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Spirit Awards: Indie Community Distances Itself From Hollywood — Sort Of

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When the Film Independent Spirit Award nominees were announced this morning, the five nominees for best feature did not include a water monster movie (The Shape of Water), a dramedy starring Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) and movies from streaming titans Netflix (Mudbound) and Amazon (The Big Sick).

But admirers of those films shouldn't be reacting with as much surprise and concern as they are. Nominations were determined by a few dozen people who served on one of four nominating committees, which, according to Film Independent, "typically include a mix of film critics, film programmers, producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, »


- Scott Feinberg

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Mel Gibson Calls Weinstein Claims a "Precursor for Change"

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Mel Gibson has had his fair share of controversial moments. But that didn't stop the actor, who is starring in the hit family film Daddy's Home 2 and was nominated earlier this year for a best director Oscar for his film Hacksaw Ridge, from voicing his thoughts on the ongoing sexual harassment and assault scandals sweeping Hollywood.

Specifically, Gibson explained that while he thinks the many accusations made against disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein is “painful,” he believes those will simply be a “precursor to change.”

“Things got shaken up a little bit and there is a lot of light being »


- Lexy Perez

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Tom Hollander Joins Rosamund Pike in 'A Private War'

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Tom Hollander will join Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan in A Private War, the biopic about American-born British war reporter Marie Colvin.

It was also announced today that Acacia Entertainment will produce and finance the feature, with 47 Meters Down production company The Fyzz Facility set to executive produce. The company's recently worked together on screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut Wind River.

Matthew Heineman will direct from a script by Arash Amel. The feature is based on Marie Brenner’s 2012 Vanity Fair story "Marie Colvin’s Private War."

Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Kamala FilmsMarissa McMahon are producing, along with Charlize Theron »


- Mia Galuppo

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'Justice League' Cinematographer Hopes for a Director's Cut

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Fabian Wagner knows how to help build worlds.

Some of the cinematographer's most celebrated work has been on HBO's Game of Thrones, where he's shot such ambitious episodes as season five's "Hardhome" and season six's "Battle of the Bastards." So when Zack Snyder asked him to help shape Justice League, it was a natural evolution of his career, with him stepping into a project even bigger in scale than his ambitious episodes of Thrones.

He worked closely with director Zack Snyder, who is known for his epic-length director's cuts for films such as Watchmen (Wagner's favorite) and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of ustice. »


- Aaron Couch

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Michael Bloomberg on the Timeliness of His Coal Industry Doc 'From the Ashes'

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President Trump ran on a campaign that promised to bring the coal industry back in America. But to billionaire mogul, former New York City mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, that’s an empty promise given that long before climate change activists began railing against it, the industry was on a downward trajectory because of technology and cheaper alternatives like natural gas. In 2015, the founder of the privately-held Bloomberg L.P. asked top lieutenant Katherine Oliver to back a film that could explain the issue from both sides — the workers displaced when coal plants close and the health costs of the »


- Tatiana Siegel

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How a New Oscars Rule Could Shake Up the Animation Contenders

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When the Oscar nominations are unveiled Jan. 23, animation fans could be in for a surprise. Traditionally, the nominees have included a mix of high-profile, CG-animated studio films such as Pixar's Inside Out and Disney's Frozen along with acclaimed indie fare — often hand-drawn and submitted by indie distributor Gkids, which has earned nine animated feature Oscar noms since 2009, second only to Disney/Pixar's 11.

But this year, there's a new rule: In the past, the nominating committee was composed of specially invited Academy members — half from the animation branch, half from other branches. Now, any Academy member willing »


- Carolyn Giardina

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Independent Spirit Awards: Watch the Nominations Live

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Film Independent is announcing the nominations for its 2018 Spirit Awards today (Nov. 21).

The nominees, celebrating the best of independent film, are being revealed at a press conference hosted by Lily Collins and Tessa Thompson at the Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood.

Follow along with the below live stream of the event.

