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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

30 June 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »

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New Oscar Members: Cheryl Boone Isaacs Says Academy Seeks ‘Normalization’

28 June 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled the names of a record 322 invitees, a big jump from the 276 and 271 in the past two years, and a giant leap from the 133 average of the previous decade.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety that the new members list reflects a push for “normalization” in its demographics, adding, “It’s been gratifying to see big increases in expanding color, gender, age and national origin in our membership this year.”

The AMPAS president points out, “The entire conversation of inclusiveness is at the forefront in Hollywood, in film, television, music, everything — and all of that bodes well for the future.” The Academy is in a position to help, since the membership includes a number of decision-makers, including executives, producers, directors — “men and women who have the ability to hire, elevate, mentor and nurture more people of color, gender, national origins. »

- Tim Gray

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »

- Michelle McCue

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New Academy Invites Include Edgar Wright, Emma Stone, and Tom Hardy

26 June 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed today a list of 322 artists and executives who have been invited to join. These selections are people that have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the world of film, and those lambasting the Academy for being full of old white men will be happy to see it’s a pleasantly diverse list. Assuming they all accept the invitation, of course. On the actor side of things, highights include David Oyelowo, Tom Hardy, Rosamund Pike, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Carroll Lynch, Emma Stone, Jason Segel, Martin Freeman, and last year’s Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne. As for directors, the Academy is expanding its reach to a much broader group with selections like Edgar Wright, James Gunn, Lynn Shelton, F. Gary Gray, Ira Sachs, Joe Wright, and Whiplash helmer Damien Chazelle. [caption id="attachment_310166" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via PBS[/caption] Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have »

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Complete list of Oscars new members: Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, Emma Stone ...

26 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

This year, a record 322 people were invited to join the motion picture academy. While Oscar nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. (See the full list after the break.) Among the 25 actors invited were the half dozen who contended at this year's Oscars for the first-time: winners Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons and nominees Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike and Emma Stone. Likewise, among the 26 directors to whom invitations were extended was Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game") while Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash"), Dan Gilroy ("Nightcrawler") and Graham Moore ("The Imitation Game") number among the 21 writers.   -Break- Join in the fierce debate about the early Oscar contenders going on right now in our red-hot forums A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible. For ex...' »

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning.  For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing.  Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women.  And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »

- Tim Gray

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Armchair Vacation: Five Films To Watch At Home This Weekend [June 19-21]

19 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Every day, more and more films are added to the various streaming services out there, ranging from Netflix to YouTube, and are hitting the airwaves via movie-centric networks like TCM. Therefore, sifting through all of these pictures can be a tedious and often times confounding or difficult ordeal. But, that’s why we’re here. Every week, Joshua brings you five films to put at the top of your queue, add to your playlist, or grab off of VOD to make your weekend a little more eventful. Here is this week’s top five, in this week’s Armchair Vacation.

5. Ballet 422 (VOD)

There are very few things in this world quite like the birth of a new creative venture. Be it the making of a film, the writing of a new novel or the painstaking artistry that goes into the crafting of a new sculpture, watching an artist or »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Giveaway – Win a Power Rangers: Dino Charge Swag Bag with the Flickering Myth Movie Show

17 June 2015 5:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

—Tweet The Below Video Using #Fmtv To Be Entered Into Our Power Rangers: Dino Charge Swag Bag Giveaway!—

Thanks to our Comic Con chums at Bandai, they’ve kindly given us a Power Rangers: Dino Charge swag bag to give away in our monthly Flickering Myth Movie Show share competition. Which we were totally up for, until we opened it and saw the original Green Ranger action figure. Now we want it for ourselves.

The survival kit includes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy Edition figures. Each figure includes one battle gear item to help combat against the Evil Space Aliens and is beautifully presented in replica of the original packaging. In addition, you will receive a t-shirt that has been exclusively designed by Saban Brands. 

For our June edition, The Flickering Myth Movie Show decided to visit London McM Comic Con. Because we can. And we’re slightly (ok, very »

- Oli Davis

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Civil War cast! Hipster Joker! London Comic Con! – Watch June’s Flickering Myth Movie Show

7 June 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

“And I want some ‘ha ha ha’s here…”

For our June edition, The Flickering Myth Movie Show decided to visit London McM Comic Con. Because we can. And we’re slightly (ok, very) obsessed with Willa Holland (Thea Queen from Arrow).

