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Oscars invite 928 new members in 2018: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2017 totals too)

Oscars invite 928 new members in 2018: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2017 totals too)
This year, a record 928 people were invited to join the motion picture academy and will be eligible to vote for the 2019 Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous four years: 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.

The executive committee of the branch must endorse the application before forwarding it to the Board of Governors for final approval.
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The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens

The Academy Invites 928 New Members, from Daniel Kaluuya to Sufjan Stevens
In an astonishing move to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, a record 928 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to invite to join the Academy, but the Board of Governors makes the final call; this year, they did not invite Kobe Bryant to join although he won an Oscar for animated short “Dear Basketball.”

Clearly, people of color (38 percent) and women (49 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 2017, the Academy invited 744 new members.

Seventeen Oscar winners are among the new members and 92 Oscar nominees. Nine of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women in the Academy has risen
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Annecy: India’s Green Gold Boards Gastón Gorali’s ‘Escape to India’ (Exclusive)

Annecy, France — India’s Green Gold Animation has boarded 3D animated musical comedy “Escape to India,” it was announced at Annecy’s Mifa. The company will co-produce alongside Gastón Gorali of Argentina’s Mundoloco, who’s producing his first feature.

“When Gastón told me about the idea and showed me the character sketches, I immediately fell in love with the project. We felt emotionally connected with the storyline, and more importantly, we loved all the talent involved in ‘Underdogs’,” said Green Gold Animation CEO Rajiv Chilaka, referring to the 2013 animated feature directed by Mundoloco co-founder Juan José Campanella.

Based in Hyderabad, Green Gold Animation also has offices in L.A. and Singapore. The studio specializes in animation for TV, with two of its three toon features ready for release: “Hanuman vs. Mahiravana,” which is based on an untold myth from the ancient Indian epic poem “Ramayana,” and “Kung Fu Dhamaka,
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Paramount Pictures Commits to First Local Movie in Argentina: ‘Re Loca’ (Exclusive)

In a historic move, Paramount Pictures has acquired all Latin American distribution rights to Argentine women’s empowerment comedy “Re Loca,” marking the Hollywood studio’s first local movie in Argentina.

Re Loca” also represents the first project partnering Paramount and Argentina’s Telefe, both units of Viacom since Viacom bought broadcast network Telefe in November 2016, adding it to Viacom International Media Networks Americas.

Like Vimn America’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Brazil’s Porta Dos Fundos, one of the country’s hippest comedy creators with a huge online following, Viacom’s purchase of Telefe was designed to drive up its Spanish-language content ownership. “Re Loca” is one movie example of how that strategy can now play out, leveraging and twinning Viacom assets.

Produced by Telefe, along with Sebastián Aloi’s Buenos Aires production house Aeroplano, “Re Loca” stars Natalia Oreiro as Pilar, a downtrodden copywriter at an
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Netflix’s Narcos Star Says I Love Zombies

The star of Netflix hit series Narcos Juan Pablo Raba will topline black comedy-horror film I Love Zombies. Henry Rivero (El Comandante) will co-direct alongside César Oropeza (Puras joyitas), author of both the screenplay and the popular graphic novel. On top of that, Variety reports that Goya Award winner Marcelo Pont Vergés (The Secret in Their Eyes), […]

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Cannes: Juan Pablo Raba, of Netflix’s ‘Narcos,’ to Star in ‘I Love Zombies’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: Juan Pablo Raba, of Netflix’s ‘Narcos,’ to Star in ‘I Love Zombies’ (Exclusive)
Colombian thesp Juan Pablo Raba, the star of Netflix hit series “Narcos,” will topline black comedy-horror film co-production “I Love Zombies,” which teams Colombia’s MadLove with Georgia’s Alief and Zentropa Spain.

Henry Rivero (“El Comandante”) will co-direct alongside César Oropeza (“Puras joyitas”), author of both the screenplay and the popular graphic novel that inspired it. Goya Award winner Marcelo Pont Vergés (“The Secret in Their Eyes”), the comic-book illustrator, is also attached as film production designer.

The co-production partnership was confirmed at Cannes by MadLove co-founders Natalia Agudelo and Nicolás Herreño with Alief‘s Miguel Govea and Brett Walker, and David Matamoros and Angeles Hernández at Zentropa Spain.

“I Love Zombies” was selected for Ventana Sur’s Beyond The Window pitch sessions last year. The film narrates a dystopian tale of socio-political intrigue with dark humor and action, where a Central Government’s suicide expedition enters into devastated
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Watch Exclusive Teaser Trailer for Oscar Winner Armando Bo’s ‘Animal’

Watch Exclusive Teaser Trailer for Oscar Winner Armando Bo’s ‘Animal’
Armando Bo’s “Animal,” one of the most-anticipated Argentine films this year, now has a teaser trailer which hints at the background, some more plot, and above all pace of the return to Spanish-Language filmmaking of Bo, an Academy Award winning screenwriter for Alejandro G. Inárritu’s “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).”.

