January 16, 2017

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Hollywood Contenders – Looking at the Short Film categories

If there’s a trio of categories that aren’t given the respect that they deserve (or frankly, any respect at all), it’s the short film categories. Be it Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short, or Best Live Action Short, they all are mostly ignored by the masses, especially when the first two have feature length cousins in Best Animated Feature and Best Documentary Feature to compete with as well. Still, they deserve to be noticed, so I wanted to quickly list what’s in contention this year. I’ve included the categories in my most recent Oscar prediction update, so there’s that as well. The Academy Awards are the sum total of all the categories, so these have their place, no doubt about that. It’s just a shame that more folks don’t recognize this.
Here are the three short subject categories and the remaining contenders on each of their short lists:
Animated Short
Bear Story (Historia De Un Oso), Gabriel Osorio, director, and Pato Escala, producer (Punkrobot Animation Studio)
Carface (Autos Portraits), Claude Cloutier, director (National Film Board of Canada)
If I Was God…, Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada)
Love in the Time of March Madness, Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, directors (High Hip Productions and KAPWA Studioworks)
My Home, Phuong Mai Nguyen, director (Papy3D Productions)
An Object at Rest, Seth Boyden, director (California Institute of the Arts)
Prologue, Richard Williams, director, and Imogen Sutton, producer (Animation Masterclass)
Sanjay’s Super Team, Sanjay Patel, director, and Nicole Grindle, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)
We Can’t Live without Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit, director (Melnitsa Animation Studio)
World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt, director (Bitter Films)
Documentary Short
Body Team 12, David Darg, director (RYOT Films and Vulcan Productions)
Chau, beyond the Lines, Courtney Marsh, director (Cynasty Films)
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah, Adam Benzine, director (Jet Black Iris America)
50 Feet from Syria, Skye Fitzgerald, director (Spin Film)
A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, director (SOC Films)
Last Day of Freedom, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, directors (Living Condition)
Minerita, (Kanaki Films)
My Enemy, My Brother, Ann Shin, director (Fathom Film Group)
Starting Point, Michal Szczesniak, director (Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association)
The Testimony, Vanessa Block, director (Atria Film in association with Escape Artists)
Live Action Short
Ave Maria, Basil Khalil, director, and Eric Dupont, producer (Incognito Films)
Bad Hunter, Sahim Omar Kalifa, director, and Dries Phlypo, producer (A Private View)
Bis Gleich (Till Then), Philippe Brenninkmeyer, producer, and Tara Lynn Orr, writer (avenueROAD Films)
Contrapelo (Against the Grain), Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, director, and Pin-Chun Liu, producer […]

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 […]

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences “Contemporary Documentaries”

HollywoodNews.com: Oscar®-nominated documentary short subjects “Poster Girl” and “Killing in the Name” and the documentary feature “Quest for Honor” will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 30th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.
Directed by Sara Nesson, who produced the film with Mitchell W. Block, “Poster Girl” follows former cheerleader and ARMY magazine cover subject Robynn Murray as she deals with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder following her return from Iraq. The film earned a 2010 Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Short Subject. Block will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.
“Killing in the Name” tells the story of Ashraf, a man who has devoted his life to opposing terrorism within the Muslim community since a suicide bomber killed 27 members of his family on his wedding day. Directed by Jed Rothstein, who produced the film with Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy, “Killing in the Name” earned a 2010 Academy Award nomination for Documentary Short Subject. Co-producer Jessica Van Garsse will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.
Directed by Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, who produced the film with Lawrence Taub, “Quest for Honor” examines the practice of “honor killing,” which persists in Iraqi Kurdistan and is often condoned or ignored by local officials. Runak Faraj, the head of the Women’s Media Center in Suleymaniyah, Iraq, probes the death of a widow at odds with her in-laws, and the shooting of a woman who has fled her family. Bruni will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.
The 30th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series continues through May 30, showcasing feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2010 Academy Award nominations, including the winners, as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.
All films will screen at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.
The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). For additional information, visit www.oscars.org or call (310) […]

Natalie Portman just wants to keep her child safe

HollywoodNews.com: Natalie Portman seems to be at the height of her career right now, but she isn’t so much concerned about that as she is about her future child.
The actress admitted at the Director’s Guild Awards that her baby is really her main focus, states UsMagazine.com. As she walked the carpet in platform heels without tripping, Portman revealed, “I’m trying to protect my future child.”
And as far as where the child will grow up, she just wants to offer the best place: “[It’ll be] as positive and as clean an environment as I can find.”
Do you think Natalie Portman will be a good mom?
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Natalie Portman’s fiance’s relationships may have overlapped

HollywoodNews.com: Natalie Portman’s announcement about her engagement and pregnancy may have surprised a few people, but it seems there may be even more surprises in this matter.
Portman’s fiance, Benjamin Millepied, was reportedly just in a relationship with another woman, Isabella Boylston, states Digital Spy (via People). The two were reportedly travelling together as recently as November 2009, right before he left to work on ‘Black Swan.’
The two were also working together in January 2010, while Portman’s film began shooting in December 2009. It’s unknown when Portman and Millepied began their relationship.
Do you think the dancer left his girlfriend for Natalie Portman?
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“Empire Strikes Back,” “Airplane!” added to National Film Registry

