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IDA Awards To Honor Marcel Mettelsiefen’s ‘Watani: My Homeland’

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The International Documentary Association has announced the initial round of nominees for the 2017 IDA Documentary Awards. The 33rd annual event will take place December 9 at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles. The IDA will honor director Marcel Mettelsiefen's Watani: My Homeland with the Pare Lorentz Award, which recognizes work that demonstrates exemplary filmmaking while focusing on the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all and the illumination… Read

NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Finale Will Celebrate Diversity

The 12th annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival has announced comedian-actor Kym Whitley as host of its finale, with This Is Us actor Chris Sullivan and members of the Pitch Perfect 3 cast slated as presenters. The finale screening and awards will take place October 18 at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood. The festival celebrates diverse stories while finding the next generation of storytellers. Admission to the screening and awards is free and open to the… Read

‘Mudbound’, Pixar’s ‘Coco’ To Be Honored At Hollywood Film Awards

The 21st annual Hollywood Film Awards will honor the Dee Rees-directed Mudbound and Pixar’s Coco at this year’s ceremony which takes place on November 5 at the Beverly Hilton. James Corden is set to host the event for the third consecutive year. Dick clark productions announced today that the Netflix period drama Mudbound will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award” while the animated feature Coco will be honored with the “Hollywood Animation Award.” Based on the… Read

Television Academy To Discuss Harvey Weinstein At Thursday Board Meeting, Calls Alleged Behavior “Abhorrent”

Harvey Weinstein

EXCLUSIVE:  Now that Oscar has kicked him out, is Emmy also about to weigh in on the Harvey Weinstein saga? A Television Academy spokesman confirms the subject has been a topic of conversation this week at the organization and that they will be addressing it at this week’s upcoming board meeting. “Our view has been this alleged behavior is abhorrent and appalling. We expect this to be discussed at our Board Of Governors meeting this Thursday evening,”  said the… Read

Hollywood Celebrates Harvey Weinstein Academy Expulsion With Online Glee

Refresh for updates The decision today to expel producer Harvey Weinstein from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences was celebrated by many in Hollywood. After an emergency meeting by the board of governors, a statement was issued that said the era of “willful ignorance” was over and that conduct like that alleged about Weinstein has “no place in our society.” Even though he has been expelled from the Academy, Rose McGowan continues to speak out against… Read

Movie Academy Votes To Expel Harvey Weinstein: Complicity “In Our Industry Is Over”

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to expel disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The decision, virtually unprecedented and ferociously worded, was made in a special emergency meeting today. “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy,” AMPAS said in a… Read

Kate Winslet Soars In Woody Allen’s NYFF Closing Film ‘Wonder Wheel’, Joins Crowded Best Actress Oscar Race

Count Kate Winslet in as an Oscar contender as once again Woody Allen delivers the goods for his Wonder Wheel leading actress. The Amazon Studios film (the first they are solely distributing themselves) closes the New York Film Festival tonight and it is the obvious choice as the 50’s set drama takes place in Coney Island. In advance of its gala NYFF screening Saturday night the film was unveiled for press this morning in both New York City and Los Angeles. Winslet plays… Read

The Contenders: Deadline’s 7th Annual Movie Event Set For November 4 With Record Turnout Expected

Invitations are in the mail (actually the email) to AMPAS and top guild members for Deadline’s seventh annual The Contenders event for the movie awards season. It’s set for all day Saturday, November 4, at the DGA Theater. A record 19 studios and distributors are participating this year, with 35 films featured in clips and onstage discussions with actors, directors, producers, writers and others who are part of the filmmaking process. It’s essentially one-stop shopping… Read

Four-Time Oscar Winner Joe Letteri To Receive VES’ George Méliès Award

Joe Letteri

Joe Letteri, who has won four Visual Effects Oscars for two The Lord Of The Rings movies, King Kong and Avatar, will be given the Visual Effects Society’s VES Georges Méliès Award, bestowed for “pioneering significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.” The annual award will be handed out February 13 at the 16th annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Leterri, currently… Read

Shonda Rhimes, Original ‘SNL’ Cast Among TV Hall Of Fame Inductees

Shonda Rhimes, the original cast of Saturday Night Live and Joan Rivers will be inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame, the hall’s selection committee announced today. Other inductees include writer/producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing), and art director/production designer Roy Christopher (Frasier, Wings). "All of these individuals are innovators who have shaped television and left an indelible mark on the medium and our culture," said Hayma Washington… Read

Movie Academy To Meet Saturday About Harvey Weinstein Scandal

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said today its Board Of Governors will meet this weekend to discuss “any actions warranted” against Harvey Weinstein, the subject of several exposés detailing decades of alleged sexual harassment and abuse against women. The Oscar organizers also condemned Weinstein as part of a statement: “The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the… Read

IFP Gotham Awards Taps John Cameron Mitchell To Host

Actor/playwright John Cameron Mitchell will host the 2017 IFP Gotham Awards next month, the IFP announced today. The Gotham Awards, considered the first ceremony of the awards season, is set for Monday, November 27, 2017 in New York City. "We eagerly anticipate a fun, exciting and entertaining night with John Cameron Mitchell leading us through it," said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. "John's unique gift to entertain will be a… Read