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Independent Spirit Awards 2017 Winners: The Complete List

22 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

As the 2017 Oscars draws nearer, it's time to recognize the best of the best in independent filmmaking.  The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards is off and running at its usual beachfront locale in Santa Monica, Calif. on Saturday afternoon, with comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney serving as the ceremony's co-hosts. Presenters including Kate BeckinsaleJon HammJessica ChastainTaraji P. Henson and more are also on hand to pass out awards in 18 different categories. Ahead of the telecast, Natalie Portman, who is nominated in the Best Female Lead category, announced she was not attending due to her pregnancy. Up for the Indie Spirit Awards' top honor, Best »

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We Tried It: A High-Fashion Clothing Rental Company (That Carries the Hottest Red Carpet Gowns)

24 February 2017 10:09 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

What It Is: Armarium is a high-end rental service that offers a curated selection of couture and ready-to-wear pieces, along with trendy accessories, from the most sought-after designers in the business. I decided to rent some of the most over-the-top gowns celebrities have worn on the red carpet recently from Marchesa, Carolina Herrera and other big-name designers to see just how easy the process is.

Who Tried It: Colleen Kratofil, Style Writer-Reporter

Level of Difficulty: 2. The toughest part is deciding which items to rent out of their ridiculously gorgeous inventory.

Why I Did It: Throughout awards season I’ve been »

- Colleen Kratofil

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Interview: Dale Robinette, on His Iconic Photo From ‘La La Land’

23 February 2017 6:15 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The photograph of the 2016 movie year is undoubtedbly the iconic shot of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, caught in mid dance, in the musical “La La Land.” The film received 14 nominations for this Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony (Feb. 26th), and the “Unit Still Photographer” who got the shot was Dale Robinette.

“Uncle Dale” Robinette first contacted me via email in 2013, to give information about some photos he took on the film “Lovelace.” Ever since then he has been a reliable email pal, sending me image after image from the movie sets that he is “blessed” (his word) to work on. He has plied his skills in Hollywood as a Unit Still Photographer since 1988, after a career as a stage and television actor in New York and Los Angeles. Starting with a TV short called “The Big Five” (1988), he has worked his way up the ladder, and has built »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Oscars: "Night Before" Party Sets Star-Studded Host Committee, Hollywood Reporter Returns as Sponsor

23 February 2017 1:29 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The "Night Before," one of the most exclusive events of Hollywood’s awards season, is returning for its 15th year.

Leonardo DiCaprio, George and Amal Clooney, Denzel and Pauletta Washington and Emma Stone are among the A-listers who have signed on as host committee members for this year's event, which benefits the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

The 2017 host committee for the party also includes Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo, Casey Affleck, Javier Bardem, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Tanya Haden Black and Jack Black, Jessica Chastain, Tom Cruise, Luciana and Matt Damon, Viola Davis »

- THR Staff

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Black History Month: Spotlight on Octavia Spencer

23 February 2017 11:40 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Steven Fenton

On February 26, 2012, Octavia Spencer won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her endearing performance as the feisty Minny Jackson in Tate Taylor’s The Help. With her win, Spencer joined an elite group, becoming just the sixth black actress to win an acting Oscar (and only the seventh overall, if you count Irene Cara’s Original Song win for Flashdance, since she also starred in the film). Prior to 2011, Spencer had worked steadily since the mid-90s, gaining a reputation as a warm and generous co-star and a beloved character actress. So her win in February 2012 felt like an authentic opportunity for the academy to recognize an industry favorite.

Spencer was an indomitable force in the 2011 awards season, snatching wins at the Critics Choice, SAG awards, Globe Globes, and BAFTA, and beating out a talented crop of women in sensational breakout performances, including: Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids »

- Steven Fenton

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Michiel Huisman to Star in ‘Irreplaceable You’ (Exclusive)

23 February 2017 10:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman will star in the romantic drama “Irreplaceable You.”

Veep” helmer Stephanie Laing will direct from a script by Bess Wohl.

The film follows Abbie and Sam, soul mates who were destined to be together until death got in the way.

Jonathan Tropper and Farah Abushwesha are producing the movie, with The Exchange handling international sales. Production is set to start sometime next month.


Gugu Mbatha-Raw to Star in ThrillerFast Color’ for ‘La La Land,’ ‘Jackie’ Producers (Exclusive)

Mbatha-Raw has a busy year ahead of her, starting with Disney’s highly anticipated, live-action “Beauty and the Beast” reboot, which opens on March 17. She will then appear in the untitled “Cloverfield” sequel “God Particle” — opposite David Oyelowo — and Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time” adaptation. Mbatha-Raw was most recently seen in the gun-control film “Miss Sloane” with Jessica Chastain.

Huisman cut his teeth on the TV circuit, »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Kevin O’Connell (‘Hacksaw Ridge’)

21 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Kevin O’Connell (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“I’ve never been more appreciative, humbled and just overall excited about the fact that I’ve been nominated,” says Hacksaw Ridge sound mixer Kevin O’Connell of his 21st Oscar nomination — which he shares with Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright — as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “I don’t want to say I took it for granted in the past, but I certainly don’t take it for granted anymore.”

