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Academy Museum Campaign Gets $50 million From Cheryl and Haim Saban

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announces a landmark donation of $50 million from philanthropists Cheryl and Haim Saban. This commitment—the largest gift to the Academy Museum Campaign—brings the museum’s fundraising success to $288 million, nearly 75% of its $388 million goal. In recognition of their generosity, the May Company Building will now be named […]

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Tom Sherak, Former Academy (AMPAS) President, Dies At 68

Tom Sherak, the former President of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (AMPAS), died today after a reported bout with prostate cancer. The following is a statement from the Sherak family regarding the death of former Academy President Tom Sherak. “To the entertainment community, With broken hearts we want to share with you […]

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David Rubin, Bernie Telsey, Lora Kennedy On Academy Board of Governors Of AMPAS

David Rubin, Bernie Telsey, and Lora Kennedy are three members of the new Casting Directors Branch of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Science (AMPAS) who have been named to the Academy Board of Governors. The first-time governors are David Rubin, who is elected to a three-year term; Bernie Telsey, who is elected to […]

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs Elected The Academy’s First African American President

Yep: Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected The Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ first African American president. Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (July 30) at a meeting of the AMPAS’ Board of Governors. Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ has paid her dues, serving in […]

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Academy Awards 2013 Full Video Online

The Academy Awards 2013 Full Video is here online, thank to ABC and The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, (AMPAS). It has it all, from Seth Macfarlane’s brilliant opening featuring William Shatner, to the funny bi-play between the cast members of The Avengers, to song’s like Adele’s Skyfall, and Macfarlane’s ‘We saw your […]

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Barbra Streisand To Sing At Oscars For First Time In 36 Years

AMPAS, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences, has sent this announcement on the return of Babra Streisand to The Oscars: Two-time Academy Award® winner Barbra Streisand, who has sung on the Oscars only once before, will perform on the upcoming Oscar® telecast on February 24. Streisand last sang the love theme from “A […]

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AMPAS News: Academy Hires Jasmine Madatian To Replace Leslie Unger

AMPAS, the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has finally hired a replacement for the last communications director, Leslie Unger, who was released last fall in what Deadline’s Nikky Finke called “housecleaning,” and didn’t do so with any love from Nikke Finke: My lack of fondness for the arrogant and autocratic pairing of Unger […]

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2012 Oscars: Joe Lewis, Head Of Production, Academy Awards

(Thanks to the Courtyard By Marriott Century City / Beverly Hills) The Oscars Red Carpet design was vastly different this year, and I sought to talk to someone connected with The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to explain the reason for the difference. AMPAS staff pointed to Joe Lewis. Lewis’ official title is […]

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Sacha Baron Cohen Banned From The Oscars (For Now)

Sacha Baron Cohen, most famous for the character Borat, and currently for his movie The Dictator, has been banned from Sunday’s presentation of The 84th Academy Awards. The action was taken even though Cohen is both an Academy member, and stars in a film nominated for Best Picture: Hugo. According to Nikke Finke, who broke […]

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Academy News: AMPAS 94 Percent White, 77 Percent Male

Just one week before The 84th Academy Awards, the shame of the The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (AMPAS) totally-not-diverse membership was tossed before its collective feet Sunday, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times. The big stat: The Academy is 94 percent white, and 77 percent male. In a path-breaking work of investigative […]