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Play Expo coming to Blackpool at the end of April!

In just under two weeksPLAY Expo will be landing in the North West’s favourite seaside town, otherwise known as Blackpool. Replay Events will be making sure that 2016 will be something quite fantastic with classic gaming, indie gaming, special guests, table top games and a world first preview of an upcoming game.

There will be numerous tournament over the weekend. 8bit Planet will be bringing both paid and free to enter Super Smash Bros tournaments, Super Mario UK Champion Sami Cetin will be returning with Super Mario Kart and Manchester Battle Arena will be setting up the ring for some brilliant fighting game tournaments.

With a full size replica Formula One car on show at the expo, you will be able to put your driving skills on show within this simulator, which comes complete with authentic pedals and steering wheel. The game plays on a large screen at the front
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Academy Increases Diversity Push by Adding Three Governors

Academy Increases Diversity Push by Adding Three Governors
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences furthered its efforts at diversity by adding three members to the board of governors, and six members to various board committees.

The board Ok’d president Cheryl Boone Isaacs’s choices of Reginald Hudlin (directors branch), Gregory Nava (writers branch) and Jennifer Yuh Nelson (short films and feature animation). They will serve three-year terms, effective immediately.

“I’m proud of the steps we have taken to increase diversity,” said Boone Isaacs. “However, we know there is more to do as we move forward to make this a more inclusive organization.”

The board also appointed additional Academy members to each of the six board committees that provide oversight to specific Academy areas.

Actor Gael García Bernal joins the awards and events committee, chaired by first VP Jeffrey Kurland. Cinematographer Amy Vincent joins the preservation and history committee, chaired by VP John Bailey. Producer Effie Brown joins the museum committee,
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The Academy Making Historic Changes To Membership Makeup

After no African-Americans were nominated in any of the acting categories when the nominations for the 88th Oscars were announced on January 14, some in the film industry and press were outraged by the noticeable omissions. The perceived oversights of Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, and the cast of Straight Outta Compton were just too much to be overlooked.

Of note, this was the second year in a row that the nominees in the four major acting categories were all-white.

Boycotts to the ceremony have been reportedly called for by the Hollywood elite, as well as changes to the voting and the makeup of The Academy. Even the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite started trending.

People Magazine tweeted out this photo on Friday.

What’s changed? People’s 1996 special report remains all too relevant https://t.co/PnBAcpfpNZ #OscarsSoWhite pic.twitter.com/OStL2TUkxD

— People Magazine (@people) January 22, 2016

In a historic move, The Academy
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Academy Announces Historical Changes to Double Diversity by 2020

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In a unanimous vote Thursday night (1/21), the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a sweeping series of substantive changes designed to make the Academy's membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse. The Board's goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020. Here's what Academy President Cheryl Boone-Isaacs had to say in a statement.

"The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up. These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition."

Beginning later this year, each new member's voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade. In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year
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Academy introduces diversity changes

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Academy introduces diversity changes
In a unanimous vote, the Academy’s board of governors have approved what it called “substantive changes” designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies and voters “significantly more diverse”.

On Thursday night (Jan 21), the board committed itself to doubling the number of “women and diverse members of the Academy” by 2020.

“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in filmmaking during that decade.

Members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms or if they have won or been nominated for an Oscar. Isaacs said the Academy would apply these same standards retroactively to current
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Academy Overhauls Membership, Voting Rules to Promote Oscar Diversity

Academy Overhauls Membership, Voting Rules to Promote Oscar Diversity
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has approved a series of major changes, in terms of voting and recruitment, also adding three new seats to the 51-person board — all part of a goal to double the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020. The changes were approved by the board Thursday night in an emergency meeting.

Also on Thursday, the Academy met with ABC officials and reps of Chris Rock, confirming that he will host the Feb. 28 ceremony, according to sources. Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee and Will Smith said they will not attend. Some other activists had urged Rock to withdraw; he never addressed those directly, but insiders said he believes he can do more good by remaining, since the Academy Awards reach a worldwide audience.

The membership changes were announced Friday in a statement, with Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs adding, “The Academy is
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The Best Directors of the Year! See Complete DGA Awards Nominees!

The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 68th annual DGA Awards! Missing were Todd Haynes ("Carol") and Steven Spielberg for "Bridge of Spies." But I'm very happy that George Miller for "Mad Max: Fury Road" got in. While we're in the subject of sequel, apparently, the DGA felt that J.J. Abrams is not worthy...yet...for a nod!

But this year's awards offer a bunch of newbies like Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), Adam McKay ("The Big Short"), and Miller. Meanwhile, Ridley Scott has been nominated three times before but never won for "Thelma and Louise" in 1991, "Gladiator" in 2000, and "Black Hawk Down" in 2001. Let's see if "The Martian" will do the trick and get Ridley his DGA! By the way, he hasn't won an Oscar either and he was nominated for those movies too!

Winners will be announced on Feb. 6th. Here's your complete list of nominees
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Here Are the 2015 DGA Awards Film Nominees

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Fresh off its impressive haul at the Golden Globes the weekend, "The Revenant" is poised to nab yet another statuette with a nomination for a Directors Guild of America Award.

