"Liberace" Movie Is a Go, Gets Production Start Date 


The planned "Liberace" movie was an on-again, off-again love affair, but now, we're hearing that director Steven Soderbergh is moving forward to making the film with star Michael Douglas.

Last year, we told you about this story (See Get Ready for "Liberace" the Movie! Matt Damon and Michael Douglas to Kiss?), and I'm glad that the biopic of Wladziu Valentino Liberace is getting made. He was an interesting pop culture icon, a flamboyant, closeted, but fiercely entertaining performer who tickled everyone's hearts by his great piano playing.

Soderbergh will start shooting the movie next summer and Douglas will have to act behind prosthetics and take music lessons.

What's unclear right now is whether Matt Damon will still join the project as Liberace's partner/companion, Scott Thorson. But Damon has worked with Soderbergh five times before, so chances are, the actor will join the cast. Plus it's a meaty role where the narrative of the film is told from Thorson's point-of-view. Damon can't say no to that! Last year, he told MTV that he was ready for some kissing scenes with Douglas, "I saw Michael last night...he looks at me and goes, 'Get your Chapstick ready!' "

A great director with a great cast? This is a movie to look forward to!

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"Jackass 3.5" to Premiere Online March 2011 


Want more "Jackass?" You have to wait until March 2011. The recent "Jackass 3D" made gazillions of dollars, $155 million and counting, so Paramount has announced that it will release "Jackass 3.5" like the world's biggest tease! ("Jackass 3D" review)

Paramount will release new clips weekly eventually culminating as a feature length film. It's unclear whether the studio will release the film in theaters or straight to video like "Jackass 2.5." ("Jackass 3D" interviews with entire cast and director Jeff Tremaine)

"Jackass" frontman, Johnny Knoxville, was quoted as saying, "For JACKASS 3D we shot enough footage for two movies so a lot of great stuff didn't make it in the film. Luckily you will get to see those bits in 3.5. We also shot some additional footage in Europe specifically for 3.5. I have staples in my head right now to prove it. Woo hoo."

"Jackass" fans will be stapled online in March to see all the fun shenanigans.

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Get Ready for "A Christmas Story" the Musical! From Ralphie! 


Peter Billingsley aka Ralphie Parker of 1983's "A Christmas Story" has signed on as executive producer of the musical adaptation of the film according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Billingsley won our hearts as the 9-year-old Ralphie and most recently, the actor made his first feature directorial debut with last year's "Couples Retreat."

Previews for the stage musical version of "A Christmas Story" begins today at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre and will run from Dec. 9-30 just in time for the Holidays!

Apparently, "A Christmas Story: The Musical!" will remain loyal to the film's adaptation of Jean Shepherd's short stories. Original score is from Broadway composers Benj Paske and Justin Paul.

Billingsley told THR, “I’m excited to bring this film to the stage because the story and the characters lend themselves so well to the world of musicals.”

I can't wait to see the "Red Ryder BB Gun" song-and-dance routine! :happy

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Cool! "Winter's Bone" Dominates Independent Spirit Awards Nominations! See Complete List of Nominees 


I'm so glad that "Winter's Bone" has been receiving all the accolades. I love this film when it was shown in limited release last summer. The backwoods drama won big at the Gothams Awards winning Best Feature and Best Ensemble, and now, it dominated the Independent Spirit Awards with seven nominations including Best Feature, Director for Debra Granik, Screenplay for Granik and Anne Rosellini, Female Lead for Jennifer Lawrence, Supporting Female for Dale Dickey, Supporting Male for John Hawkes, and Cinematography for Michael McDonough. ("Winter's Bone" Movie Review)

"Winter's Bone" will compete against "127 Hours," "Black Swan," "Greenberg" and "The Kids Are All Right" for best picture.

RELATED LINKS:

"127 Hours" interviews with James Franco, Danny Boyle, and Simon Beaufoy

"Greenberg" Movie Review and Interviews with Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, and Rhys Ifans

"The Kids Are All Right" Movie Review and Interviews with Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, and director Lisa Cholodenko


The awards will be given on Feb. 26 in Santa Monica, CA and will be hosted by Joel McHale and broadcast on IFC.

