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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
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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
"Humor exists to get us through life," Ricky Gervais says in our webcam chat as we discuss his new Emmy contender, "Derek: The Final Chapter," the TV movie that marks the end of his Netflix series. "That's the only reason it's there. So I defiantly take on taboo subjects. I want the audience to go to places they haven't been before. I take them by the hand through a scary forest and they come out the other side." Curiously, that's what his sweet-natured character does in "Derek" – he holds the hands of senior citizens who live in a British nursing home as they face fears of looming death. Last year Gervais snagged an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Actor and now he's favored by Gold Derby's racetrack odds to be nommed for Best Actor in a Movie/Limited Series. "Derek" has even stronger odds to earn a bid for »
It looks like Michael Myers is heading back to the big screen for a “recalibration” of the Halloween franchise post-Rob Zombie, with Bloody Disgusting reporting that Marcus Dunstan (The Collector) is set to direct Halloween Returns from a script by himself and regular collaborator Patrick Melton (Saw IV – The Final Chapter).
Here’s the plot for the new movie:
The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.
Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when »
- Gary Collinson
DreamWorks has released a first tease of their upcoming animated feature based on the hit 1960s toy franchise Trolls. The below poster was released within this month’s Licensing Expo magazine…
Anna Kendrick is on board for the project, and is set to play Poppy, a princess who goes on a quest to save the previous leader of the Forest Trolls. The previous leader has been kidnapped by a troll named Chef. The film will also tell of the Trolls’ origins and of how they got their colourful quiffs. Shrek Forever After director Mike Mitchell has been signed to helm the musical comedy picture.
The Trolls‘ own 3D animated feature has a release date set for November 4th 2016.
- Jake Wilson
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection – Devlin Waugh: Swimming in Blood…
When Vatican precognitive telepaths predict a horrific presence at the underwater prison of Aquatraz, Devlin Waugh is sent in to investigate and uncovers an uncompromising evil which will cause him to cancel elevenses and abandon the Queensbury rules in order to survive..
For those unversed in Devlin Waugh perhaps the best description given was from the artist – and co-creator – Sean Phillips, is that he is a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger (physique) and Terry-Thomas (head), if you get that image in your head you’ve also got this Vatican hired, extremely witty, camp, homosexual, medal winning (Olympic High Diving and Flower arranging), European Pornography loving, fine art collecting, part vampire, arse-kicking English Gentleman.
In this issue we are given four tales revolving around Devlin’s travels, two linked but separated by years and the other two tied into Dredd and Mega-City One. »
It’s hard not to feel like the whole Hobbit franchise was a waste of time. Sure, the series made nearly three billion worldwide, but as a continuation of the Lord of the Rings films, it turned a fun, three hundred page story into a bloated, not fun three film series with a number of main characters who were mainly defined by their facial hair. The final chapter is The Hobbit: The Battle of the Fire Armies and it’s a slog. [caption id="attachment_374673" align="alignright" width="345"] Image via Warner Bros.[/caption] The film opens with Smaug destroying Laketown, when Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) is able to fell the creature. This is a colossal “Fuck you” because it is the climax of the second movie – literally, this is how the second film should have ended were these movies anything more than a cash grab. With Smaug out of the picture, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage »
- Chris Cabin
Cult indie game phenomenon Five Nights At Freddy's is back for a fourth outing, dated for this Halloween...
With its murderous animals and pizza parlour setting, Scott Cawthon's quirky (yet surprisingly scary) Five Nights At Freddy's series has gone from a standing start to cult hit in little more than a year.
The pace of the games' releases has been such that, even though the third title only came out in March, the fourth Five Nights At Freddy's installment has already been announced. And if the game's subtitle's correct, this could well be the last entry in the series.
Over on Cawthorn's homepage, you'll find a teasing image, which we've helpfully attached below. The Final Chapter, it reads, along with a date - 31 October 2015, or Halloween, as it's known to its friends.
As we heard earlier this month, the videogames are by no means the beginning and the end »
What began life as a humble horror property has spawned a bankable franchise, and it’s one that creator Scott Cawthon will look to wind down this Halloween with the conclusive Five Nights at Freddy’s 4.
Not much is known about the final installment in the cult series, other than it sports the moniker The Final Chapter as was revealed in the above promotional artwork. Currently occupying spots on the iTunes paid-for charts, all three entries into the horror franchise have carved out a dedicated fanbase across PC and mobile, and it’s a testimony to the game’s deviously simple set-up that Five Nights at Freddy‘s has continued unabated for no less than four fully-fledged features.
As a matter of fact, the legacy of Cawthon’s property won’t be limited to pixels, as it was confirmed earlier this month that Warner Bros. had acquired the rights for »
- Michael Briers
The final chapter of Hardy’s Wicker trilogy is based on Twilight of the Gods, the last opera of Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and is described as a romantic black comedy, in which “the gods get their comeuppance.” Back in 2013, Hardy revealed that he was busy trying to secure financing for the film and hoped to shoot last year, although that plan failed to materialise. With the arrival of the first poster, perhaps we’ll hear some news soon – although given the gap between The Wicker Man and The Wicker Tree, we might still have a little wait yet…
- Gary Collinson
Director: Keisho Ohtomo.
