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Picture - Alec Baldwin, Alfre Woodard and... Chicago Illinois United States, Monday 2nd March 2015

Alec Baldwin, Alfre Woodard and Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Chicago Poets and Musicians attend the Louder than a Bomb Festival's 15th Anniversary Celebration Benefit in Chicago at the Black Ensemble Theatre - Arrivals at The Black Ensemble Theatre - Chicago, Illinois, United States - Monday 2nd March 2015

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Alec Baldwin, Alfre Woodard and Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Alec Baldwin, Alfre Woodard and Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Picture - Sheila Vand, David Harbour, Katherine... Beverly Hills California United States, Friday 24th October 2014

Sheila Vand, David Harbour, Katherine Heigl, Adam Kaufman, Alfre Woodard, Cliff Chamberlain and Jennifer Salke - 'The Big Bash,' a fundraising party for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) - Arrivals at Beverly Hilton Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Friday 24th October 2014

Sheila Vand, David Harbour, Katherine Heigl, Adam Kaufman, Alfre Woodard, Cliff Chamberlain and Jennifer Salke
Sheila Vand, David Harbour, Katherine Heigl, Adam Kaufman, Alfre Woodard, Cliff Chamberlain and Jennifer Salke

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Alfre Woodard - NBC & Vanity Fair 2014-2015 TV Season held at Hyde Sunset Kitchen - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 16th September 2014

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Katherine Heigl, Adam Kaufman and Alfre Woodard - Celebrities attend NBC & Vanity Fair 2014-2015 TV Season at Hyde Sunset Kitchen - Red Carpet Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 16th September 2014

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Watch The Trailer & Read The True Story Of 'Annabelle', The Creepy Prequel To 'The Conjuring' [Trailer & Pictures]


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Annabelle, the terrifying doll from The Conjuring (2013), is set to make a horrifying return in a film named for her. Annabelle will tell the story of the doll and how it came to be in the Warren's uneasy possession. The film, due to be released later this year, will act as a prequel for The Conjuring

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Annabelle Wallis and Alfre Woodard star in Annabelle.

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Annabelle Trailer


Ed and Lorraine Warren are top paranormal investigators who popularly solved the case of the Bathsheba possession in 'The Conjuring'. Among their collection of supernatural objects was an eerie, old fashioned doll named Annabelle that the Warren's warned everyone against touching. Now she makes a return having been unwittingly picked up by one man, on his wife's request, to place in the bedroom of their expected child. Soon though, his wife is woken in the night by screaming across the street and gets him to go and check it out. Meanwhile, as she anxiously awaits his return, two bloodstained knife-wielding individuals have somehow managed to enter the house both seemingly very attached to her new doll. As this woman and her husband try desperately to escape these dangerous individuals, secrets about the doll begin to quickly unfold.

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Meet The Cast of 12 Years a Slave [Video]


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If '12 Years a Slave' doesn’t win a single award from now until the Oscars, it will still go down in history as one of the 21st century’s most important, affecting films. The story of Solomon Northrup’s enslavement and the subsequent hell he faced is as brutal as any ever told, and to truly extract even a modicum of sincerity, the entire cast had to be both honest and befittingly talented.

Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave

But when you’re speaking of a cast that comprises Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Brad Pitt, Pual Giamatti, Quvenzhané Wallis and Michael K. Williams, honesty and talent is never in question.

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12 Years a Slave Review


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Much more than a film about 19th century slavery in America, this sharply well-told true story has a lot to say about the world we live in today. And as he did in Hunger and Shame, filmmaker Steve McQueen puts us right into the middle of the story so we live it ourselves. Watching this film is a riveting, unnerving and ultimately moving experience.

It's based on a firsthand account by Solomon Northrup (Ejiofor), a musician who is living with his family in 1841 Saratoga, New York, when two friendly men offer him a great gig. But they drug him and sell him to slave traders, who send him to New Orleans and strip him of his identity. He spends the next 12 years working for two masters. Ford (Cumberbatch) is a fair man who puts him under the watchful eye of the cruel Tibeats (Dano). Then he is sold to Epps (Fassbender), a harsh boss who sends him into cotton fields and angrily suspects that Solomon is more educated than he admits.

Made with an earthy, realistic style, there's a clear sense that McQueen and screenwriter Ridley stuck closely to the details of Northrup's memoir, which was published shortly after his release and became a bestseller at the time. By never indulging in Hollywood-style exaggeration, the events remain grounded in the characters, drawing on the spiky interaction between them. At the centre, Ejiofor is utterly magnetic, delivering a transparent performance that takes our breath away. In his terrified eyes, we experience this horror ourselves.

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12 Years A Slave - Featurettes


Director Steve McQueen joins the stars of '12 Years A Slave' to praise the immense level of acting skill that went into creating the movie. Among those actors were main star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o.

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'12 Years A Slave' Is A Harrowing Trip Back To A Darker Period In History: Review Round-Up


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12 Years A Slave is the film version of Solomon Northup's account of his kidnap and subsequent sale into slavery until his rescue twelve years later. The real-life account of the tragic fate of Northup and the appalling conditions he and millions of other slaves were forced to endure has been turned into a feature-length epic by British director Steve McQueen, who leads a largely British cast in the film that is being heralded by critics as a must-see film.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor is spellbounding in 12 Years A Slave

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon, McQueen adapted the memoirs of the main character along with John Ridley to chronicle Solomon's harrowing twelve years, where he went from being a freeman living in New York, to a plantation slave in New Orleans between 1841 and 1853. Ejiofor has been roundly praised for his exceptonal acting talents, as have the rest of the cast, who include Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfre Woodard and Michael Fassbender, whose role as the heartless slave trader Edwin Epps has also been widely applauded for his unflinching brutality and realism.

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Video - Michael Fassbender Attends '12 Years A Slave' NYFF Premiere - Part 2


Michael Fassbender was among the cast of historical biopic '12 Years A Slave' who attended the New York Film Festival premiere of the flick. He was joined by director Steve McQueen and main star Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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Video - Chiwetel Ejiofor Arrives At The NYFF Premiere Of His New Movie '12 Years A Slave' - Part 1


The cast of '12 Years A Slave' arrive at the movie premiere at the New York Film Festival including lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and director Steve McQueen. Ejiofor plays real life wronged man Solomon Northup in this story about one man's illegal enslavement despite his American citizenship and achievements, based on the autobiography of the same name.

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12 Years A Slave Trailer


Solomon Northup was a well-educated man from a successful family living in upstate New York with his wife and three children. He was categorised as a free black man and made money through various jobs including as an entertainer playing the violin. In 1841, he was tricked into going to Washington DC with two white men for work where he was instead kidnapped and sold to slavery despite there being laws to protect free African-Americans. He spent twelve years on a plantation in Louisiana serving the brutal and abusive owner Edwin Epps. Determined to live his life again as a free man, he befriended a Canadian carpenter working for Epps by the name of Samuel Bass, whose high-morals turned Solomon's life around forever.

This poignant historical biopic is based on the 1853 autobiography 'Twelve Years a Slave' by the real Solomon Northup. It has been adapted to screen by writer John Ridley ('U Turn', 'Red Tails') and the BAFTA nominated director Steve McQueen ('Hunger', 'Shame'). With themes of freedom, racial inequality and the cruelty of mankind, '12 Years A Slave' could be one of the more heart-wrenching movies to kick of the year on its UK cinematic release on January 24th 2014.

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Video - Taylor Swift, Jerry Springer And Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Arrive At The Kennedy's Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner


Taylor Swift, Jerry Springer, Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Thomas and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. were among the mass of arrivals for the 2012 Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner at The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in New York City.

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