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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

26 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »

- Guy Lodge

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »

- Tim Gray

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Academy Invites 271 New Members (Full List)

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 271 artists and executives to join the organization. Those who accept will be the only additions to the Academy in 2014. "This year's class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today," says Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. "Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy." Invitees include last year's Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong'o, Supporting nominees June Squibb, Sally Hawkins, Barkhad Abdi and Michael Fassbender, and more. (In other news, AMPAS recently shook up its Original Song category rules.) The 2014 invitees are: Actors Barkhad Abdi – “Captain PhillipsClancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption” Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “PrisonersMichael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “ShameBen Foster – »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Universal and Legendary Sign a New 15 Movie Deal with IMAX

5 June 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

IMAX Corporation, Legendary Entertainment and Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp., today announced an agreement to release up to 15 of the studios' upcoming films in IMAX theatres through 2017 under an extension of the companies' long-running relationships.

Under the agreement, IMAX will be part of Universal and Legendary's release strategy for the studios' most highly anticipated live-action tentpole films, including Dracula Untold (October 2014), Seventh Son (February 2015), Fast & Furious 7 (April 2015), Jurassic World (June 2015), Everest (September 2015), Crimson Peak (October 2015) and Warcraft (March 2016).

Here's what Thomas Tull, Legendary's Chairman and CEO, had to say about the IMAX deal in a statement.

"Rich, Greg and IMAX have been important partners for a long time. The IMAX platform has performed over and over again for Legendary, and through this deal we will continue to deliver an unparalleled filmed entertainment experience, as well as showcase the work of our directors in a way that resonates with audiences around the world. »

- MovieWeb

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Ben Foster Talks 'Warcraft' and the Lance Armstrong Biopic | Exclusive

3 June 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

I recently had the chance to speak with actor Ben Foster about his role as Matt "Axe" Axelson in the harrowing action-thriller Lone Survivor, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today, June 3. During our chat, he also offered a few brief updates on two upcoming projects, the video game adaptation Warcraft and the Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic, where he plays cyclist Lance Armstrong, who admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during his his reign as Tour de France champion.

Duncan Jones is directing the video game adaptation Warcraft, which producer Thomas Tull revealed earlier this month employs "next generation" technology in the lengthy post-production process. While Ben Foster wouldn't offer any details regarding the story or his character, he did echo Thomas Tull's earlier statement about how director Duncan Jones is pushing the envelope with the technology they are using.

"It's big (Laughs). I just saw what the Ilm guys have brought back, »

- MovieWeb

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Ben Foster Reveals Warcraft Plot Details

1 June 2014 3:44 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

In a new interview with IGN, Ben Foster spoke about the upcoming "Warcraft" movie, which is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and is based on the popular "War of Warcraft" video game. The actor revealed that he'll play Medivh, who is a sorcerer and comes from an ancient life of protectors bestowed with great powers to do battle with the agents of the Burning Legion. "[Medivh] came up in a time protecting an area, and the way he protected this area was through magic," said Foster. "As peace returned to this land he took a break. We meet him as his friends are returning asking for his help in a battle. What's exciting about Duncan Jones' take on this video game is that it shows both sides of the war. It's not just a video game turned into a movie. It's asking, hopefully, an important question of, where »

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Ben Foster Talks His "Warcraft" Character

31 May 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Actor Ben Foster has confirmed that he'll be playing the sorcerer Medivh in Duncan Jones' fantasy based action adventure "Warcraft," based on the popular "World of Warcraft" video game franchise.

Whilst the impressive cast for the film has been known for sometime, this is the first information we've really had on one of the roles they'll be playing. Talking about his character with IGN, Foster says:

"The character in Warcraft that I play is named Medivh. He's a mage, which is essentially a sorcerer. He came up in a time protecting an area, and the way he protected this area was through magic. As peace returned to this land he took a break. He hung up his staff, so to speak, or let his guns get dusty.

We meet him as his friends are returning asking for his help in a battle. What's exciting about Duncan Jones' take »

- Garth Franklin

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Ben Foster Reveals His 'Warcraft' Character and New Plot Details

31 May 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While the main cast for Warcraft was revealed quite some time ago, with Paula Patton, Anson Mount, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, Travis Fimmel, Anton Yelchin, Toby Kebbell, Dominic Cooper and Ben Foster all taking on substantial roles in director Duncan Jones video game adaptation, none of the characters have been mentioned. Now, in an interview with IGN, Ben Foster confirms that he is playing the sorcerer Medivh in this fantasy based action adventure.

