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Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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Grauniad Infographs “Bezos’ empire: how Amazon became the world’s biggest retailer”

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Grauniad Infographs “Bezos’ Empire: How Amazon Became the World’s Biggest Retailer”

“Netflix is burning cash to create and acquire content, so it is borrowing another $1.5 billion by way of issuing high-yield (“junk”) bonds, just five months since the worldwide leader in subscription streaming issued $1.6 billion in bonds. Netflix’s thirst for cash is directly related to content costs as the company ramps up production.”

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

“Netflix is burning cash to create and acquire content, so it is borrowing another $1.5 billion by way of issuing high-yield (“junk”) bonds, just five months since the worldwide leader in subscription streaming issued $1.6 billion in bonds. Netflix’s thirst for cash is directly related to content costs as the company ramps up production.” 

“Netflix is still coming to grips with the film industry’s secret weapon in its ongoing struggle for relevance: snobbery.”

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

“Netflix is still coming to grips with the film industry’s secret weapon in its ongoing struggle for relevance: snobbery.”

For Oscar 91, Academy Issues More Rules Arcana

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

AWARDS RULES APPROVED FOR 91ST OSCARS®

CAMPAIGN REGULATIONS UPDATED FOR NEW AWARDS SEASON

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy’s Board of Governors has approved Oscars® rules and campaign regulations for the 91st Academy Awards®.

Submission deadlines for awards eligibility have been changed. There is now one submission deadline – Monday, October 1, 2018 – for the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories. The submission deadline for Best Picture and all other categories is Thursday, November 15, by 5 p.m. PT.

In the Music categories, all members of the Music Branch will view films eligible for Original Score and film clips of eligible Original Songs and vote in a preliminary round to produce a shortlist of 15 titles in each category using the preferential voting system. Five nominees for Original Score and five nominees for Original Song will then be chosen by branch members in a second round of balloting also using preferential voting.

In the Documentary Feature category, films that have won a qualifying award at a competitive film festival will be eligible for Academy Awards consideration regardless of any prior public exhibition or distribution by nontheatrical means. The Documentary Feature Qualifying Festival List will be available later this spring. Furthermore, the critic review eligibility requirement has been expanded to include additional New York- and Los Angeles-based publications.

To align with credits eligibility in the Best Picture category, rules in both the Animated Feature Film and Documentary Feature categories have been updated to allow for more than one producer to be designated as a nominee.

In a procedural change, members of the Visual Effects Branch Nominating Committee will now be able to stream bake-off reels from the shortlisted films or attend satellite bake-off screenings and vote online. Previously, committee members were only able to vote in person at the Academy’s Visual Effects Bake-off in Los Angeles.

Other amendments to the rules include standard date changes and other “housekeeping” adjustments.

Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees. The Awards and Events Committee then reviews all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Board of Governors for approval.

Updated campaign regulations, which specify how companies and individuals may promote to Academy members any movies and achievements eligible for the 91st Academy Awards, are also presented to the Board of Governors for approval.

For the first time, studios, distributors and filmmakers will be required to use an Academy-approved mailing house to send sanctioned awards materials for eligible films to Academy members. Each approved mailing house will be provided with an official list of Academy members who have opted-in along with their contact information to facilitate both physical and digital mailings.

Additionally, the number of post-nominations screenings with a filmmaker Q&A is now limited to a maximum of four regardless of category or country in which the event takes place. This rule eliminates the two additional screenings currently allowed for Documentary and Foreign Language Film nominees.

For the complete 91st Academy Awards rules, visit oscars.org/rules.

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

FOLLOW THE ACADEMY
www.oscars.org
www.facebook.com/TheAcademy
www.youtube.com/Oscars
www.twitter.com/TheAcademy

Cannes Classics 2018 Includes Welles, Bergman Docs But No Netflix Product

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Cannes Classics 2018 Includes  Welles, Bergman Docs But No Netflix Product

“Facebook has told the Australian competition regulator that news makes up just five percent of the content shared on the platform, and the social media giant is helping journalism by providing a free global distribution service for publishers.”

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

“Facebook has told the Australian competition regulator that news makes up just five percent of the content shared on the platform, and the social media giant is helping journalism by providing a free global distribution service for publishers.”

Critics Essay Their Fave Films On Filmmaking

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Critics Essay Their Fave Films On Filmmaking

Grace Jones, Documented

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

“I’d say I’m flexible within the world of art. I see art in everything.”
Grace Jones, Documented

NYC’s Rue St. Denis, “Longtime Outfitter to TV and Chic People,” Is Closing

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

NYC’s Rue St. Denis, “Longtime Outfitter to TV and Chic People,” Is Closing

“Why isn’t there more critical consideration put into what the Avengers & Co. are wearing when they’re not avenging? Why is it that we’re so fixated on Jessica Jones’s denim, yet throughout the MCU’s decade-long box-office dominance, we’ve never once engaged in a serious takedown regarding how many of our heroes are committing the crime of dad jeans?”

