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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
Connie Britton Lands First Post-‘Nashville’ Role in Netflix’s ‘Land of Steady Habits’
Britton is joining Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco and Thomas Mann in “Steady Habits,” based on the Ted Thompson novel. Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu are producing through their Likely Story production company.
Holofcener is directing from her own script, based on a man in his fifties who implodes in the middle of affluent Connecticut life by leaving his wife. When the character — played by Mendelsohn — realizes he’s made a mistake, he tries to redeem his personal and professional missteps. Britton will play a divorcee who develops a connection with Mendelsohn’s character.
Britton has been nominated for four Emmys, including one for “Nasvhille” and two for “Friday Night Lights.” She appeared in »
- Dave McNary
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
'White Helmets' Cinematographer Blocked From Oscars Due to Travel Ban
One of the two members of the Syrian civil defense unit the White Helmets that planned on attending Sunday's Academy Awards has been blocked from entering the U.S.
Twenty-one-old cinematographer Khaled Khateeb – who was set to join White Helmets leader Raed Saleh at the Oscars, where The White Helmets is nominated in the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category – was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Saturday.
However, the Department of Homeland Security blocked Khateeb from entering the United States, citing "derogatory information" about the cinematographer, the Associated Press reports, »
Asghar Farhadi Recruits Prominent Iranian Americans to Represent Him at Oscars
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has recruited two prominent Iranian Americans to represent him at the Academy Awards on Sunday. Farhadi’s “The Salesman” is nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, but the filmmaker is boycotting the event because of President Trump’s continued attempt to ban travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering America. Anousheh Ansari, who was the first female space tourist, and Firouz Naderi, a former director of Solar Systems Exploration at Nasa, will represent “The Salesman” on Sunday night, despite having zero ties to the film industry. Also Read: Oscar Nominated Director Asghar Farhadi to Speak »
- Brian Flood
Film Review: ‘Discreet’
There can be a paradoxically public intimacy to YouTube culture: an artificial sense of personal connection forged by those everyday video updates, so many of which feign a diaristic, confessional tone that can both alleviate and prey on loneliness among those watching. It’s a needling, fascinating subject for psychodrama, so all credit to candidly queer American filmmaker Travis Mathews for identifying its complex potential in “Discreet” — a story of a childhood abuse victim whose fixation with a well-meaning video blogger only confuses his connection to the real world. The result, unfortunately, is his least persuasive feature to date. Opaque and formally ungainly, this itchy meditation on a host of contemporary social ills offers audiences a vividly, deliberately ugly worldview, but finally makes for hollow viewing.
If not all the film’s ideas and enquiries seem quite to have escaped its own head, that shouldn’t hinder it on the »
- Guy Lodge
Magician Commits Suicide Inside La’s Magic Castle Club
The body of magician Daryl Easton was found inside Hollywood’s magic-themed club, The Magic Castle, on Friday night. The Lapd have ruled his death a suicide. A Hollywood police spokesperson told TheWrap that employees at the exclusive, members only magic club discovered the body of the 61-year-old around 7:30 Friday night. Easton, who was known for his card tricks, was found wearing only his underwear, with a bag over his head. According to the spokesperson, it appeared as if Easton had hung himself. The Academy of Magic Arts Mourns the Passing of Daryl – February 25th, 2017 – https://t.co/rk »
- Brian Flood
Oscar Parties: Ava DuVernay, Meryl Streep Rouse Female Oscar Nominees (Photos)
Considering all of her talents and stature, Meryl Streep seems like a stranger to the VIP section of hot Hollywood nightclubs. Yet on Friday night, hours before another trip to the Oscars, America’s acting deity and fresh liberal lion of Hollywood glided into Nightingale Plaza. That’s the same La Cienega haunt previously favored by Leonardo DiCaprio in the early 2000s and Sylvester Stallone a decade earlier. Also Read: Every Oscar-Nominated Movie You Can Watch at Home Right Now (Photos) The reigning Best Actress (Brie Larson) with potential Best Supporting Actress winner Viola Davis at Women In Film. (Getty Images »
- Mikey Glazer
Syrian-Born ‘The White Helmets’ Cinematographer Not Allowed to Enter Country for Oscars
The Syrian-born cinematographer of the Oscar-nominated “The White Helmets” won’t be able to attend Sunday’s awards after being barred him from entering the country, according to the Associated Press. “The White Helmets” is nominated for Best Documentary Short, but 21-year-old cinematographer Khaled Khateeb can’t travel to Los Angeles, according to internal Trump administration correspondence, obtained by the AP, stating the Department of Homeland Security won’t allow him in the country. Khateeb was scheduled to arrive Saturday in Los Angeles on a Turkish Airlines flight departing from Istanbul, according to the AP, but U.S. officials have »
- Brian Flood
Razzies: Dinesh D’Souza’s Anti-Hillary Doc Beats ‘Batman v Superman’ for Worst Picture
After getting roundly roasted by critics and most comic book fans so badly that it led to Ben Affleck’s disappointed face becoming an internet meme, it would seem that “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” would be a lock to win Worst Picture at the Razzies this year, right? Not in Trump’s America. Instead, the sarcastic awards ceremony that “honors” the worst films of the year gave its top prize to Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.” The film, which was released just after the Republican National Convention last year, »
- Jeremy Fuster
'Hillary's America,' 'Batman v Superman' Victorious at Razzie Awards
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the documentary Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party both picked up four Razzies to dominate the 37th Golden Raspberry Awards, Hollywood's annual celebration of the year's worst films.
