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‘Timbuktu,’ ‘Saint Laurent’ and ‘Sils Maria’ Compete For Louis Delluc Prize

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Kicking off France’s awards season, Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria” are among the eight films set to compete for the prestigious Louis Delluc prize.

Headed by former Cannes film festival president Gilles Jacob, the Louis Delluc jury – made up of film critics — also selected Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language,” Claus Drexel’s “Au bord du monde,” Pascal Ferran’s “Bird People,” Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts” and Robin Campillon’s “Eastern boys.”

As every year, the lineup is almost entirely made up of Cannes’ official selection players:”Saint Laurent” (Gaul’s foreign-language Oscar candidate) starring Gaspard Ulliel as the famed French designer, “Goodbye to Language,” which won Cannes’ jury prize (shared with Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy”), “Sils Maria,” “Bird People” and “Timbuktu.”

The second Delluc prize will honor the best directorial debut among six films, including Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Home, Not So Sweet, Home; Dolan Muse Suzanne Clément Toplines Michael Rowe’s “Rest Home”

27 November 2014 7:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Australian-Mexican helmer Michael Rowe has selected the city of Montreal as the backdrop and has chosen Xavier Dolan muse Suzanne Clément to share the lead in his third feature film. A Cannes Film Fest type reunion for the director and actress (both won awards with films that played in Cannes), Rest Home will be both Rowe and Clément’s debut in the English language. She shares the screen with fellow Quebecois thesp Paul Doucet. Lensing began last week. Possibles Média and Fresh Water Pictures are producing.

Gist: David (Doucet) works days and nights as a guard in a retirement home. He dotes on his children, his wife (Clément) lives a care-free existence and keeps the wheels of his life turning with painkillers. But when he catches her with a lover, his life spirals out of control, taking him to the brink of insanity.

Worth Noting: Xavier Dolan’s Mommy (where »

- Eric Lavallee

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'Mommy', 'Serena', 'Pawn Sacrifice' & 'Hayride 2' in Today's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

26 November 2014 7:10 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This has got to be one of the more interesting MPAA ratings bulletins in a while and not because of the recognizable names, but more for the abundance of sequels I had never heard of. The only one I've heard of (and have actually seen and entirely disliked) is Rec 4: Apocalypse, but beyond that we have Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse, Hayride 2 (a sequel to a movie about a serial killer haunting a family hayride) and did you know they made a sequel to The Man With The Iron Fists and yes, RZA is back and starring and also wrote the screenplay and it may or may not be called The Man with the Iron Fists: Sting of the Scorpion. The first one made just over $19 million worldwide on a $15 million budget, my guess is he got about $5 million to make this one... max. As for the films we've »

- Brad Brevet

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2015 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations announced: Birdman, Boyhood, Nightcrawler among leaders

25 November 2014 10:43 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are back with their list of the 2015 nominations. Leading the pack is the existential comedy Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) with a whopping six nominations, including one for actor Michael Keaton and one for director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Closely following with a solid five nominations are Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma.

Boyhood (read our review here) is Richard Linklater’s ultimate character study, which filmed over the course of a decade, creates a time-lapse examination like no other before it. The film follows six year old Texas boy Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, through his childhood years as he transitions into the life of a young adult ready to take on college. Boyhood received nominations for best film, director, editor, supporting actor and actress. It is bold experiment in film and should prove a serious awards contender.

Nightcrawler (read our review here) marks Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut. »

- William Fanelli

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Birdman Soars At The 2015 Spirit Awards

25 November 2014 7:03 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As 2014 winds down, the film industry is kicking into awards season once again, with today revealing nominations for the 2015 Spirit Awards. As many predicted, Birdman is leading the pack with six nominations, including one for Best Picture. Other big winners at the moment include Selma, Nightcrawler and Whiplash.

The Spirit Awards will be held on February 21st, 2015, just one day before the Oscars. Below is a detailed listing of the nominees, check them out and let us know what you think in the comments section.

2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature

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

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, »

- Robert Kojder

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30th Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

25 November 2014 2:22 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Film Independent announced nominations for the 2015 Spirit Awards this morning.

Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at the W Hollywood, with actors Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna presenting the nominations. Watch Here.

Nominees for Best Feature included Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Love is Strange, Selma and Whiplash.

