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Oscars: Biopics, Diversity Dearth Shape Midyear Race

6 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As 2015 hits the halfway mark, it’s encouraging that so many upcoming films look promising — because so far, the Oscar possibilities are meager, to say the least.

Once again, fact-based dramas will dominate awards buzz. There are at least 14 with scheduled dates, and another three possibilities for this year. Six of these earn the highest possible praise: People from rival studios like them.

That roster includes “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp as Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulger; “Concussion,” about the NFL’s efforts to deny the repercussions of players’ repeated concussions; “Spotlight,” with Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams as the Boston Globe reporters who uncovered child abuse in the Catholic Church; “Trumbo,” about Dalton Trumbo and the House Un-American Activities Committee; “Truth,” the Dan Rather-George W. Bush scandal pic; and “The Walk,” about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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- Tim Gray

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Over 50 New Photos Of Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Starring Emma Stone & Joaquin Phoenix

10 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When Emma Stone first met Woody Allen for an audition—a notoriously unfussy filmmaker who doesn’t really overthink things or even give much direction to his actors on set—the meeting lasted all of four minutes. “I don’t even think I took off my coat,” Stone told the WSJ recently. When she showed up on set, she says, she was “absolutely convinced I was going to be fired. It’s terrifying. He doesn’t do table reads or any rehearsal. You can’t even ask questions about your character, because he’ll be like: ‘You know this is a movie, right?’ ” Allen hilariously added, “I never talk to any of the actors in any of my movies about anything if I can avoid it.” But clearly Stone’s made the cut and potentially is Allen’s new muse. She’s been his leading lady in two films back to back, »

- Edward Davis

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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

30 June 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." The press release adds that "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." International talent Say what you will about the Academy and their Oscar picks, »

- Anna Robinson

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17 Couples Who Have Already Split in 2015

30 June 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

We're not even halfway through 2015, but there have already been a bunch of celebrity breakups that have surprised and perplexed us. For instance, who didn't think Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner would make it? Were we not all rooting for Britney Spears and Charlie Ebersol? And how were we supposed to get over Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone's rumored split? Keep reading to see the 17 couples who have already called it quits this year, then repair your broken heart with these photos of famous couples who are still together and showing lots of Pda to prove it. »

- Brittney-Stephens

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First look at the Proton Pack for Ghostbusters reboot

30 June 2015 6:23 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following his tweet last night with our first look at the suits they’ll be wearing, we’ve now got our first look at the Proton Packs the girls will be using in Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters remake.

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“Wiig and McCarthy play a pair of unheralded authors who write a book positing that ghosts are real. Flash forward a few years and Wiig lands a prestigious teaching position at Columbia U. (Like the original, the story takes place in New York City, even though it’s being shot in Boston.) Which is pretty sweet, until her book resurfaces and she is laughed out of academia. Wiig reunites with McCarthy and the other two proton pack-packing phantom wranglers, and she gets some sweet revenge when ghosts invade Manhattan »

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Sony Pictures Classics Adds Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Starring Tom Hiddleston to Awards Slate

29 June 2015 11:28 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Back in April, Sony Pictures Classics snagged worldwide rights to "I Saw the Light," writer/director Marc Abraham's biopic of country western singer Hank Williams, whose life was destroyed by fame. Now Spc has dated the movie for prime time on November 27 for Thanksgiving weekend. This means that Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are adding Tom Hiddleston, who has never been nominated for an Oscar, to their burgeoning awards campaigns.  That will not include Woody Allen's "Irrational Man." While Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone are entertaining, the all-too familiar romantic comedy scored middling reviews out of Cannes. Sure to be high on critics' ten-bests and rewarded by awards groups, however, is Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner "Son of Saul," which has already been submitted for the Oscar by Hungary. Other awards possibilities include rising Swedish star Alicia Vikander, who carries intense World War I drama "Testament of Youth" (which. »

- Anne Thompson

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Five "Must-See" Movies for July 2015

29 June 2015 8:55 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Normally, I'm not one to brag, but I would like to say right off the bat, I think I did pretty well with my must-see list last month. Of my five official picks -- Spy, Jurassic World, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Dope and Inside Out -- the closest I got to suggesting you see a movie people generally didn't like was Jurassic World, which has broken all sorts of box office records and sits at a "fresh" 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not that box office results or Rotten Tomatoes are the ultimate barometers of quality, but I have to base this off something, rightc Personally I didn't much care for the new Jurassic film aside from a few scenes of enormous spectacle, but others found plenty to like in it. I also ended up seeing Dope twice -- that one might be my favorite movie so far this »

- Jordan Benesh

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New Oscar Members: Cheryl Boone Isaacs Says Academy Seeks ‘Normalization’

28 June 2015 4:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled the names of a record 322 invitees, a big jump from the 276 and 271 in the past two years, and a giant leap from the 133 average of the previous decade.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety that the new members list reflects a push for “normalization” in its demographics, adding, “It’s been gratifying to see big increases in expanding color, gender, age and national origin in our membership this year.”

