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    TV: Can ABC Get an Emmy for ‘American Crime’ in Limited Series?

    The first season of ABC’s “American Crime” was a stellar debut from “12 Years a Slave” scribe John Ridley, dissecting themes like racism, class and the correctional system in modern-day America. The second season, somehow, managed to exceed all expectations as it dealt with the sensitive subject of sexual assault between two male high school […] More

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    ABC’s American Crime: What Will and Should Happen Next?

    One of the best shows of the year, “American Crime” from ABC, ended its run on Wednesday. Many people have said the finale was maddening, but it has been in the watercooler conversation since it premiered. Having followed this season from episode 1, I can tell you that the show was superb and earned a finale […] More

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    JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE Available on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on January 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES – XLrator Media announces the DVD, Blu-ray and VOD release of the Jimi Hendrix biopic, JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE. Directed by Academy Award Winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), the film stars André Benjamin (Musician, Outkast), Hayley Atwell (Captain America), Imogen Poots (Need for Speed, That Awkward Moment) and Ruth […] More

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    Oscars 2014 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Sam Coffey)

    Clayton has given me the honor of being the first Awards Circuit writer out of the gate to cement my Academy Award predictions.  All the guilds and groups have weighed in,  minus the Costume Designers Guild.  All the tea has been drank, and all that remains are the leaves for us to read.  Here goes […] More

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    Oscar Circuit: Best Adapted Screenplay

    Our look at the individual Oscar categories continues.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titledOscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Adapted Screenplay. And the Nominees are 12 Years a Slave – John Ridley OSCAR SCENE: Soloman says that he will survive Before Midnight – Julie […] More

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    USC Scripter Awards John Ridley and ’12 Years a Slave’

    John Ridley and his 12 Years a Slave script got a boost in its quest to win the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar last night when it took home the USC Scripter Award. 12 Years a Slave now seems poised to hold off Captain Phillips (written by Billy Ray) and Philomena (written by Steve Coogan and […] More

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    Oscar’s Best Actor – Tightest Race Outside of Best Picture

    We are talking a lot of the Oscars on a daily basis with some very interesting perspectives on how the race will shape up over the next five weeks or so.  Many are anticipating for the second year in a row, a split between Best Picture and Best Director, and some have a foregone conclusion […] More

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    Oscar Updates Continue with Screenplays, Animated Feature, and Production Design

    Oscar Predictions continue here and with the acting categories getting the updates last week, I thought it was time to start breaking down the “non-major” categories in groups.  Honestly, these are some of the more exciting races because the technical merits of films this year have been the most astounding and have made this year […] More

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    NYFF: 12 Years a Slave (★★★½)

    As tough as you might imagine a Steve McQueen directed film about slavery to be, quite frankly 12 Years a Slave is even harder to sit through than you’d expect. That takes nothing away from the immense power and incredible high quality of the movie, but especially in terms of the Oscar race, it bears […] More

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    12 Years a Slave (★★★★)

    Nearly everything you’ve heard is true.  Steve McQueen‘s anticipated take on the true story of Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, is the emotional juggernaut of the year.  It’s been about twelve hours since “12 Years a Slave” was unveiled to a crowd of New York critics alike.  At times, I allow myself to sleep on a […] More

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