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Academy 2019 international invitees include 'Cold War' producers, Lionsgate, Focus, Gaumont execs

Academy 2019 international invitees include 'Cold War' producers, Lionsgate, Focus, Gaumont execs
Total of 842 people from 59 countries invited by AMPAS.

This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 842 people from 59 countries to join its membership.

The strong cohort of international film names includes two producers of Cold War, the directors of Dogman, Stan & Ollie, and I Am Not A Witch, and various executives from different facets of the industry.

International executives invited include Eric Lagesse of French sales and distribution outfit Pyramide Films, London-based Netflix development and acquisitions executive Funa Maduka, Michele Halberstadt of French distribution and sales outfit Arp Selection, Lebanese producer and distributor Georges Schoucair of Abbout Productions,
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Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)

Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)
This year, the motion picture academy made history by inviting an equal number of women and men to join. In all, 842 film professionals were invited to become part of the organization that hands out the Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous five years: a record 928 in 2018; 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.
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The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu

The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu
In its continuing push to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, 842 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call.

People of color (29 percent) and women (50 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2018, the Academy invited 928 new members.

Twenty-one Oscar winners are among the new invited members, including Guy Nattiv (“Skin”), filmmaker Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo”), Phil Lord, and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and 82 Oscar nominees (including newbies like Lady Gaga and “Roma” breakout Marina de Tavira). Ten of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women
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The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu

In its continuing push to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, 842 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call.

People of color (29 percent) and women (50 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2018, the Academy invited 928 new members.

Twenty-one Oscar winners are among the new invited members, including Guy Nattiv (“Skin”), filmmaker Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo”), Phil Lord, and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and 82 Oscar nominees (including newbies like Lady Gaga and “Roma” breakout Marina de Tavira). Ten of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women
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Academy Reaches Gender Parity in 2019 New Member Invitations

  • Variety
Half of the 842 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are women, the group announced on Monday.

The organization behind the Oscars also disclosed that 29% of the new invitees are people of color. Should those people accept, and they almost universally do, the Academy will have doubled the percentage of nonwhite people in their ranks in four years.

In 2015, people of color accounted for only 8% of the Academy body. In 2019, it stands at 16%, the Academy reported. As it stands, the Academy counts 8,946 active members, with 8,733 eligible to vote on the Oscars. The total membership including retired members is 9,794. This year’s number falls short of 2018’s record of 928 invitations.

New members in this round include “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu, actors Winston Duke and Gemma Chan, and screenwriters Ritesh Batra (“Photograph”), Chinonye Chukwu (“Clemency”), Park Young-soo (“Detective Dee”) and Ryo Sakaguchi (“Ant-Man and the Wasp
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Motion Picture Academy Adds 842 New Members, Half Of Whom Are Women

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 842 new members in their annual effort to bring in new blood to the organization that hands out the Oscars. This is down from the 928 members invited last year, but 50% of this year’s number are women, inching closer to the goal of creating an even playing field between female and male members. It marks an 7% increase in female members from 2015 to an overall 32% of the entire organization.

A total of 29% of the new class revealed Monday are people of color, marking an 8% increase in that statistic since 2015. Among the new invitees, 21 are already Oscar winners and 82 are past Oscar nominees.

New members among the acting branch include recent Best Song winner Lady Gaga, who is also being invited to the music branch; Sterling K. Brown; Claire Foy; and actors ranging in age from 23-year-old Spider-Man Tom Holland to the (shamefully) never-nominated legendary French star,
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New to Streaming: ‘Transit,’ ‘High Life,’ ‘Anima,’ ‘The Beach Bum’ & More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

That emotional profundity most directors try to build to across an entire film? Mike Mills achieves it in every scene of 20th Century Women. There’s such a debilitating warmness to both the vibrant aesthetic and construction of its dynamic characters as Mills quickly soothes one into his story that you’re all the more caught off-guard as the flurry of emotional wallops are presented. Without ever hitting a tonal misstep, Mills’ latest feature takes place in a short period of time within relatively few locations, yet seems to pick up every wavelength of the human experience. There are also few funnier
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Atlas V Enlists Tahar Rahim, Zita Hanrot for Vr Films ‘Gloomy Eyes,’ ‘Mirror’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Atlas V Enlists Tahar Rahim, Zita Hanrot for Vr Films ‘Gloomy Eyes,’ ‘Mirror’ (Exclusive)
Atlas V, the thriving French Vr company with three films premiering in Annecy’s inaugural Vr competition lineup, has enlisted Tahar Rahim (“Looming Towers”) and Zita Hanrot (“Plan Coeur”) for Jorge Tereso and Fernando Maldonado’s animated “Gloomy Eyes” and Pierre Zandrowicz’s sci-fi experience “Mirror,” respectively.

