The Academy's Board of Governors has announced the creation of a new branch for casting directors, who began to be invited to Academy membership more than 30 years ago, many of them admitted as Members-at-Large. The decision was approved at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, July 30, which saw Cheryl Boone Isaacs nominated president of the Academy.
The Independent Filmmaker Project has announced that the first true film awards show of the season, the Gotham Awards, will be held this year on Dec. 2. Not only that but a couple of new categories have been added to the mix.
Well, you don't see this too often. Eschewing the usual Apple/Yahoo!/MSN launching pads, Sony premiered the trailer for David O. Russell's "American Hustle" on ABC's Good Morning America earlier today, with Russell on hand to talk about the movie.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences made history Tuesday night by electing its first African-American president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. The marketing and publicity veteran replaces Howard "Hawk" Koch who served one eventful year-long term. Isaacs is only the third woman to hold the position and the first since Fay Canin was president between 1979 and 1981.
Well, the race is on. Officially, at any rate. We've been waiting for one country to open the floodgates on submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, the deadline for which is almost exactly two months away, on October 1. It can be hard to keep pace with the process -- last year, a record 71 countries entered the race. But things have kicked off this year with an auspicious entry: Calin Peter Netzer's "Child's Pose," which THR reports was announced today as Romania's official submission.
I've had my eye on a number of films that are still looking for distribution this year and could, potentially, figure into the awards season. Of course, a decent rule of thumb is if a film hasn't been picked up by now (and isn't set for fests), there's usually a good reason for that. But you never know. More on those titles later this week, but for now, strike one from the list: Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man," which has just been acquired by Lionsgate.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says Oscar Grant’s father can sue the Northern California transit officer who shot and killed his son on a train platform.
Yesterday, I posted some new images from Ben Stiller's upcoming remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," while noting that the film's more extravagant flights of fancy were clearly being saved or a later unveiling. Immediately, a few of you replied with your thoughts on the film's first trailer (which hit theaters with "The Wolverine" last weekend) and suggested that it could indeed be something special.
Ben Stiller's upcoming remake of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is a project I've been dimly aware of without ever really stopping to think about it -- and certainly not in an awards-season context. I take Stiller's directorial output more seriously than most, and can quote hefty chunks of "Zoolander" dialogue on command, but somehow imagined he was taking the popular 1947 Danny Kaye vehicle in a sketchier direction than that suggested by this breathless Empire preview of the fantasy, in which Stiller stars as a magazine employee escaping his mundane existence (and pursuing love) via lavish daydreams.
Well, consider this a major coup for the Big Apple. Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips,” a fact-based thriller about a hijacking at sea, was widely expected to make its festival debut in Toronto, or even Venice, ahead of its US release on October 11. Instead, however, it will have its world premiere as the Opening Film of the 51st New York Film Festival, which runs from September 27 to October 13.