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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.

Casting Net: 'Fruitvale Station' star Michael B. Jordan in talks for 'Independence Day' sequel; Plus, Christoph Waltz, more

• Michael B. Jordan, who broke out this year with his role in the critical favorite Fruitvale Station, is reportedly being eyed for a role in the sequel to 1996′s Independence Day, ID Forever Part 1which takes place 20 years after the first film. Currently on the schedule for a July 3, 2015 release, the Roland Emmerich-directed sequel will likely find Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman reprising their roles from the original. [The Wrap]

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Casting Net: Denzel Washington to play futuristic contract killer-turned-protector; Plus Tom Hardy, Melissa Leo, Chevy Chase, more

• Denzel Washington devotedly protected Dakota Fanning in Man on Fire. Now he’s signed on to a new project that will have him protecting a child, though this time in a near future big city setting. The film is Shovel Ready, an adaptation of the yet-to-be-released debut novel of New York Times journalist Adam Sternbergh. Here’s how Deadline’s report described the plot: “In a bombed-out, near future New York City where most of the population escapes reality by tapping into a digital fantasy world, a contract killer is hired to kill the daughter of a powerful, maniacal evangelist. Ultimately, the killer becomes the girl’s protector.” The novel hits shelves on Jan. 14, 2014. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Emma Stone in talks to team up with Woody Allen; Plus Jennifer Garner, more

• Has Woody Allen found a new muse? Emma Stone is in talks to appear in his next film that will reportedly shoot in the south of France. The Amazing Spider-Man actress has a number of enviable projects coming up, including a film for Cameron Crowe, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, of course the Spider-Man sequel. With her quick delivery and deft comedic timing, Stone seems a natural fit for an Allen film. Thankfully, Allen has been taking himself out of the leading romantic man equation in his more recent projects. Now we’d just like to know who her co-stars might be, the plot, the title of the film, and how we can score a set visit. [Deadline]

• Armie Hammer can’t get enough of classic television remakes. The Lone Ranger star is set to join Tom Cruise in the Guy Ritchie-directed update to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The Social Network actor will play the role originated by fellow blondie David McCallum. In addition to his role in The Lone Ranger (in theaters July 3), Hammer is also about to start work on the thriller By Virtue Fall with Kerry Washington and Connie Britton. [Deadline]

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'Trance' trailer: Rosario Dawson wants to help

Close your eyes, sit back, and let Rosario Dawson’s soothing voice guide you through the recesses of your memory.

The third trailer for Danny Boyle’s (127 Days) upcoming art-heist thriller Trance (in theaters April 5) might be the shortest and the vaguest of the bunch, but that’s just because this one is more concerned with teasing the action than the set up. In the film, Simon (James McAvoy), an art auctioneer, gets mixed up with the wrong people in an attempt to recover a missing painting, including hypnotherapist Elizabeth (Dawson), and Franck (Vincent Cassel), an art criminal. But this is no Ocean’s Thirteen François Toulour-style dandy thief. Franck is pure evil, and clearly not afraid to get his hands dirty.

We’re feeling a little spoiled with two James McAvoy trailers in one day, even though he looks ever so slightly more distressed in this one. The trailer, which first premiered on Apple, is below.

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James McAvoy's eyelids are getting heavy in new 'Trance' clip -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson star as hypnotized and hypnotist in Danny Boyle’s mind-bending new film, Trance, due out in April. McAvoy plays an art auctioneer embroiled in an intense art theft scandal and is forced to dig deep into his memories to find the missing masterpiece.

The Oscar-winning director (Slumdog Millionaire) famously cast Ewan McGregor in several of his films, including discovering him for Shallow Grave and continuing to work with him in Trainspotting. So is the Scottish McAvoy the new McGregor? Boyle stressed to EW when we caught up with him at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, that he didn’t think of McAvoy as “another Scottish actor” until others pointed it out to him.

The film shot in Britain while Boyle was working on the London Olympics opening ceremony, and he cast Dawson in the female lead role. Boyle stressed that Trance is one of the first films where he’s created a female lead with as important a role as the men in the film.

