April 20, 2014

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Directors Guild Awards: And the Winners are…

Ben Affleck wins the Directors Guild of America award for Best Feature Film.
List of winners below:
Feature Film: “Argo,” Ben Affleck
Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man,” Malik Bendjelloul
Dramatic Series: “Breaking Bad: Fifty-One,” Rian Johnson
Comedy Series: “Girls,” pilot, Lena Dunham
Movie for Television or Mini-Series:
Musical Variety Program: “66th Annual Tony Awards,” Glenn Weiss
Reality Program: “Master Chef,” episode #305, Brian Smith
Children’s Program: “Let It Shine,” Paul Hoen
Daytime Serial: “One Life to Life: Between Heaven and Hell,” Jill Mitwell
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‘Anna Karenina,’ ‘Life of Pi,’ and ‘Skyfall’ win Art Directors Guild Awards

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) tonight announced winners of its 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW in nine categories of film, television, commercials and music videos during black-tie ceremonies at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The awards took place before an audience of more than 700, including guild members, industry executives, and press. ADG Council Chair John Shaffner presided over the awards ceremony with Paula Poundstone serving as host for the fourth consecutive year. Due to an illness, Production Designer Herman Zimmerman was an absentee recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by BMW.
Hall of Fame inductees were Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald, and Edward Stephenson. The Production Designers behind the JAMES BOND franchise, including Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, Allan Cameron and Dennis Gassner were honored for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery. The 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards were produced by Greg Grande and Raf Lydon.
Presenters for this year’s awards included Levar Burton (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Reading Rainbow), Joelle Carter (Justified), Francesca Eastwood (Big Morning Buzz Live, Miss Golden Globe® – 2013), Walton Goggins (Lincoln, Django Unchained, Justified), Dennis Haysbert (Allstate® Commercials, 24), Georgia King (The New Normal), Jonathan C. McGinley (Scrubs, the upcoming 42), Jane Seymour (To Live and Let Die, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Smallville), Julie White (Lincoln, Transformers), and Alfre Woodard (True Blood, Memphis Beat).
ADG awards recognition always goes to the Production Designer, Art Director, Assistant Art Director and their team for each nominated and winning project.
WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2012:
Period Film
ANNA KARENINA
Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood
Fantasy Film
LIFE OF PI
Production Designer: David Gropman
Contemporary Film
SKYFALL
Production Designer: Dennis Gassner
NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION FOR 2012:
One-Hour Single Camera Television Series
GAME OF THRONES, Episode: The Ghost of Harrenhal
Production Designer: Gemma Jackson
Television Movie or Mini-Series
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM, Episode: I Am Anne Frank, Part 2
Production Designer: Mark Worthington
Episode of a Half-Hour Single Camera Television Series
GIRLS, Episode: Pilot
Production Designer: Judy Becker
Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, Episode: Mick Jagger Host
Production Designers: Keith Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, N. Joseph DeTullio
Awards, Music, or Game Shows
84th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
Production Designer: John Myhre
Commercial, PSA, Promo, and Music Video
X-BOX, Episode: Halo 4 Commissioning
Production Designer: Christopher Glass
Sponsors for the 17th Annual ADG Awards include: Exclusive Title and Lifetime Achievement sponsor BMW. The Platinum sponsors are EON Productions & [...]

“Wreck-It Ralph” wins Best Animated Feature at Annie Awards

Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ won the Best Animated Feature honor at the 40th Annual Annie Awards held Saturday, February 2 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. This year’s expanded list of categories topped 30, honoring many more nominees and team entries as in years past. New to the awards this year was the addition of the Best Student Film. A live streaming of the ceremony was made available again to animation enthusiasts as well as those who were unable to attend the event at
www.annieawards.org/watch-it-live. A complete list of winners can be viewed at www.annieawards.org.
The Best Animated Special Production was awarded to “Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem” (Illumination Entertainment); Best Animated Short Subject to “Paperman” (Walt Disney Animation Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV Production for Preschool Children “Bubble Guppies
‘A Tooth on the Looth’” (Nickelodeon Animation Studios); Best Animated Television Production
for Children “Dragons: Riders of Berk ‘How to Pick Your Dragon’” (DreamWorks Animation); Best General Audience Animated Television Production “Robot Chicken ‘DC Comics Special’” (Stoopid Buddy Studios); Best Animated Video Game “Journey” (Sony Computer Entertainment America);
and Best Student Film “Head Over Heels” (Timothy Reckart).
“What a great evening filled with a lot of fun and surprises,“ said ASIFA-Hollywood President Frank Gladstone. “A variety of individuals and studios participated and joined in celebrating the best in animation across project, studio and geographic boundaries.”
Former Annie Awards host and movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice Lamarche shared hosting duties, along with a special appearance by long time Annies presenter-favorite, actor and animation industry professional, Seth Green.
Honored with the Winsor McCay award were Terry Gilliam, Oscar Grillo and Mark Henn. The Winsor McCay 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.
Howard Green was honored with the June Foray award which is presented to an individual who has given significant and benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation, and Toon Boom Animation was honor with the Ub Iwerks award created and given to individuals or companies for technical advancements that make a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.
Often a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 30 categories ranging from best feature, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing [...]

“Silver Linings Playbook” crossed the $75 million mark

Last night’s box office was kind of a watershed moment for “Silver Linings Playbook.” David O. Russell’s Oscar nominated serio-comedy not only held its own in third place, but nudged up to cross the $75 million mark. “Silver Linings” has now also nosed ahead of “Zero Dark Thirty,” which is sort of amazing. For thirty days, “SLP” languished in limited release while other, bigger movies came and went. “SLP” and “ZD30″ were neck and neck in the same number of theaters once they each went wide.
But now “SLP” had broken from the pack. It’s going to make $100 million, and be the next Weinstein Company movie to hit that mark. Maybe a landmark: I can’t recall a time that the Weinstein Company has had two movies in the top 10 at the same time. Yet, now they have the Russell and “Django Unchained.” And they’re each nominated for Best Picture.
Of the two, “Playbook” has a stronger shot at winning Best Picture. But again, I told you this when I saw “Playbook” in Toronto. It’s such a terrific film, and it’s the one with heart this season. People feel good when they see it. That’s not to diminish “Zero Dark Thirty.” But audiences love “Silver Linings Playbook.” Jennifer Lawrence is on her way to Best Actress, too. “SLP” and maybe “Lincoln” are the two realistic rivals to “Argo.”
The surging success of “SLP” means that by February 24th, Oscar audiences will really have seen all nine nominated Best Pictures and care about them. That, plus the show itself, should add up to solid ratings for the Academy Awards telecast.
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Oscar Forecast: Oscar Veteran Actors and Directors

When Meryl Streep took home the Best Actress award for The Iron Lady last year, some commentators called it a “lifetime achievement award,” implying that she beat out the competition more due to her body of work than her performance in that film. Others have speculated that veterans are more likely to win Oscars because they are more talented than their peers – the reason they are veterans in the first place.
But does any of this actually correspond with the facts? The answer, perhaps surprisingly, is no. Despite the beliefs that veteran actors win more awards for their talent or their career achievements, veterans actually win 17% less often than relative newcomers.
Here, we will define an Oscar veteran as an actor who has received more than five nominations either in the lead or supporting category. There are currently 33 members of this exclusive club, with the newest – Denzel Washington – just added this year thanks to his sixth acting nomination for his role in Flight.
In the 84 years of Oscars (excluding this year), there have been, coincidentally, 84 acting nominations for those I have defined as Oscar veterans, counting only nominations after their first five. In these nominations, only 14 times has a veteran emerged victorious, for a rate of 16.7%. The overall average for acting nominees is 20%, since one out of five wins each category. Technically, before 1936 the number of acting nominations varied each year, but the first Oscar veteran was Norma Shearer, who did not receive her sixth nomination until 1938 for Marie Antoinette.
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Oscar Contenders at Nominees Luncheon

Seventeen of the 20 nominees in the acting categories will be among more than 160 Oscar nominees who will gather at noon on Monday, February 4, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.
From the Lead Actress and Actor categories, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Quvenzahané Wallis, Naomi Watts, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington are expected to attend. Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt and Jacki Weaver will represent the Supporting Actor and Actress categories.
Four of the five nominees in the Directing category – Ang Lee, David O. Russell, Steven Spielberg and Benh Zeitlin – also are expected to attend. Three of the Academy’s four 2012 Governors Awards recipients, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hal Needham and George Stevens, Jr., will join this year’s nominees.
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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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, [...]

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