‘Selma’ Returning to Theaters

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Martin Luther King Jr. is marching back into theaters. Paramount Pictures has announced an encore presentation of Ava DuVernay‘s Oscar-nominated historical drama Selma to begin this month, with a buy-one-get-one-free ticket promotion to sweeten the deal.

Which means if you missed the film last year, now’s the perfect time to catch up; if you did see it, here’s your chance to bring along that friend who never got around to it. As far as opportunities for dialogue about race relations go, it definitely beats that awkward Starbucks initiative. Get all the details on the Selma re-release after the jump.  Read More »

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POTD: Vanity Fair’s 2015 Hollywood Issue Cover

Vanity Fair Hollywood issue 2015

We’re at the height of Oscar season madness right now, and so right on cue Vanity Fair has come out with their annual Hollywood issue. Each year they collect the industry’s best, brightest, and prettiest, shove them into designer tuxes and thousand-dollar dresses, and crowd them all in for a fancy class photo.

This year, the group includes four current Academy Award nominees, two Jupiter Ascending actors, two future superheroes, one Star Wars star, and one former People‘s Sexiest Man Alive. See the full image after the jump. Read More »

Selma Oscar snub

The Selma snub has been one of the biggest stories to come out of this year’s awards season, but director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo are already moving on with another new project. The pair are set to re-team for an as yet untitled drama set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.

More details on the Ava DuVernay Hurricane Katrina project after the jump.  Read More »

The Best Performances of 2014

Selma trailer

The right director and the right script don’t mean anything without the right actor. Performers are the ones who bridge the gap between the minds behind the camera and the ones in front of the screen. It is their personalities that draw us in, their expressions that tell the story, and their faces that we remember.

There were no shortage of great performances this year, across all genres and all budgets. Inevitably, a few stood out above the rest. See our list of the best performances of 2014 after the jump. Read More »

9 Kisses

As the end of the year approaches, critics and awards voters everywhere are scrambling to put together their lists of 2014’s best performances. But the New York Times has outdone them all by actually getting the brightest talents of the year in a room together — and then asking them lock lips with one another.

The 9 Kisses video series pairs off 18 of the year’s best actors, ranging from established A-listers (Reese Witherspoon) to recent breakthroughs (Jenny Slate). Each couple plays out an intimate moment in a public setting at night, though the details within those parameters vary wildly. Some of the kisses are passionate and warm, others are awkward or funny. Watch the 9 Kisses videos after the jump.  Read More »

Selma trailer

In the US we’ve just seen the sad turnout for a midterm election in which the under-30 crowd accounted for only 13% of voter turnout, and the 30-44 age group was only another 22%. The 45-64 year olds turned out in far greater numbers — more of that age range than of everyone younger combined. Naturally, election results swing to the interests of that one voting bloc, and that bloc does not have the interests of everyone in mind.

So it’s a good time to be reminded that some voting rights were hard-won and should be used, no matter how cynical one may be about the process. (I speak as someone who is very cynical about the process.) In Selma, David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The film follows the assassinated civil rights leader’s organization of three marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, meant to protest unjust voting restrictions. Like other Civil Rights Movement actions, these marches faced violent opposition, but also raised awareness of the inequality suffered by African-Americans. Watch the first Selma trailer below.

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A Most Violent Year trailer

Jessica Chastain will be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar in a few days, but that’s actually just one of two big premieres she has this week. The other is J.C. Chandor‘s A Most Violent Year, which makes its worldwide debut at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Thursday.

This one puts her with Oscar Isaac as a married couple struggling to grab ahold of the American dream in 1980s New York City. He’s an immigrant businessman, and she is his well-connected wife — who it seems may be even more of a schemer than he is. David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks, and Alessandro Nivola also star. Watch two new A Most Violent Year trailers after the jump.

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martin-luther-king

The summer movie season is just about wrapped up now, which means it’s time to look ahead to the prestige dramas of fall and winter. One of the most intriguing titles coming our way in the next few months is Selma, about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s fight to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

David Oyelowo plays the civil rights icon, with a huge supporting cast that includes Carmen Ejogo (as Coretta Scott King), Tom Wilkinson (as President Lyndon B. Johnson), Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Wendell Pierce, Lorraine Toussaint, and many more. Hit the jump to see the first Selma movie images.

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Agent Kallus Star Wars Rebels

Just when you thought we’d met all of the major characters in Star Wars Rebels, there’s another bad guy to introduce. His name is Agent Kallus and he’s voiced by David Oyelowo. Kallus is described as a “Rebel Hunter,” a member of an internal group whose only purpose is to find and exterminate enemies of the Empire. Which basically means Rebels, like our stars. And some Jedi as well, I’d imagine.

Below, check out a full video introduction of the character. Read More »