April 24, 2014

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James Cameron to receive the Milestone Award from the PGA

HollywoodNews.com: The Producers Guild of America (PGA), a national non-profit trade group committed to protecting the rights and credits of producers in film, television and new media, announced today that the legendary Oscar award-winning producer, director, writer James Cameron will be honored with the 2011 Milestone Award. The award will be presented to Cameron at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
The Milestone Award is the Guild’s highest honor that recognizes an individual (or team) who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. The Producers Guild has paid tribute to such luminaries as Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ron Howard & Brian Grazer, and Walt Disney, among others.
“James Cameron is an exceptionally talented producer—a true innovator with the rare combination of technical ingenuity and creative vision,” said Paula Wagner, Chair of the 2011 Producers Guild Awards. “Jim has continued to change the film landscape with his ability to deliver groundbreaking masterpieces that present audiences and the industry with unrivaled beauty, originality and impact.”
“As one of the most respected and admired storytellers of our time, James Cameron has inspired audiences with his creativity time and time again. We are proud to recognize his many talented contributions to the film and entertainment industry with the Guild’s highest honor,” said PGA Co-Presidents Presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon.
Born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, Cameron grew up in the historic village of Chippawa, near Niagara Falls. In 1971, he moved to Brea, California where he studied physics at Fullerton Junior College while working as a machinist and, later, a truck driver. Cameron quit his trucking job in 1978 and raised money from local dentists to produce a 35mm short film. The visual effects in this film led to work on Roger Corman’s BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (1980). In 1983 Cameron wrote three scripts: RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART 2, ALIENS, and THE TERMINATOR. He directed THE TERMINATOR, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, in 1984.
Cameron subsequently directed ALIENS (1986) and then wrote and directed THE ABYSS (1989). Following that he wrote, produced and directed TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991), TRUE LIES (1994), TITANIC (1997) and AVATAR (2009). He also co-wrote and produced POINT BREAK (1991) and STRANGE DAYS (1994), as well as produced SOLARIS (2003).
His films have blazed new trails in visual effects and [...]

Roger Corman getting Lifetime Achievement award at Fantastic Fest

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Roger and Julie Corman will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th annual Fantastic Fest, it was announced today. The fest is scheduled for Sept. 23-30, in Austin, Texas.
The award coincides with the world premiere of the Corman’s new Syfy movie “Sharktopus,” starring Eric Roberts and Sara Malakul Lane. The film will play as the second part of a double feature with the U.S. premiere of Machete Maidens Unleashed!, a documentary about Philippine exploitation films from the 70′s and 80′s directed by Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), which features Roger Corman prominently.
From the release:
Roger Corman received an Honorary 2010 Oscar for his contributions to filmmaking, and is the legendary director and producer of numerous cult classics, among them It Conquered the World, Death Race 2000, The Little Shop of Horrors, and a series of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations that starred Vincent Price, including The Masque of the Red Death. Roger also directed X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, which will screen at his request on Saturday, September 25, 2010.
Julie Corman, Roger’s wife, has played an essential role in shaping the career that they have shared for just over four decades now. Though a much less public figure, Julie has been instrumental in helping discover now-famous talent, including Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Charles Bronson, Robert De Niro, and Sylvester Stallone, among many others. Roger and Julie are responsible for fostering the independent, imaginative spirit that Fantastic Fest was founded on.
“Roger and Julie Corman have been the single greatest inspiration in the development of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema,” says Fantastic Fest director Tim League. “Fostering independent cinema, employing all manner of ballyhoo to accentuate the theatrical experience and trying to make sure audiences have a blast at the cinema every time; these are the cornerstones of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and my wife and I have drawn inspiration from the very beginning from Roger and Julie Corman. I am deeply humbled and honored to be bringing them to Austin and the Alamo Drafthouse for the first time since we opened.”
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Coppola and Godard to Receive Academy’s Governors Awards

