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Mueller Report: Edgar Wright Calls Donald Trump the C-Word After President’s Reaction

Mueller Report: Edgar Wright Calls Donald Trump the C-Word After President’s Reaction
Edgar Wright sent an incendiary message to Donald Trump after the president again used the “Game of Thrones” font to make a political statement on social media. Responding to the Mueller Report, Trump released an image of himself with the accompanying text: “No collusion. No obstruction. For the haters and the radical left democrats…Game Over.”

The response from Wright was short and blunt: “What a c*nt.” Within an hour, the filmmaker’s reaction earned over 6,000 likes on Twitter. Wright has used social media in the past to speak out against Trump but has never used such strong language. While the word is very much a slur in America (just ask Samantha Bee), it’s less so in Wright’s home country of England.

As for Trump, the Mueller reaction image is just the latest example of the president turning to HBO’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones” in
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10 Great Movies Everyone Forgets Are Directed By Women

Female directors have been killing it lately with films like Wonder Woman, Can You Ever Forgive Me, You Were Never Really Here, Leave No Trace, A Wrinkle in Time, Lady Bird, Mudbound, and many others. However, since a majority of films are still directed by men, let's take a look at some of the unforgettable, award-winning classics brought to us by talented female directors. Across every genre imaginable, women have been making their impact even when you may not have noticed.

So without further ado, here are 10 great movies everyone forgets are directed by women.

Related: 10 Must-See Horror Movies By Female Directors
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Taylor Kitsch & Michael C. Hall Lead Cast Of ‘Shadowplay’ Drama Series From Tandem & Bron

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Taylor Kitsch & Michael C. Hall Lead Cast Of ‘Shadowplay’ Drama Series From Tandem & Bron
Exclusive: Taylor Kitsch and Michael C. Hall are set to lead the cast of Shadowplay, a gritty dramatic thriller series from The Bridge co-creator Måns Mårlind, Studiocanal’s Tandem Productions and Bron Studios in co-production with Zdf. Nina Hoss, Sebastian Koch, Tuppence Middleton, Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) and Mala Emde round out the cast of the series’ first chapter.

Mårlind has conceived Shadowplay as a 16-episode series, told in two chapters. The initial eight-episode shoot will begin April 29 in Prague, and an additional eight episodes are planned for filming in 2020.

Created and written by Mårlin, Shadowplay is a character-driven thriller set in Berlin. It centers on the story of Max McLaughlin (Kitsch), an American cop who arrives in the city in the summer of 1946 to help create a police force
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‘Girls Trip’ Co-Writer Tracy Oliver Inks First-Look Deal At Topic Studios

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Topic Studios has signed Girls Trip co-writer and The First Wives Club series creator Tracy Oliver to a first-look deal for film and TV.

The pact, which begins April 1, comes at a busy time for the multi-hyphenate, who is currently working on First Wives Club, the half-hour comedy based on the movie that she executive produces and showruns. It stars Ryan Michelle Bathe, Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau and will air later this year on Bet.

On the film side, she has the Will Packer-produced Little, which she wrote, hitting theaters April 12 via Universal, and she penned and executive produced Warner Bros’ Ya adaptation The Sun Is Also a Star, which bows May 17 and stars Grown-ish‘s Yara Shahidi and Riverdale‘s Charles Melton. In addition, she is producing a remake of Clueless at Paramount.

“We’re huge fans of Tracy,” said Michael Bloom, CEO of First Look Media/Topic Studios.
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The Alternative to the Oscars? That’s What the Indie Spirits Know They Are — Analysis

The Alternative to the Oscars? That’s What the Indie Spirits Know They Are — Analysis
They may be idiosyncratic, but the Film Independent Spirit Awards nomination juries have moved away from duplicating the Oscars, so that this year the awards given out in a chilly white tent in Santa Monica delivered big wins to truly indie films from emerging filmmakers and indie stalwarts as well as a smattering of Oscar contenders who may win again on Sunday. Host Aubrey Plaza started off with a jab at the Oscars: “Their first choice to host was no one, but they’re booked for tomorrow.”

