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Oscars 2017: What Are Mel Gibson’s Chances of a Best Director Nomination For ‘Hacksaw Ridge’?

19 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Mel Gibson on the set of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ (Courtesy: Lionsgate)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Mel Gibson has a chance at being nominated in the best director category at the 2017 Oscars for Hacksaw Ridge — but there is definitely some competition. While the 61-year-old multihyphenate has already received nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, snagging one from the Academy is not certain. How often have directors been gotten those two precursor nominations only to fall short of the all-important Oscar nomination?

Over the course of his lengthy career, Gibson has primarily been an actor. That being said, the New York native has stepped behind the camera and directed five feature films to date: 1993’s The Man Without a Face, 1995’s Braveheart, 2004’s The Passion of the Christ, 2006’s Apocalypto, and 2016’s Hacksaw Ridge — with the announcement of another, Berserker, on the horizon. The most successful of the bunch, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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From Sony to Snapchat: When Old Hollywood Meets New Media

18 January 2017 10:02 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

What ex-Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton’s transition to Snapchat could mean for movies and new media.

Snap Inc., the technology and social media company whose products include Snapchat and Spectacles, is welcoming a Hollywood executive into its ranks. Last week, Michael Lynton announced that he would be stepping down from his position as CEO of Sony Entertainment, the film, television and music conglomerate, for a new post as board chairman for Snap Inc. Lynton is the last of the old Sony guard to depart since the infamous Sony hack which produced an email leak scandal that led to the ousting of former studio chief Amy Pascal. (Pascal is now a producer on Spider-Man: Homecoming and Barbie.)

Rumors abound regarding what will happen next at Sony Pictures, whose string of major flops including Passengers and Ghostbusters led to the studio’s 5th-place finish in 2016 studio market share, just a notch above Paramount Pictures. Lynton »

- Paola Mardo

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Sony Entertainment chief Michael Lynton to leave for Snapchat

13 January 2017 8:47 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

News of the first major studio departure of the year came on Friday as Sony’s corporate executive officer and CEO of Sony Entertainment announced his exit.

Lynton will officially step down on February 2 as he prepares to become chairman of Snap Inc, owner of Snapchat, the social media platform in which he has been an early investor.

The executive, who has served 13 years at Sony and oversaw the studio as it took a battering during the 2014 hacking scandal, will stay on at the studio for six months to ensure a smooth transition, serving as co-ceo of Sony Entertainment, overseeing the film and music businesses, and as CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Corporation of America.

Lynton will work with Sony Corporation president and CEO Kazuo Hirai to find a replacement as Hirai takes on the additional title of chairman and co-ceo of Sony Entertainment.

Hirai will take a second office at the studio’s Los Angeles »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sony chief Michael Lynton to leave for Snapchat

13 January 2017 8:47 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

News of the first major studio departure of the year came on Friday as Sony’s corporate executive officer and CEO of Sony Entertainment announced his exit.

Lynton will officially step down on February 2 as he prepares to become chairman of Snap Inc, owner of Snapchat, the social media platform in which he has been an early investor.

The executive, who has served 13 years at Sony and oversaw the studio as it took a battering during the 2014 hacking scandal, will stay on at the studio for six months to ensure a smooth transition, serving as co-ceo of Sony Entertainment, overseeing the film and music businesses, and as CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Corporation of America.

Lynton will work with Sony Corporation president and CEO Kazuo Hirai to find a replacement as Hirai takes on the additional title of chairman and co-ceo of Sony Entertainment.

Hirai will take a second office at the studio’s Los Angeles »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Best Editing Oscar: How Do Voters Separate Great Editing and Directing? (Hint: It’s Not Easy.)

11 January 2017 4:40 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Thelma Schoonmaker won the first of her three Academy Awards for “Raging Bull,” she humbly told journalists that she believed she was being honored for work done by the director, Martin Scorsese.

“I won the Oscar for ‘Raging Bull’ for those fight sequences,” said Schoonmaker in a 1991 interview with Wide Angle/Closeup. “If you look at those fight sequences, those were so incredibly storyboarded and shot in an incredible way – that is the conception a good director has to bring.”

Read More: Oscars 2017 -Editors on Bold Storytelling in ‘La La Land,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Moonlight,’ and More

All below-the-line talent interprets a director’s vision through their crafts, but the editor’s work is most closely associated with the director’s. From 1981 to 2016, every Best Picture winner, except “Birdman,” was nominated for Editing. “Birdman” features long, unedited takes and elaborate camera movements; that might be the only way »

- Chris O'Falt

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Cinema Audio Society Announces Sound Mixing Nominees, Including ‘La La Land,’ ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Stranger Things’

10 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Cinema Audio Society has announced its nominees for the 53rd Annual Cas Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for 2016 in seven categories.

On the film side, strong contenders like “La La Land,” “Rogue One” and “Zootopia” picked up nods, while television series like “Game of Thrones,” “blackish” and “Stranger Things” also received nominations. For the first year, the Cas is honoring Documentary films, with nods like “O.J.: Made in America” and “13th” rounding out this inaugural category.

Missing from the film nods are more than a few surprises, including “Deepwater Horizon,” “The Jungle Book” and “Silence.”

“We are blessed this year with a rich portfolio of Cinema Audio art applied. As the creative contributions of sound mixing to modern filmmaking becomes more obvious to the world at large, these productions truly represent the talents of our community,” said Mark Ulano, Cas President, of the announcement.

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- Kate Erbland

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Is the Academy Taking Tom Hanks for Granted?

6 January 2017 3:11 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When he hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the ninth time last October, Tom Hanks delivered his monologue as “America’s Dad.” The sketches David S. Pumpkins and “Black Jeopardy” may have gotten more press, but the monologue fit Hanks like a glove. Clad in a fuzzy sweater, offering us words of encouragement (and money), Hanks pulled it off brilliantly because he truly is what we look for in the ideal parent — warm, trustworthy, and fair. And, like so many lovable dads, we’re in danger of taking Hanks for granted.

Hanks has long been one of our most reliable and beloved icons, the kind of Hollywood star you don’t see much of anymore. He’s a versatile actor, well-regarded by his peers as one of the nicest people in the business, and always seems to be having a great time. And he’s fairly reliable at the box office »

- Jenelle Riley

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