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August 31, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Director Steve McQueen's third feature, "Twelve Years a Slave," screened for the first time Friday evening at the Telluride Film Festival with reviews so strong that its inclusion in this year's Oscar race appears inevitable. While extremely brutal for its depiction of mankind at its absolute worse, the 133-minute epic feels like the must-see film of the fall season, according to critical response. Based on a true story, the movie tracks Northern-born free man Solomon Northrup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor)
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March 17, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Chris Pine of "Star Trek Into Darkness" pleaded guilty Monday to driving drunk in New Zealand.  The actor, who had been charged following an arrest at a sobriety checkpoint after leaving a Feb. 28 wrap party for his film "Z for Zachariah," appeared in Ashburton District Court for a hearing Monday. The "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" star was fined $79 ($93 in New Zealand) and had his New Zealand driver's license suspended for six months, according to the Associated Press. The 33-year-old Angeleno reportedly stood silently with his hands behind his back during the hearing and his attorney entered his plea.
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April 13, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
GIVING a great audition doesn't necessarily mean an actor will get the part. Sometimes a performer has to do something special to set himself apart from the crowd. Such was the case with Chiwetel Ejiofor when he auditioned for the role of a sassy transvestite performer in the British film "Kinky Boots." He was the only actor who wore a woman's wig during his reading. The fact the actor decided to wear the Naomi Campbell-style locks impressed director Julian Jarrold.
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March 2, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Validating its reputation heading into the Academy Awards as 2013's most socially important film, “12 Years a Slave” saw screenwriter John Ridley on Sunday claim the Oscar for adapted screenplay. The film is based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup, a book that fell into obscurity for nearly a century after its initial print run. To win his Oscar, Ridley beat the screenwriters of “Before Midnight,” “Captain Phillips,” “Philomena” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” With its unflinching period detail and 19 th century dialogue, “12 Years a Slave” chronicles the harrowing ordeal of Northup (portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor)
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October 17, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When a director who never ever blinks takes on a horrific subject, a nightmare in broad daylight is the inevitable result. Welcome, if that is the right word, to the world of "12 Years a Slave. " Based on an 1853 memoir detailing the appalling experiences of Solomon Northup, a free man of color who was brazenly abducted and sold into slavery, this film intends to do more than tell us a story. It wants to immerse us in an experience, and it does. Obviously, no film can re-create the unspeakable degradation of one human being owning another, but in making the attempt "12 Years" insists we feel things in a particularly oppressive way. This is impressive filmmaking, but it is not easy to take in. PHOTOS: Scenes from '12 Years a Slave' British director Steve McQueen, working from a screenplay by John Ridley, has no intention of making audiences the slightest bit comfortable with this terrible story, no interest in putting in any special pleading to bend our hearts.
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May 8, 2008 | Carina Chocano
A philosophical fight film grounded in samurai movies and Greek tragedy, David Mamet's "Redbelt" stars a mesmerizing Chiwetel Ejiofor as a righteous jiu-jitsu instructor, Alice Braga as his material-girl wife and Tim Allen as the aging movie star who lures them into a labyrinthine world ruled by money and power.
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March 2, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Validating its reputation heading into the Academy Awards as 2013's most socially important film, “12 Years a Slave” saw screenwriter John Ridley on Sunday claim the Oscar for adapted screenplay. The film is based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup, a book that fell into obscurity for nearly a century after its initial print run. To win his Oscar, Ridley beat the screenwriters of “Before Midnight,” “Captain Phillips,” “Philomena” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” With its unflinching period detail and 19 th century dialogue, “12 Years a Slave” chronicles the harrowing ordeal of Northup (portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor)
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October 21, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
In "12 Years a Slave," director Steve McQueen demonstrates both an eye for striking compositions and an unflinching gaze at scenes of stunning cruelty. There are abundant examples of the latter to be found in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped in the North in 1841 and sold into slavery in the South for a dozen years. At the Envelope Screening Series , McQueen and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt discussed their use of long takes to grab and hold the audience's attention, as in a searing whipping scene that lasts 10 minutes without a single edit.
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October 19, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
The state of Louisiana -  with its manicured plantations, moss-draped sycamores and creeping kudzu vines -  serves almost as a character itself in "12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen's historical drama based on the life of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was drugged, kidnapped and enslaved in the antebellum South for a dozen years. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Northup, and Alfre Woodard, who plays a former slave married to a plantation owner, discussed how the film's powerful sense of place helped them get into character.
