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George Clooney is Returning to TV + More Industry News 11/11-11/17

George Clooney is coming back to the small screen.The actor has signed on to direct and star in a limited series adaptation of “Catch-22,” the Joseph Heller novel about a U.S. Air Force bombardier in WWII Italy. No network is attached but filming will likely begin early next year. (Variety) “The Lion King” celebrated 20 years on Broadway.And in those years, hundreds of performers have taken the stage. Here are some of their stories. (New York Times) After pulling his next film the Weinstein Company, Quentin Tarantino’s “#9” lands at Sony.A fierce bidding war took place for the director’s ninth film, a drama set in L.A. during the time of the Charles Manson murders. Warner Bros., Fox, Universal, Lionsgate, and Annapurna all vied for distribution rights, with the film ultimately landing with Sony. (Deadline) The Academy opens film season with 9th annual Governors Awards.This
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Agnès Varda Has Mixed Feelings About Her Honorary Oscar, But Loves Creating Art on the Margins

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Agnès Varda Has Mixed Feelings About Her Honorary Oscar, But Loves Creating Art on the Margins
The morning after receiving her honorary Oscar at the Governors’ Ball, visions of dancing with Angelina Jolie still danced in Agnès Varda’s head. “Can you believe they were surrounding me, protecting me?” she said, holding court on the brick Beverly Hills patio at the French Consul’s residence in Beverly Hills, wreathed by French journalists. Among those who came to see her receive the award were National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image president Frédérique Bredin, Unifrance president Serge Toubiana, and Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux.

“I’m totally honored, I’m totally pleased, I’m touched to tears that they did such a long trip to be with me,” said Varda, grasping an actual pair of rose-colored glasses. She sat poolside at a circular table, beside a teapot, echoing Faye Dunaway’s famous morning-after Oscar photograph 40 years prior. However, instead of a satin robe and stilettos,
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The Academy Opens Film Award Season With 9th Annual Governors Awards

In their illustrious 9th iteration, the Governors Awards took place Nov. 10 in Los Angeles. Widely regarded as the kick-off of film awards season, the A-list-attended black-tie dinner was held at the Hollywood and Highland Center’s historic Ray Dolby Ballroom and presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. One of five award ceremonies hosted by AMPAS (along with the Academy Scientific and Technical Awards, Academy Student Academy Awards, Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and the Oscars themselves), the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony is considered an important opportunity for the season’s Oscar hopefuls to get face time with members of the Academy in hopes of garnering their votes. Of the 2017 event, Academy president John Bailey, newly appointed in October, said: “This year’s Governors Awards reflect the breadth of international, independent and mainstream filmmaking, and are tributes to four great artists whose work embodies the diversity of our shared humanity.
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Inside the Governors Awards: Jennifer Lawrence & Darren Aronofsky Have a Date Night, Angelina Jolie Dances Onstage

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Inside the Governors Awards: Jennifer Lawrence & Darren Aronofsky Have a Date Night, Angelina Jolie Dances Onstage
Though the 2018 awards season won’t get into full swing until next year, the stars are already hitting the red carpet.

Jennifer Lawrence and her boyfriend Darren Aronofsky were among the countless celebrities in attendance at the 2017 Governors Awards on Saturday, hitting the Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, where director Agnes Varda, The Revenant director Alejandro Gonzélez Iñérritu, cinematographer Owen Roizman, director Charles Burnett and actor Donald Sutherland all received honorary Oscars.

Although Lawrence, 27, and Aronofsky, 48, did not pose together on the red carpet, the couple sat together at a table and appeared to be in good spirits during the event.
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The Academy Governors Awards: Angelina Jolie and Agnes Varda Danced as Hollywood Celebrated Oscars

The Academy Governors Awards: Angelina Jolie and Agnes Varda Danced as Hollywood Celebrated Oscars
“Shitty is shitty,” new Academy governor Whoopi Goldberg told me of the vote to expel a member for the second time in AMPAS’ 90-year history. As everyone in Hollywood struggles to keep their head straight amid a flood of sexual harassment scandals, this year’s crop of Oscar contenders braved Hollywood and Highland traffic snarls to charm a room full of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) members, including the 54 Governors who voted for this year’s five Honorary Oscars, presented at the 9th (untelevised) Governors Awards.

