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Best And Worst Of The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: ‘Moonlight,’ Nick Kroll And John Mulaney, Molly Shannon

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How about those Independent Spirit Awards?  Hollywood was blessed by a sunnier Saturday than expected (the rain predicted only days ago magically went away) and even with Natalie Portman bowing out (she also is skipping the Oscars) the star power at the Spirit Awards tent was impressive.  In fact, you could argue the line of presenters at the Spirits was more impressive than the predictable list the Academy Award producers have set for Sunday (truth hurts).  

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Oscars 2017 Gets Its Own Benghazi Controversy As ’13 Hours’ Nominee Disqualified

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In case you forgot, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi” was nominated for an Oscar in Best Sound Mixing. And it seems that controversy involving Benghazi is touching the big show.

In a surprise announcement, the Academy announced this afternoon that ’13 Hours’ nominee Greg P. Russell has been officially disqualified, upon revelations that he phoned up others in the Sound Branch to essentially help get him nominated.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Indie Spirits 2017: Nick Kroll & John Mulaney’s Hilarious Opening Monologue, In Memoriam Parody & Acceptance Speeches

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If the Golden Globes have always been the looser, cooler brother to the Oscars, the Indie Spirits are the unpredictable, wilder cousin. This afternoon, the warmup to the big show tomorrow unfolded, and not only was it finished in just over two hours, it was actually kind of fun.

 Nick Kroll and John Mulaney delivered an opening monologue that was politically sharp and hilarious, and poked fun at the nominees too.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Moonlight’ Wins Big At The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards

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The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards kicked off with a hilarious opening monologue from “Oh Hello” duo Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, and from there the evening was handed over to “Moonlight.”

Barry Jenkins’ celebrated film dominated the show, taking some six prizes, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and the Robert Altman award for best ensemble. Indeed, distributors A24 had even more to celebrate with horror “The Witch” earning two big wins for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay. 

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Patrick Stewart Says ‘Logan’ Will Be His Last X-Men Movie

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Could one of the best X-Men movies ever also mark the exit of two of the franchise’s most enduring stars? It’s starting to look that way. While he’s gone back and forth on the subject for a while, Hugh Jackman recently asserted that “Logan” will mark his final time playing Wolverine. And now his co-star, Patrick Stewart, is also saying that that film will mark his last adventure in the mutant series of movies.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Foreign-Language Oscar Nominees Release Joint Statement Denouncing U.S. “Climate Of Fanaticism,” Asghar Farhadi Sending Representatives To Ceremony

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The tone has been set, and you can bet Donald Trump‘s circle of enablers are going to do everything they can to keep him away from the TV this weekend. A politically charged Oscar ceremony is highly expected, and George Clooney shot the first arrow at the White House from the César Awards last night. Now, the directors of the Best Foreign Language are taking a moment the day before the ceremony to make their voice heard.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Razzie Awards: ‘Batman v Superman’ & ‘Hillary’s America’ Doc Tie With 4 Prizes Each

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Film Twitter haaaates the Razzies, the awards organization that lauds or rather lambasts the worst movies of the year — in their subjective opinion of course. But in a year when the world’s worst documentarian, partisan hack and ex-con Dinesh D’Souza — a loathsome troll who spent eight months in jail on a felony charge for for making illegal contributions to a 2012 United States Senate campaign — gets fully roasted, hey, bring on the Razzies.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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‘Elle’ Wins Best Film At César Awards, Plus Watch George Clooney’s Anti-Trump Speech

25 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST

The weekend of big awards being handed started last night in France with the César Awards, and likely setting the tone for the next two nights, politics stepped into the spotlight. But first, lets get the business part of the equation out of the way.

Winning Best Film was Paul Verhoeven‘s button-pushing “Elle,” and while it only won one other award, it was Best Actress for Isabelle Huppert.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Melanie Lynskey Talks ‘I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore,’ Working Outside The Studio System, More [Interview]

24 February 2017 2:08 PM, PST

At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey kickstarted her career alongside Kate Winslet in Peter Jackson‘s masterful “Heavenly Creatures.” Ever since then she has built up a career as an indie queen, refusing to adhere to Hollywood conventions and going at her own free-spirited pace to smaller, more original scripts that the mainstream would never touch.

Her latest film, Macon Blair’s fantastic “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,” won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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- Jordan Ruimy

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New Trailer For Ava DuVernay Backed Netflix Immigrant Drama ‘Namour’

24 February 2017 1:37 PM, PST

It’s always a parents wish that their children will do better in life than they did, but that expectation tends to be more heavily felt by the offspring of immigrants, who carry with them the knowledge of the sacrifices they made to open the doors of opportunity.

All that seems to be captured in the forthcoming “Namour,” an award winner at last year’s L.A. Film Fest, that was picked up by Ava DuVernay‘s Array shingle, and is gearing up to go global on Netflix.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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President Barack Obama Watched ‘Monster Trucks’

24 February 2017 12:57 PM, PST

On his first date with Michelle Robinson, who would eventually take his surname, Barack Obama took her to see Spike Lee‘s “Do The Right Thing.” And so began a relationship that would span decades, lead to the White House, and many more movie dates to come, including an evening with “Monster Trucks.”

