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Here’s the Oscar-Qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 Award Winners

25 June 2017 8:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year, some 500 filmmakers from 60 countries braved record temperatures to attend the 23rd annual Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 20-26), the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America. Psisf hosted 338 fiction and documentary shorts, 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.

And more than 4,200 of the festival submissions were available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view online. Check out the complete lineup here.

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA, and Bifa as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the festival gives its competition filmmakers a chance to secure $20,000 in cash prizes in 21 categories. The Panavision Best North American Short Award winner gets the use of a camera package valued at $60,000. Only the first-place winners in five categories are eligible to vie for an Academy Award nomination. Over 22 years, the Festival has presented 101 films that have »

- Anne Thompson

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Here’s the Oscar-Qualifying Palm Springs International ShortFest 2017 Award Winners

25 June 2017 8:30 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This year, some 500 filmmakers from 60 countries braved record temperatures to attend the 23rd annual Palm Springs International ShortFest (June 20-26), the largest short film festival and only short film market in North America. Psisf hosted 338 fiction and documentary shorts, 46 World Premieres, 12 International Premieres, 42 North American Premieres and 16 U.S. Premieres.

And more than 4,200 of the festival submissions were available in the Film Market for industry attendees to view online. Check out the complete lineup here.

Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA, and Bifa as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the festival gives its competition filmmakers a chance to secure $20,000 in cash prizes in 21 categories. The Panavision Best North American Short Award winner gets the use of a camera package valued at $60,000. Only the first-place winners in five categories are eligible to vie for an Academy Award nomination. Over 22 years, the Festival has presented 101 films that have »

- Anne Thompson

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Palm Springs Short Film Fest Features Tatiana Maslany, Robin Wright, Ian McKellen

9 June 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Palm Springs International ShortFest has announced its program of 338 films with directing and acting talent including Tatiana Maslany, Robin Wright, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, and Kate Winslet.

The festival, which runs June 20-26, will feature 46 world premieres, 12 international premieres, 42 North American premieres and 16 U.S. premieres from 60 countries.

“Each year, the quality of films we watch for ShortFest keeps getting stronger,” said festival director Lili Rodriguez. “It makes our job of narrowing down the final selection that much harder, but also incredibly rewarding. There are so many unique and strong voices and we’re really proud to champion these films at the festival.”

This year’s selections include Maslany in “Apart From Everything,” “The Dark of Night,” directed by Wright and starring Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell; McKellen in “Edmund the Magnificent,” Toby Jones in “The Entertainer,” Elba in “Five by Five,” Carrie Coon in “Great Choice,”Winslet in “The Lost Letter, »

- Pat Saperstein

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Man with a Plan: Season Two; New EPs Hired for CBS Sitcom

7 June 2017 9:26 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Man with a Plan has some new company behind the scenes. Deadline reports Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner have been hired as co-executive producers for season two of the CBS TV shows.The sitcom stars Matt LeBlanc as Adam, a contractor and father who starts spending more time with his kids while his wife (Liza Snyder) returns to work for the first time in 13 years. The cast also includes Grace Kaufman, Matthew McCann, Hala Finley, Kevin Nealon, Jessica Chaffin, and Matt Cook.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Former Paramount CEO Brad Grey Dies at 59

15 May 2017 7:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brad Grey, the former Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO, died on Sunday night of cancer. He was 59.

In addition to running Paramount for 12 years, Grey helped transform Brillstein-Grey Entertainment into one of Hollywood’s most successful management and production companies, playing a key role in the development of “The Sopranos” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” He also co-founded Plan B Entertainment with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, through which he produced the Oscar-winning “The Departed.”

Grey was forced out at Paramount in February in the wake of several film flops and some $450 million in annual losses at the studio.

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Grey, a shrewd operator who alternately stroked and clashed with Hollywood’s key power brokers, had a tumultuous tenure at Paramount. He was credited with maintaining strong relationships with Pitt and Martin Scorsese, as well as overseeing the successful “Transformers” and “Mission: Impossible” series. »

- Brent Lang and Stuart Oldham

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Mike Myers Says He Would Love To Do Another 'Austin Powers' Movie

27 April 2017 5:37 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Mike Myers may be ready to slip back into a familiar character.

