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Telluride Roundups: Oscar Hopefuls '12 Years a Slave' and 'Prisoners' Score with Critics (TRAILERS)

Two unannounced big films made a big splash Saturday: Warner Bros. awards hopeful "Prisoners," which nabbed rave reviews for Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal and Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave," directed by Steve McQueen.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 31, 2013 3:51 PM
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Toronto International Film Festival Launches Oscar Race; 'Fifth Estate' Is Opener, 'Life of Crime' Is Closer

DreamWorks’ World premiere of Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate" will open the 38th Toronto International Film Festival announced that the world premiere of Festival on September 5; the fest will close on September 15 with the world premiere of Daniel Schechter’s "Life of Crime."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2013 11:38 AM
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WATCH: First Trailer for McQueen's '12 Years a Slave,' Starring Ejiofor and Fassbender

The first trailer for Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" has arrived. The Fox Searchlight title stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in the pre-Civil War United States who is abducted and sold into slavery. The sprawling cast includes Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard and Lupita Nyong'o. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 16, 2013 11:29 AM
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McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' Release Date Moves Forward to October 18

Fox Searchlight has moved up Steve McQueen's much-anticipated "12 Years a Slave" from its previously announced release date of December 27 to October 18. This makes it all the more likely that the film will play the early fall festival circuit. We recently predicted it would land at Venice.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2013 1:29 PM
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First Look: Six New Images for Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years a Slave,' Starring Ejiofor, Fassbender, Cumberbatch and More

Fox Searchlight has released the first official images for Steve McQueen's highly anticipated "Twelve Years a Slave," starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson and Lupita Nyongo.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 19, 2013 1:31 PM
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McQueen's 'Twelve Years a Slave,' Starring Pitt, Ejiofor and Fassbender, Gets Oscar-Friendly 2013 Release Date

Fox Searchlight took a huge gamble picking up Steve McQueen's Toronto 2010 entry "Shame," starring Michael Fassbender as a tormented sex addict, which hit theaters in 2011. Fans of McQueen's work (which also includes 2008's "Hunger") have been chomping at the bit for his next film. Searchlight is giving his "Twelve Years a Slave" --starring dream team Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano and Fassbender--a limited release on the Oscar-friendly date of December 27, 2013.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2013 2:06 PM
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Brad Pitt Talks 'Killing Them Softly,' Failed Democracy & Responsible Capitalism, Plus McQueen's '12 Years A Slave'

Guy Richie interviewing Brat Pitt for Interview Magazine is quite a read, and the photo spread of Pitt isn't too shabby either. Pitt had a great year in 2011 with "The Tree of Life" and "Moneyball," and he's kept busy with a handful of new projects. They discuss Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" and the state of American capitalism...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 9, 2012 1:09 PM
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McQueen on Fassbender's 'Shame' Snub: Americans Are 'Too Scared of Sex'

If you wondered why Michael Fassbender was passed over for an Oscar nod this year, his "Shame" director has the answer. "In America they're too scared of sex, that's why he wasn't nominated," he told The Press Association. (Fassbender was also snubbed for well-reviewed performances in "A Dangerous Method" and "Jane Eyre.")
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 2:45 PM
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McQueen Talks the Masculinity and Femininity of Fassbender in Interview Magazine

Michael Fassbender - the most egregious snub of the 2012 Oscar nominees - covers Interview Magazine's February issue. His day will come, we're not worried about that. "Prometheus" will increase his mainstream appeal this June, and he'll team with Steve McQueen for a third time (and Brad Pitt for the second) in 2013's "Twelve Years a Slave." Check out our interview with him here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 30, 2012 1:46 PM
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