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Independent Spirit Awards 2018 Nominations -- See the Full List!

Independent Spirit Awards 2018 Nominations -- See the Full List!
Call Me by Your Name, Get Out and Lady Bird all had great showings at the 2018 Independent Spirit Award nominations!

The nominees were announced on Tuesday morning, with the Armie Hammer-ledCall Me by Your Name leading the pack with six nominations, followed closely by Jordan Peele's critically acclaimed, genre-bending thriller Get Out with five, and Lady Bird, with four.

All three films are competing for Best Picture, along with The Florida Project and The Rider. The Independent Spirit Awards are sometimes seen as a tea leaf for how the Academy Awards will sway -- the Best Picture winner of this show has gone on to also earn the distinction at the Oscars for five out of the last six years.

Peele earned a nod in the Best Director category, and the film's lead, Daniel Kaluuya is up for Best Male Lead, along with James Franco, who is nominated for The Disaster Artist. In the Best Female
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2018 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Awards season is officially a go with one of the first high profile awards nominations being unveiled. The 2018 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been revealed and Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, Get Out and Good Time lead the way.

While these awards are the first to be announced, they are one of the last to be dished out. The Independent Spirit Awards are traditionally dished out the day before the Oscars in Santa Monica, which this season will be on Saturday, March 3 2018.

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The nominations give us our very first indicator for what may be nominated for the Academy Awards, and last year they famously predicted Casey Affleck would bag Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea, and Moonlight would take Best Picture. Both bagged the Indies the previous day.

Here are this year’s Independent Spirit Awards nominations in full.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name
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2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Dominate

2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Dominate
The nominations for the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards are in, and “Get Out,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “Good Time,” and more have dominated this year’s slate.

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions

Over the last several years, the Indie Spirits have become both a champion of underdog indies (see Molly Shannon winning Best Supporting Female last year for “Other People”) and a key indicator in which films and performances could end up with the Oscar (Casey Affleck and “Moonlight” for Best Picture last year). John Mulaney and Nick Kroll will return to host the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3.

The full nominations list is below.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name

The Florida Project

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Rider

Best Director

Jonas Carpignano, “A Ciambra

Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Benny and Josh Safdie,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Ventures Picks Up ‘Elian,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Leaning Into the Wind’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Gravitas Ventures Picks Up ‘Elian,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Leaning Into the Wind’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. theatrical, digital and video rights to “Elián,” the story of Elián González, a five-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, and how the fight over his future sparked a flashpoint for U.S. and Cuban tensions. Directed by Ross McDonnell and Tim Golden, the film is executive produced by Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More

Elián” is slated for a platform theatrical release beginning in New York and Los Angeles on May 19. The film will also be premiering at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on
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Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Rights to A24 Romcom ‘The Lovers’ With Debra Winger

Sony Pictures Worldwide Nabs Rights to A24 Romcom ‘The Lovers’ With Debra Winger
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has scooped up international rights to Azazel Jacobs’ romantic comedy “The Lovers,” which A24 financed, produced and will release domestically on May 5.

The Lovers” stars Debra Winger and Tracy Letts. Jacobs, Ben LeClair, and Chris Stinson produced the film, which will have its world premiere at Tribeca, in the spotlight narrative section.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will represent the film in international markets, except North America.

A take on modern marriage, the film follows two cheating spouses (Winger and Letts) who are on the brink of calling it quits when they unexpectedly fall back in love.

The Lovers” marks the second film fully financed by A24, after Barry Jenkins’ Oscar winning “Moonlight.”

A24’s slate includes Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Good Time,” a caper film with Robert Pattinson which will make its world premiere in competition at Cannes.

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Sony takes all international rights to 'The Lovers'

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Sony takes all international rights to 'The Lovers'
A24 financed and produced the rom-com and will release in North America.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has boarded international rights to the upcoming rom-com starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts.

Azazel Jacobs directed The Lovers and produced with Ben LeClair, and Chris Stinson.

