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Right from the get-go, Wes Anderson’s bookish sensibility has been a huge part of his appeal. His first two films, “Bottle Rocket” and “Rushmore,” are imbued with the kind of dense, rich characterization that you typically find only in good fiction. But it wasn’t until his third and arguably best film, 2001’s family epic “The Royal Tenenbaums,” that Anderson’s literary leanings blossomed into a fully realized stylistic obsession. His inclinations as such have been in place ever since, from the short stories that pop up in “The Darjeeling Limited” (“the characters are all fictional”, as one character is fond of saying), the meticulously illustrated children’s books favored by Suzy Bishop in “Moonrise Kingdom” and the arch, omnipotent narration and storybook structure of his most recent concoction “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Save for his delightful stop-motion yarn “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Anderson has never made an outright adaptation »
- Nicholas Laskin
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 offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members 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." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- 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
The Criterion Collection has a bundle of beauty in store for Wes Anderson fans this Fall. His seventh Criterion edition, "Moonrise Kingdom" will feature a new 2K transfer, storyboard animatics, home movies, original documentaries, a map of New Penzance Island and new cover art by Michael Gaskell. Check out detail views of Gaskell's photo-real original cover painting (as shared on Criterion's blog). The mannered milieu of Anderson's kitschy fantasia looks to dazzle when the new release hits shelves September 22. Read More: Wes Anderson Talks Inventing Euro-Past in 'Grand Budapest Hotel' (Exclusive Video) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Wes Anderson continues to put out quirky and colorful award-winning films every couple years, but for Whoopi Goldberg, there.s a certain aspect of color that is blatantly missing from his films. The Oscar-winning actress hosted regular Wes Anderson film star Jason Schwartzman on her talk show The View, and kindly asked the actor to pass along her resume to Anderson after noticing that his films do not have "a lot of folks of colour". This certainly is not the first time Anderson has been criticized for his lack of diversity in films. He is known for using the same actors over and over again, and even as Goldberg pointed out, Jason Schwartzman has been a primary figure in almost all of his films from Grand Budapest Hotel to Moonrise Kingdom to Rushmore. As the interview on The View started, Goldberg jumped right to her point, explaining that she loves »
The Oscar-winning actress was speaking to Schwartzman, a regular in Anderson's films, on Us talk show The View when she brought out her CV.
She was also keen to make a point to Anderson, stating that his films should feature more "folks of colour".
"I want to do this right," she said to Schwartzman, "because you know I love all the Wes Anderson movies and that you starred in like, almost all of them - Grand Budapest Hotel and Moonrise Kingdom and Rushmore and all of those.
"So, I noticed there's not a lot of folks of colour, and I thought I would like to give you my resume to give to Wes Anderson and just to let him know I'm available. As you see, I've interned on The Late Show. »
This month on the Newsstand, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee and Scott Nye to discuss the September 2015 Criterion Collection line-up, as well as the latest in Criterion rumors, news, packaging, and more.
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Shownotes Topics The September Criterion Line-up (and the delayed announcement) Orson Welles Updates: Issa Clubb at the University Of Michigan, Chimes At Midnight, It’s All True, The Immortal Story, Othello New titles rumored: In Cold Blood (Richard Brooks), The Decalogue, The Graduate, Valley Of The Dolls / Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls, Janus Films: A Poem Is A Naked Person theatrical run, poster, trailer, etc. Last month’s E-mail newsletter drawing: empty coat (Young And Innocent?) The Apu Trilogy poster is now available from the Criterion store Episode Links The September Criterion Collection line-up … Blind Chance (1981) Gérard DuBois Breaker Morant (1980) Mister Johnson (1990) Sean Phillips. »
- Ryan Gallagher
Wait, wasn't Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" supposed to hit stores in July? That was the plan, but there were delays, and now the movie is leading Criterion's slate for September. To recap, "Moonrise Kingdom" will come with an audio commentary by Wes Anderson, a fancy "restored" 2K digital transfer, audition footage, storyboards, home movies, and a lot more. Basically, it's what every Anderson fan wants from a home video release and what they've come to expect from Criterion's exacting care. Read More: The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far For those of you have already been through Krzysztof Kieślowski’s "The Decalogue" (or who are breathlessly awaiting the much rumored Criterion edition), the boutique label is bringing the director's 1981 film, "Blind Chance," to home video. Along with the standard interviews and 4K restoration, this edition will contain nine sections from the film originally censored by the Central »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We've seen "Mad Men" star Kiernan Shipka grow up on the hit AMC show, but with the series saying goodbye this past spring, the teenage actress is now spreading her wings with some interesting indie films. Earlier this year "One And Two" hit the Berlin International Film Festival, and now comes "Fan Girl," and today we have an exclusive clip from the picture. Read More: The Best 10 Episodes of 'Mad Men' Co-starring Kara Haywood ("Moonrise Kingdom") and newcomer Joshua Boone, the story follows Telulah Farrow, an ironic high school cool girl who has two obsessions in life: pop punk music and making films. With just a few short days to come up with a killer final film project that could bring festival fame, Telulah gets a once in a lifetime chance to see her music idols in concert. She hatches a plan to bring her passions together, accompanied by smart mouthed wing-girl Jamie, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Editor's Note: The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published. The Locarno Film Festival will be taking place August 5th to 15th. ***Like all the great actors, Edward Norton has something that allows him to withhold something from his characters, thus maintaining an element of mystery in every performance. Primal Fear, the film that made his name in 1996 and which won him the first of three Oscar nominations, is emblematic in this regard. His character, Aaron Stampler, the altar-boy accused of murdering the archbishop of Chicago, is full of opacities, and also allowed the young actor to play across a range of different registers, preventing the film »
- Carlo Chatrian
Birdman star to receive Excellence Award.
