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Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, Frederick Wiseman to Receive Governors Awards

Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, Frederick Wiseman to Receive Governors Awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors will present Honorary Awards to actor Jackie Chan, film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

“The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster, and Frederick Wiseman – true pioneers and legends in their crafts,” Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement. “The board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.”

The Oscars will be presented at the Academy’s eighth annual Governors Awards on Nov. 12, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

The selection of Hong Kong’s Chan and the U.K.-born Coates puts an international flavor on the selections. The film industry is often accused of ageism, but the Governors Awards tends to recognize individuals with lengthy careers,
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Mauro Bolognini’S Commedia All’Italiana ‘Arabella’ (1967) Starring Virna Lisi; New On UK Region 2 DVD From Simply Media

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By Howard Hughes

New to DVD in the UK is ‘Arabella’, an Italian period comedy set in that hotbed of hilarity, pre-wwii fascist Italy. Virna Lisi stars in the title role – known variously in the film as Arabella Danesi and Arabella Angeli – who determines to save her grandmother from destitution by finding ingenious ways to pay off her elderly relative’s crippling tax bill.

The film is structured rather like those 1960s Italian portmanteau comedy-dramas, such as ‘Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’, ‘The Witches’ or ‘Woman Times Seven’. Such films were intended as vehicles for one female star, be they Sophia, Silvana or Shirley, to demonstrate their versatility in a variety of roles. But instead of separate stories, with different characters, ‘Arabella’ has one continuous story arc, with Lisi’s sexy heroine adopting various costumes, personas and wigs to seduce and blackmail her way through a string of lovers, who are then
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Cheryl Boone Isaacs on the ‘Passion’ Behind Governors Awards Choices

Cheryl Boone Isaacs on the ‘Passion’ Behind Governors Awards Choices
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Thursday praised the passion of the board members in choosing the three honorees for Governors Awards.

The board had been given suggestions made by Academy members before they convened Aug. 25. Boone Isaacs said there is “a lot of good conversation” as various names are discussed. “It’s one of the most fun meetings of the year,” she said. “We’re a group of filmmakers and creatives and many board members have worked with the people under consideration. People nominate their favorites, and their passion about that person is exciting. Sometimes they offer an anecdote or story that really personalizes it.”

She described the three recipients — Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds and Gena Rowlands — as “a very interesting group.” Lee was cited “because of the impact he has had. When I first saw ‘She’s Gotta Have It,’ I had never seen anything like that before.
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Gena Rowlands, Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds to Receive Governors Awards Oscars

Gena Rowlands, Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds to Receive Governors Awards Oscars
Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds and Gena Rowlands will be honored Nov. 14 at the seventh annual Governors Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voted the awards at their Aug. 25 meeting. Following tradition, AMPAS reps withheld the announcement until they could notify the recipients.

This is the second time the Academy opted for only three nominees. The org can salute up to six people each year: four honorary Oscars, and one apiece for the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Thalberg Award, which goes to a producer for their body of work. It’s generally been four honorees, except for 2011, when there were three.

Despite the Acad’s recent attempts to increase international membership, it’s an all-American lineup. And while Rowlands and Lee have worked for major studios, they made their name in the indie world. In reflecting the Academy’s diversity push, the trio consists of two women
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Oscars: Some Modest Proposals for the Governors Awards

Oscars: Some Modest Proposals for the Governors Awards
August 25 will be a big night for Academy board members: That’s when they select 2015 recipients of the Governors Awards.

According to the website, AMPAS encourages members of the Academy to weigh in. They didn’t say anything about non-members, but why not? Movie fans have strong ideas too.

So here are some proposals: Michael Apted, whose range includes the “Seven Up!” docus to “Coal Miner’s Daughter”; Tsui Hark, a key figure in Asia’s action films; Richard Lester, the influential director; documaker extraordinaire Frederick Wiseman; and actress-director Jeanne Moreau. Incredibly, none has ever been nominated for an Oscar. And how about activist Rob Reiner for the Hersholt?

