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As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.
Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.
That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Other reality-based pics that are »
- Tim Gray
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Four Australians and three Kiwis have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
A record 322 screen practitioners from the Us and around the world have been invited to join the organisation. The previous high was 276 in 2013.
The Down Under contingent comprises visual effects wizards Tim Crosbie and Daniel Barrett, producers Bruna Papandrea and Rebecca Yeldham, sound mixers David Lee and Jason Canovas and writer-director Niki Caro.
Despite the Academy.s efforts to diversify its membership, out of the 25 actors invited to join only seven are women.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, .It.s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry. This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization..
This year Crosbie was nominated for an »
- Don Groves
Normally, I'm not one to brag, but I would like to say right off the bat, I think I did pretty well with my must-see list last month. Of my five official picks -- Spy, Jurassic World, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Dope and Inside Out -- the closest I got to suggesting you see a movie people generally didn't like was Jurassic World, which has broken all sorts of box office records and sits at a "fresh" 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not that box office results or Rotten Tomatoes are the ultimate barometers of quality, but I have to base this off something, rightc Personally I didn't much care for the new Jurassic film aside from a few scenes of enormous spectacle, but others found plenty to like in it. I also ended up seeing Dope twice -- that one might be my favorite movie so far this »
- Jordan Benesh
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed today a list of 322 artists and executives who have been invited to join. These selections are people that have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the world of film, and those lambasting the Academy for being full of old white men will be happy to see it’s a pleasantly diverse list. Assuming they all accept the invitation, of course. On the actor side of things, highights include David Oyelowo, Tom Hardy, Rosamund Pike, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Carroll Lynch, Emma Stone, Jason Segel, Martin Freeman, and last year’s Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne. As for directors, the Academy is expanding its reach to a much broader group with selections like Edgar Wright, James Gunn, Lynn Shelton, F. Gary Gray, Ira Sachs, Joe Wright, and Whiplash helmer Damien Chazelle. [caption id="attachment_310166" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via PBS[/caption] Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have »
- Adam Chitwood
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 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 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization.” The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” Martin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot Fuzz” Heather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception” Kevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Academy Award nominees Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Stone, Felicity Jones, and Rosamund Pike and Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons are among the 322 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Friday. The 322 invitations are the most ever given out since the Academy began announcing the names of its invitees more than a decade ago. Other actors invited to join include Elizabeth Banks, Martin Freeman, Heather Graham, Tom Hardy, Kevin Hart, David Oyelowo, Dev Patel, Chris Pine, Daniel Radcliffe and Jason Segel. The Academy’s Board of Governors made the selections on Tuesday. »
- Steve Pond
The following contains spoilers from the Season 3 premiere of USA Network’s Graceland.
It took a couple of commercial breaks, but the Graceland Season 3 premiere eventually answered the question viewers had been left grappling with for months: Had FBI Agent Mike Warren in fact died?
RelatedGraceland Creator Discusses Briggs’ Deadly Dilemma, ‘Unpopular’ Paige’s Guilt… and, Oh Yeah, Mike!
As it turns out, yes, Mike did die.
But is alive.
Meaning, for some six minutes after Sid Markham fatally closed off hospitalized Mike’s oxygen supply, Mike had crossed over, only to be resuscitated by some doctors with defibrillators, after Briggs found his bud flatlining. »
As Graceland — USA Network’s initial foray into darker programming with fewer “blue skies” — has demonstrated in its first two seasons, its beach house full of federal agents are prone to bad decisions, and then must contend with the consequences.
VideosGraceland Season 3 Sneak Peek: Is Paige’s Guilt About to Kill Her?
Having based the drama series on a real-life assembly of assorted federal agents under one (now-defunct) vacation home’s roof, Eastin in his research came to realize, “There was sort of a morality that became the house morality. And it wasn’t necessarily by the book. It was, »
“Nantucket has been a creative refuge for decades,” multihyphenate Ben Stiller says. “The festival has coalesced the film-writing community and celebrated individuality — in a way that is part of being on the island: independent, isolated (so as to) foster risk-taking.”
A Nantucket Film Festival board member, Stiller often attends the fest, which turns 20 this year. He regularly hosts a lively, Sro All-Star Comedy Roundtable that has welcomed Mike Myers, Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Brian Williams, among others.
The event will kick off June 24 with A24’s David Foster Wallace drama “The End of the Tour,” starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg. Documentary “The Best of Enemies” about the televised debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal during the 1968 presidential election, »
- Thelma Adams
We first reported on Clint Eastwood taking on the story of Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger last week, an adaptation of Captain Sully’s book accounting for how he emergency landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River after a flock of geese caused an engine accident.
