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    'Never Rarely Sometimes Always' and 'Nomadland' Lead Nominations at 2021 Independent Spirit Awards

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    The drama about teen pregnancy receives the most nods with a total of seven while Oscar favorite ‘Nomadland’ follows behind with six along with ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’.

    Jan 27, 2021
    AceShowbiz – “Nomadland”, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, and “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” will be facing off for the Best Feature prize at the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards
    “Minari” and “First Cow” will also compete for the top honour at the celebration of independent movies.
    Teen pregnancy drama “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” leads all nominees with seven, including Best Director for Eliza Hittman and Best Female Lead for Sidney Flanigan while “Minari”, about a Korean-American family settling into life on a farm in Arkansas, follows with six nods.
    Awards season favourites “Nomadland” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” each grabbed five nominations.
    Flanigan will face tough competition for the Best Female Lead award – others featured in the category are Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”), Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”), Nicole Beharie (“Miss Juneteenth”), Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), and Julia Garner (“The Assistant”).
    In contention for Best Male Lead are Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Steven Yeun (“Minari”), Rob Morgan (“Bull”), Adarsh Gourav (“The White Tiger”), and the late Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”).
    Meanwhile, this year’s ceremony will also salute TV projects for the first time, with “Little America”, “Never Have I Ever”, “I May Destroy You”, and “Unorthodox” among the shows recognised in various categories.
    The winners of the 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be unveiled during a ceremony in Santa Monica, California on 22 April (21) – the Thursday before the Oscars, breaking a longstanding tradition of taking place on the eve of the Academy Awards.
    The full list of nominees, announced on Tuesday (26Jan21) by Olivia Wilde, Laverne Cox, and Barry Jenkins, is:
    Best Feature:

    Best Director:

    Best First Feature:

    Best Female Lead:

    Best Male Lead:

    Best Supporting Female:

    Best Supporting Male:

    Best Screenplay:

    Best First Screenplay:

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    Best Cinematography:

    Best Editing:

    Robert Altman Award: “One Night in Miami”
    Best Documentary:

    Best International Film:
    “Bacurau”
    “The Disciple”
    “Night of the Kings”
    “Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time”
    “Quo Vadis, Aida?”

    Piaget Producers Award:
    Kara Durrett
    Lucas Joaquin
    Gerry Kim

    Someone to Watch Award:
    David Midell – “The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain”
    Ekwa Msangi – “Farewell Amor”
    Annie Silverstein – “Bull”

    Truer Than Fiction Award:
    Cecilia Aldarondo – “Landfall”
    Elegance Bratton – “Pier Kids”
    Elizabeth Lo – “Stray”

    John Cassavetes Awards:

    Best New Non-Scripted or Documentary Series:
    “Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children”
    “City So Real”
    “Immigration Nation”
    “Love Fraud”
    “We’re Here”

    Best Scripted Series:
    “I May Destroy You”
    “Little America”
    “Small Axe”
    “A Teacher”
    “Unorthodox”

    Best Female Performance in a Scripted Series:

    Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series:
    Conphidanc – “Little America”
    Adam Ali – “Little America”
    Nicco Annan – “P-Valley”
    Amit Rahav – “Unorthodox”
    Harold Torres – “Zero, Zero, Zero”
    Best Ensemble Cast in a New Scripted Series: “I May Destroy You” (Ensemble Cast: Michaela Coel, Paapa Essiedu, Wruche Opia, Stephen Wight)

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    GG Townson Convinced She Lost 'Salt-N-Pepa' Role After Epic Rap Fail During Audition

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    The ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ actress stars opposite Laila Odom in the Mario Van Peebles-directed biopic that chronicles Cheryl James and Sandra Denton’s rise in the hip-hop industry in the late 1980s.

