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Judd Apatow

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

“We all choose who to work with. I understand why that is easier for some than others but many powerful people are powerful enough to speak up to their bosses at a moment like this. Where are the Fox stars and executives speaking up?! Imagine if it was your kids. Who has a movie, TV show, sporting event, news show at Fox? How can you remain silent when they promote these policies?”
Judd Apatow

Film Philosopher Stanley Cavell Was 91

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

“So some of Wittgenstein’s readers are made impatient, as though the fluctuating humility and arrogance of his prose were a matter of style, and style were a matter of pose, so these poses repudiate, not to say undermine, each other. To me this fluctuation reads as a continuous effort at balance, or longing for it, as to leave a tightrope; it seems an expression of that struggle of despair and hope that I can understand as a motivation to philosophical writing.”
Film Philosopher Stanley Cavell Was 91

“He was a jazz musician before he was a philosopher. An air of improvisation and fun hung over everything he did. Pauline Kael was lecturing at Harvard, and I saw him standing on the Cambridge Common, shortly before the lecture was to begin, looking bewildered. “Are you lost?” I asked jokingly. “This is Mass. Ave., and that over there is Garden Street.” “I know what street I’m on,” he said, as though he’d stepped out of one of the screwball comedies he so loved. “But what town am I in?”

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

“He was a jazz musician before he was a philosopher. An air of improvisation and fun hung over everything he did. Pauline Kael was lecturing at Harvard, and I saw him standing on the Cambridge Common, shortly before the lecture was to begin, looking bewildered. “Are you lost?” I asked jokingly. “This is Mass. Ave., and that over there is Garden Street.” “I know what street I’m on,” he said, as though he’d stepped out of one of the screwball comedies he so loved. “But what town am I in?”

Ridley Scott

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

“If you look at the successful companies like Disney and the very successful companies like Universal, they are doing alright for big movies! They should have divisions for low-budget movies because the whole world is now moving towards content from the smaller films that the platforms control. And that is going to change the whole studio system. When a film costs $260 million and it makes over 500, the $500 million doesn’t even all go to the studio! They only get half of that, so the studio is just at breaking even. When a film goes to $300 million, someone doesn’t know what the fuck they’re doing.I mean, really, it’s stupid —  it’s actually stupid. A $250 or $260 million budget and someone goes 50 million over then that someone should be fired!”
Ridley Scott

Academy Announces 2018 Film Scholars Grants

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

THE ACADEMY ANNOUNCES 2018 FILM SCHOLARS 
GRANT RECIPIENTS

LOS ANGELES, CA – Glenn Frankel and Keri Walsh have been named 2018 Academy Film Scholars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Their respective book projects explore the historical context and creative influence of the revolutionary film for its time, Midnight Cowboy, and examine female Method actors and how their feminist contributions earned them a place in the history of film. The Academy’s Educational Grants Committee will award both Frankel and Walsh the scholars’ $25,000 grant awards on the basis of their proposals.

“I am thrilled to support Frankel and Walsh in their research so that they may share their expertise for these timely topics that are not only significant to the film industry, but to society as whole,” said Academy Grants Committee Chair Buffy Shutt. “Their works illuminate the importance of diversity and inclusion in the history of film, something that is essential to remember as we look to further the Academy’s mission. We all look forward to seeing the outcome of their research.”

Frankel’s book will focus on the Oscar-winning best picture, Midnight Cowboy, analyzing how the artists behind the film contributed to this boundary breaking film that signified a shift in representation of sexuality in the 1960’s. As Frankel’s third book researching the implications of cowboy films in American history, it explores not only the historical implications of the film, but also the creative elements that led to its success and a milestone in Hollywood’s acceptance of diverse and controversial subject matters.

Walsh is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Fordham University. Her project will be among the first scholarly works to explore what is critical and feminist about Method acting in Hollywood films. Primarily focused on Method performances by women from the late 1940s to the early 1960s, she illuminates their neglected and concealed work, and ultimately showcases how it broadened women’s possibilities of acting.

Frankel and Walsh join 14 Academy film scholars who are currently working on projects and 17 other scholars whose works have already been published. Academy film scholars with projects in progress are Dr. Ellen Scott, Dr. Donna Kornhaber, Charles Musser, Emily Thompson, Stuart Liebman, John Belton, Harlow Robinson, Cari Beauchamp, Patrick Keating, Dan Streible, Thomas Schatz, Laurence Kardish, James Tweedie and Ross Melnick.

Established in 1999, the Academy Film Scholars program is designed to support significant new works of film scholarship. The Academy’s cultural and educational wing – the Academy Foundation – annually awards grants to film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Through the Foundation, the Academy also presents a rich assortment of screenings and other public programs each year.

For grant guidelines and information about the Academy Film Scholars program, contact Grants Manager Shawn Guthrie at sguthrie@oscars.org, or visit www.oscars.org/filmscholars.

 

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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.

 

Title Designer Richard Alan Greenberg, 71; Work Includes Superman, Alien, Predator

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Title Designer Richard Alan Greenberg, 71; Work Includes Superman, AlienPredator

Report: Oscar-Winning Kobe Bryant Will Not Be Invited To Animation Branch Of The Academy

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Report: Oscar-Winning Kobe Bryant Will Not Be Invited To Animation Branch Of The Academy

MoviePass

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Critics

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

MZS

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Disney Bid For 21st Century Fox Now $71.3 Billion

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Disney Bid For 21st Century Fox Now $71.3 Billion

Christopher Plummer: ‘Why not bring me in to play Roseanne for the next season?’

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Christopher Plummer: ‘Why not bring me in to play Roseanne for the next season?’

RoseAnne

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

“What do people actually want from the critic? It seems to be a more relevant question now than ever, partly due to the changing landscape of filmgoing, partly because of everybody’s ability to be a critic if they so choose. The reviewer is no longer always first to the film, and there have been a number of notable discrepancies between critical consensus and public opinion, from La La Land to Three Billboards, the latter of which prompted Ashley Clark to tweet: ‘The majority of the consensus-building bloc in film criticism is white and male, it’s not massively surprising that some of what makes this film objectionable to many didn’t resonate.'”

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

“What do people actually want from the critic? It seems to be a more relevant question now than ever, partly due to the changing landscape of filmgoing, partly because of everybody’s ability to be a critic if they so choose. The reviewer is no longer always first to the film, and there have been a number of notable discrepancies between critical consensus and public opinion, from La La Land to Three Billboards, the latter of which prompted Ashley Clark to tweet: ‘The majority of the consensus-building bloc in film criticism is white and male, it’s not massively surprising that some of what makes this film objectionable to many didn’t resonate.'”

Anthony Lane

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Zemeckis Set For WB’s “The Witches” From Previously-Shot Roald Dahl Book

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Zemeckis Set For WB’s “The Witches” From Previously-Shot Roald Dahl Book

Joseph Beyer Offers “The Brief History of the Elk Rapids Cinema in Northern Michigan”

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Joseph Beyer Offers “The Brief History of the Elk Rapids Cinema in Northern Michigan”

BERLINALE

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

“Disney’s Moana Screened for Migrant Kids Detained at Border: Thanks for Rubbing It In, America,” Writes Michael Phillips

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

“What’s beyond that line?
Will I cross that line?”
“Sometimes the world seems against you
The journey may leave a scar
But scars can heal and reveal
Just where you are.”
“Disney’s Moana Screened for Migrant Kids Detained at Border: Thanks for Rubbing It In, America,” Writes Michael Phillips

New MailOnline Editor Recruited from Fox News Digital

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

New MailOnline Editor Recruited from Fox News Digital