David Rubin Elected Academy President

David Rubin was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 6) by the organization's Board of Governors. Rubin is beginning his first term as president and his seventh year as a governor. 

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Susan Ruskin Named Dean of AFI Conservatory

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the appointment of producer and educator Susan Ruskin as Dean of the AFI Conservatory. She will lead AFI's world-class, graduate film-training program, bringing decades of academic and professional experience to renowned film program.

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The Academy and ABC Announce Oscars® 2022 Date

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC today announced the 2022 Oscars® show date and confirmed the 2021 date. Upcoming Oscars show dates are as follows, with future years to be evaluated based on preset programming.

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Richard E. Grant Joins Cast as New Regency, Warp Films and Film4 Adapt Hit West End Musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

New Regency, Film4 and Warp Films' EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE reunites the original creative team behind the stage production: director Jonathan Butterell, writer Tom MacRae, composer Dan Gillespie Sells and choreographer Kate Prince. Filming will begin June 24.

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Leading Spanish-Language Movie Network Cinelatino Announces the 2019 Hola Mexico Film Festival Awards

Cinelatino, the nation's leading Spanish-language movie channel, proudly announces the winners of three prestigious filmmaker awards—including the Cinelatino & DishLATINO Audience Choice award, the Cinelatino Best Director award, and the Cinelatino Tomorrow's Filmmakers Today Best Short award.

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Lesli Linka Glatter and Paul Schrader to Receive AFI Conservatory Honorary Degrees

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced it will confer Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon Academy Award®-nominated director/producer Lesli Linka Glatter (alumna, AFI Directing Workshop for Women) and Academy Award®-nominated writer/director Paul Schrader (AFI Conservatory Class of 1969).

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From Cannes: Rocket Science and Front Row Filmed Entertainment Form YALLA YALLA, a Dubai-Based Film and Television Company

Middle East distributor and producer Front Row Filmed Entertainment and preeminent international filmed entertainment company Rocket Science have entered into a joint venture to form YALLA YALLA, a Dubai based film and television company focused on Arabic language entertainment.

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From Cannes: Acclaimed Filmmakers Hanns-Bruno Kammertöns and Michael Wech To Direct Feature Doc On Michael Schumacher

Rocket Science announced today that award-winning German filmmakers Michael Wech and Hanns-Bruno Kammertöns will direct official feature documentary 'SCHUMACHER' on the most successful formula one driver of all time, Michael Schumacher. Rocket Science to launch sales at Cannes.

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From Cannes: Jake Manley Joins Bella Thorne In Joshua Caldwell’s Social Media Heist Thriller Southland

Highland Film Group announced today that Jake Manley (Roland Emmerich’s upcoming Midway) has joined Bella Thorne in writer/director Joshua Caldwell’s Southland. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales continuing in Cannes.  Principal Production is set to commence in September.

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Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2019 Celebrates Short Filmmaking Presenting Over 130 Shorts

The 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, presented by Visual Communications, will feature over 130 short films during the nine day fest from May 2 - May 10.  These cinema gems from around the globe featuring stories about love, family, heartbreak, friendships, and self-acceptance are all part of the exciting line up.

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  • Call Me By Your Name Review – Beautiful; Well Crafted Story of Discovery

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    Call Me By Your Name, from Sony Pictures Classic, presents a story that could be taboo, scandalous, a journey of awakenings in the 1980’s as a friendship takes on a life of its own leading to romance, love, and acceptance.

     
  • The Rider Review - Stunning; A Heartfelt Story of Loss and New Beginnings

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    The Rider, from Sony Pictures Classic, presents the story of a rising rodeo star on the South Dakota circuit facing a career breakdown after an injury leaves him facing life on the opposite side of the ring.

     
  • SF Arts: SanFran's 42nd Street Moon Announces Bay Area Regional Premiere of Tony Award Wining Best Musical "Once"

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    San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon (Daren A.C. Carollo and Daniel Thomas, Co-Executive Directors) announces the full cast and creative team for their next production, the highly-anticipated Bay Area regional premiere of 2012’s Tony Award-winning "Best Musical" ONCE.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama/Dems in Philly; DNC Chair Out; PM Slows Brexit; Munich/Kabul; IOC/Russia; Garry Marshall

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    President Obama and the stars of the Democratic Party head to Philadelphia to outline the platform for the nation during the three-day convention that concludes with the official awarding of the delegates nominating Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic Presidential Candidate.

     
  • Tiny House Cooking Book Review – Well Planned Small and Hearty Gourmet Meals (Recipes)

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    Tiny House Cooking, from Simon and Schuster with foreword from Tiny Home specialist Ryan Mitchell, presents a kitchen tool for those ready to minimize space, live simpler, condense everything and still enjoy a grand gourmand meal.

     
  • London Town Review - Charming Coming of Age Film

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    London Town, Dutch Tilt Film, Killer Films and Culmination Productions, presents a delightful coming of age story just as London is entering into the Margaret Thatcher Conservative Revolution and punk rock inspired by The Clash is rising.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Attends G20; Redefines Position; NASA; Scalise/ICU; Grenfell Tower Investigation

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    President Donald Trump has once again fumbled Presidential protocol and allowed his daughter, a positioned adviser to the President, to take his place during meetings with G7 Heads of State at the recent G20 Summit.

     
  • Arizona and New Mexico 25 Scenic Side Trips Book Review - Spectacular, The Road Worth Taking

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    Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, from Imbrifex Publications, is a South West explorers dream bringing the myriad of less traveled back roads, enchanting scenery, magical mountains and the history of the Old West to life.

     
  • Season Kicks Off Saturday, June 27 at Santa Anita Race Track and Sunday, June 28, At Walt Disney Concert Hall

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    California Philharmonic and the incomparable Maestro Victor Vener are turning the heat up on summer entertainment with a spectacular series of concerts featuring his world-class orchestra and a sizzling slate of special guests. The highly-anticipated season kicks off the last weekend in June.  

  • CURE SPA MALIBU Review - A Blissful Indulgence

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    CURE MED SPA Malibu, a health and wellness center, offering a variety of treatments guaranteed to calm body, mind and soul recently provided an afternoon of treatments at its newest facilities overlooking the incredible Pacific Ocean.

     
  • Sonja Kinski Talks Acting, Growing Up Surrounded by Fame and, her Newest Film, Diamond on Vinyl

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    “Diamond on Vinyl,” the newest film from director J.R. Hughto and starring Sonja Kinski, brings to the screen an indie cult classic that elevates traditional obsession and voyeurism modernizing it with a 21st century twist.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Budget Deadlock; Obama Hosts Netanyahu; Phone Meet with Iranian President; Diplomats Expelled From Venezuela

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    President Obama continued to push his foreign policy agenda as the government prepared for a financial showdown with House Republicans refusing to pass a budget that would include implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act.

     
  • Judge in Stanford Rape Case Stops Hearing Criminal Cases

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    Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced the Stanford convicted rapist to six months including time served, has stopped hearing felony cases due to the public outrage over his leniency in what has been deemed a travesty of justice.

     
  • Steven Spielberg To Present John Williams With American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award

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    Steven Spielberg will present John Williams with the American Film Institute's (AFI) 44th Life Achievement Award. This marks the first time in AFI history that America's highest honor for a career in film will be bestowed upon a composer.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Commutes Sentences; Colombian President; Assad/Aleppo; Trump Debacle; Hurricane Matthew; Oldchella

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    President Obama, who has spoken of his upcoming pardons, commuted the sentences of 102 drug offenders, primarily convicted of possession and distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine, with the release dates for the felons beginning February 2017 and continuing over the next eighteen months.