The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack. Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise Kingdom. Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award. Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively. Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations. The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
With the romantic comedy/drama Celeste and Jesse Forever opening this weekend, I recently got to talk with director Lee Toland Krieger and co-writer Will McCormack. In the film, Andy Samberg stars with Rashida Jones as a divorcing couple who are having trouble maintaining their intense friendship while living together and pursuing other relationships. In addition, Jones co-wrote the script, and it’s a great mix of realistic comedy and drama. It’s definitely recommended. Celeste and Jesse also stars Elijah Wood, Chris Messina and Emma Roberts.
During my interview with Krieger and co-writer McCormack we talked about how Krieger came to direct the project, sticking to the script versus improv, balancing the comedy and drama in a realistic way and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live) has signed on to star opposite Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) in Celeste and Jesse Forever. The romantic dramedy centers on a couple that wants to remain friends following their impending divorce. Jones co-wrote the script with long-time actor, first-time writer Will McCormack. Lee Toland Krieger (The Vicious Kind) will direct.
Read what Jones had to say about the movie — which she compares to When Harry Met Sally and Blue Valentine — after the break.
Rashida Jones can add “screenwriter” to her resume. Universal has bought the rights to her comic mini-series “Frenemy of the State.” The comic book is about a young wealthy heiress who works undercover for the CIA, and was announced in late July. Many of you will remember Jones as Karen in “The Office.” She’s been on a hot streak recently, as a series regular on NBC’s “Parks & Recreation” and a leading role in “I Love You, Man” earlier this year. More on the comic deal after the jump.