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How Will the Film Academy Respond to the Harvey Weinstein Scandal?

How Will the Film Academy Respond to the Harvey Weinstein Scandal?
Update: The Academy has issued a statement, calling the allegations against Weinstein “repugnant” and “abhorrent,” as well as announcing an emergency meeting to determine his fate with the organization on Saturday, Oct. 14.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, one of the biggest stories to ever rock Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may soon be forced to react in some way.

Could the group move to oust the disgraced movie mogul from the organization, as Tina Brown suggested Tuesday in a tweet? “Growing lobby to kick Harvey out of Academy,” she wrote. “Honor the brave women who spoke and do it!”

Or, might the Academy consider stripping Weinstein of the Oscar he personally won in 1999 as producer of best picture victor “Shakespeare in Love?”

No doubt to the organization’s chagrin, Oscar season has become synonymous with Weinstein and his companys’ many nominations and wins stretching back decades for films
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The Academy Announces Winners of the Prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship

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The Academy Announces Winners of the Prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship
With the abundance of labs and fellowships designed to give up-and-coming filmmakers a much-needed boost, the Nicholl Fellowship — launched in 1986 — still stands above the fray as being one of the most important opportunities for entry into the industry. Each of the winners receives a $35,000 prize with the understanding that they will complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. Just as important, their winning project instantly becomes a must-read by every agency in Hollywood.

The global competition has awarded 152 fellowships to date. Recent scripts by Nicholl Fellowship alumni include “The Glass Castle” and “Holy Rollers;” additional program veterans have gone on to receive plum writing assignments in film (Pixar’s “Cars 3”) and television (Netflix’s “The Punisher”).

Nine individuals and one screenwriting team were selected as 2017 fellowship recipients from more than 7,000 submissions; the winners are listed in bold:

Vigil Chime, “Bring Back Girl”

Sj Inwards, “Jellyfish Summer”

Max Lance and Jen Bailey,
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Bill Mechanic’s Pandemonium Options Adaptation of Award-Winning Play, ‘Damascus,’ From Bennett Fisher

Bill Mechanic’s Pandemonium Options Adaptation of Award-Winning Play, ‘Damascus,’ From Bennett Fisher
Exclusive: Former Fox Studios head Bill Mechanic's Pandemonium Entertainment has optioned Bennett Fisher’s screenplay adaptation for Damascus. His award-winning play was the second prize winner in the Samuel Goldwyn screenplay contest, a finalist in the O’Neill Conference, and has won numerous other honors. Mechanic (Hacksaw Ridge) will produce with Jib Polhemus (The Mechanic, Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn) of Source Artist Management, which negotiated and sold…
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Paul Currie's '2.22' begins global roll-out


Director Paul Currie.s 2.22, a romantic thriller starring Teresa Palmer, Game of Thrones. Michiel Huisman and Sam Reid, launches in Italy, the Middle East and a bunch of Asian markets on Thursday, followed by the Us on Friday.

Italy will be the widest release as distributor Notorious Pictures has booked 600 screens for the saga of Huisman.s Dylan, an air traffic controller in New York who nearly causes a fatal mid- air collision at the stroke of 2:22.

In the Us the film will get a limited theatrical release combined with premium VOD via Magnolia Pictures. The UK and France are the only major territories as yet unsold.

After arranging test screenings in Los Angeles Currie, who co-wrote the screenplay with American Todd Stein, told If, .We know the film plays well with date audiences. It is a commercial romantic thriller with a recurring theme of love through time.
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Bill Mechanic On Movie Biz: Big Problems & A Few Suggestions On How To Fix Them

Bill Mechanic On Movie Biz: Big Problems & A Few Suggestions On How To Fix Them
Editors Note: Bill Mechanic is chairman and CEO of Pandemonium Films and a former top executive at Paramount, Disney and chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment when the studio generated Die Hard With A Vengeance, Independence Day and Titanic. He most recently produced Best Picture Oscar nominee Hacksaw Ridge. He was moved to weigh in after all the noise about windowing that came out of the just-wrapped CinemaCon. The industry is in big trouble. Yes, that's perhaps…
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Paul Verhoeven interview: Elle, creative risks and RoboCop

Ryan Lambie Mar 7, 2017

Legendary director Paul Verhoeven talks to us about his unmissable new drama-thriller, Elle, and the relevance of his 80s classic, RoboCop.