Winger and Letts play a married couple who are both having affairs, yet somehow a spark reignites their romance.

A24 will release in North America on May 5 and brokered the deal with Spwa.

A24’s upcoming titles include Trey Edward Shults’ horror It Comes At Night starring Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, and Christopher Abbott; David Lowery’s A Ghost Story with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara; and Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, and Sharlto Copley.

TV projects include buddy cop action-comedy Iron Fisting, which A24 is producing with Channing Tatum’s Free Association and is in post.
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Dakota Johnson And Matthias Schoenaerts Will Be The Sound Of Metal For Director Darius Marder

For his feature film debut, Darius Marder is getting a band together for The Sound of Metal, an all-new musical drama that has eyed Matthias Schoenaerts and Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson for key roles.

Deadline has the scoop, revealing that it is Johnson who will take charge of Marder’s (metal?) band as its lead singer and The Danish Girl‘s Schoenaerts will play the part of the drummer – one who has to come to terms with his rapidly declining ability to hear. It’s unclear as of yet whether their budding music group begins and ends at two musicians, or if Marder is still casting the net in search of additional members, though we’ll keep you updated as this story develops.

Prior to taking the reins of The Sound of Metal, Darius Marder’s credits included a co-writer gig on the 2012 crime drama The Place Beyond The Pines.
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Dakota Johnson & Matthias Schoenaerts Team For ‘The Sound Of Metal’

Dakota Johnson & Matthias Schoenaerts Team For ‘The Sound Of Metal’
Exclusive: Deals are making for Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson to star with The Danish Girl‘s Matthias Schoenaerts in The Sound Of Metal, a drama that will mark the directorial debut of Darius Marder, who is best known for his collaborations with filmmaker Derek Cianfrance including co-writing The Place Beyond The Pines. Michael Costigan and Ben Leclair are producing. Johnson will play a singer in a band, and Schoenaerts plays the drummer. Everything changes when…
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Johnson, Schoenaerts Join "Sound of Metal"

Dakota Johnson ("Fifty Shades of Grey") and Matthias Schoenaerts ("Far From the Madding Crowd") are set to team up for Darius Marder's directorial debut "The Sound Of Metal".

Johnson will play a singer in a band, and Schoenaerts is the drummer. Everything changes when he begins to lose his hearing and has to come to grips with a future that will be filled with silence.

Marder, who co-wrote "The Place Beyond The Pines," helms from his own script. Michael Costigan and Ben Leclair are producing and shooting plans to begin in August once financing is locked down.

The film is in the process of being set for financing, but the plan is to shoot in August.

Source: Deadline
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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Kate & Laura Mulleavy’s Woodshock

We have A Single Man to remind us skeptics that you can come from the world of clothing design and make lush contributions to the seventh art. Announced in Cannes this past May, Kate and Laura Mulleavy are taking a page from Tom Ford and jumping into feature film with a project that they’ve had on their docket for a while. Creators of the Rodarte brand (The New Yorker detailed their ascension in the biz), the sisters have seen their collections celebrated in art museums and championed by the establishment making this a curious first foray for onlookers in both disciplines. The West Coast based sisters landed Bff Kirsten Dunst for Woodshock, but details have been scarce on the type of shape this drama will hold. Filmed in Eureka, Calif between the months of July and August, what was remarkable about the first mention of the project is that
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Cannes: Bloom brings 'Woodshock' to market

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Cannes: Bloom brings 'Woodshock' to market
Kirsten Dunst will star in the feature directorial debut from Rodarte fashion label founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

Alex Walton will introduce sales on the Croisette safe in the knowledge that A24 have already committed to Us distribution.

Ken Kao’s Waypoint Entertainment will finance and produce with Michael Costigan and Ben LeClair’s Cota Films.

Plot details remain under wraps although the parties did say Woodshock is based on an original screenplay by the Mulleavy sisters.

