April 23, 2014

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Kudos for Quentin Tarantino at the MOMA

HollywoodNews.com: It’s Oscar season soon, so it’s time for tributes and special awards that will highlight directors of Oscar buzzed films. Now we’re told that the Museum of Modern Art’s fifth annual Film Benefit, to be held on December 3rd at 6:30 PM, will honor writer / director Quentin Tarantino.
This will be just two weeks before Tarantino unveils “Django Unchained,” with an all star cast and a controversial screenplay. The movie looks amazing from clips, with Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now a release from MoMA says that “[Tarantino] renowned for the Academy Award-winning films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Inglourious Basterds (2009), and earlier hit films Reservoir Dogs (1992), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), and Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004), among others. Tarantino’s latest film, “Django Unchained”, will be released by The Weinstein Company on December 25th.
The Film Benefit held at The Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St) will be highlighted by a special presentation recognizing Tarantino’s acclaimed directorial work, followed by a gala dinner. The Film Benefit raises funds to ensure that great works of cinema continue to join the collection of The Museum of Modern Art”
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Kirk and Anne Douglas are our Heroes

HollywoodNews.com: Who doesn’t love Kirk Douglas? He’s the greatest. Three time Oscar nominee Kirk is a hero. He’s recovered mightily from a stroke, has written several books. At 95, he’s a role model. He and his wife Anne gave $990,000 to charities last year, worthy causes, from their Douglas Charitable Foundation. It’s all good. Now he and Anne have pledged to leave $50 million to five charities, including the Alzheimer’s Wing at the Motion Picture Home.
But where does the money come from? Good investments. The Foundation, according to its Form 990 from 2010, had over $19 million in total assets. Most of that was from stock. But yikes–the stock is typically American and not very politically correct. In a way, the Douglas Foundation has been like Robin Hood–taking from the rich and giving to the needy.
The Douglas Foundation’s largest assets, at least on December 31, 2010, were from the Big Tobacco and Big Oil. They claimed market values of $4,5 for Philip Morris, and $2 million more from Altria Group, making essentially two investments in Big Tobacco as Altria owns Philips Morris USA while the international Philip Morris is a separate entity with a robust stock price of $90 a share as Friday. The Foundation’s other largest holdings were from Chevron ($1 million) and Exxon ($2 million). There’s also about $700,000 in market value from Royal Dutch Petroleum and another $500,000 from Concoco.
These are the same companies and stocks the Foundation had in 2008 and 2009. And they’ve increased in value. So at least the Foundation is getting good investment advice.
The Foundation also paid Kirk and Anne’s son, Peter, a salary of $115,000 a year– for 17 hours’ worth of work as president. In 2008, the salary was only $50,000, so that’s a nice raise. As Matthew Broderick sings on Broadway, “Nice work if you can get it.”
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Producer Richard Zanuck, Hollywood’s Royalty

HollywoodNews.com: Producer Richard Zanuck, Part of Hollywood’s Dynasty, Dies at 77.
Beloved Hollywood big studio producer Richard Zanuck has died at age 77 in Hollywood. Zanuck’s long list of hits includes “Jaws,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Cocoon,” “Big Fish,” and most recently, “Dark Shadows.” In recent years he co-produced movies with his third wife, Lili Fini Zanuck. For most of his career, Dick Zanuck partnered with the late great David Brown, and they were a popular and successful team in Hollywood. Zanuck was part of Hollywood’s real dynasty. His famous father, Darryl F. Zanuck, helped start Hollywood. He began producing movies in 1925. The Zanucks leave a long and proud legacy in the film business. Here’s a link to a great piece from two years ago in the L.A. Times. RIP. http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/04/13/richard-d-zanuck-a-hollywood-legend-too-busy-to-look-back/
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Oscar invites 176 artists and executives

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.
“These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member.”
Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.
The 2012 invitees are:
Actors
Simon Baker – “Margin Call,” “L.A. Confidential”
Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Bérénice Bejo – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”
Tom Berenger – “Inception,” “Platoon”
Demián Bichir – “A Better Life,” “Che”
Jessica Chastain – “The Help,” “The Tree of Life”
Clifton Collins, Jr. – “Star Trek,” “Traffic”
Bryan Cranston – “Contagion,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
Jean Dujardin – “Les infidèls, “The Artist”
Richard E. Grant – “The Iron Lady,” “Withnail & I”
Jonah Hill – “Moneyball,” “Superbad”
Ken Howard – “J. Edgar,” “In Her Shoes”
Diego Luna – “Milk,” “Y Tu Mamá También”
Margo Martindale – “Secretariat,” “Million Dollar Baby”
Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids,” “The Back-Up Plan”
Matthew McConaughey – “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “A Time to Kill”
Janet McTeer – “Albert Nobbs,” “Tumbleweeds”
S. Epatha Merkerson – “Mother and Child,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”
Sam Rockwell – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Noon”
Andy Serkis – “The Prestige,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Octavia Spencer – “The Help,” “The Soloist”
Lili Taylor – “Being Flynn,” “High Fidelity”
Nia Vardalos – “For a Good Time, Call…,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
Kerry Washington – “Django Unchained,” “Ray”
Michelle Yeoh – “The Lady,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
Designers
Laurence Bennett – “The Artist,” “Crash”
David Brisbin – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “Dead Presidents”
Scott Chambliss – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Mission: Impossible III”
Wendy Chuck – “The Descendants,” “Sideways”
Maria Djurkovic – “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Hours”
Sanja Milkovic Hays – “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Mission to Mars”
Mayes Rubeo – “Avatar,” “Apocalypto”
Anne Seibel – “Midnight in Paris,” “The Devil Wears Prada”
Sharon Seymour – “The Ides of March,” “Friday Night Lights”
Sammy Sheldon – “X-Men: First Class,” “V for Vendetta”
Cinematographers
Florian Ballhaus – “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “The Devil Wears Prada”
Oliver Bokelberg – “Win Win,” “The Station Agent”
Anna J. Foerster – “Anonymous”
Larry Fong – “Super 8,” “300”
Alwin Kuchler – “Hanna,” “Proof”
Toyomichi Kurita – “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Waiting to [...]

