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Since Lifetime’s announcement of its forthcoming Whitney Houston biopic, fans have wondered how the cable channel will depict the singer’s dramatic life and those around her.
The movie, directed by celebrated actress Angela Bassett, portrays Houston as a woman who was naïve about romantic love and who was perhaps never able to properly express herself due to her strict upbringing. Although the film does not go so far as »
- Jeremy Blacklow
Now on DVD and VOD, indie thriller "Go For Sisters" is the 18th feature from noted independent filmmaker John Sayles. The film stars LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross as a pair of estranged childhood friends who team up on a journey across the Mexican border to find a missing son. Sayles is one of those writer-directors that other artists rave about, and who's been mentioned frequently in our interviews with Alfre Woodard, Joe Morton, Reggie Rock Bythewood and others, so it was good to finally speak with him one on one to talk more about "Go For Sisters," new projects the he hopes to get made, and other insights from his prolific career. Jai Tiggett: »
- Jai Tiggett
John Sayles’ latest film, Go For Sisters, receives an unceremonious DVD release from Freestyle Digital Media. While it snagged Yolonda Ross a supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards after a muted theatrical release, it seems there will be less ado championing the home viewing release. Denied a Blu-ray option, Edward James Olmos still takes top billing even though the film belongs to actresses Ross and LisaGay Hamilton. Despite the continuation of this maligned marketing, with a little luck, Sayles’ best film in years will hopefully reach the broader audience it deserves.
An independent filmmaker who has been directing films without studio backing since 1979, infamously securing financing through penning genre screenplays (Piranha; Alligator). As such, one can often look forward to the offbeat flavor of his work, a true master of developing the unexpected in relationships between people, often crafted against delirious narratives that are sometimes labyrinthine in scope and »
- Nicholas Bell
John Sayles' drama/thriller, "Go For Sisters" (a rare gem of a film, featuring 2 black women leads) is out on DVD today, so if you didn't get to see it while it was in theaters (a limited release, courtesy of Variance Films) last fall, here's your opportunity to do so. It's available as a rental on Netflix (not streaming; just DVD); or you can purchase it on Amazon.com. An interview with John Sayles is coming; in the meantime, here's our interview with the stars of the film, Yolonda Ross and LisaGay Hamilton, conducted by Jai Tiggett... John Sayles' latest indie feature stars Yolonda Ross and LisaGay Hamilton as childhood friends who were once so close they could »
- Jai Tiggett
In an industry that values youth, you'd think that being a young filmmaker would be an asset, but when "young" means under 18, that's not necessarily a good thing. In fact, sometimes age can get in the way of filmmaking. Below, 16-year-old Long Island, New York-based filmmaker Devon Narine-Singh, who recently completed work on his short film "Of Darkness and Light," highlights the 3 downsides to being a teenage filmmaker: 1. SAG-aftra is Not Designed for Filmmakers Under 18 If you want to work with someone who is a member of SAG-aftra on your project (the teen filmmaker's project would be considered a “non-union” project), you have to fill out paperwork and get permission from SAG-aftra to use one of its members. Yolonda Ross ("Go For Sisters,") a member of SAG-aftra, signed onto the film shortly before Christmas break. I had wanted to make a feature film, however due to SAG-aftra's rule about having payroll for feature films, »
- Devon Narine-Singh
Isaiah Washington has been busy lately, both on the big and small screen - from his acclaimed performance in Blue Caprice, John Sayles' drama/thriller, Go For Sisters, to joining the cast of The CW post-apocalyptic series, The 100. He can currently be seen in Patrik-Ian Polk's drama Blackbird, co-starring with Mo’Nique, as it travels the film festival circuit, and he will return to reprise his original role as surgeon Dr. Preston Burke on ABC's Shonda Rhimes medical drama Grey's Anatomy, 7 years after he was dropped from the show, after on-set controversies involving »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Best Instagram and Twitter Photos from the Oscars
Washington played the cardiothoracic surgeon (and love interest of the departing thesp Sandra Oh’s character, Cristina Yang) before famously leaving ABC’s long-running nighttime soap in 2007. Series creator Shonda Rhimes said bringing him back now allows for the “full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”
“It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should,” Rhimes said. “Burke is vital to that journey.”