    Jan 26, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Actress GG Townson was sure she had botched her chances at starring in the Salt-N-Pepa biopic after messing up the words to the rap icons’ “Shoop” hit during her audition.
    The “Everybody Hates Chris” star portrays Cheryl ‘Salt’ James, opposite “The Young and the Restless” actress Laila Odom as Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton in the TV film, which was a dream project for her manager.
    “When I first got the call, my manager, he had emailed me and was like, ‘Listen, they’re doing a Salt-N-Pepa project, and I need you to book this for me, because I love them,’ ” Townson recalled to the New York Post’s Page Six.
    “Of course I knew who they were, but in… 1995, I was four, so my knowledge of them didn’t happen until I got older, but my experience with them wasn’t the same, compared to someone who grew up listening to them, so when he hit me with the opportunity, I was like, ‘OK, dope!’ ”
    However, Townson was convinced she wouldn’t be getting a call back after slipping up on her song lyrics during her try out.
    “My first audition, I messed up. I rapped… Salt’s first verse of ‘Shoop’ and I fumbled that verse something crazy!” she confessed.

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    “But the casting director, Leah Daniels Butler, she knows the songs so she started rapping along with me, and I got back on track, but in my mind I was like, ‘They want someone who is not gonna mess up, is word perfect, can come in and do the lines and do all of that,’ so after I took my epic rap fail, I was like, ‘Alright, well, onto the next!’ ”
    “I walked out the room like, ‘Well, I guess I’m not getting a call back,’ then I just released it, I wasn’t mad at myself… and it ended up coming back to me.”
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    The film, simply titled “Salt-N-Pepa”, was directed by Mario Van Peebles and premiered on Saturday (January 23).
    It chronicled the stars’ rise in the hip-hop industry in the late 1980s as they established themselves as one of the first all-female rap groups, while it also took viewers behind the scenes to examine the ups and downs of the musicians’ relationship.
    James and Denton served as executive producers on the film, alongside Queen Latifah.

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    John Boyega Describes Big Movie Franchise as 'Luxury Jail'

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    The British-Nigerian actor admits he’s starved to explore other opportunities after playing the role of Finn in the new trilogy of Galaxy Far Far Away movie.

    Jan 26, 2021
    AceShowbiz – John Boyega has compared starring in a big film franchise to being in a “luxury jail.”
    The British-Nigerian actor played the role of Finn in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy but he admitted the part left him hungry to explore other opportunities.
    “Being in a big franchise, it’s kind of like luxury jail sometimes for an actor when you want to do something else,” he told CinemaBlend. “Because remember, in a franchise you’re working on one character for many years, which can starve your other muscles.”

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    So when he was offered the chance to play policeman Leroy Logan in Sir Steve McQueen’s anthology series “Small Axe”, John jumped at the opportunity.
    “In wanting to be in something where I knew that I’d play a different type of role, a different type of man, and then knowing Steve, we’re all part of the same industry so I’d heard about Steve’s directing style, I was really really curious and excited to have the opportunity anyway to be a part of it,” he grinned. “And when it came through I was on the telly like ‘this is my moment.’ ”
    “Small Axe” consists of five parts. “Mangrove” stars Letitia Wright, “Lovers Rock” stars Micheal Ward, Alex Wheatle stars Sheyi Cole, “Education” stars Kenyah Sandy, and “Red, White and Blue” star John Boyega.
    The anthology series won Best Picture and Best Cinematography at Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. It additionally helped cinematographer Shabier Kirchner earn a trophy at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. It also got multiple nominations at Chicago Film Critics Association Awards and a nod at Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

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    Josh Gad Assures Fans 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' Movie Is 'Getting Closer'

    The Olaf of Disney’s ‘Frozen’ gives update on the long-overdue big-screen adaptation of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ and the upcoming new ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’ movie.

    Jan 26, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Josh Gad has confirmed “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” adaptation is “getting closer.”
    The actor was revealed in January 2019 to be producing a live-action remake of the movie, and while there is yet to be a public casting announcement by Disney, Gad has teased the film is still moving forward.
    A fan asked Gad for an update on the movie, and suggested Hiba Abouk would be perfect in the role of Esmeralda.
    They wrote on Twitter, “We need to know what’s gonna happen with the hunchback live action remake you are to direct. it’s postponed or cancelled. for the role of esmeralda i truly recommend @HibaAbouk! please have her in mind whenever the casting process starts (sic).”
    Gad – who starred as LeFou in 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast” reboot – replied, “Getting. Closer. And. Closer.”
    David Henry Hwang is penning the script for the film, and Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz are behind the music.

