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ACADEMY TO FETE PEDRO ALMODÓVAR IN LONDON

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the groundbreaking career of Oscar®-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar with an intimate retrospective on Thursday, December 13, at the Curzon Soho Cinema in London. Hosted by Sir Christopher Frayling, the evening features a conversation with Almodóvar and discussions with friends, colleagues and family members including Agustín Almodóvar, Stephen Frears, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alberto Iglesias, Peter Morgan, and Sally Potter.

Excerpts from many of Almodóvar’s films will illustrate the breadth of his artistic explorations, his passionate engagement with the human heart, and a worldview often articulated by powerful female leads.

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It’s a “White Christmas” at Academy’s Oscars® Outdoors

In celebration of actor Danny Kaye’s centennial, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen the holiday classic “White Christmas” (1954) at Oscars Outdoors in Hollywood on Thursday, December 6, and Friday, December 7, at 7 p.m. Special guests include Dena Kaye, Mary Crosby and Monsita Ferrer Botwick, the daughters of Kaye, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, respectively. Hollywood special effects wizards are predicting a 100 percent chance of snow at the open-air theater on the Academy Hollywood campus, bringing the evening to a dramatic conclusion. December marks the start of the celebration of Danny Kaye’s centennial, a year of festivities across the country spotlighting the legendary entertainer and humanitarian.

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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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“SPARTACUS” BATTLES AT THE ACADEMY

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a new 70mm print of the 1960 historical drama “Spartacus” for the final screening in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, August 13, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening also will welcome actor and producer Kirk Douglas, who played the title character in the film, and Pete Hammond as moderator for the onstage discussion.

Based on the novel by Howard Fast, the film tells the story of the historical figure Spartacus, a slave-turned-gladiator who leads a rebellion against the Romans, going head to head with Crassus, played by Sir Laurence Olivier. The film won four Academy Awards®, including Actor in a Supporting Role (Peter Ustinov), Color Art Direction (Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom; Set Decoration: Russell A. Gausman, Julia Heron), Color Cinematography (Russell Metty), and Color Costume Design (Valles, Bill Thomas). It also received nominations for Film Editing (Robert Lawrence) and Music – Music score of a dramatic or comedy picture (Alex North).

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ACADEMY PAYS TRIBUTE TO INDEPENDENT ANIMATORS JOHN AND FAITH HUBLEY

The husband-and-wife team of John and Faith Hubley, who brought a humanistic perspective and a distinctly modern style to postwar American animation, will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Oscar®-winning animator and renowned animation historian John Canemaker will host this in-depth look at these two iconoclastic artists.

The films the Hubleys made, together and independently, earned seven Academy Award® nominations and two Oscars®. The Hubleys took home Oscars for “The Hole” (Cartoon Short Subject, 1962) and “Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature” (Cartoon Short Subject, 1966) and were nominated for “Windy Day” (Cartoon Short Subject, 1968), “Of Men and Demons” (Cartoon Short Subject, 1969), “Voyage to Next” (Animated Short Film, 1974) and “The Doonesbury Special” (Animated Short Film, 1977, with Garry Trudeau). John Hubley also earned an Oscar for “Moonbird” (Cartoon Short Subject, 1959), and Faith served as producer on the film.

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THE ACADEMY OPENS THE POD BAY DOORS FOR…

“2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY” IN 70MM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 1968 science fiction epic “2001: A Space Odyssey” as the fifth film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, August 6, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Art Direction (Tony Masters, Harry Lange, Ernie Archer), Directing (Stanley Kubrick), and Writing – Story and screenplay written directly for the screen (Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke), and won an Oscar® for Special Visual Effects (Kubrick).

The 70mm short “To Be Alive!”, which won the Academy Award® for Documentary Short Subject in 1965, will be screened prior to the film. Shot over an 18-month period in Italy, Nigeria and the United States, the film traces the journey from childhood to adulthood in different cultures.  Read the rest of this entry

DISCO, DANCING AND DONNA SUMMER:

ACADEMY TO SCREEN “THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY” IN NYC

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Monday Nights with Oscar® screening series will present “Thank God It’s Friday” (1978) on Monday, August 6, at 7 p.m. at the Academy Theater in New York City. Hosted by drag icon Hedda Lettuce, the evening features a rarely seen clip of legendary disco diva Donna Summer performing at the 51st Annual Academy Awards®.

Produced at the height of the disco craze, “Thank God It’s Friday” follows a motley assortment of staff and patrons of a fictitious nightclub, revealing their escapades in a series of intertwining stories. The film’s all-star ensemble cast creates a vibrant, comedic portrait of an era filled with extravagant fashion, recreational drugs and a groovy beat.

“Thank God It’s Friday,” which marked the only feature film appearance by Summer, won an Academy Award® for Original Song for “Last Dance” by Paul Jabara.  Read the rest of this entry

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE IN 70MM FOR “THE SOUND OF MUSIC”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents a new print of the 1965 musical classic “The Sound of Music” as the fourth film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will also welcome actress Kym Karath, who played Gretl, the youngest of the seven Von Trapp children in the film.
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Based on the Broadway musical, the film follows Maria (played by Julie Andrews in her second Oscar®-nominated role) a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the seven children of a widowed navy captain (Christopher Plummer). The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards® including Actress (Julie Andrews, “Maria”), Actress in a supporting role (Peggy Wood,” Mother Abbess), Art Direction – Color (Art Direction: Boris Leven; Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott, Ruby Levitt), Cinematography – Color (Ted McCord), Costume Design, Color (Dorothy Jenkins), and won awards for Directing (Robert Wise), Film Editing (William Reynolds), Music – Scoring of Music–adaptation or treatment (Irwin Kostal), Best Picture (Robert Wise, Producer), and Sound (20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, James P. Corcoran, sound director; and Todd-AO Sound Department, Fred Hynes, sound director).

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ACADEMY ELECTS 2012-2013 BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Six first-time governors have been elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Dante Spinotti, representing the Cinematographers branch; Lisa Cholodenko, Directors branch; Dick Cook, Executives; John Knoll, Visual Effects; Scott Millan, Sound and Bill Condon, Writers. In addition, seven incumbents were reelected and three other motion picture professionals will return to the Board after a time away.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are Michael Mann, Directors; Arthur Hamilton, Music; and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers. Mann previously served from 2000 to 2006. Hamilton most recently served from 2008 to 2011, he has served a total of 33 years. Kennedy was on the board from 1994 to 1997 and again from 2002 to 2011.

The reelected governors are Tom Hanks, Actors; Jim Bissell, Designers; Rob Epstein, Documentary; Mark Goldblatt, Film Editors; Leonard Engelman, Makeup and Hairstylists; Rob Friedman, Public Relations and Bill Kroyer; Short Films & Feature Animation.  Read the rest of this entry

“GRAND PRIX” PICKS UP SPEED IN 70MM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 1966 racing spectacular “Grand Prix” as the third film in its series “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will also welcome Academy Award®-winning actress Eva Marie Saint, who played love interest Louise Frederickson, and actress Evans Evans, widow of director John Frankenheimer, for an onstage discussion prior to the film.

The film won Academy Awards® in all three of the categories in which it was nominated: Film Editing (Fredric Steinkamp, Henry Berman, Stewart Linder, Frank Santillo), Sound (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department, Franklin E. Milton, sound director) and Sound Effects (Gordon Daniel).

The 70mm short “The March of Todd-AO” (1959), a follow-up to “The Miracle of Todd-AO,” Read the rest of this entry