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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club.
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2015 Oscar Awards Full Winners List Finally Unveiled Last Night

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Last night, the 2015 Oscar Awards finally happened at the beautiful Dolby Theatre in Hollywood,California. Actor, Neil Patrick Harris, was on hand to host the star-studded shindig. And eventually, after all the red carpet arrivals and what not, they got around to passing out the awards. I'm sure you guys want to know who received these awards, so I won't waste anymore of your precious time. Here's the winners list, below. Best Picture was awarded to Birdman — Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole. Best Director was awarded to Alejandro González IñárrituBirdman. Best Actor was awrded to Eddie RedmayneThe Theory of Everything. Best Actress went to Julianne MooreStill Alice. Best Supporting Actor was awarded to J.K. SimmonsWhiplash. Best Supporting Actress was awarded to Patricia ArquetteBoyhood. Best Achievement in Costume Design went to Milena Canonero — The Grand Budapest Hotel. Best Achievement in Makeup and
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Edgar Wright, James Gunn And More Wanted To Reboot Spider-Man, Plot Details Revealed

And so the Spider-Man saga continues. After hearing that Sony is seriously considering allowing Spidey to appear in Captain America: Civil War, and may also end up rebooting the property with the help of Marvel, we’re now learning some details on what exactly the studio has in mind for the reboot, should they go ahead with it.

Thanks to the recent Sony hack, new emails have surfaced that give us an idea of the plan for the proposed Spider-Man reboot. An email from Jeff Robinov, head of Studio 8, to Sony Pictures co-chairman, Amy Pascal, said the following:

“To argue that there’s plenty of other superhero movies with levity in the marketplace, so why make more Spider-Man movies, would be akin to saying there’s no room for James Bond films because of all the espionage films and franchises that have come out over the years. There will
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‘Big Hero 6′ Review: Pete Hammond On The Roly-Poly Marvel

‘Big Hero 6′ Review: Pete Hammond On The Roly-Poly Marvel
The latest offering from Disney Animation comes by way of Marvel, but make no mistake, this one is pure Disney magic, as I say in my video review above.

It’s based on a rather obscure Marvel comic of the same name and marks the first time the comics-driven studio within a studio has been involved in animation. Given how this one has turned out, it surely won’t be the last.

The film was directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and features a voice cast including Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk and Maya Rudolph.

Producers are Roy Conli and Disney Animation/Pixar chief John Lasseter. It opens Friday and promises to be one of the holiday’s big hits, perfect fare for families that don’t have a whole lot of choices right now.
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‘Big Hero 6′ Trailer: Just a Boy and His Adorable Robot

Here’s how this thing is going to go — even if you don’t know anything about Big Hero 6, you’re still going to see it. It’s a Marvel film (well, a Walt Disney Studios film about a Marvel Comics superhero team), and you love Marvel films. You love superheroes. You love superhero teams. But you might also be in the mood for something a little different. How does animation sound? Different, right? What about T.J. Miller voicing an unlikely hero? You love T.J. Miller! He’s on Silicon Valley, which you also love. What else do you love? How about unlikely heroes and robots and mayhem? See! You love that stuff, too! You know what? You’re going to love Big Hero 6. So maybe it’s time to take a little look at what the Don Hall and Chris Williams film has in store for you (besides love). Check out the first trailer
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Five join AMPAS science & tech council

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Wendy Aylsworth, Rob Bredow, Douglas Greenfield, Rob Hummel and Bev Pasterczyk have accepted invitations to join the Science And Technology Council of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.

The new members will raise the council’s 2013–2014 roster to 25.

Aylsworth is svp of technology for Warner Brothers Technical Operations and became an Academy member-at-large in 2012.

Bredow is Cto and visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Animation, Colorworks and Post Production and has been a member of the visual effects branch since 2011.

Greenfield has been at the forefront of innovations in cinema sound for more than 30 years and is currently senior director of content services at Dolby Laboratories. He is a returning member of the council and previously served for nine years starting in 2003.

Hummel began his career at Technicolor Laboratories and joined Douglas Trumbull’s visual effects company during the making of Blade Runner. He too is a returning member of the council and previously
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Gibney, Carter, Pascal Among Academy's First-Time Governors

Alex Gibney, Rick Carter among Academy’s new Board of Governors members (photo: Alex Gibney) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the names of the 2013-2014 Board of Governors contingent. As per the Academy’s press release, ten first-time governors have been elected this time around. Besides, eight current Board of Governors members have been reelected and one previous member is coming back. This year’s election increased the Academy’s Board of Governors from 43 to 48 members. The Academy’s release adds that AMPAS’s "16 branches, including the recently created Costume Designers Branch, are each represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms. For the first time, the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch is represented by three governors; the branch was previously represented by one." First-time Board of Governors members The first-time governors are: Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side,
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Pascal, Utley named AMPAS governors

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Pascal, Utley named AMPAS governors
Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal and Fox Searchlight co-president Nancy Utley are among 10 first-time members voted to the board of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.

