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Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has extended a record-breaking 322 invitations for membership. No doubt that after last year's dust-up over the lack of Academy Award nominations for "Selma" and the dearth of black nominees in general, the organization and president Cheryl Boone Isaacs are still looking to increase diversity among the ranks. Perusing the list of new invitees, there are several names of interest to our readers, whose work we've covered frequently on this site including actors David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Kevin Hart; directors Abderrahmane Sissako, F. Gary Gray, Malcolm D. Lee, and Rick Famuyiwa; documentary editor Lewis »
- Jai Tiggett
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Independence Day Resurgence
A new piece of concept art from the upcoming "Independence Day" sequel has gone online. The art shows the military piloting an alien craft through what was once a city. Roland Emmerich returns to helm the follow-up to the 1996 alien invasion tale which is currently filming ahead of a release next summer. [Source: Empire]
The general release of Baltasar Kormakur's climbing disaster tale "Everest" has been pushed back by a week from September 18th to September 25th. The move has been designed to give an extra push to the movies IMAX run which will still continue on the 18th and have a one week exclusive run in the premium large-format.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, John Hawkes Michael Kelly and Sam Worthington star in the film about the 1996 disaster that left climbers stranded high atop the world's highest mountain. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
The Downslope, Midnight Sun, Imagine Agents, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change.
Chasing Phil: The World’s Greatest Con Man, Two Undercover FBI Agents, And Their Amazing Around The World Adventure
Warner Bros. has preemptively acquired author David Howard’s book proposal “Chasing Phil: The World’s Greatest Con Man, Two Undercover FBI Agents, And Their Amazing Around The World Adventure” for Robert Downey Jr. to produce and potentially star
The book proposal details the FBI’s first foray into white collar crime-fighting and its use of agents as long-term, undercover operatives. The story follows two young FBI agents as they infiltrate the world of Phil Kitzer, the charismatic mastermind behind dozens of multi-million dollar schemes and his international network of associates known as The Fraternity. »
- Rollo Tomasi
Screenwriters Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver are re-teaming with Malcolm D. Lee for the Untitled Girl’s Trip Project at Universal. Project marks the second time the trio have worked together after Barbershop 3, which is currently in production. Barris is the creator of the ABC comedy series Black-ish and is also writing a feature adaptation of the 1970s TV show Good Times. Will Packer will be producing Girl’s Trip through his Will Packer Productions banner. Packer’s next… »
“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and his “Barbershop 3” collaborator Tracy Oliver will co-write the screenplay for Universal’s untitled Girl’s Trip project, the studio announced Monday. Malcolm D. Lee is set to direct the film, which Will Packer will produce via his Will Packer Productions banner. Lee is currently directing “Barbershop 3,” so he has worked with Barris and Oliver before. Packer is coming off a year in which he had three films open atop the box office, including “No Good Deed,” “Think Like A Man Too” and “Ride Along.” Packer also has Universal’s “Straight Outta Compton” and “Ride Along 2” on. »
- Jeff Sneider
Packer’s producing credits include “No Good Deed,” “Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man” and its sequel, “Takers” and the upcoming “Ride Along 2.” He is exec producing “Straight Outta Compton” for Universal.
Barris is adapting the 1970s TV show “Good Times” for the bigscreen. »
- Dave McNary
Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect) has joined the cast of Barbershop 3, the MGM sequel that New Line will distribute. He will play Samir, an extremely talented barber from Detroit who is picked on constantly for his Indian-American roots — though always taking the hits in stride with swag and humor. Ambudkar joins Ice Cube, Common and Cedric the Entertainer in the cast for director Malcolm D. Lee. Cube Vision is producing, and MGM will run production. Bob Teitel and George… »
"Barbershop 3" is set for a February 19, 2016 release, with a cast the seemingly continues to grow, including additions, Deon Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Regina Hall, who have all booked roles in the New Line/MGM threequel, joining the previously cast Michael Rainey Jr., Common, Anthony Anderson and returning stars Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Eve. Malcolm D. Lee is directing, from a script penned by "Black-Ish" creator, Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Ice Cube's Cube Vision shingle is producing, with Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr of State Street Pictures as lead producers. Collectively, the first 2 movies grossed $140 »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. of State Street Pictures are the lead producers. Malcolm D. Lee, who directed the “Best Man” movies, is directing “Barbershop 3″ from a script by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Regina Hall, Eve and Common are also set to star.
