April 23, 2014

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Academy Announces the Organization’s New Leadership

HollywoodNews.com: The Board of Governors of the Motion Picture Academy voted on Thursday to establish a new executive structure for the organization, replacing retiring executive director Bruce Davis with former Film Independent head Dawn Hudson and long-time Academy executive Ric Robertson, who will become the organization’s CEO and COO respectively. Robertson will report to Hudson in the new leadership tandem.
Hudson has spent 20 years at the helm of Film Independent, which grew from a small non-profit into a nationally recognized arts institution under her leadership. Film Independent’s two signature programs are the 26-year-old Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, held annually in June.
“The Academy is the gold standard for the world’s most influential art form, and I am humbled by what the Board of Governors, the Academy members, and the staff have accomplished under Bruce Davis’s leadership.” said Hudson. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Ric, and to carry the Academy’s mission forward into the future.”
Robertson joined the Academy in 1981 following a short stint with the Los Angeles International Film Exposition (FILMEX), and became the organization’s second-in-command in 1989, when he was appointed Executive Administrator. In that position he has overseen the Academy’s public programming, its library and film archive as well as its public relations, marketing, legal affairs, and numerous awards-related events and activities.
“Having Bruce as a mentor has been tremendously valuable to me,” said Robertson. “It will serve me well as I move into this new management position and partnership with Dawn, as we help to write the Academy’s next chapter.”
Academy president Tom Sherak said that the new structure for the Academy’s executive staff had occurred to the officers of the organization as they began seriously considering the succession issue. “We’re a different organization than we used to be,” Sherak said, “with a range of activities that couldn’t have been conceived of when the present structure came into place. Now, with the leadership team of Dawn as our CEO and Ric as our COO, we have the ideal combination of new vision and institutional continuity to move us forward.”
Following a planned bylaw revision, already in the works, Hudson and Robertson will assume their new positions on June 1.
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First Look Photos: The Vampire Diaries “Klaus”

HollywoodNews.com: Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) are furious when they discover that Elena (Nina Dobrev) has defied them both to make a new ally and take control of the plan to out-maneuver Klaus (Morgan).

Disagreement over how to protect Elena leads to growing tension between the Salvatore brothers. Meanwhile, Stefan has his hands full trying to keep a confused and frightened Jenna (Sara Canning) safe. Flashbacks to 1491 reveal Katherine’s (Nina Dobrev) introduction to Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Klaus, along with the origin of the moonstone curse.
Elena learns shocking new information about Klaus’ motives. Matt Davis also stars. Joshua Butler directed the episode written by Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec.

Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW
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Matt Elrod Lost My Respect

By Michael Russnow
HollywoodNews.com: I don’t write much about CBS’ Survivor series, but I occasionally chime in on the finales, as I did a year and a half ago to blast Russell Hantz’ utter lack of class and to cheer on Jud “Fabio” Birza’s unexpected victory this past December.
However, last night’s episode on Survivor: Redemption Island caused me to jump up aghast at the TV when I saw Matt Elrod, having regained entry to the game after masterfully winning six challenges in a row, throw it all away with an incredible blunder.
Okay, I wasn’t thrilled about his penchant to pontificate about religion, but the guy generally seemed amiable and smart, and he was adept at physical challenges. I felt he’d gotten a raw deal when the so-called Boston Rob Mariano engineered his early departure from the Ometepe Tribe, but was delighted as he beat the odds to stay in the game. In particular, during his second challenge, this time with the notorious Russell, who’d himself been blindsided at last and sent to the purgatory island. I was nervous about whether Matt could win the psychological game against the master of deception, because while Matt was younger and stronger I remembered how Russell had outlasted the younger and similarly dexterous Brett Clouser in the final immunity challenge in Samoa.
Back in the game, it appeared Matt was going to play well, as he was approached by Mike Chiesl of the Zapatera Tribe with a plan to pick off the members of the tribe that had originally voted Matt off. It seemed clever, legitimate and perfectly moral — even by Survivor standards — and to make it work perfectly Matt would enlist his friend Andrea Boehlke.
And then, for some God forsaken reason, and I use God in its fullest context, Matt decided to come clean to Boston Rob — the person who’d orchestrated the vote that sent him to Redemption Island — and tell him of his flirtation with the other tribe, but that apparently God wouldn’t want him to do that. Apart from the fact that it sent Boston Rob into a paranoid frenzy, I stared at the TV screen wondering — even if I bought into Matt’s religious beliefs — why God would want him to stick with the team that booted him off? Why God would consider it disloyal of him to switch sides? And if God was the great [...]

Starz Unwraps “Toy Story” Gift in Unprecedented Television Marathon

HollywoodNews.com: It’s three times the Pixar magic of Buzz Lightyear, Woody for the first time ever, Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and the Starz Saturday Night Premiere of Toy Story 3. This is the first time that all three films will be shown together on television, an incredible evening for the entire family.
It will take place on Saturday, April 16th, beginning at 6:05 p.m. (ET/PT). Marathon continues Sunday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. and at 5:15 p.m.
The Toy Story Story
The franchise began in 1995 with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen lending their voices as cowboy Woody and astronaut Buzz Lightyear. The first film won a Special Achievement Oscar® for director John Lasseter, culminating in 2010 with a Best Animated Feature statuette for Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and Best Song for composer Randy Newman. Throughout the storied franchise, Toy Story has garnered 10 Academy Award® nominations and the three films have grossed over $1 Billion at the boxoffice.
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New Photos: Gossip Girl – The Kids Stay in the Picture

HollywoodNews.com: As Lily (Kelly Rutherford) awaits the consequences of her decision, William van der Woodsen (guest star Billy Baldwin), CeCe (guest star Caroline Lagerfelt) and Lily’s sister, Carol (guest star Sheila Kelley), come into town to support her and be part of a Taschen photo shoot on “modern royalty” in which the Rhodes family is participating.

