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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »

- Brad Brevet

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 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 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

26 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »

- Guy Lodge

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »

- Tim Gray

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Hans Zimmer Talks 12 Years A Slave, Superhero Scores and The Unreleased Lion King Score

13 May 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

A look through Hans Zimmer’s discography reveals a truly staggering body of work; The Lion King, Gladiator, The Dark Knight trilogy and countless other films have been blessed with his gift of musical storytelling. Now a 30 year veteran of the industry the film composer is still at the top of his game, and we were lucky enough to chat with him ahead of the home entertainment release of the brilliant 12 Years A Slave.

So vast and varied is Zimmer’s catalogue and so excited where we to speak with him that the 15 minutes we were granted felt like 5. Here he speaks about working with Steve McQueen, the challenges when coming up with superhero scores and a special edition re-release of his work on The Lion King. Have a read below.

How soon after the first meeting with a director do you start having ideas for what you might do with the music? »

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Hans Zimmer: My greatest fear is not knowing where the music comes from

12 May 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

As a musician my greatest fear always is not knowing where the music comes from. I'm always afraid that somebody's going to turn off the tap.

Right now there's no composer in Hollywood who's more in-demand than Hans Zimmer. His rousing scores can be heard in everything from dramas 12 Years a Slave and Rush to blockbuster epics such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy.

Hans Zimmer's 10 best movie soundtracks

Digital Spy spoke to the Oscar-winning musician about his recent work, scoring superhero epics Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Batman vs Superman, and staying tight-lipped on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.

You've said in the past that you didn't think you were the right choice to score 12 Years a Slave - what made you change your mind?

It's easy - I don't think Steve McQueen understands the word no. That's the flippant way of saying it. »

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Thn Speak To Hollywood Composer Hans Zimmer

9 May 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Few individuals working in the film industry have been involved in over thirty incredibly successful projects over the past twenty years, and even fewer have been consistently at the peak of their abilities throughout the entirety of their career. Hans Zimmer is a man who ticks both of those boxes, along with a long list of other outstanding achievements.

Zimmer has worked on everything from The Lion King, to Gladiator, to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. As one of the most talented and influential composers in the world, Zimmer’s name is among the most renowned artists of all time, such as John Williams and Howard Shore. Recently, he’s worked on Man Of Steel, 12 Years A Slave and The Amazing Spider-man 2 (the latter of which is still in theatres).

To celebrate the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of Steve McQueen’s excellent 12 Years A Slave on 12th May, »

- Ben Read

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Watch: Oscar Red Carpet Videos

3 March 2014 10:29 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

My first time covering the Oscars red carpet came and went Sunday, with plenty of adrenaline, jitters, excitement, flusteredness, as well as a solid dose of hurry-up-and-wait.About 18 of us interview journalists were crammed into a narrow pen right at the mouth of the Dolby theater. We each had a one-foot spot to stand in, which meant I got friendly with the people to my right and left, while also mentally blocking out the leg cramps that set in after the two-hour mark.The talent began to trickle in, primarily below-the-line nominees at first. With flipcam in my right hand and phone camera in my left (it turned out to be quite the balancing act), I started filming and clicking and point-and-shooting away. I got to chat with the soon-to-win “Gravity” VFX team and with “12 Years a Slave” editor Joe Walker, who’s now edited all three of Steve McQueen’s films. »

- Beth Hanna

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Oscars 2014: Top 5 Acceptance Speeches from Lupita Nyong'o to Jared Leto

3 March 2014 7:42 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

While live-blogging the Oscars you really don't get too much of a chance to take in all the acceptance speeches. I catch a few moments here and there, and I can pretty much tell when the air is being let out of the room as well as those moments where someone is really capturing the moment. What I've put together below are the five speeches where I think the winner really managed to stand-out. I also love the true excitement coupled with the words chosen in these speeches. Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave, especially, seemed to capture the room with her infectious smile as much as Jennifer Lawrence a year before, not to forget her brother, Peter, who photobombed Ellen's Twitter-breaking selfie and is clearly someone very special in Lupita's life and she in his. The only truly strange thing about these speeches is John Ridley and Steve McQueen failing »

