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Guess this year’s Best Pics from wonky titles with Oscar Nominees

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent In the run up to Sunday, March 27, which is known as Oscar Sunday, we thought it would be fun to join the guessing gang from The Academy. All you have to do is name the actual movie from the Working Title. All this in the company of  Questlove (Summer Of Soul), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Lost Daughter), Andrew Garfield (tick, tick...BOOM!) and 94th Academy Awards Executive Producers Shayla Cowan & Will Packer. Plus Dan Lausten & Luis Se...

Parallel Mothers, Review: Swapped babies and a Spanish history lesson from the Master

Parallel Mothers, Review: Swapped babies and a Spanish history lesson from the Master Expectations suddenly rise when the name Pedro Almodóvar is mentioned. One regrets having missed the screening at IFFI, November 2021, but then Impact Films, Mumbai, of Ashwani Sharma, acquires distribution rights of Parallel Mothers, for India, and holds a press screening at Soho, in Juhu, Bombay, a small but exotic theatre, fixes its release on 11 March 2022, and invites you to catch-up on what you ...

Your Annotated Nom Score Card for the 94th Academy Awards

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) sent out a notice to remind us entertainment journalists to use only their official list of nominees. Which begs the question, who flubbed the list previously? (Double-take not required, lol.) But those are insider thoughts as the 94th Nominee Show from The Academy flickered onto small screens, from handhelds to tablets, this morning with about a 10 minute delay from the original 5:18 am ...

Were the 93rd Oscars really about Mogul vs Mogul?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent 'Congratulations to Searchlight Pictures for NOMADLAND that just swept the 93rd Oscars with Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress.’ You can hear the echo of the celebrations (however low-key) last night after the telecast beamed ‘round the world, online and on Zoom. But what was this Oscar year really about? You had the Pandemic, the economic contraction brought on by lockdowns, almost everything was influenced by thi...

Oscar nominated short films via ShortsTV and theatrical release April 2

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondence One of the best Oscar categories to enter is the short subject for film, insiders say, because there are less entries and the field is still wide open for newcomers worldwide. Whether this is true or not can only be tested by entering your short, however there is a great way to find out what the nominated films look like for 2021. ShortsTV is displaying a slate of combined films for digital and theatrical release on April 2. From Screenmancer ...

The 93rd #Oscar Noms & Oscartini Recipe for you

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent It’s not enough that this Award Season 2021 went virtual right out of the gate due to the Pandemic? But the Academy actually decided that the foreboding Ides of March, or March 15, would be an auspicious date for the Nominations Announcement for the 93rd Oscar Presentation. Who knows what else will happen on show date April 25, 2021. That’s where we find ourselves in the Year of COVID, where even the things we count on go awry. ...

The Secrets of Successful Scriptwriters in Hollywood

30-Year Industry Veteran, Jeff Kitchen, Explains the Art, Craft, and Business of Bankable Scriptwriting     By Vic Gerami Alfred Hitchcock said, “To make a great film you need three things—the script, the script and the script.” But to craft the blueprint for a movie, TV show, or stage play is much harder than most people think. More special effects, gunplay, car chases, or laughs can enhance a good script, but by themselves they’re nothing. A script...

MFF 21, 02: Fernando Meirelles to get Excellence in Cinema Award

MFF 21, 02: Fernando Meirelles to get Excellence in Cinema Award "My deepest thanks to MAMI and the Mumbai Film Festival for this honour. As a director who makes his home on the opposite side of the world from where this festival takes place, I am humbly reminded that cinema is the perfect conduit for people to recognise and celebrate our shared humanity. I have strived to convey in my films an understanding between people who do not seem to have anything in common. To show that we have...

David Rubin elected new President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

David Rubin has just been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The following were also elected by the Board of Governors: • Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee) • Sid Ganis, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee) • Larry Karaszewski, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee) • Nancy Utley, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee) • Mark Johnson, Treasurer (c...

CREEPY TRAILER RELEASED FOR NEW THRILLER "THE SAMARITANS"

NO GOOD DEAD GOES UNPUNISHED WITH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR “THE SAMARITANS”  A chilling first look at the highly anticipated new thriller film.       The official trailer for the new award winning thriller film, “The Samaritans” is released today.    The trailer reveals the harrowing world of The Samaritans. A group of four co-workers are summoned to collaborate on what may be their final ...

MANHATTAN SHORT Oscar Qualifying Screenings

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Filmmakers who would like to get their short films qualified for the 2018 Academy Awards are urged to enter this year's MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival, which will not only screen to over 100,000 film buffs in over 250 cinemas across 6 continents, but will do a full week's run in one cinema in the county of Los Angeles. This theatre booking means every film selected as a finalist in the 2017 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival is eligible to enter the Oscar Competition for 2018.  ...

Robert Osborne: Keeper of OSCAR's Secrets Gone Now

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Today, a familiar face left the Hollywood landscape as TCM host Robert Osborne, 84, died on Monday Mar.6, 2017. But he was much more than just another talking head about movies and movie stars. Osborne came to Tinsel Town from “off the farm,” as he recounted when we spoke about the Oscars history in 2011. Instead of penning a typical tribute, here’s a real inside look back at a man whose work in show business lives on. Ironical...

