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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

30 June 2015 6:47 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

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 »

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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

27 June 2015 4:15 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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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

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

26 June 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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. »

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Academy invites 322 artists and executives to Membership

26 June 2015 11:12 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 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 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “This year, 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.” The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into DarknessMartin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot FuzzHeather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “InceptionKevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along »

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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

26 June 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

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Emma Watson Joining Tom Hanks in Tech Thriller 'The Circle'

25 June 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"The Circle" is complete: Emma Watson has been tapped to star in the technological thriller alongside Tom Hanks.

Hanks will produce the flick, based on the novel by Dave Eggers, as well as play a yet-to-be-determined role. Watson will play the lead, described as "a recent college graduate who scores a job at a powerful Internet monopoly, called the Circle, which boasts a gorgeous campus and incredible amenities for its employees," per Vanity Fair. The site writes:

After ascending the ranks fairly quickly, she discovers herself to be in the center of a corporation linking "users' personal e-mails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency." A press release for the project explains that the film will explore "the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted, and monetized and used for surveillance, »

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Emma Watson Joins Tom Hanks in 'The Circle'

24 June 2015 8:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

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Emma Watson To Star Alongside Tom Hanks In James Ponsoldt’s The Circle

24 June 2015 2:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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 »

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Emma Watson Joins Tom Hanks in Thriller ‘The Circle’

24 June 2015 2:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emma Watson will star alongside Tom Hanks in James Ponsoldt’s upcoming feature adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel “The Circle.”

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.

Alicia Vikander had been attached to star in “The Circle” when the film was being sold at Cannes but has left the project.

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 »

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Emma Watson Joins Tom Hanks in the Feature Film Adaptation of The Circle

24 June 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

[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

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Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke find the truth in new trailer for Regression

10 June 2015 9:06 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Emma Watson and her American accent (circa The Bling Ring) are back onscreen in Alejandro Amenábar’s (The Others) upcoming thriller, Regression

In the film, 90s-era detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates Angela’s (Watson) claim that her father committed something terrible – but she can’t remember exactly what. Thrown into a horrifying mystery, Kenner must wade his way through lies, threats, and suspicion before he becomes the next victim of a national conspiracy.

Though we’d really, really like Watson to regress (ahem) into her Bling Ring character’s La drawl – imagine Regression’s Angela confessing to Ethan Hawke, “I think this situation is a huge learning lesson for me.” – just the sheer fact that Emma Watson has a new movie out is enough to have us already in line at the box office.

Regression also stars Remus Lupin – uh, I mean David Thewlis – and the insanely talented Swedish-Danish »

- Sasha James

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Movie News: New 'Ant-Man' Pics; Watch Shopping Under Duress in 'Terminator: Genisys' Clip

2 June 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Ant-Man: Paul Rudd stars in Ant-Man as a thief turned tiny yet proportionally strong superhero. New photos show him in a determined pose and also dressed up in his colorful outfit. Another new image showcases co-stars Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lilly as they share a moment. The movie opens in theaters on July 17. [Marvel]   The Little Mermaid: Sofia Coppola (The Bling Ring) has exited a new version of The Little Mermaid. She agreed to direct the live-action project several months ago, but now "creative differences" have arisen. Caroline Thompson wrote the latest draft of the screenplay, based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale about a mermaid who wants to live on land. [Deadline]   Bad Moms: Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann have said...

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News Briefs: New 'Ant-Man' Pics; Watch an Explosive Clip from 'Terminator: Genisys'

1 June 2015 10:44 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Ant-Man: Paul Rudd stars in Ant-Man as a thief turned tiny yet proportionally strong superhero. New photos show him in a determined pose and also dressed up in his colorful outfit. Another new image showcase Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lilly as they share a moment. The movie opens in theaters on July 17. [Marvel]   The Little Mermaid: Sofia Coppola (The Bling Ring) has exited a new version of The Little Mermaid. She agreed to direct the live-action project several...

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Sofia Coppola pulls out of directing The Little Mermaid due to creative differences

1 June 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid is looking for a new director.

Sofia Coppola was signed on to direct the film, but has pulled out due to creative differences, according to Deadline.

The film has been written by Edward Scissorhands screenwriter Caroline Thompson, and is said to be based around the darker Hans Christian Andersen fairytale rather than Disney's version.

The story follows a mermaid who wishes to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning.

Universal has been looking for a perfect Ariel for some time and it seems like the choice of actress may have been the issue that caused the partnership split.

The studio and Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, who are producing, are still moving forward with the project, though no other director has been announced.