Us actor, director and producer Edward Norton is to attend the 68th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 5-15), where he will be awarded the Excellence Award Moët & Chandon.
Norton will also participate in an on-stage conversation with festival attendees at Locarno’s Spazio Cinema (Forum). The tribute will include the screening of a selection of films from his career.
Carlo Chatrian, the festival’s artistic director, said of Norton: “He is someone who has shown immense talent in giving shape to characters as fascinating and complex as the times in which we live.”
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Creative Impact Agency is in expansion mode.
The advertising agency has opened a New York City office and has tapped Jessica Tabin to run the new bureau.
Over the past 10 years, the Los Angeles-based company has cooked up print and digital campaigns and advised on media buys for such companies as Paramount, Sony, Fox, HBO, the Weinstein Company, Disney, Open Road, PBS, Six Flags, and Roadside Attractions.
As head of New York operations, Tabin will work with Big Apple-based clients such as A24, HBO and the Weinstein Company. The office will be in SoHo.
She joins Creative Impact Agency after overseeing film and television accounts at Sawyer Studios, where she worked on campaigns for such movies and shows as IFC’s “Boyhood,” HBO’s “The Jinx,” and the PBS multipart documentary “The Roosevelts.” Previously Tabin served as vice president, marketing and creative services at Terry Hines & Associates, where she worked »
- Brent Lang
Over the next four months, indie labels are invading popcorn-movie season, hoping to prove that summer isn’t just for blockbusters.
While multiplexes will be filled with rampaging dinosaurs and costumed Avengers, companies like Sony Pictures Classics, Roadside Attractions and Fox Searchlight are countering with challenging tales about teenage sexual awakening, troubled musical geniuses and a cancer-stricken high-schooler.
If the gamble pays off, then festival favorites such as “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Love & Mercy” and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” will act as shrewd counterprogramming. If it doesn’t, these films and others of their ilk will be steamrollered by the likes of “Jurassic World” and “Minions.”
“We like the summer for independent film, because you’re usually against one or two films for the adult audience as opposed to seven at Oscar time,” said Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions.
In past summers, Cohen has »
- Brent Lang
On most years, Memorial Day weekend launches the first or second weekends of several major specialized successes, such as "Before Midnight," "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Tree of Life," and "Midnight in Paris." Even last year saw the modest debut of "Words and Music" ($88,000 in 10 theaters). This year? The best of the openers was mid-level Studio Ghibli animated release "When Marnie Was There" (GKids). Second weekend "I'll See You in My Dreams" (Bleecker Street) expanded impressively, showing once again that older audiences will respond to a star-driven story. Other news this week was the confirmation that the New York Times' is continuing to cut back on their review coverage. This week, two they skipped -- Indian "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" and the VOD-showing "Chocolate City" --both actually managed decent results despite the slight. Opening "When Marnie Was There" (GKids) - Criticwire: »
- Tom Brueggemann
Mid-May, when most of the specialized industry is encamped on Cannes' Croisette, is not usually a prime opening date for new limited releases. Only "Frances Ha" in recent years has had a strong or better ($20,000+) per-scree- average this weekend, although later in the month around Memorial Day has seen some huge openings ("Midnight in Paris," "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Tree of Life" leading the way). That creates opportunities for enterprising distributors to take advantage in hopes of getting more attention, better access to top theaters and a clear shot at being top performer of the weekend. "I'll See You in My Dreams" (second release from Bleecker Street, who earlier this year opened "Danny Collins") was one of three older-cast movies in Sundance's Premiere section to be acquired (along with "Grandma" and "A Walk in the Woods," opening later this year from Sony Pictures Classics and Broad Green »
- Tom Brueggemann
Lenina has become famous for her eye-catching attire and similarly quirky hairstyles at the film festival since 2003, and the star didn't disappoint with her crimped traffic cone-style 'do at the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere.
So distracting was her giant hair that we almost failed to notice her pair of feathered wings and completely sheer dress with strategically placed white embellishments to protect her modesty.
We pity the poor attendee seated behind her during the screening though...
Meanwhile, Theron stunned in a canary yellow figure-hugging Dior as she was accompanied by other stars from the George Miller movie including Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz and Courtney Eaton.
But back to Lenina's spectacular hair - and here's our favourite Elena Lenina »
Last year, the Cannes Film Festival got off to the worst possible start. The opening night slot has always had ups and downs (read our feature on the best and worst of them here), and for every "Moonrise Kingdom" or "Up," there was a "Da Vinci Code" or "Blindness," but "Grace Of Monaco" was something else: a rotten, ill-conceived biopic of Grace Kelly that hasn't just skipped U.S theaters entirely, it's actually premiering on Lifetime. Read More: 10 Movies Booed At Cannes Festival head Thierry Fremaux clearly had some making up to do with this year's opening night film, and he's eschewed big Hollywood stars for a more modest, homegrown effort in Emmanuelle Bercot's "Standing Tall," which also marks the first time since Diane Kurys' "A Man In Love" in 1987 that a film from a female director has kicked off Cannes. The result is a sturdy, grounded drama »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Chicago – As the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association – heads into its last four nights, the variety and depth of the films that are being screened continues to astound and entertain. It all takes place at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, May 4 through 7, 2015.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the final four nights of films. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
’Quitters’ Screens on Monday, May 4th, at the Chicago Critics Film Festival
Photo credit: Chicago Critics Film Festival
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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