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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

14 hours ago | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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, »

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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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

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

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Vin Diesel's 'Kojak' Movie Gets Another Writer On The Case, 'Last Witch Hunter' Sequel In The Works

26 June 2015 9:54 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While it's not a surprise that Universal is eager to see if they make Vin Diesel's "Fast & Furious" money printing magic happen in other movies, history suggests audiences don't always follow the actor to other films that don't involve him driving a car. But $1.5 billion in bank for "Furious 7" ain't nothing to sneeze at, and Universal hopes to mount another franchise around Diesel. Read More: Box Office: 'Furious 7' Hits $1.15 Billion  A few years back it was announced that "Skyfall" writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were going to put their pens to a big screen version of the classic TV series "Kojak." And things have been quiet since, but the project has new forward momentum with Variety reporting that Philip Gawthorne ("EastEnders," "Waterloo Road") hired to take a new crack at the screenplay. Basically, development continues, but we'll see if all the pieces come together for this. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Clip from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – out now on Blu-Ray and DVD

23 June 2015 7:24 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Available now on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download, we’ve got this new clip from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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Check in again for more love and laughter as new arrival Richard Gere joins an all-star ensemble cast — including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel — returning for this heartwarming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Now that his first venture has been proven successful, ever-confident Sonny (Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second resort…as well as his own wedding. But his efforts are constantly hampered by hilarious complications, and in order to pull it all together, he’ll need a little help and encouragement from his resident friends.

Directed by John Madden, the comedy sequel stars »

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Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie gets a new screenwriter

22 June 2015 4:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Way back in 2012 it was announced that Vin Diesel would be taking on the role of NYPD Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak for a big screen remake of the classic 70s TV series starring Telly Savalas, and now it’s being reported that the film has secured a new screenwriter.

According to Deadline, British scribe Philip Gawthorne (EastEnders, Holby City) has signed on to pen a new draft of Kojak, taking over from Skyfall screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Gawthorne is in demand at the moment; his is currently penning a remake of Cube for Lionsgate, while he also has the medieval action epic World Breaker in development.

Universal is planning Kojak as a starring vehicle for Diesel, with hopes to launch a character-driven franchise.

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Vin Diesel's 'Kojak' Movie is Back On With a New Writer

19 June 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Who loves ya, baby? If by baby we mean any of you still waiting for the Vin Diesel Kojak movie, then the answer is Universal Pictures. The studio has put the TV adaptation back on track with a new writer attached. According to Deadline, the next draft will be penned by English playwright Philip Gawthorne, who hasn't really done anything for Hollywood yet, though he's working on a Cube remake for Lionsgate. He also has a feature adaptation of his award-winning stagework Modern Life is Rubbish in the works.  Gawthorne will have to do what a couple of James Bond staples, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, couldn't over the course of two years. The writing duo, who worked on Skyfall, Quantum of SolaceCasino Royale, Die Another...

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Vin Diesel 'Kojak' Movie Moves Forward with New Writer

19 June 2015 3:55 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After more than three years in development, Deadline reports that Universal Pictures is finally moving forward with its adaptation of the beloved 1970s TV series, Kojak, with the studio hiring Philip Gawthorne to write the screenplay. The project will be a modern-day take on the Kojak TV series, which ran for five seasons between 1973 and 1978. No further plot details have been released at this time. Vin Diesel has been attached to star in the project since December 2012.

The original show followed Telly Savalas as Lieutenant Theo Kojak, a hard-nosed New York City detective who had an affinity for Tootsie Pops. His classic line "Who loves ya, baby?" became a popular catch phrase throughout the 1970s. The show was briefly revived in 2005, with Ving Rhames taking over as the title character, but it only lasted for one season. It isn't known how closely Vin Diesel will stick to the original character. »

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Vin Diesel’s Kojak Movie Moves Forward with New Writer

19 June 2015 2:39 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It's been a while since we talked about Vin Diesel's plan to revive the 70s TV crime-drama series Kojak in feature form. The last word we had on it was nearly a year ago when Steve got a chance to talk to him before the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere. At that point, Diesel was gearing up to film Breck Eisner's The Last Witch Hunter, which is now in post-production in anticipation of its October 23rd release. Then, in Diesel's words: “Then I will do Kojak for Universal, which is gonna be really exciting.” [caption id="attachment_218400" align="alignright" width="266"] Image via Universal Television[/caption] So while his schedule might be jostled around a bit in the coming months, Variety reports that the Kojak project has at least landed a writer for the script; Neal Purvis and Robert Wade of Skyfall wrote the previous draft. Playwright Philip Gawthorne is now on board the adaptation, »

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Vin Diesel ‘Kojak’ Movie Moves Ahead with Screenwriter Philip Gawthorne

19 June 2015 11:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Studios is gearing up its “Kojak” movie with playwright Philip Gawthorne on board for Vin Diesel’s bigscreen version of the Telly Savalas cop series.

