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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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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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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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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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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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The 2017 ACE Eddie Awards

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 67TH ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS RECOGNIZING THE BEST EDITING OF THE YEAR IN FILM, TELEVISION AND DOCUMENTARIES “ARRIVAL,” “LA LA LAND” AND “ZOOTOPIA” AMONG WINNERS AT THE 67TH ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS RECOGNIZING THE BEST FILM EDITING OF THE YEAR “Arrival” (edited by Joe Walker, ACE) and “La La Land” (edited by…

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Thelma Schoonmaker and Janet Ashikaga Honored by American Cinema Editors

American Cinema Editors (ACE) will present veteran editors Janet Ashikaga, ACE and Thelma Schoonmaker, ACE with the organization’s prestigious Career Achievement honors at the 67th Annual ACE Eddie Awards on Friday, January 27, 2017 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  The Career Achievement Award honors veteran editors whose body of work and reputation…

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Oscar Scraps Dawn Nominations Presser For Online Live Stream And Featured Placement On ABC’s “Good Morning America”

  [PR] We’ve got exciting news. To welcome our new class of nominees, several Oscar®-winning and nominated Academy members including Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe will join Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to reveal the 89th Oscars® Nominations, on Tuesday, January 24, beginning at 5:18 a.m. PST/8:18 a.m. EST/1:18…

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Cinema Eye 2017 Awards

Cameraperson and OJ: Made In America Top 10th Annual Cinema Eye Honors Kirsten Johnson’s Cinematic Memoir Wins Outstanding Feature, Editing & Cinematography Ezra Edelman’s Epic Story of Race and Murder in Los Angeles takes Direction & Production January 11, 2017, Astoria, Queens, New York – Two of the year’s most acclaimed nonfiction films, Cameraperson and…

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The Tenth Annual Cinema Eye Honors

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ASC Nominations 2016

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced nominees in the Theatrical Release and Spotlight categories for the 31sstAnnual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. Winners will be named on February 4 at the Society’s awards gala held at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom. Theatrical Release nominees this year include: Greig Fraser, ASC,…

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PGA Nominations For 2016

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture nominations for the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The categories are The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures and The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures. All 2017 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on Saturday,…

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“I suddenly couldn’t say anything about some of the movies. They were just so terrible, and I’d already written about so many terrible movies. I love writing about movies when I can discover something in them – when I can get something out of them that I can share with people. The week I quit, I hadn’t planned on it. But I wrote up a couple of movies, and I read what I’d written, and it was just incredibly depressing. I thought, I’ve got nothing to share from this. One of them was of that movie with Woody Allen and Bette Midler, Scenes From a Mall. I couldn’t write another bad review of Bette Midler. I thought she was so brilliant, and when I saw her in that terrible production of ‘Gypsy’ on television, my heart sank. And I’d already panned her in Beaches. How can you go on panning people in picture after picture when you know they were great just a few years before? You have so much emotional investment in praising people that when you have to pan the same people a few years later, it tears your spirits apart.”
~ Pauline Kael On Quitting

“My father was a Jerome. My daughter’s middle name is Jerome. But my most vexing and vexed relationship with a Jerome was with Jerome Levitch, the subject of my first book under his stage and screen name, Jerry Lewis.

I have a lot of strong and complex feelings about the man, who passed away today in Las Vegas at age 91. Suffice to say he was a brilliant talent, an immense humanitarian, a difficult boss/interview, and a quixotic sort of genius, as often inspired as insipid, as often tender as caustic.

I wrote all about it in my 1996 book, “King of Comedy,” which is available on Kindle. With all due humility, it’s kinda definitive — the good and the bad — even though it’s two decades old. My favorite review, and one I begged St. Martin’s (unsuccessfully) to put on the paperback jacket, came from “Screw” magazine, which called it “A remarkably fair portrait of a great American asshole.”

Jerry and I met twice while I was working on the book and spoke/wrote to each other perhaps a dozen times. Like many of his relationships with the press and his partners/subordinates, it ended badly, with Jerry hollering profanities at me in the cabin of his yacht in San Diego. I wrote about it in the epilogue to my book, and over the years I’ve had the scene quoted back to me by Steve Martin, Harry Shearer, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette. Tom Hanks once told me that he had a dinner with Paul Reiser and Martin Short at which Short spent the night imitating Jerry throwing me off the boat.

Jerry was a lot of things: father, husband, chum, businessman, philanthropist, artist, innovator, clown, tyrant. He was at various times in his life the highest-ever-paid performer on TV, in movies, and on Broadway. He raised BILLIONS for charity, invented filmmaking techniques, made perhaps a dozen classic comedies, turned in a terrific dramatic performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy,” and left the world altered and even enhanced with his time and his work in it.

That’s an estimable achievement and one worth pausing to commemorate.

#RIP to Le Roi du Crazy

~ Biographer Shawn Levy on Jerry Lewis on Facebook