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‘Birdman’ Tops Spirit Awards Nominations (Full List)

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

Fox Searchlight’s “Birdman” led the way in nominations with six for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards followed by five each for “Boyhood,” “Nightcrawler” and “Selma.”

Birdman” received noms for best feature, actor for Michael Keaton, director Alejandro G. Inarritu, supporting actress Emma Stone, supporting actor Edward Norton and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Producers are nominated for the best feature award are Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole.

Besides “Birdman,” the other best feature  nominations went to “Boyhood,” “Love Is Strange,” “Selma” and “Whiplash.”

The noms were announced by Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna at the W Hotel in Hollywood. The winners will be announced Feb. 21 — the day before the Oscars — in ceremonies at the usual location in a white tent on Santa Monica Beach.

2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature

(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

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Casting Net: John C. Reilly signs on for 'Les Cowboys'

7 hours ago | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• John C. Reilly will star in Les Cowboys alongside Finnegan Oldfield and Francois Damiens. The film marks the feature debut of Rust and Bone scribe Thomas Bidegain. Bidegain co-wrote the script with Noé Debré. The story follows a father (Damiens) who, along with his son (Oldfield), goes in search for his missing daughter; she disappears after beginning to date a young, Muslim fundamentalist man. They turn to American headhunter (Reilly) for help. [Variety] • Sam Trammell (The Fault in Our Stars) has signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the film, which stars Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon. »


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'Lucy' Helps Boost EuropaCorp's First-Half Profit

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Blockbuster Lucy helped boost EuropaCorp’s financials for the first half of its fiscal year, with director Luc Besson’s Paris-based “mini-major” studio reporting a 46 percent gain in net profit over the year-ago period to $122 million (€98 million). The firm cited the French box-office and international sales strength of the sci-fi thriller. Lucy, which dominated multiplexes around the world this summer, will continue to haul in cash for the company, which noted that the full benefit of its international success was not reflected in the latest results and will be accounted for in future quarters. The

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Hong Kong and Korea Sign Entertainment Industry Pact

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding intended to lead to greater co-operation in cultural industries including film and TV.

The deal was signed in Seoul by the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-deok, and Hk’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Gregory So.

“The Mou provides a framework to facilitate exchanges and co-operation… through activities such as information and human resource exchanges, education, training, research and the facilitation of business matching,” said a Hk government announcement.

It is not clear whether the agreement will be expanded to include further bilateral agreements on film and TV co-productions.

Hong Kong can sign trade agreements, but is not able to sign treaties as it is not a sovereign power, and belongs to China.

Other sectors covered by the Mou include advertising, architecture, design, digital entertainment, music, and printing and publishing. »

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China’s Wanda and Korea’s Busan set up $90 Million Production Fund, say Reports

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong — Dalian Wanda, parent of China’s Wanda Cinema group and the AMC Cinemas chain in the U.S., has struck a deal to establish a film production fund with the South Korean city of Busan.

The preliminary agreement was apparently signed this week in Beijing by Wanda chairman Wang Jianlin and Busan mayor Suh Byung-soo, who is visiting China as part of a week-long trade delegation.

The deal was widely reported in Korean media, including by national news agency Yonhap. However, Wanda said it had no comment, when contacted by Variety.

Busan officials said that the fund would start with an initial KRW100 billion ($90 million). But investment policies and terms were not disclosed.

The fund will be able to take advantage of the recently concluded bilateral co-production agreement between China and Korea, which will allow films to be considered as local in both countries, bypass import and distribution quotas and access local funding. »

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Indian Court Suspends Comedy Central for Six Days

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This ain't no laughing matter. Comedy Central India will be off the air for six days starting Wednesday following an order by the Delhi High Court. The judgment upheld a ban first issued last year by India's Information and Broadcasting Ministry against the channel for airing content considered "offensive." Comedy Central India is run by Viacom18 Media, a joint venture between Viacom and Indian broadcasting group Network 18. Read more Viacom's India Partner Network18 Acquired by Reliance Industries Last year's suspension was issued after the ministry objected to episodes of Stand Up Club and PopCorn TV, which aired in

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Watch Jason Sudeikis Perform a Cut SNL Sketch for Seth Meyers

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Seth Meyers unveiled the second installment of "Second Chance Theatre," in which axed SNL sketches get a mulligan, last night on NBC's Late Night — and thank God, because the absurdity and success of Jennjamin Franklin was starting to get lonely. As Meyers puts it, this latest almost-forgotten sketch features a "young dreamer who yearns to bring joy and happiness to people's lives, while also teaching them a little something in the process." It's called "Juggling Flyer," and it stars Jason Sudeikis, with a little help from Mike O'Brien, Fred Armisen, and the rest of the Second Chance Players. The skit builds slowly, but funnily, and then after a line hiccup near its latter half, gives way to some fine improv magic. »


