"Silver Linings Playbook," "Moonrise Kingdom" Lead 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations 

Actors Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana and Common presented the nominees for the 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards in a press conference on Tuesday, November 27 at 10:00 am at The W Hotel in Hollywood.

Both "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Moonrise Kingdom" lead the nominations including best picture where they will compete with "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Bernie," and "Keep the Lights On."

Directors Wes Anderson ("Moonrise Kingdom") and David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") are also nominated in the best director category along with Julia Loktev ("The Loneliest Planet"), Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On"), and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild").

And actor Matthew McConaughey's transformation is now complete. He is nominated for both best actor ("Killer Joe") and best supporting actor ("Magic Mike").

Winners of the 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be announced on February 23, 2013 when they will hold their traditional Saturday afternoon awards show in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. The live-to-tape event will be executive produced by Diana Zahn-Storey, who returns for her 17th broadcast, and will premiere later that evening on IFC at 10:00 pm ET/PT. Film Independent members are eligible to vote for Spirit Award winners.


BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not awarded)
Beasts of the Southern Wild -- PRODUCERS: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey & Josh Penn
Bernie -- PRODUCERS: Liz Glotzer, Richard Linklater, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Judd Payne, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Ginger Sledge, Matt Williams
Keep the Lights On -- PRODUCERS: Marie Therese Guirgis, Lucas Joaquin, Ira Sachs
Moonrise Kingdom -- PRODUCERS: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin
Silver Linings Playbook -- PRODUCERS: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon

Wes Anderson
-- Moonrise Kingdom
Julia Loktev -- The Loneliest Planet
David O. Russell -- Silver Linings Playbook
Ira Sachs -- Keep the Lights On
Benh Zeitlin -- Beasts of the Southern Wild

Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
-- Moonrise Kingdom
Zoe Kazan -- Ruby Sparks
Martin McDonagh -- Seven Psychopaths
David O. Russell -- Silver Linings Playbook
Ira Sachs -- Keep the Lights On

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
Fill the Void
-- DIRECTOR: Rama Burshtein; PRODUCER: Assaf Amir
Gimme the Loot -- DIRECTOR: Adam Leon; PRODUCERS: Dominic Buchanan, Natalie Difford, Jamund Washington
Safety Not Guaranteed -- DIRECTOR: Colin Trevorrow; PRODUCERS: Derek Connolly, Stephanie Langhoff, Peter Saraf, Colin Trevorrow, Marc Turtletaub
Sound of My Voice -- DIRECTOR: Zal Batmanglij; PRODUCERS: Brit Marling, Hans Ritter, Shelley Surpin
The Perks of Being a Wallflower -- DIRECTOR: Stephen Chbosky; PRODUCERS: Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith

Rama Burshtein
-- Fill the Void
Derek Connolly -- Safety Not Guaranteed
Christopher Ford -- Robot & Frank
Rashida Jones & Will McCormack -- Celeste and Jesse Forever
Jonathan Lisecki -- Gayby

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director, and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.
Breakfast with Curtis
Middle of Nowhere -- WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Ava DuVernay; PRODUCERS: Howard Barish, Paul Garnes
Mosquita y Mari -- WRITER/DIRECTOR: Aurora Guerrero; PRODUCER: Chad Burris
Starlet -- WRITER/DIRECTOR: Sean Baker; PRODUCERS: Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Francesca Silvestri
The Color Wheel -- WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Alex Ross Perry; WRITER: Carlen Altman

Linda Cardellini
-- Return
Emayatzy Corinealdi -- Middle of Nowhere
Jennifer Lawrence -- Silver Linings Playbook
Quvenzhané Wallis -- Beasts of the Southern Wild
Mary Elizabeth Winstead -- Smashed

Jack Black
-- Bernie
Bradley Cooper -- Silver Linings Playbook
John Hawkes -- The Sessions
Thure Lindhardt -- Keep the Lights On
Matthew McConaughey -- Killer Joe
Wendell Pierce -- Four

Rosemarie DeWitt
-- Your Sister’s Sister
Ann Dowd -- Compliance
Helen Hunt -- The Sessions
Brit Marling -- Sound of My Voice
Lorraine Toussaint -- Middle of Nowhere

Matthew McConaughey
-- Magic Mike
David Oyelowo -- Middle of Nowhere
Michael Péna -- End of Watch
Sam Rockwell -- Seven Psychopaths
Bruce Willis -- Moonrise Kingdom

Yoni Brook
-- Valley of Saints
Lol Crawley -- Here
Ben Richardson -- Beasts of the Southern Wild
Roman Vasyanov -- End of Watch
Robert Yeoman -- Moonrise Kingdom

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)
How to Survive a Plague -- DIRECTOR: David France; PRODUCERS: David France, Howard Gertler

Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present -- DIRECTOR: Matthew Akers; PRODUCERS: Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre
The Central Park Five -- DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
The Invisible War -- DIRECTOR: Kirby Dick; PRODUCERS: Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering
The Waiting Room -- DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Peter Nicks; PRODUCERS: Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)
Amour (France)
-- DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke
Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Turkey) -- DIRECTOR: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Rust And Bone (France/Belgium) -- DIRECTOR: Jacques Audiard
Sister (Switzerland) -- DIRECTOR: Ursula Meier
War Witch (Democratic Republic of Congo) -- DIRECTOR: Kim Nguyen

