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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

5 hours ago | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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 invited 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." The press release adds that "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 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." International talent Say what you will about the Academy and their Oscar picks, »

- Anna Robinson

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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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

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Chiwetel Ejiofor's 'Doctor Strange' Character Revealed

11 June 2015 11:44 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We knew Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) was going to star in Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange movie, but we had no idea what character he would play. Last week came news Tilda Swinton was being courted to play the Ancient One, limiting the options for Ejiofor, but today we got our answer. Reported by Deadline, we now know he will be portraying the villain Baron Mordo opposite Benedict Cumberbatch's title character, and as with the Swinton's character, Ejiofor's version of Baron Mordo will be receiving a bit of tweaking. Deadline says Baron Mordo will be the amalgamation of a few different characters. Who those characters are and what changes exactly will be made aren't known at this time. In the comics, Baron Mordo is a former student of the Ancient One, like Strange. After plotting to kill the Ancient One, Mordo is stopped by Strange, thus becoming mortal enemies. »

- Charles Dean

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Jon Hamm Plans High Wire Act

6 May 2015 5:52 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

If you’re a sales company headed to the Cannes film market with a movie to push, it helps if you can put together a package including a couple of name actors and a director with some traction. Good Universe thinks it might be on to a winner with High Wire Act, a new action thriller that boasts Jon Hamm attached to the lead and The Call’s Brad Anderson directing.And, as a bonus, the script comes from Michael Clayton’s Tony Gilroy, once more bubbling up a politically infused tale of deception and danger. In this case, Hamm will be a former Us diplomat in 1980s Beirut who saw his family killed by a violent group. Now the same people are threatening one of his colleagues, and he’ll have to be the one to save them. There’s no schedule for the film to start shooting yet. »

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Time Machine: Pregnant Portman in Purple on the Oscars' Red Carpet

6 May 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Natalie Portman and husband-to-be Benjamin Millepied on the Red Carpet Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied at the Oscars Best Actress winner Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied (at the time, Portman's husband-to-be)* arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Portman took home the Oscar for her performance as a mentally unstable ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama Black Swan. An international box office hit, Black Swan was also a Best Picture nominee, ultimately losing the Oscar to Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. Besides Natalie Portman and dancer-choreographer Benjamin Millepied, also in the Black Swan cast are Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey, and Vincent Cassel. Portman's fellow Best Actress contenders were: Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone. Natalie Portman had been previously nominated in »

- D. Zhea

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Jon Hamm Will Traverse High Wire Act For Tony Gilroy

6 May 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With Mad Men‘s final episodes upon us, the show’s star is looking up for his next film gig and now, he seems to have found it. Jon Hamm has signed on to star in High Wire Act, a political thriller written by Bourne Identity scribe Tony Gilroy.

Brad Anderson, the in-demand helmer behind TranssiberianThe Call and last year’s Stonehearst Asylum, will take the reins on the pic, which is set in the tumultuous political climate of Beirut circa 1980. Gilroy, of course, wrote the scripts for all entries of the Bourne franchise as well as Michael ClaytonDuplicity and State of Play (the first two of which he also directed).

As per Deadline, Hamm is set to star as a former U.S. diplomat who must handle a case that requires the utmost professionalism but simultaneously conjures up personal demons: the kidnapping of a colleague by the »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Jon Hamm Starring in Tony Gilroy’s ‘High Wire Act’

6 May 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jon Hamm has signed on to star in Tony Gilroy’s political action thriller “High Wire Act,” with Brad Anderson directing for Ted Field’s Radar Pictures.

Field, Gilroy and Mike Weber are producing. Good Universe is handling international sales.

“I’m thrilled the way the project’s come together,” Anderson said. “Jon Hamm was made to play the part.”

The story is set in Beirut in the 1980s. Hamm will portray a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family’s death.

Hamm has been active in movies during the seven-season run of “Mad Men,” which concludes May 17. He’s appeared in “The Town,” “Bridesmaids” and “Million Dollar Arm” and will be seen next year in Fox’s “Keeping Up with the Joneses.”

