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While the 1958 marriage between, Mildred, a Native American and black woman, and Richard, a white man, was considered a turning point for American civil rights, writer-director Jeff Nichols stressed that their story wasn’t so black and white.
“There are a lot of forms of activism, theirs happened to be a commitment to each other that wasn’t part of a movement or an agenda, it was very sincere,” Nichols shared.
Although the couple’s union violated Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law at the time, forcing them to leave the Commonwealth for 25 years, producer Colin Firth said that their ultimate U.S. Supreme Court victory had a global reach.
“I was very fired up about this story,” said the British actor. “My father taught »
- Mannie Holmes
Beverly Hills – After Cannes, Toronto, the Hamptons, Austin and Mill Valley, Jeff Nichols’ “Loving” finally had it’s moment in Los Angeles on Thursday night. The Focus Features release is an awards player mostly for stars Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton (both earned Gotham Award nominations earlier in the day), but the studio still believes it has a Best Picture player on its hands and tonight’s screening at the AMPAS’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater was a more than appropriate setting for the film to make its case.
- Gregory Ellwood
Universal Pictures has released a new featurette for acclaimed director Jeff Nichols’ (Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special) upcoming film Loving, which stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga; check it out below…
See Also: Watch the first trailer for Loving here
Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed in the film by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who fell in love and were married in 1958.
The couple had grown up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C. While relatives made them feel welcome there, the more urban environment did not feel like home to them. »
- Gary Collinson
The film premiered at Sundance, when Amazon Studios acquired North American rights and Universal picked up the rest of the world.
Meanwhile Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight from A24 continued to build up a head of steam following its recent world premiere in Telluride and subsequent Toronto presentations, picking up a nomination for best feature and the special jury award for ensemble cast.
“We wish to offer our hearty congratulations to the 2016 Gotham Awards nominees, all of whose unique and exciting artistic achievements represent the very best in independent storytelling,” said Joana Vicente, executive director of Ifp and the Made In NY Media Center.
Ifp members will determine the Gotham Independent Film Audience »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.
Full Lineup Announcements
– “3-D Auteurs,” a 19-day, 34-film festival spotlighting stereoscopic movies by some of history’s most distinguished directors, will run at Film Forum November 11 – 29. The festival spans 3-D’s earliest days (including some turn-of-the-century films by pioneer Georges Méliès) to the present, and represents virtually every genre, including Westerns, Film Noir, and Science Fiction. Hollywood’s first big 3-D craze (sometimes called 3-D’s “golden era”), intended to offset the threat of television, came in the early 1950s, with such movies as Hitchcock’s “Dial M For Murder,” André De Toth’s “House of Wax” and Jack Arnold’s “Creature From the Black Lagoon” (all included in the series).
Hollywood produced roughly 50 movies in the process from 1952 to 1954, before fizzling out and being overtaken by »
- Kate Erbland
Earlier today, the 2016 Ifp Gotham Independent Film Award nominations were unveiled, officially kicking off the precursor season. Leading the charge was Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea, which score four nominations, more than any other title. Considering how this is a sturdy launching pad for Oscar hopefuls, it seems safe to say that the movie isn’t going anywhere. It appears poised to be a major Academy Award threat, including for Casey Affleck in Best Actor. Wins here will certainly go a long way, but right now, getting these nominations is an excellent start for the film, along with the other honorees. What you’ll see below is Manchester by the Sea competing with Certain Women, Everybody Wants Some, Moonlight, and Paterson in Best Feature. It’s also up for Best Screenplay against Hell or High Water, Love & Friendship, Moonlight, and Paterson, as well as in Best Actor for »
- Joey Magidson
Kicking off the onslaught of awards this year, as always, is the Gotham Independent Film Awards, which celebrates its 26th anniversary. Usually a strong slate highlighting some of the year’s best films, 2016 is no different as Manchester by the Sea leads the pack with four nominations. Close behind is Moonlight (which will also pick up a special ensemble award) and Paterson with three each overall.