Unbeknownst to Carol, who has always chosen to keep her daughter Charlie (guest star Kaylee DeFer) far away from the Upper East Side, Charlie has followed her to New York to meet Serena (Blake Lively) and the rest of the family. Blair (Leighton Meester) has an epiphany about her future, and grapples with the knowledge of whom she’s destined to be with. Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Jessica Szohr and Matthew Settle also star. J. Miller Tobin directed the episode written by Jessica Queller.

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“Supernatural” My Heart Will Go On

HollywoodNews.com: SAM AND DEAN TEMPT FATE — After Balthazar (guest star Sebastian Roche) changes history and keeps the Titanic from sinking, Fate (guest star Katie Walder) intervenes and begins killing those that would have died on the ship.

Castiel (Misha Collins) tells Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) that Fate is very upset with the two of them and the only way they can stay alive is to kill her. Mike Rohl directed the episode written by Bret Matthews.

Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW
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What Beyonce’s Father Says About Their Split

HollywoodNews.com: Business is business and family is family. I love my daughter and am very proud of who she is and all that she has achieved. I look forward to her continued great success.
The decision for Beyonce and Music World Entertainment to part was mutual. We did great things together, and I know that she will continue to conquer new territories in music and entertainment. Currently, I am very focused on the tremendous investment that our record label has made in the gospel/inspirational genre of music and on our supremely talented roster of artists, including Trin-i-tee 5:7, Brian Courtney Wilson, Juanita Bynum, Micah Stampley, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Pastor Rudy and others.
Music World will continue its partnership with Sony with Destiny’s Child and UK female group From Above, as well as management. We will also continue to develop the Music World family of labels: Music World Country/Compadre, Music World Kids and Music World Music. In Music World’s repositioning it will not continue its label/management role with Columbia/Sony artist Tiffany Evans.
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First Poster for “Deathly Hallows – Part 2″, Footage to be Shown at CinemaCon

HollywoodNews.com: Warner Bros. has released the first official poster for the upcoming finale to the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
The image shows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) face-to-face, with the Elder Wand between them and the caption “It all ends 7/15”. Viewers will remember that the wand, which Voldemort stole from the tomb of recently deceased Headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the final scene of Deathly Hallows – Part 1, was revealed to be one of three Deathly Hallows spoken about during the animated sequence “The Tale of the Three Brothers”. The significance of the wand will play an important role in the final film, which will be in theaters July 15.

The poster has been seen at CinemaCon, which is taking place this week and will screen new footage from Deathly Hallows – Part 2 on Thursday at 2:30pm, with producer David Heyman in attendance, according to Harry Potter fansite Mugglenet. Heyman will also be present later that evening to accept the CinemaCon Hall of Fame Award, which is being presented to the Harry Potter franchise.
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New Photos: Nikita “Into the Dark”

HollywoodNews.com: Owen (Devon Sawa) returns with information on one of Percy’s (Xander Berkeley) black boxes.
Nikita (Maggie Q) returns to London with him to retrieve it but notices that Owen is acting strangely. Owen tells Nikita that he wants to release the contents of the black box and when Nikita disagrees, he turns on her.

Meanwhile, Percy finds out Nikita is in London and dispenses Michael (Shane West) to kill her. Also, Amanda (Melinda Clarke) overhears Jaden (Tiffany Hines) arguing with Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) about the escape tunnels so she hooks Alex up to a lie detector to get the truth out of her once and for all. Jeff Hunt directed the episode written by Albert Kim

Photos By Ben Mark Holzberg
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Tribute To Sophia Loren by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will celebrate the life and career of Sophia Loren with a gala evening of film clips and personal remarks from her friends and colleagues, concluding with an onstage conversation with the Oscar®-winning actress on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
In 1961 Loren earned the first Academy Award® presented to a lead performer in a non-English speaking role, for “Two Women,” directed by Vittorio De Sica. Prior to her win, Loren had already made an indelible impression on film audiences both in her native Italy and throughout the world.
De Sica directed Loren to another Oscar nomination in “Marriage Italian Style” (1964) opposite her most frequent co-star, Marcello Mastroianni. The two starred in “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” (1964), the winner of that year’s Foreign Language Film Academy Award for Italy, and “A Special Day” (1977), which was also nominated in that category.
Adept at dramatic, comedic and romantic roles, Loren traveled effortlessly between Hollywood and international productions, delivering memorable performances opposite many great leading men, including Cary Grant (“Houseboat,” 1958), Clark Gable (“It Started in Naples,” 1960), Charlton Heston (“El Cid,” 1961), Gregory Peck (“Arabesque,” 1966), Marlon Brando (“A Countess from Hong Kong,” 1967, directed by Charles Chaplin), Peter O’Toole (“Man of La Mancha,” 1972), and Richard Burton (“The Voyage,” 1974). Her long marriage to producer Carlo Ponti yielded many roles for the actress, as well as two sons.
Loren’s career and peerless beauty remain impressive today, with memorable turns in such films as Lina Wertmuller’s ”Saturday, Sunday and Monday” (1990), Robert Altman’s “Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)” (1994), again with Mastroianni, and Rob Marshall’s musical “Nine” (2009).
In 1990 the Academy presented an Honorary Award (an Oscar statuette) to Loren in acknowledgment of her status as “one of the genuine treasures of world cinema who, in a career rich with memorable performances, has added permanent luster to our art form.”
Tickets to “An Academy Tribute to Sophia Loren” will be available for purchase beginning Friday, April 1. There is a two ticket limit for this event. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased by mail, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or online at www.oscars.org. Doors [...]

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