According to the World of Warcraft wiki: Medivh was the last Guardian of Tirisfal, an ancient line of protectors bestowed with great powers to do battle with the agents of the Burning Legion. He was corrupted even before birth, and possessed by the spirit of the demonlord Sargeras who used Medivh in his plan to conquer Azeroth. Medivh contacted the orcish warlock, Gul'dan, and together they opened the Dark Portal, which allowed the Burning Legion to begin its destruction of Azeroth. »

- MovieWeb

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Jonah Hex, Cowboys & Aliens, more: 8 Western movies firing blanks

30 May 2014 7:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Seth MacFarlane's mock-Western movie A Million Ways to Die in the West has received dire reviews from disappointed critics ahead of its release today (May 30).

Not even Neil Patrick Harris's comically camp performance (or his pooing twice inside a hat) could salvage the film, which was summed up by Digital Spy as "a giant tumbleweed of a comedy drifting aimlessly through a laugh-free desert".

From Jonah Hex and Wild Wild West - we name eight other modern Westerns firing blanks below

1. Jonah Hex (2010)

This fantasy Western blockbuster derived from a DC Comics character fell flat on its (criminally disfigured) face upon its release, making a measly $10 million at the box office before sinking without trace. Despite Josh Brolin's best efforts as the lead and Michael Fassbender's brilliantly terrifying bowler-hat-wearing brute Burke, the movie was criticised for being edited within an inch of its short life, so »

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Being Flynn

29 May 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

An A-list cast help About A Boy director Paul Weitz take a more serious look at the father-son dynamic in this adaptation of Nick Flynn's offbeat memoir Another Bulls**t Night in Suck City. Paul Dano plays Nick, a young writer living in the psychological shadow of his suicidal mother (Julianne Moore) and largely absent father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro). So when Jonathan suddenly reappears in Nick's life, it gives both the chance to break the family cycle of addiction and unfulfilled dreams. »

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Sorrentino’s Youth scores sales

18 May 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Wild Bunch and StudioCanal take rights to the Italian director’s follow up to Oscar-winner The Great Beauty.

Wild Bunch and StudioCanal have both boarded rights to Paolo Sorrentino’s next feature Youth, which is proving a hot commodity at the Marche.

Wild Bunch has taken rights in Germany and Spain from Pathe International while StudioCanal has struck a deal for UK with the film’s producers.

Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano recently joined Michael Caine on Sorrentino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winner The Great Beauty.

Written by Sorrentino, the drama is produced by Sorrentino’s longtime producers Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima and Carlotta Calori, partners at Rome’s Indigo Film. Sorrentino’s regular DoP Luca Bigazzi is also on board.

Co-producers are Pathe, who also have French rights, Bis Films, Switzerland’s C-Films and London-based Number 9 Films.

Italian distributor Medusa/Mediaset co-finances.

The film follows two elderly men - one a long retired »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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'Warcraft' Movie Will Follow Two Tribes; Trailer Expected at Comic-Con

14 May 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While promoting Legendary Entertainment's upcoming action-thriller Godzilla, in theaters this weekend, producer Thomas Tull also offered some updates on their video game adaptation Warcraft, which is currently shooting in Vancouver under the direction of Duncan Jones. When IGN asked the producer when fans may expect the first trailer, he had this to say, hinting that those at San Diego Comic-Con will get the first glimpse this summer.

"We show up every summer at Comic-Con - we really enjoy it, and the fans seem to enjoy taking a look at things, so I wouldn't be surprised."

The producer also revealed that that the story, written by Duncan Jones, Charles Leavitt and Chris Metzen, will focus on two tribes.

"With a great cast, there's a lot of folks to follow, so I'd look more in that direction because there's so many talented people working on it. I don't want to spoil anything, »

- MovieWeb

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Cannes: Comedy ‘Pride’ Lures Buyers Before World Premiere (Exclusive)

13 May 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Matthew Warchus’ humor-laced ensemble comedy “Pride,” sold by Pathe, has lured a flurry of key-territory buyers in the run up to its world preem in Directors’ Fortnight.

Inspired by true events that took place during the Margaret Thatcher era in 1984, “Pride” follows a group of gay and lesbian activists who help striking miners.

Pic, which toplines Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, has been acquired by distributors Senator (Germany), Teodora Film (Italy), Hopscotch (Australia) and Lev (Israel).

“It’s a film that’s inspirational, punchy and fun; and it resonates with contemporary events in many parts of the world,” said Muriel Sauzay, Pathe’s head of international sales. Pathe will distribute in France, U.K. and Switzerland.

At Cannes, Pathe is also pre-selling Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth” (“La Giovinizza”), with Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda. Sorrentino’s follow-up to Oscar-winning “The Great Beauty, »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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DVD Review – 12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 May 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

12 Years a Slave, 2013. 

Directed by Steve McQueen.

Starring Chiwetel Eijofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti and Paul Dano.

Synopsis:

In 1841, violinist Solomon Northup is captured and sold into slavery, desperate to reclaim his past freedoms and return to his family.

