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
Sean 'Diddy' Combs is set to remake Christopher Walken's cult 1990 crime drama King Of New York. The rapper/actor/entrepreneur will executive produce and appear in the movie, which also featured Laurence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes.
Movie mogul Brian Grazer, who will produce the film, tells the New York Post, ''Sean optioned the rights to remake King of New York for two years. The film is a cult classic, and it will be great to remake it.
"Our version won't be exactly the same, but will have the same hardcore gangster feel. Sean wants to be in it, he was amazing in Monster's Ball, and such strong characters sit perfectly with him.''
It has felt like a long trip in a hot desert, comedy-wise, for NBC. The only cool drink they have right now is Parks and Rec (which they just put on hiatus...sigh). Everything else over the years has been crumbling to dust. Community has been good too, but it's been too up-and-down. The days of the Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, Seinfeld juggernauts are long gone.
NBC has tried trotting out its old heroes from the past. First Matthew Perry foundered on Go On. I'm rooting for Michael J. Fox to succeed and add another success to the the NBC ledger. They also brought back Sean Hayes, who we all remember from Will & Grace. Admirable casting efforts but I'm not sure they are winning ones. They also can't keep hoping that past actors will bring the same amount of success. Hayes was great on Will & Grace, but he might not catch lighting in a bottle. Perry has had two failed shows since his return. They don't have a shot with Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow. Jennifer Aniston might still be too big a movie star to do anything but the brief cameo appearance. I think David Schwimmer is still looking for work, though.
The Peacock has to be better about picking good comedy scripts and nurturing the ones that might struggle at first. They can't keep yanking them around like they did with Community. I know that's a very tough business and desperation can make people even more impatient than usual. But if they stick with a plan, they can get people watching weekday comedies and not just rely on Saturday Night Live for their consistent laughs.
There was a time when NBC was king of the comedy landscape. As long ago as it was, they may be able to scale those heights again. But at the rate that this is going, it's going to be a long climb.
Breaking Bad is over, meaning we can all use a good laugh. Here's a rundown of what you should be recording this week.
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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Basketball star Lebron James married his fiancee in a lavish ceremony in San Diego, California on Saturday (14Sep13). The Miami Heat star exchanged vows with his longtime partner, Savannah Brinson, the mother of his two sons, at the city's Grand Del Mar Hotel.
The couple kept the nuptials private, ushering guests into the ceremony under the cover of tents, according to the Associated Press.
Guests reportedly included James' Miami Heat teammates, including Dwyane Wade and his actress girlfriend Gabrielle Union, who posted a picture of her wedding outfit on her Twitter.com page, and singer Ne-Yo.
The wedding celebrations reportedly kicked off with a barbecue feast on Friday evening (13Sep13), and will conclude with a farewell brunch on Sunday (15Sep13).
Rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs sent the newlyweds a message of congratulations via Twitter.com, writing, "Congrats to (LeBron James) getting married!!!!! Every King needs a Queen that holds him down!!"
Rapper Nas marked his 40th birthday by throwing a star-studded party in New York City on Thursday night (12Sep13). The hip-hop star, who reaches the milestone on Saturday (14Sep13), was joined by friends including Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, model/TV host Tyson Beckford and British singer Estelle for the lavish bash at Avenue NYC in Manhattan.
Actress Olivia Munn and her boyfriend Joel Kinnaman were also at the party, during which Nas was presented with a number of gifts, including a box of pricey cigars, booze and jewellery, and he later took to the microphone to express his thanks, telling the crowd, "Shout out to everyone here. I thank you from the f**king bottom of my brave heart. I thank you sincerely. God bless you all. Continue to live long!"
Carey posted a number of pictures from the party on her Twitter.com page, writing, "Fun in the city... Nas's 40th."
Nas continued the celebrations on Friday (13Sep13) by heading to Las Vegas, where he was joined by pals including Sean 'Diddy' Combs for a special dinner on his birthday eve.
Katy Perry has roared to the top of the U.S. pop charts, ending Robin Thicke's summer-long reign at number one. Thicke's Blurred Lines spent 12 weeks on top, but now Perry has returned to number one with Roar, which she performed live to close the MTV Video Music Awards last month (Aug13).
The song lands the pop star her eighth chart-topper in the U.S. but it looks like it will be there for a short stay as Eminem rockets into the top five at three with his comeback single Berzerk.
Meanwhile, on the Billboard 200 album chart, rockers Avenged Sevenfold claim the top spot after debuting Hail to the King at number one with 159,000 first-week sales.
Luke Bryan's Crash My Party falls a spot to two after spending two weeks on top, while rappers Big Sean and Juicy J enter the top five at three and four with Hall of Fame and Stay Trippy, respectively.
Kendrick Lamar has defended his decision to brand himself the 'King of New York' in a new song after it prompted derision from hip-hop heavyweights Jay Z and Sean 'Diddy' Combs. The rapper made the controversial statement on Big Sean's single Control, but it prompted a withering response from Combs on Twitter.com along with negative comments from Lupe Fiasco and Cassidy.
Now Lamar has spoken out to address the issue, insisting the lyric has been taken out of context.
He tells Los Angeles radio station Power 106, "I think it's a case of maybe I should dumb down my lyrics just a little bit... The irony of that line is that the people who actually understood it and got it were the actual kings of New York, you know, me sitting down with them this past week, and them understanding, it's not actually about being the king of whatever coast, it's about leaving a mark as great as Biggie (Notorious B.I.G.), as great as Pac (Tupac Shakur)."
Lamar also insists he's happy to stoke up from friendly competition with his rival rappers, telling New York's Hot 97, "A lot of people think it's about talent, that's where they get it wrong. I'm saying I'm the most hungry. I respect the legends in the game, I respect the people that done it before me, the people that lost their lives over this. Because of what they laid down, I'm gonna try to go harder, breathe it and live it, that's the point of the whole verse."
Meet The Spartans star Sean Maguire is set to play another legendary historical figure after signing on to replace actor Tom Ellis as Robin Hood on TV in America. The former British child star has joined the cast of fairytale drama Once Upon a Time, according to TVGuide.com.
He'll have a recurring role on the show.
It's not the first time the one-time Grange Hill star has played a hero onscreen - he portrayed King Leonidas in 300 spoof Meet The Spartans and Prince Charming in a U.S. TV movie.
Maguire also landed the lead in TV series Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire.
Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z completed the bulk of his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail within two weeks, according to producer The-Dream. The hitmaker reveals he was in the studio working on new music with the rapper's wife Beyonce and fellow producer Timbaland in 2011 when he came up with the beat for what would become Jay-Z's title track, Holy Grail.
The song inspired the superstar, who had just completed his Watch The Throne collaborative project with Kanye West, to begin the creative process for his new album - and it all came together within a matter of days.
During an interview with Sean 'Diddy' Combs' Revolt.tv network, The-Dream says, "We wasn't even there to make a Jay album, we was there f**king with B (sic). He was just chilling. (He) heard that one f**king record and was like, 'Oh s**t. N**ga, let's go.' And the s**t took off. It was literally, the body (of the album), two weeks. Two weeks of work, easily."