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Independent Spirit Awards: 'The Artist,' 'The Descendants,' 'Margin Call' win multiple awards

25 February 2012 3:41 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Jean Dujardin of The Artist and Michelle Williams from My Week With Marilyn walked away with the top acting honors at the 27th Film Independent’s Spirit Awards. The Seth Rogen-hosted indie film kudosfest — which took place this afternoon in Santa Monica, Calif. — will be broadcast tonight at 10 p.m. on IFC. If you wish to watch the show and don’t want the experience ruined any further: Spoiler Alert! In other top categories, The Artist won Best Feature, beating out Beginners, The Descendants, Drive, Take Shelter, and 50/50. Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) won the supporting male and female awards. »

- Jeff Jensen

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Indie Spirit Awards Air Tonight at 10 Pt/Et

25 February 2012 3:34 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This year's Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Saturday afternoon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, the second consecutive year in the show's traditional location after a one-year move to downtown Los Angeles for the 25th anniversary show in 2010. Seth Rogen will host, and IFC will air the show on a tape-delay at 10 p.m. Also read: Indie Spirit Awards: The Start of a Big Weekend for 'The Artist'? Presenters this year will include Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Kirsten Dunst, Chris Pine, Terrence Howard, Michael »

- Lew Harris

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Indie Spirit Awards 2012: Winners' Reactions

25 February 2012 2:51 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The 27th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards took place Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Santa Monica beach. Read what the afternoon's big winners had to say after winning their awards: Photos: 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn -- best female lead: "My friend was joking that until now I have been the Susan Lucci of the Indie Spirit Awards! I have been luckier and luckier to be working with better and better people. I still can't even believe I did it, playing Marilyn. There wasnt a direct path to playing her. The only way

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- Stacey Wilson

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Oscars 2012: Which Should Win Best Picture of the Year?

25 February 2012 2:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Make no mistake: Oscar loves the movies. Of the nine films in contention to be named Best Picture, the two with the most overall nominations - Hugo, with 11, and The Artist, with 10 - focus on the art form in its infancy and each is a Valentine to the medium - but will one of them snag Oscar's heart? Having already earned Martin Scorsese a Golden Globe for his direction, Hugo sets its story in Paris, where orphan Hugo Cabret helps the real-life 1900s screen pioneer Georges Melies (played by Ben Kingsley) enjoy renewed appreciation in 1931. With a number critics' circle »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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Why it should be 'The Artist'

25 February 2012 1:59 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Okay, I'll level with you. One fairly major reason I want "The Artist" to Best Picture at tomorrow's Academy Awards ceremony has nothing whatsoever to do with its lithe, witty charms as a Hollywood fable, its glistening appropriation of a long-dormant screen style, the quicksilver star turn of its leading man or even its eminently adoptable Jack Russell. It has nothing to do with the film being a silent-cinema gateway for less informed audiences, an all-too-rare foreign crossover, or a witty marker of the distance the medium has travelled in 80-odd years. It has nothing to do with my relative feelings »

- Guy Lodge

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2012 Independent Spirit Awards Winners - Complete List

25 February 2012 1:54 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 27th Independent Spirit Awards were handed out in the traditional tent on a beach ceremony today in Santa Monica, CA.  Seth Rogen is hosting the event which recognizes the best in independently produced cinema from the United States and around the world. This year's nominees and winners are as follows: Best Feature (Award given to the Producer) "50/50" "Beginners" "Drive" "Take Shelter" Winner: "The Artist" Best Director Winner: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist" Mike Mills, "Beginners" Jeff Nichols, "Take Shelter" Alexander Payne, "The Descendants" Nicolas Winding Refn, "Drive" Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer) "Another Earth" "In The Family" »

- HitFix Staff

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Friday Report: 'Act of Valor' Victorious On Friday

25 February 2012 1:53 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Active duty Navy SEALs proved much more interesting than Tyler Perry, Jennifer Aniston or Amanda Seyfried on Friday, as Act of Valor easily took first place on its opening day. Good Deeds had a decent start, though it ranks low compared to most of Perry's movies, while Wanderlust and Gone look to be on their way to the discount bin. Act of Valor opened to an estimated $9.05 million on Friday. It had greater inintial attendance than Tears of the Sun and We Were Soldiers, both of which had the support of a popular lead actor (Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson) when they opened around the same time in 2003 and 2002. It did open lower than Battle: Los Angeles ($13.4 million) from last March, though that movie's sci-fi elements surely gave it a major advantage. Based on historical comparisons, Act of Valor looks poised for a weekend tally north of $25 million.Good Deeds earned $5.35 million yesterday, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Indie Spirt Awards: Complete List of Winners

