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at the TCA panel for Transparent (Getty)
Let’s make this clear from the start – this is not the first time actor Jeffrey Tambor has been in a dress.
If you’re a fan of the actor’s work over the years, he’s donned a dress in previous roles on Hill Street Blues and Arrested Development but during Saturday’s panel for the new Amazon series Transparent, the actor explained his role as a transgender husband/parent is new territory for him. “This is far different,” he said. “I think this is probably the most transforming experience I’ve had and had such depth. It also shows how far television has gone in terms of content and this is far more leveled and centered. And I feel very honored in bringing forth this whole subject…it’s really cool.”
In the series, »
- Jim Halterman
Binge is the new black: Amazon Studios is taking a cue from streaming rival Netflix in its release of an upcoming series. The TV studio division of the online retailer plans to make available all 10 episodes of its new dark comedy Transparent at the same time this fall. Transparent creator Jill Soloway announced the move to reporters at the show’s Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour panel in Beverly Hills on Saturday.
When Amazon released its first round of major shows — comedies Alpha House and Betas, which debuted last year — the company rolled out new episodes on a staggered basis, »
- James Hibberd
All ten episodes of the series will premiere at once through Amazon Prime Instant Video, in the so-called “binge” model popularized by Netflix. Decisions have not yet been made on the exact airdates or delivery models for a number of Amazon’s other new original series, which may debut weekly or in one block like “Transparent.” Returning comedy “Alpha House” will debut in October, “Mozart in the Jungle” will premiere in December, and “The After” and “Bosch” will premiere early 2015. “The After” will be released on a weekly basis.
“Transparent” centers around an La family with serious boundary issues who have their past and future unravel when a dramatic admission causes everyone’s secrets to spill out. It stars Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffman, »
- Laura Prudom
Amazon Studios' Transparent is breaking the rules. From creator Jill Soloway (Afternoon Delight), Transparent — which has already received critical notice — centers on a Los Angeles family and their lives after they learn that their father Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) is transitioning to become a woman. Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann and Judith Light co-star, with guest appearances by Kathryn Hahn and Rob Huebel. In March, the series was picked up for a 10-episode season by Amazon (Roy Price, Amazon Studios director, called Transparent "distinctive" at the time), which will be available all at once in
- Philiana Ng
Yesterday the Academy sent out a press release announcing 271 individuals who have been invited to join their hallowed ranks. This happens each and every year and is something very nice to see. I always like finding out which members of the industry are invited to join The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This year, with 271 individuals seen fit for acceptance into their ranks, I sort of wonder if they’ll be able to impact voting in some way and change who and what are nominated for Oscars. You can see the full list of who’s been invited to join at the end of this piece, but a number of names stand out to me and got me thinking about this. Who are some of the folks on the invite list? Well, they include the likes of Paul Dano, Michael Fassbender, Clark Gregg, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lupita Nyong’o, »
- Joey Magidson
The voting body that makes up the Academy of Motion Picture Arts in Sciences announced the newest slate of members it has invited to join the prestigious group, who, among other things, are the people responsible for determining Academy Award nominees and winners.
Each year, the Academy gets its share of flack around awards season when the hip, indie flicks get shut out of traditional categories with many lamenting the so-called “boys club” and “old white men” that make up the majority of the membership body. The Academy certainly looks to be freshening up its image with the latest crop of member inductees who are younger and more diverse than seemingly ever.
New Academy members cover a multitude of categories including actors, directors, editors, musicians and composers, casting directors, producers, documentarians, and more groups that cover all branches of the awards categories.
Making the cut this year are recent nominees and winners Lupita Nyong’o, »
- Rachel West
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its list of actors, filmmakers, and others involved in the moviemaking industry that have been invited to join the Academy’s membership. 271 artists made the cut this year, ranging from recent winners and nominees like Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender to more eclectic choices like Rob Riggle, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Josh Hutcherson, and even Jason Statham. Chris Rock also finally gets a ballot years after hosting the ceremony, and Clark Gregg will bring some Marvel pedigree into the fold. On the filmmaking side, brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, David Gordon Green, Denis Villeneuve, and Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) join the directors branch, while Dp Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave) has been added to the cinematographers group. Eddie Vedder and Pharrell Williams (sans hat) are also now Academy members should they accept their invitations. The full list is still disappointingly short on females, »
- Adam Chitwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said 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.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
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
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
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
“Portlandia” co-creator, writer and star Carrie Brownstein has just signed on to Jill Soloway's buzzy Amazon series, “Transparent,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. A representative for Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Brownstein will play Gaby Hoffman's best friend Syd on the dark comedy, which follows a Los Angeles family with serious boundary issues. Also read: ‘Portlandia’ Tailgates, ‘Prairie Home Companion'-Style (Video) In addition to Hoffman, Brownstein joins the previously announced cast of Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. Jill Soloway (“Six Feet Under,” “United States of Tara »
- Jethro Nededog and Jeff Sneider
Moving from unlikely friendships in Starlet, to perhaps the likeliest of neighbors, Sean Baker appears to have found a cosmos that is inspiring to him in the rarely depicted Los Angeles backdrop. While still mum on plot details, Deadline has learned that Tangerine will include the filmmaker’s preferred mix of first timers and old-timers. Newbie thesps Kiki Lee Key and Mya Taylor are supported by Mickey O’Hagan and Karren Karagulian – both appeared in Baker’s films (including Prince of Broadway and Starlet) and oft used Spike Lee character actor in James Ransone.
