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U.S.-Cuba Thaw: What’s On The Horizon For Hollywood In Havana?

24 December 2014 7:42 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

As the U.S. and Cuba move towards normalizing relations following more than half a century of diplomatic enmity, eyes are turning to the Caribbean island to assess its potential value to the film and TV businesses. The Peterson Institute for International Economics research group estimates U.S. exports of goods and services to Cuba could reach $5.9B annually over time — trade of goods was just $260M this year. Hollywood would like to be a part of the equation, but it won’t happen overnight.

Less than an hour’s flight from Miami and with a population of over 11 million (more than the Dominican Republic), Cuba could, down the road, become a notable market for Hollywood and Spanish-language fare. What’s more, the island is blessed with diverse locations and competitive labor costs. Big challenges await, however. After decades of under-development, Cuba is sorely lacking in exhibition infrastructure. Also problematic »

- Nancy Tartaglione and Ali Jaafar

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Wim Wenders Says Criterion Plans To Release More Of His Films; Big Moma Retrospective Coming March 2015

14 November 2014 12:05 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In a eclectic career spanning four decades, German auteur Wim Wenders has done it all: won the Palme D’or (“Paris, Texas”), created classic existentialist dramas (“Wings of Desires,” “The American Friend”), adopted digital filmmaking earlier than most (1991’s “Until the End of the World”), spawned multi-million selling albums from his music documentaries (“Buena Vista Social Club”), created an ahead-of-its-time 3D Dance documentary ("Piña"), and has celebrated some of the greatest auteurs in cinema through various documentaries and films ("Toyko Ga" about Yasujirō Ozu; "Lightning Over Water" about the final days of Nicholas Ray; the Cannes documentary "Room 666"; and helping the stroke-impaired Michelangelo Antonioni direct his final film “Beyond The Clouds”). Wenders’ latest film "The Salt Of The Earth" (co-directed with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado) is a celebration of the gorgeous and haunting black and white works by »

- Rodrigo Perez

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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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:

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Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

26 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

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

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Cannes 2014 Review: The Salt Of The Earth Celebrates Photographic Art

27 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

There are a few titans of narrative cinema - Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee come first to mind - who make documentaries that rival their feature film work. Another example is Werner Herzog, a filmmaker whose non-fiction films are still celebrated, but it's his docs that (deservedly, in my opinion) get the lion's share of praise.From the same school of filmmakers as the iconoclastic Herzog, Wim Wenders shares his compatriot's ability to seamlessly switch between doc and feature. If the only non-fiction film Wenders ever shot was Buena Vista Social Club, than he'd be rightly lauded as one of the best non-fiction directors of the last half century.In The Salt of the Earth, Wenders, along with his co-director (and son of the subject) Juliano Ribeiro...

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Alex Gibney, Wim Wenders to Produce ‘Timbuktu’ Doc (Exclusive)

4 March 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alex Gibney and Wim Wenders have partnered with director Michael Meredith for the documentary “Return to Timbuktu,” centered on Manny Ansar’s efforts to restore peace to Mali via music.

Gibney has come board as producer and Wenders as an exec producer. Meredith and Wenders have been following Festival au Desert organizer Ansar around the world as he campaigns for international awareness of the Malian crisis, encourages refugees to return to their homes and rallies musicians to use their voices to reunite a war torn country.

Mali was hit with a military coup in 2012, which turned Timbuktu into a violent war zone with militants imposing Sharia law and forcing more than a million Malians to flee. The French military reclaimed control of the city last year.

Ansar is working to restore Festival au Desert to Timbuktu next year. He initiated a procession of traveling musicians in January, culminating at the »

- Dave McNary

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