The DGA announced its annual slate of honorees for outstanding directorial achievement on Tuesday, and "Revenant" director Alejandro G. Inarritu was among the five nominees. Inarritu also won the DGA award last year, for 2014's "Birdman," and with the new momentum from "The Revenant"'s Globes wins, the director looks like an early favorite to repeat.

The rest of the nominees were rounded out by Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), Adam McKay ("The Big Short"), George Miller ("Mad Max: Fury Road"), and Ridley Scott ("The Martian"). In addition to those names, the DGA also included a new category this year, honoring directors who helmed their first feature films in 2015.

"There's a first time for every feature filmmaker, but not every first time
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‘Duck Dynasty’ Ratings: A&E Show Hits One-Year High With Wedding Episode

‘Duck Dynasty’ Ratings: A&E Show Hits One-Year High With Wedding Episode
A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” may no longer be a ratings juggernaut, but it proved with Wednesday’s eighth-season finale that it still has plenty of fans.

Wednesday’s hourlong episode, in which Willie and Korie Robertson’s eldest son, 19-year-old John Luke, tied the knot with fiancee Mary Kate McEacharn in a ceremony at the Robertson farmhouse, averaged a 1.04 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.26 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” ratings. This made it cable’s No. 1 program on Wednesday in both categories, while it ranked No. 2 among all television originals in men 18-34 (behind only CBS’ “Big Brother”).

Duck Dynasty” was up week to week by 20% in the demo and by more than 1 million total viewers (from 2.22 million). These are the show’s best numbers in 19 episodes — since its season six finale in August of last year (1.4 in 18-49, 3.81 million viewers overall).

“Duck” continues to generate strong DVR playback,
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Academy Board of Governors Votes to Keep Cheryl Boone Isaacs as President

Academy Board of Governors Votes to Keep Cheryl Boone Isaacs as President
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American to serve as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will serve a third term.  The Board of Governors also elected other officers at their meeting on August 4: Jeffrey Kurland and cinematographer John Bailey were re-elected first vice presidents; Lucasfilm chief and producers branch member Kathleen Kennedy returns as vice president, having served once before; VFX supervisor Bill Kroyer was also elected as vice president having served in the past as secretary; Twentieth Century Fox motion picture chairman Jim Gianopulos, a  first-time officer, was elected as treasurer; and screenwriter Phil Robinson was elected secretary, having served in that post before, as well as vice president. Starting her 23rd year as a governor repping the Public Relations Branch, Boone Isaacs, an ex-Paramount and New Line Cinema publicity and marketing executive, currently heads marketing consulting firm...
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Cheryl Boone Isaacs Re-elected for 3rd Term as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Announced last night, Cheryl Boone Isaacs was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization’s Board of Governors. In addition, Jeffrey Kurland was elected first vice president; John Bailey, Kathleen Kennedy and Bill Kroyer were elected to vice president posts; Jim Gianopulos was elected treasurer; and Phil Robinson was elected secretary. Boone Isaacs is beginning her third term as president and her 23rd year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch. Boone Isaacs currently heads Cbi Enterprises, Inc., where she consults on film marketing efforts. Starting this September, she will be an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s...
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Cheryl Boone Isaacs Re-Elected Academy President

Cheryl Boone Isaacs Re-Elected Academy President
Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, for her third consecutive term.

In addition, Jeffrey Kurland was elected first vice president; John Bailey, Kathleen Kennedy and Bill Kroyer were elected to vice president posts; Jim Gianopulos was elected treasurer; and Phil Robinson was elected secretary.

Boone Isaac’s reelection is not a surprise. In Academy etiquette, it’s bad form to challenge an incumbent. More important, in the last two years she has helped navigate the Academy through some major challenges.

Among her accomplishments is Academy outreach, working to diversify the org beyond the L.A.-centric, old-boy-network demographic. Boone Isaacs has taken frequent trips overseas to huddle with filmmakers, and she and Acad CEO Dawn Hudson have worked to diversify membership. The goal is to get a greater mix of gender, race and nationality, without sacrificing AMPAS standards for membership, and
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Cheryl Boone Isaacs Elected to Third Term as Academy President

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs Elected to Third Term as Academy President
Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been re-elected to a third term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy announced on Tuesday night. In addition, Jeffrey Kurland was re-elected first vice president; John Bailey was re-elected to one vice president post; Kathleen Kennedy and Bill Kroyer were elected to other vice president posts; Jim Gianopoulos was elected treasurer; and Phil Robinson was elected secretary. The selection of a president was the first order of business for the new Board of Governors of the Academy, which met for the first time on Tuesday after last month’s elections,
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Cheryl Boone Isaacs re-elected Academy president

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs re-elected Academy president
The board of governors announced the news on Tuesday night adding that 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos will embark on his first officer stint as treasurer.

Jeffrey Kurland was elected first vice-president, John Bailey, Kathleen Kennedy and Bill Kroyer were elected to vice-president posts and Phil Robinson was elected secretary.

