January 01, 2015

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Documentaries at the Oscars: Short List

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 87th Oscars®. One hundred thirty-four films were originally submitted in the category.
The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
“Art and Craft,” Purple Parrot Films
“The Case against 8,” Day in Court
“Citizen Koch,” Elsewhere Films
“CitizenFour,” Praxis Films
“Finding Vivian Maier,” Ravine Pictures
“The Internet’s Own Boy,” Luminant Media
“Jodorowsky’s Dune,” City Film
“Keep On Keepin’ On,” Absolute Clay Productions
“The Kill Team,” f/8 filmworks
“Last Days in Vietnam,” Moxie Firecracker Films
“Life Itself,” Kartemquin Films and Film Rites
“The Overnighters,” Mile End Films West
“The Salt of the Earth,” Decia Films
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” Lafayette Film
“Virunga,” Grain Media
The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.
The 87th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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The Academy Presents Top Arab Films

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), will present “Arab Cinema Classics,” a two-day screening series of the best in Arab film on Friday, June 13, and Saturday, June 21, at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.
With input from nearly 500 prominent film critics, writers, novelists, academics and other arts professionals, DIFF in 2013 compiled a tally of the 100 greatest Arab films of all time. The Academy will screen three selections from DIFF’s Top 10:
“The Night of Counting the Years” (“Al-Mummia,” 1970)
Friday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Director Shadi Abdel Salam’s film is based on the true story of the Horabat tribe’s 1881 plundering of pharaohs’ tombs in the ancient city of Thebes. Long unavailable for exhibition, the film was restored in 2009 by Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation.
“Cairo Station” (“Bab el Hadid,” 1958)
Friday, June 13, at 9:20 p.m.
Directed by the internationally renowned Egyptian auteur Youssef Chahine, the film takes place at Cairo’s main railroad station, commonly referred to as the Iron Gate, and offers a tense portrait of life at the margins of Egyptian society.
“West Beirut” (“West Beyrouth,” 1998)
Saturday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m.
With special guest writer/director Ziad Doueiri
This directorial debut of Ziad Doueiri is set in the tumultuous spring of 1975, as the Lebanese Civil War unfolds. Following the lives of two teenagers from the Muslim section of Beirut, the film blends the personal and the historical into a vibrant coming-of-age drama.
The screening series is part of the Academy’s International Outreach initiative, which brings together Academy members representing a range of cinematic crafts with filmmakers and film lovers from around the world.
“The vibrancy of Arab cinema today owes much to the rich legacy and proud history of Arab filmmaking,” said Sid Ganis, chair of the International Outreach Committee. “The Academy is pleased to embrace some of the region’s most influential films and artists through this Los Angeles presentation.”
Tickets for each evening of Arab Cinema Classics is $5 general admission and $3 for Academy members, LACMA Film Club members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased starting June 3 online at www.oscars.org. The Bing Theater is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.
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Soccer Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is on time…

TAG Heuer, the world leader in prestigious and high-end chronographs, is proud to announce the signing of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to a long-term partnership as a TAG Heuer Brand Ambassador.
Two-time Ballon d’Or winner, Real Madrid forward and Captain of the Portugal team for the coming World Cup in Brazil, Cristiano Ronaldo joins an illustrious roster of TAG Heuer sports stars and celebrities that includes film actors Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio, WTA tennis champion Maria Sharapova, Formula One World Champion Jenson Button, World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier and the entire crew of 2013 America’s Cup winner Oracle Team USA. Past members have included actors Brad Pitt and Uma Thurman, golfing great Tiger Woods, and the most legendary names in the history of Formula One, from Ayrton Senna to Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
“TAG Heuer is by far the best at what it does,” said Cristiano Ronaldo, “and has been for more than 150 years. No other luxury brand has such strong ties to the highest levels of sports. It is incredibly glamorous yet also so unconventional, and we share exactly the same determination: to totally change the game, push the limits and make our own rules. It is a great honor to be a part of such a powerful and pioneering legacy.”
“Every TAG Heuer creation celebrates intense life in the contemporary arena, and no individual represents this more powerfully than Cristiano,” said TAG Heuer CEO Stephane Linder. “Like TAG Heuer, Cristiano demands perfection and pushes himself harder than anyone in his domain. This is the first time we enter the world of football, and it’s a perfect fit to do that with Cristiano, opening a new trend and a new way to engage with our fans. Sports is part of our tradition because we share the same values: self motivation and discipline, pushing one’s limit, never giving up. We’ve been in the sports world since signing on as official chronograph of the 1920 Olympic Games. We started timing ski events in 1928, Formula One and regatta racing in the 1970s. Adding football alongside our longstanding link to motorsports, especially with its number 1 icon and most powerful player, is incredibly exciting.”
Born on the island of Madeira in 1985, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (named Cristiano Ronaldo or CR7) first played professionally in his native Portugal before joining Manchester United in 2003, where he scored […]

