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Film and television actors are lining up with intimate theater producers against Equity’s minimum wage proposal for L.A. performers. Tim Robbins, Noah Wyle, Frances Fisher and Alfred Molina are just some of the prominent actors calling for local members of Actors’ Equity Association to vote no in the union’s upcoming 99-seat plan referendum. “The 99 Seat Plan gave me the opportunity, without doubt, to become who I am as an actor in every way,” Wyle, who serves as artistic director/producer at The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, said in a statement. “Please do not eliminate the Plan. It would devastate the Intimate Theatre Scene in Los Angeles.” Speaking at a town hall meeting Feb. 23, Robbins, who holds a similar position with the Actors’ Gang, said: "I've gotten so much out of it, and so have the actors. Actors have launched careers. I would urge you all to vote no. »
A new alternative poster has been released for touching drama Love is Strange, which you can check out below. You can also read our review of the movie here.
A darling of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Love Is Strange has had some very strong reviews and word-of-mouth have left many waiting patiently for the film to be released. The film stars John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) as a newly married couple , George and Ben, whose lives are turned upside down when George is let go at his job, forcing the couple to separate and find accommodation with friends and family, which puts added strain on their already stressful situation.
- Luke Owen
And the Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the winners and it's looking a lot like the Academy Awards! "Birdman" beat "Boyhood" for the Best Feature trophy but Richard Linklater took away the Best Director award from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu.
Is this a sign of what's going to happen at the Oscars tonight?
2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners (Highlighted) And Nominees
(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Winner: Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater won for Best Director and Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting actress for team Boyhood, while Iñárritu’s Birdman claimed Best Picture, Best Actor (Michael Keaton) and Cinematographer (Emmanuel Lubezki) at the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards last night. The split might foreshadow how the Oscars play out tonite, as the Middleweight Saturday ceremony and Heavyweight Sunday gig are more or less interchangeable. The two films that might gain a little further traction from the tent spotlight include Nightcrawler (which picked up Best First Feature and Best Screenplay) and Whiplash, Damien Chazelle’s deservedly won for Best Supporting Actor and Editing categories. Also worth pointing out is a Land Ho! win in the category we love the most: the John Cassavetes Award. Here are the winners and noms.
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” *Winner
- Eric Lavallee
Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced last night in Santa Barbara, California.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman claimed the most awards, taking home three gongs including Best Feature, although Iñárritu lost out in the Best Director category to Richard Linklater for Boyhood.
In the acting categories, Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Michael Keaton (Birdman) claimed Best Actress and Best Actor, while Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and J.K. Simmons (b) were honoured in the supporting categories.
Here’s a full list of the nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
David Zellner, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Dan Gilroy, »
- Gary Collinson
Digital Spy rounds up all of the winners from this year's ceremony below:
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) - Winner!
David Zellner - Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer.)
Director: Ana Lily Amirpour
Director/Producer: Justin Simien
Producers: Effie T. Brown, »
The 2015 Spirit Awards were handed out today and it was Birdman taking Best Feature and Best Actor (Michael Keaton) while Boyhood went home a double winner taking Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). However, while that's the result for the two big guns that will be going head-to-head at tomorrow night's Oscars, Nightcrawler was also a double winner taking Best Screenplay and Best First Feature, both awarded to writer/director Dan Gilroy. Otherwise, no big surprises with Julianne Moore (Still Alice) taking Best Actress and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) taking Supporting Actor, Citizenfour took Best Documentary and Birdman scored a third win for Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography. Justin Simien (Dear White People) took home Best First Screenplay and, whoa!, Look!, Whiplash was also a double winner, with Tom Cross winning for Best Editing (well deserved!) and anticipated Oscar winner in the same category, Ida won Best Foreign Language Film. »
- Brad Brevet
“Birdman” won the Spirit Award for best feature, and Michael Keaton nabbed the statue for actor for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s whimsical comedy-drama that dominated the 30th edition of the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
The film thus triumphed in two of the categories that have been most difficult to predict this awards season. The feature trophy went to producers Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole.
Richard Linklater was named top director for “Boyhood.” The split between the helmer/pic prizes could be a foreshadowing of Sunday’s Oscars, since the top races are hard to call. And Oscar could throw a few other curve balls into the mix, since “American Sniper,” and “The Theory of Everything” are ineligible for Spirits (since, respectively, the budget exceeded $20 million and the production was British).
- Dave McNary
HitFix Award Gurus Kris Tapley and Greg Ellwood are both attending Saturday's Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (February 21) afternoon in Santa Monica and they left me to handle HitFix's Independent Spirit Awards Winners & Losers list. And once I'm watching Saturday's show, I might as well be live-blogging Saturday's show as preparation for Sunday's Oscars live-blog, especially since is the last time that "Birdman" and "Boyhood" will be going head-to-head for Best Picture (along with "Selma" and "Whiplash") before the Academy Awards. So follow along and say "Hi" in the comments below... And remember that Saturday's show, hosted by Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen, is airing live on IFC, not that obnoxious tape-delayed thing they used to do! 1:50 p.m. Pt. The show hasn't started, but if you're following the Winners list, you know that "Birdman" has already won for for cinematography, while "Whiplash" won for editing, both results I can accept. »
- Daniel Fienberg
The 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were presented Saturday from a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. Check out the full list of winners below. Best Feature "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" - Winner "Boyhood" "Love is Strange" "Selma" "Whiplash" Best Director Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash" Ava DuVernay, "Selma" Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" - Winner David Zellner, "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" Best Screenplay Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, "Big Eyes" J.C. Chandor, "A Most Violent Year" Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler" - Winner Jim Jarmusch, "Only Lovers Left Alive" Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, "Love is Strange" Best First Feature Ana Lily Amirpour, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" Justin Simien, "Dear White People" Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler" - Winner Gillian Robespierre, "Obvious Child" Anja Marquardt, "She's Lost Control" Best First Screenplay Desiree Akhavan, "Appropriate Behavior" Sara Colangelo, "Little Accidents" Justin Lader, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have officially begun. Stay tuned for updated winners throughout the show. Hosted by Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, the ceremony will be broadcast live on IFC at 2:00 p.m. Pt.
