April 23, 2016

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Oscar Presenters: Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Lupita Nyong’o

Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Lupita Nyong’o, last year’s Oscar winners in the leading actress, supporting actor and supporting actress categories, will return to present at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
“The great tradition of having the previous year’s Oscar-winning best actors and actresses in all 4 categories happily continues this year with the amazing quartet of Cate, Jared, Matthew and Lupita. We’re thrilled to have them back,” says Zadan and Meron.
Blanchett has been nominated for six Oscars and has won two, including last year’s award for “Blue Jasmine.” Her previous win was for Actress in a Supporting Role for the 2004 film “The Aviator.” Blanchett also received leading actress nominations for “Elizabeth” (1998) and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007), and supporting actress nominations for “Notes on a Scandal” (2006) and “I’m Not There” (2007).
Last year, Leto won the Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role and McConaughey for Actor in a Leading Role, both for “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” Nyong’o took home the Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “12 Years a Slave.”
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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87th Oscars Social Media Guide
Follow the Academy, Oscars producers and host Neil Patrick Harris for the latest updates throughout Oscar season.
Host
Neil Patrick Harris: http://twitter.com/ActuallyNPH
Oscars Producers
Neil Meron: http://twitter.com/neilmeron
Craig Zadan: http://twitter.com/craigzadan
Hashtags
#Oscars
Academy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAcademy
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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; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, […]

21st annual Hollywood Vanity Fair cover by Annie Leibovitz

For the 21st annual Hollywood cover, Annie Leibovitz captured an intimate portrait of the year’s most celebrated actors. The iconic three-panel foldout features 10 actors who had noteworthy performances over the past year: Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), David Oyelowo (Selma), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), and Miles Teller (Whiplash).
The men wear bespoke white-tie, while the women channel Old Hollywood glamour in slinky gold and red. Taking advantage of Amy Adams’s years of dance training for the panel’s front panel, Leibovitz had Channing Tatum lift her up on his shoulder, which prompted Tatum to joke, “I’m wearing Amy Adams.”
“We made the picture in the same studio where we did the first Hollywood cover,” Leibovitz, who shot the first Hollywood Issue cover in 1995 and all but three times since, tells West Coast editor Krista Smith. “It looks fairly simple, but in fact it was difficult to shoot. We choreographed it over two days. Usually you shoot from fairly far away, but we wanted to get really close to the actors. We made an effort to create a feeling of intimacy. I pushed into them, shooting to the left and then the right, coming in as tight as I could. It was hair-raising, at least for me.”
Amy Adams recently earned her second Golden Globe for her performance as painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes.
Channing Tatum revealed his dramatic chops as Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz in Foxcatcher.
Reese Witherspoon received her second best-actress Oscar nomination for her spectacular performance in Wild. She served as a producer on that film, as well as on the Oscar-nominated Gone Girl.
Eddie Redmayne’s stunning portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything recently won him an Oscar nomination.
Benedict Cumberbatch cracks the enigma code—and earns an Oscar nomination doing it—as computer scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.
Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo perfectly conjured Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma.
Sienna Miller marks a grand return to American cinema with her heartbreaking performance as Bradley Cooper’s wife in American Sniper.
Oscar Isaac gives a tour de force performance in A Most Violent Year.
Miles Teller stars in Whiplash, which won the Audience and Grand Jury Prizes at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The March issue of Vanity Fair will be available in New […]

Presenters at Directors Guild Awards – Bradley Cooper, Steven Spielberg…

Los Angeles: Directors Guild of America [DGA] President Paris Barclay today announced the presenters for the 67th Annual DGA Awards. The ceremony, to be hosted by Jane Lynch, will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Confirmed presenters for the DGA Awards include (in alphabetical order):

