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Oscar General Entry Submission Forms Due November 15

LOS ANGELES, CA — Friday, November 15 is the deadline to submit Oscars Submission Forms (OSF) in the general entry categories to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for 92nd Academy Awards consideration. Films will not be accepted for consideration after the deadline. For a feature film to be considered for the 2019 Awards,…

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2019 Writers Guild Awards Nominees

SCREENPLAY NOMINEES ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham; A24 Green Book, Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly; Universal Pictures A Quiet Place, Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck; Paramount Pictures Roma, Written by Alfonso Cuarón; Netflix Vice, Written by Adam McKay; Annapurna Pictures ADAPTED SCREENPLAY…

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American Society of Cinematographers Reveals Feature and Television Nominees

Trouble viewing this email? Read it online American Society of Cinematographers Reveals Feature and Television Nominees   LOS ANGELES (January 7, 2019) — The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the nominees for all categories of the 33rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Winners will be named at the awards gala on February 9 at the Ray Dolby…

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Oscar Spots More Stars As Presenters

MORE STARS TO PRESENT AT 90TH OSCARS® EMILY BLUNT, SANDRA BULLOCK, DAVE CHAPPELLE, EUGENIO DERBEZ, ANSEL ELGORT, JANE FONDA, JODIE FOSTER, EIZA GONZÁLEZ, ASHLEY JUDD, NICOLE KIDMAN, MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, HELEN MIRREN, RITA MORENO, LUPITA NYONG’O AND CHRISTOPHER WALKEN LOS ANGELES, CA – Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced additional presenters for the 90th Oscars telecast. …

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Performers for 90th Oscars Announced

 90TH OSCARS® PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL, MARY J. BLIGE, COMMON, ANDRA DAY, NATALIA LAFOURCADE, MIGUEL, KEALA SETTLE AND SUFJAN STEVENS LOS ANGELES, CA – Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Oscar® winner Common will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Oscars®ceremony, show producers Michael De…

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Oscar Names Ten More Diverse Presenters, Including Kelly Marie Tran, Zendaya, Wes Studi, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Armie Hammer

10 MORE PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR 90TH OSCARS® GAL GADOT, MARK HAMILL, ARMIE HAMMER, OSCAR ISAAC, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, GINA RODRIGUEZ, EVA MARIE SAINT, WES STUDI, KELLY MARIE TRAN AND ZENDAYA LOS ANGELES, CA – Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced 10 more presenters for the 90th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the…

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Blade Runner 2049 Wins American Society of Cinematographers Award

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC claimed the coveted Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture for his work on “Blade Runner 2049” at the 32nd Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Mart Taniel, ESC was given the Spotlight Award for “November.” In the TV categories, winners included Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC…

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Oscar 90 Names First Batch Of Diverse Presenters

AHERSHALA ALI, CHADWICK BOSEMAN, VIOLA DAVIS, LAURA DERN, JENNIFER GARNER, GRETA GERWIG, TIFFANY HADDISH,TOM HOLLAND, KUMAIL NANJIANI, MARGOT ROBBIE, EMMA STONE AND DANIELA VEGA LOS ANGELES, CA – Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced the first slate of presenters for the 90th Oscars® telecast.  Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, March…

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33rd Santa Barbara Film Festival Award Winners

Audience Choice Award: Mark Hayes’ SKID ROW MARATHON Best Documentary Short Film Award: Kyle Morrison’s MOTT HAVEN Bruce Corwin Award – Best Live Action Short Film: Richard Van’s AUDITION Bruce Corwin Award – Best Animated Short Film: Randall Christopher’s THE DRIVER IS RED Best Documentary Award: Grant Korgan and Geoff Callan’s THE PUSH Jeffrey C….

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“Academy Gold” Mentor Program Enters Second Year With 22 Entertainment Industry Partners

ACADEMY GOLD ENTERS SECOND YEAR WITH 22 ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PARTNERS LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Academy Gold internship enhancement and mentorship program for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities.  Currently, there are 22 entertainment industry partners, including Annapurna Pictures, Creative Artists…

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And The Sundance Jury Awards Go To…

Top Prizes Go To The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Kailash, Of Fathers and Sons, and Butterflies Search, Burden, The Sentence and The Guilty Win Audience Awards After 10 days and 123 feature films, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony took place tonight, with host Jason Mantzoukas emceeing and jurors presenting 28 prizes for feature…

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ACE Eddies Awarded

“DUNKIRK,” “I, TONYA” AND “COCO” TAKE TOP HONORS  AT THE 68TH ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS  RECOGNIZING THE BEST FILM EDITING OF THE YEARVINCE GILLIGAN RECEIVES ACE GOLDEN EDDIE AWARD CELEBRATING HIS PROLIFIC CAREER LEON ORTIZ-GIL, ACE AND MARK GOLDBLATT, ACE RECEIVE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS “Dunkirk” (edited by Lee Smith, ACE) and “I, Tonya” (edited by Tatiana S….

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Oscar Nominations 2017…

Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, Shape Of Water, Three Billboards DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan, Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Paul Thomas Anderson, Guillermo del Toro ACTRESS: Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep ACTOR: Timothée Chalamet, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya, Gary Oldman, Denzel Washington

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Oscar Nominee Supplied Reactions

“I am rather giddy with excitement at the wonderful news and extremely thankful and grateful that the Academy have honoured Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Day-Lewis, JoAnne Sellar, Megan Ellison, Daniel Lupi, Mark Bridges and Jonny Greenwood alongside myself with nominations today. It is also quite a day for my son Alfie Oldman – having both…

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24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Outstanding Film and Television Performances Honored at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards LOS ANGELES (Jan. 21, 2018) – The Screen Actors Guild Awards presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and television performances of 2017 at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, held Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Los Angeles Shrine…

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USC Libraries Name Finalists for Thirtieth Annual Scripter Adaptation Awards

LOS ANGELES—The USC Libraries have named the finalists for the 30th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. In this particularly competitive year, voting resulted in ties for the film and television categories.   Due to a three-way tie in the nomination round, the writers of seven films and the works on which the films are based will…

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2018 Critics Choice Awards

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the winners of the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards tonight, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.  Hollywood’s brightest stars shined at the gala event, which aired on The CW Network and was hosted by actor and activist Olivia Munn.   “The Shape of…

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The Cinema Eye Honors Go To…

Yance Ford’s Exploration into the Death of His Brother Wins Feature, Direction & Debut. Brett Morgen’s Portrait of Jane Goodall Receives Audience and Score PrizesQuest, Last Men in Aleppo, Chasing Coral, Long Strange Trip, Icarus, The Keepers &Rabbit Hunt Among Award Winners January 11, 2018, Astoria, Queens, New York – Strong Island, filmmaker Yance Ford’s decade-long examination into the…

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The ASC Nominates 2017

American Society of Cinematographers Unveils Nominees in All Categories   LOS ANGELES (January 9, 2018) — The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the nominees in all categories of the 32nd Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Winners will be revealed at the organization’s February 17 ceremony, which will be emceed this year by Ben Mankiewicz, a longtime host on Turner…

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GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER KICKS OFF AWARDS SEASON WITH 90TH ANNUAL OSCAR NOMINATIONS PANEL, JANUARY 23, 2018

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER KICKS OFF AWARDS SEASON WITH 90TH ANNUAL OSCAR NOMINATIONS PANEL, JANUARY 23, 2018 Panel Discussion Features Top Chicago Film Critics J.R. Jones, Sergio Mims, Michael Phillips, Pamela Powell and Ray Pride CHICAGO — The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents the 90th Academy Awards® Nominations Panel Tuesday,…

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon