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David O. Russell's screwball comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" and Wes Anderson's coming-of-age romance "Moonrise Kingdom" led the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards with five nominations apiece, including feature, director and screenplay. The bounty...
From Norwegian writer-director André Ovredal comes the spry, amusing and pulse-pounding "Trollhunter," a monster movie with a love for mountainous, tree-lined Scandinavian scenery and an even greater love for setting memorably ugly, hulking and...
Gold DerbyBeing first out of the gate often matters a lot in the Oscar derby. "Frozen River" and "Little Miss Sunshine" reaped top nominations in 2008 and 2006, respectively, after being the first DVDs shipped to academy members. This year, that distinction goes to...
Never mind its handicapping by many gurus of gold as an odds-on Oscar front-runner heading into Sunday evening. The downsizing drama "Up in the Air" was completely excluded in all six categories for which it was nominated, including nods for George...
Brand XAt its heart, Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic "Inception" is a heist film -- which makes it ironic that the film seems to have been snubbed in a major Academy Award category. The Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film earned eight nominations: Best Picture,...
The Hero ComplexNEILL BLOMKAMP INTERVIEW: PART 3 "District 9" got a best-picture nomination from the Producers Guild Assn., it was announced Tuesday, and the sci-fi film remains a wild card in the awards season. That's music to the ears of Neill Blomkamp,......
Money & CompanyPopular culture writer Geoff Boucher interviewed "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp recently about what kind of films he wants to make next. The science fiction thriller got a best-picture nomination from the Producers Guild Assn. this week, and it...
Gold DerbyOliver Stone, who directed a previous Oscar best picture ("Platoon"), is cheering on "The Road" as it jockeys for a spot in the top 10 of the current derby â plus top five in other categories. He says, "Although terrifying, 'The Road' transcends its...
The Hero ComplexON THE SET: "THE A-TEAM" Here's more Hero Complex coverage of "The A-Team" from Chris Lee's visit to the set in Vancouver in December. Just like those prawn aliens in "District 9," Sharlto Copley has a strange, long-hidden secret in......
Jacket CopyFrom the independently produced, Oscar-nominated movie "District 9" to Catherynne M. Valente's self-published young adult novel "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making," independent works were well rewarded at the 2009 Nebula...
The Hero ComplexLOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL The Los Angeles Film Festival strives to be both urban and urbane with its move downtown and its far-ranging program of foreign films and serious documentary fare, but take a closer look and you'll notice this......
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