Batkid Was Snubbed from the Oscars
- Whitney Friedlander
Ahead of the Oscars tomorrow evening, the 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have taken place tonight, with Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave leading the field with five wins, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt) and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o).
In the other acting categories, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto were named Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Male for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett received the gong for Best Female Lead for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. Here's the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in red....
'12 Years a Slave'
Steve McQueen - '12 Years a »
- Gary Collinson
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" was the big winner at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards taking home 5 trophies including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Female for Lupita N'Yongo, Screenplay for John Ridley, and Cinematography for Sean Bobbitt.
Here's the complete list of winners of the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards:
Winner: "12 Years A Slave"
Best Lead Female:
Gaby Hoffman - "Crystal Fairy"
Best Lead Male:
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years A Slave"
Michael B. »
The night before the 2014 Oscars was a big one for 12 Years a Slave as it took home five wins at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture, Director (Steve McQueen), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Screenplay (John Ridley) and Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt). However, don't take this to mean 12 Years is a lock at the Oscars as its strongest competition in categories such as Picture and Director, those being Gravity and American Hustle, weren't among the "independent" nominees. Some likely Oscar winners were among the list of winners as Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively. Cate Blanchett took home yet another Best Actress prize for her work in Blue Jasmine and 20 Feet from Stardom won Best Documentary, proving even the Spirit Awards weren't going for The Act of Killing, though that doesn't diminish the impact of Joshua Oppenheimer's film. Some »
- Brad Brevet
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave pulled a five finger discount at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards grabbing hardware in the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography categories. Apart from the larceny in the Best Doc category, the winners in the above mention category (excluding Bobbitt’s work) and the double win pairing of Leto and McConaughey along with Cate Blanchett’s perf win in Blue Jasmine will likely repeat itself less than 24 hours later at tomorrow’s Academy Awards celebrations obviously begging many to ponder the following: who needs the 86th Academy Awards when we have the Indie Spirit Awards? While today’s most pleasurable wins come from the truly indie kudos for Best First Feature (Ryan Coogler for Frutivale Station) the John Cassavetes award for Chad Hartigan’s This is Martin Bonner, and the Piaget Producers Award to Ain’t Them Bodies Saints »
- Eric Lavallee
12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club were among the major winners at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Steve McQueen took the Best Director Award for his slavery-themed movie, and also earned the coveted Best Feature prize.
The 29th Independent Spirit Awards were hosted by comic Patton Oswalt on the Santa Monica beach in California.
Digital Spy presents a full list »
The Independent Spirit Awards were handed out on the beach in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday, and 12 Years a Slave emerged the big winner, taking home five awards, including the top prize of Best Feature.
Dallas Buyers Club dominated the acting categories, with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both winning, while Cate Blanchett continued her apparent path to the Best Actress Oscar, collecting yet another prize for Blue Jasmine.
Read below for all the winners, and watch the show at 10 p.m Et on IFC:
Winner: 12 Years a Slave
- Katie Atkinson
The 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. are underway with host Patton Oswalt, and we're updating the winners list as the names are announced. Early winners include Jared Leto, for his supporting turn in "Dallas Buyers Club," "Fruitvale Station" for best first feature, and "Nebraska" writer Bob Nelson, who picked up a trophy for best first screenplay. So far, "12 Years a Slave" has picked up four awards, namely supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o, best director, best screenplay and best cinematography. Here's the list of nominees: Best Feature "All is Lost" "Frances Ha" "Inside Llewyn Davis" "Nebraska" "12 Years a Slave" Best Director J.C. Chandor, "All is Lost" Jeff Nichols, "Mud" Alexander Payne, "Nebraska" Winner: Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" Shane Carruth, "Upstream Color" Best First Feature "Blue Caprice" "Concussion" Winner: "Fruitvale Station" "Una Noche" "Wadjda" Best Screenplay "Before Midnight" "Blue Jasmine" "Enough Said" "The Spectacular Now" Winner: »
- Dave Lewis
It may be raining. It may be chilly. One thing is for sure, the drinks will be flowing and the giant tent that is the annual home for the Independent Spirit Awards will be buzzing. This year's show will be hosted by comedian and actor Patton Oswalt. The star of "Big Fan" and "Young Adult" is no stranger to entertaining massive and difficult audiences. Oswalt ruled Comic-Con's Hall H a few years ago when he had the tough task of making Disney's slate at the time more exciting than it actually was. He's also following a fantastic hosting performance by Andy Samberg last year. Here's hoping the Spirits can actually deliver two great shows in a row (it tends to lean toward a good show every other year). Like the Golden Globes, and the SAG Awards to an extent, the Spirits mostly focus on the awards presentations. Over the past »
- Gregory Ellwood
The International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias has confirmed the rest of its programme.
