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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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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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Italy’s Rai Cinema Boasts Banner Year But Continues To Cut Back On Hollywood Pics

25 June 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Italy’s Rai Cinema is having a banner year, commanding a 15% box office share for the first half of 2014, which makes pubcaster Rai’s film unit the number two Italian distributor after Warner Bros. However Hollywood titles continue to be a low priority, said topper Paolo Del Brocco, unveiling its lineup Wednesday in Rome.

Del Brocco said the Italo film distribution and production powerhouse will be investing some Euros 60 million ($81 million) in Italian productions in 2014, whereas only 4 or 5 million Euros are earmarked for international acquisitions.

That said, Rai Cinema remains an active buyer. In Cannes they picked up Italo rights for Tom Hardy gangster pic “Legend,” to be helmed by Brian Helgeland, produced by Working Title and financed by Studio Canal, which is selling. Rai also has another Studio Canal pic, Sean Penn starrer “The Gunman,” an action thriller helmed by Pierre Morel. And in Cannes they also inked »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Oscar winner 'The Great Beauty' loses out at Italy's Academy Awards

11 June 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino's splashy valentine to Roman high society, was the most lauded foreign-language film of the last awards season -- it ruled the European Film Awards, and scooped Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars. (At all but the last of these, it beat out its Cannes conqueror, "Blue is the Warmest Color.") So you'd think it'd be a shoo-in at Italy's own Academy Awards, right? Wrong. At yesterday's David di Donatello Awards, handed out annually by the Academy of Italian Cinema, Sorrentino's film was the night's biggest winner in terms of numbers -- taking nine awards, including Best Director and Best Actor for Toni Servillo. But its other wins were limited to below-the-line categories -- trust the Italians to have separate awards for Best Makeup and Best Hairstyling -- as Paolo Virzi's "Human Capital" took Best Picture. Virzi's film, a blend »

- Guy Lodge

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Italy’s David Awards Are Split by Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’ and Virzi’s ‘Human Capital’

10 June 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” (pictured) and Paolo Virzì’s “Human Capital” split top honors at Italy’s David di Donatello Awards, where Sorrentino’s foreign-Oscar winner took nine statuettes, including best director, producer and actor.

Virzi’s stylish economic crisis drama, which has been a hit at the local box office, instead scooped seven Davids, including key categories such as best picture, screenplay, male and female supporting actors, editing and an actress nod for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

“Beauty’s” Toni Servillo took the best actor nod, perhaps the most predictable of the evening’s prizes.

“Beauty” producers Francesca Cima and Nicola Giuliano, of Rome’s Indigo Film, thanked the pic’s co-financer and distributor Medusa, and Gallic co-producer Babe Films.

The David for best first-time Italo helmer went to Sicilian TV satirist-turned-helmer Piefrancesco Diliberto, known as Pif, for his heartwarming Mafia-themed comedy “The Mafia Kills Only in Summer, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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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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Fresh Faces Emerge in Italian Film Scene as Biz Staggers

16 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Italian film business, coming off an Oscar win this year for Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” should be on a roll. But the Italo industry’s story is more complex, as shrinking budgets and a stagnant box office hamper a filmmaking community that’s stubbornly slow to shed its insular ways. Yet fresh faces are emerging, thanks to co-productions across Europe, helping the sector to stumble ahead. 

Recently, the Italian Culture Ministry revealed alarming figures that show a 27% drop in Italian film investments in 2013 to €358 million ($495 million), compared with 2012, while the country’s cinematic output remained substantially stable, at 167 pics. The average budget of an Italian movie these days is a measly $2.3 million.

“The numbers show that the budgets of quality midrange movies are getting slimmer, and this is terrible,” comments producer Riccardo Tozzi, who heads Italy’s national motion picture association, Anica.

Tozzi predicts shrinking budgets would »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Cannes Q&A: Eurimages Executive Director Roberto Olla

14 May 2014 1:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eurimages has a solid presence this year at Cannes, where six pics supported by the Council of Europe’s co-production fund are screening in the official selection. Its executive director Roberto Olla talked about his efforts to expand Eurimages beyond European borders and open it up to edgier movies, as globalization and the digital era dictate change.