Not only did we get a chance to talk to her…we also chased down Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Iain de Caestecker (Leo Fitz) and Nick Blood (Lance Hunter), the director and producer duo of The Death of Superman Lives! What Happened? Jon Schnepp and Holly Payne and super YouTuber Tomska.

But Wait – There’S More!

Like, ‘Faust from ItsSuperEffective’ more, talking comic books, Captain America: Civil War and hipster Joker from Suicide Squad; ‘James Tarpey from Robot Overlords‘ more, picking his movies of the month (there’s lots of Jurassic World chat) and working with Gillian Anderson; and, finally, ‘MusicalBethan’ more, doing that cup thing from Pitch Perfect. »

- Oli Davis

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New Southpaw Trailer Packs A Serious Punch

5 June 2015 10:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When we last saw Jake Gyllenhaal on screen, he wasn’t looking too hot, going gaunt to play a sociopathic reporter in Dan Gilroy’s excellent Nightcrawler, and this summer will find the actor transforming yet again, as he bulks up to play a battered boxer in Southpaw. A new trailer for the Antoine Fuqua-directed drama has cast further light on the story, and if the compelling look given here is indicative of the film as a whole, Gyllenhaal could be duking it out with the best of them in this year’s awards race.

In Southpaw, Gyllenhaal’s fighter, Billy Hope, endures punishment in and out of the ring, as his massively successful career is shattered by the murder of his loving wife (Rachel McAdams). Falling into despair, the boxer loses his grip professionally and personally, leaving child protective services to take his daughter (Oona Laurence) away from him. »

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Watch: Meet Lou Bickle In This Mashup Of 'Nightcrawler' & 'Taxi Driver'

20 May 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ever keen to explore the similarities between some of the industry’s most successful and memorable films, Jorge Luengo Ruiz — whose other comparisons include “Her” to “Lost in Translation” and “Interstellar” to “2001: A Space Odyssey” — recently connected the dots between “Nightcrawler” and its predecessor of 38 years, “Taxi Driver.” Over the course of his supercut, Ruiz attests that Louis Bloom of “Nightcrawler” (so creepily and perfectly played by Jake Gyllenhaal) could easily be the son of “Taxi Driver” protagonist, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro). Ruiz isn’t the first person to make the connection between Martin Scorsese and Dan Gilroy’s films. A full ten months ago — and over three months before “Nightcrawler” opened — HitFix’s Kristopher Tapley speculated that the film could well be Gyllenhaal’s “Taxi Driver.” The Atlantic also jumped on the comparison, although not until “Nightcrawler” was released at the end of October of last year. »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Will Packer, Dan Gilroy, Marc Cherry & Others Join Produced By Conference

7 May 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Will Packer (Ride Along), Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), and Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) are some of the new producers set to take part in the seventh annual Produced By Conference, the PGA said this morning. This year the Pbc is offering more than 40 conference sessions, panel discussions, mentoring roundtables and workshops in the conference that takes place May 30-31 on the Paramount lot. Here is the conference list as it currently stands. This is not the full… »

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Will Packer, Dan Gilroy, Marc Cherry & Others Join Produced By Conference

7 May 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Will Packer (Ride Along), Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), and Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) are some of the new producers set to take part in the seventh annual Produced By Conference, the PGA said this morning. This year the Pbc is offering more than 40 conference sessions, panel discussions, mentoring roundtables and workshops in the conference that takes place May 30-31 on the Paramount lot. Here is the conference list as it currently stands. This is not the full… »

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Exclusive Images From The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?

7 May 2015 10:02 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

If you saw the trailer for The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?, the fascinating documentary about Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage’s dashed hopes to bring the superhero to life back in the 1990s, you might be itching to see more. We’ve got some exclusive images from the doc in a gallery lower down the page and a new clip of Burton talking up the original reaction to him casting Cage. Filmmaker Jon Schnepp wrangled many of the key talent involved in the attempt to bring a Burton’s vision for Superman to life, including producer Jon Peters, writers Dan Gilroy, Wesley Strick and Kevin Smith, plus those who worked on costume and effects development. The film itself may never have seen the light of day, brought low by creative wrangling and studio pressure, but we do at least have footage of Cage trying on different suits and »

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‘Nightcrawler,’ Expanded California Film Tax Credit Draws Optimism

29 April 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Optimism abounded Wednesday over the expanded California Film Tax Credit program, with producers of Jake Gyllenhaal starrer “Nightcrawler” touting the benefits of shooting in Los Angeles.

