Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Oscars: Martin Luther King Film “Selma” Will Be Shown in Entirety This Week After All


“Selma,” the Ava Duvernay film about Martin Luther King’s world and life changing 1965 civil rights march, is ready to be seen. Duvernay mentioned on Twitter last night that the film was “locked” and would be screened in its entirety tomorrow– Tuesday– at the AFI Film Festival in Hollywood. Previously, AFI had announced a 30 minute preview of the film. But Duvernay decided to “mention” this in a Twitter exchange with executive producer Oprah Winfrey. Let’s hope the filmmakers let Paramount have a better marketing campaign when the time is right. “Selma” is scheduled for a limited run on Christmas week to qualify for the Oscars. The actual release is in mid January to coincide with the MLK birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march. Everyone’s hoping for good things as this season has no other “important” movie with big ideas. David Oyelowo, one of the great younger actors anywhere, plays Dr. King.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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