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Indie Spirit Awards: What time does the show start, who will win, who hosts?
The 32nd annual edition of the Indie Spirit Awards begin at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb.25. These prizes will be handed during a two-hour ceremony that airs live nationwide on IFC. The hosts will be Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, long-time collaborators who just wrapped up an acclaimed run on the rialto in “Oh, Hello on […] »
- Paul Sheehan
Razzie Awards 2017 Winners List: ‘Hillary’s America,’ ‘Batman v Superman’ Dominate
Even the Razzies got political at the 2017 awards, recognizing the “worst in film.”
The Golden Raspberry Awards, nicknamed the “Razzies” crowned “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” the worst picture of the year on Saturday, the day before the Academy Awards. The critically drubbed political documentary, which earned a staggering 4% on Rotten Tomatoes, also swept the worst actor, worst actress and worst director categories.
As to not be entirely overlooked, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” also took home four awards for worst supporting actor, screenplay, screen combo and, finally, worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel.
The Worst Films of 2016
Revel in the full list of 2017 nominees below with the winners denoted in bold:
- Seth Kelley
Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Dominates Friday With $10.8 Million
Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” continued its strong box office opening run on Friday, earning $10.8 million at 2,781 locations. Its weekend total is now estimated at $28.5 million, and it should easily win the weekend.
The same, however, can not be said for Lionsgate Premiere’s “Rock Dog” and Open Road’s “Collide.” The former made $888,000 on Friday from 2,077 theaters, bringing its weekend estimate to $3.5 million, while the latter made $538,000 from 2,045 locations and is eyeing a $1.5 million opening weekend.
“Get Out,” from Universal and Blumhouse, is the feature directorial debut for Peele, who is best known for the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele.” The horror-thriller, about an interracial couple who visit the girlfriend’s white parents at their mysterious and threatening estate, stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford. Like several of Blumhouse’s »
- Seth Kelley
‘Elle’ Star Isabelle Huppert Wins Best Actress, Xavier Dolan Wins Best Director at France’s Cesar Awards
Paris — Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert won best actress at the 42nd Cesar Awards, the country’s top film prize.
Huppert has been on a laureled path since “Elle” competed at Cannes: she notably won the Golden Globe award. Set in France and produced by Said Ben Said and Michel Merkt, “Elle” has been described as a powerful rape-revenge thriller laced with dark humor. The movie was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at Cannes.
The biggest surprise of the night was Xavier Dolan winning best director and editing with “It’s Only The End of the World” which also earned Gaspard Ulliel the best actor prize. Dolan is currently shooting “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” in Prague.
- Elsa Keslassy
Natalie Portman Will Not Attend Oscars, Spirit Awards Due to Pregnancy
Natalie Portman will miss the 2017 Oscars on Sunday and the Spirit Awards the day prior because of her pregnancy, according to a statement acquired by Variety.
“Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards,” Portman wrote. “I feel so lucky to be honored among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends.”
Portman is nominated for best female lead at the Spirit Awards for her portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie.” The film is also up for best feature and editing. The same role, which has earned the actress rave reviews, also earned Portman a nomination for best actress at the Oscars. “Jackie” is also nominated for score and costume design.
“Jackie” is Portman’s third Oscar nomination. She won the best actress award in »
- Seth Kelley
Razzie Awards: 'Batman v Superman', 'Hillary's America' Top Winners
Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dominated the 37th annual satirical awards show. The two films combined to "win" in every category except for worst supporting actress, which went to Kristen Wiig for her botoxed fashionista character in Zoolander No. 2.
