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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 and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “This year, 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.” The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” Martin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot Fuzz” Heather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception” Kevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along »
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
UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
Prized Apart kicked off with more than 3 million viewers last night (June 13), according to overnight figures.
The BBC One adventure game show drew 3.09m (18.8%) between 7pm and 8.05pm.
Over on ITV, an airing of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey managed 2.95m (16.7%) from 7pm (+1: 504k/2.9%).
Channel 4's The 90s: Ten Years That Changed the World was seen by 1.06m (5.9%) from 9pm.
On Channel 5, the latest Big Brother highlights averaged 791k (4.2%) in the 9pm hour, with a further 158k (1%) catching the action on +1.
The multichannels were topped by the Women's World Cup match, as 1.21m (7%) saw England »
Ron Moody in 'Oliver!' movie. Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' actor nominated for an Oscar dead at 91 (Note: This Ron Moody article is currently being revised.) Two well-regarded, nonagenarian British performers have died in the last few days: 93-year-old Christopher Lee (June 7, '15), best known for his many portrayals of Dracula and assorted movie villains and weirdos, from the title role in The Mummy to Dr. Catheter in Gremlins 2: The New Batch. 91-year-old Ron Moody (yesterday, June 11), among whose infrequent film appearances was the role of Fagin, the grotesque adult leader of a gang of boy petty thieves, in the 1968 Best Picture Academy Award-winning musical Oliver!, which also earned him a Best Actor nomination. Having been featured in nearly 200 movies and, most importantly, having had his mainstream appeal resurrected by way of the villainous Saruman in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies (and various associated merchandising, »
- Andre Soares
Legendary film and stage actor Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93. The star of the recent Lord Of The Rings movies and the Star Wars prequels, passed away at London’s Chelsea and Westminster hospital on Sunday morning after suffering respiratory problems and heart failure.
The Guardian are reporting that the decision to release the news days after his passing was based on his wife’s desire to inform family members first. The couple were married for over 50 years.
Lee had over 250 credits to his name including iconic roles in the Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun, the 70s horror movie The Wicker Man and his many turns as Dracula in the Hammer horror movies.
More recent audiences knew »
- Paul Heath
It was another strong weekend at the box office – both in the U.S. and on the international scene – and Avengers: Age Of Ultron shows no signs of slowing down.
Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Disney/Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ continues to dominate the global movie marketplace, holding as the #1 film in many markets boasting another impressive $68 million weekend internationally in advance of the China opening this Tuesday and a massive global total to date of $875.3 million. Additionally, Universal reports ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is off and running with a solid $8.8 million and number one debuts in Australia and New Zealand this weekend in advance of its North American debut later this week.”
- Movie Geeks
Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Captain America: Civil War, the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.
Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Community”) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The Winter Solider,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”).
The film returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3”) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (“Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Michelle McCue
Cameras have officially started rolling on Marvel's Captain America: Civil War and they've revealed new details on the plot and additions to the cast showing which new heroes will be showing up (including Paul Rudd's Ant-Man), and even the return of General Ross! Come inside to learn more!
The showdown between Captain America and Iron Man is getting closer, as today, the Russo brothers have started production on Captain America: Civil War. Marvel issued a press release to announce the start of principal photography and in doing so have given us our first plot synopsis:
“Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Marvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film?s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland. Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ ‘Community’) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (‘Captain America: The Winter Solider,’ Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’). The film returns Chris Evans (‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3′) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (‘Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
Almost exactly one year from now -- on May 6, 2016 -- a bunch of people you just saw in "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" will return in "Captain America: Civil War," along with a few familiar faces from other places, and some total newbies who remain mysterious. For now.
