New York-based indie film awards announce lineup of host and presenters
Uma Thurman will host the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City, the Independent Filmmaker Project announced on Tuesday.
The organization also announced that presenters at the event will include Meryl Streep, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Catherine Keener and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Other presenters will include Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Will Arnett, Heather Graham, Amy Schumer and Miles Teller.
The show will take place on Monday, Dec. 1 at Cipriani Wall Street, with seven competitive awards being presented to independent films and tributes taking place to actor Tilda Swinton, director Bennett Miller and Netfix’s Ted Sarandos.
Artists expected to attend include Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, J.C. Chandor, Jon Hamm and Oscar Isaac. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” led all films in nominations with four, followed by “Birdman,” “Dear White People,” “Nightcrawler” and “Under the Skin” with two.
The Gotham Awards are one of the two major honors given to independent film, taking place in New York City early in awards season. The other, the Film Independent Spirit Awards, take place late in the season, the day before the Oscars.
The Spirit Awards will announce nominations on Tuesday.
The Gotham Awards show will be life-streamed at www.ifp.org.
Scarlett Johansson, you may have heard, recently gave birth to a baby girl, Rose. But, upon seeing the actress — who turns 30 today — in person, we noticed one life change that took immediate precedent (yes, even over childbirth).
“I think I just got tired of wearing a ponytail all the time,” she says, smoothing back the freshly-buzzed sides of the haircut she debuted over the summer. “I [was] always stuffing it under a wig, so I just cut it off. Everybody kept saying, ‘Don’t cut your hair! You might hate it!’ But, then I thought, Why am I letting other people tell me what to do? ”
The low-maintenance style is perfect for the new mother. “I can just wash and go,” she says.
It turns out, this no-fuss philosophy applies to all things beauty in the actress’ life. “I’ve never had a crazy routine,” she says. And, after giving birth, she’s realized just how precious free time is. “I’m on somebody else’s schedule,” she says. But, she’s quick to add: “It’s hard for…any parent with a new kid. Your brain is totally preoccupied. But, I’m very fortunate to have a job where I can take time off, and I can have my baby at work and people are more understanding. A lot of people don’t have that luxury.”
That makes those rare moments she does spend on herself even more crucial. “If I have a few minutes to transition from day to a holiday party, I’d probably use red lipstick,” she says, pointing to Dolce & Gabbana’s Lipstick in Real Red. (She’s currently a face of the brand.) “Then, maybe a couple lashings of mascara, and if I had the time, a little [cat-eye] flick. But, that would be it.”
She seems to put much more thought into her fragrances, alternating them based on roles she plays. For example, for her turn as Maggie in Broadway’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, “I wore a lot of old Southern fragrances, like magnolia and gardenia. I found this old company in New Orleans that does Victorian scents, and I wore them, and it actually makes a difference.”
For her, scent goes beyond embodying a character — which is refreshing to hear from someone who’s been endorsing luxury perfumes for a few years. “Fragrances are of a certain time,” she says. “Recently, my partner [Romain Dauriac] bought a bunch of fragrances his dad used to wear, like [Yves Saint Laurent] Jazz, and it’s crazy because they smell like a different era.”
And now, as a whirlwind year in the life of Scarlett Johansson comes to an end — an engagement, a baby, three major film roles, and many more projects in the pipeline — she may be entering a different era of her own, especially considering she’s reached a birthday milestone today. “My work has been sort of far-reaching in these past couple of years,” she says. “As an actor, I’ve learned to be more flexible…to take greater risks. I’ve learned that if you don’t take a risk with the choices you make, even in one particular scene, you never know what you could gain.”
She says, after a pause: “So, maybe I’m more accepting of failure. I would never know if I didn’t take the chance.”
All of this may sound like solid New Year’s-resolution material, but the actress says she doesn’t believe in such things. For the rest of us, there’s a great deal of inspiration to take from Scarlett, who’s clearly in charge of her career, her personal life, and even her own damn hair — all without the hint of a fumble. Yes, change can be a beautiful thing.
