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Academy Brings Architect Renzo Piano to N.Y. to Tout Movie Museum Plans

Academy Brings Architect Renzo Piano to N.Y. to Tout Movie Museum Plans
Ninety years after Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford first floated the idea of creating a museum for the movie business, the completion of Hollywood’s first major movie museum is finally nearing. Architect Renzo Piano and officials from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences traveled to Manhattan Monday to preview the project for East Coast press.

After fits and starts, funding headaches and clashing visions, the 300,000-square-foot Academy Museum will open in mid-2019. Its backers, AMPAS, better known as the group that hands the Oscars, promise that the museum will be an immersive experience that will feature everything from screenings to talks to props and items from iconic movies.

“It’s much more than a museum,” said Academy Museum director Kerry Brougher at the Plaza Hotel. “It’s a hub for film lovers…to come and experience film in different ways.”

The museum will cost in excess of
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Filmart: Wide House announce deals for Carlos Saura, Berlin docs (exclusive)

Films include Renzo Piano, The Architect Of Light and The Waldheim Waltz.

France’s Wide House has announced a raft of deals on their documentaries Renzo Piano, The Architect Of Light, The Waldheim Waltz, The Raft and The Green Lie, with the first selling to Hong Kong (Edko), Italy (I Wonder) and Joint Entertainment (Taiwan).

Acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura’s documentary on the famous architect behind the New York Times building and the Pompidou Centre, Renzo Piano, The Architect Of Light, follows the two friends on one of the architect’s last projects: the Botin Art Center on the
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Academy Museum’s Chief Operating Officer Rich Cherry to Resign

Rich Cherry, the chief operating officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s yet-to-open film museum, has resigned after one year in the position.

AMPAS made the announcement Wednesday evening in a statement that said Cherry would depart at the end of February. It did not explain why he was leaving.

“The Academy is grateful to Rich Cherry for his service over the past year as our Chief Operating Officer,” it said. “During his time with the Museum, he helped guide us effectively through a critical period of construction and institutional planning. Rich will remain with the Museum through the end of February. We wish him success as he focuses on his museum consultancy firm. The Museum has begun a search for the next COO.”

Cherry took the post in February 2017. He previously was involved with the construction of The Broad museum in downtown Los Angeles.

The film museum’s construction was originally scheduled
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Renzo Piano Comes to Hollywood: 5 Things We Learned About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Renzo Piano Comes to Hollywood: 5 Things We Learned About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Renowned architect Renzo Piano and Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Director Kerry Brougher gathered for a lively Q&A at the Academy’s Goldwyn Theater, hosted by Academy governor Laura Dern.

After Thursday’s announcement that the Academy Museum had passed $300 million in fundraising (about 80 percent of their goal, thanks to recent contributions from Bloomberg, Netflix, and the family foundations of Charles V. Roven and Thomas Spiegel), the discussion provided an overview of the architectural design and cultural vision for the museum, under construction at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire, and scheduled to open in 2019. The museum, which celebrates Hollywood’s past, present, and future, consists of the six-story, 300,000 square-foot Saban building (formerly the legendary May Co. department store) and an adjoining 1,000-seat spherical theater.

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“The museum is a place of life for the community,
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Academy Museum Gets Funding From Netflix, Charles Roven, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Academy Museum Gets Funding From Netflix, Charles Roven, Bloomberg Philanthropies
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has received contributions from Netflix, Bloomberg Philanthropies, producer Charles Roven, and Tom Spiegel — bringing the delayed project to nearly 80% of its $388 million funding goal.

The museum project has been beset by cost overruns and remains more than $78 million shy of its revised budget. The Academy Museum was originally slated to open this year; it’s now set to open its doors sometime in 2019.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn’t disclose the amounts of the new donations, but the total was less than $23 million. Last month, Haim and Cheryl Saban gave $50 million to the Academy Museum, the biggest contribution to date. With the gift, the Academy renamed the May Company building, which will house the main part of the museum, the Saban Building.

