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Josh Gad gives us a look at the set of 2017’s Beauty and the Beast

31 July 2015 9:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

An Instagram post from Josh Gad (Frozen) has confirmed that he has finished filming his scenes in 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast film. The picture shows him embracing co-star Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) on a snowy set for the film. The caption reads, “That’s a wrap! Will miss the cast of #beautyandthebeast especially my brilliant Gaston #LukeEvans.” See it here…

In the film, Gad plays Lefou, the bumbling sidekick to the arrogant and egotistical Gaston, who is played by Evans. 

Along with those two, Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) will star as Belle and the Beast respectively, with Ian McKellen (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline (Last Vegas) as Belle’s father Maurice, Audra McDonald (Private Practice) as Garderobe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle) as Plumette, Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) as Cadenza and »

- Justin Cook

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Beyond the Lights director wishes she hadn't asked Rita Ora to sing 'Grateful'

26 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Last year, Rita Ora sang the Beyond the Lights theme song 'Grateful', but the film's director Gina Prince-Bythewood seemingly regrets her decision to ask Ora.

Yesterday (July 25) Prince-Bythewood held a Q&A on Twitter while sharing behind the scenes facts from Beyond the Lights.

On one particular question, Prince-Bythewood was asked how the British singer got involved with the movie and whether she asked Ora to sing 'Grateful'.

"i asked her. wish i didn't as she didn't promote song at all," Prince-Bythewood responded.

@filmkhaleesi i asked her. wish i didn't as she didn't promote song at all.

— Gina PrinceBythewood (@GPBmadeit) July 26, 2015

Written by Diane Warren, 'Grateful' was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards and Ora was invited to perform it at the ceremony earlier this year.

The song lost to Selma's 'Glory' by John Legend and Common.

Beyond the Lights stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a hot, »

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DVD Review – Beyond the Lights (2014)

8 July 2015 3:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Beyond the Lights, 2014.

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.

Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker and Minnie Driver.

Synopsis:

A pop star falls in love with a police officer after attempting suicide.

It’s hard to judge a film that’s so far out of your demographic. Some movies become crossovers. They go mainstream and appeal to many. Others remain in their niche, content on just hitting the appropriate notes.

Beyond the Lights’ niche is romantic melodrama. Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is a modern popstar. She finds fame singing the hook of a rap song. She wears a belt for a bra. And the night she wins a major Billboard award, she tries to throw herself from a balcony.

Why? Because she’s tortured by fame.

But why’s she tortured? Because she tried to throw herself off a balcony.

Why she do that? Because she’s tortured by fame.

Character development ad infinitum. »

- Oli Davis

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Early 2016 Oscar Predictions: First Look at Best Actress

7 July 2015 9:38 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I don't think you need to look any further than the female contenders for Best Actress at the Oscars to notice the lack of diversity for prominent roles in Hollywood for women of color. I have a list of 20 contenders at this point and not a single one of them is a woman of color. I guess I could include a few just for the sake of ensuring my list has some measure of diversity, but whoc Phylicia Rashad is supporting in Creed and I assume the same goes for Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Concussion as well as Emayatzy Corinealdi in Miles Ahead. Otherwise, who is there to addc Every year around the time I'm putting together my list of Oscar contenders and the lack of diversity always hits me square in the face. I don't know who is to blame, but as I'm putting together that header image it's pretty much impossible to ignore. »

- Brad Brevet

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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 offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members 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." In recent years, the Academy membership has »

- Anna Robinson

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Aussies and Kiwis invited to join AMPAS

30 June 2015 3:39 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Four Australians and three Kiwis have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A record 322 screen practitioners from the Us and around the world have been invited to join the organisation. The previous high was 276 in 2013.

The Down Under contingent comprises visual effects wizards Tim Crosbie and Daniel Barrett, producers Bruna Papandrea and Rebecca Yeldham, sound mixers David Lee and Jason Canovas and writer-director Niki Caro.

Despite the Academy.s efforts to diversify its membership, out of the 25 actors invited to join only seven are women.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, .It.s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry. 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..

This year Crosbie was nominated for an »

- Don Groves

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Aussies invited to join AMPAS

30 June 2015 3:39 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Three Australians and one Kiwi have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

A record 322 screen practitioners from the Us and around the world have been invited to join the organisation. The previous high was 276 in 2013.

The Down Under contingent comprises visual effects wizard Tim Crosbie, producers Bruna Papandrea and Rebecca Yeldham and writer-director Niki Caro.

Despite the Academy.s efforts to diversify its membership, out of the 25 actors invited to join only seven are women.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said, .It.s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry. 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..

This year Crosbie was nominated for an Oscar for best achievement in visual effects for X-Men: Days of Future Past, »

- Don Groves

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Tomb Raider Reboot Eyeing Female Director?

30 June 2015 8:53 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Part of me wishes that this wasn’t even news, but there just aren’t enough female directors yet snagging big-budget tentpoles as to make the following seem unremarkable: MGM is rumored to be searching for a woman to reboot its Tomb Raider franchise, revitalizing the series that made a star out of Angelina Jolie and more recently birthed a stellar video game redo from Square Enix.

