*The 19th-century memoir by ex-slave Solomon Northup that birthed the Oscar winning film “12 Years a Slave” jumped from No. 326 on Amazon.com before Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony to No. 19 by Monday afternoon.
The book and the movie tell of how the free-born Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery. After receiving his Oscar for writing the screenplay, John Ridley spoke backstage about renewed interest in the book based on its awards season buzz. Listen below.
*Alexandria, Va. – In celebration of the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) partnership with New Regency, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to distribute “12 Years a Slave” to public high schools, NSBA congratulates the film’s Director Steve McQueen for winning the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture.
McQueen visibly wore the NSBA “Stand Up 4 Public Schools” red campaign wristband as he accepted the Oscar on behalf of filmmakers, cast and crew.
NSBA’s “Stand Up 4 Public Schools“ campaign centers on creating world-class public schools, governed by school boards, to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn 21st century skills and are prepared for higher education and the workplace. Continue reading
*Its Oscar week and that means it’s time for the “ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood” luncheon.
The exclusive event honored the brightest stars at the Beverly Hills Hotel Thursday.
EURweb associate Fahnia Thomas was at the 7th annual celebration and asked the best of Hollywood why it’s important to continuously illuminate positive images of Black women worldwide.
Universal’s Non-Stop starring Liam Neeson is action packed, in theaters February 28, 2014
Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson stars in the Universal Pictures presentation of Non-Stop.
* The newest Universal Pictures release, “Non-Stop,” starring Academy/Golden Globe Award nominee Liam Neeson (“Darkman”) is action packed as the entire film takes place on an international flight from New York to London.
Neeson is Bill Marks a US Federal Air Marshall trying to stop a hijacking from an unknown source on the plane using text messages – the ransom is $150 million.
Non-Stop is in theaters February 28 and is Rated PG – 13.