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Sundance, Gothams, Celebs & More: What Happened on Indiewire This Week

Sundance, Gothams, Celebs & More: What Happened on Indiewire This Week

This week on Indiewire, awards were all the rage. “Beginners” dominated the Gothams while “Hugo” topped the National Board of Review awards. Sundance also had a big week, revealing most of their lineup for 2012. Amidst the flurry of news, we also managed to catch up with Ralph Fiennes (“Coriolanus”), Emily Browning (“Sleeping Beauty”), Michelle Yeoh (“The Lady”) and “Midnight in Paris” breakout star Corey Stoll.

NEWS

Fest Heads Discuss Sundance Competition Lineups
It’s finally here: The first in a series of lineup announcements from the Sundance Film Festival. Indiewire published the 2012 competition this afternoon, which includes 110 features selected from 4,042 submissions.

“Beginners” and “Tree of Life” Tie for Top Honors at the Gothams
The 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards are currently underway in Lower Manhattan. Hosted by Edie Falco and Oliver Platt, the event acts as an official kick-off to the 2011-12 award season.

Academy Shortlists 10 Animated Shorts for Oscars
Ten animated shorts will advance to the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday. Forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category.

Sundance Announces Out of Competition Lineups
The Sundance Film Festival has announced  its 2012 Out of Competition titles, which will screen in the event’s Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, NEXT <=> (yep, that symbol is part of the name) and New Frontier sections. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of yesterday’s U.S. and World Competition lineup.

“Hugo” Tops National Board of Review Winners
Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” topped the winners of the National Board of Review’s annual awards, taking honors for best picture and best director. Scorsese’s George Harrison documentary was also honored in the NBR’s list of best documentaries.

Roger Ebert Announces That “At the Movies” Will Go On Hiatus
Last week, Indiewire reported that the”Ebert Presents At the Movies,” the PBS film review show launched by Roger Ebert earlier this year, faced a few promising options to help salvage it from financial trouble.

REVIEWS

What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week
This week in theaters, film goers can finally see Michael Fassbender’s much talked-about turn in the NC-17 rated “Shame.” But Steve McQueen’s acclaimed follow-up to “Hunger” isn’t the only flick opening this weekend.

INTERVIEWS

Corey Stoll On His Spirit Nominated Turn as Hemingway in “Midnight in Paris”
At 35, Corey Stoll is already a cemented celeb in theater and TV worlds, best known for his Drama Desk Award nominated turn alongside Viola Davis in “Intimate Apparel” and playing detective “TJ” Jaruszalski on NBC’s “Law & Order: LA.” He’s appeared in several films, including “North Country” and “Salt,” but broke out on screen in a big way this year as Ernest Hemingway in Woody Allen’s hit “Midnight in Paris.” On Monday, Stoll received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Male for his work as the temperamental, famed author.

Michelle Yeoh and the “Emotional Roller Coaster” of “The Lady”
Luc Besson’s deeply felt epic “The Lady,” Hong Kong action icon Michelle Yeoh embodies Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the Oxford graduate who became the figurehead for Myanmar’s fight against military dictatorship.

“Sleeping Beauty” Star Emily Browning
Fascinating, shocking, beautiful and a bit of a mind-blow, Australian director Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” was anything but a passing fancy in Cannes where it had its world premiere in May.

Ralph Fiennes on Directing: “I don’t think you ever know when you’re ready.”
With the action-packed film adaptation of Shakespeare’s rarely performed political thriller “Coriolanus,” Ralph Fiennes made the leap from two-time Academy Award-nominated actor to rookie director.

FEATURES

Could One Petition to Fox Searchlight Bring “Margaret” Into Awards Season?
While Fox Searchlight is revving up major awards campaigns for several of the critically-acclaimed movies the company has released this year, one title has been conspicuously absent from the buzz: Kenneth Lonergan’s “Margaret,” the follow-up to his debut, “You Can Count On Me.” Searchlight released the urban coming-of-age drama on a handful of screens in New York and Los Angeles at the end of September, four years after it was originally schedule to come out.

The 10 Indies You Must See This Month
There’s over 25 films listed on Indiewire’s December calendar, and its quite the list.

How to be Censored in China: A Brief Filmmaking Guide
Censorship sounds like something that only takes place under the cover of night, executed by faceless authorities who strike without logic or warning. According to Robert Cain, who’s been making movies in China for 25 years, that’s not (entirely) the case.

The 10 Biggest Surprises of the Spirit Award Nominations
There were considerable surprises among the nominations for the 27th Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, which were announced this morning in Los Angeles.

 

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