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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
Three years ago, a remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria seemed to be ready to go ahead. So what happened to it? Its former director explains.
Visually and aurally sumptuous, Dario Argento's Suspiria was one of the most striking horror movies of its age. The soundtrack was cacophonous, the cinematography drenched in colour and often beautiful - even when Argento was spattering the screen with claret.
In 2008, director David Gordon Green risked the ire of horror fans everywhere when he revealed to MTV that he planned to remake Argento's nightmare classic. It could have been a starry affair, too, with Natalie Portman on board as producer and star. That incarnation of the movie appeared to fall apart, though, and Portman ultimately went on to make Black Swan with Darren Aronofsky - a film about a ballet dancer with more than a touch of Argento's delirious brand of storytelling running through it. »
For quite some time, Pineapple Express, Joe and George Washington director David Gordon Green has hoped to remake Suspiria, Dario Argento’s immortal Italian horror film. Despite our remake-heavy period, many bristle at the concept, as Suspiria seems so closely tied to Argento’s directorial identity. Who could match its madness? But Green is a peculiar and…
- Samuel Zimmerman
We would all like to be in better shape, I’m thinking. Even people who work out every day always seem to want to do more to be healthier, to get into better physical condition. And goodness knows obesity and sedentary lifestyles seem to be the norm for a great many people in this country. I have to count myself among the out of shape but wanting to do something about it. I have gained and lost the same 40 or 50 pounds so many times in my life it’s now difficult to lose that weight and keep it off. I have a gym membership but rarely use it and can’t seem to find the time to get back to the gym on a regular basis.
Maybe I should get a personal trainer? Which leads me to Results, a remarkable and good hearted movie about personal trainers, a new client »
- Sam Moffitt
One of the most interesting filmmakers working today, David Gordon Green has worked up an impressive list of films to his credit. He started with the true indie films George Washington (2000), All the Real Girls (2003), and Undertow (2004), and moved into studio-driven films like Pineapple Express (2008), Your Highness (2011), and The Sitter (2011), and he has segued back to indie fare like Prince Avalanche (2013), Joe (2013), and now with his latest, Manglehorn, starring Al Pacino and Holly Hunter. Pacino stars in a challenging role as a lonely locksmith, stuck in a memory of a past love, and when he meets a lovely bank teller (played by Hunter), his life veers in a different direction. Set in and around Austin, Texas, the film is a highly unusual drama from a filmmaker at the peak of his powers. (Manglehorn is currently in theaters throughout the U. »
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Al Pacino Is Essentially Just Playing Himself in David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn' Among American filmmakers whose careers firmly exist in the 21st century, David Gordon Green has followed one of the more unpredictable paths. A film festival darling with his expressionistic character drama "George Washington" in 2000, he remained on that path with his next three features — "All the Real Girls," "Undertow" and "Snow Angels" — only to take a hard right turn into the studio comedy arena with "Pineapple Express," and he stayed on that route with "The Sitter" and "Your Highness." From there he made "Prince Avalanche," which merged the sensibilities from both stages of his career, before veering back to familiar turf with the southern-fried drama "Joe." Now comes "Manglehorn," one of the more peculiar entries in Green's ever-surprising filmography. The »
- Eric Kohn
Written & Directed by Paul Feig
Paul Feig understands why we love Melissa McCarthy. He knows that she’s great at playing both the ill-mannered fool and the amiable straight-man. With his new action-comedy, Spy, Feig creates the perfect vehicle to showcase both sides of McCarthy while producing his most consistently-funny movie to date. A frighteningly high percentage of the gags connect, the dialogue is clever and crisp, and the supporting cast shines brightly. Feig is at the top of his game in this riotous crowd-pleaser.
Susan Cooper (McCarthy) is one of the CIA’s best and brightest agents. She finished tops in her class, is a master of observation, and her academy training video is so freakishly-brutal that her supervisor (Allison Janney) is considering uploading it to YouTube. Unfortunately, Susan lacks the go-getter mentality for field work. She’s tapped to be the eyes and ears of super-spy »
- J.R. Kinnard
James Franco has a knack for hilarious impersonations! The actor just spoofed Shia Labeouf's very strange "motivational" video, with his own version of the artistic speech ... making it about poop, no less. Shia shared a video earlier this week, where he gives one of the most intense pep talks we've ever seen. In the 30-minute clip, the "Transformers" star flexes his muscles and screams at the top of his lungs, "Just do it" and "Make your dreams come true!" Franco decided to gives fans a different kind of motivational speech, urging viewers to just "poop in the toilet." In the video, the "This Is The End" star parades around a bathroom wearing a black T-shirt and boxer briefs. "Just do it! Do you want to keep pooping in your little diaper?" Franco asks. "Just poop in the toilet!" This isn't the first time the 37-year-old has poked some fun »
- tooFab Staff
I don’t think this is a sequel to Adventureland.
The first trailer for American Ultra is out and it stars Jesse Eisenberg as a stoner who finds out that he is a trained spy. The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace, and Tony Hale.
Directed by Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh, this looks like it wants to fit into the absurd action/comedy genre that Pineapple Express, This is the End, and 21 Jump Street fit into. It didn’t seem like it was taking itself too seriously, and if it can find that right mood, it could work much like Pineapple Express did with Seth Rogen and James Franco.
The premise is a little absurd, but these two actors have shown chemistry together on Adventureland and this looks like a wild film that could work with the right tone.
