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Oscar Watch: Reeves Talks Let Me In--Not an Oscar Contender

Oscar Watch: Reeves Talks Let Me In--Not an Oscar Contender
Let Me In is one of those strange tweener movies that is neither fish nor fowl. It was a fall festival hit, but movie audiences like their movies to fit into neat and tidy categories, and this one defiantly refuses to do that. Here's why.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2010 10:32 AM
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Jodie Foster Talks Indie Spirits

Jodie Foster has said this before: she's more comfortable in mainstream Hollywood movies as an actress. Some folks got her her talking at the Indie Spirits, where she presented the best actress award. She reveals a bit about directing her latest indie movie starring Mel Gibson, The Beaver.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 6, 2010 10:14 AM
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Indie Spirits: Precious Sweeps, Izzard and LA Live Fizzle

Indie Spirits: Precious Sweeps, Izzard and LA Live Fizzle
Take the Independent Spirits back to the beach!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 6, 2010 5:24 AM
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Oscar Coverage Round-Up

Oscar Coverage Round-Up
IndieWIRE's Sophia Savage culls the best of the Award coverage leading up to the Big Show Sunday night:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2010 8:39 AM
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Oscar Party Circuit: from Sunset Strip to Gabourey Sidibe

My Oscar party week started out Wednesday night with The Cove at Andaz on Sunset, where Russell Simmons held court and Ben Stiller admitted that he had seen Oscar doc front-runner The Cove three times. On Noah Baumbach's Greenberg, Stiller said it was a huge relief to follow the script, word for word. (One of the Greenberg locations was Baumbach's wife, producer-star Jennifer Jason Leigh's mother's house.) Stiller and Rhys Ifans only improvised one scene, Stiller said.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 5, 2010 7:43 AM
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Indie Spirits Leave Beach for Friday Night Kudocast

I'm not alone in having mixed feelings about the change of time and venue for the Independent Spirit awards this year. Ostensibly a response to both the award show's 25th anniversary (celebrated in this Funny or Die video) and a bid to save money on mounting the beach-tent celebration in Santa Monica, I suspect that Film Independent director Dawn Hudson is drawn like a moth to flame to a chance to broadcast live the awards soiree on a Friday night in prime time (IFC, 8 PM, PT.). And she admits that some of the money saved by not going to the beach was used for a pre-Golden Globes Indie Spirit Nominees brunch.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 4, 2010 3:02 AM
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Oscar Week: Parties, Panels, Indie Spirits, Best Oscar Stories, Hurt Locker Lawsuit, Cohen

Oscar Week: Parties, Panels, Indie Spirits, Best Oscar Stories, Hurt Locker Lawsuit, Cohen
I'm plotting my Oscar-week course of action. I must decide which parties and panels and events to cover, and which stories to write when and how. Last year at the Oscar red carpet bleachers I live-blogged in evening garb from my place on a bench with the likes of A.P., Reuters, LAT, and the London Daily Mail, several rows back from the front, took red carpet photos with my Nikon, scrambled down in high heels to the hedge to shoot flip cam interviews, and managed to get out with all my gear except my little black notebook, which was never found.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2010 6:41 AM
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Globes Weekend Party Circuit: Film Independent, BAFTA Brunches

My Golden Globe weekend began Saturday morning with an Independent Spirits brunch at Boa Steakhouse on Sunset celebrating the nominees. At the beginning, Laura Dern, Mike White and Derek Luke recounted tales of attending their first Indie Spirit awards; Luke actually bused tables at a Spirit show several years before he found himself nominated for Antoine Fisher. Film Independent's Dawn Hudson called all the nominees up to the stage to identify themselves, including Precious writer Geoffrey Fletcher, Humpday director Lynn Shelton, A Single Man's Tom Ford and 500 Days of Summer star Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 6:40 AM
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Indie Spirit Nominee Krieger Talks The Vicious Kind

Lee Toland Krieger woke up to a big surprise Indie Spirits morning: not only was he nominated for best screenplay for his sophomore feature The Vicious Kind, but his leading man, Adam Scott, grabbed a nomination for best male lead. "It could not have been more unexpected," he said as he fielded calls while trying to meet a script deadline. "The film was off the radar, even on an indie level. It's not like Precious, which was picked up by Lionsgate and is sweeping big fest awards. We're unfortunately out of the loop."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2009 11:00 AM
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Precious, Last Station Score Five Indie Spirit Noms

Precious, Last Station Score Five Indie Spirit Noms
It was amusing watching announcers Matt Dillon and Taraji Henson maul the global Independent Spirit Awards nominees live on UStream Tuesday morning: they couldn't wrap their tongues around many of the names. Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire and The Last Station dominated with five nominations apiece. Best feature and best actor nominee 500 Days of Summer and best director James Gray (Two Lovers) were other big surprises. The announcement of Paramount's breakout thriller Paranormal Activity for best first feature (made for $15,000), brought gasps in the room. Excellent move: that film defines an indie breakout.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2009 4:08 AM
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