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “Airplane!” has been added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry? Surely you can’t be serious.
I am serious. And because the comedy is such a part of our nation’s pop culture, you don’t even need me to finish Leslie Nielsen’s iconic line.
It’s unfortunate Nielsen, who recently passed, wasn’t around to hear that his film – along with 24 others – had been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. “As the nation’s repository of American creativity, the Library of Congress — with the support of Congress — must ensure the preservation of America’s film patrimony,” Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said.
“The National Film Registry is a reminder to the nation that the preservation of our cinematic creativity must be a priority because about half of the films produced before 1950 and as much as 90% of those made before 1920 have been lost to future generations.”
Joining “Airplane!” on this year’s list of additions are Irvin Kershner’s “The Empire Strikes Back;” Robert Altman’s “McCabe and Mrs. Miller;” Blake Edwards’ first “The Pink Panther;” Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X;” Elie Kazan’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn;” William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist;” Alan J. Pakula’s “All the President’s Men;” and John Badham’s “Saturday Night Fever.”
Currently, there are 550 film’s on the registry. To recommend titles for inclusion, visit www.loc.gov/film.
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Jim Carrey says Three Stooges movie is “dead”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Projects die and are resurrected on a daily basis in Hollywood. A planned Three Stooges movie, for example, has had as many lives as a Persian cat. Though the Farrelly Brothers have been batting the idea around for four years now, and even pieced together a dream cast, one of those actors seems to think the Stooges movie is dead. For now, at least.
“I think it’s dead. It’s dead at least with me,” Jim Carrey told MTV while he was out promoting his latest picture, “I Love You Phillip Morris.”
Carrey, if you recall, was set to play Curly alongside Sean Penn (Larry) and Benicio Del Toro (Moe). And if, for some reason, you didn’t want to see that version of the Stooges, then you have no business reading this site. Leave now.
Carrey would have been a brilliant Curly. Yet even he admitted that the difference in weight (Curly was a rotund comedian) would have been an insurmountable obstacle.
“For me, I don’t really want to do anything halfway, and I don’t feel like a fat suit does it,” Carrey told MTV. “I started experimenting with it a little bit, and I gained 35, 40 pounds. I wanted to gain another 30, 40. When you’re [Robert] De Niro in your 20s or early 30s, you can kind of come back from that. It’s a tough thing to come back from when you’re upwards of 30. Your body can’t carry it or you can have a cardiac arrest.”
So instead of Carrey dying for his art, the Stooges movie appears to be dead. Until it’s resurrected in another form a few years down the road. It’s possible. But there’s no way any future iteration of a Three Stooges movie can score a better threesome than Carrey, Penn and Del Toro.
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IFC acquires rights to Herzog’s 3-D ‘Cave’

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Werner Herzog is a god to documentary film fanatics. IFC just secured their next altar of worship.
The distributor has acquired Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” a documentary presented in 3-D, no less. The film, which played Toronto earlier this week, takes audiences deep inside the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc cave in southern France, which holds the earliest known visions of mankind. Before Herzog, access to the caves has been extremely limited due to concerns that overexposure could damage the invaluable drawings. The director gained permission to film by using special lights that emit no heat.
“We were completely blown away by this tour-de-force from Werner Herzog,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films. “This is what great 3-D technology was created for and we really couldn’t be more excited to work with History Films, the producers, and Werner to bring this awe inspiring film to American audiences.”
So when will we see it? That’s unclear. No release date was mentioned in the news item. But “Cave” scored solid reviews at TIFF. Michael Cieply wrote in the New York Times, “On Monday night [in Toronto], 3-D may have found its future in the distant past. … Even an unfortunate projector breakdown in the film’s last few minutes couldn’t erase the impression that the story couldn’t have been told in any other way.”
IndieWire, meanwhile, filed from Toronto, “The reality is that Herzog could make the phonebook sound interesting, but he usually aims much higher than that. His latest non-fiction outing, ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams,’ proves that point again: It’s an extraordinary production feat that transcends his personal whims while giving them room to shine.
This is the second acquisition for IFC Films at this year’s festival, following James Gunn’s dark comedy “Super,” starring Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson.
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‘The Hurt Locker’s’ Kathryn Bigelow elected to Academy’s Board of Governors

HollywoodNews.com: Director Kathryn Bigelow, film editor Anne Coates and documentarian Michael Moore have been selected to make up the year’s first-time electees to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors.
Coates received her award for the editing of “Lawrence of Arabia,” Moore won in the Documentary Feature category for “Bowling from Columbine,” and Bigelow received Oscars® this year in the Directing category and as one of the producers of “The Hurt Locker.” In addition, nine incumbents were reelected and three other filmmakers will return to the Board after a time away.
The reelected governors are Curt Behlmer, Sound Branch; Rosemary Brandenburg, Art Directors; Richard Edlund, Visual Effects; Leonard Engelman, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists; Charles Fox, Music; Jim Gianopulos, Executives; Hawk Koch, Producers; Marvin Levy, Public Relations; and Frank Pierson, Writers.
Returning to the board after a hiatus are John Bailey, Cinematographers; Ed Begley, Jr., Actors; and Jon Bloom, Short Films and Feature Animation. Bailey previously served on the board from 1996 to 2002; Begley and Bloom both were governors from 2000 to 2009.
Fourteen of the Academy’s 15 branches are represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. Terms are staggered so that each branch elects or reelects one governor each year. The Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch is represented by a single governor.
Governors who were not up for reelection and who continue on the Board are Annette Bening and Tom Hanks, Actors Branch; Jim Bissell and Jeffrey Kurland, Art Directors; Caleb Deschanel and Owen Roizman, Cinematographers; Martha Coolidge and Edward Zwick, Directors; Rob Epstein and Lynne Littman, Documentary; Robert Rehme and Tom Sherak, Executives; Donn Cambern and Mark Goldblatt, Film Editors; Bruce Broughton and Arthur Hamilton, Music; Mark Johnson and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers; Robert G. Friedman and Sid Ganis, Public Relations; Bill Kroyer and John Lasseter, Short Films and Feature Animation; Don Hall and Kevin O’Connell, Sound; Craig Barron and Bill Taylor, Visual Effects; and James L. Brooks and Phil Robinson, Writers.
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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, […]

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