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Global Showbiz Briefs: Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Musical Headed To Japan; Steve McQueen Set For European Film Academy Honor; More


Disney Theatrical Productions and Shiki Theatre Company are bringing Aladdin to Tokyo. This is the first international production of the Broadway musical comedy and is hitting a market where Disney's feature animation Frozen recently grossed a record-breaking $250M. Performances will begin in May at the Dentsu Shiki Theatre Umi in Tokyo. Produced on Broadway by Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20 and features music by… Read


Oscar Watch: Best Actor Race Most Crowded Ever; Why Academy Should Double Number Of Nominees

Oscar Actor Race Sunday Page

We are only just on the cusp of October and you can already put the “NO VACANCY” sign out on the Best Actor Oscar race. Sorry, no room. Don't even think about jumping in. Every year of late, it seems the Actor race gets richer while the Actress contest actively searches for candidates. Remember how “sure things” Tom Hanks and Robert Redford didn't even make the cut last year? Perhaps that is just a reflection of what juicy roles the industry is offering on either side of… Read


Ben Affleck Slays ‘Em As ‘Gone Girl’ Launches New York Film Festival And Marches Into Oscar Race

Opening Night Gala Presentation And World Premiere Of "Gone Girl" -Arrivals - 52nd New York Film Festival

The latest stop on the Fall Festival circuit hit the Big Apple Friday night with the opening of the New York Film Festival, which boasts two World Premieres as its key draw for Awards Season attention. They include Warner Bros.' Paul Thomas Anderson-directed Inherent Vice next Saturday, and of course Friday night's unveiling of the much-awaited film adaptation of the best seller Gone Girl  from 20th Century Fox and New Regency which screened  at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to… Read


Jimmy Kimmel To Host Matthew McConaughey’s Cinematheque Tribute As Stars Line Up

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Jimmy Kimmel has been named as host and co-stars Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Chastain are among the first wave of stars announced to pay tribute to Matthew McConaughey as he becomes the 28th recipient of the American Cinematheque Award. The organization's annual benefit gala is October 21 at the Beverly Hilton. Others announced this morning for the show include Cole Hauser, who co-starred as Benny O'Donnell opposite McConaughey in 1993's Dazed And Confus… Read


Global Showbiz Briefs: Talpa Global & A Cappella Team On ‘The Big Picture’ Rights; ‘Mammon’ Sells To Multiple Territories; More


In a rare deal for a third-party format, Talpa Global will partner with Israel's A Cappella to handle the worldwide distribution rights to game show The Big Picture. Created by TV host and mentalist Nimrod Harel and A Cappella, The Big Picture sees studio contestants given a shot at winning $1M by correctly answering 12 picture-based questions. If the studio player is unsure, they can enlist help from a connected viewer playing along in real time with the Big Picture app… Read

‘Desert Dancer’ To Open Santa Barbara International Film Fest

Desert Dancer

The 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Relativity Studios' Desert Dancer at the Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27. Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society. Set in Iran, the film follows the brave ambition of Afshin Ghaffarian and some friends… Read


Jessica Chastain & Oscar Isaac Will Open AFI Fest With Oscar Hopeful ‘A Most Violent Year’

a Most Violent Year

The last major film festival of the fall season announced its highly anticipated opening night film this morning, and it is writer/director J.C. Chandor's and Participant Media's  A Most Violent Year. That's a bit of a surprise for the AFI Fest 2014 Presented By Audi, as it is going out through upstart distributor A24, a company looking to jump into the Oscar conversation in a big way with this high profile debut on  November 6th at the TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood… Read


Global Showbiz Briefs: BIFA Joint Directors Stepping Down; Ben Whishaw Toplines ‘London Spy'; More

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Long-standing and admired directors of the British Independent Film Awards, Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson, will jointly step down from their posts at the end of this year. The org announced the surprising news today; their departures will follow the 17th awards ceremony to be held on December 7. The BIFAs were founded by Raindance in 1998 and run under the Raindance umbrella until 2006, when Collinson and von Fishcer became joint directors. They have produced… Read


J.J. Abrams To Receive VES Society’s Visionary Award

JJ Abrams

The Visual Effects Society has tapped J.J Abrams as the next recipient of its Visionary Award which it will present to the Star Wars helmer during the 13th annual VES Awards on February 4. The honor recognizes an individual who has uniquely and consistently employed the art and science of visual effects to “foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.” Previous winners include Christopher Nolan, Ang Lee and… Read


Casting Society Artios Awards Nominees Announced; Rob Marshall, Ellen Lewis To Receive Special Honors


The Casting Society of America has announced nominees for its 30th annual Artios Awards, including “special honors” for director Rob Marshall and casting director Ellen Lewis. The awards honor casting achievements in film, TV and theater, and for the first time, in a web series. The awards are set for January 22 with dual ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and New York City's 42West nightclub. Here's the list of honorees and nominees: New York Apple Award for special… Read


Mark Gordon To Receive Producers Guild’s Norman Lear Award

Producers Guild of America

The Producers Guild Of America will honor Mark Gordon with its 2015 Norman Lear Award For Television, which it will present during the 26th Annual PGA Awards on January 24. The television and film producer has more than 75 motion picture and television projects to his credit. Gordon's company's latest project is courtroom comedy Benched for USA network, set to premiere October 28. Gordon currently serves as exec producer on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, CBS' Criminal Minds and… Read


Oscar Watch: First-Class Films From Aniston, Connelly, Costner, Gere Still Seek Distributors As Clock Running Out

Cake Shelter Black And White

The 2014 Oscar clock is running out for powerful, but still unsold, festival showpieces starring Jennifers Aniston and Connelly, as well as Kevin Costner and Richard Gere. Several unspoken-for films came into this year's Toronto International Film Festival determined not only to find a distributor, but to set a 2014 release date. In the case of Still Alicethe touching drama of a woman's descent into early-onset Alzheimer's disease, that plan worked spectacularly well… Read


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