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Peter Jackson to receive Visual Effects Society lifetime achievement honour

Peter Jackson to receive Visual Effects Society lifetime achievement honour
Previous winners include Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Jon Favreau.

Peter Jackson will receive the Visual Effects Society’s lifetime achievement award at the 19th Annual Ves Awards on April 6.

The Ves Lifetime Achievement Award recognises “an outstanding body of work that has significantly contributed to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry”.

Calling Jackson “one of the most innovative filmmakers of our generation”, Ves board chair Lisa Cooke added: “Peter pushes the known boundaries of filmmaking and his vision and contributions to the art are legendary.”

Jackson added, “If I was ever going to be
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Kate Winslet Reflects on ‘Ammonite’ and Her Career, ‘I’m a Working Class Scrapper Who Got F—ing Lucky’

Kate Winslet Reflects on ‘Ammonite’ and Her Career, ‘I’m a Working Class Scrapper Who Got F—ing Lucky’
Kate Winslet has been an undeniable talent for over 25 years, dating back to her breakout turn in 1994’s “Heavenly Creatures” from Peter Jackson. This year, she teamed with Francis Lee for his relationship drama “Ammonite” from Neon. Playing Mary Anning, an English fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist, the Oscar-winner displays new colors of her acting technique, delivering one of her strongest turns opposite Saoirse Ronan.

With seven career Oscar nominations from collaborations with Ang Lee (“Sense and Sensibility”), James Cameron (“Titanic”), Richard Eyre (“Iris”), Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), Todd Field (“Little Children”), Stephen Daldry (“The Reader”) and Danny Boyle (“Steve Jobs”), the 45-year-old actor reflects on her early days in the industry in a candid, no-holds-barred interview.

“You’re getting the most real version of me,” Winslet says from her home kitchen on the south coast of England. “I’ve been doing these Zoom calls for
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The writer/director of Spontaneous discusses some of his favorite off the beaten path films. Plus grooming tips!

Show Notes: Movies Referenced In This Episode

Underwater (2020)

The Babysitter (2017)

Jane Got A Gun (2015)

Spontaneous (2020)

Citizen Kane (1941)

Seven Samurai (1954)

Mandy (2018)

Bad Hair (2020)

Little Murders (1971)

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

My Boyfriend’s Back (1993)

Parents (1989)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Kuroneko (1968)

Onibaba (1964)

Birth (2004)

Heathers (1988)

Sexy Beast (2000)

Under The Skin (2013)

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Paddington 2 (2017)

The Brood (1979)

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

The Fly (1986)

A History of Violence (2005)

Brick (2005)

Knives Out (2019)

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)

Gremlins (1984)

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Dead Alive (1993)

Meet The Feebles (1989)

The Addams Family (1991)

Addams Family Values (1993)

Other Notable Items

Bruce Springsteen

Justin Simien

Hulu

Tales From The Crypt TV series (1989-1996)

Alan Arkin

Temple University

Warren Beatty

Jules Feiffer

Paul Sylbert
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Kate Winslet Talks Importance of Film Festivals at TIFF: “That’s How We Began”

Kate Winslet Talks Importance of Film Festivals at TIFF: “That’s How We Began”
With A-list stars not walking up red carpets at the Toronto International Film Festival into physical screenings amid the pandemic, Kate Winslet, Anthony Hopkins and other winners of TIFF Tribute Awards gathered virtually to talk about the importance of festivals for the entertainment industry.

Winslet, who has brought her latest film, Ammonite, to Toronto’s hybrid 2020 edition, recalled going to Venice in 1994 after starring in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, a film that launched her career internationally at 18 years of age.

“I remember this remarkable moment of sitting and watching the film with an audience and it was ...
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Kate Winslet Now Regrets Working With Woody Allen and Roman Polanski: ‘What the F– Was I Doing?’

Kate Winslet Now Regrets Working With Woody Allen and Roman Polanski: ‘What the F– Was I Doing?’
Kate Winslet in an interview discussing her new romance “Ammonite” said that taking the part made her rethink some of her previous roles, and she now regrets working with two once-venerated directors, Woody Allen and Roman Polanski.

Winslet told Vanity Fair Friday that the #MeToo movement and working with director Francis Lee on “Ammonite” made her more aware of how women are portrayed in films and that she wishes she had spoken up on previous projects throughout her career.