“Mirror,” which is being presented at the Annecy Film Festival in the work-in-progress section, marks Zandrowicz’s follow up to “I, Philip.” “Mirror” is an English-language narrative Vr short in the veins of “Under The Skin,” “Annihilation” and “Solaris,” said Zandrowicz who wrote the script with Remi Giordano, his co-scribe on “I, Philip,” and Nicolas Peufaillit, the co-writer of Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet.”

“Mirror” takes place thirty years from now and stars Hanrot as a young woman, Claris, whose trip into space unravels, leading her to have hallucinations bringing back some painful memories. “The psychological drama allows us to follow the characters
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“My First Studio, Commercially Made Film”: Ryūsuke Hamaguchi on Solaris, Asako I & II and Japanese Film School

When Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s Happy Hour premiered in 2015, the 317-minute film raised a lot of questions, not least of which: who precisely was Hamaguchi, and what has he been doing for the last decade? There were some unkind trade reviews of his first feature films (Passion and The Depths) but not much else in English to draw upon, and his iMDB resume (including a full feature remake of Solaris!) raised more questions than it answered. Metrograph’s recent retrospective provided some clarity. After his first two features, Hamaguchi collaborated on a trilogy of documentaries collecting testimonies from victims of 2011’s Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, […]
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“My First Studio, Commercially Made Film”: Ryūsuke Hamaguchi on Solaris, Asako I & II and Japanese Film School

When Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s Happy Hour premiered in 2015, the 317-minute film raised a lot of questions, not least of which: who precisely was Hamaguchi, and what has he been doing for the last decade? There were some unkind trade reviews of his first feature films (Passion and The Depths) but not much else in English to draw upon, and his iMDB resume (including a full feature remake of Solaris!) raised more questions than it answered. Metrograph’s recent retrospective provided some clarity. After his first two features, Hamaguchi collaborated on a trilogy of documentaries collecting testimonies from victims of 2011’s Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, […]
See full article at Filmmaker Magazine »

Russia’s Fedor Bondarchuk Unveils Four New Films in Cannes

  • Variety
Russia’s Fedor Bondarchuk Unveils Four New Films in Cannes
Cannes — Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk introduced four new productions from his Art Pictures Studio Saturday in Cannes, including “Attraction 2,” the sequel to his 2017 sci-fi blockbuster.

The invitation-only showcase at the Gray d’Albion hotel also unveiled footage from three new features that Bondarchuk is either directing or producing. Sci-fi thriller “Sputnik” is the story of a Russian cosmonaut who returns to earth with an alien inside him; “Ice 2” explores a tragic event that shatters the picture-perfect marriage of a top ice hockey player and a renowned figure skater; and “Fyodor Konyukhov” is an animated feature about a Russian explorer’s solo air balloon voyage around the world.

The films offered the latest evidence of Bondarchuk’s ambitions to break out of the Russian market. “Art Pictures produces films for a wide audience,” he told Variety after the presentation. The company’s global sales, he noted, have been steadily rising in recent years,
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The Orville Season 2 Episode 13 Review – ‘Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow’

Martin Carr reviews the thirteenth episode of The Orville season 2…

Second chances are something we all wish for whether educational, emotional or professional. Yet rarely do people consider the repercussions of that hypothetical as self-interest and nostalgia cloud judgement calls or rose tint recollections. Physics aside The Orville thankfully focuses on just those elements where emotional fallout, psychological impact and long term ramifications are dissected before throwing a customary curveball into proceedings.

Cinema has already delved deeply into this can of worms and encompassed space age phenomenon through Solaris, whilst more eclectic solutions were broached in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. What The Orville does is cherry pick elements from both whilst throwing in a twist or two of its own design. Adrianne Palicki’s Kelly Grayson is given much of the heavy lifting and successfully grounds events without relying on anything obvious. A mandatory set piece is employed as an entertainment smokescreen,
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High Life – Review

Robert Pattinson in a scene from Claire Denis’ High Life. Courtesy of A24.

For her first English-language film, renowned French director Claire Denis sends Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche into space on a mission to a black hole. Beautiful yet bleak, High Life is more contemplative and ambitious than the typical space drama, but it perhaps does not rank among the best works of the 72-year-old innovative auteur director who gave us Beau Travail and 35 Shots Of Rum.

The director co-wrote the script with Jean-Pol Fargeau. High Life opens on a spaceship far out among the stars, with a man (Pattinson) and a baby as the sole survivors. We know there is a backstory to this, and eventually it is revealed in flashback. The film has moments of violence, bursts of sometimes graphic sexuality, and maintains a creepy tension, but it also moves slowly for most of its running time,
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Living the High Life with Robert Pattinson

Don Kaye Apr 17, 2019

Actor Robert Pattinson and director Claire Denis expound on their cerebral new sci-fi movie High Life.

