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. »
- Guy Lodge
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. »
- Tim Gray
There's no word that suits Hal Holbrook better than 'legend.' The 89-year-old actor and veteran has a career stretching back sixty years, with a long history of movie roles (most famously playing Deep Throat in "All The President's Men"), and continues to work regularly today, winning an Oscar nomination for his part in "Into The Wild," and currently appearing on acclaimed TV series "Rectify." But perhaps more than anything, he's known for playing the great American writer Mark Twain: he's been playing the "Tom Sawyer" author for sixty years in one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!," winning a Tony and an Emmy for his trouble. And now it's coming to the big screen, with Scott Teems (who directed Holbrook in the underseen and way underrated "That Evening Sun") helming a documentary "Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey" which was snuck in at the Laff last night before premiering officially at AFI Docs on Wednesday. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell and actors Charlie Hunnam, Emile Hirsch and Wahlberg attended Spike TV’s ‘Guys Choice 2014′ at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Spike TV).
In keeping with Spike’s year-round efforts to support our nation’s servicemen and women, “Guys Choice” will once again feature inspiring moments saluting our troops and returning veterans.
Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative face an impossible, moral decision in Lone Survivor, the intense, action-packed story of heroism, courage and survival, on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand Now, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. »
- Michelle McCue
Get ready for five solid hours of educational/informational programming on the network that brings you The Vampire Diaries and America’s Next Top Model. The CW today unveiled “One Magnificent Morning,” a five-hour Saturday morning block targeting teenagers and their families. Set to launch October 5, the 7 Am-noon block will feature 10 new series from Litton Entertainment (Storm Stories, Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild), including shows about wildlife, farm veterinarians and America’s national parks. Five of the new programs are set — Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan: Family Edition, Rock the Park, Calling Dr. Pol, The Brady Barr Experience and Expedition Wild — with the the rest Tba. Litton partnered with CW sib CBS last year for a similarly themed three-hour block branded as “The CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic!” Here are the CW’s descriptions for the “One Magnificent Morning” programs announced today: Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Lone Survivor star Emile Hirsch and director Peter Berg explain how the elaborate and complex gunfight was created in our exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray and DVD release on June 3. The real-life experiences of Marcus Luttrell comes to life in this action-packed adaptation that follows four Navy Seals (Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster) as they embark on a mission in the Afghanistan mountains where they become ambushed and must fight for their lives. Go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew to see how this explosive firefight was created for the big screen.
Based on The New York Times best-selling true story of heroism, courage and survival, Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative. The four men must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. »
Based on the best-selling book by Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor tells a harrowing tale of survival, which fans can watch from the comfort of their own home on Blu-ray and DVD June 3. Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster star as four Navy Seal soldiers who are tasked with taking out a high-level al-Qaeda operative. The mission soon turns into an ambush behind enemy lines as they fight to survive in Afghanistan. We have a contest lined up where fans can win a copy of the Blu-ray, to experience this true story adaptation in high-definition. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win.
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To mark the release of Bonnie and Clyde on 19th May, we’ve been given 5 copies to give away on DVD
Though Bonnie Parker (Holliday Grainger, Jane Eyre) & Clyde Barrow’s (Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild) crime spree is legendary, their story has never been told quite like this. Fuelled by their passion for each other and Bonnie’s obsession with fame, the couple committed increasingly dangerous robberies, leaving a trail of blood – and headlines – behind them. Aided by Clyde’s sixth sense, they stayed one step ahead of the law until their final, fateful showdown. Also starring Academy Award® winners Holly Hunter (Best Actress, 1993, The Piano) and William Hurt (Best Actor, 1985, Kiss of the Spider Woman), Bonnie And Clyde is powerful, gripping entertainment.
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Director Peter Berg's intense war thriller Lone Survivor is based on the true story of four Navy SEALs faced with an impossible decision deep behind enemy lines. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Eric Bana, Lone Survivor makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on June 3.
To compliment the upcoming home video debut of Lone Survivor, we have teamed up with Universal Studios Home Entertainment to offer five lucky readers the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo of the film. For a chance to win one of these great prizes, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.
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To be at all familiar with Kristen Stewart — she had a small role in some vampire movies, maybe you've seen them — is to know that she's not particularly comfortable in the spotlight. She's a kinetic speaker, elliptical and often self-deprecating, so perhaps it's no surprise that at 24, she's already making the move to the other side of the camera. As part of its ongoing Blank Check Series, the denim/lifestyle brand Buffalo David Bitton offered Stewart a modest-but-undisclosed amount of money to "embark on a new creative journey," which the »
Lionsgate International has come aboard to handle Sean Penn's directorial effort The Last Face overseas, and will launch the project to foreign buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market. The drama, set against the backdrop of war-torn Africa, stars Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron.Bill Pohlad's River Road Entertainment (12 Years a Slave) is financing The Last Face, which Penn is set to start shooting on location in Africa in August (River Road also financed Penn's Into the Wild). Thanks to its A-list cast and Penn, the film should be generate keen interest among foreign distributors looking for product at
- Pamela McClintock
Romantic in the grandest sense, a visceral and hypnotic experience of idealistic aspirations set against the desolate beauty and danger of the Outback. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women doing adventurous things
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
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I just wanna be by myself.” Even in the free-spirited era of hippie adventurism that was the 1970s, people seemed not to be able to quite comprehend that it was a woman saying this. Or that she proposed to be by herself by walking solo 2,000 miles across some of the most unforgiving desert on the planet, the Australian Outback. If 27-year-old Robyn Davidson were a man, they may have thought him odd and shrugged it off. But no one here seems to know how to cope with a woman craving »
- MaryAnn Johanson
It’s not always the destination but how you get there, and John Curran’s Tracks, released today in the UK, proves exactly that. Starring Mia Wasikowska as the socially inept and desperately stubborn Robyn, Tracks follows this young woman as she treks 1,700 miles across West Australia.
