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With the beginning of a brand new year of film festivals - and thus new films - just around the corner, one of the festivals dated for an early 2014 run (as with every other year) is the Pan African Film Festival, which takes place from February 6-17, 2014. And as you'd expect at this juncture, the festival has begun unveiling its program for next year, starting with the revelation this week, that actors Emayatzy Corinealdi and Tequan Richmond will be feted during the festival's 2014 event, with its annual Rising Stars actor awards, following Omari Hardwick and Nicole Beharie, who were this year's honorees. Tequan »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Lionsgate has set the release date for its big screen adaptation of erotic fiction writer Zane's popular novel Addicted, for March 14, 2014, in what is slowly shaping up to be a potentially crowded 1st quarter of 2014 for black films. The film follows the trials and tribulations of a successful sex-addicted African American professional woman, and stars Sharon Leal, Tasha Smith, Boris Kodjoe, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tyson Beckford and William Levy, in a Paul Hall production, with Bille Woodruff directing, and Charisse Nesbit executive producing. The novel is described as a psychological drama, with an »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Lionsgate has announced two updates to its 2014 schedule. Director Bille Woodruff's Addicted is now set for release on March 14, 2014 while Kevin Greutert's Jessabelle , previously planned to hit the big screen on January 10, has been delayed until August 29, 2014. Addicted , which stars Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, Tasha Smith, Tyson Beckford, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Kat Graham and William Levy, is based on the best-selling novel by Zane. In the story, Zoe Reynard is a woman who truly has it all- the perfect husband, two wonderful children and a successful career. However, as perfect as it may seem from the outside, inside she is craving something more. She soon finds herself risking it all, helpless in an overpowering addiction to sex. Powerless under this erotic high, her sexual »
The 17th annual event, presented by Bet Networks, has locked in a slate of features and shorts totaling some 60 films.
Talbert, who is a big name on the profitable African-American theater circuit that is far off the radar for most Broadway denizens, wrote, directed and produced the romantic comedy (based on his own novel) about a woman (Patton) who hits the road for a 30-day air-travel odyssey in search of a potential husband. Boris Kodjoe, Tia Mowry, and Djimon Hounsou also are among the cast of the pic, which will screen at Urbanworld ahead of its Sept. 27 release from Fox Searchlight.
Talbert picked up an Urbanworld award for dramatic feature for his earlier film “A Woman Like That,” which was part of the »
- Gordon Cox
It’s the blessing and the curse of the awards beat that you can see films like “Blue Jasmine” and “Short Term 12,” as I have in the past week, and see your thoughts almost immediately turn to their Oscar hopes — sometimes before the movies are even over.
Blanchett is of course familiar in Oscar circles, with two lead actress nominations alongside a supporting actress win for “The Aviator.” Amid a strong ensemble, she owns “Jasmine” and certainly merits inner-circle Aacdemy Award consideration this winter.
Her chances might rise or fall depending on how much voters perceive Blanchett’s manneristic work in the movie as intrinsic to the rather unhinged character — or the consequence of leading a Woody Allen picture. In any case, »
- Jon Weisman
Gun Hill is part of Bet network's line-up of new original programming, which we've been following since the initial announcement last year. Now here's your first look. Directed by Reggie "Rock" Bythewood (Biker Boyz), Gun Hill stars Larenz Tate portraying twin brothers, Trane and Bird, on opposite sides of the law. The film also stars Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michael Aronov, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (How Stella Got Her Groove Night, Haitian Nights), Tawny Cypress (Heroes, Rescue Me) and Aisha Hinds (True Blood, Hawthorne). Here's the full synopsis: For the adults who go to the movies mostly on premiere weekends, this original film with beloved leading man Larenz »
- Vanessa Martinez
Gun Hill is part of Bet network's line-up of new original programming, which we've been following since the initial announcement last year. Now here's your first look. Directed by Reggie "Rock" Bythewood (Biker Boyz), Gun Hill stars Larenz Tate portraying twin brothers, Trane and Bird, on opposite sides of the law. The film also stars Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michael Aronov, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (How Stella Got Her Groove Night, Haitian Nights), Tawny Cypress (Heroes, Rescue Me) and Aisha Hinds (True Blood, Hawthorne). Here's the full synopsis: For the adults who go to the movies mostly on premiere weekends, this original film with beloved leading man Larenz Tate is sure to satisfy their fresh tastes. From the executive producers of New York Undercover, this high-powered cop drama is about identical twins on opposite sides of life: Trane, a cop, and Bird, a con. On one fateful night, Trane is killed. Bird assumes his identity and. »
