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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
Audiences who enjoyed movies such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Black Swan, American Hustle, The Imitation Game, 12 Years a Slave, Lincoln, Citizen Four and even The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel shouldn’t really be thanking Hollywood for making them. These are all films that were backed by a new wave of billionaires who’ve entered the film business in recent years. These billionaires have been picking up bills that the Us studios themselves might once have been expected to pay – but they haven’t always received the credit. »
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. »
What a gem! Mila Kunis stepped out to a Gemfields event in London on Tuesday, June 23, and she could not have looked more elegant in her all-white ensemble, which showcased her sexy post-baby curves. The Black Swan actress, 31, who welcomed daughter Wyatt Isabelle with fiancé Ashton Kutcher on Oct. 1, 2014, slipped her body into a blazer-inspired sheath dress, complete with a double-breasted bodice, which highlighted her slim figure and ample cleavage. To accessorize the frock, Kunis added matching marshmallow-hued pumps. And as it was a [...] »
Special Features: Jupiter Jones: Destiny is within us / Jupiter Ascending: Genetically Spliced / The Wachowskis: Mind over Matter / Worlds within Worlds within Worlds / Bullet Time Evolved / From Earth to Jupiter
Remember when the Wachowski’s made good films? Remember the movie defining Matrix film? Hopeful that Jupiter Ascending is a return to the glory days? Sadly it isn’t, the film having more in common with the Matrix sequels. In Jupiter Ascending the Wachowski’s seem to have tried to craft a strange hybrid of Dune and Star Wars, but failing miserably to emulate either. The story is heavily cliched and, although imaginative, fails to be engaging or interesting due to underdeveloped plot points and poorly constructed drama. There are too many different elements which fail to tie into a cohesive narrative. »
- Kat Smith
Angie Harmon has a thing for Taraji P. Henson. "I actually have an Instagram account for my dog that is half Chihuahua and half pug and is the cutest thing on the planet, but we've given her Cookie's voice," Harmon said. "She had a black tutu with, 'Black Swan, y'all!' She's like, 'I'm here to get what's mine. Cookie is my spirit animal.'" You can check out the pooch, Daisy, at @MissDaisyHarmon. Harmon and her daughters adopted Daisy about three months ago from No-Kill Los Angeles (Nkla). And then there's Eva Green. "Eva Green is the biggest bad ass on the planet," the Rizzoli & Isles star told me at Women In Film's Crystal »
Nineties icon Winona Ryder, long overdue for a career resuscitation, is heading to TV. Specifically, to Netflix. Ryder, who seemed poised for a comeback after 2010's "Black Swan" but hasn't found suitable starring roles in film, is giving the small screen a try. In her first TV role as a series regular, she'll star in the untitled eight-episode thriller as the blue-collar mother of a missing toddler. Previously titled "Montauk," the show is set in '80s Long Island, where the missing toddler's family, their friends, and the police search for the little boy. Variety reports that the toddler's disappearance will involve "top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces and one very strange little girl." The series will debut next year. [via Variety]
- Inkoo Kang
The script, written by George and Robin Swicord, centers on a love triangle with a medical student, an American journalist based in Paris and a beautiful and sophisticated woman. The story will take place in the final days of the Ottoman Empire, which was dissolved by the World War allies in 1922.
Bale will play the reporter who loves the woman and being in a combat zone. Isaac will portray the student, who’s conflicted by old-world traditions.
Isaac will be seen »
- Dave McNary
Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac will star in “The Promise,” an epic love story that Oscar-winning filmmaker Terry George (“Hotel Rwanda”) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Robin Swicord (“Memoirs of a Geisha”), TheWrap has learned. Mike Medavoy (“Black Swan”) is producing “The Promise” with Eric Esrailian, Ralph Winter (“X-Men”) and William Horberg (Milk”). Production is slated to start this fall in Southern Europe, including Portugal and the Canary Islands. Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, “The Promise” follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris »
- Jeff Sneider
Natalie Portman turned 34 on Tuesday! The Oscar winner and Harvard grad has grown up in front of the camera; after getting her start at age 13 in The Professional, Natalie starred in films like Garden State, V For Vendetta, and the Star Wars saga. In 2011, she took home an Academy Award for her role in Black Swan, shortly before giving birth to her son, Aleph. A year later, she married French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, and the family of three now lives in Paris. In addition to her illustrious film career, Ivy League education, and glamorous style, Natalie is also a great role model, speaking out on important issues like depression, racism, and religion. In honor of Natalie's big day, we've rounded up her most memorable photos over the years. Scroll through to see Natalie evolve from smiley rising star to gorgeous wife and mother. »
During the Cannes Film Festival, it was announced that Xavier Dolan had cast Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Léa Seydoux (Blue Is The Warmest Colour) and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) in It’s Only the End of the World, and now with production underway we have our first look at Marion Cotillard in the film…
Based on a play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce, It’s Only the End of the World follows a writer as he goes back to his hometown, intending on announcing his upcoming death to his family. However, as resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen and love.
