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American Aid Workers Describe Horror of Brussels Airport Blast: 'It Reverberated Through Our Entire Bodies'

  • PEOPLE.com
An American couple caught in the middle of the Brussels airport bombings have spoken out about their terrifying ordeal. Arizona residents Andrew and Denise Brandt, who work for aid agency Jhpiego Health Services, were catching a connecting flight to Liberia on Thai Airlines when the two explosions rocked the departure hall of Brussels Zaventem Airport. At least 13 were killed and dozens more injured, according to local media. At least one of the explosions was near the American Airlines departures desk. "You just feel like a wave from the explosion," Andrew Brandt told Sky News while draped in a blanket outside the airport terminal building.
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American Aid Workers Describe Horror of Brussels Airport Blast: 'It Reverberated Through Our Entire Bodies'

  • PEOPLE.com
An American couple caught in the middle of the Brussels airport bombings have spoken out about their terrifying ordeal. Arizona residents Andrew and Denise Brandt, who work for aid agency Jhpiego Health Services, were catching a connecting flight to Liberia on Thai Airlines when the two explosions rocked the departure hall of Brussels Zaventem Airport. At least 13 were killed and dozens more injured, according to local media. At least one of the explosions was near the American Airlines departures desk. "You just feel like a wave from the explosion," Andrew Brandt told Sky News while draped in a blanket outside the airport terminal building.
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Round-Up: Neca’s Alien Vs. Predator Figures, The Redwood Massacre Q&A, Jurassic Park-Inspired Shirt

  • DailyDead
Neca's Toys"R"Us exclusive Alien vs. Predator figures can be purchased later this fall. A Q&A with David Ryan Keith from The Redwood Massacre and details on a Fright Rags Jurassic Park-inspired T-shirt are also featured in this round-up.

Neca's Toys"R"Us Exclusive Alien vs. Predator Figures: These figures will be available to purchase in Toys"R"Us stores in October for $43.99 and they will come with a mini-comic version of the original Dark Horse story:

"This special edition action figure 2-pack is a loving recreation of this classic pairing from the 1994 Kenner toy line. It includes Renegade Predator with rifle, bladed weapon, and interchangeable masked and unmasked heads. He is painted in an all-new color scheme with brown armor, faithful to the original Kenner release.

The Alien uses the 1979 “Big Chap” body with a glossy black dome and darker black decoration, again faithful to the original Kenner version.
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Round-Up: Beneath London Exclusive Excerpt, Dead Rising: Watchtower, The Redwood Massacre Trailer

  • DailyDead
Titan Books has provided us with an exclusive excerpt from James P. Blaylock's Beneath London, which will hit stores next week. Also in this round-up: international release details for Dead Rising: Watchtower and a trailer for The Redwood Massacre.

James P. Blaylock's Beneath London: "When the sudden collapse of the Victoria Embankment uncovers a passage to an unknown realm beneath London, Langdon St. Ives sets out explore it, not knowing that a brilliant and wealthy psychopathic murderer is working to keep the underworld’s secrets hidden for reasons of his own. Assumed to be dead and buried deep beneath London, St. Ives lives secretly on the streets of the great city where he, Alice St. Ives, and their stalwart friends investigate a string of ghastly crimes: the gruesome death of a witch in a forest hovel, the kidnapping of a blind, psychic girl who can see into the human soul,
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez Among 276 New Academy Members for 2013

  • Moviefone
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.

The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.

Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.

"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be.
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Class of 2013: 276 New Members Invited to Join the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got
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Academy adds record number of new members

Academy adds record number of new members
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.

That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.

AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.

Jason Bateman, Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emmanuelle Riva, and Chris Tucker are among the actors who have been invited to join, the organization announced today.

Other interesting additions: the musician Prince, Girls and Tiny Furniture writer/director/actress Lena Dunham,
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276 Receive Membership Invites From The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 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 2013.

“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”

The 2013 invitees are:

Actors

Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno

Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface

Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City

Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises

Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid

Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town

Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator

Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl

Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil,
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Film Academy Invites 276 New Members

Film Academy Invites 276 New Members
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ava DuVernay and Paul Feig are among the 276 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.

“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”

Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.

Among the other
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Horror at the Oscars Part III

Tremors? Nightbreed? Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? 976-evil? Are all on the list this year. And though there were not huge horror wins in sound editing through screenplays, the Technical Awards never cease to bring out the horror veterans. Notably Tim Drnec who contributed to such VHS classics as Alien Seed, Destroyer, and Prison won for his work on “Spydercam 3D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.” An award also shared with Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis who both also worked on Constantine.

But among all the winners, the Academy also honored some great loses in 2010. And though they mentioned some of our heroes, Dennis Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Dino de Laurentiis (King Kong), they did not mention Zelda Rubinstein or Corey Haim. But we will in this last section and the others lost to us last year.

So farewell fight fans and remember,
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AMPAS Scientific, Technical & Bonner Medal Awards Recipients Announced

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 scientific and technical achievements represented by 22 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation at the Beverly Wilshire on Saturday, February 12, 2011.

Unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2010.  Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.

The Academy Awards for scientific and technical achievements are:

Scientific and Engineering Awards (Academy Plaques)

To Dr. Mark Sagar for his early and continuing development of influential facial motion retargeting solutions.

Dr. Sagar.s work led to a method for transforming facial motion capture data into an expression-based, editable character animation system that has been used in motion pictures with a high volume of digital characters.

To Mark Noel for the design,
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Oscar: 10 Scientific & Technical Awards

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 scientific and technical achievements represented by 22 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation at the Beverly Wilshire on Saturday, February 12, 2011. Unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2010. Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures. The Academy Awards for scientific and technical achievements are: Scientific and Engineering Awards (Academy Plaques) To Dr. Mark Sagar for his early and continuing development of influential facial motion retargeting solutions. Dr. Sagar’s work led to a method for transforming facial motion capture data into an expression-based, editable character animation system that has been used in motion pictures with a high volume of digital characters. To Mark Noel for the design,
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10 Scientific and Technical Achievements To Be Honored with Academy Awards®

hollywoodnews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 scientific and technical achievements represented by 22 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation at the Beverly Wilshire on Saturday, February 12, 2011.

Unlike other Academy Awards to be presented this year, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2010. Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.

The Academy Awards for scientific and technical achievements are:

Scientific and Engineering Awards (Academy Plaques)

To Dr. Mark Sagar for his early and continuing development of influential facial motion retargeting solutions.

Dr. Sagar’s work led to a method for transforming facial motion capture data into an expression-based, editable character animation system that has been used in motion pictures with a high volume of digital characters.

To Mark Noel for the design,
See full article at Hollywoodnews.com »

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