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“And The Oscar Goes To…” (Live Updates of 86th Academy Awards)



Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club


Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom

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2013 Emmy Noms prove Netflix is changing TV


After a quick glance at today’s Emmy nominations, I think we can all admit the line between film and TV is practically nonexistent. Netflix’s “House of Cards” (David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and the show itself ) and “Arrested Development” (Jason Bateman) both got love from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Hmmm, I wonder if having the entire season of a show available at once is going to be the new standard for online TV?
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“And The Oscar Goes To…” (Live Updates of 85th Academy Awards)


Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert de Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”

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Oscar Who? Don’t Miss the Spirit Awards This Saturday (Feb. 23rd)


Did you know that there are two major film award shows happening this weekend? Before you head out to your Oscars party on Sunday, why not check out the Spirit Awards on Saturday? The ceremony, hosted by SNL favorite Andy Samberg, will air on IFC at 10pm EST. No livestream unfortunately. You can see the full list of independent films being honored HERE.

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What To Do When The Words Won’t Come? Oscar Screenplay Nominees Share Their Hardest Scenes

Moonrise Kingdom


I’ve got this idea for a blog post. Grabs notebook and pen, anticipating the words to flow easily from my head to the paper. I get a sentence or two. Nope, that’s not quite what I want to say. Scratches out words. Tries again from a different angle. NO. NO. NO. Tosses notebook aside, sulks for a minute and checks Hulu for the latest episode of “Parks and Rec”.


A very smart woman named Gloria Steinem once said “I do not like to write – I like to have written.” And it’s absolutely true. Writing can be awful because it’s all on you. You have to do the work, mostly alone and it is hard.

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Let’s Call It A Weekend! (Hot Topics Round-Up)

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Gets 4 Oscar Noms!

In case you missed it, this year’s Academy Award nominations were announced on Thursday. Fellow indie Jalissa C. shares her thoughts about the surprising picks and snubs. A HUGE congrats on the “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Oscar nomination takeover: Quvenzhané Wallis for Best Actress (youngest nominee in history at 9 years old), Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture AND Benh Zeitlin for Best Director.

Golden Globes’ Panel With Best Foreign Language Nominees Streaming on Jan. 12th

If you have some time on Saturday in between finally seeing “Zero Dark Thirty”, I recommend checking out the 10th Annual Golden Globe Foreign Language Film Symposium streaming online HERE at 11am PST. Panel will feature directors Jacques Audiard (RUST AND BONE), Michael Haneke (AMOUR), Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (THE INTOUCHABLES) and Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (KON-TIKI).

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Let’s Call It A Weekend! (Hot Topics Round-up)

It’s Our Birthday!
One year ago this week, we launched Indies Unchained. With close to 28,000 views on January 2nd, we’ve officially turned 1! Thanks to everyone for reading and sharing during our first year.

Our new “Unchained Resources” page
Who says you need a film degree to make it in the biz? Here are a few of our our favorite web links for all things indie film. Any others we should add?

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LA Times Spotlights Images From Oscar-Worthy DP’s

"“We spent 21/2 months at this tank we built that was like 150 feet wide and 300 feet long and 50 feet tall. Doing that, we could create any weather and shape the lighting and sustain the mood. Initially I thought this was a smaller movie, but it didn’t turn out to be that at all. It got bigger and bigger” says cinematographer Claudio Miranda.  (Photo credit: Peter Sorel)

“We spent 2 1/2 months at this tank we built that was like 150 feet wide and 300 feet long and 50 feet tall. Doing that, we could create any weather and shape the lighting and sustain the mood. Initially I thought this was a smaller movie, but it didn’t turn out to be that at all. It got bigger and bigger” says LIFE OF PI cinematographer Claudio Miranda.                       (Photo credit: Peter Sorel)

Cinema is alive and well, folks. 2012 (especially this awards season) has brought out the most epic storytelling I have seen in a long time. There are many power players to thank for this. The Los Angeles Times just recently published a fitting profile of the masters of light, also known as cinematographers. An individual frame is to a movie as a sentence is to a novel. You may pass it over upon first glance and think nothing of it, but sometimes a second look is a wonderful thing.

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THR’s Directors Roundtable: Typical Boy’s Club or Stellar Group of Artists Who Happen To Be Male?


Whatever your opinion, I hope that you will take the time check out the full interview. I prefer this style of Awards Season coverage because it finally intimately spotlights the artists, letting them speak for themselves about their work. I wouldn’t necessarily call either of these guys my favorite director, but I learned a ton from their roundtable. The moderator’s questions are insightful and egos seem to be checked at the door. Yes, I too am wondering why Kathryn Bigelow (ZERO DARK THIRTY) and Ava DuVernay (MIDDLE OF NOWHERE) weren’t included, but perhaps this is just another time to earnestly listen to who is featured.


My favorite moments:

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QUEUE IT UP: “Beasts of the Southern Wild” coming to DVD on December 4th!

Official Sundance Film Festival poster that Fox Searchlight kept as theatrical release movie poster!

Need I say more? This holiday season just got more epic. It’s not secret how much I love this film since seeing it in Park City back earlier this year. Now the multiple award-winning (Sundance, Cannes & Gothams) story of a little Black girl named Hushpuppy and her daddy living in a magical place called the Bathtub is coming to a couch near you. Pre-orders are now available on Amazon and Best-Buy for DVD and Blu-ray. Official release date will be December 4th. Get ready to beast it, America!

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