Gawthorne recently signed on to write the script for Lionsgate’s remake of sci-fi thriller “Cube.” His TV credits include the BBC series “Eastenders,” “Casualty” and “Holby City.”

Kojak” is being produced by Diesel’s Universal-based One Race Films with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the writing team behind James Bond films including “The World Is Not Enough” and “Skyfall,” joined the project in 2012 to write a previous draft.

Diesel, the star of “Furious 7,” announced on June 17 that he’s been asked by Lionsgate to reprise his starring role in a sequel to “The Last Witch Hunter,” which opens in October.

Kojak” debuted in 1973 with Savalas as a tough New York City cop with a penchant for Tootsie Pops. »

- Dave McNary

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Vin Diesel’s Kojak Adaptation Taps A Scribe

19 June 2015 7:45 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

You can’t blame Hollywood for being hot on Vin Diesel right now – the actor is a killer box-office draw whose last two films, Furious 7 and Guardians of the Galaxy, were box office smashes. Just recently, Lionsgate made moves to secure Diesel for a new franchise that will kick off with this fall’s The Last Witch Hunter, and now Universal is doubling down on the star as well, recruiting scribe Philip Gawthorne to pen an adaptation of the TV series Kojak for Diesel to star in.

The original series aired from 1973 to 1978 on CBS and starred Telly Savalas as New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. The character, a tough but honest cop with a cynical streak, was known for his love of Tootsie Roll Pops and for the catchphrase, “Who loves ya, baby?”

Gawthorne will be building a franchise around the character, who will be played by Diesel. »

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U.K. Bookies Think Damian Lewis Has a Solid Shot at Becoming the Next James Bond

17 June 2015 12:29 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

A U.K. bookmaker has dramatically slashed Homeland badass Damian Lewis's odds of becoming the next James Bond, according to reports. A spokesperson from William Hill revealed this week that Lewis's price had gone from 25:1 to 3:1 to 6:4, making him a bettors' darling as well as the king of the castle. "This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no apparent reason we have seen bets of up to £200 [$312] on Damian Lewis being named as the next Bond," the spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. "This could well be significant and might herald the end of Daniel Craig as the world’s most famous spy." The Guardian notes that Craig could be signed on for one more Bond pic after Spectre, but he might duck out early if this latest film goes big like Skyfall. In terms of replacement speculation, the inexplicable surge of large bets has catapulted Lewis »

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Showtime Renews Penny Dreadful for Third Season

16 June 2015 10:14 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Fans of new twists on classic literary horror characters can now rejoice, as Showtime has officially renewed Penny Dreadful for a third season. Set to premiere in 2016, the nine-episode third season will begin filming this autumn in Dublin, Ireland.

Press Release: "New York, NY – June 16, 2015 – Showtime has renewed the critically-acclaimed, BAFTA Award-winning drama series Penny Dreadful for a third season, it was announced today by  David Nevins, President, Showtime Networks Inc. Created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan, Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green. A co-production with Sky Atlantic,  Penny Dreadful will once again shoot on location in Dublin, Ireland for a nine episode order to debut in 2016. The second season of Penny Dreadful, currently airing on Sundays at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on Showtime, will air its season finale on Sunday, July 5.

John Logan’s brilliant writing and this amazingly talented »

- Derek Anderson

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Could Damian Lewis Play James Bond?

16 June 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If U.K. bookmakers are to believed, Homeland actor Damian Lewis may stand a fighting chance at playing the next James Bond.

I know, I know – bear with me for a minute. This is far from official in any sense of the word, but the U.K.’s William Hill, a company that takes financially backed bets on events at agreed-upon odds, has out-of-nowhere jacked up Lewis’ odds of playing 007 from an outsider 25/1 to a very high up 3/1, putting the Emmy winner just behind the long-rumored Idris Elba (5/2) but ahead of more obvious candidates like Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1) and Michael Fassbender (7/1).