Wme Global orchestrated the Us deal with A24, currently enjoying box office success with Alex Garland’s feature directorial debut Ex Machina.
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2013 Gotham Awards Winners! Big Win for "Inside Llewyn Davis," Matthew McConaughey! "12 Years a Slave" Ignored!

Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" received the most nominations at the 2013 Gotham Awards but in the end, the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" took home the big award of the night -- the Best Feature award. Matthew McConaughey also beat "12 Years a Slave's" Chiwetel Ejiofor with his memorable, feel it in your bones performance as a dying AIDS patient in "Dallas Buyers Club."

Is this a sign to come this awards season? Stay tuned!

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2013 Gotham Awards:

Best Feature

12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas, producers. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

David Lowery, director; Tony Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Amy Kaufman, Cassian Elwes, producers (IFC Films)

Before Midnight

Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Sara Woodhatch,
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Awards Season Roundup -- Cinema Eye, Documentary and Much More!

This is a tough awards season! Lots of great movies to see, so little time! I'm catching up like crazy before we vote for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards for the Broadcast Film Critics Association. So I apologize if I haven't updated you with the latest on the awards season 2013-2014! And there were many award-giving bodies announcing nominations.

We already told you about the Rome Film Festival and the Film Independent Spirit Awards, now let's talk about the 2013 Gotham Awards, the Ida Documentary Awards, the Cinema Eye, and the Producers Guild announcing its best documentary choices.

First stop, we have the 2013 Gotham Awards where Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" topped the nominations with three nods including best feature, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and breakthrough actor for Lupita Nyong'o.

Winners will be announced on Dec. 2nd where Richard Linklater, Forest Whitaker, and Katherine Oliver (head of the NYC
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New and Improved (or More 'Big-Name Friendly') List of Gotham Nominees

2013 Gotham Awards 2013: Nominations (photo: Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett in ’Blue Jasmine,’ directed by Woody Allen) See previous post: “Gotham Awards Nominations: No Oscar Guarantee (or Even Likelihood)?“ Best Feature 12 Years A Slave. Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas, producers. (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, David Lowery, director; Tony Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Amy Kaufman, Cassian Elwes, producers (IFC Films) Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Sara Woodhatch, producers (Sony Pictures Classics) Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors; Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, producers (CBS Films) Upstream Color, Shane Carruth, director; Shane Carruth, Casey Gooden, Ben LeClair, producers. Best Documentary The Act Of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer, director; Signe Byrge, Joshua Oppenheimer, producers (Drafthouse Films) The Crash Reel, Lucy Walker, director; Julian Cautherly,
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2013 Gotham Award Noms: McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave Leads with Trio of Noms

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave leads this years Gothams award noms with three, but well-received Sundance items in Blue Caprice, Concussion, Fruitvale Station, Upstream Color and the Cannes preemed Inside Llewyn Davis find themselves all in the hunt for trophy-ware with a pair of nominations each. In the heavyweight Best Feature category, David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight (oddly no mention in the acting categories) and Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color go up against the Coens and McQueen. The 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards will take place on December 2nd. Here are the categories:

Best Feature

12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas, producers. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – David Lowery, director; Tony Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Amy Kaufman, Cassian Elwes,
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Gearing up for the Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards

2012 Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The 2013 Nominees for the Independent Filmmaker Project's Gotham Independent Film Awards were announced this morning in New York. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, December 2, at Cipriani Wall Street.

The 23rd Annual Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards' Nominees are:

Best Feature

12 Years A Slave

Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas, producers. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

David Lowery, director; Tony Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Amy Kaufman, Cassian Elwes, producers (IFC Films)

Before Midnight

Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Sara Woodhatch, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

Inside Llewyn Davis

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors; Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, producers (CBS Films)

Upstream Color

Shane Carruth, director; Shane Carruth, Casey Gooden, Ben LeClair,
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Gotham Awards: ‘12 Years A Slave’, ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’, ‘Before Midnight’, Inside Llewyn Davis’ & ‘Upstream Color’ Win Best Picture Noms