Emily VanCamp, very soon to be a "Revenge" alumnus, is returning to "Captain America" as Agent 13, aka Kate/Sharon Carter. She was briefly in "Winter Soldier" as next door neighbor Kate, assigned to protect the hero. Not sure what she'll be up to in "Civil War," but Emily tweeted confirmation about the scoop:
... ( that's about all I can say »
- Gina Carbone
This was slightly unexpected. Not only did "Avengers: Age of Ultron" not surpass the opening weekend of the first "Avengers," but it didn't even cross the $200 million mark. Hollywood thought it would be crowning a new weekend champion on Sunday, but instead its left wondering why "Age of Ultron" opened to just $191.3 million. There are likely a number of contributing factors including the reported $400 million Americans spent on the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight on Saturday night as well as slightly less enthusiastic reviews than what the first "Avengers" received. While being ranked at no. 2 is nothing to sneeze at, it might just point to the fact of how special the first "Avengers" opening was in 2012. "Marvel's The Avengers" opened on May 4, 2012 to an incredible $80.8 million which was the no. 2 single day until "Age of Ultron" opened this past Friday at $84 million. Miraculously, however, the first "Avengers" dropped only »
- Gregory Ellwood
Ang Lee is one of a small number of filmmakers we trust with seemingly gimmicky innovations. His adaptation of Life of Pi provided us with further reason to accept that 3D can be an artistic tool and not just a means for Hollywood to increase ticket prices. Now, we can put our faith in the concept of high frame rate, as Lee's next feature, the 3D war movie Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, will reportedly be shot digitally at 4K resolution and 120 frames per second. You are probably now thinking of Peter Jackson, another filmmaker we've tended to trust with new cinema technology. He shot all three Hobbit movies at 48 frames per second, but after viewers reacted negatively to its employment on the first installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...
- Christopher Campbell
It’s still baffling to me that a film franchise that began in 2001 with a fairly forgettable movie about cars is now seven films deep and stronger than ever. Not only that, but its latest installment—Furious 7—is one of the highest grossing films of all time. And it’s only been in theaters for 17 days. Universal Pictures announced today that with Friday’s grosses included, director James Wan’s Los Angeles-centric sequel will cross the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. It is now the fastest film to ever achieve that benchmark, as well as Universal’s first movie to ever reach $1 billion in initial release. Those are some crazy statistics. I thought it was a mostly Ok movie; it’s better than the forgettable Fast & Furious 6 but not as fun as Fast Five, though given the circumstances it's a miracle it works this well, and »
- Adam Chitwood
To celebrate the release of ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies‘ and the epic ‘The Hobbit: The Motion Picture Trilogy’ box set on Digital Download Now and Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD on 20th April, we have prizes in store for three lucky winners!
The Entire Epic Adventure
Follow Bilbo Baggins, who – along with the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield – is swept into an epic and treacherous quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Bilbo and the Dwarves escape the giant Spiders and Wood-elves of Mirkwood before encountering the mysterious Bard, who smuggles them into Lake-town. Finally reaching the Lonely Mountain, they confront the Dragon Smaug.
- Dan Bullock
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
In this age of the instant franchise, it makes since that 20th Century Fox would want more than one new Alien movie from director Neill Blomkamp. And now, in a new interview with Empire magazine, he is hinting at just that. While he doesn't come right out and say that he is planning a two-part adventure, or even a trilogy, he does tease the possibility of 'more' than one movie. He explains:
"I'd come up with an idea, and when I met Sigourney on the set of Chappie,I presumed that she would never want to play Ripley again. Rightly or wrongly, I had that in my head. I also didn't know where you could go with her, given 'Alien 3 and 4′. So when I started speaking to her, I just wanted to know more about the process of making the first two films. The first two are the ones that I care about. »
As VFX technology marches on at speed, more and more of our favourite movie characters are being brought to life by actors driving a performance capture digital creation.
Though Andy Serkis's Caesar from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Sharlto Copley's Chappie sit at the cutting edge today, in its current form it actually stretches back nearly 20 years to Star Wars's much-maligned Jar Jar Binks.
Go back even further and take into account rotoscoping - animators drawing over an actors' performance frame-by-frame - it's possible to mark Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as a landmark film in 1937. There, an actress was used as the basis for the titular princess.
Fast forward to 2015, and we're now at a point where many in the industry are calling for an 'Assisted Performance' Oscars category to recognise the work done by actors and VFX artists.
"I think the technology is relatively new, »
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