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SAG, Golden Globes, Spirits, Scorsese: This Week on Indiewire

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire December 16, 2011 at 3:23PM

This week on Indiewire, "The Artist" and "The Help" dominated the SAG and Golden Globe nominations, the Spirit Awards revealed their host for the 27th edition, Jonas Mekas explained why he's busier than ever at 89, and much more. NEWS 'The Artist' Leads Golden Globe Award Nominations Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" led the nominations for the 69th Golden Globe Awards, which were announced this morning in Los Angeles. PGA Responds to 'Circumstance' Producer, Says Rules Will Be Revisited On Monday, Indiewire published an open letter penned by "Circumstance" producer Karin Chien condemning the Producers Guild of America for labeling her film a "foreign film" and making it ineligible for their awards. 'The Help' Leads Surprising SAG Award Nominations The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations were this morning, with Tate Taylor's 'The Help' leading the pack with four nominations in total: best cast, and individual nods for Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer. Slamdance Film Festival Sets Narrative and Documentary Competition The Slamdance Film Festival revealed its Narrative and Documentary feature Competition programs Wednesday, with ten narratives and eight docs made by first-time feature film directors worldwide joining the two sections. The Competitions includes 13 world premieres at the 18th annual event taking place in Park City, UT at the Treasure Mountain Inn. Seth Rogen to Host 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards "50/50" star Seth Rogen will host the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The 27th annual awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 25th. Additionally, Diana Zahn-Storey, a longtime executive producer of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, will be returning this year. REVIEWS What to See, What to Skip New Reviews This Week With Christmas nearing, the holiday blockbusters are upon us and this week sees two big tentpole sequels ("Mission Impossible" and "Sherlock Holmes") make their way into theaters. They're not the only releases opening this packed weekend. See what's opening (and what's worth your money) by checking out the reviews published this week on Indiewire and the blog network. FEATURES 10 Things We Know From the SAG, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Nominations In the past 72 hours, a seemingly endless parade of groups have announced their annual film award nominations, including the three most reliable Oscar predictors: Critics' Choice, SAG and the Golden Globes. At 89, Jonas Mekas Is Busier Than Ever. What's His Secret? Life can sometimes feel like a Jonas Mekas movie, especially when Mekas is there. Filmmaker Cedric Klapisch Researched the 1% for 'My Piece of the Pie' "My Piece of the Pie," the latest from director Cedric Klapisch ("L'Auberge Espagnole") is a timely contemporary dramedy that touches upon the economic crisis that's crippled much of the world. The film concerns a single mother (Karen Viard) who's forced to become a housekeeper after losing her job at the local factory. When she lands a job with a rich and smarmy power broker (Gilles Lellouche), her life takes a turn for the unexpected. New Indie Producing Duo Says They Want to Be the Next Ron Howard/Brian Grazer Are these the backstories of future indie moguls? In the '90s, Gordon Bijelonic was a New York theater actor and Vin Diesel was staying on his couch. Diesel asked Bijelonic to produce his first film, "Strays," which debuted at Sundance 1997.
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This week on Indiewire, "The Artist" and "The Help" dominated the SAG and Golden Globe nominations, the Spirit Awards revealed their host for the 27th edition, Jonas Mekas explained why he's busier than ever at 89, and much more.

NEWS

'The Artist' Leads Golden Globe Award Nominations
Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" led the nominations for the 69th Golden Globe Awards, which were announced this morning in Los Angeles.

PGA Responds to 'Circumstance' Producer, Says Rules Will Be Revisited On Monday, Indiewire published an open letter penned by "Circumstance" producer Karin Chien condemning the Producers Guild of America for labeling her film a "foreign film" and making it ineligible for their awards.

'The Help' Leads Surprising SAG Award Nominations
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations were this morning, with Tate Taylor's 'The Help' leading the pack with four nominations in total: best cast, and individual nods for Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.

Slamdance Film Festival Sets Narrative and Documentary Competition
The Slamdance Film Festival revealed its Narrative and Documentary feature Competition programs Wednesday, with ten narratives and eight docs made by first-time feature film directors worldwide joining the two sections. The Competitions includes 13 world premieres at the 18th annual event taking place in Park City, UT at the Treasure Mountain Inn.

Seth Rogen to Host 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards
"50/50" star Seth Rogen will host the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The 27th annual awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 25th. Additionally, Diana Zahn-Storey, a longtime executive producer of the Film Independent Spirit Awards, will be returning this year.

REVIEWS

What to See, What to Skip New Reviews This Week
With Christmas nearing, the holiday blockbusters are upon us and this week sees two big tentpole sequels ("Mission Impossible" and "Sherlock Holmes") make their way into theaters. They're not the only releases opening this packed weekend. See what's opening (and what's worth your money) by checking out the reviews published this week on Indiewire and the blog network.

FEATURES

10 Things We Know From the SAG, Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Nominations
In the past 72 hours, a seemingly endless parade of groups have announced their annual film award nominations, including the three most reliable Oscar predictors: Critics' Choice, SAG and the Golden Globes.

At 89, Jonas Mekas Is Busier Than Ever. What's His Secret?
Life can sometimes feel like a Jonas Mekas movie, especially when Mekas is there.

Filmmaker Cedric Klapisch Researched the 1% for 'My Piece of the Pie'
"My Piece of the Pie," the latest from director Cedric Klapisch ("L'Auberge Espagnole") is a timely contemporary dramedy that touches upon the economic crisis that's crippled much of the world. The film concerns a single mother (Karen Viard) who's forced to become a housekeeper after losing her job at the local factory. When she lands a job with a rich and smarmy power broker (Gilles Lellouche), her life takes a turn for the unexpected.

New Indie Producing Duo Says They Want to Be the Next Ron Howard/Brian Grazer
Are these the backstories of future indie moguls? In the '90s, Gordon Bijelonic was a New York theater actor and Vin Diesel was staying on his couch. Diesel asked Bijelonic to produce his first film, "Strays," which debuted at Sundance 1997.

A World Without YouTube? Why Film Fans and Filmmakers Should Care About SOPA
The past few weeks on Capitol Hill have been busy for culture industry lobbyists, technology companies and civil liberties organizations.  Both houses of Congress have been busy considering variations iterations of SOPA (the Stop Online Privacy Act, in some iterations known as the Protect IP Act) that would attempt to address issues surrounding copyright infringement by developing a swift judicial solution to shutting off sites suspected of copyright infringement in the US.

FUTURES | Lawyer-Turned 'Cook County' Director David Pomes
Houston filmmaker David Pomes was a full-time lawyer not too long ago. Now, with his first feature "Cook County" coming out, and a second film in the can, it doesn't seem like he'll be falling back on his previous career.

Watch Martin Scorsese Talk About Roger Corman in Scene from 'Corman's World'
Roger Corman definitely proves true the old phrase, "Don’t judge a book by its cover." When I first met Roger, I was expecting to meet a cigar-smoking, gold medallion-wearing, very hairy, overweight loudmouth producer. You know, the cliche of what a master of low-budget, genre pics would be like. What I got was the complete opposite.  He was refined, well-mannered and stately in his appearance and his speech.

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