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Megan Ellison to Be Honored With Visionary Award by Producers Guild

6 December 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America has selected Megan Ellison as the recipient of its 2017 Visionary Award.

Ellison will accept the award at the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Visionary Award recognizes television, film, or new media producers for their “unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance.”

“Ellison is being recognized with the Visionary Award for her work as a fierce supporter of distinctive and creative voices in contemporary filmmaking, bringing to life a collection of stories that have broadened audience perspectives on our world and challenged our industry’s assumptions about the kinds of stories motion pictures can tell,” the guild said.

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Ellison’s producing credits include “20th Century Women,” starring Annette Bening; “American Hustle”; “The Master”; “Zero Dark Thirty”; “Her”; and “Foxcatcher. »

- Dave McNary

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Irwin Winkler Tapped for Producers Guild’s David O. Selznick Award

15 November 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America has selected Irwin Winkler as the recipient of its 2017 David O. Selznick Achievement Award.

Winkler will be presented the award at the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Winkler won the best picture Academy Award in 1976 for producing “Rocky” and received best picture nominations for “Goodfellas,” “The Right Stuff,” and “Raging Bull.” He’s the only producer to have three movies on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest American Films (“Raging Bull,” “Rocky,” “Goodfellas”).

Winkler produced 1969’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” which received nine Oscar noms. He’s the producer of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming historical drama “Silence,” starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.

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Producers Guild Awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “Irwin Winkler’s movies have come to define Hollywood storytelling, »

- Dave McNary

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Oscar 2017 Fantasy: Could Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Host the Academy Awards?

7 November 2016 1:52 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

With the Academy having hired Oscar producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, there’s a strong chance that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will appear as presenters.

Why? Todd is president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films, and both men will likely be in the Oscar race with writer-director-star Affleck’s Dennis Lehane adaptation “Live By Night” (Warner Bros., December 25) and producer Damon’s “Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon/Roadside Attractions, November 18), respectively. So they have plenty of reasons to turn up on the Oscar stage. “They both have movies that could be there,” said Todd. “They’re supportive. I’m hoping they give us great ideas.”

But why not have them host the show? They’re smart as whips and strong writers — they took home 1997 Oscars for the “Good Will Hunting” screenplay. “You never know what can happen,” said Todd. “The guys are fans of the Oscars, »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscar 2017 Fantasy: Could Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Host the Academy Awards?

7 November 2016 1:52 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With the Academy having hired Oscar producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, there’s a strong chance that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will appear as presenters.

Why? Todd is president of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Pearl Street Films, and both men will likely be in the Oscar race with writer-director-star Affleck’s Dennis Lehane adaptation “Live By Night” (Warner Bros., December 25) and producer Damon’s “Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon/Roadside Attractions, November 18), respectively. So they have plenty of reasons to turn up on the Oscar stage. “They both have movies that could be there,” said Todd. “They’re supportive. I’m hoping they give us great ideas.”

But why not have them host the show? They’re smart as whips and strong writers — they took home 1997 Oscars for the “Good Will Hunting” screenplay. “You never know what can happen,” said Todd. “The guys are fans of the Oscars, »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscars 2017: Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd Will Produce the Academy Awards

4 November 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy took its time finding its Oscar producers this year.

For three years in a row (2012-2014) they could rest easy knowing that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were in charge, but since they moved on the AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and CEO Dawn Hudson are back to trying to convince someone to take on the often arduous and thankless task.

They usually pick a team to split the chores as they did last year with Reginald Hudlin and David Hill, who by all reports, were like oil and water. That wasn’t going to happen again. With less-than-glowing reviews for the last few Oscars, Isaacs and Hudson were looking for someone they could count on to elevate the event.

The Academy has never found another producer like director Gil Cates, who produced the Oscar show 14 times between 1990 and 2008, bringing in Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Steve Martin, »

- Anne Thompson

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Oscars 2017: Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd Will Produce the Academy Awards

4 November 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Academy took its time finding its Oscar producers this year.

For three years in a row (2012-2014) they could rest easy knowing that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were in charge, but since they moved on the AMPAS president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and CEO Dawn Hudson are back to trying to convince someone to take on the often arduous and thankless task.

They usually pick a team to split the chores as they did last year with Reginald Hudlin and David Hill, who by all reports, were like oil and water. That wasn’t going to happen again. With less-than-glowing reviews for the last few Oscars, Isaacs and Hudson were looking for someone they could count on to elevate the event.

The Academy has never found another producer like director Gil Cates, who produced the Oscar show 14 times between 1990 and 2008, bringing in Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Steve Martin, »

- Anne Thompson

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Paul Feig to Deliver Commencement Speech at USC School of Cinematic Arts

26 April 2016 11:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bridesmaids” and “Spy” director and USC alumnus Paul Feig will deliver this year’s commencement speech at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts graduation at the Shrine Auditorium on May 13.

