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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 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
Playtone and Likely Story announced today that Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast, Noah, The Bling Ring) will star alongside Tom Hanks in James Ponsoldt's upcoming feature adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel The Circle. Shooting on The Circle will start September 2015 in California. The actress replaces Alicia Vikander, who was set to star before eventually passing, after scheduling conflicts arose with Bourne 5.
Eggers' novel focuses on a young woman (Watson) who is hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called The Circle, which links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. The novel turns into a contemporary thriller about the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted and monetized and used for surveillance, rendering privacy obsolete. Here's what director James Ponsoldt »
Playtone and Likely Story announced today that Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast, Noah, The Bling Ring) will star alongside Tom Hanks in James Ponsoldt’s upcoming feature adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel The Circle. Shooting on the film will start September 2015 in California.
The feature adaptation of The Circle, has been written and will be directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now). The film is being produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone, Anthony Bregman for Likely Story, and Ponsoldt.
The film will be presented by Image Nation in association with Parkes MacDonald Productions. Im Global are handling international sales on the film. Us rights are being jointly repped by UTA Independent Film Group and CAA.
Eggers’ novel focuses on a young woman (Watson) who is hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and »
- Michelle McCue
Shooting will start in September in California. Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”) is directing from his own script.
The film is being produced by Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone, Anthony Bregman for Likely Story and Ponsoldt. The film will be presented by Image Nation in association with Parkes MacDonald Productions.
Im Global is handling international sales while U.S. rights are being jointly repped by UTA Independent Film Group and CAA.
Watson will portray an employee hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online »
- Dave McNary
[Press Release] New York, NY – June 24, 2015: Playtone and Likely Story announced today that Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast, Noah, The Bling Ring) will star alongside Tom Hanks in James Ponsoldt’s upcoming feature adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel The Circle. Shooting on The Circle will start September 2015 in California. The feature adaptation of The Circle, has been written and will be directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now). The film is being produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Playtone, Anthony Bregman for Likely Story, and Ponsoldt. The film will be presented by Image Nation in association with Parkes MacDonald Productions. Im Global are handling international sales on the film. Us rights are being jointly repped by UTA Independent Film Group and CAA. Eggers »
- Pietro Filipponi
As inspirational features such as “Heaven Is for Real” and top-rated television efforts like History channel’s “The Bible” and NBC’s “A.D.: The Bible Continues” grow even more popular, it has become clear to the industry that faith-based programming has eclipsed the “niche” rubric and become an engine for both quality storytelling and significant viewership.
For many in the faith-based industry, including executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the future of programming hinges on producers’ ability to deliver content that is both authentic to the beliefs of viewers and entertaining.
“If you’re making something called ‘The Bible,’ for American television, the biggest audience on Earth, you’d better get it right,” says Burnett who, along with Downey, are keynote speakers at this year’s Purpose Summit. “There is a large audience for faith-based material, and they can spot in a second if you aren’t being authentic. »
- Paul Gaita
Many indie filmmakers have made the transition to mainstream movies, and even blockbusters. But as far as ambitious leaps go, few have made as far and wide a jump as Colin Trevorrow. While a director like Darren Aronofsky amassed a deep body of work before tackling the epic scale of “Noah,” Trevorrow went from the charming but tiny indie “Safety Not Guaranteed,” and graduated straight to one of this summer's biggest tentpoles, “Jurassic World” (read our review here). And it was all thanks to Steven Spielberg, a filmmaker who recognized a kindred soul in the tiny indie and a storyteller who understood narrative fundamentals. Read More: 12 Indie Directors Who Jumped To Blockbuster Budgets Tackling “Jurassic World” was in no way part of Trevorrow’s gameplan, as the filmmaker was mounting an modest indie next and was hoping to take a slow and steady path forward. But Spielberg presented him with »
- Rodrigo Perez
Funko announced on Monday their first wave of exclusive San Diego Comic-Con 2015 items. Also in this round-up: details on Demi Lovato guest starring on From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as a trailer and release details for Alleluia.
Funko Sdcc 2015 Exclusives: "Funko is proud to announce our first batch of San Diego Comic-Con exclusives!
Our goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place.
In an effort to provide more of our products to Con-goers, we are Not offering a pre-buy option this year. Without further ado, here is the first installment of Funko’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives list!"
- Tamika Jones
The second season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series premieres this weekend at the Atx Television Festival, and we have four new season two photos to help hold fans over until the show's August 25th television debut on El Rey Network.
Previously released press release -- "Austin, TX (June 1, 2015) -- The long-awaited return of the El Rey Network/Miramax supernatural crime saga, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," is set for Tuesday, August 25th at 9pm Et, it was announced today. With 10 all-new, action-packed hour-long episodes, season two of the horror/crime drama delves into a new and unexpected chapter for the characters after a night at the Titty Twister ripped apart everything they knew about themselves, each other and their souls.
