'12 Years a Slave' sets Oscar-pegged re-release date

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12 Years a Slave is already planning its second act. Steve McQueen’s adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 19th-century memoir tells the story of a free black New Yorker (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who’s sold into Southern slavery. It opened on Oct. 17 after wowing critics and audiences at the September film festivals and it still playing in nearly 500 theaters. Today, Fox Searchlight announced that it would re-release the movie on Jan. 17.

Jan. 17 is a notable date since Oscar nominations will be announced the day before. Currently, 12 Years, which last week was nominated for seven Golden Globes, including one for Best Picture, has grossed $36.5 million at the box office.


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