassbender, has been released, and it’s clearly going to be a major player during this year’s Oscar season.
Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the titular “slave”, Solomon Northrup, a free-born son of a farmer who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Fassbender turns villainous here as an abusive slave owner, while Brad Pitt plays Solomon’s family’s lawyer, who seek to free him after receiving word of his capture. The film is based on Northrup’s autobiography of the same name, and the rest of the all-star cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Adepero Oduye, Ruth Negga, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis, Lupita Nyongo, Scoot McNairy and Michael K Williams.
“12 Years a Slave’ will be released on October 18th, moved up two months from an initial December release after “exuberant test screenings.”
November 13, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
You better not be teasing us now, The Wrap. Buried in a story about Chris Hemsworth becoming attached to Stephen Gaghan’s crime thriller “Candy Store,” the paper also reports Hemsworth is being eyed for a role in “Triumph”, a biopic of iconic American actor Steve McQueen, and that film has also offered a role to Liam Hemsworth, Chris’s younger “Hunger Games” star brother.
The film is set up at Sony Pictures and the script – following the story of McQueen and his stunt double Bud Elkins – is still being written by Brandon and Philip Murphy, so this sounds like it’s far from being finalized. But the good news is that the Hemsworths may be open to doing a movie together, and if not this one, then perhaps another one. Why haven’t we thought of this great idea before, and now that we have, yes please, can we have it soon? Ahem.
Meanwhile, Hemsworth’s involvement with “Candy Store” seems at least slightly more plausible, and if everything falls into place, he will be taking on the role of an elite operative who retires to Brooklyn, only to find the enemy he once fought setting up shop in his new neighborhood.
The older Hemsworth is currently reprising his role as the God of Thunder and Avenger on “Thor: The Dark World” and will next star in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of “Robopocalypse.” The younger Hemsworth is reprising his role as Jennifer Lawrence’s best friend in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, and recently wrapped up corporate espionage thriller “Paranoia”, as well as heist actioner “Empire State.”
May 22, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Rising stars Paul Dano, Scoot McNairy and Ruth Negga have joined Steve McQueen’s “Shame” follow-up, “Twelve Years a Slave”, according to Variety and Deadline. The three actors join Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and “Pariah” breakout star Odepero Aduye in the cast.
The film is based on the memoirs of Soloman Northup, to be played by Ejiofor, a free-born son of a former slave who is lured to Washington DC where he was illegally sold into slavery (with McNairy in the role of a circus worker who masterminds his abduction) and shipped to work on a plantation in New Orleans. When Northup is finally able to get a letter to his wife and family, they seek legal counsel to help free him. Dano and Fassbender will play plantation owners and Pitt will be the family’s lawyer. Negga will play a runaway slave, while Oduye is rumored to play Northup’s wife. Filming will begin at the end of June.
Indie scene staple Dano recently showed up on shortlists for big tentpole projects including “Akira” and “Die Hard 5″, but will next be seen sticking closer to his comfort zone in quirky rom com “Ruby Sparks”, from the directors of “Little Miss Sunshine.” He broke out in low budget horror “Monsters”, and now McNairy reteams with Pitt on “Twelve Years” after starring opposite one another at the current Cannes title “Killing Them Softly.” Irish actress Negga can currently be seen opposite Samuel L. Jackson in “The Samaritan.”