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'12 Years a Slave' to be taught in high schools

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Kids used to read books like Roots and Uncle Tom’s Cabin to learn about slavery in high school, but now films are being added to the curriculum: Best Picture nominee 12 Years a Slave, to be exact. Beginning later this year, public high schools may begin showing the film and distributing the book it was based on. Talk show host Montel Williams coordinated this initiative, saying in a press statement, “When Hollywood is at its best, the power of the movies can be harnessed into a powerful educational tool.”

The National School Boards Association announced their partnership with Penguin Books, New Regency, and 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen on their website this weekend. In the statement, McQueen says, “Since first reading 12 Years a Slave, it has been my dream that this book be taught in schools.”

The film follows Solomon Northup (Best Actor contender Chiwetel Ejiofor), a formerly free man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. The film chronicles his time spent as a slave, where he meets Patsey (Best Supporting Actress nominee Lupita Nyong’o) and suffers the wrath of plantation owners. It’s based on a book of the same name, a memoir by Northup himself. “Allowing students to see the tragic circumstances and messages conveyed through these works are vital to learning and reflection on our nation’s era of slavery,” said NSBA’s executive director Thomas J. Gentzel in the statement.

Distribution of the film and book will begin in September at the start of the new school year.

'The To Do List' red-band trailer: 'Tea bagging? Must be British' -- NSFW VIDEO

Aubrey Plaza plays Brandy Clark, and Brandy Clark really wants to get laid. That’s the basic, umm, thrust of the latest trailer for The Do List, which is NSFW for a plethora of vulgar language and raw sexual innuendo. It’s the ’90s and all your favorite people are here: Donald Glover, Rachel Bilson, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Alia Shawkat, and Scott Porter, as the sexual peak of the movie’s plot-long sexual mountain.

Warning! Watching this trailer is likely to a) make you have skorts-related nightmares; and b) sing Salt ‘N’ Pepa under your breath for the rest of the day.

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Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna reveals illness, reconfirms awesomeness in 'The Punk Singer'

The Punk Singer, Sini Anderson’s intimate, invigorating portrait of Riot grrrl founder and former Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, world premiered at SXSW this week and it’s the film I can’t stop thinking about. In it, Hanna reveals for the first time that she dropped out of the music scene after being stricken low by Lyme Disease, a diagnosis that took six long, hard years for doctors to make. At its terrifying peak her illness robbed Hanna of that raw belt of a singing voice and she worried she’d soon be bound to a wheelchair. Watch a clip below: READ FULL STORY

Quentin Tarantino pays tribute to 'Dazed and Confused' at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards

Last night a bunch of Texas filmmakers and lovers raised a glass in honor of home state greats like Annette O’Toole, Stephen Tobolowsky, Henry Thomas and Robin Wright. But the highlight of the evening was when Richard Linklater and some reunited cast members from the 1993 classic celebration of dumb, enviable teenage fun, Dazed and Confused, won their own Hall of Fame Award. READ FULL STORY

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