The AMPAS president points out, “The entire conversation of inclusiveness is at the forefront in Hollywood, in film, television, music, everything — and all of that bodes well for the future.” The Academy is in a position to help, since the membership includes a number of decision-makers, including executives, producers, directors — “men and women who have the ability to hire, elevate, mentor and nurture more people of color, gender, national origins. »

- Tim Gray

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »

- Michelle McCue

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New Academy Invites Include Edgar Wright, Emma Stone, and Tom Hardy

26 June 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed today a list of 322 artists and executives who have been invited to join. These selections are people that have distinguished themselves by their contributions to the world of film, and those lambasting the Academy for being full of old white men will be happy to see it’s a pleasantly diverse list. Assuming they all accept the invitation, of course. On the actor side of things, highights include David Oyelowo, Tom Hardy, Rosamund Pike, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Carroll Lynch, Emma Stone, Jason Segel, Martin Freeman, and last year’s Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne. As for directors, the Academy is expanding its reach to a much broader group with selections like Edgar Wright, James Gunn, Lynn Shelton, F. Gary Gray, Ira Sachs, Joe Wright, and Whiplash helmer Damien Chazelle. [caption id="attachment_310166" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via PBS[/caption] Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have »

- Adam Chitwood

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Complete list of Oscars new members: Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, Emma Stone ...

26 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

This year, a record 322 people were invited to join the motion picture academy. While Oscar nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. (See the full list after the break.) Among the 25 actors invited were the half dozen who contended at this year's Oscars for the first-time: winners Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons and nominees Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike and Emma Stone. Likewise, among the 26 directors to whom invitations were extended was Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game") while Damien Chazelle ("Whiplash"), Dan Gilroy ("Nightcrawler") and Graham Moore ("The Imitation Game") number among the 21 writers.   -Break- Join in the fierce debate about the early Oscar contenders going on right now in our red-hot forums A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible. For ex...' »

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning.  For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing.  Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women.  And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Oscars invite record 322 new members in push for diversity

26 June 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Turns out that neither Eddie Redmayne or J.K. Simmons could count on their own votes to put them over the top in at this year's Oscars. On Friday, it was announced that these two stars number among the record 322 people invited to join the motion picture academy. Also making the cut are four of this year's other first-time Oscar nominees: Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike and Emma Stone. (See the full list Here.) -Break- Join in the fierce debate about the early Oscar contenders going on right now in our red-hot forums Last year, the academy invited 271 people to join, a slight drop from the 276 asked to the party in 2013. In turn, that had been a 57% bump from the 176 additions in 2012. This larger number of invitations follows the elimination of a quota system that had restricted the number of new members in years past. As of late, the academy »

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Academy invites 322 artists and executives to Membership

26 June 2015 11:12 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 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 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization.” The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into DarknessMartin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot FuzzHeather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “InceptionKevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along »


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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »

- Tim Gray

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Oscars Invites Record 322: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Emma Stone, Chris Pine Among Sought Members

26 June 2015 10:58 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Academy Award nominees Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Stone, Felicity Jones, and Rosamund Pike and Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons are among the 322 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Friday. The 322 invitations are the most ever given out since the Academy began announcing the names of its invitees more than a decade ago. Other actors invited to join include Elizabeth Banks, Martin Freeman, Heather Graham, Tom Hardy, Kevin Hart, David Oyelowo, Dev Patel, Chris Pine, Daniel Radcliffe and Jason Segel. The Academy’s Board of Governors made the selections on Tuesday. »

- Steve Pond

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Academy Invites 322 New Members

26 June 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it has issued a record 322 invitations to new members to join the Oscar-granting organization — a significant increase this year in the number of new members it is welcoming. Last year, it invited 271 new members, but in previous years the Academy generally replenished its membership roles by inviting about 100-plus members annually. This year's invitees range from recent Oscar winners like Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons to new stars like Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Emma Stone. The extensive list encompasses

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- Gregg Kilday

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Under the radar 2015: 10 must-see movies this summer

24 June 2015 8:29 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Superheroes, dinosaurs, yellow Minions, and Tom Cruise may be front and centre at the multiplex this summer, but that doesn’t mean explosions and saving the planet from bad guys are your only option this season.

While we leave Chris Pratt to keep the dinos at bay, Magic Mike and the boys to take their shirts off, and theFantastic Four to their fantastic selves, we’re turning a non-super suited eye towards the dramas, the indie gems, and those movies that hover just below the radar, proving there’s plenty to keep you entertained.  From period dramas and Emma Stone to quirky comedies and thrillers, we’ve got you covered, no matter what you’re in the mood for.

Follow along as we list ten of this summer’s must-see movies, each vying for your attention at the box office:  »

- Rachel West

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3 Big Reasons Why It's Exciting To Be A Spider-Man Fan Right Now

23 June 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Spider-Man fans have had a rough go of it the past few years. Many who loved Sam Raimi.s depiction of the web-slinging wall-crawler weren.t keen on seeing Tobey Maguire retired after only three films. Those who appreciated Marc Webb.s efforts on the rebooted Amazing Spider-Man series . typically due to the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone . had to watch that series. mythology get flushed away, with plans of a Sinister Six feature getting shipped to the film equivalent of the Island of Misfit Toys. Even if you found things to like in both franchises, it has been frustrating to see Sony repeatedly shift gears. particularly while heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and even Wolverine were enjoying success that comes with continuity. But today is a day that Spider-Man fans can celebrate. The casting of Tom Holland as the third on-screen iteration of Peter Parker »

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Irrational Man Movie Review

20 June 2015 12:01 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Irrational Man Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: A- Director: Woody Allen Screenwriter:  Woody Allen Cast:  Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey Screened at: Sony, NYC, 6/18/15 Opens:  July 17, 2015 There are many excuses that defendants have for committing murder, and the typical judge in criminal court must have heard ‘em all.   “Twinkies made me do it” (Dan White); “The Devil made me do it” (Adam and Eve); “I stood my ground” (George Zimmerman); “I feared for my life” (Officer Darren Wilson); “They were making too much noise” (Michael David Dunn); “I was sexually molested” (Lorie Hino-Boddie). “I was drunk;” “I  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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