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The Independent Spirit Awards were never supposed to be a harbinger of the Oscars, but in recent years, the booze-infused celebration in Santa Monica — held the night before the Academy Awards — had become just that. All the acting winners at last year’s Oscar ceremony picked up a Spirit first, and so did best picture champ “12 Years a Slave.”
So it’s particularly confusing that this year’s Spirit nominations completely shut out what is supposed to be one of the season’s heavyweights: The Weinstein Co.’s “The Imitation Game.” It wasn’t a good day for Harvey Weinstein in general, since his entire awards season slate of “St. Vincent,” “Begin Again” and “Big Eyes” (which only got a screenplay nod) was left out.
While the Oscar voters and Spirit nominating committee don’t overlap, in a competitive awards season, these nominations do matter. It gently nudges voters on »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Jenelle Riley
Uma Thurman will emcee the 2014 Gotham Awards, it was announced Tuesday. The Oscar-nominated actress is just one of several stars set to appear at the independent film awards in New York on Dec. 1, traditionally seen as the start of Oscar season. Other stars set to take the stage next Monday, as presenters, include Patricia Arquette, Will Arnett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heather Graham, Ethan Hawke, Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Keener, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei and Miles Teller. Read more 2014 Gotham Award Nominations Revealed Arquette, Johansson and Mbatha-Raw are all nominated in
- Hilary Lewis
Yes, it's finally come to this. After months of festival debuts, cocktail parties and a fake awards show that somehow was aired on a major broadcast network, an awards event that actually means something (sort of) in the Oscar race is happening. The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations are hours away and, in some ways, they are the most competitive in recent memory. Just as with the Academy Awards, the Spirits' equivalent Best Film and Best Lead Male categories will leave a number of worthy contenders out in the cold. That's somewhat remarkable considering players such as "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Foxcatcher" and "The Theory of Everything" didn't qualify. Still, you'll find a number of familiar Oscar contenders announced including Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Reese Witherspoon ("Wild"), Jessica Chastain ("A Most Violent Year") and lots of nods for "Birdman" and "Boyhood." The thing to remember about the Spirits, however, is that »
- Gregory Ellwood
In the latest Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys looks at the rumoured Star Wars trailer for Episode VII: The Force Awakens, plot rumours for The Fantastic Four reboot and who is on the studio wishlist for X-Men roles Cyclops and Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse? See below for more information on the films discussed…
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
…is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Andy Serkis (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »
- Oli Davis
Learning to hold a brush like Britain’s most revered landscape artist could be considered the easiest way to embody the role of J.M.W. Turner. But for Timothy Spall, who stars as the titular “Mr. Turner,” perfecting the artist’s signature grip was merely the first step in his quest to paint like a master.
“The job really was to get as much knowledge about the practicalities of the painter, try and understand what he was doing,” Spall says. “Basically, we were trying to make it look like I was familiar with a brush, like it was something that grew organically out of my whole being.”
The actor trained with watercolorist Tim Wright off and on for two years before he began shooting Mike Leigh’s look at the last 25 years of Turner’s life and prolific career. After a rigorous examination of the basics, Spall punctuated his »
- Christy Grosz
Shailene Woodley's kissing and telling!The "Divergent" star appears on the cover of GQ's latest issue, celebrating the mag's "Men of the Year," where she opens up about losing her on-screen innocence. So how many times has Woodley lost her virginity on-screen? "Three, four. Four. No, wait. Five!," she confesses. "Five. The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Fault, Divergent, White Bird in a Blizzard [arty film, 2014, by auteur Gregg Araki], The Spectacular Now [2013 teenager movie]," she continues. Two of those times have been with Hollywood's sexiest up-and-coming men, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller. So which on-screen sex scene did she enjoy most? "Um," she says, "both different."But here's the really important question -- which studly star smelled better? "That's actually a hilarious question, because on Divergent, Ansel used to wear this really awful-smelling deodorant. I joked, 'If you book Fault in Our Stars, just don't wear deodorant.' He goes, 'Yeah, okay. Fine.' Then he booked it! »
- tooFab Staff
Shailene Woodley is experienced at losing her virginity — on-screen that is.