“L.A. looks great, and there’s a commercial benefit to having a film that looks great,” said writer-director Dan Gilroy at the California Film Commission’s 10th annual breakfast, attended by about 200 at the Sofitel Hotel.

Producer Jennifer Fox noted that the film, shot in fall 2013, provoked an enthusiastic response from cast and crew about working locally. “This is a film where people had to take a pay cut; they wouldn’t have done that if they’d had to have left town,” she said.

Nightcrawler,” made for $8 million with a $2.3 million tax credit from the state, grossed over $32 million in the U.S. Gilroy won Spirit Awards for script and first feature and was nominated for an Oscar in the original screenplay category. »

- Dave McNary

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The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? to screen at London McM Expo this May

29 April 2015 1:09 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Secrets about the Superman that never was are coming to the UK this summer, with the anticipated release of the Kickstarter funded documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, created and directed by Jon Schnepp.

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? here

Schnepp’s fascinating film tells the unseen and unheard story of the abandoned Warner Bros. project Superman Lives, which was set to go before the cameras in the late 1990s. Written by Kevin Smith (Clerks) and subsequently set to be directed by Tim Burton (Batman) with Nicholas Cage (Face/Off) as the Man of Steel, the project was scrapped just before filming began, but has had a “second life” as some of the artwork and behind-the-scenes footage of some of the pre-production – including some very strange Superman suits – surfaced online in recent years.

The film was set to debut at the BFI next month, »

- Scott J. Davis

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‘The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?’ to debut at McM London Comic Con

29 April 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s the European debut of The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? Director Jon Schnepp is to attend May’s McM London Comic Con to screen his much-anticipated Superman movie documentary, meet fans and sign autographs.

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? delves into one of Hollywood’s most enthralling ‘what might have been’ stories. In 1996, Warner Brothers engaged Kevin Smith to write the screenplay of Superman Lives. Director Tim Burton assembled an elite group of artists to work on the movie, including Nicolas Cage as Superman. But Warner Brothers scrapped the project shortly before principal photography began.

Written and directed by Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse), The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? gives us an enthralling inside look into what would have been the most original, unexpected and cosmic Superman movie ever made. The film features interviews with director Tim Burton »

- Phil Wheat

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Inside Jake Gyllenhaal's Insane Southpaw Transformation: 6 Hour Workouts, 2000 Sit-Ups and 15 Pounds of Muscle

22 April 2015 3:13 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If you haven't watched the trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal's upcoming film Southpaw, then you're missing out on some solid eye candy. The 34-year-old actor seriously beefed up his buff bod for his role as Junior Middleweight Champion Billy "The Great" Hope, packing on 15 pounds of muscle in addition to training with professional boxers.  Even more impressive is the fact that Gyllenhaal was fresh off the film Nightcrawler, the Dan Gilroy-directed flick for which the good-looking stud dropped a whopping 30 pounds (following the film, he returned to his normal weight before adding an additional 15 pounds of muscle mass).   "I wanted Jake to learn how to box so he »

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Cannes: Del Toro, Gyllenhaal join Competition jury

21 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Xavier Dolan, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller also among those on the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury

The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 68th edition, comprising nine world cinema names from Canada, Spain, the Us, UK, France, Mali and Mexico.

Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who won the Palme d’Or in 1991 for Barton Fink and the Grand Prize of the Jury in 2013 with Inside Llewyn Davis, were previously announced as co-presidents of the jury, which will include four women and five men.

The jury will select from the films in Competition, with prize winners to be announced on stage at a ceremony on May 24. The winner of the Palme d’or will be screened during the festival’s closing evening on May 25, in the presence of the jury and the entire team of the winning film.

Click here for full line-up of filmsTHE Jury

Joel & Ethan Coen (Presidents) Directors, Writers »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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