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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. »
- David S. Cohen
BBC America has announced the first two series to come to the cabler as part of the co-development deal between BBC Worldwide and AMC Networks: Peter Moffat’s political thriller “Undercover” and Marnie Dickens’ mystery series “Thirteen.”
A six-part limited series, “Undercover” follows a woman who is about to become the first black woman to hold the highest ranking public prosecutor role in England. It stars Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester and is executive produced by Hilary Salmon, head of BBC Drama Production England, for BBC One and BBC America.
“Thirteen” is a five-part mystery thriller and psychological drama that follows Ivy Moxham (Jodie Comer) on the day she escapes from the cellar where she’d been held captive for the last 13 year. It is produced by BBC In-House Drama Production England and executive produced by Elizabeth Kilgarrif for BBC Three and BBC America.
Both will air on BBC America in 2016.
- Whitney Friedlander
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
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 »
- Brent Lang
Akerman (“Trophy Wife”) joins Damian Lewis (“Homeland”) and Paul Giamatti in the drama, set in the world of high finance. She’ll play Lara Axelrod, a former nurse from humble beginnings who’s now married to billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Lewis).
Previously announced, Lewis will play the hedge fund titan Axelrod, who clashes with “whip-smart” U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti ). Maggie Siff, Toby Leonard Moore, Condola Rashad and David Costabile round out the cast.
“Billions,” currently shooting in New York, is written and exec produced by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin. The pilot is directed by Neil Burger (“The Illusionist,” “Divergent”).
Akerman is repped by Sanders Armstrong Caserta and Wme.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
By Anjelica Oswald
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.
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 »
- Anjelica Oswald
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 »
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.
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: »
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. »
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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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 »
- Michelle McCue
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.
The nominees are:
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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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.”
Lubezki won the Asc Award last year for “Gravity.” He also won »
- Dave McNary
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, »
- Alex Clark
14 items from 2015
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