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Aff Adds Panelists to 2014 Conference

The Austin Film Festival just sent me their latest email newsletter with a list of new panelists for the 2014 conference, and I thought I'd share it with you. And yes, there's a local filmmaker in the list. I should not even have to tell you which one, since we've written about her movies enough that you can figure it out.

Here's the list:

Vera Blasi (Emperor)Kat Candler (Hellion)Stephen Falk (Orange is the New Black)Susannah Grant (Members Only, Erin Brockovich)Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

You can read a complete list of 2014 panelists on the Aff website. Austin Film Festival runs from October 23-30 this year.

Also, don't forget that the next film in Aff's "1968" series is Rosemary's Baby, which screens next Tuesday, July 29 at 7 pm at the Texas Spirit Theater in the Texas State
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’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Fruitvale Station’ Excluded From WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”

The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.

Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.

Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the
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Giveaway – Win Run Of Engagement Passes To See Tommy Lee Jones In Emperor In St. Louis

Matthew Fox (World War Z, Alex Cross, “Lost”) joins with Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln, No Country For Old Men, The Fugitive, Hope Springs), newcomer Eriko Hatsune and award-winning Japanese star Toshiyuki Nishida to bring to life the American occupation of Japan in the perilous and unpredictable days just after Emperor Hirohito’s World War II surrender. As General Douglas MacArthur (Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an expert in Japanese culture – and psychological warfare – General Bonner Fellers (Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved? Caught between the high-wire political intrigue of his urgent mission and his own impassioned search for the mysterious school teacher (Hatsune) who first drew him to Japan, Fellers can be certain only that the
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Emperor | Review

Classroom Exercise: Webber’s Latest Historical Drama Dry and Sleepy

Arriving with all the subdued excitement of a vaguely written history textbook comes Peter Webber’s latest film, Emperor, which documents the true story of one man’s task to investigate Japan’s leader General Hirohito during America’s post World War II occupation under the control of General Douglas MacArthur. The task is to unveil just how responsible the Japanese leader was for reprehensible war crimes, the evidence to be used to decide how the Americans pardon or prosecute. While this sounds like a deliriously ripe scenario for intrigue and melodrama, Webber’s film contains neither, instead deciding to saddle it with a deadening war time romance, and rotating mechanically back and forth between a politically explosive scenario and lost love. While Webber is best known for his debut film, an adaptation of the novel The Girl With a Pearl Earring,
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Emperor Review: Matthew Fox Out of His Element

In the final days of World War II, after the Germans had surrendered in Europe, the Japanese still fought hard thinking they could win. Even after numerous bombing raids on Tokyo and of course, the flight of the Enola Gay, Japan's surrender was always one of condition as set forth by Emperor Hirohito in hopes that some honor could be salvaged in a country where honor is more important that anything else.

Emperor is a film that picks up right after the Japanese surrendered aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in 1945. General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones), along with a handful of selected general's, military staffers, and MPs are flying to Tokyo to begin the occupation, and the investigation of the principal actors in Japan's hierarchy for the inevitable trials for war crimes.

General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) serves under MacArthur and had spent five years in Japan before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
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'Emperor' review: Tommy Lee Jones re-interprets MacArthur

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Hirohito sat on the Chrysanthemum Throne through the Japanese invasion of China, the attack on Pearl Harbor and all through World War II. But at the end of the war, there were two emperors in Tokyo. Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander of the Allied powers in the Pacific, ruled Japan as a potentate, overseeing reforms that turned the country away from militarism and feudalism and setting the stage for Japan's ascent as an economic superpower.

"Emperor" is about both men, about MacArthur deciding whether to prosecute Hirohito as a warmonger and war criminal. Was the "God Emperor" merely a passive observer to his country's crimes against humanity? Or did he encourage it?

Tommy Lee Jones gives us a saltier version of the image-obsessed MacArthur, a cagey, guarded and cunning man who wanted to cover himself if he decided to absolve the emperor of blame, but brave enough to know that "a
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New Emperor movie clip "Fearless"

Watch a fresh clip from Roadside Attractions' Emperor war drama starring Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones. Peter Webber directs the film which was seen at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, and opens in theaters from March 8th, 2013. Emperor is based on the book by Shiro Okamoto, adapted for the screen by Vera Blasi and David Klass. The strong cast also includes Eriko Hatsune, Toshiyuki Nishida and Masayoshi Haneda. A gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, Emperor unfolds the story, inspired by true events, of the bold and secret moves that won the peace in the shadows of postwar Japan. Matthew Fox joins with Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones, newcomer Eriko Hatsune and award-winning Japanese star Toshiyuki Nishida to bring to life the American occupation of Japan in the perilous and unpredictable days just after Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender.
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New Emperor movie clip "Fearless"

