The 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards have been postponed until April 24. The announcement follows the news that the Oscars are being pushed back two months -- from Feb. 28 to April 25. The Spirit Awards traditionally take place the day before the Academy Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. "The Film Independent Spirit Awards will […]
Aubrey Plaza hosted the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday and, of course, her opening was full of jokes that poked fun at not only attendees but bigger issues plaguing the world.Plaza started her hosting gig with a skit that showed her in the dressing room, having a meltdown before the start of the awards show. Judy Garland (also played by Plaza) suddenly appeared, giving her advice in typical Garland fashion.“Scorsese is doing films for Netflix, Sandler is doing dramas!” Plaza’s Garland said, poking fun at the state of independent film.Also Read: Independent Spirit Awards 2020: Willem Dafoe Wins Best Supporting MaleThen, after a brief make-out session with Garland, Plaza went on stage to sing a rendition of Garland’s “Get Happy,” before she called out individual attendees like Jennifer Lopez, Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel and Renée Zellweger.Later, Plaza and Michael Shannon parodied “The Lighthouse,” which starred Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson. In the skit, the duo played lighthouse keepers who just don’t get along, and when Plaza sees Shannon writing something in his log and asks him what he’s writing, Shannon tells her, “Nautical things.” She grabs the log and sees that he clearly didn’t like her opening monologue — and he especially didn’t like that she called out Shia LaBeouf and his career in her opening. Seagull and farting jokes were aplenty.See Plaza’s best jokes below.1\. Garland told Plaza before she went on stage: “Do something they’ll enjoy, not your spooky ‘Sabrina the Teenage B—-‘ thing!”2\. “What do we have to be happy about? Look at all the disasters we have to deal with: pollution, trash in the ocean, ‘Cats’ in theaters! Meow!”3\. “Some of you came from other neighborhoods in Los Angeles for this!”4\. “Willem Dafoe, I love you and I’m so glad that after years of looking like a 19th-century lighthouse keeper, you finally got to play one!”Also Read: Aubrey Plaza to Return as Host of 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards5\. “The guy who runs Netflix is here, Ted Sarandos! Sorry, Ted, but I am going to scroll right past you and find more interesting people to talk about. No offense, but you started it!”6\. “Jennifer Lopez is here. You just performed at the Super Bowl last weekend. What did you do, Mary Kay Place? You lazy sack of s—! Just kidding, you’re a national treasure. Nicolas Cage, you are a national treasure, too! Sorry, I said that wrong — you were in ‘National Treasure 2.'”7. “I’m hosting the second most important show of the weekend. The Independent Spirit Awards are so much cooler than the Oscars: it’s the daytime when we’re at the beach, we recognize female directors — all two of them! I am so proud of how diverse this show is. JLo and I are super hot Puerto Ricans! I mention that because Puerto Rico is kind of like an independent film: beautiful, not enough people have seen it and its financing is always falling through.”8\. “Today isn’t about Scarlett Johansson being with men who don’t deserve her. It’s about independent film!”9\. “I won’t sing again. I might pole dance only to show JLo how it’s done.”10\. “Next, we celebrate the success of ‘Honeyland,’ by releasing 100,000 bees into the tent! NO!!!!”11\. “Our next presenter is Hollywood royalty and a legend in independent film — I wanna scream like an unhinged maniac but that’s more his thing — Nicolas Cage, everyone!”12\. “And here to present the Best Feature… ugh. It’s always weird to see your ex in public. The producer and star of ‘The Irishman,’ Robert De Niro!”Read original story Independent Spirit Awards 2020: Aubrey Plaza’s Best Jokes At TheWrap
Horror story "The Lighthouse" and Adam Sandler's crime thriller "Uncut Gems" led the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations with five each, while "Give Me Liberty" and "Honey Boy" took four apiece. "Uncut Gems," Terrence Malick's "A Hidden Life," Chinonye Chukwu's "Clemency," Lulu Wang's "The Farewell" and Noah Baumbach's "Marriage Story" are up for best […]
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Birdman and Boyhood split the day’s top two categories, winners Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore made expectedly touching speeches, and Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen proved a dynamic hosting duo. Here are a few things that happened off-camera at the event, held inside a massive tent on the Santa Monica beach.
David Oyelowo had a dream to play Martin Luther King Jr. In fact, the way the actor describes it, it was a prophecy that came to him in 2007. Soon after his big move across the pond nearly eight years ago, Oyelowo got the script for Selma, about MLK’s perilous march in Alabama to gain voting rights for black Americans. “How it manifested was I felt a discernable voice, which I know to be God’s voice, saying, ‘You are going to play Dr. King in the film Selma,’” he recalls.
Tessa Thompson rushed into the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan on a warmish winter afternoon that was filled with anticipation. The 31-year-old actress — who’d arrived with her mother — had just put the finishing touches put on her dress for that night’s red-carpet premiere of Selma, the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic in which Thompson plays civil rights leader Diane Nash. Selma and Dear White People may differ in tone — one a sobering historical drama, the other a whip-smart comedy — but they both tackle racism, American culture, and institutionalized segregation.
