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Woody Allen Expands Cast, Idris Elba Sets Debut, Steve Buscemi Teams With Andrew Haigh & More

7 July 2016 9:27 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Ahead of the release of Café Society, Woody Allen is already casting his next feature. With Kate Winslet taking the lead role in the film, Jim Belushi, Juno Temple, and Justin Timberlake have now joined the project, Variety and Deadline report. The film is a period drama set the late ’50s and potentially at an amusement park, likely Coney Island as it will be set in New York. Production is aiming to kick off this fall, not long before Allen’s Amazon TV show will debut.

In other news, 45 Years director Andrew Haigh has found a leading man for his next project in Steve Buscemi. Lean on Pete is a tale of “lost Americana,” an adaptation of Willy Vlautin‘s novel about Charley, a 15-year-old boy who sets off with the titular stolen race to find his long lost aunt on a perilous journey. Deadline reports most casting is currently underway, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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The Academy has invited 683 new members to join their ranks

30 June 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Yesterday afternoon, the ranks of Oscar voters grew substantially, with some welcome diversity added in for good measure. Yes, the Academy sent out invitations for new membership about 24 hours ago, with 683 names getting the coveted tap on the proverbial shoulder. Again, what made it so interesting to note is that AMPAS seemed to actively seek out women, minorities, and younger artists, hoping to make the demographics of the Academy slightly less centered on older white males. It won’t suddenly change the makeup of the Oscar nominations or upend how the Academy Awards go down next year, but it’s a slow step in the right direction, and that’s worth applauding for sure. As you can see below, in addition to basically all of last year’s Oscar winners, the new members are a diverse slate. Among the names you’ll see in the acting branch now are John Boyega, »

- Joey Magidson

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The Academy Is Making Historic Changes To Avoid Another #OscarsSoWhite Debacle

30 June 2016 7:25 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Brie Larson, courtesy of Vanity Fair

Regardless of where you stood in the #OscarsSoWhite debate earlier this year, on some level you probably agree that The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has needed some new blood for quite some time. With a voting base comprised primarily of older white men, there isn't much room for films that don't fit a particular mold to stand out. It's why their Oscar telecast has struggled over the years, and why the films that get awarded are rarely the ones that inspire fans to go out to the movies. 

Well, after years of minor facelifts, and temporary attempts at being timely or relevant, the Academy has just done something that could could significantly impact the Oscars moving forward:

They've just invited their biggest and most diverse group of voters ever. The Academy has extended an invitation to a staggering 683 new members, 46% of »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Academy Adds a Record 683 New Oscar Voters in Push for Diversity

29 June 2016 3:25 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences took a lot of heat last year when the list of Oscar nominees had a distressing lack of diversity. As many will recall, the hash tag #OscarsSoWhite surfaced as a result, and host Chris Rock was not shy about bringing attention to the issue during his opening speech and throughout The Academy Awards ceremony. The Academy assured everyone that steps would be made to correct this problem in the future, and today they took one of those steps.

The Academy recently announced who they are inviting to be members, who will get to vote on The Oscars this year and in the future. The Academy has invited 683 actors, writers, directors and other industry professionals to join this year, and it is a much more diverse bunch than usual. The new class of invitees are 41 percent people of color, and 46 percent female. Here »

- MovieWeb

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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

29 June 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

“Introducing the Academy class of 2016,” reads the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences website announcement of its invited new members Wednesday. And while joining that august organization is a singular honor, many say they were surprised to learn of their inclusion — mainly because they hadn’t applied for membership. Traditionally, that’s a laborious process that can take years before you get recommended by peers, vetted by your branch, and finally invited. Every year it’s a shock that someone like, say Tina Fey, IFC’s Arianna Bocco, last year’s Oscar-winner Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), or Oscar marketer Lisa Taback, wasn’t already a member.

Read More: Oscars So White: 8 Ways to Solve the Academy’s Diversity Problem 

At the heart of the Academy’s complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. Believe me, they were horrified when, »

- Anne Thompson

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How the Academy Pushed the Diversity Needle with 683 Member Invites

29 June 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Introducing the Academy class of 2016,” reads the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences website announcement of its invited new members Wednesday. And while joining that august organization is a singular honor, many say they were surprised to learn of their inclusion — mainly because they hadn’t applied for membership. Traditionally, that’s a laborious process that can take years before you get recommended by peers, vetted by your branch, and finally invited. Every year it’s a shock that someone like, say Tina Fey, IFC’s Arianna Bocco, last year’s Oscar-winner Margaret Sixel (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), or Oscar marketer Lisa Taback, wasn’t already a member.

