Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Trailer #2

Even most of the Marvel haters out there enjoyed watching Star Lord and Groot goof up the universe a couple of summers ago as Guardians of the Galaxy. So much so that a sequel is just six months away. And Disney wants to make sure we’re all aware. So here’s a little bit more than the first trailer offered. If you don’t know what sort of material to expect from this movie, this will give you a better idea…

32nd Annual Independent Spirit Award Nominations

So it appears I have some catching up to do this year. In the past, I’d seen about everything by the time the nominations rolled out. I’m certainly not complaining however; quite the opposite in fact. I’m really looking forward to seeing all of this stuff that either hasn’t been released or my schedule didn’t allowed for it.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards stand for something much deeper: championing creative independence in visual storytelling and supporting a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision—a mission that is more relevant now than ever before.

So today we’re honored to announce the nominees for the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, revealed at a press conference this morning at the W Hotel in Hollywood by presenters Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty, Joy, Carlos) and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child, The Secret Life of Pets). This year’s Spirit Award nominees are yet another esteemed group of diverse, outspoken and boundary-pushing performers and filmmakers, representing the very best and most vital independent movies of the past 12 months. So without further adieu, let’s get to the nominees!

 


Sizing up the nominations:
American Honey = 6
Moonlight = 6
Manchester By the Sea = 5
Jackie = 4
BEST PICTURE
American Honey
Chronic
Jackie
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

BEST DIRECTOR
Andrea Arnold, American Honey
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Pablo Larraín, Jackie
Jeff Nichols, Loving
Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women

BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
David Harewood, Free In Deed
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Jesse Plemons, Other People
Tim Roth, Chronic

BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Sasha Lane, American Honey
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash
Ben Foster, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Shia LaBeouf, American Honey
Craig Robinson, Morris from America

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Edwina Findley, Free In Deed
Paulina Garcia, Little Men
Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
Riley Keough, American Honey
Molly Shannon, Other People
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Mondays Suck Less in the Third Row

Check out these links:
What If 2016 Is Actually The Year That Saves Cinema?
Martin Scorsese’s list of 39 essential foreign films
R.I.P. DVD Commentaries: 1997-2016(ish)
Some of the creepiest makeup of the silent era
Ignore the critics! Ten ‘rotten’ movies you should totally watch anyway
Bringing ordinary things to life with my phone



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Robert Vaughn: 1932 – 2016

And the waking nightmare that is 2016 just keep on trucking with the evil bastard that is cancer tucked safely under its wing. On November 11th, the ghouls have taken from us one Robert Vaughn.

Probably for most reading this, Vaughn was a welcome character actor that poked his head into everything throughout their lives. As a child, I remember Vaughn showing up constantly as a “hey! It’s that guy” in countless television episodes and law commercials throughout the 80s. The slightly older among us may remember him fondly as Napoleon Solo in the hit spy thriller television show, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”.

Ask my dad and he’ll probably tell you that Vaughn was one of the original Magnificent Seven. Personally, when I think Robert Vaughn, I’ll always remember him for his role as a weather-altering billionaire and devilishly fun villain, Ross Webster, in 1983’s Superman III.

Robert Vaughn will be missed, but luckily there’s a ton of content to revisit or visit for the first time. Here he is talking with Gene Shalit about playing a villain. Rest in peace sir.

 

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill

Not really big news, but you gotta see this. We’ve been saying for years how chameleon-like Gary Oldman is. He’s played so many varying characters with such truth and/or flamboyance that it’s almost unbelievable. But this one takes the cake! Here is Gary Oldman playing former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill for the upcoming film, Darkest Hour, directed by my man Joe Wright. The film also stars the talents of Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, John Hurt and Kristin Scott Thomas. See you in the theater seats.

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Trailer: Bitter Harvest

Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century, Bitter Harvest is a powerful story of love, honor, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin’s genocidal policies against Ukraine in the 1930s. As Stalin advances the ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union, a young artist named Yuri (Max Irons) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka (Samantha Barks) from the “Holodomor,” the death-by-starvation program which ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Against this tragic backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the anti-Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine.

Filmed on location in Ukraine, this epic love story brings to light one of the most devastating chapters of modern Europe. The stellar cast also includes Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan and Terence Stamp. Director George Mendeluk co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Bachynsky-Hoover based on Bachynsky-Hoover’s original story. In my opinion we don’t see enough Terence Stamp or Barry Pepper these days. Roadside Attractions will release the film in the U.S. on February 24, 2017.