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Watch David Oyelowo give a powerful speech as Martin Luther King Jr. in 'Selma' clip

David Oyelowo takes on the role of Martin Luther King in Ava DuVernay’s Selma, and in a new clip from the film, we get a glimpse at one of King’s famous speeches as Oyelowo’s King demands the right to vote.

The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Lorraine Toussaint.

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'Selma' cast and crew wear 'I can't breathe' shirts to premiere

Cast and crew from the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma took a break from Sunday night’s New York premiere to put on some T-shirts reading “I Can’t Breathe” for a photo-op to bring awareness to the ongoing protests concerning the death of Eric Garner, a man who was killed by a police officer as he repeated “I can’t breathe.”

Garner’s July death was determined a homicide, but in early December, the grand jury found “no reasonable cause” to indict the officer who put Garner in the fatal chokehold. Their decision launched nationwide protests, where participants march through streets chanting “I can’t breathe” among other slogans, including “black lives matter.” READ FULL STORY

'Boyhood,' 'Into the Woods' make the AFI Awards list

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The American Film Institute typically gives out honors to 10 films each year, but this year, 11 made the cut, including Boyhood, which picked up even more critics’ prizes over the weekend. According to AFI, this is “the first time in AFI AWARDS history that the voting procedure – including tiebreakers – has resulted in the inclusion of 11 motion picture honorees.”  READ FULL STORY

'Birdman' leads Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

Birdman scored six Independent Spirit Award nominations, the most of any film, when the nods were announced today, but for the most part the Spirit Awards spread the love around.

BoyhoodNightcrawler, and Selma each got five nominations, while Whiplash, a source of buzz since its debut at Sundance, received four. Though most of these films have Oscar hopes, the Spirit Awards have also honor films that haven’t made much headway in the awards conversation, despite critical praise. For instance, the John Lithgow-Alfred Molina film Love Is Strange was nominated for Best Feature, and received four other nominations, while A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a film described as the “first Iranian Vampire Western, has three nominations to its name.

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'Selma' first look: David Oyelowo takes on Martin Luther King in upcoming film

A cross, constructed entirely of lightbulbs, shines behind David Oyelowo as he approaches the pulpit of Atlanta’s 145-year-old Wheat Street Baptist Church. It’s a steamy June night, and 500 extras—including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a key architect of the civil rights movement—eagerly await the British-born actor’s first attempt to preach as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But just as director Ava DuVernay puts on her headphones and does a last sound check, a freak lightning storm threatens the safety of the crew and forces the production to shut down.

Delays are nothing new in the long saga of bringing MLK’s life to the big screen. Despite the success of Hollywood movies focused on African-American figures Malcolm X, Ray Charles, and, most recently, Jackie Robinson and James Brown, it took the work of a relatively unknown female director, a British actor, and Oprah Winfrey to make an MLK biopic finally happen. Selma chronicles the Nobel Prize-winning civil rights leader during three intense months in 1965, from the “Bloody ­Sunday” assault on protesters to the historic march through Alabama that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. The film will have an Academy run in December before rolling out nationwide by MLK weekend in January, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the events it depicts. READ FULL STORY

Oprah-produced civil-rights drama 'Selma' will be released on Christmas

Selma, the Oprah Winfrey-produced historical drama about the landmark 1965 civil-rights march that was violently attacked by Alabama law-enforcement, will get a limited release on Dec. 25, 2014, before opening wide on Jan. 9, 2015.

David Oyelowo (The Butler) stars as Martin Luther King, Jr., who helped organize Selma’s voting-rights protests after many African-Americans were denied their right to register to vote. Winfrey will also appear as Annie Lee Cooper, “an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by the sheriff.” READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Peter Dinklage may team up with Adam Sandler; Plus, Mel Gibson, more

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is in final talks to join the Adam Sandler comedy Pixels, about aliens versed in only 1980s video games who appropriate those strategies for their attack on Earth. A group of video game experts are called upon to defeat the threat. Chris Columbus is directing the pic. Josh Gad and Kevin James also star. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

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