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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. »


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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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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" »


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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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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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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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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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Indie Spirit Awards Host Seth Rogen on Why He Believes George Clooney Stole His Joke (Q&A)

25 February 2012 9:52 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the March 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. He may not be 40 years old, but Seth Rogen is definitely a virgin. On Feb. 25, the 29-year-old actor-writer-producer will make his first appearance at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Not only is he nominated for producing the cancer comedy 50/50, which is up for best feature, but Rogen also will be hosting the show, always a looser, more spontaneous affair than the next day's Oscars. Photos: The Making of 'The Artist' Rogen spoke to THR about how he plans to

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- Jay A. Fernandez

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'The Artist' wins 4 Indie Spirit Awards including Best Picture

25 February 2012 9:38 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"The Artist" won Best Picture, Director, Actor and Cinematography at the  27th annual edition of the Independent Spirit Awards. The Oscar frontrunner is likely to be the first film since "Platoon" to win the top prize from both sets of kudos. (See full list of winners here.) For Best Picture, it edged out "50/50," "Beginners," "Drive," Oscar rival "The Descendants" and "Take Shelter." Among the films snubbed for the top prize was Oscar nominee "Midnight in Paris."  Oscar frontrunner Jean Dujardin won Best Actor over another Oscar contender Demian Bechir ("A Better Life) as well as Ryan Gosling ("Drive"), Woody Harrelson ("Rampart") and Michael Shannon ("Take Shelter"). Conspicuously absent from the lineup -- "The Descendants" star George Clooney. The only Oscar nominee among the Best Actress slate won. Michelle Williams (& »


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Box office update: 'Act of Valor' snipes 'Good Deeds' on Friday with $9.1 million; 'Gone', 'Wanderlust' flop

25 February 2012 9:07 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Tyler Perry’s magic touch is proving to be a little less magic for his latest release Good Deeds, which was expected to top the box office this weekend. Instead, Navy Seal action film Act of Valor is headed to an easy win over the Friday-to-Sunday period.

Act of Valor shot up a great $9.1 million on Friday, which should lead the film to a $25 million weekend and an easy number one position. The film which, audiences issued an “A” CinemaScore grade, should prove to be a big win for Relativity. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, meanwhile, got off to a more sluggish start. »


- Grady Smith

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