The museum, at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, is designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano. It will feature
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Academy Museum Opens Doors for Preview, But Big Financial Questions Remain

Academy Museum Opens Doors for Preview, But Big Financial Questions Remain
When the Academy invited press for a hard-hat tour of its long-delayed, over-budget Museum of Motion Pictures, we heard Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti say nice things, as did new Academy president John Bailey, museum director Kerry Brougher, new chair of new board of trustees Ron Meyer, and museum committee chair Kathleen Kennedy. Yes, it’s great that, after 90 (!) years of planning, we’re finally getting a 300,000 square-foot Los Angeles movie museum at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire to celebrate Hollywood past, present, and future.

However, that’s not what we came for. We wanted to know when it’s going to be finished and what it’s going to look like. (Notably, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, who did much of the heavy lifting and controversy-dodging about museum funding and and construction, was on site but not part of the press conference. And Lacma director Michael Govan showed up late for the construction-site tour.
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Academy Museum Opens Doors for Preview, But Big Financial Questions Remain

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Academy Museum Opens Doors for Preview, But Big Financial Questions Remain
When the Academy invited press for a hard-hat tour of its long-delayed, over-budget Museum of Motion Pictures, we heard Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti say nice things, as did new Academy president John Bailey, museum director Kerry Brougher, new chair of new board of trustees Ron Meyer, and museum committee chair Kathleen Kennedy. Yes, it’s great that, after 90 (!) years of planning, we’re finally getting a 300,000 square-foot Los Angeles movie museum at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire to celebrate Hollywood past, present, and future.

However, that’s not what we came for. We wanted to know when it’s going to be finished and what it’s going to look like. (Notably, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, who did much of the heavy lifting and controversy-dodging about museum funding and and construction, was on site but not part of the press conference. And Lacma director Michael Govan showed up late for the construction-site tour.
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Rushes. Jonathan Demme, Cannes Jury, Reactionary French Comedy, Academy Museum

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveriesNEWSJonathan Demme with Anthony Hopkins on the set of The Silence of the LambsWe are very saddened to learn that the American director Jonathan Demme has died at 73. Demme won a Best Director Academy Award for The Silence of the Lambs, but that hardly summarizes or rewards the remarkable extent of his beautiful filmmaking. Just last year he released one of his very best works, the concert film Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids. Below is his 1985 music video for New Order's "The Perfect Kiss":Last year's jury for the Cannes Film Festival was lambasted as misguided after awarding the Palme d'Or not to Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann but to Ken Loach's I, Blake. The 2017 jury, headed by Pedro Almodóvar, has been announced and seems an attempt to make up for last year's kerfuffle: directors Maren Ade, Agnès Jaoui,
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Entertainment Education: 20 Schools Offering Competitive Film Instruction

These 20 standout schools offer competitive, world-renowned cinema instruction for aspiring filmmakers:

American Film Institute

Los Angeles

With several of its alumni receiving awards and nominations during the 2016-17 awards season, AFI’s newly implemented programs aim to further increase the progression of students from education to the workforce. Students have the opportunity to take screenwriting courses that employ the collaborative format of a TV writers’ room for creating pilots, and participate in the AFI Writers’ Room Ready, pairing graduating screenwriters and their pilot scripts with accomplished AFI mentors. This year, AFI alumnus and cinematographer Frederick Elmes will receive the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, an honor that recognizes the exceptional creative talents of an AFI alum who embodies the qualities of cinematographer Schaffner.

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, Calif.

The private Pasadena college boasts a wide range of educational partnerships, allowing students to collaborate with industry partners and gain real-world experience.
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Academy Scrambles to Avert Museum Disaster (Exclusive)

On March 28, the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences met behind closed doors to consider the fate of Dawn Hudson, the organization’s CEO. The conversation grew heated as some of Hollywood’s leading figures blasted her oversight of the Academy museum, according to sources in the room.

The Academy broke ground on the long-awaited project in March 2016, as construction crews began demolishing the back half of the old May Co. department store on Wilshire Boulevard. The museum is now two years behind schedule, has blown its original budget, and is facing potentially costly overruns.

