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Thirteen students from nine U.S. colleges and universities as well as three students from foreign universities have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards competition. They will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony, hosted by 1978 Student Academy Award winner and comedian Bob Saget, on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
This year saw first-time honors go to Elon University, Occidental College and the University of Michigan in the U.S. competition, as well as to Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland, and Rits School of Arts, Belgium, in the foreign competition. The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in each of the award categories will be announced at the June 8 ceremony.
The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):
“Bottled Up, »
- Michelle McCue
The Academy Awards for the world’s up-and-coming filmmakers have been announced.
A total of 16 students from colleges in the U.S. and abroad have been named winners of Student Academy Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Each honoree will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry activites culminating in the June 8 awards ceremony at the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters. (Free tickets are available but must be acquired in advance.)
Suspense remains for which award-winners in each of the five categories will receive gold, silver or bronze medals.
The 2013 honorees are (listed alphabetically by film title):
“Bottled Up,” Rafael Cortina, Occidental College
“Dia de los Muertos,” Lindsey St. »
- Jon Weisman
Ask any agent at any shop, boutique or behemoth about the state of the tenpercentery biz, and he or she will earnestly testify: “It’s all about the clients.” Of course, that’s been true for Hollywood talent reps since the days of Myron Selznick, Charles Feldman and Abe Lastfogel. But in the past five years, the role of the agent, and the business of running a sizable agency, has been buffeted by monumental changes, spurred by seismic shifts in the broader entertainment landscape.
Top agents are on the front lines, figuring out how to make money off cell-phone screens and the like. It’s an alien landscape that’s calling for them to see around corners in ways that are vexing even the industry’s sharpest CEOs.
The emergence of Wme as a superpower to challenge the hegemony of CAA has altered the talent representation playing field for everyone — agents, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Former Kauai police officer Joseph Bonachita is accused of breaking into Parker's Wailua home back in 2009. He's also being accused of threateneing Parker and an unnamed woman with a knife. Parker was supposed to testify in court last week, but didn't show up because he apparently had a scheduling conflict.
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- Robyn Ross
They haven’t released a film above a 38 on Metacritic or 36% on Rotten Tomatoes, with averages at 32 and 20% respectively. Practically every 80s horror fan detests them almost as much as critics do. With every remake they churn out, controversy is stirred and concerns are raised. These are then proven rightfully so, as Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company release another pitifully dire film.
Platinum Dunes was started back in 2001 by Bay and fellow film-makers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. They soon set out on their path of destruction, acquiring the rights to their first victim: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. The film was a box office success due to relentlessly heavy and meticulously planned advertising, but the film itself put to shame the masterful original and even the prior sequels that it was following. But besides being an all round terrible film, it started a new trend, one that »
- Jordan Wicks
Any sport at its best can serve as a motivational metaphor for life ... while any sport at its worst can still beat the Houston Astros. And then there's boxing, which is just two people literally beating each other up for money.
But with "42" (the story of Jackie Robinson's inspirational journey to integrate the major leagues) hitting theaters April 12, we thought we'd take a moment to pay tribute to the less celebrated sports films; the ones that teach us to never try and to always give up because life is just a string of disappointments sandwiched between birth and death.
'Rocky II' (1979)
Remember how great "Rocky" was? Remember the heartwarming story of a boxer past his prime finally getting a shot at the title? Remember how moved you felt when Rocky loses to Apollo but wins the respect of the world? Well, this unsubtle sequel has a message »
- Ben Freiburger
We’d be lying if we said we were shocked, because Mormon fever (which is catching) has absolutely gripped the theatre world since its debut on Broadway back in 2011. But when The Book Of Mormon opened this weekend at The Prince Of Wales Theatre in London, it not only broke records for the best single day of sales at a West End show but it also broke it for Broadway too. On Saturday the box office took in an absolute whopping £2,107,972, or $3,210,019 for you American folk, in ticket sales. 150,000 additional tickets have been made available and the show is now booking until January 11, 2014.
Cameron Mackintosh, who owns the theatre and has broke some amazing musicals in his time, had this to say:
“After a phenomenal opening night I am delighted to see a phenomenal record-breaking post opening box office of over £2m. The Mormons have truly delivered a Heavenly hit! »
- Lucy Cave
Prince of Wales, London
If you're lucky enough to somehow have a ticket for this, the most cryingly good night out to have come along for years, and are by any chance looking forward to a smug few British-liberal hours sneering at the mad imbecilities of self-righteous Americans and organised religion, I have to tell you that you'll be disappointed. The Book of Mormon is far, far cleverer, far kinder, far more nuanced than that, and one of its many surprises is that it sent an enraptured, ecstatic audience home with an odd sense of having come, somehow, to really like Mormons.