In the clip below, Dawson is in a session with McAvoy while Vincent Cassell and his band of assailants listen in. It may seem that this clip gives away quite a bit, but Boyle isn’t worried about audiences learning too much about his film before entering the theater — speaking for himself, at least, he says he gets “movie amnesia” — forgetting major plot points once the movie begins, spoilers be damned.
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Fox Searchlight to release Danny Boyle's 'Trance' in April

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Those of us who love Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s movies, filled with the type of eye-zinging visuals that flood your brain, will be happy to hear Fox Searchlight is releasing Boyle’s newest film Trance in theaters on April 5, 2013.

Starring James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as an art auctioneer who teams with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting, then after a blow to the head has no idea where he hid it, the movie also stars Rosario Dawson as his hypnotherapist and handsomely rogue-ish Black Swan star Vincent Cassel as the gang’s bad-guy leader.

Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours director Boyle helmed the movie from a script by longtime collaborator John Hodge. And if the film’s colorful, fragmented poster and trailer are any indication, the movie has some Freud-worthy, consciousness-shattering twists up its sleeve.

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Casting Net: Rosario Dawson joins thriller 'Queen of the Night.' Plus Dakota Fanning, Chloë Moretz, and Peter Facinelli

Rosario Dawson will join Ryan Reynolds to star in the thriller Queen of the Night, about a father looking for his kidnapped daughter, who has been missing for years. Directed by Atom Egoyan, known for Chloe and The Sweet Hereafter, Dawson will play a detective in the case. The Canadian director is expected to begin shooting the film in February in Ontario. [The Wrap]

• In a video interview with Collider, Dakota Fanning slips up and tells them that she’s been cast in the late in life Errol Flynn biopic, The Last of Robin Hood, from the writing and directing team of Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Kevin Kline has been set to play Flynn for months, and Susan Sarandon will play Florence Aadland, the mother of Flynn’s 17-year-old girlfriend, Beverly. [Collider]

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Danny Boyle's 'Trance' trailer: James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel face off over missing art

Danny Boyle’s first project since vanquishing Lord Voldemort at the London Olympics involves an art heist and hypnotherapy. Naturally.

In the Slumdog Millionaire director’s new feature, Trance, James McAvoy plays an art auctioneer who teams up with a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to recover the location of a painting that goes missing during an attempted robbery. French actor Vincent Cassel plays the baddie in charge of the heist. Romance, intrigue, and thick foreign accents abound.

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Casting Net: Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender to explore 'Genius.' Plus: Amanda Seyfried, Patrick Dempsey, Stellan Skarsgard

• Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender are set to star in the biopic Genius, about the relationship between literary editor Max Perkins (Firth) and celebrated author Thomas Wolfe (Fassbender), film sales company FilmNation Entertainment announced today. Screenwriter John Logan (SkyfallHugo) is adapting A. Scott Berg’s biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, and London theater fixture Michael Grandage will make his feature film directing debut.

• Amanda Seyfried and Patrick Dempsey will star in the romantic comedy Wonderful Tonight, about a one night stand that results in pregnancy. Christine Jeffs  (Sunshine Cleaning) will direct from a script by J. Mills Goodloe (Pride). [Deadline]

• Stellan Skarsgård (The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Avengers) has signed onto the dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness, the film’s producers announced today. Based on the novel by François Lelord, the film follows the titular psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) as he searches the globe to discover the secret to true happiness. Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans), and Christopher Plummer costar. Peter Chelsom (Shall We DanceSerendipity) is directing from a script written by him, Maria von Heland (Big Girls Don’t Cry), and newcomer Tinker Lindsay.

• John Cusack is set to headline Airspace, a thriller about a pilot of a charter plane who finds his plane under attack by a MiG fighter jet. Roger Avary (The Rules of Attraction) is in talks to direct from a script penned by Briana Hartman (Brother’s Keeper). [Variety]

• Frank Langella (Robot and FrankFrost/Nixon), Rosario Dawson (Eagle Eye), Josh Hartnett (30 Days of Night), and Gena Rowlands (The Notebook) will star in Parts Per Billion, an ensemble drama follows three couples as they weather a major devastating event. Brian Horiuchi is making his feature directing debut from his own script. [TheWrap]

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