Eurimages is well-represented at the fest?

My only regret is we don’t have any movies in Critics’ Week because I cherish first-time directors and I think it’s our challenge to discover new filmmakers.

On that score, I noticed that a young director, Alice Rohrwacher, who is in competition with her second work, “Le Meraviglie,” did not get Eurimages support.

Yes, it’s the second time Alice Rohrwacher got turned down. She is a great filmmaker, but we had a hard time with the script. Sometimes the scripts aren’t ready when they come to us. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Jane Fonda joins cast of Paolo Sorrentino-helmed 'Youth'

5 May 2014 10:59 PM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, May 6: Jane Fonda has been roped in to play a key role in Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's upcoming movie 'Youth'.

According to Deadline.com, the veteran actress has joined the star-studded cast of the movie, which includes her 'California Suite' co-star Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano.

The film, which revolves around two male friends in their 80's reflecting on life while vacationing in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps, will be produced by Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima.

The flick is expected to release around 2015's Cannes Film Festival. (Ani) »

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Cannes: Juliette Binoche Set To Star In Sicily-Set Drama ‘The Wait’

5 May 2014 4:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Juliette Binoche is attached to star in female competition drama “The Wait” to be directed by first-time Italo helmer Piero Messina, assistant of recent foreign-language Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”).

Gaul’s Pathe International will kick off world sales at Cannes on the Sicily-set pic which is being produced by “The Great Beauty” shingle Indigo Film with Gaul’s Babe Films on board as co-producer.

A graduate of Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia film school, Messina made Sicily-set short “Terra,” starring Giorgio Colangeli (“Il Divo”), which screened at the Cannes Cinefondation sidebar in 2012. Messina has also worked closely with Sorrentino as first assistant on both Sean Penn-starrer “This Must Be The Place” and on “The Great Beauty.”

Besides Binoche, who will be seen at Cannes in Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “The Wait” will also star Colangeli. Other casting is being completed. Shooting is set to start in July. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano Join Michael Caine on Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’

5 May 2014 3:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine”) have joined Michael Caine for Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth” (aka “In the Future”), the Italian director’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning “The Great Beauty” and a buzz-title among distributors in the run-up to Cannes.

Lead-produced by Sorrentino’s longtime producers Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima and Carlotta Calori, partners at Rome’s Indigo Film, “Youth” is co-produced by Gallic powerhouse Pathe, which has also taken sales rights. Pathe Intl. will introduce “Youth” — known to some foreign distributors by its Italian title, “La Giovinezza” — to buyers at next week’s Cannes Market.

Written by Sorrentino, the drama about two old friends on vacation in the Alps, is also co-produced by Bis Films, Switzerland’s C-Films and London-based Number 9 Films.

It is co-financed by Italian distributor Medusa/Mediaset.

“Youth” turns on Fred and Mick, both knocking on 80 — one a long retired composer-conductor, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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New Sorrentino wins Eurimages funding

18 March 2014 5:08 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Projects to receive a share of $7.5m also include new films from Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah), Alex van Warmerdam (Borgman), the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Tudor Giurgiu (Of Snails and Men) and Susanne Bier collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen.Scroll down for full list of titles including funding amount and co-producers

Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming project, In the Future (Il Futuro), is to receive €460,000 ($640,000) from the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund. The film marks the Italian director’s follow-up to Oscar-winner The Great Beauty and is set set to start shooting in May, starring Michael Caine.

The intimate drama about “friendship between two old people” is from Sorrentino’s regular producers, Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima through Indigo Films with French co-producer Bis Films. Co-financing comes from Italian distributor Mediaset/Medusam, which looks set to release in Italy later this year.

It is one of 19 films, which includes a documentary and an animated feature, that will receive »

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

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Sorrentino Set To Start Shooting Michael Caine-Starrer ‘In The Future’ In May

4 March 2014 4:33 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Hot on the heels of his foreign Oscar victory for “The Great Beauty” Paolo Sorrentino is set to start shooting in May on Michael Caine-starrer “In The Future,” an intimate drama about “friendship between two old people,” the Italo helmer has announced.

