Twelve Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave to open New Orleans Film Festival

12 years a slave,chiwetel ejiofor,michael fassbenderNola.com reports that Twelve Years a Slave will be the opening film at this year’s New Orleans Film Festival, which runs from October 10 to 17.

If you’re planning on going, the tickets will go on sale on Thursday (August 15) and will be available at NewOrleansFilmSociety.org.

The 2013 New Orleans Film Festival will boast a decidedly local feel when it kicks off its 24th edition on Oct. 10. Director Steve McQueen’s locally shot adaptation of “12 Years a Slave” — starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt — was named the festival’s opening-night selection in an announcement this afternoon (Aug. 12).

McQueen’s film, which will be screening more than a week before its limited theatrical release, will be the centerpiece of a red-carpet, opening-night event to be held at the newly renovated Civic Theater on O’Keefe Avenue. McQueen is expected to be among those in attendance.

Twelve Years a Slave to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

Adobe Photoshop PDFTwelve Years a Slave will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. The lineup was announced earlier today, and Collider has the full press release.

The schedule will be announced on August 20. TIFF 2013 runs from Sept. 5 to 15.

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12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen, USA World Premiere

12 Years a Slave tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 and finally freed in 1853. The story is a triumphant tale of one man’s courage and perseverance to reunite with his family that serves as an important historical and cultural marker in American history. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams and Alfre Woodard.

Return date for Raising Hope & new release date for Twelve Years a Slave

Just a couple of quick updates. Raising Hope will be back with a new season on Friday, November 8. From the Fox press release:

Friday nights beginning on Nov. 8 are all-new when BONES moves to a new night and time (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and RAISING HOPE (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) kicks off an all-new hour of comedy, followed by the series premiere of the new sibling comedy ENLISTED (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Written and created by Kevin Biegel (“Cougar Town,” “Scrubs”) and starring Geoff Stults (“Ben and Kate,” “The Finder”), Chris Lowell (“Private Practice,” “Veronica Mars”) and Parker Young (“Suburgatory”), ENLISTED is an irreverent single-camera comedy about an older sibling who returns home to reconnect with his two brothers and lead a group of misfits on a small Florida Army base.

And Twelve Years a Slave will be released a couple of months sooner than expected, on October 18. From Deadline:

The release date chess game of the Oscar-bait autumn films continues. After some exuberant test screenings, Fox Searchlight is moving the Steve McQueen-directed Twelve Years A Slave to a limited platform release that will begin October 18. The original plan for the film backed by New Regency and River Road was to start the limited platform release in late December. They felt it could thrive in the fall, instead of waiting for winter.