*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.
*I finally saw “12 Years A Slave.”
I purposely put off watching director Steve McQueen’s epic based on the 1853 autobiography by Solomon Northup, which tells his story of being born a free black man who is kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery, working on Louisiana plantations for twelve years before being released.
*The final hint of winning the Oscar for best picture? It could be, potentially!
At first, things were looking down for 12 Years a Slave — losing in many key categories.
But at the last minute the film managed to pull off a win for Chiwetel Ejiofor in the Best Actor category and then it won the biggest award of the night — Best Film at the BAFTA Awards.
Actors Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o arrive at the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards
*The Hollywood rumor mill has churned out a new supposed celebrity couple.
Word has it that 2014 Oscar darlings Lupita Nyong’o of “12 Years a Slave” and Jared Leto of “Dallas Buyers Club” are more than just friends.
According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the two – in the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week – were spotted “huddled at a corner table together looking very close” at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo on Wednesday (Feb. 12).
*“12 Years a Slave” will be released on Digital HD on Feb. 18 and on DVD and Blu-ray on March 4 — two days after the 86th Academy Awards – and accompanied in those formats by several educational extras, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
THR posted a teaser of one of them: “A Historical Portrait,” a documentary about how the film came together and the book that inspired it, featuring readings from the latter by the star of the former, Chiwetel Ejiofor. [Scroll down to watch a teaser.]
The special feature will appear solely on the film’s Blu-ray edition.