April 24, 2014

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Mark Wahlberg and Ted will present at Oscars

Mark Wahlberg and his teddy bear co-star “Ted” will be presenters on the Oscar® show, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.
“We are happy to make it possible for Mark and Ted to make their debut appearance on the Oscar stage,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “And we won’t deny that Ted used his pull with our host to get himself the booking.”
Wahlberg and Ted starred in the hit summer comedy “Ted,” which is now the highest-grossing R-rated original comedy of all time.
“I’m excited to present an Oscar with Mark Wahlberg,” said Ted. “I’m spending the next month learning to pronounce ‘Quvenzhané.’”
Wahlberg has twice been nominated for Academy Awards®, in 2006 for his supporting role in “The Departed,” and in 2010 as a producer of the Best Picture nominee “The Fighter.”
Wahlberg and Ted join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar performers including Adele, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.
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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Dustin Hoffman Dishes on His Directorial Debut Quartet

Dustin Hoffman, one of the most celebrated actors of our time, opens up in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine about stepping out of his comfort zone for his directorial debut Quartet, redefining retirement in Hollywood and how his latest film drove him to ponder how far he’s come and how little he’s changed.
The Academy Award® winner is also being recognized for his Breakthrough Achievement in directing by AARP The Magazine with a 2012 Movies for Grownups® award.

The following are excerpts from the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine cover story, available in homes today and online NOW at www.aarp.org/magazine.
On his directorial film debut, Quartet:
“An honest answer: I directed a play on Broadway. I blamed my own demons for waiting 35 years to do it again. Why did I fight it? Because it’s a thrilling opportunity to be the one who holds the paintbrush.”
“As we were working on the film, I asked Billy Connolly [one of its stars], ‘What’s the movie about?’ And he said, ‘Don’t die until you’re dead.’ I thought that nailed it.”
On what drew him to Quartet:
“It’s an affirmative movie but still reality. There’s this cloud of mortality hovering over the characters and blinding them.”
On using real musicians ages 70-plus in Quartet:
“Brilliant artists—and no one had rung their phone for 30 or more years. They showed up at 6 every morning and worked sometimes 14 hours a day without a whimper, with such dedication and joy. It infected all of us.”
On retiring:
“I think ‘retirement’ goes hand in hand with people who make a living by having a ‘job.’ I don’t think we—the .00001 percent of the population who are so fortunate to love passionately what we do—consider it a ‘job.’”
On his ideal age and growing older:
“I wouldn’t trade now for anything.”
“What we all want is to continually grow and expand. I’ve discovered that as the body becomes more limited, the soul expands.”
On the differences between men and women:
“I think men are the weaker of the genders and live a more limited life than women. For whatever reasons, men run from intimacy. If you run from intimacy, you’re running from what life can give you.”
On mortality:
“My wife says I’ve been worrying about it since we started going out. But at a certain point your icons change. There’s Manoel de Oliveira, who’s still directing at 104. And I recently read about a 94-year-old guy who had just [...]

Hollywood Beckons Young Star From Kabul – Do Some Good Today!

Efforts to raise money to bring the young star of the Oscar®-nominated live action short Buzkashi Boys from the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan to Hollywood for the Big Event are well on their way to a goal of $10,000.
After just two days, $6,845, one or two dollars at a time, has been donated through an Internet campaign on the website www.rally.org/buzkashiboys. Fourteen-year-old Fawad Mohammadi hopes to make it to the Academy Awards® ceremony on February 24. He is excited at the chance to meet Hollywood’s stars and filmmakers.
Fawad was discovered while selling maps and chewing gum on Chicken Street, Kabul’s main shopping district. His father died when he was young and to help his mother he gave up on school and started working at the age of seven.
The filmmakers also hope to bring Fawad’s 14-year-old co-star Jawanmard Paiz to Los Angeles through these donations. Any donations in excess will go into a college fund for Fawad.

Celebrate Oscar week at the Academy

In the week leading up to the Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present five public events celebrating this year’s nominees. The Oscar Week events will feature screenings, film clips, and discussions with filmmakers and artists whose work has garnered nominations in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Short Film categories. All events will take place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The Oscar Week schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m.
OSCAR CELEBRATES: SHORTS
Hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman. Schwartzman’s feature credits include “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “I Heart Huckabees” and “Rushmore.”
“Oscar Celebrates: Shorts” includes screenings of all of the 2012 Oscar-nominated films in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories, plus onstage discussions with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).
http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2013/02/shorts.html
Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.
OSCAR CELEBRATES: DOCS
Hosted by Documentary Branch governor Michael Moore. Moore won the 2002 Documentary Feature Oscar for “Bowling for Columbine” and also was nominated in 2007 for “Sicko.”
“Oscar Celebrates: Docs” spotlights the work of the nominated filmmakers in the Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature categories. The program includes clips from all of the nominated documentaries in both categories, and panel discussions with filmmakers from each group (schedules permitting).
http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2013/02/docs.html
Thursday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.
OSCAR CELEBRATES: ANIMATED FEATURES
Host to be announced on oscars.org
“Oscar Celebrates: Animated Features” spotlights the nominated achievements in the Animated Feature Film category. The nominees (schedules permitting) will discuss how their films were developed, reveal their creative processes, and present clips illustrating their techniques.
http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2013/02/animated.html
Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m.
OSCAR CELEBRATES: FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS
Moderated by Oscar-winning producer Mark Johnson. Johnson, a two-time Academy Award® nominee, won the 1988 Oscar for “Rain Man.”
The directors of the motion pictures nominated in the Foreign Language Film category (schedules permitting) will discuss their experiences developing their projects, and address such wide-ranging topics as art, politics and the challenges of their profession. This two-hour event also features brief clips from each of the nominated films.
http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2013/02/foreign.html
Saturday, February 23, 2:30 p.m.
OSCAR CELEBRATES: MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Moderated by Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governor Leonard Engelman. Engelman’s feature credits include “Burlesque,” “Heat” and “The Accidental Tourist.”
Oscar Week’s culminating public event celebrates the nominated achievements in the Makeup and Hairstyling category. The nominees (schedules permitting) will discuss their creative processes and present film clips, photographs and displays of their work, [...]