Sherlock Holmes” and “The Judge” producer Susan Downey will be receiving the Mary Pickford Alumni Award, which honors USC men and women who have brought special distinction to both the Sca and the film and TV industry.

“We are thrilled to have two outstanding Sca alumni — Paul Feig and Susan Downey — honor our 2016 graduating class with personal addresses,” said USC Sca dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “Both have long been inspirations and exemplary role models for our students, and we are looking forward to welcoming them home.”

Both Feig and Downey received a Bachelor’s in film production from USC Sca.

Downey produced “Iron Man 2,” “The Book of Eli,” “Gothika” and “RocknRolla.”

Feig joins Steven SpielbergJay Roach, Jim Gianopulos, »

- Maria Cavassuto

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Sally Field Confesses She Didn’t Like ‘Spider-Man’ On ‘Howard Stern’: ‘It’s Not My Kind Of Movie’

18 March 2016 9:59 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

While visiting Howard Stern on his infamous radio show, actress Sally Field explained why she wasn’t the biggest fan of playing Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-ManSally Field On ‘Spider-man’ The actress explained she joined on to play Aunt May to work with long time friend and late producer  Laura Ziskin one last time. “Spider-Man! You didn’t […]

The post Sally Field Confesses She Didn’t Like ‘Spider-Man’ On ‘Howard Stern’: ‘It’s Not My Kind Of Movie’ appeared first on uInterview. »

- Crystal Smith

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Actresses Talk "Wolf," "Spider-Man" Problems

16 March 2016 9:50 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Two actresses have spoken up this week about some of Hollywood's problems with female roles in recent blockbusters.

First up, Olivia Wilde dropped by The Howard Stern Show where she revealed she was u for the role of Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" but missed out on the part for a specific reason - her age. Wilde, who was 28 at the time of the audition, said:

"I had heard for a part that I was too sophisticated. 'I was like, oh, that sounds nice... and then I found out later that they actually said 'old.' 'Sophisticated' might be a code word in Hollywood - for 'old'".

Ultimately then 22-year-old Margot Robbie was cast in the role, an actress sixteen years younger than DiCaprio in the lead role as Jordan Belfort. What makes things even more questionable - the wife character in »

- Garth Franklin

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Aunt May Hated 'The Amazing Spider-man' Even More Than You Did!

16 March 2016 7:45 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

This is pretty funny.

Sally Field, the veteran actress who played Aunt May in Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-man movies was just on The Howard Stern Show, and she really let it rip. Field spoke candidly about the fact that she only agreed to appear in Sony's rebooted Spider-man series as a favor to Laura Ziskin. The actress says she was put-off by how one-dimensional the role was, and found the whole situation sort of thankless.

Field says she would've liked to have done more with the part, but...

"It's really hard to find a three dimensional character in it, and you work it as much as you can, but you can't put ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag."

So it definitely sounds like she wasn't devastated when that franchise went belly-up, paving the way for a new reboot that's going to be a joint venture between Sony and Marvel Studios. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Sally Field Blasts ‘Amazing Spider-Man': ’10 Pounds of Sh-t in a 5-Pound Bag’

16 March 2016 6:49 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sally Field may have starred as Aunt May in 2012’s “The Amazing Spider Man,” but she was not a fan of the movie. “It’s not my kind of movie,” Field said in an interview with Howard Stern. “But my friend Laura Ziskin was the producer, and we knew it would be her last film, and she was my first producing partner, and she was a spectacular human.” Ziskin, who also produced the original “Spider Man” films with Tobey Maguire, died in 2011. Also Read: 'Hello, My Name Is Doris' Review: Sally Field Really, Really Tries to Elevate This Sour Comedy When Stern asked. »

- Joe Otterson

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Sally Field Hated Playing Aunt May in 'Amazing Spider-Man'

15 March 2016 4:11 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After underwhelming critical and commercial results for The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony Pictures found themselves in a familiar situation, as they considered rebooting this beloved character yet again. Last year, the studio jointly announced with Marvel that Spider-Man will make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War, with Tom Holland starring as the new Peter Parker. As it turns out, though, one of The Amazing Spider-Man stars may have been glad the franchise came to an end, Sally Field. When asked if she liked the movie during an interview with The Howard Stern Show, the actress had this to say.

"Not especially. It's not my kind of movie. But my friend Laura Ziskin was the producer, and we knew it would be her last film, and she was my first producing partner, and she was a spectacular human."

Laura Ziskin ended up passing »

- MovieWeb

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Sally Field Did Not Like Her 'Amazing Spider-Man' Aunt May Role

15 March 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Superhero movies usually try to snag a few A-listers or award winners to boost their credibility, and that was certainly true of the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise, which launched back in 2012. Oscar winner Sally Field took on the role of Aunt May, Peter Parker's mother figure, but according to the actress, it wasn't exactly a great part.