- Derek Anderson
In a sad turn of events, a prominent Game of Thrones crew member died violently while on vacation.Earlier today, Variety passed on the word that it was visual effects editor Katherine Chappell who died in a previously-reported lion attack in South Africa. Chappell was only 29 years old, but had amassed an impressive body of work on both Hollywood and indie productions, including: Captain America: Winter Soldier; Godzilla (2014); Hellbender; Noah; and the upcoming Ron Howard film, In The Heart Of The Sea.Chappell was visiting Lion Park in Johannesburg when she rolled down a window to take photos of a nearby pride of lions. Presumably, a lioness felt threatened and attacked, lunging into the window of Chappell's tour car, and fatally bit the VFX editor on the throat. TwitchFilm extends our condolences to Chappell's family,...
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Neck-chomping creatures of the night are coming back to the small screen this summer, as the El Rey Network has announced that the second season of Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is scheduled to premiere on August 25th:
Press Release -- "Austin, TX (June 1, 2015) -- The long-awaited return of the El Rey Network/Miramax supernatural crime saga, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," is set for Tuesday, August 25th at 9pm Et, it was announced today. With 10 all-new, action-packed hour-long episodes, season two of the horror/crime drama delves into a new and unexpected chapter for the characters after a night at the Titty Twister ripped apart everything they knew about themselves, each other and their souls.
Returning cast members D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Wind Walkers, Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, "Sons of Anarchy"); Eiza González »
- Derek Anderson
Filming on the project aims to begin this Fall with screenwriter Josh Zetumer's first draft already turned in. However getting a helmer hasn't been as smooth. Last month came word via Heroic Hollywood that "Foxcatcher" helmer Bennett Miller and "Noah" director Darren Aronofsky were both offered the directorial gig. It was a gig both apparently turned down.
Today, Meet the Movie Press (via ScreenCrush) reports that both "The Raid" film series helmer Gareth Evans and "A Most Violent Year" director J.C. Chandor were also apparently approached about the gig and turned down the job.
Tatum and the film's producers are obviously pursuing filmmakers with strong cred, but we've learned with a previous "X-Men" film, namely Gavin Hood's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," an auteur can get burned badly by a studio superhero film. "Gambit »
- Garth Franklin
So, Point Break has been remade. We all thought that it might just be a bad dream, but it looks like thry’ve actually gone and done it. The star-power is somewhat limited in this remake of the classic Patrick Swayze/ Keanu Reeves original (which was released in the summer of 1991), with former Home and Away actor Luke Bracey playing the role of undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah (originally played by Reeves) and Édgar Ramírez (The Bourne Ultimatum, Wrath Of The Titans) playing renegade extreme sports athlete Bodhi (originally played by the late, great Patrick Swayze). These are two potential star-making turns for the undoubtably talented actors. Oh, and for some serious character acting support, the likes of Ray Winstone (Noah), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Delroy Lindo (Ransom) are in the film too.
The original movie largely revolved around surfing and skydiving, but this new version adds to that »
- Paul Heath
“Still surfing?” “Every day.”
The film stars Édgar Ramírez (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Carlos the Jackal”) as Bodhi, and Luke Bracey (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “November Man”) as Johnny Utah, along with Ray Winstone (“Noah,” “The Departed”), Teresa Palmer (“Warm Bodies”) and Delroy Lindo (“Sahara,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds”), under the direction of Ericson Core (“Invincible”).
In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller Point Break, a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways.
Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives »
- Michelle McCue
Throughout his career, Danny Trejo's played a wide range of intimidating characters that steal scenes with their powerful presences, and his upcoming role as The Regulator in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series looks to be no exception.
Press Release -- "El Rey Network and Miramax released a first-look image of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" featuring Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills) in his new role as"The Regulator," a horrifying agent of evil who is summoned to perform a deadly errand. Trejo appeared in the "From Dusk Till Dawn" film franchise as "Razor Charlie." Currently in production on its sophomore season, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is slated to return late Summer 2015.
Trejo has had a prolific career in the entertainment industry, yet his road to success has been hard earned and anything but typical, spanning imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, »
- Derek Anderson
For almost the entire running time of this movie, we have no idea what it is about. What is it trying to say? What sort of story is it trying to tell? I’m “biast” (pro): love Rosamund Pike
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
In my head I’m calling this film What Is This I Can’t Even: The Movie. It works at least as well as the blandly generic and not even really apropos Return to Sender, which describes a tiny section of the second act that then resolves itself and has no further bearing on the story. In fact, the bearing it does have on the story hardly makes any sense at all, not on the level of plot, character, or theme. Not that the plot, characters, or putative themes make any sense on a whole-movie level, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
HanWay Films set Douglas Booth (Noah) to star as poet Percy Shelley in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s A Storm in the Stars. He joins Elle Fanning and Bel Powley. Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female director, made waves with her critically acclaimed debut, Wadjda. Production starts this fall, as a European co-production with HanWay introducing the project to buyers this Cannes. UTA Independent Film Group helped package and structure the financing on behalf of the producers, and… »
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