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Producers Guild Sets 2018 Awards Timeline

Producers Guild Awards to Take Place on January 20, 2018  The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today its timeline for the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards, which will be presented at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The 2018 Producers Guild Awards honor excellence in motion picture and television…

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Directors Include David Ayer, Derek Cianfrance, Pedro Costa, Garth Davis, Lav Diaz, Barry Jenkins, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Kim Ki-duk, David Mackenzie, Takashi Miike, Kira Muratova, Isdrissa Ouedraogo, Jordan Peele, Guy Ritchie, Mrinal Sen, Johnnie To

Fatih Akin, Adolfo Aristarain, David Ayer, Nabil Ayouch, Siddiq Barmak Aida Begić Emmanuelle Bercot, Martin Butler, Patricia Cardoso, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Derek Cianfrance, Pedro Costa, Garth Davis, Bentley Dean, Lav Diaz ,Carlos Diegues, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Nana Dzhordzhadze, Ildikó Enyedi, Amat Escalante, Tom Ford, Goutam Ghose, Jessica Hausner, Joanna Hogg, Hannes Holm, Ann Hui,…

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Here Comes Everybody: Actors 

Actors Include: Riz Ahmed, Debbie Allen, Amitabh Bachcha, Monica Bellucci, Gil Birmingham, Daniel Brühl, Maggie Cheung, John Cho, Priyanka Chopra, Warwick Davis, Colman Domingo, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton, Chris Evans, Luke Evans, Fan Bingbing, Elle Fanning, Golshifteh Farahani, Anna Faris, Rebecca Ferguson, Lou Ferrigno, Gal Gadot, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jeff Garlin, Domhnall Gleeson, Sharon Gless, Donald Glover,…

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SPC Takes Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless”

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights in North America and Latin America to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s LOVELESS.  The Russian language film will premiere In Competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, May 18. Sony Pictures Classics and Zvyagintsev previously worked together on LEVIATHAN, winner of Best Screenplay at the…

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Oscar 90 Reunites Kimmel, De Luca, Todd

THE 90th OSCARS® REUNITES HOST JIMMY KIMMEL AND PRODUCERS MICHAEL DE LUCA AND JENNIFER TODD FOR HOLLYWOOD’S MOST CELEBRATED EVENT OF THE YEAR LOS ANGELES, CA – For a second consecutive year, late-night talk show favorite Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars broadcast and Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will produce, Academy…

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Academy Sets New Rules For Oscar 90

The Academy’s Board of Governors approved Oscars® rules and campaign regulations for the 90th Academy Awards® at their most recent Board meeting on Tuesday, March 28. For the first time, nominations voting in the Animated Feature Film category will be opened up to the entire eligible voting membership.  Invitations to join the nominating committee will…

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Academy To Launch “Academy Gold” Talent Development And Inclusion Program

[PR] Sixteen Entertainment Industry Partners Participate in Pilot Year LOS ANGELES, CA – In June, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will launch Academy Gold, a new entertainment industry-wide summer internship and mentoring program that will expand opportunities for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities.  This initiative will afford top film entertainment,…

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Oscar Sets Dates For 2018-2021, Including March 4, 2018

THE ACADEMY AND ABC ANNOUNCE KEY DATES FOR 90TH OSCARS® THE OSCARS AIRS LIVE SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018 ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK OSCARS DATES SELECTED FOR 2019, 2020 AND 2021 LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy and the ABC Television Network today announced key dates for the 90th Oscars®. The Academy Awards® presentation will…

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Academy Launches 2017 Student Academy Awards Competition

THE ACADEMY LAUNCHES 2017 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS® COMPETITION New Expanded International Eligibility: Winners Eligible for Oscars® LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2017 Student Academy Awards® competition. All Student Academy Award® winners become eligible for Oscars® consideration. The entry deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 1. New this year, the…

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ACADEMY RESCINDS SOUND MIXING NOMINATION FOR GREG P. RUSSELL ON “13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI”

LOS ANGELES, CA – Upon recommendation by the Sound Branch Executive Committee, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted Thursday (2/23) to rescind the Sound Mixing nomination for Greg P. Russell from “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” for violation of Academy campaign regulations.  The decision was prompted by the discovery that Russell had called…

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Gurus o’ Gold: Our Final Votes

In this final look at the field before Oscar Sunday, The Gurus bet heavy on La La Land. Also, a long list of categories where The Gurus think upsets are still possible, though the only La La upset with any traction is Huppert over Stone (and still, all voting Gurus went Stone and only 5 consider the upset possible). Plus, the Gurus are still fuzzy on the shorts.

Thanks for joining us for another season. We predict we will see you again in August.

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20 Weeks To Oscar: 4 Days Away…

It wasn’t complex. It wasn’t full of surprises. And nothing in its nature has suggested any real change at The Academy or inside The Industry.