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

“Why isn’t there more critical consideration put into what the Avengers & Co. are wearing when they’re not avenging? Why is it that we’re so fixated on Jessica Jones’s denim, yet throughout the MCU’s decade-long box-office dominance, we’ve never once engaged in a serious takedown regarding how many of our heroes are committing the crime of dad jeans?”

Oscar 91: February 24, 2019

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

THE ACADEMY AND ABC ANNOUNCE KEY DATES FOR 91ST OSCARS®

THE OSCARS AIRS LIVE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019
ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy and the ABC Television Network today announced key dates for the 91st Oscars®. The Academy Awards® presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2019.

Academy key dates for the 2018 Awards season are:
Sunday, November 18, 2018                       Governors Awards

Monday, January 7, 2019                            Nominations voting opens

Monday, January 14, 2019                          Nominations voting closes

Tuesday, January 22, 2019                         Oscar Nominations Announcement

Monday, February 4, 2019                          Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Saturday, February 9, 2019                         Scientific and Technical Awards

Tuesday, February 12, 2019                        Finals voting opens

Tuesday, February 19, 2019                        Finals voting closes

Sunday, February 24, 2019                         91st Oscars

The date for the 91st Oscars was previously announced.
The 91st Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

# # #

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

FOLLOW THE ACADEMY
www.oscars.org
www.facebook.com/TheAcademy
www.youtube.com/Oscars
www.twitter.com/TheAcademy

“If this came out two decades ago, it’d feel revolutionary. Back then, the bravest beauty standards comedy beauty hailed Jack Black for willingly bone Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit, who mostly just got to look like, well, Gwyneth Paltrow. We’re still not really ready for an ordinary woman to play an ordinary romantic comedy lead, which is why even Schumer’s attempts have come at the genre askew.”

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

“If this came out two decades ago, it’d feel revolutionary. Back then, the bravest beauty standards comedy beauty hailed Jack Black for willingly bone Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit, who mostly just got to look like, well, Gwyneth Paltrow. We’re still not really ready for an ordinary woman to play an ordinary romantic comedy lead, which is why even Schumer’s attempts have come at the genre askew.”

“I thought it would be amazing, when Renee meets her boss, that she has revered from afar, for her to be in this puppy dress. Who could be intimidated by a woman in a puppy dress? Commenting on it would dilute the visual and subliminal impact. The audience has to make their own sense of it!”

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

“I thought it would be amazing, when Renee meets her boss, that she has revered from afar, for her to be in this puppy dress. Who could be intimidated by a woman in a puppy dress? Commenting on it would dilute the visual and subliminal impact. The audience has to make their own sense of it!”

Philip D’Antoni, 89, Produced The French Connection, Bullitt

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Philip D’Antoni, 89, Produced The French Connection, Bullitt

“Cannes’ decision to welcome the ‘banished’ filmmaker back is emblematic of the contradictions at the heart of the festival — especially when it comes to gender. What’s hard to wrap your head around is where exactly the festival, a celebration of independent thought and artistic risk-taking, draws the line between acceptable and offensive.”

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

“Cannes’ decision to welcome the ‘banished’ filmmaker back is emblematic of the contradictions at the heart of the festival — especially when it comes to gender. What’s hard to wrap your head around is where exactly the festival, a celebration of independent thought and artistic risk-taking, draws the line between acceptable and offensive.”

Bill Cosby Will Not Take The Stand

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Bill Cosby Will Not Take The Stand

“Sinclair Broadcast Group executives reprimanded and ultimately ousted a local news reporter who refused to seed doubt about man-made climate change and “balance” her stories in a more conservative direction.Her account, detailed in company documents, offers a glimpse at the inner workings of a media giant that has sought to both ingratiate itself to Trump and cast itself as an apolitical local news provider — a position the documents undermine…”

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

“Sinclair Broadcast Group executives reprimanded and ultimately ousted a local news reporter who refused to seed doubt about man-made climate change and “balance” her stories in a more conservative direction.Her account, detailed in company documents, offers a glimpse at the inner workings of a media giant that has sought to both ingratiate itself to Trump and cast itself as an apolitical local news provider — a position the documents undermine…”

Members of Legally Embattled Netanyahu Gov’t And Ruling Party Attack Natalie Portman, With One Member Who Is Expelled From Knesset Calling For Her Israeli Citizenship To Be Revoked

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Members of Legally Embattled Netanyahu Gov’t And Ruling Party Attack Natalie Portman, With One Member Who Is Expelled From Knesset Calling For Her Israeli Citizenship To Be Revoked

Future British Film Tax Subsidies Under Labour Would Require Diversity Hires

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

“Bringing inclusion riders from Hollywood to HMRC could put a rocket booster under the industry that pays lip service to diversity, but hasn’t always delivered. With Cannes just weeks away, it’s important we start an international conversation about the ways in which policy-makers can contribute to the urgent need for greater diversity.”
Future British Film Tax Subsidies Under Labour Would Require Diversity Hires