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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 […]

“Is This Acting or Is This F***ing Therapy?”: Nicolas Cage, Andrew Garfield, Jonathan Majors and the THR Actor Roundtable

They shared their fears about showing vulnerability, their sense of responsibility when wielding guns on sets — and an improbable connection over a moody horse named Rain Man. In December, Nicolas Cage (Pig), Peter Dinklage (Cyrano), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick … Boom! and The Eyes of Tammy Faye), Jonathan Majors (The Harder They Fall) and […]

‘Drive My Car’ Named Best Picture by L.A. Film Critics

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association weighed in Saturday with the group’s picks for the top achievements in film from 2021. Drive My Car nabbed the prizes for best picture and best screenplay during the organization’s daytime event. The Power of the Dog was another key winner, with Jane Campion picking up the award for […]

Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards Honor ‘Spencer,’ ‘The Harder They Fall’ and ‘The Lost Daughter’

Kristen Stewart, Regina King, Maggie Gyllenhaal and more kicked off award season Saturday night by honoring those who work behind the camera during the 11th annual Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards, presented by Los Angeles Confidential magazine. Sponsored by Hamilton watches and Los Angeles Confidential magazine, the event, held at the Avalon Hollywood, honors those who […]

Behind the Camera Awards Announces Honorees, Presenters Including Kristen Stewart, Regina King

Watch brand Hamilton is once again teaming with Los Angeles Confidential magazine on the Behind the Camera Awards to honor filmmaking talent. The 11th annual event is set for Nov. 13 at Hollywood’s Avalon events space with Insecure star Yvonne Orji on board to host the festivities. Per today’s announcement, honorees and presenters are “selected […]

Savannah Film Fest: ‘Red Rocket’ Star Simon Rex Acknowledges “People Love a Comeback Story”

“I never considered myself an actor,” Simon Rex told The Hollywood Reporter during a conversation in front of an audience of Savannah Film Festival attendees this week following a packed Lucas Theatre screening of Sean Baker‘s Red Rocket. Rex plays a has-been porn star who returns to his hometown, and has been garnering best actor […]

AFI Fest: 6 Standouts From 2021 Indie Films Set for Hollywood Reporter Panel

Six performers currently garnering awards buzz for their work in 2021 independent films will appear on AFI Fest’s eighth annual Indie Contenders Panel — as always, presented by The Hollywood Reporter and moderated by yours truly — to discuss the challenges and rewards of making independent movies: Caitriona Balfe (supporting actress, Focus’ Belfast), Nicolas Cage […]

‘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.