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What gives? This is really just a financially backed wishlist, but that the people gambling on this believe Lewis has a serious shot could say something about in-studio rumblings. A spokesperson for William Hill said:

“This is an unprecedented gamble, as for no »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Is Damien Lewis the Next James Bond?

16 June 2015 6:28 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Today's James Bond news comes not from actors, directors, or producers involved in the franchise, nor intrepid reporters calling in favors and digging for leads, but rather from bookmakers in the UK. Seemingly out of nowhere, Homeland star Damien Lewis' 007 stock has risen from a long-shot to a second-place favorite behind Idris Elba. While I had no idea that people placed bets on such things, it's a curious cultural phenomenon and an interesting possibility going forward. [caption id="attachment_218312" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Showtime[/caption] As THR reports, Lewis was previously at 25/1 odds to fill the shoes of the super-spy but has jumped up to a 3/1 shot, placing him ahead of Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1) and Michael Fassbender (7/1). As far as I know, this all amounts to little more than financially backed wish-listing, but we know Lewis would be interested in the part since back in 2013 he joked that the "Scottish heritage outlined in Skyfall »

- Dave Trumbore

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Will Damian Lewis Be the Next James Bond?

16 June 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Are our dreams of Idris Elba as the next James Bond shattered?

Maybe so, according to British bookmaker William Hill, which dramatically pushed up former "Homeland" star Damian Lewis on the list of potential new Bonds. As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Lewis's odds are at 3-1, close to favorite Elba's 5-2. That puts the "Band of Brothers" actor ahead of Tom Hardy (4-1), Henry Cavill (5-1), and Michael Fassbender (7-1).

The change in odds for Lewis comes out of nowhere, but then again, speculating on the next Bond is one of British movie fans' favorite pastimes. Elba's name has been in the mix for years - despite the fact that Daniel Craig is signed on for one more movie after this year's "Spectre."

If Lewis did win the role, he'd be the first ginger Bond in the franchise, which the actor joked about a couple of years ago, saying that »

- Kelly Woo

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New TV spot for Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal

16 June 2015 2:13 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Weinstein Company has released a brand new TV spot for the upcoming boxing drama Southpaw, which you can check out below after the official synopsis…

From director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and writers Kurt Sutter (Sons Of Anarchy) and Richard Wenk (The Mechanic) comes Southpaw – the story of Billy “The Great” Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When tragedy strikes and he loses it all, Billy enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves.

Southpaw is set for release on July 31st, with a cast that also includes Rachel McAdams (Aloha), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades of Grey), Naomie Harris (Skyfall), Forest Whitaker (Out of the Furnace), 50 Cent (Real Steel) and Victor Ortiz (The Expendables 3).

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Spectre featurette – Video blog shows Mexico City footage

15 June 2015 9:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Spectre featurette: A new video blog shows behind the scenes footage from the shooting of the opening sequence at the Day Of The Dead festival in Mexico City. Spectre featurette

A new Spectre featurette has just been released from the production of the 24th James Bond adventure. The 2-minute promo features a behind-the-scenes look at the film, which is still shooting under the direction of Sam Mendes.

The Mexico set action sequence will have the country’s Day Of The Dead festival as a back drop, and will feature as the elaborate opening scene of the new movie, which opens in the UK and the Us in early November this year.

Sam Mendes said: “I wanted the audience to be dropped right into the middle of a very, very specific, very heady, rich environment. It’s the Day of the Dead, everywhere you look there’s colour and detail and life. »

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Spectre featurette explores the Day of the Dead festival opening sequence

15 June 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The official 007 website has just debuted a brand new featurette for Spectre, which explores the filming of the opening sequence set during the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico City, and features contributions from drector Sam Mendes, Costume Designer Jany Temime, Costume Supervisors Anna Terrazas and Kenny Crouch, Crowd Hair Supervisor Tracey Smith, Line Producer Stacy Perskie and Make-Up Designer Naomi Donne. Take a look…

See Also: New footage in extended TV spot for Spectre

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.

Spectre is set for release in the UK on October 23rd in the UK and November 6th in the States. The film sees Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing Bond veterans Daniel Craig as James Bond, »

- Gary Collinson

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