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Birdman, Guardians of the Galaxy Winners at the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) tonight announced winners of its 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, in eleven categories of film, television, commercials and music videos during a black-tie ceremony at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The awards took place before an audience of more than 850, including guild members, industry executives and press. ADG President Mimi Gramatky and Council Chair Marcia Hinds presided over the awards ceremony with comedian Owen Benjamin serving as host.
Christopher Nolan received the Guild’s prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award presented by Anne Hathaway, star of Interstellar, currently nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Production Design. George Clooney presented Production Designer Jim Bissell with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Senior Illustrator Camille Abbott, Senior Set Designer John P. Bruce and Scenic Artist Will Ferrell also were recipients of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards, the first year that the Guild has presented this award to all four crafts that comprise Local 800. Hall of Fame inductees were awarded to legendary Production Designers John Gabriel Beckman, Charles Lisanby and Walter H. Tyler. Production Designer Co-Chairs Dave Blass and James Pearse Connelly produced the 19th Annual ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards.

Presenters for this year’s awards included George Clooney (The Monuments Men), Anne Hathaway (Interstellar), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Tony Hale (Veep), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Margo Martindale (The Americans, Justified), Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Loni Love (The Real), Brian Tyler (Iron Man 3), Lisa Edelstein (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Matt Ryan (Constantine) and Tyler Oakley (YouTube star). iJustine was the trophy handler.

ADG awards recognition always goes to the Production Designer, Art Director, Assistant Art Director and their team for each nominated and winning project.
Please go to http://www.image.net/artdirectorsguildawards to access winners info, photos and video footage from the event. For more info about the awards, please go to adg.org.
WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2014:
Period Film
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Production Designer: ADAM STOCKHAUSEN
Fantasy Film
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Production Designer: CHARLES WOOD
Contemporary Film
BIRDMAN
Production Designer: KEVIN THOMPSON
WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
IN TELEVISION FOR 2014:
One-Hour Period or Fantasy Single-Camera Television Series
GAME OF THRONES: “The Laws of Gods and Men,” “The Mountain and the Viper”
Production Designer: DEBORAH RILEY
One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Television Series
TRUE DETECTIVE: “The Locked Room,” “Form and Void”
Production Designer: ALEX DiGERLANDO
Television Movie or Mini-Series
AMERICAN […]

Oscar® Nominees to be Honored at Academy Luncheon

More than 150 Oscar nominees, along with 87th Oscars® host Neil Patrick Harris, will come together at noon on Monday, February 2, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.
Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne and Reese Witherspoon are expected to attend the pre-Oscars event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, J.K. Simmons and Emma Stone also will join in the celebratory lunch.
Three of the five nominees in the Directing category – Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller and Morten Tyldum – also are expected to attend.
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

“Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel ” Win ACE Awards

“Boyhood” (edited by Sandra Adair, ACE) and ” The Grand Budapest Hotel ” (edited by Barney Pilling) won Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic) and Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy/Musical) respectively at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight where trophies were handed out in ten categories of film, television and documentaries.  
 
The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the year’s best editing. 
 
“Lego Movie ” (edited by David Burrows & Chris McKay) won Best Edited Animated Feature Film and ?Citizenfour?  (edited by Mathilde Bonnefoy) won Best Edited Documentary (Feature).
 
Television winners included “Veep: Special Relationship ” (edited by Anthony Boys) for Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television, “Sherlock , His Last Vow” (edited by Yan Miles) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial television, “True Detective, Who Goes There ” (edited by Affonso Gonçalves) for Best Edited One-Hour Series for Non-Commercial Television, ” The Normal Heart ” (edited by Adam Penn) for Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Television, and “Anthony Bourdain , Parts Unknown:  Iran” (edited by Hunter Gross) for Best Edited Non-Scripted Series.  In the Best Edited Documentary (Television) category and “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History: Episode 3 / The Fire of Life” (edited by Erik Ewers) took top honors.
 
The Student Editing Competition winner was Johnny Sepulveda of Video Symphony who beat out hundreds of competitors from film schools and universities around the country.  Oscar® nominated director of BOYHOOD Richard Linklater presented the award to Sepulveda.
 
Award-winning filmmaker Frank Marshall received the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year honor presented to him by Chris Pratt.  Marshall joins an impressive list of filmmakers who have received ACE?s highest honor, including Norman Jewison, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Alexander Payne, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan and Richard Donner, among others.
 
Career Achievement Awards went to industry veterans Diane Adler, ACE and Jerry Greenberg, ACE.  Their work was highlighted with clip reels exhibiting their tremendous contributions to film and television throughout their careers. The Robert Wise Award, which has only been presented a few times in the organizations history, was presented to journalist Carolyn Giardina of The Hollywood Reporter.  The Robert Wise Award is presented to a journalist whose work has helped illuminate the craft of editing.
 
Among the evening?s presenters were Matt Damon, Chris Pratt, Rene Russo, Allen Leech (DOWNTON ABBEY, […]

Exclusive look at TOMORROWLAND during the Big Game

Be sure to tune-in this Sunday for an exclusive look at TOMORROWLAND during the Big Game. Feel free to share this tease with your readers!
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world, and them, forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

Tim McGraw will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You”

Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” for Glen Campbell at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
“We couldn’t think of anyone better than Tim McGraw to properly celebrate Oscar nominee, Glen Campbell. Tim is the consummate country artist and will bring a bit of Nashville to the Oscars stage,” says Zadan and Meron
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” written by Campbell and Julian Raymond for the documentary feature “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”
“I’m honored to be asked to sing this powerful song from one of the true legends of the music industry,” said McGraw.
In addition to his three Grammy Awards, 14 ACM Awards, 11 CMA Awards, 10 AMA Awards, McGraw has numerous film acting credits including “The Blind Side,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Country Strong” and the upcoming “Tomorrowland.”
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
# # #
87th Oscars Social Media Guide
Follow the Academy, Oscars producers and host Neil Patrick Harris for the latest updates throughout Oscar season.
Host
Neil Patrick Harris: http://twitter.com/ActuallyNPH
Oscars Producers
Neil Meron: http://twitter.com/neilmeron
Craig Zadan: http://twitter.com/craigzadan
Hashtags
#Oscars
Academy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAcademy
Twitter: http://twitter.com/theacademy
Instagram: http://instagram.com/theacademy
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/oscars
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Oscars
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; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and […]

The Band Perry, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and John Legend at the GRAMMY®

Current 57th GRAMMY® nominees The Band Perry, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and John Legend have been added to the list of performers for “Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute.” They join previously announced performers Janelle Monáe, Ed Sheeran, and Usher. The primetime special, presented by The Recording Academy®, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS, will pay homage to Wonder’s iconic career with superstar performances celebrating his incomparable songbook. The live concert takes place at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Tickets are on sale now at AXS.com and the two-hour special will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network on Monday, Feb. 16 from 9 – 11 p.m. ET/PT. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J will host this very special tribute.

A 25-time GRAMMY winner, Wonder is the only artist to have received Album Of The Year honors for three out of four consecutive years with Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974) and Songs In The Key Of Life (1976).
“Stevie Wonder is an icon who forever changed the world of music with his extraordinary gifts, pure talent, kind spirit and incredible sense of humor,” said LL COOL J. “I am honored to host this special show filled with incredible talent as we pay homage to the one and only Stevie Wonder.”
For ticketing information, including VIP ticket packages and group sales, call 877.234.8425 or email tickets@aegworldwide.com. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.
“Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star GRAMMY Salute” is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer, Leon Knoles is director, and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich are writers.
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information
about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow […]

“Selma” European Premiere: Cameron McCracken, Colman Domingo, David Oyelowo, Director Ava DuVernay, Tom Wilkinson

“Selma” European Premiere – Arrivals
Cameron McCracken, Colman Domingo, David Oyelowo, Director Ava DuVernay, Tom Wilkinson.
A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
Nominated for Best Picture by the Oscars®

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