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A weekend in Selma. The highly anticipated movie Selma opened in theaters this weekend, a movie about the historic struggle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The movie chronicles the marches from Selma to Montgomery Alabama that led to United States President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Selma came in at #2 this weekend in the box office followed by “Taken 3.”

Weekend Box office results:

1. Taken 3 — $40.4 million

2. Selma — $11.2 million

3. Into the Woods – $9.8 million

4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — $9.4 million

5. Unbroken – $8.4 million

“Selma” also won a Golden Globe last night. Singer John Legend and Actor-rapper Common accepted the Golden Globe award for Best Original Score for their song “Glory,” from the movie Selma.

Common gave a moving acceptance speech saying,

“I want to thank God — and the Hollywood Foreign Press,” Common quipped. He quickly turned serious, however, saying that “the first day I stepped on the set of Selma, I began to feel this was bigger than a movie.”

“As I got to know the people of the civil rights movement, I realized, I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote,” he said. “I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty.” “Selma has awakened my humanity, and I thank you Ava [DuVernay, the film’s director]. You are a superhero. You use the art to elevate us all — to bring us together.”

“Glory” John Legend featuring rapper Common

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“Selma” Movie review from The New Yorker

At the beginning of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary “Selma,” we hear Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo), indulging a private joke with Coretta Scott King (Carmen Ejogo), about how, long ago, they were going to settle down in a small university town and lead a simple life as a preacher and his wife. The year is 1964, and the Kings are in a hotel room in Oslo; he is donning an ascot and a cutaway coat before receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. In his fancy duds, he’s self-mocking yet proud, a crusader at rest. Throughout the movie, we hear the voice that we remember—measured and confident, and then, on the podium, full-blooded and exalted. In this film, once King launches into any kind of utterance, nothing can stop him. The British actor David Oyelowo adds something of his own to the role, an extra layer of meditative richness and a touch of sexual playfulness (King is flirting with his wife in the hotel). He also underlines King’s idiosyncratic way of emphasizing the first syllable of words, which injects jolts of energy into the smooth and even tones. This King is slightly contemptuous; his composure is barbed. read more….

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