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Morgan Spurlock & Paul Allen Tap Auteurs for Short Film Series 'We the Economy'

16 September 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The series will blend animation, comedy, nonfiction and narrative to investigate the current state of the Us economy. "We the Economy" will launch in October across VOD, online, broadcast, mobile and theatrical platforms.  Here's the full list of directors, many of whom are respected film and TV actors and auteur filmmakers: Ramin Bahrani ("99 Homes," "Goodbye Solo")Bob Balaban ("Gosford Park," "The Exonerated")Joe Berlinger ("Brother’s Keeper," "Paradise Lost" trilogy) Jon M. Chu ("Step Up," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation") Marshall Curry ("Street Fight," "If a Tree Falls") Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ("Jesus Camp," "Detropia")Adrian Grenier ("Entourage," "How To Make Money Selling Drugs") Catherine »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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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:

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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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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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Review: Only Lovers Left Alive Brings A Cosmopolitan Maturity To The Ailing Vampire Genre

10 April 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Detroit is the new Transylvania in Jim Jarmusch's delightfully detached vampire reverie Only Lovers Left Alive. The film manages to build significantly upon and outdo Neil Jordan's recent Byzantium in terms of clawing back the genre from its more recent sparkly teen focus. The mature tone is pregnant with the kind of disaffected slow gaze that would probably result from a century or three on this imperfect earth with its revolving social cycles. It achieves a modern-Gothic romanticism better than pop culture's own aging vampire-queen Anne Rice ever managed in novel form or when adapted to celluloid. It evokes the people exodus and urban decay of Motor City in such a transcendent fashion that it nearly renders Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's Detropia redundant. Undoubtedly,...

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'The $11 Billion Year' Promo Tour Hits Los Angeles

14 March 2014 2:20 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Yes, I am hocking my first book, "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," which puts the industry under the microscope as I look at the hits and misses of 2012, laying out the current movie ecosystem.  After the Oscars, first stop was New York City, where Peggy Siegal and documentarian Katharina Otto ("Absolute Wilson") threw a fantasy book party hosted by Eamonn BowlesBruce CohenAlex Gibney and James Schamus, among others. I was delighted that so many of my old friends came, from my Premiere pals James Meigs and Glenn Kenny and EW's Mark Harris and Owen Gleiberman, to recent Lincoln Center Film Society chief Rose Kuo, distributors Bob and Jeanne Berney, Ira Deutchman, and Daniel Battsek, producers Christine Vachon and Ed Pressman, critics Molly Haskell and Annette Insdorf, and MoMA's Rajendra Roy and Dave Kehr. Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady »

- Anne Thompson

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TV: Six More Makers Docs to Air on PBS This Summer

22 January 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

PBS will air six documentaries about women's progress in the divergent fields of war, space, comedy, business, Hollywood, and politics starting in June.  Oscar-nominated filmmakers Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Jesus CampDetropia) will direct two of the installments, while Linda Goldstein KnowltonGrace Lee, and Jamila Wignot will helm three others.  Founded in 2012, the Makers series chronicles the trailblazing work women have accomplished in the last fifty years.  Below are the descriptions of the upcoming Makers episodes:  Makers: Women & War looks at American women's increasing participation in war -- from Vietnam to the present -- as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was "outed" as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents Molly Moore,...

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- Inkoo Kang

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PBS Announces Six New Docs In Its Female-Focused 'Makers' Series, Two From Oscar Nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing

21 January 2014 9:44 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

PBS has announced that this summer it will be airing six new hour-long installments in its documentary series "Makers: Women Who Make America." Founded by filmmaker Dyllan McGee, the "Makers" project launched in 2012 and is a multi-platform initiative that also includes a growing online collection of more than 200 original video interviews. The new films, which are directed and produced by the likes of Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing ("Detropia") and Rory Kennedy ("Ghosts of Abu Ghraib"), expand on the three-hour doc "Makers: Women Who Make America," which premiered in February 2013 and told the story of the American women’s movement over the last half-century. Here's the list of new films, which will premiere between June and September -- descriptions are courtesy of PBS: Makers: Women & War looks at American women’s increasing participation in war—from Vietnam to the present—as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, »

- Alison Willmore

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PBS Announces Six New Docs In Its Female-Focused 'Makers' Series, Two From Oscar Nominees Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing

21 January 2014 9:44 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

PBS has announced that this summer it will be airing six new hour-long installments in its documentary series "Makers: Women Who Make America." Founded by filmmaker Dyllan McGee, the "Makers" project launched in 2012 and is a multi-platform initiative that also includes a growing online collection of more than 200 original video interviews. The new films, which are directed and produced by the likes of Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing ("Detropia") and Rory Kennedy ("Ghosts of Abu Ghraib"), expand on the three-hour doc "Makers: Women Who Make America," which premiered in February 2013 and told the story of the American women’s movement over the last half-century. Here's the list of new films, which will premiere between June and September -- descriptions are courtesy of PBS: Makers: Women & War looks at American women’s increasing participation in war—from Vietnam to the present—as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, »

- Alison Willmore

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