This Sept. 14, 2013 photo shows British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor from the film “12 Years A Slave,” in New York. Ejiofor portrays Solomon Northup, a free black man who was abducted and sold into slavery in this pre-Civil War drama. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP) by Jake CoyleAP Entertainment Writer TORONTO (AP) — Chiwetel Ejiofor arrived, he thought, prepared for the first day of shooting “12 Years a Slave.” To play Solomon Northup, a free man from upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery and who later chronicled his experience in a book, Ejiofor had studied Northup’s memoir, visited plantations and learned how to, as Northup did, play the violin. But all that work could scarcely ready him for the intense reality of performing a slave’s labor in a Louisiana summer.
ON THE ROAD– This Sept. 23, 2012 photo shows actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, left, and Viola Davis at the premiere of their film “Won’t Back Down,” in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca, File) by Alan Scher Zagier Associated Press Writer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The movie “Won’t Back Down” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis was a box-office dud, barely earning $5 million and disappearing from theaters soon after its September 2012 release.