Behind the scenes, Oscar campaigners had pushed their clients as presenters. Clearly, it was a no-brainer to put Jennifer Lawrence (“mother!”) on stage to present to her “Hunger Games” costar Donald Sutherland (“M.A.S.H.,” “Klute,” “Don’t Look Now”), who never scored one Oscar nomination. “It’s odd that he never won an Oscar,” said Lawrence, thanking him for his generosity and
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The Academy Governors Awards: Angelina Jolie and Agnes Varda Danced as Hollywood Celebrated Oscars

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The Academy Governors Awards: Angelina Jolie and Agnes Varda Danced as Hollywood Celebrated Oscars
“Shitty is shitty,” new Academy governor Whoopi Goldberg told me of the vote to expel a member for the second time in AMPAS’ 90-year history. As everyone in Hollywood struggles to keep their head straight amid a flood of sexual harassment scandals, this year’s crop of Oscar contenders braved Hollywood and Highland traffic snarls to charm a room full of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) members, including the 54 Governors who voted for this year’s five Honorary Oscars, presented at the 9th (untelevised) Governors Awards.

Behind the scenes, Oscar campaigners had pushed their clients as presenters. Clearly, it was a no-brainer to put Jennifer Lawrence (“mother!”) on stage to present to her “Hunger Games” costar Donald Sutherland (“M.A.S.H.,” “Klute,” “Don’t Look Now”), who never scored one Oscar nomination. “It’s odd that he never won an Oscar,” said Lawrence, thanking him for his generosity and
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Beauty Break: 10 Greatest Photos from the 2017 Governors Award

by Nathaniel R

Varda & Jolie dancing

As you surely know by now the Academy held the annual Governor's Awards last night honoring directors Agnes Varda and Charles Burnett, actors Donald Sutherland, and cinematographer Owen Roizman who we've been celebrating here on the blog this past week. The giddiest moment was surely Angelina Jolie and Agnes Varda doing a little dance when the Mother of the French New Wave was presented with her statue, complete with spins and everything.

As something of a surprise to yours truly (did I miss a press release somewhere?) they also honored director Alejandro González Iñárritu with a special Oscar for an experimental Vr project...  
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Governors Awards Ignore Scandals, Hand Out Year’s First Oscars

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Governors Awards Ignore Scandals, Hand Out Year’s First Oscars
Now in their 9th year, the Governors Awards ceremony presented by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences followed suit with other kudos events so far this season and studiously avoided any reference to the industry’s sex harassment scandals to instead put on a very good show celebrating the achievements deemed worthy of Oscar. The board gave out five of them. Recipients Agnes Varda, Donald Sutherland, Owen Roizman, Charles Burnett, and Alejandro G. Inarrritu, on…
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Oscars’ Governors Awards Party in the Shadow of Hollywood’s Dark Times

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The Academy’s 9th annual Governors Awards, which took place on Saturday night at the Ray Dolby Ballroom, was a Hollywood event that managed not to be overshadowed by Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and the other entertainment figures whose transgressions have dominated the news lately. Instead, the focus was largely on two hours of warm and sometimes touching tributes to directors Agnes Varda and Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman, actor Donald Sutherland and Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Vr installation “Carne y Arena,” with a side helping of Oscar campaigning from a room full of contenders. In a way, this year’s ceremony served as.
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Hot-Button Topics Mostly Avoided as Academy Toasts Honorary Oscar Recipients

Hot-Button Topics Mostly Avoided as Academy Toasts Honorary Oscar Recipients
As awards season launches underneath a shadow for the second year in a row, Oscar contenders aplenty turned out to salute four cinema legends and a bold work of immersive art Saturday night.

But the current headline-making ills plaguing the industry failed to creep into an evening dedicated to celebration. Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) were just some of the names on hand to raise a glass to filmmakers Charles Burnett and Agnes Varda, cinematographer Owen Roizman and actor Donald Sutherland at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ ninth annual Governors Awards ceremony.

