The controversy over multiple producers' credits has reared its head again with the box-office and critical success of Lee Daniels' The Butler. TheWrap.com noted today (Wednesday) that the movie lists 41 producers in the screen credits. Each presumably was given credits in exchange for their contributions -- financial and creative -- to the film's production. I wish that there weren't so many producer credits on this picture, because it is a little embarrassing for everyone within our community, Producers Guild of America Co-president Mark Gordon told TheWrap. But I do understand that there's very little that someone won't do to get a movie made. And in the end, if you look at that movie and you appreciate what its message is, and you weigh what they had to do and what they ended up with, I get it. Currently five of the 41 receive the Produced by credit (The Others are listed as executive producers and associate producers). They are: Lee Daniels, Cassian Elwes, Buddy Patrick, Pam Williams and the late Laura Ziskin. If the film receives an Oscar nomination for best film, rules of the Academy require that the number be narrowed to three. It will be arbitrated, and if it gets nominated we'll announce who the real producers are, PGA Co-president Hawk Koch told The Wrap.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the annual Oscar awards, has selected veteran film marketer Cheryl Boone Isaacs as its next president. Isaacs will become the first African-American to serve as AMPAS president in its 86-year history and the first woman to head up the organization since Fay Kanin, who served from 1979-83. She succeeds Hawk Koch.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Hawk Koch announced on Monday that he has rehired Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce next year's Oscar ceremony. In reporting the decision, the Los Angeles Times observed that it is unusual in that ordinarily the incoming president, who will be chosen in July, makes the decision on who is going to produce the Oscars. However, the Times noted, Koch's move had the full backing of the 43-member governing board. Contacted in Beijing where he is attending a film festival, Koch told the Times: One of the problems we have every year is that you always have a new producer and a new host -- there's so much learning. ... It's so much better when you have continuity. But on her popular Dateline.com industry website, Nikki Finke needled Koch, accusing him of pulling a fast one on whomever [sic] is elected the incoming president this summer and saying that his decision gives new definition to the word chutzpah inasmuch as choosing the producers of the Oscars is probably the single most important job of the AMPAS president.
This year's honorary Oscars list has overlooked veteran actors in favor of industry insiders such as George Stevens Jr., who helped to found the American Film Institute. Yesterday, the Academy's Board of Governors announced the list of this year's honorary nominees as well as revealing that the awards will be presented at the Academy's fourth annual Governors Awards at the Roy Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.
Deadline.com spoke to the incoming President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hawk Koch, about these awards and he explained that they did want the pressure of making the event into a televised spectacle and chose to keep it as it is, so that they could honor the people they wish to honor. Many movie buffs and industry insiders may well have been expecting to see a nod for some veteran actors who have been eluded by awards success, such as Max Von Sydow, Angela Lansbury or Doris Day. They will be disappointed, however as 2012 marks the first year that not one single actor made the cut for the honorary gongs. They have instead gone to George Stevens Jr., the documentarian DA Pennebaker, stuntman Hal Needham and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is nominated for his involvement in several Disney movies, such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
Though this year's awards will no doubt be a disappointment for the acting fraternity, those that have been nominated are no less deserving of the honor. Few could argue that Hal Needham, for example, hasn't earned his Oscars nod, having suffered a punctured lung, a broken back and 56 fractured bones in his impressive stunt-performing career.
Jimmy Fallon is said to be front-runner to be the host of next years Academy Awards Ceremony, according to news first broken by the Los Angeles Times.
The American funny man, who hosts Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC, is said to be frontrunner for the job of hosting the prestigious event, which will be produced by Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels.
Michaels and Fallon have worked together before, with Fallon kick starting his career as a contributor on the long-running comedy show back in the late nineties. Lorne also acts as a producer on Fallon's late night chat show.
Whilst this may be great news for fans of Fallon, who may now be looking forward to a slow jam featuring US President Barrack Obama or members of The Roots acting as his house band at the ceremony, it isn't great news for ABC, the network who broadcast the Oscars ceremony.
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The movie boss, whose credits include the Wayne's World comedies and Jake Gyllenhaal's action thriller Source Code, will be tasked with producing the 2013 Academy Awards during his year-long post in the unpaid role.
Koch, who is also the current co-president of the Producers Guild of America, is the 32nd person to serve as Academy president.
The movie producer Hawk Koch has been voted in as the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - the organisation that stages the world-famous Oscars ceremony each year. Koch has a number of high profile movies in his CV, including Source Code and the Wayne's World movies. He will replace Tom Sherak, who has been in the role for three years.
Koch will spend a year in the unpaid role before the group's board of governors will be asked to vote him in, if they are happy with the work that he has done. One of the major tasks that he will need to undertake as the president of the Academy will be to select a producer for the Oscars ceremony, due to take place in 2013. Luckily, the 66 year-old has plenty of experience to call on - he served as vice president last year and is also the co-president of the Producers Guild of America. It may also aide him somewhat that his father, Howard Koch, took on the role in the late 1970s.
Koch has been the favourite to replace Tom Sherak for some time now. In the history of the Academy's 42 governors, he became the first candidate to receive over 50% of the vote. During Sherak's three-year term, he altered the voting procedure for the Academy Awards. Voters now have to rank the nominees in order of preference from 1 to 10.
Fracture has no excuse to be so lazy, given the actors at its disposal and a setup that should have made this an easy slam-dunk. Hopkins plays Ted Crawford, an aeronautics engineer who's found out that his wife Jennifer (Embeth Davidtz) is having an affair with police detective Rob Nunally (Billy Burke). Confronting her at home, Crawford shoots her in the head and calmly waits for the cops to arrive. When they do, it's with none other than Nunally at the lead, who's shocked and enraged at finding Jennifer in a pool of blood and Crawford standing there as though nothing had happened. After a quickly-interrupted beating from Nunally, Crawford later confesses and even waives his right to a lawyer. When it's all dropped in the lap of assistant district attorney Willy Beachum (Gosling), the case couldn't seem more airtight, which is good since Beachum can't wait to slip the bonds of lowly civil employment for a well-paying private sector job.
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Keeping the Faith may not be quite that bad, but it's nothing to, ahem, preach about. Setting the film up with all the trappings of your classic, neurotic, New York relationship comedy, Faith wants to be a wry When Harry Met Sally... tale of opposites attracting and love conquering all. Oh, the opposites aren't the rabbi Jake (Ben Stiller) and the priest Brian (Ed Norton) -- that might actually be a movie worth watching. The kink in this picture is Jenna Elfman's Anna, the old childhood friend of Jake and Brian, who swishes into town and promptly falls in love with our rabbi.
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