O’Connell, 59, has worked in Hollywood for nearly 40 years, and is one of the most respected practitioners of his craft. But he is best known for a dubious distinction: in Oscar history, no person has accumulated more nominations without ever winning. His noms span 33 years, from 1983’s Terms of Endearment through Mel Gibson‘s 2016 war film, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Number of Female Film Protagonists Hit High in 2016 (Study)

21 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Women are finally moving to the center of the frame. From Amy Adams’ steely, alien-decipherer in “Arrival” to Felicity Jones’ rebellious warrior in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” actresses are driving the action in more Hollywood films. Though audiences are still more than twice as likely to see male characters than female ones on screen, change is coming, and quickly too.

Females made up 29% of protagonists in the 100 highest-grossing films of 2016, according to a new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. That’s a 7% rise from 2015 levels in the number of star turns by women and represents a recent historical high.

Women also found themselves better represented in ensembles, with actresses making up 37% of major characters in the most popular films, a 3 percentage points jump from the previous year, and another historical high. The percentage of female »

- Brent Lang

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Damien Chazelle (‘La La Land’)

20 February 2017 4:00 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Damien Chazelle (Courtesy: Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for AFI)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“People want something that’s different than everything else that’s out there,” says Damien Chazelle, the writer and director of the massively acclaimed original musical La La Land, as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of the ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast and try to get to the root of the phenomenal success of the film. Indeed, Chazelle’s bold third feature is beloved by critics (it has a 93% favorable rating on RottenTomatoes.com), audiences (it has grossed more than $340 million worldwide) and Academy members (it has been nominated for a record-tying 14 Oscars). The 32-year-old himself is Oscar-nominated for best director and best original screenplay, and if he wins the former, as is widely expected, he will break an 85-year-old record and become the category’s youngest winner ever.

“It was »

- Carson Blackwelder

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Barry Jenkins (‘Moonlight’)

19 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Barry Jenkins (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“I have this fundamental block — maybe I’ll always have it, maybe I’ll get past it — but I am essentially Chiron, I grew up like this kid and there are just certain ceilings that I never can imagine myself breaking through,” says Barry Jenkins, the writer and director of Moonlight, as we sit down in his downtown Los Angeles apartment to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “When they happen,” the 37-year-old continues, “they genuinely are an extreme surprise. And for whatever reason, I can’t get through this block that Chiron does not grow up and make a film that gets eight Academy Award nominations.” He then pauses, smiles and quietly adds, “But I guess he does.”

Jenkins, for his work on the acclaimed drama about a young man growing up black »

- Carson Blackwelder

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Isabelle Huppert (‘Elle’)

17 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Isabelle Huppert (Courtesy: Getty Images)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“On the one hand they are extremely close to me, and on the other hand they have nothing to do with me,” the actress Isabelle Huppert says of the many characters that she’s played, as we sit down at the San Ysidro Ranch near Santa Barbara to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. The Frenchwoman — an Oscar nominee for the first time, at the age of 63, for her portrayal of a rape survivor in Paul Verhoeven‘s 2016 French-language drama Elle — continues, “I have nothing to do with this woman from Elle who runs a video game company — I don’t even know myself how to work my computer — so I’m completely far from the character. I’m not a philosophy teacher [as in Things to Come, her other 2016 film], I never killed my father or my mother [as in 1978’s Violette], so I have »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Taraji P. Henson, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Beckinsale to Present at the Independent Spirit Awards

15 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The end of award season is just around the corner. With that in mind, I can now exclusively report that Taraji P. Henson, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Beckinsale, Janelle Monae, Issa Rae and Aubrey Plaza have signed on to present at the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 25. They join previously announced presenters Jon Hamm, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Édgar Ramírez and Danny McBride. American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are nominated for best feature. Best female lead contenders include Annette Bening (20th Century Women), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Sasha Lane (American Honey), Ruth Negga (Loving) and Natalie Portman (Jackie). Casey Affleck »

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Niki Caro tapped to direct Disney’s live-action Mulan

14 February 2017 2:50 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

One of many upcoming live-action Disney remakes has just found its director, as The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Niki Caro will helm 2018’s Mulan. In so doing, Caro will make history, becoming only the second woman in the studio’s history (and third in all) to direct a film with a budget over $100 million.

Reportedly, Disney saw it as important to hire a female for the job and looked at such other candidates as Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad). Caro’s hiring likely means that she’s out of the running for another major studio tentpole, Captain Marvel, which will be the first female-led superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Caro’s name was previously on a shortlist alongside Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland) and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World).

Since delivering a critical and moderate commercial hit for Disney with McFarland, »

- Justin Cook

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‘Mulan’ Live-Action Adaptation Eyes Director Niki Caro

14 February 2017 12:53 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Niki Caro is in talks to direct Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic “Mulan,” sources confirmed to Variety.