“As we celebrate 30 years of great independent film,” said Josh Welsh, President of Film Independent, “this year’s nominees are an astonishingly strong group of films and filmmakers which demonstrate the uniqueness of vision we honor at this show.”

Inherent Vice was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice is a testament to the »

- Michelle McCue

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"Birdman" Tops Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

25 November 2014 12:35 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" received the most nods from the Independent Spirit Awards! Nominations were announced today, and "Birdman" got 6 noms including Best Feature, Director, Editing, Male Lead (Michael Keaton), Supporting Female (Emma Stone), and Supporting Male for Edward Norton.

Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," and Ava Duvernay's "Selma" each received 5 nominations.

We'll find out the winners on Saturday, February 21st.

Here's the full list of nominees for the

2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature

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

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, »

- Manny

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Birdman leads Film Independent Spirit Awards with 6 nominations

25 November 2014 12:20 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The nominations for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced.

Birdman leads with six nominations including Best Feature, as well as nods for stars Michael Keaton and Emma Stone and director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma have each received five nominations, which were announced by Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna in Hollywood.

The Best Female Lead category sees Marion Cotillard take on Julianne Moore, Tilda Swinton, Jenny Slate and Rinko Kikuchi. Meanwhile, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Lithgow, David Oyelowo, André Benjamin and Michael Keaton will battle it out in the Best Male Lead category.

The awards will be handed out on February 21, the day before the Oscars takes place.

The full 2015 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations:

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

Love is Strange

Selma

Whiplash

Best Director

Damien Chazelle - Whiplash

Ava DuVernay - Selma

Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Birdman or »

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The 2015 Spirit Award Nominations

25 November 2014 10:59 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the full list of contenders for their 2015 awards which celebrate the best in independent movies. The Michael Keaton-led "Birdman" leads the list with six nominations. "Boyhood," "Nightcrawler" and "Selma" are in a three-way fight for second with three nominations each.

Two awards have already been announced with the Robert Altman award given to Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" and a Special Distinction Award handed out to Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" which was ineligible for other awards due to its budget. Notable snubs include "The Imitation Game," "The Theory of Everything," "Wild," "St. Vincent," "Cake," "The Homesman," "Black or White" and major studio films like "Unbroken".

Other notable inclusions this year are "Whiplash,""Love is Strange," "A Most Violent Year," "The Immigrant," "Mommy," "Under the Skin," "Obvious Child," "Still Alice," "Force Majeure," "Only Lovers Left Alive," "Blue Ruin," "Ida," "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, »

- Garth Franklin

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Birdman leads Spirit Award noms

25 November 2014 10:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Birdman earned six nods and Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma five apiece as Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna unveiled the 2014 Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on November 25.Scroll down for full list of nominations

Birdman, Boyhood and Selma are in contention for best feature alongside Love Is Strange and Whiplash, which earned four nominations.

Richard Linklater and Alejandro G Iñárritu join Whiplash’s Damien Chazelle, Selma’s Ava DuVernay and David Zellner for Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter on the directors list.

Much-fancied Michael Keaton is nominated for his lead performance in Birdman and will compete against Nightcrawler’s Jake Gyllenhaal and Selma’s David Oyelowo, a late arrival to the awards banquet who has earned high praise in recent weeks for his role as Martin Luther King Jr.

The best actress category is populated by Julianne Moore for Still Alice — arguably the awards season front-runner in this race — as well as Marion Cotillard for The Immigrant, which »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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30th Independent Spirit Award Noms: Birdman Leads Boyhood, Selma & Nightcrawler by a Nose

25 November 2014 10:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Odd how a live announcement is beat by the complete rundown of all the awards from a major trade, but here are the complete nominations for the 3oth anniversary edition. Fox Searchlight’s 18 million bet proved to be a good one as Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) leads Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma by a busted up nose in the number of most nominations with six, while Linklater, Gilroy and DuVernay’s latest secured five noms a piece. Looking at the final five, we have a Best Feature category with a breakdown that resembles two parts Hollywood and three parts 4-5 million dollar indie range in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and Selma being joined by Boyhood, Love is Strange, Whiplash. Here are the complete noms.