Steven Spielberg to receive ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award

Award winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been selected by the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 63rd Annual ACE Eddie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 16, 2013 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, it was announced today by the ACE Board of Directors.
“Steven Spielberg is a cinematic treasure,” stated the ACE Board of Directors. “For over four decades he has been moving audiences around the world with his unique, powerful brand of storytelling. As one of the most successful directors in history, he has brought us beloved films, which have not only delighted us but have been indelibly woven into our cultural fabric. Throughout it all, he has worked side by side with the great Michael Kahn, A.C.E., forming a director-editor partnership that has lasted decades. It is our pleasure to recognize him with the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor, especially in a year where he has, once again, created a masterpiece with his latest film, Lincoln.”
Spielberg is one of the entertainment industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers and a principal partner of DreamWorks Studios. He is the top-grossing director of all time, having helmed such blockbusters as JAWS, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones franchise and Jurassic Park, earning billions at the box office. He is a three-time Academy Award® winner, having won his first two for Best Director and Best Picture for Schindler’s List, which received a total of seven Oscars® that year. He won his third Oscar® for Best Director for the WWII epic drama Saving Private Ryan. It was also one of the year’s most honored films, earning four additional Oscars®, as well as two Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Director. He also earned Academy Award® nominations for Best Director for Munich, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Throughout his career he had also earned a staggering eleven DGA Award nominations, making him the most honored member of the DGA. Last year he successfully took on the challenge of working in 3D animation with The Adventures of Tintin, which won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. Last year he [...]

Barbra Streisand will perform on the upcoming Oscar® telecast

Two-time Academy Award® winner Barbra Streisand, who has sung on the Oscars only once before, will perform on the upcoming Oscar® telecast on February 24. Streisand last sang the love theme from “A Star Is Born” on the March 28, 1977 show, winning the Best Original Song Oscar for “Evergreen” that same night.
“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, “how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”
Streisand won her first Oscar for Best Actress in “Funny Girl” (1968), and was nominated again in 1973 for her lead performance in “The Way We Were.” She was also nominated for producing the Best Picture nominee “The Prince of Tides” (1991), which she also directed, and for co-writing the original song “I Finally Found Someone” from “The Mirror Has Two Faces” (1996).
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.
ABOUT CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions. Their feature films include The Bucket List, Footloose, Hairspray, and Chicago, which won six Academy Awards including one for “Best Picture.” For television, they’ve produced films of “Steel Magnolias,” “Life with Judy Garland,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.” They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning “Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards–in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners-the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and [...]

Oscar Roadtrip kicks off on Monday, Feb. 4, in New York City

The first-ever Oscar Roadtrip will kick off on Monday, February 4, in New York City, and over the next three weeks will bring the excitement of the Oscars® to numerous cities across the country. Fans along the way will have a chance to hold an actual Oscar statuette before it arrives on the Hollywood red carpet in time for the 85th Academy Awards® presentation on Sunday, February 24.
Oscar’s journey will be chronicled in videos, photos and blog posts by Oscar Roadtrip reporters Ben Gleib and Angie Greenup on OscarRoadtrip.com, @OscarRoadtrip and Facebook.com/TheAcademy. The pair will hit the nation’s highways for the 21-day journey to some of Oscar’s favorite cities, with a number of stops along the way to be determined by fans via social media. Everyone is invited to follow the progress of the trip, suggest a location for an impromptu Oscar visit and take a picture holding the coveted statuette.
“We created the Oscar Roadtrip to bring the magic and fun of the Oscar ceremony to movie fans across the country,” said Josh Spector, managing director of digital media and marketing for the Academy. “The Oscar Roadtrip makes it possible to share the once-in-a-lifetime thrill that only comes from holding an Oscar statuette.”
JCPenney, a proud sponsor of the 85th Academy Awards, will ensure the Roadtrip reporters look stylish throughout the tour. The pair will wear looks from jcp partners including Joe Fresh, William Rast and jcp’s eponymous line, offering a sneak peek at the stylish and affordable fashion that will be available in jcp stores and on jcp.com this spring.
The Oscar Roadtrip is scheduled to visit the following cities on the following dates:
February 4 New York
February 6 Philadelphia
February 7 Washington, D.C.
February 8 Baltimore
February 11 Chicago
February 13 St. Louis
February 14 Kansas City
February 17 Houston
February 18 Dallas
February 21 Phoenix
February 24 Hollywood
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. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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Academy Gets Movie Posters from the Golden Age of Hollywood