“It’s like, what the f— was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski? It’s unbelievable to me now how those men were held in such high regard, so widely in the film industry and for as long as they were. It’s f–ing disgraceful,” she told Vanity Fair. “And I have to take responsibility for the fact that I worked with them both. I can’t turn back the clock.
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Kate Winslet Regrets Working With Woody Allen & Roman Polanski: “What The F*ck Was I Doing?”

Kate Winslet Regrets Working With Woody Allen & Roman Polanski: “What The F*ck Was I Doing?”
It’s pretty crazy to think that it’s been more than 25 years since Kate Winslet had her breakout role in the film, “Heavenly Creatures.” Over that time span, she’s won an Oscar (along with various other prestigious awards), she’s starred in one of the biggest films of all time (“Titanic”), and a number of other acclaimed features that have gained her the status of being one of the very best performers in the industry.

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Kate Winslet Says Hollywood’s Regard for Woody Allen and Roman Polanski was ‘F—ing Disgraceful’

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Kate Winslet Says Hollywood’s Regard for Woody Allen and Roman Polanski was ‘F—ing Disgraceful’
Kate Winslet has worked with both Woody Allen and Roman Polanski. Looking back, she questions why the film industry — herself included — ever even supported the men.

In an interview with Vanity Fair ahead of the “Ammonite” premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the star opened up about her regrets and how she’s learned to speak up for herself on set. She also talked about being a woman in film, and the harassment that comes with it.

“It’s like, what the f— was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski? It’s unbelievable to me now how those men were held in such high regard, so widely in the film industry and for as long as they were. It’s f–king disgraceful,” she told Vanity Fair.

Winslet starred in Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” and in Polanski’s “Carnage.”

“I have to take responsibility for the
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Kate Winslet: ‘What the F*ck Was I Doing Working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?’

Kate Winslet: ‘What the F*ck Was I Doing Working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?’
Kate Winslet is sounding off on her regrets over working with Woody Allen on “Wonder Wheel” and Roman Polanski on “Carnage.” Allen has been accused of molesting his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child, while Polanski was arrested in 1977 for raping a 13-year-old girl. Ahead of the world premiere of her new romance “Ammonite,” Winslet tells Vanity Fair it’s disgraceful that Hollywood held the two controversial filmmakers in high regard for so long.

“It’s like, what the fuck was I doing working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski?” Winslet said. “It’s unbelievable to me now how those men were held in such high regard, so widely in the film industry and for as long as they were. It’s fucking disgraceful. And I have to take responsibility for the fact that I worked with them both. I can’t turn back the clock. I
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Toronto International Film Fest 2020: Upcoming films and awards

Toronto International Film Fest 2020: Upcoming films and awards
CinemaSpike Lee's 'David Byrne's American Utopia' will be the opening night movie and the closing night presentation is from Mira Nair with her 'A Suitable Boy'.Suresh NellikodeSeptember 15, 2020, will witness a great event in this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), but it certainly will not have the same fun and gaiety as earlier years. With all the movie theatres except a few drive-ins closed and likely to stay like that for some more months, TIFF 2020 is moving ahead with its simplest form of continuing the festival complying with the Covid-19 protocols. This year's TIFF Tribute Actor Award goes to Kate Winslet, and that will be presented on that day, as announced by Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente, the Co-heads of the Festival. This is the second year since the TIFF started its Tributes Gala Awards, besides the recognition package given to the best movies screened. Unlike last year,
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The Weeknd Shares ‘Kiss Land’ Era Unreleased Songs, Lana Del Rey Remix

The Weeknd Shares ‘Kiss Land’ Era Unreleased Songs, Lana Del Rey Remix
The Weeknd revisited his 2013 album Kiss Land on the Friday episode of his Apple Music radio show Momento Mori, where Abel Tesfaye premiered “a few songs and ideas that didn’t make the album.”

During the broadcast — which also featured Kiss Land songs as well as tracks that inspired Tesfaye during the recording of the LP — the singer debuted a handful of unreleased, fully formed demos from the 2013 album, including songs titled “For Your Eyes,” “One of Those Nights,” “Angel Face,” “Another One of Me” and “Heavenly Creatures.”

