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'12 Years A Slave' Begins Nationwide Expansion This Weekend. Watch New 7-Minute Featurette On The Cast

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 6, 2013 3:27 PM
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'12 Years A Slave' Begins Expands Nationwide This Weekend. Watch New 7-Minute Featurette On The Cast

Patsey's Plea: Black Women's Survival in '12 Years A Slave'

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • November 6, 2013 1:04 PM
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You know a performance is powerful when you’re still thinking about it weeks after seeing the film. This is the case of the Lupita Nyong’o in Steve McQueen’s film adaptation 12 Years A Slave.

Steve McQueen Sets Up Next Project At HBO - Drama On Young Black Man Navigating NYC High Society

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 29, 2013 12:07 PM
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Steve McQueen Sets Up Next Project At HBO - Drama On Young Black Man's NYC High Society Experiences

Will '12 Years A Slave' Be Hit Overseas? (Should There Even Be A Question About This?)

  • By Sergio
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  • October 29, 2013 11:53 AM
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In today’s New York Times there’s a article regarding the “International Fate of 12 Years” or in other words will people in Iceland, Italy and Romania go see the film?

'12 Years A Slave: A TV One Special with Cathy Hughes' To Air On TV One - Nov 9, 7pm ET

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 28, 2013 5:59 PM
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'12 Years A Slave: A TV One Special with Cathy Hughes' To Air On TV One - Nov 9, 7pm ET

Interview: 12 Minutes w/ Steve McQueen - On '12 Years A Slave,' His 'Brand,' His 'Blackness' & More

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 18, 2013 9:57 AM
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It's been about 4 weeks since I saw Steve McQueen's much-ballyhooed drama 12 Years A Slave, and also about the same amount of time since I interviewed him. It's a film that I intend to see a second time, if only to compare my reactions (to the film, as well as the reactions others have had) to the first time I saw it - reactions (certainly not all of them) that I shared during my conversation with McQueen, which led to one or two somewhat contentious exchanges, a little of which you will read in the interview below.

Interview: Alfre Woodard Talks to S&A About '12 Years a Slave,' "Slave Movie Fever," and That Much-Discussed Oprah Special

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • October 17, 2013 11:35 AM
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Alfre Woodard has a brief but powerful appearance in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave as Mistress Shaw, a formerly enslaved woman who has risen in the Southern caste system. I had a chance to chat briefly with Woodard to get her thoughts on the film and a few insights from her decades-long acting career.

Reacting To Armond White's Torturous Reaction To '12 Years A Slave'...

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 16, 2013 5:59 PM
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While I haven't yet personally reviewed the film on this site (I want to see it a second time before doing so), if you read my interview with director Steve McQueen, as well as my September 25 piece on slave movies, titled Despite Success Of '12 Years A Slave,' Many Stories Set During The Period Still To Be Told, you'll know that I was underwhelmed with 12 Years A Slave (I first saw it about a month ago).

Interview: Kelsey Scott Talks To S&A About Playing Chiwetel's Wife In '12 Years A Slave,' Her Crush On Steve McQueen, More

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • October 16, 2013 1:20 PM
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Speaking to actor/screenwriter Kelsey Scott was a delightful, amusing, insightful experience. Kelsey, who plays Solomon Northup's wife Anne in Steve McQueen's harrowing upcoming drama 12 Years a Slave, candidly and graciously spoke on the personal difficulties surrounding her trip - which almost didn't happen - to that fateful New Orleans audition 2 years ago.

Review: In Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Black Pain Is Hard, Torturous & Visceral

  • By Frances Bodomo
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  • October 15, 2013 2:46 PM
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Review: In Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Black Pain Is Hard, Torturous & Visceral