The original 2002 film, directed by Tim Story and set in Chicago, starred Ice Cube and Anthony Anderson. The 2004 sequel “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” featured the same cast, with Kevin Rodney Sullivan directing. The two “Barbershop” films combined for about $140 million in worldwide box office.
- Dave McNary
Rapper and actress Nicki Minaj has signed on to join the growing cast of MGM's upcoming comedy sequel Barbershop 3. She will play a new character named Draya, who works as a beautician in the beauty shop area of the Barbershop. The role marks Nicki Minaj's second big screen performance, after making her feature debut on last year's The Other Woman.
Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back In Business stars Ice Cube (Calvin Palmer), Cedric the Entertainer (Eddie) and Eve (Terri) are reprising their roles for the sequel. New casting additions include Common and Regina Hall, but no details were given for their characters. It isn't clear at this point if other original franchise stars such as Sean Patrick Thomas (Jimmy), Troy Garity (Issac), Michael Ealy (Ricky) and Leonard Earl Howze (Dinka) will also come back for the follow-up.
Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. of State Street Pictures are the lead producers. Malcolm D. Lee, who directed the “Best Man” movies, is directing “Barbershop 3″ from a script by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver.
Minaj will play Draya, the sassy new hairdresser of the beauty shop portion of the barbershop. She made her first screen appearance last year in “The Other Woman,” portraying the assistant to Cameron Diaz’s character.
The original 2002 film, directed by Tim Story and set in Chicago, starred Ice Cube and Anthony Anderson. The 2004 sequel “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” featured the same cast, with Kevin Rodney Sullivan directing.
- Dave McNary
He appeared in the first film 13 years ago as Jd, the Atm thief who's antics nearly closed the barbershop in the original film.
After getting arrested at the close of the first movie, he didn't appear in the second.
The "Barbershop 3" cast continues to grow. In the latest casting news... Deon Cole, Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall, and Eve have all booked roles in the New Line/MGM threequel, joining the previously cast Michael Rainey Jr., Common, and returning stars Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer (Eve was also in the first 2 films). Malcolm D. Lee is attached to direct, from a script penned by "Black-Ish" creator, Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Ice Cube's Cube Vision shingle is producing, with Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr of State Street Pictures as lead producers. Collectively, the first 2 movies grossed $140 million domestically on comparitively low »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. of State Street Pictures are the lead producers. Malcolm D. Lee, who directed Hall in the “Best Man” movies, is directing “Barbershop 3″ from a script by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver.
Hall will play Angie, the woman in charge of the beauty shop portion of the barbershop.
The original 2002 film, directed by Tim Story and set in Chicago, starred Cube and Anthony Anderson. The 2004 sequel “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” featured the same cast, with Kevin Rodney Sullivan directing.
The two “Barbershop” films combined for about $140 million in worldwide box office.
Hall was recently be seen in Jim Strouse’s “People, Places and Things,” which premiered at Sundance and was recently acquired by the Film Arcade. She will be seen next »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: There's another new customer in New Line/MGM's Barbershop 3. Actor-comic Deon Cole has joined the cast of the threequel opposite Ice Cube, Common and Cedric the Entertainer. He'll play Dante, a fixture at the shop who shares his pithy comments on any subject under the sun, even though his cultural references are a few years out of date. His casting comes a day after Common secured a role in the pic. Malcolm D. Lee, the director behind The Best Man films, is helm… »
Exclusive: Common has committed to star in the ensemble cast of Barbershop 3, the MGM sequel that New Line will distribute. He joins Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer, who are reprising, and The Best Man franchise director Malcolm D. Lee, who’s helming. Cube Vision is producing and MGM will run production. Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr of State Street Pictures are the lead producers. The script is by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Common has been busy since winning… »
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