Steve McQueen's new project has awards' season written all over it.
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 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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12 Years a Slave sucked up all the guilt so there was nothing left for 'Mandela', apparently
‘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'.
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."
Doesn't get dumber than this.
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.
Chiwitel 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.
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
'12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen reportedly fell out with screenwriter John Ridley.
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.
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.
The New York Times have corrected a spelling error from an article published in 1853 that reported on Solomon Northup's kidnap into slavery.
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.
The newspaper made a correction on one of its archived pieces.
The New York Times has chosen to amend a detail from an article written 161 years ago about the memoir of Solomon Northup, the free African-American man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Steve McQueen received an Academy Award on Sunday for his harrowing adaptation of Northup's tale, which caused articles related to the story to be dug up.
An Article Written About The Original '12 Years A Slave' Memoir Has Been Amended 161 Years Later.
An article written on January 20th 1853 was discovered by author Rebecca Skloot, who discovered the mistake and publicised it via Twitter. The problem was that the 19th century article had Northup's name spelt in two different ways: Northrop and Northrup, neither of which were accurate.
John Ridley and Steve McQueen are apparently feuding over '12 Years a Slave' writing credits.
Did it not cross your mind that, when John Ridley won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay on Sunday (March 2, 2014), he was sat nowhere near the rest of the '12 Years a Slave' team and bypassed director Steve McQueen to hug American Hustle filmmaker David O' Russell?
Benedict Cumberbatch [L] and Chiwetel Ejiofor [R] in '12 Years a Slave'
Ridley did not mention McQueen in his acceptance speech and the director hardly rose to his feet when the screenwriter took the award. Later in the evening, when 12 Years won Best Picture, McQueen failed to mention the man that wrote the movie deemed the best of the year.
'12 Years a Slave' is now available on DVD, but those who are yet to see the Oscar-winning movie might want to head to the cinemas.
Despite the fact that 12 Years a Slave is released on DVD on Tuesday (March 4, 2014), exhibiters are clamoring to book the movie back into theaters following its Best Picture win at the Oscars on Sunday. As of Monday, the Fox-Searchlight distributed movie had secured 1,000 further cinema locations and could earn $3-4 million this weekend - just under a quarter of its entire budget.
Brad Pitt in '12 Years a Slave'
12 Years' Oscar victories also included best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o and adapted screenplay for John Ridley. The movie is also being included in schools syllabus' to help students to understand the history of slavery.
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Judging by recent history, Pitt still stands a chance.
Brad Pitt never expected to win an Oscar. He said as much during Sunday night’s Governor’s Ball. Speaking to E! News, Pitt said: “"I don't know where I'm going to put it. I never thought I'd take one home, so I haven't thought that far in advance.”
McQueen [l] and Pitt [r] shared the glory at Sunday night's ceremony.
The cast of 12 Years say the film couldn’t have been made as it is without Pitt’s reach and influence in the film industry. For his part, however, the producer is most grateful for McQueen’s director, as he said in his acceptance speech. "Thank you all," Pitt said in his acceptance speech.
After winning an Oscar, the world is Lupita's oyster.
Lupita Nyong'o must be feeling on top of the world right now: she has become the talk of the town all awards season with a conveyor belt of supporting actress trophies headed for her shelf, topped off with Sunday's crowning glory, an Oscar. Despite few at the Academy Awards being able to pronounce the Mexican-Kenyan actress' name*, Lupita has been praised for her surefooted sense of red carpet style, her permanently dazzling smile and that Hollywood gold dust trait, genuine niceness.
Lupita Nyong'o Has Emerged As One Of The Most Exciting New Talents Of The Year.
Unlike many actors who triumph at the Oscars, Lupita hasn't been building to this moment of glory throughout a long career. In fact, she was cast as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave before she'd even graduated from Yale after she was selected as one of the School of Drama's outstanding students. She had a solid base of theatre training from her university and a Kenyan AIDS prevention television series under her belt but that was about it; she was about to get thrown headfirst into Hollywood.
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The film is expected to make up to $2 million from the expansion.
A Best Picture Oscar definitely brings a lot of cache to a film. Now that 12 Years a Slave has won the big one, Fox Searchlight is planning a major expansion in US theaters. The unexpected move comes after the film saw an unexpected spike in profits over Oscar weekend. On its 20th weekend, the film grossed $975,931 from 411 theaters - up 86 percent from the previous weekend and pushing its domestic total to a strong $50.3 million, THR reports.
McQueen's film is seeing additional commercial success after its awards season run.
The new expansion will include more than 1,000 theaters across the US. Typically, a movie would not see an expansion once its out on DVD, since theater owners don’t make significant profits of them. However, in the case of 12 Years a Slave, all concerned parties are willing to make an exception. The expansion is expected to contribute to a sizeable profit for both Fox and the additional 1,000 theaters.
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'12 Years A Slave' will be hitting 1,000 theatres across the US as the studio bid for one final push at the box office before its DVD release on March 4th.
Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning feature film '12 Years A Slave' has been granted an expansion in US theatres.
The aim is try to achieve as much success as possible at the box office, and will therefore be shown in 1,000 theatres across the country.
This move, made by FOX Searchlight, is rather unusual considering the historical-drama is scheduled to be released on DVD this Tuesday (March 4th).
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