But the warmth in the room was real, as people cheered their favorites. Like all awards voting, at the Spirits the films that have been seen by the most of the organization’s 7000 voters have the best shot at winning. Best Leading Female Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Supporting Female Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) are the likeliest to repeat at
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The Alternative to the Oscars? That’s What the Indie Spirits Know They Are — Analysis

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The Alternative to the Oscars? That’s What the Indie Spirits Know They Are — Analysis
They may be idiosyncratic, but the Film Independent Spirit Awards nomination juries have moved away from duplicating the Oscars, so that this year the awards given out in a chilly white tent in Santa Monica delivered big wins to truly indie films from emerging filmmakers and indie stalwarts as well as a smattering of Oscar contenders who may win again on Sunday. Host Aubrey Plaza started off with a jab at the Oscars: “Their first choice to host was no one, but they’re booked for tomorrow.”

But the warmth in the room was real, as people cheered their favorites. Like all awards voting, at the Spirits the films that have been seen by the most of the organization’s 7000 voters have the best shot at winning. Best Leading Female Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Supporting Female Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) are the likeliest to repeat at
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Indie Spirits: Even Without a Best Director Win, This Year’s Show Was Still About Female Creative Power

Indie Spirits: Even Without a Best Director Win, This Year’s Show Was Still About Female Creative Power
The tone of this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards was set early, when host Aubrey Plaza kicked off the annual awards ceremony with a girl-powered pre-taped show opener, which featured Hollywood heavyweights like Marcia Gay Harden, Rosanna Arquette, Christina Ricci, Sharon Stone, and Marisa Tomei playing at summoning indie film-fueled power in literal witch garb. Putting the focus on women and their impact on the industry isn’t exactly groundbreaking these days, but the Spirits weren’t just going for cheap gags in service of a laugh or two.

Unlike other awards season to-do’s, the Spirits nominated plenty of women, including in the Best Director category, a space that still doesn’t typically find room to recognize the work of creators who happen to be female. Plaza’s opening monologue pointed out that 60 percent of the ceremony’s nominated directors were women, and though she admitted that really
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The Spirit Awards Weren’t the Oscars, But They Got as Close as They Could

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The Spirit Awards Weren’t the Oscars, But They Got as Close as They Could
In recent years, Film Independent Spirit Award voters have more often than not gone for the movies most likely to win at the Academy Awards the next day. But they didn’t have that option with this year’s Best Feature nominees, none of which had even been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

So they went with the closest thing they could find to an Oscar movie: Barry Jenkins’ exquisite love story “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which was nominated for three Oscars but woefully left out in the top category.

The film was named Best Feature, Jenkins took the award for directing, and the 2019 Spirit Awards ended up feeling sort of like an alternative to the Oscars, but sort of like the closest thing that Spirit voters could conjure up.

Also Read: Independent Spirit Awards 2019: Complete Winners List (Updating Live)

The Spirit nominating committee had given voters a real challenge,
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Spirit Awards: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Wins Big; ‘Sorry To Bother You’, ‘Eighth Grade’ Honored – Full Winners List

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Spirit Awards: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Wins Big; ‘Sorry To Bother You’, ‘Eighth Grade’ Honored – Full Winners List
Trophies were handed out at the 34th edition of the Film Independent Spirit Awards with Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk walking away with the most trophies including Best Feature, Best Director for Jenkins and Best Supporting Female for Regina King.

Of the three awards for Beale Street, it seems that King’s win further strengthens her chances of winning Oscar gold on Sunday considering Jenkins was snubbed for Best Director and the film didn’t make the Best Picture cut. However, the wins might work in its favor for the film’s Best Adapted Screenplay category.

Other big honorees of the evening included Boots Riley winning Best First Feature for his surreal comedy of class and race Sorry To Bother You and Glenn Close (who took her dog Pip as her date) taking home the trophy for Female Lead for her role in The Wife,
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Independent Spirits Awards 2019: Complete Winners List

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Independent Spirits Awards 2019: Complete Winners List
The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards are taking place today, Saturday Feb. 23, recognizing the best in independent film from 2018.

