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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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Chicago – The sonorous and familiar voice of Morgan Freeman was in Chicago on June 7th, 2014, as the Gene Siskel Film Center presented “A Candid Conversation with Morgan Freeman” to benefit the theater. The event, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, raised more than $350,000 for the Film Center’s programming budget.
The Academy Award winning actor – for “Million Dollar Baby” – is well known for his authoritative narrative voice and heroic presence in films such as “The Shawshank Redemption”, ”Deep Impact,” “Unforgiven,” “Seven,” “The Dark Knight” and “Last Vegas.” He began his career on stage and on the 1970s PBS TV show, “Electric Company,” and has built his resume after his 1989 roles in “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Glory.” He even recently had an animation voiceover role in “The Lego Movie.”
Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com was at the Red Carpet before the “Conversation, »
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Yes, another day, another anniversary. But this one is quite noteworthy. Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" turns 25 on Monday. It is a film I first saw when I was young, but I wasn't at all ready for it. I saw it again in film school and noticed I had grown with it, but it still whipped up complex feelings (as only the best films can). I've revisited it a number of times over the years and come to cherish it as one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever conjured, but the Academy frankly seemed like it was holding its nose just to give it the two nominations it received a quarter century ago. Kim Basinger had the right idea when the night of the Oscars came. "The best film of the year is not even nominated [for Best Picture] and it's 'Do the Right Thing,'" the "Batman" star said, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Top twenty. Now we start to see the more widely recognizable films that people have some emotional attachment to. World War II gets a few mentions in this portion of the list, but this is one of the more diverse sections, overall. We get a mention of the Boer War, the Algerian War, and the Korean War, as well as the only movie about the American Civil War on this list.
20. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Conflict: Boer War, World War I, World War II
The only film on the list that spans multiple wars is also probably the least battle-focused film on the list. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is told through an extended flashback, following Major-General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey) as he rises through the ranks of the British military from war to war. The flashback is »
- Joshua Gaul
Two-time Oscar champ Denzel Washington ("Glory," "Training Day") and four-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") lead a crowded field of potential nominees in this year’s Tony Awards race for Best Actor (Play). -Break- Washington returns to Broadway in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” which was last seen on the rialto in 2004. Kenny Leon directed that Tony-winning revival and this one and he also helmed the 2010 remounting of August Wilson's "Fences" that won Washington a Tony in this category. Observers were skeptical as to whether or not the 59 year-old actor could play a 35 year-old, but reviews for Washington have been downright rapturous. Tony Awards preview: What plays could contend? Cranston is a strong contender for his Broadway debut as Lyndon Johnson in “All the Way.” This new work by Pulitzer »
Jessie T. Usher (Level Up), Ronreaco Lee (Glory, Let’s Stay Together), Erica Ash (Scary Movie 5, The Real Husbands Of Hollywood), Tichina Arnold (Martin, Everybody Hates Chris) and Teyonah Parris (Mad Men, They Came Together) have signed on to Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse, a half-hour scripted comedy series executive produced by NBA star LeBron James, Mike O’Malley, Tom Werner, James’ manager Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter. Survivors Remorse is set in the world of professional basketball and explores the comedy and drama of what truly happens when you make it out. Story follows Cam Calloway (Usher), a basketball phenom in his early 20s who is thrust into the limelight after signing a multimillion-dollar contract with a pro team. Cam, along with his cousin and confidant Reggie Vaughn (Lee), move to Georgia to start Cam’s journey to success. The two confront the challenges of carrying opportunistic family »
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Steve McQueen's Oscar-tipped film to become mandatory viewing for American state-educated teenagers
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Students at Us schools are to watch the Oscar-nominated race drama 12 Years a Slave as part of the national curriculum from September.
The National School Boards Association has made the film's viewing mandatory in all public (state-run) high schools. It will also provide children with copies of the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup which formed the basis of the biopic and a study guide. The board has partnered with the American talk show host Montel Williams, distributor New Regency and publisher Penguin Books for the project, according to Variety.
"When Hollywood is at its best, the power of the movies can be harnessed into a powerful educational tool," Williams said in a statement. "This film uniquely highlights a shameful period in American history, and in doing so will evoke in students a desire »
- Ben Child
Screen Gems released a 60-Second Red Band TV Spot for the upcoming romantic comedy remake of About Last Night starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, Paula Patton, and Christopher McDonald.
The original About Last Night (which I actually liked and related to it back in the 80′s) starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins. It was directed by Ed Zwick (Glory) and based on the play Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet.
This time around the film is modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.
About Last Night opens in theaters on February 14, 2014.
Check out the new 60-Second Red Band TV Spot below and let us know what you think.
Source: Screen Gems »
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The Cinema Audio Society has named producer, writer and director Edward Zwick as the recipient of this year’s Cas Filmmaker Award.
Zwack will receive the prize at the 50th Annual Cas Awards on Feb. 22 at the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
“It seems fitting that in celebration of 50 years of the Cas we are honoring Edward Zwick, a producer/director/writer of both award winning film and television,” Cas President David E. Fluhr said in a statement. “His projects on both the big and small screen have consistently demonstrated a commitment to quality in story and craft, particularly sound.”
The Academy Award-winning producer first gained prominence as a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute in 1975 with his short film “Timothy and the Angel” and later teamed up with Marshall Herskovitz to create the Emmy Award-winning TV series “Thirtysomething.”
Zwick’s feature film career began when he helmed the »
- Andrea Seikaly
9 items from 2014
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