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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

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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

BAFTA Suspends Harvey Weinstein’s Membership

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has suspended Harvey Weinstein’s membership “in light of recent very serious allegations,” the org said today. BAFTA has informed the embattled producer that the suspension is effective immediately. Weinstein has long been a fixture on the BAFTA circuit, hosting a Friday night dinner before the film awards and turning up at the nominees party as well as hosting a post-ceremony party. Here is BAFTA’s statement: “Whilst BAFTA… Read

Netflix’s ‘Mudbound’ To Open AFI Fest

Netflix’s $12.5M Sundance Film Festival acquisition Mudbound will open AFI Fest on Thursday, Nov. 9, the festival announced today. Directed by Dee Rees, and co-written by Virgil Williams and Rees, the historical period drama features cinematography by AFI Conservatory alumna Rachel Morrison (Class of 2006).  Mudbound will play in select theaters on Nov. 17 and simultaneously play on Netflix. It is one of the streaming service’s blue chips this awards season. Carey… Read

Aziz Ansari To Recieve BAFTA LA’s Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award

Fresh off an Emmy win for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, Master Of None creator Aziz Ansari has been tapped as the recipient of  BAFTA LA’s Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at this year's British Academy Britannia Awards. Ansari, who co-starred in all seven seasons of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, is the latest to join the list of honorees, which includes Hollywood icon Dick Van Dyke, who will receive the Britannia Award for Excellence in… Read

Meow! Turkish Cat Hit ‘Kedi’ Leads Nominees For Critics Choice Documentary Awards

Kedi, an extraordinary documentary about the street cats of Istanbul, leads all contenders in nominations for the second annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards, set for November 2 at BRIC in Brooklyn. With nods for Best Documentary, Best First Documentary, Most Innovative Documentary, Best Director for Ceyda Torun, as well as the Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honor for its four-legged stars, Kedi made an impressive showing while also clearly… Read

Public Vote Underway For Entertainer Of The Year At 49th NAACP Image Awards

Writer/Director/Producer Ava DuVernay is among the six nominees for the 49th NAACP Image Awards Entertainer of the Year honors. General public voting is now underway at the Image Awards official web site at naacpimageawards.net through November 17. DuVernay is joined by nominees actor Chadwick Boseman, singer Bruno Mars, actress/producer Issa Rae, entertainer Chance the Rapper, and rapper/entrepreneur Jay-Z. The winner will be announced during the two-hour live TV special… Read