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‘Her’ Producer Vincent Landay Joins Eddy Moretti at Unbranded Pictures

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Oscar-nominated producer Vincent Landay has partnered with former Vice chief creative officer Eddy Moretti at Unbranded Pictures.

The duo previously collaborated to create Vice Studios, the scripted motion picture and production arm of Vice Media. Unbranded Pictures plans to develop, produce and finance original feature films and episodic television for global audiences.

Unbranded’s first feature film, “The Report,” opened at the Telluride Film Festival and will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. The political thriller is written and directed by Scott Z. Burns and stars Adam Driver, Annette Bening and Jon Hamm. The film was developed, produced and financed by Unbranded Pictures and Vice Studios and will be released theatrically by Amazon Studios in November.

Landay received a best picture Academy Award nomination for Spike Jonze’s “Her.” His credits include Jonze’s features “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation” and “Where the Wild Things Are.” He is
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Nick Cannon, Annie Lennox and 16 Other Surprising New Academy Members

Nick Cannon, Annie Lennox and 16 Other Surprising New Academy Members
The latest batch of new members invited to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences continues a tradition from the last few years, with many more nonwhite members and the first ever gender-equal invite list.

This year the Academy invited 842 members into their ranks. Exactly half were women, and 29% were people of color. It puts the Academy on pace to meet its 2020 diversity goals, if not surpass them. The number of nonwhite members has already doubled in the last three years, and the number of female members could double by next year.

But to do that, the Academy invited…Nick Cannon? We love “The Masked Singer” and “Drumline” as much as the next guy, but we definitely did not see that one coming. And the Academy even went all-in on Marvel, inviting Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland, as well as “Black Panther” breakouts Letitia Wright and Winston Duke, who could
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The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu

The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu
In its continuing push to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, 842 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call.

People of color (29 percent) and women (50 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2018, the Academy invited 928 new members.

Twenty-one Oscar winners are among the new invited members, including Guy Nattiv (“Skin”), filmmaker Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo”), Phil Lord, and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and 82 Oscar nominees (including newbies like Lady Gaga and “Roma” breakout Marina de Tavira). Ten of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women
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The Academy Invites 842 New Members, from Lady Gaga to Jon M. Chu

In its continuing push to swell the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences membership ranks, 842 artists and executives from 59 countries have been invited to join this year. The branches have increasingly actively sought eligible people to become Academy members, but the Board of Governors makes the final call.

People of color (29 percent) and women (50 percent) are among the many invites, as the Academy continues to address its long-term white-male dominance. As always, actors make up the largest branch of the Academy, but many new members also come from overseas.

In 2018, the Academy invited 928 new members.

Twenty-one Oscar winners are among the new invited members, including Guy Nattiv (“Skin”), filmmaker Jimmy Chin (“Free Solo”), Phil Lord, and Chris Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”), and 82 Oscar nominees (including newbies like Lady Gaga and “Roma” breakout Marina de Tavira). Ten of the 17 branches invited more women than men. The percentage of women
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Marlon Wayans Boards Sofia Coppola’s Apple-A24 Movie ‘On The Rocks’

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Marlon Wayans Boards Sofia Coppola’s Apple-A24 Movie ‘On The Rocks’
Exclusive: Marlon Wayans has joined Bill Murray and Rashida Jones in Apple-A24’s first movie On the Rocks from Oscar-winning director Sofia Coppola.

As previously announced, On the Rocks follows a young mother (Jones) who reconnects with her larger than life playboy father (Murray) on an adventure through New York. The film will lense in New York and reps Murray and Coppola’s reteam following Lost in Translation, which Coppola took a screenwriting Academy Award for, and the 2015 Netflix holiday special A Very Murray Christmas. Coppola is producing with Youree Henley. Mitch Glazer and Roman Coppola are also executive producing. Actor and comedian Wayans is the co-creator and star of the Warner Bros. TV sketch series The Wayans Bros and his own comedy NBC comedy series Marlon. He’s the star and co-creator of the Scary Movie franchise and has starred in such movies as the Coen Brothers’ The Ladykillers,
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The 50 Best Streaming TV Shows of All Time

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It’s crazy to remember it’s only been about seven years since Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu began making original series. From the humble beginnings of shows like “Lilyhammer,” “Alpha House,” and “Battleground,” the industry has witnessed a massive seismic shift — a complete explosion of the very concept of how we approach “television.”

