20 items from 2015
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 »
- Anna Robinson
There's David Byrne's giant suit and Bob Dylan's oversize shades. Two films from Martin Scorsese but just one from Julien Temple. Punk rockers and pop superstars. We count through ten leading music documentaries below.
10. The Filth and The Fury (2000)
Julien Temple's first Sex Pistols film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle was Malcolm McLaren's make-it-up-as-you-go-along take on things. Twenty years on the same director gave the group the right to reply, including Sid Vicious with some beyond-the-grave archive footage.
9. In Bed with Madonna (1991)
Known as Madonna: Truth or Dare in the Us, this absurdly naughty chronicle of the Queen of Pop's infamous 'Blond Ambition' tour is arguably her greatest on-screen moment. Bitchiness, bottle-fellating »
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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
Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Daniel Radcliffe, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hardy and Martin Freeman are among 322 artists and executives invited to become members of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos is also invited, as are Paweł Pawlikowski, Bong Joon-ho, Damián Szifron, Francois Ozon, Abderrahmane Sissako, Ondi Timoner, J.K. Simmons, Chris Pine and Hollywood ‘It girl’ Elizabeth Banks, a star of the critical hit Love & Mercy and director of global smash Pitch Perfect 2.
The Academy said those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2015. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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 »
- Adam Chitwood
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. »
- Gregory Ellwood
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
After a shaky start, Person Of Interest has grown into one of the smartest, most compelling shows on TV. Here's why...
Funny things, spoilers. The very word carries a qualitative judgment – this is something that will spoil your enjoyment of the piece of art in question. And they’re ubiquitous; viewing habits are becoming ever more fractured, with some people still watching weekly live like it’s black and white times or something, some watching a season or so behind because of the Us-uk lag, some binge-watching on Netflix, some downloading scripts and directing their own versions in their mind palaces, and so on, making spoilers ever more difficult to avoid as a result. But while spoiler culture is thriving, with many forums and articles dedicated to the discussion thereof, there also seems to be a general consensus – insofar as there can be anything resembling a consensus on the Internet »
“Throughout my career, it’s been frustrating to me that when I say, ‘I sing rock music,’ people are always surprised,” says Season 8’s sixth-place finisher. “People don’t know the history of rock music, how it evolved from the African-American spirituals, from the sharecroppers singing songs, to the blues, and then to rock music.”
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What’s more, adds Kimberly, “music is universal, and anybody can sing any style anyhow. »
If you see a movie for the first time and swear you've heard the score before, it may not be your imagination...
Last month, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (Afm) sued six major studios for reusing film soundtracks in other films without paying the appropriate compensation. It's the kind of news that will make people roll their eyes. Ah yes, they'll say after seeing the headlines. Typical Hollywood. Not even the music's original any more.
But go beyond the headlines about reusing the same music too much and delve into the lawsuit and it reveals an interesting insight into the kind of situations where music does get repeated.
The lawsuit, it soon becomes evident, isn't about the use of music in itself (a quick browse through the soundtracks for the titles in question, such as This Means War or Argo, reveals that they have »
Aired April 11, 2015 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)
The Host: Taraji P. Henson is that elusive creature known as the “black character actress.” Yes, many have thought them extinct but, as pointed out by the wonderful podcast Denzel Washington is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period, the working black actress is something to be cherished. Henson has been working steadily since the late 90s, but thanks to her role as Cookie on Empire, she has appeared to have, per her monologue, “made it.” Henson blends in well with the cast and commits to the loony worlds the show has her inhabit. The best sketches of the night, however, are the ones that don’t have her play straight woman or second banana. This is most prominent is the obligatory Empire sketch, where Cookie »
- Jj Perkins
An especially fraught Thanksgiving holiday brings a woman’s troubled, booze-soaked history into blistering yet compassionate focus in “Krisha,” an intimate and unnerving character study that marks a ferociously impressive feature debut for 26-year-old multihyphenate Trey Edward Shults. The winner of the grand jury award for narrative features at SXSW (as well as an elaboration of Shults’ prize-winning 2014 short of the same title), this Kickstarter-funded project reveals an elusive, formally sophisticated storytelling approach that neatly sidesteps the usual addiction/dysfunction cliches, its stylistic experimentation anchored by a subtly wounding performance from Krisha Fairchild in the eponymous lead role. More festival berths await, and while commercial prospects look decidedly modest, critical support should spur select arthouse bookings and discerning-viewer interest ahead of VOD play.
- Justin Chang
The pair produced the music for London Live documentary UK Gold, which focuses on government complicity in corporate tax avoidance.
UK Gold aired on London Live last night (February 25).
Yorke previously blasted the government for its "staggering hypocrisy" over tax avoidance.