Jasmine Madatian joins publicity team at Academy

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Jasmine Madatian to the newly created position of Managing Director, Communications, it was announced today by Christina Kounelias, Chief Marketing Officer. Madatian will report to Kounelias effective Monday, July 30.
“Jasmine is a smart, innovative and highly-regarded communications strategist with strong relationships throughout the film and media industry,” said Kounelias. “Her understanding of our mission and enthusiasm for the Academy is what really sets her apart and makes her such a great fit for this position.”
Madatian will oversee all of the Academy’s publicity and corporate communications campaigns, including the Academy Awards®, as well as outreach for the organization’s year-round programming, education, preservation and other key initiatives.
“I’m excited to join the energetic team at the Academy,” said Madatian. “I look forward to sharing its dynamic year-round story – from the Oscars to its public programs to its incredible educational and preservation efforts.”
Currently working on the “Safety Not Guaranteed” campaign for FilmDistrict, Madatian previously served as senior vice president of publicity, promotions and field marketing for Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group, where she was responsible for developing strategic branding and publicity campaigns for such Academy Award®-winning movies as “Ratatouille,” “WALL-E” and “Up.” Additionally, she spearheaded the campaigns for “Enchanted,” “The Proposal” and “Alice in Wonderland.” While at The Walt Disney Company she was involved in the studio’s launch of the Disneynature label, D23, and the first-ever 3D presentation at Comic-Con.
Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, Madatian spent eight years as senior vice president of publicity and promotions at Paramount Pictures, where she supervised release and awards campaigns and played an integral role in corporate communications. The diverse range of films she worked on included “Titanic,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “The Hours,” “War of the Worlds,” “Mission: Impossible II,” “Team America: World Police” and “Jackass: The Movie.”
Before working at Paramount, Madatian held executive positions at Twentieth Century Fox, where she worked on campaigns for “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Speed.”
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Django Unchained: What Quentin Tarantino says about J. Michael Riva

www.hollywoodnews.com: On Friday June 1, 2012, while on location in New Orleans, production designer J. Michael Riva was preparing to head to the studio when he suffered a severe stroke. He passed away yesterday afternoon surrounded by his family.
Michael’s family has returned to Los Angeles and a service of celebration to remember his life is pending.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution to

Wow! The Avengers sets all-time record at $200.3 million and a total of $641.8 million globally

HollywoodNews.com: The Walt Disney Studios announced today that Marvel’s The Avengers posted an estimated $200.3 million in its domestic debut May 4-6, shattering previous records and positioning the film as the highest-grossing domestic debut of all time. The film’s cumulative global box office gross is an estimated $641.8 million over 12 days in release.
In just three days, Marvel’s the Avengers is the fastest movie to reach $200 million domestically. The domestic debut kicked off Friday, May 4 and marks the second highest single day take of all time at $80.5 million. Saturday’s box office gross of $69.7 million is the highest Saturday take of all time. Moviegoers gave Marvel’s The Avengers a rare and perfect A+ CinemaScore.
Marvel’s The Avengers began opening internationally April 25 and crossed the $600 million mark globally May 6 after just 12 days in release.
International box office highlights include:
Opened May 3 in Russia with $17.9 million, the biggest Marvel opening weekend ever
Opened May 5 in China with $17.4 million
Biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Philippines
Marvel’s The Avengers has now opened in all major markets except Israel, Poland, and Japan.
The film’s success comes a month after Marvel and Disney announced that a sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger will be released April 4, 2014. A sequel to last summer’s Thor is scheduled for release November 15, 2013, and the third installment of the hit Iron Man series, which has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide, will arrive in theaters May 3, 2013.
Marvel’s The Avengers is the first Marvel Studios film to be marketed and distributed by The Walt Disney Studios.
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Academy Awards Selects Student Foreign Films

