As the winds of award show nominations pick up, you won't be surprised to find 12 Years a Slave at the top of every list. But the Academy, the Golden Globes, and the various other captains of the circuit are inclined to overlook some of our smaller, more personal favorites in lieu of the big, grand, and wholly unavoidable awardable pictures like Steven McQueen's American slavery epic. That is not to rob 12 Years of Slave of its due credit — the film absolutely deserves as much awards attention as it is getting. It's simply the sort of movie that you know will get awards attention right out of the gate... whereas pictures just as pristine such as Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's Frances Ha, likely won't be the center of attention come Oscar night. But that's what the Independent Spirit Awards are for: to recognize the movies that we cherish with intimacy rather than with grandeur. Among them are Frances Ha, new release Nebraska, Robert Redford's nearly wordless All Is Lost (also a viable candidate for the Academy, due to its own dezzling veneer), the Coen Bros' upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis, and, yes, of course, 12 Years a Slave.
Check out the full list of nods below.
BEST FEATURE 12 Years A Slave All Is Lost Frances Ha Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska
BEST LEAD FEMALE 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. Jordan, Fruitvale Station Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Robert Redford, All Is Lost
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale StationSally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave Yolanda Ross, Go For Sisters June Squibb, Nebraska
BEST SUPPORTING MALE Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave Will Forte, Nebraska James Gandolfini, Enough Said Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12
BEST DIRECTOR Shane Carruth, Upstream Color J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave Jeff Nichols, Mud Alexander Payne, Nebraska
BEST FIRST FEATUREBlue Caprice Concussion Fruitvale Station Una Noche Wadjda
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD Computer Chess Crystal Fairy Museum Hours Pit Stop This Is Martin Bonner
BEST SCREENPLAY Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Before Midnight Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Lake Bell, In A World Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon Bob Nelson, Nebraska Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight Michael Starburry, The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister & Pete
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHYSean Bobbitt, 12 Years A Slave Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis Frank G. Demarco, All Is Lost Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess
BEST EDITING Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours Jennifer Lame, Frances Ha Cindy Lee, Una Noche Nat Sanders, Short Term 12
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM A Touch Of Sin Blue Is The Warmest ColorGloriaThe Great Beauty The Hunt
BEST DOCUMENTARYThe Act Of Killing After Tiller Gideon's ArmyThe Square Twenty Feet From Stardom
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARDToby Halbrooks & James M. JohnsonJacob JaffkeAndrea RoaFerderick Thornton
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARDS Kalyanee Mam, A River Changes Course Jason Osder, Let The Fire Burn Stephanie Spray & Pancho Valez, Manakamana
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARDS Aaron Douglas Johnston, My Sisters' Quinceanera Shaka King, Newlyweeds Madeleine Olnek, The Foxy Merkins
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARDMud
Before the huge success of the Netflix original series, Piper Kerman had to live Orange is the New Black. Kerman wrote the memoir upon which the show is based, and she's the inspiration for Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), the star of the show. In her Reddit AMA, Kerman answered many questions about her experiences on the set of the show and in prison.
The difference between onscreen Piper and herself: "...a big difference is that my family (& Larry's family) were amazing supports, and that I maintained strong ties to my friends & co-workers while I was in prison - this really reinforced that I was not alone. Those lifelines were everything to me, and to all prisoners. I made a lot of mistakes when I was locked up, but not quite along the lines of Chapman :)"
Her favorite original character from the TV series: "It is very hard to pick favorites - but I really like Gloria, who is not based on anything in my book."
An unspoken prison rule: "You really don't ever ask someone what they're in for. Some people choose to talk about it, and some people never do."
On prison reform: "I am optimistic. If you look at polling numbers, [many] Americans say that we have too many people in prison, and more and more people support specific ways to change that (reduce drug sentencing, public health approaches to addiction, public defense reform, etc). more and more people now know that 40-60% of people in prison are there for non-violent offenses. I think when people remember that the 2.3 million prisoners in this country are people just like them, we are more likely to see reform."
On the back stories on the show: "The backstories are amazing, and the creation of Jenji and her team of writers - they are all fictional and not drawn from the book."
On the differences between the show and the book: "Readers of the book will probably agree that there is a lot of internal conflict depicted there - and that I definitely avoided conflicts with COs and other prisoners (as is only sensible). TV really needs external conflict, and that's one of the big differences (other than storyline differences) you'll see between the book and the show. A show that was very introspective would be boring to watch. A book with as much conflict as a TV show has would be unreadable."
