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Tweet This press release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it all: Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has awarded $455,000 to 25 U.S. film festivals for the 2012 calendar year. The Cleveland International Film Festival will be the recipient of a multiyear grant for its Focus on Filmmakers program. It will receive a total of $150,000 over a three-year period. The Chicago International Film Festival is in its second year of a multiyear grant, receiving...

Tweet In this sad news from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Gil Cates passes at 77 years old. Mr. Cates produced the Academy Awards 14 times, more than any other person. A popular figure in Hollywood and with the motion picture industry, Gil served with the Academy first in 1983 and through 1994, Gil served on the Academy’s Governor’s Board Director’s Branch. He returned in 2002 and was vice president of the Academy from 2003 to 2005. Cates was singularly responsible for bringing...

Tweet The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ began its 30th Annual “Contemporary Documentaries”series on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and it will continue through December 7. All the screenings have free admission. The movies will all be screened at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (except for an IMAX presentation on December 7). The doors open at 7 p.m. and the seating is...

Tweet More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! | Visit YouTube | Visit UShow.com I just got an email from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that a new “preference voting” system will be used to select the Best Pictute for the 2010 Oscars. That news plus the fact that now there will be not five but 10 pictures in contention for the award means the category is essentially being returned to a hybrid of its design of a period between 1936 and 1943. The difference is then, preference...

Tweet More at Zennie62.com | Follow me on Twitter! | Get my widget! Ok. Actor Hugh Jackman, before he ran around in the buff in Wolverine, was the host of this year’s Academy Awards ceremonies. But would you believe he wasn’t even a member of the Academy? Well, that changed today. Jackman, actor James Franco from the Spiderman movie series, and 134 others were announced as new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a  press release emailed to me today. According to the Academy,...

Tweet I’m proud of Sean Penn for taking on daring tasks both in film and in life. He’s a local man made good and does the SF Bay Area proud. Here’s the text of the speech, courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: CATEGORY: Performance by an actor in a leading roleSPEECH BY: Sean PennFILM: “Milk” ======BEGIN TRANSCRIPTION====== Thank you. Thank you. You commie, homo-loving sons-of-guns. I did not expect this, but I, and I want it to be very clear, that I do know how hard I make...

Tweet Yep. As my Twitter update reported, I’m off to Los Angeles for the Academy Awards — well, for a visit to the grounds to make videos one day before the event. Excited? Yes! But I’ve got to get to the shower and get to the airport, and it’s snowing on top of all that! Catch the Academy Awards coverage over at our Hollywood Blog! ...

Tweet More at Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood DailyThis is the list! But not all of them are here. Go to Nikke’s blog for the rest of them : “WEDNESDAY, February 18th 6:30PM Children Mending Hearts EventSheryl Crowe will perform, Anderson Cooper will be honoredHouse of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood 6:30PM-9:30PM Swarovski 2009 Award Season CelebrationThompson Hotel, 9360 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills 7PM-9PM Vanity Fair Dior PartyHosted by Wendy Stark Morissey, LACMA and BMWLACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 7:30PM...

Tweet Well, Oscar time is here. The 2009 Academy Awards take place in just one month! Forest Witaker, fresh from his appearance at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration and the “We Are One” Concert, presented the nominees with Oscar President Syd Ganis. Here’s the video: But that was only part of the list. Here’s the full list of nominees: The 2009 Oscar nominees are: Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleRichard Jenkins THE VISITORFrank Langella FROST/NIXONSean Penn MILKBrad PittTHE CURIOUS CASE...

Tweet This is absolutely funny. I don’t know if it was staged or spontaineous, but it made me laugh out loud. ...