- Brad Brevet

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Oscars 2014: Ranking the acceptance speeches! -- Video

2 March 2014 10:30 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

The Oscars honor the best performances on film, but the telecast is all about celebrating the best speeches. Here’s how we called it: 

1. Dallas Buyers Club’s Matthew McConaughey, Best Actor

Running over three minutes, the Best Actor acceptance speech was a monument of pure unfiltered McConaughey-ness. He thanked God. He thanked his late father: “I know he’s up there right now, with a big pot of gumbo…he’s probably in his underwear, and he’s got a cold can of Miller Lite, and he’s dancin’.” He went on a very long tangent about how his hero is himself — or rather, »

- EW staff

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Oscars 2014: all the speeches

2 March 2014 9:20 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Oscars speech of the night goes to newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, who won best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.

Transcripts of all Academy Awards winners’ onstage speeches…

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Yes! Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own. Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position. This has been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they »

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Oscars 2014: Read Lupita Nyong'o's gorgeous acceptance speech that made Cumberbatch cry

2 March 2014 7:59 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

In the perfect culmination to a flawless award season, red carpet darling Lupita Nyong'o brought a number of Hollywood A-listers to tears as she accepted her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 86th Academy Awards.

From the look of unabashed joy on her face as she won to "Pure Imagination" playing as she walked off the stage after an eloquent, inspirational speech, it was the epitome of an Oscar moment.

But first she had to get to the stage, which took a while because pretty much every star wanted to hug her as she walked up the aisle (and who could blame them?). Once she got there, her mouth agape, she delivered another classy speech -- a speech that brought "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen, costar Benedict Cumberbatch and Channing Tatum (and probably you) to tears. Read the full speech below:

"Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Oscars: Lupita Nyong'o wins Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave

2 March 2014 7:20 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lupita Nyong'o has won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for 12 Years a Slave.

Nyong'o will take home the prize for her first ever movie role, in which she played a slave kept by Michael Fassbender's sadistic plantation owner.

The 31-year-old actress beat American Hustle's Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) and June Squibb (Nebraska) to the accolade.



In a tearful acceptance speech, Nyong'o thanked her family and cast and crew on Steve McQueen's slavery drama.

"Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition," she said. "It doesn't escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else's. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own.

"Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion »

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See the Oscar Nominated Film Editors Panel In Los Angeles This Saturday

28 February 2014 3:04 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The 86th Oscars are on Sunday and this Saturday morning, the American Cinema Editors are presenting its annual panel of Oscar nominated film editors, Invisible Art/Visible Artists.

The five nominees are:

Jay Cassidy, A.C.E., Crispin Struthers, Alan Baumgarten (American Hustle)

Christopher Rouse, A.C.E. (Captain Phillips)

John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa (Dallas Buyers Club)

Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger (Gravity)

Joe Walker (12 Years A Slave)

Moderated by Ace President Alan Heim, A.C.E., the nominees will discuss the art of film editing and how they got from dailies to Oscar nominations.

When: Saturday, March 1st, 10:30Am

Where: Grauman’s Hollywood Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

This is event is free and open to the public.

The post See the Oscar Nominated Film Editors Panel In Los Angeles This Saturday appeared first on We Are Movie Geeks.