Variety exec editor Steven Gaydos also offers some stellar names for consideration: Gilles Jacob, who led the Cannes Fest for decades; producer-casting pro Fred Roos, whose groundbreaking credits include “The Godfather” and “American Graffiti”; Brit filmmaker Ken Loach; American actress Gena Rowlands
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Gardner, Crawford Among Academy's Career Achievement Award Non-Winners

Honorary Award: Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth among dozens of women bypassed by the Academy (photo: Honorary Award non-winner Gloria Swanson in 'Sunset Blvd.') (See previous post: "Honorary Oscars: Doris Day, Danielle Darrieux Snubbed.") Part three of this four-part article about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Award bypassing women basically consists of a long, long — and for the most part quite prestigious — list of deceased women who, some way or other, left their mark on the film world. Some of the names found below are still well known; others were huge in their day, but are now all but forgotten. Yet, just because most people (and the media) suffer from long-term — and even medium-term — memory loss, that doesn't mean these women were any less deserving of an Honorary Oscar. So, among the distinguished female film professionals in Hollywood and elsewhere who have passed away without
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Academy's Special 2014 Honorees: Veterans Belafonte, Carrière, Miyazaki and - Finally - O'Hara

Honorary Oscars 2014: Hayao Miyazaki, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Maureen O’Hara; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Harry Belafonte One good thing about the creation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards — an expedient way to remove the time-consuming presentation of the (nearly) annual Honorary Oscar from the TV ratings-obsessed, increasingly youth-oriented Oscar show — is that each year up to four individuals can be named Honorary Oscar recipients, thus giving a better chance for the Academy to honor film industry veterans while they’re still on Planet Earth. (See at the bottom of this post a partial list of those who have gone to the Great Beyond, without having ever received a single Oscar statuette.) In 2014, the Academy’s Board of Governors has selected a formidable trio of honorees: Japanese artist and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, 73; French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, 82; and Irish-born Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara,
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Academy Unveils 2014 Governors Awards Recipients

Academy Unveils 2014 Governors Awards Recipients
Harry Belafonte, Jean-Claude Carriere, Hayao Miyazaki, and Maureen O’Hara will receive Governors Awards at the Academy’s sixth annual ceremony, Nov. 8 at Hollywood & Highland.

Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award while Carriere, Miyazaki and O’Hara will each be given an Honorary Award.

“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”

This year’s honorees fit the profile of past recipients: They are well-respected veterans and most have not won an Oscar in a competitive category.

The Governors Awards have become one of the industry’s hottest tickets and a key stop on the awards-campaign trail, with strategists making sure their candidates are in the room. Last year,
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Angela Lansbury of 'Murder, She Wrote' Fame Made a Dame

Angela Lansbury of 'Murder, She Wrote' Fame Made a Dame
Actress Angela Lansbury, star of CBS' classic amateur detective series Murder, She Wrote (1984-1996), was made a Dame by the Queen of England Wednesday. The 88-year-old said she was "very proud," as she received her honor at Windsor Castle, adding, "to meet the Queen under these circumstances is a rare and lovely occasion."  Story: Oscars: Academy to Honor Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Piero Tosi and Angelina Jolie Lansbury was born in the U.K. but immigrated to the U.S. as a child after the death of her father during World War II.   The honor was

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Full List Of 2014 Oscars Winners

Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave." Actor: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club." Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine." Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club." Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave." Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity." Foreign Language Film: "The Great Beauty," Italy. Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave." Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, "Her." Animated Feature Film: "Frozen." Production Design: "The Great Gatsby." Cinematography: "Gravity." Sound Mixing: "Gravity." Sound Editing: "Gravity." Original Score: "Gravity," Steven Price. Original Song: "Let It Go" from "Frozen." Costume: "The Great Gatsby." Makeup and Hairstyling: "Dallas Buyers Club." Animated Short Film: "Mr. Hublot." Documentary Feature: "20 Feet from Stardom." Documentary (short subject): "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life." Film Editing: "Gravity." Live Action Short Film: "Helium." Visual Effects: "Gravity." ___ Honorary Oscars: — Peter W. Anderson. — Film-processing labs over past century. — Angelina Jolie. — Angela Lansbury. — Steve Martin. — Piero Tosi.
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Oscars 2014: Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin receive honorary awards

Though they didn't take the stage during the segment, there's no question those who received honorary accolades at Sunday's (March 2) 86th Academy Awards were worthy.