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Boyhood

Love is Strange

Selma

Whiplash

Best Director »

- Eric Lavallee

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Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations 2015 – Full List

25 November 2014 10:24 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Fox Searchlight’s Birdman leads the 30th Film Independent Spirit Award nominations with six nods — best actor for Michael Keaton, director Alejandro G. Inarritu, supporting actress Emma Stone, supporting actor Edward Norton and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma follow with five noms each and Love Is Strange and Whiplash round out the Best Feature list. See the complete list of nominees below:

2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature

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

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

Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

Ava DuVernay, »

- The Deadline Team

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‘Birdman’ Tops Spirit Awards Nominations (Full List)

25 November 2014 10:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox Searchlight’s “Birdman” led the way in nominations with six for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards followed by five each for “Boyhood,” “Nightcrawler” and “Selma.”

Birdman” received noms for best feature, actor for Michael Keaton, director Alejandro G. Inarritu, supporting actress Emma Stone, supporting actor Edward Norton and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Producers are nominated for the best feature award are Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole.

Besides “Birdman,” the other best feature  nominations went to “Boyhood,” “Love Is Strange,” “Selma” and “Whiplash.”

The noms were announced by Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna at the W Hotel in Hollywood. The winners will be announced Feb. 21 — the day before the Oscars — in ceremonies at the usual location in a white tent on Santa Monica Beach.

2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature

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

Birdman or (The »

- Dave McNary

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'Birdman,' 'Boyhood,' 'Selma' lead the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

25 November 2014 10:03 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Tuesday morning, nominations were announced for the 30th annual Independent Spirit Awards. Nominees for Best Feature included "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," "Boyhood," "Love is Strange," "Selma" and "Whiplash."  Films with multiple nominations that didn’t crack the Best Feature include "Obvious Child," "Dear White People," "Nightcrawler," and "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter." One film that’s notably missing (compared to our predictions): "The Imitation Game." Paul Thomas Anderson’s "Inherent Vice" earned the Robert Altman Award, which honors the film's director, casting director and ensemble cast. "Foxcatcher" earned a Special Distinction Award for "its uniqueness of vision, honesty of direction and screenwriting, superb acting and achievement on every level of filmmaking."  Winners will be revealed at the annual pre-Oscar Santa Monica ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.  See the full list of nominations below: Best Feature "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" "Boyhood" "Love is Strange" "Selma" "Whiplash" Best Director Damien Chazelle, »

- Matt Patches

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‘Leviathan’ Wins Top Prize at Camerimage, Film Festival for Cinematographers

22 November 2014 12:06 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bydgoszcz, Poland — Russian drama “Leviathan” won the Golden Frog, the top prize at Camerimage, a film festival devoted to the art of cinematography.

The dark satire about corruption in Russia, which won the award for screenplay at Cannes and reps Russia in the Oscar race, was photographed by Mikhail Krichman and directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Variety’s review said: “The characters are all but swallowed by d.p. Mikhail Krichman’s overwhelming anamorphic widescreen vistas.”

In handing out the top prize, director/scribe Philip Kaufman said that the filmmakers at Camerimage are like the test pilots in his 1983 Oscar winner, “The Right Stuff,” because they’re “pushing the envelope — you are the people with the right stuff.”

Roland Joffe, who headed the main Camerimage prize jury, recognizing D.P.s, described the 15 competing pics as “some very beautiful, some very brave.”

The Silver Frog went to Palestinian feature “Omar,” lensed »

- Leo Barraclough and Will Tizard

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Fremaux, Hazanavicius, Bejo Bring Cannes Crème to Buenos Aires (Exclusive)

21 November 2014 12:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Buenos Aires — In what may prove a prototype for more ventures around the globe, Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux will program and present the first Cannes Festival Film Week in Buenos Aires with Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist,” “The Search”) and Berenice Bejo in attendance.

The Semana de Cine del Festival de Cannes, as it is called in Spanish, runs Dec. 1-7.

But the Cannes Festival may not now stop at Buenos Aires, or Bucharest, where a similar event has taken place since 2010.

“We have projects to bring films all over the world. Cristian Mungiu is already organizing a showcase in Bucharest. It’s not so important for us as for the films,” Fremaux said, explaining that the Cannes Festival Film Week was not an attempt to launch a second Cannes Festival outside France.