In one of the most evenly spread fields in years, "Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “You Were Never Really Here” and “We the Animals” each received four nominations, while “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Leave No Trace,” “Private Life” and “The Tale” each received three nods.
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Spirit Awards: Best Director Winner Barry Jenkins Calls on Hollywood to Champion More Female Creators

Spirit Awards: Best Director Winner Barry Jenkins Calls on Hollywood to Champion More Female Creators
Barry Jenkins took home the best director award for his film If Beale Street Could Talk at the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. In his acceptance speech, Jenkins called on Hollywood to champion more female directors.

"I'm not gonna lie, man. I didn't want to win this damn award. With everything going on in the world, it just feels strange to be up here," said Jenkins, who beat out Paul Schrader (First Reformed) and three female directors, including Debra Granik (Leave No Trace), Tamara Jenkins (Private Life) and Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here).

Jenkins ...
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2019 Independent Spirit Awards: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Triumphs

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2019 Independent Spirit Awards: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Triumphs
The Film Independent Spirit Awards have come to a close in sunny Santa Monica, with “If Beale Street Could Talk” winning Best Feature, Best Director for Barry Jenkins, and Best Supporting Female for Regina King. The love was spread fairly evenly across the other major prizes, with Glenn Close of “The Wife” taking home Best Actress, Ethan Hawke earning Best Actor for his performance in “First Reformed,” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” winning Best Screenplay (Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty) and Best Supporting Male (Richard E. Grant).

We the Animals” led all films with five nominations, followed by “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” and “You Were Never Really Here” with four apiece. There will be excitingly little overlap between today’s ceremony and tomorrow’s — for the first time since 2008, no movies are up for the top prize at both shows.

Aubrey Plaza hosted the ceremony, which aired on IFC. Full
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2019 Independent Spirit Awards [Updating Live Blog]

The 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, which airs live on the IFC cable channel at 5 p.m. Et/2 p.m. Pt this Saturday with Aubrey Plaza as host, is likely to be more indie than it has been recently. Consider that in the past decade, the Spirit Award for Best Feature has agreed with the Academy Award’s Best Picture winner five times: “The Artist” (2011), “12 Years a Slave” (2013), “Birdman” (2014), “Spotlight” (2015) and “Moonlight” (2016).

But there is no way that is happening this year. Why? None of the Spirit nominees –“Eighth Grade,”“First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Leave No Trace” and “You Were Never Really Here” — are up for an Oscar. That is quite a shift, given that every Spirit winner for the past nine years has at least been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.

The two Spirit categories that are most likely to coincide with Oscar
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2019 Independent Spirit Awards: Full list of winners at the 34th Indie Spirits [Updating Live]

2019 Independent Spirit Awards: Full list of winners at the 34th Indie Spirits [Updating Live]
Winners of the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, hosted by Aubrey Plaza, were revealed on Saturday, February 23, one day before the Oscars. Unlike years past, when many Best Feature nominees coincided with the Academy Award choices, the 34th edition of the Spirit Awards, which celebrates indie fare, had no cross-over in the Best Picture category.

The biggest winner of the night was “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which took home Best Feature, Best Director for Barry Jenkins and Best Supporting Female for Regina King, who is likely to repeat at the Academy Awards. And Glenn Close, whose little white dog Pippi stole the show, is pretty much a lock to repeat her win for Best Female Lead at the Oscars as well. Otherwise, the Spirits were pretty much spread out, save for two honors granted to the horror remake “Suspiria,” the Robert Altman Award along with cinematography, and two wins, Best Screenplay
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Spirit Awards: For a Change, They’re Not Trying to Be the Oscars’ Baby Brother

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Spirit Awards: For a Change, They’re Not Trying to Be the Oscars’ Baby Brother
Saturday’s Film Independent Spirit Awards has a host, Aubrey Plaza, and will no doubt use that fact as a way to poke fun at their bigger competitor, the hostless Academy Awards.

But that’s far from the only way that the Spirit Awards will distinguish themselves from the Academy Awards during their afternoon shindig on the beach the day before the Oscars.

More than in most recent years, Saturday’s Spirit Awards won’t be an out-of-town tryout for Sunday’s Oscars, looser and less consequential but honoring many of the same films.

