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Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More

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Timothée Chalamet and Sam Rockwell Set for Psiff Honors, Lois Smith Gets Lifetime Achievement Award, and More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

-The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Timothée Chalamet with the Rising Star Award – Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in “Call Me by Your Name.” The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Tuesday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 4 – 15, 2018. Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Ruth Negga, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning, Terrence Howard, and Adam Beach.

Timothée Chalamet gives a stirring performance as Elio, a 17-year-old on the brink of passion and self-discovery. It’s an intimate and erotic performance that transports the audience to another time and place and stays with us long after we’ve left the theater,” said Festival
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Athena Film Festival: Oscar-Winning Doc Filmmaker Barbara Kopple Among Honorees

Athena Film Festival: Oscar-Winning Doc Filmmaker Barbara Kopple Among Honorees
Two-time Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple, comedian and star of last year's Sundance hit Patti Cake$ Bridget Everett and United Kingdom director Amma Asante are set to be honored at the 2018 Athena Film Festival.

Kopple, who won Oscars for Harlan County, USA and American Dream, will receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a leading woman in the film industry who demonstrates vision and courage and sets a standard for other women. Previous recipients of the Laura Ziskin award include Jodie Foster, Sherry Lansing, Gale Anne Hurd and Mira Nair.

Comedian and world-renowned cabaret artist Everett will...
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Athena Film Festival Announces 2018 Awardees: Barbara Kopple, Amma Asante, & Bridget Everett

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The Athena Film Festival has announced its 2018 awardees: two-time Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple, BAFTA-winning writer and director Amma Asante, and cabaret artist and actress Bridget Everett.

The annual fest, now in its eighth year, celebrates the leadership and creative accomplishments of trailblazers in the entertainment industry. The festival showcases films about powerful and courageous women leaders in real life and the fictional world; it is a weekend dedicated to elevating female voices and stories to inspire and empower a new generation of filmmakers and individuals.

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” director Kopple will receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to a woman in the film industry whose leadership demonstrates vision and courage and sets a standard for other women to emulate. Past recipients include Jodie Foster, Mira Nair, Sherry Lansing, and Gale Anne Hurd.

A United Kingdom” helmer Asante will be honored with the Athena Award.
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Annette Bening Set for Museum of the Moving Image Salute, Willem Dafoe Named Sbiff Cinema Vanguard, and Many More

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Annette Bening Set for Museum of the Moving Image Salute, Willem Dafoe Named Sbiff Cinema Vanguard, and Many More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

Annette Bening will be honored by Museum of the Moving Image at its 31st annual Salute on December 13 in New York. The news was announced by Michael Barker and Ivan L. Lustig, Co-Chairmen of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, and an award presentation, featuring clips from Bening’s career introduced by her friends and colleagues.

Barker said in an official statement, “On screen, stage, and television, Annette Bening is one of America’s finest living actresses. From her Broadway debut in Tina Howe’s ‘Coastal Disturbances’ to her emotionally complex performance last year in ’20th Century Women’ and now as movie star Gloria Grahame in the upcoming ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ her stunning range as an actress has always been staggering and uncompromising.
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‘Wonder Woman’ Producer Charles Roven Selected for PGA’s David O. Selznick Award

‘Wonder Woman’ Producer Charles Roven Selected for PGA’s David O. Selznick Award
The Producers Guild of America has named Charles Roven as the recipient of its 2018 David O. Selznick Achievement Award to recognize his body of work in motion pictures.

Roven will receive the award at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Roven’s credits include “Wonder Woman,” Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” and the upcoming “Justice League,” which opens Nov. 17 and stars Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Amber Heard, Jason Momoa, and Ezra Miller. Roven received a best picture Academy Award nomination for “American Hustle.”

Chuck Roven is a producer’s producer,” Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said. “Whether he’s working with fiercely independent voices or within the heart of the studio system, Chuck brings a seriousness of craft and an incredible instinct for story to every set he runs. We
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Producer and Manager Susan Landau Dies at 65

Producer and Manager Susan Landau Dies at 65
Producer and manager Susan B. Landau, whose clients included writer Simon Beaufoy and director Stephen Surjik, died May 31 in Los Angeles after a brief illness, according to her family. She was 65.

Landau managed creatives including “Slumdog Millionaire” Oscar winner Beaufoy, “Wayne’s World 2” director Surjik, and “The Originals” co-executive producer Christopher Hollier.

Her own producing credits included the 1990 film “Mr. Destiny,” the 1993 “Cool Runnings,” and the 1999 “An Ideal Husband.”

She earned an Emmy nomination for “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color: Young Harry Houdini,” and an Ace Award for the 1993 “Tiger Town.”

“In a town sometimes overrun with sequels and reruns, Susan was a true original,” Beaufoy said in a statement. “To be represented by Susan was to become family. And as part of Susan’s family, there was nothing on earth she would not do for you. Fiercely loyal, paint-strippingly honest, she was also the kindest, most generous
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Lisa Paulsen Stepping Down as Entertainment Industry Foundation CEO

Lisa Paulsen is stepping down as president and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation after 27 years running the charity. She will continue to work full time for the organization, but is shifting her focus to bolstering development initiatives and strengthening ties to the creative community.

“I’m going to be laser focused,” Paulsen said in an interview with Variety on Wednesday, shortly after telling her staff. “I’m not stepping back. I’m just devoting all my energy and all my attention to fund development.”

The Entertainment Industry Foundation has a rich legacy in Hollywood. It traces its origins back to 1942 and its list of founders include Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Gene Kelly, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Jack Warner. However, the non-profit had entered a sleepy phase when Paulsen joined. The group was a $1 million effort, but Paulsen was able to bolster its fundraising. During her tenure, the group raised
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Megan Ellison to Be Honored With Visionary Award by Producers Guild

Megan Ellison to Be Honored With Visionary Award by Producers Guild
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.
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Irwin Winkler Tapped for Producers Guild’s David O. Selznick Award

Irwin Winkler Tapped for Producers Guild’s David O. Selznick Award
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,
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Oscar 2017 Fantasy: Could Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Host the Academy Awards?

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

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Oscar 2017 Fantasy: Could Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Host the Academy Awards?
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,
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Oscars 2017: Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd Will Produce the Academy Awards

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

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Oscars 2017: Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd Will Produce the Academy Awards
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,
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Paul Feig to Deliver Commencement Speech at USC School of Cinematic Arts

Paul Feig to Deliver Commencement Speech at USC School of Cinematic Arts
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 Spielberg, Jay Roach, Jim Gianopulos,
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Sally Field Confesses She Didn’t Like ‘Spider-Man’ On ‘Howard Stern’: ‘It’s Not My Kind Of Movie’

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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-Man. Sally 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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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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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