Monthly Archives: October 2012

“Show People” to Receive Star Treatment at the Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a restored version of the comedic silent film “Show People” (1928) on Thursday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Kevin Brownlow, who received an Honorary Award (an Oscar® statuette), will introduce the film, which was restored under his supervision and features a stereo musical score by composer Carl Davis.

Produced and directed by King Vidor, “Show People” served as a key inspiration for the 2011 Best Picture winner, “The Artist.” Venturing behind the scenes into Hollywood filmmaking of the 1920s, “Show People” features not only wonderfully comedic performances by Marion Davies and William Haines, but a unique string of cameo appearances by the biggest stars of the day, including Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Norma Talmadge. Davies stars as Peggy Pepper, who arrives in Hollywood from Georgia to claim the film stardom that her father believes is rightfully hers. Haines portrays a comic performer who helps her find work even though Peggy sees herself as a “dramatic” actress.

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“The Birds” Take Over “Universal’s Legacy of Horror” at the Academy

The Academy is hosting an October-long celebration of classic horror films in honor of “Universal’s Legacy of Horror”- part of the studio’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration.

“The Birds” (1963)
Tuesday, October 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Special guests scheduled include actresses Tippi Hedren, who played Melanie Daniels, and Veronica Cartwright, who played Cathy Brenner, in the film. Media access by request only.  Read the rest of this entry

The Academy Unveils Details of New Movie Museum

THE ACADEMY UNVEILS VISION FOR NEW MUSEUM BY ARCHITECTS RENZO PIANO AND ZOLTAN PALI
ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES WILL BE FIRST MAJOR MUSEUM IN U.S. DEDICATED EXCLUSIVELY TO THE ART, SCIENCE OF MOVIES
$100M RAISED TOWARD $250M CAPITAL CAMPAIGN GOAL

“The Academy museum will be a landmark that both our industry and our city can be immensely proud of,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “I appreciate the unwavering support of our board, our members, and especially our campaign chairs, all of whom have led us through this crucial stage.”The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it has reached its initial goal of $100 million toward a $250 million capital campaign to fund the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Concurrently, the Academy unveiled its vision for the first major U.S. museum dedicated exclusively to the history and ongoing development of motion pictures. Designed by award-winning architects Renzo Piano and Zoltan Pali, the non-profit museum which will be located in the historic May Company Wilshire building in Los Angeles, is slated to open in 2016.  Read the rest of this entry

The Space Jump: Everything you need to know about Red Bull Stratos

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Dierks Bentley Returns to CMA Songwriters Series in New York

On Sept. 6, former CMA intern Dierks Bentley renewed his ties to the organization during a visit to New York City. Midday was devoted to a visit to PS 103, the Hector Fontanez School, in the Bronx, where a CMA donation of $20,000 enabled the school to open a music program for students for the first time.

To commemorate this first outreach beyond the Nashville area of CMA’s Keep the Music Playing program, the artist shared his thoughts with an assembly of fourth-graders about the value of learning about music – and was delighted when they started singing along as he performed “5-1-5-0,” which they had rehearsed prior to his arrival.

“It’s a great honor to be a part of this, to get a bunch of musical instruments to the classroom so teachers for the first time can have music as an option for their curriculum,” he reflected while on his way out from Manhattan for this event. “I’m really excited to see how all the money that’s been raised through CMA is being used here.”  Read the rest of this entry

MICHAEL SELIGMAN RETURNS AS SUPERVISING PRODUCER FOR OSCAR® TELECAST

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Michael B. Seligman has been named supervising producer of the 85th Academy Awards® telecast, marking his 36th year of association with the show, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

“Michael Seligman is the go-to guy of live television who has shepherded more live events than anyone we know,” said Zadan and Meron. “We feel exceptionally lucky to have him on our team.”

With more than 300 major television events to his credit, Seligman specializes in producing live broadcasts throughout the world. In December, he will again serve as executive producer for NBC’s two-hour live show “The American Giving Awards.”

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Nashville Welcomes the Johnny Cash Museum

Downtown Nashville will soon be getting a new celebrity attraction that promises to become both a tourist mecca and a destination for music scholars from around the world. It’s the Johnny Cash Museum, dedicated to celebrating the life and career of CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame member Johnny Cash.

Officially sanctioned by the Cash family, the museum claims to house the largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia in the world. Its creation was the brainchild of California businessman Bill Miller, whose friendship with the singer began when Miller was just a boy.

“I became a Cash fan when a third-grade classmate of mine brought a copy of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison to school for a show and tell session,” Miller recalled. “The teacher put the record on the turntable. There was electricity in the air and I was hooked.”

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71 COUNTRIES VIE FOR 2012 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR®

A record 71 countries, including first-time entrant Kenya, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®.

The 2012 submissions are:  Read the rest of this entry

YOLANDA ADAMS AND CECE WINANS TO PERFORM ON “WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU: A GRAMMY® SALUTE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON”

They Join Previously Announced Performers Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Usher for the One-Hour CBS Entertainment Special, Which Airs Nov. 16 and Tapes Oct. 11 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

Four-time GRAMMY® winner Yolanda Adams and 10-time GRAMMY winner CeCe Winans are the latest performers announced for “We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY® Salute To Whitney Houston.” They join previously announced performers, five-time GRAMMY winner Celine Dion, GRAMMY and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Hudson and seven-time GRAMMY winner Usher, for the one-hour special that will celebrate Houston’s life and artistry through performances and interviews with various artists paying homage to the six-time GRAMMY winner, and will include Houston’s own most memorable performances of her career. The show will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on Nov. 16, 10 p.m. ET/PT, on the CBS Television Network. (www.cbs.com), and will tape on Oct. 11 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. For updates and breaking news, please visit http://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

AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART: Opening at the IFC Center 10/10-16

A Yellow Rick Road Production in Association with Doverwood Communications & DolGer Films Presents

The Theatrical World Premiere at the IFC Center

Directed by Sylvia Caminer

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