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Watch Video Interview With Oscar Winner John Ridley (Is There or Isn’t There a Feud?)

  • By Sergio
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  • March 10, 2014 3:24 PM
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So, once and for all, is there a feud between John Ridley and Steve McQueen or is it media hype?

A Second Clip Of Andre Benjamin As Jimi Hendrix In Biopic 'All Is By My Side' Surfaces

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 6, 2014 10:25 AM
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A Second Clip Of Andre Benjamin As Jimi Hendrix In Biopic 'All Is By My Side' Surfaces

John Ridley Says There's No Writer/Director Feud w/ Steve McQueen. No Comment From McQueen However

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 4, 2014 11:49 AM
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John Ridley Says There's No Writer/Director Feud w/ Steve McQueen. No Comment From McQueen However

ABC Gives Pilot Green Light To John Ridley's Racially-Charged Murder Drama 'American Crime'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 15, 2014 11:01 AM
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ABC Gives Pilot Green Light To John Ridley's Racially-Charged Murder Drama 'American Crime'

John Ridley Will Write & Exec Produce 'American Crime' - A Racially-Charged ABC Drama

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 28, 2013 10:53 AM
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John Ridley Will Write & Exec Produce 'American Crime' - A Racially-Charged ABC Drama

John Ridley ('12 Years A Slave') Hired By MGM To Rewrite 'Ben-Hur' Reboot

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 24, 2013 12:45 PM
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MGM has hired John Ridley to rewrite the script for its upcoming (and completely unnecessary) reboot of the classic Ben-Hur, based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ.

Screenwriter John Ridley Talks Writing ‘12 Years A Slave’ & His Hendrix Bio-Pic 'All Is By My Side’ (Video)

  • By Sergio
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  • October 13, 2013 8:34 AM
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I’ll bet that at the end of the year, when you look at all the articles we’re written on S & A, 12 Years A Slave will be the film that we wrote about the most. And how could you blame us?

Jimi Hendrix Died Today In History... Andre Benjamin's Biopic Picked Up + New 2-Hour Doc Coming

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 18, 2013 10:17 AM
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Today in history... September 18th, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died of a drug overdose in London, at just 27 years old.

Andre Benjamin's Jimi Hendrix Film, 'All Is By My Side,' Finds A USA Distributor

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 13, 2013 9:59 AM
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Open Road and XLrator have picked up U.S. rights to Andre Benjamin's Jimi Hendrix project, All Is By My Side, another high-profile film based on the life of a real-life person that's been burdened with controversy since it started production, and which made its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last weekend.

TIFF 2013 Review: Good Performance By Andre Benjamin Isn't Enough To Bolster Hendrix Biopic

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • September 9, 2013 4:27 PM
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A little over a decade ago, VH1 premiered one of its many mediocre television biopics, Hendrix. Playing well against type, Wood Harris starred as the iconic guitarist, alongside Vivica A. Fox (as girlfriend/groupie Faye Pridgeon), and Billy Zane. A general overview of Hendrix’s life, the film chronicled his time playing with black artists like Little Richard, his period as a recording artist in London, his breakthrough performance at the legendary Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, and his untimely death at the age of 27. It had all the hallmarks of most rock ‘n roll biopics: the tough childhood, the discovery of genius, the hit single, the hard partying, the groupies, the hangers-on, the drug problems, the fall from grace. But it was missing something, one major element. The music. Getting music rights has been an uphill battle in many a musical biopic, and last year, with the announcement that a new Hendrix movie called All is By My Side was set to begin production, getting rights to the rocker’s extensive discography once again became an obstacle for filmmakers. Hendrix’s estate withdrew all support for the movie, and barred writer-director John Ridley (who paradoxically also wrote 12 Years a Slave and Undercover Brother) from using seminal Hendrix songs like ‘Purple Haze’, ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ and the ‘Hey Joe’ cover in the movie. Ridley, determined to tell his version of the Hendrix story, sidestepped this slight inconvenience by crafting a story set specifically before the debut of Are You Experienced.