25 February 2012 1:28 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Winners were announced Saturday afternoon during a ceremony held on the beach in Santa Monica. The kudocast, hosted by Seth Rogen, will air Saturday at 10 pm. Et/Pt on IFC. (Read the full report here.) Best Feature  "50/50" "Beginners" "Drive" "Take Shelter" X - "The Artist" "The Descendants" Best Director X - Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist") Mike Mills ("Beginners") Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter") Alexander Payne ("The Descendants") Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") Best Male Lead Demián Bichir ("A Better Life") X - Jean Dujardin ("The Artist") Ryan Gosling ("Drive") Woody Harrelson ("Rampart") Michael Shannon ("Take Shelter") Best Female Lead Lauren Ambrose ("Think of Me") Rachael Harris ("Natural Selection") Adepero Oduye ("Pariah& »

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Indie Spirt Awards: Complete List of Winners (Updating)

25 February 2012 1:28 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Winners were announced Saturday afternoon during a ceremony held on the beach in Santa Monica. The kudocast, hosted by Seth Rogen, will air Saturday at 10 pm. Et/Pt on IFC.  Best Director X - Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist") Mike Mills ("Beginners") Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter") Alexander Payne ("The Descendants") Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") Best First Feature  "Another Earth" "In the Family"  X - "Margin Call"  "Martha Marcy May Marlene" "Natural Selection" Best International Film X - "A Separation" "Melancholia" "Shame" "The Kid With a Bike" "Tyrannosaur" Best Screenplay Joseph Cedar ("Footnote") Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist") Tom McCarthy ("Win Win") Mike Mills ("Beginners") X - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon »

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Review: 'Maria Full Of Grace' director returns with sad and angry 'Forgiveness of Blood'

25 February 2012 12:50 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Making a second film can be more difficult than making a first film in many cases, and for reasons that are almost exclusively different in each case.  With a first film, you're trying to prove yourself in general.  You're simply making the case that you can, indeed, finish a film.  You can wrestle something up onto the screen.  Good, bad, whatever it is, you can do it. If you are able to make that first film, getting it seen is a second fight, something almost totally separate from the making of the thing.  If you are fortunate enough to not only »

- Drew McWeeny

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Italy's Berlusconi Acquitted in Bribery Case

25 February 2012 11:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Rome – Italian media tycoon and beleaguered former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi dodged another bullet Saturday, after judges ruled that the bribery charges against him were too old and should be dismissed. The 75-year-old Berlusconi has been tried on a long string of cases since he first entered politics nearly 20 years ago, but he has never been convicted. This is at least the third time that charges against him have been dismissed because the statute of limitations had run out. But the decision from the Milan judges does not mean Berlusconi is in the clear: he is

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- Eric J. Lyman

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'Act of Valor' Destroys Competition, Is No. 1 at Friday Box Office

25 February 2012 11:41 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Updated 9:18 a.m. Pt Saturday The real Navy SEALs of Relativity's shoot-'em-up "Act of Valor" are doing some real damage to the competition at this weekend's box office: The R-rated action film took an estimated $9 million Friday and is on track to gross nearly $26 million for the weekend. "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds," from Lionsgate, took about $5.4 million, and is looking at a weekend just short of $15 million -- about $2 million below pre-release expectations, but still good enough to make it the No. 2 movie in North America. The »

- Joshua L. Weinstein

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Indie Spirit Awards: The Start of a Big Weekend for 'The Artist'?