In an interview with Howard Stern, Field was asked if she liked the films, and she didn't mince her words.

"Not especially," the actress replied. "It's not my kind of movie."

Field went on to explain that she only took the role because of the movie's producer, Laura Ziskin, an old friend and former producing partner of hers. Ziskin passed away in 2011, and it was understood that "Spider-Man" would be her last film, Field said, so she wanted to be there for her friend and work with her one last time.

As for the actual acting, »

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Sally Field on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’: ‘It’s Not My Kind of Movie’

15 March 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sally Field was not a fan of “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

Visiting “The Howard Stern Show,” Field admitted that the movie didn’t quite click with her.

“It’s not my kind of movie,” the actress said. “But my friend Laura Ziskin was the producer, and we knew it would be her last film, and she was my first producing partner, and she was a spectacular human.”

She also didn’t think too highly of her character, Aunt May, who is beloved among many comic book fans.

“Not a great deal,” she answered when Stern asked her about the effort she put into the character (via Vulture). “It’s really hard to find a three-dimensional character in it, and you work it as much as you can, but you can’t put 10 pounds of s– in a five-pound bag.”

Field played Aunt May in both “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2 »

- Jacob Bryant

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Sally Field Disliked Playing ‘Aunt May’ In The Amazing Spider-man; "Not My Kind Of Movie"

15 March 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

When Sally Field stopped by The Howard Stern Show this week, the two-time Oscar-winner looked back on her supporting role as Aunt May in the not-so-Amazing Spider-Man movies. During the radio interview, the actress revealed that she, too, was not fond of the rebooted franchise, and she also revealed the main reason she signed on opposite Andrew Garfield. “Not especially my kind of movie,” said Sally Field of the Amazing films before explaining why she took on the role. “But my friend Laura Ziskin was the producer, and we knew it would be her last film. And she my first producing partner and she was spectacular.” The actress then revealed that “Not a great deal of thought” went into playing Aunt May. As for why, Field explained that, “It's really hard to find a three-dimensional character in it, and you work it as much as you can, but you can't »

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The Amazing Spider-Man: Sally Field reflects on her role

14 March 2016 11:37 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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"It's really hard to find a three dimensional character in it", says Sally Field, of playing Aunt May in the Amazing Spider-Man movies.

In the two The Amazing Spider-Man movies, Sally Field took on the role of Aunt May (Marisa Tomei is the latest to take on the part, in Marvel and Sony's upcoming Spider-Man film, starring Tom Holland), and it would be fair to say that she wasn't given too much screen time to explore the part.

Chatting on The Howard Stern Show, Field has been looking back at the role, admitting that Spider-Man was never really her thing. She told Stern that she wasn't a big fan of the films, but that that's primarily because they're not the kind of movies she would ordinarily choose to watch.

She admits too that she took on the role as a favour to the late Laura Ziskin, her first producing partner. »

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Sally Field disses her 'Amazing Spider-Man' role

14 March 2016 5:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sally Field was the big guest on Monday's episode of The Howard Stern Show, where the two-time Oscar winner offered up candid insights on her 50-plus years in showbusiness. From Smokey and the Bandit to Spider-Man to The Flying Nun, Field was game for the grilling. Here are five major highlights from today's chat. 1. She's not a big fan of her role in the divisive Amazing Spider-Man movies. While Field enjoyed one of the biggest box-office hits of her career with the first Amazing Spider-Man, she did the film not out of love for the material but to work with late producer and friend Laura Ziskin one last time (Ziskin died of breast cancer before the movie was released).  Howard: "You didn't like that movie?" Field: "Not especially. It's not my kind of movie. But my friend Laura Ziskin was the producer, and we knew it would be her last film, »

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Athena Film Festival Honors Women in Entertainment with 'Suffragette,' 'Mustang,' and Mira Nair

13 January 2016 10:04 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The sixth edition of the Athena Film Festival, created to celebrate women in entertainment and highlight films that focus on stories of women's courage, power, and influence, will feature Sarah Gavron's "Suffragette" as its Centerpiece Film. Two documentaries directed by women, Dawn Porter's "Trapped" and Lesley Chilcott's "Codegirl," will open and close the festival, respectively.  Among the other notable inclusions are Oscar-shortlisted foreign-language title "Mustang," "Testament of Youth," starring Alicia Vikander, and Davis Guggenheim's "He Named Me Malala." In addition, the festival will include a master class on documentary filmmaking led by HBO's Sheila Nevins, and present the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award to filmmaker Mira Nair. The festival takes place February 18 - 21 on the Barnard College campus in New York. Read the full list of features, shorts, and panels below.  Read More: "First »

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