Presenter Kevin Spacey announced the quartet: Stage and screen legend Angela Lansbury, who's returning to the stage in her native London in "Blithe Spirit"; actor-writer-comedian Steve Martin, whose work has kept audiences "in stitches and in thought," Spacey noted; veteran costume designer Piero Tosi; and Angelina Jolie, given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for what Spacey cited as her "courageous, compassionate work" to aid women and children throughout the world.

Pointing to Jolie sitting in the audience next to her clearly proud partner Brad Pitt, Spacey concluded by imitating his mentor Jack Lemmon and his line, "That's a taste of terrific," leading into clips of last November's ceremony at which the honorary awards were given. Tom Hanks, Geoffrey Rush, George Lucas and costume designer Jeffrey Kurland
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Sole a Catinelle: Q&A with Costume Designer Marina Roberti

Marina Roberti is the costume designer of the Italian box office hit Sole a Catinelle. She has worked in the Us with the likes of Milena Canonero, Sandy Powell and Dante Ferretti

How did you become a costume designer?

When I was a kid I was a bumbler at school. I spent all the time drawing and reading. My parents were kind of worried so they decided to enroll me at a fashion college in Turin, my home town. During my last school year they took us to Rome to visit the National Film School. Next year I decided to try and join the school. I thought I could never make it but I did and so I started attending the costume course.

Piero Tosi (costume designer of Il Gattopardo) was one of your teachers in Rome. What did you learn from him?

The most important thing he taught me
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Oscars 2014: The 18 Things You're Most Likely to See at This Year's Academy Awards

I don't envy Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the producers of Sunday's Oscar telecast. They have an impossible job, with a variety of incompatible constituencies to please -- the Academy old guard, ABC executives, fans of the competing movies, people who didn't like any of the competing movies, the young, the old, the domestic audience, the foreign audience, and the TV critics. Last year, they came up with one of the higher-rated Oscar shows in recent years, but they also took flak for the often deliberately tasteless antics of emcee Seth "I Saw Your Boobs" MacFarlane.

This year, they've gone the opposite way, hiring Ellen DeGeneres, who proved she can be blandly inoffensive to a worldwide audience when she hosted the show in 2007. Of course, the show will still be a Frankenstein-monster of parts that don't really fit together, there will be too many awards given to too many people you've never heard of,
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Watch The Academy Awards Nominations Live Tomorrow – Oscar.com Goes Behind The Scenes With First Installment Of “Inside The Oscars” Video Series

Contributed By: Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson

Well, we’ve just returned from AMPAS with our credentials badge for Wamg to be among the many outlets covering the Academy Awards nominations tomorrow morning.

With the announcement less than 24 hours away, and for the Oscar obsessivas (like us), this has been one of the toughest years to call. Even those of us who compulsively watch the race 365 days a year, all the categories are wide open, with expected surprises and snubs. This is always the best type of Oscar race to watch and we’ll bring you the news of who gets in and who isn’t invited to Hollywood’s biggest party of the year.

Actor, and tall-drink-of-cool-water, Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will announce the 86th Academy Awards nominations on Thursday, January 16.

Boone Isaacs and Hemsworth will unveil the nominations at a 5:38 a.
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Molinaro-Directed Subtitled Comedy Blockbuster Led to Two Sequels and One Highly Popular U.S. Remake

La Cage aux Folles’ film: Edouard Molinaro international box office hit (photo: Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault in ‘La Cage aux Folles’) (See previous post: “‘La Cage aux Folles’ Director Edouard Molinaro Dead at 85.”) But Edouard Molinaro’s best-known effort — comedy or otherwise — remains La Cage aux Folles (approximate translation: "The Cage of the Queens"), which sold 5.4 million tickets when it came out in France in 1978. Perhaps because many saw it as a letdown when compared to Jean Poiret’s immensely popular 1973 play, Molinaro’s movie ended up nominated for a single César Award — for eventual Best Actor winner Michel Serrault. Somewhat surprisingly, in the next couple of years La Cage aux Folles would become a major hit in the United States and other countries. Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the U.S. in 1979, the film grossed $20.42 million at the North American box office — or about $65 million in 2013 dollars, a remarkable sum for a subtitled release.
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Costume Stories, This Week: Piero Tosi and Veep

The week, the costume stories.