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ has one of the top limited release openings at this weekend’s Box Office

HOLLYWOOD NEWS NETWORK: Happy Sunday everyone, here’s the weekly box office report! Leading the way handily this weekend was the sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, which debuted at number one with an estimated $45 million, proving that folks still cared about this story years later. At number two we had the debut a new animated film in Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which hauled in an estimated $32.5 million. Among the limited release openings, the one of note is clearly The Grand Budapest Hotel, which managed to crack the top 20 despite only playing in four theaters. That quartet of theaters still brought the movie $800,000 in business, which gave it a top ten of all time per theater average of $200,000. Impressive.
The first 300 was something new and different, so its success was something to be celebrated, regardless of your thoughts on the actual flick. This time around, it’s now solidified itself as a franchise and a name brand, so look for another one of these in a few years time. As for Mr. Peabody & Sherman, audiences that had already seen the other animated offerings at least once were more than ready for this, so the good opening is somewhat to be expecting. In the case of The Grand Budapest Hotel though, this good an opening was a bit surprising, since it opened even better than Moonrise Kingdom did two years back.

Among the notable holdovers in theaters, Non-Stop managed not to crumble in its second week, taking in $15.3 million, while The LEGO Movie finally came down to earth, though it still added $11 million more to its cume. Son of God didn’t fare quite as well though, since it had over a 60% drop, giving it just $10 million for the weekend. Also of note is the return to the top ten of 12 Years a Slave, which managed to open at number nine despite coming out earlier this week on Blu-Ray and DVD. That Best Picture win last weekend was good for an extra $2.1 million, so congrats there.
Here now folks is what the top ten looked like at the box office for this particular weekend:
1. 300: Rise of an Empire – $45,050,000
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $32,500,000
3. Non-Stop – $15,378,000
4. The LEGO Movie – $11,005,000
5. Son of God – $10,000,000
6. The Monuments Men – $3,100,000
7. 3 Days to Kill – $3,062,000
8. Frozen – $3,010,000
9. […]

Man behind “Noah” survey: “We are not hired guns…”

By ROBERT W. WELKOS
Chris Stone, the Raleigh, N.C.-based strategic branding executive behind a faith-based survey that indicated a lack of Christian support for Paramount Pictures $125 million Biblical epic Noah on Tuesday denied that his agency is a stalking horse for any clients with a political agenda.
“We are not hired guns out there,” Stone told HollywoodNews. “…We did it (the survey) as an advocate for the (faith driven consumer) community.”
He also stressed that his company, the Stone Agency, is not doing the bidding of the Republican Party with its issues-oriented campaigns, like the recent one in which it spearheaded a petition-drive to pressure the cable station A&E to lift the ban on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson for incendiary remarks he had made in GQ magazine.
“We advocate more on philosophical grounds than for political candidates…,” Stone explained, adding, “We have no contractual relationship with the GOP hierarchy.”
The Noah survey has not gone unnoticed in Hollywood, either.
“It was not designed as a scientific poll,” Stone told HollywoodNews in a telephone interview. “It was designed as a survey of a particular community.“ He noted that the tally was “4,800 to 101” and said that “a professional came up with that number.”
Stone stressed that the respondents weren’t specifically being critical of the film, which has yet to be released, but were saying “that doesn’t really resonate with me and, based upon that, I don’t have a significant interest in seeing it.”
Stone made his remarks before Paramount made public an internal research study challenging the trustworthiness of the Faith Driven Consumers survey, which was cited in an article posted on Variety.com.
The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday said that Paramount took the unusual step of revealing internal studio research to counter the survey’s results.
“The survey question that had the 98 percent response rate did not contain any reference to the film Noah, despite the fact that the Variety reporting implied that it did,” THR quotes the internal research as stating.
“Nielsen’s National Research Group (NRG), the industry’s decades long standard for measuring prerelease tracking of feature films (and other entertainment offerings), is tracking Noah and has gauged, with still six weeks to go before the film’s release and from self-defined ‘very religious’ moviegoers, that 83 percent of those aware of Noah in the pre-release tracking have expressed interest in seeing the film,” the studio statement continues, according to THR.
In the controversy over Duck Dynasty, A&E […]

