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Matt Damon Confirmed To Lead Chinese Monster Movie The Great Wall

12 March 2015 8:07 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Legendary has assembled its final shooting cast for the forthcoming historical epic The Great Wall, which promises to be the largest movie production ever to shoot entirely within China. Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe and Game Of ThronesPedro Pascal are all locked in to star alongside a raft of Chinese actors attached to smaller supporting roles.

The Great Wall hails from Zhang Yimou, notable for his standout works House Of Flying Daggers and Hero, who will employ a range of old and new faces for the title. In addition to its leading English-speaking trio, Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Lin Gengxin, Zheng Kai, Chen Xuedong, Huang Xuan and Wang Junkai are set to appear. Newbies Yu Xintian and Liu Qiong will similarly fall in line for a tale of mythic proportions.

The film takes place in 15th century China and revolves around the formation of the titular wall, »

- Gem Seddon

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James Gunn Issues Impassioned Defense Of Superhero Films In Light Of Criticism

24 February 2015 9:02 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether you’re of the mindset that the superhero genre in cinema is careering towards saturation, or you’re simply revelling in the big-screen renditions of childhood heroes, there’s no doubting how important the category has proven to be in Hollywood. They are, far and away, some of the most bankable tentpoles crowding up a calendar year, but more often than not, the genre as a whole tends to get a bad rap.

And this criticism came to the fore over the weekend, when during both the Independent Spirit Awards Nightcrawler director Tony Gilroy remarked on the “tsunami of superhero movies,” not to mention Jack Black’s jib that the genre is becoming synonymous with formulaic scripts and derivative spinoffs. However, Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn has moved to defend the superhero film, issuing an impassioned response via his personal Facebook page.

Here’s what Gunn had »

- Michael Briers

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'Nightcrawler' Director Talks 'Tsunami of Superhero Movies'

23 February 2015 8:22 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

To find truly original stories at the local cineplex, we've had to rely on independent film the past two decades, as Hollywood seems intend on force feeding the masses remakes, sequels and superhero movies. One person who thinks there are far too many Marvel and DC adventures flooding the market at this current time is Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy. Speaking out against masked vigilantes and their vice grip on Hollywood, the Nightcrawler director used his win for 'Best First Feature' at the 30th Annual Independent Spirit Awards to rally his filmmaking troops and thank the independent directors weathering the storm. From his podium, he screamed:

"Independent film, the foundation and everybody here today, I think are holdouts against a tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over this industry. We have survived and we have thrived and I think that's true spirit."

His remarks ring truer than ever, as Marvel, »

- MovieWeb

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'Nightcrawler' Director Talks 'Tsunami of Superhero Movies'

23 February 2015 8:22 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

To find truly original stories at the local cineplex, we've had to rely on independent film the past two decades, as Hollywood seems intend on force feeding the masses remakes, sequels and superhero movies. One person who thinks there are far too many Marvel and DC adventures flooding the market at this current time is Nightcrawler director Dan Gilroy. Speaking out against masked vigilantes and their vice grip on Hollywood, the Nightcrawler director used his win for 'Best First Feature' at the 30th Annual Independent Spirit Awards to rally his filmmaking troops and thank the independent directors weathering the storm. From his podium, he screamed:

"Independent film, the foundation and everybody here today, I think are holdouts against a tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over this industry. We have survived and we have thrived and I think that's true spirit."

His remarks ring truer than ever, as Marvel, »

- MovieWeb

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"Birdman," "Boyhood" Top 2015 Independent Spirit Awards

22 February 2015 3:04 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

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?

Stay tuned...

2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners (Highlighted) And Nominees

Best Feature

(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole

Boyhood

Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland

Love is Strange

Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy

Selma

Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey

Whiplash

Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak

Best Director

Winner: Richard Linklater

Boyhood

Damien Chazelle

Whiplash

Ava DuVernay »

- Manny

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2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Winners List

22 February 2015 2:25 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

From Boyhood to Birdman, here's the flicks and stars who had already won at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards before Oscars Sunday!

Birdman took home the most awards on Saturday night, winning three accolades including Best Feature. Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Whiplash all won two awards each and Julianne Moore was recognized for her leading lady role in Still Alice.

Photos: 2015 Oscars Star Shots!

Check out the full list of Spirit Award winners, below:

Best Feature: Birdman

Producers: Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole

Best Male Lead: Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Female Lead: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

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Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Supporting Female: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best Supporting Male: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Screenplay: Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

Best Documentary: Citizenfour

Director/Producer: Laura Poitras Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

Best International Film: Ida (Poland)

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Best First Feature: 

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Birdman Wins Best Feature At 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards

21 February 2015 10:58 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, handed out top honors to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Whiplash and Nightcrawler at Saturday’s 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Still Alice, Dear White People, Ida, Land Ho! and Citizenfour also received awards at the ceremony, which was held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.

This year’s major category winners were Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); which won Best Feature, Best Male Lead and Best Cinematography, Boyhood; which won Best Director and Best Supporting Female, Nightcrawler; which won Best First Feature and Best Screenplay and Whiplash; which won Best Supporting Male and Best Editing; Still Alice, which won Best Female Lead; Dear White People, which won Best First Screenplay; Land Ho!, which won the John Cassavetes Award; Ida, which won Best International Film and Citizenfour, »

- Michelle McCue

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Independent Spirit Awards 2015: Winners list in full

21 February 2015 4:35 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell hosted the 30th Independent Spirit Awards from Los Angeles today (February 21).

Digital Spy rounds up all of the winners from this year's ceremony 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 (Award given to the director and producer.)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour

Producers: Justin Begnaud, Sina Sayyah

Dear White People

Director/Producer: Justin Simien

Producers: Effie T. Brown, »

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2015 Independent Spirit Award Winners: 'Birdman' Tops the Field

21 February 2015 4:34 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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‘Birdman’ Wins Big at Independent Spirit Awards

21 February 2015 2:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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).

Otherwise, there were few surprises in the Spirits: Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) for actress; J.K. Simmons »

- Dave McNary

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Spirit Award Winners 2015: Updated List

21 February 2015 1:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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)”

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole –Winner

Boyhood,” Producers: Richard Linklater, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland

Love Is Strange

Producers: Lucas Joaquin, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, Jay Van Hoy

Selma

Producers: Christian Colson, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Oprah Winfrey

Whiplash

Producers: Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, David Lancaster, Michael Litvak

Male Lead

André Benjamin

Jimi: All Is by My Side

Jake Gyllenhaal

Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton, “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” – Winner

John Lithgow

Love Is Strange

David Oyelowo

Selma

Female Lead

Marion Cotillard

The Immigrant

Rinko Kikuchi

“Kumiko, »

- Variety Staff

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'Birdman' Wins Best Feature at 2015 Spirit Awards

21 February 2015 1:11 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Spirit Awards 2015: Backstage Live-Blog Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Birdman" came out on top as the big winner at the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards this afternoon in Santa Monica, beating out Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which walked away with Best Director and Best Supporting Actress. "Birdman" star Michael Keaton also picked up Best Actor at the awards ceremony. Below find the full list of winners. Best Feature Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole Best Director Richard Linklater Boyhood Best Screenplay Dan Gilroy Nightcrawler Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer) NightcrawlerDirector: Dan GilroyProducers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak Best First Screenplay Justin SimienDear White People "I'm going to put the award next to my bed in my »

- Nigel M Smith

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2015 Independent Spirit Awards: Complete Winners List

21 February 2015 10:39 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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:

Best Feature

"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" - Winner

"Boyhood"

"Love is Strange"

"Selma"

"Whiplash"

Best Director

Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" - Winner

Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"

Ava DuVernay, "Selma"

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

David Zellner, "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter"

Best Screenplay

Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler" - Winner

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, »

- Alana Altmann

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Willem Dafoe Joins Matt Damon in 'The Great Wall'

13 February 2015 8:48 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Willem Dafoe has signed on to join Matt Damon in Legendary East's The Great Wall. Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal was in talks to join the cast in December, but The Hollywood Reporter's story does not mention that he is involved, so it's possible he dropped out. No details were given for Willem Dafoe's character, but he may be taking over the role that Bryan Cranston was once in talks for before departing the project.

The story follows a soldier (Matt Damon) who is part of a group of mercenaries travelling to China on a mission to bring gunpowder back to Europe. His group is attacked by a number of mythical creatures, as they find themselves caught in the middle of a war between a secret warrior clan and these beasts. Production is scheduled to start this April in China.

Yimou Zhang (Hero) is directing from a »

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Willem Dafoe Enlists For Mercenary Thriller The Great Wall Opposite Matt Damon

13 February 2015 8:31 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Between The Grand Budapest Hotel, A Most Wanted Man and cult action favorite John Wick, last year proved to be an excellent twelve months for veteran actor Willem Dafoe, and going off of the star’s recent streak, 2015 looks set to be no different. With parts in My Hindu Friend not to mention voicework on Pixar sequel Finding Dory already in the pipeline, Dafoe has boarded Zhang Yimou’s upcoming mercenary thriller The Great Wall in an unspecified role.