The similarity between women's college and women's prison: "Food obsessions."
On the accuracy of the show's portrayal of prison: "I am a consultant on the show, which means I answer questions and provide feedback to Jenji. It is her decision whether to take it or leave it. But the production team did a lot of other research as well, met with many other former prisoners (for example transgendered people who have been through the system) and they continue to do so."
Some life advice: "My best life advice is to know that you can learn more from your failures than your successes."
On the show's portrayal of her fiancé Larry (Jason Biggs): "The real Larry is a good sport about the not-real Larry. He knows that it is fiction."
On the difficulties of publishing a book with lesbian and criminal themes: "During one meeting with a publisher she said 'We really like it, except for the lesbianism, and the crime.' Huh? I was very lucky to have an editor who really understood the book I wanted to write, and helped me write it. I think it's very important to tell a unique and surprising story in your writing, with an eye on how it connects back to a large number of people. In other words, a very unique story that yet has relevance to many others."
On the possibility of Piper being written off the show: "I would be totally comfortable with that. From my POV the show does not have to be about Chapman. It's ultimately Jenji's decision what will happen next."
Read the rest of her AMA here.
A biopic of controversial Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi is heading to the big screen. The movie, currently titled Gloria, will tell the story of Trevi's glittering 1990s music career which came crashing down in 2000 when she was arrested in Brazil along with her manager, Sergio Andrade, on suspicion of luring kids into a child porn ring.
She spent nearly five years in prison before being cleared of the charges in 2004.
The movie will begin shooting in Mexico City, Mexico and in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this month (Nov13), and will be directed by Swiss moviemaker Christian Keller. Actress Sofia Espinosa will play Trevi.
Reports suggest Trevi is unhappy with the biopic and she is quoted in Mexican newspaper Milenio as saying the project is unauthorised: "I don't know what they're going to say about me. If they do something, it's something I have not authorised."
With Parks and Recreation's annoying and surprising hiatus, the actors have had some time to mess around on Reddit. Last week, we had Aziz Ansari's AMA, and this week, his on-screen BFF Retta told Reddit to ask her anything. The actress is internet savvy and endlessly entertaining, and she seems to at least share her character's affinity for snappy answers and Twitter. If you like her answers to this AMA, check out her live tweets of her favorite shows, from Sherlock to Scandal.
The difference between herself and Donna: "I'm much goofier than Donna. Donna does not suffer fools and sometimes I do because I'm more polite."
The Parks and Rec cast member with the best butt: "I would have to say Chris Pratt, now that he's all buff and cock diesel."
Her favorite piece of classical music: "Vivaldi's Gloria."
On Fitz and Olivia from Scandal: "I can only say that the writing of that relationship is so well-done that I root for it, even though I know it's an adulterous relationship. The actors do such a good job, and Shonda and company did such a good job writing it, that I can't help but want them to be together even though I know it's f****d up that he's married."
Her comedic inspirations: "Chris Rock, Tina Fey, honestly right now I'm really into Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler."
Her favorite characters from Orange is the New Black: "Hmm! I'm torn between Crazy Eyes and Tastee. Tastee makes me laugh at every turn, but Crazy Eyes has some depth that I'm dying to get to know about."
Whether the actor (Jim O'Heir) who plays Jerry on Parks and Rec is like his character: "Absolutely not. Jim is the most crass person, dirty-joke telling person I've ever met in my life. Jerry would blanch at anything Jim O'Heir says."
On the absence of Ann (Rashida Jones) on Parks and Rec: I think it will change the dynamic behind the scenes because Amy and Aubrey are so close to Rashida, and then obviously it will change onscreen in that Leslie doesn't have her best friend there so you will lose those interactions but I know the writers will find a way to fill that void. I do think they will come back for future episodes. I don't know but I wouldn't be mad if Idris Elba got added to the cast.
How she treats herself: "With mani-pedis, designer handbags, and online shopping."
The last time she treated herself: "Ha! It was Wednesday, and I bought myself the new Louis Vuitton black vernis Alma bag with the matching zippy wallet. I've been waiting six months for it to come in, and it finally came in. And I bought that bitch."
The Parks and Rec cast member who "can get it":"I can't think of my castmates in that fashion! They are family. But if I had to answer… Rob Lowe."