To celebrate the film’s release we took a look at some of the best journeys in cinema and the characters who took them.
1986, dir. Rob Reiner
A perfect film about the tribulations of growing up, Stand By Me ends with four boys visiting a missing body, but the obstacles that they endure on their trip, from raging trains to high school bullies are what shape its characters. So believable are the scrappy and defiant nature of our four protagonists that its difficult not to side with them, even if the end of their journey doesn’t signify a great victory. »
- Beth Webb
Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative face an impossible, moral decision in Lone Survivor, the intense, action-packed story of heroism, courage and survival, coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack, including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on June 3, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Lone Survivor will also be available on Digital HD two weeks earlier on May 20, 2014. Take a look at the Blu-ray trailer and artwork, then read on for more details about this upcoming release.
Based on Marcus Luttrell's The New York Times bestselling memoir, Director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) explores the unbreakable bond of brotherhood in a film that Rolling Stone's Peter Travers praised as "a powerhouse film." Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of Operation Red Wings, a mission about four Navy SEALs ambushed by the enemy deep in the mountains of Afghanistan. As the »
Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative face an impossible, moral decision in Lone Survivor, the intense, action-packed story of heroism, courage and survival, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™ and On Demand on June 3, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Lone Survivor will also be available on Digital HD two weeks earlier on May 20, 2014.
Based on Marcus Luttrell’s The New York Times bestselling memoir, Director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) explores the unbreakable bond of brotherhood in a film that Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers praised as “a powerhouse film.” Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of Operation Red Wings, a mission about four Navy SEALs ambushed by the enemy deep in the mountains of Afghanistan. As the soldiers are confronted by unthinkable odds they must find reserves of strength and resilience in order to fight to the finish. »
- Michelle McCue
Africa-set drama about a doctor working in famine relief zone set to become Penn's fifth film behind the camera
Penn's fifth film behind the cameras stars Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron as a doctor and relief worker who become involved. Bardem, described as a talented and charismatic medic, must eventually choose between romance and dedication to his work saving lives in war zones. Adele Exarchopoulos, the young French star of controversial Cannes Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Colour, has been cast as a journalist.
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- Ben Child
The Africa-set story would appear to be a good fit for Lionsgate International to board as sales agent in the run-up to Cannes next month. At time of writing no parties had confirmed this.
The story centres on two humanitarian doctors who meet in war-torn Africa. The story is based on a screenplay by Erin Dignam and is expected to shoot in Africa.
Penn and Pohlad have collaborated on three prior occasions — Into The Wild, The Tree Of Life and Fair Game — while Penn and Bardem recently wrapped production on Silver Pictures/StudioCanal’s The Gunman for Pierre Morel.
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The project would appear to be a good fit for Lionsgate International to board as international sales agent and bring to Cannes next month. At time of writing no parties had confirmed this.
The story centres on two humanitarian doctors who meet in war-torn Africa.
Lionsgate International’s Summit International handled sales on all three films. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Penn will direct from a script by Erin Dignam with producers aiming to begin shooting this summer in Africa.
Theron will play a relief worker and Bardem will play a doctor in Africa with Bardem’s character being forced to choose between romance and dedication to his work. Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”) has been cast as a journalist.
The drama focuses on a talented and charismatic doctor (Bardem) who is forced to choose between his love for an American relief worker (Theron) or his dedication to saving lives in war-torn African nations.
- Dave McNary
It looks like Sean Penn is set for the director's chair for the fifth time in his career with "The Last Face," a drama starring Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem and "Blue is the Warmest Color" starlet Adèle Exarchopoulos. Theron will star as a doctor doing humanitarian relief work in Africa with the continent's violent political conflicts as a backdrop. Bardem will play another doctor and the story revolves around "tough moral decisions that must be made during time of civil unrest," according to Deadline. Exarcopoulos, the outlet reports, will play a journalist. The film is being produced by River Road and Bill Pohlad, who produced Penn's last film, "Into the Wild," and Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," which starred the actor/director. Bill Gerber and Matt Palmieri are also on board as producers. "The Yellow Handkerchief" scribe Erin Dingam (who had a role in Penn's "The Crossing Guard") is writing. »
- Kristopher Tapley
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