Jurassic World” and “Avatar” sequel scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver came on board in 2015 to rewrite the spec by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin.

The film has been fast-tracked into production with Jason Reed attached to produce along with Chris Bender and Jake Weiner. Hong Kong-based producer Bill Kong will executive produce the movie, which is set to bow on Nov. 2, 2018.


Will Smith Circling Tim Burton’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Adaptation

The studio’s emphasis on live-action reboots follows the successes of “Maleficent” (2014) and “Cinderella” (2015), while “Beauty and the Beast” is already one of the most anticipated movies of the year. The first official “Beauty and the Beast” trailer in November scored a record 127.6 million views in its first 24 hours. The movie, starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Dan Stevens, »

- Justin Kroll

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Disney's Live-Action 'Mulan' Finds Director (Exclusive)

13 February 2017 8:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Niki Caro, who broke through with the 2002 Maori family drama Whale Rider, will direct Disney’s live-action Mulan, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

In an industry where female-helmed tentpoles are still rare, Caro will be the second woman at the studio to direct a movie budgeted at over $100 million. (Ava DuVernay is the first, with A Wrinkle in Time.)

Caro’s most recent film, Focus’ upcoming The Zookeeper’s Wife, has been praised for its gender-inclusive set by its star, Jessica Chastain. Disney previously worked with Caro, a New Zealand native, on the 2015 cross-country drama McFarland, USA, »

- Rebecca Sun

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Berlinale: Maipo Film Teams With ‘Nobel’ Scribe on ‘State of Happiness’ (Exclusive)

13 February 2017 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Maipo Film, the Norwegian production company whose recent credits include Jessica Chastain-starrer “Miss Julie,” is set to produce “State of Happiness,” a drama series  set against the backdrop of Norway’s oil boom of the 1970s.

Petter Noess, the Norwegian helmer of Oscar-nominated comedy “Elling,” is on board to direct the series, based on a concept by Siv Rajendra (“Those Who Kill”) and Synnove Horsdal (“Miss Julie”), Maipo Film’s managing director. The series is written by “Nobel” screenwriter Mette M. Bølstad.

The eight-episode series, which will shoot in Norwegian and English, follows four young characters who come from different backgrounds and are thrown into a whirlwind of opportunity during the oil boom. The show will unfold in the small coastal town of Stavanger, which was transformed after Philips Petroleum found a huge sub-sea oil basin that turned Norway into one of the world’s most prosperous countries, Horsdal said.

The »

- Elsa Keslassy

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Lin-Manuel Miranda (‘Moana’)

10 February 2017 6:00 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Photographed By: Austin Hargrave)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“I could not have had a happier place to go when I wasn’t in the midst of the tsunami — the wonderful tsunami — that was Hamilton,” says the actor/playwright/composer/songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda of writing seven original songs for the Disney animated film Moana while simultaneously appearing in the biggest Broadway phenomenon in history. Hamilton, which Miranda created and starred in through last July, won 11 Tony Awards, two of which went to him personally, as did a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ and a Grammy Award. For Moana, meanwhile, he is nominated for the best original song Oscar, for his song “How Far I’ll Go” — and if he wins, he will become only the 13th — and, at just 36, the youngest — Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner) in history. But, as we sit down to »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Han Solo Targets Westworld Star Thandie Newton

10 February 2017 5:09 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With filming already under way on Disney and LucasFilm's latest Star Wars spin-off, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the cast continues to be filled out. Today we have word that Westworld star Thandie Newton has entered negotiations to join the cast. As is the case with most of the recent casting additions, no details were given as to which character Thandie Newton may be playing, but her casting may hint at a recent character rumor.

Variety broke the news on today's casting, which comes just two days after the site broke the news that Fleabag star/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge will join the cast as a CGI character that is said to be quite important to the film. Unfortunately, the site has no details about Thandie Newton's character, but back in October, a report claimed that three actresses of color, Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road »

- MovieWeb

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Jessica Chastain to Be Named Female Star of the Year at CinemaCon

10 February 2017 12:02 PM, PST | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is adding yet another honor to her extensive resume. She’s been named the Female Star of the Year…

Continue reading on Women and Hollywood »


- Laura Berger

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Jake Gyllenhaal Joins Joaquin Phoenix in ‘The Sisters Brothers’ (Exclusive)

10 February 2017 11:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jake Gyllenhaal is joining Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly in “The Sisters Brothers.”

Jacques Audiard is directing the indie feature, which is based on Patrick DeWitt’s novel of the same name. Reilly, Michael De Luca, Rosa Attrab and Alison Dickey are producing.

Reilly optioned the rights to the book and will produce through his shingle with De Luca who recently joined the project as a producer. The story follows two brothers — Eli and Charlie Sisters — who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. The story takes place in Oregon in 1851. The book won the 2012 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for humor writing.

The pic is Audiard’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or winning “Dheepan,” which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Production is set to start sometime this summer.

Gyllenhaal is coming off a strong year with “Demolition” and “Nocturnal Animals.” He currently »

- Justin Kroll

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