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December 19, 2013 | By John Horn
Do the clothes really help find the character? Is it a good idea to watch your own acting? And are movies sacrificing entertainment to be morally correct? The performers participating in The Envelope's Actors Round Table wrestled with those and other questions - when they were not laughing about less serious subjects - during a wide-ranging conversation that ultimately focused on their memorable performances. The panel was as varied in experience as the films were different. In addition to "42's" Harrison Ford, our ensemble included Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave")
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February 6, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
The Academy Awards are still more than three weeks away, and, by this point, there's the feeling that everyone involved should be looking (or at least feeling ) like Cate Blanchett's desperate, fallen socialite at the end of "Blue Jasmine" - bleary-eyed, babbling and drenched in perspiration. Those who have avoided that fate have probably honed their personal mantra along the lines of Matthew McConaughey's chest-bump money chant in "The Wolf of Wall Street," something along the lines of: Mmmm-hmmm-hmmm.
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December 19, 2013 | By John Horn
Do the clothes really help find the character? Is it a good idea to watch your own acting? And are movies sacrificing entertainment to be morally correct? The performers participating in The Envelope's Actors Round Table wrestled with those and other questions - when they were not laughing about less serious subjects - during a wide-ranging conversation that ultimately focused on their memorable performances. The panel was as varied in experience as the films were different. In addition to "42's" Harrison Ford, our ensemble included Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave")
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December 11, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Five black actors, ranging from a television superstar to a Somali-born newcomer, have earned Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for their film performances, a reflection of an especially strong year for movies featuring actors of color. The movie that won the most film nominations was "12 Years a Slave. " Steve McQueen's unblinking portrait of slavery received four nominations, including for cast in a motion picture. "Lee Daniels' The Butler," about a White House servant who is a witness to civil rights history, collected three nominations, one of them for talk show host and mogul Oprah Winfrey.
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October 21, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
In "12 Years a Slave," director Steve McQueen demonstrates both an eye for striking compositions and an unflinching gaze at scenes of stunning cruelty. There are abundant examples of the latter to be found in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped in the North in 1841 and sold into slavery in the South for a dozen years. At the Envelope Screening Series , McQueen and cinematographer Sean Bobbitt discussed their use of long takes to grab and hold the audience's attention, as in a searing whipping scene that lasts 10 minutes without a single edit.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
The state of Louisiana -  with its manicured plantations, moss-draped sycamores and creeping kudzu vines -  serves almost as a character itself in "12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen's historical drama based on the life of Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York who was drugged, kidnapped and enslaved in the antebellum South for a dozen years. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, who plays Northup, and Alfre Woodard, who plays a former slave married to a plantation owner, discussed how the film's powerful sense of place helped them get into character.
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October 17, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When a director who never ever blinks takes on a horrific subject, a nightmare in broad daylight is the inevitable result. Welcome, if that is the right word, to the world of "12 Years a Slave. " Based on an 1853 memoir detailing the appalling experiences of Solomon Northup, a free man of color who was brazenly abducted and sold into slavery, this film intends to do more than tell us a story. It wants to immerse us in an experience, and it does. Obviously, no film can re-create the unspeakable degradation of one human being owning another, but in making the attempt "12 Years" insists we feel things in a particularly oppressive way. This is impressive filmmaking, but it is not easy to take in. PHOTOS: Scenes from '12 Years a Slave' British director Steve McQueen, working from a screenplay by John Ridley, has no intention of making audiences the slightest bit comfortable with this terrible story, no interest in putting in any special pleading to bend our hearts.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
The Academy Awards are still more than three weeks away, and, by this point, there's the feeling that everyone involved should be looking (or at least feeling ) like Cate Blanchett's desperate, fallen socialite at the end of "Blue Jasmine" - bleary-eyed, babbling and drenched in perspiration. Those who have avoided that fate have probably honed their personal mantra along the lines of Matthew McConaughey's chest-bump money chant in "The Wolf of Wall Street," something along the lines of: Mmmm-hmmm-hmmm.
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September 6, 2013 | By John Horn
TELLURIDE, Colo. - Many sequences in Steve McQueen's new movie, "12 Years a Slave" - the true story of a free black man kidnapped in 1841 and sold to Southern plantation owners - were emotionally exhausting to film. But the British director didn't fully appreciate how wrenching the shoot was for his actors until he was in the editing room, scrutinizing the footage of a rape scene. Michael Fassbender, playing a particularly despicable slave owner named Edwin Epps, was violating his most prized cotton-picking possession, Patsey, played by newcomer Lupita Nyong'o.
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