16th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 16th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Nobody Walks -- PRODUCER: Alicia Van Couvering
Prince Avalanche -- PRODUCER: Derrick Tseng
Stones in the Sun -- PRODUCER: Mynette Louie

19th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 19th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
-- DIRECTOR: David Fenster
Gimme the Loot -- DIRECTOR: Adam Leon
Electrick Children -- DIRECTOR: Rebecca Thomas

STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 18th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
-- DIRECTOR: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
The Waiting Room -- DIRECTOR: Peter Nicks
Only the Young -- DIRECTOR: Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD - (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
-- Director: Sean Baker; Casting Director: Julia Kim

Ensemble Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone

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Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" Tops IFP Gotham Film Awards 

The fantastic "Moonrise Kingdom" from director Wes Anderson won the big prize at the IFP Gotham Film Awards. Told like a fairy tale, the story of young love won the Best Feature award.


Wes Anderson interview for "Moonrise Kingdom"
"Moonrise Kingdom" interview with child actors Jared Gilman (Sam) and Kara Hayward (Suzy)
Bob Balaban talks about "Moonrise Kingdom"

The Gotham Film Awards is the first award-giving body leading up to the Oscars. Will "Moonrise Kingdom" go all the way to the top of the awards season heap? Stay tuned.

For now, here's the complete list of winners of the 2012 IFP Gotham Film Awards:

Best Feature: "Moonrise Kingdom," directed by Wes Anderson

Audience Award: “Artifact,” directed by Jared Leto using the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins

Breakthrough Director: Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Breakthrough Actor: Emayatzy Corinealdi for “Middle of Nowhere,” directed by Ava DuVernay

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” directed by Terence Nance

First Annual Bingham Ray Award: “Beasts of the Southern Wild," directed by Benh Zeitlin.

The award included $10,000 and $60,000 in equipment from Panavision

Best Ensemble Performance: “Your Sister’s Sister” for Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass

Euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant: Stacie Passon, director “Concussion”

Award included $25,000 cash for an alumna of IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs

Best Documentary: “How to Survive a Plague,” directed by David France

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"Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2" Tops Record Thanksgiving Box-Office Weekend 

Vampire Bella helped Hollywood with a record-breaking Thanksgiving box-office weekend! "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" emerged as the No. 1 movie again with $64 million box-office take for the five-day Thanksgiving weekend that began Wednesday.


"Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2" movie review
My fun interviews with:

But Bella was not the only one who helped Hollywood this weekend, James Bond's "Skyfall" and "Lincoln" also helped. The 23rd Bond movie and the one that was fittingly released during the franchise's 50th anniversary came in at No. 2 with $51 million.

Meanwhile, Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg's masterpiece, "Lincoln," was at No. 3 with $34.1 million.

The three films helped Hollywood to a record $290 million box-office revenue that topped the previous record of $273 million from 2009 when "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" was the No. 1 champion.

Santa Claus, Jack Frost, Sandman, Tooth Fairy, and Easter Bunny were no match for Bella, Bond, and Lincoln. "Rise of the Guardians" which put Santa and the gang together to help fight the boogeyman (Jude Law as Pitch) opened at No. 4 with $24 million for the weekend and $32.6 million for the five-day stretch.

Ang Lee's visually-splendid drama "Life of Pi" debuted at No. 5 with $22 million over the weekend and $30.2 million since Wednesday.

Meanwhile, "Red Dawn" tanked! The remake of a 1980s flick debuted at No. 7 with $14.6 million and $22 million since Wednesday.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office films for 2012 Thanksgiving weekend:

1. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” $43.1 million ($97.4 million international).

2. “Skyfall,” $36 million ($41.3 million international).

3. “Lincoln,” $25 million.

4. “Rise of the Guardians,” $24 million.

5. “Life of Pi,” $22 million ($17.5 million international)

6. “Wreck-It Ralph,” $16.8 million ($2.1 million international).

7. “Red Dawn,” $14.6 million.

8. “Flight,” $8.6 million.

9. “Silver Linings Playbook,” $4.6 million.

10. “Argo,” $3.9 million.

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Win Exclusive Prizes for “Rise of the Guardians” 

This week on Manny’s Movie Weekend Giveaway, we’re giving away a bunch of super-cool and totally collectible “RISE OF THE GUARDIANS” prizes courtesy of our friends at Paramount/DreamWorks Animation.

All you have to do is like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy), like the post of the contest, and you have a chance to win them all! (Check video of the prizes below)

One lucky winner will be chosen on Saturday, Dec. 1st, the 23rd, and that winner will get (sorry international friends, but this is only limited for US residents):


Lots of cool stuff!

Again, here’s how to enter:

1) Go to my Facebook page on www.facebook.com/MannyTheMovieGuy
2) Like my page
3) Like the contest post

And that’s it! Just like me forever and ever!

One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on:


It’s as easy as that! So what are you waiting for? Go to my Facebook page right now, and good luck!

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