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Quvenzhané Wallis Facts: 10 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the 'Annie' Star

10 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Quvenzhané Wallis is still in the throes of adolescence, but that hasn't stopped the youngster from leaving her mark on film history.

At just five years old, Wallis beat out nearly 4,000 other children to play the tenacious Louisiana toddler Hushpuppy in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (2012). The indie film gave Wallis the role of a lifetime and catapulted the newcomer to fame overnight -- even earning her an Oscar nomination along the way. This holiday season, Wallis lights up the screen opposite Jamie Foxx in the beloved musical "Annie."

1. Quvenzhané Wallis was born August 28, 2003 in Houma, Louisiana to Qulyndreia Jackson and Venjie Wallis, Sr.

2. Her mother is a teacher, while her father is a truck driver.

3. Wallis has one sister, Qunyquekya, and two brothers, Vejon and Venjie Jr.

4. The first half of Wallis's first name is a combination of her parents' first names. The other half, "Zhané," means "fairy" in Swahili. »

- Jonny Black

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Oscars Best Picture: 7 Underdogs That Could Benefit from Preferential Ballot

12 December 2014 2:04 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

All hope isn’t lost for “American Sniper.” Even though the Bradley Cooper drama about Navy Seal Chris Kyle hasn’t leapt into the award season race yet, it still holds a stealth advantage as it enters Oscar balloting — passionate fans.

The Golden Globe nominees (announced on Thursday) and SAG Awards (Wednesday) don’t necessarily take passion into account. But the Academy Award nominating system for best picture, determined by a preferential ballot (that puts more “weight” on a film ranked as No. 1 by a voter), can help out a movie like “Sniper,” which has ardent groupies. In recent years, films such as “A Serious Man,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “District 9,” “Tree of Life,” “Toy Story 3″ and “Amour” were nominated in the top Oscar category because their fans loved them in a fanatical way.

Here are seven filmsthat could benefit from a similar surge this year.

1. “Unbroken »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Slamdance Unveils 2015 Competition Lineups (Exclusive)

1 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Slamdance Film Festival, launched as an alternative to Sundance, has unveiled its narrative and documentary competition lineups for the 2015 fest on Jan. 23-29.

The fest — which has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity” — will celebrate its 21st anniversary. The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, will include 13 world premieres, two North American premieres and three U.S. premieres.

Notable titles include Brander Kramer’s “Ratter,” starring Ashley Benson, Matt McGorry, Rebecca Naomi Jones, John Anderson and Kaili Vernoff in the story of a young woman watched by a stalker who has hacked into all of her personal technology; and “Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang,” directed by Colin Offland in an intimate behind the scenes look at Dennis Rodman’s unlikely friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and the staging of the most controversial game »

- Dave McNary

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Tony Safford Leaving Fox Searchlight After 18 Years

14 November 2014 12:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Longtime Fox Searchlight acquisitions executive Tony Safford is leaving the label after 18 years.

Safford, exec VP of worldwide acquisitions, will depart in March. Searchlight promoted Ray Strache in September to the senior VP of acquisitions slot with the assignment of jointly running acquisitions with Safford.

Safford has been active with the All Hands Volunteers organization, which helps rebuild destroyed areas such as New Orleans.

Safford worked with Terrence Malick on “The Tree of Life” and Benh Zeitlin on “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

News was first reported by Indiewire.

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- Dave McNary

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Oscars: Will Christopher Nolan Finally Land a Director Nomination?

7 November 2014 2:12 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s best director race is all about the Oscar virgins. Most of the contenders in the running — starting with frontrunner Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) — have never been nominated in the category before. But one caveat to remember: predictors have been wary of declaring any locks in this competition since the Academy snubbed sure-thing contenders Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty“) two years ago, so there’s always the possibility of a few surprises come Jan. 15.

