Western Spaghetti (2008)
The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.
Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.
"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be.
That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.
AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.
Jason Bateman, Jennifer Lopez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emmanuelle Riva, and Chris Tucker are among the actors who have been invited to join, the organization announced today.
Other interesting additions: the musician Prince, Girls and Tiny Furniture writer/director/actress Lena Dunham,
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”
The 2013 invitees are:
Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno”
Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface”
Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City”
Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises”
Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid”
Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town”
Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator”
Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl”
Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil,
The shortest film in the crop is Fresh Guacamole – you can watch it here - a stop-motion recipe for making guacamole with light bulbs, baseballs and dice. Though it had the theatre laughing throughout its short runtime, I think its similarities with Western Spaghetti will keep voters from going for it. It’s an innovative film that takes the audience by surprise if they’re unfamiliar with its predecessor. It’s also
The card series began in 1985 as a parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids and became popular enough to be banned in a lot of schools. Acclaimed short film helmet 'Pes' ("Fresh Guacamole," "Western Spaghetti) will direct from a script by Michael Vukadinovich.
The film's producer, Michael Eisner, bought Topps in 2007 and this marks his first feature spinoff project with the company. Toby Ascher is also producing.
You say you missed the first one? Check out the trailer:
The new film based on the gross-out trading card series, which depicted parodies of Cabbage Patch dolls with punny names like Adam Bomb, Half-Nelson and Alice Island, will be directed by Pes (New York-based animator Adam Pesapane), who has actually created some cool stop-motion videos like 2009 Sundance winner, "Western Spaghetti":
No word on a potential plot for the movie, but perhaps with Pes' skills, something as trivial as plot isn't actually required.
Michael Eisner will produce through his The Tornante Company, which purchased the trading card company Topps back in 2007. Topps first put out the Garbage Pail Kids trading card stickers in 1985, which spoofed the popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. The cards spawned the 1987 live-action feature The Garbage Pail Kids Movie.
Pes will direct from a screenplay by Michael Vukadinovich. Both Pes and Michael Vukadinovich hatched the original story together. No production schedule was given.
Pes has directed short films such as Western Spaghetti, Roof Sex, and The Animation Show 4. You can take a look at his latest short, Fresh Guacamole below, which was featured on Showtime's Short Stories.
Today Deadline is reporting that the Garbage Pail kids will be making a big comeback, and that Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company will finance, produce and develop the feature film. It will be directed by a guy named Pes. Yeah, that is the name that he goes by. I don't know much about this guy, but according to Wiki he uses everyday objects and stop-motion animation to create his films. Some of the
Like baseball cards with a significant ick factor, the Garbage Pail Kids were both highly collectible and awesome ways to gross out the boy or girl you had a crush on in third grade. Is it possible that a wildly creative writer/director team could make this idea fresh for the multiplex?
Short film director Pes and screenwriter Michael Vukadinovich are taking on the task of making the Kids a viable feature film. Pes (a.k.a. Adam Pesapane) has a pretty cool pedigree when it comes to making stop-motion short films like "Fresh Guacamole," "Roof Sex," "Game Over" and "Western Spaghetti," as well as commercials for companies like Sprint and Bacardi. One of his most famous fans
Are we in the middle of a short‑film revolution? Not long ago, if you wanted to catch short work by exciting new film-makers, you had to travel to a festival, hunt down a compilation on DVD, catch a charitable showing on TV or, if you were uncommonly lucky, before the main feature at the cinema. Now all you have to do, assuming you have internet access and a passing familiarity with video-hosting websites, is switch on your computer.
The curious thing about short films is that, regardless of audience and financial incentive, people have continued to make them with great enthusiasm. This is in part because
Also, so many of you have emailed, Facebooked, Pm’d and tweeted me birthday wishes, I couldn’t possibly thank you all individually, but please know I do appreciate it.
On to the news, such that it is on a holiday weekend. I’m not really sure that I appreciate the tone over at TV Guide where they are wondering why Glee has become “the St. Kurt show.” Seriously, we all endured a full season of that Puck/Finn/Quinn/Terri baby drama that had nothing to do with the glee club, and you want to whine about three Kurt episodes that are literally “ripped from the headlines?”
Speaking of Glee, they
The lottery is one of the stubborn bastions of horrible design in the U.S. The tickets break every good design rule: they're cluttered and noisy and covered in foil. Jessica Helfand took tickets to task on Design Observer last year, putting them at the top of her list of Ten Things that Need to be Redesigned:
I suppose if you win it doesn't matter a hoot how garish those color and font choices are, but given the odds stacked against you, the greater likelihood is that you will simply spend an inordinate amount of time looking at them. Ergo: shouldn't they look better?
Lottery ads aren't much better. The latest batch run from juvenile (Fat Wallet) to creepy (Take Five). New York Lottery Black tried to sleek it up with faux-"classy" ads, and a ticket to match,
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