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Oscar’s Saturday sister, the Independent Spirit Awards, may not get the ratings or have anywhere close to the same production budget, but news alert: It usually has much better hosts. Over the past decade Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Joel Mchale, Sarah Silverman and Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen have killed at the annual indie filmmaking event where almost anything goes (although it wasn’t Steve Coogan or Patton Oswalt were two rare and unexpected mistakes). Continue reading Oh, Hello! Nick Kroll And John Mulaney To Host 2017 Independent Spirit Awards at The Playlist.

Never say never, but with the awards season winding down to the Oscar nominations in just a few short weeks, it’s pretty well settled which films are in the mix and which aren’t, and unfortunately for The Weinstein Company, “The Founder” is largely out. Michael Keaton might have an outside shot at a Best Actor nomination, but the picture hasn’t really tracked with critics and Harv and co. Continue reading Stay Hungry With The New Trailer For ‘The Founder’ Starring Michael Keaton at The Playlist.

The American Cinema Editors announced the nominees for the 67th Annual Eddie Awards today and cast a light on what the industry’s often-most-overlooked artists feel were the best in film and television over the past year. There were truly no dramatic snubs in the theatrical field, which covers both dramatic and comedy categories. However, if you were the editors of “Jackie,” “Silence,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Loving,” “20th Century Women,” “Hidden Figures,” “Fences” or “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” you didn’t get good news this morning. Continue reading ‘Deadpool,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Earn Key ACE Eddie Awards Nominations at The Playlist.

With spectacle and franchises dominating the multiplex, and even smaller cinemas leaning toward independent fare with A-list stars, finding a film of quiet craftsmanship and sensitive emotion can be tricky. But for those seeking that kind of richer cinematic experience, they’ll be able to look forward to the always great Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s latest film, “After The Storm.” READ MORE: Cannes Review: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Patchy But Lovably Bittersweet ‘After The Storm’ Premiering last year at the Cannes Film Festival, and making its North American bow at the Toronto International Film Festival in the fall, the film follows a struggling novelist as he tries maintain a connection with his mother, ex-wife and son, only for a passing typhoon to give him the opportunity to mend those ties. Continue reading Exclusive: A Typhoon Approaches In Trailer & Poster For Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘After The Storm’ at The Playlist.

Rogue One‘ wasn’t the “Star Wars” movie you grew up with. Gritty, mature, and with real deal stakes and loss of life, Lucasfilm made good on their promise that they would take a few risks with the franchise in the spinoff movies. And one of the biggest changes was stripping the film of the traditional opening crawl, which has set the stage for the story in the six saga films to date. Continue reading Gareth Edwards Reveals Early Script Of ‘Rogue One’ Featured An Opening Crawl at The Playlist.

We’re almost at the finish line of the nominations phase for the race to the 89th Academy Awards. On Jan 13th voting will end and there will be that always too quiet wait until Jan. 24th when the nominations are revealed and everyone overthinks every category and every nomination. In the meantime, the Golden Globes will try and wield some influence this Sunday, the Producers Guild and BAFTA will both announce their nominees on Jan. Continue reading 8 Awards Season Questions As The New Year Begins at The Playlist.

Between now and the release of “Blade Runner 2049” this fall, director Denis Villeneuve, the cast, and Warner Bros. are going to playing that very delicate game of talking up the movie without giving away any of its secrets. All we really know is that Ryan Gosling is the blade runner for a new generation, who has to seek out Harrison Ford‘s Deckard. Continue reading Rumor: Original Replicant From ‘Blade Runner’ To Appear In ‘Blade Runner 2049’ at The Playlist.

You might wind up being cut from his movie or spending days on set to have your role reduced to fleeting glimpse in the background of an innocuous scene, but actors have no problem lining up to work with Terrence Malick, and “Weightless” — now titled “Song To Song” — is no different.  Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Haley Bennett, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Val Kilmer, Benicio Del Toro, Clifton Collins Jr., Angela Bettis, Bérénice Marlohe, Florence Welch, and Holly Hunter are among those who signed up for the director’s latest, and first look at the long developing movie is here. Continue reading First Look: Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender In Terrence Malick’s ‘Song To Song’ (Formerly ‘Weightless’) at The Playlist.

Who would’ve thought a year ago that the most fascinating interview to come out of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (besides every interview with bro-mantic buds Mads Mikkelsen and Ben Mendelsohn) would be with the team of editors who cut the movie? But given the massive overhaul the film underwent during its extensive reshoots this summer, Yahoo‘s conversation with two of the film’s three editors, John Gilroy (given the final Editor credit on ‘Rogue One,’ and brother of Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter and director who led the reshoots) and Colin Goudie (director Gareth Edwards‘ cutter on “Monsters“), is tremendously illuminating. Continue reading ‘Rogue One’ Editors Talking Cutting & Changing The ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff, Deleted Scenes & More at The Playlist.

We don’t really have to explain why “Twin Peaks” is one of our most anticipated shows of the year, do we? David Lynch‘s return to his cult series, and his first real piece of narrative since “Inland Empire,” is hugely exciting, and not just because of the absolutely bonkers cast. Thus far, Showtime has been playing the secrecy game around the show, without even a hint of a premiere date, but the first look at “Twin Peaks” could be coming much sooner than everybody expected. Continue reading ‘Twin Peaks’ Rumored For Sundance Film Festival Debut at The Playlist.