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Understanding Screenwriting Credit and WGA Arbitration in 'Belle' and '12 Years A Slave'

  • By Nijla Mumin
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  • May 19, 2014 2:22 PM
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While it’s very common in independent, lower-budget film for a director to be the writer of a film, the industry-wide process of receiving screenwriting credit on a script involves an extensive set of rules governed by the Writers Guild of America.

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?

After Last Night's Big Academy Award Win, What's Next For Director Steve McQueen?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • March 3, 2014 1:04 PM
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  • 18 Comments
After Last Night's Big Academy Award Win, What's Next For Director Steve McQueen?

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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  • 21 Comments
Steve McQueen Sets Up Next Project At HBO - Drama On Young Black Man's NYC High Society Experiences

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.

Some Comic Relief In New Clip From '12 Years A Slave' - Anatomy Of A Scene

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 16, 2013 3:52 PM
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Here's yet another clip from Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, which opens in limited release this Friday, after a much-celebrated, albeit brief trip through the film festival circuit.In this new short clip - titled Anatomy of a Scene: Video of ’12 Years a Slave’ - courtesy of NYTimes.com, director Steve McQueen narrates a scene that takes place on Epps' (Michael Fassbender's) plantation, and involves Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Epps in a somewhat humorous melee - at least, it was meant to be, as you'll hear McQueen describe his motivations and intent in the clip below.Fox Searchlight will open 12 Years A Slave theatrically on October 18, in a limited roll-out and will then expand nationwide in successive weeks.

Will 'Twelve Years A Slave' Premiere At The Cannes Film Festival?

  • By Sergio
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  • January 22, 2013 9:07 AM
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Of course, we're still quite a few months away before this year's Cannes Film Festival announces its selection of films that will screen, both in and out of competition. But both Tambay and I agree that this is a no-brainer.