Oldboy

Ruth Carter on working with Elizabeth Olsen and co. for Spike Lee’s upcoming remake. Some really fab costume sketches too.

Piero Tosi

The wonderful costume designer (The Leopard, The Night Porter), now 86, receives an honorary Oscar.

Sleepy Hollow

Generous costume designer Kristin M. Burke once again answers fan questions on Twitter. We really must catch up with this show.

20 Worst Dressed Movie Characters

Don’t agree with half of these but it’s a fun list nonetheless.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Further insight into Trish Sumerville’s creative process. This interview, by Kristen Hohenadel, is one of the best currently doing the rounds.

…and Here are Trish’s favourite costumes from the film.

Veep

Kathleen Felix Hager gives Selina Meyer a ‘presidential makeover’ for season 3.

The Counselor

Paula Thomas talks about the clothes she provided for Cameron Diaz’s character in The Counselor.
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Bellissimo, Piero

Tim here. All of the online chatter around the honorary Oscars handed out over the weekend has focused, not unreasonably, on the actors who received awards: Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Angelina Jolie. After all, they're famous, and in at least one case wildly iconic and beloved. But going unnoticed in the widespread Lansbury love-in (which, to be entirely clear, I support enthusiastically) is the fourth award recipient on Sunday, Italian costume designer Piero Tosi.

Making this lapse even worse than simple snobbery against below-the-line talent, Tosi has as many Oscar nominations as the other three individuals put together: five total, to Lansbury's three, Jolie's two, and Martin's zero (not even a writing nod!). Since that would apparently make him the most conspicuously overlooked among the honorees, I think it's only respectful and right to give the man his due: and what better way than
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Angelina Jolie’s Emotional Acceptance Speech at Governors Awards (Video)

Angelina Jolie’s Emotional Acceptance Speech at Governors Awards (Video)
The eyes may have been on Angelina Jolie as she accepted the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Ball in Hollywood Saturday night, but her mind was on her mother as she held back tears during a touching speech.

The thesp is known for her humanitarian work, being the co-founder of the Prevent Sexual Violence Initiative and a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and mentioned her late mother after the award was presented to her by George Lucas.

“She wasn’t really the best critic since she never had anything unkind to say, but she did give me love and confidence,” she said of her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who died in 2007 of ovarian cancer. “And above all, she was very clear that nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of use to others.”

“I didn’t know what that meant for a long time,
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Your Top Three: Steve Martin Movies

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Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. This might be the hardest Top Three poll yet, at least for me. While not an unconditionally devoted fan, mainly not so in recent years, I really love Steve Martin. Enough that I had someone read from the screenplay for The Jerk at my wedding. Okay, so that's going to obviously be my number one. But what's next? Martin, who received an honorary Oscar over the weekend at the Governors Awards (other winners were Angela Lansbury and costume designer Piero Tosi, while Angelina Jolie was given this year's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award), has starred in so many classic comedies and also done a decent bit of dramatic work, so it's really difficult to choose...

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Angelina Accepts an Honorary Oscar With Brad by Her Side

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Angelina Accepts an Honorary Oscar With Brad by Her Side
Angelina Jolie accepted a special honor on Saturday, when she became the youngest person to ever receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' fifth annual Governors Awards in La. The Oscar statuette was presented to acknowledge Angelina's achievements in activism, including her work for the United Nations and her film projects related to humanitarian issues: A Mighty Heart and In the Land of Blood and Honey. On the red carpet, she was joined by Brad Pitt, who wore Saint Laurent, along with their son Maddox, and she gave a sweet shout-out to her family during her acceptance speech. "My family, my love, your love and support make everything possible," she said. "Mad, and your brothers and sisters, there is no greater honor than being your mom." Last year's winner was Oprah Winfrey, and other past recipients include Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.
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