Disney’s Buena Vista Intl. will release “Animal” in Argentina this May. The psychological thriller marks the first time that Viacom International Media Networks -Americas itself is overseeing Latin American distribution rights for all platforms on a Latin American feature

Variety has been granted exclusive access to its international version. Written by Bo and his partner Nicolás Giacobone, the Oscar-winning writing team behind Alejandro G. Iñarritú’s “Birdman,” “Animal” stars Guillermo Francella, the principled alcoholic of “The Secret in Their Eyes” and cold blue-eyed evil-incarnate patriarch of “The Clan.” France appears in almost every scene save for two of Carla Peterson,
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‘A Fantastic Woman’: Groundbreaking transgender love story on track to win Chile its 1st Oscar for Best Foreign Film

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‘A Fantastic Woman’: Groundbreaking transgender love story on track to win Chile its 1st Oscar for Best Foreign Film
“I hope I’m the last cisgender man playing a transgender woman,” said Jeffrey Tambor when he won his second Emmy for playing Maura Pfefferman in “Transparent” in 2016. That series arrived at a moment when the conversation around transgender representation was evolving from a call for greater representation of transgender characters in general to a call for more transgender actors to be hired to actually play those roles. Now “A Fantastic Woman” is helping to break that ground with its transgender protagonist played by a transgender actress leading the way to a potential first ever Oscar victory for Chile.

Daniela Vega stars in the film as a trans woman whose lover dies suddenly, leaving her in a tense conflict with his surviving family. It’s nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, and it’s likely to win according to our latest predictions. Based on the combined forecasts
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Berlin: Brazil Buys Remake Rights to ‘Corazon de Leon’ (Exclusive)

Berlin: Brazil Buys Remake Rights to ‘Corazon de Leon’ (Exclusive)
Brazil’s powerhouse film and TV producer Coracao da Selva, which produced 2014 Berlinale competition film “Futuro Beach” by Karim Ainouz, has snagged Brazilian remake rights to 2013 Argentine hit “Corazon de Leon” (“Leon’s Heart”). Brazil would be the sixth territory to remake the romantic comedy following France, Peru, Colombia, Mexico and China.

China’s Aim Media starts production in April while the Mexican version, co-produced by Cdl Films, Creative Andina and Matthias Ehrenberg’s Rio Negro, is in post and slated for an August release.

“It has a strong premise that proved itself a successful adaptable formula for different countries, cultures and languages,” said Coracao’s Georgia Costa Araujo. “Specifically in Brazil, we recognize in its visual humor the project’s greatest potential of dialogue with the local audience,” said Costa adding that principal photography has been scheduled for this year. “Corazon de Leon” is about an unlikely romance between a woman and a vertically-challenged man.[p
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Viacom, Telefe, Rebolución, MyS Producción, Film Factory Team on ‘Animal’ (Exclusive)

Viacom, Telefe, Rebolución, MyS Producción, Film Factory Team on ‘Animal’ (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires – Making good on its promise to drive into local content following its purchase of Argentine free-to-air network Telefe last year, Viacom International Media Networks-Americas is putting its weight behind its first theatrical film production in Latin America: “Animal,” a thriller from Oscar-winning screenwriter Armando Bo.

Produced Bo’s label Rebolución, MyS Producción and Telefe, all based in Argentina, “Animal” is the first movie in which Vimn-Americas, via Telefe, will have a big equity stake. It also marks the first time that Vimn-Americas will itself oversee Latin American distribution rights for all platforms on a local feature.

With Film Factory as sales agent for all other global markets and Bowfinger International as co-producer, both out of Spain, “Animal” brings together a new iteration of a multinational combo that has produced some of the most powerful Spanish-language films of the last few years, such as Damián Szifron’s “Wild Tales” and Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan.” In
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Ventana Sur: Haddock, Tornasol, Warner Argentina, 16:9 Cine Team for Horror Film ‘Under Your Feet’ (Exclusive)

Haddock Films and Tornasol Films, the producers behind Juan José Campanella’s 2010 Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” are teaming with 16:9 Cine and Warner Bros. Argentina for Cristian Bernard’s horror feature “Bajo tus pies” (Under Your Feet).

Warner Bros. co-finances and will distribute the film in Argentina.

Set up at Roberta Sánchez’s Buenos Aires-based 16:9 Cine, the project played last year at the 4th Blood Window edition in Ventana Sur.

Structured as an Argentine-Spanish co-production, where Tornasol, the company run by Gerardo Herrero and Mariela Besuievsky, handles Spain’s participation, “Under Your Feet” will tentatively start principal photography from February.

