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The Academy has invited 683 new members to join their ranks

Yesterday afternoon, the ranks of Oscar voters grew substantially, with some welcome diversity added in for good measure. Yes, the Academy sent out invitations for new membership about 24 hours ago, with 683 names getting the coveted tap on the proverbial shoulder. Again, what made it so interesting to note is that AMPAS seemed to actively seek out women, minorities, and younger artists, hoping to make the demographics of the Academy slightly less centered on older white males. It won’t suddenly change the makeup of the Oscar nominations or upend how the Academy Awards go down next year, but it’s a slow step in the right direction, and that’s worth applauding for sure. As you can see below, in addition to basically all of last year’s Oscar winners, the new members are a diverse slate. Among the names you’ll see in the acting branch now are John Boyega,
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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites
“Introducing the Academy class of 2016,” reads the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences website announcement of its invited new members Wednesday. And while joining that august organization is a singular honor, many say they were surprised to learn of their inclusion — mainly because they hadn’t applied for membership. Traditionally, that’s a laborious process that can take years before you get recommended by peers, vetted by your branch, and finally invited. Every year it’s a shock that someone like, say Tina Fey, IFC’s Arianna Bocco, last year’s Oscar-winner Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), or Oscar marketer Lisa Taback, wasn’t already a member.

Read More: Oscars So White: 8 Ways to Solve the Academy’s Diversity Problem

At the heart of the Academy’s complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. Believe me, they were horrified when,
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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites
“Introducing the Academy class of 2016,” reads the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences website announcement of its invited new members Wednesday. And while joining that august organization is a singular honor, many say they were surprised to learn of their inclusion — mainly because they hadn’t applied for membership. Traditionally, that’s a laborious process that can take years before you get recommended by peers, vetted by your branch, and finally invited. Every year it’s a shock that someone like, say Tina Fey, IFC’s Arianna Bocco, last year’s Oscar-winner Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), or Oscar marketer Lisa Taback, wasn’t already a member.

Read More: Oscars So White: 8 Ways to Solve the Academy’s Diversity Problem

At the heart of the Academy’s complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. Believe me, they were horrified when,
See full article at Indiewire »

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2 Clip: Simmons Joins Hydra!

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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2 Clip: Simmons Joins Hydra!
Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) turns to the dark side of Hydra in a new clip from next week's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "Making Friends and Influencing People", airing Tuesday, October 7 at 9 Pm Et on ABC.

The Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. team has already had one traitor in their midst, when it was learned last season that Ward (Brett Dalton) has been a double agent with Hydra all along. As for Simmons, it's possible that she isn't loyal to Hydra's cause, trying to infiltrate the organization from the inside for Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team. Will Simmons betray her colleagues and become a Hydra scientist? We'll find out next week when this upcoming episode airs on ABC, which will also feature the return of Donnie Gill, played by Dylan Minnette.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward,
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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2, Episode 3 Preview: Hail Hydra!

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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2, Episode 3 Preview: Hail Hydra!
With the second season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in full swing, ABC has debuted a preview for the third episode entitled "Making Friends and Influencing People".

Coulson and his team race against Hydra to get to Donnie Gill, a dangerous gifted with the ability to freeze objects, while Simmons is caught in the crossfire on Tuesday, October 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m.Et) on the ABC Television Network.

The cast includes Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.

Guest starring are Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall, Dylan Minnette as Donnie Gill, Simon Kassianides as Sunil Bakshi, Adam Kulbersh, as Kenneth Turgeon, Maya Stojan as Agent 33, David Diaan as Elias, Jarrod Crawford as Lead Hydra Agent,
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Event Report: RoboCop: 25th Anniversary Screening

The mid-1980s and early 1990s were a big time for the film industry in Dallas, TX. I would say it was the most prosperous in the city’s history. The Studios at Las Colinas were booming with business from movie productions like Silkwood, Talk Radio, and more.

One of the biggest and most celebrated films to come out of the Dallas area during this period was Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop.

The Dallas International Film Festival (Diff) used their 2012 event as the perfect time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of RoboCop. The celebration took place at the historic Texas Theatre where police caught Lee Harvey Oswald after the JFK shooting. The establishment now features some first run screenings but focuses on independent projects, special events, and revivals of old movies.

A red carpet walk by members of the cast and crew of the movie kicked off the event.
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Ugly Truth’ is Neither Funny Nor Romantic

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Chicago – Here’s an alleged romantic comedy as clueless about romance as it is about comedy. It has a premise designed to illustrate how women think with their minds, while men think with their nether regions. Yet the male and female leads of “The Ugly Truth” are practically indistinguishable from each other. They’re both overly judgmental, profoundly self-absorbed, and thoroughly reprehensible. Neither of them would dream of dating a member of the opposite sex that didn’t meet their rigid list of superficial expectations based on physical features. These two people are clearly made for each other.

Blu-Ray Rating: 1.5/5.0

Too bad they’re played by Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, two of the most energetic and generally appealing stars in Hollywood. Their inherent likability directly conflicts with their unlikable characters. Heigl plays a TV producer who has all the warmth of Kate Gosselin, while Butler plays a local cable
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