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Movie Academy Hatches Weekly Video Series: Video

GThe Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences‘ new weekly video series Academy Originals launched today with three episodes. The digital documentary-style video series will examine everything from the creative process, to the moments that changed the course of filmmaking, to the artists who are charting its future. Here’s a look at one of three episodes that debuted today: Let’s Go To The Movies With Patton Oswalt, which follows the comedian/actor/movie fanatic who is offered the opportunity to screen any film from the Academy Film Archive and analyze it with comedian Karen Kilgariff. Original episodes will be available every Monday from the Academy’s digital team, which will draw on the expertise of the organization’s membership and collection of archival material. Here’s the Oswalt bit focusing on the noir classic Blast Of Silence:

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Patton Oswalt Returns For VES Awards Emcee Duty

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 9:27am PST

Patton Oswalt mugLos Angeles (January 21, 2014) – Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, announced that award-winning actor/comedian/author Patton Oswalt will serve as host of the 12th Annual VES Awards on February 12, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This marks Oswalt’s third engagement as host of the prestigious annual celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation. “Look, no one drinks more or parties harder than visual effects artists. They’ve promised to green screen a vat of bourbon into my stomach. I had to say yes, ” said Oswalt on his return engagement.

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Spirit Awards: Patton Oswalt Set As Host

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 9:39am PST

The actor and comic will preside over Film Independent’s 29th annual trophy show March 1 under a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. Patton Oswalt appears in Ben Stiller’s upcoming awards contender The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty and narrates ABC’s freshman comedy The Goldbergs. Other recent credits include the animated PBS series WordGirl and recurring on Two And A Half Men and Justified. Oswalt also is a regular at Film Independent’s Live Reads at LACMA series. “Patton is an incredibly talented writer, actor and comedian whose irreverent humor is the perfect fit for our show,” Spirit Awards executive producer Diana Zahn-Storey said. Nominations for the 2014 awards will be announced November 26.

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Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk And Ian Roberts Join Genre Mash-Up ‘Kitchen Sink’

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 5:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is setting Patton Oswalt, Bob Oedenkirk and Ian Roberts to round out the cast of Kitchen Sink, the genre mash-up that stars Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, newcomer Josh Fadem, Joan Cusack Keegan-Michael Key, Ed Westwick, Vanessa Hudgens and Denis Leary. The pic, directed by Robbie Pickering from a script by Oren Uziel, is just getting underway in Los Angeles. Matt Tolmach is producing with Ron Schmidt and Jonah Hill exec producing.

The action takes place in Dilford, a place where vampires were at the top of the social order, zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were in the middle. This all goes awry and it’s a battle, and it’s up to three reps of those groups to restore harmony. Read More »

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Rosemarie DeWitt & Patton Oswalt Join Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Newsroom’ As Recurring

By | Friday November 9, 2012 @ 1:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: HBO‘s The Newsroom has added Rosemarie DeWitt and Patton Oswalt to the cast heading into Season 2. Both will play recurring roles on the show, from creator/executive producer Aaron Sorkin and exec producer Scott Rudin. Newsroom chronicles the behind-the-scenes workings at the fictional Atlantis Cable News channel. DeWitt will play Rebecca Halliday, a litigator who’s been hired to defend Atlantis in a multimillion-dollar wrongful-termination suit. Oswalt is playing Jonas Pfeiffer, the new Vice President of Human Resources of ACN. Read More »

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Fox Orders Patton Oswalt-Mike Barker Animated Superhero Comedy Presentation

