Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out Of Retirement For New Feature
Japanese animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to work on a new feature for his Studio Ghibli banner, according to his longtime producer Toshio Suzuki.
Suzuki revealed the news at a pre-Oscars event Friday in Los Angeles for the Academy Award-nominated The Red Turtle. During the event, Suzuki said Miyazaki was working on a feature project and had given him storyboards for it late last year. "Right now in Tokyo, he's putting all his effort into… Read
Oscars: Global Media Reacts To Best Picture Blunder
International media outlets were awash with the Best Picture Oscar snafu throughout the day on Monday as the rest of the world woke up to what was possibly the most surreal moment in Academy Award history.
UK paper The Guardian led its Culture page with the headline "Oscars 2017 Moonlight Wins Best Picture … Two Minutes After La La Land" and subhead "Cockup casts shadow over victory for Barry Jenkins' acclaimed drama as movie musical is mistakenly named winner by Faye… Read
Iran & France Praise Asghar Farhadi’s Foreign Language Oscar Win (& Boycott)
Representatives of the Iranian government have lauded the team behind Asghar Farhadi’s Best Foreign Language Oscar winner, The Salesman. The country’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, took to Twitter on Monday to say he was proud of the cast and crew for their Oscar and “stance against Muslim ban.” Culture Minister Reza Salehi Amiri praised the now double Oscar winner Farhadi for standing against “narrow-minded and racist policies of novice American politicians,”… Read
Rose Garnett Named BBC Films Chief
Film4 Head of Creative Rose Garnett has been made director of BBC Films. She'll take over the reins for the influential role from acting head of film Joe Oppenheimer, the longtime BBC exec who was widely tipped to be the front-runner for the position. Former head of film Christine Langan stepped down last year.
"Rose will be an exciting new ambassador for BBC Films," said Director of BBC Content Charlotte Moore. "She has an impressive track record in the UK film industry… Read
Another Oscars Gaffe: Image Of Living Australian Producer Mistakenly Used During In Memoriam Segment
The Best Picture blunder wasn't the only gaffe at the Academy Awards ceremony last night: During the show's In Memoriam segment, a photo of a living woman mistakenly was used to represent Janet Patterson, four-time Oscar nominee for costume design, who died in October.
During the montage, Australian producer Jan Chapman's image was used to represent Patterson. Chapman, who is alive and well, has worked on projects such as Bright Star and The Piano, both from… Read
‘Moonlight’ Wins Best Picture Oscar … In A Do-Over – Deadline’s Live Blog
UPDATE with complete winners: In what might be one of the most bizarre endings to any awards show in Hollywood history, Moonlight was crowned with the Best Picture Oscar. But it took a while, as presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway actually pronounced the favorite La La Land the winner, with the resulting confusion creating chaos both on the stage and in the crowd as it became clear something had gone horribly wrong. Up until then, what the Oscar producers producers h… Read
Foreign Language Oscar Winner Asghar Farhadi Slams “Inhumane” Trump Travel Ban, In Absentia
Among the winners at the 89th Academy Awards, the one who became the most public face of this year's intersection between politics and the Oscars was not at the Dolby to pick up his statue. Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman scooped the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, giving the respected Iranian director his second win in the category — albeit for a film that many feel may ultimately be remembered more for its cause célèbre status as a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s… Read
Last Week Not In Sweden: Bill O’Reilly To Address Nils Bildt Mystery; Twitter Doesn’t Wait
Forget what happened last night in Sweden. Today’s question is, who was that Swedish guy on The O’Reilly Factor last week?
Nils Bildt landed headlong into the fake news debate last Thursday, when he was identified during an interview on The O’Reilly Factor as a “Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor.” Except few in Sweden had ever heard of him, much less taken advice from him.
“He is not in any way a known quantity in Sweden and has never been part of the Swedish… Read
Asghar Farhadi Lauds “Powerful Movement” Against Trump Travel Ban At London ‘Salesman’ Premiere
As part of its #LondonIsOpen campaign, the British capital tonight transformed Trafalgar Square into a massive cinema to host the UK premiere of Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-nominated The Salesman. About 10,000 protesters turned up to the screening, The Guardian reports. Appearing via videolink from Tehran, the film’s Iranian helmer Farhadi said he was "extremely happy that the scattered reactions from people and art communities across the globe shown to the oppressive travel… Read
‘Resident Evil’ Rocks China With Record $94.3M Debut – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETRHU: While Fox’s Logan gets set to claw into global box office as it begins day-and-date rollout on Wednesday, the current frame was a major holdover and expansion fest. Business was particularly un-dead in China where Screen Gems/Constantin Films' Resident Evil: The Final Chapter blazed in on a $94.3M debut to score the biggest-ever FSS opening in the market for an import. The Milla Jovovich-led epic zombie battle is also the No. 2 FSS launch for all films… Read
‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Neil Fingleton Dies: UK’s Tallest Man Was 36
English actor and basketball player Neil Fingleton has died. Named Britain's tallest man in 2007, Fingleton turned professional actor with roles in 2011’s X-Men: First Class and in 2013's 47 Ronin. In what is his best-known turn, he played Mag the Mighty in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. A rep for the actor could not confirm how Fingleton died, although multiple reports say he suffered heart failure on Saturday. He was 36.
A statement posted to the Tall Persons Club group… Read
Pondering The Imponderable: How A Restructured Hollywood Would Deal With Striking Writers
While pre-Oscar limousines squeezed in and out of the Peninsula and a political crowd rallied at UTA, an industry power player (who will remain nameless), was fretting over lunch about another problem on Friday: Will the coming months bring a Hollywood writers strike? And, more precisely, which companies will be most exposed if labor peace breaks down?
It's too early to worry in any serious way about a possible strike by the Writers Guild of America, East and West… Read