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If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 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 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
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
Darick Robertson is one of my favorite people in the world. He’s the artist on what might be my favorite comic series of all time—Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis. He let me into his head during the creation process of Grant Morrison’s Happy! for our print issue #274. He’s busted his balls on the insanely crazy Ballistic for over a year now. And beyond all that, he actually dares to be a super cool dude who, at a recent convention in San Jose, was kind enough to sit down with me and show me concept art for his upcoming project for Image.
Famous Monsters. So you’re wrapping up Ballistic with Issue #5. The art is still so detailed, particularly during the explosive finale. All those heads…
Darick Robertson. Every scene and every moment is changing environments. It’s such a strange world that I couldn’t just draw »
- Holly Interlandi
(Cbr) We tend not to think of major filming-location news coming from the Twitter accounts of British government officials, but even Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is getting in on the action these days. On Tuesday he sent out the following message: “On set of Episode VII tonight, can announce another #StarWars film will be made in UK. A #LongTermEconomicPlan in a galaxy far far away” In this case, the newly announced film is the first "Star Wars" spinoff, directed by Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla") and written by Gary Whitta ("The Book of Eli," "After Earth). It’s slated for a Dec. 16, 2016 release. “Lucasfilm and Disney’s decision to shoot the Star Wars standalone movie in the U.K. is testament to the incredible talent in Britain,” Osborne said in a statement. “This will mean more jobs and more investment. It is great news for people working at Pinewood Studios, »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
It seems that not a day goes by without Star Wars news of some sort. However, the scoop that Schmoes Know claims it has verified today is actually pretty interesting – though it seems to contradict news we heard a few weeks back. According to a “very trusted source” of the site, Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and co-scribed the upcoming Episode VII, is working on a Boba Fett spinoff for Disney and Lucasfilm.
Here’s the weird thing. A Hasbro toy line gave us the following possible schedule for Star Wars spinoffs:
Fall 2014: Rebels
2015: Episode VII
2016: Boba Fett
2017: Episode VIII
2019: Episode IX
2020: Red Five
- Isaac Feldberg
Another day, another "Star Wars" rumor, but one that, if it turns out to be true, would throw an interesting twist into the developing details over the grand Disney plan over the next few years. At this point, we know that "Episode VII" is coming out at Christmas 2015, with at least "Episode VIII" and "Episode IX." to follow at some stage. We also know that "Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards is directing the first of the stand-alone spin-off movies, to be written by "The Book Of Eli"'s Gary Whitta, and scheduled for release in December 2016, and that "Chronicle" and "Fantastic Four" helmer Josh Trank will do another spin-off at some point after that. But the whos and whats and whys of these films still remains under wraps, the most persistent of those being an unconfirmed source that suggested that 2016 would see a "Boba Fett" movie, 2018 a project called "Solo," presumably focusing on Han, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
A galaxy far far away may center on a kingdom pretty far from Hollywood.
Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne recently visited the set of J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars VII at London’s Pinewood studios, tweeting afterwards that the recently announced Star Wars spinoff will also be shot in the U.K. “On set of Episode VII tonight, can announce another #StarWars film will be made in UK.,” he wrote. “A #LongTermEconomicPlan in a galaxy far far away.”
Osborne later explained to the British press that the film will begin shooting in 2015, also at Pinewood studios.
- Jackson McHenry
Most of the Star Wars news in the past few weeks has revolved around J.J. Abrams’ wildly anticipated series update Star Wars: Episode VII, which will lead into two additional films, but Disney and Lucasfilm have more plans for the franchise than just that new, main trilogy. At least three standalone movies set within the Star Wars universe are in the works, including one directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards. Now, we’ve learned that Disney has opted to shoot that standalone in the U.K., where Episode VII is currently shooting.
On set of Episode VII tonight, can announce another #StarWars film will be made in UK. A #LongTermEconomicPlan in a galaxy far far away
— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) June 10, 2014
While on set, »
- Isaac Feldberg
It's been officially announced that Lucasfilm and Disney will be shooting one of the Star Wars standalone films in the UK next year. They will shoot it at Pinewood Studios, which is where J.J. Abrams is currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII.
