(500) Days of Summer (2009)
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.
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
"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
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
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.
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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."...
"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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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