Tesfaye also
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Kate Winslet to Be Honored by Toronto Film Festival

Kate Winslet to Be Honored by Toronto Film Festival
Kate Winslet will have another award to add to her trophy case.

The Oscar winner will receive the Tribute Actor Award during the 2020 Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 15.

“Kate’s brilliant and compelling on-screen presence continues to captivate, entertain and inspire audiences and actors alike,” TIFF executive director and co-head Joana Vicente said in statement on Thursday morning. “From her earliest work in ‘Heavenly Creatures,’​ ‘S​ense and Sensibility’​ and ​‘Titanic​,’ to ‘R​evolutionary Road​,’ ​‘The Reader​,’ ‘Mildred Pierce​’ and ‘Steve Jobs,’​ to name a few, her on-screen presence is as powerful and courageous as the women she chooses to portray. Kate’s most recent performance as Mary in Francis Lee’s ​‘Ammonite’ ​affirms her position as one of the best and most respected actresses of her generation, and we are delighted to honor her extraordinary talents at this year’s festival.”

Winslet will receive the honor during a virtual
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Kate Winslet To Receive Toronto Film Festival Tribute Actor Award; Cannes Classics Lineup Revealed

Kate Winslet To Receive Toronto Film Festival Tribute Actor Award; Cannes Classics Lineup Revealed
Kate Winslet is the first honoree to be announced by Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, co-heads of the Toronto Film Festival, as recipient of this year’s TIFF Tribute Actor Award. It will be presented September 15 during a “virtual ceremony” as part of the 45th edition of the slimmed-down fest, which like everything else has been deeply impacted by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

Winslet’s film Ammonite was previously announced as a TIFF official selection where, after Telluride’s cancellation Tuesday, it is likely to be the first fest where the Neon Oscar-season hopeful will be seen. Last month, the Cannes Film Festival revealed the movie was a main competition selection for that fest, which of course did not take place. Nevertheless, the Cannes logo will appear on the film anyway.

“Kate’s brilliant and compelling onscreen presence continues to captivate, entertain, and inspire audiences and actors alike,” said Vicente.
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Peter Jackson’s Visual Effects Company Weta Digital Launches Animation Division

Peter Jackson’s Visual Effects Company Weta Digital Launches Animation Division
Peter Jackson is getting into the business of animation. The filmmaker’s special effects company Weta Digital is launching an an animation division.

Industry veteran Prem Akkaraju will serve as its chief executive officer. The New Zealand-based company said Thursday that creating animation has been a long-held dream of majority owners Jackson and Fran Walsh, who will write, produce and direct several animated projects for the company. Details of those projects were not disclosed.

“We are huge fans of animated storytelling in all of its forms, but it can be a long, protracted, and often costly way to make movies,” Jackson said in a statement. “That’s, in part, why we have created this company – to change the model and open the doors to filmmakers and storytellers who might not otherwise be given the chance to show what they can do.”

Weta Animated will work alongside Weta Digital’s visual
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Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh Launch Weta Animated; Sr Labs’ Prem Akkaraju Named CEO & Sean Parker Joins Board

Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh Launch Weta Animated; Sr Labs’ Prem Akkaraju Named CEO & Sean Parker Joins Board
After a distinguished run as the visual effects house that brought to life Gollum, King Kong and other incredible creatures for Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth films and other film spectacles including James Cameron’s Avatar sequels and Avengers: Endgame, Weta Digital is making a major expansion. Jackson and Fran Walsh’s 25-year old concern is launching the offshoot Weta Animated to generate for the first time original content in animation for cinema and streaming platforms.

Spearheading that effort as CEO will be Prem Akkaraju, who co-founded Sr Labs (formerly known as Screening Room) with Sean Parker. Parker, who became an investor in Weta Digital last year, has joined its board as vice chairman. Akkaraju is on the board as well and remains executive chairman of Sr Labs, the premium home viewing venture which continues its campaign to become part of the theatrical release ecosystem and promising revenue to both studios and exhibitors.
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Weta Digital announces first CEO, launches animated unit

Weta Digital announces first CEO, launches animated unit
Majority owners Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh to create animated projects for the company.

New Zealand VFX powerhouse Weta Digital has hired the first CEO in its 25-year history and is moving into original content with the launch of Weta Animated.

