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Gersh Agent David Kopple Heads To CAA, Does Spidey Helmer Marc Webb Follow?

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Exclusive: Lit agent David Kopple is leaving Gersh to join CAA, I'm told. Kopple's list includes Marc Webb, the (500) Days of Summer director who's currently helming the 3D Spider-Man reboot for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Kopple also repped Dan Mazeau, Jose Padilha, Will McCormack and a host of other writers and directors. CAA wouldn't comment on his pending appointment or which clients will join him.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt eyeing roles in two action thrillers

Joseph Gordon-Levitt eyeing roles in two action thrillers
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who last starred as a lovelorn man in "(500) Days of Summer," is taking a turn into action territory.

The actor is in final negotiations to star in "Premium Rush," a Columbia chase thriller being directed by David Koepp. He also is in talks to topline "Looper," a sci-fi thriller that will reteam him with "Brick" director Rian Johnson.

"Rush" sees Gordon-Levitt as a New York bike messenger who picks up an envelope at Columbia University, only to be chased throughout the city by a dirty cop desperate to get his hands on it.
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Precious Night For Sidibe, Mo'nique And Bridges At Independent Spirits

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Precious Night For Sidibe, Mo'nique And Bridges At Independent Spirits
Academy Award nominees Jeff Bridges, Mo'nique, Gabourey Sidibe and Woody Harrelson got their Oscars weekend off to a great start in Los Angeles on Friday night by picking up top acting prizes at the 25th annual Independent Spirit Awards.

Mo'Nique and Sidibe's Precious was the night's big winner, claiming five honours - including Best Feature.

Bridges' Crazy Heart and the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man were double winners and other major awards were shared by The Messenger, (500) Days of Summer and Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Highlights of the night included Bridges' performance of Falling & Flying from Crazy Heart with songwriters Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett and heavy rockers Anvil's live rendition of Metal on Metal.

The winners are:

Best Supporting Male - Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)

Best First Feature - Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper)

Best First Screenplay - Precious (Geoffrey Fletcher)

Best Supporting Female - Mo'Nique (Precious)

Best Cinematography - A Serious Man (Roger Deakins)

John Cassavetes Award - Humpday (writer/director: Lynn Shelton)

Robert Altman Award - A Serious Man

Someone to Watch Award - Kyle Patrick Alvarez (director or Easier With Practice)

Piaget Producers Award - Karin Chien

Truer Than Fiction Award - Bill & Turner Ross (directors of 45365)

Best Screenplay - (500) Days of Summer (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber)

Best Documentary - Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Best Foreign Film - An Education (U.K./France)

Best Female Lead - Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)

Best Male Lead - Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

Best Director - Lee Daniels (Precious)

Best Feature - Precious

'Hangover,' 'Up,' 'Locker' top Ace honors

'Hangover,' 'Up,' 'Locker' top Ace honors
The editors of "The Hurt Locker," "The Hangover" and "Up" won feature film competitions Sunday at the 60th annual American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton.

"The Hurt Locker" editors, husband-and-wife team Bob Murawski and Chris Innis, earned the trophy for a dramatic film, topping a category that included "Avatar," "District 9," "Star Trek" and "Up in the Air."

"It's a great way to spend Valentine's Day, to win an award with my wife," Murawski said onstage, adding with a smile, "she did most of the work."

"The Hangover" editor Debra Neil-Fisher, Ace, topped the category for comedy or musical, which included nominees "500 Days of Summer," "Julie & Julia," "A Serious Man" and "It's Complicated."

  Editor Kevin Nolting earned the award for best edited animated feature for "Up," leading a group that included "Coraline" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox." Additionally, "The Cove" editor Geoffrey Richman won best edited documentary, a
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The Oscar Nomination Snubbing Of '(500) Days Of Summer'

The Oscar Nomination Snubbing Of '(500) Days Of Summer'
From Hollywood Crush: It was a pleasant surprise to wake up this morning and find that the Oscar nominations weren't a complete and total disaster. Sure, opening the best picture slot up to 10 nominees came a year too late (we will always mourn "The Dark Knight" getting shafted), but still, films like "An Education," "District 9" and "Up" were able to get the recognition they wouldn't typically receive but definitely deserve. And then there's "The Blind Side" getting a Best Picture nod, but we'll talk about that later.