Production on his fifth feature began earlier this year with Mark and Jay Duplass once again proving their love for American indie as exec producers alongside hubby & wife team Marcus and Karrie Cox’s Through Films. Darren Dean and Shih-Ching Tsou (who co-directed Take Out with Baker) are producing as well, while Freestyle Productions’ Kevin Chinoy »
- Eric Lavallee
Warner Bros. has hired “Banshee” co-creator David Schickler to adapt Tony D'Souza's drug-running novel “Mule,” TheWrap has learned. Sibling screenwriters Mark and Jay Duplass boarded the project in April 2012 but the duo are incredibly busy, so Warner Bros. is leaving the next draft of the script in Schickler's capable hands. Warner Bros. had no comment. Todd Phillips and Scott Budnick are producing for the new company Phillips recently formed with Bradley Cooper, while Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell found the book and will produce via their Electric City Entertainment banner (“The Place Beyond the Pines”). Also read: ‘Place Beyond the Pines’ Producers Jamie Patricof, »
- Jeff Sneider
Written and directed by Jill Soloway, Transparent follows three adult children (Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Duplass, and Amy Landecker) who find their dynamics changing after their dad (Jeffrey Tambor) reveals a shocking secret.
Hardin will play one of the children’s lesbian friends, a role that was initially played by Gillian Vigman in the pilot. »
- Ariana Bacle
Melora Hardin (The Office, 27 Dresses) has joined Amazon’s new comedy series Transparent as a series regular. The project, from Jill Soloway, explores the family dynamics of three adult siblings (Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffman) after their father’s (Jeffrey Tambor) bombshell revelation that he is a transwoman. Harden plays Tammy, a hip, out lesbian friend of Sarah’s who has more on her mind than play dates. She replaces Gillian Vigman, who played the part in the pilot. Hardin, repped by Framework, The Kohner Agency, and Myman Abel, recently wrapped the feature Isabelle Dances Into The Spotlight. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Written by Justin Lader
Directed by Charlie McDowell
A number of independent filmmakers, sick to death of every mainstream film being easily described as “[movie from 10 years ago] meets [movie from two years ago]”, find themselves making multiple-genre mashups. Case in point: Charlie McDowell’s The One I Love, which opened at the Tribeca Film Festival last week. It’s funny enough and sexy enough to be described as a romantic comedy; the entire concept is based on a big sci-fi/fantasy twist, and eventually the film matures into a sort of thriller. Plus, Mark and Jay Duplass, the godfathers of so-called mumblecore cinema, are involved both in front of and behind the camera. So The One I Love is a sci-fi, mumblecore sort of romantic comedy thriller … thing. That doesn’t sound too impressive, so try this: The One I Love is among the best films of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. »
- Mark Young
In Amazon’s just-green-lit dramedy Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor plays the patriarch of a self-involved, dysfunctional clan in Los Angeles who very much wants to tell his family something. [Note: If you haven’t yet seen the pilot episode and would prefer not to have certain plot points spoiled for you by this interview, you can do so here.] To make the announcement, he invites over his three grown children, including twins played by Gaby Hoffmann and Jay Duplass, but can't bring himself to spill the big news; viewers slowly gain insight into what he was hoping to tell them through glimpses into his evolving personal life. When Vulture ran into Tambor at the opening night of the Broadway play The Realistic Joneses a few days ago, we had a spur-of-the-moment chat about the Jill Soloway–created show and his daring role in it. [Spoilers commence!]What did you think when you were first reading the »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Mark Duplass got his start in very low-budget independent cinema with dramatic films like The Puffy Chair, Cyrus, and Jeff, Who Lives At Home, which he co-wrote and co-directed with his brother Jay Duplass. Recently, Mark teamed up with producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions—the studio behind the low-budget horror movement that has spawned Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and Sinister franchises—for a different kind of low-budget feature: a psychological horror film called Creep. The film revolves around a man (Patrick Brice) who answers a cryptic online ad asking for a filming service. He arrives at a remote location and begins filming his subject, Josef (Duplass), but as the day goes on, he begins to suspect Josef isn’t really who he says he is. The pic recently debuted at the SXSW Film Festival to a positive response, and not only has RADiUS-twc now picked the film up for distribution, »
- Adam Chitwood
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