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
Veteran English actress Jacqueline Bisset has finally set the record straight about longrunning rumours suggesting she had an affair with movie great Steve Mcqueen 45 years ago, insisting there is no truth to the allegations. The former screen beauty became romantically linked to her married Bullitt co-star in 1968, and even his wife, Neile, previously admitted Bisset had been the most beautiful of all of McQueen's leading ladies - although she never commented on the cheating speculation.
Bisset has now broken her silence to clear her name once and for all in an exclusive interview with author Richard Sydenham for his new biography, Steve McQueen: The Cooler King.
The 69 year old says, "No, we did not have an affair. People write things and have done for many years. Yes, he was handsome, friendly and nice and there was a little bit of teasing, but nothing happened."
In fact, Bisset insists she spent much of her time alone, travelling between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, where cult classic Bullitt was shot, but she can understand how the rumours of an affair came about - because they frequently enjoyed dinner together.
She adds, "I had a lot of meals around town with Steve, along with (director) Peter Yates and (producer) Phil D'Antoni; we were always going to different restaurants. That was very much the fun part for me...
"We ate a lot at a nice Italian restaurant called Vanessi's and it was always good fun with those guys. I remember us clambering into some tiny car and I felt I was hanging with the big guys."
McQueen died in 1980 after losing his battle with cancer.
R&B legend Patti Labelle's minder has been acquitted of misdemeanour assault following a fight with a United States Military Academy cadet in Texas in 2011. Bodyguard Efrem Holmes was accused of punching Richard King at a Bush Intercontinental Airport terminal after he allegedly verbally abused the singer and lashed out at her son, Zuri Edwards.
According to trial evidence, obtained by the Associated Press, the alleged victim in the fight had a blood-alcohol level over three times above the legal limit for intoxication in Texas.
In surveillance video footage, King appeared to approach a limousine, in which LaBelle was a passenger, and shout abuse at her. When Edwards attempted to intervene, King punched him, prompting Holmes to then hit King several times.
King filed a lawsuit against the singer and Holmes.
Richard Curtis is the undisputed king of rom coms. As the writer and director behind films like Love, Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, he's dedicated career to exploring love and its complications in all facets of life. With this latest film, About Time, he goes in a slightly different direction, by fusing the traditional rom com with time travel and a story about the lifelong relationship between father and son. That son is Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds out from his father (Bill Nighy) that the men in his family have the ability to travel through time. As any good Curtis-ian hero would do, he then uses his power to woo Mary (Rachel McAdams), the love of his life.
We sat down with Curtis to discuss the film, the challenges of casting Gleeson, and why About Time is the perfect film for him to end his directorial career on.
Watch the interview above, and catch About Time in theaters now.
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Fresh off the most devastating episode of television ever, Richard Madden is back on our television screens. And this time, he's got an American accent and a hankering for the shiny stuff.
The Game of Thrones star plays prospector Bill Haskell, who finds gold, danger, and Abbie Cornish out in the Yukon in this Discovery miniseries. If this one-minute trailer truly represents the rest of the series, we are in for plenty of brooding looks, quick-draws and some very sexy old-timey PDA. Though the best part is obviously when Haskell dons a very King-in-the-North-style fur coat. Are you excited for Klondike? Let us know in the comments!
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We explores why there’s at least one kind of movie that’s almost always bulletproof—the time travel tale. From 1921’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court to the upcoming About Time, we take a look at the timeless genre and the Top 15 time travel films, by gross, of the last 10 years.To read the full story, check it out at Studio System News!
Scottish actor David Tennant was left moved after receiving a ring to wear during his theatre stint as Richard Ii from the widow of his predecessor Ian Richardson. Richardson, who won acclaim for his portrayal of the doomed King of England in the 1973 adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy, wore an amber ring during his time on stage.
Tennant is tackling the same role, and has been gifted the jewellery to wear during his performances after Richardson's widow Maroussia found it at home.
The former Doctor Who star tells the BBC, "It's lovely to have this as a kind of talisman. I immediately wanted to wear it in the performance. I wanted to have a bit of Ian Richardson on stage with me, giving me a hand.
"It means an enormous amount to me. I was terribly moved. It felt like a blessing and encouragement from history."
Tennant is performing in the play at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England until 16 November (13), before it transfers to London's Barbican on 9 December (13).
Richard passed away in 2007 aged 72.
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After taking on Nixon, JFK, George W. Bush, and September 11th, filmmaker Oliver Stone, along with potential star Jamie Foxx, might be DreamWorks' choice to bring Martin Luther King Jr.'s life to the screen, as reported by The Playlist. So far, it's not clear exactly how much or what part of King's life DreamWorks is looking to focus on, but Stone is well known for his long, ambling biopics, particularly of political figures.
Stone doesn't shy away from tough topics. If he's at the helm, he's going to want to tackle some of the more complex issues and potentially make large assumptions and leaps to serve his narrative. The man was able to make a film with some pathos for then-current president Bush, so this certainly won't be a slam piece on one of the great American icons and heroes. But the MLK estate has been very tough on films looking to portray the more sordid aspects of King's story, like his alleged infidelity. And with members of the King family working with DreamWorks and against rival projects (including ones from Paul Greengrass and Lee Daniels) it suggests that this may be a more sanitized vision then Stone is used to. Not only would Stone likely rankle at such demands, but erasing the complexity from MLK makes the whole film kind of pointless. Can we not handle a vision of King that paints him as something other than a martyr?
