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Independent Spirits Awards 2019: Complete Winners List

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Independent Spirits Awards 2019: Complete Winners List
The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards are taking place today, Saturday Feb. 23, recognizing the best in independent film from 2018.

In one of the most evenly spread fields in years, "Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “You Were Never Really Here” and “We the Animals” each received four nominations, while “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Leave No Trace,” “Private Life” and “The Tale” each received three nods.
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2019 Spirit Awards Predictions: ‘Eighth Grade,’ Regina King, Toni Collette

2019 Spirit Awards Predictions: ‘Eighth Grade,’ Regina King, Toni Collette
For the first time in almost a decade, the Film Independent Spirit Awards are charting their own course. You won’t see a lot of potential Oscar winners on the stage of this year’s ceremony. Outside of a few acting and screenwriting nominees, there is very little overlap this time around and, frankly, it’s a welcome sight. It also means predicting the winners just got a wee bit harder.

Normally, you can predict most of the Spirit Award winners by going with the most commercially successful movie or performance in said films.

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Stanley Donen, Who Reinvented the Movie Musical and So Much More, Dies at 94

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Stanley Donen, Who Reinvented the Movie Musical and So Much More, Dies at 94
“Our love will last till the stars turn cold.” That line from “Singin’ in the Rain” perfectly sums up the sensibility of its director, Stanley Donen: absolute sincerity wedded to knowing irony. When Gene Kelly’s Don Lockwood says that to Debbie Reynolds’ Kathy Seldon, he’s actually quoting a line from the cornball movie he’s just made with Jean Hagen for which he has contempt: “The Duelling Cavalier.” But what Lockwood comes to recognize is that, polished just right, hokum can be made to sparkle — and can convey genuine feeling. Is “Our love will last till the stars turn cold” silly? Sure. But it’s beautiful too, and who wants to be so cynical as not to recognize that?

Donen, who died February 23 at age 94 after a nearly 70-year career across film and theater, recognized what so few do today: that two seemingly contradictory things can be true at the same time.
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Friday Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Blasts Off With $17 Million

Friday Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Blasts Off With $17 Million
This winter has been a slow, semi-depressing one at the box office—Glass has been our big hit because it cost about $15 and a ham sandwich to make—so leave it to a bunch of dragons to finally add a bit of fire. DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World got off to a $17.4 million start on Friday night, trending above expectations for a possible $60+ million debut weekend. This would mark not only the highest opening of a How to Train Your Dragon movie, but also the best bow of a 2019 movie …
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Razzie Awards: ‘Holmes & Watson’ Is Worst Picture, Donald Trump Worst Actor

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Razzie Awards: ‘Holmes & Watson’ Is Worst Picture, Donald Trump Worst Actor
The “winners” of the 39th annual Razzies have been announced, and “Holmes & Watson” has the dubious honor of being named Worst Picture. Director Etan Cohen was also singled out for his work on the critically panned comedy, as was Worst Supporting Actor winner John C. Reilly; co-star Will Ferrell escaped the same fate, as Donald Trump (as himself in “Death of a Nation” and “Fahrenheit 11/9”) is the year’s Worst Actor.

Melissa McCarthy, who earned a Worst Actress prize for her work in “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party,” has the chance to follow up that laurel with an Oscar tomorrow night for her performance in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Read the full list of winners
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Bo Burnham Wants ‘Eighth Grade’ Star Elsie Fisher to Direct Him

Bo Burnham Wants ‘Eighth Grade’ Star Elsie Fisher to Direct Him
Bo Burnham won his third award in three weeks for “Eighth Grade” at the Spirit Awards and said he wants the film’s 15-year-old Elsie Fisher to direct him.

“I’d love to work with Elsie again,” Burnham said backstage after winning the Best First Screenplay trophy. “She wants to direct so I’d love to switch roles and have her direct me.”

Burnham admitted that there’s no imminent project with Fisher, adding, “She’s 15 so I want to let her have her own life.”

Asked backstage about the biggest challenge he faced as the director, he responded, “The hardest part was child management issues like making sure the kids didn’t drown in the pool scene.”

Burnham also won the Writers Guild Award for original screenplay and the Directors Guild Award for first-time feature directing. He’s credited Fisher for all the victories for her portrayal of an
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The Alternative to the Oscars? That’s What the Indie Spirits Know They Are — Analysis

The Alternative to the Oscars? That’s What the Indie Spirits Know They Are — Analysis
They may be idiosyncratic, but the Film Independent Spirit Awards nomination juries have moved away from duplicating the Oscars, so that this year the awards given out in a chilly white tent in Santa Monica delivered big wins to truly indie films from emerging filmmakers and indie stalwarts as well as a smattering of Oscar contenders who may win again on Sunday. Host Aubrey Plaza started off with a jab at the Oscars: “Their first choice to host was no one, but they’re booked for tomorrow.”

