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It's true that Maggie Gyllenhaal's first two films were directed by her father Stephen (1992's "Waterland" and the following year's "A Dangerous Woman"), but no one was crying nepotism by the time she broke out of Sundance with 2002's pitch-black comedy "Secretary," an astute character study on Bdsm behavior in which she bared all -- figuratively, literally and both ways boldly. Since then, Gyllenhaal's carved out an eclectic path through indie cinema ("SherryBaby," "Donnie Darko") and mainstream fare ("World Trade Center," "The Dark Knight"), with her richest roles typically emerging from the smaller passion projects that she clearly loves most.
Such is the case with first-time filmmaker Scott Cooper's charming country-music drama "Crazy Heart," adapted from Thomas Cobb's novel and featuring the music of co-producer T-Bone Burnett. In a performance that just nabbed him a Golden Globe nomination, Jeff Bridges headlines as 57-year-old crooner legend Bad Blake, »
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Colin Farrell usually gets raves for his looks but now it is his singing voice that is wowing critics. He does his own singing while playing a country music star in the likely Oscar contender “Crazy Heart,” and he actually steals the scene. "No one had heard him sing until he recorded with [composer and producer] T-Bone, but we assumed if he took the role that he probably could pull it off or he wouldn't have accepted the role," “Crazy Heart” producer Judy Cairo told E! online after the film debuted in Los Angeles. "His agent didn't even know he could sing." The indie flick is about an alcoholic country star who falls in love with a local newspaper reporter. In one scene, Farrell and film lead Jeff Bridges sing together onstage at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque, N.M. "They both have great voices," Cairo said. "In fact, it was Colin's second »
Colin Farrell is the unsung hero of Jeff Bridges' acclaimed new movie Crazy Heart - he recorded a song for the soundtrack, made an appearance in the film and then insisted his name be taken off the credits so as not to take the spotlight off the star.
The Irishman, who once auditioned for Irish boyband Boyzone, stunned cast and crew with his singing skills in one scene and agreed to work with producer T-Bone Burnett on the soundtrack.
Crazy Heart producer Judy Cairo tells Eonline.com, "No one had heard him sing until he recorded with T-Bone, but we assumed if he took the role that he probably could pull it off or he wouldn't have accepted the role."
And then the humble star stunned everyone by insisting his name not be used in the marketing of the movie.
Cairo adds, "He didn't want to take the spotlight off of Jeff. Obviously this is Jeff's movie and... if Colin was more in front of it, Jeff would have to share the spotlight a little bit. He wanted to give kudos and credit to Jeff." »
Just when we thought Colin Farrell couldn't get any hotter, we find out he can sing. Not only does the Irish hunkster do his own singing playing a country music star in the much-buzzed-about Crazy Heart, but he actually has a pretty darn good voice, too. "No one had heard him sing until he recorded with [composer and producer] T-Bone, but we assumed if he took the role that he probably could pull it off or he wouldn't have accepted the role," Crazy Heart producer Judy Cairo told us last night at the movie's L.A. premiere. "His agent didn't even know he could sing." The indie flick centers on an alcoholic country star has-been (Jeff Bridges) who falls in love with a local »
Maggie Gyllenhaal brings out Bad Blake’s (Jeff Bridges) crazy heart in her new movie, Crazy Heart, directed by Scott Cooper. Bad Blake’s life might have gone on just the way it always had – from one minor tour to the next, one soulful bar to the next, one hard drink to the next – if he never met Jean Craddock (Gyllenhaal). But once he does, Bad is destined to try to be better than he ever has before.
Finding the right Jean was so vital to making Bad’s love story feel real, that Jeff Bridges became very involved in the casting sessions, and it was Bridges who ultimately chose Maggie Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal has twice been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as a mentally unstable employee in the Sundance Festival winner Secretary and for her performance as an ex-con trying to start again in Sherrybaby. And she »
Like a sly and tender country song, laced with equal parts passion, humor and trouble, Crazy Heart is the portrait of a man (Jeff Bridges) who has lived hard, fast and recklessly, but still goes after the salvation of love when his heart gets what appears to be one last chance to redeem itself.
Writer, producer and director Scott Cooper – himself a Southerner steeped in the rollicking legends and bittersweet themes of country music – always saw Crazy Heart’s outsized lead character of Bad Blake as a mirror of the country heroes he grew up idolizing, in spite of their wildly unpredictable love lives and battles with their darker impulses.
The Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominees earlier today. Listed below is the complete list of this year's nominated films, cast and crew members. MakingOf would like to congratulate the nominees and applaud the diverse roster of talented filmmakers. Please scroll down for links to exclusive interviews we've conducted with some of the nominated directors and writers.
The Independent Spirit Awards eligibility requirements for consideration are that the feature film must be 70 minutes in length and the total cost must be below $20 million. A film also must have screened at a major film festival or had a one-week engagement at a commercial theater.
The awards' ceremony has taken place the past 24 years the Saturday afternoon before the Academy Awards in Santa Monica. The ceremony is moving this year to downtown L.A. and will be held in the evening on Friday, March 5th.
This year's Independent Spirit Awards Nominees:
Although the nominees for the Academy Awards won't be announced until sometime next year, a few of the other award ceremonies are already in full swing including the Independent Spirit Awards, which recognize the best films shot for $20 million or less. This year's Spirit Award nominees were announced earlier today, and I think there are definitely some interesting choices. First off, the big one that everyone is picking up on is the fact that Paranormal Activity was nominated for Best First Feature. And why shouldn't it be? The Blair Witch Project won the exact same award back in 2000. Anvil! The Story of Anvil has been redeemed somewhat for the Oscar snub by getting a nod here for Best Documentary, and surprisingly, Jemaine Clement picked up a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Gentlemen Broncos. Other than that, some of the movies that scored multiple nominations include Precious, (500) Days of Summer, »
Actors Taraji P. Henson and Matt Dillon announced the nominees for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Tuesday morning. Dramatic films "The Last Station" and "Precious" lead the pack with five nods each.
The winners will be announced on Friday, March 5, 2010 in L.A.
2010 Spirit Award Nominations
Best Feature (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not listed)
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization behind the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations this morning for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards.
The awards show will be held March 5, two days before the Oscars. The event will be held at the La Live campus downtown.
Visit the Spirit Awards official site right here.
And now, the nominees of the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards:
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