If there’s another good bet in the category, it’s Norwegian director Morten Tyldum, who made “The Imitation Game” about World War II code breaker Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). One prominent Oscar publicist calls him the Tom Hooper of this year’s race, who took home the trophy in 2011. Like “The King’s Speech,” “The Imitation Game” comes with a DNA that Oscar voters love, including a historic pedigree and »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Contender Countdown: The 'Interstellar' Best Picture quandary

30 October 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been a week since "Interstellar" finally screened. Critics were allowed to officially voice their opinions on Monday morning and, well, the reaction was sort of all over the place. There was some high praise, some qualified praise and a small, but vocal group of reviewers who clearly were not happy (perhaps if they had only seen it without that IMAX sound mix). In general, it was the sort of response you'd get for a film that currently has a a 77 on Metacritic and a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Considering the hype, is that the profile of a Best Picture nominee? Um, probably? What everyone should keep in mind is that, at the moment, the reaction from Academy members publicly has been vocally positive. More important, you only need a certain number of passionate supporters to get a film a Best Picture nomination these days. It's arguably how films like "Her, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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14 Film Projects Up for Sf Film Society Grants

25 September 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sffs/Krf grants are awarded twice a year to promising feature film projects that will impact the Bay Area filmmaking community. Nearly $3 million dollars have been granted since the 2009 inception of this flagship program. Winners will be announced in November. Past grant winners include Kat Candler's "Hellion" and Ira Sachs' "Love Is Strange," Destin Cretton's beloved SXSW 2013 prize winner "Short Term 12," Ryan Coogler's critics' baby "Fruitvale Station," winner of prizes at Cannes and the Independent Spirit Awards, and 2013 Best Picture Oscar nominee "Beasts of the Southern Wild" by Benh Zeitlin. Here are this year's finalists: Absence – Cherien Dabis, writer/director/producer – screenwriting A young Palestinian refugee who unexpectedly becomes head of household must sneak into Israel from the West Bank in order to earn a decent enough living to support his family. It's »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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5 Reasons to Check Out the Ifp Filmmaker Conference

11 September 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Next week Lincoln Center will play host to a bevy of indie directors, producers, actors, and the organizations that support them. The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) is hosting its annual Ifp Filmmaker Conference, five jam-packed days of panels, screenings, and industry networking, Sept. 14–18. “Whatever form your story takes, Ifp’s Filmmaker Conference showcases how great projects can connect with audiences and stand out in a crowded marketplace,” reads a statement on the organization’s website. Founded in 1979, Ifp is both the oldest and largest not-for-profit dedicated to independent film. They have supported over 20,000 filmmakers, including Miranda July, Michael Moore, and Benh Zeitlin, with a plethora of resources. With its emphasis on connecting artists and fostering community, this year’s conference promises to be a can’t-miss opportunity for filmmakers at all stages of their careers. Ifp’s schedule promises a variety of panels and conversations with traditional filmmakers and innovators of new media. »

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The 85th Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

28 August 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Today I’ll be going back once again and looking at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories. I mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be doing that here and there, there’s a chance that this could turn into a long running thing. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Argo The nominees here for this ceremony were Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty. »

- Joey Magidson

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Academy grant supports Sundance Ffp

5 August 2014 1:26 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has bestowed a grant upon Sundance Institute for the second year running to support professional training and development of emerging feature film artists.

The grant supports four annual Labs hosted by the Institute’s Feature Film Program (Ffp): the June Screenwriters Lab, the Directors Lab, the Creative Producing Lab and the Creative Producing Summit.

Films supported by Ffp include Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda (pictured), Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre, Cherien DabisAmreeka, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Academy Gives Sundance Grant to Support Feature Film Labs

5 August 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is giving the nonprofit Sundance Institute a grant to support emerging feature film artists. The grant supports Sundance Feature Film Program's already existing four annual Labs: the June Screenwriters Lab, the Directors Lab, the Creative Producing Lab, and the Creative Producing Summit.  Sundance Institute’s Lab programs give aspiring indie filmmakers more skills and knowledge. These Fellows work with experienced mentors and each other to learn the crafts of directing and screenwriting. The Labs encourage collaboration and risk-taking, and there's no question they allow filmmakers to develop first and/or second features that often get made. Look ayt the list of recent films supported by the Ffp: Cutter Hodierne’s "Fishing Without Nets," Malik Vitthal’s "Imperial Dreams," Ryan Coogler’s "Fruitvale Station," Benh Zeitlin’s "easts of »