This year’s election increases the Academy’s governing body from 43 to 48.

The other inductees are: Judianna Makovsky and Deborah Nadoolman representing the costume designers branch; Rick Carter and Jan Pascale of the designers branch; Alex Gibney for documentary; Lynzee Klingman for film editors; and Kathryn Blondell and Bill Corso from the makeup artists and hairstylists branch.

The re-elected governors are: Ed Begley, Jr, actors branch; John Bailey, cinematographers; Kathryn Bigelow, directors; Charles Fox, music; Jon Bloom, short films and feature animation; Curt Behlmer, sound; Richard Edlund, Visual Effects; and Robin Swicord, writers.

Mark Johnson, representing the producers branch, returns to the board after a break.

The Academy’s 16 branches, including the recently created costume designers branch, are each represented by three governors, who may serve
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The Academy 2013-2014 Board of Governors Includes Amy Pascal, Deborah Nadoolman & Lynzee Klingman

Amy Pascal/Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment - Getty Images North America

Ten first-time governors have been elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. In addition, eight incumbents have been reelected and one previous governor is returning to the board. This year’s election increases the Academy’s governing body from 43 to 48.

The first-time governors are Judianna Makovsky and Deborah Nadoolman, representing the Costume Designers Branch; Rick Carter and Jan Pascale, Designers Branch; Alex Gibney, Documentary; Lynzee Klingman, Film Editors; Amy Pascal, Executives; Kathryn Blondell and Bill Corso, Makeup Artists and Hairstylists; and Nancy Utley, Public Relations.

The reelected governors are Ed Begley, Jr., Actors Branch; John Bailey, Cinematographers; Kathryn Bigelow, Directors; Charles Fox, Music; Jon Bloom, Short Films and Feature Animation; Curt Behlmer, Sound; Richard Edlund, Visual Effects; and Robin Swicord, Writers.

Mark Johnson, representing the Producers Branch, is returning to the board after a hiatus.
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The Academy Elects 2012-2013 Board Of Governors

Six first-time governors have been elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences . Dante Spinotti, representing the Cinematographers branch; Lisa Cholodenko, Directors branch; Dick Cook, Executives; John Knoll, Visual Effects; Scott Millan, Sound and Bill Condon, Writers. In addition, seven incumbents were reelected and three other motion picture professionals will return to the Board after a time away.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are Michael Mann, Directors; Arthur Hamilton, Music; and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers. Mann previously served from 2000 to 2006. Hamilton most recently served from 2008 to 2011, he has served a total of 33 years. Kennedy was on the board from 1994 to 1997 and again from 2002 to 2011.

The reelected governors are Tom Hanks, Actors; Jim Bissell, Designers; Rob Epstein, Documentary; Mark Goldblatt, Film Editors; Leonard Engelman, Makeup and Hairstylists; Rob Friedman, Public Relations and Bill Kroyer; Short Films & Feature Animation.

Fourteen of the Academy.s
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Marvel's Phase Two of films may be taking shape with Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Big Hero 6

Although the Avengers is still in cinemas and has now become the third highest-grossing film in the USA and across the globe, talk is intensifying over who will be next to step from the pages of the comics.

We already know that Iron Man 3 is currently filming; Thor and Captain America have their own sequels greenlit; and another Avengers is in development. But how will the Marvel movie world be expanded beyond follow-ups that repeat the heroes we already know?

In particular, there is a so-far-unnamed Marvel movie scheduled for release on May 16, 2014.

Earlier this month, Latino Review claimed that Black Panther would fill that slot and there has recently been a big show of hands from several individuals who (no doubt having seen the cash raked in by Avengers) are publicly campaigning for the title role - including Romeo Miller (aka Lil' Romeo), Aldis Hodge, Anthony Mackie and
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Disney's First Animated Marvel Film Revealed?

Ever since Walt Disney Pictures purchased Marvel Studios, fans have been hopeful of a superhero team up with Marvel and Pixar. And while Pixar may not be involved, according to Blue Sky Disney, supported by The Grid, details for what'll be the first Disney animated Marvel film have hit. Including the project's director & release date, read below! Walt Disney Animation‘s upcoming "Big Hero 6," about a heroic superhero team, is currently an open writing assignment, with no scribe currently attached to the project. The film will be produced by Kristina Reed. The slot that is set for 2014 has been set aside for Don Hall's project. Don Hall is the director of "Big Hero 6." In fact, he's the one that pitched the idea to Lasseter, who liked his take on the subject and approved it for development. Now, it's not fully green lit. The project is story boarded and
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Is Disney Developing an Animated Marvel Film?