For well over 40 years now, director Paul Verhoeven has thrilled and horrified audiences with his bold, confrontational films. Whether they’re war dramas (Soldier Of Orange, Black Book), sci-fi action movies (RoboCop, Total Recall, Starship Troopers) or thrillers (The Fourth Man, Basic Instinct), Verhoeven’s movies are smart, sometimes violent and frequently threaded with a sense of mischief.

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In Michele, the central character played by Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Verhoeven might have found his fictional muse. A Parisian businesswoman who plays by her own rules, Michele’s fearless, often bewildering approach to life is fascinating to watch. Nominally, Elle’s a thriller, but like Philippe Djian’s source novel,
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Blu-ray Review – Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Hacksaw Ridge, 2016.

Directed by Mel Gibson.

Starring Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, and Vince Vaughn.


The World War II movie Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the story of a conscientious objector, Desmond Doss, who achieved heroic feats on the battlefield as a medic despite not carrying a weapon, arrives on home video in a Blu-ray + DVD set that also includes a code for a digital copy. While the bonus features are slight, the making-of documentary does an excellent job of charting the course of a movie that took a long time to come together.

As someone who’s long had an armchair historian’s interest in World War II, I was intrigued by Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious objector who nonetheless wanted to serve his country as a medic.

However, Doss insists on serving while not carrying a rifle.
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‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moana’ Win Mpse Golden Reel Awards

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‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Moana’ Win Mpse Golden Reel Awards
Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” earned the top two sound editing awards Sunday night at the 64th Mpse Golden Reel Awards, while Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” and Disney’s “Moana” took musical and animation honors.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble” and “Warcraft: The Beginning” won for documentary and score.

Hacksaw Ridge” now becomes the favorite to beat “La La Land” in the Oscar battle.

TV winners included “Westworld” (for both long form and short form FX/Foley), “The Night of” “Part 1 The Beach,” “Penny Dreadful III” “Ebb Tide,” “Stranger Things,” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again,” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”

The Filmmaker and Career Achievement Awards were presented to Guillermo del Toro and Harry Cohen.

64th Mpse Golden Reel Award Highlights:

Best Sound Editing In Feature Film – Dialogue / Adr

Hacksaw Ridge

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‘Lion,’ ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ Look Beyond Oscar Gold

‘Lion,’ ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ Look Beyond Oscar Gold
At this time of year, industry workers talk about a film in terms of Oscars and/or box office. But there are plenty of nominees that have a life apart from those considerations: These are films that actually help people.

Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge” has been working with military veterans, Fox’s “Hidden Figures” has been doing outreach to students, and the Weinstein Co.’s “Lion” is raising funds to benefit impoverished children in India.

After each movie wrapped production, filmmakers began to realize their work might help people. Donna Gigliotti, a producer of “Figures,” says, “These things happened organically. There was no great plan. But I’m so glad it happened.”


Harvey Weinstein Taps Trump’s Travel Ban for New ‘Lion’ Oscar Messaging

Lion” producer Iain Canning said that in early screenings, people asked how they could help Calcutta’s homeless children, who are depicted in the film.
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Global Talent Expand Their Oscar Horizons

Global Talent Expand Their Oscar Horizons
This year’s Oscar nominees are reflective of worldwide talent, many of whom were born outside of America. So while diversity in gender and color in awards season is still playing catch-up, diversity in foreign actors, writers, producers, and other moviemaking essentials is here to stay.

Oscar nominee “Lion’s” international pedigree cannot be argued with, taking noms for best picture (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Angie Fielder), supporting actor (Dev Patel), supporting actress (Nicole Kidman), adapted screenplay (Luke Davies), cinematography (Greig Fraser), and original score (Hauschka).

“As producers we’re deeply committed to telling diverse stories like ‘Lion’ because cinema should reflect the world we live in,” Canning says. “We put together an incredibly talented group of actors and crew who were all hugely passionate about bringing Saroo [Brierley]’s story to life in India and Tasmania.”