Dinesh D'Souza's reviled "so-called documentary" was named Worst Picture of 2016 along with Worst Actor (for his own narration), Worst Director and Worst Actress (for whoever portrayed Hillary Clinton in the film).
"And the reason you're giving it to me is because you're very upset that Trump won. You haven't gotten over »
‘Girl with All the Gifts’ Review: Glenn Close and a Headstrong Zombie Kid Face the End of the World
Like the vampire phenomenon before it, the zombie wave rose and crested, crashed and ebbed. The film industry took to it with dollar signs in its eyes and did what any proper horde of undead would do: they consumed all but the bones and gristle before leaving the genre to television’s ongoing custody. And into this post-opportunistic landscape wanders “Girl with All the Gifts.” Based on M.R. Carey’s novel, “Girl” marries well-worn Ya tropes to brain-eating gore, and the result is, happily and occasionally quite grimly, more than the sum of those parts. In this case, the possibility of salvation. »
- Dave White
Bernie Sanders Mocks Trump After Tweet About Hollywood’s Anti-Trump Rally
Sen. Bernie Sanders only needed four words to bash President Donald Trump on Saturday in response to a tweet by the president claiming that a rally of Trump supporters would be “the biggest of them all.” Sanders, a Democrat who launched an unsuccessful bid for the White House last year, replied, “They did. It wasn’t,” and included a photo of the Mall in Washington, D.C., from last month’s presidential inauguration. Trump’s White House memorably took offense in its opening days after news media and official government agencies reported that the crowd size at inaugural events wasn »
- Brian Flood
'Animals' ('Tiere'): Film Review | Berlin 2017
A sense-scrambling trip into the Twilight Zone from Polish-born, Swiss-based director Greg Zglinski, Animals was one of the guilty-pleasure fringe delights at this year's Berlin Film Festival. This darkly comic thriller about a married couple's nightmarish alpine retreat pays obvious dues to Hitchcock, Polanski and Lynch, but is too stylish and self-aware to fall into the trap of mere pastiche. As a superior genre exercise, it is assured a healthy festival future, but venturesome distributors may also see the potential in its classy European psycho-horror pedigree.
Even the film's back-story sounds like part of its surreal, macabre plot. Partly inspired »
- Stephen Dalton
'Drifter': Film Review
Cannibalistic killers in a post-apocalyptic landscape…are you yawning yet? Such is the unoriginal premise of Chris von Hoffman’s feature debut, which reveals, if nothing else, its director's love and appreciation for genre films. The problem is that his low-budget effort, whose poster might as well be included in the dictionary definition of “derivative,” is nowhere near as good as its endless influences. Viewers would be far better off rewatching a Mad Max or Rob Zombie movie, or any episode of The Walking Dead, than paying hard-earned money to see Drifter.
The bare-bones plot revolves around two outlaw brothers, Dominic (Drew »
- Frank Scheck
Bill Maher to Media: 'You Have to Win Your Respect Back'
"Can you imagine how this must make a reporter feel, to be losing a truthfulness contest to Donald Trump? It's like losing a rap battle to Mitt Romney," Maher said. "For the press to be effective, these numbers have to change. »
Bill Maher Urges Media to Fight Back Against President Trump (Video)
HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” panelists addressed whether the media industry is obliged to fight back against President Trump, who often refers to the press as the “opposition party.” Maher feels that “for the sake of the Republic” the press has to win its “respect back.” “Now that polls find the news media less trustworthy than Donald Trump, they have to fight to get their reputation back and there are encouraging signs,” Maher said. “The New York Times no longer shies away from saying Trump lies on the front page.” On Friday, Trump bashed the media during his speech at the. »
- Brian Flood
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