We remember Spike Lee's Malcolm X as a great film because Lee was able to work with Alex Healy/Malcom X's fantastic book, which was open about the various vices in the activist's past. It didn't hurt that the movie was blessed with Denzel Washington's amazing performance.
Now, Jamie Foxx doesn't really resemble King, but his quiet dignity mixed with deep, deep, anger and pain in last year's Django Unchained was a level of subtlety he hasn't shown since his Oscar-winning turn in Ray back in 2005. But after seeing Foxx's goofy side this summer in White House Down, his striking dissimilarities from King could really derail this film, and it doesn't really make sense why he's the top choice. But clearly DreamWorks is looking for a star, and most of the other bona fide black stars are either too old to play the 39-year-old King, have already played another distinct historical figure, or both.
What's frustrating is that there is so much room for more interpretations of King's life. Richard Nixon, for example, was not only the subject of one of Stone's lengthy films, but also has appeared in documentaries, other narratives, dramas, onstage (in the superb Frost/Nixon, which, by the way, was also turned into an Oscar nominated film), in comedies like Dick, graphic novels, and even an opera. He's been portrayed as a genius, an idiot, a crook, a coward, a fool, a hero, an opportunist, a good president, bad president, good person, and bad person. There's a wealth of creative material all based around or involving his life. Martin Luther King Jr. is a figure as large as Nixon, and like all people, was just as complex, but we rarely get to see a true representation of what that might have been like.
In short, while it's all well and good that filmmakers are interested in bringing MLK to the screen, it might not be possible for a divisive director like Stone and a potentially miscast star like Foxx to make this film a worthy one. And if it is regarded poorly, that might lead his family to become even more protective of his amazing story.
Not to mention, Drunk History did it first.
Mini-series have long been a great way to while away a summer. The form had largely disappeared, but Under The Dome, an adaptation of a Stephen King novel of the same name, has seen a revival.The 1980s had the best ones, though. Part of it may have been the fact that we had a lot fewer distractions then, with many fewer channels, no cellphones or internet. Here's five of the best Miniseries from the age of shoulderpads and Swatches.
A rare case of the TV show/movie being as good as the book. They did a great job of bringing James Clavell's massive tome of the same name to life. Richard Chamberlain excelled as a white man in feudal Japan. Also, anything with Toshiro Mifune, who was one of the greatest Japanese actors of all time, in it can't be bad.
The Thorn Birds (1983)
This was a sprawling story that covered 60 years in the lives of the Cleary Family and starred Chamberlain as a priest who falls tragically in love with a woman. He OWNED the mini-series market during the '80s. He wasn't the most dominant Chamberlain, though. Wilt was having his way with thousands of women during this decade.
V: The Final Battle (1984)
The original campy version in the '80s definitely outshone the recent remake. Marc Singer was great as one of the main protagonists in this battle for the planet Earth against aliens who definitely aren't friendly like E.T.. The warlike extra-terrestrial visitors in this mini-series would eat that Reeses Pieces-loving alien for lunch.
North and South (1985)
A mini-series about the Civil War with a young Patrick Swayze, well before his Roadhouse and Dirty Dancing days. No, he didn't become a ghost and begin dancing during the series. It also had Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, and Johnny Cash. Cash didn't sing "Hurt" during this either.
Shaka Zulu (1986)
Christopher Lee was in it. Enough said. Anything with a badass like him is automatically worth watching. Even his character's name, Lord Bathurst, sounds like someone you don't want to mess with. The funny thing is that most of the mini- series takes place during a time after the titular character was dead.
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Key & Peele, Comedy CentralYou know your show is popular when a 60-year-old teacher in Des Moines can recite, word for word, one of your sketches. Now that's talent! Key & Peele may not be the level of say, an SNL or Chappelle's Show, as far as sketch comedy is concerned. But the boys are slowly working their way up the ranks, having made a slew of funny sketches that have already gone viral. If the name A-a-ron brings a smile to your face, you probably already know what I'm talking about. Key and Peele airs Wednesdays at 10:30 PM ET on Comedy Central.
Scandal, ABC Shonda Rhimes's sexed-up political thriller returns for a third season on ABC, with what's sure to be a whole slew of new back stabbings, murders, and adulterous affairs. It's kind of like a semi-fictional version of the real White House...on second thought, no, no it's not at all. That would just be boring. Scandal airs this Thursday at 10 PM ET on ABC.
Parks and Recreation, NBCCurrently in its sixth season, the show about small town Indiana politicos has taken over where 30 Rock, which ended its seven season run last year, left off… i.e. it's the best sitcom on network TV. So watch it already! Parks and Rec (yeah, that's what the cool kids call it) airs Thursdays at 8 PM ET on NBC.
Family Guy, FOXWhy watch Family Guy, which just premiered its twelfth season last week on FOX? Put it this way, Seth MacFarlane and his staff are at the top of their game, and unlike their animated brethren The Simpsons, have yet to run out of hilarious material. Peter Griffin is just as crass and dimwitted as ever, with Family Guy still being one of the most consistently laugh-out-loud funny shows on TV. Matt Groening can learn a thing or two. Family Guy airs Sundays at 9 PM ET on FOX.
Sean Saves the World, NBCSean Hayes makes his triumphant return to NBC as a single father that also happens to be gay. It's been nearly a decade since Hayes last played a gay character on TV (he was Jack on Will & Grace), and since then, he hasn't really done much aside from guest star on an episode of WWF Raw. So yeah, I'd say returning to familiar territory is a smart career move. Sean Saves the World debuts on Thursday, October 3, at 9 PM ET on NBC.
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