Bernard (“76-89-03,” “D-Graduated”) and writer-editor Hernán Moyano (“Dubicel,” “Sudor Frío”) penned the script, which is inspired by real events.

It follows Priscilla, a mother who decides to move with her two small children and leave the past behind. But in their new home they will meet three mysterious sisters who live in
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Ventana Sur: 10 Things About This Year’s Market

Ventana Sur: 10 Things About This Year’s Market
Buenos Aires — Ventana Sur, by far Latin America’s biggest movie-tv market, unspools its ninth edition this week in the Argentine capital over Nov. 27 to Dec. 1. Here Variety’s market-eve 10-point update on key films, events.

1.The Big Titles

Are foreign markets, like Hollywood, now suffering from a high-end TV diaspora? As more big-name foreign-language directors and actors are swallowed up by upmarket TV, the number of big high-profile Latin American movies coming to the market looks to be at an increasing premium. A clutch will be talked up or shooting during Ventana Sur, however: Pablo Trapero’s “La Quietud,” a sisters’ drama with Bérénice Bejo and Martina Gusmán; “You Shall Not Sleep,” from “Casa Muda’s” Gustavo Hernández, a Fox pick-up for U.S. and Latin America; Ricardo Darin’s “Love at Last Chance,” a second-chance romance; construction skullduggery thriller “Dark Buildings.” One more big Argentine title may well be added to the mix during Ventana
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Ventana Sur: ‘Escape to India,’ ‘Noah’s Ark,’ ‘Inzomnia’ Among Projects at Animation!

Ventana Sur: ‘Escape to India,’ ‘Noah’s Ark,’ ‘Inzomnia’ Among Projects at Animation!
“Escape to India,” produced by Juan José Campanella, “Noah’s Ark,” whose producers include Walter Salles, and Inzomnia Animation’s “Inzomnia” are some of the projects included in the 2nd Animation!, a showcase at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur market which is devoted to animated features and TV shows.

Animation! projects total sixteen – eight features and eight TV series. All have been selected in a partnership with Annecy’s Intl. Animation Film Market (Mifa), the world biggest film-tv animation mart. A jury will select four projects among TV shows and features to be presented at Mifa 2018.

Set up at Buenos Aires’ studio Mundo Loco and produced by Academy Award winner Campanella (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) and producer-composer Cris Morena, Latin America’s leading specialist in youth-orientated TV shows (“Rebelde Way”), “Escape to India” follows Azadi, a courageous cow who, destined for the slaughterhouse in Patagonia, escapes and begins an epic journey to India, where her mother
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Juan José Campanella, Cris Morena, Gastón Gorali Team for ‘Escape to India’ (Exclusive)

Juan José Campanella, Cris Morena, Gastón Gorali Team for ‘Escape to India’ (Exclusive)
Academy Award-winning Juan José Campanella (“The Secret in Their Eyes”), top Latin American producer-director-songwriter Cris Morena (“Rebelde Way”) and director-producer Gastón Gorali (“Underdogs”), a driving force on Argentina’s burgeoning animation scene, are teaming to create “Escape to India,” a flagship Latin American toon feature.

Based on a children’s book authored by Gorali and Marcelo Birjmajer, “Escape to India” is set up at Mundoloco CGI, founded by Campanella, Gorali, Jorge Estrada and Roberto Schroder, creators of Campanella’s “Underdogs,” the biggest Latin American TV feature to date. Mundoloco CGI is now one of the biggest digital animation studios in Latin America.

An epic musical designed by Morena, who is composing its songs, as well as a feminist, comedic road-movie whose protagonist is a plucky cow, “Escape to India” is produced by Campanella and directed by Gorali.

Backed by big name talent, but winningly original, “Escape to India” looks like one of the projects which is set
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Location Basque Country: Upcoming Basque Movies

San Sebastian — The strength of the Basque industry as a potential co-production partner for Basque Country shoots will be seen, when push comes to shove, in its movies. Here, profiles of upcoming Basque movies whether playing this year’s San Sebastián Festival, in production or projects.

Advantages Of Traveling By Train

Pre-acquired by Entertainment One’s Seville International and co-produced by San Sebastian-based Señor y Señora and Madrid’s Morena Films “Advantages” marks the much-awaited feature debut of Aritz Moreno. Film –in pre-production– is penned by Javier Gullón (Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy”) adapting Spain’s Antonio Orejudo novel.

