Monthly Archives: March 2012

ACADEMY’S CONTEMPORARY DOCS RETURN…

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…WITH “EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP” AND “CATFISH”

Shadowy Characters, Online Intrigue Open Spring Series

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will kick off Part Two of its 30th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” screening series with the 2010 Oscar®-nominated feature “Exit through the Gift Shop” and “Catfish” on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

“Exit through the Gift Shop” follows a videographer named Thierry Guetta, who attempts to document the work of some of the world’s best-known guerrilla street artists. When the artist known only as Banksy questions Guetta’s intentions, however, and seizes control of the film, the roles of filmmaker and subject are reversed. Directed by Banksy and produced by Jaimie D’Cruz, “Exit through the Gift Shop” earned an Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Feature.

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ACADEMY SETS 85TH ACADEMY AWARDS® DATE

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, and the Oscar® telecast will be presented on Sunday, February 24th.

The ceremony will take place at the Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network to more than 225 countries.

ACADEMY’S 2012 NICHOLL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

DEADLINES APPROACHING FOR ACADEMY’S 2012 NICHOLL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION EARLY BIRD MARCH 15; REGULAR MAY 1

The deadlines to submit entries for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 27th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition are: Thursday, March 15, 2012 (early bird); and Tuesday, May 1, 2012 (regular). An entry fee discount applies to scripts submitted by the early bird deadline.

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ACADEMY FILM SCHOLAR FORAYS INTO “HOLLYWOOD’S COPYRIGHT WARS”

Academy Film Scholar Peter Decherney, author of Hollywood’s Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet, will present highlights from his upcoming book on Monday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Hollywood’s Copyright Wars will be released in April; advance copies will be available at the event. Admission is free.

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Website Design Tips

Finally! Someone else is saying what I’ve said all along. However, I don’t believe this should be limited to country artists. ~K*Chele

Website Design Tips for Country Artists, Labels – and You ~Nancy Moran

With so much fan interaction happening on Facebook and Twitter these days, you might think that regular websites are a thing of the past. In fact, artist and company websites are more essential than ever for establishing and developing a brand. Your website is your home base. It’s where you ultimately maintain control of what and how you communicate with your fans and/or customers. Remember: The goal of your social media sites is to drive traffic back to your website.

So what makes for a great website in 2012?

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The Recording Academy® Statement re: Jimmy Ellis

As the lead vocalist for the Trammps, GRAMMY®-winning soul singer Jimmy Ellis became a part of music history when the title track from the group’s album Disco Inferno was used in the iconic dance segment, and soundtrack, of the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever. His love of performing and the band’s signature funk style extended over several decades as he continued to tour until 2010. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, and all who have been moved, literally, by his energy and dance floor anthems.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy Statement re: Robert Sherman

GRAMMY®-winning composer/songwriter Robert Sherman has crafted some of the most timeless and instantly recognizable songs of all time. Along with his brother Richard, he composed scores for such legendary films as Charlotte’s Web, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, Winnie The Pooh, and many more. Perhaps most notably, they wrote one of the most recognized songs on the planet, “It’s A Small World.” His work will forever live in the hearts of children as well as adults for many generations to come, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his friends, and the child in all of us.

Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy

We Bought A Zoo – Matt Damon “Benjamin Mee”

THE ACADEMY OPENS NYC COWARD FESTIVAL WITH 1932/1933 BEST PICTURE WINNER “CAVALCADE”

The life and career of playwright, composer, director and actor Noël Coward will be celebrated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as part of its “Monday Nights with Oscar®” series on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. The screening of “Cavalcade,” hosted by curator Brad Rosenstein, will also debut a display of images and posters from Coward’s films in the theater lobby.

Based on Coward’s 1931 smash London theatrical production, “Cavalcade” follows a wealthy family as they experience key historical events in the first three decades of the 20th century, including the Titanic tragedy and World War I.

The print is courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and Twentieth Century Fox.

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NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lisa Matassa

Lisa Matassa’s resonant voice, interpretive skill and exuberant delivery are evident throughout her debut album, Sunrise Highway. But the particulars of her story add even more to her appeal.

Born in Florida, she settled on Long Island, where she made her initial impact in the red-hot dance music world of the 1980s. Recording as Lysa Lynn, Matassa released two singles, “I’ve Got the Hots for You” in 1987 and “Rock Me Baby” in 1988, and opened for Taylor Dayne, Brenda K. Starr and other headliners.

Eventually, she scaled back her musical ambitions to raise her children. Now that both are over 18, Matassa has once more returned to her first love — which, incidentally, isn’t dance music. Consider the last name she adopted for her stage act — Lynn, as in Loretta — as a hint that Country has always been her home base.

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