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Deborah Williams to support roll out of ‘Three Ticks’ diversity initiative across all BFI funding activity.
The BFI (British Film Institute) has appointed Deborah Williams to the new role of diversity manager.
Williams commences her role at the BFI on June 1 to help push forward its diversity agenda and augment the Three Ticks initiative across all BFI funding activities.
Joining the BFI from Arts Council England (Ace) where she was senior officer, policy and research, equality and diversity, Williams will sit within the BFI Film Fund team and report directly to Film Fund director Ben Roberts.
Developed by the BFI and backed by UK producers’ association Pact, Three Ticks requires all recipients of BFI Lottery film production funding to demonstrate commitment to encouraging diverse representation across their workforces, creating opportunities for training and skills development and on-going career progression, and advancing the portrayal of under-represented stories and groups on screen.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Um…excuse me, Shia Labeouf, is there something you want to share with us? The actor was seen leaving a hydroponic store in Los Angeles carrying a florescent lamp that, well, is often used to grow marijuana. While there's no telling precisely what Mr. Labeouf was using the light for, we'll let you come to your own conclusions about the actor's latest hobbies. But we should warn you, before you go making any assumptions about the 28-year-old, we'd like to revisit an old interview the Fury actor gave to E! News back in 2012. Labeouf dished about growing a fish farm with his girlfriend at the time, saying, "Me and my girlfriend are getting ready to build an aquaponics farm up »
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
At 28 years old, Shia Labeouf could be said to done it all, as far as cinema goes. He's led a major blockbuster franchise with "Transfomers," worked with directors as varied as Lars von Trier, John Hillcoat, Robert Redford and Oliver Stone, and has spent no shortage of time making headlines as an enfant terrible. So it's not a surprise that he's become wary of celebrity in general, and that he's finding more inspiration in performance art. "The craft of acting for film is terribly exclusive and comes with the baggage of celebrity, which robs you of your individuality and separates you," the actor told Variety. "The performance work is democratized and far more inclusive," he continued. "As a celebrity/star I am not an individual —I am a spectacular representation of a living human being, the opposite of an individual. The enemy of the individual, in myself as well as in others. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sia has added even more star power to her latest music video. On the heels of her controversial "Elastic Heart" clip with Shia Labeouf and Maddie Ziegler, the singer has recruited Heidi Klum and "Game of Thrones" hottie Pedro Pascal for her latest single, "Fire Meet Gasoline." In the oh-so-sexy video, the sexy supermodel gets extra cozy with the shirtless actor, as she rolls around in nothing but lingerie (from her Heidi Klum Intimates line, of course!). Klum then sets the house ablaze, while throwing on one of Sia's trademark short blonde wigs. "Sia is one of those incredible artists who puts so much passion into her work, and I am thrilled to be part of a music video," Klum said in a statement. "I remember being blown away the first time I heard her voice on 'Breathe Me.' And I love many songs she has written for other artists, »
- tooFab Staff
A packed house gathered today at the Sva Theatre for the Tribeca Film Festival’s A Conversation With Harvey Weinstein, in which the The Weinstein Co. film chief canvassed an array of topics including the Sony hacking, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Oscar campaigns. While Shia Labeouf’s discussion on his doc production Love True only drew a half-filled house on Thursday afternoon at the Sva, ushers today were pulling out extra folding chairs to accommodate… »
Earlier this week, the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival welcomed none other than noted performance artist and rattail enthusiast Shia Labeouf, executive producer for Alma Har'el's new documentary Love True. Labeouf previously worked with Ha'rel on Sigur Rós's video for the song "Fjögur pianó," for which he was completely nude. More recently, he appeared as a mostly-naked, cage-fighting character in Sia's video for "Elastic Heart" — a performance that garnered a hefty amount of controversy. At a Q&A for Love True, Labeouf talked about the differences between his work with Sia and Ha'rel:i think the Sia one is more about aesthetics. It's performance gymnastics, the big crying scene, dance moves. It's cool but it's like Scarface, Al Pacino acting. Nothing against him, but there's a big difference between something that's presentational and representational. I think even Pacino would agree that his work is representational, whereas somebody like Joaquin Phoenix »
- Brooke Marine
