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    John Ridley ('12 Years A Slave') Hired By MGM To Rewrite 'Ben-Hur' Reboot

    MGM has hired John Ridley to rewrite the script for its upcoming (and completely unnecessary) reboot of the classic Ben-Hur, based on the 1880 Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ.

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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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    Review: 12 Years a Slave

    Healing is a process more viable for the physical body than for the always-restless memory. Scars and wounds vanish into the past to be replaced by new skin, yet always leaving a mark. As minimal as that trace may be it becomes a permanent record of the pain endured. The size is correlate...

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    12 Years A Slave

    The gifted Chiwitel Ejiofor is a perfect choice to play the confident Northerner whose freedom and dignity are cruelly stripped away when he is sold into slavery in the 1840s.

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    Screenwriter John Ridley Talks Writing ‘12 Years A Slave’ & His Hendrix Bio-Pic 'All Is By My Side’ (Video)

    I’ll bet that at the end of the year, when you look at all the articles we’re written on S & A, 12 Years A Slave will be the film that we wrote about the most. And how could you blame us?

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    Top Films to Watch For From the 51st New York Film Festival

    The New York Film Festival, which ends today, was an especially rich edition. Almost every film, in the main slate and the sidebars, was tempting. And while the festival was heavy with mainstream directors, the choices were anything but kneejerk. Some of the most familiar names took exhilarating...

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    Jimi Hendrix Died Today In History... Andre Benjamin's Biopic Picked Up + New 2-Hour Doc Coming

    Today in history... September 18th, 1970, Jimi Hendrix died of a drug overdose in London, at just 27 years old.

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    Andre Benjamin's Jimi Hendrix Film, 'All Is By My Side,' Finds A USA Distributor

    Open Road and XLrator have picked up U.S. rights to Andre Benjamin's Jimi Hendrix project, All Is By My Side, another high-profile film based on the life of a real-life person that's been burdened with controversy since it started production, and which made its World Premiere at the Toronto Internat...

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    TIFF 2013 Review: Good Performance By Andre Benjamin Isn't Enough To Bolster Hendrix Biopic

    A little over a decade ago, VH1 premiered one of its many mediocre television biopics, Hendrix. Playing well against type, Wood Harris starred as the iconic guitarist, alongside Vivica A. Fox (as girlfriend/groupie Faye Pridgeon), and Billy Zane. A general overview of Hendrix’s life, the film chroni...

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    John Ridley Hopes To Get His Ambitious LA Riots Project Into Production w/ Justin Lin Directing

    A name that may not be getting as much credit and publicity for his contributions to Steve McQueen's universally-lauded (so far) 12 Years A Slave, is the man who wrote the script. After all, as any filmmaker or producer worth their salt will tell you, it all starts on the page.

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