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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 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
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271 Invited To Join The Academy

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:


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,
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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees
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.
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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy
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.
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Academy Invites 271 New Members

Academy Invites 271 New Members
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.
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IndyCar Opens L.A. Office to Tout Film, TV Projects

IndyCar, the sanctioning body of the annual open-wheel auto-racing series that includes the Indianapolis 500 and the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, is opening an office in Santa Monica to make inroads into Hollywood.

Former Nascar exec Sarah Nettinga is switching leagues to manage the office as senior vp media and entertainment for IndyCar Entertainment. Nettinga managed production for the stock-car league for the films Nascar: The Imax Experience (2004) for Warner Bros.; Herbie Fully Loaded (2005) for Disney; and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) for Sony (on which she received an executive producer credit). For television, she was responsible for such series as Nascar Driver: 360 for FX. IndyCar drivers come from around the world. The stars include American heartthrob Danica Patrick, Scotland’s Dario Franchetti (the husband of actress Ashley Judd), England’s Scott Dixon and Brazilian Helio Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 champ. IndyCar execs say this diverse driver
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Warner Brothers and IMAX Sign 20-Picture Deal Through 2013

Warner Brothers confirms 20 films for IMAX 3D IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures, a unit of Time Warner Inc., announced today that they have completed an agreement to release up to 20 Warner Bros. films in IMAX's format over the course of the next three and a half years (from 2010 through 2013). The agreement strategically aligns Warner Bros.' tent-pole business with the increasing worldwide popularity of The IMAX Experience in both 2D and IMAX 3D, providing the studio with an added distribution platform that consistently delivers strong box office returns. The agreement underscores the excitement around the studio's future films which are anticipated to be among the best Hollywood event titles slated for release in the coming years.

Under the agreement, Warner Bros. movies that will be released in IMAX are: Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (September 24, 2010); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (3D) (November
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'NASCAR 3D' redlines $20 mil

Imax Corp. announced Wednesday that the Warner Bros. Pictures release NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience surpassed $20 million in worldwide boxoffice receipts. The film's domestic boxoffice currently stands at $19.5 million. Centering on the NASCAR phenomenon, NASCAR 3D is the second-highest grossing documentary of the year. Released in March, the film set boxoffice records for an original Imax production and has since played in Japan, Australia and Poland. "We have been thrilled with the performance of 'NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience' and believe it demonstrates the long-term earning potential of Imax releases," said Dan Fellman, president domestic distribution Warner Bros. Pictures.

Daytona to build with Imax theater

Daytona to build with Imax theater
TORONTO -- Canadian giant-screen exhibitor Imax Corp. said Monday that the Daytona International Speedway will build and open a new 3-D theater alongside its famed racetrack in April. The deal between Imax and Daytona USA will see an existing structure be retrofitted to accommodate the 247-seat Pepsi Imax theater, complete with a giant screen and digital sound system. The launch will be timed around the debut of Warner Bros. Pictures' NASCAR 3D: The Imax Experience. The Kiefer Sutherland-narrated Imax film about NASCAR is scheduled to open March 12.

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