25 February 2012 11:40 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

"The Artist" may be invincible at the Academy Awards on Sunday, but first it has to get through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. And that could be tricky – because if there's one thing the Indie Spirit Awards don't like to do, it's march in lockstep with Oscar. This, after all, is the awards show that chose "Pulp Fiction" when the Oscars went for "Forrest Gump," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" when the Academy opted for "Gladiator," "Memento" over "A Beautiful Mind," "Sideways" over "Million Dollar Baby." In the last six years »

- Steve Pond

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Indie Spirit Awards 2012: Complete Winners List

25 February 2012 11:38 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Well, The Artist won the most awards, but Michael Fassbender's esteemed package got almost as much attention. With Seth Rogen as host perhaps this was inevitable, but the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards certainly had its share of both low humor and high achievement. The Weinstein Co.'s late season juggernaut took the awards for best feature, best director for Michel Hazanavicius, best male lead for Jean Dujardin and best cinematography for Guillaume Schiffman. Unfortunately, several of the cast and crew were delayed on their way to the States from France's Cesar Awards the night before, arriving just in time

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- Jay Fernandez, THR Staff

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Film Independent Spirit Awards: Watch the Stars Arrive

25 February 2012 11:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Sunday may be Hollywood's biggest night, but for many films, there's another shot at taking home top honors this weekend: Saturday's 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards. Can't make it? We've got you covered! You can watch nominees like My Week with Marilyn star Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling, The Help's Jessica Chastain, The Artist's Jean Dujardin and more as they arrive on the purple carpet. Hosted by Seth Rogen, the ceremony celebrates "artist-driven filmmaking" and "the finest acheivements of American independent filmmakers," according to a statement from Film Independent Co-President Sean McManus. "Indie fans and our nominees are in »

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Box office: 'Act of Valor' guns for No. 1 on Friday

25 February 2012 10:31 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Audiences are going to war this weekend, and they don't seem to be much in the mood for comedy. Relativity Media's real life Navy Seal actioner "Act of Valor" took the top spot on Friday with an impressive $9 million, and should earn around $25 million for the weekend. The film's promotional campaign, focusing on the authentic military personnel starring in the film, appears to have paid off.  In second place, Tyler Perry's latest, "Good Deeds," continues the multi-hyphenate's successful streak, pulling in an estimated $5.5 million. It should end up with around $15 million for its three-day gross.  Meanwhile, romantic holdover "The »

- Dave Lewis

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What impact will 'Downton Abbey' shifting Emmy categories have?

25 February 2012 10:21 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In a move that's almost shocking in its logic and truthfulness, PBS' "Downton Abbey" will reportedly depart the miniseries category for this fall's Emmys and move into the far more appropriate and competitive drama field.   The news first broke on GoldDerby.com, which got this somewhat confusing quote from TV Academy awards chief John Leverence.   "After starting out as a miniseries, 'Downton Abbey' caught fire and so now it moves over to drama series category as it plans for future TV seasons," Leverence tells Gold Derby. "It follows the trajectory of previous shows like 'The Starter Wife' that started out »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie Offer Sneak Peek at Fashion Star

25 February 2012 10:20 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Fashion Star will be taking its style to the streets. The NBC competition, which pits 14 unknown designers against each other for a chance to launch their collections, will put winning designs from each episode on the market for viewers to buy as soon as it airs. "I don't want to find the next great designer," host and executive producer Elle MacPherson says in a sneak peek of the series, which premieres March 13. "I want to find the next great fashion icon." Sitting at the judges's table: representatives from Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and H&M, who "will fight it out »

- Alison Schwartz

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TV Ratings: 'Fringe' Improves, 'Shark Tank' Matches High

25 February 2012 10:14 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Every tenth counts. For Fringe, that statement rings true and Friday's winter finale did just that. The Fox drama improved in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic from the last original to average 3.1 million and a 1.2 rating. The cult favorite leaves the smalls screen for a four-week break before returning with eight back-to-back originals beginning in March. Fox tied with NBC for third place on the night with a 1.3 primetime average, thanks to Kitchen Nightmares (3.5 million, 1.5) also jumping in the ratings. ABC's Shark Tank (5.

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- Philiana Ng

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Oscar's big miss: 'Singin' in the Rain'

25 February 2012 9:58 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It seemed an easy task when I told Guy and Gerard to follow Roth's lead and help me turn the idea of "Oscar's big miss" into a quick mini-series at the end of the season. Roth's pick was undeniable. Gerard's was inspired. Guy's was well-spotted. What would I spring for? Look, the truth is there are a lot of movies the Academy hasn't properly recognized over the last 84 years, and they go all the way to near the beginning. "Metropolis," "The Passion of Joan of Arc," "City Lights," "King Kong," "Modern Times," "Sullivan's Travels," "Paths of Glory," "The Last Temptation »

- Kristopher Tapley

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