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Gotham Awards: ‘12 Years A Slave’, ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’, ‘Before Midnight’, Inside Llewyn Davis’ & ‘Upstream Color’ Win Best Picture Noms
The 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards nominations have been announced. The trophies will be handed out December 2 at Cipriani Wall Street. This is the first of the many upcoming awards shows, and because of the Gotham’s indie bent, the awards rarely reflect how the Oscars turn out. I always found that to be the most charming thing about them. Here are the nominees: Best Feature 12 Years A Slave. Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas, producers. (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, David Lowery, director; Tony Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Amy Kaufman, Cassian Elwes, producers (IFC Films) Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Sara Woodhatch, producers (Sony Pictures Classics) Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors; Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, producers (CBS Films) Upstream Color,
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Beautiful New UK Quad Poster for Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour

Back in 2004, Shane Carruth made his feature debut at Sundance with Primer, hailed by critics as a very strong first film, winnin Carruth two awards at the festival. After hearing nothing from Carruth in the intervening years, he returned to the festival this January with Upstream Colour, a film that has now divided critics and audiences alike for months.

Having had its UK debut at Sundance London back in April, Carruth’s sophomore feature is on the cusp of release on our shores, and the new UK quad poster – bearing the British English spelling of the title, ‘Upstream Colour’, rather than the original American English of ‘Upstream Color’ – has washed up online.

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.

Carruth is both in front of and behind the camera, starring alongside Amy Seimetz in the joint leads.

And as you might expect,
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Cinedigm and Tribeca Film Team to Acquire All U.S. Rights To The English Teacher, Starring Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane and Greg Kinnear

Cinedigm Entertainment Group and Tribeca Film have teamed up to acquire U.S. distribution rights to director Craig Zisk’s (“Nurse Jackie,” “Weeds”) feature directorial debut, The English Teacher. The film will release in spring 2013 with an ultra VOD and digital window, followed by theatrical release, DVD and broadcast.

The English Teacher stars four-time Oscar® nominee Julianne Moore (“Boogie Nights,” “The Hours”) who most recently won Golden Globe® and Emmy® Awards for her lead role in the HBO movie “Game Change.” Moore plays a beloved English teacher whose repressed personal life exists in stark contrast to the passion she brings to the classroom. Her routine is upended when a former star pupil returns to her small town after failing miserably as a playwright. Co-written by Dan and Stacy Chariton, The English Teacher also stars two-time Tony Award® winner Nathan Lane (“The Producers,” “The Good Wife”), Oscar® nominee Greg Kinnear (“As Good As It Gets,
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Shane Carruth's Upstream Color

Although the film was much anticipated, whether because it was already locked into a self-distribution plan, or because film wise, it did not meet the climatic heights expected, Upstream Color remains newsworthy on account of the filmmaker Shane Carruth and his well thought-out plans for the film. Shane returned to Sundance Film Festival's Us Dramatic Competition nine years after his debut feature, Primer, won the Grand Jury Prize, and has also just announced Upstream Color for the 2013 Berlin Film Festival (Panorama) and New York's prestigious New Directors/New Films. Recently covered in the La Times, NY Times, and sneak-previewed at Arthouse Convergence. Taking advantage of the new creative distribution options available to artists, Carruth’s own company, erbp, will release Upstream Color in the Us. The film will open in New York at the IFC Center on April 5, before expanding in a platform release in over 20 markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Dallas, and Chicago. Digital distribution will follow in May with Cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, Hulu, Xbox, Sony Entertainment Network, Vudu and Netflix, and DVD/Blu-ray.

One of the most boldly original American independents of the year, Upstream Color is a hypnotic mindbender, in which a man and a woman are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. The film, starring Amy Seimetz, is written and directed by Carruth, who also composed the original score, is the director of photography, and co-edited the film alongside fellow Sundance Film Festival 2013 alumnus David Lowery. It was produced by Casey Gooden, Ben LeClair, and Meredith Burke.
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