HollywoodNews.com: The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted last night to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to producer-director Francis Ford Coppola and Honorary Awards to historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 2nd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 13, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
“Each of these honorees has touched movie audiences worldwide and influenced the motion picture industry through their work,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “It will be an honor to celebrate their extraordinary achievements and contributions at the Governors Awards.”
Brownlow is widely regarded as the preeminent historian of the silent film era as well as a preservationist. Among his many silent film restoration projects are Abel Gance’s 1927 epic “Napoleon,” Rex Ingram’s “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” (1921) and “The Thief of Bagdad” (1924), starring Douglas Fairbanks. Brownlow has authored, among others, The Parade’s Gone By; The War, the West, and the Wilderness; Hollywood: The Pioneers; Behind the Mask of Innocence; David Lean; and Mary Pickford Rediscovered. His documentaries include “Hollywood,” “Unknown Chaplin,” “Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow,” “Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius” and “D.W. Griffith: Father of Film,” all with David Gill; Brownlow also directed “Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic” and “Garbo,” the latter with Christopher Bird.
Coppola began his film career in the early 1960s making low-budget films with 2009 Honorary Award recipient Roger Corman. By the end of the 1970s he had won five Oscars®: Best Picture (“The Godfather Part II”); Directing (“The Godfather Part II”) and Writing (“Patton,” “The Godfather,” “The Godfather Part II”). Among his numerous producing credits are “American Graffiti, “Gardens of Stone,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” “Jack” and “Tetro.” In 1969 he established American Zoetrope, an independent film studio that helped launch the careers of George Lucas and Carroll Ballard, and has since produced more than 30 films, including “The Black Stallion,” “The Outsiders,” “Lost in Translation” and “The Good Shepherd.”
A key figure in the French New Wave movement, Godard started out writing about cinema before beginning to make his own short films. His influential first feature, “Breathless” (1960), impressed audiences and filmmakers alike with its jazzy take on the American crime film. For fifty years, Godard has continued to write and direct challenging, and sometimes controversial, films [...]

Alice Eve, Adrien Brody in latest “Fantastic Four” casting rumors

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Something is afoot in the land of the “Fantastic Four” reboot.
How else would you explain multiple casting rumors hitting the Web within days of one another? Production meetings must be being held behind the scenes at Fox, because as far as we know, the announced project doesn’t even have a director on hand to help with these casting decisions, let alone a firm schedule or tentative release date.
With that being said, who is reportedly in contention to join Marvel’s dysfunctionally fantastic family?
Well, Alice Eve for starters. Comic Book Movie says the gorgeous blonde – who was supposed to be up for Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: First Class,” also at Fox – is being considered for Sue Storm, aka The Invisible Woman. She would replace Jessica Alba, who most recently played Sue in Tim Story’s two “Fantastic Four” flicks. Also rumored to be up for the part, though, is Amber Heard of “The Joneses” and “Pineapple Express.”
Good choices? Sure. Sue has been window dressing in previous “Four” movies, and both actresses are very easy on the eyes. And when she triggers her powers, she’s invisible, so you could cast Mickey Rourke and it wouldn’t matter.
Reed Richards, however, plays a more vital role in the “Four” formation, and Fox is weighing a few good actors (if rumors can be believed). ScreenRant says Adrien Brody and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are vying for the team leader.
While I do think Brody would be excellent as Mr. Fantastic, he did just sign on for Tony Kaye’s “Detachment,” so his involvement in a “Four” reboot would only push the project back further.
Casting is great, but I want to know who is helming this beast. Tone will be vital to a “Fantastic Four” reboot, as previous efforts from Story and Roger Corman (who produced) were more cartoonish than the books. So let’s get someone serious in the director’s chair, so this franchise finally soars the way “FF” fans know that it can.
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22nd Producers Guild of America Awards to be produced by Paula Wagner

HollywoodNews.com: The 22nd Annual Producers Guild of America Awards will be produced by veteran producer Paula Wagner, announced today by PGA Presidents Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch. This will be the first involvement with the Producers Guild Awards for Wagner. The 2011 Producers Guild Awards nominations will be announced on January 4th and the ceremony will be held January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“Paula is an innovative and dynamic producer with some of the most impressive credits in the business. She has tremendous respect and passion for the producing craft, and we’re thrilled she accepted our invitation to produce the 2011 Producers Guild Awards show,” said Gordon and Koch. “We’re confident that with her energy, efforts and vision the Producers Guild Awards will be better than ever.”
“It’s been my privilege to be a member of the producing community for nearly 20 years, and I’m honored to produce the 2011 Producers Guild Awards,” said Wagner. “I continue to be amazed by the producing talent in film, television and new media. I’m thrilled to help recognize this year’s most deserving creative storytellers and to celebrate the necessary art and vital craft of producing.”
In 1990 the PGA held the first-ever Golden Laurel Awards, which were renamed the Producers Guild Awards in 2002. Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck took home the award for Best Produced Motion Picture for DRIVING MISS DAISY, establishing the Guild’s awards as a bellwether for the Oscars. Last year, the PGA awarded THE HURT LOCKER with its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. The film was also awarded Best Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. The Producers Guild Awards have also honored such legendary producers as Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Steven Bochco, Clint Eastwood, Sherry Lansing, Robert Evans, Roger Corman and Lorne Michaels, among others.
Wagner currently helms Chestnut Ridge Productions, developing and producing film, television, theater, and new media projects. She has worked in the top ranks of the entertainment industry as a talent agent, producer, and top studio executive. Wagner began her career at Creative Artists Agency where she spent 15 years representing some of Hollywood’s top actors, directors, and writers. In 1993, she moved on to producing and launched Cruise/Wagner Productions with her former CAA client Tom Cruise. For more than a decade, C/W produced countless critically-acclaimed films, including the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise, WITHOUT LIMITS, SHATTERED GLASS, [...]

