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James Corden to Host 2016 Hollywood Film Awards

dick clark productions announced today that James Corden, critically and globally feted actor, comedian and late night talk show host, returns for
the second consecutive year to host the Hollywood Film Awards. The awards ceremony, celebrating its 20th anniversary as the official launch of the awards season®, will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 6, 2016.

The Hollywood Film Awards honors some of the most acclaimed films and actors, as well as artists in Cinematography, Visual Effects, Film Composing, Costume Design, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Makeup & Hairstyling.
Its honorees over the past 20 years have included the world’s biggest stars and more than 110 have gone on to garner Oscar nominations and/or wins.
“Entertaining a room full of the world’s biggest stars is no easy feat, but James Corden commanded the room at last year’s Hollywood Film Awards with incredible grace and wit,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We are thrilled to have him return for a second consecutive year as host of the Hollywood Film Awards.”

James Corden is a multi-faceted performer, host, writer and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film and comedy. He took the reins of THE LATE LATE SHOW on March 23, 2015, and quickly became a sensation for both his skills in the show and for generating buzzworthy viral videos, such as Carpool Karaoke, garnering over 500 million views and 2.8 million subscribers for the show’s YouTube channel. Since Corden took the helm, THE LATE LATE SHOW has consistently been the most social talk show in its time period according to Nielsen Social, garnering two Emmy Awards® this year, for “Outstanding Variety Music or
Comedy Special” and “Outstanding Interactive Program.”
Corden came to American late night television with a growing list of award-winning and critically acclaimed credits. He is a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor, and an acclaimed host, writer and producer in several genres of television. Corden hosts the BAFTA Award-winning UK sports-themed comedy game show “A League of Their Own” on Sky 1 and starred in, produced and wrote the BAFTA nominated comedy thriller “The Wrong Mans,” which is available on Hulu and airs on the BBC. Also, he appeared in the BBC television movie “Esio Trot,” alongside Dustin Hoffman and
Judi Dench. Outside of his native England, Corden attracted international attention as the […]

“Jackie,” Starring Natalie Portman Enters Oscar Race

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired US rights to JACKIE, directed by Pablo Larraín (NO; NERUDA) and written by Noah Oppenheim, from LD Entertainment. The film stars Academy Award winner Natalie Portman, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Academy Award nominee John Hurt, and Peter Sarsgaard. JACKIE is produced by Juan De Dios Larraín, Darren Aronofsky, Mickey Liddell, Scott Franklin, and Ari Handel. The filmmaking team includes cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine (RUST AND BONE), editor Sebastián Sepúlveda (THE CLUB), production designer Jean Rabasse (THE DREAMERS), costume designer Madeline Fontaine (AMELIE) and music by Mica Levi (UNDER THE SKIN). The film is scheduled to open on December 9, 2016. Oppenheim?s original script won Best Screenplay at this year?s Venice International Film Festival.
“Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie” is a daring, one-of-a-kind cinematic portrayal of a beloved icon. Led by an indelible performance from Natalie Portman and supported by a richly talented ensemble of actors and artists, the film is one we are thrilled to bring to audiences later this year,” said Gilula and Utley.
“I am delighted that Fox Searchlight will be releasing “Jackie,” said Larraín. “Their movies have been an important influence on me as a filmmaker, and it is a personal achievement for me to have them bring this very special story of a beautiful, sophisticated and mysterious woman to the world. Jackie was the most unknown of the known women of the 20th century.” Larraín previously directed the acclaimed film NO, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film on behalf of Chile at the 2013 Academy Awards.
“LD Entertainment, Protozoa Pictures and Fabula are proud to collaborate with Fox Searchlight Pictures in bringing Pablo’s English-language debut feature to stateside audiences,” said the film’s producers in a joint statement.
JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband?s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.
The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Executive Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien and Senior Vice […]

“Nocturnal Animals” by Tom Ford, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal

“Nocturnal Animals” from writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption.
Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS.

Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen
Directed By: Tom Ford (“A Single Man”)
Written By: Tom Ford, based on the novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright
Distributor: Focus Features
See Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in new character posters from Focus Features’ haunting romantic thriller NOCTURNAL ANIMALS.

Photos by Focus Features

Collateral Beauty – Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren

“Collateral Beauty,” starring Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Michael Pena, Naomi Harris.
When a successful New York ad executive suffers a personal tragedy and retreats from life, his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways. From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, this thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and death interlock in a life fully lived.
Director: David Frankel
Writer: Screenplay by Allan Loeb
Producers: Bard Dorros, Michael Sugar, Allan Loeb, Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes Executive Producers: Toby Emmerich, Richard Brener, Michael Disco, Michael Bederman, Peter Cron, Bruce Berman
Cast: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren
Watch the official trailer for #CollateralBeauty, starring Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena, Naomie Harris

A tragic event sends a New York ad man on a downward spiral.

