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'Shame, 'Tinker' lead British Independent Film Award nominations

October 31, 2011 |  7:11 am

Tyrannosaur

Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of John le Carre's spy thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Steve McQueen's NC-17-rated "Shame" and Paddy Considine's drama "Tyrannosaur" lead the 14th British Independent Film Award nominations Monday morning with seven each.

Those three pictures were all nominated for Best British Independent Film, along with the Formula One documentary "Senna" and Lynne Ramsay's "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

The other nominations announced Monday:

Best director: Ben Wheatley for "Kill List," plus McQueen, Alfredson, Considine, and Ramsay.

Douglas Hickox Award for best directorial debut: Joe Cornish, "Attack the Block"; Ralph Fiennes, "Coriolanus"; John Michael McDonagh, "The Guard"; Richard Ayoade, "Submarine" and Considine.

Best actress: Rebecca Hall, "The Awakening"; Mia Wasikowska, "Jane Eyre"; MyAnna Buring, "Kill List"; Olivia Colman, "Tyrannosaur;" Tilda Swinton, "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Best actor: Brendan Gleeson, "The Guard"; Neil Maskell, "Kill List"; Michael Fassbender, "Shame"; Gary Oldman, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"; Peter Mullan, "Tyrannosaur."

Best achievement in production: "Kill List," "Tyrannosaur," "Weekend," "Wild Bill," "You Instead."

The awards will be handed out in a ceremony on Dec. 4 in London.

See the complete list of nominees.  

 -- Susan King  

Photo: A scene from the movie "Tyrannosaur," with Peter Mullan. Credit: Strand Releasing

 

Release picture clears up for Gus Van Sant's 'Restless'

March 31, 2011 |  4:21 pm

  Restl

It was pulled from January and the Sundance schedule, but Gus Van Sant’s “Restless” won’t stay hidden for much longer. Sony Pictures Classics on Thursday confirmed this Indiewire story from December that it will release the movie.

"Restless" was made by SPC parent Sony Pictures, but the company decided to scotch the Jan. 28, 2011 release date and the Sundance premiere that would have preceded it.

The film is considered a potential candidate for the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, and could also make the rounds at the fall film festivals. SPC did not disclose a commercial release date for the picture, though a spokeswoman did confirm a fall release.

Van Sant had his biggest hit in a decade with his last movie, the 2008 gay-rights biopic “Milk.” His new movie stars Mia Wasikowska as a girl who is diagnosed with a serious illness and follows the relationship she then develops with another teen (Henry Hopper, son of Dennis). The movie is a next-generation effort in another way, too: It marks  the producing debut of actress Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Hollywood heavyweight Ron Howard.

--Steven Zeitchik

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Photo: Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper in "Restless." Credit: Sony Pictures Classics


LAFF 2010: The cast of 'The Kids Are All Right' goes downtown (VIDEO)

June 18, 2010 |  1:58 pm

Kids Before the Lakers-inspired bedlam erupted Thursday night in downtown Los Angeles, an eager crowd gathered at L.A. Live's new Regal Cinemas to kick off the opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival. The 10-day event launched with a screening of Lisa Cholodenko's family dramedy "The Kids Are All Right," the Sundance hit about a lesbian couple (played by Julianne Moore and Annette Bening) whose two teenage kids (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) decide to track down their sperm-donor dad (Mark Ruffalo).

The gang was all there Thursday, minus Bening, who bowed out for personal reasons. We caught up with the cast on the red carpet, where everyone seemed excited that the LA-centric film (shot largely in Venice and Echo Park) was premiering in the City of Angels.

"This movie, I think, is the exact perfect movie for the L.A. Film Festival," said Ruffalo, who had wife Sunrise Coigney by his side. "It’s a really great script. It’s a difficult script. Really well-polished. It has a lot of great humor in it. And it’s done for nothing. We worked very quickly with a very small budget. And I think that’s what the L.A. Film Festival is all about, at its best. [Film Independent head] Dawn Hudson, I know -- that’s what she has in mind by creating this festival."

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