The 33rd Spirit Awards will air live on IFC, hosted for the second consecutive year by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, on Sunday, March 3, 2018, at 2 p.m. Pt/5 p.m. Et. As usual, the show will be »


- Hilary Lewis

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'Mary and the Witch’s Flower' ('Meari to majo no hana'): Film Review | AFI Fest 2017

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Oscar-nominated animator and director Yonebayashi Hiromasa (When Marnie Was There) returns with a more lighthearted anime feature in Mary and the Witch’s Flower, a stirring adventure most suitable for tweens and teens. Operating independently of Studio Ghibli for the first time, Yonebayashi preserves many of the best characteristics of animation master Hayao Miyazaki’s venerable production company, which he developed directing his first two films, The Secret World of Arrietty and Marnie.

Once again exploring the imagination of a solitary girl seeking connection, the setting this time is the English countryside, where young Mary (Ruby Barnhill) has just arrived to live »


- Justin Lowe

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'Saving Brinton': Film Review

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Anyone who loves movies is bound to love Mike Zahs, the genial Iowan at the center of the documentary co-directed by Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne. And anyone who loves movies is bound to love Saving Brinton. This delightful film, recently showcased at Doc NYC and scheduled for theatrical release next year, centers on Zahs' efforts to preserve the legacy of an early 20th century pioneering showman who traveled throughout the Midwest projecting silent films to awestruck audiences.  

Zahs, a former history teacher whose long white beard and portly physique qualify him for work as a department store Santa, »


- Frank Scheck

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Spot Warns of "Light, Darkness and Something Else"

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A new Star Wars: The Last Jedi ad puts Daisy Ridley's Rey in a tough spot. As she's training with Luke (Mark Hamill), she says she can feel "light, darkness and something else" calling to her. It's that something else that is most intriguing in this spot.

"Resist it Rey," Luke says, before shouting her name, seemingly trying to break her from a trance.

The spot comes as it comes down to just three weeks until The Last Jedi hits theaters. So far Lucasfilm has released two trailers for the film. The Last Jedi is from director Rian Johnson  also stars Carrie »


- Aaron Couch

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'The Mist' Is Still Relevant for Unfortunate Reasons

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Director Frank Darabont knows Stephen King, or at least that was the idea sold by the marketing of 2007’s The Mist. Known for directing two of the best King adaptations, 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption and 1999’s The Green Mile, the thought of Darabont doing another King feature implied awards and critical acclaim would follow. But when The Mist debuted Thanksgiving weekend in 2007, audiences were perplexed. The film’s Twilight Zone-esque take on a mysterious event that turns a small town into chaos was dark and contained one of the bleakest (and most divisive) endings on record.

In short, audiences »


- Kristen Lopez

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'Song of Granite': Film Review

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If Andrei Tarkovsky had grown up in rural Ireland, he might have made a biographical cine-memoir as luminously beautiful as Song of Granite. Shot in ravishing monochrome, the second dramatic feature by documentary maker Pat Collins is a lyrical, elliptical, lightly experimental rumination on the life of folk singer Joe Heaney and the cultural hinterland that shaped him. This Irish-Quebecois co-production has been nominated as Ireland’s official entry in the Foreign Language Oscar contest on account of its heavily Gaelic dialogue, with English playing a secondary role.

Collins has crafted a mesmerizing modernist memorial to ancient Celtic traditions, even if »


- Stephen Dalton

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Does 'Valerian' Deserve a Second Act?

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If we boil down Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets to a single word, “bananatown" might do. But even that jam-packed word can’t capture the sheer joy of watching a movie where Rihanna plays a shape-shifting, burlesque dancing alien, where Ethan Hawke plays her good ol’ boy pimp, where finding your lost partner in space law enforcement is as easy (and as gross) as shoving your head up a psychic scyphozoan’s keister, and where you can shop for useless bricabrac across dimensions so long as you remember your plane-shifting helmet. Losing yourself in Valerian’s varied array of space »


- Andy Crump

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'Coco': Meet the Voices Behind the Animated Characters

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Following his solo directorial debut (Toy Story 3), Pixar veteran Lee Unkrich brings Coco to the big screen this fall. With an exclusively Latino cast, Coco incorporates themes from the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos.