Director Dinesh D'Souza's anti-Hillary Clinton film took home four Razzies, including worst picture, beating out Batman v Superman, Gods of Egypt, Bad Grandpa, Zoolander No. 2 and Independence Day: Resurgence. D'Souza also earned himself personal honors for worst director and worst actor - D'Souza played himself in the film. D'Souza was a good sport about his "win", »
- Kimberly Nordyke ,Patrick Shanley
Oscar Drama: Academy Yanks ’13 Hours’ Sound Mixer’s Nomination for Rules Violation
The film academy has rescinded its nomination for Greg P. Russell, sound mixer on Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” for a rules violation. The Saturday announcement said Russell violated a telephone lobbying rule by calling his peers in the academy’s sound brach to talk up his work for the film. More to come. Read the full announcement: Upon recommendation by the Sound Branch Executive Committee, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted Thursday (2/23) to rescind the Sound Mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell from “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” for violation of Academy campaign regulations. »
- Matt Donnelly
Independent Spirit Awards: The Complete Winners List (Updating Live)
The Independent Spirit Awards are underway on the beach in Santa Monica, Ca. “Moonlight” was an early winner in the editing category, as was Ben Foster, who took Best Supporting Actor for “Hell or High Water.” Read the full winners list updating live, indicated as *Winner: Also Read: Indie Spirit Hosts Nick Kroll, John Mulaney Talk Trump, Tuxedos and Tonys Best Feature “American Honey” “Chronic” “Jackie” “Manchester by the Sea” “Moonlight” Best Director Andrea Arnold, “American Honey” Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight” Pablo Larraín, “Jackie” Jeff Nichols, “Loving” Kelly Reichardt, “Certain Women” Best First Feature “The Childhood of a Leader” “The Fits »
- Matt Donnelly
Donald Trump to Snub White House Correspondents’ Dinner
President Donald Trump will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Trump tweeted on Saturday, “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017 Also Read: Bill Maher Urges Media to Fight Back Against President Trump (Video) Trump isn’t the first president to miss the event. Richard Nixon skipped the dinner in 1972, Jimmy Carter missed it in 1978 and Ronald. »
- Brian Flood
'Lost Cat Corona': Film Review
Even if you’re a native New Yorker, there’s a good chance that you’ve never been to the Corona section of Queens. But you’ll certainly feel like you’ve been after watching Anthony Tarsitano’s comedy which serves as both a love letter to the neighborhood and a nice acting gig for a bunch of familiar faces whose careers have, let’s face it, seen better days. A mild diversion providing some nostalgic pleasures, Lost Cat Corona feels like the sort of project that was filmed on weekends when the cast was free.
Former Karate Kid Ralph Macchio plays the lead role of Dominic, »
- Frank Scheck
Univision’s ‘Blood Bath’ Docudrama Faces Backlash for Gory Re-Enactments of Orlando Club Massacre
Univision will air “Baño de Sangre,” which translates to “Blood Bath,” a special that features gory re-enactments of the mass shooting inside Orlando’s Pulse nightclub despite public outcry to scrap the show. The special re-enacting the massacre that left 49 people dead and many more injured will air today (Saturday, Feb. 25) at 6:55 p.m. Et on the Spanish-language channel despite the condemnation of parents of victims, survivors, the club’s owner and Gladd. Univision pulled ads for the special that featured bloody bodies piled on top of each other, and the club responded via Twitter. @CronicasSabado @Univision your decision to air will only. »
- Brian Flood
Spirit Awards: ‘O.J.: Made in America’ Wins Best Documentary Award
“O.J.: Made in America” also won at the DGA and PGA and the International Documentary Assn. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and qualified for the Oscars with a brief theatrical run in Los Angeles and New York before rolling out as a five-part miniseries on ABC and Espn as part of Espn’s “30 for 30” series.
“This is why we do what we do,” a moved Foster said in his acceptance. “This is a room full of architects and poets.”
“Moonlight” editors Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders won the Spirit Award for editing and “Moonlight” cinematographer James Laxton won for cinematography. “Thank you for existing on this planet,” said Laxton in thanking director Barry Jenkins. »
- Dave McNary
Oscar Pre-Parties 2017: Inside Alfre Woodard’s Sistahs Soiree, Film Is Great & More
There is always a lot to celebrate during Oscar week, but many of this year’s special occasions toasted to something in particular: a historical year for Oscar nominations by the Academy. Diversity and inclusion was front and center for celebrations throughout the week, from Alfre Woodard’s Sistahs Soiree, to Common’s pre-Oscar dinner (pictured above), to African-American publications Ebony and Essence toasting to black Hollywood at their respective fetes.
Women were also a part of the conversation. While the landmark moment for people of color was applauded, the ladies in the industry were still pushing for progress at the Women in Film’s annual cocktail reception, which sprinkled in motivational speeches from Brie Larson and Meryl Streep with the hors d’oeuvres.