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Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson Win Dancing With the Stars Season 19

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Almost two months after Alfonso Ribeiro Carltoned his heart out on DWTS, he now has a Mirror Ball Trophy to show for it. The former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor and his partner Witney Carson were announced as the winners of the show's 19th season tonight, eking the victory out over runners-up Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. "It's unbelievable to sit here and work so hard ... finally to be here," Ribeiro said afterward. "I got the perfect partner in Witney, and this was a magical, amazing experience. Wow!""I remember watching the show when I was really little," Carson, 21, added. "Winning it? It's so surreal; it's amazing." Ribeiro also said tonight that he and Carson were joining the DWTS live tour, which will kick off after Christmas and send the competitors dancing across the country. For a taste of what they can do, check out the video of the duo's »


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Ridley Scott Won't Direct the Blade Runner Sequel

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Exodus helmer Ridley Scott told Variety that he will likely not direct the Blade Runner sequel he developed with actor-scribe Hampton Fancher. "We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one," Scott said. He told the trade that he'd produce, but someone else will have to direct — the project purportedly begins filming within the next year. "Harrison (Ford) is very much part of this one, but really it's about finding him; he comes in in the third act," he added.Blade Runner news aside, the cover story revealed that Scott has begun shooting his adaptation of Andy Weir's sci-fi novel, The Martian. The movie (same name) will feature Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels, among other high-octane names, and will follow a »


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HBO to Air Authorized Kurt Cobain Documentary Montage of Heck

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HBO announced today that the Kurt Cobain documentary the world has been waiting for will finally see the light of day, in 2015. Called Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the film, which has been at least eight years in the making, purports to be the first fully authorized feature about the legendary Nirvana frontman's life. It's being made with the cooperation of Cobain's family (his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is exec producing the project), with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen attached to write, direct and help with producing. The doc touts nonpareil access and will shed light on Cobain's past by showcasing pieces from his vast archives: home movies, artwork, songbooks, and previously unreleased originals. (Yes, you read that last part right. Sorry you have to wait till the new year.) »


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Did you predict shocking 'The Voice' eliminations of Anita Antoinette and Reagan James on Tuesday?

5 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Viewers of "The Voice" came up with some shocking results on Tuesday's show: both Reagan James and Anita Antoinette were eliminated. According to your predictions, James was in third place to actually win this season, while Antoinette was certainly not projected to go home yet. Ryan Sill once again was in the bottom three for the week, but social media saved him at the last possible moment. You had predicted both Sill and Chris Jamison would be eliminated. Related: Will Ryan Sill and Chris Jamison be booted off 'The Voice'? -Break- The Top 10 contenders were narrowed down to eight on Tuesday night based on the home audience's vote tallies. According to your predictions (see chart at left), Jamison and Sill were in 12th place at 12/1. Antoinette was in 7th place at 10/1. James was near the top in 3rd place at 8/1. With the elimination of James, coach Blake Shelton »


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Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac Talk ‘A Most Violent Year,’ Bad Auditions at SAG Screening

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On Monday, Nov. 17, the filmmaker and stars of “A Most Violent Year” spoke to a SAG audience following a screening of the film. Moderated by Variety’s Jenelle Riley, the conversation was filmed by SAG Foundation, the non-profit arm of SAG and marked the first time actors Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac spoke together at length about the film. They were joined by writer-director J.C. Chandor.

A Most Violent Year” tells the story of Abel Morales (Isaac), an immigrant in 1981 struggling to grow his business while being investigated by the FBI and dealing with corrupt competitors. Chastain plays his tough-as-nails wife, who happens to have a mob connection.

Chastain not only stars in the film, she was instrumental in getting Chandor to cast Isaac, who she attended the Juilliard School with. “There was another actor attached for awhile,” said Chastain, “But the right actor came on board.” Added Chandor, “Jessica »


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Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger Get Grabby During Photo Booth Takeover at Friend's Birthday Celebration

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

Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger have become masters when it comes to Pda. The two young lovebirds couldn't keep their hands off each other while making use of the photo booth at The Hudson bar in West Hollywood last where they attended a friend's birthday celebration. In a few of the snapshots, Miley and Patrick are seen playfully licking and kissing each other while squeezing into the tight space with their pals. "To all of you that surprised me last night and came out to celebrate my birthday thankyou," tattoo artist Dakota Gomez captioned the photo of their pics (which were wonderfully displayed alongside a celebratory bottle of tequila). "Great friends,good food and even better drinks »


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Dancing With the Stars: And the Winner Is...

