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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 invited 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." The press release adds that "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 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." International talent Say what you will about the Academy and their Oscar picks, »
- 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
Read More: Here's Why This Filmmaker Risked His Life to Film at This Ancient Buddhist City Kartemquin Films will make director Brent E. Huffman's documentary, "Saving Mes Aynak," available for free to the people of Afghanistan, the Chicago-based not-for-profit documentary collective announced. The filmmakers are offering the free stream, hosted by the digital platform Vhx, to anyone within Afghanistan who registers at www.savingmesaynak.com before midnight on July 1, which they have declared Global #SaveMesAynak Day. Releasing a documentary for free in the country where it was filmed is not without precedent. In 2013, Drafthouse Films made Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" available for free to the people of Indonesia. Read More: How Steve James Finds Silver Linings When Things Don't Go As Planned (And They Never Do) Kartemquin is currently offering streams, downloads, DVD/Blu-Rays and public screenings of "Saving Mes »
- Paula Bernstein
This Washington farce about an uninsured waitress seeking redress for a workplace injury is never less than annoying
“I have a nail in my head so I need a Moon Base.” In the days before The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, David O Russell started shooting the healthcare satire Nailed (from Kristin Gore’s novel Sammy’s Hill), only to see the production shut down amid financial chaos. Now, seven years later, we have the retitled Accidental Love, completed (without Russell’s further input) under the pseudonymous director credit “Stephen Greene”.
Unsurprisingly, it’s a mess. Fleeting fragments hint at a superior work while others suggest it was a misfire from the outset. Jessica Biel is rollerskating Indiana waitress Alice who goes to Washington seeking help from congressman Howard Birdwell (Jake Gyllenhaal) following a medically uninsured accident. With a nail lodged in her skull causing mood swings and inhibition loss, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
★★☆☆☆ It's the film David O. Russell walked away from and whose premise the Obama administration made pathetically redundant. After years in limbo, audiences finally get to see Accidental Love (2015), which began shooting in 2008. Dodgy financing arrangements saw the director jump ship, leaving producers to complete filming and the entire edit. Russell - careful with his words due to lawsuits - has calculated that production shut down nine times before he finally quit. Perhaps humbled and hurt by the experience, he pulled himself up by his creative bootstraps and went on to earn acclaim with a trio of audience and critic’ favourites:The Fighter (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and American Hustle (2013).
- CineVue UK
What do you get when you put Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in a movie together — besides an epic salary dispute? Something called Passengers, a big-budget sci-fi romance. After what seems like a lengthy pay dispute between Lawrence and Sony Pictures, a deal has finally come together for two of the hottest stars in Hollywood to come together on the big screen. Pratt made a name for himself post-Parks and Recreation playing Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and as the raptor-racing Owen in Jurassic World. Lawrence is, of course, the Oscar-winning Girl on Fire from the Hunger Games and X-Men franchises, as well as high-caliber fare like David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s confirmed that the two will join forces in Passengers - which is a project that has been in development »
In the beginning there was David O Russell's Nailed, a political comedy which began filming in 2008 and, after a disastrous string of financing problems, seemingly died two years later. Deciding to cut his losses, a frustrated Russell abandoned the project in 2010 and moved onto Oscar glory with The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
But like Rasputin, Nailed has lingered on without Russell's involvement. Missing pieces have been shot and put in place, and the finished film - now called Accidental Love - is credited to one Stephen Greene, an Alan Smithee-like pseudonym. The result is a fitfully amusing farce that can't begin to hide the scars of its troubled production.
Jessica Biel stars as Alice, an 25-year-old small-town waitress who's caught the eye of vain local cop, »
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on Netflix
It's here! Season 3 of Netflix's crazy addictive prison dramedy is available Friday, June 12. Hopefully you've got tiii-iii-iiime to stream all 13 episodes in one long binge.
Jake Gyllenhaal gets creepy as a freelance crime journalist in L.A. in this highly acclaimed thriller. Catch it on Netflix starting June 10.
This one ... was not so critically acclaimed, but sometimes the critics get it wrong, or the bashing just lowers expectations enough that the film is a pleasant surprise. No promises, but check out Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, with Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III, when "Grace of Monaco" hits Netflix on June 8.
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- Gina Carbone
A new Black Mass poster has just been released by the folks over at Warner Bros. The film, which already has some awards buzz for it, particularly for lead actor Johnny Depp, will be released towards the tail end of the year on November 13th.
Check out the brand new poster for the film below, followed by the lengthy synopsis as released by the studio. Remind yourselves of the trailer for the film here.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. Black Mass tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, »
- Paul Heath
Veteran Hong Kong actress Cheng Pei-pei has joined the cast of Australian director Ivan Sen’s “Goldstone.” The Outback noir thriller is a follow up to Sen’s “Mystery Road” and completes its shooting this week in Queensland.
Cheng, who has credits including “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” and “Come Drink With Me” joins a cast including Aaron Pedersen (“Mystery Road”) and Alex Russell (“Cut Snake”), Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “Animal Kingdom”), David Gulpilil (“Charlie’s Country”), David Wenham (“Lord of the Rings,” “300”), Aaron Fa’Aoso (“The Straits”) and Tom E. Lewis (“Red Hill”).