The first surprise is how punchingly good the music is. The opening number, Hello!, which introduces us to our new friends the Mormons, singing rondo as they pop up around stage to ring our doorbells, accompanied by their impossible teeth, clean monochrome garb and burnished naivety, is one »
- Euan Ferguson
Breaking: The producers of The Book Of Mormon opened the Tony winning hit Thursday night at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. They’ve announced that the show set a record for the biggest single day of sales in West End and Broadway history on the day following. Yesterday, between 10:00 Am and Midnight, the box office did £2,107,972, or $3,210,019 in ticket sales. Some 150,000 additional tickets have been made available and the show is now booking until January 11, 2014. Cameron Mackintosh, who owns the theater and has had his share of big stage hits said: “After a phenomenal opening night I am delighted to see a phenomenal record-breaking post opening box office of over £2m. The Mormons have truly delivered a Heavenly hit!” The Book Of Mormon, with book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, is produced in London by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and Sonia Friedman Productions. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
This week, the Broadway musical The Book of Mormon opened in London. Even before a single review had appeared, tickets were being resold at up to £350. The show has already earned millions for its creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who also gifted the world with South Park. It's enough to make you ask: "Crisis? What crisis?"
There's no mystery about the show's recession-busting success, in the Us and – one feels safe in predicting – here. It's simply a work of genius, so brilliantly conceived and executed that it makes astonishingly savage and sophisticated satire into joyous, hilarious, literally all-singing, all-dancing fun and glamour.
Remarkably, despite the fact that there's barely a moment's respite from robust engagement with issues generally guaranteed to provoke hysterical controversy, The »
- Deborah Orr
London — Broadway sensation "The Book of Mormon" has landed in London, to a warm reception from theatergoers and mixed notices from critics
Most critics praised the production's skill and energy, though the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer said "its mixture of satire and syrup ultimately proves repellent."
Daily Mail critic Quentin Letts was even less enthusiastic: "I tired of it after 10 minutes."
And the Guardian's Michael Billington judged it "mildly amusing. ... a safe, conservative show for middle America."
Reviewers were full of praise for stars Gavin Creel and »
The Book Of Mormon finally hits the West End – officially – this Thursday so we figured it would be a great time to get a little more insight with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, plus Avenue Q creator Robert Lopez with this awesome video blog of how the show came to be! The second video finds them talking about the style as well…enjoy!
If you’re looking for a little more coverage, you can find it over here but in the meantime, check out the video:
To book, call the Prince of Wales Theatre Box Office on 0844 4825110 and the first booking period is 25th February – 1st June 2013.
For even more information, visit their website: www.bookofmormonlondon.com or follow them on Twitter @bookofmormonldn and finally on Facebook at The Book of Mormon West End
- Dan Bullock
It's been an incredible week for Justin Timberlake. And what better way to celebrate it than to paint the town with Jessica Biel? The hitmaker and his actress wife were all smiles Saturday night in New York City as they took in a performance of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon. It was a fitting end to a grueling seven days of work for Timberlake, who's been heavily promoting his new album, The 20/20 Experience, which hits stores tomorrow. After earning acclaim (and high ratings) last weekend by hosting Saturday Night Live for the fifth time, J.T. followed that up with a five-night stint as Jimmy Fallon's musical guest on Late Night, which saw Timberlake »
If you were at all famous sometime in the last sixteen years, congratulations, you were probably made fun of on "South Park" in some manner. Trey Parker and/or Matt Stone didn't touch you? Well, you probably weren't all that famous to begin with. Sorry.
Inspired, our friends at Vulture took seven total years (we're guessing) to compile a list of every single celebrity ever mocked on South Park. Every single one, from Dr. Oz to Ozzy Osbourne to Jesse Jackson and Meredith Vieira. Yes, even Vieira, America's sweetheart.
Not only that, but there are detailed descriptions of how each celebrity was mocked on the show, and which season of the show it took place. Quite the index. (A personal favorite: The necessarily cross-referencing of "West, Kanye" and "DeGeneres, Ellen.)
