Hearst Hires Tribeca Shortlist, Vice Veteran As Its New Director Of Original Programming

Hearst has hired an executive to command its increasing portfolio of video projects. The media company has tapped Eric Leven, whose previous experience includes positions at Tribeca Shortlist and Vice, as its director of original programming.

At Hearst, Leven will spearhead an operation that includes programming for an assortment of digital platforms. Hearst has been one of the most active producers in the early days of Facebook Watch, producing three separate series for the new content hub. It has also played a big role in the development of Verizon's Go90 thanks to its co-ownership of Complex Networks, whose brands include Rated Red and First We Feast.

Beyond Facebook and Go90, Hearst is also eyeing mobile live streaming platforms like, with whom it has inked a content deal. It discussed that pact, as well as other pieces of programming across its 22 brands, during its most recent presentation at the Newfronts.
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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

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
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271 Invited To Join The Academy

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:


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,
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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees
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.
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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy
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.
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Academy Invites 271 New Members

Academy Invites 271 New Members
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.
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New Twilight Breaking Dawn Clip Shows Cool ‘Behind The Scenes’ Werewolf Action

New Twilight Breaking Dawn clip shows cool 'Behind The Scenes' werewolf action. This new video (below) from Breaking Dawn,recently showed up on the net,and features a ton of new,cool "behind the scenes" info about how they made the special effects for the werewolf scenes in the latest installment. The new clip started off,showing more wolf scenes from Breaking Dawn. Then the visual effects supervisor Eric Leven came on to explain how they put together the werewolf,lumber yard scene,where all the wolves came together to chat about killing Bella's baby. Another crew member also helped out with explaining how they designed the scene to go,along with showing previews of how they made it all come together. It's pretty neat. Check it out,below. Part 1 is still in theaters,now.

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Behind-the-Scenes with the Wolf Pack in ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 1′

Behind-the-Scenes with the Wolf Pack in ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 1′
The Daily has a great look behind-the-scenes of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 with the wolf pack and the special effects wizards who created them. In particular, we get to see a little more into the sequence where the wolves have a conversation entirely among themselves in the lumberyard regarding Bella and her unborn child. Check out the video below:

“The lumberyard sequence was great,” recalled visual effects supervisor Eric Leven. “It was first time in any of these movies that it was just the wolves in wolf form doing their wolf thing.”

Although the wolves communicate telepathically, the sequence remained dialogue-driven.

“We got into a recording room and assigned roles,” said lead animator Hans Brekke. “Then we took the dialogue track and started designing shots, which were loosely based on a storyboard sequence.”

Animators produced a computer-generated pre-visualization of all the lumberyard shots, ensuring that the “speaking” wolf (played by Ab Roller champion Taylor Lautner), would remain in the center of frame.

Armed with the previs, the filmmakers shot the scene over three days, on a lumberyard set complete with giant logs that had to be craned in. Carboard cutouts stood in for the wolves.

Back at Tippett Studio, visual effects artists used an in-house grooming tool called a Furator to create the wolves’ realistic coats and refined the animation to match the voices of the real actors.

The artists also ensured that small details, like the ears, helped demonstrate the hierarchal relationship between the different members of the wolf pack.

“It’s a very alpha thing to do, to push [the ears] forward,” said Brekke.

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'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' visual effects supervisor reveals 'Breaking Dawn' plans

Eric Leven, visual effects supervisor for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, talked to's Steve Weintraub about a great many things - including Eclipse wolf designs, Eclipse collectibles, and more - and one of the things he mentioned is the possibility that the FX crew for Eclipse would come back for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.

"Yeah we’ve started talking with them and obviously we want to work with them again . . . we’re having a good time working with those people," he explained, describing his experience with studio, cast, and crew over the past two films to be a familial situation. "We like the wolves, we like working with them, we like figuring out how to make them interact with the actors."

If they were to come back for Breaking Dawn, though, there are a lot of considerations to be made,
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Visual Effect Supervisor Eric Leven Talks ‘Eclipse’

Visual Effect Supervisor Eric Leven Talks ‘Eclipse’
Collider has a brand new interview with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’s Visual Effects Supervisor, Eric Leven, from Tippet Studios. In the interview Eric talks about the effects in New Moon and Eclipse, especially the wolves, and the differences between Chris Weitz and David Slade. Check out...

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Exclusive Interview: Eric Leven Visual Effects Supervisor on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

While speaking to actors about the movie they’re promoting is always great, if you really want to find out why certain decisions were made behind the scenes, you’ve got to talk to the filmmakers and the crew that worked on the movie. And that’s why I think fans of the Twilight movie franchise are going to enjoy my interview with Eric Leven from Tippett Studio. Because during our extended conversation, Leven (who was the visual effects supervisor on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) discussed why the wolf effects were done a certain way, the difference between Chris Weitz and David Slade on the look of New Moon and Eclipse, is Tippet Studios working on Breaking Dawn, and we also talked about 3D and other projects like Priest and Immortals.

While the entire interview is really interesting as Leven is completely honest about why the wolves looked a certain way,
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Danny Arroyo on new film Repo Chick and his passion for superheroes

Among the stars of the upcoming new movie Repo Chick - Alex Cox's so-called "official non-sequel" to his 1984 sci-fi cult classic Repo Man - is Us actor/writer/producer Danny Arroyo

The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, is co-produced by David Lynch's production company (Eraserhead, Dune, The Elephant Man, Twin Peaks) and produced by Daren Hicks and Simon Tams (producers of Batman: Dead EndSearchers 2.0, Hunter Prey). 

The official synopsis of the project is: "Against the background of the credit crunch and the subprime mortgage crisis in the Us, where repossessions of homes, cars and other forms of property is at a new high, the repo business has expanded to everything from boats, houses, aeroplanes, small nations...children."  

Jaclyn Jonet stars as the central character Pixxi de la Chasse, a rich girl disinherited by her family for her antics. She ends up
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'Iron Man' tops VES Awards nominees

'Iron Man' tops VES Awards nominees
With five nominations, "Iron Man" leads the list for the seventh annual Ves Awards, which were chosen Saturday by panels comprised of members of the Visual Effects Society.

The Marvel Studios-produced superhero movie was cited in the categories of visual effects in a visual effects-driven movie, best single visual effect of the year, outstanding animated character in a live-action movie, outstanding models and miniatures in a feature, and outstanding special effects in a movie. The nominees cited for "Iron Man" are Ben Snow, Hal Hickel, Victoria Alonso and John Nelson.

Its competition for the best visual effects in a visual effects-driven movie honor are "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" (Wendy Rogers, Dean Wright, Andrew Fowler, Greg Butler), "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Eric Barba, Edson Williams, Nathan McGuinness, Lisa Beroud), "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (Michael J. Wassel, Lucy Killick, Adrian de Wet, Eamonn Butler) and "Cloverfield" (Kevin Blank,
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