American Ultra opens »
- Zach Dennis
Writer/director Andrew Bujalski ("Computer Chess”) is making his bones quickly. He's only made four independently financed feature films, and his fourth is his biggest and best yet. A dynamite cast helps, but Bujalski's tentative move towards the mainstream doesn't tamp down his funny and observational sensibilities. His latest, "Results," stars the criminally underused Kevin Corrigan ("Pineapple Express"), Guy Pearce ("Memento"), Cobie Smulders “(“The Avengers"), Giovanni Ribisi and Anthony Michael Hall in the weirdest role you will ever see him in. “Results” is centered on the culture of self-improvement. The comedy focuses on two mismatched personal trainers, self-styled guru/owner Trevor (Pearce) and irresistibly acerbic trainer Kat (Smulders), whose lives are upended by the actions of a wealthy client (Corrigan). As their three lives become inextricably knotted, the plot go from complicated to super messy, and as our »
- Chase Whale
What do you get when you cross Jason Bourne with Pineapple Express? No, you do not get a pineapple grenade. You get American Ultra, which finds Jesse Eisenberg as a stoner with a slightly violent past. Check out the trailer, which is restricted largely thanks to some sweary language from the likes of John Leguizamo and Topher Grace. The film, written by Chronicle/Victor Frankenstein’s Max Landis, finds Eisenberg as Mike Howell, an easy-going stoner content to work a boring job in a convenience store and live a happy life with girlfriend Phoebe (Kristen Stewart). He’s so settled that he’s about to propose to her, but then his life becomes very complicated. As in bullets-flying-and-cars-going-boom complicated.Mike, you see, is a government asset, a trained killer who has been in sleeper mode, but is now considered a liability and targeted for termination. Yet it’ll take more »
Coming across like the love child of Pineapple Express and The Bourne Identity, the first Nsfw for action comedy has come our way, putting Jesse Eisenberg in the shoes of a highly trained CIA sleeper agent who has fallen deep into his cover of a go nowhere stoner. When the time has come to activate him, it sees his life and the life of his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) put in serious danger . Written by Chronicle’s Max Landis and with Project X’s Nima Nourizadeh, American Ultra’s high concept (geddit?) shows a hell of a lot of promise as it gleefully subverts some of the usual action thriller cliches, and there are plenty of laughs to be had, especially from Topher Grace playing a pretty fun villain. Released: 21st August (U.S.)/ 28th August (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Jessie Eisenberg is a stoned-cold killer in the first American Ultra trailer -- emphasis on the stoned. If you thought Seth Rogen and James Franco made the perfect stoner movie duo in Pineapple Express, just wait until you get a load of Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in what likely will be your new favorite stoner-comedy-action extravaganza. Watch the red-band trailer below and be mindful of naughty words and Nsfw content. Yahoo Movies debuted the American Ultra trailer and it looks like a fun and wild ride. Eisenberg plays Mike Howell. On the surface, he may seem like your average convenience store counter clerk who gets stoned all the time, but in reality he's a sleeper agent for the government. There's just rarely a moment when he's not baked off his ass, so he processes things -- including his activation and orders -- a bit more slow than other operatives. All »
Lionsgate has released the first American Ultra red-band trailer for the upcoming-action comedy. Written by Chronicle scribe Max Landis and directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X), the story finds a stoner/sleeper agent (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend’s (Kristen Stewart) life disrupted when a government operation descends upon their small town with the aim of wiping the stoner out. You can really feel the high concept (no pun intended) of taking a traditional spy-action-thriller film and then trying to give it a twist of making the lead characters stoners, but thankfully this still comes off as an amusing film. Nourizadeh looks like he has a knack for action filmmaking, the jokes are solid, and Topher Grace is clearly having a good time chewing the scenery as the villain. Pineapple Express went over similar ground back in August 2008, and I wouldn't be surprised if American Ultra also found the same kind of success. »
- Matt Goldberg
IFC Films has released the first trailer for David Gordon Green's Manglehorn. The film stars Al Pacino as an aging, ordinary guy who spends his days caring for his cat when his dark past comes back to haunt him. Manglehorn also stars Holly Hunter, Chris Messina, and Harmony Korine. The film hits theaters and VOD June 19th. David Gordon Green is one of the most unpredictable directors working today. He first came on the scene with a streak of well-recieved dramas (All the Real Girls, Undertow, Snow Angels) before diving into a series of juvenile comedies (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter). His comedy work was hit and miss, but over the last few years he's returned strong to drama with Joe and Prince Avalanche. Manglehorn debuted at Tiff 2014 to mixed reception, you read Matt's review here. Check out the trailer for Green's latest dramatic effort below. Trailer via IFC Films. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Al Pacino plays a lonely man learning to embrace life in the trailer for indie drama Manglehorn.
Director David Gordon Green's stark drama was touted by many critics as one of Pacino's finest roles in recent years following its premiere at last year's Toronto International Film Festival.
Pacino stars as Aj Manglehorn, a lonely man who has truly mourned the loss of the love of his life.
Manglehorn opens in the Us on June 19, with a UK release following on August 7. »
If nothing else, the new trailer for "Manglehorn" is a good advertisement for the U.S. Post Office. Al Pacino plays A.J. Manglehorn, a lonely locksmith obsessed with an old flame named Clara. He constantly sends her letters, then repeatedly checks his mailbox for replies. It's old school like that, but there's always been a romance to the love letter, as opposed to the immediacy of the booty call text.
"Manglehorn" was directed by David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express, "All the Real Girls") and co-stars Chris Messina as A.J.'s son Jacob and Holly Hunter as A.J.'s potential new love interest, a bank teller named Dawn. Manglehorn doesn't do much besides fix locks, dote on his cat, and remain heartbroken by the Clara he loved and lost so many years ago. If he were a woman, they'd call him an eccentric crazy cat lady, so we'll »
- Gina Carbone
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