'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry

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'Willy Wonka,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Big Lebowski' added to National Film Registry
Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 films to be named to the National Film Registry, a proclamation of commitment to preserving the chosen pictures for all time. They can be big studio pictures or experimental short films, goofball comedies or poetic meditations on life. The National Film Registery "showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant" and by preserving the films, the Library of Congress hopes to "a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.” This year’s selections span the period 1913 to 2004 and include a number of films you’re familiar with. Unless you’ve never heard of "Saving Private Ryan," "The Big Lebowski," “Rosemary’s Baby” or "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Highlights from the list include the aforementioned film, Arthur Penn’s Western "Little Big Man," John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, “Luxo Jr.," 1953’s “House of Wax,
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‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry

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‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Ferris Bueller’ & More Added To National Film Registry
Spanning the years 1913-2004, the 25 films to be added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2014 include Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski. The annual selection helps to ensure that the movies will be preserved for all time. This year’s list brings the number of films in the registry to 650.

Also on the list are John Lasseter’s 1986 animated film, Luxo Jr; the original Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory with Gene Wilder; and Howard Hawks’ classic 1959 Western Rio Bravo. Documentaries and silent films also make up part of the selection which represents titles that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant; they must also each be at least 10 years old. Check out the rundown of all 25 movies below:

2014 National Film Registry
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‘Big Lebowski,’ ‘Willy Wonka’ Among National Film Registry’s 25 Selections

‘Big Lebowski,’ ‘Willy Wonka’ Among National Film Registry’s 25 Selections
The Big Lebowski,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” are among the 25 films saluted by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in the organization’s annual selection of notable works.

The org says selection will help ensure preservation of these films. This year’s choices bring the registry total to 650, a small fraction of the Library’s vast collection of 1.3 million items. As always, the choices are eclectic, including Hollywood films, indies, documentaries, silent movies and student films.

“The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant,” said the Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. “By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.”

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian
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A Look at Female-directed Documentaries at the Oscars

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

This year’s Oscar race could make history with two possible best picture nominees directed by women — Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. If both women are nominated for best director, that would also be a historical moment. But though these accomplishments in the narrative field are possible, more women directors are breaking into the documentary categories. Four of the 15 shortlisted documentaries feature women at the helm: Jennifer Grausman (co-directed with Sam Cullman and Mark Becker) with Art and Craft, Tia Lessin (co-directed with Carl Deal) with Citizen Koch, Laura Poitras with Citizenfour and Rory Kennedy with Last Days in Vietnam. Additionally, three of the eight shortlisted documentary shorts feature female directors: Ellen Goosenberg Kent with Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Aneta Kopacz with Joanna and Lucy Walker with The Lion’s Mouth Opens. More often than not, women directors tend to
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Joann Alfano Named Evp At NBCU International TV

Joann Alfano is returning to NBC as Evp at NBCUniversal International Television Production. Based in Los Angeles, she will oversee the company’s global scripted business, which includes Camp (NBC), Motive (ABC), Family Tree (HBO), Newlyweds (Bravo) as well as the upcoming Dracula (NBC) and Season 4 of Downton Abbey (PBS). She will report to division president Michael Edelstein. Alfano succeeds Evp Deborah Oppenheimer who recently joined one NBCU’s labels, Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films, though Alfano’s role will be broader. From today’s announcement: Alfano will supervise the development and production of scripted programming across the NBCUniversal International Television portfolio of companies including Carnival, Lucky Giant and Matchbox Pictures. She will also manage the division’s strategic partnerships with both Working Title Television and Lark Productions. In addition, she will identify and develop new projects with the goal of bringing writers and producers from the Us to NBCU International production entities.
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NBCUniversal-Owned U.K. Producer of 'Downton Abbey' Hires Deborah Oppenheimer to Help With Expansion

London – NBCUniversal's NBCUniversal International Television Production unit said Wednesday that it has appointed Deborah Oppenheimer to the new post of executive vp of Carnival Films, the U.K. production firm behind hit costume drama Downton Abbey, whose U.S. success she has overseen. She takes on the post "to give the company a dedicated full-time presence in Los Angeles as the company seeks to consolidate on its enormous success and expand further into the U.S. and international market," the firm said. Oppenheimer will report to Carnival managing director Gareth Neame. Over the past three

