Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Queen Latifah Will Play Wiz and Mary J. Blige Is Evillene in NBC's Musical Production of 'The Wiz' Queen Latifah Will Play Wiz and Mary J. Blige Is Evillene in NBC's Musical Production of 'The Wiz' NBC Rethinks Broadcast Runs for New Summer Comedies, 'Mr. Robinson' & 'The Carmichael Show' NBC Rethinks Broadcast Runs for New Summer Comedies, 'Mr. Robinson' & 'The Carmichael Show' Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in August Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in August 'Key & Peele' Will End After Its Current Season 'Key & Peele' Will End After Its Current Season Michael B. Jordan Adds Adaptation of Acclaimed Nonfiction Bestseller 'Just Mercy' to His Slate Michael B. Jordan Adds Adaptation of Acclaimed Nonfiction Bestseller 'Just Mercy' to His Slate MSNBC Decides: Touré Is Out, Rev. Al Stays (For Now) MSNBC Decides: Touré Is Out, Rev. Al Stays (For Now) Disney Channel & Disney XD Casting Directors Holding Online Casting Call for Diverse Actors, Age 10-17 Disney Channel & Disney XD Casting Directors Holding Online Casting Call for Diverse Actors, Age 10-17 Revisiting Spike Lee's Perplexing 'She Hate Me' on Its 11th Anniversary Revisiting Spike Lee's Perplexing 'She Hate Me' on Its 11th Anniversary Oprah Winfrey Presents Landmark 7-Night Event Series 'Belief' Premiering October 18 (Trailer) Oprah Winfrey Presents Landmark 7-Night Event Series 'Belief' Premiering October 18 (Trailer) Watch 5 Clips From TV One Original Movie 'Runaway Island' - Premieres This Saturday, July 25 Watch 5 Clips From TV One Original Movie 'Runaway Island' - Premieres This Saturday, July 25 Samira Wiley to Co-Star in Film Based on Kitty Genovese 1964 Murder Samira Wiley to Co-Star in Film Based on Kitty Genovese 1964 Murder MTV Has Made Its 'White People' Documentary Available Online - Watch It Here MTV Has Made Its 'White People' Documentary Available Online - Watch It Here Check Out the Official Theatrical Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' Check Out the Official Theatrical Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

No Surprise - MPAA Gives Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave' An 'R' Rating

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 4, 2013 at 1:08PM

But of course! If the MPAA had rated it PG13, or anything other than an "R," I'd be very concerned.
0
Steve McQueen

But of course! If the MPAA had rated it PG13, or anything other than an "R," I'd be very concerned. 

Yes, courtesy of Box Office Mojo, new MPAA ratings announced this week include Steve McQueen's highly-anticipated Twelve Years A Slave

The slave narrative gets an "R" rating for: "violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality."

Like I said, but of course! 

As I noted on my Cannes 2013 predictions listTwelve Years A Slave should premiere at the festival; however, according to a very recent report via The Hollywood Reporter, the film actually may not debut at Cannes after all, because, as THR says, it might not be done in time for the festival. 

So if not Cannes, then where might it premiere? The only other festivals of Cannes' caliber that take place before the film's December 27th premiere this year, are the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. I could also include the Los Angeles Film Festival and the AFI Film Festival.

But we're only a couple of weeks or so away before Cannes reveals its lineup, so we'll know with certainty very soon.

Fox Searchlight did announce that it would open the film on December 27, as far away from conversations about Django Unchained as possible, which should be past tense by then. Although, I'm sure there'll be comparisons between the two films, even though they are nothing alike.

Steve McQueen's 3rd feature stars a rather impressive cast of actors, including Chiwetel Ejiofor (as Solomon Northup, the star of the film and whose story it tells), Michael FassbenderRuth Negga, Adepero OduyeAlfre WoodardLupita Nyong'oPaul DanoBenedict CumberbatchScoot McNairyGarret DillahuntBrad PittMichael K. Williams Paul GiamattiSarah Paulson and others. 

I expect it to be an awards season favorite, especially in key roles, both in front of and behind the camera, in what will probably signal the beginning of the end of what has been referred to as slave movie fever.

Let's see how long we'll have to wait for that first trailer.


This article is related to: Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor


Shadow & ActNewsletter