Coppola's previous directorial credits include The Bling Ring, Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides. »

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Sofia Coppola Exits The Little Mermaid

1 June 2015 1:52 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After coming aboard Universal and Working Title’s live-action retelling of classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid a year ago, Sofia Coppola has jumped ship on the project, Deadline reports.

As expected, “creative differences” are being cited as the reason for the departure, but it’s not hard to fill in the blanks there. Coppola, whose past films have included The Virgin SuicidesLost in TranslationSomewhere and The Bling Ring, is known for directing somber, decidedly adult dramas, and she likely had a very distinctive vision for what she wanted her take on the Hans Christian Andersen tale to look like.

Universal and Working Title likely couldn’t completely get behind Coppola’s ideas for the movie, which led to the rift between the director and the studios. That being said, The Little Mermaid is still very much a go, with Caroline Thompson (The Nightmare Before ChristmasEdward Scissorhands »

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Sofia Coppola Exits Universal’s The Little Mermaid

1 June 2015 1:48 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It’s been over a year since we heard the news that Sofia Coppola would direct a new version of The Little Mermaid for Universal Pictures and Working Title, and we’ve heard pretty much nothing about the project since. Which makes today’s news kind of non-news: Deadline reports that Coppola has exited the project, citing creative differences. The Lost in Translation filmmaker had been tasked with crafting a new live-action take on the Hans Christian Anderson tale, but it appears that we won’t be seeing her vision after all. Per Variety, She and Universal differed when it came to casting Ariel. Coppola was keen on newcomer Maya Thurman Hawke, the daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, but the studio was wary about the choice. Despite Coppola's exit, Universal and Working Title are still moving forward with the project, with Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands) having penned the »

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Coppola Drops Out Of "Little Mermaid"

1 June 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation," "The Bling Ring") will no longer direct "The Little Mermaid" live-action film at Universal Pictures and Working Title.

Coppola has departed the movie due to creative differences. Coppola met with producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner recently in London and casting is already well underway on the film.

Caroline Thompson wrote the script for this story of a mermaid who gives up her life in the sea after she falls in love with a prince.

The studio is still said to be keen to move forward with the project and keep it on track.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Curious bulks up slate

17 May 2015 7:23 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Production, post and distribution company Curious has announced a ramped up production slate across both Australian and Nz projects, including Pat Nalin.s highly anticipated Beyond the Known World due for completion in mid-2015.

Set in The Himalayas, the Nz-India co-production follows an estranged couple who journey to India in order to search for their missing daughter. The cast includes David Wenham (Lord of the Rings, 300, Top of the Lake), Sia Trokenheim (Step Dave, Everything We Loved), and Emmanuelle Beart (8 Femmes) and is currently in post-production at Curious Auckland.

Matthew Horrocks and Kristian Eek will produce while Matt Noonan and Sarah Noonan are the EPs. Arclight Films is handling international sales. Curious will distribute in Australia and Nz.

Director Taika Watiti of Boy and What We Do in The Shadows has a new comic adventure up his sleeve, with Hunt for the Wilderpeople commencing production on May 18, 2015 in New Zealand. »

- Emily Blatchford

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Cannes: Curious Films Sets Diverse Slate

17 May 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pan Nalin’s “Beyond the Known World,” which is now in post-production, heads the production and co-production slate of Australia and New Zealand mini-conglomerate Curious Films.

The film marks a return to the Himalayas for noted stylist Nalin (“Samsara,” “Valley of Flowers”) and stars David Wenham, Sia Trokenheim and Emmanuelle Beart.

Structured as a New Zealand-India co-production, is the story of an estranged couple who travel to India in search of their missing daughter. Matthew Horrocks and Kristian Eek are set as producers. Arclight Films is handling international sales. Curious will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.

Taika Waititi’s comic adventure “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a follow-up to his festival hit vampire mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows,” kicked off production May 18. “Wilderpeople” stars Sam Neill (“The Piano”) and Julian Dennison (“Paper Planes”). Waititi is producing with Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders and Matt Noonan. Madman Entertainment has acquired »

- Patrick Frater

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'Ex Machina' Studio A24 Launching TV Division With Channing Tatum-Produced Comedy, Asia-Set Action Show (Exclusive)

12 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the May 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Yet another movie company is testing the television waters. A24, the 3-year-old distributor behind such indie films as Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring and current hit Ex Machina, is the latest to push aggressively into TV, citing independent player Media Rights Capital among its role models. With partners Ravi Nandan and John Hodges overseeing the division, A24 will be focused on a model that allows for both independent financing and straightforward producing, depending on the outlet

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