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'12 Years a Slave,' 'Fruitvale Station,' 'Scandal,' and 'Orange is the New Black' to Receive AFI Awards This Year

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • December 10, 2013 11:41 AM
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The American Film Institute has selected its Top 10 Movies of the Year and Programs of the Year, which will be honored at a luncheon on January 10.

New '12 Years A Slave' Featurette Highlights Contributions Of Those Working Behind The Camera

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • December 4, 2013 1:20 PM
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New '12 Years A Slave' Featurette Highlights Contributions Of Those Working Behind The Camera

'12 Years A Slave,' 'Fruitvale Station' Are IFP Gotham Audience Nominees. Voting Now Open

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • November 11, 2013 4:44 PM
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'12 Years A Slave,' 'Fruitvale Station' Are IFP Gotham Audience Nominees. Voting Now Open

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.

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?

The 'Lonely Slave' Narrative Continues To Thrive In Hollywood

  • By Tanya Steele
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  • October 21, 2013 2:27 PM
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Will we ever see, on the big screen, a film about slavery that shows the community, the survival bonds, the working together of Slaves in the interest of their freedom or survival? I don't know about you but, the 'self-centered' Slave who defies all other Slaves to serve his own interests has been done. We get it. We don't need to see that, anymore.

5 Other Slave Narratives To Watch Alongside '12 Years A Slave'

  • By Dan Simolke
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  • October 21, 2013 11:09 AM
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With "12 Years A Slave" finally receiving its theatrical release this weekend, we thought it might be interesting to point readers in the direction of some other slavery-related narratives. Shadow and Act has been covering the film extensively and Tambay recently posted this interview with Steve McQueen.

The Onion Has The Final Say On '12 Years A Slave'

  • By Sergio
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  • October 18, 2013 6:02 PM
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Because it's Friday...

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.

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.