- Anne Thompson

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Awesome Mix Tape: Vol. 2

3 August 2014 8:02 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Frequent listeners of the Sound On Sight podcast would have heard me discuss my day job working with kids. For the unfamiliar, I am the director of a community center, and the coordinator of a summer camp here in Montreal. At the start of the summer, I was talking to my kids about music and I discovered that none of them knew what a mix tape was, much less an audio cassette – so, I decided it would be a good idea to make them some complications. Of course, I’m not recording these on actual cassettes, but nevertheless, they get the idea. As it turns out, the kids love it, and now that the storyline in Guardians of the Galaxy revolves around a mix tape, they keep asking me to make more. Here’s the most recent compilation I’ve produced following Making Time. This one is simply titled, Awesome Mix Tape Vol. »

- Sound On Sight Podcast

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Daily | Sequence, Makavejev, Debord

28 July 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Today's news briefing highlights an ongoing discussion of Lars von Trier's Melancholia (2011) and an essay on "the digitally composited or embellished sequences" in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011), Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) and Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light (2010) in Sequence. We also point to a special issue of Studies in Eastern European Cinema on Dušan Makavejev, a primer on Guy Debord, a review of a book on Tom Cruise and a survey of Jim Jarmusch's career. » - David Hudson »

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2014 Independent Film Week Includes Latest From Barry Jenkins, Alistair Banks Griffin, Passon, Frammartino & Landes

23 July 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

On the heels of the 39th edition of the Toronto Int. Film Festival (Sept 4-14), Ifp’s Independent Film Week is where a plethora of fiction, non-fiction and new this year, web-based series from the likes of Desiree Akhavan and Calvin Reeder find future coin. Sectioned off as projects at the very beginning of financing to those that are nearing completion, there happens to be tons of Sundance alumni in the names below. Among those that caught our attention we have Medicine for Melancholy‘s Barry Jenkins’ sophomore feature, produced by Bad Milo!‘s Adele Romanski, Moonlight is about “two Miami boys navigate the temptations of the drug trade and their burgeoning sexuality in this triptych drama about black queer youth”. Concussion‘s Stacie Passon digs into the thriller genre with Strange Things Started Happening. Produced by vet Mary Jane Skalski (Mysterious Skin), this is about “a woman who has »

- Eric Lavallee

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Palm Springs ShortFest Is Long on Talent

17 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Megabudget tentpoles may dominate the multiplexes and attract big media attention, but short films are still a crucial part of the cinematic ecosystem. That’s why for 20 years filmmakers from around the world have gathered in the poolside attire-required heat of the California desert at the Palm Springs Intl. ShortFest.

Why pay attention to shorts? “It’s the first time you see or hear emerging voices,” says Kathleen McInnis, festival director of ShortFest. “They speak with a strength and a passion and a clarity that’s not compromised as they go into the process of making films at a higher level.” For those in the industry, “You’re going to tap them for what they’re going to do next.”

That’s what happened for such directors as Christopher Nolan, who had an early short in Palm Springs, or Andrea Arnold, whose “Wasp” won the Palm Springs ShortFest prize and »

- Pat Saperstein

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Jeremy Irons Initially Mistook Glenn Close For a Man; That and More Highlights From Sundance Gala

10 June 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last week was the 2014 Sundance Institute Celebration in New York, a benefit dinner to raise donations for the cause of independent cinema. The Sundance Institute presented awards to Glenn Close and Damien Chazelle, who each gave short speeches preceded by promotional videos that focused on the efforts of the Sundance Labs. The most highlighted films were Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs," Lee Daniels's (who was in attendance) "Precious," and Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of a Southern Wild" (an Oscar nominee for Best Picture). Here are our seven highlights from the night, from the charming speeches to notable attendees (and absences).Damien Chazelle On the Return of "American Movies"The young director of the 2014 Sundance Jury and Audience Awards winner "Whiplash," Damien Chazelle received the night's Vanguard Award and used his speech to celebrate what he called "small, specific, executive dependent »