Rounding out the Best Feature line-up, along with the three aforementioned films, is Certain Women and Everybody Wants Some!!. As for the Best Documentary line-up, Cameraperson, I Am Not Your Negro, O.J.: Made in America, Tower, and Weiner all made the cut. With Krisha, The Witch, The Fits, Elle, Morris From America, Jackie, and more also getting nods, the list makes for the ideal what-to-watch-before-the-year-is-over rundown.
Check out the full list of nominations below.
- Jordan Raup
The drama, about a man who is named the legal guardian of his young nephew after the death of his brother, was nominated for a total of four awards. It scored a nod for best feature, and also made the cut for screenplay (by Lonergan), actor (lead Casey Affleck) and breakthrough actor (Lucas Hedges, who plays the nephew). The title has been a favorite on the festival circuit since it bowed at Sundance early this year.
“Manchester by the Sea” is in the running for the Gothams’ top film award with Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women,” Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” and Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson.” The latter also notched nominations for screenplay (Jarmusch) and actor Adam Driver.
“Moonlight,” which has »
- Gordon Cox
Kenneth Lonergan’s dark drama “Manchester by the Sea” led all films in nominations for the 26th Gotham Independent Film Awards, the Independent Feature Project (Ifp) announced on Thursday. The film received four Gotham Awards nominations, including Best Feature, where it will compete with Kelly Reichardt‘s “Certain Women,” Richard Linklater‘s “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Jim Jarmusch‘s “Paterson” and Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight.” The last of those films received two nominations, and also was voted a special award for its ensemble cast. Acting nominees included Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”), Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”), Adam Driver (“Paterson »
- Steve Pond
Let the race begin! The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) has officially kicked off the 2016-17 awards season with this morning’s nominations for the 26th Annual Gotham Awards, which will take place November 28 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. While not the largest awards show of season, the Gothams are one of the most important platforms for indies looking to get a real jump start in the race. Just look at nominations for amazing films like “The Fits,” “Krisha” and “Love & Friendship” to see why the Gotham Awards are so essential.
This year, Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed drama “Manchester By The Sea” leads the pack with four nominations, including Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Picture, where it will be joined by “Certain Women,” “Everybody Wants Some!!,” “Moonlight” and “Paterson.” The latter two, which are some of the most acclaimed indies of the year, cleaned up nicely as well with multiple nominations. »
- Zack Sharf
With only days to go until Jeff Nichols’ romantic drama, “Loving”, hits theatres, the film’s stars Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton are reflecting on the movie’s relevance as America’s racially-charged climate continues to heat up. “Loving”, which opens in theatres on November 4, tells the real-life tale of lovers Richard and Mildred Loving when miscegenation […] »
- Sylvia Ogweng
Veteran CAA theatrical agents Kim Hodgert and Kami Putnam-Heist have jointly left their Century City, California, home to become managers at Anonymous Content, TheWrap has learned. Hodgert logged 26 years at the company, representing clients like Joel Edgerton, Margot Robbie, Gugu Mbatha-raw, Alden Ehrenreich, Dane DeHaan, Sam Worthington, Dakota Fanning, Ruth Wilson, Eva Mendes and Hailee Steinfeld. Heist had been with CAA for 5 years, with a previous stint at Wme. At CAA, Putnam-Heist represented James Franco, Dave Franco, Joe Manganiello, Brit Marling, Gia Coppola, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly, America Ferrera, Nina Dobrev and Zachary Levi. Also Read: TV Talent Agent Sean Grumman Out. »
- Matt Donnelly
Variety is reporting that Orange Is The New Black’s Brad William Henke has been cast in Bright, Netflix’s most expensive feature-length production to date with a production budget of $90 million. Henke is the latest addition to the project, joining Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, and Lucy Fry. Bright will tell the well-worn tale of a human (Smith) and an orc (Edgerton) who put aside their taxonomical differences to protect a magic wand from law enforcement, criminals, and magical creatures.
