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Missing Out on Ebertfest 2014? Stream Panels and Q&As Now

For those of you missing out on late film critic Roger Ebert's namesake Illinois film festival this year, worry not, because Ebertfest is streaming panels and Q&As on YouTube.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 25, 2014 11:37 AM
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Brie Larson Goes Into the 'Room,' Lenny Abrahamson's Captivity Drama Based on the Bestseller

Brie Larson had a big year in 2013, receiving rave reviews and even an Indie Spirit nomination for her role in Destin Cretton's "Short Term 12." And she's now on board Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's "Room," based on the bestseller by Emma Donahue (who also penned the adaptation).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 10, 2014 12:29 PM
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Ebertfest 2014 Lineup Honors the Late Legendary Film Critic, Will Open with 'Life Itself'

Sadly, this is the first year the late Roger Ebert won't be attending his very own Ebertfest. And so the folks at his namesake Illinois festival have put together a great lineup for this year's 16th annual edition, which will go down in Champaign-Urbana April 23-27. Chaz Ebert will return as emcee.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 20, 2014 12:38 PM
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Critics Choice Movie Awards: '12 Years a Slave' and 'American Hustle' Tally 13 Nominations, Bullock Grabs Three, Lawrence Two, Johansson and Larson, One

Last year "Argo" began its drumbeat of wins from the Critics Choice Movie Awards, which are often a bellwether for the Oscars. "I want to thank the Academy," quipped Ben Affleck as he accepted his prize on the evening he was snubbed by the Academy director's branch. This year's Critics' Choice nominees are led by critics' faves “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle,” with thirteen nominations each.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2013 11:47 AM
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Open Up the Best Actress Oscar Race: Five Locks and Eight Must-See Performances

As usual, there are more viable men hustling after a Best Actor slot than women in contention for Best Actress. (My current predictions are here.) 'Twas ever thus, as the myopic film industry continues to chase the male demo and sequester "soft" relationship movies to the indie realm. Which means that many worthy films don't make it to the top of Academy voters' screener piles. How many film panels and Q & As have you seen with a row of men in suits and one woman in a frilly frock and impossibly high heels? Women in film are often a supporting afterthought.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 5, 2013 3:40 PM
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Brie Larson Wins Best Actress Gotham Award; Needs Support for 'Short Term 12' Best Actress Campaign (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

What a year Brie Larson has had. She shines in "21 Jump Street," as well as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's feature directing debut "Don Jon" and James Ponsoldt's "The Spectacular Now," which both debuted at Sundance. But her breakthrough lead role is in writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton's SXSW jury-prize winner "Short Term 12." The must-see movie, which is uplifting and moving, could get some critics group and Indie Spirit attention in the next weeks.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2013 4:59 PM
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Gotham Awards Go to Coens, McConaughey, Larson, and Coogler, '12 Years a Slave' Gets Zip, Daniels Fights Back

The Independent Feature Project's Gotham Awards are truly New York indie, just as Film Independent's Indie Spirits are very Los Angeles. Thus Monday night's awards benefited feature winner "Inside Llewyn Davis," a portrait of the 60s New York folk scene from New York's own Coen brothers, "Fruitvale Station," which won best rising director and artist for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, respectively, and actor winners Brie Larson ("Short Term 12") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2013 10:48 PM
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Brie Larson Wins Best Actress at Locarno Film Festival Awards for 'Short Term 12'

The 66th Locarno International Film Festival has announced its annual awards, or Palmares. The Pardo d'Oro went to Albert Serra's "La Historia de la Meva Mort." Best Actress went to Brie Larson for "Short Term 12," which also won a special mention, while Balthasar Kormakur picked up the Variety Piazza Grand Award for '2 Guns,' starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, Fernando Bacilio took home Best Actor for the Vega brothers' "El Mudo."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 17, 2013 5:08 PM
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LAFF: 'Short Term 12,' 'Crash Reel,' Indiewire Influencers Rock the Regal

I'm getting used to schlepping downtown on Olympic to LAFF and laying down my 8 bucks for parking at LA Live. The theaters at Regal Cinemas were packed for two fest hits, Destin Cretton's SXSW prize-winner "Short Term 12" and Lucy Walker's Sundance entry "Crash Reel," which brought a standing ovation for snowboarder Kevin Pearce.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2013 7:54 PM
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LAFF: Destin Cretton Talks SXSW Grand Jury Winner 'Short Term 12,' Immaturity and the Mystery of Indie Film's Future (TRAILER)

Destin Daniel Cretton talks his "Short Term 12," from Sundance winning short to SXSW Grand Jury prize-winning feature...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 16, 2013 1:11 AM
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