- Vanessa Martinez
Here's a new clip from Lu, an upcoming drama we profiled earlier this week, which stars Nate Parker, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Omari Hardwick. The Blue Angel Entertainment project is directed by Korstiaan Vandiver, and is said to be based on the true story of Luigino Lobello, a former Marine. Here's a synopsis:Lu tells the story of a Marine diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) who sets out years later to find a woman caught in the crossfire during a firefight in Iraq. As the film seeks to shed new light on an issue that oftentimes doesn’t get the attention that it deserves, Lu is a poignant piece that is sure to resonate with the countless veterans and »
Teaser trailer below for a short film titled Lu, which stars Nate Parker, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Omari Hardwick. The Blue Angel Entertainment project is directed by Korstiaan Vandiver, and is said to be based on the true story of Luigino Lobello, a former Marine. Here's a synopsis:Lu tells the story of a Marine diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (Ptsd) who sets out years later to find a woman caught in the crossfire during a firefight in Iraq. As the film seeks to shed new light on an issue that oftentimes doesn’t get the attention that it deserves, Lu is a poignant piece that is sure to resonate with the countless veterans and their families whose lives have »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The highlight of the 2013 edition of the Iff Panama has to be the presence of veteran actress Geraldine Chaplin (Doctor Zhivago) — while I had just a smidgen of an idea of what was being discussed in a Spanish-speaking Q&A which followed Charlie Chaplin’s 1921 treasure, The Kid, I saw that the thesp was animated, generous, delivered crowd-pleasing anecdotes about the memories she had growing up in a household with the silent era’s first star.
The fest’s first party took place at the Frank Gehry’s Museum of Biodiversity in Panama City – equipped with booze, beats and industry types such as (see below) Aram Tertzakian and Nate Bolotin from Xyz Films – an indie prod. house that looks for ideal locations for future productions – they have Frankenstein’s Army premiering at Tribeca next week and have The Raid 2 , and Stage Fright (Top 100 Most Anticipated title of ours) in the works. »
- Eric Lavallee
The recent Oscars, it should be said, were not a headline year for the Best Actress race. Of course Emmanuelle Riva, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence et al were thoroughly deserving of their nominations, but the category was generally deemed to be a bit thin by Oscar watchers, with something of a dearth of good female roles, bar the five that were nominated (plus a handful of others overlooked by the Academy, like Marion Cotillard in "Rust and Bone" and Emayatzy Corinealdi in "Middle of Nowhere"). But looking ahead to the potentials for 2014, as we already have this week with Best Picture and Best Actor, the story's quite different. On paper, anyway, it looks to be a fiercely competitive year, with a number of legendary actresses in parts that seem tailor-made for awards buzz...if our guesswork is correct. While our other long-distance predictions were fairly reasonable a year ago, Best »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Each year, the awards season comes to a close with two of the biggest ceremonies in the Us. Tonight is of course the best known, with the Academy Awards being the most prestigious handed out in the industry. But every year, the previous night is reserved for recognising the achievements in filmmaking outside of the studio system with the Independent Spirit Awards.
I’m a big fan of the Independent Spirit Awards, and look forward to their results every year. Last night, some of the finest talents across the independent industry were recognised, and Silver Linings Playbook came away on top with an impressive four category wins.
David O. Russell’s latest feature took home the Best Feature award, it won him personally the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards, and Jennifer Lawrence’s remarkable performance in it won her the Best Female Lead award.
Derek Connolly’s script in »
- Kenji Lloyd
It was the final stop on the road to the Academy Awards last night as Hollywood celebrated the very best in independent cinema with the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The big winner on the night was Oscar hopeful Silver Linings Playbook, which was honoured with Best Feature, Best Director (David O. Russell), Best Screenplay (David O. Russell) and Best Female Lead (Jennifer Lawrence). John Hawkes was named Best Male Lead for The Sessions, while Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) were both successful in the Supporting categories.