Shirley MacLaine & Amanda Seyfried Go at It In THE LAST WORD

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Selfie from THE LAST WORD cast. Never start a headline with a bad pun, and never write your own obit might be two unwritten rules of journalism, but in new movie THE LAST WORD, starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried, a lot of rules are broken so let’s skip the logline and go straight to the press conference at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The timing is key here, because this takes place, Friday, March, 3, in the wake of M...

No Shut Up And Dance Here, Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone Win Outstanding Performers

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent  Something Emma Stone says in an off-hand way when she and Ryan Gosling pick up the Outstanding Performers of the Year from Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) on Friday night really sticks. Seated beside Gosling, her co-star and co-nominee for the acting Oscars in LA LA LAND, Stone plays with the 20’s fringe on her dress, then offers this insight: “movies make us feel less alone, I guess, that’s what they...

We’ve All Had Denzel Moments, Now Denzel Just Had a Leonard Maltin Moment

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent On Thursday night, when Denzel Washington is finally presented with his Leonard Maltin Masters Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the award hand-off is done by a little girl from the cast of FENCES, in which he stars and directs. This is the movie that has him Oscar-nominated along with co-star Viola Davis, who gives what can only be called a go-to-God, heart-stopping performance. Saniyya Sidney, age 11, presents the honor with ...

A24 & 20TH CENTURY WOMEN Won’t Keep The Party Polite, Go See Their Film

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Okay, so that headline lyric is actually from Frank Sinatra about Luck being a Lady, and frankly that’s just one misconception about women that the movie 20TH CENTURY WOMEN hopes to debunk. That and every notion of gender from conception to girl power to the male gaze to reproduction. This movie is not a “chick flick,” shall we say, but it is a flick about chicks/women/girls, and every other representation of — stealing f...

Award Season 2017: And The Nominees Are… Split & No Director-ess?

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent During Award Season when Hollywood has the limelight, and this includes every major guild and member-based award show up until the 89th Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, there is a shopworn practice of splitting the Nominations announcements in the news, setting up anticipation for several different dates for the same organization. For example, today Jan. 11, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced its TV, Commercial and Documentary Nominees, wi...

Submissions now open for 31st Leeds International Film Festival

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The world’s first moving images were shot in Leeds in 1888 by Louis le Prince. Today Leeds is a major centre for film production and exhibition. A qualifying event for the BAFTAs and the Oscars, Leeds International Film Festival is a national celebration of global filmmaking culture. LIFF primarily supports outstanding new talent and established talent that has not received deserved exposure in the UK. LIFF considers narrative, documentary and animated films, in feature-length and short f...

Siraj Syed’s IFFI 2016 diary, V: And the Oscar for restoring classics goes to…AMPAS!

Siraj Syed’s IFFI 2016 diary, V: And the Oscar for restoring classics goes to…AMPAS! American body Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is best known for presenting the annual awards, which are characterised by a figurine called the Oscar. Though that is the face of the academy, it does much more service to the cause of both American and international cinema than most people would imagine, including holding an annual student Oscars. At the Black Box of Panaji&rsqu...

ACTRESS SPOTLIGHT - ANNELISE NIELSEN

  Daily Film Forum Exclusive:: From theater to film, and the new upcoming horror / thriller “The Samaritans” join us for A moment with rising star Annelise Nielsen     DFF: Your new project, The Samaritans - what’s it about, and tell us about your character in it and how you want to bring it to life? AN: The Samaritans is about a group of four ambitious entrepreneurs who have been developing hot new apps ...

NEW HORROR / THRILLER - "THE SAMARITANS" START PRODUCTION

  KEITH COLLINS -- DOUG BOLLINGER -- TIMOTHY LAUREL HARRISON -- ANNELISE NIELSEN SIGN ON TO STAR IN NEW HORROR / THRILLER "THE SAMARITANS"   "THE SAMARITANS" WILL POSSESS YOU FULL OF VENGANCE Award-Winning Team Begins Shooting in New Jersey March 2016   "No good deed goes unpunished"   Production is announced today for the frightening new Horror / Thriller fe...

112 Original Scores In 2015 Oscar® Race, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   112 Original Scores In 2015 Oscar® Race   By Adrienne Papp The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on December 18th that 112 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 88th Academy Awards®. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in al...

Leeds International Film Festival Last Call for Entries 2015

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Final Submission Deadline is September 11th for Leeds International Film Festival This is your final chance to submit your features and shorts to Leeds International Film Festival 2015. Submissions are open until September 11th 2015. You can SUBMIT to the festival through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway. There are £5000 cash prizes available across our short film competitions and LIFF is also a qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards and&n...

AARDMAN ANIMATIONS COMING TO THE ACADEMY AND SIGGRAPH, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   AARDMAN ANIMATIONS COMING TO THE ACADEMY AND SIGGRAPH, By Adrienne Papp   By Adrienne Papp The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the work of Aardman Animations with three programs featuring the studio’s Oscar®-winning and nominated Wallace and Gromit shorts on Friday, August 7, and Sunday, August 9. Wallace and Gromit Restored – The Marc...

Oscar Dozen: What this reviewer said about the winners

   Oscar Dozen: What this reviewer said about the winners 1.Best supporting actor WINNER: JK Simmons for Whiplash “J.K. Simmons (Break Point, JOBS, Dark Skies, The Words, long-running white-supremacist villain on HBO’s Oz) is devilish and supremely sadistic. He too is a musician and has been a conductor, which shows. Watch him terrify you and keep you rivetted in the second half of the film.” 2. Achievement in makeup and hairstyling WINNER: The Grand Budape...
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