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NYT Best Sellers Dominated by Films and TV: '12 Years a Slave,' 'Long Walk to Freedom,' 'Orange Is the New Black' and More

One of the revelations from the current New York Times list of non-fiction bestsellers is how many films land there. Solomon Northup's "12 Years a Slave," which was overshadowed upon its 1853 publication by abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and "A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin" and long only known by historians, now sits at number three on the bestseller list. Impressive, and cool.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 19, 2013 2:29 PM
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'Mandela' Opens Strong with Weak Reviews, Spike Lee's 'Old Boy' Collapses, '12 Years a Slave' Passes 'Blue Jasmine' as Year's Best Indie Performer

´╗┐´╗┐With so many adult-oriented films playing in wide release over the holiday weekend, it was more difficult for narrower releases to gain traction. One, the second Weinstein potential awards contender in a row to open in just two cities, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," exceeded expectations while the other, Spike Lee's remake of "Oldboy," performed weakly in several hundred theaters.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 1, 2013 4:16 PM
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This Holiday Weekend, See Musicals 'Black Nativity' and 'Frozen'

From Langston Hughes adaptation "Black Nativity" to Disney's animated musical comedy "Frozen," there is plenty of family fare to see this holiday weekend, which is light on awards contenders. Starring an acclaimed Idris Elba, the Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" also opens, as does Spike Lee's beefed up "Oldboy" remake.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 27, 2013 5:01 PM
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President Obama to Host White House Screening of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

President Obama has a special White House screening of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" planned, with an impressive guest list: stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, as well as Nelson Mandela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2013 3:47 PM
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