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The Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out the day before the Oscars telecast

By DannyMiller Feb 20, 2012 3:21PM

Does it say something about our culture that we have become so awards-crazy? The honors given out for the movie industry are so rampant this time of year that it’s a wonder any new films are being made. This month alone we’ve seen the Art Director Guild Awards, the Visual Effects Society Awards, the BAFTA Awards, the American Society of Cinematographers Awards, the Cinema Audio Society Awards, the Writers Guild Awards, the Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards, and tomorrow night’s Costume Designers Guild Awards. What’s next? The First Annual Craft Services Awards for best on-set taco stations? How about the CVS Awards for the most outstanding use of Q-tips in a motion picture? Or maybe the American Shrub Society Awards for the finest performance by a houseplant?

 

Of course, all roads lead to the next Sunday’s Academy Awards presentation, the crème de le crème of awards shows and the gala that provides studios with the biggest bang for the buck. After that, the Hollywood glitterati may actually hang up their tuxes and evening gowns and go back to making movies—at least for a few minutes until the festival season kicks up!

 

One of the last remaining awards shows that’s worth a look will take place the day before the Oscars telecast. The Film Independent's Spirit Awards were founded in 1984 as an alternative to the glitzy Oscars. Its aim was to bypass the heavily promoted big-budget studio pictures and provide support for independent filmmakers—honoring films made for $20 million (or well under). But if you look at the list of this year’s nominees, you’d be hard pressed to separate out some of the independent films from the well-promoted studio fare. The Oscar favorite “The Artist” is nominated for five awards, “The Descendants” and “Beginners” for four, “Drive” and “50/50” for three, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” for two, and “My Week With Marilyn” for one. But at least this contest also cites a bunch of excellent films all but ignored by the Academy: “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Melancholia,” “Take Shelter,” “Another Earth,” and “Pariah,” among others. Well, in fairness, I believe “Pariah’s” release date made it ineligible for an Oscar until next year—and I hold out hope that its remarkable star, Adepero Oduye, might still have a chance with Oscar voters.

 

The Film Independent's Spirit Awards, unlike the Academy Awards, tries to be a much more casual, laid-back affair. Seth Rogen will be hosting this year’s presentation on Saturday afternoon from a tent set up on Santa Monica Beach. The show will be broadcast later that night on IFC.  Check out the complete list of nominees after the break.

 

 

Enter to win a Bose SoundTouch Wi-Fi Music System

By MSN Movies 1 hour ago

























By Relativity Media


Set against the backdrop of a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brock mansions left from much better times now house the most dangerous criminals in this thrilling action drama starring Paul Walker.


As Walker plays a cop determined to bring his father’s killer, Tremaine (RZA) to justice and every day is a battle against corruption. With stylized action featuring "Brick Mansions" will keep you on the edge of your seat.


To celebrate the release of "Brick Mansions" one lucky winner will be selected to win a Bose SoundTouch Wi-Fi Music System along with movie goodies!


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Be sure to check out "Brick Mansions" as it opens in theaters April 25.



 



 

Enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray

By MSN Movies Thu 8:08 AM

By Universal Studios Home Entertainment

 

A mischievous squirrell is on a mission to find hte tastiest nuts for winter in this action-packed animated comedy.

 

A movie for the whole family, includes the voices of Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph.

 

You can now watch the fun-filled adventure unfold on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

To celebrate the release, you can enter to win a copy of the Blu-ray Combo Pack.


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"The Nut Job" is now out on Blu-ray and DVD.

 

 

 

Enter to win a movie prize pack

By MSN Movies Wed 8:05 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

Inspired by true events, a professor and a team of University students outside of London conduct an "experiment" on a young girl who holds unspeakable secrets and dark forces. What they uncover is more terrifying than any of them expected.

 

To celebrate the upcoming release of "The Quiet Ones" one lucky winner will be selected to win a movie prize pack which includes a T-shirt, movie poster, an Amazon gift card and more!

 

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Watch the horror unfold when "The Quiet Ones" opens in theaters April 25.

 

 

Enter to win a Sony HD Memory Action Camcorder

By MSN Movies Apr 10, 2014 9:24AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Relativity Media

 

Horror unfolds for the Russell family as the siblings Tim and Kaylie try to uncover the supernatural force that caused the death of their parents. An antique mirror holds the key to the answers they've been looking for but will their reality be shattered once again by terrifying events that will unfold?

 

Experience the horror of "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

In the meantime, to celebrate the release, we're giving away a Sony HD Flash Memory Action Camcorder to one lucky fan! Here's how to enter.

 

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Yes, it's that easy. Good luck and be sure to check out "Oculus" when it opens in theaters April 11.

 

 

 

Courtesy of 'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,' one lucky winner will be selected

By MSN Movies Apr 8, 2014 8:14AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Home Media Distribution

 

You can now experience the horror and black magic of "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" as the shocking extended version is now out on Blu-ray and DVD, intense new footage not seen in theaters!

 

This new chapter in the series takes the phenomenal horror franchise to new hights set in a gritty urban environment.

 

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Yes, it's that easy.  Good luck and be sure to check out "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" on digital, Blu-ray and DVD!

 

 

 

 

An inside look at a Hobbit's journey

By MSN Movies Apr 7, 2014 7:53AM

By Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

 

Get an inside look at the characters and the mystery of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" through this exclusive infographic and enjoy the adventure as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is out on Blu-ray and digital HD on April 8.

 

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Enter to win an Xbox One console!

By MSN Movies Mar 11, 2014 8:31AM

Paramount Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Paramount Pictures

 

Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd return to take the news world by storm in the outrageous comedy "Anchorman 2." After losing his job to his wife, Ron Burgundy reassembles the news team and squares off against a new rival. Watch the comedy unfold as "Anchorman 2" is now available on digital release.

 

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In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this exclusive behind the scenes look at "Anchorman 2."

 

Tyler Perry's latest film hits theaters March 14

By MSN Movies Mar 10, 2014 8:15AM

Lionsgate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Lionsgate

 

In this latest Tyler Perry film, five single moms come together to find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood. Through their bond, they learn to overcome the obstacles that stand in their way as single moms.

 

To celebrate the release of "The Single Mom's Club" we're giving away a fun movie prize pack to one lucky fan!  Enter to win and be sure to check out "The Single Moms Club" when it hits theaters on March 14.

 

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