Cartagena has added a Midnight Cinema section including two Colombian horror films: Gallows Hill (Encerrada), directed by Víctor García and written by Richard D´Ovidio and starring Peter Facinelli; and Demental by young Colombian David Bohórquez, which will have its world premiere at the festival.
The outdoor series Cinema Under the Stars includes:
Gloria, Sebastián Lelio (Chile)La Jaula de Oro, Diego Quemada Diez (Mexico)The Lunchbox, Ritesh Batra (India)Ciudad Delirio, Chus Gutiérrez (festival opening film)Porro Hecho en Colombia, Adriana Lucía, who will give a concert at the end of the screening.
Special Presentations section include Simon Brand’s Default, Laurie Collyer’s Sunlight Jr, Spike Jonze’s Her, Go for Sisters by John Sayles (the subject of a retrospective), and Medeas by Andrea Pallaoro.
There are also two films that are also part of Tributes: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s [link »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
John Sayles will be honoured with a retrospective at the 54th Cartagena Film Festival (Ficci) and he will also participate in a March 18 roundtable discussion at the festival.
The festival will screen 10 of his films, including the recent Go For Sisters, Lone Star, Casa de los Babies, Men With Guns, Sunshine State, City of Hope, SIlver City, Matewan, Eight Men Out and his directorial debut The Return of the Secaucus Seven.
Actor Clive Owen will be a Guest of Honour at the festival, which will show the Latin American premiere of his latest film, Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties on March 14. Owen will be presented with the India Catalina prize and then will be publicly interviewed by Ficci director Monika Wagenberg. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
A hat-tip to Dylan Marchetti and his Variance Films posse for making another bold pick-up - going where others typically avoid. The company has been responsible for the releases of a handful of films we've covered on this blog - from Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer in 2012, to Terence Nance's An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty, John Sayles' Go For Sisters, and Roger Ross Williams' God Loves Uganda (the last 3 released in 2013).Today, Variance Films has announced that it will partner with director Chris Eska to release his powerful Civil War drama The Retrieval - a film we've covered quite comprehensively, reviewing »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Nearly one year after its 2013 SXSW premiere, writer/director Chris Eska's Special Jury Prize winner "The Retrieval" will be theatrically released courtesy of Variance Films. The film stars newcomer Ashton Sanders as a fatherless 13-year-old boy during the Civil War who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang that sends him to earn the trust of runaway slaves and wanted freedmen in order to lure them back to the South. "With The Retrieval, Chris has not only created a window into a little-known corner of history, but a stunning film filled with amazing performances, beautiful images, and a fantastic tone, all surprisingly rare things in independent film," said Variance’s Dylan Marchetti. Variance Films partners with leading independent filmmakers to distribute their films to theaters across the Us and Canada. Recent and upcoming releases from the company include Carl Deal and Tia Lessin's "Citizen Koch," John Sayles »
- Ziyad Saadi
Lifetime Films and A+E Studios have signed on as producers for the independent film, “Lila and Eve,” TheWrap has learned. The companies will produce alongside Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions and Sara Risher’s ChickFlicks. Rob Sharenow, Tanya Lopez, Lisa Hamilton Daly and Molly Thompson will executive produce for A+E Studios. Darrin Reed and Damian Ganczewski also serve as executive producers. Also read: ‘Go for Sisters’ Star Yolonda Ross to Join Jennifer Lopez, Viola Davis in Indie Movie ‘Lila & Eve’ (Exclusive) Davis will also star alongside Jennifer Lopez in the indie film as grief-stricken mothers »
- Jethro Nededog and Jeff Sneider
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