Take a peek inside this year’s pre-Oscar celebratory gatherings below:
The Ultimate Oscar Party Guide 2017
Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree:
Progress, not politics, was what »
- Variety Staff
‘Omghi’ Creators Will Miss Instant Gratification of Web Series When Feature Film Drops
“Omghi” is a digital series that originally premiered at last fall’s Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and is now racking up 500,000 views per episode, but the instant gratification of digital success will make it harder for creators to enjoy projects on other mediums. “It’s amazing to see hundreds of thousands of people responding to your show in real-time,” co-writer and director Julian Wolff told TheWrap. Wolff, who is gearing up to shoot an independent feature film later this year, said the movie that is currently in pre-production will be a challenge because “Omghi” has received such positive feedback… »
- Brian Flood
13 Oscar Records That Could Be Broken Sunday, From ‘La La Land’ to Denzel
Anybody who wins an Academy Award is bound to think of it as a historic night, but there’s also some real history that could be made on Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre. Here are a baker’s dozen landmarks that could happen at the 89th Oscars show. 1. If Damien Chazelle wins for directing “La La Land,” he’ll become the youngest Best Director winner in Oscar history. On February 26, Chazelle will be 32 years and 38 days old. The current record holder as the youngest Best Director winner ever is Norman Taurog, who won for “Skippy” at the age of »
- Steve Pond
Stephen Colbert Takes Oscar-Nominated Film Posters Literally (Video)
Stephen Colbert admits he hasn’t seen all of the Oscar-nominated films — “or possibly any of them” — but no big whoop. He’s able to figure out exactly what each movie is about solely based on their posters… or so he thinks. “And that’s why this is another edition of Late Show Best Picture Poster Recap,” he said Friday night. Scrolling through one Best Pic nom poster after another — from “La La Land” to “Manchester by the Sea” and everything in between — Colbert took a literal look at the not-so literal works of art and came up with his. »
- Rosemary Rossi
Spirit Awards 2017: Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos)
“See what Hollywood’s biggest stars are wearing as they head into the Independent awards show, hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney “The Mindy Project” and “Jackie” actress, Beth Grant “The Witch” director Robert Eggers with Alexandra Shaker “The Get Down” actress, Yolanda Ross “Morris From America” director Chad Hartigan “Grimm” star Bitsie Tulloch “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette “Life, Animated” director Roger Ross Williams “Waste Land” director Lucy Walker “Veep” star Sam Richardson Spirit Awards hosts John Mulaney and Nick Kroll “Carlos” star Edgar Ramirez “Pulp Fiction” actress Rosanna Arquette Shohreh Aghdashloo »
- Rasha Ali
Top 20 Best HBO Original Series, From ‘Six Feet Under’ to ‘Game of Thrones’ (Photos)
There’s a reason HBO is so often a major contender at the Emmys each year — it has an amazing knack for creating a home for phenomenal TV shows. The network’s long history of great, groundbreaking TV means that even if you watch a lot of HBO, there’s probably plenty you haven’t seen. These are the very best, most influential shows the HBO has ever produced. If you’re not watching these, you really should be. “Tales from the Crypt” A mix of dark comedy and “Twilight Zone”-esque horror, it’s hard to deny that “Tales from the Crypt »
- Phil Hornshaw
Rapid Round: Allison Williams on 'Get Out's' "Carefully-Written," "Deliberate," "Provocative" Thrills
Allison Williams spent several years playing Marnie Michaels on Girls before she ventured into the film world. When she did feel compelled to make the leap, it was after reading Jordan Peele's "carefully written" script for his "provocative" horror film Get Out, in theaters this weekend.
Get Out, which has a 100 percent freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is not just a scary movie but one that also explores modern-day racial tensions. The movie follows Williams' Rose Armitage as she brings her black boyfriend, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), home to meet her seemingly enlightened parents. But in his time at the »
- Hilary Lewis
Oscars: John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda Make Rehearsals Musical
Lin-Manuel Miranda owned Friday's Oscar rehearsals. He sang a tune from La La Land, posed like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, invoked a 1990s Billy Crystal Oscar monologue, and reprimanded his dad from the stage for having his cellphone light on.
The creator of Hamilton joined Sting, Justin Timberlake and John Legend for a day of music rehearsals at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre Friday. Miranda is nominated for "How Far I'll Go" from Moana. Timberlake is up for "Can't Stop the Feeling" from Trolls. Sting will sing his nominated song from Jim: The James Foley Story, and Legend will perform »
- Associated Press
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