I would like to wish Scarlett a very happy birthday from both me and all the fans on here. I hope she has a great day with Rose, Romain and Hunter.
P.s The galley is a little bit of a mess right now I will be working on it over the coming week.
Scarlett made a new appearance at the Champions of Rockaway 2nd Annual Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser on November 19th wiht her twin Hunter. HQ and MQ photos from the event are now up in the gallery.
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Scarlett made her first public appearance since welcoming her daughter Rose on November 3rd for the Private Screening of Focus Features’ “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING”. Scarlett looking amazing just still don’yno about the hair. MQ photos from the event are now up in the gallery.
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Scarlett Johansson is being lined up to star in the lead role for the upcoming, big screen adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, which is currently in the works. While some people were unsure whether Scarlett would be interested in taking on the role, it seems that there is a very big incentive for the actress.
It’s now been claimed that Scarlett Johansson will be offered an astounding $10m to take the offer of playing the lead role in the Ghost in the Shell movie, which may be a challenge for anybody to show. It becomes an absolute huge offer for any leading star nowadays, so we’d be very surprised if Scarlett was to turn the offer down, not that she needs the money.
For anyone who’re not really acquainted with Ghost in the Shell, it began as a seinen manga, until then being converted into and anime movie, starting with become a television series. The official description for the new Ghost in the Shell live action movie only reads, “A sci-fi story centered on a cyborg cop’ efforts to lower your a nefarious computer hacker.”
If Scarlett Johansson ended up being to accept the offer of $10m to experience the lead role in the Ghost in the Shell movie, then she’d be playing the character Major Motoko Kusanagi, who is seriously bad ass. Nevertheless there is not one other casting news surrounding the project, it is known that Rupert Sanders is on board to direct the film, in the screenplay that’s been adapted by William Wheeler.
It’s here at last the first Teaser Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. With Scarlett yet again playing Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and by the looks of the trailer we will be getting her back story this time round. .
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She stepped away from her seat on “The View,” but Barbara Walters isn’t ready to give up her annual special reflecting on the year passed.
On Tuesday (October 21), the retired television personality revealed that she is set to host her “10 Most Fascinating People” special this year and unveiled a few of the featured names on her list.
“I was absolutely delighted when ABC approached me to do another year of ‘10 Most Fascinating People’,” Walters explained. “I know we said last year was our last, but there are just too many fascinating people out there… and you never pass up the opportunity to interview Oprah, Neil, Chelsea, or Scarlett.”
For 2014, Walters will feature Scarlett Johansson, Neil Patrick Harris, Oprah Winfey and Chelsea Clinton. The remaining list members will be announced soon.
Barbara started the show in 1993 and last year featured big names like Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus and Hilary Clinton.
As for her life post-retirement, Walters told ABC News that she is ready to enjoy her down time. “I have always had a schedule. I’ve always had deadlines. I’ve always had things to do. It will be nice to get up and say, ‘What do I have to do today? Nothing!'”
Luc Besson is showing remarkable restraint by ruling out a sequel for this summer’s hit “Lucy,” but that will not stop every executive around town from throwing action scripts at the feet of Scarlett Johansson. The actress, who already has Marvel fans campaigning for a Black Widow spinoff, now has Warner Bros. offering her charge role in a long-in-the-works live action adaptation of a cult classic anime movie.
Deadline is reporting that Johansson has been offered $10 million to star as Major Motoko Kusanagi, the film’s “augmented-cybernetic human” lead character. As a person in the elite task force Section 9, Major Kusanagi faces terrorists and thugs on the cyber warfare front of a futuristic cyberpunk version of Japan. With lush visuals and a healthy dose of science fiction, Ghost In The Shell has the makings of a four quadrant hit.
Speaking of remakes, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” helmer David Lowery is gearing up “Pete’s Dragon” over at Disney and Robert Redford of all people is in early talks for the movie, according to THR. It’s yet another surprise move for Redford who also appeared in this year’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” but it will work better once you keep in mind that Lowery and Redford have another project cooking, the financial institution robber tale “The Old Man And The Gun.”