Here's the complete list of the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards nominees:

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not listed)

127 Hours -- Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, John Smithson

Black Swan -- Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver

Greenberg -- Producers: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Rudin

The Kids Are All Right -- Producers: Gary Gilbert, Philippe Hellmann, Jordan Horowitz, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg

Winter’s Bone -- Producers: Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Anne Rosellini

BEST DIRECTOR

Darren Aronofsky
Black Swan

Danny Boyle
127 Hours

Lisa Cholodenko
The Kids Are All Right

Debra Granik
Winter’s Bone

John Cameron Mitchell
Rabbit Hole

BEST SCREENPLAY

Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko
The Kids Are All Right

Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini
Winter’s Bone

Nicole Holofcener
Please Give

David Lindsay-Abaire
Rabbit Hole

Todd Solondz
Life During Wartime

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)

Everything Strange and New
Director: Frazer Bradshaw

Producers: A.D. Liano, Laura Techera Francia

Get Low
Director: Aaron Schneider
Producers: David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck

Night Catches Us
Director: Tanya Hamilton
Producers: Sean Costello, Jason Orans, Ronald Simons

The Last Exorcism
Director: Daniel Stamm
Producers: Marc Abraham, Tom Bliss, Eric Newman, Eli Roth

Tiny Furniture
Director: Lena Dunham
Producers: Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Diane Bell
Obselidia

Lena Dunham
Tiny Furniture

Nik Fackler
Lovely, Still

Bob Glaudini
Jack Goes Boating

Dana Adam Shapiro, Evan M. Wiener
Monogamy

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 listed

Daddy Longlegs -- Writer/Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Producers: Casey Neistat, Tom Scott

Lbs. -- Director: Matthew Bonifacio
Writer/Producers: Matthew Bonifacio, Carmine Famiglietti

Lovers of Hate -- Writer/Director: Bryan Poyser
Producer: Megan Gilbride

Obselidia -- Writer/Director: Diane Bell
Producers: Chris Byrne, Mathew Medlin

The Exploding Girl -- Writer/Director: Bradley Rust Gray
Producers: Karin Chien, Ben Howe, So Yong Kim

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Annette Bening
The Kids Are All Right

Greta Gerwig
Greenberg

Nicole Kidman
Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence
Winter’s Bone

Natalie Portman
Black Swan

Michelle Williams
Blue Valentine

BEST MALE LEAD

Ronald Bronstein
Daddy Longlegs

Aaron Eckhart
Rabbit Hole

James Franco
127 Hours

John C. Reilly
Cyrus

Ben Stiller
Greenberg

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Ashley Bell
The Last Exorcism

Dale Dickey
Winter’s Bone

Allison Janney
Life During Wartime

Daphne Rubin-Vega
Jack Goes Boating

Naomi Watts
Mother and Child

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

John Hawkes
Winter’s Bone

Samuel L. Jackson
Mother and Child

Bill Murray
Get Low

John Ortiz
Jack Goes Boating

Mark Ruffalo
The Kids Are All Right

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Adam Kimmel
Never Let Me Go

Matthew Libatique
Black Swan

Jody Lee Lipes
Tiny Furniture

Michael McDonough
Winter’s Bone

Harris Savides
Greenberg

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director)

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Director: Banksy

Marwencol
Director: Jeff Malmberg

Restrepo
Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger

Sweetgrass
Directors: Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Thunder Soul
Director: Mark Landsman

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director)

Kisses
(Ireland)
Director: Lance Daly

Mademoiselle Chambon
(France)
Director: Stéphane Brizé

Of Gods and Men
(Morocco)
Director: Xavier Beauvois

The King’s Speech
(United Kingdom)
Director: Tom Hooper

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
(Thailand)
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 17th annual Acura 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 funded by Acura.

Hossein Keshavarz
Dog Sweat

Laurel Nakadate
The Wolf Knife

Mike Ott
Littlerock

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 14th 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.

In-Ah Lee
Au Revoir Taipei

Adele Romanski
The Myth of the American Sleepover

Anish Savjani
Meek’s Cutoff

AVEENO® TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 16th annual AVEENO® 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 funded by AVEENO®.

Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Sweetgrass

Jeff Malmberg
Marwencol

Lynn True, Nelson Walker
Summer Pasture

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD - (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)

Please Give
Director: Nicole Holofcener

Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy

Ensemble Cast: Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois Smith, Sarah Steele

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"Winter's Bone" Wins Big at Gotham Awards 


What was once a Sundance darling is now a Gothams Award winner! Debra Granik's "Winter's Bone" won big at the 20th Gotham Independent Film Awards taking home the Best Feature and the Best Ensemble Performance awards.

It's safe to say that "Winter's Bone," which earned two Sundance prizes last January including Best Drama Film and Screenwriting, is on its way to the Academy Awards. ("Winter's Bone" Movie Review)

"The Hurt Locker" started its ascend to Oscar victory last year with its two-punch Best Feature and Best Ensemble Gotham Awards.

Here's the complete list of winners and nominees of the 20th Gotham Independent Film Awards: (Winners are highlighted)

Best Feature

Black Swan -- Darren Aronofsky, director; Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Blue Valentine -- Derek Cianfrance, director; Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, producers (The Weinstein Company)

The Kids Are All Right -- Lisa Cholodenko, director; Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Jordan Horowitz, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Philippe Hellmann, producers (Focus Features)

Let Me In -- Matt Reeves, director; Simon Oakes, Alex Brunner, Guy East, Tobin Armbrust, Donna Gigliotti, John Nording, Carl Molinder, producers (Overture Films)

*Winter's Bone -- Debra Granik, director; Anne Rosellini, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, producers (Roadside Attractions)

Best Documentary

12th & Delaware -- Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, directors/producers (HBO Documentary Films)

Inside Job -- Charles Ferguson, director; Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)

*The Oath -- Laura Poitras, director/producer (Zeitgeist Films and American Documentary/POV)

Public Speaking -- Martin Scorsese, director; Martin Scorsese, Graydon Carter, Margaret Bodde, Fran Lebowitz, producers (HBO Documentary Films)

Sweetgrass -- Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash, directors; Ilisa Barbash, producer (Cinema Guild)

Best Ensemble Performance

The Kids Are All Right -- Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson (Focus Features)

Life During Wartime -- Shirley Henderson, Ciarán Hinds, Allison Janney, Michael Lerner, Chris Marquette, Rich Pecci, Charlotte Rampling, Paul Reubens, Ally Sheedy, Dylan Riley Snyder, Renée Taylor, Michael Kenneth Williams (IFC Films)

Please Give -- Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Ann Guilbert, Lois Smith, Sarah Steele, Thomas Ian Nicholas (Sony Pictures Classics)

Tiny Furniture -- Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Rachel Howe, Merritt Wever, Amy Seimetz, Alex Karpovsky, David Call, Jemima Kirke, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Garland Hunter, Isen Hunter (IFC Films)

*Winter's Bone -- Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Dale Dickey, Lauren Sweetser, Garret Dillahunt, Kevin Breznahan (Roadside Attractions)

Breakthrough Director

John Wells for The Company Men (The Weinstein Company)

*Kevin Asch for Holy Rollers (First Independent Pictures)

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa for I Love You Phillip Morris (Roadside Attractions)

Tanya Hamilton for Night Catches Us (Magnolia Pictures)

Lena Dunham for Tiny Furniture (IFC Films)

Breakthrough Actor

Prince Adu in Prince of Broadway (Elephant Eye Films)

*Ronald Bronstein in Daddy Longlegs (IFC Films)

Greta Gerwig in Greenberg (Focus Features)

Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone (Roadside Attractions)

John Ortiz in Jack Goes Boating (Overture Films)

Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You

Kati with an i -- Robert Greene, director; Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, producers

*Littlerock -- Mike Ott, director; Frederick Thornton, Laura Ragsdale, Sierra Leoni, producers

On Coal River -- Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Wood, directors; Jillian Elizabeth, Adams Wood, Francine Cavanaugh, producers

Summer Pasture -- Lynn True and Nelson Walker, directors/producers; Tsering Perlo, co-director/co-producer

The Wolf Knife -- Laurel Nakadate, director/producer

The Festival Genius Audience Award

9,000 Needles

Brotherhood

*Waiting for 'Superman'

White Irish Drinkers

Winter's Bone

Career Tributes

Hilary Swank, Darren Aronofsky, Robert Duvall, James Schamus

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