Film Independent Announces Jury Award Winners of 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival

hollywoodnews.com: Today Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced its 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival award winners at a brunch at CHAYA Downtown. Audience award winners will be announced tomorrow afternoon at the Closing Night film, Despicable Me. The Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by The Los Angeles Times, with its central hub at L.A. LIVE, began Thursday, June 17 and will end on Sunday, June 27.
“There were thousands of movie fans at the festival this year, discovering new stories from our talented filmmakers,” said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson. “We are delighted to have the support of the Los Angeles film-going community for these films and their creators”
The two top juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are the Narrative Award and Documentary Award, each carrying an unrestricted $50,000 cash prize, funded by Film Independent, for the winning film’s director. The awards were established by the Festival encourage independent filmmakers to pursue their artistic ambitions.
“In a year that celebrated an exhilarating spectrum of American and international cinema, it’s so fitting that these jury awards reflect the incredible diversity of the Festival,” said Festival Director Rebecca Yeldham.
The Narrative Award recognizes the finest narrative film in competition at the Festival and went to Pernille Fischer Christensen for A Family (En Familie). The Documentary Award recognizes the finest documentary film in competition at the Festival and went to J. Clay Tweel for Make Believe.
The award for Best Ensemble Performance in the Narrative Competition went to Sabrina Lloyd, James Urbaniak, Lynn Cohen, Harry Chase, Nate Smith and Kamel Boutros for their performance in Adam Reid’s Hello Lonesome. Given to an actor or actors from an official selection in the Narrative Competition, this is the seventh year the award has been given at the Festival.
The award for Best Narrative Short Film went to Pablo Larcuen’s My Invisible Friend. The award for Best Documentary Short Film went to Tomasz Wolski’s The Lucky One. Beomsik Shimbe Shim’s Wonder Hospital won the award for Best Animated Short Film.
The Narrative Feature Competition jury was comprised of director Charles Burnett, screenwriter/producer Larry Karaszewski, and LA Weekly film critic Ella Taylor. The Documentary Feature Competition jury was comprised of director/actress Karen Moncrief, director Arthur Dong, and film critic and journalist Robert Abele. The Shorts Competition jury was comprised of writer/performer Sandra Tsing Loh, actor Andrew Garfield, [...]

“Fantastic Four” franchise apparently getting (yet another) reboot

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: How many times should a studio be allowed to reboot a property before they’re forced to simply pull the plug?
Buried in the story over at AICN that the rumored fifth “Die Hard” film has a new title is the news nugget that the “Fantastic Four” franchise is going to be rebooted. Again.
True Marvel geeks know that Roger Corman attempted to portray Marvel’s dysfunctional superhero family on the big screen in the early 1990s. And while his film had to the right spirit, his special effects budget was minimal (and it showed).
20th Century Fox tried to resuscitate the series with Chris Evans, Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis trying on the heroic roles. They squeezed two mediocre installments out of that franchise before throwing up their hands.
Now they’re going to try it again.
Maybe they’ll get it right. Or maybe, like The Hulk, the Fantastic Four is just a property that works better on the page of a comic, and can not translate to the big screen. The rocky Thing, for instance, needs to be done with digital effects. Expensive digital effects. Fox has “Avatar” money, but will it spend those profits on a decent “FF” film?
As always, we’ll wait and see.
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Sid Ganis will produce the 2nd Annual Governors Awards

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Producer Sid Ganis will produce the 2nd annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Tom Sherak announced today. One or more of the Academy’s highest honors – the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards and the Honorary Award – will be presented at the event, set for Saturday, November 13.
“Sid is the perfect person to produce our second Governors Awards ceremony,” said Sherak. “Last year’s Governors Awards was a very special evening for all of us and I know Sid will build on that success and take the evening to the next level.”
“I’m beyond excited to be involved in what is – after only one year – a wonderful and important Academy tradition,” said Ganis. “The first Governors Awards was about as perfect as it could have been and I’m looking forward to producing this year’s event to make sure it too is as perfect as possible.”
Ganis is the Academy’s immediate past president and represents the public relations branch on the Board of Governors. He founded Out of the Blue…Entertainment in 1996, following a distinguished career as an executive at several major studios. His producer credits include “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Big Daddy” and “Mr. Deeds.”
The 2010 honorees will be selected at a specially convened meeting of the Academy’s Board in late August.
The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and the Honorary Award are Oscar statuettes; the Irving G. Thalberg Award is a bust of its namesake. The most recent recipients of Honorary Awards were Lauren Bacall, Roger Corman and Gordon Willis; John Calley was the most recent recipient of the Thalberg Award.