Also honored was filmmaker Alejandro G. Inarritu, for his virtual reality installation “Carne y Arena.” The Oscar-winning director of “Birdman” and “The Revenant” received a rare special commendation from the Academy for his efforts.

Luminaries such as Lawrence Kasdan, Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Chastain, Angelina Jolie and [link
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Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie and More A-Listers Dress to Impress at the 2017 Governors Awards

Hollywood goes glam!

The biggest and brightest stars stepped out on Saturday night to attend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 9th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, California.

As the celebs made their way into the ceremony, heads turned as they showed off their stunning and elegant ensembles on the red carpet.

Jennifer Lawrence arrived in a flirty Alexander McQueen two-piece from the designer's Resort 2018 collection. The Mother! star wore a bedazzled black crop top with a matching full skirt that featured the same embellishments as her top.

Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

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Margot Robbie was an exquisite beauty wearing a plunging black velvet Altuzarra dress with floral and beaded embellishment. The blonde bombshell added a touch of elegance with a pale pink feathered coat and jewelry by Sara Weinstock. 

Photo: Kevin Winter
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Academy Avoids Harassment Talk as Five Legends Get Governors Awards

Academy Avoids Harassment Talk as Five Legends Get Governors Awards
"Tonight, we all aspire to reach higher. We all aspire to dream bigger tonight — to be greater," Steven Spielberg intoned Saturday night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 9th annual Governors Awards, during which which honorary Oscars were presented to actor Donald Sutherland, 82, whose career ranges from Mash to Ordinary People to The Hunger Games franchise; director Charles Burnett, 73, a pioneer in black independent film with movies like 1977’s Killer of Sheep; cinematographer Owen Roizman, 81, who has shot such iconic movies as The French Connection, The Exorcist and Tootsie; and director Agnes Varda, 89, who helped kickstart the French New Wave with...
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113 days 'til Oscar. The Existential Question of the Honorary Oscars.

by Nathaniel R

Audrey Hepburn giving King Vidor his HonoraryThe Honorary Oscars, which will be given out again tonight to a very deserving quartet (Donald Sutherland, Owen Roizman, Agnes Varda, and Charles Burnett), have always been a curious and quite arbitary distinction. Like competitive Oscars the timing has to be just right. You have to be on people's minds. You have to have a cheerleading section in the right places within the Academy. You mostly have to be of a certain age (so if you die before you're 75 or so, forget about it!). Curiously, though, you don't have to be overdue having lost a bunch of previous Oscars. This year's recipients fit into the tradition of "overdue because they've been under-honored" but this is not always the case. The Honorary Oscars, even since the beginning have often gone to people who've won competitive statues. That's a strange thing, if you ask us,
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Owen Roizman Followed Family Footsteps for Legendary Hollywood Career

Owen Roizman Followed Family Footsteps for Legendary Hollywood Career
If Owen Roizman had lived his childhood dream, he would have played baseball. Rather than keeping his eye on the literal ball, he focused on camera work instead — a decision that paid off with five Academy Award nominations for cinematography on “The French Connection,” “The Exorcist,” “Network,” “Tootsie” and “Wyatt Earp.” On Nov. 11, he’ll receive a Governors Award in recognition of his accomplishments.

Roizman’s father, Sol, had been a cameraman for Fox MovieTone News, but Owen hadn’t initially planned to follow in his father’s footsteps.

“When I went to school, I was best in math and physics, but when I went to job interviews my senior year and asked how much money I could make [in those fields], it wasn’t very exciting,” he says. “So I asked my father how much I could make as an assistant cameraman, and it was a lot more than a physicist or a mathematician, so I figured,
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Honorary Oscars: Owen Roizman and "Tootsie"

We're revisiting work from this year's Honorary Oscar winners. Here's Eric Blume on cinematography Owen Roizman

Sydney Pollack’s 1982 movie Tootsie is one of my all-time favorite films. It's a perfect treat to revisit when you need to feel like there’s hope in the world. Despite many viewings, I’ve never truly contemplated the cinematography by one of this year’s Honorary Oscar recipients, Owen Roizman.