Sherman, Canning’s partner at See-Saw Films, says: “The exciting thing about ‘Lion
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The Cutting Edge team on bringing 1940s America to life in 'Hacksaw Ridge'

Andrew Garfield being put through his paces on the set of 'Hacksaw Ridge'. (Photo credit: Mark Rogers).

Cutting Edge.s Head of Features Marcus Bolton, Visual Effects Supervisor Simon Maddison and Creative Director Finn Spencer chat to Harry Windsor about running post on Mel Gibson.s 'Hacksaw Ridge'.

The film, which is nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, nabbed a BAFTA award on Sunday evening for Best Editing by John Gilbert.

What was Ce's involvement in Hacksaw Ridge?

Bolton: We had a team of 25 people dedicated to the project to ensure we delivered to the deadline. Our VFX team worked on over 100 set extension shots, creating quite massive landscapes needed to be true to specific location in the United States. We were also lucky to be chosen to create the Titles and Credits design on the film.

What was the tendering process to get the gig?
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Oscars: 'Hacksaw Ridge' Producer on Working With Mel Gibson, Why He Passed on Casting Casey Affleck

Oscars: 'Hacksaw Ridge' Producer on Working With Mel Gibson, Why He Passed on Casting Casey Affleck
Braveheart, the two reteamed on another war story, Hacksaw Ridge — about a real-life combat medic who saved dozens of lives during World War II, without ever touching a gun. Last time, Mechanic was the 20th Century Fox chairman who greenlighted Gibson's picture; this time, he's one of the producers. The industry veteran, who also produced the 82nd Academy Awards, described Hacksaw's 15-year journey.

How did Hacksaw come to you?

It goes way back to 2001. Terry Benedict, a documentary filmmaker, secured the rights from...
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Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD

Summit Entertainment

2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 139 min. / Street Date February 21, 2017 / 39.99

Starring – Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, Rachel Griffiths, Luke Pegler.

Cinematography – Simon Duggan

Film Editor – John Gilbert

Original Music – Rupert Gregson-Williams

Written by – Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight

Produced by – Paul Currie, Bruce Davey, William D. Johnson, Bill Mechanic,

Directed by – Mel Gibson

Combat movies fascinate this reviewer — if you look at the Savant review index you’ll see that I review practically every war picture of note that I can get my hands on. But brace yourself — I become huffy when I see themes of patriotism and faith used to deliver dicey messages.

Mel Gibson’s big, slick WW2 combat film Hacksaw Ridge tells the truly inspiring story of combat medic Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor and the only one to
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Directing Nominees Confess Biggest Hurdles, On-Set MVPs

Directing Nominees Confess Biggest Hurdles, On-Set MVPs
With five such different cinematic visions represented, what do this year’s Oscar nominees for director have in common?

It depends on whom you ask. Kenneth Lonergan, nominated writer-director of “Manchester by the Sea,” links the final five this way: They each “focus on deep connective tissue on a human level, even though they are all very different stylistically and in subject matter,” he tells Variety.

Mel Gibson, director of “Hacksaw Ridge,” invokes the process itself. “What do we have in common?” he asks. “At some point, somebody asked each of us a thousand questions a day and we had to make snap decisions.”

Each shares a fierce inventiveness, necessitated by the time and budget constraints each faced mounting their creatively ambitious projects.

“These movies couldn’t be more different,” points out “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins. “The movies I like best are the ones where you can feel the curiosity
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Fight Club, and Fight Club 2: what happened?

Dan Cooper Mar 15, 2017

Fight Club 2 is something that exists, but it's not heading to the screen as of yet. At least not directly...

Fight Club 2. Has it happened? Will it happen? Should it happen?

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The collective answer to those three questions are of course yes. And no. Start trawling the web for word of a sequel to the 1999 cult classic turned post-modern masterpiece and one thing soon becomes apparent: the first rule of a Fight Club sequel is that you don’t talk about a Fight Club sequel. It will come as no great surprise to you that the second rule is somewhat similar in fashion and wording to the first.

