Monthly Archives: September 2012

ROBIN SWICORD ELECTED TO THE ACADEMY’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord has been elected to the Board of Governors, representing the Writers Branch, of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Hawk Koch announced today.

Swicord, who will fill the seat left open by the passing of governor Frank Pierson, joins current Writers Branch governors Bill Condon and Phil Robinson. Per Academy bylaws, Swicord will remain on the Board until the next regularly scheduled election in June 2013.

Swicord earned an Adapted Screenplay nomination for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (shared with Eric Roth). Her credits also include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Matilda,” “Little Women” and “The Jane Austen Book Club,” which she also directed.

ACADEMY TO LAUNCH FIRST “FILM-to-FILM” FESTIVAL

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.

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GRAMMY CHARITY ONLINE AUCTIONS

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Big Na: Announcing Worldwide Release Of “Tired” Featuring Cuzo

Big Na has more than a way with words… His ability to layer and blend rhymes, while maintaining integrity and a smooth flow, is reminiscent of The Notorious B.I.G. ~K*Chele

Big Na, (CO/CEO-Rap Artist), knows the issues, goals and concerns of front line Artist, Managers, and other group members. He rose from the bottom to become an executive in this industry today. He demonstrates experience at every level of this business. Working together with Styles, they conduct in-depth analysis required to know if an idea makes sense. His insights provide valuable information that inspires, persuades, and influence all the Artist. With clear direction the team can really pull together and make it happen.

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Nashville Pros Rate the Top Country Guitarists of All Time

Back in 1966, John Sebastian noted in his song “Nashville Cats,” that “there’s thirteen hundred and fifty-two guitar pickers in Nashville,” each of whom “played clean as country water.” Years later, he recalled, with a laugh, someone “with too much time on their hands” went through the local AFM book from 1966 and found out “I was only 30 off.”

In the 46 years since The Lovin’ Spoonful made history for themselves and for Music City with that song, that number has obviously grown. Many guitarists have come and gone, dreamed and died, which makes the task of deciding a consensus “best ever” picker to play Country Music a tough one. Still, it’s worth trying to do, particularly with the aid and counsel of some of those heralded Nashville Cats themselves. By Tim Ghianni

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MAROON 5 SET TO PERFORM ON…

“THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!! — COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT®

LL COOL J RETURNS TO HOST ONE-HOUR EVENT ON DEC. 5

CBS Entertainment Special — Airing at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT — Will Announce
Nominations for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® Live for the First Time Ever from
Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Three-time GRAMMY®-winning group Maroon 5 are the first act announced to perform on “The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night®.” Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns to host the one-hour special, which takes place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The show — which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network (www.cbs.com) from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. Central). Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit www.grammy.com, and The Recording Academy®‘s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: http://www.twitter.com/thegrammys, http://www.facebook.com/thegrammys Read the rest of this entry

Documentary Feature Film Entries Due September 24 for 2012 Oscars®

Monday, September 24, 5 p.m. PT is the deadline for filmmakers to submit documentary features to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 85th Academy Awards®.

To be eligible, the documentaries must complete seven-day commercial runs in both Los Angeles County and the Borough of Manhattan in New York between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012. Films completing their qualifying runs after September 24 must still complete and submit all paperwork, including legal contracts, by the deadline.

Each completed entry form must be accompanied by supporting materials, including 200 DVD copies of the film without trailers or other extraneous materials, an English-language synopsis of the film, a list of film credits and proof of seven-day qualifying exhibitions.

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A Salute to Ann Roth

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Hamptons International Film Festival will honor Academy Award®-winning Costume Designer Ann Roth as part of the festival’s 20th anniversary

Ann Roth To Receive The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Costume Design

Special Guests include Ann Roth, Nathan Lane, and Mike Nichols, the event will be hosted by CNN’s Alina Cho

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will co-present a special evening honoring the career of costume designer Ann Roth during The 20th Hamptons International Film Festival. Special guests include Ann Roth, Nathan Lane and Mike Nichols with CNN correspondent Alina Cho serving as host and moderator. The celebration will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, October 6th where Ms. Roth will receive The Hamptons International Film Festival’s Golden Starfish Award for Lifetime Achievement in Costume Design.

With six decades in the film industry and over 100 film credits to her name, legendary costume designer Ann Roth has earned numerous accolades for her diverse career, including an Oscar® for “The English Patient” (1996). Well-known for the depth of her creative vision and her rigorous attention to detail, Roth has designed costumes for a wide variety of genres and historical periods, with films as varied as “The Day of the Locust” (1975), “Hair” (1979), “The World According to Garp” (1982), “The Birdcage” (1996), “The Hours” (2002) and “Julie & Julia” (2009).  Read the rest of this entry

Don Mischer to Direct 85th Academy Awards® Telecast

Don Mischer will direct the 85th Academy Awards telecast, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This marks the continuation of Don Mischer Productions’ multi-faceted relationship with the Academy, which includes producing the Oscars® red carpet pre-show and producing the annual Governors Awards.

“For a very long time, we had always hoped to work with Don Mischer,” said Zadan and Meron. ‘His talent and reputation are unsurpassed and we’re so happy he will be our collaborator on the 85th Academy Awards.”

“I am so very excited to be directing the Academy Awards again this year and to be working with creative producers like Craig and Neil,” said Mischer. “All of us at Don Mischer Productions are also thrilled to be producing the Oscar® pre-show, and most significantly to continue a wonderfully gratifying relationship with the Academy.”

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Little Big Town Explores New Horizons in Harmony and Production

One great singer is a producer’s delight. When George Jones, Tony Bennett or Andrea Bocelli is behind the microphone, the possibilities for one-of-a-kind bursts of inspiration are what spark the studio maven’s imagination.

Does this mean that when you gather four terrific singers, the opportunities for such moments quadruple? Not exactly, but it does tweak the dynamic in an intriguing way. Group vocals reach out differently, in blends made smoother by toning down individual idiosyncrasies. Even where one member takes the spotlight for a chorus, the group is fundamentally, well, a group.

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