In the latest issue of GQ, the 23-year-old actress recounts five different scenes — The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, White Bird in a Blizzard, and The Spectacular Now — during which she had to get intimate with co-stars, including Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller.
When asked who was superior man of the two stars to lose her virginity to, Woodley plays coy by saying that both were "different." Though, Woodley eventually reveals that Ansel wore a "really awful-smelling deodorant."
"Ansel smells more pheromone-y and Miles smells more—is delicious an appropriate word to say for a man?" she offers. Noted: Teller smells delicious.
News: Shailene Woodley Defends On Screen Nudity
While the entire interview wasn't all sex talk, the self-proclaimed "hippie" did glam things up for the Men of the Year »
The mysterious Fantastic Four is still shrouded in mystery with no production photos, no trailers and not even official synopsis released ahead of its release next August. But, it seems there is a possible leak in 20th Century Fox and the plot is finally arrived on 4Chan (via Cbm)
Or is it?
“Reed is a genius convenience store clerk with Ben. Reed’s parents don’t care about him, and Ben’s dad is abusive. They’re good friends and have each other’s backs. Reed writes a paper for community college on teleportation that attracts the attention of Dr. Franklin Storm, CEO of the Baxter Building research center.
Storm has a son, Johnny, and an adoptive daughter, Sue, whose father, Storm’s old partner, died in an experiment gone wrong. Johnny and Sue are party kids, and Sue is particularly disdainful of science. Reed and Sue don’t get along at first. »
- Luke Owen
When a film’s protagonist is in conflict with himself, it’s hard for the audience to choose a side.
But such is the dramatic high-wire act being performed in several of the season’s more prominent movies, in which the key characters are conflicted, confounded, confused and/or contradictory — searching for their identities and their souls. And they’re not necessarily likable.
How an anti-hero is positioned has much to do with his screen persona. In “Wild,” for instance, Jean-Marc Vallee’s adaptation of the Cheryl Strayed memoir, Reese Witherspoon’s character is, first of all, played by Reese Witherspoon.
“Who’s not going to care about Reese Witherspoon?” Vallee asks. “Particularly her face, she’s so vulnerable. And out of her comfort zone: For the first 10 minutes, audiences are going to say ‘you’re going to try something? I’m going to follow you.’ ”
Add to this Vallee »
- John Anderson
The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. The Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and the Festival runs Jan 2-12, 2015. Currently a Best Supporting Actor Oscar frontrunner, J.K. Simmons plays unconventional jazz instructor Terence Fletcher who uses punishing methods to push gifted jazz prodigy Andrew (Miles Teller) to the brink. Simmons earned high marks in 2007 for his supporting role in Jason Reitman's "Juno" and if nominated for an Academy Award, this would be his first. Earlier: The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Julianne Moore with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past actress recipients include Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Halle Berry and Marion Cotillard. Focus World's abrupt 2015 placement of »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The actor is currently making waves for his brilliant performance in "Whiplash," just in time for the Academy Awards season. Simmons will be joining previously announced winners, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.
Here's the complete press release:
Palm Springs, CA (November 18, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present J.K. Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Throughout his career J.K. Simmons had played a wide range of »
The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor “Whiplash” actor J.K. Simmons with its Actor Spotlight Award, the festival announced Monday. The actor will accept the award at the awards gala presented by Cartier on Jan. 3, 2015.
Simmons, who will join previously announced award recipients Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore, receives the honor for his role as jazz instructor Terence Fletcher in “Whiplash,” a tormenting figure to Miles Teller’s character in the film.
“Throughout his career J.K. Simmons had played a wide range of roles from tough guys in ‘Oz’ and Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ films to nicer guys in ‘Juno’ and ‘Up in the Air,’” said Harold Matzner, Psiff chairman. “In ‘Whiplash,’ Simmons shines with his tough guy portrayal of a music teacher, who physically and emotionally terrorizes a young drummer, and gives a captivating performance that is alternately hilarious and terrifying. We are honored to present »
- Kevin Noonan
Channing Tatum admits "Foxcatcher" was a painful film for him to make – in two ways. While portraying wrestler Mark Shultz, he took lots of hard hits. "You can fake boxing if you have to," he tells Gold Derby editor Tom O'Neil in their video chat below. "But wrestling is not something you can actually fake. You really have to get slammed and head butted. That's just part of it." But he also admits that the tragic events portrayed on screen are "a painful story. It's not a light fare at all. This is based on a real event and we let people project what they think happened." "Foxcatcher" is a top Oscar contender in many top categories. Gold Derby's official Oscar rankings and racetrack odds. -Break- Miles Teller: 'Whiplash' is really a horror flick (exclusive video) Click here to enter your predictions in all top Oscar races, »
Those who’ve been unhappy with most of the news regarding Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot should probably turn back now, because what we have here is quite a handful of potentially infuriating plot details.