It really doesn't seem like that much of a surprise. I just assumed all of the Star Wars movies would be shot there. The announcement came from Chancellor George Osborne while he visited the set yesterday. He posted the above photo on his Twitter account. This was the statement he made:
.Lucasfilm and Disney’s decision to shoot the Star Wars standalone movie in the UK is testament to the incredible talent in Britain. This will mean more jobs and more investment. It is great news for people working at Pinewood Studios, from the set designers to the carpeners.
As Chancellor I have been determined that we back »
- Joey Paur
Osborne, who visited the set on Tuesday (June 10), tweeted: "With #StarWars director J.J Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathy Kennedy, talking to a key cast member..."
He also said in a statement: "Lucasfilm and Disney's decision to shoot the Star Wars standalone movie in the UK is testament to the incredible talent in Britain.
"This will mean more jobs and more investment. It is great news for people working at Pinewood Studios, from the set designers to the carpenters.
"As Chancellor I have been determined that we back our brilliant creative industries which is why we have invested in skills and »
LucasFilm and Disney have decided to shoot the first standalone “Star Wars” film in the U.K.
Chancellor George Osborne disclosed the decision while he visited the set Tuesday. He posted the announcement on his Twitter account along with a photo:
With #StarWars director J.J Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathy Kennedy, talking to a key cast member.. http://t.co/12sRtBbf8E—
George Osborne (@George_Osborne) June 10, 2014
Osborne also issued a statement: “Lucasfilm and Disney’s decision to shoot the Star Wars standalone movie in the UK is testament to the incredible talent in Britain. This will mean more jobs and more investment. It is great news for people working at Pinewood Studios, from the set designers to the carpenters.”
- Dave McNary
Disney and Lucasfilm have been talking about doing a number of Star Wars spin-off movies for quite a while now, causing fans everywhere to speculate about characters like Boba Fett and Yoda getting their own movies. Not long ago it was revealed that the first of these movies would be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and written by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), and now we've got confirmation that another one will be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle). Disney has not revealed what or who the movie will be about, so we'll just pick apart this quote from the StarWars.com announcement: "We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That...
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Disney and Lucasfilm have been talking about doing a number of Star Wars spin-off movies for quite a while now, causing fans everywhere to speculate about characters like Boba Fett and Yoda getting their own movies. Not long ago it was revealed that the first of these movies would be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and written by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), and now we've got confirmation that another one will be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle). Disney has not revealed what or who the movie will be about, so we'll just pick apart this quote from the StarWars.com announcement: "We're thrilled to welcome Josh into the family," says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. "He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of...
- Peter Hall
Man, this is one crowded galaxy …
While J.J. Abrams toils at Episode VII, launching a whole new trilogy of Star Wars films set three decades after the fall of the Empire and Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi, two other spin-off movies are also in the works.
High-level sources have previously told EW that one will be a young Han Solo story, and the other will focus on the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Godzilla filmmaker Gareth Edwards is directing one, and now we know who will be handling the other — Chronicle director Josh Trank
We just don’t know »
- Anthony Breznican
Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has met Darth Vader ahead of his work on the first Star Wars spin-off. Okay, so there’s (probably) no one inside that Vader suit, but this is the moment that Edwards and screenwriter Gary Whitta stepped into the Lucasfilm world – marking the moment with a cosy group photo. “This will be day long remembered” Tweeted Whitta, best known for his work on Will Smith family sci-fi After Earth and Denzel Washington dud The Book Of Eli, calling Vader his “new boss”. Vader, of course, won’t be his new...
- Paul Bradshaw
While we don't know just yet what the first Untitled Star Wars Spin-Off will be about, or which classic character it will follow, we do know that it will be directed by Godzilla and Monsters auteur Gareth Edwards and penned by The Book of Eli screenwriter Gary Whitta. Whitta is obviously excited about this new endeavor, as he tweeted out the first photo from pre-production, which finds the duo meeting their new boss, Darth Vader. Its unlikely that this classic villain will appear in their stand-alone adventure, but anything is possible, especially if they are taking on the Untitled Star Wars Boba Fett Spin-Off, a character who has been employed by Anakin Skywalker's alter ego in the past. Other characters rumored to get their own spin-off include Han Solo, Yoda, Jabba the Hutt and a squadron of X-Wing fighters led by a young Luke Skywalker under the code name Red Five. »
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