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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 invited 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." The press release adds that "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 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." International talent Say what you will about the Academy and their Oscar picks, »
- Anna Robinson
Warner Bros. is getting ready for their big Comic-Con 2015 presentation next week, which will most likely include Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, even though no specific films were confirmed quite yet for their Hall H presentation on Saturday, July 11. Today, the Wall Street Journal has revealed the first look at Lego's Batmobile set which will be on display at Sdcc. This is the first official Lego product to be unveiled for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will be available to purchase on January 1, 2016.
The Lego DC Super Heroes New Batmobile set includes 306 pieces, two "stud shooters," opening doors, a new Batman outfit deco, two additional unnamed characters and an additional vehicle. The Batmobile set will cost $29.99 Srp. Lego announced that Batman sets will be coming, but this is the first we've see from this new line based on the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, set »
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
After more than 200 best days ever, the ride's over for Phineas and Ferb and their pals, not to mention Perry the Platypus and archnemesis Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. For a final trip to the Tri-State Area,TV Guide Magazine chief content officer Michael Schneider gathers the creators/executive producers of Phineas and Ferb, Dan Povenmire (voice of Doofenshmirtz) and »
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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
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Friday, July 10. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am - Inside The Big Bang Theory Writer's Room
The Big Bang Theory writers once again open the curtain and take you behind the scenes of TV's #1 comedy. From huge guest stars to the shocking moments in the season finale (Was that a ring, my Precious? Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?), find out what it takes to make the hit series each week. Join the show's executive producers and writers »
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
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
Following the release of the three-episode webseries Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles [watch the episodes here, here and here], Warner Bros. has now given us a peek at its feature-length animated movie Justice League: Gods and Monsters with a clip from the film, which comes from the creative mind of DC animation legend Bruce Timm. Check it out here…
See Also: Cover art and bonus features for Justice League: Gods and Monsters
Journey to a divergent reality where the Justice League protects the planet — but answers to no one but themselves. Employing methods of intimidation and fear, this Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman deal brute force in the name of justice. In this alternate universe, Superman was not raised by the Kents in Smallville, the Caped Crusader is not Bruce Wayne, and Wonder Woman is not an Amazon warrior of Themyscira. When a group of famed scientists experience untimely “accidents,” a government task force follows the »
- Gary Collinson
The DC Universe's next animated film, Justice League: Gods and Monsters is hitting blu-ray next month, but before it hits, you can check out the first clip from the film, showing how the alternate reality team handles the world...
I'm very excited to see what Justice League: Gods and Monsters has to offer. It's a very different take on the heroes we all know and love, and DC's animated films are almost always impressive and fun to watch. So this little adventure should be interesting indeed, especially based on this first clip:
Animation legend Bruce Timm returns to the popular DC Universe Original Movies with his unique new vision of a Justice League you’ve never seen before. "Justice League: Gods & Monsters" features a Superman born of General Zod’s blood, a Batman with a healthy dose of bat in the man, and a Wonder Woman rising from the ranks of the New Gods. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
In an alternate universe, the Justice League is a brutal force that maintains order on Earth. Superman is the son of General Zod, who was rocketed to Earth as a child and raised by a family of Mexican immigrants. Batman is Kirk Langstrom, a scientist who has inadvertently transformed himself into a vampire in an attempt to cure his cancer. Wonder Woman is Bekka, who was the bride of the New God Orion. However, the Justice League's unaccountability is challenged by the world's governments following the suspicious deaths of renowned scientists. “Justice League: Gods & Monsters,” an original animated film featuring Bruce Timm's new vision of the world's greatest super heroes.The clip features Superman (voiced by Benjamin Bratt), Wonder Woman (Tamara Taylor) and Batman (Michael C. Hall) discussing the public's perception of the Justice League, versus the public's need for their leadership and protection. Lois Lane (Paget Brewster »
Final Two Episodes of Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Releases. Gods and Monsters Chronicles had a good start with Bruce Timm’s alternate universe. Now the first season comes to a close with the final two episodes featuring Superman and Wonder Woman.
The last two episodes gives us a look at an alternate version of Superman and Wonder Woman. The second episode shows Brainiac destroying Metropolise with a huge energy field. With the government unable to contact Superman, Doctor Sivana tells President Amanda Waller to order a nuclear strike in order to stop Brainiac from killing more civilians. After Amanda issues the strike, Superman shows up in time to stop Brainiac. The twist comes when Brainiac is revealed to be a mere child created by the government to match Superman’s powers. The question remains, will Superman put Brainiac down?