The Radiohead singer questioned politicians for allowing tax havens to exist under UK rule.
Watch a clip from UK Gold below: »
When's the last time you've heard a documentary deemed so controversial that major broadcasters refused to run it? Well, that's what happened to the documentary "The UK Gold," with both BBC and Channel 4 refusing to run the movie. But today, a big light will shine on the doc for two reasons: first, it's being broadcast tonight at 8 Pm U.K. time on London Live, Freeview 8, Sky 117, Virgin 159, and YouView 8, in addition to being available nationwide via HD live-stream at London Live. And secondly, the full score composed by Thom Yorke and 3D from Massive Attack, and featuring Jonny Greenwood is now available to stream in its entirely. Directed by Mark Donne, and narrated by Dominic Monaghan, "The UK Gold" takes a very hard look at the culture of corporate tax dodging in England, the extent to which it reaches various power structures running the country, and how the loss »
- Kevin Jagernauth
British people don't like to pay their taxes, and that really pisses off the likes of Thom Yorke, who, along with Massive Attack’s Robert “3D” Del Naja, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, and Elbow’s Guy Garvey, contributed the score to Mark Donne's documentary about the U.K.'s tax-evasion problem, The U.K. Gold. And what does tax evasion sound like? Frantic blips, blaps, and blops. Regardless of the subject, he's still Thom Yorke. »
- Lindsey Weber
Director: Jorge R. Gutiérrez
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Extras: Closer Look at The Book of Life, The Music of Life, The Adventures of Chuey, Digital Carpenters: The Art Direction of The Book of Life, Music Machine, “No Matter Where You Are” Music Video, Audio Commentary by Jorge R. Gutierrez, Gallery
The Book Of Life follows the life of Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna), a young man who’s stuck between the choices of fulfilling expectations set by his family to keep up with tradition, or following the hopes of his heart. It’s produced by visual deity Guillermo del Toro, with wonderful direction coming from Jorge R. Gutierrez, who co-wrote with Doug Langdale.
- Dan Bullock
The wonderfully colourful The Book Of Life is out to buy today on Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and to celebrate, we’ve got an exclusive featurette that takes us deeper into the unique animated world!
Today, you can join Manolo, Maria and Chuy as they embark on a journey that takes them on an adventure through the Land of the Remembered. This culturally-based Day of the Dead themed animated feature is written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro. The voice cast includes the talents of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Christina Applegate, Troy Evans and Ice Cube.
Check out this featurette now and then head over to win a copy here:
The film’s fantastical journey on Blu-ray brings the party into your home with unforgettable special features for parents and kids alike. Follow the »
- Dan Bullock
The International Film Music Critics Association has revealed nominations for best in movie music from 2014, and prolific composers James Newton Howard ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," "Maleficent") and Alexandre Desplat ("Godzilla," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "The Monuments Men") led the way with seven and six nominations respectively. Film score of the year contenders include just two Best Original Score Oscar nominees: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Hans Zimmer's "Interstellar." "The Imitation Game" and Jóhann Jóhannsson's "Theory of Everything," however, were both nominated in the drama category. "Maleficent" landed the most nominations for a film with four, while DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon 2" picked up three (each of them another if you count composer of the year honors for Howard and John Powell respectively). Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be revealed on Feb. 19. And be sure »
- Kristopher Tapley
Written for the screen and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
It’s not just that Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies tend to defy any one genre description; it’s that, often, it seems as if the writer-director is trying to play with many genres simultaneously. The only reason that Boogie Nights isn’t the best drama of the 1990s is that it spends a lot of time trying to be the best comedy of the 1990s instead. So Anderson’s newest, Inherent Vice, is a departure in that it mostly sticks to one style (sun-drenched film noir) and one tone (absurdist comedy). It’s also a fine film, which suffers only when measured against the insanely high standard that Anderson’s past work has set.
- Mark Young
The two sold-out screenings of Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin” at the Regent Theater in downtown L.A. on Tuesday night, accompanied by live performances of the score conducted by the film’s composer Mica Levi, were tantamount to a rock concert.
Lines snaked up Main Street for both performances, and the 7 p.m. screening started 40 minutes late, de rigueur for a rock show, as was the tinkling of glasses at the full-service bar in the back of the vintage space that accommodates 500 people — right up until the first images from the movie flickered onscreen.
It was just the kind of high art-meets-pop culture event that seemed tailor-made for L.A.’s movie-centric crowd. Among the fashionably attired twentysomethings were quite a few industry notables, including Kcrw d.j. Chris Douridas, songwriter-producer Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange), filmmaker Gus Van Sant and “Breaking Bad” music supervisor Thomas Golubić, who »
- Steve Chagollan
20 items from 2015
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