Other winners included Michael Haneke's Amour, which was named Best International Film, along with Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Best First Feature) and Safety Not Guaranteed, with Derek Connolly receiving the award for Best First Screenplay. Here's the full list of nominees for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with the winners highlighted in red:
- Flickering Myth
It would be the film with the juju in David O. Russell’s zany black comedy that was the toast of the 28th Independent Spirit Awards beating Beasts Of The Southern Wild – its fiercest rival in all major categories. Silver Linings Playbook cleaned up, grabbing Best Feature, Director, Screenplay and Best Actress went to Jennifer Lawrence – the heavy favorite for tomorrow’s Oscar. Fox Searchlight might have grabbed only one award for Beasts in the Cinematography category, but it’s other Sundance pick-up The Sessions managed to nab a pair of acting prizes for Helen Hunt and Oscar snubbed John Hawkes for Best Male Lead. In our favorite grant categories, Adam Leon (Gimme the Loot) nabbed the Someone to Watch Award (last year it went to Mark Jackson), the Piaget Producers Award went to Mynette Louie (she produced Tze Chun’s sophomore film Eye of Winter which we are keeping »
- Eric Lavallee
David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" was the big winner at the 28th annual Independent Spirit Awards held in Santa Monica, CA this afternoon and hosted by Andy Samberg. "Silver Linings" took home the Best Feature, Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Director, and Screenplay trophies.
McConaughey, who nearly stole the show in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," won the Best Supporting Male award for a performance that was largely ignored by the Academy Awards. As Samberg astutely observed, "We've got Matthew McConaughey...Hollywood fuck you!"
Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Female Lead award for "Silver Linings Playbook," while John Hawkes took home the Best Male Lead trophy for "Sessions." His co-star, Helen Hunt, won the Best Supporting Female award.
The awards show can be seen on IFC tonight at 10 pm (Est).
Here's the full list »
Though the 85th Academy Awards are a mere day away, tonight an awards ceremony of a different sort took place to celebrate the best of independent film. Unsurprisingly, Oscar player Silver Linings Playbook took home the most awards of the night with four wins, including Best Picture, Best Director for David O. Russell, Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, and Best Screenplay for Russell. The crowdpleasing pic beat out the likes of Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom for the top prize, but John Hawkes was named Best Actor for his swell work in The Sessions. The Best First Feature prize deservingly went to The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Hit the jump to read the full list of winners for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards. Best Feature "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" "Bernie" "Keep The Lights On" "Moonrise Kingdom" Winner: "Silver Linings Playbook" Best Director Wes Anderson - "Moonrise Kingdom »
- Adam Chitwood
David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" had a heyday at the 28th Independent Spirit Awards, taking home four prizes out of five nominations, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Female Lead for Jennifer Lawrence.
"The Sessions" also got its due after being shut out at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. John Hawkes beat out "Silver Linings'" Bradley Cooper for Best Male Lead and Helen Hunt won Best Supporting Female. Also worth noting? Matthew McCounaghey's Best Supporting Male win for "Magic Mike," and his Best Male Lead loss for "Killer Joe."
Here is the full list of Independent Spirit Awards 2013 winners:
The weekend’s other big movie awards ceremony—the Independent Spirit Awards—was held this afternoon in Santa Monica, Calif., with Andy Samberg on board as host. The big winner was David O. Russell’s romantic dramedy Silver Linings Playbook, which took home four prizes: best feature, best director, best actress, and best screenplay. But there was plenty of love spread around the year’s top indies. Here’s the full list of winners:
Silver Linings Playbook – Winner
Ira Sachs, »
- Josh Rottenberg
The 2013 Film Independent Spirits Awards were handed out in Santa Monica, CA today and lots of Oscar frontrunners cemented their status by dominating in their categories once more.
Check out all the winners below:
Best Female Lead
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Male Lead
Best Supporting Female
Best Supporting Male
Today the 2013 Spirit Awards were handed out and it was a dominating effort from Silver Linings Playbook as it won Best Picture, Director (David O. Russell), Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Screenplay (Russell). The only award it was nominated for and didn't win was Best Actor where Bradley Cooper lost to John Hawkes for The Sessions, but that's only a minor blip on the radar when you win this big. Among the early awards handed out, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower won for Best First Feature while Derek Connolly won for Best First Screenplay for the romantic sci-fi film Safety Not Guaranteed. Then the Twitterverse exploded with a Best Supporting Actor win for Matthew McConaughey and his work in Magic Mike, which, for a time, seemed like it may be able to eek into that last Supporting slot at the Oscars. No dice, a Spirit Award it will have to be. »
- Brad Brevet
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