Inside the boardroom at Academy headquarters in Beverly Hills, Paramount Pictures chairman Jim Gianopulos presented a report from a consultant on the Academy’s finances. Gianopulos, who chairs the finance committee, said the organization was heading for an iceberg, and expressed a lack of confidence in Hudson’s leadership. Cheryl Boone Isaacs,
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Academy Museum Switches Builders for Construction of Final 'Sphere' Phase (Exclusive)

The long-awaited Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is due to open in early 2019 on the site of the former May Co. Streamline Moderne building at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, is about to enter its next and final phase of construction, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

On June 1, Matt Construction, which specializes in complex projects and which won a bid on March 22, will begin overseeing the construction of a spherical building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano — the signature architectural component of the new museum — while the firm of Morley +...
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Jerome Seydoux Pathé Foundation Restores Abel Gance’s Monumental ‘La Roue’

In the wake of receiving Pathé’s silent film library last year, the Jerome Seydoux Pathé Foundation, founded in 2014 and headed by Sophie Seydoux, is planning to restore Abel Gance’s monumental “La Roue” (The Wheel) in its original six-hour version, as a pan-European endeavor.

The Jerome Seydoux Pathé Foundation occupies the historic Gaumont Gobelins cinema building in Paris, that has been subjected to a spectacular renovation project by architect Renzo Piano.

Film restorations undertaken to date include Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now Redux,” Claude Sautet’s 1983 “Garcon!” and Abel Gance’s lesser-known 1940 “Paradis Perdu.”

Now entering its third-year of activity, one of Sophie Seydoux’s main priorities is film restoration. Restoration of Abel Gance’s pic “La Roue” is its most ambitious project to date.

The pan-European project involves the French Cinematheque, Cineteca di Bologna, with which the Foundation has a close working relationship, German pubcaster Zdf (especially
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Busan: Wide House sells 'Hitler's Hollywood' doc to Sweden

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Busan: Wide House sells 'Hitler's Hollywood' doc to Sweden
Exclusive: Company also inks deals for I Am Not Your Negro and Renzo Piano.

Notable for being an exclusively European done deal at Busan’s Asian Film Market, French sales company Wide House has sold documentary Hitler’s Hollywood to Sweden (Njuta).

The company has also announced deals on Renzo Piano, An Architect For Santander and Toronto title I Am Not Your Negro.

Hitler’s Hollywood delves into the Third Reich’s heavily-censored German dream factory - complete with celebrity star system and the period’s latest marketing tools - producing Nazi hits such as Munchhausen at the request of Joseph Goebbels.

The film was previously pre-sold to the Us (Kino Lorber) and the UK (Eureka), and is aiming at January/February festivals.

Directed by Rudiger Suchsland, Hitler’s Hollywood is the follow-up to the filmmaker’s debut documentary on German cinema, From Caligari To Hitler [pictured], which premiered in the Venice Classics sidebar in 2014.

“Hitler’s Hollywood
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Italy’s I Wonder scores doc haul including Gibney, Herzog titles

Italy’s I Wonder scores doc haul including Gibney, Herzog titles
Exclusive: Italian distributor buys docs including Zero Days and Lo And Behold and a number of narrative dramas.

Italian distributor I Wonder Pictures has struck deals for a number of documentaries, confirming its place as a key player in the doc market.

Andrea Romeo, I Wonder managing director, has picked up a number of films that screened at the recent Italian Biografilm festival, of which he is also the artistic director.

Acquisitions include Alex Gibney’s Zero Days, Werner Herzog’s Lo And Behold and Morgan Neville’s Music Of Strangers about cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

Also picked up were the Paula Vaccaro and Jim Jarmusch-produced celebration of Howard Bookner, Uncle Howard; refugee story Those Who Jump; doc thriller The Lovers And The Despot; and Ester Gould’s Strike A Pose, the what-happened-next chronicle about the dancers of Madonna’s 1990 music tour.

I Wonder, which has previously released documentaries Citizenfour, The Look Of Silence and [link
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Academy Delays Museum Opening to Spring 2018 After Avoiding Lawsuit

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is now targeting a spring 2018 opening, a delay of several months due to planning details.