“Goldstone” is written and directed by Sen and is produced by David Jowsey (“Mystery Road,” “Toomelah”) and Greer Simpkin (executive producer “The Code,” “The Secret River”). It is a Bunya Productions film in association with Screen Queensland and Screen Australia and will be distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Transmission Films, with international sales by Arclight Films. »
- Patrick Frater
Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has become a huge Hollywood star in recent years. Unlike many top actors, who seem to burst onto the scene, Cooper slipped into our collective consciousness over time, moving from minor TV roles to cult movies until he was a bona fide blockbuster.
The early years
As an unknown actor, Cooper made his television debut in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in Sex and the City in 1999. His first significant role was opposite Jennifer Garner in Jj Abrams's Alias from 2001-06, not as Sydney Bristow's secret agent love interest but as her mild-mannered and slightly awkward reporter friend.
There's a paradigm shift in terms of how filmmakers think about distribution, said Caitlin Boyle, founder and executive director of Film Sprout, the grassroots distribution and marketing company, in her presentation at Oregon Doc Camp, on May 30 in Sublimity, Oregon. Read More: How Steve James Finds Silver Linings When Things Don't Go As Planned Boyle likened traditional distribution to "a delivery system and you can think of it like a ferris wheel. The audience is in the little cages and the hub of activity is coming from the center. You're literally along for the ride as an audience member." But the new model is more collaborative and grassroots-driven, more like a farmer's market, according to Boyle. "The filmmakers are the farmers and the customers are the audiences, but a lot more back and forth and education has to happen. The audience has to be much more empowered to make their own decision. »
- Paula Bernstein
Everyone complains that Hollywood doesn't make original movies anymore, but when the studios actually do, they don't always know how to sell them. That was the lesson of "Tomorrowland" last weekend, and it's the source of this weekend's cautionary box office tale involving two more original wide-release movies, "San Andreas" and "Aloha."
Neither movie got very good reviews, but "San Andreas" was generally considered a sure thing, while "Aloha" was expected to disappoint. In fact, "San Andreas" opened on top with an estimated $53.0 million, well above the $35-to-$40 million pundits had predicted. Conversely, "Aloha" debuted in sixth place with an estimated $10.0 million, at the bottom end of its meager $10-$13 million expectations.
Though one is a big-budget disaster movie and the other a mid-budget romantic dramedy, the two films had a lot more in common than you might think. And yet, those elements proved an asset to one and a detriment to the other. »
- Gary Susman
Today, composer Danny Elfman turns 62. Elfman is one of the most brilliant and prolific film composers of our time (if not The most), so to celebrate his 62nd birthday, let’s take a look at his greatest hits: •Ever heard of a little show called “The Simpsons”? Well, Danny Elfman composed the music for that show, as well as for all “Simpsons” movies and video games. •”Silver Linings Playbook” is a masterpiece, in my humble opinion. Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, David O’Russell; these are the names credited for this remarkable film. The truth is, “Silver Linings” might have fallen flat if it weren’t for Danny Elfman, who worked as score producer on the greatest film of 2012. •Without the score composed by Danny Elfman, “Desperate Housewives” would be just a bunch of housewives lying to each other, housewives killing people, housewives just being overall desperate. Inject »
- Zara Lisbon
Jennifer Lawrence is still cool with her ex-boyfriend, Nicholas Hoult! The blonde beauty was pictured on the set of the latest "X-Men" flick, "X-Men: Apocalypse" on Thursday. In the photo -- posted to director Bryan Singer's Instagram account -- the 25-year-old actress is all smiles as Hoult has his arms around her and Singer. "Back with the #thekidsinthehall #jenniferlawrence #mystique #nicholashoult #beast #Xmen #XMenApocalypse," Bryan captioned the candid snap. Both Nick and J-Law will be back to reprise their roles as Beast and Mystique in the latest installment of the Sci-Fi thriller, which will hit theaters May 2016. The cute costars split, for the second time, last August due to their different schedules. Sources close to the former flames told E! News that the breakup was "very amicable." Nick and Jennifer first started dating back in 2011, after meeting on the set of "X-Men: First Class." Two years later, the actors »
- tooFab Staff
2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
The Solution Entertainment Group has sold the world on “Bleed for This,” which stars “Whiplash” and “Divergent” star Miles Teller as boxer Vinny Pazienza, with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions taking multiple territories.
Sony has acquired all rights to the pic, which also stars Aaron Eckhart, for Germany, France, Spain, Benelux, Canada, Scandinavia, Australia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Greece and South Africa.
The film, written and directed by Ben Younger (“Boiler Room”), will be released by Open Road Films in the U.S. following its recent $4 million acquisition at the Cannes Film Festival. The deal was brokered by CAA and Wme Global.
“The film features an incredible performance from Miles Teller, who completely transforms himself into the character of legendary boxer Vinny Pazienza, and will blow audiences away with this role,” said Lisa Wilson, who is co-founder and joint partner at the Solution with Myles Nestel.
The Solution has also sold the previously announced U. »
- Leo Barraclough
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
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