Today, these platforms have added literally hundreds of shows to the TV landscape, which inspired IndieWire to evaluate and rank the 50 best that have debuted since those early days. From terrifying dystopias to intimate relationships, these are series which have made the most of opportunities presented by the distribution revolution — and transformed them into great storytelling.

50. “Marvel’s Jessica Jones

The best of the Netflix/Marvel series, “Jessica Jones” begins with a bang, introducing a new kind of hero to Marvel fans: a super-powered young woman whose internal demons are stronger than anyone she has to fight
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Danny Gabai Promoted To Head Of Vice Studios U.S.

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Exclusive: Vice Studios’ Executive Creative Director Danny Gabai has been elevated to Head of Vice Studios U.S., Evp. This is a new position, marking the first time Vice Studios has had a head executive. It’s a recognition of the importance new Vice CEO Nancy Dubuc is putting on growing the company’s film and TV production arm.

Gabai’s promotion comes on the eve of the Sundance Film Festival where Vice Studios has three movies, The Report, Judy & Punch and The Mountain.

They are among seven films from the division set to debut in the first three months of 2019, along with the docu Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, which was just released by Netflix, Lords Of Chaos, Climax as well as The Beach Bum, set to premiere at SXSW. The casts of the features includes Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Matthew McConaughey, Isla FischerJon Hamm, Mia Wasikowska,
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Will ‘Isle of Dogs’ win Wes Anderson that long overdue Oscar?

Will ‘Isle of Dogs’ win Wes Anderson that long overdue Oscar?
The academy owes Wes Anderson. Quite a bit. The idiosyncratic writer/director has been nominated for six Oscars to date but has yet to win. That could change this year as his stop-motion “Isle of Dogs” is a strong contender for Best Animated Feature. As with his past films, it is uniquely his and is recognizable immediately for his signature style.

His first Oscar nomination was back in 2002 for co-writing the original screenplay of “The Royal Tenenbaums” with Owen Wilson; they he lost to Julian Fellowes’ “Gosford Park.” He and “Moonrise Kingdom” co-writer Roman Coppola lost the Best Original Screenplay race in 2013 to Quentin Tarantino and “Django Unchained.”

In between those two losses, he contended for his first animated film, “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which lost the Oscar to the Pixar pic “Up” in 2010.

Predict the Oscar nominees now; change them until January 22

In 2015, Anderson reaped three bids for “The Grand Budapest Hotel
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Bill Murray to reunite with Sofia Coppola for On the Rocks

Bill Murray is set to reunite with his Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola for On the Rocks, a new feature from Apple and A24.

According to Deadline, the film will see Rashida Jones playing a young mother who reconnects with her larger than life playboy father (Murray) on an adventure through New York.

Murray and Coppola first teamed on 2003’s Lost in Translation, which saw Coppola winning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and a nomination for Best Director, while Murray received a Best Actor nomination. They later reunited on Netflix’s 2015 holiday special A Very Murray Christmas.

Filming on On the Rocks is set to get underway in New York in the Spring, with Mitch Glazer and ROman Coppola producing.

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Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray Reteam on Apple and A24’s First Co-Production

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Apple has officially entered the feature film world.

Apple and A24 have teamed up on their first film under their recently formed partnership with “On the Rocks,” Sofia Coppola’s next pic, reteaming her with her “Lost in Translation” star Bill Murray along with Rashida Jones.

Coppola will direct from a script she wrote. Coppola and Youree Henley will also produce. Mitch Glazer and Roman Coppola are exec producing.

The film follows a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York.

Production is set to start next month in New York and marks A24 and Coppola’s second go-around, having previously partnered on “The Bling Ring.” The acquisition marks a major get for Apple’s first feature production, given the heat a Coppola-Murray package would spark with other studios.

Lost in Translation” not only landed Murray an Oscar nomination, but established Coppola as
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Howard Hughes, Tintin, ‘Isle of Dogs,’ Beastie Boys & More

Yes, you could spend your holiday in the company of family and friends. But wouldn’t you rather curl up with a new book centered on cinema? There are new options aplenty, but let’s start with the latest from one of the most insightful, compelling voices we have: the great Karina Longworth.

Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood by Karina Longworth (Custom House)

Is there more to say about Howard Hughes after decades of biographies and films? Indeed, and the latest from Longworth, the host of the essential podcast You Must Remember This, is evidence. The focus in Seduction is not only Hughes himself, but the many women in the mega-tycoon’s orbit. These include household names like Katharine Hepburn but also figures like silent star Billie Dove and Mighty Joe Young star Terry Moore. Longworth brings these women to vivid life, and captures the absurdity of Hughes’s universe.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Finalists for 44th Annual Humanitas Prize

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‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Among Finalists for 44th Annual Humanitas Prize
Box office blockbusters such as “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” and small screen series including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “One Day at a Time” and “This Is Us” are among the finalists for the 44th annual Humanitas Prize, Humanitas executive director Cathleen Young and president Ali LeRoi announced Tuesday.

“It’s always an honor and a privilege to lift up writers who are passionate about telling stories that entertain us, but also deeply explore what it means to be a human in a way that promotes peace and love,” Young said.

A total of 58 writers are nominated for their work in the 30-minute comedy, 60-minute drama, children’s teleplay, independent feature film, drama feature film, comedy feature film, family feature film and documentary categories. The prize was created to celebrate writers “whose work inspires compassion, hope, and understanding in the human family.”

“Humanitas enjoyed an embarrassment of riches this year,
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Humanitas Prize: ‘Black Panther’, ‘This Is Us’ Among Nominations

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Disney/Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther and NBC’s This Is Us are among the nominees for the 44th annual Humanitas Prize. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony February 8 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The prize was created to honor film and TV writers whose work inspires compassion, hope, and understanding in the human family.

The February ceremony will also also honor Marta Kauffman with The Kieser Award and Kenya Barris

with the Voice For Change Award.

Here are the nominees:

60-minute Drama

God Friended Me, “Pilot” Written by Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt

Orange Is The New Black, “Be Free” Written by Brian Chamberlayne

The Good Doctor, “More” Written by David Shore and Lloyd Gilyard Jr.

This Is Us, “This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life” Written by Kay Oyegun

30-minute Comedy

Dear White People, “Volume 2: Chapter VIII” Written by Jack Moore

One Day At A Time, “Hello, Penelope” Written
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Andrew Garfield to Star in Gia Coppola’s Love-Triangle Romance ‘Mainstream’

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Andrew Garfield to Star in Gia Coppola’s Love-Triangle Romance ‘Mainstream’
Andrew Garfield is set to star in “Mainstream,” director Gia Coppola’s followup to her 2013 indie drama “Palo Alto,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The “Breathe” and “Silence” actor will co-star opposite Maya Hawke (“Stranger Things”), Jason Schwartzman (“Rushmore”) and Nat Wolff (“Paper Towns”). Filming is expected to begin by the end of the year.

“Mainstream,” which Coppola co-wrote with Tom Stuart, is an eccentric, modern romantic drama about a love-triangle set in an internet age.

Also Read: Andrew Garfield Shades Fan's Mom for 'Crossing Boundaries' - in Most Charming Way (Video)

CAA Media Finance is handling domestic sales on “Mainstream,” with Wild Bunch handling foreign sales as they introduce the film at the American Film Market.

Automatik’s Fred Berger (“La La Land”) is producing. Robert Schwartzman, Holly Wiersma, and American Zoetrope will serve as executive producers on the film.

Coppola’s first film “Palo Alto
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Nicolas Cage Once Hired Someone to Be His "Drinking Coach" for a Role

Nicolas Cage Once Hired Someone to Be His
Nicolas Cage goes the extra mile for his characters.  The Oscar winner has had plenty of unforgettable roles in the course of his multi-decade career and, thanks to a video for GQ, Cage has revealed some of the more unique ways he channeled those men for the silver screen.  When it came time for his Oscar-winning performance as suicidal alcoholic Ben Sanderson in Leaving Las Vegas, the actor explained that he studied past alcohol performances by other actors and drew inspiration from those characters. However, upon a suggestion from his cousin Roman Coppola, he hired Tony Dingman, a poet who Cage said was "at that time very drunk," to be his "drinking coach." The...
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Amazon cancels Mozart in the Jungle after four seasons

Amazon has announced that it has cancelled its Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning comedy drama series Mozart in the Jungle after four seasons.