There were, however, a few pleasant surprises in the mix. "In The Loop," the hysterical British political satire, got a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, Jeremy Renner received a well-deserved Best Actor nod and "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" earned nominations recognizing its costume design and art direction. Still, there was one break-out indie film this year we're surprised got the shaft
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Sony confirms Marc Webb to direct the new 'Spider-Man'

Sony confirms Marc Webb to direct the new 'Spider-Man'
It's official. (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb just landed the Spider-Man gig. He's been a favorite of Sony for some time and most recently auditioned for the Moneyball gig that ultimately went to Bennett Miller. It will be interesting to see what Webb, who comes from the world of music videos, does with the revamped Spider-Man. And more importantly, who will he and Sony cast as the new Peter Parker?
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'(500) Days Of Summer' Director Marc Webb Being Eyed To Helm 'Spider-Man' Reboot?

'(500) Days Of Summer' Director Marc Webb Being Eyed To Helm 'Spider-Man' Reboot?
From Splash Page: It looks like we were relatively spot-on with our picks for a "Spider-Man" director, as three of our five suggestions are now being rumored as top contenders to bring your friendly neighborhood webslinger back to the big screen. However, one of them — "500 Days of Summer" director Marc Webb — looks to be the favorite.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Sony's current director wishlist includes Webb, James Cameron ("Avatar"), David Fincher ("Zodiac"), and Wes Anderson ("Rushmore"). The site claims that Webb has already met with producers and studio execs about the "Spider-Man" reboot, and the plan is to get the film into production this year for a 2012 release. The long production time will allow the studio to film in 3-D.

Continue reading Has 'Spider-Man' Found A Director?
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Writers Guild Honors 'Avatar,' 'Hurt Locker'

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Writers Guild Honors 'Avatar,' 'Hurt Locker'
By Steve Pond

The Writers Guild of America has included "Avatar," "The Hurt Locker," "Crazy Heart," "Up in the Air" and "Precious" on the list of nominees for its feature film awards, the WGA announced on Monday.

Besides "The Hurt Locker," nominees in the original screenplay category were "(500) Days of Summer," "Avatar," "A Serious Man" and "The Hangover."

The adapted screenplay category consists of "Crazy Heart," "Julie & Julia," "Precious," "Star Trek" and "Up in the Air."...
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'Avatar' tops N.Y. critics' picks

'Avatar' tops N.Y. critics' picks
"Avatar" was named best picture by the New York Film Critics Online on Sunday.

"The Hurt Locker's" Kathryn Bigelow was voted best director, while "Inglorious Basterds" took four prizes, including a screenplay award for Quentin Tarantino.

The New York group -- not to be confused with the New York Film Critics Circle, which will announce its winners Monday -- hailed Jeff Bridges as best actor for "Crazy Heart" and Meryl Streep best actress for "Julie & Julia."

The supporting acting awards went to Chistoph Waltz of "Basterds," who also picked up the breakthrough performer award, and Mo'Nique for "Precious."

"Basterds" also earned a mention for Robert Richardson's cinematography.

"The White Ribbon" was named best foreign-language picture; "The Cove," best documentary; and "Up," best animated feature.

  Marc Webb was recognized for his directorial debut with "(500) Days of Summer."

Best film score was "Crazy Heart," with the award going to Steve Bruton,
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Precious, Station & 500 Days Lead Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

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Precious, Station & 500 Days Lead Independent Spirit Awards Nominations
Precious, The Last Station and (500) Days Of Summer lead the Best Film nominations for the 25th Independent Spirit Awards. Amreeka and Sin Nombre also made the list, which was announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.

The Last Station, which chronicles the final days of Russian author Leo Tolstoy, and the acclaimed Precious scored the most nominations with five each.

Early Oscar favourite The Hurt Locker missed out on a nomination because it was selected last year.