What more is there to say about Steve McQueen’s harrowing slavery epic? It was one of the most talked about films last year, won best picture at the Academy Awards alongside several other notable awards and is widely regarded one of the best films of all time.

The concept behind 12 Years a Slave isn’t particularly ground-breaking, it’s Steve McQueen’s attention to detail, the fine directorial eye which creates such an emotive experience with the characters we’re exposed to. Based on the real life memoirs of Solomon Northup, the film is very grounded in reality, it doesn’t fall into hyperbole or exaggeration. »

- Sam Thorne

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12 Years A Slave Blu-Ray Review

8 May 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Steve McQueen.

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano and Brad Pitt.

Certificate: 15.

Running time: 133 minutes.

Extras: The Team,  The Score, A Historical Portrait Documentary, (Bd only) Discovering the book, Meet Solomon, Re-Creating an Era, Portraying Slavery, Legacy, Filmmaking Achievement, Interviews with Steve McQueen, John Ridley and other behind the scenes talent.

Being a huge admirer of Steve McQueen’s previous two films Hunger and Shame, I had hoped for more unique work with 12 Years A Slave and I was not disappointed by this exceptional film-maker, who delves into the darkest depths of horrific real-life slavery and still manages to find an unforgettable story that engrains itself decisively and deep into the psyche. McQueen has hauntingly recreated the shocking, true story of Solomon Northup (portrayed here by Chiwetel Ejiofor) during the twelve years he’s kidnapped in a pre-Civil War United States and sold into slavery. »

- Dan Bullock

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Jane Fonda joins Michael Caine in Paolo Sorrentino's Youth

7 May 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jane Fonda has joined the cast of Youth.

The actress will reunite with Michael Caine in Paolo Sorrentino's drama, Deadline reports.

The pair previously starred alongside one another in 1978 comedy California Suite, as well as in Hurry Sundown in 1967.

Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano were announced as the latest additions to Youth's cast earlier this week.

The film centres around ageing friends Fred and Mick - a retired composer and conductor and a film director - who are on holiday together in the Alps.

They find themselves considering the time they have left. While Mick struggles to complete his final movie, Fred finds that there is someone out there who wants to see him make music again.

Production on Youth begins later this month. »

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Daniel Radcliffe Engaged To Erin Darke - Report

6 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Daniel Radcliffe, the erstwhile Harry Potter star, has reportedly proposed to his longtime girlfriend Erin Darke.

Daniel Radcliffe, Erin Darke Engaged

Radcliffe, 24, apparently proposed to Darke without an engagement ring, which the two are set to pick out together while vacationing in Paris. Since the proposal, the two have attempted to keep their engagement a secret.

"They're trying to keep it low-key, because he's very private, but they're both bursting with excitement,” an insider told Star magazine. It's the happiest we've seen him in years."

According to the insider, Radcliffe and Darke hope to marry sometime in 2015. It’s expected they’ll tie the knot where Darke’s family lives, near Lake Michigan.

Radcliffe and Darke have been dating for two years since they met on the set of Kill Your Darlings. In the indie film, Radcliffe starred as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, while Darke had the role of Gwendolyn, »

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Rachel Weisz and Jane Fonda join all-star cast of Paolo Sorrentino's post-Oscar project

6 May 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The last time high-style Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino attempted an English-language film, the results were interesting but muddled: starring Sean Penn as a past-prime goth-rock star crossing America in search of a Nazi war hunter, 2011's unabashedly odd Irish-Italian co-production "This Must Be the Place" had its champions, but was deemed enough of a misfire to send the director back to the safety of home. His follow-up, last year's Fellini-inspired Roman valentine "The Great Beauty" was as Italian as Italian can be, and his most universally acclaimed film to date -- even winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Bolstered by that success, Sorrentino is wading back into English-language waters. Boasting Italian, Swiss and British financing, "Youth" will tell the story of two septuagenarian men -- one a filmmaker trying to assemble his last masterwork, the other a composer being lured out of retirement -- holidaying together in the Alps, »

- Guy Lodge

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Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano cast in Youth

6 May 2014 3:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano have been cast in Youth.

The actors will join Michael Caine in Paolo Sorrentino's drama, reports Variety.

The film centres around ageing friends Fred and Mick - a retired composer and conductor and a film director - who are on holiday together in the Alps.

They find themselves considering the time they have left. While Mick struggles to complete his final movie, Fred finds that there is someone out there who wants to see him make music again.

Weisz will next be seen in Miss You Already and The Lobster.

Keitel recently featured in The Grand Budapest Hotel, while Dano appeared in 12 Years a Slave.

Youth is the follow-up to Sorrentino's Oscar-winning The Great Beauty. »

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