The 53-year-old comedian reflected on the upcoming 20th anniversary of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and how his father's death inspired him to create the hilarious British spy character.

Flashback: Working Out with Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Kevin Nealon & Mike Myers in ‘93

"After my dad died in 1991, I was taking stock of his influence on me as a person and his influence on me with comedy in general," Myers said in an interview with Hollywood Reporter, published on Thursday. "So Austin Powers was a tribute to my father, who [introduced me to] James Bond, Peter Sellers, The Beatles, The Goodies, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore."

Austin Powers debuted on May 2, 1997, the sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, hit theaters in 1999, and was followed by 2002's Austin Powers: Gold Member, co-starring Beyonce. All three films were directed by Jay Roach.

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Ed Asner to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at L.A. Jewish Film Festival

25 April 2017 7:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ed Asner has been selected to receive a lifetime achievement award at Wedensday’s opening night of the  12th annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills.

Asner has won seven Emmy Awards for performing — more than any other male actor. He received five of the awards for the role as Lou Grant in the two series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Lou Grant.”

Asner served as the 18th SAG president for two terms from 1981 to 1985. He received SAG’s Life Achievement Award in 2002, two years after winning the guild’s Ralph Morgan Award for service to the guild. He was also the lead plaintiff in a 2013 lawsuit against SAG-aftra alleging mishandling of $130 million in royalties and residuals.

The opening night activities will include the screening of  the short film “Super Sex,” directed by actor Matthew Modine and starring Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins, »

- Dave McNary

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Springtime in L.A.: The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

20 April 2017 6:52 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Opening in Beverly Hills on April 26 and continuing to May 3, the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival will showcase contemporary and classic films highlighting the best in Jewish Cinema.Of the 27 films showing, 14 are Los Angeles premieres. One World Premiere, one North American Premiere and one U.S. Premiere make for some great discoveries.

An opportunity for film lovers to celebrate the rich tapestry of Jewish history, Jewish heritage and Jewish characters, the Opening Night Red Carpet Reception at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills evening will honor one of the entertainment industry’s most beloved figures, Ed Asner, with the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary “My Friend Ed”, directed by Sharon Baker and executive produced by Liza Asner.

For his distinguished body of work as an actor, and for his relentless commitment to activism and to preserving Jewish life.

Ed Asner

You know him best as Lou Grant, »

- Sydney Levine

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After Decades of Crafting Fake Ads, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Plans Real Spots for Verizon, Apple

7 April 2017 10:11 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anyone who watches “Saturday Night Live” on NBC knows the late-night program’s antics stop when the show goes to a commercial break. In at least one coming “SNL” broadcast, that won’t be the case.

Viewers who stick around for the ads either during the April 8th or the April 15th broadcast of NBC’s late-night institution will glimpse a spot for Verizon written by “Weekend Update” anchor Colin Jost and featuring cast member Kenan Thompson. The bespoke pitch is part of an ongoing effort by NBC and executive producer Lorne Michaels’ hardworking crew of satirists to make the show more compelling to watch live, rather than via clips the next morning.

“Everyone is struggling now in a world where there is so much media,” Michaels told Variety in an interview. “We are all competing for sponsors, and everything is being reinvented. ‘SNL’ has been reinventing itself from season two.”

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- Brian Steinberg

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Don Rickles Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Loss of a Comedy Genius

6 April 2017 3:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today, we reportedly the sad news that Hollywood has lost another legend, with comedian Don Rickles passing away at the age of 90. His publicist confirmed that the iconic insult comic passed in his Los Angeles home, from kidney failure. As word of his passing spread, Hollywood icons left and right paid tribute to the late comedian through social media, to honor this late legend.

While most sent out their tributes through Twitter, others released lengthier tributes elsewhere. Rolling Stone caught up with Gilbert Gottfried, who summed up the the late comedian's legacy with a heartfelt statement that explained why Rickles will go down in history as one of the best comedians ever. Here's what Gilbert Gottfried had to say.