“We are so proud of the four seasons we made of this show and are grateful to the cast, crew, fans and Amazon for writing this symphony with us,” said executive producers Paul Weitz, Will Graham, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman in a statement accompanying the news. “We hope people will keep finding the show for years to come.”

Inspired by Blair Tindall’s memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs and Classical Music, the series stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Rodrigo, the conductor of the New York Symphony, alongside Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, Malcolm McDowell, Hannah Dunne and Bernadette Peters.

Via THR

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Amazon Cancels ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ After Four Seasons

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Amazon Cancels ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ After Four Seasons
Mozart in the Jungle” is ending its four-season run, marking the first cancellation under Amazon’s new chief Jennifer Salke, the streaming network said.

“We are so proud of the four seasons we made of this show and are grateful to the cast, crew, fans and Amazon for writing this symphony with us. We hope people will keep finding the show for years to come,” executive producers Paul Weitz, Will Graham, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman said in a statement.

Also Read: Amazon Has Half as Many Paid Streamers as Netflix - But 50 Percent More Than Hulu (Report)

Salke — who stepped in to oversee all television and film production at Amazon in February after serving six years as entertainment president at NBC — has voiced her intent to pivot Amazon from niche projects to big-budget epics on the scale of “Game of Thrones.”

The comedy-drama series was inspired by “Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music,” the 2005 memoir of oboist Blair Tindall. Gael Garcia Bernal, Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, Hannah Dunne and Peter Vack also star.

The first season of “Mozart” was both a critical darling and a hit with viewers, winning two Golden Globes — one for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical and a second for Garcia Bernal for Best Actor — and scoring a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 73 out of 100 on Metacritic.

Read original story Amazon Cancels ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ After Four Seasons At TheWrap
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‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Canceled After Four Seasons at Amazon

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Amazon has canceled the Gael Garcia Bernal dramedy “Mozart in the Jungle” after four seasons.

The half-hour series helped establish Amazon as an awards player with its surprise Golden Globe win in 2016 for best comedy series and lead comedy actor for Bernal. The offbeat show, revolving around the life of a brash young conductor at the New York Symphony, hailed from executive producers Paul Weitz, Will Graham, Roman Coppola, and Jason Schwartzman.

“We are so proud of the four seasons we made of this show and are grateful to the cast, crew, fans and Amazon for writing this symphony with us. We hope people will keep finding the show for years to come,” the foursome said in a statement.

“Mozart” was produced by Amazon Studios.

“Mozart” is among several first-wave Amazon series that have been canceled in the past few months amid the management transition at the fast-growing video arm of the retail giant.
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Mozart in the Jungle Cancelled at Amazon After Four Seasons

This symphony has played its final note: Amazon has cancelled the Golden Globe-winning comedy Mozart in the Jungle after four seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gael Garcia Bernal starred as Rodrigo de Souza, the new conductor for the New York Symphony, and the show followed his relationships with the orchestra’s various musicians. The supporting cast included Lola Kirke, Bernadette Peters, Malcolm McDowell and Saffron Burrows.

Mozart pulled off a surprise win in 2016 by taking home the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy series, beating out more established contenders like Veep, Orange Is the New Black and Transparent.
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‘Mozart In The Jungle’ Canceled After Four Seasons On Amazon

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‘Mozart In The Jungle’ Canceled After Four Seasons On Amazon
The song is over for Mozart in the Jungle. Amazon today canceled its symphonic dramedy after four seasons, Deadline has confirmed.

“We are so proud of the four seasons we made of this show and are grateful to the cast, crew, fans and Amazon for writing this symphony with us,” executive producers Paul Weitz, Will Graham, Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman said iun a statement. “We hope people will keep finding the show for years to come.”

Starring Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke, Saffron Burrows, Malcolm McDowell, Hannah Dunne and Bernadette Peters, Mozart in the Jungle drew back the curtain at the New York Symphony, where artistic dedication and creativity collide with mind games, politicking and survival instincts. It was based on the memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs & Classical Music by Blair Tindall.

The half-hour comedy-drama produced by Amazon Studios got Amazon seriously into the awards game, winning
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