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Unsung Oscar Nominees: Delbonnel, Oppenheimer, Gill & Walker

28 February 2014 12:59 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Crane.tv has put together a wonderful video feature taking a look at what they deem four of the "unsung heroes of film" that have been nominated for Oscars this year. If you've looked through my final 2014 Oscar predictions you'll see none of these four men listed among my winners, but after watching this video I don't think you'll discount their work, win or lose. Interviewed are Bruno Delbonnel, nominated for Best Cinematography on Inside Llewyn Davis; Joshua Oppenheimer nominated for his documentary The Act of Killing (which very well could win); Mark Gill, director of the live-action short The Voorman Problem; and Joe Walker nominated as editor of 12 Years A Slave. You'll hear Delbonnel talk about how he threw up three or four times on the first day of filming Tim Burton's Dark Shadows and his influence on the opening scene of Inside Llewyn Davis. Oppenheimer talks about »

- Brad Brevet

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Cinelinx 2014 Oscar Predictions

24 February 2014 5:15 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Join us as we discuss our predictions for this year’s Oscars. Check out who our contributors think will win and add your own picks! 

Predicting Oscars is not easy. There are no formulas or tricks to help us, and our own opinions about which films are most worthy are based on, let’s face it, a limited personal experience.

 

Some people claim that the winners are determined by their popularity; those nominees that are trending at the time the winners are selected are going to fare the best. Others claim that it is about previous work and effort. Those that have done the time and paid their dues will eventually be rewarded. Another perspective is that the Oscar winners are chosen in a way to help guide the future of film. Those with talent and potential are rewarded as an effort to bolster their careers and steer the industry in a particular direction. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Cinelinx 2014 Oscar Predictions

24 February 2014 5:15 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Join us as we discuss our predictions for this year’s Oscars. Check out who our contributors think will win and add your own picks! 

Predicting Oscars is not easy. There are no formulas or tricks to help us, and our own opinions about which films are most worthy are based on, let’s face it, a limited personal experience.

Some people claim that the winners are determined by their popularity; those nominees that are trending at the time the winners are selected are going to fare the best. Others claim that it is about previous work and effort. Those that have done the time and paid their dues will eventually be rewarded. Another perspective is that the Oscar winners are chosen in a way to help guide the future of film. Those with talent and potential are rewarded as an effort to bolster their careers and steer the industry in a particular direction. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Talking Editing with the Oscar Nominees

20 February 2014 1:28 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Editorially, all five films take us out of our comfort zones in this strange season of survival and rebirth: from the chameleon-like con of "American Hustle" to the abduction at sea in "Captain Phillips" to the weightless terror of "Gravity" to the ticking clock death sentence of "Dallas Buyers Club" to the horror of having your life and liberty snatched away in "12 Years a Slave." I got an insider's view from Jay Cassidy ("American Hustle"), Christopher Rouse ("Captain Phillips"), John Mac McMurphy ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Mark Sanger ("Gravity"), and Joe Walker ("12 Years a Slave"). "In addition to being highly topical, the survival theme also raises basic questions about who we are," suggests Rouse, who describes "Captain Phillips" as the ultimate in Paul Greengrass-style verite. "So just as 'Phillips' frames a struggle for individual and collective survival in the modern world -- all of these films, and others as well »

- Bill Desowitz

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Roundup: The science of Oscar acceptance speeches

20 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Who gets thanked the most in Oscar acceptance speeches? Nathaniel Rogers and Chris Kirk crunch the numbers from the last decade's worth of ceremonies, and have made some interesting discoveries -- chief among them, that Meryl Streep gets thanked more often than God. "What comes out in the moment—or doesn’t—is a true reflection of feeling, whether the speech feels rehearsed and polished or immediate and spazzy. And in Hollywood—and what’s more Hollywood than the Oscars?—billing matters," they write. Included is an exhaustive cross-referenced chart breaking down individuals actors' speech by class of person thanked, and in what order. Geek out. [Slate] This year's Tribeca Film Festival will open with Nas documentary "Time is Illmatic." [Screen Daily] Louis Peitzman rounds up the least favorable reviews of this year's Best Picture nominees (including mine of "Nebraska" and "Philomena," though I was okay with the latter). [BuzzFeed] Tim Gray anticipates the »

- Guy Lodge

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