Read More: Oscars So White: 8 Ways to Solve the Academy’s Diversity Problem 

At the heart of the Academy’s complex diversity issue is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to view itself. Believe me, they were horrified when, »

- Anne Thompson

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Academy Invites Michael B. Jordan, Oscar Isaac in Huge Diversity Push

29 June 2016 12:19 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Actors Michael B. Jordan, Oscar Isaac and Regina King and directors Ryan Coogler and Cary Joji Fukunaga are among the record 683 people who will be invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of the largest and most diverse class of new invitees ever. The list of names invited to join was released on Wednesday by the Academy, after the Board of Governors met on Tuesday night to review and vote on the slates of prospective new members submitted by committees from each of the Academy’s 17 branches. Other actors invited to join the Academy. »

- Steve Pond

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Oscars Ups Diversity With 2016 New Members

29 June 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In its push for more diversity among its ranks, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today issued a record 683 invitations to new members, easily the largest number of new members ever.

The new members are heavily weighted to favor women and people of color - 46% are women, 41% are people of color. Should all elect to join, it would shift the demographic makeup of the Academy from 75 to 73% male, and from 93% to 89% white.

28 Oscar winners and 98 nominees are on the list, while 283 are considered international members. Amongst the high profile names are actors like John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Idris Elba, Rachel McAdams, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Cliff Curtis, Greta Gerwig, Andrew Garfield, Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Johnson, Byung-Hun Lee, Regina King, James Hong, Michelle Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Alicia Vikander, and Damon Wayans Jr.

There's also writers and directors like Xavier Dolan, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Taika Waititi, James Wan, Lily & Lana Wachowski, »

- Garth Franklin

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5 Child Performances Every Actor Can Learn From

11 May 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Perhaps it’s their ability to let go of self-consciousness or the absence of cynicism in their worldview, but young actors, from Dakota Fanning to Abigail Breslin, have been capable of exuding experience beyond their years. Here are five recent portrayals from child and teen actors that offer valuable lessons on the anatomy of a riveting performance. Marsai Martin, “Black-ish”Nailing the skill of comedic timing before hitting your teens is a feat that Martin has mastered as Diane Johnson on the ABC comedy “Black-ish.” She grounds the character, who easily could’ve teetered into the overblown, with a brassy and whip-smart performance. Despite being only 11, she holds her own opposite co-stars including Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, and Laurence Fishburne. Abraham Attah, “Beasts of No Nation”As the young village boy-turned-child soldier at the center of a tragic drama, Attah’s main objective by the end of this Cary Joji Fukunaga »

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Warner Bros. Announces Release Date for ‘It’

22 April 2016 5:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Line and Warner Bros. have announced a release date for their adaptation of Stephen King’s It. The movie, which was originally supposed to be directed by Cary Fukunaga, hits theaters Sept. 18, 2017.

WB has also set its “C.H.I.P.S.” reboot to bow on Aug. 11, 2017 and an untitled comedy for Dec. 22, 2017.

“It” has been on a roller coaster after losing Fukunaga last year over creative differences. The studio quickly replaced him with Andres Muschietti as director and sources now tell Variety production is set to get under way this summer.

The original King novel followed seven children known as The Losers Club who come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise. The idea is to have two films, one focused on the children and the other focusing on them as adults when they come back »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Better Call Saul 2×08: Fifi’ Review

6 April 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

“Oh, and point me to your best copier.”

Better Call Saul is a filmmaker’s delight, a showcase for more cinematic tricks and techniques than most major motion pictures. Director Larysa Kondracki brings us into ‘Fifi’ with a continuous four-minute shot following a smuggler across the Mexican border, through customs, and into the embrace of the Salamanca family while transitioning from crane to ground and through the innards of a busy customs inspection depot without so much as a bump in the road. It’s seamless, energetic, and meticulous, a ground-level stroll through the innards of an attempt to prevent crime as thorough as it is fruitless. Death grows from the soil out here, dug out of holes in the ground by silent men.