Tootsie marked Roizman’s fourth of five Academy Award nomination (the others are The French Connection, The Exorcist, Wyatt Earp and Network). It’s not the kind of work that typically generates an Oscar nomination. Indeed, the competition that year (Gandhi, Das Boot, E.T., and Sophie’s Choice) were the more magical, lyrical, expansive sort of films that are usually recognized in that category.

But Roizman’s contribution to Tootsie is gigantic, key to the film’s tone and success. It's also
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Playback: Honorary Oscar Recipient Donald Sutherland Reflects on His Career

Playback: Honorary Oscar Recipient Donald Sutherland Reflects on His Career
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

The film Academy’s Governors Awards ceremony is set for this weekend, honoring filmmakers Charles Burnett and Agnes Varda, cinematographer Owen Roizman and actor Donald Sutherland. Sutherland’s name in particular was a heavy favorite in advance of this year’s honorees announcement, as Oscar recognition for the esteemed star has been elusive. So it’s a perfect time to dive into one of the legendary screen careers.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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Sutherland is currently filming James Gray’s “Ad Astra” and Danny Boyle’s “Trust” (in which he plays oil tycoon J. Paul Getty). So while these kinds of things can have a “lifetime achievement” vibe for some, the actor is still very much at the top of his
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Oscars: Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Virtual Reality Installation ‘Carne y Arena’ to Receive Special Award

Oscars: Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Virtual Reality Installation ‘Carne y Arena’ to Receive Special Award
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that Alejandro G. Inarritu’s virtual reality installation “Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible)” will receive a special Oscar statuette this year, “in recognition of a visionary and powerful experience in storytelling.”

The award will be presented to both Inarritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki at the 9th annual Governors Awards on Nov. 11. The duo has “opened for us new doors of cinematic perception,” AMPAS president John Bailey said. “Inarritu’s multimedia art and cinema experience is a deeply emotional and physically immersive venture into the world of migrants crossing the desert of the American southwest in early dawn light. More than even a creative breakthrough in the still emerging form of virtual reality, it viscerally connects us to the hot-button political and social realities of the U.S.-Mexico border.”

Inarritu won back-to-back best director Oscars for “Birdman” in 2015 and “The Revenant” in 2016. Lubezki received cinematography
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Donald Sutherland 15 greatest films on way to honorary Oscar include ‘M*A*S*H,’ ‘Ordinary People,’ ‘Hunger Games’

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Donald Sutherland 15 greatest films on way to honorary Oscar include ‘M*A*S*H,’ ‘Ordinary People,’ ‘Hunger Games’
Donald Sutherland finally receives an Oscar in 2017. On September 6, the board of governors for the academy announced that the veteran actor will receive an honorary Academy Award. He is joined by cinematographer Owen Roizman and writer-directors Charles Burnett and Agnes Varda for the annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 12. To celebrate Sutherland’s […]
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Oscars: David Rubin Returning to Produce Governors Awards

David Rubin will return to produce the ninth annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Academy president John Bailey made the announcement on Friday. Honorary awards will be presented to writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman, actor Donald Sutherland, and director Agnès Varda at the Nov. 11 ceremony at the Hollywood & Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

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“David’s continuing and passionate commitment to the Governors Awards assure us that the evening will be a memorable tribute to this year’s four distinguished filmmakers,” Bailey said.

Rubin has casting credits on more than 100 films and TV programs, including “Trumbo,” “Wild,” “Lars and the Real Girl,” “Hairspray,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Men in Black,” “Romeo + Juliet,” “The English Patient,” “Get Shorty,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” He has received six Emmy nominations, most
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Oscars: David Rubin Returning to Produce Governors Awards

Oscars: David Rubin Returning to Produce Governors Awards
David Rubin is returning to produce the ninth annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy president John Bailey announced today.

Honorary Awards will be presented to writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman, actor Donald Sutherland and director Agnès Varda at the nontelevised ceremony, which will be held Nov. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“David’s continuing and passionate commitment to the Governors Awards assure us that the evening will be a memorable tribute to this year’s four distinguished filmmakers,” Bailey said.

“I’m thrilled to once again be entrusted with...
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