Selma, the Golden Globe-nominated drama about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1965 march for voting rights, is filled with horrifying images of racism and brutality that still resonate today. Among the most painful scenes comes near the beginning of the movie, when a woman named Annie Lee Cooper is brought down by police after protecting a man from an officer’s baton. What makes it even more jarring to modern audiences is the fact that Cooper is played by Oprah Winfrey, one of the most beloved and powerful women in America.
The cast and crew of Selma were in New York last night for the premiere of their moving drama, which chronicles the mid-’60s voting-rights efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. The Selma team members weren’t just there to show a movie, though: They also showed solidarity with activists who are marching in cities across the country to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Director Ava DuVernay, star David Oyelowo (who plays Martin Luther King, Jr.), Tessa Thompson, Lorraine Toussaint, Wendell Pierce and several other castmates wore “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts and posed with their hands up while standing on the steps of the New York Public Library in Manhattan.
Jake Gyllenhaal covers much of that terrain in Nightcrawler. The 33-year-old actor negotiates L.A. roads at breakneck speeds as Lou Bloom, an ambitious freelance videographer for local television news. The staging of such scenes are so central to Nightcrawler, Yahoo Movies tracked down the film’s mapping mastermind.
Nightcrawler's Louis Bloom, the oily, robotic, not-quite-all-there Angeleno who will stop at nothing to succeed in the sleazy world of crime scene videography, is a far cry from Jake Gyllenhaal's mostly warm-hearted characters. But if we’re looking for parallels between the actor his latest character, we can start with work ethic: Gyllenhaal hasn’t slowed down since he started acting in movies in 1991, and Nightcrawler marks the 33-year-old’s 25th movie release. He began as a pre-teen in City Slickers (1991), came of age in dramas like October Sky (1999) and Donnie Darko (2001), and grew into a leading man in movies like Brokeback Mountain (2005), Jarhead (2005) and Zodiac (2007).
To fully realize his scathing satire of comic book-inspired films, Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu had to order up a twisted superhero of his own. The L.A.-based shop had a long association with del Toro, dating back to 2004’s Hell Boy series, and up through last year’s Pacific Rim. Spectral Motion provided their expertise on a wide selection of projects, from X-Men films to comedies like Your Highness, so it was well equipped to handle Iñárritu’s off-beat ideas. “It was a great departure from the other superhero films that we’ve worked on in the past,” says Spectral Motion chief Mike Elizalde.
In Whiplash, Miles Teller plays Andrew, an obsessive music conservatory student in New York who practices drumming until his hands bleed. Throughout the critically praised film, now in theaters, Andrew endures cruel insults — and the odd chair — hurled by his abusive yet talented instructor, Fletcher, played by J.K. Simmons. Tim Monaghan can relate.
In a film filled with surreal sequences and dreamy hallucinations, one of Birdman’s wildest moments was very, very real — and there are thousands of witnesses to prove it. In a pivotal moment late in the Alejandro González Iñárritu-directed showbiz satire that’s opening in limited release on Friday, Michael Keaton’s washed up former superhero actor Riggan Thompson finds himself locked out of a Broadway theater while taking a smoke break mid-performance. The sequence was filmed on location and was one of the most difficult to capture. ”It had to be done late,” Kevin Thompson, Birdman’s production designer, tells Yahoo Movies.
It’s the day after the premiere and after party for his latest film, Whiplash, and Miles Teller has certainly felt better. Teller stars as Andrew, a jazz drummer at an elite music conservatory who wants so badly to be a musical great that he not only forfeits all personal relationships, he also withstands the emotional and physical abuse of a fiercely intimidating instructor (J.K. Simmons). Teller shares not only Andrew’s musical talent, but also his drive. He’s already wrapped two other potential big hits: Next year’s Divergent follow-up, Insurgent, and the new Fantastic Four reboot, in which he’ll star as Reed Richards. As if that wasn’t enough to keep him occupied, Teller also had to deal with an online brouhaha last month, when he was quoted as saying he felt “dead inside” after wrapping Divergent, forcing the Philadelphia-area native to vehemently (and very frankly) defend himself.
It’s unfortunate that the phrase “abortion comedy” has become the go-to description for the sweet, thoughtful movie Obvious Child (out on DVD and Blu-ray today). Yes, there’s an abortion, but it’s basically just a plot device in the Gillian Robespierre-directed film, starring SNL alum Jenny Slate as a foul-mouthed young comic who has a fateful one-night stand. “Obvious Child is not an abortion comedy.
Somehow, some way, André Benjamin was going to play Jimi Hendrix onscreen. The Outkast singer and rapper — better known as André 3000 — had been attached to various aborted biopics about the late rock legend in the past.
Oscar quiz: How many statuettes has Julianne Moore won? It’s about time that the Academy paid its dues to one of Hollywood’s finest actresses — and judging from the Toronto Film Festival buzz, that time may be coming soon. Moore, 53, is winning rave reviews for roles in two very different films that screened at Toronto.
From the director of Dazed and Confused, and the Before trilogy, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is opening to overwhelming critical acclaim (a Rotten Tomatoes score of 100 percent from 86 critics) and bona fide Oscar buzz. It stars Ethan Hawke as the dad, Patricia Arquette as the mom, the director’s own daughter Lorelei Linklater as Samantha, and Ellar Coltrane as Mason. Filmed over the span of more than a decade, we see Mason and his sister quite literally grow up onscreen.