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John Ridley Addressess Steve McQueen Feud, Explains Oscar Speech Diss

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12 Years a Slave writer, John Ridley is finally speaking out about the rumored feud between the film’s director, Steve McQueen.

During a recent interview with HuffPost Live to promote his Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side, Ridely opened up about his relationship with McQueen and why he failed to mention McQueen’s name during his Oscar’s acceptance speech.

“You got 30 seconds. Half of that was going to my wife,” Ridley explained. “Whatever time I had more was going to Solomon [Northup] and praising him. And then I wanted to make sure … You get in your parents, your mom, your dad … You never thank them my two sisters, my kids.”

Ridley added, “You can’t help people’s perceptions, but I am sorry that people perceived [a feud] because 24 hours earlier I was saying, ‘It was fun. And I am here because of him and because of his work and how he puts things together.”

Reports surfaced after the Oscar’s that the two men were feuding over credit for the screenplay. In another interview with Indiewire’s Anne Thompson, the Academy Award winner explained that the perceived fight between he and the British director was blown out of proportion.

“For both of us, I would have been happy to have Story By credit,” Ridely said. “Steve never tried to get an arbitration. A lot of people assume we wrote the script together every day for four years. The reality is that Steve lives in Amsterdam and I live in Los Angeles. We met a dozen times at most. I can’t say in all honesty that Steve and I had an opportunity to become super tight. It starts to bother me when the story becomes that we didn’t give each other foot massages. Steve was never not deferential to me and I hope I always expressed admiration for him, the cast and crew. Steve did a lot for me. I don’t know if Steve is upset. We got to have our moment. It was a beautiful moment for us.”

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Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”

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It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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