The Academy is still old and white. Young people still tend to spark what is new about the industry. But the process of “becoming” for non-actors tends not to be an overnight event.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Final Voting Has Begun… The Gurus Weigh In

The Gurus offer their Top 2 in every category… except when a Guru feels the win is so locked in that there is no realistic competition. Seven of the categories have unanimous votes (Actress, Supporting Actress, Animation, Documentary, Score, Song, VFX). If The Gurus’ vision is clear, one film will win 9 Oscars on the night. The Gurus will be back one more time, after voting closes.

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Oscar 89 Names Production Team

89th OSCARS® PRODUCTION TEAM ANNOUNCED Over 75 Years of Combined Oscars Telecast Experience LOS ANGELES, CA — Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced eight key members of the production team for the 89th Oscars®, which will air live on Sunday, February 26, on ABC. It was previously announced that Glenn Weiss would…

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USC Libraries Scripter 2017 honors “Moonlight,” “The Night Manager,” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2017 – The authors and screenwriters behind the film “Moonlight,” and the television series “The Night Manager” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” received the 29th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award in a Feb. 11 ceremony at USC’s Doheny Memorial Library. The Scripter Award recognizes the year’s best cinematic…

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Cash & Carrying Gold

Here is a key stat about winning Best Picture: Since the expansion to 5+ Best Picture nominees, no film that has won Best Picture has been better than #3 on the list of domestic box office grossers amongst the nominees.

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The ASC Awards

“Lion” Takes Top Prize at American Society of Cinematographers Awards; “Game of Thrones,” “Mr. Robot” and “The Night Of” Win in TV Categories; “House of Others” Claims Spotlight Award Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS earned the coveted Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture for “Lion” at the 31st Annual American Society of Cinematographers…

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Gurus o’ Gold: Pick Your Top Two

This week, the Gurus were asked for their Top 2 picks in every category… unless they thought the winner is a lock. The results were not surprising, although Denzel Washington has moved into a lead and virtual Guru tie with Casey Affleck for Best Actor. Also close: Original Screenplay.

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The Simple Case For Moonlight

The phenomenon of Moonlight was on full display at the Telluride Film Festival. Audiences were not only screaming and standing on their feet when the movie ended, but many walked the intimate streets of Telliride in a kind of shock, rocked to their core. Men and women. Straight and gay. Some were black… but it is Telluride and well… most were not.

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SAG 2017 Awards

Outstanding Film and Television Performances Honored at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® The Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented its coveted Actor® statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2016 at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® held Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. In…

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“You know, I was never a critic. I never considered myself as a film critic. I started doing short films, writing screenplays and then for awhile, for a few years I wrote some film theory, including some film criticism because I had to, but I was never… I never had the desire to be a film critic. I never envisioned myself as a film critic, but I did that at a period of my life when I thought I kind of needed to understand things about cinema, understand things about film theory, understand the world map of cinema, and writing about movies gave me that, and also the opportunity to meet filmmakers I admired.

“To me, it was the best possible film school. The way it changed my perspective I suppose is that I believe in this connection between theory and practice. I think that you also make movies with ideas and you need to have ideas about filmmaking to achieve whatever you’re trying to achieve through your movies, but then I started making features in 1986 — a while ago — and I left all that behind.

“For the last three decades I’ve been making movies, I’ve been living, I’ve been observing the world. You become a different person, so basically my perspective on the world in general is very different and I hope that with every movie I make a step forward. I kind of hope I’m a better person, and hopefully a better filmmaker and hopefully try to… It’s very hard for me to go back to a different time when I would have different values in my relationship to filmmaking. I had a stiffer notion of cinema.”
~ Olivier Assayas

A Spirited Exchange

“In some ways Christopher Nolan has become our Stanley Kubrick,” reads the first sentence of David Bordwell’s latest blog post–none of which I want or intend to read after that desperate opening sentence. If he’d written “my” or “some people’s” instead of “our”, I might have read further. Instead, I can only surmise that in some ways David Bordwell may have become our Lars von Trier.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum On Facebook

“Jonathan has written a despicable thing in comparing me to Trump. He’s free to read or not read what I write, and even to judge arguments without reading them. It’s not what you’d expect from a sensible critic, but it’s what Jonathan has chosen to do, for reasons of a private nature he has confided to me in an email What I request from him is an apology for comparing my ideas to Trump’s.”
~ David Bordwell Replies

“Yes, I do apologize, sincerely, for such a ridiculous and quite unwarranted comparison. The private nature of my grievance with David probably fueled my post, but it didn’t dictate it, even though I’m willing to concede that I overreacted. Part of what spurred me to post something in the first place is actually related to a positive development in David’s work–an improvement in his prose style ever since he wrote (and wrote very well) about such elegant prose stylists as James Agee and Manny Farber. But this also brought a journalistic edge to his prose, including a dramatic flair for journalistic ‘hooks’ and attention-grabbers, that is part of what I was responding to. Although I realize now that David justifies his opening sentence with what follows, and far less egregiously than I implied he might have, I was responding to the drum roll of that opening sentence as a provocation, which it certainly was and is.”
~ Jonathan Rosenbaum Replies