THR has dug up some of the movie requests the White House sent out during the Obama years, and apparently, he loved watching pretty much anything and everything Hollywood had to offer.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Today Show’ Explores The Impact Of China’s Growing Movie Market On Hollywood

24 February 2017 12:33 PM, PST

As Zhang Yimou’s “The Great Wall” nosedives at the American box office with an $18.1 million gross last weekend, its worldwide box-office intake has already almost doubled its budget. Why? Per a report on “The Today Show,” China is quickly becoming the de facto nation for box-office returns. While this trend is by no means new, it is becoming more apparent in the broad blockbusters that are being put in theaters today.

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- Christian Gallichio

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Taylor Sheridan Explains How ‘Sicario,’ ‘Hell Or High Water’ & ‘Wind River’ Form A Trilogy

24 February 2017 11:58 AM, PST

Taylor Sheridan is currently on a helluva run, and frankly, we hope it never ends. Starting out in the business as an actor, he was always working on scripts, but the ones that made it to the big screen didn’t follow any conventional rules. “Sicario,” “Hell Or High Water,” and “Wind River” — which he directed, and just premiered at Sundance — all follow Sheridan’s vision where morality is grey, and sometimes, justice never comes.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Go All In With A New Video Essay Rundown Of Method Actors

24 February 2017 11:28 AM, PST

Well, the Oscars are nearly upon us, but this year, the story of method acting that gobbled up the most attention wasn’t from the likes of Christian Bale or Daniel Day-Lewis or any other respected titan of the full-bore technique. Instead, it was surprisingly unsurprising: Jared Leto. And method he went. The stories from the set of the foul “Suicide Squad” abounded and ranged from normal (Will Smith said he never met Jared Leto, only The Joker) to strange (Leto sent Margot Robbie a live rat) to the sexually harassing (sending cast members used condoms).

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- Gary Garrison

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Julia Stiles Wants Money In New Trailer For Neil Jordan-Produced Series ‘Riviera’

24 February 2017 10:46 AM, PST

There really is a show about everything these days, and if you were itching for a drama set in the high-stakes world of art curators (?), “Riviera” will be your jam. Less specifically, if you just want a show set in an exotic locale with beautiful people, it should do the trick.

Read More: The 30 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2017

Created and executive-produced by Neil Jordan, Julia Stiles leads the series playing an art curator who fights to protect her fortune from a variety of interests after her husband is murdered.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Shadow Of Truth’ Trailer Shows Why It Could Be Netflix’s Next ‘Making A Murderer’

24 February 2017 10:23 AM, PST

On a cold December day, the mutilated body of 13-year-old Tair Rada was found inside a toilet stall at her high school in Israel, sparking a major media storm — and targeting a potential scapegoat. In the same vein as the Netflix hit “Making A Murderer,” TV miniseries “Shadow Of Truth” explores the grisly murder of a young woman and exposes a troubled justice system in the process.

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- Tess Bonn

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HBO Reveals Searing New Trailer For Documentary ‘Cries From Syria’

24 February 2017 9:56 AM, PST

HBO has released a searing trailer for Syrian civil war documentary, “Cries From Syria.” The cable network acquired the documentary before its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Oscar-nominated director Evgeny Afineevsky, who helmed “Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom,” provides an in-depth look into a country ravaged by the effects of Russian bombs, Isis and the brutal Assad regime.

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- Tess Bonn

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Rumors Surface (Again) That The Original Cuts Of ‘Star Wars’ May Finally Be Re-Released

24 February 2017 9:34 AM, PST

Star Wars” fans have plenty of traditions, but perhaps one of the most enduring is the constant rumor mill and speculation that the theatrical cuts of the original trilogy will finally get an official high-definition release. For decades, fans have mostly had to content themselves with the Special Edition versions, which feature added CGI and scenes, to little benefit, not to mention that whole “Han Shot First” controversy. If you’ve wanted the movies close to what they were when they first opened in cinemas, the terrific-looking and very unofficial Despecialized Editions (a preservation effort of sorts by one very ridiculously devoted fan) is quite easy to find, and it’s telling that Lucasfilm and Disney haven’t brought the legal hammer down on those copies.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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It Is Happening Again In New Posters & Teasers For ‘Twin Peaks’ Limited Series Event

24 February 2017 8:51 AM, PST

I’ll soon be sitting down and watching “Twin Peaks” for the first time (I know, I know) as I finally experience what everyone has been talking about for years, so I’m not left behind in the conversation when the series returns this summer. As for Showtime, they are starting to ramp up to the debut of David Lynch‘s return behind the camera.

Read More: The 30 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2017

“It Is Happening Again,” states two new posters which feature Laura Palmer and Special Agent Dale Cooper (I’m not entirely obtuse when it comes to the show).

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Hayao Miyazaki Ends Retirement, Studio Ghibli Confirms Director Is Working On A New Feature Film

24 February 2017 8:20 AM, PST

Three years ago, beloved filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki announced that he was retiring, and the blow was doubled for fans because right at the same time, his longtime home Studio Ghibli revealed they were no longer going to be putting new movies into production. But it seems Miyazaki would prefer to stay busy. Last fall, word surfaced that he was working on “Kemushi no Boro” (“Boro The Caterpillar“), a short film for the Ghibli Museum.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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