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Exclusive: Ernest Hemingway Biopic 'Papa' Announced as Key West Film Festival Centerpiece

24 September 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Key West Film Festival Announces Brett Ratner Scholarship, Indiewire's Eric Kohn to Curate Critics Focus The Key West Film Festival has just announced that the Ernest Hemingway biopic "Papa" will screen as the Centerpiece film at the upcoming festival, followed by a Gala event at the historic Hemingway house.  Directed by Bob Yari ("The Illusionist"), "Papa" depicts the relationship between journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc, played by Giovanni Ribisi ("Selma"), and legendary writer Ernest Hemingway, played by Adrian Sparks, during the author's residence in Cuba. Set during the Cuban Revolution, the film managed to nab an authentic backdrop, being granted special permission by the U.S. Treasury Department to shoot on location in Havana. This unprecedented access, which allowed filming inside Hemingway's old estate, Finca Vigia, marks "Papa" as the first Hollywood film to be shot in Cuba since 1959. The film co-stars »

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DreamWorks Studios Ups Shelly Strong to Head of Physical Production (Exclusive)

7 August 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks Studio has promoted Shelly Strong to head of physical production.

Strong has been with DreamWorks for nine years, starting as a VP and moving up to senior VP in the physical production department. Her credits at the studio include “The Help,” “Real Steel” and “A Dog’s Purpose.”

She replaces Jane Evans, who is becoming a producer after three years as the studio’s physical production chief. Strong’s formal title will be executive vice president, physical production. She will report to the studio’s president and chief operating officer Jeff Small and president of production Holly Bario.

The studios’ heads of physical production keep a low profile, but the job is a vital one. The head of physical production ensures that each project is made on schedule and on budget, and that there are enough resources to realize the filmmakers’ vision. They often help producers budget a project before it is greenlit. »

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Cathy Schulman Joins Stx Entertainment as Top Production Executive

20 April 2015 6:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Cathy Schulman has joined Stx Entertainment as a top production executive, TheWrap has learned. The former president of Mandalay Pictures began her new role Monday and will report to Stx Motion Picture Group President and Chief Content Officer Oren Aviv. Schulman won an Academy Award for Best Picture and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Film for 2004’s “Crash,” which she produced. She also produced “The Illusionist,” written and directed by Neil Burger, starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel. Also Read: Stx Entertainment Chief Robert Simonds on Why He's Spending $750 Million Making Movies This Year: 'We Believe »

- Debbie Emery

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Cathy Schulman Joins STX Entertainment as Top Production Executive (Exclusive)

20 April 2015 5:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cathy Schulman has joined STX Entertainment as a top production executive, Variety has learned.

Schulman most recently spent eight years as president of Mandalay Pictures.

Her title has yet to be formalized, but she began work at the newly launched studio Monday and has already been reaching out to members of the creative community. She will report to president and chief content officer Oren Aviv.

STX Entertainment was launched last year by producer Robert Simonds with the goal of fielding 12 to 15 films a year, with budgets ranging from $20 million to $80 million. Upcoming releases include the psychological thriller “The Gift” with Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton; “The Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name to star Julia Roberts; and “The Free State of Jones,” an action-drama starring Matthew McConaughey.

Schulman, who won an Oscar for producing “Crash,” is tasked with putting together projects »

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Who is ‘Dick Poop’ — er, Dick Pope?

30 January 2015 8:12 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Nothing could stop ‘Dick Poop’ from becoming a Twitter ‘Trending Topic’. The site exploded with clever responses to the Academy Award nominations Jan. 15 — from surprises to snubs to the unfortunate pronunciation of one cinematographer.

This flub occurred when Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences, announced Dick Pope as a nominee for achievement in cinematography.

So who exactly is Dick Pope?

Pope received his second Oscar nomination this year for his work on Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, about the obsessive British landscape artist J.M.W. Turner (portrayed by Timothy Spall). The film also received nominations for production design, costume design and original score. For his work on the film, Pope has earned BAFTA Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations. Pope won the Vulcan Prize for Technical Artist at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. He »

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Dick Pope on 'Dick Poop': I Feel Sorry for the Lady Who Mispronounced My Name

15 January 2015 6:24 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Cinematographer Dick Pope has learned to take mispronunciations of his name in stride, especially after the Oscar nominations announcement Thursday morning.

Pope received his second Oscar nom for his work on Mr. Turner, but unfortunately the honor was marred when Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Issacs stumbled over his name, accidentally calling him "Dick Poop."

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An embarrassed Issacs quickly corrected herself, but not before the Internet went crazy, because there's nothing the Internet loves more than embarrassing mistakes. Within moments, "Dick Poop" was trending on Twitter.

Pope laughed off the incident, telling USA Today, "You know what, I have been called a lot worse in my time… I don't think twice about anything like that. I am happy to be nominated."

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Pope admitted he felt »

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Dick Pope on 'Dick Poop' Oscars gaffe: "I have been called a lot worse"

15 January 2015 11:54 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Cinematographer Dick Pope was the unfortunate victim of an auto-cue misspelling during today's Oscar nominations announcement, but he has taken the mistake with good humour.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs accidentally referred to him as "Dick Poop" while reading out nominations with Chris Pine, before quickly correcting herself.

Oscars 2015: Academy Awards nominations list in full

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USA Today held a telephone conversation with Pope after the announcements and the cinematographer said: "You know what, I have been called a lot worse in my time. I don't think twice about anything like that. I am happy to be nominated."

He added that he didn't watch the nominations as he was receiving a private tour of London's Tate Gallery, looking at Jmw Turner's paintings, the subject of Mike Leigh movie Mr Turner for which Pope is nominated.

