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Megan Fox has signed on to star opposite Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott in Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends With Kids. The plot follows a group of thirtysomethings who decide to date other people after having children.

Fox will next be seen in Passion Play alongside Mickey Rourke and Bill Murray. The young actress is doing all she can to rebound after being booted from the Transformers franchise and suffering through the disappointing performance of Jonah Hex.

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New York, NY (October 18, 2010) - The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers announced today the nominees for the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM. A total of 26 films were nominated across six competitive categories for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.

Signaling the official kick-off to the film awards season IFP's 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM nominations were announced at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. / PT to a global audience on UStream TV by Elvis Mitchell, film critic and host of "The Treatment," distributed by KCRW public radio, and soon to be co-host of "Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies," launching in January 2011. You can watch the announcement here http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gotham-independent-film-awards-2010.

The Gotham Awards' 20th Anniversary ceremony will be held on Monday, November 29th at Cipriani Wall Street. In addition to the competitive awards, actors Robert Duvall and Hilary Swank, director Darren Aronofsky, and Focus Features CEO James Schamus will each be presented with a career tribute.

As the first major awards of the film season, the Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM provide critical early recognition and media attention to worthy independent films. Previous winners for Best Feature and Best Documentary include THE HURT LOCKER (2009), FOOD, INC (2009), FROZEN RIVER (2008), TROUBLE THE WATER (2008), INTO THE WILD (2007), SICKO (2007), HALF NELSON (2006) and CAPOTE (2005). The awards are also unique for their ability to assist in catapulting award recipients prominently into national awards season attention, including recent winners and ultimate Oscar® contenders: feature winner, THE HURT LOCKER (2009); Breakthrough Actors, Melissa Leo (2008), Ellen Page (2007), Rinko Kikuchi (2006) and Amy Adams (2005).

Primary criteria for nomination consideration includes American (US-based or US-born directors and producers), feature-length films made with a point of view. Additional criteria include independently distributed films made with an economy of means. For a complete list of criteria, see http://gotham.ifp.org.

Selecting this year's nominees were 20 film critics, journalists, and curators (see list below). Separate juries of writers, directors, actors, producers, editors and others directly involved in making films will determine final award recipients.

"The Gotham Awards celebrate the collective breath of independent cinema," said Joana Vicente, executive director of IFP. "Ranging from the small gems produced on micro-budgets to extraordinary films from specialty distributors, the nominees all share the type of creative vision and risk-taking that are a hallmark of independent film. It's also my pleasure to report that there are more female directors nominated this year than any year before."

The nominees for the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards are:

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

This year, the IFP has created a new award, The Festival Genius Audience Award. To be eligible, a U.S. film must have won an audience award at a U.S. or Canadian film festival from November 2009 through October 2010. The Festival Genius community, 200,000 film fans worldwide, will vote online for the winner. The nominees will be announced in early November and the winner will be revealed at the Gotham Awards ceremony.

The recipient of the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You award will be determined by the editors of Filmmaker Magazine, a publication of IFP, and a curator from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). All of these nominees will also be screened for the public at MoMA November 18 - 22.

The Premier sponsors of the 2010 Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM are The New York Times and The Royal Bank of Canada. RBC is also the sponsor of the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You award. IFP welcomes new presenting sponsor of the Actress Tribute award, euphoria Calvin Klein and presenting sponsor, Fox Searchlight; returning sponsor Focus Features, Official Spirit, Russian Standard Vodka, Official Hotel, Andaz Wall Street and preferred sponsor of the Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor Awards, Alfred Dunhill. The Gotham Awards will be promoted nationally in an eight-page special advertising section in The New York Times on Friday, November 19, 2010.

The nominating committees for the 20h Annual Gotham Independent Film AwardTM announced above are as follows:

Nominating Committee for Best Feature and Breakthrough Director:
Thelma Adams, Film Critic, US Weekly
Andrew O'Hehir, Film Critic, Salon.com
Joshua Rothkopf, Senior Film Writer, DVD Editor, Time Out New York
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Film Critic, Entertainment Weekly

Nominating Committee for Ensemble Performance and Breakthrough Actor:
Dave Karger, Senior Writer, Entertainment Weekly
Karen Durbin, Film Critic, Elle Magazine
Sam Adams, Film Critic, Philadelphia City Paper
Karina Longworth, Film Critic, LA Weekly
Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, Museum of Modern Art

Nominating Committee for Best Documentary:
Cynthia Fuchs, Film-TV Editor, PopMatters
Sean Farnel, Director of Programming, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
Mike Maggiore, Programmer and Publicist, Film Forum
Ronnie Scheib, Film Critic, Variety

Nominating Committee for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You:
Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, Department of Film and Media, Museum of Modern Art;
and members of the editorial staff and contributors to Filmmaker Magazine: Scott Macaulay (Editor-in-Chief), Livia Bloom, Jason Guerrasio, Brandon Harris, Ray Pride, Alicia Van Couvering


2010 Gotham Independent Film AwardsTM - Alphabetical List of Nominated Films

12th & Delaware
Best Documentary nominee

Black Swan
Best Feature nominee

Blue Valentine
Best Feature nominee

Daddy Longlegs
Breakthrough Actor nominee

Greenberg
Breakthrough Actor nominee

Holy Rollers
Breakthrough Director nominee

Inside Job
Best Documentary nominee

Jack Goes Boating
Breakthrough Actor nominee

Kati with an i
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You nominee

Let Me In
Best Feature nominee

Life During Wartime
Best Ensemble Performance nominee

Littlerock
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You nominee

I Love You Phillip Morris
Breakthrough Director nominee

Night Catches Us
Breakthrough Director nominee

On Coal River
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You nominee

Please Give
Best Ensemble Performance nominee

Prince of Broadway
Breakthrough Actor nominee

Public Speaking
Best Documentary nominee

Summer Pasture
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You nominee

Sweetgrass
Best Documentary nominee

The Company Men
Breakthrough Director nominee

The Kids Are All Right
Best Feature nominee
Best Ensemble Performance nominee

The Oath
Best Documentary nominee

The Wolf Knife
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You nominee

Tiny Furniture
Best Ensemble Performance nominee
Breakthrough Director nominee

Winter's Bone
Best Feature nominee
Best Ensemble Performance nominee
Breakthrough Actor nominee

 

 

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Peter Jackson will begin to shoot two Hobbit films starting this coming February. Unfortunately, a feud between Jackson and the unions is still raging on. Plus, the financial problems that plague MGM aren't helping matters.

Still, the two Hobbit films are guaranteed to be successful. Jackson was able to turn the Lord of the Rings property into a billion dollar franchise, and fans are bound to turn up again in droves.

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