Anderson’s previous films include “The Machinist,” “Transsiberian” and “The Call” with Halle Berry. »

- Dave McNary

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Jon Hamm Joins Tony Gilroy’s Political Thriller ‘High Wire Act’

6 May 2015 9:11 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jon Hamm has signed on to star in Tony Gilroy‘s political thriller “High Wire Act,” production company Radar Pictures announced on Wednesday. Brad Anderson (“The Machinist”) is directing the film in which Hamm (“Mad Men”) will play a former U.S. diplomat who is called back into service in the 1980s to save a former colleague from the group possibly responsible for his own family’s death. Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”), who wrote the screenplay, is producing with Ted Field and Mike Weber. Good Universe is handling international sales. See video: Jon Hamm Lost a '90s Game Show, Fabulously »

- Greg Gilman

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Celina Jade To Star in ‘April Flowers’ (Exclusive)

29 April 2015 5:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chinese-American actress Celina Jade will star in “April Flowers,” a U.S. indie drama that shoots from next month in New York. The film is directed by Christopher Tedrick and co-stars Jon Fletcher (CW’s “The Messenger”).

Jade plays and idealist whose dreams are fading away until she discovers an anonymous journal while on her daily commute. The personal accounts renew her faith in humanity. She sets out on a mission to return but fears that she may compromise the real relationships in her life. Tedrick directs from his own 2012 AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist script.

April Flowers” is a co-venture among Myopia Pictures, Mozzlestead and Polyphony Creative. The project’s executive producers are John Dillon, Montserrat Mendez, Phil Newsom and Lanie Zipoy.

Hong Kong-born Jade is currently starring as Shado in CW’s series “Arrow,” which is currently in its third season. She recently starred opposite Asian action star Tony Jaa »

- Patrick Frater

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Hilary Swank, Tom Wilkinson to star in David Hare drama

27 April 2015 1:26 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: David Hare writes courtroom drama about Holocaust denier David Irving

Oscar-winner Hilary Swank and Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson are attached to star in courtroom drama Denial, about Holocaust denier David Irving.

Acclaimed UK playwright and screenwriter David Hare (The Reader, The Hours) has adapted Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.

It follows Lipstadt’s legal battle against British revisionist historian and Nazi apologist David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.

Million Dollar Baby protagonist Swank is set to play Lipstadt while Michael Clayton star Wilkinson will play a barrister. The production is in the process of casting Irving.

The film marks Hare’s first feature script since 2008 drama The Reader, for which he was Oscar-nominated.

Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin, The Bodyguard) is on board to direct the buzzed-about feature, which will be produced by Gary Foster (Sleepless in Seattle) and Russ Krasnoff »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Swank, Wilkinson to star in David Hare drama

27 April 2015 1:26 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: David Hare writes courtroom drama about Holocaust denier David Irving

Oscar-winner Hilary Swank and Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson are attached to star in courtroom drama Denial, about Holocaust denier David Irving.

Acclaimed UK playwright and screenwriter David Hare (The Reader, The Hours) has adapted Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.

It follows Lipstadt’s legal battle against British revisionist historian and Nazi apologist David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.

Million Dollar Baby protagonist Swank is set to play Lipstadt opposite Michael Clayton star Wilkinson, who will portray Irving.

The film marks Hare’s first feature script since 2008 drama The Reader, for which he was Oscar-nominated.

Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin, The Bodyguard) is on board to direct the buzzed-about feature, which will be produced by Gary Foster (Sleepless in Seattle) and Russ Krasnoff (The Soloist) under their Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in the Movies

13 April 2015 2:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Alex Simon

Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Inherent Vice Blu-Ray Details Revealed

13 March 2015 9:08 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Paul Thomas Anderson's weird and wild noir adventure, Inherent Vice, is making it's way to blu-ray in April, and Warner Bros. has revealed all the details on when you can pick it up, and what to expect on the disc.  Come inside for all the details! 

