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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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Watch Yasiin Bey in Trailer for 'Jackie Brown' Prequel, 'Life of Crime'

26 June 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

I remember the so-called prequel being announced back in 2010; at the time there wasn't much info on it - definitely not what actors would appear in it.  We would later learn that Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and John Hawkes (star of Sundance 2012 hit "The Surrogate") had signed on to star in the film, and are joined by Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher and Will ForteDan Schechter directed the film from his own script adaption. Titled "Life of Crime," based on Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch" (the original 1997 film, "Jackie Brown," which starred Pam »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

26 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

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

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Frank Langella Joins Cast of The Driftless Area

8 May 2014 8:47 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Oscar nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, Robot & Frank) has joined the cast of the unconventional romance The Driftless Area alongside the previously announced Anton Yelchin (Like Crazy, Only Lovers Left Alive, Star Trek), three-time Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel (500 Days Of Summer, Elf, All The Real Girls), Oscar® nominee John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter’S Bone, Lincoln), Ciaran Hinds (Munich, There Will Be Blood, HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) and Alia Shawkat (Fox/Netflix’s “Arrested Development,” Cedar Rapids), it was announced today by producers Unified Pictures and Bron Studios.

Adapted from award-winning author Tom Drury’s novel of the same title, The Driftless Area will be directed by Zachary Sluser, who co-wrote the screenplay with Drury.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin on May 14th in greater Vancouver.

The film is being produced by Keith Kjarval, through his Unified Pictures production/finance banner and Aaron L. Gilbert, via Bron Studios, »

- Michelle McCue

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Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel and John Hawkes Join 'The Driftless Area'

23 April 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Unified Pictures and Bron Studios revealed today that Anton Yelchin (Like Crazy, Only Lovers Left Alive, Star Trek), three-time Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel ((500) Days of Summer, Elf, All The Real Girls), Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter's Bone, Lincoln), Ciar&#225n Hinds (Munich, There Will Be Blood, Game of Thrones) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development, Cedar Rapids) will star in the dark comedy The Driftless Area.

Adapted from award-winning author Tom Drury's novel of the same title, The Driftless Area will be directed by Zachary Sluser, who co-wrote the screenplay with Drury.

The film is being produced by Keith Kjarval, through his Unified Pictures production/finance banner and Aaron L. Gilbert, via Bron Studios, in association with CW Media Finance. Nicole Romano at Anonymous Content manages Sluser and is Executive Producer on the film. International sales are being handled by Mimi Steinbauer's Radiant Films, who »

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Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel and More Head to The Driftless Area

23 April 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Unified Pictures and Bron Studios revealed today that Anton Yelchin ( Star Trek , Only Lovers Left Alive ), three-time Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel ( (500) Days of Summer , Elf ), Academy Award nominee John Hawkes ( The Sessions , Winter.s Bone ), Ciaran Hinds ( There Will Be Blood , .Game of Thrones.) and Alia Shawkat (.Arrested Development,. Cedar Rapids ) will star in the dark comedy The Driftless Area . Adapted from award-winning author Tom Drury.s novel of the same title, The Driftless Area will be directed by Zachary Sluser, who co-wrote the screenplay with Drury. The Driftless Area centers on the enigmatic Stella (Deschanel) and Pierre (Yelchin), a quietly resourceful bartender who returns to his hometown after the death of his parents. When Pierre »

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Universal Moves Everest

22 March 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In this modern age, where studios plan their productions so far in advance they are often booking release dates before anyone has lifted a pen to write a script, there is a lot of emphasis on the choices made regarding the timing and size of a film rollout. Today, that emphasis is being applied to Everest, as Universal Pictures has decided to push its 2015 release date back seven whole months.

The film is a 3D adventure thriller, directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns). Based on various books and survivor testimony regarding the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, it details how three separate climbing expeditions were engulfed in a sudden, fatal storm. Starring an ensemble cast including Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners), Josh Brolin (Labor Day), and John Hawkes (The Sessions), the film is a co-production between Universal Pictures, Cross Creek, Walden Media and Working Title.

The reason for the release »

- Sarah Myles

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Legit Season One DVD Review

20 March 2014 6:33 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Legit, Fxx’s Nsfw comedy starring Jim Jefferies, kicks off in oddly similar fashion to The Sessions. Not only is the plot of the pilot focused on the initial entry of MD-suffering character Billy, by way of trying to get him the opportunity to have sex before he dies, but DJ Qualls arguably looks a bit like John Hawkes, especially as done up for their roles.

It does rather diverge from there.

Jefferies, who conveniently plays a brash, ever-cursing comedian (named Jim Jefferies), lives with best friend Steve, and (after we move in a couple of episodes) Steve’s brother Billy. Once past the establishment episodes that cover taking Billy out of his care facility, the show really just covers the life and times of three people who don’t have much to do and/or can’t do much.