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Deborah Oppenheimer Named Evp At Carnival Films

Exclusive: Deborah Oppenheimer has been named to the newly created role of executive vp at Carnival Films, giving the company a dedicated full-time presence in Los Angeles, as the company expands further into the Us and international markets. Oppenheimer will be responsible for launching new scripted series for Carnival and will continue to oversee its flagship series, Downton Abbey, which has sold into more than 200 territories and has been seen by 120 million viewers worldwide. Oppenheimer will play a pivotal role in the company’s domestic and international growth strategy, reporting directly to Carnival Managing Director Gareth Neame. Over the past three years, Oppenheimer has led the Los Angeles operations for NBCU International Television Production, working across all its labels – including Carnival (Dracula), as well as Matchbox Pictures (Camp), and Lucky Giant (Family Tree). Oppenheimer also was responsible for, and exec produced, the HBO and BBC2 co-production of Family Tree from director Christopher Guest.
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TV Review: ‘Family Tree’

TV Review: ‘Family Tree’
Given his history, it’s a wonder Christopher Guest and HBO haven’t hooked up sooner, what with the cultish devotion to his understated satires “Best in Show” and “A Mighty Wind.” Yet the actual wedding, “Family Tree,” bears rather disappointing fruit, so droll and dry as to be nearly taste-free, with only the occasional hint of bite. Hamstrung in part by a slim premise, the show possesses star power with Chris O’Dowd as its searching protagonist, but with apologies to Guest’s beloved “This Is Spinal Tap,” on a scale of 1 to 10, this British-u.S. collaboration is about a 5.

O’Dowd plays Tom Chadwick, a Londoner recently dumped by both his girlfriend and employer, whose father (longtime Guest collaborator Michael McKean) presents him with a box from Tom’s deceased great aunt. In it, he finds a picture of his great-grandfather Harry, which sets him upon a journey
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Sam Worthington's Production Company Inks TV Deal With NBCUniversal Int'l

Full Clip Prods., the company founded by Avatar and Clash of the Titans star Sam Worthington, John Schwarz and Michael Schwarz, is venturing into television, signing a first-look deal with NBCUniversal International, the international TV production division of NBCUniversal. Launched in 2010, Full Clip Prods. last May entered into an imprint deal with Radical Studios to original graphic novels to be published and distributed through Diamond Comic Distributors. The deal with NBCU International calls for Full Clip to develop original content, as well as potential spin-off programming based on its graphic novel stories. Full Clip Prods. will executive produce any projects greenlit and produced by NBCUniversal International. “Sam Worthington has great commercial instincts and a passion for telling original, character-driven stories," NBCU International TV Prod. president Michael Edelstein said. Full Clip's TV efforts will be shepherded by Luca Scalisi, former executive for Eminem's entertainment and licensing company, Shady World Prods.
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Gareth Neame joins NBCU International

London -- Just four months after taking the role of president, international television production at NBC Universal International, Michael Edelstein has reshuffled his top exec team, giving Carnival Prods. boss Gareth Neame the post of managing director for the U.K.

Neame's remit will be to grow NBCU's U.K. production presence in drama, building on the successes of such Carnival shows as "Downton Abbey," which premiered on ITV with 7.7 million viewers last Sunday (Sept. 26), as well as "Whitechapel" and "Any Human Heart."

NBC Universal acquired Carnival in 2008.

In other promotions Yvonne Pilkington becomes vp format sales, Jeremy Miles becomes svp business and legal affairs and Charlotte Raben has become vp format sales.

"It is an exciting time at NBC Universal as we accelerate our growth plans," said Edelstein, who earlier this week announced Academy Award-winning producer Deborah Oppenheimer to the role of executive vice president, NBC Universal International TV Production,
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Deborah Oppenheimer named NBCU Int'l evp

London -- Academy Award-winning producer Deborah Oppenheimer has been appointed to the role of executive vice president, NBC Universal.

International TV Production, overseeing a newly created La home for the production division that is based mainly London.

Reporting to NBCU International Production head Michael Edelstein, Oppenheimer will woo key U.S. talent to international productions and work closely with Angela Bromstad to bring formats from around the world to the U.S. market.

