THE WRAP – Uma Thurman will host the 24th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City, the Independent Filmmaker Project announced Tuesday.

The organization also announced that presenters at the event will include Meryl Streep, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Marisa Tomei, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Catherine Keener and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Other presenters will include Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Will Arnett, Heather Graham, Amy Schumer and Miles Teller.

The show will take place on Monday, Dec. 1 at Cipriani Wall Street, with seven competitive awards being presented to independent films and tributes taking place to actor Tilda Swinton, director Bennett Miller and Netfix’s Ted Sarandos.

Artists expected to attend include Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, J.C. Chandor, Jon Hamm and Oscar Isaac. Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” led all films in nominations with four, followed by “Birdman,” “Dear White People,” “Nightcrawler” and “Under the Skin” with two.

The Gotham Awards are one of the two major honors given to independent film. The other, the Film Independent Spirit Awards, takes place late in the season, the day before the Oscars.

The Spirit Awards will announce nominations on Tuesday.

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VARIETY – Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar! is to start shooting Monday in studios and on location in Los Angeles, sources close to the production have confirmed.

Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Alden Ehrenreich and Jonah Hill star in the film set in Hollywood in the 1950s.

The Coen Brothers wrote and will direct the film, which is a Working Title/Mike Zoss Production, and is being produced by the Coen Brothers and Working Title Films’ Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan.

Hail, Caesar! marks the eighth film collaboration between the Coen Brothers and Working Title following A Serious Man, Burn After Reading, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski, Fargo and The Hudsucker Proxy.

Universal has dated the film for a February 2016 release date in the U.S.

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