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Sun Jan 18, 2015, 10:31 PM

'Selma' stars including Oprah march in Alabama, honoring MLK

Source: AP-Excite

KIM CHANDLER

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and fellow actors from the movie "Selma" marched with hundreds Sunday ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, recalling one of the bloodiest chapters of the civil rights struggle. Their steps in tribute to King in Alabama came as key black members of Congress elsewhere invoked recent police shootings of young black men as evidence that reforms are needed to ensure equal justice for all.

Winfrey, a producer of "Selma" who also had a part in the film, joined in marching along with director Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo, who portrayed King in the movie, and the rapper Common, who also had an acting role. They and others marched from Selma City Hall to the city's Edmund Pettus Bridge, where civil rights protesters were beaten and tear-gassed by officers in 1965.

"Every single person who was on that bridge is a hero," Winfrey told the marchers before they walked up the bridge as the sun went down over the Alabama River. Common and John Legend performed their Oscar-nominated song "Glory" from the film as marchers crested the top of the bridge amid the setting sun.

Winfrey said the marchers remember "Martin Luther King as an idea, Selma as an idea and what can happen with strategy, with discipline and with love." Winfrey played the civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper in the movie, which was nominated for two Oscars, in categories of best picture and best original song.

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Marchers hold up a "March On" sign as they make their way towards the Edmund Pettus Bridge the Edmund Pettus Bridge in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Selma, Ala. Several clebraties such as Oprah Winfrey, John Legend, Common, and David Oyelowo lock arms and march to promote the movie "Selma."AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


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Reply 'Selma' stars including Oprah march in Alabama, honoring MLK (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jan 2015 OP
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jan 18, 2015, 10:51 PM

1. Good on them.. They're out doing something of vital importance!


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Mahalo Steve

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:27 AM

2. KICK!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 01:46 AM

3. Remember

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 03:37 AM

4. Very cool

It blows...we saw "Selma" Saturday morning, and there were only 5 other ppl in the theater. Everyone was going to "Sniper." On MLK weekend, "Sniper" made $105 million in 4 days. "Selma" made $10 million.

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Response to Bigredhunk (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 05:55 AM

6. Overall, Selma has done decently

and better than some of the other Academy Award nominees, considering it's a historical biopic.

Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $25,964,000

Domestic Summary
Release Dates: December 25, 2014 (limited)
January 9, 2015 (wide)
Limited Opening Weekend: $571,450
(#23 rank, 19 theaters, $30,076 average)
Wide Opening Weekend: $11,307,394
(#2 rank, 2,179 theaters, $5,189 average)
% of Total Gross: 43.6%
Widest Release: 2,235 theaters
In Release: 25 days / 3.6 weeks

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=selma.htm

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Response to Bigredhunk (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 10:33 AM

7. We went Saturday afternoon and I'd say the theater was about 1/2 full...this is in progressive

Chapel Hill, NC.

We are both pretty big film buffs. I will have seen all the films nominated for Best Picture--with the exception of Sniper--
and both my husband (a Vietnam vet) and I will refuse to see Sniper. In fact, after Eastwood's stunt at the RNC
convention, I doubt I'll ever pay another dime to see one of his films.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 05:44 AM

5. K and R

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 03:01 PM

8. My father joined hundreds of clergy when MLK led the return to the Pettus Bridge on March 9th 1965

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jan 19, 2015, 10:05 PM

9. Oprah Winfrey's TV Channel OWN is running an excellent companion series to the 'Selma' film

that was on last night, tonight, maybe through the week. It features her hosting a preview of the new film and special events for 400 notables including living Legends of the Civil Rights movement, John Lewis, Andrew Young, Julian Bond, Diane Nash and many more. Highly recommended.

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