When Disney bought Marvel we all saw what the possibilities would be, both the negative and the positive. Since Marvel was acquired we've heard a lot of rumors, but we're seeing some great things coming from it both with movies and TV. One thing a lot of us wondered about though is if we would ever seen an animated Marvel movie developed for the big screen. We thought at one point Pixar might team up with them, but the studio shot that rumor down. Then in July Blue Sky Disney blog revealed that there was a secret project that Don Hall (Co-Director co-director of Winnie the Pooh) was working on.

That project, once announced will generate a lot of buzz in certain geek communities, as it’s going to surprise a lot of people for what it is and what it’s not. But it’s in the very early
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"Rango" Wins Big at Annie Awards! "Transformers," "Planet of the Apes" Receive Kudos! Check Out Complete List of Winners!

Jennifer Yuh Nelson's "Kung Fu Panda 2" dominated the Annie Awards nominations, but the International Animated Film Society decided to give its highest honor -- the Best Animated Feature award -- to Gore Verbinski's "Rango." Both films are from DreamWorks Animation and they still have to duke it out at the upcoming Oscars in the Best Animated Feature Film category.

Besides the Best Animated trophy, "Rango" also collected awards for Best Editing and Writing. But Nelson, the first woman to direct a feature film animation from a major Hollywood production company, won the Directing in a Feature Production award! Yay! (Check out my interview with Jennifer Yuh Nelson for "Kung Fu Panda 2" right here)

The Annie Awards winners were announced yesterday at the UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 39th Annual Annie Awards (to see winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies,
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DC Comics New 52: Hawk and Dove #1 - review

In the latest of our comprehensive series of reviews of DC Comics' 52 relaunched titles, we take a look at Hawk and Dove #1. Who's it by?

Hawk and Dove #1 is written by Sterling Gates (Supergirl) and drawn by industry veteran Rob Liefeld (The Infinite). What's the history?

The original Hawk and Dove were brothers Hank and Don Hall, created by comics legend Steve Ditko and Steve Skeates in 1968's Showcase #75. Empowered by the forces of chaos and order, Hawk represented aggression and Dove a pacificistic approach to crime fighting. After Don's death in Crisis on Infinite Earths, a young woman called Dawn Granger took up his role as Dove. When Hank Hall was also killed he was replaced by Dawn's estranged sister Holly Granger. The pair featured in the 'Blackest Night' storyline, (more)
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THR's List of 25 Best Film Schools

I know that many of you who read GeekTyrant are interested in becoming future filmmakers, which is awesome! It should come as no surprise to you that since I run a movie blog that I too would like to get into the business of making movies.

The Hollywood Reporter has come up with their list of 25 best film schools with basic details for each one. For those of you wanting to study the art of filmmaking, and wondering what the best schools for this are then this list should come in handy. Check out the full list below, and tell us what you think!

1. American Film Institute

Among the most selective film schools in America, AFI's Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies in Los Angeles offers a two-year conservatory program where students specialize in fields including directing, producing and writing, often coming to the institute after working in the
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Academy Elects Four First-time Governors, Returns Seven Incumbents

www.hollywoodnews.com: Cinematographer Richard P. Crudo, producer Gale Anne Hurd, composer David Newman and film editor Michael Tronick make up this year’s first-time electees to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors. In addition, seven incumbents were reelected and three other motion picture professionals will return to the Board after a time away.

The reelected governors are Craig Barron, Visual Effects; Annette Bening, Actors; Don Hall, Sound; Jeffrey Kurland, Art Directors; John Lasseter, Short Films and Feature Animation; Robert Rehme, Executives; and Phil Robinson, Writers.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are Michael Apted, Documentary; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations; and Paul Mazursky, Directors. Apted previously served from 2002 to 2009. Isaacs served from 1988 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2009. Mazursky was on the board from 1997 to 2000 and again from 2006 to 2009.

Fourteen of the Academy’s 15 branches are represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.
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Producer Gale Anne Hurd Among Academy’s Four First-Time Governors

Returns Seven Incumbents

Beverly Hills, CA – Cinematographer Richard P. Crudo, producer Gale Anne Hurd, composer David Newman and film editor Michael Tronick make up this year.s first-time electees to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Board of Governors. In addition, seven incumbents were reelected and three other motion picture professionals will return to the Board after a time away.

The reelected governors are Craig Barron, Visual Effects; Annette Bening, Actors; Don Hall, Sound; Jeffrey Kurland, Art Directors; John Lasseter, Short Films and Feature Animation; Robert Rehme, Executives; and Phil Robinson, Writers.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are Michael Apted, Documentary; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations; and Paul Mazursky, Directors. Apted previously served from 2002 to 2009. Isaacs served from 1988 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2009. Mazursky was on the board from 1997 to 2000 and again from 2006 to 2009.

Fourteen of the Academy.s 15 branches are represented by three governors, who may
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