That’s according to the Hollywood Reporter, who brought news of the casting late last night. As things stand, Dafoe will now star opposite Matt Damon, who joined the project last year to fill the boots of a soldier tasked with bringing gunpowder back to Europe. However, all is now what it seems when the character and his squadron are ambushed by a group of foul, mythical beasts, leaving only Damon »

- Michael Briers

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Willem Dafoe Heads For The Great Wall

12 February 2015 11:39 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Despite the backing of Legendary boss Thomas Tull, who co-created the basic idea and intends it to help his business in China and beyond, The Great Wall hasn’t exactly been the easiest film to develop. It appears things are running a little more smoothly now, as Willem Dafoe has joined the cast, and will co-star with Matt Damon. And with The Hollywood Reporter’s news on the casting comes a few more details about the film, which will see Dafoe and Damon as part of a group of mercenaries in an unspecified historical period travelling to China in order to bring back gunpowder. A nasty encounter with some mystical beasts leaves all but the two men dead, and caught in a war between a warrior clan and the creatures.Zhang Yimou is set to direct the film, for which World War Z novelist Max Brooks helped flesh out the story, »

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Interview: Dan Gilroy Talks 'Nightcrawler,' The Death Of The Mid-Sized Film, 'Bourne Legacy' And More

12 February 2015 9:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Fans of challenging, pitch-black filmmaking were rewarded last year by the dazzling "Nightcrawler," a film that saw nice guy Jake Gyllenhaal take up a cheap digital camcorder and chase around car accidents and hijackings in the twilight of Los Angeles as a heat-seeking freelance journalist. It was undoubtedly one of the more original, energetic cinematic confections of the past year, and if you missed it, you're getting your chance to catch up, since it is making its debut on home video this week. To mark the occasion, we recently chatted with Dan Gilroy, who made his feature directorial debut with "Nightcrawler" after years of being one of Hollywood's most in-demand screenwriters. We asked him about comments that his brother, writer/director Tony Gilroy (who made "Michael Clayton," "Duplicity" and "The Bourne Legacy") has made about the mid-sized movie being eradicated from Hollywood, quizzed him on the status of the »

- Drew Taylor

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Nightcrawler Blu-Ray Review

10 February 2015 4:19 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Out of all the horrifying titles I subjected myself to in 2014, no film boasted a more sinister persona than Jake Gyllenhaal’s turn as renegade videographer Louis Bloom in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler. The actor digs deep and uncovers one of society’s most dangerous minds, yet he does so by hiding an unsettling psychopath underneath a cool, calm, and collected “anybody” who is five steps ahead of the game. He’s no Patrick Bateman, assimilating through charm and charisma, but Gyllenhaal’s sick puppeteering finds an even more evil level that a naked, chainsaw-swinging Bateman simply can’t compete with. It’s a shame that Gyllenhaal’s name isn’t being tossed around with the other deserving Oscar nominees, because the transformation he undertakes is no easy feat. Not since Elijah Woods’ leading role in Maniac have I been so horrified by one deceptively stable man.

Gilroy’s exploration »

- Matt Donato

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February 10th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Nightcrawler, Once Bitten, Vampire’s Kiss

9 February 2015 4:08 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the week of February 10th, your horror and sci-fi home entertainment choices are practically boundless, as we’ve got a bevy of great films being released (something that might be helpful for those of you still in search for a gift for your Valentine). Scream Factory is pulling double-duty with both of their dual Blu-ray releases, Love at First Bite/Once Bitten and Vampire’s Kiss/High Spirits, and the cult classic Nekromantik 2 is getting a high def upgrade as well.

Other notable titles to look forward to this Tuesday include Nightcrawler, Predestination, Fear Clinic, Z Nation: Season One and the Criterion release for the classic thriller Don’t Look Now.

Love at First Bite/Once Bitten (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Love At First Bite: George Hamilton is possibly the tannest vampire in screen history in 1979’s Love at First Bite. When Count Dracula (Hamilton) is forced »

- Heather Wixson

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Giveaway – Win A Copy of Nightcrawler

6 February 2015 8:30 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From the screenwriter of The Bourne Legacy and the producer of Michael Clayton, Nightcrawler is a gut-wrenching, first-person account of life on the streets of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch,Zodiac) stars as Lou Bloom, a freelance cameraman addicted to the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism.

Nightcrawler is available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD with UltraViolet™ on February 10, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  The film is available on Digital HD now.

Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou (Gyllenhaal) muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling – where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo (Thor, Yours Mine & Ours) as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to »

- Movie Geeks

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