According to scoopster Umberto Gonzalez, MGM wants a “Michelle MacLaren type” at the helm for the Tomb Raider remake. What that means isn’t exactly clear, but MacLaren first made her mark on the small screen, directing key episodes of prestige series like Breaking BadGame of ThronesThe Walking Dead, The Leftovers and Better Call Saul. Warner Bros. hand-picked her to direct its high-profile Wonder Woman stand-alone, but she ultimately departed the project over the good ol’ creative differences and was replaced »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Beyond the Lights; Force Majeure; It Follows; Cake; Appropriate Behaviour; Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter; What Happened, Miss Simone?; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Jupiter Ascending – review

28 June 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a star in the making, while a family guy proves flawed in the biting Force Majeure

The cinema release calendar is more crammed than it has ever been, yet good films still slip through the cracks on an alarmingly regular basis. Not even an Oscar nomination and a recent Edinburgh film festival premiere could save Gina Prince-Bythewood’s throbbing, neon-hot musical soap opera Beyond the Lights (Universal, 12) from direct-to-dvd ignominy here, echoing the fate of far too much vital African American fare on our shores. It deserves more generous exhibition, not least as a star-sealing showcase for British ingenue Gugu Mbatha-Raw, whose livewire turn as a Rihanna-esque pop star on the brink of self-destruction marks a more emphatic arrival than last year’s Belle.

There’s nothing here you haven’t seen in countless backstage dramas dating back to the pre-sound era: she’s the supernova for »

- Guy Lodge

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

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com 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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David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Abderrahmane Sissako, Effie Brown and More Invited to the Academy as Diversity Push Continues

26 June 2015 3:44 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has extended a record-breaking 322 invitations for membership.  No doubt that after last year's dust-up over the lack of Academy Award nominations for "Selma" and the dearth of black nominees in general, the organization and president Cheryl Boone Isaacs are still looking to increase diversity among the ranks.  Perusing the list of new invitees, there are several names of interest to our readers, whose work we've covered frequently on this site including actors David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Kevin Hart; directors Abderrahmane Sissako, F. Gary Gray, Malcolm D. Lee, and Rick Famuyiwa; documentary editor Lewis »

- Jai Tiggett

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

26 June 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com 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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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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Academy invites 322 artists and executives to Membership

26 June 2015 11:12 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com 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 »

- HollywoodNews.com

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Academy Invites 322 Members, including Rosamund Pike and Emma Stone!

26 June 2015 11:01 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

The Academy has released its list of new member invitees.  Niki Caro finally gets an invite!  Gugu Mbatha-Raw is in the house! The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy, »

- Sasha Stone

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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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Jupiter Ascending Blu-ray review

22 June 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Cast: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Certificate: 12

Special Features: Jupiter Jones: Destiny is within us / Jupiter Ascending: Genetically Spliced / The Wachowskis: Mind over Matter / Worlds within Worlds within Worlds / Bullet Time Evolved / From Earth to Jupiter 

Remember when the Wachowski’s made good films? Remember the movie defining Matrix film? Hopeful that Jupiter Ascending is a return to the glory days? Sadly it isn’t, the film having more in common with the Matrix sequels. In Jupiter Ascending the Wachowski’s seem to have tried to craft a strange hybrid of Dune and Star Wars, but failing miserably to emulate either. The story is heavily cliched and, although imaginative, fails to be engaging or interesting due to underdeveloped plot points and poorly constructed drama. There are too many different elements which fail to tie into a cohesive narrative. »

- Kat Smith

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'Dear White People': will the UK listen to race comedy?

22 June 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Well-received race and identity comedy Dear White People marks the first acquisition for The New Black Film Collective but the film faces significant challenges in the UK.

Justin Simien’s Sundance-winning feature debut Dear White People, the identity comedy about the tension between white and black students at an elite university, was a critical and commercial success in the Us.

The low-budget indie – part-backed by crowd-funder Indiegogo - took $4.5m at the Us box office in October and was widely praised by Us and international critics.

Tessa Thompson (Copper) stars alongside well-known TV faces Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris) and Dennis Haysbert (24) in the film, which carries important messages about race and identity but also “smartly pinpoints people’s universal needs”.

The New York Times’ A.O Scott hailed the film as “as smart and fearless a debut as I have seen from an American filmmaker in quite some time…everyone should »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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What's New on TV, Netflix Streaming, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: June 22-28

22 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on Netflix

"DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge"

"Game of Thrones" may be done for the year, but there's no need to bid farewell to dragons! "How to Train Your Dragon" heroes Hiccup and Toothless are back in this new Netflix original series premiering June 26. Their mission: to explore strange new worlds, seek out never-before-seen dragons, and end the war between Vikings and dragons for good. Watch all 13 episodes starting this Friday.

"Beyond the Lights"

Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) has been groomed for stardom all her life by her overbearing mother (Minnie Driver), and the pressures of fame push her close to the edge. A hot cop named Kaz (Nate Parer) helps her break free, but the people in their lives want them to put their career goals ahead of romance. »

- Gina Carbone

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Edinburgh 2015: 'Beyond the Lights' review

21 June 2015 4:17 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Denied a theatrical release, Gina Price-Blythewood's Beyond the Lights (2014) instead receives its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival before landing on DVD. While it's certainly no masterpiece, this entertaining drama has more than its fair share of surprises; its sweetly familiar narrative awarded emotional heft by its two leading performance and some unexpected revelations. Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is the world's latest pop princess. Groomed for superstardom by her overbearing mother (Minnie Driver) without so much as a say in the matter, her quick success quickly takes a hold, leading to a failed suicide attempt where she's saved by police offer Kaz Nicol (Nate Parker).

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- CineVue UK

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