Last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences reached an agreement with Fix the City, an advocacy group with concerns about the impact of the museum on the mid-Wilshire neighborhood. The Academy is working with the group, which entails added details to address such questions as parking and traffic.

The Los Angeles City Council in June unanimously approved plans, but there was a threatened suit from Fix The City, an all-volunteer, non-profit group dedicated to protecting and improving L.A. neighborhoods. According to the group’s website, the agreement with the Academy includes “creative approaches that balance community protection with the creation of a world-class facility.”

As part of the agreement, the Acad will include a traffic and noise monitoring and enforcement systems. These systems will be handled by a private company,
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Locarno: AMPAS Amps Up Euro Presence

Locarno – The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) is launching its first membership event in Paris as it pushes to expand its operations in Europe, in synch with an ever more global movie industry.

In another instance of its hiked presence in Europe, Carola Ash, AMPAS director of membership and programming, Europe, will attend Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival this weekend to survey talent and put out the word about the advantages of AMPAS membership.

Taking place Oct. 16 at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture, which is dedicated to enhance American-French relations, the Paris AMPAS event will target the second largest AMPAS national membership in Europe after the U.K., Ash told Variety.

Both AMPAS chief executive Dawn Hudson and president Cheryl Boone Isaacs are scheduled to attend. Event will be open to other AMPAS members in Europe. Ash said one objective of the meet is
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

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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
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Academy Museum Breaking Ground In Fall After La City Council Ok

The planned $300 million Academy Museum of Motion Pictures got a green light today from the Los Angeles City Council, which voted 13-0 to approve the project. Groundbreaking will occur this fall. The vote was expected despite some rumblings from neighborhood groups who were concerned about increased traffic and architect Renzo Piano’s mildly controversial sphere (see photos) at the back of the museum on Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. The museum will feature six…
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Wes Anderson, Joel Coen, Frances McDormand and Paolo Sorrentino Booked For Rome Fest Talks

Wes Anderson, Joel Coen, Frances McDormand and Paolo Sorrentino Booked For Rome Fest Talks
Rome — Wes Anderson, Joel Coen, Frances McDormand, William Friedkin, Paolo Sorrentino and Italian star architect Renzo Piano are among onstage speakers recruited by new artistic topper Antonio Monda for the 10th edition of the recently reconfigured Rome Film Festival.

Anderson (pictured) is booked for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. author Donna Tartt about their love for Italian movies; Joel Coen and McDormand will speak about what it’s like to be husband and wife on set, and also on the notion of “muse”; Friedkin will hold forth with an as yet unspecified Italian master; Sorrentino will screen and discuss a previously unseen short of his and talk about the films that formed his cinematic vision. Renzo Piano will talk about the rapport between movies and architecture.

Monda, a New-York based Italian journalist and academic with ties to the U.S. film and literary worlds, recently replaced Marco Mueller as Rome’s artistic director,
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Wes Anderson, Joel Coen, Frances McDormand and Paolo Sorrentino Booked For Rome Fest Talks

Wes Anderson, Joel Coen, Frances McDormand and Paolo Sorrentino Booked For Rome Fest Talks
Rome — Wes Anderson, Joel Coen, Frances McDormand, William Friedkin, Paolo Sorrentino and Italian star architect Renzo Piano are among onstage speakers recruited by new artistic topper Antonio Monda for the 10th edition of the recently reconfigured Rome Film Festival.

Anderson (pictured) is booked for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning U.S. author Donna Tartt about their love for Italian movies; Joel Coen and McDormand will speak about what it’s like to be husband and wife on set, and also on the notion of “muse”; Friedkin will hold forth with an as yet unspecified Italian master; Sorrentino will screen and discuss a previously unseen short of his and talk about the films that formed his cinematic vision. Renzo Piano will talk about the rapport between movies and architecture.

Monda, a New-York based Italian journalist and academic with ties to the U.S. film and literary worlds, recently replaced Marco Mueller as Rome’s artistic director,
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