Boone Isaacs will begin her third term as president and her 23rd year as a governor representing the public relations branch. 

Kurland and Bailey were re-elected to their posts, while Kennedy has served previous terms as vice-president and Kroyer was secretary last year.

Robinson has served previous terms as vice-president as well as secretary.

Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.
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Billy Ray Wins Seat on Academy Board of Governors

Billy Ray Wins Seat on Academy Board of Governors
Oscar-nominated for 2013's “Captain Phillips," Billy Ray has won the runoff election for the open Writers Branch seat on the 2015–16 Board of Governors. He also wrote "The Hunger Games" (2012) and "Shattered Glass" (2003). The first-time governor will join fellow writers Phil Robinson and Robin Swicord on the Board. Ray beat out Larry Karaszewski, who had tied for the seat in the Board election earlier this month, only the second time in Academy history to show a tie; the last one was in 2009 in the Directors Branch. Three members represent each of 17 branches on the board, and serve three-year terms. Read More: Academy Picks New Board of Governors A full listing of the Academy’s 2015–16 Board of Governors is here.
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Billy Ray Wins Runoff for AMPAS Governors Seat

Billy Ray Wins Runoff for AMPAS Governors Seat
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Oscar nominee Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”) has won the runoff election for the writers-branch seat on the 2015–16 board of governors. A first-time governor, Ray will join incumbents Phil Robinson and Robin Swicord in representing the branch.

Ray had tied with Larry Karaszewski in the board election earlier this month, and writers branch members were asked to vote in the runoff via online or paper ballot. This is the second time in Academy history that there was a tie in the balloting. The first occurred in 2009 in the directors branch.

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. The board directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.
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Winner Announced In Academy Board Of Governors Runoff Election – Update

Winner Announced In Academy Board Of Governors Runoff Election – Update
Updated, 10:33 Am: Billy Ray has defeated Larry Karaszewski in the runoff election for the Writers Branch seat on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. It was only the second time in Academy history that there was a tie in the balloting, following the Directors Branch election in 2009. A first-time governor, Ray will join incumbents Phil Robinson and Robin Swicord in representing the branch. Previously, July 10: The Academy of Motion Picture…
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Oscars and Academy Museum On Track, Says President Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Oscars and Academy Museum On Track, Says President Cheryl Boone Isaacs
Cheryl Boone Isaacs on Wednesday said her proudest accomplishment last year was the Oscarcast, while goals for next year include “extending our global footprint.” And, yes, she confirmed, the Academy Museum is still on track for a 2017 opening.

As she begins her second one-year term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Boone Isaacs said the success of the March 2 Oscar show was a good sign for next year’s event.

“As you know, it’s a big event,” she deadpanned. “It really is a world event, and it highlights the entire year in the motion picture business. Working with Craig and Neil (Zadan and Meron, who will produce the Feb. 22 event for the third consecutive year) was — excuse the expression — a boon for me. Once you’ve gone through it, you’re even more prepared for the next time, which is why I wanted to have them on board next year.
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AMPAS board elects governors

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AMPAS board elects governors
Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences board.

The first-time governors are: Kate Amend, documentary branch; Daniel R Fellman, executives branch; Albert Berger, producers branch; Bob Rogers, short films and feature animation branch; and Mark Mangini, sound branch.

Re-elected governors are: Annette Bening, actors branch; Lora Kennedy, casting directors branch; Jeffrey Kurland, costume designers branch; Rick Carter, designers branch; Michael Tronick, film editors branch; Kathryn Blondell, make-up artists and hairstylists branch; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, public relations branch; and Phil Robinson, writers branch.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are: governors Caleb Deschanel, cinematographers branch; Edward Zwick, directors branch; Charles Bernstein, music branch; and Bill Taylor, visual effects branch.

The Academy’s 17 branches are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.

Governors who were not up for re-election and who continue on the board are Ed Begley, Jr and [link
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'Nebraska' producer among newly elected first-time Academy Governors

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Election results for the Academy's Board of Governors have been revealed for 2014-2015, yielding five first-timers and eight reelected incumbents. Additionally, four previous governors are returning to the Board. First-timers include Kate Amend (Documentary Branch), Daniel R. Fellman (Executives Branch), "Nebraska" producer Albert Berger (Producers Branch), Bob Rogers (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch) and "Aladdin" and "The Fifth Element" sound editor Mark Mangini (Sound Branch). Reelected are actress Annette Bening (Actors Branch), Lora Kennedy (Casting Directors Branch), "Inception" costumer Jeffrey Kurland (Costume Designers Branch), "Green Hornet" and "2 Guns" editor Michael Tronick (Film Editors Branch), Leonardo DiCaprio's hair stylist Kathryn Blondell (Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch), Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (Public Relations Branch) and "Field of Dreams" writer/director Phil Robinson (Writers Branch). Governors returning after a hiatus are "Passion of the Christ" director of photography Caleb Deschanel (Cinematographers Branch), "Glory" and "Blood Diamond" director Edward Zwick (Directors
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