To be eligible for an Independent Spirit nod, all films must have been made for less than $20 million (GBP12.5 million). Films must have either screened at a major film festival including Sundance, Toronto or Film Independent’s own Los Angeles Film Festival or had a one-week engagement at a commercial theatre.

The awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on 5 March.

'Precious' and '500 Days' of Summer dominate 2010 Independent Spirit Award Nominees

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'Precious' and '500 Days' of Summer dominate 2010 Independent Spirit Award Nominees
  The 25th Annual Indiependnent Spirit Awards were announced today in Los Angeles.  The awards will be handed out at a ceremony at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles on Sat. March 5 at 8:00 Pm Pst, 11:00 Pm Est on IFC.  The complete list of nominees are below.  Best Feature (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not listed) "(500) Days Of Summer" Producers: Mason Novick, Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Steven J. Wolfe "Amreeka" Producers: Paul Barkin, Christina Piovesan "Precious" Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness "Sin Nombre" Producer: Amy Kaufman "The Last Station" Producers: Bonnie Arnold, Chris Curling, Jens...
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Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations
For Best Feature, the nominations announced this morning are: "500 Days of Summer," "Amreeka," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," "Sin Nombre" and "The Last Station". For Best Director, the nominations went to Joel and Ethan Coen for "A Serious Man," Lee Daniels for "Precious," Cary Joji Fukunaga for "Sin Nombre," James Gray for "Two Lovers" and Michael Hoffman for "The Last Station." "The Last Station," which opens Friday, and "Precious" scored the most nominations with five each. "The Hurt Locker" can't be nominated because it was put forward last year. Best Feature (Award given to the Producer) 500 Days [...]
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For Your Consideration: 10 Surprises From The Spirit Award Nominations

For Your Consideration: 10 Surprises From The Spirit Award Nominations
Lee Daniels’ “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” and Michael Hoffman’s “The Last Station” topped the 2010 Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, each nabbing five nods including best feature. The pair were joined in that category by Marc Webb’s “(500) Days of Summer,” Cherien Dabis’s “Amreeka,” and Cary Joji Fukunaga’s “Sin Nombre,” and led a list of nominations that was at times entirely expected, and at others quite perplexing. …
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Spirit Award nominations announced

Spirit Award nominations announced
"The Last Station," which looks at Russian author Leo Tolstoy's final days, and "Precious," the portrait of a troubled inner-city teenager, led the 2010 Spirit Award nominations, with five each.

Both movies were nominated Tuesday morning for best feature along with "(500) Days of Summer," "Amreeka" and "Sin Nombre."

The Coen brothers' "A Serious Man" was awarded the group's Robert Altman Award, which goes to the film's cast and its casting director. And the indie horror hit "Paranormal Activity" even made an appearance with a nomination as best first feature.

"The Hurt Locker," one of the higher-profile indie films of the year, did not figure in the nominations, since the Spirit Awards nominated it in two categories last year.

Among distributors, Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics led the parade with seven nominations each.

Presented by the indie film organization Film Independent, the Spirit Awards, celebrating their 25th anniversary, will be handed out March 5 at L.
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Sister Act: Zooey Deschanel digs 'Bones' in December

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Sister Act: Zooey Deschanel digs 'Bones' in December
After years of speculation and attempted pairings, Zooey and Emily Deschanel will join forces on a December episode of Fox's "Bones."   The "500 Days of Summer" star had been previously wooed to make a "Bones" guest appearance on multiple occasions, only to have scheduling conflicts prevent the reunion.    On Wednesday (Oct. 28), though, "Bones" creator Hart Hanson tweeted, "The Deschanel sisters working it together! We may have hit our quotient for fun and amusing. They obviously adore each other."   And then on Thursday morning, Fox announced that Zooey's "Bones" episode will air on Dec. 10.   Titled "The...
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Oscar flyby?

Oscar flyby?
We've gotten so used to seeing Searchlight at the awards podium -- the specialty division has been nominated for at least five Oscars in each of the past three years, including a best pic nom in all of them -- that it feels almost unfair to highlight the question of whether the streak will end this year.