But Cannes was “looking at territories where it would be beneficial to have a Cannes presence,” Fremaux added. »

- John Hopewell

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Greer Grammer Helps HFPA Kick Off ‘Golden Globe Season’

20 November 2014 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. tapped Greer Grammer as Miss Golden Globes at a soiree where reps from the film and TV world, including Chadwick Boseman, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Morten Tyldum and Matthew Morrison, mingled in a wall-to-wall schmooze-fest.

Theo Kingma, president of the HFPA, told Variety that the event was “the beginning of Golden Globe season,” and there were plenty of awards contenders there.

Just before the party, Kingma unveiled Grammer for the title, carrying on a 50-year tradition of naming a second-generation performer. Grammer is the daughter of Kelsey Grammer, himself a three-time Globe winner (out of nine noms).

Also among the partygoers were writers Jason Hall (“American Sniper”), Graham Moore (“The Imitation Game”), Larry Karaszewski (“Big Eyes”) and Theodore Melfi (“St. Vincent”), directors  Xavier Dolan (“Mommy”) and Zach Braff (“Wish I Was Here”), actors Dan Bucatinsky (“The Comeback”), Sam Heughan (“Outlander”), Lizzie Kaplan (“Masters of Sex”), Logan Lerman »

- Tim Gray

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Greer Grammer Helps HFPA Kick Off ‘Golden Globe Season’

20 November 2014 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. tapped Greer Grammer as Miss Golden Globes at a soiree where reps from the film and TV world, including Chadwick Boseman, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Morten Tyldum and Matthew Morrison, mingled in a wall-to-wall schmooze-fest.

Theo Kingma, president of the HFPA, told Variety that the event was “the beginning of Golden Globe season,” and there were plenty of awards contenders there.

Just before the party, Kingma unveiled Grammer for the title, carrying on a 50-year tradition of naming a second-generation performer. Grammer is the daughter of Kelsey Grammer, himself a three-time Globe winner (out of nine noms).

Also among the partygoers were writers Jason Hall (“American Sniper”), Graham Moore (“The Imitation Game”), Larry Karaszewski (“Big Eyes”) and Theodore Melfi (“St. Vincent”), directors  Xavier Dolan (“Mommy”) and Zach Braff (“Wish I Was Here”), actors Dan Bucatinsky (“The Comeback”), Sam Heughan (“Outlander”), Lizzie Kaplan (“Masters of Sex”), Logan Lerman »

- Tim Gray

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Camerimage Film Festival: Cinematographers Fight for Their Art

18 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may be hard to hear above the din, but the annual Camerimage film festival is under way, and the ongoing debate over the role of the cinematographer in the digital age has risen in volume.

Central to the arguments: Now that so much can be fixed in post, and with the growing sophistication of CGI and visual effects, there’s a danger that the skills possessed by the director of photography will become undervalued, or even lost.

“I sometimes come across an attitude among people doing post-production on films who believe they don’t need a d.p. at all,” says Kazik Suwala, manager of Camerimage, a fest dedicated to the art of cinematography, which runs through Nov. 22, in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

At issue is whether cinematographers should continue working beyond a film’s shooting days and stay on for the post-production process, working with colorists and editors to preserve »

- Leo Barraclough

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Mar del Plata Fest Mixes Auteurs, New Talent, Looks to Build Industry Heft

17 November 2014 1:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Some things don’t change. Graced by Viggo Mortensen and Paul Schrader, the International Competition jury prexy, Argentina’s 29th Mar del Plata Festival will bow Nov. 22 with Abel Ferrara’s “Pasolini.”

Its choice as Mar del Plata’s opening night movie is pretty well a declaration of principles that Latin America’s only “A” grade festival will go on through thick and thin – and, with only 29 editions in 60 years, there’s been much of both – to forefront latest titles from and here even about heavyweight auteurs.

That is not necessary If Variety’s reviewers are to go by, 2014 in general has caught some of the great auteurs in world cinema at the top of their game. If Cannes Festival sales had any narrative this year, it was how fast its big art film winners sold – think “Leviathan,” “Winter Sleep” – compared to bigger budget U.S. indie projects.

Adding cache »

- John Hopewell

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