The episode doesn’t lack for emotional clout or for sphincter-tightening suspense. Rhea Seehorn continues to deliver one of the most quietly exciting performances on the air. »

- Gretchen Felker-Martin

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Garrett Hedlund Joins Fukunaga's Promising Series, 'The Alienist'?

16 March 2016 7:24 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Ever since his visionary work on the first season of HBO's True Detective, all eyes have been on Cary Joji Fukunaga. The director followed that up with a shift towards film, and his Beasts Of No Nation was a critical success last year- earning rave reviews, awards, and a Golden Globe nomination for Idris Elba. Now Fukunaga seems poised to return to the small screen with The Alienist, and it looks like he's assembling a nice array of talent.

The Wrap has revealed that Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis, Pan, Tron: Legacy) is in negotiations to star in The Alienist. The TV series, based on the novel by Caleb Carr, was adapted by Hossein Amini. Another of Amini's notable credits is the 2011 critical darling Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, which made him a writer to look out for. 

The signing of Hedlund would be notable, since the actor is seen as a rising star in Hollywood. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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"Spotlight" Shines Brightly at Independent Spirit Awards!

28 February 2016 2:43 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Yay! My favorite film of 2015 was the big winner at the recently concluded Film Independent Spirit Awards taking home the best feature, director (Tom McCarthy), screenplay, and editing. It was previously announced that the film was the winner of the prestigious Robert Altman Award (ensemble) as well.

Oh and kudos to the Film Independent Spirit Awards for bestowing their Best Supporting Actress Award to Mya Taylor for "Tangerine!" Taylor becomes the first transgender performer to receive major acting award! See her acceptance speech right here.

Let's see if this will continue with tonight's Oscars. See my full Oscar predictions right here.

Here's the complete list of winners of the Film Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature

Award given to the Producer; Executive Producers are not awarded.

"Anomalisa"

"Beasts of No Nation"

"Carol"

*** "Spotlight" (Winner)

"Tangerine"

Best Director

Cary Joji Fukunaga, "Beasts of No Nation"

Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, "Anomalisa"

David Robert Mitchell, »

- Manny

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Full list of winners for the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards

28 February 2016 2:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards, Film Independent hosted the 31st annual Spirit Awards yesterday in Los Angeles, with Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight the big winner, collecting Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editing, along with the Robert Altman Award, which recognises a film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

On the acting front, there were awards for Beasts of No Nation’s Abraham Attah (Best Actor) and Idris Elba (Best Supporting Actor), along with Room’s Brie Larson (Best Actress) and Tangerine’s Mya Taylor (Best Supporting Actress). Check out a full list of the winners below, hightlighted in red…

Best Picture

Anomalisa

Beasts of No Nation

Carol

Spotlight

Tangerine

Best Director

Cary Joji Fukunaga, “Beasts of No Nation

Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, “Anomalisa

David Robert Mitchell, “It Follows

Sean Baker, “Tangerine

Todd Haynes, “Carol

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight

Best Actor

Abraham Attah, “Beasts of No Nation

Ben Mendelsohn, »

- Gary Collinson

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The Spirit Awards honor those the Oscars can’t or won’t

27 February 2016 6:18 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 31st Independent Spirt Awards took place this Saturday, February 27 with the fiendishly talented and hilarious Kate McKinnon & Kumail Nanjiani co-hosting the event. Take a look at their parody of one of this year’s best films Room below. The show, as in years past, aligned with the Academy Awards in some moments, but also served to do what the Oscars can’t, or won’t in others. Perhaps that’s just as it should be. Brie Larson won for Best Female Lead for Room, and is very likely to win the Academy Award for Best Actress tomorrow night. However, Spotlight, which won Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay at the Spirit Awards is in a three way race with The Revenant and The Big Short for the top prize at the Oscars. Though it’s likely to take Best Screenplay there as well. Typically, the Academy favors flashier films, so »

- Roth Cornet

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Spirit Awards 2016: Complete Winners List

27 February 2016 2:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spotlight” took home top honors at the 2016 Spirit Awards, winning best feature, best director, best screenplay, best editing and best ensemble. Below find a complete list of the afternoon’s winners:

Best Feature

Anomalisa

Beasts of No Nation

Carol

Spotlight — Winner

Tangerine

Best Director

Sean Baker, Tangerine

Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation

Todd Haynes, Carol

Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, Anomalisa

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight — Winner

David Robert Mitchell, It Follows

Best Screenplay

Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa

Donald Margulies, The End of the Tour

Phyllis Nagy, Carol

Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight — Winner

S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk

Best First Feature

The Diary of a Teenage Girl — Winner

James White

Manos Sucias

Mediterranea

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Best First Screenplay

Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea

Emma Donoghue, Room — Winner

Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl

John Magary, Russell Harbaugh, Myna Joseph, »

- Variety Staff

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‘Spotlight,’ ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Win Big at Spirit Awards

27 February 2016 2:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spotlight” took home top honors at the 2016 Spirit Awards, winning best feature, best director, best screenplay, best editing and best ensemble.

Earlier in the afternoon, Brie Larson took home the prize for best lead female for her performance in A24’s “Room” while Abraham Attah won the best actor prize for his portrayal of a child soldier in the Netflix drama “Beasts of No Nation” — his first acting role.

Castmate Idris Elba won the trophy for supporting actor for “Beasts of No Nation.” The award is a partial redemption for Elba, who was snubbed by the Academy of of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Jan. 14 for his role as a commandant of an African army of child soldiers — a major reason for the #OscarsSoWhite protest about the exclusion of non-white actors from the nominations.

Elba brought on his Ghanian co-star Attah on stage in his acceptance speech. Elba won »

- Dave McNary

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Spirit Awards Live Stream: How to Watch the 2016 Ceremony

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

Film Independent’s 31st Spirit Awards will unfold Saturday, Feb. 27 — the day before the Academy Awards — in a tent on Santa Monica Beach.

For those unable to attend the festivities, IFC will air the ceremony live at 2 p.m. Pst and host a live stream for on its website. Live stream the awards here.

Saturday Night Live” star Kate McKinnon and “Silicon Valley’s” Kumail Nanjiani will co-host the awards.

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara’s romance “Carol” lead Spirit Awards nominations with six, followed by “Beasts of No Nation” with five and “Spotlight,” “Tangerine” and “Anomalisa” with four each.

Here are the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees:

Best Feature

Anomalisa

Beasts of No Nation

Carol

Spotlight

Tangerine

Best Director

Sean Baker, Tangerine

Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation

Todd Haynes, Carol

Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, Anomalisa

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

David Robert Mitchell, It Follows

Best Screenplay

Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa

Donald Margulies, »

- Variety Staff

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Predicting the Independent Spirit Awards

25 February 2016 4:21 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

While it’s true that we’re just about 72 hours out from the Oscars, we’ve also got the Film Independent Spirit Awards coming in just about 48 hours or so. Personally, I find the Spirit Awards to sometimes be preferable to the Academy Awards, since they offer up a chance for more eclectic choices. Where else can I get to see my favorite male (Jason Segel for The End of the Tour) and female (Jennifer Jason Leigh for Anomalisa) performances of 2015 nominated? The same goes for David Robert Mitchell and It Follows in Best Director. It’s things like that which set this apart. It’s not a precursor with any impact on Oscar season, since voting has already ended, but it’s still an enjoyable ceremony to witness. Today, we discuss the nominees a bit, with predictions for it found below as well. It appears like Carol and Spotlight »

- Joey Magidson

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"It" Adaptation To Be An R, Film This Year?

19 February 2016 10:51 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The saga of the film adaptation of one of Stephen King's most iconic works, "It," has been a quite turbulent one over the past year or two. Much acclaimed "Jane Eyre" and "True Detective: Season One" helmer Cary Joji Fukunaga was attached to both pen and direct a two-film adaptation of the lengthy novel before ultimately dropping out over creative differences.

Despite his departure, the production is continuing forward with "Mama" helmer Andres Muschietti now directing a project that's still planning to be a two film adaptation. Speaking with Collider at Dice 2016, producer Roy Lee confirmed the film's R-rating and that production is on schedule:

"It will hopefully be shooting later this year. We just got the California tax credit… Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti, so it's being envisioned as two movies... We are very close to turning in the final draft of the script. »

- Garth Franklin

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