Yes, I know - you’re probably rolling your eyes right now at my uninspired use of a tired and overused quote and who could blame you?
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Hacksaw Ridge: The Incredible True Story Behind the Oscar Nominee

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With six Academy Award nominations (including one for director Mel Gibson and another for lead actor, Andrew Garfield), Hacksaw Ridge has emerged as one of the most lauded films of 2016. Both critics and audiences have praised the gritty war drama, which has racked up numerous international honors and over $150 million at the box office since its November release. Those who haven't seen the World War II drama may not know that the onscreen story of Garfield's character is based closely on real-life soldier, Private First Class Desmond Doss. Even those who have lined up to see the film may not know just how much of the cinematic story was rooted in true events. As producer Bill Mechanic told People, he and Gibson "were very accurate with Desmond and what happened to him." That's not to say that the filmmakers were obsessive about every detail of Doss's life. "If you're a slave to the complete facts,
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Producer Bill Mechanic and star Luke Bracey on making 'Hacksaw Ridge'

(l-r) Luke Bracey with Mel Gibson. (Photo credit: Mark Rogers).

It was third time lucky when Mel Gibson signed on to Hacksaw Ridge in 2014, having been offered the film by producer Bill Mechanic twice before.

.I approached Mel in 2002, in 2010, and then again in 2014, which is the first time he said yes,. says Mechanic..

.He's the only one I approached twice. I guess in my mind he was always the perfect director for it. I just had to get it in his mind that he was the perfect director for it..

Before his third attempt, Mechanic brought on Randall Wallace, who wrote Braveheart, to take a pass at the script.

.Randall's changes were not earth shattering,. says Mechanic. .He won't be credited in the final screenplay. But I think it might have made it more appealing to Mel to read [that] Randy was working on it..

The WWII action drama is
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‘La La Land’ Producer Recalls Filming That Opening Dance Scene in 110 Degree Heat

The memorable freeway ramp dance sequence was shot in only two days with 150 dancers in 110 degree heat, “La La Land” producer Marc Platt recalled at Saturday’s Producers Guild of America nominees panel.

“Shutting down the freeway didn’t seem that impossible when I first read the Damien Chazelle’s script,” Platt told an audience of about 600 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The event was held for the 10 nominated films for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for top feature film production released in 2016.

“We closed the ramp between the 105 and the 110 freeways for a Saturday and a Sunday in September,” Platt noted. “When we were done, everyone was exhausted but no one wanted to leave so we were able to show the footage on monitors on the ramp to the 150 people applauding and crying.”


The Honorees at the 2017 PGA Awards

Platt, who has credits going back to the 1980s,
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'Hacksaw Ridge' production designer Barry Robison on going to war in Sydney

The barracks set at Sydney's Fox Studios. (Photo credit:.Jacinta Leong).

Crewing up in the middle of 2015, director Mel Gibson and producer Bill Mechanic were attracted to production designer Barry Robison's experience down under.

Robison, whose mother was born in Fremantle, first worked in Australia on Jodie Foster.s Nim's Island in 2007.

.It was summer and it was gorgeous and [we were] out in the Whitsundays, so I fell in love with that part of the country very quickly,. he tells If..

.Right on the heels of that I was asked to do Wolverine down in Sydney, and during that I realised I could get my Australian citizenship. I finished that process on Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader...

Robison.s dual citizenship, he admits, .certainly factored in to why I got Hacksaw, because it was a tight budget..

Once he got the gig, Robison had a freewheeling chat with Gibson,
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'Lion', 'Hacksaw Ridge' and 'Tanna' nominated for Oscars


This year's Academy Awards will feature a healthy contingent of Australians, with films as disparate as Lion, Hacksaw Ridge.and Tanna vying for top awards.

21 years after Braveheart won the top gong, Mel Gibson has been welcomed back into the Academy fold, with Hacksaw Ridge nominated for six Oscars: Best Picture (producers David Permut and Bill Mechanic), Best Director (Gibson), Best Actor (Andrew Garfield), Best Sound Editing (Robert Mackenzie, Andy Wright) and Best Sound Mixing (Robert Mackenzie, Andy Wright, Kevin O'Connell, Peter Grace).

Hacksaw is also up for Best Editing for Kiwi John Gilbert, who edited Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and is clearly a new Icon favourite.—.he's currently cutting Gibson's next acting vehicle,.The Professor and the Madman, in which the star appears alongside Sean Penn..

Gibson called the nomination "a truly wonderful honor..

.I.m especially happy for Andrew Garfield,
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