Read More: "Bombay Beach" Director Alma Har'el: "I'm Not a Documentarian, or a Filmmaker, or Anything." Last night at New York's School for Visual Arts, a number of Tribeca Film Festival attendees saw an exclusive preview of scenes from Alma Har'el's new film "LoveTrue." Har'el returned to Tribeca this year after winning the festival's Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary in 2011 with "Bombay Beach," a surreal and beautiful portrait of a small town in the California desert. After directing Shia Labeouf in the music video for Sigur Rós' "Fjögur píanó," Har'el and the actor teamed up for "LoveTrue," which she directed and he produced. The two discussed the project in between three clips from the film. "LoveTrue" is as of yet a work in progress, to be completed next year. The film blurs the line between documentary and fiction, interweaving three distinct (true) love stories of couples living. »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Shia Labeouf is interesting. He.s able to finance his current artistic endeavors because of his work on the likes of the Transformers franchise, but that hasn.t stopped him from turning on the robotic series and its director with some biting comments. Labeouf was speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the Tribeca Film Festival ahead of Alma Har.el.s documentary LoveTrue, on which he is an executive producer. Sporting a unique new bouffant, Labeouf spoke passionately about artists who believe wholeheartedly in their material, and suddenly turned on his signature franchise, saying: Bumblebee never sounds real, it.s just a fucking name. The name alone you can never make real, no matter how much you put into it, because on the other side you have a director who doesn.t believe it either. Shots fired! The Bumblebee in question has been a key member of the Transformers series »
Shia Labeouf might have "retired" from public life, but he seems to be fully back in it, openly discussing his stint in rehab and life as a celebrity. Note: he is a performer and doesn't want to be known as a star. The Transformer actor-turned-performance artist opened up to Variety about his return to the Tribeca Film Festival where he and director Alma Har'el debuted LoveTrue, an "experimental" drama that combines documentary and fiction. Labeouf served as executive producer of the film, or as he says, "I gave her the money." Even though his involvement in LoveTrue is purely away from the cameras, the Even Stevens star told the trade publication that he will never consider directing »
After an enigmatic, teary-eyed piece of performance art last year and an incident at Broadway’s Cabaret that wasn’t so artsy, Shia Labeouf made an appearance today at the Tribeca Film Festival to show that he has turned a page in his career. The actor, whose filmography collectively has amassed $3.9B at the worldwide box office, appeared onstage at the Sva Theater as the executive producer/financier of a work-in-progress documentary Love True from director Alma Har'el. … »
Last year, Shia Labeouf famously announced on Twitter that he was retiring from public life, but he’ll be attending a Q&A on Thursday night at the Tribeca Film Festival. Labeouf is the executive producer of “LoveTrue,” an experimental drama from director Alma Har’el (“Bombay Beach”) that merges fiction and documentary, with vignettes set in Alaska, Hawaii and New York. She spent 2½ years developing these narratives with her cast of non-actors, often using their own life experiences onscreen.
Har’el says she couldn’t have made the film with Labeouf, whom she directed in a Sigur Ros musicvideo. When she told him about her idea for “LoveTrue,” he responded by slipping under her door a check that financed the entire movie. “I would send him clips,” Har’el says. “He was incredibly supportive.” Forty minutes of footage from “LoveTrue” will be shown at Tribeca as a work-in-progress screening. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Heidi Klum is expected to star in Sia's next music video. The 41-year-old model has hinted on Twitter that she's shooting scenes for the 'Chandelier' singer's next release, posting a picture of herself wearing Sia's trademark blonde bob wig, while staring in a mirror. Along with the picture, the 'Project Runway' star tweeted: ''Can you guess for who I am shooting a new music video?'' She also shared another picture of herself on set with former 'Game of Thrones' actor Pedro Pascal and photographer Francesco Carrozzini, with the caption: ''Behind the scenes with Pedro Pascal and Francesco Carrozzini'' This isn't the first time that Sia, who is known for disguising her face at events with the wig, even when performing live, has hired a celebrity to take her place in a music video. Her last single, 'Elastic Heart', featured actor Shia Labeouf. The 39-year-old »
Many of us know how quickly Hollywood moves on to the next big thing, especially when it comes to celebrity hair trends. We've seen the ladies take on their own fair share of fads, including the ever-so-popular ombre or more recently, mermaid colored hair. But now, it's the guys turn to take some risks in the coif department! Shia Labeouf has definitely taken the lead when it comes to big hairdo changes. In recent pics, the star can be seen sporting a Mohawk with shaved sides and a lengthy braided rattail for his next movie. However, he's not the only actor switching up his style. Will Smith has also put a newly shaven head on full display. The 46-year-old star is preparing for his role »
Kelly Osbourne is reportedly "dead to" Giuliana Rancic - Us Weekly You'll love Chrissy Teigen even more for this - HuffPost Celebrity Will we get to see more of Robert Pattinson's dance moves? - Lainey Gossip Shia Labeouf's rattail is rattier than ever - Dlisted Here's Heidi Klum's supermodel transformation - Et Is Nicki Minaj engaged to Meek Mill? - JustJared Ashley Judd hits the red carpet looking superhot - Hollywood Tuna Jake Gyllenhaal has a surprising new gig - Pink Is the New Blog Chelsea Handler is naked again - The Superficial Rita Ora thanks Madonna "for fighting ageist battles" - I'm Not Obsessed »
2015 MTV Movie Awards, Latest Movie News
Maybe the second most anticipated movie of the summer is Jurassic World, in part because Hollywood’s newest, biggest star, Chris Pratt, gets the chance to headline yet another blockbuster. But if you watched the trailer some weeks ago, you might’ve noticed how grim, self-serious and decidedly not Andy Dwyer/Starlord-esque charming and funny Pratt’s character was.