"Don Rickles was never politically correct, and he would never apologize for any of it. He was totally unapologetic about his comedy. So I admired that and looked at him »

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Bob Newhart, Tom Hanks, Other Stars Remember Don Rickles: ‘A God Died Today’

6 April 2017 12:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legendary comedian Don Rickles died on Thursday at the age of 90, and many of those in Hollywood whom he inspired took to Twitter to honor his legacy.

Although he was widely known as an “insult” comic, stars, especially those in the comedy world, refuted that with stories about his kindness.

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In a statement released on Thursday morning, Bob and Ginnie Newhart expressed their shock and condolences regarding Rickles’ death. “He was called ‘The Merchant of Venom,’ but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring, and most sensitive human beings we have ever known,” the statement reads. “We are devastated and our world will never be the same. We were totally unprepared for this.”

Rose Marie, co-star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” also released a statement: “One of my dearest friends is gone. What a talent! He was remarkable and »

- Sarah Ahern

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Bob Newhart, Tom Hanks, Other Stars Remember Don Rickles: ‘A God Died Today’

6 April 2017 12:50 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Legendary comedian Don Rickles died on Thursday at the age of 90, and many of those in Hollywood whom he inspired took to Twitter to honor his legacy.

Although he was widely known as an “insult” comic, stars, especially those in the comedy world, refuted that with stories about his kindness.

In a statement released on Thursday morning, Bob and Ginnie Newhart expressed their shock and condolences regarding Rickles’ death. “He was called ‘The Merchant of Venom,’ but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring, and most sensitive human beings we have ever known,” the statement reads. “We are devastated and our world will never be the same. We were totally unprepared for this.”

Rose Marie, co-star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” also released a statement: “One of my dearest friends is gone. What a talent! He was remarkable and one of our favorites to work with on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’ I »

- Sarah Ahern

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Kevin Nealon Remembers Garry Shandling, One Year Later

24 March 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Last year, my wife, Susan and I were sitting in our parked car on a cul-de-sac in the hills of Brentwood, California, just outside the bougainvillea draped gate that led to Garry Shandling’s Spanish villa. With great melancholy, we were ruminating and paying tribute to our good friend when a postal worker pulled up and sprang out of her jeep with a handful of deliveries. As she headed toward Garry’s mailbox, I gently alerted her that Mr. Shandling had passed away four months earlier and wouldn’t be needing those letters. She somberly responded that she was aware of that, but it was her duty and the law to continue to deliver the Bed, Bath and Beyond coupons, an Architectural Digest subscription and other mail still addressed to him.

2016 was not a good year for a narcissist to die. It was akin to being on an airplane going down with about a dozen famous people »

- Kevin Nealon

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Newswire: Judd Apatow needs your help with his Garry Shandling documentary

6 February 2017 9:57 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Judd Apatow is currently prepping a documentary about his hero Garry Shandling. The comedy impresario solicited any material that may be of use on Twitter yesterday.

I am making a documentary about Garry Shandling. If anyone has any great video, photos or anything helpful let me know. I am looking!

Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) February 5, 2017

Though details on the project are still sparse, Apatow has teased some of the interviews he’s conducting on social media. Back in November, he posted an image with Kevin Nealon, and last month he posed with Sacha Baron Cohen and Jeff Goldblum. After Shandling died last year, Apatow, who worked on The Larry Sanders Show, organized his memorial. There, Apatow described the late stand-up as a “comedy buddha.” In his book Sick In The Head, Apatow writes: “From the beginning, Garry Shandling was one of my favorite comedians.”

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Awards Roundup: Peter Morgan Set for BFI Fellowship, Richard Curtis Picked for WGA Humanitarian Award and More

3 February 2017 7:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

Awards

– The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced that director Johnny Ma has won the Academy’s Best First Feature award, sponsored by Telefilm Canada, for his feature film, “Old Stone.” This award celebrates the outstanding debut of a first-time filmmaker. The film had its North American premiere at Tiff in the Discovery Programme and was awarded the City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film. The film can be pre-ordered on iTunes for viewing after April 7, 2017.

The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 12.

– Acclaimed screenwriter-director Richard Curtis has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2017 Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, charitable initiatives and world service, which have achieved a »

- Kate Erbland

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