But the warmth in the room was real, as people cheered their favorites. Like all awards voting, at the Spirits the films that have been seen by the most of the organization’s 7000 voters have the best shot at winning. Best Leading Female Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Supporting Female Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) are the likeliest to repeat at
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Longtime ’60 Minutes’ Producer Alan Weisman Dies at 68

Alan Weisman, a longtime producer for “60 Minutes” known for his work with Morley Safer, died Thursday at his home in New Jersey of natural causes. He was 68.

Weisman produced some of Safer’s most memorable “60 Minutes” segments, including the 1984 profile of Jackie Gleason and the 1989 jailhouse interview that brought national attention to the plight of Joyce Ann Brown, whose conviction for murder was set aside shortly after the segment aired. Weisman also produced Safer’s interviews with such showbiz notables as Jack Lemmon, Woody Allen and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Weisman worked on the “60 Minutes II” series that aired on
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Nicole Holofcener: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Director Was Cheated Out of an Oscar Nomination

Nicole Holofcener: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Director Was Cheated Out of an Oscar Nomination
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” screenwriter Nicole Holofcener offered a blunt assessment of the lack of Academy Awards recognition for director Marielle Heller, and women directors everywhere.

“I feel Marielle was cheated and I feel badly about that,” Holofcener said backstage after winning a Spirit Award for screenplay with Jeff Whitty.

Holofcener was originally attached to direct the project eight years earlier but decided that she could not do so when the film was being greenlit due to her commitment to direct “The Land of Steady Habits.” She knew that Heller would be the right choice, thanks to her work on “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.”

Holofcener and Whitty won the Writers Guild Award for adapted screenplay for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and are up for an Academy Award. She also gave credit Saturday to the late Lee Israel for the memoir of the same name about being
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Glenn Close’s Dog Pippi Steals the Spotlight as She Accepts Spirit Award

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Glenn Close’s Dog Pippi Steals the Spotlight as She Accepts Spirit Award
Glenn Close got a surprise on Saturday, winning her first Independent Spirit Award for her performance in “The Wife.” But she also surprised everyone in the tent on Santa Monica beach when she brought her dog Pippi on stage with her to accept the award.

“He’s my date,” Close said. “What’s better than that?”

Close tried to begin her touching acceptance speech about the honor of being among a group of women who have battled through awards season and told stories of people who have struggled all their lives, but she didn’t get very far before Pippi started rolling around on stage and investigating those in the front row.

Also Read: Independent Spirit Awards 2019: Complete Winners List

“I brought him up for this very reason,” Close said. “It’s called ‘in the moment.'”

Close won for Best Female Lead in a category that also included Toni Collette,
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The Spirit Awards Weren’t the Oscars, But They Got as Close as They Could

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The Spirit Awards Weren’t the Oscars, But They Got as Close as They Could
In recent years, Film Independent Spirit Award voters have more often than not gone for the movies most likely to win at the Academy Awards the next day. But they didn’t have that option with this year’s Best Feature nominees, none of which had even been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

So they went with the closest thing they could find to an Oscar movie: Barry Jenkins’ exquisite love story “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which was nominated for three Oscars but woefully left out in the top category.

The film was named Best Feature, Jenkins took the award for directing, and the 2019 Spirit Awards ended up feeling sort of like an alternative to the Oscars, but sort of like the closest thing that Spirit voters could conjure up.

Also Read: Independent Spirit Awards 2019: Complete Winners List (Updating Live)

The Spirit nominating committee had given voters a real challenge,
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Venezuela Aid Live: A Music Event in Colombia, Confrontations at the Border

This story was originally published in Spanish by Rolling Stone Colombia‘s editors. Read the original Spanish version here.

Update 2/23/18: The moment of music had long passed, and now it was nearing 7 a.m. on Saturday and the Colombian authorities were preparing to pass along humanitarian aid to Venezuela. The night before, however, Delcy Rodríguez, vice president of Venezuela, announced the closure of the Simón Bolívar, Unión and Santander Bridges for “the serious and illegal threats attempted by the Government of Colombia against La Paz.”

By 8 a.m., members
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Flashback: TLC Release ‘FanMail’ in 1999

With their 1994 breakthrough LP, CrazySexyCool, TLC members Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas had finessed their R&B-to-pop crossover with flying colors. Hit songs like “Waterfalls” and “Creep” not only garnered the group multiple Grammy wins, but reflected a zeitgeist of sexually assertive and self-educated young women of the Nineties. Yet by the time they reentered the studio to record FanMail in 1998, TLC needed a miracle: America’s best-selling girl group had filed for bankruptcy.

Under their contract with Babyface and L.A. Reid’s label,
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Oscars: 10 Things to Know About Best Picture Nominee 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Oscars: 10 Things to Know About Best Picture Nominee 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
Musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody traces the roots of Queen — and its iconic frontman Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek) — from the clubs of London to the group's 1985 performance at Live Aid.