Check out the new poster for “MONSTERS UNIVERSITY”

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.
Screaming with laughter and oozing with heart, Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” is directed by Dan Scanlon (“Cars,” “Mater and the Ghostlight,” “Tracy”), produced by Kori Rae (“Up,” “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and features music from future Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame–inductee and award winning composer Randy Newman (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story 3”). The film opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, 2013, and will be shown in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
Mike Wazowski’s (voice of Billy Crystal) lifelong dreams of becoming a Scarer are derailed during his first semester at Monsters University when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), and their out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program.
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2013 Oscars: Congratulations to the Nominees and Honorees

Congratulations to the 2013 Oscar nominees and winners… for complete list of winners pls scroll down.
Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”
Best Animated Short:
“Paperman” – John Kahrs
Best Animated Feature:
“Brave” – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Cinematography:
“Life of Pi” – Claudio Miranda
Visual Effects:
“Life of Pi” – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
Costume Design:
“Anna Karenina” – Jacqueline Durran
Makeup/Hairstyling:
“Les Misérables” – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Live Action Film:
“Curfew” – Shawn Christensen
Documentary Short Subject:
“Inocente” – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Documentary Feature:
“Searching for Sugar Man”
Sound Mixing:
“Les Misérables” – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Sound Editing:
“Zero Dark Thirty” – Paul N.J. Ottosson
Supporting Actress:
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Film Editing:
“Argo” – William Goldenberg
Original Score:
Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”
Original Song:
Adele – “Skyfall”
Adapted Screenplay:
Chris Terrio, “Argo”
Original Screenplay:
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Director:
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Best Actress:
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Best Picture:
“Argo”
For the first time, viewers in the U.S. will be able to stream tonight’s Oscars show in its entirety across multiple platforms including ABC.com, the ABC Player app, and the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. The show will also be available via ABC On Demand, the network’s fast forward-disabled VOD service.
The Oscars, in its entirety, will be available to stream within hours of its broadcast completion, beginning Monday, Feb. 25th at 6:00 a.m. EST through Wednesday, February 27, at midnight EST.
“Tonight’s show included remarkable performances that will surely have people talking. This is an easy, convenient way for anyone who missed the show to catch up and join the conversation,” said Karin Gilford, Senior Vice President of Digital Media, ABC Entertainment. “It’s also perfect for anyone who just wants to relive the most magical moments of the night.”
“Our goal is to give fans as many ways to enjoy and engage with the Oscars as possible and this will provide another great opportunity for them,” said Christina Kounelias, the Academy’s Chief Marketing Officer.
The full streaming will be advertiser supported with :15 or :30 video spots running intermittingly from Blue Diamond, Diet Coke, Hyundai, JC Penney, Samsung and The University of Phoenix.
Additionally, during the telecast, Oscar.com offered a plethora of “Real Time Oscar Highlights” to viewers almost instantly after they debuted on the live broadcast. Those special moments from telecast as well as numerous highlights from the Red Carpet and backstage during the show, are currently available on the show’s official site, Oscar.com.
Oscar.com and the official Oscars app […]