In the last episode, Steve Trevor is sent by »
- Mufsin Mahbub
Long before the comic book boom of the 21st Century, Hollywood's handling of heroes drawn from the funny pages was a touch and go enterprise. More at home in the serials era of the 40s and 50s, that iconography leaked out onto the big screen in only drips and drabs, a "Superman" here, a "Batman" there. And indeed, a year after Tim Burton brought the latter to unique Gothic heights in 1989, Warren Beatty brought another flesh and blood crime fighter to the big screen with bold expressionistic strokes. Today, "Dick Tracy" stands out as a hand-crafted wonder. Beatty's team was jammed with talent, and it needed to be, for this was an exercise in placing the viewer in a world only slightly familiar. Its extremes — and there were many — were a direct extension of design techniques and flourishes. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, »
- Kristopher Tapley
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justie, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Supergirl, Constantine, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Wolverine 3, Hellboy 3, Heroes Reborn and more…
It’s the San Diego Comic-Con International next month, and if you were looking forward to Marvel Studios’ annual Hall H extravaganza, then I’m afraid it appears you’re out of luck. Back in March, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn indicated that Marvel would skip Sdcc this year, and it’s been reported this week that is indeed the case, although it’s yet to be officially confirmed by Marvel or Disney. Still, there is going to be plenty of superhero goodness, »
- Gary Collinson
Sorry, kiddos. I ain’t got no snark to hone into laser focus this week. With a day job literally sapping my inner strength as we prepare a massive brand overhaul alongside our massive summer conference, all I have the energy to do when I make my way home is the bare minimum. Which of course amounts to drawing pages for the upcoming new Samurnauts book, planning a major crowdfunding campaign around said book, organizing video shoots and marketing lists for said campaign, completing sundry freelance gigs for way less money than I ought to be collecting, and of course… writing for you, my adoring public. So, as is the custom when my well seems to be tapped of a singular topic, I present to you a smattering of my simmering speculations from my cerebellum.
Hey, I may be running close to empty, but I’ll be damned if I »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Thanks for the read!!! Always open to critique! In 1992, an animated series focused on the DC comics hero Batman, debuted on television. After 23 years, and countless awards and praises, it’s still celebrated as one of the greatest cartoons to ever grace the small screen. Four years later in 1996, a spinoff of Batman: The Animated Series premiered that followed the adventures of The Last Son of Krypton. Superman: The Animated Series was a worthy follower to its DC animation predecessor as it faithfully depicted the Man of Steel. The DC animation train didn’t stop with these two powerhouses as Batman Beyond, The New Batman Adventures, Static Shock, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited all followed and ushered in a cohesive DC animated universe (Dcau). These shows not only set a precedent for animated superhero cartoons, but all cartoons as they exemplified great television. The person responsible for spearheading and »
In the third episode of the new web series Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Machinima, Blue Ribbon Content, and DC Entertainment take us into a world where Wonder Woman takes on Kobra soldiers as the New God Bekka.
Press Release: "Machinima, Blue Ribbon Content and DC Entertainment have released an all-new trailer for the highly anticipated series from animation icon Bruce Timm(Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series). The digital series is based on Justice League: Gods & Monsters, an original animated film executive produced by Timm and co-produced by Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series)that will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on July 28.
Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Season 1 will launch its first episode officially on Monday, June 8 followed by episode two on Wednesday, June 10 and the third and final episode of the first season on Friday, June 12. Honda will serve as »
- Derek Anderson
Ben Foster darts through the hills of France and around accusations of doping as Lance Armstrong in the new trailer for The Program, director Stephen Frears' upcoming biopic about the rise and fall of the disgraced cyclist.
In the trailer's opening moments, we hear Armstrong espousing his love of cycling and delivering, in a voiceover, a delightfully smarmy platitude about perseverance: "Inside each and every one of us is something more potent and powerful than any drug: It's called, 'the will to survive.'" Soon after though, he's seen »
The 19th Fantasia International Film Festival is right around the corner. Though the full lineup for the festival won't be unveiled until early next month, the second wave of Fantasia titles have been revealed and horror fans have a lot to look forward to.
Press Release: "Montreal, June 11, 2015 – The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
- Derek Anderson
The 19th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival, presented by Ubisoft and Anchor Bay, will soon be stunning Montreal with three weeks of cinematic ingenuity from July 14 until August 4, 2015.
From The Official Press Release:
The International Premiere Of Takeshi Kitano’S Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen Coming immediately after his Outrage saga, Takeshi Kitano’s hilarious crime story stars screen legend Tatsuya Fuji (In The Realm Of The Senses) as a retired yakuza who realizes that the only way to break the monotony of his daily life by reuniting with his old gang. This is a funny and heartfelt meditation on growing old that only the master of Japanese cinema could deliver. International Premiere
A Special Screening »
- BJ Colangelo
A little over one month away, the Fantasia Film Festival announced it’s second wave of titles this morning. Fantasia Film Festival holds a special place in the hearts of Sound on Sight and we could not be more excited for their upcoming edition which promises to be bigger and better than ever. Arguably the largest genre film festival in the world, Fantasia will run from July 14th to August 4th this year and feature a large number of world and international premieres. The full-lineup, including special events, will be announced on July 7th.
From the official press release, here are some titles we can now look forward to:
- Justine Smith
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