A lot of people believe 12 Years A Slave is the best film yet made about slavery in the United States. That doesn't make it easy to watch.

It also wasn't easy to edit.

"Editing is like a massive, 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle," says director Steve McQueen. He's just arrived from Europe and is relaxing in a suite in a swanky West Hollywood hotel with the film's editor, Joe Walker.

Egyptian opera star Ashraf Sewailam discusses his upcoming appearance in Baton Rouge, and the current unrest in his home country.

Advocate entertainment writer John Wirt talks about the Louisiana connection at this Sunday's Academy Awards show.