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Ava DuVernay at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

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Ava DuVernay at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th February 2017

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Ava DuVernay seen alone and with David Oyelowo at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 25th February 2017

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Ava DuVernay at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 25th February 2017

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Ava DuVernay at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 25th February 2017

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Disney Confirms 'Jungle Book' And 'Maleficent' Sequels Plus 'Cruella' Movie Starring Emma Stone


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Disney has confirmed a slew of exciting upcoming films, including sequels for The Jungle Book and Maleficent, as well as stand-alone movies based on Cruella de Vil and Tinkerbell. The announcement comes as Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book continues its reign on the top of the US box office, so far taking over $500 million worldwide.

Emma StoneEmma Stone will star as Cruella de Vil in a new Disney movie.

The studio did not specify release dates for any of the upcoming films, but did reveal the prime release dates they have set aside for the next three years. The dates Disney has claimed are: July 28, 2017 (instead of Dec. 22, 2017); April 6, 2018; Aug. 3, 2018; Dec. 25, 2018; and Dec. 20, 2019.

Continue reading: Disney Confirms 'Jungle Book' And 'Maleficent' Sequels Plus 'Cruella' Movie Starring Emma Stone

Amy Schumer Strips Down As Pirelli's 2016 Calendar Celebrates Women Of Achievement


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Comedian Amy Schumer has stripped down for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar and said she’s ‘never felt more beautiful’. The 34-year-old leads the collection of 12 inspirational women who have been photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the 2016 calendar, marking a departure from the pin-ups of the past.

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'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay Passes On Marvel's 'Black Panther' Movie


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It sounded like a match made in heaven, but sadly Selma director Ava DuVernay has confirmed she wont be directing Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie. Starring Chadwick Boseman, the film will bring to life Marvel’s first Black superhero, T’Challa aka Black Panther and is scheduled for release in November 2017, as part of the studio's Phase 3.

Ava DuvernayAva DuVernay will not be directing Marvels’ Black Panther movie.

Speaking to Essence magazine DuVernay confirmed the rumours that she was in talks with Marvel, but revealed that she had turned down the Black Panther gig. “I’m not signing on to direct Black Panther,” DuVernay said. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be.”

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Does Marvel Want 'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay For "Diverse" Superhero Movie?


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In perhaps the best piece of superhero related news we’ve heard in a long time, Selma director Ava DuVernay is reportedly being courted by Marvel to direct an upcoming project. According to The Wrap, DuVernay is being eyed for one of the studio’s ‘diverse’ superhero movies, which include Black Panther and Captain Marvel.

Ava DuvernayDuVernay could become the newest recruit to the Marvel cinematic universe.

Black Panther, which is due in July 2018, is said to be the most likely option for DuVernay to direct. The film will be the first Marvel movie to be headlined by an an African American character as is based on the first black superhero in mainstream American comics.

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Michelle Obama Gives Impassioned & Encouraging Speech At Black Girls Rock! Awards


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Michelle Obama continued spreading her message of education whilst attending the Black Girls Rock! awards ceremony on Saturday (28th March). The First Lady gave an impassioned speech at the event and encouraged the audience, which included many young black girls and women, to have self-confidence, ignore any discouraging voices and continue in their education.

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Michelle Obama speaking at the Black Girls Rock! awards ceremony on Saturday.

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'Selma' Honoured At NAACP Image Awards After Oscars Snub


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Civil rights drama Selma has been named ‘outstanding film of 2014’, at this year’s NAACP Image Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The film. which chronicles the journey of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 to secure equal voting rights, walked away with four awards during the two ceremonies on Thursday and Friday evening.

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma

After being denied an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Rev. King, David Oyelowo took home the Image award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Accepting the award Oyelowo said, “I want to take this opportunity to say I thank the Lord I was able to play one of the most transcendent human beings who ever walked the planet.”

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A Week In Movies: Selma Premieres In London, Mission: Impossible 5 Shifts Its Release, New Trailers Drop For True Story, Child 44, Fantastic Four And Ted 2


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David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay were on hand in London for the European premiere of Selma this week. They were joined on the red carpet by costar Colman Domingo and singer Nicole Scherzinger. Up for two Oscars but snubbed by Bafta, the critically acclaimed film opens in the UK next week. 

Photos - Selma European Premiere at Curzon Mayfair, London

Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Selma Premieres In London, Mission: Impossible 5 Shifts Its Release, New Trailers Drop For True Story, Child 44, Fantastic Four And Ted 2

Video - Bruce Willis Rubs Shoulders With Edward Norton And Others At National Board Of Review Gala - Part 4


'Vice' star Bruce Willis was seen arriving with his wife Emma Heming at the National Board of Review Gala held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York, alongside a string of Hollywood's biggest superstars. From actors to directors, and even various music stars, this gala definitely seemed to be the celebrity place to be this month.

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Oprah Winfrey Reflects On Her 'Selma' Character Annie Lee Cooper


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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s story of his 1965 march through Alabama is told in all its harrowing detail in Ava DuVernay's forthcoming biopic 'Selma', a movie in which Oprah Winfrey spent no time at all getting involved.

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Oprah Winfrey plays Annie Lee Cooper in 'Selma'

Oprah has always held the issue of civil rights among African-Americans close to her heart, having appeared in a number of movies depicting the plight of racism in the US such as, most notably, 'The Color Purple' and, recently, 'The Butler'. But 'Selma' sees the new dawn for civil rights captured in a new film, with Martin Luther King's iconic march for black people's right to vote adapted by director Ava DuVernay and screenwriter Paul Webb. Her interest led to her not only coming on board as a producer, but also landing the role of legendary protester Annie Lee Cooper, who famously struck a Sheriff in the face after being refused the chance to register to vote.

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David Oyelowo Credits Oprah With Bringing 'Selma' To Fruition


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David Oyelowo became involved with Martin Luther King biopic 'Selma' seven years ago; a project which saw many pitfalls along the way - from financing to director selection - but is now here to tell an extraordinary story of one of the world's biggest heroes.

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David Oyelowo thinks the movie wouldn't have been made without Oprah

It was 2008 when screenwriter Paul Webb first announce the project, which would also bring on board Brad Pitt as a producer, but according to Oyelowo it took seven years in total to complete - a situation that wasn't as much of a drawback as it sounds in hindsight. 'I think it kind of happened at exactly the right time because the preparation for it was layered', he explains. 'There was a physical element to it, emotional, research element interviewing people but then there was a spiritual element to it as well. This man was led by his spiritual conviction and I felt I had to open up to that in order to be able to do it.'

Continue reading: David Oyelowo Credits Oprah With Bringing 'Selma' To Fruition

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