Oscars news: Oprah on relevance of ‘Selma,’ Angelina Jolie on building ‘Unbroken’ team

As Joe Neumaier reports, “Oprah Winfrey’s new movie ‘Selma‘ centers on a key moment in the civil rights movement of the 1960s but also holds a mirror to the struggle in the age of Ferguson and Garner. ‘You look out your window and see people protesting, and then look at ‘Selma,’ and it looks similar,’ Winfrey tells the Daily News as protesters still fill the streets to protest police killings of unarmed black men. ‘It’s a wonderful thing that people are protesting,’ she adds. ‘When they say, ‘Enough is enough’ and ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ that’s what (Martin Luther) King said (in Selma).’” New York Daily News

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In advance of Friday’s opening of “Mr. Turner,” Brian Brooks talks to SPC co-president Michael Barker who reveals, “We became involved … years ago. Mike Leigh told us way back that he wanted to do this story, but was having challenges getting all of the money together. But we committed to the film even before [it went ahead].” As Brooks reports, “Barker touted the film’s “epic enterprise” that he sees as having a long tail artistically and at the box office. He also said awareness of the 19th century master should buoy Mr. Turner over the long haul. ‘Turner is one of those painters whose art is more and more popular,’ he added. ‘Many people consider him the first modern painter. We think the film will be a value for years to come and not just opening weekend…Spall has one of the finest performances of the year. The cinematography is incredible and words can’t do justice to the quality of the screenwriting.’” Deadline

Tim Gray chats to “Unbroken” director Angelina Jolie who admits, “there is one reason she and Universal could assemble such a great team of artisans: Louis Zamperini, the World War II hero whose story the movie is based on. ‘We were all there because we cared about the man; we were inspired by the story, we liked what the film was saying, and we admired the man. It was Louis’ film.’ The film shot in 68 days for $65 million, fairly modest for an epic-scale piece that spans several decades and continents. Jolie says it wasn’t easy for the film teams, but everyone worked together: ‘We were all united. And everybody was so enthusiastic about everybody else’s work.’” Variety

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Gerard Kennedy sits down for a candid conversation with Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg (“Argo) about his work on “The Imitation Game“. He says, “My main goal when I’m cutting is always story. By that I mean what’s the story of each scene? What’s the story of each character? What’s Alan [Turing] thinking? He’s saying these words but he means this and how do I convey that and juxtapose to convey that? This was challenging because of the three time periods and making them clearly delineated but also all part of the same film.” In Contention 

Boyhood,” “Birdman,” “The Imitation Game,” and “The Theory of Everything” number among the 10 cited by AARP Magazine as “Movies for Grownups.” The magazine will fete these films at a Jan. 7 gala in Los Angeles. Besides awards for Best Actor, Actress and Director, there will be prizes forf “Best Grownup Love Story,” “Best Intergenerational Film,” and “Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up.” AARP

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