Also Read: Aubrey Plaza Dings Host-Less Oscars in Independent Spirit Awards Promo (Video)

Instead, this year’s Spirit lineup offers a real alternative to the Oscars. The Spirits’ five Best Feature nominees, for instance, were all overlooked by the Oscars in the Best Picture category: Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace
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2019 Independent Spirit Awards: Every film, every nomination at the 34th Indie Spirits

2019 Independent Spirit Awards: Every film, every nomination at the 34th Indie Spirits
The 2019 Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out on February 23 during an afternoon ceremony on Santa Monica. These awards often preview the winners of the Academy Awards the following day. This year, we are predicting that both actress tipped to take home Oscars will win here first: leading lady Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and supporting player Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”). But for the first time in a decade, none of the five films up for Best Feature here number among the nominees for Best Picture at the Oscars.

Scroll down to see the full list of Indie Spirits nominations. This roster of contenders was determined by committees that included film critics, film programmers, producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, actors, past nominees and winners, and members of Film Independent’s Board of Directors. Only American-made movies with budgets under $20 million were eligible for consideration.

Winners will be revealed
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Which Movies Should Win Oscars? Critics Vote and Make Some Surprising Choices

Which Movies Should Win Oscars? Critics Vote and Make Some Surprising Choices
If critics could influence the outcome of Sunday’s Oscar ceremony with the same precision that pundits predict it, two major possibilities would remain unchanged: “Roma” wins Best Picture, and Alfonso Cuarón takes Best Director. After that, the stories get a whole lot different.

According to the 41 critics who voted in IndieWire’s annual survey of which films deserve Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards, the gulf between who will win and who should has never been greater — but the Spirit Awards nominees are all really worthwhile.

The results in the Oscar categories should come as no surprise during one of the most wide-open awards seasons in recent memory. But it also points to a key distinction between critical favorites and Oscar darlings, which are subject to change. While the narratives around various categories have shifted many times over in the past few months, critics don’t work like that.

Roma
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Film Independent’s Spirit Awards Fly the Flag for Indie Film

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As the 2018 awards season marches slowly into its final days, only a handful of honors remain undistributed after some of the most volatile and contentious campaigns in years. Front-runners have come and gone in one major category after the next, as each guild and critics group announced different winners than its predecessors, demolishing expectations even among industry experts and turning a celebration of the cinematic arts into a no-holds-barred brawl for top honors.

But even as other organizations wrestle with the names, numbers and broadcasting merits of different categories, Film Independent sails smoothly toward its Feb. 23 Spirit Awards ceremony with a clearer mandate than ever to reward the effort put into a filmmaker’s vision rather than whatever PR narrative is constructed around it.

“This year the nominations are all over the place across all of the different award shows, but for the Spirit Awards, I feel like it was an incredible year artistically,
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Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho Adds Matt Smith and More

David Crow Feb 22, 2019

Edgar Wright casts Matt Smith and Thomasin McKenzie in Last Night in Soho, his new horror film starring Anya Taylor-Joy.

Edgar Wright is apparently making his first straight-ahead horror movie, and the more we hear, the more exciting it becomes. Revealed earlier this month that Last Night in Soho would star Anya Taylor-Joy and be a horror film set in Central London, a part of the city Wright says he’s “spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years,” the project is now adding to its cast former Doctor Who star Matt Smith and Thomasin McKenzie.

This continues the trend of Edgar Wright casting some impressively strong talent for his still fairly mysterious genre pic. Smith of course will bring geek attention due to his stint as the Eleventh Doctor on BBC, however he has had more recent success from playing a surprisingly empathic depiction
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Edgar Wright Casts Matt Smith in His Horror Movie Last Night In Soho

Director Edgar Wright is filling up the cast for his upcoming horror movie Last Night in Soho. Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (Leave No Trace) have joined the previously cast Anya Taylor-Joy (Glass).

We don't know much about the plot, but we do know that it's a psychological horror-thriller that is set in London’s Soho district. The movie is said to be in the vein of Donald Sutherland’s 1973 film Don’t Look Now and Roman Polanski’s 1965 movie Repulsion.

We’ve also learned from Collider that “the film will take place in two different time periods — the ’60s and modern day. Taylor-Joy will play the lead in the ’60s, while McKenzie will play a fashion student in modern day scenes.” Smith is said to play “Taylor-Joy’s manager of sorts.”

This is what the director had to say about it in a previous statement:

“I
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