2015 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

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Since major studio big budget films aren’t eligible for these awards, the Independent Spirit Awards aren’t much of a reliable barometer for the Oscars. However, it’s still an important stop during the crowded awards season. Anytime you can grab some campaigning time for your film, it’s always beneficial. Love Is Strange, for instance, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina has barely been mentioned in the Oscar race but snagged several nominations including Best Feature.

Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna announced the nominations at the W Hotel in Hollywood on Tuesday. Leading the pack with six nominations was Birdman starring Michael Keaton. The 63-year-old actor snagged a nod himself, along with his co-stars Emma Stone and Edward Norton. Close behind with five nods apiece were Selma, Nightcrawler and Boyhood. The latter film featuring Patricia Arquette is considered a strong frontrunner to take home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar come February.

The winners will be presented with their awards on Saturday, February 21 in Santa Monica Beach, the day before the 2015 Oscars. Check out all the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations below.

check out all the nominees after the jump

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Twenty-two years after the events of the original film, Jurassic World is now a fully functioning dinosaur theme park as originally envisioned by John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). Think Seaworld but with prehistoric animals performing tricks for tourists. Naturally, things go haywire when scientists decide to create their very own hybrid dinosaur. Don’t these idiots ever learn anything ;)

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the fourth installment with Colin Trevorrow taking on directing duties. Chris Pratt takes a break from guarding the galaxy to play an on-site staff worker who conducts behavioral research on the velociraptors. Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer and Jake Johnson round out the cast. B.D. Wong who played Dr. Henry Wu in the first film books a return trip to Isla Nublar.

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storms into theaters on June 12, 2015. The trailer was originally supposed to premiere on Thanksgiving this Thursday, but someone let the proverbial cat, or in this case a dinosaur, out of the bag early. Check out the exciting clip below.

watch the trailer below

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Since hearing “Sledgehammer” the first time, the Meghan Trainor-penned track has really grown on me. This could finally be that breakout hit the ladies of Fifth Harmony have been looking for. No excessive ‘Michelle Obama’ name drops to prevent radio from playing them. I can’t get enough of that chorus. If this doesn’t become a Top 20 hit, I fear Simon Cowell might give up on them.

Sometimes simple is the best way to go and that certainly applies in this case. 5H reunites with their “Bo$$” director, Fatima Robinson, for their latest clip. Dressed in ethereal white garbs and flowing colorful gowns, the X Factor alums channel their inner goddesses.

Both Camila and Normani do it extremely well. The former rocks her hair like a Clairol commercial in front of a giant white horse while the latter just slays it every time the camera focuses on her. Check out the stunning clip below from the true winners of X Factor Season 2. #tatestevenswhereareyou

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aussieBum 2015 Promo Images

In: Donovan, Fashion, Totally GAY!
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Who’s craving a little eye candy today? If you are, you definitely came to the right place. aussieBum recently unveiled a whackload of promo images for the upcoming year. As usual, they’re hotter than hot.

The Australian brand sticks to its winning formula of snapping strapping buff men modeling their line in beautiful settings. Seriously, where do they find these men? They fill out their product in all the right places and then some. Check their 2015 promo pics below.

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GQ Names The 30 Least Influential People In 2014

In: Donovan, Music
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Clearly, GQ magazine wasn’t a fan of U2′s new album, Songs of Innocence, which automatically downloaded into every iTunes user’s library. The publication puts the Bono-fronted band on top of their annual “Least Influential List.” Every year, the glossy puts those “who took up vast clouds of oxygen, gave us back nothing of use, and probably helped accelerate the death of our planet,” on blast.

“The Tom Friedman of rock and the rest of his band collaborated with Apple to strong-arm their new album into your iTunes library without your consent. You couldn’t even delete it! Apple had to send out specific instructions for how to wipe Songs of Innocence (God, that title) off your computer. The worst part was the way both Apple and U2 treated this, like it was some kind of noble gift to The People; in fact this was a $100 million marketing campaign. Yes, $100 million to turn U2′s socially conscious dad-rock into a piece of direct mail.” – GQ

Do you agree that the Irish band belongs on top of their 2014 list? Others to earn a dishonorable mention from GQ include political mainstays President Obama and Sarah Palin, athletes and celebrities like Johnny Depp and Robin Thicke. The latter definitely earns his spot since his latest album sold an embarrassingly low amount in North America and around the world.

Not that I’m a huge Shia LaBeouf fan, but I wouldn’t have included him on the list. Especially after seeing his extremely sexy spread in Interview magazine. Check out his blurb below, along with my other favorite write-ups from GQ’s list.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

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Crisis averted!!! Rodney Jerkins recently shared his plans to remake his biggest produced tracks for his 20th anniversary next year. The 37-year-old is responsible for some of the biggest smashes in the past two decades. “Say My Name” (Destiny’s Child), “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” (Whitney Houston), “If You Had My Love” (Jennifer Lopez), “Overprotected” (Britney Spears), “When I Grow Up” (Pussycat Dolls) are just a few.

When he revealed Ariana Grande and Jessie J were teaming up again to cover the smash “The Boy Is Mine” originally sung by Brandy and Monica, the Internet was instantly flooded with fans expressing their disapproval. I, for one, was also skeptical with Jessie and Ari taking on the task. Truthfully though, I think anyone chosen would’ve received the same wrath as the “Bang Bang” collaborators.

read what Jessie said about the Jerkins’ statement after the jump

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Unlike NBC’s upcoming heavily-promoted Peter Pan Live! musical, this big budget feature film about the boy who never wanted to grow up looks like it’s not going to be a hot mess. I love that NBC is making musicals into a holiday tradition, but I have a feeling their adaptation is going to crash and burn. The previews haven’t been encouraging at all, IMHO.

Thankfully, Warner’s Bros upcoming adaption of the J.M. Barrie’s classic tale is here to save the day. Director Joe Wright promises, “This isn’t exactly the Neverland story you know.”

The studio just released the first four of what will undoubtedly be plenty more character posters to follow. We get our first look at Hugh Jackman as the villainous Blackbeard. The Wolverine actor is definitely serving sinister realness. Others getting their own artwork are Garrett Hedlund as Captain Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily and Levi Miller as the titular character. Check them out below.

UPDATE: The first full length trailer just dropped and it looks pretty wicked. Watch Jackman channel his inner Johnny Depp circa Pirates of the Caribbean below.

check out the trailer and other character posters after the jump

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Ella Henderson lost the Series 9 crown of The X Factor UK to eventual winner James Arthur. But like many also-rans, she’s having the last laugh. The 18-year-old songbird has already scored two Top 10 UK hits off her debut album including the chart-topper “Ghost.” The infectious track won me over the second I heard it.

Like One Direction, Olly Murs and Cher Lloyd, she’s making inroads in North America thanks to some well-received live performances on the talk show circuit. “Ghost” which was penned by Ryan Tedder is climbing the Billboard Hot 100 and is about to invade the clubs thanks to a killer dance remix by Dave Aude.

The prolific DJ transforms the powerful track into a club-ready offering which will no doubt become a gay dance anthem. Give it a listen below.

check out the sexy mix after the jump

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