Chill out and get groovy when “Inherent Vice” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on April 28 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. With an ensemble cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers, rockers, and more, “Inherent Vice” is the seventh feature from Oscar® nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.

Inherent Vice” stars Oscar® nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”), Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”), Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Oscar® winners Reese Witherspoon »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Jordan Maison)

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Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma on Blu-ray Combo Pack May 5, 2015

10 March 2015 1:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Hailed as “extraordinary” (David Denby, The New Yorker), “deeply moving” (Claudia Puig, USA Today) and “a triumph” (A.O. Scott, New York Times), director Ava DuVernay’s powerful drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD April 21, 2015.

Embraced by critics and audiences alike, Selma was named one of the best films of the year by New York Times,New York Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and many more. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for John Legend and Common’s compelling tribute “Glory.”

Director Ava DuVernay delivers the “definitive depiction of the 1960s American civil rights movement” (Lou Lumenick, New York Post) with the incredible story of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. »

- Michelle McCue

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What to Watch This Week: Unfinished Business, Chappie

6 March 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Director Neill Blomkamp’s next big project will be to reunite Sigourney Weaver with the character that made her a legend: Ellen Ripley.

Before Alien gets another sequel, Blomkamp and Weaver must prove themselves to the sci-fi audience this weekend – with a little help from Hugh Jackman – in the robot actioner, Chappie.

Also on tap this weekend? Unfinished Business.

It may sound like drama about ghosts and the humans who continue pining after them – Ghost 2, anyone? – but no, that’s not at all what this weekend’s Vince Vaughn film is all about.

In the non-paranormal workplace comedy, Vaughn trades in his regular comedy collaborators, Owen Wilson andBen Stiller, for new blood: 21 Jump Street’s Dave Franco and… Tom Wilkinson? From Michael Clayton? Wait, what?

Get the scoop on what Unfinished Business and Chappie are all about below!

Unfinished Business

A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel »

- Cineplex Entertainment

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Nicolas Cage Joins Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

23 February 2015 3:50 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Nicolas Cage has joined the cast of Oliver Stone’s Snowden in the role of a former U.S. Intelligence official.  Cage joins a cast that includes, as previously revealed exclusively by Deadline, Joseph Gorden-Levitt in the title role of whistleblower Edward Snowden, Also in the cast is Shailene Woodley (Divergent), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek: Into Darkness), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill), Joely Richardson (The Girl with… »

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Interview: Dan Gilroy Talks 'Nightcrawler,' The Death Of The Mid-Sized Film, 'Bourne Legacy' And More

12 February 2015 9:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Fans of challenging, pitch-black filmmaking were rewarded last year by the dazzling "Nightcrawler," a film that saw nice guy Jake Gyllenhaal take up a cheap digital camcorder and chase around car accidents and hijackings in the twilight of Los Angeles as a heat-seeking freelance journalist. It was undoubtedly one of the more original, energetic cinematic confections of the past year, and if you missed it, you're getting your chance to catch up, since it is making its debut on home video this week. To mark the occasion, we recently chatted with Dan Gilroy, who made his feature directorial debut with "Nightcrawler" after years of being one of Hollywood's most in-demand screenwriters. We asked him about comments that his brother, writer/director Tony Gilroy (who made "Michael Clayton," "Duplicity" and "The Bourne Legacy") has made about the mid-sized movie being eradicated from Hollywood, quizzed him on the status of the »

- Drew Taylor

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Giveaway – Win A Copy of Nightcrawler

6 February 2015 8:30 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From the screenwriter of The Bourne Legacy and the producer of Michael Clayton, Nightcrawler is a gut-wrenching, first-person account of life on the streets of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch,Zodiac) stars as Lou Bloom, a freelance cameraman addicted to the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism.

Nightcrawler is available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD with UltraViolet™ on February 10, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  The film is available on Digital HD now.

Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou (Gyllenhaal) muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling – where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo (Thor, Yours Mine & Ours) as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to »

- Movie Geeks

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