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Spirit Awards: 9 Things the TV Cameras Missed

Film Independent posted up on Santa Monica Beach on Sunday for the 37th Spirit Awards, the biggest party for L.A.’s indie scene. While cameras captured the live show for an IFC telecast, The Hollywood Reporter was inside the iconic white tent on the beach to bring you all the action you might’ve missed. Taylour Paige’s […]

Why ‘Red Rocket’ Director Sean Baker Prefers to Examine Life’s “Moral Gray Areas”

In A24’s Red Rocket, Simon Rex stars as a down-on-his-luck, washed-up porn actor who returns to his Texas hometown in hopes of reinvention — or, at least, a way back to L.A. Showing up on his estranged wife’s doorstep, he hustles his way back into her life with the promise of a fresh start. Unable […]

‘Red Rocket’ Trailer: Simon Rex Plays Porn Star Struggling After Return to Texas Hometown

A24 has dropped the first trailer for director Sean Baker’s (The Florida Project, Tangerine) upcoming film Red Rocket, which stars Simon Rex as a washed-up porn star named Mikey Saber.  The two-minute clip begins with Mikey returning to his small Texas hometown, where he is not welcomed with open arms by everyone, including his estranged […]

Cannes: Sean Baker’s ‘Red Rocket’ Lifts Off Into Awards Race

Sean Baker has been making critically acclaimed films for years about people living on the fringes of society, some of whom engage in sex work, and some of whom are played by non-actors — most notably 2012’s Starlet, 2015’s Tangerine and my personal favorite, 2017’s The Florida Project — but they have collectively received only […]

Simon Rex in Sean Baker’s ‘Red Rocket’: Film Review | Cannes 2021

A washed-up adult film actor looks to reboot in the Texas hometown where few are impressed by his dubious celebrity in the director’s latest dive into America’s forgotten fringes.