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Steve McQueen to Make Paul Robeson Biopic - But Who is Paul Robeson?

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Steve McQueen, the Oscar-winning director of Hunger, Shame and 12 Years a Slave, has confirmed that his next project will be a biopic of the American actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson.

Steve McQueenSteve McQueen is to make a biopic about activist and musician Paul Robeson

"His life and legacy was the film I wanted to make the second after Hunger," McQueen said, referring to his debut movie starring Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands. "But I didn't have the power, I didn't have the juice."

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'Mandela's' Lack of Awards Down to '12 Years' Guilt Hoover, Suggests Screenwriter

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‘12 Years a Slave’ was, rightfully, the recipient of huge praise and numerous awards. The remarkable story of Solomon Northrup - portrayed by Chiwitel Ejiofor - was masterfully directed by Steve McQueen. But that success, suggests screenwriter William Nicholson, was to the detriment of his film, ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

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Idris Elba [L] as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris [R] as Winnie Mandela

Nicholson said ’12 Years’ "sucked up all the guilt about black people that was available” adding that he thought ‘Mandela’ “worked superbly," but Americans “were so exhausted feeling guilty about slavery that I don't think there was much left over to be nice about our film. So our film didn't do as well as we'd hoped, which was a bit heartbreaking."

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Sainsbury's Criticised For Ragged Mannequin Next to '12 Years a Slave' DVD Promo

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As one of the biggest, most critically acclaimed and most decorated films of 2013, 12 Years a Slave was always going to be a big DVD release, but someone working for the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s perhaps got a little bit too enthused, dressing up a mannequin in clothes similar to those worn by Chiwitel Ejiofor and his co-stars in the hard-hitting slave drama.

12 Years a SlaveChiwitel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in '12 Years a Slave'

It didn’t take long for a shopper to see the hugely distasteful promotional stand, take a snapshot on their phone and upload it to Twitter for the world to see. The mannequin – which appeared at a branch in Oxford – was clad with a ripped, loose fitting beige shirt and three quarter-length trousers. The worst part – a twig protruding from the shirt. 

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Picture - Steve McQueen and Bianca Stigter... Amsterdam Netherlands, Sunday 30th March 2014

Steve McQueen and Bianca Stigter - Oscar winning director Steve McQueen and his wife Bianca stop for a coffee on a terrace in Amsterdam, were they are living together. - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Sunday 30th March 2014

Catfighting And Manipulation: How '12 Years a Slave' Feud Marred The Oscar-Winning Movie

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After 12 Years a Slave's Oscars success on Sunday, the movie could well emerge as not only one of the films of the year but of the decade thanks to its all-star team of cast and crew. Steve McQueen's slavery drama was one of the most talked-about films of the pre-Oscars season and capitalised on this attention with a triumphant Best Picture win on Sunday.

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Steve McQueen Reportedly Fell Out With Ridley After The Writer Wouldn't Share Writing Credits.

It's practically a sure fact that the film will long be long cherished as a vital visual textbook into one of American history's darkest chapters, but only time will tell whether the film is remembered for a particularly bitter feud at the film production's highest level. The British director is said to have fallen out with screenwriter John Ridley, the writer who adapted Solomon Northup's memoir for screen.

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New York Times Corrects 161 Year-Old Error In Article About '12 Years A Slave'

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The New York Times has made amends to a spelling error over 161 years-old.

In the newspaper's Tuesday edition, it published a correction in an article that was first printed on January 20th 1853.

The story was covering Solomon Northup, a free African American who was kidnapped and sold into slavery where he would remain for the next 12 years.

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