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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 offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members 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." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Love & Mercy star Paul Dano, Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead have joined the cast of Swiss Army Man, one of the most quirky-sounding dramas we’ve seen get the green light in recent times.
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, known jointly as Daniels, are at the helm of the indie pic, which centers on a hopeless young man who finds a dead body while stranded in the wilderness. Striking up conversation with and then befriending the corpse, the man begins a very surreal journey to find his way back home. Told you it was weird.
No details yet on which roles the stars will be playing, but its nonetheless exciting to see such a talented trio of performers come together for a project, particularly one this unusual. Dano, who has been playing oddballs for years in everything from Little Miss Sunshine to Prisoners, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano (Prisoners) are set to star in an intriguing sounding indie flick titled Swiss Army Man, and Deadline is reporting Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) has also joined the project. The movie comes from directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (known as "the Daniels), and it was developed at the Sundance lab. The dramedy "centers on a hopeless... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
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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
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
Comic-Con costs studios a lot of money, and I’m not sure what they get on their investment. Comic-Con doesn’t make or break movies, and you can dump tons of money on marketing, and your movie can still flop. Just ask Universal how well Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Cowboys & Aliens did. Both movies had a major presence at Comic-Con, and both tanked at the box office. It’s no longer a must-hit destination for movies (it’s still a potent force for TV), and so I’m not surprised at Variety’s report that Sony and Paramount are joining Marvel in skipping Comic-Con’s Hall H this year. The studios say they didn’t really have anything to bring this year, but in a franchise-drenched environment, that’s not really true. If they wanted to, Sony could push Spectre or maybe even bring Goosebumps like they did last year. »
- Matt Goldberg
Over the last few years, in an age where multiple blockbusters are vying for attention, filmmakers have had to step up their marketing game, giving us some of the best movie trailers ever. This week, I’m breaking down the most engaging trailers we’ve seen in the past five years.
[Be sure to check out last week's Movielinx article in which we broke down the origins of movie trailers and how they got where they are!]
On the outset, looking just five years back may seem like an odd choice. Truthfully, however, in my years here at Cinelinx, I’ve chronicled the best trailer from the last couple of decades already. More to the point, I feel like movie trailers have changed just in the last few years to be something else.
I’ve always felt like a trailer is an art form in and of itself, and in the new climate of mega franchises, studios are having to do more with their movie trailers to Wow audiences and snag their attention. As such, this »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
John Green has a knack for writing poignant teen dramas, so it’s no big surprise that this summer’s Paper Towns will mark the second big-screen adaptation of his work following 2014’s The Fault in Our Stars.
Centred on the charmingly-nerdy Quentin (Aka “Q”) and his friends, the film follows the group of misfits as they search for the enigmatic and irresistible Margo, who disappears after leading Q on an all-night adventure. Following clues left by Margo, they traverse across the suburban wilderness in a hand-me-down minivan.
Starring Nat Wolff (of The Fault in Our Stars fame), Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage and Justice Smith, the film promises to provide the kind of classic summer adventure reminiscent of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Filled with the requisite parties, romance and teen humour that defines the genre, Paper Towns leans towards the more humourous side of the John Green world, »
- Amanda Wood
“Office Space” and “Dodgeball” star Stephen Root has been cast as Zac Efron and Adam DeVine’s father in the comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” from 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment, TheWrap has learned. Jake Szymanski will direct the film, which will co-star “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” alums Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza. Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien wrote the script, which follows two party-animal brothers who place an online ad for wedding dates, only to meet their match in Kendrick and Plaza’s characters. Also Read: Aubrey Plaza Joins Zac Efron's ' »
- Jeff Sneider
Though she’s conquered the small screen thanks to the part of April Ludgate in NBC’s recently concluded Parks and Recreation, Aubrey Plaza has yet to cement her place as a leading actress in Hollywood. Now, though, she’s set to join a stacked cast in what sounds like a surefire hit – the actress has signed on to co-star alongside Zac Efron and Adam Devine (Workaholics) in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) co-stars in the 20th Century Fox/Chernin Entertainment pic, about two party-animal brothers who place an online ad for dates for an upcoming wedding in hopes of finding soulmates who can keep up with their wild lifestyle.
Jake Szymanski, who has directed episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Saturday Night Live, will helm the project, working from a script by Neighbors team Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien. Jonathan Levine (50/50) is producing. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Anna Kendrick is also on board to co-star.
Jake Szymanski will direct, with Chernin Entertainment producing along with Jonathan Levine. Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien penned the script, which tells the story of two hard-partying and immature brothers who place an ad online to find dates for a wedding and find a pair of women who can out-party them. Daria Cercek is overseeing the project for Fox.
The project marks a reunion for Plaza and Efron, who recently wrapped production on the Lionsgate comedy “Dirty Grandpa.” The films also allows Plaza to team with Kendrick, with whom she regularly has snarky Twitter exchanges with and previously appeared with in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”
- Justin Kroll
Lionsgate Home Entertainment and CBS Films have announced the official details for the Blu-ray release of their hit comedy The Duff starring Mae Whitman (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World), Bella Thorne (Blended), Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Ken Jeong (Community). The Blu-ray and DVD releases will be available on June 9th.
