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Nicholl Screenwriting Finalists Unveiled

Beverly Hills, CA – Seven individual writers and three writing teams have been selected as finalists for the 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Their scripts will now be read and judged by the Academy’s Nicholl Committee, which may award as many as five of the prestigious $30,000 fellowships. This year’s finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

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Academy To Screen Parts Of Previously Lost Hitchcock Film ‘The White Shadow’

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 12:09pm PDT

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will present the American re-premiere of the first three reels of “The White Shadow,” the 1924 movie thought to be the earliest surviving feature film work of Alfred Hitchcock, on Thursday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Following the screening, Oscar®-winning actress Eva Marie Saint, who starred in Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest,” will offer a description of the remaining scenes which are still lost. Michael Mortilla and Nicole Garcia will provide live musical accompaniment on piano and violin.
The tinted print of “The White Shadow,” an atmospheric melodrama starring Betty Compson in a dual role as twin sisters, one angelic and the other “without a soul,” was discovered during the National Film Preservation Foundation’s second round of research to identify prints of early American films held at the New Zealand Film Archive. It was among the many silent-era movies salvaged by New Zealand projectionist and collector Jack Murtagh. After Murtagh’s death in 1989, the highly flammable nitrate prints were sent to the New Zealand Film Archive for safekeeping by Tony Osborne, Murtagh’s grandson.

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TOLDJA! Eddie Murphy To Host Oscars

UPDATE: Eddie Murphy Agrees To Host Oscars; Announcement Shortly
EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Murphy In Talks To Host 84th Oscars

Beverly Hills, CA — Oscar® nominee Eddie Murphy, whose performing career spans movies, television and the stage, will host this year’s Academy Awards show on Sunday, February 26, 2012, telecast producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer announced today. This will be Murphy’s first hosting stint on the Oscars®.

“Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever,” said Ratner. “With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances – especially on stage – I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and tremendous heart to the show Don and I want to produce in February.”

Commented Mischer, “Eddie is a truly ground-breaking performer, whose amazingly diverse array of roles has won him a devoted audience of all ages. His quick wit and charisma will serve him very well as Oscar host.”

“I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others,” said Murphy. “I’m looking forward to working with Brett and Don on creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience at the Kodak Theatre as we all come together to celebrate and recognize the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”

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Film Academy Funds Telluride Program

The Telluride Film Festival kicks off its 38th edition Friday, marking the unofficial official launch of awards season, and for the fourth consecutive year it is getting help from the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to do it: The Academy has granted $50,000 to underwrite the fest’s Guest Director program, which this year features musician Caetano Veloso. AMPAS has pitched in to support the past three Guest Directors Michael Ondaatje, Alexander Payne and Slavoj Zizek. ”The generous support from the Academy and our ongoing partnership allows us to continue working with brilliant artists, whose film selections are sourced from film vaults across the globe, and put together a program our audience expects and deserves,” Telluride Film Festival co-director Julie Huntsinger said in announcing the funding. The fest unveils its lineup Friday.

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Oscar Documentary Shorts Deadline Sept. 1

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Thursday, September 1, is the deadline for documentary filmmakers to submit short subject documentaries to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 84th Academy Awards®.

To be eligible, the documentaries must complete a seven-day commercial run in a theater in either Los Angeles County or in the Borough of Manhattan in New York, between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011. All paperwork must be completed and received by the Academy no later than 30 days after the end of the qualifying run. For films completing their qualifying run after August 1, all paperwork, including legal contracts, must be completed and received by the Academy by 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, September 1.

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Film Academy Lining Gallery With Crew Stills

By | Tuesday August 23, 2011 @ 1:37pm PDT

Beverly Hills, CA – More than 115 images shot on the sets of such films as “Raging Bull,” “Munich,” “You, Me & Dupree,” “Rendition,” “Salt” and “Superman Returns” will be on display in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new exhibition, “Crew Call 2011: Celebrating the Crafts,” opening Friday, September 9, in the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery. The exhibition, open to the public, will run through Sunday, December 18. Admission is free.

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Movie Academy Elects 4 First-Time Governors, Returns 7 Incumbents

Beverly Hills, CA – Cinematographer Richard P. Crudo, producer Gale Anne Hurd, composer David Newman, and film editor Michael Tronick make up this year’s first-time electees to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors. In addition, seven incumbents were reelected and three other motion picture professionals will return to the Board after a time away. The reelected governors are Craig Barron, Visual Effects; Annette Bening, Actors; Don Hall, Sound; Jeffrey Kurland, Art Directors; John Lasseter, Short Films and Feature Animation; Robert Rehme, Executives; and Phil Robinson, Writers.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are Michael Apted, Documentary; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Public Relations; and Paul Mazursky, Directors.  Apted previously served from 2002 to 2009.  Isaacs served from 1988 to 1997 and again from 2000 to 2009. Mazursky was on the board from 1997 to 2000 and again from 2006 to 2009.

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