10 items from 2014
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 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 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
All dogs go to Heaven ... and now one more rambunctious canine has checked into the big puppy bowl in the sky -- Tyler the Swamp dog. Tyler's owner Janet Mitchell -- "Swamp People" star Bruce Mitchell's wife -- says the dog's heart gave out around 1 am Monday morning after a 3-year battle with congestive heart failure.Bruce buried the swamp dog in his yard not long after ... alongside other deceased pets.Hug your loved »
- TMZ Staff
Filmmakers have been trying to crack heaven’s code for decades. Do you include pearly gates? Angels with golden halos? Just lots of people dressed in white? In the case of Heaven Is for Real, a new movie based on the best-selling novel of the same name, heaven is described as the stereotypical, above-the-clouds place where the Holy Spirit doles out help for those on Earth and God lounges around all day in a giant chair. Though star Greg Kinnear has said that the movie is not just for religious folks, it is still being marketed at faith-based viewers as a story that challenges our thoughts on death and what exists after we shuffle off. Of course, not every movie that depicts heaven is intended to spark a conversation about religion. Here is a (non-comprehensive) look at how some movies tried to illustrate the afterlife.All Dogs Go to Heaven »
- Alex Suskind
Back in the day, deeming a film “for children” didn’t carry the same negativity it does nowadays. With kid-flicks falling off of the studio conveyor belt at an ungodly pace, such a venue for family entertainment has become nothing more than a soulless commodity for studios to indulge. When the best reviewed animation is that of the ineptly written Frozen, you know there’s a problem.
Before they became akin to a self-building Matrix of CG sentinels, children’s films once carried weight, towering ambitions, fearless subject matter, mind-boggling practical effects and the most inspiring of hand-drawn animation. With time, the ideals, messages and depth of yesteryear’s many cinematic experiences have only strengthened. While the narratives of these movies haven’t changed, the interpretation of their meanings have, proving that – sometimes – things truly do get better with age….
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- Bryan Yentz
Amazon has a number of great DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below. Some of these deals end tomorrow, so if you see something you like, don't wait too long to pick it up. White House Down (Two Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $12.99 (68% off) The Master (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) - $11.99 (52% off) Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $75.38 (64% off) Up to 70% Off Seasons of True Blood on DVD and Blu-ray which makes it $19.99 per season on DVD and $23.99 per season on Blu-ray Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection - $50.99 (58% off) MGM Best of Romance Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $40.99 (66% off). Includes West Side Story, Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Overboard, Legally Blonde, Benny & Joon, Moonstruck, Cutting Edge, Four Weddings and a Funeral MGM Best of Family Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $43.99 (66% off) includes All Dogs Go to Heaven, Secret of Nimh, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Every Sunday Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I've grabbed the highlights and linked them below. Some of these deals won't last, so if you see something you like, don't wait too long to pick it up. Up to 70% Off Seasons of True Blood on DVD and Blu-ray which makes it $19.99 per season on DVD and $23.99 per season on Blu-ray Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection - $50.99 (58% off) MGM Best of Romance Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $40.99 (66% off). Includes West Side Story, Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Overboard, Legally Blonde, Benny & Joon, Moonstruck, Cutting Edge, Four Weddings and a Funeral MGM Best of Family Blu-ray Collection (9 Films) - $43.99 (66% off) includes All Dogs Go to Heaven, Secret of Nimh, Igor, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Fiddler on the Roof, Pebble and the Penguin, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Greatest Story Ever Told, Black Stallion Man of Steel »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
10 items from 2014
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