The studio has a good shot to pick up screenplay and acting kudos for "(500) Days of Summer" -- still pound-for-pound the best indie movie of the year, no matter how many of you write angry emails with the words "District 9" in them -- and could still end up with kudos recognition, particularly on tech and animation fronts, for Wes Anderson's animated fable "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (though we'll see how some of the early press, particularly this pointed critique of Anderson in the Los Angeles Times this weekend, affects its chances).

But much for the specialty division this season will turn on "Amelia," the Mira Nair follow-up to her immigrant-family epic "The Namesake" from three years ago.
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'Summer' director looking for 'Love'

'Summer' director looking for 'Love'
Marc Webb is feeling the love.

The up-and-coming director of "(500) Days of Summer" is in negotiations to direct "Just Another Love Story," the remake of the Danish thriller that's been set up Mandate Pictures.

Ole Bornedal directed the original, which broke out at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008. The film tells of a crime photographer who pretends to be the boyfriend of an amnesiac, only to face the wrath of the actual boyfriend when he finds out about the deception. James Mangold, Cathy Konrad and Nathan Kahane are exec producing. Nicole Brown is overseeing for Mandate.

The Gersh- and Anonymous Content-repped Webb has been a hot commodity since his tale of offbeat love broke out with $32 million in domestic boxoffice this summer. He has been in talks to helm a reboot of rock musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" for Marc Platt and Universal, and he signed an exclusive deal with
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Meatballs A Tasty Hit At U.K. Box Office

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Meatballs A Tasty Hit At U.K. Box Office
Animated family film Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is the U.K.'s number one movie after taking $2.4 million in its opening weekend.

The 3D comedy, featuring vocal talent from actors James Caan and Bill Hader, knocked sci-fi drama District 9 to second place, with earnings of $1.2 million, after two weeks at the top of the box office charts.

Gerard Butler's sci-fi thriller Gamer opened at three, while romantic comedy (500) Days of Summer jumped up a spot to four.

Horror movie The Final Destination slipped three places to round out the top five.

'Bones' exclusive: Emily and Zooey together at last?!

'Bones' exclusive: Emily and Zooey together at last?!
It's the on-screen pairing Bones fans have been waiting for. No, not Booth and Brennan — Emily and Zooey! Bones is talking to Emily Deschanel's movie-star sis, Zooey, about guest-starring this December! "We've been looking for an opportunity to get the Deschanel girls together," notes exec producer Hart Hanson, "but Zooey's rockin' career kept getting in the way." Assuming the scheduling can be worked out this time around, Hanson wants the star of this summer's indie smash (500) Days of Summer to play (natch) a relative of Brennan's. "We alluded to having a cousin in Minnesota two seasons ago. I'd very much like to meet her in the Christmas episode." What say you, Bones loyalists? Happy the Deschanel sisters are finally (maybe) taking their act to the small screen? Sound off below!
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'Summer' shines at Maui film fest

'Summer' shines at Maui film fest
Fox Searchlight's "(500) Days of Summer" took the audience prize for dramatic feature and its director Marc Webb claimed the audience prize for best director at the 2009 Maui Film Festival in Wailea, Ha., which just concluded.

The audience award for comedy feature went to Charlyne Yi's "Paper Heart," while Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove" took the audience award for documentary.

Other audience award winners were:

Family Friendly Feature: "More Than a Game"

Documentary Vision: "Rock Prophecies"

"Green" Documentary Feature: "Dirt! The Movie"

Spirit in Cinema Documentary Feature: "Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie"

"ChangeMaker" Documentary Feature: "Cash Crop"

Ensemble Cast: "Splinterheads"

World Cinema Drama: "Departures"

World Cinema Documentary: "One Peace at a Time"

"Fo' Real" Documentary: "Hawai'i: A Voice of Sovereignty"

World Cinema Animation: "My Date from Hell"

Documentary Short: "Rwanda Gorilla Special"

Comedy Short: "Spleenectomy"

World Cinema Short: "Mustang: A Journey of Transformation"

Animated Short: "Gerald's Last Day"

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