Prem Akkaraju, a business partner of Napster co-founder Sean Parker with whom he co-founded cinema streaming start-up The Screening Room - renamed Sr Labs in spring – arrives as Weta moves into creating original animation for cinema and streaming platforms.

Weta majority owners Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh have long wanted to expand into animation and will write, produce and direct
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Production Hot Spot New Zealand Grows Beyond Its Incentives

To hear celebrated production designer Grant Major tell it, New Zealand’s film industry was reborn in the last years of the 20th century, thanks to “The Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson, who pioneered, agitated and doggedly got on with things.

Today, the industry has grown far beyond its leading practitioner into one that is capable of simultaneously working on the next “Avatar” franchise movies, Amazon’s massive “The Lord of the Rings” TV series, as well as Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog.”

Despite its 4.5 million people, who are heavily outnumbered by sheep, New Zealand has also launched major talent such as Taika Waititi and Niki Caro. And at the same time, it is also building structures to nurture newer names such as Madeline Sami, Jackie van Beek and Tom Hern.

Because of its limitations, which include a small population, a geographic location far from
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Sean Parker Investing in Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital

Sean Parker Investing in Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital
Technology entrepreneur Sean Parker has made a “significant” investment in Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital special effects company.

Parker and Jackson made the announcement jointly. They did not disclose the size of Parker’s investment or the specific role he would play.

“I’ve long admired Peter Jackson’s and Fran Walsh’s work, and the ground-breaking VFX and animation that Weta Digital has created over the last two decades,” Parker said. “The visionary leadership, imagination, and technical expertise of Weta Digital was vital to the creation of Academy Award winning films such as ‘Avatar,’ ‘King Kong,’ and ‘Lord of the Ring.’ I look forward to helping grow Weta Digital and I’m excited to partner with Peter, the leadership of Weta, and its incredibly talented team.”

Jackson said in a statement, “Sean Parker brings an invaluable expertise that will fortify Weta Digital from a technological perspective, while also focusing
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Peter Jackson Says ‘Kiwis Stand United’ After New Zealand Shooting

Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson said he and his countrymen are “devastated” in the wake of Friday’s mosque shootings in New Zealand, which left 49 dead and many more injured. Jackson — the first and only New Zealand filmmaker to win the Academy Award for Best Director, a feat he achieved with 2003’s “The Return of the King” — most recently helmed the well-received “They Shall Not Grow Old,” a World War I documentary in which he colorized and restored existing footage of what was once dubbed the War to End All Wars.

“New Zealanders are devastated,” Jackson said in a statement to Variety. “Our hearts go out to all those who have been harmed by this cowardly act of hate. Kiwis stand united in our love and support for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. We will do whatever we can to help them heal and rise above this terrible tragedy.
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Kate Winslet Held Her Breath Underwater for 7 Minutes While Filming the ‘Avatar’ Sequels

Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet is apparently back in the water in a big way in the upcoming Avatar sequels. While Winslet first broke out with films like Heavenly Creatures, it was James Cameron’s mega-hit Titanic that catapulted her to superstardom—but making the iconic historical epic was no cake walk. Given the sheer amount of water necessary to shoot Titanic, and the amount of time actors Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio had to spend in said water, there have been many stories recounted over the years of just how arduous an experience it was getting all of those …
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2019 Oscars: Will Amy Adams finally win on nomination #6, just like Kate Winslet?

2019 Oscars: Will Amy Adams finally win on nomination #6, just like Kate Winslet?
A five-time Oscar bridesmaid is on the brink of a sixth nomination, and possibly her first win. She’s already scored double nominations at the Golden Globe and SAG Awards. It’s been thirteen years since she first caught the academy’s attention, breaking into the Supporting Actress lineup. She’s since proven herself to be a versatile talent and a box-office draw, headlining acclaimed indies and big blockbusters alike.

Is this Amy Adams this year? Or Kate Winslet exactly 10 years ago? The similarities between the two are shocking.

Let’s go back in time and review Winslet when she was still winless. After a heavenly debut in Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures” in 1994, she starred as Emma Thompson‘s younger sister in 1995’s “Sense and Sensibility.” The academy had the good sense to nominate the newcomer, though she wasn’t mighty enough to overcome Mira Sorvino in “Mighty Aphrodite.
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