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Tokyo International Film Festival wrapped up with a closing ceremony to announce the winners of its many awards. The Competition Section consisted of 15 films presided over by Jury President, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. The jury was made up of film directors John H. Lee, Robert Luketic, Eric Khoo, Shinagawa Hiroshi and casting director Debbie McWilliams. The full list of winners are as follows:Samurai AwardCreated this year to celebrate filmmakers continuing to convey innovation in films, Ringu actress and festival 'Muse' was on hand to present the award to Kitano Takeshi and Tim Burton.Kitano Taksehi's directing career began in 1989 with Violent Cop, but being leading comedian for a lot longer he delivered this quip filled speech: "Thank you, I was here...
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With a focus on animation this year, the fest’s red carpet – changed back from the ecologically-themed green carpet of previous years – saw Japanese superhero Ultraman and other animation characters along with J-pop group Arashi, prime minister Shinzo Abe and Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn, who is heading the competition jury.
“I have three heroes and they’re all Japanese – Ultraman, Saber Rider and Akira Kurosawa,” said Gunn, declaring himself excited to be in Tokyo and at the festival, looking for unique films with “something specific to say”.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
Tokyo — The Tokyo International Film Festival unveiled its lineup for its 27th edition, unspooling Oct. 23-31, at a presser today in Tokyo.
The 15-film Competition section includes five world premieres, nine Asian premieres and one international premiere, with several pick-ups from Toronto: Bent Hamer’s Norwegian Oscar nominee drama “1001 Grams,” Cedric Jimenez’s crime thriller “The Connection,” Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s school drama “The Lesson” and Joshua and Benny Safdie’s New York drug scene drama “Heaven Knows What.” Also competing for the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, the fest’s highest award, are Claudio Noce’s suspenser “Ice Forest,” which premiered at Rome, as well as Nima Javidi’s directorial debut “Melbourne” and Elchin Musaoglu’s “Nabat,” both of which screened at Venice. The only Japanese pic in the section is Daihachi Yoshida’s “Pale Moon,” which stars Rie Miyazawa as a housewife who turns embezzler.
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- Mark Schilling
Tokyo — The Tokyo International Film Festival unveiled a 15-film competition section with five world premieres and a strong contingent of films from other autumn festivals.
Pick-ups from Toronto include Bent Hamer’s Norwegian Oscar contender, drama “1001 Grams,” Cedric Jimenez’s crime thriller “The Connection,” Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s school drama “The Lesson,” and Joshua and Benny Safdie’s New York drug scene drama “Heaven Knows What.”
Also competing for the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, the festival’s highest award, are Claudio Noce’s suspense picture “Ice Forest,” which premieres at Rome, as well as Nima Javidi’s directorial debut “Melbourne” and Elchin Musaoglu’s “Nabat,” both of which screened at Venice . The only Japanese title in the section is Daihachi Yoshida’s previously announced “Pale Moon,” which stars Rie Miyazawa as a housewife who turns embezzler.
- Mark Schilling
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
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:
- Michelle McCue
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
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
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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