Continuing, he said: »

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Academy President makes 'Dick Poop' Oscar nominations gaffe: Twitter reacts

15 January 2015 6:54 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs accidentally referred to Richard Pope as "Dick Poop" during this year's Oscar nominations.

The cinematographer - known as Dick Pope - received a nomination for his work on period drama Mr Turner earlier today (January 15).

Oscars 2015: Academy Awards nominations list in full

Boone Isaacs quickly corrected herself after the mistake, but struggled to remain composed as she continued announcing this year's nominations.

Pope has previously been nominated for an Academy Award in 2007 for his work on The Illusionist.

Boone Isaacs's mistake didn't go unnoticed as film fans across the world tuned in to watch the announcement online, and #DickPoop almost instantly became a trending topic on Twitter.

Check out a selection of reactions to the gaffe below:

And for Richard Pope, today is the day he inevitably relives the worst four years of his high-school life. #DickPoop

Dan Cooper (@danielwcooper) January 15, 2015

I don't care what anyone thinks. »

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The Cinematography Guild's Nominees

7 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The American Society of Cinematographers chose the following five films as the best shot of the year. According to Twitter The Imitation Game is the odd man out. It was shot by Oscar Faura who is definitely talented (see The Orphanage and The Impossible) but discussions around this film rarely concern themselves with the quality of its cinematography (which can't really be said for the other nominees here). 

1 of roughly 1,890 amazing shots in Mr Turner


Birdman Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki (4 previous Asc nominations, 3 of them won) The Grand Budapest Hotel Robert Yeoman The Imitation Game Oscar Faura Mr. Turner Dick Pope (1 previous Asc nomination for The Illusionist) Unbroken Roger Deakins (12 previous Asc nominations, 3 wins, and 1 lifetime achievement)


It does remind slightly of when The King's Speech got that perplexing actual Oscar nomination for Cinematography over at least a dozen (at least it bears repeating) well shot and more inspiring choices from »


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Roger Deakins And Emmanuel Lubezki Among 2015 Asc Awards Nominees

7 January 2015 11:55 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The American Society of Cinematographers has nominated Roger Deakins, Asc, Bsc; Óscar Faura; Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC; Dick Pope, Bsc; and Robert Yeoman, Asc, for the Asc Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Theatrical Release.

Deakins is nominated for Unbroken (Universal Pictures) Asc Lifetime Achievement Award (2011). Won the Asc for Skyfall (2012). Faura for The Imitation Game (The Weinstein Co.) First Asc nomination. Lubezki for Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Won the Asc and Oscar last year for Gravity. Pope for Mr. Turner (Sony Pictures Classics) Asc and Oscar nominations for The Illusionist (2007). Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures) First Asc nomination.

American Cinematographer covers Unbroken, Mr. Turner and The Imitation Game in this month’s issue. The magazine covered Birdman in December 2014 and The Grand Budapest Hotel in March 2014; the latter article is online.

Next week the Asc will announce nominees in the final competitive category »

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Birdman, Mr. Turner among Asc nominees

7 January 2015 9:04 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The American Society Of Cinematographers (Asc) has unveiled the five motion picture nominees for the 29th Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremony set for February 15 in Los Angeles.

Emmanuel Lubezki is the frontrunner for Birdman and goes against a talented pool that inlcudes the vastly experienced Roger Deakins for Unbroken.

The nominees are:

Roger Deakins, Unbroken;

Óscar Faura, The Imitation Game;

Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance);

Dick Pope, Mr. Turner; and

Robert D Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

“These nominees represent a fabulous slate selected from a particularly rich field of work this year,” said Asc president Richard Crudo.

“It’s amazing how these cinematographers have once again redefined the boundaries of what we do.”

Deakins has been nominated 12 times before and won for Skyfall (2013), The Shawshank Redemption (1995) and The Man Who Wasn’t There (2002). He received the organisation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Lubezki won the Asc Award last year for Gravity and also »

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Imitation Game,’ ‘Unbroken’ Among Nominees for ASC Awards

7 January 2015 8:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Society of Cinematographers has selected “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “Mr. Turner” and “Unbroken” as nominees for its top feature film award.

The nominees are Roger Deakins for “Unbroken,” Óscar Faura for “The Imitation Game,” Emmanuel Lubezki for “Birdman,” Dick Pope for “Mr. Turner,” and Robert D. Yeoman for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

The winner will be revealed on Feb. 15 during the annual Asc Awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“These nominees represent a fabulous slate selected from a particularly rich field of work this year,” said Asc President Richard Crudo. “It’s amazing how these cinematographers have once again redefined the boundaries of what we do.”

This is Deakins’ 13th Asc nomination. He previously won for “Skyfall” (2013), “The Shawshank Redemption” (1995) and “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (2002).

Lubezki won the Asc Award last year for “Gravity.” He also won »

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Vincent Franklin on playing a gay man: ‘Nobody asked me if I was really a Tory’

4 January 2015 12:15 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As a young actor, Vincent Franklin was told he’d be lucky to make it to the bottom of the credits. He’s been proving them wrong ever since. Probably best known as the Tory spin doctor in The Thick of It, he tells how he landed the plum role in Cucumber, Russell T Davies’s 21st-century take on Queer as Folk

At the end of his time studying drama at Bristol Old Vic, Vincent Franklin found himself listening to a bloke from the BBC, who’d been brought in for a couple of days to give the students an inkling as to how they might fare in the spangly world of telly. For Franklin, a market trader’s son from Bradford who was supporting himself by working shifts in a Clifton restaurant, it didn’t go very well. Even though he was still a young man, he was, the kindly eminence grise pointed out, »

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