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Megan Ellison: The Most Exciting Producer in Hollywood

2 hours ago

I’m fascinated by Megan Ellison. In the normally boring world of movie producers, she’s an intriguing star among them. Usually, you rarely know the names of producers, short of an uber-producer like Scott Rudin or one who’s heavily involved in a filmmaker’s whole universe like Scott Mosier is for Kevin Smith, but aside from those Scotts, most of them are borderline anonymous. Ellison is definitely a new breed, a throwback to an older generation where the films being made were different and exciting. Her recent Best Picture nominations and flirtation with an Oscar win has her primed to become a real star in this line of what. I wanted to show you all the films that she’s helped get onto the big screen, if only to elaborate on just how valuable to the business she is. Ellison is a champion of the auteur. She’s »

- Joey Magidson

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“Locke” with Tom Hardy – What’s up with the 2015 Awards Race

22 hours ago

Directed by: Steven Knight Written by: Steven Knight Main Cast: Tom Hardy, with the voices of Olivia Colman, Tom Holland, Ruth Wilson, and a few others, none of whom are shown on screen besides Hardy Past Oscar relations: Steven Knight was previously nominated for Best Original Screenplay for his writing work on Dirty Pretty Things It’s Wednesday folks, so here now we have the newest article in this series of mine on 2014 contenders hoping to compete for some sort of Oscar attention at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up is Steven Knight’s Locke, which hopes to capitalize on a unique premise and a tour de force from Tom Hardy. Knight writes and directs the film with an interesting style that keeps this play like movie from ever seeming stagy. That’s hard to pull off, but Hardy and Knight do it brilliantly, making for a memorable cinematic experience. The »

- Joey Magidson

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Under the Radar: Tom Hardy

22 April 2014 12:47 PM, PDT

Today I’m going to be pressing on with another series for you all here at the site, one that I started last week. Basically, it’s a spinoff of the Spotlight on the Stars series. As a quick refresher, each week I look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like in many of the cases so far, including today) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun all their own, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. Here though, I’m going to look at more of an under the radar individual as opposed to a tried and true star. For this week’s sophomore piece, I wanted »

- Joey Magidson

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Hollywood Billionaire Connection – James Packer, Gigi Pritzker, Jeff Skoll, and Megan and David Ellison.

22 April 2014 10:01 AM, PDT

By Robert W. Welkos One is the son of an Australian casino mogul. Another is a mother of three from Chicago who studied anthropology in college and is the granddaughter of the late tycoon who co-founded the Hyatt hotel chain. Another was raised in a middle-class Canadian family, studied electrical engineering in college, and went on to earn a fortune heading up an Internet auction website. And then there’s the sister and brother whose father built a software empire while also becoming a world-class yachtsman. These are among the new billionaires who are shaking up Hollywood moviemaking in the early part of the 21st Century. Their names are James Packer, Gigi Pritzker, Jeff Skoll, and Megan and David Ellison. All are rolling the dice in the always risky crapshoot of moviemaking with some of high-rollers already reaping huge rewards both financially and creatively. “I wouldn’t want to overemphasize »

- Robert W. Welkos

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Carrie Underwood, Ellie Goulding and OneRepublic are the top three finalists for the Milestone Award

21 April 2014 10:17 AM, PDT

Billboard, dick clark productions and Chevrolet announced today that Carrie Underwood, Ellie Goulding and OneRepublic are the top three finalists for the Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nv and broadcast Live on ABC at 8pm Et. Fan voting for the three finalists will continue online with the winner being announced during this year’s broadcast. This is the second year that this editorial award will go to an innovative artist who achieved a notable chart milestone in the past year. In addition to the three finalists, the other nominees for the 2014 Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet included Imagine Dragons, John Legend, and Luke Bryan. Voting for the three finalists is now open on Billboard.com/milestone. Voting will continue through the first two hours of the live Billboard Music Awards telecast, closing at 10pm Et / 9pm Ct. »

- Josh Abraham

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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars

21 April 2014 9:30 AM, PDT

Motion picture, television and theater producing team Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 87th Oscars will air live on the ABC Television Network on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce the Oscars again in 2015,” said Boone Isaacs. “Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership.” “This year’s show reached viewers of all ages and set social media records, proving that Craig and Neil are masters at tapping into the zeitgeist and capturing the hearts of movie fans around the world,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “We are delighted to work with Cheryl, Dawn and the Academy to produce the Oscars for a third time,” said Zadan and Meron. »

- Josh Abraham

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Bowling for Columbine: The Top 25 (Best Documentary Feature)

21 April 2014 9:06 AM, PDT

Continuing the weekly series I’m doing here on the site, we’re talking the top 25 Oscar winners in just about all of the Academy Award categories out there for us to discuss. Aside from the short form categories and likely something much harder to rank like Best Sound Editing or Best Sound Mixing as I’ve mentioned in the weeks prior, I’ll be hitting them all over the coming weeks, including of course the big eight categories, a few of which have already received this treatment. I’m also potentially going to do one that doesn’t really exist (a fictitious/wishful thinking Best Ensemble category), but that’s just an idea I currently am toying with. We’ll see about that one, but for now, we’ll stick to reality. Today I’ll be going ahead and knocking off another one of the in between categories (though technically a technical category, »

- Joey Magidson

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