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    Gad also offered an update for the new “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” movie, “Shrunk”.
    In response to a fan who asked what happened to the motion picture, he wrote, “Covid happened. We were in pre-production. Just trust. A little patience will go a long way! Honey will shrink the kids again.”
    Rick Moranis is expected to come out of retirement for the project.
    He starred as Wayne Szalinski, an inventor who accidentally shrinks his own and his next door neighbour’s kids before throwing them out with the trash, in the original 1989 film.
    “Frozen” star Gad is expected to portray Wayne’s grown-up son.
    The movie has been described as a “legacyquel”, meaning it will contain elements of the original film’s plot while existing in the same universe as the three films in the franchise and be a continuation of the overall story arc.

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    Eddie Redmayne Gets Ready to Plunge Into Ice Cold Water for 'Fantastic Beasts 3' Filming

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    The Newt Scamander depicter talks about the upcoming production of the third installment of the ‘Harry Potter’ spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.

    Jan 26, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Eddie Redmayne will have to swim in freezing cold water for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3”.
    The actor reprises his role as Newt Scamander in the latest movie in the “Harry Potter” prequel series, and told Jamie Dornan on the latest episode of Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series that he will be put through his paces for some early scenes.
    “I can’t tell you anything other than the fact that I think I’ve got some night shoots in Watford, in Leavesden, England, that we were meant to shoot in the summer in water,” he explained.
    “But now obviously because of lockdown, and the film shutdown, they’re being shot in early December (21). And suddenly you find yourself swimming outdoors in British winter.”
    Eddie also remained quiet when quizzed about the movie’s plot by the “Wild Mountain Thyme” star.

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    “What can I tell you about the plot? Really, not much, mate. I mean, when you come over for dinner, I can tell you. Except – I can’t, because that would be the NDA I signed,” he laughed.
    Eddie also stars in “The Trial of the Chicago 7” – but he had “slight hesitation” about joining the project as he was such a big fan of director Aaron Sorkin’s work.
    The Oscar-winning star said, “I think you know that Aaron Sorkin has always been someone that I’ve sort of loved, and whose work I’ve been kind of mildly obsessed with. So it was genuinely one of those moments when the script arrived that it sort of felt too good to be true. And I kind of said yes before reading the thing.”
    “There was actually that slight hesitation, when you really love someone’s work, and you can’t quite believe that they’ve invited you to the party. And then there’s the fear of: what if it’s the one shoddy one they do?”
    “Because I’ve done that; I’ve worked with brilliant actors who never do bad films, except for the film I do with them. But it was brilliant, and a really riveting read.”

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    Andra Day Claims Desperation to Portray Billie Holiday Led to Her Abusing Her Body

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    Speaking about her role as the jazz and blues legend in ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’, the ‘Rise Up’ singer admits to adopting a drastic weight loss regime in addition to drinking and smoking.

    Jan 25, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Andra Day put her body through hell to portray jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday in a new Hulu drama.
    The singer took a deep dive into Holiday’s life and career before shooting on director Lee Daniels’ “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” began, and admits she adopted a drastic weight loss regime and started drinking and smoking to get into the skin of the music legend.
    “I basically abused my body for a long time…,” she tells Variety. “I got the role at the very top of 2018 (and started) reading everything I could get my hands on, listening to every interview. Apparently, I exhausted the Internet of Billie Holiday photos. Apparently, the Internet will tell you that you’ve reached the end.”
    “I put my family through it; I put myself through it… I went from 163 pounds to 124 pounds. I would talk like her and I don’t drink or smoke, but I started smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. Not that I recommend people do this; I just was desperate because this is my first role.”

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    “I just asked God to give me all of the pain and trauma. I asked him to give me her pain and give me her trauma.”

    Day also changed the way she sang for the role, adding, “Every time I would sing a song I’d go, ‘OK, Lee’s going to hear this and he’s going to fire me.’ But I wouldn’t have done it if they’d been, ‘Do it in your voice.’ That, for me, would have probably been a no.”
    “There’s victory and there is pain in her voice, so to me it was just like, ‘We’ve got to get it, we have to get it,’ you know what I mean? It’ll have to be my interpretation of it, but it has to be there.”
    “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” drops on Hulu on 26 February.