Producer nominees for “Amour” in the Best Picture category for the Oscars

The Producers Branch Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has determined the individual nominees for “Amour” in the Best Picture category for the Oscars. They are producers Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz.
The Documentary Branch Executive Committee also has determined the individual nominees for four of the contending films in the Documentary Feature category:
“The Gatekeepers”
Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky and Estelle Fialon
“How to Survive a Plague”
David France and Howard Gertler
“The Invisible War”
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
“Searching for Sugar Man”
Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn
The nominees for the fifth film in this category, “5 Broken Cameras,” were previously announced.
Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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Hugh Jackman to be Co-Chair of Elton John’s Oscar Party

The Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party is turning 21! Can you believe it? Sir Elton and David Furnish just announced the arrival of their second child, Elijah Joseph Daniel, last week. Their older son is Zachary Jackson Levon. (You’ll notice the third name is familiar to Elton John fans.) Bravo! Mazel Tov!

But their actual “first child” is EJAF and the big annual Oscar dinner and show. This year’s event will be a big one since the co-chairs are a knock out list: they include Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra Lee Furness, Quincy Jones and his famous actress daughter Rashida, Sharon Stone,Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. Heidi Klum, Katy Perry. director John Waters, “True Blood” star Ryan Kwanten, Tyler Perry, Chris Colfer, Miley Cyrus, Eric McCormack and his wife Janet, Bill and Tani Austin of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, plus Elton’s great managers Johnny and Edwina “Eddie” Barbis, as well as Joseph Blount, John Demsey, Alec Gores, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Diana Jenkins, Fred Latsko, “first Lady of New York” Sandra Lee, “Great Gatsby” director Baz Luhrmann and his wife costume designer Catherine Martin, Caroline Scheufele, and my pal from Pittsburgh and beyond, Ed Walson.

Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells Fargo, plus Audi, Grey Goose, and MAC Viva Glam are the sponsors. How do you attend? Tickets sell out pretty much as fast as I am typing. But you can also contact Matt Blinstrubas at 212.219.0670 or matt.blinstrubas@ejaf.org.
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Ben Affleck to be honored with the Cinema for Peace Humanitarian Award

The Cinema for Peace Foundation announced today that Academy Award-winning actor, filmmaker and founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, Ben Affleck, will be honored with the Cinema for Peace Humanitarian Award at the 2013 Gala for Humanity on January 11 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.
Each year since 2002, Cinema for Peace gives the Humanitarian Award to an individual and his or her organization who has demonstrated the foresight, courage and leadership required to take a stand against extreme injustice, intolerance and inequalities.
At the gala in January, Cinema for Peace will recognize 25 individuals and initiatives from the world of film in six categories: charitable giving, advocacy, protecting the environment and its people, Hurricane Sandy relief, as well as founders and partners of the organization. The Eastern Congo Initiative will be the beneficiary of Cinema for Peace’s highest honor, the Cinema for Peace Humanitarian Award.
More than 5 million people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1996, making it the worst modern humanitarian crisis area in the world. Recently, the violence has escalated tenfold due to the rebel militia taking control of Goma, the economic center and capital. As a result, more than 230,000 families have been displaced in North and South Kivu – equivalent to the population of Hollywood and Santa Monica combined. The need for aid is at an all-time high.
“The Eastern Congo Initiative is the first U.S.-based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of Eastern Congo,” said Jaka Bizilj, Founder of Cinema for Peace. “The Cinema for Peace Foundation is pleased to honor Ben Affleck for his courageous efforts to raise awareness about this terrible catastrophe and his brave stand against the injustices experienced by the Congolese. We are proud to support their work by providing desperately needed financial resources.”

Hollywood Foreign Press Association President, Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly, will open the 2013 Gala for Humanity with a special introduction on how film can be a powerful tool for messages of humanity. The HFPA is officially supporting the Cinema for Peace 2013 Gala for Humanity and its members are also attending.
Chairs of the 2013 Gala for Humanity include Claire and John Cauldwell, Roland Emmerich, Veronica Ferres, Cindy Hensley McCain, Jeff Robinov, Cathy Schulman, Bryan Singer and Jeff Skoll. Co-Chairs include Christian Angermayer, Elmar Biebl, Jaka Bizilj, Ted Braun, Rosilyn Heller, Philip […]

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