The first sigh of relief came this week when the first clip for the film was released this week, which you can watch above. Pratt is playfully flirting with Bryce Dallas-Howard in the scene, hinting at why the two of them never had a second date. Charming and funny? Maybe. Badly written? Arguably. Cliche? Probably. But is it sexist?
- Brian Welk
There’s been a lot of “one step forward, two steps back” movement with the Gremlins reboot, but things finally seem to be getting back on track. Attempting to firm up the production team, Warner Bros. has hired Carl Ellsworth to write the script. Fingers crossed, this hopefully means the studio is close to naming a director. The news of Ellsworth’s involvement was first reported by Deadline. He has already written a lot in the horror genre, including Disturbia with Shia Labeouf, The Last House On the Left with Garrett Dillahunt, and Red Eye with Rachel McAdams. More recently, he wrote the script for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Goosebumps movie starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, and Odeya Rush. So this won’t be his first time writing stories about creepy critters. Christopher Columbus wrote the script for the original Gremlins in 1984, and »
The entertainment industry is constantly changing, and it's important to stay aware of what’s going on. Want to find out who’s casting? What projects are happening? What’s coming up? Call Sheet highlights will help you stay in-the-know: UTA's opening it's doors to the mass exodus of CAA agents including comedy comedy headers Jason Heyman, Martin Lesak, Gregory McKnight, and Greg Cavic. “Heroes Reborn” added more Heroes alum to its roster. The La Padura/Hart cast series just nabbed Jimmy Jean–Louis, to reprise his role as The Haitian. Mindy Marin Casting is taking flight with Tom Cruise’s new project "Mena," which follows the real life story of drug trafficker and pilot Barry Seal. The Shia Labeouf starrer "American Honey," cast by Jennifer Venditti of JV8INC, is gearing up to shoot this June in Texas and West Virgina. Former Steppenwolf associate artistic director and casting director »
See Octavia Spencer's tweet in response to the rumors - Us Weekly You've never seen Kanye West quite like this before - HuffPost Celebrity Joseph Gordon-Levitt heads to set for a new role - Lainey Gossip How did Kristen Stewart react to Robert Pattinson's engagement? - Dlisted Bethenny Frankel addresses comments about her weight - Et Get the details on Shia Labeouf's next big project - JustJared Lindsay Lohan is now a lingerie model, apparently - Hollywood Tuna Watch the teaser for Madonna's new music video - Pink Is the New Blog Charlotte McKinney poses topless in scintillating new spread - The Superficial »
Slowly but surely, the wheels are beginning to ache into motion on Andrea Arnold’s first America-based motion picture, American Honey. First unveiled back in 2013, the coming-of-age drama has quietly subsided in development, but today brings word of the film’s first star, Shia Labeouf, who has boarded the project in an unspecified role.
Orbiting around a young, wide-eyed teenager, the story follows his/her journey as a runaway selling magazine subscriptions to anyone and everyone, before falling into a loop of excessive partying, falling in love and breaking the law. From what we understand, Arnold also penned the screenplay for the intriguing film, and though the lead part was originally written for a female character, it’s unclear whether this will change following Labeouf’s commitment to the project.
Set to make its way to Cannes Film Festival next month in the hope of attracting buyers, we’ll no »
- Michael Briers
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