Watch a fresh clip from Roadside Attractions' Emperor war drama starring Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones. Peter Webber directs the film which was seen at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, and opens in theaters from March 8th, 2013. Emperor is based on the book by Shiro Okamoto, adapted for the screen by Vera Blasi and David Klass. The strong cast also includes Eriko Hatsune, Toshiyuki Nishida and Masayoshi Haneda. A gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, Emperor unfolds the story, inspired by true events, of the bold and secret moves that won the peace in the shadows of postwar Japan. Matthew Fox joins with Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones, newcomer Eriko Hatsune and award-winning Japanese star Toshiyuki Nishida to bring to life the American occupation of Japan in the perilous and unpredictable days just after Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender.
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Emperor Movie Review

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Emperor Movie Review
Title: Emperor Roadside Attractions Director: Peter Webber Screenwriter: Vera Blasi, David Klass Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, Eriko Hatsune Screened at: Dolby24, NYC, 2/26/13 Opens: March 8, 2012 When General Douglas MacArthur was fired by President Harry S. Truman in 1951, the U.S. was split. Some agreed with the general that more aggressive actions should be taken during the Korean War, including what MacArthur wanted, the bombing of Manchuria. Others in our country—including many senior officials in government who were presumably more in the know about the potential for World War III if MacArthur’s plans were approved—were relived at his dismissal. Who revered MacArthur the most? The 69% of [ Read More ]

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2 New Clips & New Images From Emperor: Tommy Lee Jones Giving Orders!

Peter Webber‘s latest drama Emperor is set to (finally) open next month, and just in case you already forgot about this gripping tale of love and honor – we’re here to give you two new clips and to remind you that this movie definitely deserves your full attention. Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox in the leading roles, this film is inspired by true events, and set amidst the tensions and uncertainties of the days immediately following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. Written by David Klass and Vera Blasi, this political thriller tells the story, inspired by true events,...
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Roadside Attractions' Emperor adds new clips. Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones star in drama

We have new clips in from Emperor distributed by Roadside Attractions. The war drama stars Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, Eriko Hatsune, Toshiyuki Nishida and Masayoshi Haneda. Peter Webber directs from the screenplay by Vera Blasi and David Klass, based on the book by Shiro Okamoto. Catch the film which was seen at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, in theaters on March 8th, 2013. The story is based on the resonant, real events of 1945, when General MacArthur took control of a shell-shocked Japan on behalf of the U.S and Bonner Fellers worked covertly to investigate the Emperor's fate while the future of the nation hung in the balance. Entwined with an against-the-odds romance, the story traverses the conflicting loyalties between heart and homeland, between revenge and justice, as the world rebuilds from the ruins of war.
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Roadside Attractions' Emperor adds new clips. Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones star in drama

We have new clips in from Emperor distributed by Roadside Attractions. The war drama stars Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, Eriko Hatsune, Toshiyuki Nishida and Masayoshi Haneda. Peter Webber directs from the screenplay by Vera Blasi and David Klass, based on the book by Shiro Okamoto. Catch the film which was seen at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, in theaters on March 8th, 2013. The story is based on the resonant, real events of 1945, when General MacArthur took control of a shell-shocked Japan on behalf of the U.S and Bonner Fellers worked covertly to investigate the Emperor's fate while the future of the nation hung in the balance. Entwined with an against-the-odds romance, the story traverses the conflicting loyalties between heart and homeland, between revenge and justice, as the world rebuilds from the ruins of war.
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'Emperor' movie poster with Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones

Check out the first poster for Peter Webber's Emperor war drama featuring Matthew Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones in the Vera Blasi and David Klass-scripted film based on the book by Shiro Okamoto. Distributed by Roadside Attractions, and finding theaters on March 8th this year, Emperor is a gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, Emperor unfolds the story, inspired by true events, of the bold and secret moves that won the peace in the shadows of postwar Japan. Also in the cast are newcomer Eriko Hatsune and award-winning Japanese star Toshiyuki Nishida. Yôko Narahashi, Gary Foster, Eugene Nomura and Russ Krasnoff produce.
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'Emperor' movie poster with Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones

Check out the first poster for Peter Webber's Emperor war drama featuring Matthew Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones in the Vera Blasi and David Klass-scripted film based on the book by Shiro Okamoto. Distributed by Roadside Attractions, and finding theaters on March 8th this year, Emperor is a gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, Emperor unfolds the story, inspired by true events, of the bold and secret moves that won the peace in the shadows of postwar Japan. Also in the cast are newcomer Eriko Hatsune and award-winning Japanese star Toshiyuki Nishida. Yôko Narahashi, Gary Foster, Eugene Nomura and Russ Krasnoff produce.
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First Trailer For Post-wwii Drama Emperor

An indie historic drama Emperor which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year to a standing ovation, finally gets a full-length trailer. We only had a chance to see the short clip from a grand historical romance-drama of the kind too rarely seen these days.

