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    WATCH: André Benjamin Is 'Jimi: All Is By My Side' in Trailer for Oscar Winner John Ridley's Hendrix Biopic

    Screenwriter John Ridley won an Oscar earlier this year for "12 Years a Slave," and now his sophomore directorial feature "Jimi: All Is By My Side," will open in the US on September 24. Watch the trailer here.

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    What's Next for Lupita Nyong'o? 'Star Wars'!

    With the Academy Awards in the cultural rearview mirror, many of us wondered when and how we'd see a preternatural talent, and first-time Oscar winner, like Lupita Nyong'o on the big screen again. On Oscar night, the Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised Yale graduate who swept awards season with her sublime ...

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    Oscar-Winning '12 Years a Slave' Scribe John Ridley's Jimi Hendrix Biopic to Open Seattle Film Fest

    Screenwriter John Ridley won an Oscar this year for "12 Years a Slave," and now his sophomore directorial feature "Jimi: All Is By My Side," will be the opening night film at the 40th annual Seattle International Film Festival on May 15.

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    Oscar Winning '12 Years A Slave' Writer John Ridley Says He Regrets Not Thanking Steve McQueen

    "This year it’s who hugged and kissed who and who didn’t,” Oscar winning "12 Years A Slave" screenwriter John Ridley told EW about the awards season narrative this year. And he's not that far off. While the past few months have seen much milder mud slinging between contenders than past years, and in...

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    Ridley Sets Record Straight on McQueen '12 Years' Rift, Talks 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

    On location in Texas, John Ridley sets the record straight on the rift with '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen. And digs into directing his second feature film, 'Jimi: All is By My Side.'

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    John Ridley Says He’s “Grateful” For Steve McQueen, Claims Feud With ‘12 Years A Slave’ Director Is Nonexistent

    As with every year, a number of gaffes littered the Oscars ceremony this past Sunday, from the minuscule to the most cringeworthy (check out our best and worst moments from the show). However, two actions have since been read as entirely deliberate: the lack of mutual recognition from either “12 Yea...

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    Oscar Winners Steve McQueen & John Ridley Reportedly Beefing Over '12 Years A Slave' Screenplay Credit

    Last night, if you hadn't fall asleep by time it was announced, you may have noticed a slight chill when screenwriter John Ridley went up to accept his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "12 Years A Slave." He curiously didn't even acknowledge director Steve McQueen, walking by him on his way up ...

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    Watch: 50-Minute Writers Roundtable Talk With George Clooney, Julie Delpy, Jonas Cuaron & More

    We're in the thick of the awards season, which means long gone are the conversations about how long it took to set up a big VFX shot or what it was like playing [insert superhero]. Instead, movie lovers can now actually have substantive talks about, well, movies, and more importantly, so to can film...

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    Bill Condon Rewriting Hugh Jackman's P.T. Barnum Musical, '12 Years' Writer John Ridley Takes 'Ben-Hur'

    As the old song goes, it's nice work if you can get it, and Bill Condon must be glad his phone was ringing at all. With "The Fifth Estate" getting middling reviews, and serving as one of the worst wide release openings of the year, the writer/director has licked his wounds and already landed a new g...

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    Chiwetel Ejiofor As a 1930's Jazz Musician in the New Miniseries 'Dancing on the Edge'

    There are many reasons 12 Years a Slave is so eloquent and powerful, from Steve McQueen's fluid direction to John Ridley's first-rate screenplay and the cast of actors unafraid to play some of the worst and most heroic elements of character -- but at its heart, the film rests on Chiwetel Ejiofo...

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