At times the show develops along lines that are somewhat similar to a sit-com mold, »

- Marc Eastman

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SXSW Dispatch: She’s Lost Control, Wetlands, Frank

12 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

“I thought I was really onto something,” smiled director Anja Marquardt during the Q&A for She’s Lost Control. “I’d never even heard of The Sessions.” Peculiar profession aside, Marquardt can rest easy: the two films have little to nothing in common. Much more than a narrative quirk, Marquardt uses the untraditional avenue of sex surrogacy to explore the contradiction at the crux of her character study. Our subject here is not John Hawkes in an iron lung, but Ronah, a woman, a graduate student and a sex surrogate on the verge, played with disquieting charisma by high-waisted pant aficionado Brooke Bloom. More alone than […] »

- Sarah Salovaara

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Aussies, Kiwis connect via global showbiz networking site

10 March 2014 8:52 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Stage 32, a free social media and education networking site which links film, television and theatre creatives from around the world, is increasingly popular in Australia and New Zealand.

Australians are consistently among the top 5 active entertainment communities on the Los Angeles-based site, according to spokeswoman Tracey La Monica.

Launched by screenwriter, producer and former magazine publisher Richard Botto in February 2012, Stage 32 has members in more than 186 countries and is used by more than 200,000 professionals each day.

The Stage 32 Lounge enables member to pitch online and to interact and there are job postings, blogs and webinars taught by industry veterans. The organisers say thousands of people have found work, launched projects and made career changing connections on the site, and dozens of writers have been signed or are in development as a result of the pitching sessions.

Among the special members and guest bloggers have been Terence Stamp, Brad Carpenter (Boardwalk »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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10 Obscure Actors Who Deserve More Respect

8 March 2014 6:07 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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You see them all the time: the sort of actors that pop up, are amazing, and then disappear. Sometimes they get a bit part in a big picture; sometimes the Academy throws them a bone with a conciliatory Best Supporting nod.

More often than not, they toil in obscurity, until they’re either plucked out and made famous, land a sweet lead role on an AMC or HBO drama, or end up getting a Lifetime Achievement Award and a contrite handshake at the Oscars when they’re 70 years old.

Here, I’ve put together ten whom I consider to be among the most deserving, and underutilized, actors currently working. Maybe someday they’ll get the recognition they deserve.

 

10. John Hawkes

HBO

You’ve Seen Him In: “Deadwood” (2004-2006)

John Hawkes is one of the all-time “that guy”s; he’s been working consistently since the mid-80s in both film and television, »

- Kyle McCormick

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2014 Independent Spirit Awards predictions

28 February 2014 11:46 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It may be raining. It may be chilly. One thing is for sure, the drinks will be flowing and the giant tent that is the annual home for the Independent Spirit Awards will be buzzing. This year's show will be hosted by comedian and actor Patton Oswalt. The star of "Big Fan" and "Young Adult" is no stranger to entertaining massive and difficult audiences. Oswalt ruled Comic-Con's Hall H a few years ago when he had the tough task of making Disney's slate at the time more exciting than it actually was. He's also following a fantastic hosting performance by Andy Samberg last year. Here's hoping the Spirits can actually deliver two great shows in a row (it tends to lean toward a good show every other year). Like the Golden Globes, and the SAG Awards to an extent, the Spirits mostly focus on the awards presentations. Over the past »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Michael Cera and John Hawkes Will Star in Charlie Kaufman's FX Comedy Pilot 'How and Why'

14 January 2014 11:10 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

One of the most exciting potential series to be announced last year was "How and Why," a half-hour comedy pilot from Charlie Kaufman. The "Synecdoche, New York" filmmaker got his start in television, working as a producer for "Ned and Stacey" and writer on "The Dana Carvey Show" before "Being John Malkovich" came out in 1999, so the project actually represents a return to the small screen for him. Today, FX announced that the pilot has cast its leads -- Michael Cera ("Crystal Fairy") and John Hawkes ("The Sessions") -- and will begin production this spring in North Carolina. The comedy will be the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life. Kaufman will write and direct the pilot and serve as executive producer alongside Anthony Bregman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"). Cera's one of the five directors set »

- Alison Willmore

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Michael Cera and John Hawkes Will Star in Charlie Kaufman's FX Comedy Pilot 'How and Why'

14 January 2014 11:10 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

One of the most exciting potential series to be announced last year was "How and Why," a half-hour comedy pilot from Charlie Kaufman. The "Synecdoche, New York" filmmaker got his start in television, working as a producer for "Ned and Stacey" and writer on "The Dana Carvey Show" before "Being John Malkovich" came out in 1999, so the project actually represents a return to the small screen for him. Today, FX announced that the pilot has cast its leads -- Michael Cera ("Crystal Fairy") and John Hawkes ("The Sessions") -- and will begin production this spring in North Carolina. The comedy will be the story of a man who can explain how and why a nuclear reactor works, but is clueless about life. Kaufman will write and direct the pilot and serve as executive producer alongside Anthony Bregman ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"). Cera's one of the five directors set »

- Alison Willmore

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Sundance 2014: Most Anticipated in U.S. Dramatic Competition

12 January 2014 9:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

About the Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition: “Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.”

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in “The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins 

Directed by Craig Johnson

Written by Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman

Saturday Night Live alumni Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig headline a drama as twins reconnecting with each other and life. The plot seems vaguely reminiscent of The Savages, which starred Laura Linney and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as siblings bonding over the slow death of  their father. However, with these characters focusing solely on one another, the built-in chemistry Hader and Wiig have together will no doubt factor heavily into the audience’s enjoyment, especially if viewers are already fans. They played a couple in charge of an amusement park in the 2009 comedy Adventureland and have a »

- Lane Scarberry

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