Bianca’s (Whitman) universe turns upside down when she learns that her high school refers to her as a “Duff” (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Hoping to erase that label, she enlists the help of a charming jock (Amell) and her favorite teacher (Jeong). Together they’ll face the school’s mean girl (Thorne) and remind everyone that we are all someone’s Duff…and that’s totally fine.
Special Features for the release will include:
–“The Duff Hits The Red Carpet” featurette
–“Bringing the Book to Life” featurette
–“Teen Comedies and The Duff” featurette
–“I Am the Duff” featurette »
- Scott J. Davis
Hugh Jackman has played Logan aka Wolverine in seven different films. It’s an impressive number that will shortly increase with a third solo Wolverine film and possibly X-Men:Apocalypse, although at the time of writing he has yet to be officially cast. A few other names are snapping at the heels of Jackman, notably the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you include the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Chris Evans has played Captain America four times (five if you include his appearance as Loki using magic to look like the first Avenger in Thor: The Dark World), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have portrayed Black Widow and Thor respectively four times each whilst the King of the McU, Robert Downey Jr. has made an impressive six appearances as Iron Man/Tony Stark (including his post-credit appearance in The Incredible Hulk).
Unfortunately for Hugh Jackman, as far as this article is concerned, »
- Brendan Bergmanski
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is one of those rare actresses who can take on anything – whether it’s geek fare like “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Final Destination” or small, serious indie dramas like “Smashed.” She’s the very definition of versatile. With another critically acclaimed role in Chris Messina’s directorial debut, “Alex of Venice” (out today in theaters and VOD), Winstead sat down with toofab’s Brian Particelli to talk about why she loves going back and forth between big budget films and indies and the frustrations that come from the latter. toofab: You’re on an indie roll right now, what draws you to these kinds of films? Mary: Its just the bigger films tend to be male driven. It’s kind of hard to find like an interesting complex female role in those worlds. Not to say they aren’t great movies, but from time to »
- tooFab Staff
Last year’s Stanley Film Festival in Colorado was easily the talk of the festival circuit, with everything from live performance of Tales From Beyond The Pale, to an all encompassing cult-like mystery that the festival’s attendees were all subjected to, the fest was out of this world. All taking place from Colorado’s infamous Stanley Hotel, which is not only said to be the most haunted hotel in the world, but also was the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining.
From yesterday’s announcement of the April 30th SpectreVision opening screening of the long-awaited Leigh Whannell-scripted and Elijah Wood-led film Cooties to hints at other events, it’s sounding like this year’s April 30th-May 3th dated festival is set to hit even harder. For the full press release, feel free to read below, and be sure to snag tickets to the festival asap!
- Jerry Smith
Elementary school teachers deal with the occasional little monster, but in the horror film Cooties, an entire faculty faces an army of disobedient, hungry zombie children that are wilder and far more dangerous than any human troublemakers. Starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, and Leigh Whannell, Lionsgate Premiere's Cooties will kick off the 2015 Stanley Film Festival:
Press Release - "April 6, 2015 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival, (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today that Lionsgate Premiere's Cooties will open the festival on Thursday, April 30, 2015.
From the minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of Glee), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, »
- Derek Anderson
Control, and lack thereof, is at the black heart of Faults, the twisted and terrific directorial debut of Riley Stearns (some may recognize him for short film The Cub). Who claims to have control, who says they want it and who actually wields it are distinct questions the film raises and, over the course of a taut 89 minutes, suggests answers to that are both appalling and somewhat amusing.
Arriving at the heels of some other great cult films – including Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, which featured a stunning debut performance by Elizabeth Olsen – Faults sets itself apart by crafting two arrestingly good leads.
In one corner, there’s Ansel Roth (Leland Orser), a once-acclaimed expert on cults and mind control who is a step away from living out of his car, having lost his TV show, marriage and financial security in quick succession. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sex Bob-omb is the ultimate indie rock band, the struggling team of musicians trying to gain success in spite of their bassist, whose life continues thwarting their rise. There’s lead singer, guitarist and long suffering manager Stephen Stills, drummer and ex girlfriend of Scott Pilgrim Kim Pines, and of course, bassist Scott Pilgrim. Who can forget young Neil? Though Sex Bob-omb seem like the underdog, their ability to rock hard as a combine unit allows them to defeat the great music champions in their country including the Katayanagi twins and their double dragon. Sex Bob-omb is a force to be reckoned with with Scott, and it’s an even bigger force without Scott.
The post Our Favourite Fictional Bands: Sex Bob-omb from ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World appeared first on Sound On Sight.
- Colin Biggs
Before Whiplash cleaned house at last year's Sundance Film Festival, bringing home both the Grand Jury and Audience awards while on its way to several more award nominations, including Best Picture at the Academy Awards (eventually winning three Oscars), it was a short film that director Damien Chazelle created in the hopes of obtaining additional funds to make said feature. That short film also screened at Sundance and it also starred Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons as a ruthless music instructor who utilizes some unconventional teaching methods in order to extract the greatness out of his students. While the scenes in the short are almost identical to the ones in the feature, there are some small changes. For example, that's Johnny Simmons (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World...
- Erik Davis
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