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Steve McQueen Named Polaris Project Ambassador

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Steve McQueen continues to say during Oscar campaigning (yes, I said it – at least I didn’t “on the campaign trail,” which is what it feels like during Oscar season) that slavery has not been abolished, and continues throughout the world. Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, announced today that 12 Years a Slave Director Steve McQueen has been named an…

TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

Best Director: The Case for Steve McQueen

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[The Case For is an annual series - we're starting with Best Director  this is not an advertorial] Someone on Twitter asked me recently why I so strongly believed that Best Director needed to be tied to Best Picture.  After all, she argued, they really are two separate things. The producers receive the award for Best Picture and the director gets his/her own award. Who gets to take credit for…

Casting for McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave

Casting for McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave

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Indiewire’s Tambay Obenson posted a confirmation that Adepero Oduye will play Eliza and Storm Reid will play her daughter Emily in Steve McQueen’s next film, Twelve Years a Slave, which also stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejifor and Quvenzhané Wallis. If you’re keeping up with our book club, you will be reading about this era, just before the Civil War, when public tolerance for slavery was waining but slaves…

Award Season Roundtable Series: The Directors

Award Season Roundtable Series: The Directors

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THR talks with Alexander Payne, Mike Mills, Steve McQueen, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller and Michel Hazanavicius. (Thanks Paddy M)

GQ "Breakout Star of the Year" Michael Fassbender

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Every Michael Fassbender fan freaks out in his or her own special way. Critics draw Daniel Day-Lewis comparisons, bloggers term themselves “Fassinators,” and women pass out in movie theaters when the actor comes on-screen. The fainting occurred at the Toronto International Film Festival, at the premiere of Shame, a movie in which he stars as a mournful sex addict. The film was acquired by Fox Searchlight and will see its…

GQ “Breakout Star of the Year” Michael Fassbender

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Every Michael Fassbender fan freaks out in his or her own special way. Critics draw Daniel Day-Lewis comparisons, bloggers term themselves “Fassinators,” and women pass out in movie theaters when the actor comes on-screen. The fainting occurred at the Toronto International Film Festival, at the premiere of Shame, a movie in which he stars as a mournful sex addict. The film was acquired by Fox Searchlight and will see its…

Fox Searchlight Acquires Shame, One of 2011's Best Films

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Fox Searchlight continues its commitment to back daring and brilliant work with its acquisition of Steve McQueen’s Shame, one of the best films to play Telluride, and I’m going to be, the entire year.  They’ve already got Tree of Life and Martha Macy Mary Marlene – and to add Shame to that list is a marvel. They are also distributing the other best film I saw in Telluride, The Descendants….