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12 Years A Slave

Peter Clothier | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts
Peter Clothier

Despite its unquestionable power, I left this movie troubled as much by what I felt to be a false note as by its indictment of the cruelties of slaver...

Reading Black History, Aloud

LeVar Burton | Posted 04.06.2014 | Black Voices
LeVar Burton

Mother Nature, the power of a nascent storytelling art form in the televised mini-series, and a nation largely ignorant of and reluctant to come to terms with the horrors of its slave-owning past conspired to create a 'perfect storm' of enlightenment in America.

What You Need To Know About The Oscar Race Right Now

Posted 01.28.2014 | Entertainment

The Academy Awards don't happen for another month, but the major players are all but set in stone. Over the last two weeks, the Screen Actors Guild, P...

Tonight We'll Know Who Will Probably Win Best Director

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 03.27.2014 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the tightest three-way Oscar race in years, the 66th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards could give "Gravity," ''Americ...

On '12 Years a Slave' and Why We Enjoy Watching Others Suffer

Nel McDonald | Posted 03.25.2014 | Entertainment
Nel McDonald

12 Years a Slave is not the first film to assail its audience with a harrowing tale of human suffering. I am now left wondering why droves of people would willingly, and maybe even eagerly, go to the cinema to experience something so relentlessly bleak.

Kanye West Explained The 'Yeezus' Opening To Steve McQueen

Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Monday's must-read interview for anyone interested in art, music, movies and just about everything else is this chat between Kanye West and Steve McQu...

'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' Tie At 2014 PGA Awards

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Now what? One night after "American Hustle" took a presumed lead in the Oscar race by winning Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at...

Red Pencilling the Oscar Noms

Jon Eig | Posted 03.18.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

Their picks. (My deletions.) My picks. Not all that different. Except where they are extremely different.

The Year's Best Director Nominees

Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years A Slave") were among the filmmakers honored with Best Director Oscar nominations on Thursday m...

Steve McQueen And Henry Louis Gates Jr. Talk '12 Years A Slave'

The Root | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

When the creators of a drama that would bring Solomon Northup’s 12 Years a Slave to the big screen needed a historical consultant, Henry Louis Gates...

'Gravity' Nabs 11 BAFTA Noms

AP | Posted 03.09.2014 | Entertainment

LONDON (AP) — Space thriller "Gravity" and unflinching slavery saga "12 Years a Slave" are among leading contenders for the Academy Film Awards, Bri...

'12 Years A Slave' Director Scores Another Major Feat

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve McQueen has gained his first directors guild nomination for his grimly historic saga "12 Years a Slave," substantiating the...

Martin Scorsese Gets Huge Boost From Directors Guild Awards

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

The Directors Guild of America announced the five finalists for its top film award of the year on Tuesday afternoon. The DGA's nominations are often a...

Harry Belafonte Makes History at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.09.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

In 1935, at age 5, Harry Belafonte saw his first movie, Tarzan, and knew he never wanted to be one of those people from Africa. This bit of personal h...

Mike Ryan

'12 Years A Slave' Director Heckled At Awards Ceremony | Mike Ryan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

Monday night's moving New York Film Critics Circle Awards ceremony was marred when controversial film critic Armond White began heckling "12 Years A S...

Here's What Happened After A Second Viewing Of '12 Years A Slave'

Christopher Rosen | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
Christopher Rosen

I was taken to task for not having "12 Years A Slave" on my top-10 list. (I had it ranked No. 16 overall, just behind other near misses: "Her," "Blue Jasmine," "20 Feet From Stardom," "The Spectacular Now" and "Inside Llewyn Davis.") My rationale was this: Last year was a particularly strong one for feature films, and I just didn't connect with "12 Years A Slave" enough to place it above those other movies. Then I watched "12 Years A Slave" a second time.

The Top 15 Black Entertainment News Stories Of 2013

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that 2013 had its share of exciting and heartbreaking entertainment news. From the good news like Cicely Tyson winning her first Tony...

My Favorite Films of 2013

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."

Italian '12 Years A Slave' Poster Ignores Star In Favor Of Brad Pitt

Posted 12.24.2013 | Entertainment

Brad Pitt has a small role in "12 Years A Slave," appearing toward the end of the harrowing film as a Canadian man who helps facilitate the release of...

'12 Years A Slave' Comes Out On Top At Golden Globes

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.12.2013 | Entertainment

Steve McQueen's acclaimed drama "12 Years a Slave" has long been considered this year's awards favorite, and the Golden Globes followed suit when nomi...

The Golden Globe Nominees For Best Director Are ...

Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Steve McQueen, Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell, Alexander Payne and Paul Greengrass were nominated for Best Director by the Golden Globes on Thursday...

Movie Review: Homefront

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Is Jason Statham the new Sylvester Stallone?

Christopher Rosen

This Year's Best Director Race Is A Boys' Club | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.26.2013 | Entertainment

Welcome to For Your Consideration, an unapologetically obsessive weekly conversation about the Oscar race. Between now and March 2, 2014, Vanity Fair ...

Survival in Pre-Civil War South: 12 Years a Slave Honored at the Lotos Club

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The subject of race was addressed head on at a luncheon celebrating the film "12 Years a Slave," easily the film of the year in an awards season gathe...

Patton Oswalt Auditioned For '12 Years A Slave'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment

"12 Years A Slave" director Steve McQueen cast Taran Killam as one of the two men who kidnap the film's title character, Solomon Northup, into slavery...