Blue Valentine

The top nominations for this year’s Indie Spirit Awards are no surprise. Winter’s Bone continues its march through the woods to find its father and an Oscar with 7 nominations (which is almost all it was even eligible for). In a close second, The Kids Are All Right finds itself with 5 nominations. If you’re a fan of female directors, this year is celebrating a number of them in the top spots, but it’s also incredibly important to point out that Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Murray are finally up for the same award. The Indepdenent Spirit Awards make a good primer for the films that might make their way into the Academy Award nominee pool. In recent tradition, the winner of the Best Feature prize goes on to be an Oscar contender (and occasional winner). Examples of that include Precious, The Wrestler, Juno, and Brokeback Mountain. The full list of nominees continues below:

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Earlier this week, much noise was made about the MPAA’s decision to slap The Weinstein Company’s upcoming Oscar contender Blue Valentine, the breakout Sundance hit from director Derek Cianfrance, with an NC-17 rating. The film, which contains a minimal amount of nudity and heavy amounts of uncomfortable moments, follows a deteriorating relationship between a couple played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Soon after the rating was announced, the media (led by the blogosphere) leapt into action — this transgression would not go unnoticed. Today, Harvey Weinstein responded with his own statement.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Luke Mullen and Brian Salisbury stop by to dig into the problems of the MPAA, review three terrible awful no-good very bad films, and share with us 6 things they’ve seen on film that they can’t un-see. It’s incredibly effective, and you’ll be moved. Plus, we make jokes about Pepe Le Pew. En Francais.

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Earlier today news broke that Blue Valentine, one of the critical darlings of this past year’s Sundance Film Festival, was slapped hard with an NC-17 rating by the 14th century progressives at the MPAA. The development is one that has brought shock to anyone who has seen the film, including yours truly, who reviewed it at the ‘dance in January. The offending scene, according to a report from Deadline Nacogdoches, is one that features a very awkward hotel room scene between Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, who play a couple on the verge of watching their marriage erode away. The scene shows a last-ditch attempt for the formerly happy couple to save their relationship, delivering several moments that comprise the heart of the gut-wrenching tale. Cutting it in any way would be criminal. But the MPAA wants director Derek Cianfrance and The Weinstein Company (who acquired the flick at Sundance) to cut it down, it seems. Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen. In the mean time, the first trailer for the film’s fall theatrical release can be seen right after the jump.

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Studios have been afraid for too long. It’s time to put Palahniuk’s long, strange trip into the heart of American commercialism and religion on the big screen.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Derrick Comedy member, author, and screenwriter D.C. Pierson answers the tough questions. Why would Jennifer Love Hewitt insure her breasts through Allstate?

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Unlike last year, the 2010 edition of the Sundance Film Festival has seen a slow resurgence in pick-ups. In the past few days, three major acquisitions have happened…

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There’s nothing more predictable going into Sundance than the fact that there will be some heavy drama. The only question is: will it be great, or will it be not-so-great? This time, it’s great.

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Michelle Williams to lower her standards from Ryan Gosling to Seth Rogen.

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John Travolta with an RPG, school children sitting amongst rubble, and a family portrait featuring Labeouf and Douglas round out this week’s posters.

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