Eastwood was a natural to take on the story, but it didn’t yet have a star attached. And while John Slattery might be a dead ringer for the pilot, and Eastwood himself could’ve done it despite his age, you don’t get a better everyman, hero type than Tom Hanks. According to Deadline, Hanks is currently in negotiations with Warner Bros. He’s really stretching himself here, don’t you think? Eastwood has never worked with Hanks, so the timing could not be better. The film is still without a title.
In another piece of curious potential casting news, a UK newspaper »
- Brian Welk
The seventh edition of BAMcinemaFest, which screens through June 28, once again brings some of the best works of American independent cinema to Brooklyn, culled from Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Cannes, and other fests. This year's edition opened with The End of the Tour, the latest from director James Ponsoldt (Smashed, The Spectacular Now), which is a portrait of author David Foster Wallace (played by Jason Segel in a revelatory performance), through the eyes of David Lipsky (played by Jesse Eisenberg), and the five days they spent together during Wallace's tour for his celebrated novel Infinite Jest. The centerpiece film is Queen of Earth, director Alex Ross Perry and actress Elisabeth Moss' latest collaboration (following last year's Listen Up Philip). The closing night film is Sean Baker's Tangerine, a vibrant...
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There was no small amount of shock and surprise when it was announced in 2013 that Jason Segel would portray the late author David Foster Wallace in “The End of the Tour,” an adaptation of David Lipsky’s “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace.”
To capture the mannerisms of the hulking, shy and frequently bandana-clad writer, Segel read as many of Wallace’s intricate, lengthy tomes as he could. “‘Infinite Jest’ was really the one that I focused on,” he told Variety at the BAMcinemaFest opening Wednesday at the Howard Gilman Opera House. “There is some video of him available, and we also had the luxury of those recordings of those four days from David, so I listened and I watched and I read.”
While many comedic actors use ironic detachment to get laughs, throughout his career, starting with “Freaks and Geeks, »
- Michael Tedder
Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace's long, dense, and brilliant masterpiece of American fiction, can be daunting to start (the paperback edition is 1,079 pages, including the infamous footnotes). In order to play the author in the upcoming The End of the Tour, Jason Segel went through Wallace's oeuvre, including tackling Infinite Jest with a reading group. "Our goal was to read 100 pages a week," Segel told Vulture at the opening night of BAMcinemaFest Wednesday night. "And then every Sunday we would meet up, and we would talk about what we had read that week. It took about two months."But his advice to readers who want to tackle the book is just to read a little bit every day to let it marinate. "I think you have to read it in doses, in small chunks," he said. "I would say 45 minutes a day. What I found was any longer than »
- Katie Van Syckle
Key players from two of this year’s biggest indie darlings are teaming up, with word that The End of the Tour star Jason Segel is joining the cast of Collateral Beauty, the next film from Me, Earl & the Dying Girl helmer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
Segel will join the already-cast Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara in the pic, which follows a New York advertising executive (Jackman) who experiences a crippling personal tragedy. His co-workers devise an unusual way to break him out of his depression, and the results are far different than anything that they could have expected. Gomez-Rejon is expected to shoot the project this fall.
Though the actor’s involvement isn’t a done deal yet, it’s a great move for Segel, who ventured into more dramatic territory recently when playing tormented novelist David Foster Wallace in the James Ponsoldt-directed End of the Tour. Simply put, he delivered a career-best, »
- Isaac Feldberg
You’re going to hear a lot about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl as the film hits theaters this summer. The indie was a Sundance darling (I haven’t seen it, but Peter and Germain loved it) and its director, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, quickly lined up a second film. That movie, Collateral Beauty, features Hugh Jackman […]
- Russ Fischer
In what is a pairing that I.m pretty sure the entire cinematic community can get behind, it.s been announced that Jason Segel and Hugh Jackman are currently in talks to share the same screen together. In fact, Collateral Beauty is shaping up rather nicely, because not only might it feature both Segel and Jackman, but Rooney Mara is on-board and it is being directed by one of the most in-demand filmmakers of the year. Variety have reported that Jason Segel is currently negotiating to join Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara for Collateral Beauty. The Australian actor and American actress have already signed on the dotted line to feature, and they will be hoping the Segel decides to continue his recent dramatic work by joining them too. Segel has been wowing the film festival circuit recently thanks to his portrayal of David Foster Wallace in The End Of The »
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