- Gary Collinson
Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate have announced the details for the Blu-ray release of thriller Child 44. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the film stars Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Noomi Rapace (The Drop), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys) and Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad) and is set for release on August 4th in the States.
After a friend’s son is found dead, Soviet secret-police officer Leo Demidov (Hardy) suspects his superiors are covering up the truth. When Leo dares to raise questions, he is demoted and exiled to a provincial outpost with his wife (Rapace). There, Leo soon discovers other mysterious deaths with similar circumstances and convinces his new boss (Oldman) that a deranged serial killer is on the loose-and must be stopped before he strikes again in this electrifying thriller.
Special Features will include:
-Reflections of History” featurette »
- Scott J. Davis
Mila Kunis' stalker is on the lam. E! News confirms that Stuart Lynn Dunn escaped from the Olive Vista Behavioral Health Center in Pomona, Calif., this weekend. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department tell us that deputies and the probation department are searching for Dunn, who pleaded no contest to stalking the Black Swan actress in January 2013. He was arrested after being suspected of breaking into Kunis' condo and waiting outside of her gym, which violated the restraining order she had against him. Dunn was sentenced to six months of rehabilitation and five years of probation and ordered to stay away from the actress and her representatives for 10 years. Lt. Martin Rodriguez also told the New »
Opposites attract! North West and Penelope Disick stepped out in coordinated tutus and leotards for their weekly ballet class in Studio City, Calif. on Thursday -- and we're definitely getting some "Black Swan" nostalgia. Proud mama Kim Kardashian accompanied the tiny dancers, sharing a similar snapshot to the one above of Nori and P on Instagram with the caption: "#PaparazziGotMeLike..." One-year-old North sported a white onezie, tutu, Bloch's Baby Arabella leather ballet flats and a matching mini Balmain blazer (of course!), while Penelope, 3, rocked an all-black outfit. But seriously -- can you believe they've mastered the Kardashian scowl already?! Nori's mom has been very vocal about wanting to have a second child, and it seems, her fertility issues are taking a toll on her. On the upcoming episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," the reality star visits her fertility doctor to find out the next step of her treatment. »
- tooFab Staff
Natalie Portman revealed during a Class Day speech to undergraduates at Harvard on Wednesday that she had some "pretty dark moments" while she was a student there. Portman also advised the graduates students to take risks in their lives, saying that she took a big chance in accepting her role in Black Swan, for which she won an Oscar. See the video here! »
- James Crugnale
Natalie Portman has urged Harvard University graduates to take more ''risks''. The actress star has admitted if she had realized how difficult and how ''woefully unprepared'' she was to dance the ballet scenes in 'Black Swan' - a performance which earned her the Oscar for Best Actress in 2010 - she might have declined the role, but she strongly believes success can only come from testing yourself. Speaking to senior graduates at Harvard's Class Day in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Wednesday (27.05.15), she said: ''The point is, if I had known my own limitations, I never would have taken the risk. And the risk led to one of my greatest personal and professional achievements.'' The 33-year-old Hollywood star - who graduated from the American college in 2003 - insisted the senior college leavers, should ''accept'' the fact they may not be as experienced or knowledgeable about something when they start their »
Natalie Portman gave the commencement speech to Harvard University's graduating class of 2015 on Wednesday. In her moving address, she paints a picture with broad brushstrokes from all stages of her life - her time as a teenage actress, her experiences as a mother, her own days at Harvard, and the highlights of her incredible career, from V For Vendetta to Black Swan. Natalie talks a lot about how she found a way to stay true to herself and how she pushed herself fearlessly forward in every new and challenging situation. Watch the incredible speech above, and then relive Natalie's recent appearance at Cannes Film Festival with her husband, Benjamin Millepied. »
The only true knowledge is in knowing that you know nothing. So said Socrates, more or less, and so suggested Natalie Portman in a speech she made to graduating Harvard seniors Wednesday at the university's Class Day. The Oscar-winning actress and fellow Crimson (she graduated in 2003) told the kids to embrace their inexperience and use it to their advantage, as she did when undertaking the part that led to the most accolades of her career. Admitting that she was "woefully unprepared" to execute the dance moves required for her role as a troubled ballerina in Black Swan, Portman added, "The point is, if I had known my own limitations, I never would have taken the risk. And the risk led to one of my »
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