Sorrentino said that after his ambitious Oscar-winning tour de force he wants to make “a fresh start” with a “small, intimate film,” he told Italian daily La Repubblica. The helmer’s customary irony is likely to permeate his new pic, which Sorrentino penned himself.

As previously announced, “In The Future” is being shepherded by Sorrentino’s regular producers, Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima via their Indigo Films shingle, with co-financing from Italian distributor Mediaset/Medusa which is planning a late 2014 release in Italy.

In The Future” will mark Sorrentino’s second pic toplining an A-list anglo-saxon star, following his collaboration with Sean Penn on “This Must Be The Place »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Italy Cheers Foreign Oscar Victory For Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Beauty’

2 March 2014 7:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Italy is ecstatic about Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” scooping the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, which marks its eleventh foreign Oscar and consolidates the country’s status as the world’s winner of the most foreign film statuettes.

       France has won nine Oscars in the foreign language category. Italy and France have both additionally won three special/honorary Oscars.

“It’s ‘Great Beauty’ in Hollywood. Paolo Sorrentino Wins The Oscar,” trumpeted the website for leading Italian daily “Corriere della Sera.”

Italy’s Culture Czar Dario Franceschini tweeted his joy calling the Oscar win a “self confidence booster” for the country, while Roberto Cicutto, head of Italy’s film entity and promotional org. Istituto Luce Cinecittà, enthused that “this must be a point of no return,” for the international visibility of Italian movies.

       The foreign Oscar for Sorrentino’s tribute to Rome’s decadence and magnificence »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Deadline’s Oscars Blog: ‘12 Years A Slave’, ‘Gravity’ And Boredom Reign Supreme

2 March 2014 5:30 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Here we are again after the Golden Globes,  Mike Fleming and Anita Busch taking on the task of play by play during the most wide-open Oscar race we can remember. Even on the party circuit, industry insiders who usually have a grasp of who’ll walk away with Oscars were evenly torn between Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave. Then again, there were so many terrific films that got Best Picture nominations, and all of them have at least a puncher’s chance at an upset. Related: Oscars: Pete Hammond’s Absolute Final Predictions That includes American Hustle, where David O Russell co-wrote the Best Original Script nominee with Eric Warren Singer and got tour de force performances and nominations for Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Perfs so strong there was no room on the nomination roster for perennial Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Italy’s Mediaset Sparks Ire Over Decision to Give Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Beauty’ Free TV Play

27 February 2014 3:19 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome - Italian exhibitors are up in arms over broadcaster Mediaset’s decision to air Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” Italy’s contender for the foreign-language Academy Award, in primetime on its flagship Canale 5 TV station on March 4, two days after the Oscars ceremony.

The decision to air “Beauty” for millions of Italians on free TV shortly after the Oscars has local exhibbers fuming, both because they are eager to capitalize on the frontrunner pic’s positive prospects, and also because Mediaset, which is the country’s top commercial network, is breaking with the Italian practice of a roughly two-year window between a title’s theatrical release and its free-tv bow. However in Italy this window is a gentleman’s agreement and is not cast in stone.

Italy’s exhibitor orgs have urged Mediaset to reconsider its decision to air “Beauty” in order to avoid “subverting the chronology of »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Italy’s Mediaset Sparks Ire Over Decision to Give Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Beauty’ Free TV Play

27 February 2014 3:19 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome - Italian exhibitors are up in arms over broadcaster Mediaset’s decision to air Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” Italy’s contender for the foreign-language Academy Award, in primetime on its flagship Canale 5 TV station on March 4, two days after the Oscars ceremony.

The decision to air “Beauty” for millions of Italians on free TV shortly after the Oscars has local exhibbers fuming, both because they are eager to capitalize on the frontrunner pic’s positive prospects, and also because Mediaset, which is the country’s top commercial network, is breaking with the Italian practice of a roughly two-year window between a title’s theatrical release and its free-tv bow. However in Italy this window is a gentleman’s agreement and is not cast in stone.

Italy’s exhibitor orgs have urged Mediaset to reconsider its decision to air “Beauty” in order to avoid “subverting the chronology of »

- Nick Vivarelli

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