Written by Anthony McCarten and Peter Morgan, and produced by Graham King and Queen manager Jim Beach, the movie was a passion project for King that took nearly a decade to bring to the screen. Along the way, it faced a number of behind-the-scenes issues, from Sacha Baron Cohen's departure to director Bryan Singer's firing. Still, Bohemian Rhapsody has become the highest grossing musical biopic ...
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Spirit Awards: 8 Most Memorable Moments

Spirit Awards: 8 Most Memorable Moments
Held at the beach in Santa Monica and hosted by Audrey Plaza, the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards celebrated the best in this year’s independent filmmaking.

During the ceremony, Alfonso Cuaron took on the ceremony's categorizations, Glenn Close accepted an award with her dog and an Aubrey Plaza Fyre Festival spoof served as some of the night's highlights. Additionally, a number of those who took the stage, including best director winner Barry Jenkins, called for better female representation.

Read on for more memorable moments from the 34th annual Spirit Awards.
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How Director Stanley Donen Made Stars Like Gene Kelly and Audrey Hepburn Shine Their Brightest

How Director Stanley Donen Made Stars Like Gene Kelly and Audrey Hepburn Shine Their Brightest
Some directors make their presence felt in every frame of their films, while others operate in service of the stories and the stars.

There is no such thing as an egoless director, but Stanley Donen, who died at age 94, made every effort to efface himself from the picture in order to let a film’s assets shine to their full potential. But even in so doing, he left an undeniable signature on his work — films that radiate with color, and music, and some of the most inventive choreography until Bob Fosse came along in the late ’60s.

While his work hasn’t necessarily been studied to the degree that Hitchcock’s and Hawks’ have, it was Donen who made it possible for Gene Kelly to splash and tap around the lamppost in “Singin’ in the Rain,” he enabled Fred Astaire to dance up the walls and across the ceiling in “Royal Wedding,
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Spirit Awards: Watch Aubrey Plaza Sacrifice ‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard in Bloody Ritual (Video)

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Spirit Awards: Watch Aubrey Plaza Sacrifice ‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard in Bloody Ritual (Video)
Well that got awkward quick. Aubrey Plaza staged a bizarre, bloody cold open to the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturda, in which she and some female indie royalty attempted a ritual to spare the world of blockbuster films.

Appearing in a black cloak before an altar, Plaza assembled stars like Marisa Tomei, Marcia Gay Harden and for some reason Brian Tyree Henry as they planned to sacrifice a “virgin” — “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard in this case.

“Look Upon Me, For I Am Your Host,” a demonic and bloodied Plaza bellowed in the clip. And by the way, Wolfhard claims he isn’t a virgin but instead a “four-quadrant cutie.”

Also Read: Independent Spirit Awards 2019: Complete Winners List (Updating Live)

Plaza’s monologue was equally strange and awkward, in the best way possible. She took some shots at the hostless Oscars and also their nominees.

“Sixty percent of our director nominees are women,
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Oscars: 10 Things to Know About Best Picture Nominee 'Vice'

Oscars: 10 Things to Know About Best Picture Nominee 'Vice'
Following former Vice President Dick Cheney's ascent to the highest ranks of Washington, Vice is one of the contenders for the 2019 Oscar Awards top category of best picture.

Overall, the film earned eight noms, including best director for Adam McKay and best actor for Christian Bale.

Behind this multi-Oscar nominee are rounds of fact-checking, hours of prosthetics and... a dance scene?

Read on for 10 more things to know about Vice
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ Glenn Close Among Top Winners at 2019 Indie Spirit Awards

‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ Glenn Close Among Top Winners at 2019 Indie Spirit Awards
Glenn Close, Ethan Hawke and “If Beale Street Could Talk” took home the top prizes at the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, held Saturday on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif.

Close stole the Aubrey Plaza-hosted show by inviting her dog Pip up on stage to accept best female lead, causing massive oohs and ahhs and considerable distraction from her triumph for “The Wife.”

“It’s always the work, isn’t it?” Close said of the Sony Pictures Classics film, before thanking the women in her category including Carey Mulligan and and Regina Hall.

Producers for “Beale Street,” led by Adele Romanski, agreed with Close in a short but sweet acceptance speech that justly gave all the credit to author James Baldwin for his lush romance.

Ethan Hawke won for best male lead for Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed,” though his costar Amanda Seyfried accepted on his behalf, while Richard E. Grant
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Spirit Awards Snubs: Leading Nominee 'We the Animals' Shut Out

Spirit Awards Snubs: Leading Nominee 'We the Animals' Shut Out
We the Animals, documentary filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar's narrative debut about a mixed-race family with three young sons in upstate New York and based on Justin Torres' 2011 debut novel of the same name, went into the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards with the most nominations, five, but left the ceremony on Saturday empty-handed, failing to win any of the awards for which it was nominated.

Instead, the pre-Oscars event celebrated a number of Academy Awards nominees and other awards season favorites, with Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, up for three Oscars, winning the top prizes of best feature and best director (Barry Jenkins),...
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