Fox Searchlight Dates ’12 Years A Slave’

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 11:01am PDT

The Steve McQueen-directed Twelve Years A Slave is set for a limited platform release beginning December 27, Fox Searchlight announced today. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt star in the film from Regency … Read More »

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Cannes: Let The Selection Buzz Begin

Now that the Cannes Film Festival has announced Steven Spielberg as jury president and Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby as the curtain raiser, speculation as to what the 66th running of the event holds in store will continue to mount until the mid-April press conference that officially unveils the lineup. Gatsby was pretty much a no-brainer what with its local May 15 release date falling on the day the fest kicks off and its story based on the classic novel F. Scott Fitzgerald completed in Valescure, less than 100 kilometers from the Palais. Folks are excited since arguably the most memorable Cannes opening night in the past 12 years — we were there — was with Luhrmann’s 2001 Moulin Rouge. (It’s also a nice dovetail for fest chief Thierry Frémaux: The first film he ever selected for Cannes was Moulin Rouge.) But, we can put to rest speculation about another movie with a subject close to the South of France gracing the Croisette: We understand that Grace Of Monaco, the biopic about the actress-turned-princess played by Nicole Kidman, directed by Olivier Dahan and recently acquired by The Weinstein Company, will not be making a Cannes run. Further, we’ve confirmed that Lars von Trier — a persona non grata at the 2011 fest for his Nazi-flavored comments — will not be ready with Nymphomaniac, the four-hour sex-o-rama that sold like hotcakes in Berlin. We also understand that J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness, once thought a possibility for an Out Of Competition slot, is not coming. And, despite Pedro Almodovar’s almost given place on the Croisette, we’ve heard his I’m So Excited is also unlikely to appear at the Palais.

But let’s forget about what’s not going and focus on all the films we might see. We’re consistently hearing that this year will include “the usual suspects” in official selection. The Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis is a strong possibility – CBS Films just acquired the pic which screened on the Sony lot in late February, although Frémaux said he had not yet seen the film as of his trip to the Oscars last month. Llewyn Davis doesn’t have a release date in the U.S. yet, and its French release, via StudioCanal, is in December, but it’s worth recalling that the Coens’ No Country For Old Men bowed in Cannes in 2007 and wasn’t released Stateside until November that year before going on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

Also ripe is Sofia Coppola’s young Hollywood robbers tale The Bling Ring, for which upstart distributor A24 has set a June 14 U.S. release. Pathé is releasing in France on June 5, just a couple weeks after the fest wraps. The addition of Coppola to the roster could help calm the naysayers last year who complained there were no female directors in the main lineup. Another female director who could make the cut is Kelly Reichardt with Night Moves, starring Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard and Jesse Eisenberg, about environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam. Read More »

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CAA Signs Chiwetel Ejiofor

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 6:03pm PST
Mike Fleming

Chiwetel EjioforEXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed Chiwetel Ejiofor, shortly after the British actor starred as the principal character in the Steve McQueen-directed Twelve Years A Slave, opposite Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt.

Ejiofor, for my money one of the … Read More »

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‘Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Kenneth Williams Joins ‘Twelve Years A Slave’

By | Saturday June 23, 2012 @ 12:10pm PDT

Michael Kenneth Williams has been added to the cast of Twelve Years A Slave. The actor joins Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt in the Steve McQueen-directed film. Raising Hope‘s Garret Dillahunt, Paul Dano and SNL’s … Read More »

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Garret Dillahunt Joins ‘Twelve Years A Slave’

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 11:12am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Raising Hope‘s Garret Dillahunt has been set by director Steve McQueen for Twelve Years A Slave. He joins Chiwitel Ejifior, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano and Taran Killam. Filming is about to get underway in New Orleans. Dillahunt … Read More »

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‘SNL’s Taran Killam Joins ‘Twelve Years A Slave’

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 1:06pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Taran Killam Twelve Years A SlaveEXCLUSIVE: Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam will spend his hiatus doing a prominent movie. He’ll join the cast of Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, … Read More »

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Paul Dano Cast In ‘Twelve Years A Slave’

By | Monday May 21, 2012 @ 3:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Paul Dano Twelve Years A SlaveEXCLUSIVE: Paul Dano has joined the cast of Twelve Years A Slave, the Steve McQueen-directed  adaptation of Solomon Northup’s novel about a free black man who, promised a job playing violin in the … Read More »

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New Regency In Talks To Co-Finance, Distribute ‘Twelve Years A Slave’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: New Regency is in talks to co-finance and distribute (through its output deal with 20th Century Fox) the Steve McQueen-directed Twelve Years A Slave, an adaptation of the Solomon Northup memoir originally published in 1853. Chiwetel Ejiofor will play … Read More »

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