Photo by Barry Wetcher
Photos Warner Bros, New Line Cinema

Kudos for Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke and Oliver Stone

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers, announced today that Ethan Hawke and Amy Adams will be presented with Actor and Actress Tributes, and Oliver Stone will receive the Director Tribute at the 2016 IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards set for Monday, November 28th at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
Signaling the official kick-off for the film awards season, the Gotham Awards is one of the leading honors for independent film and provides critical early recognition to worthy independent films and their writers, directors, producers, and actors. Recent winners include Spotlight (2015), The Look of Silence (2015); Birdman, Boyhood, and CITIZENFOUR(2014); Inside Llewyn Davis and The Act of Killing (2013); Beasts of the Southern Wild, Moonrise Kingdom, and How to Survive a Plague (2012); and Beginners, The Tree of Life,and Better This World (2011), all of which went on to numerous awards and Oscar® nominations. Anchoring the evening?s competitive awards are tributes to film community icons, including the Actor, Actress, and Director Tributes, as well as an Industry Tribute to be announced.
?We are honored to have Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke, and Oliver Stone as our Actress, Actor, and Director Tribute honorees at this year?s Gotham Awards,? said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. ?Each with a remarkable body of work that continues to challenge, thrill, and inspire audiences, we are proud to celebrate their numerous artistic achievements and honor their contributions to the landscape of cinema with these Tributes.?
This year’s Actress Tribute honoree, Amy Adams, has built an impressive body of work, challenging herself with each new role, and touching audiences worldwide with her masterful performances.
Adams was most recently seen in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the sequel to the highly successful Man of Steel, in which she reprised her role of Lois Lane.
Up next, she will star in two of the most highly anticipated films of the fall season: Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, opposite Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, which will be released by Paramount Pictures on November 11, 2016, and Tom Ford?s Nocturnal Animals, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, to be released by Focus Features on November 18, 2016.
Adams will next go into production on HBO?s high-profile drama series Sharp Objects, based on Gillian Flynn?s New York Times best-selling book in which she will star and executive produce.
Additional film credits include starring in Tim Burton’s […]

Jackie Chan. Sorry, Academy, but this was not an appropriate choice

By Michael Russnow
“Consider superstars such as Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Debbie Reynolds, Annette Bening, Harrison Ford, Albert Finney, Kim Novak, Doris Day, Samuel L. Jackson, Glenn Close, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp, just some of the performers already past fifty who have never won an acting Oscar, nor have they received the honorary award, which has always been a way for the Academy to recognize these oversights, despite their having also appeared in any number of important movies.
I’m not sure why the Academy leaders felt moved to award Chan with this honor, but giving them the benefit of the doubt, perhaps they were drawing attention to a genre of the cinema world that has popular favor and entertains a large audience, in spite of the absence of critical acclaim.”
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Hollywood Contenders: Awards Race Highlights – AUG 28

Our weekly round up of online awards race highlights and analysis.
“When I was first met with the news that this part of my past had come up, my knee-jerk reaction was selfish,” said Parker during the Q&A, according to Ebony, who also spoke with the filmmaker after the panel. ”
“Nate Parker Speaks On Rape Trial and Past Treatment of Women: ‘I Was a Dog’- – Hollywood Reporter.
“Toronto International Film Festival to Screen ‘The Birth of a Nation’ as Planned” – The New York Times
“Nate Parker: Earlier Comments Made ‘From A Standpoint Of Ignorance.’ – Deadline
“Nate Parker’s Alleged Sins Won’t Keep Me From Seeing ‘The Birth of a Nation.’” – Daily Beast

The Birth of A Nation by Nate Parker: “People Need to See the Movie”

Oscars Prez CHERYL ISAACS says “THE BIRTH OF A NATION” too important to judge by Director’s Past.
“I know just by the conversation that has gone on at Sundance that it’s clearly a movie that filmgoers should go and see,” Cheryl Boone Isaacs says of the Nate Parker’s film.
Speaking to TMZ on Thursday, when asked about the “rape issue” regarding Nate Parker, she said “That’s one issue, that’s his personal issue. And then there’s the issue of the movie.”
She added, “The important thing is for people to see it and enjoy the film, be impressed by the film. And I think that is what is very important. People need to see this movie.”

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The Most Predictable Oscars – The 88th Academy Awards

By Michael Russnow
As a show it was middling, opening with an attractive display of globes emblazoned with “Courage,” “Talent,” “Heart” and “Passion,” then a film montage before emcee Chris Rock hit the stage.
As someone who didn’t appreciate Rock as host 11 years ago it was a bit surprising to see a much more subdued performance, sometimes very funny and other times flat. Everyone was waiting for what he’d say in the midst of the Academy controversy brought about by only White people nominated in the twenty acting categories.
He mused about the fifteen Black people in the film montage and called the evening’s event “The White People’s Choice Awards.” However, he was more pointed in his jokes at the boycott attempt instigated by Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. He made fun of Jada’s outrage, considering her lack of film impact and mocked Will Smith for getting $20 million for The Wild, Wild West.
A later so-called tribute to Black History Month, featured Angela Bassett seemingly honoring Will Smith, only to state the true honoree was Jack Black. That’s how it went, with Rock reminding us Black exclusions hadn’t been dealt with in the sixties, because the community was more concerned with voting rights and lynchings.
Thus, the point was made, more so when African American Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs alluded to changes in the Academy with hopes that the industry will greenlight films and possibilities for people of color. Only then can the Academy nominate more such people.
The writing awards were the first conveyed, with Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy winning for Spotlight and Charles Randolph and Adam McKay for The Big Short, getting original and adapted screenplay Oscars respectively. My main concern was that writers once again are not shown on screen, whereas faces of the directors get the actor treatment, though their personas are mostly unrecognized. Plus they got to talk about their films.
For the writing nominations a script page was shown, followed by a print-out of the dialogue just before the actors spoke the lines. I’m pretty sure most people know actors don’t improvise their roles, so this was unnecessary.
It was also distracting to see a short résumé under each of the presenters. If their accomplishments aren’t known, why put them on stage?
And worse, not to mention confusing, throughout the evening was a ridiculous crawl, like a ticker tape at the bottom of the screen once […]

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