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Indie Spirit Awards 2014: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon among presenters -- EXCLUSIVE

The day before the Oscars, smaller films are honored during the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, and EW has exclusively learned the first round of this year’s presenters.

Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Rosario Dawson, Angela Bassett, and Andy Samberg will all present at the 29th annual ceremony, which takes place Saturday, March 1. Hosted by actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, the daytime luncheon will broadcast later that evening at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.

12 Years a Slave leads all films with seven nominationsNebraska is right behind with six. Both films are in the running for Best Feature, alongside All Is LostFrances Ha, and Inside Llewyn Davis. McConaughey is also nominated for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Other nominees include Oscar front-runners Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, and Lupita Nyong’o.

Now in its 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made without a big Hollywood budget by filmmakers who embody independence and originality.

Golden Globes: Party Report! Inside scoop from all the after-ceremony festivities

EW is inside all the Golden Globes parties tonight. Check out our reports from inside all the carousing and celebrating. Check back often for updates and follow us on Twitter at #EWglobes.
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Reese Witherspoon gets 'Wild' in rugged, makeup-free role

In the summer of 1995, a novice 26-year-old hiker named Cheryl Strayed set out to tackle the formidable Pacific Coast Trail in an attempt to rid herself of the demons that were plaguing her life: drug use, a recent divorce, and the death of her mother. Last fall, Reese Witherspoon tread upon some of the same ground to retell Strayed’s story for the film adaptation of Strayed’s memoir, Wild, which Fox Searchlight will release later this year. Director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) tried to re-create the hiker’s journey as faithfully as possible, shooting mostly chronologically, using natural light, and banning mirrors in Witherspoon’s makeup trailer.

“She went method with the hair and no makeup,” says Vallee. “We wanted to see Reese out there, not vain at all, not concerned with her image, and she went for it. Wait until you see her in the film. It’s a new Reese.”
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Casting Net: Robert De Niro might play Reese Witherspoon's intern; Plus, Kit Harington, more

• Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, The Godfather: Part II) are in negotiations to star in The Intern for writer-director Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated). In the story, the founder of a thriving fashion website (Witherspoon) clashes with a man in the company’s Senior Internship Program (De Niro). Despite the generational differences, the two eventually bond. None have worked together on a feature film before. Tina Fey was attached to star in the project in 2012. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Reese Witherspoon to live 'Happily Ever After,' plus Pierce Brosnan, more

• Disney has taken on Happily Ever After, a comedy with a fairy tale twist from Don’t Trust the B—-  creator Nahnatchka Khan. Reese Witherspoon is attached to star in the story that brings us up to date with a prince and princess 10 years after they’ve met in the usually fairy tale way and now have to do some non fairy-tale-type work on their relationship. [THR]

• Only Pierce Brosnan can make a movie about I.T. consultants sounds sexy. He’ll play a book publisher who takes on an I.T. consultant in the aptly named I.T., directed by Stefano Sollima. [Deadline]
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Toronto 2013: Do we need a West Memphis Three drama even if it's good?

Devil’s Knot, a docudrama about the tangled and still-loaded West Memphis Three case, directed by Atom Egoyan, is for the most part a tense and absorbing movie. It’s the intelligent, detail-jammed, well-executed version of what we used to call “a TV movie” — a phrase you can’t really use anymore, since it once connoted a certain second-rate, connect-the-dots Madame Tussauds biopic quality that’s become irrelevant in the age of HBO. (There was never a “TV movie” like Behind the Candelabra or Recount.) Yet that term also summoned up the basic, childlike voyeuristic appeal of seeing interesting actors inhabit the roles of tabloid figures — celebrities, criminals, or both — who get famous for unspeakable behavior. Be honest: Wouldn’t you like to see a down-and-dirty TV movie about the Casey Anthony case? (Actually, there was one, but it was awful. I say: Cast Emily Blunt now!) And the West Memphis Three case, though it’s been dealt with in the media for years as — rightly — a dead-serious episode of egregious injustice, remains, at its dark heart, a river of homicidal mystery boiling with undertows of evil. READ FULL STORY

First look at Colin Firth in 'Devil's Knot' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Oscar winner Colin Firth turns private detective in Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s new fact-based drama Devil’s Knot, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 8. Firth stars with Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan, Stephen Moyer, and Mireille Enos in the film, which is based on the notorious case of three heavy-metal-loving teenagers from West Memphis, Ark., who were convicted of the 1993 murder of three 8-year-old boys despite a lack of evidence. The so-called West Memphis Three became the subject of Paradise Lost, a series of three award-winning documentaries by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, as well as a Peter Jackson-produced doc called West of Memphis that won them the attention of a host of celebrity and criminal-justice advocates. In 2011, the trio was freed from prison under an Alford plea that allowed them to proclaim their innocence while technically upholding their murder convictions (and exempting the state from civil penalties). READ FULL STORY

Fox Searchlight acquires rights to 'Wild' adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon

Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to distribute the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon. The best-selling memoir follows Strayed, still reeling from the death of her mother and the failure of her marriage, as she undertakes a pretty epic hike (1100 miles!) on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington State. Not only is she alone, she’s also an inexperienced hiker. It’s the anti-Eat, Pray, Love.

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Casting Net: Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon to star in 'Don't Mess With Texas'; Plus Christoph Waltz

• Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) and Reese Witherspoon (Sweet Home Alabama) will show off their comedy chops together in Don’t Mess With Texas, a project Universal just won in a fierce bidding battle among studios. Like Sweet Home Alabama, the film is a chance for Witherspoon to get in touch with her southern roots (though not quite in her home state of Tennessee, where she was raised). Don’t Mess With Texas will follow a cop and a prisoner who are on the run in Texas from crooked cops. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Reese Witherspoon will star in James Mangold's 'Three Little Words'

Reese Witherspoon is reteaming with James Mangold, who directed her to a Best Actress Oscar with 2005’s Walk the Line. The actress will star in Mangold’s Three Little Words, an adaptation of Ashley Rhodes-Courter’s memoir which has been in the works since 2009.

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