Updated List of Winners:
Feature (Award given to the producer)
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
- Variety Staff
The 30th Independent Spirit Awards was held in Santa Monica Saturday afternoon, and "Birdman" and "Boyhood" were the ceremony's big winners. Hosted by Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen, the more casual Oscar precursor honored the best in independent filmmaking from the past year. Only three films -- "12 Years a Slave," "Platoon," and "The Artist" -- have won best feature at the Spirits and gone on to nab the Best Picture Oscar. Time will tell if this year's Spirit winner will follow in their footsteps. Get a complete list of the nominees with the winners in bold, below:
"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" - Winner
David Zellner, "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter"
- Alana Altmann
I didn't particularly enjoyed either of the two previous Dan Brown novel adaptations, not The Da Vinci Code (a book that was so bad I had to stop reading it) or Angels and Demons (a book I actually enjoyed and a movie that was even worse than Da Vinci). Next up is Inferno, with Tom Hanks back to star as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and Ron Howard back to direct. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) was already announced as a co-star and today Sony announced three more names joining the cast and they are, in fact, reason to possibly get interested. First off, Jones will star opposite Hanks as Dr. Sienna Brooks, a doctor tending to Langdon at the beginning of the story after he's grazed by a bullet and eventually becomes mixed in his latest mystery drawing from Dante's dark epic poem. amz asin="B00AXIZ4TQ" size »
- Brad Brevet
"When a piece is that romantic, there's no need to embellish," remarks Alfred Molina's music teacher George after witnessing an orchestral performance. It's a piece of advice heeded by writer-director Ira Sachs for his touching Love Is Strange, a film laden with dignity and restraint that never needs to resort to melodrama or contrivance.
The story kicks off with the wedding of George and artist Ben (John Lithgow), a long-term gay couple whose tenderness, sincerity and emotional intimacy is wonderfully captured by Sachs's lens. They're soon forced to live apart for financial reasons after George is abhorrently sacked from his teaching post once the news of his same-sex marriage spreads. Life apart poses its own problems, especially once Ben's health begins to deteriorate. »
It‘s remarkable what a Marvel contract will do for an actor’s profile. Chadwick Boseman has spent over a decade working his way up through episodic television appearances to little seen, excellent lead roles in films such as 42 and Get On Up. Then came his casting as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and suddenly, Chadwick Boseman has found himself at the top of everybody’s wish-list. The result is that a Chadwick Boseman film now attracts a great deal of attention, and some interesting casting – and Message From The King is no exception.
With an apparent view to begin shooting in March, Boseman is set to headline the action thriller, with Fabrice Du Welz (Alleluia) in the director’s chair. It is the tale of a South African man named Jacob King, who travels to Los Angeles in search of his sister’s stepson, and an appropriate amount of vengeance, »
- Sarah Myles
“Gone Girl” and “Dallas Buyers Club” actor Scott Takeda has been added to the cast of Paramount’s untitled Middle East comedy formerly working under the title “Taliban Shuffle.” Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina also recently signed on to join Tina Fey, Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman in the comedy based on Kim Barker’s memoir “The Taliban Shuffle.” See photos: 11 of TV’s Hottest Couples From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to ‘The Walking Dead’ (Photos) Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing the film from a script by Robert Carlock, and production is now under way in New Mexico. »
- Linda Ge
Paramount Pictures has announced that principal photography has begun on a brand new film starring “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star Tina Fey, Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit” franchise, “Sherlock” and Margot Robbie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Focus”). Filming on the currently untitled film is taking place in New Mexico. The film also stars Alfred Molina, Sheila Vand, Nicholas Braun, Christopher Abbott, Stephen Peacocke, Evan Jonigkeit and Billy Bob Thornton. The film is based on “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” an autobiography by Kim Barker. The tone of the film seems to be one that will play on various emotions; the New York Times described [ Read More ]
Dig beneath the chat about explicit content and it being reported as a follow-up of sorts to Queer As Folk, and Russell T Davies' new programme Cucumber has proven itself to be one of the most grown up dramas about relationships of recent times. At a point when television and cinema tends to focus on the challenges of young love, Cucumber takes a cold stare at what happens many years down the line. It's often uncomfortable to watch, but it feels true, honest and compelling drama.
Love Is Strange attracts fewer headlines, but it too not only treats its audience as grown-ups, it makes sure the film is about grown ups as well.
Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are discussing a recital of a Wieniawski violin piece that they've attended, and George, who is a music teacher, is slightly critical: "When a piece is that romantic," he says, "there's no need to embellish." It's about the only self-conscious line of dialogue in the whole of this wonderful movie romance, which is perfectly human-scaled, and knows just how much to show and tell us, and no more, about Ben and George's life together. »
In this extract from the Guardian Film Show, our critics review Ira Sachs's drama about a gay couple – played by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina – separated soon after their wedding after Molina's character, who teaches at a Catholic school, gets the sack on account of his sexuality. Read Peter Bradshaw's full review here and an interview with Molina Continue reading »
- Peter Bradshaw, Andrew Pulver, Simon Hattenstone, Paul Frankl and Ben Kape
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