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

My how times have changed. A few months ago, when we heard the line-up for this season of Dancing With the Stars, and we were like, "Who?" There were a few familiar faces, but for the most part, it seemed like they were reaching a bit with their definition of the word "star." It seemed like it was the beginning of the end for this long-running reality powerhouse. Now, here we are at the finale, and we don't want to say goodbye. We fell in love with season 19 and its odd assortment of vaguely famous contestants, and we are going to miss them all. Anyway, tonight was the end of the road for all of the contestants, and another champion has been crowned, and it is no surprise whatsoever that »


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Jian Ghomeshi Drops $55 Million Lawsuit Against CBC

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Canadian media personality Jian Ghomeshi — who is facing a slew of sexual-abuse allegations — has dropped the $55 million lawsuit he and his lawyers filed last month against the CBC, the Toronto Star reports. "The parties have reached a settlement," said CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson. Ghomeshi will have to pay $18,000 in legal costs to the broadcaster, and the rest of his exit will be dealt with internally, as part of a "unionized grievance process." Thompson, via CBC, added that Ghomeshi will be "getting nothing."The former Q host's lawyers filed the suit after the CBC fired him in October. Ghomeshi claimed the CBC had acted "in bad faith," and elaborated on Facebook that his ouster stemmed from "the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursed by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer." The dismissal, according »


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No Regrets! Taylor Swift Says Her Biggest Mistakes Led to Her "Greatest Career Triumphs"

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

For Taylor Swift, life in the spotlight has had its ups and downs. Sure, she's been able to sell countless concert tickets and not to mention a few million albums. Yes, we're still obsessed with 1989. But along the way, the "Shake It Off" singer admits to facing a few hurdles. "As much as I would really like to have saved myself heartache, embarrassment or gossip, I also know that my biggest mistakes have turned into my best lessons and sometimes my greatest career triumphs," she said in the January 2015 issue of Asos magazine, via Just Jared. "If my life had been turbulence free, no bumps in the road at all, maybe my music would be more beige." Without a few famous »


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L.A.'s Ferguson Protestors Swarm Downtown

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Protesters of the controversial grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., hit Los Angeles for the second day in a row. Protesters marched on Beverly Hills and the downtown L.A. area, where they remained largely peaceful, though at times they stood on police cars, reports Ktla.  The protesters headed to Los Angeles Police Department building downtown, where they continued to demonstrate, with some throwing bottles at police. One police officer was being examined after being hit with a bottle. Later, protesters ran onto the 101 freeway near downtown, blocking traffic in both directions. Los Angeles Police Department officers cleared the

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Chris Rock explains the inspiration for 'Hammy the Bear' in 'Top Five'

6 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sometimes if the parts aren't coming to you, you simply need to create them. It's an old story in the entertainment business and the genesis of Chris Rock's fantastic new flick "Top Five." Rock has won four Emmy Awards and is known as being one of the top stand-up comics of his generation, but if he was going to make something "meaningful" on the big screen he was going to have to do some soul searching. That meant trying to make a movie better than the previous films he either wrote or directed, including "Down to Earth" (screenplay), "Head of State" (wrote and directed) and the underrated "I Think I Love My Wife," arguably his most personal work before "Top Five." Speaking to HitFix this past weekend, Rock says his thought process was: "If I want to work in the type of movies that I want to work in, »


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Gabrielle Union Says Being Married to Dwyane Wade Is "a Lot of Fun"—Find Out What They Love Doing Together!

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

Get your mind out of the gutter. Newlywed Gabrielle Union swapped vows with longtime love Dwyane Wade in August, and the actress tells E! News that so far, married life is treating them well. "Married life is good. We have a lot of fun," she tells us at the junket interview for her upcoming film Top Five. But there's one specific activity they especially enjoy. No, not that (at least, that's not what Gabrielle talked to us about). "A lot of it is about TV," Union adds. "We are obsessed about Hgtv—remodels. Yes. Property Brothers, Flip This House is everything. If I watch without him, that's when we get into trouble. But, Nashville, Scandal, How to Get Away With »


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Travel Hell: The 28 Worst Movie Journeys, Just in Time for Thanksgiving Weekend

7 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

You thought your holiday travel was a nightmare? Believe us: it could be much, much worse. Thanksgiving weekend is a notoriously miserable time to be on a roadway or in an airport or basically any place that involves the transport of humans from one location to another, but let's keep things in perspective: at least you aren't Frodo. Not just because he has giant furry hobbit feet, but because he has to make it from the Shire to Mount Doom in one piece - no easy feat when you're beset by hooded Ringwraiths and man-eating spiders and also hold the future of Middle-earth in your hands. Don't you feel petty now? If that's not enough to brighten your spirits, below you can find 27 (!) other examples of horrific movie journeys to help keep things in perspective as you move into the holiday weekend. Which hellish movie journeys did we miss? After scrolling through the gallery below, »

- Richard Rushfield, Katie Hasty, Drew McWeeny, Daniel Fienberg, Alan Sepinwall, Louis Virtel, Chris Eggertsen, Donna Dickens, Dave Lewis, Josh Lasser,Matt Patches

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