- Melina Gills

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Money and Cinema Collide: Glenn Close and Damien Chazelle Honored By Sundance Institute, With Help Of Jeremy Irons, Keri Russell, George Lucas, and Devoted Donors

10 June 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last week was the 2014 Sundance Institute Celebration in New York, a benefit dinner to raise donations for the cause of independent cinema. The Sundance Institute presented awards to Glenn Close and Damien Chazelle, who each gave short speeches preceded by promotional videos that focused on the efforts of the Sundance Labs. The most highlighted films were Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs," Lee Daniels's (who was in attendance) "Precious," and Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of a Southern Wild" (an Oscar nominee for Best Picture). Here are our seven highlights from the night, from the charming speeches to notable attendees (and absences).Damien Chazelle On the Return of "American Movies"The young director of the 2014 Sundance Jury and Audience Awards winner "Whiplash," Damien Chazelle received the night's Vanguard Award and used his speech to celebrate what he called "small, specific, executive dependent »

- Melina Gills

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Indie-Supporter Rooftop Films Kicks Off 18th Season With Sundance Breakout 'Obvious Child'

19 May 2014 12:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Saturday night’s sold-out screening of A24’s comedy Obvious Child kicked off Rooftop Films' 18th summer film festival. The outdoor festival, known for staging unique events throughout New York City, has a reputation for financially supporting indie film and building buzz for up-and-coming filmmakers like Lena Dunham and Benh Zeitlin. This summer’s lineup of 32 features and 13 short film programs includes highly anticipated indies like Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best!, along with Sundance favorites Appropriate Behavior, Ping Pong Summer and Cold in July. The evening started with a 30-minute set from the New York-based band

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- Chris O'Falt

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Cannes Update: Complete Camera d'Or and Un Certain Regard Juries

11 May 2014 12:42 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

One of the key awards at Cannes is the Camera d'Or, launched in 1978, which goes to the best film from a first-time filmmaker in the Official Selection, La Semaine de la Critique and Directors’ Fortnight. Past winners include Benh Zeitlin, whose 2012 "Beast of the Southern Wild" went on to nab Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and Actress, as well as Jim Jarmusch ("Stranger than Paradise," 1984), Mira Nair ("Salaam Bombay!", 1988), John Turturro ("Mac," 1992), Marc Levin ("Slam," 1998),  Miranda July ("Me, You and Everyone We Know," 2005), and Steve McQueen ("Hunger," 2008). It's a career launch prize. In 2014, fifteen films will be vying for the Camera d'Or award to be presented during the Awards Ceremony on Saturday May 24th. French director Nicole Garcia will preside. Here's the jury: Nicole Garcia, President, actress and director Richard Anconina, actor Gilles Gaillard, technician Sophie Grassin, journalist and critic Héléna »

- Anne Thompson

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Hollywood is a Slave to Fukunaga; Hot Helmer Adds Sony’s “The Black Count” to Future Slate

28 April 2014 2:20 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Take a filmmaker that has easily become tinseltown’s hottest commodity with a hit television series (see True Detective) and Hollywood comes calling. To some degree this also happened to have been the case when he broke out at Sundance with Sin Nombre, but this is bigger. While Beasts of No Nation appears to be Cary Fukunaga’s next project and there’ll be tons more added to his future slate, Deadline reports that the talented filmmaker has joined the book to film adaption of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count of Monte Cristo — a sort of, and don’t quote me here, torrid color-barrier description that will certainly find comparison to 12 Years a Slave but during the dawn of the 19th century, The pic is being packaged by Sony and musician John Legend’s production house. Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls will co-produce, while Get »

- Eric Lavallee

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