Peter Webber’s film takes place in the immediate aftermath of World War II and stars Matthew Fox as General Bonner Fellers, an expert in Japanese culture assigned to assist General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) in investigating whether or not the beloved Japanese Emperor should be punished for war crimes.

And, despite Jones bankable presence in the trailer, this is a tale focused on Fox’s character and his investigation. The romance with the mysterious school teacher Aya (Eriko Hatsune) weaved into it. Emperor, scripted by Vera Blasi and David Klass (Kiss the Girls), also stars Kaori Momoi, Toshiyuki Nishida and Aaron Jackson.
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Tommy Lee Jones Shows Off Swagger In Historical Drama Emperor

"Let's show them some good old-fashioned American swagger." While I like to imagine this is what Tommy Lee Jones says to himself before he steps onto any movie set ever, it's actually a line he delivers as General Douglas MacArthur in the World War II historical drama Emperor. We got a first look at the feature helmed by Peter Webber (Girl With A Pearl Earring) in a short but strong clip last fall, as Emperor was set to make its screen at the Gala Presentation of the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Now as this ambitious post-war movie gears up for its spring release, we've got a full trailer that's got plenty of salty American swagger, plus loads of intrigue. Check it out below, thanks to Yahoo: Penned by Vera Blasi (Tortilla Soup) and David Klass (Walking Tall), Emperor centers on General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), an American soldier tasked
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‘Emperor’ Trailer

Roadside Attractions has released the trailer for “Emperor” starring Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, and Eriko Hatsune.

A gripping tale of love and honor forged between fierce enemies of war, “Emperor” tells the story, inspired by true events, of the bold and secret moves that won the peace in the shadows of post-war Japan. Starring Academy Award-winner Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, and newcomer Eriko Hatsune, “Emperor” brings to life the American occupation of Japan in the perilous and unpredictable days just after Emperor Hirohito’s World War II surrender. As General Douglas MacArthur (Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an expert in Japanese culture – General Bonner Fellers (Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved?

The film was directed by Peter Webber
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Brad Pitt to play Pontius Pilate?

Brad Pitt to play Pontius Pilate?
Los Angeles, Jan 9: Actor Brad Pitt is reportedly set to play Pontius Pilate, the man who killed Jesus Christ, in a film.

The 49-year-old is said to be in talks to take on the lead role in period drama "Pontius Pilate", which tells the biblical tale of the man who sentenced Christ to be killed by crucifixion.

Pitt is expected to sign up soon, reports deadline.com. The script has been written by Vera Blasi.

"You have the available facts from Roman and Jewish history books and the four gospels, and then you are left to speculate, to interpret the character of Pilate and give him a dilemma," Blasi had earlier said.

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Brad Pitt eyeing Pontius Pilate role?

Warner Bros. is planning to bring the story of Pontius Pilate to the big screen. Those familiar with the New Testament will recognise Pilate as the Roman prefect who ultimately sanctioned the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. According to Deadline, Brad Pitt (Fight Club) is eyeing the leading role as the biblical villain.

The screenplay from Vera Blasi (Woman on Top, Tortilla Soup) is said to offer a human look at the religious figure and, according to Blasi, is based in historical fact, detailing Pilate's life up until the fateful order. Blasi also penned the screenplay for Peter Webber’s (Girl with a Pearl Earring) upcoming historical drama Emperor starring Matthew Fox (Lost) and Tommy Lee Jones (No Country for Old Men).

Biblical dramas are becoming ever more popular with a lot of buzz surrounding Darren Aronofsky’s (Black Swan) Noah starring Russell Crowe (Gladiator) and Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Brad Pitt Close to Snacking His Way Through the Crucifixion in ‘Pontius Pilate’

Pontius Pilate, like Benedict Arnold after him, lived in a time of great political and social unrest. Big things were happening, many sides were battling against each other, feelings were running deep, and tempers were flaring. Each was faced with a fateful decision that forced them to choose which side to come down on, which warring faction to appease, and in the end the decisions they made were so poor that they didn’t just make them failures or losers, they made them into history’s most despised villains, the sorts of names who will never be forgotten due to their infamy. Bad for a guy like Pontius Pilate, sure, but a dissection of the political and religious turmoil that led to his decision of whether or not to authorize the crucifixion of Jesus Christ sounds like it could make for a really good movie. Or, at least, that’s what Warner Bros has been hoping ever
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