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2021 Spirit Awards Nominations List: ‘Never Rarely’ Dominates with 7 Noms, ‘Minari’ Strong

The 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards are just under three months away, and this morning the nominations for the 2021 ceremony arrive. Last year’s Spirit Awards were dominated by “Uncut Gems,” which won the prizes for Best Actor (Adam Sandler), Best Director (Josh and Benny Safdie), and Best Editing. Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” took home […]

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‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’: A24 Developing a Film Adaptation of Best-Selling Book

Ocean Vuong‘s debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous became an instant New York Times bestseller when it was released last year, and now a film adaptation is in the works. A24, the indie production company/distributor behind films like Moonlight, Hereditary, Eighth Grade, The Lighthouse, and Uncut Gems, announced this week that they were already […]

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The Safdie Brothers Direct A New Music Video For Their ‘Uncut Gems’ Composer, Oneohtrix Point Never

The relationship between the Safdie Brothers and Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, is well-documented. For both of their most recent releases, “Good Time” and “Uncut Gems,” Lopatin has provided the scores for the features, earning acclaim for his music that seemingly fits perfectly with the anxiety-ridden thrillers the Safdies have been known for. And […]

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‘Hubie Halloween’: Adam Sandler Returns To His Old Ways In The Sweet, Amusing Netflix Comedy [Review]

Last year, Adam Sandler gave arguably the best performance of his career in one of the best films of 2020, Josh and Benny Safdie’s mile-a-minute instant classic, “Uncut Gems.” As Howard Ratner, the ill-fated, lethally optimistic scumbag protagonist of that masterwork of New York City grime, Sandler didn’t exactly reinvent himself; he merely amplified and […]

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Benny Safdie Will Apparently Appear In Paul Thomas Anderson’s Upcoming San Fernando Valley Movie

One of the most memorable podcasts we listened to last year was an episode of the A24 podcast cheekily titled “Seduce and Destroy.” Therein, “Uncut Gems” directors Josh and Benny Safdie sat down to chat with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson about Darius Khondji, the magic of Adam Sandler, and the lasting influence that “Punch-Drunk Love” […]

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The Safdie Brothers Sign First-look Deal with HBO

This is how HBO wins: The network has signed a two-year first look deal with “Uncut Gems” writer-directors Josh and Benny Safdie.Variety reported that duo and Elara Pictures, which the brothers co-founded with Sebastian Bear-McClard and Ronald Bronstein in 2014, will produce film and television projects for the platform. A24, which produced the Safdie brothers’ […]

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Jonah Hill Swears the Most of Any Film Actor, Study Shows

Thanks to his foul-mouthed roles in “Superbad” and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Jonah Hill swears the most of any film actor, a new study shows.Buzz Bingo analyzed more than 3,500 film scripts to find which has the most swear words and which actors curse the most. Thanks in part to Hill’s performance as Donnie […]

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