Another Day Of Life

One of Europe’s most awaited animation films, the Indie Sales-sold “Day” revolves around the truth of war through the near-suicidal journey across Angola of Polish famed war reporter Ryszard Kapuściński. Raúl de la Fuente and Damian Nenow direct a hybrid animation-live action inspired by but not adapting the journalist’s first novel. Produced
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Michael B. Jordan and Josh Brolin Wanted for Sam Raimi's A Prophet Remake

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Michael B. Jordan and Josh Brolin Wanted for Sam Raimi's A Prophet Remake
Sony Pictures' A Prophet remake may finally be moving forward, despite practically no activity on the project since director Sam Raimi came aboard back in January 2016. Today we have word that the studio is still hoping to start production sometime this year, and a new report claims the director has reached out to Michael B. Jordan to play the lead role of Marcos Colon, with Josh Brolin being eyed to portray Cesar. Those roles were portrayed by Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup in the original film from Jacques Audiard, although the Marcos Colon role was named Malik El Djebena.

That Hashtag Show broke the news today, revealing that director Sam Raimi is hoping to start production by the end of this year, so even if Michael B. Jordan or Josh Brolin don't fill those roles, we certainly may hear more about casting soon. This project has been in the works for quite some time,
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Chilean Creator of ‘Besieged,’ Nicolas Acuña, to Helm Dynamo-Red Arrow Series (Exclusive)

“Besieged” (“Sitiados”) creator Nicolas Acuña of prominent Chilean production house Promocine is attached to direct a series being developed by Colombia’s Dynamo (“Narcos”) in partnership with Munich-based TV distributor, Red Arrow.

Tentatively titled “Coke Way,” the series is set against the cold war of the ‘50s and ‘60s in Chile and the rise of the cocaine biz in Latin America. Chilean scribes Matias Ovalle and Jonathan Cuchacovich have penned the pilot script, said Dynamo’s Diego Ramirez.

“We are closing with an Ott that has expressed interest in the project for Latin America,” he said. “It’s more of a prequel to ‘Narcos,’” he noted.

With Netflix quite entrenched in the international TV arena, Amazon venturing into overseas production and now Apple TV, which just announced a $1 billion budget for TV content, the market has indeed grown more exciting, said Ramirez. “For us independent producers, these are interesting times as it leads to more production of
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Platino Awards: ’The Distinguished Citizen’ Takes Best Picture

Platino Awards: ’The Distinguished Citizen’ Takes Best Picture
Madrid — Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s “The Distinguished Citizen,” a lament for small-town small-mindedness, won big at the 4th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards taking its top best picture prize, and multiple further plaudits.

Further top honors went to Pedro Almodovar, best director for “Julieta,” and Sonia Braga, who took the actress plaudit for “Aquarius at a ceremony attended by Edward James Olmos, Rob Schneider, John Leguizamo, Sonia Braga, Kate del Castillo, Geraldine Chaplin, “Narcos” actor Manolo Cardona, Oscar Martinez, Rosy de Palma and Martina Gusman. Also present, among directors: Almodovar, Pablo Trapero, J.A. Bayona and Andi Baiz.

In all, Spanish productions swept 12 or the 14 jury prizes, voted by a jury of professionals who had participated in previous editions. That may be put down in part to “A Monster Calls” featuring among contenders, and winning big time in the technical department, and “The Distinguished Citizen” being co-produced out of Spain.

“The
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France’s Le Pacte Co-Produces Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ‘El Reino’

France’s Le Pacte Co-Produces Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ‘El Reino’
Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, the upscale Paris-based arthouse film company, has taken a co-production stake in Spaniard Rodrigo Sorogoyen‘s political corruption thriller “El Reino,” probably one of the most talked-about Spanish productions of the upcoming months.

Doing so, Le Pacte, which acquired French distribution rights to Sorogoyen’s previous film, serial killer thriller “May God Save Us,” a best screenplay winner at 2016’s San Sebastian Festival, goes one step further in its commitment to Sorogoyen, already consolidated as a Spanish directors to track.

In “El Reino,” the French outfit joins forces with “May God Save Us” producers Tornasol Films, the Spanish company behind Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” and Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of broadcaster Atresmedia whose credits include Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”

Warner Bros. Pictures España and Latido Films are also re-teaming with Sorogoyen on “El Reino,” after having handled respectively local distribution and international
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Film Review: ‘Four Hands’

Film Review: ‘Four Hands’
One of the reasons the proposed “Toni Erdmann” remake is being met with resistance in some quarters is its specificity: Maren Ade’s offbeat delight seems so wholly defined by those actors playing those characters in that exact situation. It’s a potential issue very much avoided by her countryman Oliver Kienle’s impressively slick thriller “Four Hands,” which operates within its highly exportable genre on such clean lines that it feels almost inevitably destined for a Hollywood remake. As usual, that will be a shame — aside from the language barrier necessitating dreaded subtitles, there is nothing to stop wider international audiences embracing this elegant and engrossing film as is.

In its opening third, before the suspense plot picks up its own inexorable tick-tock momentum, the film actually shows significant promise as an investigation of trauma, duality and a knottily co-dependent sororal relationship — so much so, that it’s almost disappointing when it switches to full-on genre
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