Monthly Archives: June 2012

Magic Mike Review

20120630-114825.jpgAdd 2-3 minutes to this clip and you have the best part of the movie; regarding stage scenes.

Overall, the movie has a good story line, but there’s more story, than dancing. And with all the build up from previews, trailers and clips, the hype is much more fun.

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Academy to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of “Lawrence of Arabia”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the U.S. premiere of a new digital restoration of Columbia Pictures’ 1962 Best Picture winner “Lawrence of Arabia” on Thursday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The 50th anniversary screening will feature the director’s cut of the film, with an introduction by Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures’ executive vice president in charge of film restoration, and a special video message from Oscar®-nominated actor Omar Sharif. Digitally restored by Sony Pictures Colorworks, the film will be presented from a newly created 4K Digital Cinema Package.

David Lean’s epic biography of adventurer T.E. Lawrence, based upon Lawrence’s book “Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” was shot in exotic locations in Jordan, Morocco and Spain in 65mm (nearly two times as wide as standard 35mm film stock), and printed and presented in Super Panavision 70. The screening is part of the Academy’s summer-long celebration of the large format theatrical experience at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.

“These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member.”

Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.

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Disney Media Distribution and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have extended their agreement for DMD to distribute the annual Academy Awards® telecast internationally through 2020, Tom Sherak, Academy president and Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, announced today. The previous agreement had been set to expire in 2014.

“Disney Media Distribution has been successful in securing distribution around the world for the Academy Awards and we’re thrilled to extend this partnership,” said Sherak. “The Oscars are an international event beloved by a global audience. It’s a testament to the magic of Hollywood.”

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Stuffed Animal Drive In Honor of Morgan

Nineteen year old, Morgan was killed in Kernersville, NC almost two years ago when his friend decided to drift around a curve. Morgan was in the back of the truck and thrown from the vehicle when his friend lost control. He died days later.

They are asking for stuffed animals to be donated to JD Byrider or any Direct Insurance office in High Point, Winston-Salem, or Lexington, NC. The animals are going to be distributed to the police stations and EMS to give to small children when some type of trauma occurs.

Thank you for donating!

“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” at the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the 1963 ensemble comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” as the inaugural film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Directed by nine-time Oscar® nominee Stanley Kramer, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” earned six Academy Award® nominations, including Cinematography (Ernest Laszlo), Film Editing (Frederic Knudtson, Robert C. Jones, Gene Fowler, Jr.), Music – Music Score, substantially original (Ernest Gold), Music – Song (Gold, Mack David), Sound (Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, Gordon E. Sawyer, Sound Director), and took home the Oscar for Sound Effects (Walter G. Elliott).  Read the rest of this entry

The Latin Recording Academy

Univision Continues as the Official Home Of The Latin GRAMMY®s through 2018
New Agreement Also Includes the Addition of New Latin GRAMMY Specials

MIAMI (June 26, 2012 ) The Latin Recording Academy® ( and Univision announced today a new six-year deal that will keep the biggest night in Latin music, the annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® telecast, on Univision through 2018. Univision has been the home of the Latin GRAMMY®s since 2005. This year’s XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). For updates and breaking news, please visit and The Latin Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: and
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The Academy and NASA Venture to the Final Frontier

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and NASA will explore cutting-edge film techniques and virtual voyages using animation on Tuesday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by five-time Oscar®-nominated producer Frank Marshall, “Capturing the Final Frontier” will feature film clips and conversations with such filmmakers as Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar and leading NASA animators and scientists (see complete list on  Read the rest of this entry

Alan Jackson Takes It from the Top

Photo Credit: Russ Harrington

Since his debut single in 1989, Alan Jackson has become one of the most dependable hitmakers in the Country format. Consistency has been a cornerstone in his personal and professional life, but in the past two years the soft-spoken Georgia native has faced major changes — one of his own choosing and another that no one ever wants to confront.  Read the rest of this entry

Academy Hires Jasmine Madatian for Top Communications Role

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Jasmine Madatian to the newly created position of Managing Director, Communications, it was announced today by Christina Kounelias, Chief Marketing Officer. Madatian will report to Kounelias effective Monday, July 30.

“Jasmine is a smart, innovative and highly-regarded communications strategist with strong relationships throughout the film and media industry,” said Kounelias. “Her understanding of our mission and enthusiasm for the Academy is what really sets her apart and makes her such a great fit for this position.”

Madatian will oversee all of the Academy’s publicity and corporate communications campaigns, including the Academy Awards®, as well as outreach for the organization’s year-round programming, education, preservation and other key initiatives.  Read the rest of this entry