Author Archives: Jake Coyle

  • ’12 Years a Slave’ Rolls at Spirit Awards

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — "12 Years a Slave" rolled at the Spirit Awards, winning five awards including best feature at the annual independent film celebration. On the eve of the Academy Awards, the slavery tale won awards for director Steve McQueen, actress Lupita ...

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  • ’12 Years,’ ‘Hustle’ Lead Globes Nominations

    The slavery epic "12 Years a Slave" and the con-artist caper "American Hustle" lead the 71st annual Golden Globes with seven nominations each. The nominations announced Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association spread the nominations around, but the large ...

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  • Spike Lee to Receive $300,000 Gish Prize

    NEW YORK (AP) — Spike Lee will receive the 20th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, which carries a reward of $300,000. The Gish Prize Trust announced the selection Wednesday. Selection committee chairman Darren Walker said Lee was chosen "for his brilliance and unwavering courage ...

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  • With Idris Elba, a Mandela with Muscles

    TORONTO (AP) — The Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival with a heavy dose of reverence for its subject, and a few extra pounds of muscle, too. Idris Elba stars as the South African leader in "Mandela: ...

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  • ‘The Butler’ Stays on Top with $17 Million

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Lee Daniels' The Butler" served up a second helping at the box office, topping the weekend with $17 million according to studio estimates Sunday. That was enough to lead all films on a late August weekend known as a dumping ground for studios following their ...

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  • For ‘Django’ Producer, an Unexpected Oscar Ride

    NEW YORK (AP) — Reginald Hudlin, director of films like Boomerang and House Party, never expected to be going to the Oscars as a best-picture-nominated producer of a slavery-era spaghetti Western by Quentin Tarantino. "I didn't think it was happening when it was happening," ...

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