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‘12 Years a Slave’ Star
Backs Out of Italian Premiere
Following Poster Controversy

Variety, by NIck Vivarelli

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Posted By:DW626, 12/28/2013 5:25:17 AM

The Italian premiere of “12 Years a Slave” officially kicked off Italy’s 18th annual Capri Hollywood film festival on Friday without talent in tow, following controversy sparked by the pic’s teaser posters that placed the focus on Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender rather than Chiwetel Ejiofor, the star of the film. As previously reported, Italo distributor BIM Distribuzione, which will release the Steve McQueen-helmed drama in Italy on Feb. 20, has apologized, pulled the posters that sparked a racial discrimination uproar on the Internet, and announced they will be using the original U.S. materials for “Slave,” translated into Italian, for

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Being that this an entertainment magazine for Hollywood types. I found many of the comments following this article pleasantly surprising.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Grace1798, 12/28/2013 6:24:59 AM     (No. 9670526)

We refuse to support movies that has actors who hate USA and Hate Americans. Do you want a better nation? Then stop supporting these anti-americans.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: anonymous, 12/28/2013 6:56:46 AM     (No. 9670546)

It was quite absurd how the promoters put a photo of Brad Pitt on the poster, especially when you consider that Brad is only in this movie for about 3 minutes.

It illustrates how the entertainment industry is all about money. Money, money, money. It´s run by people without scruples who can be racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-religion and pornographic...all depending on whether there´s a buck in it. This should be exploited by those who wish to point to the total hypocrisy of the liberal mindset.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 12/28/2013 7:36:59 AM     (No. 9670565)

That´s what I thought, #2. He played a small role. Don´t want to spoil the plot for others, but slavery is a bad thing.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 12/28/2013 7:53:24 AM     (No. 9670579)

#2, I am completely unfamiliar with this movie. However, the entertainment industry is NOT "all about money." If they were they would produce a greater quantity of wholesome movies and fewer sleazy movies because the movies which have historically made the most money are wholesome movies. The same is true of TV shows.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mossley, 12/28/2013 12:09:28 PM     (No. 9670915)

Much ado about nothing. Pitt and Fassbender are known stars in Italy. Ejiofor is unknown pretty much everywhere, and a story about American slaves is going to be a hard sell there to begin with. It makes sense to put the stars people recognize on a poster to generate interest. Hollywood often puts big names on posters, even if they have small roles.

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