March 1, 2014 |
As the final stop on the awards-show circuit before the Oscars, the Film Independent Spirit Awards serve as both a warm-up for the main event and a chance for some smaller non-Oscar-contenders to step into the spotlight for a moment. The race for best feature, the Spirit Awards' top honor, includes two Oscar nominees for best picture: the historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and the father-son road movie "Nebraska. " The other three candidates are "All Is Lost," about a sailor stranded in a damaged boat; "Frances Ha," about an aspiring dancer; and "Inside Llewyn Davis," about a down-on-his-luck folk singer.
February 21, 2014 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 23 - March 1, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies See latest XXII Winter Olympics TV schedule here. SUNDAY Past players return for a second shot at globetrotting glory on the 24th edition of "The Amazing Race. " 8 p.m. CBS Wide world of sporks: Tyler Florence's "Food Court Wars" is back for another season.
February 20, 2014 |
Patton Oswalt 's wings have been clipped. A week after the actor, comedian and Spirit Awards host declared his intention to replace the ceremony's usual avian-themed trophies with live birds, show organizer Film Independent announced that those plans have been grounded. The birds "refused to cooperate," Film Independent said in a statement, which was accompanied by a humorous video professing to show Oswalt rehearsing with a dove. The tongue-in-cheek spot implies that the feathered prizes weren't getting along, with the dove being eaten by a majestic eagle.
February 14, 2014 |
Some people think award shows are for the birds; now Patton Oswalt is making sure of it. Days after the actor, comedian and host of this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards announced his intention to hand out live birds instead of the usual winged statuettes at the ceremony, Oswalt spoke to reporters on a conference call about his plans for the show, though he remained coy about his proposed avian stunt. Oswalt said he wasn't yet sure what kinds of birds he will bestow upon winners, though he did specify they will be adult specimens, not babies, and will be "cage-free.
February 13, 2014 |
With its informal setting and freewheeling vibe, the Spirit Awards is known for presenters who wing it and winners who ruffle feathers. This year, maybe literally. Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, the anointed host of this year's Film Independent extravaganza, has an unorthodox idea for livening up the ceremony: Put some live birds in the mix. On Wednesday, the "Ratatouille" and "Young Adult" star announced that he intends to replace the usual avian-themed trophies with a live bird for each award winner at the March 1 event, a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
January 11, 2014 |
It might be a little early in the year to hear the phrase “…and the winners are…” But those words rung throughout BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood on Saturday -- a happy day for a handful of fimmakers. Film Independent, which produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, held a brunch at which it announced the three winners of its Spirit Awards filmmaker grants. For “creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films” amid challenging circumstances with limited resources, Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston received a $25,000 unrestricted grant for the Piaget Producers Award.