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Whitney Houston Movie Actress Yolanda Ross Reveals How Biopic Handles Singer’s Alleged Lesbian Relationship

22 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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.

Part of that answer arrived when TheWrap broke the news that Yolanda Ross had been cast as Robyn Crawford, Houston’s longtime friend, personal assistant and alleged lesbian lover.

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

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Interview: John Sayles Tells S&A About 'Go For Sisters,' the Future of Indie Film, and 5 Historical Projects That Should Come to the Small Screen

12 September 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

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

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Go For Sisters | DVD Review

26 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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

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Interview: Yolonda Ross, LisaGay Hamilton Talk Work & Artistry in 'Go For Sisters' (On DVD Today)

19 August 2014 2:36 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

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

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3 Reasons Why It Sucks to Be a Teenage Filmmaker

29 April 2014 7:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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

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Isaiah Washington Joins Lisa Arrindell Anderson In Indie Suspense Thriller 'The Sin Seer'

16 April 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Isaiah Washington has been busy lately, both on the big and small screen - from his acclaimed performance in Blue CapriceJohn 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

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Isaiah Washington Returning to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

6 March 2014 3:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As “Grey’s Anatomy” prepares to say goodbye to one original cast member, it is welcoming back another: Isaiah Washington will reprise his role as Dr. Preston Burke for one episode, set to air in May.

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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.”

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Since departing “Grey’s Anatomy,” Washington has worked on films including “Blue Caprice” and “Go for Sisters.” He appears in the new CW show “The 100. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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And the winners of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards are...

2 March 2014 7:23 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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....

Best Feature

'12 Years a Slave'

'All Is Lost'

'Frances Ha'

'Inside Llewyn Davis'

'Nebraska'

Best Director

Shane Carruth - 'Upstream Color'

J.C. Chandor - 'All Is Lost'

Steve McQueen - '12 Years a »

- Gary Collinson

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"12 Years a Slave" Dominates Independent Spirit Awards! See Full Winners List!

2 March 2014 12:55 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

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.

The pair of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto of "Dallas Buyers Club" continued to top their respective categories of Best Actor and Supporting Actor.

Cate Blanchett took home the Best Actress trophy for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

Here's the complete list of winners of the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature:

Winner: "12 Years A Slave"

"All Is Lost"

"Frances Ha"

"Inside Llewyn Davis"

"Nebraska"

Best Lead Female:

Winner: Cate Blanchett - "Blue Jasmine"

Julie Delpy - "Before Midnight"

Gaby Hoffman - "Crystal Fairy"

Brie Larson - "Short Term 12"

Shailene Woodley - "The Spectacular Now"

Best Lead Male:

Bruce Dern - "Nebraska"

Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years A Slave"

Oscar Isaac - "Inside Llewyn Davis"

Michael B. »

- Manny

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2014 Independent Spirit Award Winners: '12 Years a Slave' Takes Best Picture

1 March 2014 8:31 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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Forget the Soap…12 Years A Slave Pulls Five Finger Discount at the 2014 Indie Spirit Awards

1 March 2014 4:20 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

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

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12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club win at Independent Spirit Awards

1 March 2014 4:19 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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 night also saw 12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o collect Best Supporting Female, as well as John Ridley winning for his screenplay.

Dallas Buyers Club's Matthew McConaughey received the Best Male Lead prize, while his co-star Jared Leto was named Best Supporting Male.

Cate Blanchett was honoured as Best Female Lead for her performance as a manic housewife in director Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.

Other major developments included director Ryan Coogler winning Best First Feature for Fruitvale Station, and the music-themed film 20 Feet from Stardom taking Best Documentary.

The 29th Independent Spirit Awards were hosted by comic Patton Oswalt on the Santa Monica beach in California.

Digital Spy presents a full list »

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Independent Spirit Awards 2014: The winners list

1 March 2014 3:34 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

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:

Best Feature

Winner: 12 Years a Slave

All Is Lost

Frances Ha

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

Best Director

Upstream Color, »

- Katie Atkinson

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'12 Years a Slave' leads 2014 Independent Spirit Awards winners

1 March 2014 1:35 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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2014 Independent Spirit Awards predictions

28 February 2014 11:46 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Cartagena adds Midnight section

27 February 2014 4:14 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Cartagena to honour John Sayles, Clive Owen

24 February 2014 2:34 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Retrospective of 10 Sayles films includes Go For Sisters and The Return of the Secaucus Seven.

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. »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Variance Films Partners Up w/ Director Chris Eska To Release Searing Civil War-Set Drama 'The Retrieval'

13 February 2014 1:15 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

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 BeautyJohn SaylesGo For Sisters, and Roger Ross WilliamsGod 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

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SXSW Winner 'The Retrieval' Acquired by Variance Films

13 February 2014 12:27 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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

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Lifetime Films Producing Viola Davis, J. Lo Feature Film ‘Lila and Eve’

27 January 2014 5:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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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