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that it has received a gift of 1,088 original movie posters from the golden age of Hollywood filmmaking. The posters have been donated by Dwight Cleveland, a Chicago real estate developer, who has amassed one of the largest and most historically significant collections of movie posters in the world.
The donated posters document the studio era of “B” movie filmmaking in the first half of the 20th century and include examples from Twentieth Century-Fox. A variety of genres are represented, including westerns, war films, musicals, biblical tales, and social problem films.
The gift, which will be housed in the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, fills some significant gaps in the Academy’s collection. “B-movies tap into the public consciousness and provide rich fodder for better understanding the times,” said Margaret Herrick Library Director Linda Mehr.
Mr. Cleveland began collecting in 1977 while still in high school, inspired after seeing film posters in an art teacher’s classroom. After moving to Los Angeles, Cleveland scoured the once-plentiful collector’s shops on Hollywood Boulevard for high-quality memorabilia. He continues to collect today.
“I really think that film posters are one of the very few truly indigenous art forms of our country,” Mr. Cleveland said. “By making these gifts, I hope to excite an appreciation for the works themselves among members of the general public and also set a good example for other collectors.”
“Dwight’s collection was a dream to receive. Not only was it very well organized, but the posters also were in excellent shape. Our staff is fairly certain he was a librarian in another lifetime,” said Anne Coco, the Herrick’s graphic arts librarian.
The Cleveland collection has been meticulously cataloged, conserved and photographed. Posters in the library’s collections are stored in climate-controlled vaults in Beverly Hills and may be accessed by filmmakers, historians, journalists, students and the general public. They are frequently shown at the Academy’s own exhibitions and loaned to cultural institutions worldwide.
For more information about Academy’s holdings, visit www.oscars.org.
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards–in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners–Academy presents a diverse year-round [...]

Applauding women who serve in U.S. intelligence and military – ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Moviegoers are invited to join an initiative with Zero Dark Thirty, which has been nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Picture, that allows people to donate their social media statuses in support of a unified message applauding the women who serve in the U.S. intelligence and military communities. Via Twitter or Facebook, participants’ tweets or posts will be broadcast simultaneously with all other supporters.
Supporters can donate their social statuses by joining the Thunderclap initiative at bit.ly/JoinZDT. The message will be sent on February 1 at noon Eastern time.
On the Thunderclap sign-up page, Oscar®-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, the director of the film, said, “Women have long played a critical role in our national security, too frequently without proper credit. The recent decision by the Department of Defense to lift the ban on women serving in combat is a move toward acknowledging their important and strategic contributions to our national defense. Though I personally believe war should be avoided whenever and wherever possible, there is no justification for inequality among those ready and willing to serve our country in the armed forces. Please join me in backing this social media campaign that salutes their important and strategic contribution to America’s national defense.”
For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar® winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man. Zero Dark Thirty is now playing in theaters nationwide.
About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in 159 countries. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com/

40th Annie Awards – Hosts Announced!

Why have just one when you can have four! Former Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen & Maurice Lamarche will share hosting duties, along with a special appearance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and animation industry professional Seth Green at this year’s 40th Annual Annie Awards set for Saturday, February 2 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
Celebrating the best in animation, this annual black-tie evening will begin with a pre-reception at 5 p.m. followed by the Annie Awards ceremony at 7 p.m. and an after-party celebration immediately following the ceremony. All events will be held at Royce Hall.
“We are very excited to have our hosts share in the 40th celebration of the Annies and know they will bring great energy and excitement to this year’s ceremony,’’ says ASIFA-Hollywood President Frank Gladstone.
Joined on stage by a lively mix of animation luminaries, celebrity presenters and comedic talent including animation legend June Foray are Jessica Walter, James Patrick Stuart, Kristen Schaal, Mae Whitman, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Jason Biggs, Jessica DiCicco, Lucas Grabeel, Darren Criss & Joey Richter, Jim Cummings & Diedrich Bader, Atticus Shaffer & Tucker Albrizzi, Jamie Bolio, Kevin Michael Richarson & Loretta Devine, Alan Tudyk, Mo Collins, Max Charles, Jon Olsen & Fred Tatashiore, Sam Witmer & Matt Lanter, Tony Anselmo.
This year’s Winsor McCay recipients are Terry Gilliam, Oscar Grillo and Mark Henn. The Winsor McCay Award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation. The June Foray award will be presented to Howard Green and the Ub Iwerks Award will be presented to Toon Boom Animation.
ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the Art of Animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, animation film preservation, special events, classes and screenings.
Created in 1972 by veteran voice talent June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for the past three decades.
For information on ASIFA-Hollywood, please visit www.asifa-hollywood.org. For information on the Annie Awards, please visit www.annieawards.org.
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