The downside for Vulture — other than the time it took to do this — is obvious: Now we can all look »
- Nick Blake
In this month's Empire - the one with Ol' Shell Head on the front, out Thursday February 28 - there are three big interviews, one with Danny Boyle, another with Trey Parker and Matt Stone and the other - as you may have guessed - with James McAvoy. In it, the young Professor X talks about everything from Mr. Tumnus to his latest, the Boyle-directed Trance, as well as a little bit on the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past.First a bit of background. Now Bryan Singer is reuniting the casts of both the original trilogy and Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, will certain characters get to share screentime with themselves? You know, with this being a timey-wimey-bendy-wendy sort of a story?From the looks of things, the answer is no, from James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart's points of view, anyway: "[X-Men: Days Of Future Past] will be cool, but I don't think [Patrick Stewart and I] get any scenes together, »
Feature Paul Martinovic 26 Feb 2013 - 11:41
A few months ago a programme aired on ITV called Superstar. If, like the majority of the British viewing public, it passed you by, let me quickly get you up to speed: the reality show was the brain child of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the hugely successful composer behind West End smashes such as Cats, Starlight Express and Evita who has seen a late career resurgence as the self-appointed Simon Cowell of musical theatre.
Following Webber's similarly successful recruitment shows for productions of The Wizard Of Oz and The Sound Of Music, Superstar saw contestants compete to win the title role of Jesus in a new production of Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, alongside Sporty Spice as Mary Magdalene and a newly unemployed Chris Moyles as Herod. »
When it was announced that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were writing a stage musical with the one of the talented minds behind the Broadway and West End smash Avenue Q it seemed like a match made in Heaven.
The Book of Mormon debuted on Broadway in late March of 2011 and the swelling chorus of positive opinion carried the show to phenomenal success. Now the trio are bringing the good word to London and we couldn’t be happier.
Ripping up the collective hypocrisy and absurdism around which many supposedly religious groups base themselves, satire of this kind is nothing new to the duo. Religion has already proved fertile ground for the South Park team, and their success (and populatrity) is so great that The Church of Scientology had its feathers ruffled by the infamous episode Trapped in the Closet and, of course, the genesis of South Park »
- Jon Lyus
Exclusive: Jennifer Howell, head of 20th Century Fox TV‘s animation department, is leaving the studio to pursue other opportunities. I hear her contract is up in May and is not being renewed. Howell has headed the department since 20th TV created it in 2008. The series developed on her watch include Fox’s Bob’s Burgers, the recently picked up Murder Police as well as Napoleon Dynamite and Allen Gregory. 20th Century Fox TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman are expected to find a replacement. Additionally, Howell ran the joint Fox/20th TV Fox Inkubation initiative focused on breaking new animation talent by evaluating potential toon series through fully-formed 2-minute shorts rather than by traditional script development. The program, also started in 2008, developed a number of projects though none got on the air. It was dissolved last year after Fox shifted its attention to the launch of a late-night animation block, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Feature Mark Harrison Feb 15, 2013
Once DVD really overtook the home entertainment market, there was an increased trend towards extended cuts of comedy movies once they reached shiny discs. Whether it's an 'Extreme Edition', or it has 'Gags You Didn't See', or it’s simply 'Uncut', it's hardly the same as releasing extended cuts of movies that suit the director's vision - in the case of Judd Apatow's school of comedy production, it only means that you film absolutely everything, and most of the footage makes it into the film anyway.
Apatow-produced films like Bridesmaids, Funny People, Get Him To The Greek and this week’s This Is 40 tend to give their actors lots of room for improvisation. You also get the impression that they're still coming up »
From Nazi zombies to climate change disaster flicks, stay warm inside and curl up on the couch with these films and TV shows
You've heeded the warnings about the north-east snowstorm, filling up on gas, batteries, milk, booze and other essentials. You left work a few hours early and made it home safely ahead of the blizzard conditions forecasted for the evening commute. This weekend, with a blizzard raging outside from New York to Maine, it's just you, your family, your dwindling provisions – and your Netflix account.
It's the ultimate in snowed-in entertainment And while Netflix doesn't offer the Stanley Kubrick classic for streaming, Amazon Instant will rent it to you for $1.99.
Whatever role climate change has played in the winter weather across the Us north-east, things hopefully won't get as bad as they do in this 2004 disaster drama starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal. »
- Erin McCann
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