On BBC's Sherlock: "The Reichenbach Fall f****d me up. I'm dying to see how it's resolved. And I really, really need to know if he's dead or if he is showing up in Watson's imagination. And I love the show. Cumberbatch can get it."
Her favorite Parks and Rec episode: "Well the "Pawnee Rangers" episode. I particularly like the scene where Ben comes out in the Batman suit, because seeing Adam Scott in that Batman suit brought so much joy to every molecule in my body it was unreal."
On Aubrey Plaza: "She can be as awkward as she seems, but I think she does that because she loves to see people's response to it. But she is also a very sweet girl. And I think people would be surprised by that. I probably should not have told you."
Actress/journalist Irene Kane has lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. Kane passed away on Thursday (31Oct13) at her home in New York City, her family confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.
She landed a handful of roles onscreen and on the Broadway stage in the 1950s and '60s, but was perhaps best known for her role in Stanley Kubrick's 1955 film, Killer Kiss, in which she played the lead female character, Gloria Price.
Kane, whose date of birth has not been published, later decided to pursue a career as a writer and journalist under her real name, Chris Chase. She went on to work for TV networks CBS and CNN, and the New York Times, and co-authored autobiographies with Rosalind Russell, Betty Ford and Josephine Baker. She also wrote her own memoir, titled How Be a Movie Star, or A Terrible Beauty Is Born.
Latina superstar Gloria Estefan is giving wealthy fans the chance to live in her guest house - for $30,000 (£20,000) a month. The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You hitmaker is renting out the guest quarters on her Star Island, Miami estate. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom building sits next to Estefan and husband Emilio's huge seven-bed mansion.
Tenants will get their own private entrance, a spa and a Jacuzzi.
Gloria Estefan's Miami, Florida restaurant has been named in a lawsuit by a diner who slipped and fell there. Gerri Ann Yanks claims a night out at Bongos Cuban Cafe ended badly, leaving her "disfigured" and in an awful lot of pain.
And to make matters worse for Estefan and the managers, she reveals she warned staff about the slippery floors before she fell.
She is suing the restaurant and Estefan Enterprises, Inc. for more than $15,000 (£10,000), according to TMZ.com.
Carlos Santana is planning another collaborative album with a series of Latino stars. The guitar great has tasted great success with his albums Shaman and Supernatural and now he's planning another star-studded release full of acts and artists with ties to South America.
Corazon, which will be released next year (14), will feature tracks with Gloria Estefan, Pitbull, Juanes, Lila Downs and Miguel as well as a song Santana has recorded with his son Salvador.
Many of the guests on the album will perform their tunes with Santana at a concert in Guadalajara, Mexico on 14 December (13), which will take place a week after the guitarist joins Billy Joel among this year's Kennedy Center honourees.
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will salute the two musicians, among others, at the 36th annual ceremony in Washington, D.C. on 7 December (13).
Jazz star Gloria Lynne has passed away just weeks before her 82nd birthday. The singer died after suffering a heart attack at Columbus Rehabilitation Center in Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday (15Oct13). She was set to celebrate her birthday on 23 November (13).
Born in Harlem, New York to a gospel singing mother, Lynne won the Apollo Theater's amateur concert aged 15, before finding national fame in the U.S. by appearing on Harry Belafonte's Strolling '20s TV special in the 1960s.
She joined her peers Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and Johnny Mathis on the country's jazz club scene and secured hits with ballads including I Wish You Love and I'm Glad There Is You.
Lynne continued performing throughout her life, giving her last show in August (13) at New York's 54 Below venue.
Jennifer Lopez was honoured at the 17th annual Human Rights Campaign national dinner on Saturday (05Oct13). Activist Gloria Steinem presented the superstar with the 2013 Ally for Equality Award at the Washington, D.C. event in recognition of her support for marriage equality, HIV/AIDS research, anti-bullying and youth anti-violence causes.
Last month (Sep13), the American Idol judge faced some controversy after it was announced she would receive the award following her performance for the president of Turkmenistan at a concert in July (13). Human rights activists have accused leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov of overseeing one of the most repressive regimes in the world.
Lopez later admitted accepting the invite to perform in the Central Asian country was a mistake, adding, "I know that being seen as a role model means taking responsibility for all my actions. I am human, and of course, sometimes I make mistakes. But I promise that when I fall, I get back up. When I am wrong, I will learn the lesson and move on to face other challenges. For me, that's what creating your own life is. Doing your best work while being your best self."