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The Inaugural Fall Celebration Presented By San Francisco Film Society

Susannah Greason Robbins, Ted Hope and Sid Ganis - The San Francisco Film Society presents their first annual Fall Celebration, which seeks to honor creativity, innovation, collaboration and inspiration in cinema. This exclusive fundraising event marks the Film Society's entry into the national fall awards season, with proceeds benefitting SFFS year-round programs in exhibition, education and filmmaker services. - San Francisco, California, United States - Thursday 14th November 2013

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Next Transformers Flick Will Be Mostly Chinese


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Demonstrating China's growing clout in the movie business, Xinhua, the state-run Chinese news service, reported today (Friday) that the upcoming Transformers 4 will be set in China, feature Chinese stars, and will be otherwise China-centric. Marc Ganis, president and co-founder (with cousin Sid Ganis, the former president of the Motion Picture Academy) of the Sino-American film and Internet streaming company Jiaflix, told Xinhua, The film has a great deal to do with China. Effectively, China is a character in it. He also said that there were no plans to follow the lead of the producers of Iron Man 3 and add more Chinese content to the film, a tactic that, Xinhua reported, many mainland moviegoers regarded as too contrived. There is going to be a single version (of the film) worldwide with a very significant Chinese component, Ganis said.

The Greek America Foundation's Gabby Awards

Sid Ganis - The Greek America Foundation's Gabby Awards at the El Capitan Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Saturday 25th May 2013

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Sophia Myles Joins Transformers 4


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Sophia Myles has joined the cast of 'Transformers 4'.

The British actress has been chosen by director Michael Bay for a major supporting in his upcoming Paramount action film, TheWrap.com reports.

This role comes as a big break for the 33-year-old actress, who is tipped to play a scientist in the movie, after having previously starred in numerous TV shows including British drama 'Spooks'.

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Kelsey Grammer To Play Transformers 4 Villain


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Kelsey Grammer has joined the cast of 'Transformers 4'.

The 'Frasier' star will play the main human villain in Michael Bay's fourth chapter of the futuristic alien robot franchise, Deadline has revealed.

The 58-year-old actor is set to star as scheming counter intelligence officer Harold Attinger, who has reportedly hatched a plan to use Cybertronian technology as weapons research for mankind.

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Transformers 4 To Cast Actors Through Reality Show


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'Transformers 4' is to cast Chinese actors for the film through a reality TV show.

Sid Ganis, the former head of the Academy of Motion Pictures, and producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura are to sit on a talent show-style judging panel to choose which contestants will have a role in Michael Bay's action movie, The Hollywood Reporter reveals.

The competition was launched at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday (18.04.13) and the winners will consists of two professional actors and two non-professional.

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52nd San Francisco International Film Festival Held At Westin St. Francis Hotel

George Lucas and Sid Ganis - George Lucas, Sid Ganis San Francisco, California - 52nd San Francisco International film festival held at Westin St. Francis hotel Thursday 30th April 2009

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George Lucas and Robert Redford
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Announcing The 81st Academy Award Oscar Nominations At The Samuel Goldwyn Theater In Beverly Hills

Forest Whitaker and Sid Ganis - Forest Whitaker and Sid Ganis Los Angeles, California - announcing the 81st Academy Award Oscar Nominations at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills Thursday 22nd January 2009

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Whitaker To Hand Out Oscar Nods


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Oscar winner Forest Whitaker will join Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis in reading out the Oscar nominations early on Thursday morning (22Jan09).


Whitaker, who picked up a Best Actor honour last year (07) for his portrayal of African leader Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, will help unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 award categories at a 5.30am news conference in Beverly Hills.


The ceremony will mark a bittersweet day for the friends and family of late movie star Heath Ledger - the Aussie actor is expected to be among the Best Supporting Actor nominees for his portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight.


The Golden Globe winner died from an accidental overdose on 22 January, 2008.

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Ganis Reclaims Oscars Top Job


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Oscars boss Sid Ganis has been re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organisation's Board of Governors.


This will be his fourth consecutive term in office.


Ganis says, "It's such a privilege to serve as president of this Academy. It's a dynamic time for our organisation and our art form. I'm incredibly proud to be part of it."


In addition, Robert Rehme, an Executives Branch governor and past Academy president, was re-elected first vice president at a ceremony on Tuesday night (12Aug08).

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Prepares For The 80th Academy Awards On Hollywood Blvd.

Sid Ganis - Friday 22nd February 2008 at Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences Los Angeles, California

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Oscars President: 'The Show Will Go On'


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Academy Awards President Sid Ganis is positive the Oscars will go ahead despite the threat from the current Hollywood writers strike.
Ganis has fuelled speculation the Writers Guild of America (WGA) walkouts could be nearing an end by declaring that "things are looking very, very good now" for the 24 February (08) ceremony to go ahead.
Members of the WGA walked out in November (07) in a protest over royalties and so far negotiations to break the deadlock have proved unsuccessful.
However, talks have been stepped up ahead of this month's (Feb08) Oscars ceremony, which many fear will be cancelled if the union refuses to grant organisers a waiver.
Last month's (Jan08) Golden Globes, which usually takes the form of a glittering star-studded ceremony, was reduced to a televised press conference after the union announced plans to protest at the event, forcing the majority of attendees to vow not to cross the picket line.
Speaking at a luncheon to celebrate this year's (08) nominees, Ganis insists if the Academy Awards are cancelled, it will be a major blow to the movie industry.
He says, "The Oscars exists to shine the brightest possible light on you and your work, and it would be such a terrible shame, through no fault of yours and no fault of ours, if the current conditions prevented us from shining that brightest possible light."
It was reported at the weekend (02-03Feb08) that WGA officials and film bosses have sketched the outline of an agreement on how much writers will be paid for Internet broadcasting of their work.
If a deal is reached, it will have to be approved by the Guild's board and then ratified by the union's 10,500 members.

Cruz Shares Oscars Excitement With Salma Hayek


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Penelope Cruz celebrated her Oscar nomination last night (23JAN07) by hitting Hollywood with best pal Salma Hayek, who was upset she wasn't allowed to read the Spaniard's name out.
Hayek joined Sid Ganis, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts + Sciences, at the nominations announcement yesterday morning (23JAN07), and when she spotted her friend's name on the card, she begged to be able to read it out.
After yelping, "Yes," when Ganis read out her friend's name, the FRIDA star told reporters, "I wanted to say her name. I fought for it, but they wouldn't let me."
As soon as an emotional Cruz saw the video footage of her friend at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where the nominations were read out, she excused herself in the middle of an interview with US TV show EXTRA to call Hayek.
As cameras rolled yesterday, Cruz could be heard saying, "You're coming out with me tonight. To dinner. To celebrate."

Salma Gets Oscars Wake-up Call


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Salma Hayek will get an early wake-up call next Tuesday (23JAN07) after signing up to announce the Oscar nominations live at 5am in Hollywood.
The sexy star will join Sid Ganis, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts + Sciences, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills to read out the 2007 Oscars list.
Hayek received a nomination for Best Actress in 2002 for her portrayal of artist FRIDA KAHLO in FRIDA.
The Academy Awards will take place on 25 February (07).

Akeelah And The Bee Review


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We all fell in love with word crunchers through the 2002 documentary Spellbound. Watching little kids get put through self-induced and parental intellectual hell inspired awe, sympathy, and a new respect for a literate faction of population that doesn't normally gain that much publicity.

But spinning off a fictional story from this reality has its challenges. Now that we've all seen the real thing, a technical accuracy has to be met. There's also the difficult balance between maintaining realism and building an entertaining enough story to keep you focused.

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