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The rain and the cold of the Telluride Film Festival is over, Johnny Depp was placed by some pundits in top spot for the Best Actor after Black Mass screened.  On to the Toronto Film Festival where Jake Gyllenhaal’s Demolition ...

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Check it out — taking action via social media, Ava DuVernay’s AFFRM will host a 12-hour long Twitter takeover “with over 40 black feature filmmakers to raise awareness for AFFRM’s mission called Array Releasing. AFFRM + ARRAY’s amplifies varied voice ...

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Ava DuVernay is a pioneer for women filmmakers and filmmakers of color not because she is both of those things but because she never considered taking traditional paths to do what she wanted to do. Of course, she had her ...

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Lawrence O’Donnell takes time off hounding Hilary about her emails to do what he does best: pay serious respect to serious issues, talking to Ava DuVernay about Selma the movie and Selma the movement. What other Best Picture nominees are ...

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On Sunday Night 60 Minutes aired a segment about Selma with Ava DuVernay with veteran CBS correspondent Bob Simon. Yesterday, tragically, Bob Simon was killed in a car crash on the West Side Highway in New York. He was 73.
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The headline at Democracy Now! reads “Selma Director Ava DuVernay on Hollywood’s Lack of Diversity, Oscar Snub and #OscarsSoWhite Hashtag.” But aren’t we so very tired of the whole concept of “snub”? How about we say Oscar Apathy. Sounds better ...
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You guys, please don’t give me a hard time for posting two Ava DuVernay items in a row, ok? I’m not going around the web on a scavenger hunt searching exclusively for Ava-themed posts, I promise you. Just that these ...
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Ava DuVernay was invited to screen Selma at the White House on Friday, Jan 16, for President Obama, wife Michelle, Sasha and Malia and other guests. Yesterday on her instagram (directher) Ms DuVernay posted this photo and a brief description ...

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The one bright spot on nominations day, a day of so many terrible and pointless snubs, that the one name that kept coming up in the news was Ava DuVernay’s. That’s pretty great. Sure, the box office news of American ...

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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell delivers the Last Word with a lesson about how and why filmmakers dramatize real life events. “Movies are movies. History books are history books. Movies are works of art — some great art, some good art, some ...

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This year’s Best Picture race is wide open except for the film right at the top of the list and that continues to be Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. How the Best Picture race is shaped is going to depend on which ...

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Women directors have much to live down before they can be taken seriously. Most of the heads of the five families in the film industry do not trust women to direct, partly because of the money thing. And partly because, ...

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Kathryn Bigelow has seen Selma twice and did this Q&A with the director – DuVernay just posted this on Facebook.  She called DuVernay’s film “masterful,” and indeed, it is. DuVernay’s film is, like Bigelow’s work, visually compelling throughout, telling its ...

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The Oscar race has never been as divisive as it is in 2014, with factions splitting from the whole to create new worlds where film represents different things for different people. The critics have risen up agains the general consensus ...

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It’s  hard to get the kind of publicity big time movie stars get if you’re headed into the Oscar race. What Ava DuVernay has instead is a great movie. The great thing about her is that defies definition at every ...
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In addition to Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, which is being screened and will be reviewed soon, many women already have taken center stage in the Oscar race. Instead of unveiling just a thirty-minute showreel of Selma at the AFI Fest, director ...

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“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.” – ...

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“Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march ...

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(Press Release) LOS ANGELES, CA, October 31, 2014 – AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, announced today that it will offer a first look at director Ava DuVernay’s highly anticipated film SELMA on ...
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A small gathering of folks were invited to see five minutes of Selma, the Martin Luther King film directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo. The chatter after the preview was that it seemed very good. But the the ...

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