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WILL ACADEMY FIRE OSCAR CO-PRODUCER BRETT RATNER? (Updated)

November 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

UPDATE: Late today (Tuesday) Ratner resigned as co-producer of the Oscar telecast. After apologizing (a second time) for his offending remark about gays, Ratner said: “As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive […]

WILL HOLLYWOOD FINALLY GET A MUSEUM?

October 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A Hollywood museum — something that has been kicked around by industry moguls, local politicians, and cultural preservationists for decades — may finally see the light of day. After failing to raise the funds needed to construct a museum on Vine Street, blocks away from where the first full-length movie was shot in 1914 (The […]

ACADEMY RESTRICTS OSCAR CAMPAIGNS

September 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In an effort to level the playing field between big-budget studios and no-budget independent producers during the period when members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences vote for their Oscar choices, the Academy on Wednesday announced a new set of restrictions that its members must abide by. They include: not being able […]

EDDIE MURPHY TO HOST THE OSCARS

September 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed today (Tuesday) that Eddie Murphy has been named to host its 84th annual Oscars ceremony on Feb. 26. Rumors had leaked out over the weekend that Murphy was the choice of co-producer Brett Ratner, whose next film, Tower Heist, stars Murphy. The New York Times commented […]

ACTION-FILM DIRECTOR RATNER TO CO-PRODUCE OSCARS

August 5, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In the latest head-scratching move to revitalize the annual Oscars telecast, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday that action-movie director Brett Ratner will co-produce next year’s show with veteran Don Mischer. In a statement, Academy President Tom Sherak said that Ratner is “unbelievably creative and knows how to take risks […]

NEW RULES FOR BEST PICTURE OSCAR

June 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — the group that hands out the Oscars each year — has again revamped the rules to qualify for a best picture nomination. Two years after expanding the number of nominations to ten, the academy said on Wednesday that it will introduce a new system under which […]

ANIMATION EXEC DECRIES POSSIBLE ENTRY OF TINTIN IN OSCAR RACE

June 6, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Animation producer Stephen Paul Leiva has spoken out against Steven Spielberg’s reported efforts to persuade the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to allow his film The Adventures of Tintin, which uses performance-capture technology to compete for an Oscar in the best animated picture category next year. In a commentary published in Sunday’s Los […]

MOVIE ACADEMY MAKES SURPRISING CHOICE FOR CEO

April 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Dawn Hudson has been selected to replace Bruce Davis as the new CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In naming Hudson, the Academy unexpectedly went outside is own organization; Hudson is currently head of Film Independent and is credited with making the annual Independent Spirit Awards a respected annual honors event. […]

ACADEMY AGREES: FRANCO AND HATHAWAY WERE A POOR CHOICE

March 4, 2011 by · 148 Comments 

The selection of James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host this year’s Oscars telecast was a mistake, a high-ranking member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has acknowledged. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the member, who asked not to be identified, said, “A lot of us said Franco, who is […]

OSCARS TO STAY ON ABC THROUGH 2020

February 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Just days before Sunday’s Oscar telecast on ABC, the network announced on Thursday that it had signed a new deal with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to extend its rights to televise the ceremony through 2020. The previous agreement had been set to expire in 2014. “This contract ensures that the Oscar […]

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