By | Tuesday February 21, 2012 @ 10:54am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: While Fox’s pilot season is about live-action comedies, the network also is keeping its animated pipeline flowing. Fox has given a presenation order to Working Class Hero, an animated comedy starring actor-comedian Patton Oswalt and co-written and executive produced by American Dad co-creator/executive producer Mike Barker. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, is set in a world where superheroing is just another low-paid government job and centers on a dad (Oswalt) whose powers are no match for his misfit superhero co-workers and his demanding family. WME-repped Barker co-wrote Working Class Hero with American Dad animator Brent Woods and the show’s staff writer Jordan Blum, who co-wrote an episode of the animated comedy earlier this season. Woods and Blum, who is with UTA and 3 Arts, serve as co-executive producers. Oswalt, repped by CAA and Generate, will produce. Over the past year, Fox introduced as many new animated comedy series, three, as it did live-action. Of them one, last year’s midseason entry Bob’s Burgers, was renewed for a second season; another, Allen Gregory, has been canceled; and Napoleon Dynamite is doing so-so in the ratings.

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Patton Oswalt Back As Eddie Awards Host

By | Wednesday January 11, 2012 @ 12:30am PST

Universal City, CA, January 11, 2012 – Actor/Comedian Patton Oswalt (“Young Adult”) is set to host the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards ceremony on February 18 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The ACE Eddie Awards is presented by American Cinema Editors (ACE), and recognizes the best editing of the year in film, television and documentaries. This is an encore appearance by Oswalt who hosted the black-tie awards ceremony the first time in 2008.

“We are so excited to have Patton back as the host for this year’s ACE Eddie Awards,” stated ACE President Randy Roberts. “He is having an incredibly busy year with his critically-acclaimed performance in ‘Young Adult’ so we felt lucky that he agreed to come back. The ACE office was literally flooded with emails and calls from our membership after his first hosting stint in 2008 so we’re glad he could come back and do the honors again.”

Nominees for the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards will be announced on January 16, 2012.

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Johnny Knoxville And Patton Oswalt Play Squabbling Sibs In Big Beach Comedy

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt have signed on to star in an untitled comedy that will be directed by Todd Rohal and financed by Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf’s Big Beach Films. Knoxville and Oswalt will play battling brothers who attempt to honor their ailing father by taking a troop of boys on a camping trip. It all goes awry. Rob Riggle, Maura Tierney and Patrice O’Neal also star.

Rohal, who originally wrote the script under the title Scout Master, most recently directed The Catechism Cataclysm. Production on the new comedy starts this week. Turtletaub and Saraf are producing with Lisa Muskat, David Gordon Green is exec producer, and Big Beach’s Michael Clark and John Hodges are overseeing production. Big Beach produced the Paul Rudd comedy Our Idiot Brother, which The Weinstein Co launches on Aug. 26. Rohal, Knoxville and Oswalt are repped by CAA, Knoxville’s managed by 3 Arts and Oswalt by Generate.

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Comic-Con 2010 Preview: Thursday, July 22

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The Real Start Day Of The Con

Luke Y Thompson covers Hollywood events at the Con for Deadline:

10:00-11:00 AM: DreamWorks Animation: Megamind. I can’t say the posters for this new 3-D animated movie starring Will Ferrell were particularly appealing. A hybrid Smurf-Martian thing with a goatee, and, one imagines, Ferrell doing the same voice he always does? Not super-exciting. But the recently released trailer made things look up a bit – Ferrell’s character is the last son of a dying planet like Krypton, who learns in short order that a far more Superman-like character (Brad Pitt) has a similar story, and made it to Earth first. Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill will be in attendance, and there are rumors Pitt may even make a surprise appearance, but don’t hold us to that. Hall H

10:30-11:30 AM: Danny Elfman. Everybody loves Danny Elfman. Right? Even if you think that faux-lullabye-over-brooding thing he does has gotten stale, I guarantee that you love at least one soundtrack he’s done, whether it be the TALES FROM THE CRYPT intro, 1989 BATMAN theme, those infernal NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS songs, or my personal fave, the PE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE music. It’s been 25 years since that movie teamed him with Tim Burton for the first time, so instead of sending him an anniversary card, you can just show up here and listen to him speak. Room 6BCF

10:30-11:30 AM: Talks The Hobbit movies. Considering there isn’t … Read More »

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