The former Lorimar exec who produced fare for HBO, Showtime and PBS, said she aimed to help "build a world-class international portfolio for NBCU.
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Max Headroom and The Norm Show Finally Coming to DVD from Shout! Factory

Max Headroom finally comes home to DVD Shout! Factory and Warner Home Video, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., announced a multi-property alliance to bring the highly anticipated Warner Bros. television series Max Headroom and The Norm Show to the home entertainment marketplace. Under its multi-year agreement with Warner Home Video, Shout! Factory will be the exclusive media company to distribute Max Headroom and The Norm Show DVDs for home entertainment releases in the United States and Canada. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Jeff Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Non-theatrical Franchise Marketing.

Production has begun to develop a wide range of bonus content for Max Headroom: The Complete Series DVD box set, as well as re-transferring the episodes from the original elements to provide the highest picture quality.

"Max Headroom is a uniquely sought-after television property,
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Oscar-Winning Filmmakers Mark Jonathan Harris, Tracy Seretean at Academy Screening

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Into the Arms of Stranger: Stories of the Kindertransport, shown as part of the "Oscar’s Docs" series, at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood on Monday, November 2, 2009. Pictured above following the screening (left to right): Composer Lee Holdridge, Oscar-winning producer Deborah Oppenheimer, Oscar-winning writer/director Mark Jonathan Harris, editor Kate Amend and associate producer Alicia Dwyer. Photos: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S. Oscar-winning producer/director Tracy Seretean, whose Big Mama was also screened at the Linwood Dunn on Nov. 2.
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Prinze charms in ABC pilot

ABC has given the green light to a comedy pilot starring Freddie Prinze Jr., and the WB Network has picked up three half-hour pilots from producers Steve Martin, Jerry Bruckheimer and Brian Grazer and former United Artists executive Jeff Kleeman. Meanwhile, Charlie Craig (USA's Peacemakers) has joined the Fox drama pilot Revved. The untitled Freddie Prinze Jr. project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on a successful, single guy (Prinze) who was raised in a house full of women and has his life turned upside down when the women move back in with him. Bruce Helford, Prinze, Conrad Jackson and Bruce Rasmussen penned the pilot script. Helford, Deborah Oppenheimer, Rasmussen and Prinze are exec producing the pilot, which John Pasquin is set to direct.

White, Helford in family way at ABC

White, Helford in family way at ABC
ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Warner Bros. TV and Bruce Helford's Mohawk Prods. for a family comedy project to star comedian Ron White. Rachel Sweet has signed on to pen the untitled pilot, which Helford will supervise and executive produce along with Sweet and his Mohawk partner, Deborah Oppenheimer. The project centers on White playing a man who never knew he was the father of twins until he is pressed into service to raise them after their mother dies in a car crash. White, a veteran of the stand-up comedy circuit, had inked a talent holding deal with Fox Broadcasting Co. last year. He met with numerous writers and producers last year, and though he never did get a show on the air at Fox, he established a good rapport with Sweet during several meetings.

C.K., Helford bring up baby with CBS pilot

C.K., Helford bring up baby with CBS pilot
Comedian and Emmy-winning writer-producer Louis Ck. has teamed with prolific TV writer-producer Bruce Helford for a comedy, which has received a sizable put pilot commitment from CBS. C.K. is set to star in the Warner Bros. Television project based on his stand-up act, which centers on how his life changed following the birth of his first child. C.K., the father of a 21-month-old girl, will co-write the pilot with Helford and Bruce Rasmussen. The three will executive produce with Helford's producing partner at the WBTV-based Mohawk Prods., Deborah Oppenheimer. If the show goes to series, C.K. will serve as a producer.

ABC gives full-season order to 'Lopez'

ABC gives full-season order to 'Lopez'
It's fiesta time on the set of ABC's George Lopez. The network has given a full-season order to the sophomore Latino family sitcom from Warner Bros. Television. With the back-nine order of George Lopez, from executive producers Bruce Helford, Sandra Bullock, Deborah Oppenheimer and Robert Borden, ABC has secured all of its comedies through the end of the season. "Since its midseason premiere last year, 'George Lopez' has developed into a terrific performer for ABC," ABC entertainment president Susan Lyne said. "Its dominance Wednesday nights at 8:30 -- and its retention of the Wife and Kids lead-in each week -- has helped solidify our comedy strength on the night."

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