October 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Walking out of the theater after the official U.S. debut for Steve McQueen's slavery tour de force “12 Years a Slave” on Tuesday, a viewer could be heard adding skepticism to her admiration. “I wanted to ask about why there were so few redeeming characters,” she said as she spoke to her friend after a post-premiere Q&A at the New York Film Festival. “I mean, in most movies you don't find even the wife of the plantation owner part of the problem.” She never did ask her question.
September 6, 2013 |
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.
August 31, 2013 |
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)
July 31, 2013 |
A cane from Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" sold for $420,000 and a collection of costumes from "The Sound Music" -- including the Von Trapp children's drapery outfits and the brown dress Julie Andrews wore while singing "Do-Re-Mi" -- fetched an eye-popping $1.56 million at a July 28 and 29 Hollywood memorabilia auction, according to Calabasas-based Profiles in History auction house. Both of those bids (like the other figures here, the amount given is the final "hammer price," which includes fees paid to the auction house)
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July 24, 2013 |
It's easy to visualize Steve McQueen atop a motorcycle in "The Great Escape" or cruising in a convertible, but the legendary actor in a camper? Why not? McQueen's 1952 Forest Green Chevrolet 3800 series pickup truck with custom camper hits the auction block Friday at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport. McQueen owned upwards of 60 rare vehicles throughout his life, according to the auction listing provided by Mecum, and the Chevrolet 3800 series "is a one-ton long-bed pickup truck and is much sought after by customizers, hot rodders and old truck collectors.
July 15, 2013 |
"I don't want to survive," Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) says in "12 Years a Slave," the new film from British director Steve McQueen. "I want to live. " Based on a true story of a free man who is abducted from the North and sold into slavery in the South, the Fox Searchlight film costars Michael Fassbender, the lead in both McQueen's "Hunger" and "Shame," as a sadistic slave owner as comfortable quoting Scripture as brandishing a whip. The trailer makes it clear that this is a far bleaker -- and more realistic -- tale than "Django Unchained.
June 26, 2013 |
Over the past few years, James Badge Dale has quietly and effectively become one of the most versatile young actors working today. He was brilliantly sleazy as Michael Fassbender's womanizing boss in Steve McQueen's 2011 drama "Shame. " Last fall, he stole a brief but memorable scene from under the nose of Denzel Washington as a gaunt, cynical hospital patient dying of cancer in "Flight. " And this summer, he's demonstrating his skillfulness as Guy Pearce's ruthless henchman in "Iron Man 3," as the no-nonsense U.S. Army Ranger stationed in Korea who falls victim to zombies in "World War Z," and as the strong, silent and tough Texas Ranger Dan Reid, older brother of the lawyer (Armie Hammer)
June 26, 2013 |
A tweed jacket worn by Steve McQueen in the 1968 film "Bullitt" will go up for auction on July 29, Profiles in History announced Wednesday. While there certainly seems to be no shortage of fame-adjacent apparel on the auction block these days -- a negligee that once belonged to Monica Lewinsky and a pair of Levi's worn by Luke Skywalker are two recent examples -- this jacket occupies a special place in the pantheon of the male movie wardrobe....
April 2, 2013 |
The release strategy for Steve McQueen's “Twelve Years a Slave” is coming into focus. Fox Searchlight announced Tuesday that it, not parent company 20th Century Fox, would be releasing the period drama. The larger studio has overseen production and initially had it on its autumn schedule. Searchlight also announced a release date of Dec. 27, saying it would open the movie in limited release and platform it into January. PHOTOS: Movies Sneaks 2013 “Slave” returns McQueen and his “Shame” star Michael Fassbender, this time playing a malicious slave owner who comes into possession of a free Northern man named Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
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March 18, 2013 |
Robert E. Relyea, who began producing films with actor Steve McQueen in the 1960s and rose to president of production for MGM/UA in the late 1990s, has died. He was 82. The Hollywood veteran, who also worked with such actors as Elvis Presley and John Wayne and directors John Sturges, Robert Wise, Peter Yates, Stanley Donen and William Wyler, died March 12 at a Thousand Oaks hospital of natural causes, his family said. Born May 3, 1930, in Santa Monica, the UCLA graduate was the third generation of his family to work in the film industry.