Henke’s natural gifts as a big, imposing person got him a chance to suit up for the Denver Broncos, then a couple of seasons on Lost, before being cast as the menacing Captain Piscatella in Orange Is The New Black. Unsurprisingly, he’ll be playing the tough orc leader of a tough orc gang known as the Fogteeth; his character is described as “reasonable, but after ...
- B.G. Henne
Buzzfeed lists 28 Asian American directors, some with great movies under their belt - presumably to help Disney with Mulan because they'll need it. Consider that...
Newsweek ...Sony went with a white dude for their competing Mulan project
Marvel reveals the end credits music on Doctor Strange. It sounds kind of lava lamp funky with a touch of warped vinyl. I don't know. I can't describe music.
i09 Taika Waititi promises that Thor: Ragnarok is "out there crazy" and that Marvel was totally accepting of his style. He's also suggested on Reddit that the movie will mostly ignore the larger Marvel Universe (aside from a Doctor Strange reference)
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- NATHANIEL R
“Bright” tells the story of a human, played by Smith, and an orc, played by Edgerton, who must outrun cops, criminals and an assorted collection of fantastic creatures in order to protect a magical wand. Henke will play the role of Dorghu, the big, bad, scary leader of the Fogteeth Orcs gang. Dorghu used to be reasonable, but after seeing how the cops oppress his race, he’s taken to dishing out his own set of punishment.
Henke definitely has the stature for the role; the former NFL player is an imposing 6’4″ tall.
- Justin Kroll
- Sasha Stone
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has selected eight actors for its virtuosos award for breakthrough performances, including Ruth Negga for “Loving,” Dev Patel for “Lion,” and Aaron Taylor Johnson for “Nocturnal Animals.”
Janelle Monáe will be honored for “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight,” alongside her “Moonlight” costars Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. Ruth Negga was selected for “Loving”; Simon Helberg was named for “Florence Foster Jenkins,” and Stephen Henderson was tapped for “Fences.”
The award presentation, to be moderated for the seventh year by Dave Karger, will take place on Feb. 4 at the Arlington Theatre at the 32nd edition of the festival, which runs from Feb. 1 to Feb. 11.
“This year has been monumental in the breadth of talent breaking through in distinct and emotional roles,” Executive Director Roger During noted. “We are excited to honor both new and familiar faces, and look forward to celebrating them and their contribution to the craft. »
- Dave McNary
In an exclusive new featurette, the two actors and their costars go behind the scenes of the production while recounting the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving.
The Lovings made history when their fight to legalize interracial marriage made it all the way to the Supreme Court in 1967. “He was white and she was black, and our government told them that they could not love each other, »
The director and cast of Loving are featured in new behind the scenes stills from the filmThe director and cast of Loving are featured in new behind the scenes stills from the filmGarrett McCormick10/12/2016 2:39:00 Pm
Loving is without a doubt going to be one of this year’s most heartfelt, tear-jerking and inspirational movies.
Focus Features and Universal Pictures has just released behind the scenes stills that feature director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) behind the camera directing this emotional story. Loving is based on a true story about interracial couple Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga) who are arrested in Virginia due to the laws that forbid interracial marriage. Their battle for love takes them to the Supreme Court, which changes the course of United States laws forever.
It’s an unbelievably powerful story about breaking racial barriers that will certainly have us all emotional. »
- Garrett McCormick
Now that the fall festivals are under way, the Oscar race is shifting.
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Steady as they go is Casey Affleck, who carries Sundance debut “Manchester by the Sea” as a capable Boston janitor weighed down by sadness, anger and depression. What happened to make him this way? That is what Lonergan’s precisely crafted movie carefully reveals in its own sweet time. While Affleck has delivered many fine performances, often supporting, and was nominated eight years ago for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” he has never taken on such a complex and emotional role.
Joel Edgerton flirted with the Best Supporting Actor race for his strong turns in “The Great Gatsby” and “Black Mass,” but his lead role in Jeff Nichols’ “Loving” had many at Cannes calling an Oscar nom a certainty. Playing Richard Loving, Edgerton brings muscular conviction to this »
- Anne Thompson
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