As first revealed on Deadline, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making good on its promise to liven up the official Academy weekend screenings by adding in-person filmmaker participation for the first time. On the June Los Angeles screening schedule sent out to members yesterday (and obtained by Deadline), the Acad announces: “MAJOR NEWS! Starting in June Los Angeles Membership Screening times in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre will be standardized to 2:30pm and 7:30pm on both Saturdays and Sundays. This will allow studios and producers to provide artists, if available, from each film for 20-30 minute post-screen discussions. Be sure to check back regularly as additional names will be added.”
This is a major switch from the previous policy, which until the past awards season didn’t even allow Oscar voters to attend non-Academy sponsored screenings of contending movies where a Q&A would be taking place. The feeling was they didn’t want voters to be influenced by anything other than the actual movie. That policy was changed in 2011, and members were free to participate in and attend Q&As, and even food receptions are OK before nominations are announced. After that, Q&As are permissible. But now, beginning this weekend, the Academy is taking it even further and adding post-screening discussions in their own sacred house of film — a major change of heart and a boon for Oscar consultants who will probably see this a great opportunity to target the Academy voter … Read More »
Sony Pictures has brought in David Koepp to do several weeks of work on the script of Men in Black III, the film that took a production hiatus and starts up again March 28. The picture still has to shoot the time travel sequence of a sequel that sends Will Smith’s Agent J back to 1969, with Josh Brolin playing a younger version of Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K character, and Alice Eve playing the younger Emma Thompson (she’s the head of the Agency). Koepp has been a reliable writer on such Sony tent poles as Spider-Man and Angels & Demons. He’s repped by CAA and attorney David Fox. Sony has kept a skeleton staff in place while they work out the bug of the script, but the studio is adamant they had time, they like the footage they’ve seen, and that director Barry Sonnenfeld will deliver for its May 25, 2012 release date.
When Men in Black III re-starts production next month, Alice Eve will play the younger version of Men in Black Agency head Emma Thompson in the time travel storyline. The British actress plays Olivia, hired as secretary for the Agency in 1969. While it appears she was given the job because of her looks, Olivia is actually whip smart. Sure enough, in the contemporary storyline, Thompson runs the place. Will Smith’s Agent J character is forced to travel back in time to team up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save the world. Eve just completed production on The Decoy Bride and starred with John Cusack in The Raven. She’s repped by Untitled, UTA and Artists Right Group. MIB III has extended a pre-planned holiday hiatus. With a skeleton staff in place, the filmmakers are taking extra time to hone the script. Director Barry Sonnenfeld has already assembled the footage shot so far, and insiders said that the film is still on track for its May 25, 2012 release by Sony Pictures.