The animated adventure follows Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), an aspiring musician born into a family with a longtime ban on music. When Miguel is transported to the Land of the Dead, he encounters Hector (Gael García Bernal), a trickster who joins Miguel on his journey to unveil the truth behind his family history and return home. 

Coco hits theaters Nov. 22. Read on to find out more about »


- Sydney Odman

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Feinberg Forecast: Updated Oscar Standings As 'The Post' Joins the Race

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The listings below reflect how The Hollywood Reporter's awards columnist Scott Feinberg believes the Oscar nominations would look if the race ended today. They are formulated using a combination of personal impressions (from advance screenings), publicly available information (release dates, genres, talent rosters and teasers/trailers often offer valuable clues), historical considerations (how other films with similar pedigrees have resonated), precursor awards (some groups have historically correlated with the Academy more than others) and consultations with industry insiders (including fellow members of the press, awards strategists, filmmakers and voters).

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- Scott Feinberg

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Melissa Gilbert Claims Oliver Stone Sexually Harassed Her During Audition as Revenge

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Melissa Gilbert on Monday told Andy Cohen that Oliver Stone sexually harassed her during her audition for The Doors to get back at her for embarrassing him in a social situation. 

The Little House on the Prairie actress said when she came in to read for the Pamela Courson role (played by Meg Ryan) in the 1991 film, Stone had an additional sex scene he wanted her to read and block.

“He wrote this special scene that he wanted me to do for him physically in the casting room, and it was humiliating and horrid," she said. “He got me back and it »


- Ryan Parker

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Box-Office Preview: 'Coco' Set to Rule Thanksgiving With $55M-$60M Bow

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The Disney animated empire will once again dominate the Thanksgiving box office.

Pixar/Disney's critically acclaimed Coco, about the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), parades into theaters everywhere Wednesday, following Tuesday-night previews. Disney and Pixar, along with the major tracking services, are projecting a five-day domestic debut of $55 million to $60 million, but there's plenty of room for upside.

Between them, Disney Animation Studios and Pixar claim the top six five-day Thanksgiving openings of all time, not accounting for inflation. Frozen (2013) is the record holder with $93.6 million, while last year's Moana sang »


- Pamela McClintock

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Oscars: 'Get Out' and 'Dunkirk' Fight to Get Voters' Attention After Early Release

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Get Out opened and immediately struck a nerve, capturing the top spot at the box office with $33 million on its way to a worldwide gross of $253.4 million — not that Academy members necessarily noticed at the time. Then, in late July — as Hollywood folks were fleeing town for far-flung summer vacations — a much bigger movie, the $100 million Dunkirk, hit theaters with a $50.5 million bow and ultimately garnered $525 million worldwide.

Both films debuted to critical cheers. »


- Gregg Kilday

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Writer Roundtable: Jordan Peele, Aaron Sorkin and More Explain Why the Job Feels Like "Exorcising a Demon"

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mother!), 48, liked the idea of breaking bread with writer-director Werner Herzog, with whom he once shared a place at a THR roundtable, and added two other European auteurs, Federico Fellini and Terry Gilliam. German writer-director Fatih Akin (In the Fade), 44, opted for three women, all actresses: Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), 38, chose »


- Stephen Galloway

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There Is Hope for DC After 'Justice League'

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Justice League may not have had a heroic weekend at the box office, but there's certainly a flash of inspiration in the film.

Despite its flaws, there's a growing consensus among fans that Ezra Miller’s The Flash is one of the true breakout stars from the film, and it's easy to see why. Barry Allen provides most of the film's comedic relief, belting out some of the best one-liners and facial expressions yet seen in a DC film.

In other words, Miller's Flash is to DC what Tom Holland's Spider-Man is to Marvel.

Even as Justice League's poor opening »


- Josh Weiss

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