HollywoodNews.com: Five finalists, selected from 51 entries representing 29 countries, will advance in the Foreign Film category in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Up to three winners will be selected from this group and brought to Los Angeles to join U.S.-based Student Academy Award® winners for a week of industry activities and social events. The festivities will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The 2012 Foreign Film finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title):
“Emily,” Benjamin Mathews, Australian Film Television and Radio School, Australia
“For Elsie,” David Winstone, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
“Of Dogs and Horses,” Thomas Stuber, Film Academy Baden-Wüerttemberg, Germany
“Skyborn,” Jamie Stone, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom
“The Swing of the Coffin Maker,” Elmar Imanov, The International Film School Cologne, Germany
Several past winners in the Foreign Film competition have gone on to earn further recognition from the Academy. At the 84th Academy Awards earlier this year, 2011 Student Academy Award winners Hallvar Witzø and Max Zähle were nominated in the Live Action Short Film category for “Tuba Atlantic” and “Raju,” respectively. The 2010 Foreign Film award winner, Tanel Toom, was a nominee at the 83rd Academy Awards in the Live Action Short Film category for “The Confession.” Reto Caffi, a winner in 2008, received a nomination in the Live Action Short Film category for “Auf der Strecke (On the Line)” at the 81st Academy Awards. In 2005, at the 78th Academy Awards, student winner Ulrike Grote’s “Ausreisser (The Runaway)” was nominated in the Live Action Short Film category. At the 75th Academy Awards, student winner Martin Strange-Hansen of Denmark won the Oscar® in the Live Action Short Film category for “This Charming Man (Der Er En Yndig Mand).” He had won the Foreign Film award that same year (2002) with “Feeding Desire.” In 2000 Florian Gallenberger of Germany won the Honorary Foreign Film award and then the Oscar in the Live Action Short Film category with “Quiero Ser (I want to be…).” Two other previous student winners, Jan Sverak of the former Czechoslovakia, and Mike van Diem of The Netherlands, went on to direct films that won Oscars® in the Foreign Language Film category.
The 39th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 9 is free and [...]

First-Ever Heineken VOCES Grants at Tribeca Film Festival

HollywoodNews.com: The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced the award winners for the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund and first-ever Heineken VOCES grant at a celebration over the weekend for Latin American filmmakers during the Tribeca Film Festival. The funds, totaling $60,000, support innovative Latin American film and video artists to help them explore stories reflecting diverse cultures and gain exposure in the film industry.
The TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund awards $10,000 grants to animation, documentary, or hybrid feature-length films in advanced development, production or post-production from filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Grantees also receive exclusive guidance from TFI to ensure that each film reaches completion and enters the U.S. marketplace from the best possible vantage point. The Fund is sponsored by Moviecity and CANACINE.
“We are proud to support this year’s Latin America Fund and Heineken VOCES winners, and look forward to helping these six filmmakers further develop their films,” said Ryan Harrington, Director of Documentary Programming for TFI. “The VOCES grant extends our Latin Fund’s reach by allowing us to work with filmmakers in the United States as well as talent based in Latin America. With the help of our partners, we can continue to provide a platform where these compelling stories can be experienced by a larger audience.”
The winning films were selected by a jury of industry professionals including Fernando Rovzar, Executive Producer of La Casa de Mi Padre and Producer of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark; Cynthia Lopez, Vice-President of American Documentary / POV; and actor/filmmaker Ricardo Darin (The Secret in Their Eyes, The Aura, Nine Queens).
The following four films are winners of this year’s TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund:
City of the Caesars (Chile), Directed & Produced by Francisco Hervé, Edited by Andrea Chignoli — Two conspiracy theories. Two ordinary men. Wisdom, immortality and natural resources are at stake in a mythical place somewhere in Patagonia.
Cuando los Muertos Estan Mas Secos/When the Dead Are Drier (Bolivia), Directed & Produced by Claudio Araya Silva and Produced by Yara Morales Rivera — In the eighties, more than 50 women committed suicide in a small peasant community. Hermenegildo and Pedro return to their community, attempting to retrace the paths of memory regarding the deaths of their wives. The trip aims to unravel the mystery surrounding the life and death of these women.
Elena (Brazil), Directed & Produced by Ana Petra Costa [...]

Academy to Present 40 Years of Sound for Film

HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Science and Technology Council will present “40 Years of Sound for Film” on Tuesday, March 6, at 8 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Oscar®-winning sound mixers Chris Newman and Tom Fleischman will explore the intricacies of building a motion picture soundtrack using clips from such films as “Hugo,” “The Silence of the Lambs” and “The French Connection.”
The program will demonstrate how the raw tracks recorded on a set become part of the finished soundtrack through the collaboration of sound mixers, sound designers, sound effects editors and foley artists. Newman and Fleischman also will discuss how sound mixing has been influenced by advances in digital technology, and share stories of working with directors like Jonathan Demme, Milos Forman, William Friedkin and Martin Scorsese.
Newman and Fleischman have more than seven decades of experience and 13 Oscar nominations between them. Newman has won Academy Awards® in the Sound category for “The Exorcist,” “Amadeus” and “The English Patient”; Fleischman won his first Oscar for his work on “Hugo” at last Sunday’s 84th Academy Awards.
Audio tracks for the presentation are courtesy of MGM, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Tickets for “40 Years of Sound for Film” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.oscars.org, at the Academy box office (8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), or by mail. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood.
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