They appeared on sites like 4chan, Reddit, Cbm and SuperheroHype over the weekend, and may very well be nothing more than a convincing bit of fan fiction (let’s not forget about that fake Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice script that made the rounds earlier this year). However, this is a 20th Century Fox superhero film, and despite recent hits like X-Men: Days of Future Past, the studio doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to adapting comic books for the big screen. Hell, just look at the last two Fantastic Four movies!
But I digress. The new details give an overview of the entire film, including character motivations, how »
- James Garcia
With its release less than nine months away, there is still very little official information out there regarding 20th Century Fox's The Fantastic Four reboot. Last week, we learned that the villainous Doctor Doom (Toby Kebbell) will not be known as Victor Von Doom, as seen in the original comics, but instead Victor Domashev, an anti-social programmer who is known as "Doom" on blogging sites. Today, a detailed plot rundown offers what could be the entire story for director Josh Trank's remake, which shows how Reed Richards and Ben Grimm first meet the Storm siblings.
There will be spoilers below, so read on at your own risk!
Naturally, this hasn't been confirmed by 20th Century Fox at this time, but this extended synopsis started making the rounds on Reddit and 4Chan over the weekend. Since we have no official plot details to compare it to, we're not sure if »
Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.
Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope »
- Eric Lavallee
One of the most interesting precursors to me is always the Independent Spirit Awards. They don’t always cite the same things that the Academy does, so it’s a chance to see smaller and more eclectic fare given a moment in the sun. Even though the Spirit Award have matched up with Oscar more often in the recent past than was usual, it’s still a place where you can see honors for films that wouldn’t otherwise have a chance. Personally, that’s one of the my favorite things about certain precursors, the fact that they bestow citations on worthy cinema that could have been ignored entirely. Before I give you my shot in the dark predictions for this year’s Spirit Awards (which will announce their nominees in under two weeks…specifically on November 25th), I just wanted to further my point about the choices made by this group. »
- Joey Magidson
David Jagernauth wrote the original screenplay for Second Born. The story takes place in a futuristic world where neural microchip implants are able to store one's own consciousness. This leads to black market body-swapping.
South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, the director of Oldboy, Thirst, and Stoker, is set to take on a sci-fi thriller called Second Born. This will be his second American film. His first was Stoker, which was beautifully directed.
The movie is being produced by David Lancaster's Rumble Films, which recently produced Miles Teller’s Whiplash at Sony Classics and Jake Gyllenhaal’s crime thriller Nightcrawler at Open Road, both of which were absolutely amazing movies.
Second Born is based on an original screenplay that was written by David Jagernauth. The story is set in a "futuristic world in which neural microchip implants are used to store one’s consciousness, leading to black market body-swapping."
Park is an incredible filmmaker, and I've enjoyed watching many of his films. This sounds like it could be a great project for him to work on. I love the whole black market body-swapping concept. »
- Joey Paur
After making his English-language debut last year, director Park Chan-wook is ready to venture into new genre territory in the United States now. Variety reports the director of the South Korean Vengeance trilogy (which includes the original Oldboy) will be at the helm of Second Born, a sci-fi thriller from Rumble Films, the production banner fresh off producing the incredible indie hit Whiplash with Miles Teller and riveting thriller Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The film is set in the future where neural microchip implants are used to store the consciousness of people, leading to black market body-swapping. Read on! The original script comes from newcomer David Jagernauth and will be developed by Park Chan-wook for the big screen, which should make what might otherwise be a fairly generic concept turn into something much more compelling. It sounds like the film is early in development though since there's no set time for production to begin, »
- Ethan Anderton
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