12 Years a Slave

6 Stories

Mayor's Plan: Turn 12 Years a Slave Site Into Stadium

Solomon Northup's family opposes the ballpark plan

(Newser) - Solomon Northup, the subject of 12 Years a Slave, was held in a slave jail in Shockoe Bottom, once one of the busiest slave-trading districts in the country ... and now the mayor of Richmond, Va., where the site is located, wants to turn it into a baseball stadium. Descendants of... More »

NYT Corrects 1853 Piece After 12 Years Win

Story misspelled Solomon Northup's name

(Newser) - The New York Times followed the Best Picture win for 12 Years a Slave by tweeting a link to an 1853 article on Solomon Northup, the film's historical subject. The original article's lead describes what is to follow as "a more complete and authentic record than has... More »

12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture

Here are all your Oscar winners

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres opened tonight's Academy Awards with a few mild shots at the attendees—among other things, she teased Jennifer Lawrence for falling on her way up to the stage last year and then again on the red carpet tonight ; she raised her voice so that 84-year-old nominee June... More »

Brad Pitt Almost Got Sued Over Slave Snub

Paramount felt it should have been offered the film

(Newser) - ( More ) Hollywood drama: Brad Pitt narrowly managed to avoid a lawsuit from Paramount, according to Page Six 's sources. The studio felt it should have been offered 12 Years a Slave by Plan B, Pitt's production company, with whom it had a "first-look deal."... More »

'Based on a True Story'? 10 Hugely Embellished Films

Some pretty big changes were made in these movies

(Newser) - So how close to "true" are movies that claim to be "based on a true story"? Radar reveals the pretty major embellishments made to 20 such films. A sampling:
  • American Hustle: While the film tracks pretty closely to the Abscam scandal, Amy Adams' character never got involved
... More »

McConaughey, Hustle Win at SAGs

Awards season is beginning to look sort of set

(Newser) - Matthew McConaughey and American Hustle are beginning to make the Oscars look sort of inevitable, adding Screen Actors Guild Awards wins last night to their Golden Globes . McConaughey again took home the lead actor award for Dallas Buyers Club, which also earned Jared Leto a best supporting actor award, while... More »

6 Stories