Robert Pattinson has pursued an eclectic career since becoming a pop culture icon as Edward in the Twilight movies. Instead of cashing in on his fame via one blockbuster role after another, he has pursued a largely off-beat path, working with directors outside the Hollywood system such as David Cronenberg on Maps to the Stars and Cosmopolis, David Michod on The Rover and James Gray on The Lost City of Z. So it makes sense that he has now teamed with French filmmaker Claire Denis, the iconoclastic artist behind movies like Beau Travail (1999), Trouble Every Day (2001), and White Material (2009).

In High Life, Denis’ first foray into science fiction--although she hesitates to call it that--Pattinson plays Monte, one of a group of criminals who exchange their sentences for an experimental voyage to a black hole.
See full article at Den of Geek »

NYC Weekend Watch: Věra Chytilová, ‘Bad Lieutenant,’ Latin American Sci-Fi & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Bam

A series on Czech titan Věra Chytilová has commenced.

Metrograph

King Hu’s The Fate of Lee Khan has been restored.

Films about Thelonious Monk play back-to-back.

Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant and a print of Cronenberg’s Spider can be seen.

Museum of the Moving Image

A series on Latin America’s recent sci-fi
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High Life Review

Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche star in Claire Denis’ cerebral yet fleshy sci-fi tale.

High Life is a science fiction film -- the first by brilliant French director Claire Denis -- but don’t go into it expecting Star Wars or even something like Arrival. For her first exploration of the genre (not to mention her first English-language film), Denis has stuck to her distinct, naturalistic style, dispensing with almost anything futuristic or high-tech in favor of a low-fi esthetic that place the focus firmly on her characters and even serves to heighten the otherworldly nature of her narrative and setting.

When we initially meet Robert Pattinson as Monte, he is tending to the maintenance of the spacecraft he’s traveling on, all alone except for a toddler he’s taking care of. The infant appears to be his daughter but it’s not completely certain at first who they really are,
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Listen: Robert Pattinson Sings in Tindersticks’ ‘Willow’ Music Video from ‘High Life’

One month from today, one of this decade’s boldest, strangest sci-fi films will arrive. Claire Denis’ erotic, frightening, and beautiful sci-fi odyssey High Life is an unclassifiable, riveting journey into the depths of the unknown (both as it pertains to space and human desires). So much has been written about these aspects of the film that not much ink has been spilled over the fact that Robert Pattinson actually sings on one of Tindersticks’ tracks. Ahead of the release, the band has now released the music video for the full song titled Willow.

Josh Lewis said in his review, “While High Life has understandably drawn all kinds of comparisons to the 60s and 70s cerebral sci-fi canon (notably Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey), for both its abstract use of space imagery and its minimalist ship design which more often than not resembles an artificially-lit hospital filled with dated technology,
See full article at The Film Stage »

Berlin, February 23, 2019

Still here, post-Berlinale, seeing friends and catching up on some new trends…

I remarked in my last blog how noticeable the new young Chinese female entrepreneurs have been in my travels these last two months in Bangladsh, Rotterdam and Berlin.

Now I am discovering a new batch of Chinese video artists, many living and working in Berlin and all being shown in a new art gallery in the newest developing and very chi-chi area of Potsdammer Strasse (№ 87). The Times Art Center, run and curated by my friend XI Bei just opened with its inaugural exhibition, curated by Hou Hanru and co-curated by XI Bei, The D-tale, Video Art from the Pearl River Delta, a three part series running in three episodes from December 1 to April 13, 2019.

Video art in the region of the Pearl River Delta (Prd) emerged in the mid-1980s. Collectives such as “Videotage” in Hong Kong and “Southern
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Rep Sheet Roundup: Innovative Signs Jeremy Davies, Eion Bailey

Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

Veterans

Innovative has signed:

Jeremy Davies, who won a guest-acting Emmy for playing Dickie Bennett on FX's Justified and most recently was seen as the big bad on The CW's three-part Elseworlds crossover in December. His other notable credits include ABC's Lost (where he was series regular Daniel Faraday), Starz's American Gods, Showtime's Twin Peaks and CBS' Helter Skelter on television as well as Saving Private Ryan, Spanking the Monkey and Solaris in film. Eion Bailey, whose ...
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Idris Elba in Talks to Star in Supernatural Submersible Thriller Deeper

Idris Elba is in talks to star in the Max Landis-penned Deeper, about “a former astronaut who was hired to take a submersible to the deepest part of the ocean. Supernatural events transpire as the vehicle gets closer to its destination.”

Currently, Everest director Baltasar Kormakur is signed on to take the helm, and production is scheduled to begin this spring. Previously, Bradley Cooper, Gal Gadot, and director Kornel Mundruczo were expected to team up for the project, but Cooper’s schedule didn’t work out. It will be interesting to see who they bring on for the role Gadot had been in talks for.

Reading the description, I just keep wondering, Is this gonna be like Sphere? Or The Abyss? Or maybe more like Solaris? (Can you imagine a Max Landis take on Solaris?) Presumably it will actually be its own thing, and I hope it is great,
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