“Stand In: Seth MacFarlane” Premieres on mtvU and mtvU.com on December 10 at 10 a.m. ET/PT
mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, today announced that comedian, writer, producer and this year’s host of the Oscars®, Seth MacFarlane, is the newest guest professor on the network’s ongoing, Emmy®-nominated “Stand In” series. mtvU followed MacFarlane as he travelled to the University of California Los Angeles campus to stun a class full of students during Professor Denise Mann’s “Overview of Contemporary Film Industry” course.
During the class, MacFarlane announced “The Oscar Experience College Search” presented by The Academy and mtvU, a national search for the next generation of Oscar hopefuls. College students who are interested in pursuing careers in film – writing, directing, producing, acting and more – are encouraged to vie for an opportunity to appear live onstage to deliver Oscar statuettes to telecast presenters. In addition to appearing on the Oscar show, winners will be flown to Los Angeles and provided hotel accommodations.
Ten finalists, consisting of nine individual screenwriters and one writing team, have been selected for the 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $35,000 fellowships.
This year’s finalists are (listed alphabetically by author): Read the rest of this entry
In celebration of its recent film preservation efforts, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will launch the first-ever “Film-to-Film” Festival, which will run September 27 through September 29, in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
A year ago the Academy Film Archive launched an ambitious effort called “Project Film-to-Film,” aimed at preserving as many films on film as possible over a two-year period. The initiative’s main goal is to take advantage of the current, but threatened, availability of film stock to create new prints of a diverse range of motion pictures, encompassing the whole history of the art form.
More than 390 new prints have already been created from the best available film elements, covering significant narrative features and documentaries, as well as experimental, animated and short film titles. The wide variety of titles range from “Navajo,” the only film to receive Oscar® nominations for both Documentary Feature and Cinematography, to “Naked Yoga,” a short once presumed lost, and “Carnival of Souls,” a cult favorite that has been rescued from late-night television and restored to the big screen.
The complete “Film-to-Film” Festival schedule is as follows: Read the rest of this entry
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present an in-depth look at the evolution of motion picture projection, exploring the advances from early cinema through today’s digital technology in “Inside the Booth: A Journey through Projection,” a three part series beginning on Thursday, March 29 and concluding on Friday May 4, at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, the programs will be hosted by Academy Chief Projectionist Marshall Gitlitz and silent film historian and projectionist Joe Rinaudo. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m.
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The First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama Joins a Star-studded Lineup Including Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Willow Smith, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, Jill Scott, Aretha Franklin and More in the BET Honors 2012
Don’t miss Jerry Della Salla in this two hours of nonstop laughter play, beginning mid January 2012 in Los Angeles, CA at the Odyssey Theatre.
Of the forty-four pictures that originally qualified in the animated short film category, 10 will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. Read the rest of this entry
The iconic CMA Music Festival will once again take over the Downtown Nashville campus for four days this summer, Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, 2012. The event that USA Today calls “the crown jewel of Country Music festivals” started in 1972 as Fan Fair®. More than 40 years later, the legendary festival has become Nashville’s signature music event, which annually attracts thousands of fans from all 50 states and around the globe and has raised millions of dollars for music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools. The event will once again be filmed for an ABC Television special airing later in the summer, shining a national spotlight on both the Country Music format and Music City USA.