Running Time: 134 minutes
Synopsis: The final chapter of this epic trilogy sees Kenshin (Sato), having to retrain with his master (Fukuyama) before finally taking on Makoto (Fujiwara).
That difficult third entry in a series? Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends makes it look easy. Almost too easy. Unlike so many franchises that have stretched themselves beyond all credibility, this third installment is the excellent conclusion to the second part. The first film stood alone, offering lots of set-up with solid storytelling. Part two left us on an Empire Strikes Back level of cliffhanger, and now it’s time to finish things for good.
Star Wars is usually used as a reference point for franchises, and there’s no escaping the connections here, at least in the early stages. Kenshin finds himself taken in »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Zeb Larson reviews Southern Bastards #8…
The final chapter in the story of how the worst football player in Craw County rose to become “Coach Boss,” and the terrible bloody price he had to pay along the way. Don’t miss the chilling conclusion of “Gridiron,” the second arc in the seminal southern crime series.
Southern Bastards’ second story arc has come to a close, and we can see the ascendance of Euless Boss as king bastard of Craw County. This issue is a strong set-up for the next story arc, when we will likely switch back to the present. I am avoiding major spoilers for this issue, so feel free to read on without any worries.
Euless Boss has finally figured out how he’s going to become the coach in Craw County, but he’s going to need his father’s help to do it. Once he’s in power, »
- Zeb Larson
He added: "They are restructuring the script now. We started… but that's the process. A lot of people participate in the creation of the script and the story and the narrative, everything. And they include you!
"They take you to California and you read the script with them, give them your ideas, and a couple of months later you see a new script where everything has been touched up. »
Though Shrek Forever After was touted as the final film in that animated franchise, DreamWorks Animation has teased that a Shrek 5 may be in the works. Though, that has never been confirmed. But rest assured, we probably haven't seen the last of the big green ogre and his pals. Talking with Empire, Puss in Boots himself, Antonio Banderas, hinted that Shrek may actually show up in the impending sequel Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives and 40 Thieves, though it will probably be just for a cameo. The actor says:
Shrek Forever After may have proclaimed itself ‘the final chapter’ back in 2010, but the jovial green swamp-dweller may not be finished on the big screen. According to Antonio Banderas, the man behind DreamWorks Animation’s feline-focused spin-off, a return for Mike Myers and Shrek is on the table for Puss In Boots 2. "I heard some rumours that Shrek my be coming back,” Banderas tells the Empire podcast.Puss In Boots was of course, a Shrek-free affair that spun out of the series to the tune of $550 million worldwide. A sequel has been germinating for some time already, although, as Banderas points out, “the process for these movies are way longer than people think”."They are restructuring the script now," he reveals. "We started… but that’s the process. A lot of people participate in the creation of the script and the story and the narrative, everything. And they include you! »
★★★☆☆ Over a decade on from its first big screen outing, enduringly popular cartoon character Spongebob SquarePants returns to cinemas. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) is a prequel to the previous film and sees SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) and his friends on the trail of the person behind the theft of their Krabby Patty secret formula, somehow connected to the film's narrator, Burger Beard The Pirate (Antonio Banderas). In an era saturated by computer animation, it is refreshing to see directors Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After) and Paul Tibbitt (a writer for the original series) not only stick to hand drawn animation for the majority of the film, but also keep the anarchic feel of the TV show.
- CineVue UK
Players may still be pulling themselves together after Juli Kidman’s harrowing journey in The Assignment, but Bethesda isn’t giving horror fans much respite after the publisher confirmed that The Evil Within‘s second batch of story Dlc, The Consequence, will debut on April 21.
April 21 just so happens to be a Tuesday, so this release date will herald the expansion’s arrival on PC and Xbox platforms, along with PlayStation platforms in North America. As for those PlayStation owners in Europe, The Consequence won’t be sending chills down your spine until a day later, on April 22.
To offer fans a tease of all the grotesque, nightmare fuel that is to come, Bethesda released the following snippet.
“If you’ve already completed part one of Juli Kidman’s adventure and are dying to know what happens next, and we’re happy to inform you won’t have to wait »
- Michael Briers
Will we be seeing the first truly great videogame movie soon? Here’s the list of upcoming videogame movies and what we think about each one.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at the videogame movies that have come out in the past and done an analysis of what made them so bad. Now, let’s turn our eyes to the future. More videogame movies are in production than ever before, and a few have some pretty big names attached to them. Will we be seeing the first truly great videogame movie soon? Here’s the list of upcoming videogame movies and what we think about each one. Let us know which movies you think will be great and which will be flops in the comments below!
August 28, 2015
We had a Hitman movie back in 2007 that was alright, but it generally followed the trend of videogame movies being kind of crappy. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nick Vollmer)
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