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Bill Paxton, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Big Love’ Star, Dies at 61

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bill Paxton, the versatile actor who appeared in films including “Aliens” and “Titanic” and played a polygamist on HBO’s “Big Love,” has died from complications following heart surgery. He was 61.

A representative for his family released a statement asking for privacy and saying, “Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable.”

With a Texas twang and grizzled visage, Paxton often found himself playing military men and cowboys. He was closely associated with James Cameron, playing a punk leader in “The Terminator,” as well as an ill-fated technician in “Aliens,” a venal car dealer in “True Lies” and a treasure hunter in “Titanic.”

Paxton earned an Emmy nomination for the 2012 mini-series “Hatfields & McCoys,” and was starring as a morally ambiguous detective in the CBS series “Training Day” at the time of his death.

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Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight’ Dominates En Route to the Oscars

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Four of the last five Film Independent Spirit Award winners for best feature have gone on to secure the best picture Oscar. But that wasn’t always the status quo. Rather, it’s indicative of the Academy Awards’ slow evolution into something resembling the Spirits.

The last best feature Spirit winner to sit out the Oscars’ top race was “The Wrestler” in 2008, which was notably the last time the Academy’s best picture field was limited to five nominees. Since that shift, every Spirit champ has also been Oscar-nominated for best picture (some fudged in thanks to softly governed budgetary limitations).

Why? You have to go back to that very critical Academy decision eight years ago, expanding the best picture field first to 10 nominees, then to anywhere from five to 10 depending on how Byzantine math unfolds. It was a move meant to open the door to popular films, but instead »


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‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Neil Fingleton Dies: UK’s Tallest Man Was 36

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English actor and basketball player Neil Fingleton has died. Named Britain's tallest man in 2007, Fingleton turned professional actor with roles in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and in 2013's 47 Ronin. In what is his best-known turn, he played Mag the Mighty in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. A rep for the actor could not confirm how Fingleton died, although multiple reports say he suffered heart failure on Saturday. He was 36. A statement posted to the Tall Persons Club group… »


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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Scores Monster $30.5 Million Opening

9 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Get Out,” a trenchant horror film about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut. The low-budget film was the weekend’s top-grossing domestic release, earning $30.5 million, and propelling its director and writer Jordan Peele atop Hollywood’s A-list. The film, which centers on a black man who discovers that his girlfriend’s liberal, lily-white hometown is guarding a sinister secret, marks a departure for Peele, best-known for his work on the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” It proves he can handle scares, as well as laughs, supplying sly social commentary in both genres.

Get Out” also extends Blumhouse Productions’ hot hand. The film company scored earlier this year with “Split,” a thriller about a man with a personality disorder that racked up $130.8 million stateside on a $9 million budget. Universal distributed, marketed, and partnered on both movies.

“It’s entertaining, it’s thought-provoking, and it’s subversive, »


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2017 Independent Spirit Awards: The Best Things Jeff Nichols, Kirsten Johnson, Matt Ross and More Told Us From the Blue Carpet

25 February 2017 3:33 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the annual cluster of late-season awards shows, the Film Independent Spirit Awards always ends up as a unique gathering. With a clear view of the water from the beach in Santa Monica, there’s definitely a more relaxed air, even as the general awards festivities near their fever pitch.

With that in mind, the Independent Spirits arrivals, on an infamous blue carpet, become a more jaunty affair. More of a big late-morning chat than a twilight press blitz, it gives the filmmakers and performers a chance to share some light-hearted thoughts that other pre-show traditions might not afford.

Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Full Winners List — Updating Live

So, here, as per annual tradition, here are our favorite dispatches from “the blue carpet,” the best things said to IndieWire before this year’s Indie Spirits.

Ira Sachs, director of “Little Men

“There’s a sense of affirmation that the struggle was received appreciatively. »


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Oscars 2017 live: the red carpet, the awards ceremony and the aftermath

19 minutes ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Follow all the latest from this year’s Academy Awards as Jimmy Kimmel hosts what’s set to be a politically charged ceremony with La La Land and Moonlight predicted to take the big prizes

Our final Oscars 2017 awards predictionsCosting the Oscars: and your bill for the evening is … $44m

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Awww. Dev Patel is continuing in the fine Hollywood tradition of actors taking their parents on the red carpet. The Lion star’s Burberry tux and new-ish tousled look get a double thumbs up from us, as do Anita Patel’s sparkles. But the big mystery: what’s on his socks?

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Dakota Johnson wins the award for the dress that looks most like Trump’s White House curtains.

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Stars Show Support for Aclu, Remember Trayvon Martin Ahead of Oscars

24 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Many have predicted that the 2017 Oscars would be one of the most politically charged ceremonies in Academy Awards history, and the commentary kicked off before a single speech has been made.

As the first few stars stepped out onto the red carpet, it became immediately obvious that several had chosen to adorn their flowing dresses and smart tuxedos with a large blue Aclu ribbon.

Turns out the colorful accessory is part of the “Stand With Aclu” campaign, an initiative which, according to the organization, gives artists a chance “to express their support for the rights and civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution to everyone in the United States.”

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Best supporting actress nominee Ruth Negga, who was one the first to appear on the carpet, drew attention to the aforementioned ribbon which she wore over her red Maison Valentino dress.

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