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    First Explosive Trailer of 'Godzilla vs. Kong' Teases Reignited Old Feud

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    Previewing the long-awaited epic showdown between the two titans, the official sneak-peek video also offers first look at a girl who is able to communicate with King Kong.

    Jan 25, 2021
    AceShowbiz – The first official full -length trailer of “Godzilla vs. Kong” is finally here for fans’ viewing pleasure. Hyping up the anticipation for the release of the long-awaited crossover movie, the video is full of epic mayhem as it offers a glimpse of the epic showdown between the two titular monsters.
    The video opens with a look at a pretty calm King Kong, which seems to be under control while its human protectors are trying to find it a real home. The key to it is apparently a girl, an orphan named Jia, who shares a bond with the giant ape and is able to communicate with it.
    But their quest gets extra complicated and dangerous when they cross paths with Godzilla in the ocean. The two clash as they appear to have an old feud between their ancient species, which is now reignited with humanity getting caught in the middle.

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    Millie Bobby Brown’s Madison Russell, who has encountered the mountain-sized lizard in 2019’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, thinks that something is provoking the monster into hurting humans and demolishing cities. Meanwhile, Alexander Skarsgard’s Nathan Lind believes that Kong is mankind’s last hope. “We need Kong. The world needs him to stop what’s coming,” the geologist says in the video.
    According to the official synopsis, “As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into fantastic uncharted terrain, unearthing clues to the Titans’ very origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.”
    “Godzilla vs. Kong” also stars Rebecca Hall as Ilene Andrews, Brian Tyree Henry as Bernie Hayes, Shun Oguri as Ren Serizawa, Eiza Gonzalez as Maya Simmons and Demian Bichir as Walter Simmons. Additionally, Kyle Chandler reprises his “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” role as Dr. Mark Russell and Zhang Ziyi also returns, with Van Marten cast as her assistant.
    Directed by Adam Wingard, the upcoming fantasy film is scheduled to be released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max on March 26 after delayed from its initial November 2020 release due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Sacha Baron Cohen Spills How Clueless Cops Allowed Him to Pull Off Best 'Borat' Sequel Stunt

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    In a new interview with Ben Affleck, the comedian goes into details about the time officials came perilously close to blowing his cover as Donald Trump during ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ shooting.

    Jan 25, 2021
    AceShowbiz – Sacha Baron Cohen owes hapless U.S. police and security officers a huge debt of gratitude for helping him pull off one of the best stunts in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”.
    The Brit reprised his role as Kazakh newsman Borat in the 2020 follow up to the 2006 comedy hit and admits law enforcement officials came perilously close to blowing his cover when he dressed up as former American leader Donald Trump for one of the film’s pivotal moments.
    In a new Variety Actors on Actors interview with Ben Affleck, Cohen reveals he was being “wanded down” by security agents when they heard a “Beep”.
    “The guy says, ‘What is that?’ And I go, ‘It’s my pacemaker’,” the funnyman says. “I’ve got a field producer next to me who’s completely c**pping himself. (Because) we’re going to get busted.”
    And then the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer spotted a wire, which was part of a hidden device allowing Cohen to communicate with his producers.
    “He goes, ‘What is that?’ And I didn’t know what to say,” explains Cohen. “I was completely stumped. He goes, ‘Oh, that’s the wire leading to your pacemaker, right?’ I was like, ‘Obviously’. He goes, ‘All right, come through.’ ”

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    Once inside the event – a Conservative Political Action Conference – Cohen pulled off his funny scene and was quickly apprehended by a bunch of Secret Service officers, demanding to know his true identity.
    And again, he was saved by an officer, who wasn’t quite on top of his game.
    “One of the cops goes, ‘Give me your ID….’,” he adds. “I go, ‘Listen, I’d like to, but my ID is in my shoe. Do you want me to take off my shoe?’ ”
    Feeling sure he was busted and the whole premise of the movie was ruined, Cohen held his breath, before experiencing one more giant stroke of good fortune.
    “And the guy goes, ‘No, forget it’,” he smiles.

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