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Chinese Open Huge Museum Devoted To Film

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The Shanghai Film Museum, covering a massive 108,000 square feet, opened today (Monday), featuring some 3,000 exhibits. The city is regarded as the birthplace of Chinese filmmaking and many of the exhibits describe its role in the development of the industry in China. Reporting on the opening of the museum, the state-run Xinhua news service noted that several U.S. film companies, including Disney and Dreamworks, have contributed to productions in Shanghai in recent years. Efforts to launch a movie museum in Hollywood have never been successful, although the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the annual Oscar awards, announced last October that it plans to refurbish the 300,000-square-foot former May Co. department store and open it as The The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in 2016. The Academy Is attempting to raise $200 million to complete the project.

Drummer Andy Mrotek Assaulted In Wisconsin

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Former The Academy Is... star Andy Mrotek is nursing a broken jaw after he was assaulted in Wisconsin earlier this week (begs23Jul12).

The drummer was walking near Humbolt Park in Milwaukee when an unknown perpetrator attacked him with a flower pot, breaking his jaw in five places and fracturing the orbital bones around both eyes.

In a series of posts on, he writes, "Getting a vase smashed in your face, and kicked in in your eyes - getting jumped rules! Jaw broken in five places, R&L (right and left) orbitals fractured, 25 stitches. And I get to get plastic surgery in one week. Yay! And no, I didn't see anyone's face. Just a flower pot and a bunch of feet."

Mrotek has since uploaded several images of his injuries on the social networking blog and thanked fans for their continued support.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Banned From Oscars?

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Sacha Baron Cohen might be banned from walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday (26.02.12).

The British comedian is believed to have planned to attend the glittering ceremony as General Aladeen - his character from forthcoming movie 'The Dictator' - but studio bosses frown on stunts in front of the world's media and are considering reversing his invite, which he gained for his part in Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo'.

The Academy Is believed to have got in touch with Sacha's representatives to confirm whether or not he is planning to do the stunt, according to The Wrap.

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Oscar May Leave Hollywood

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Hollywood's biggest annual event may be leaving Hollywood. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering moving the annual Oscars ceremony from the Kodak Theatre to the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The Reporter noted that uprooting the Oscars from its venue over the past decade would represent a major blow to the shopping and entertainment complex where the theatre is located and whose developer agreed to build it to the Academy's specifications. However the Kodak Theatre can seat 3,500 while the Nokia Theatre can seat twice as many. (It now hosts the annual Emmy Awards and the American Music Awards. It also sports an outdoor plaza, which could be used for the telecast's production. But Leon Gubler, president/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce expressed disappointment that the academy was considering such a move and noted that it would represent a big blow to efforts to restore the former luster of the area. "The Kodak Theatre was designed for the academy but more than that, historically The Academy Is tied to Hollywood with the first Academy Awards held in Hollywood," Gubler the Los Angeles Times . "This, on top of the academy's decision to move their museum out of Hollywood and onto Wilshire Boulevard would send a very negative message to the community . "

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The Academy Is Split

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Rock band The Academy Is have split after eight years together.

The punk group, which was once signed to Fall Out Boy rocker Pete Wentz's record label Decaydance, released three albums, beginning in 2005 with Almost Here.

Releasing a statement to announce the news via, frontman William Beckett writes, "I'm having a hard time starting this. I could say something like 'pride comes before the fall', or 'the skill in attending a party is knowing when to leave'. Rather, I'm going to just come right out and be honest. The September (11) show in New York was the last show for The Academy Is. While this is a very difficult decision to make, I believe in my heart that it is the right decision to make.

"For years there has a been a growing distance felt within the band as we've progressed, both geographically and artistically and instead of trying to patch the holes that we're left with, my heart tells me its time to move on with the next chapter of our lives. I want to thank the fans, the world's greatest, for all of your love and support."

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New Rules For Best Picture Oscar

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- the group that hands out The Oscars each year -- has again revamped the rules to qualify for a best picture nomination. Two years after expanding the number of nominations to ten, the academy said on Wednesday that it will introduce a new system under which a film would have to receive at least 5 percent of first place votes in order to be nominated. (Under academy procedures, the 6,000 voting members rank their preferences for best picture on a scale from 1 to 10.) As a result, The Academy Is expected to come up with between five and ten nominees for best picture. In an interview with today's (Thursday) Los Angeles Times , veteran studio publicist Terry Press, who now heads up her own marketing company, remarked that the change will make the Oscar race "more competitive" and certainly boost ad spending for "for your consideration" advertising. "Sales reps at the trades," she speculated, are probably "sending floral tributes over to the academy."

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Christopher Lee Awarded Bafta Fellowship

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Sir Christopher Lee will receive an Academy Fellowship at this year's Orange BAFTA Awards.

The 'Dracula' star joins Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and Charlie Chaplin on the list of fellows – awarded for recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image - and he admits he is "honoured" to gain the prize.

The 88-year-old actor said: "It's a very unexpected but very great honour to find myself in such distinguished company to receive the Fellowship."

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Broadcasters Hope To Dump Longform Emmys

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Not only do the Emmy categories for TV movies and miniseries shut out the broadcast networks -- who rarely produce such fare anymore -- they also act as a drag on the awards show itself, broadcast execs complain. "Once those longform awards come on, it's the death march of boredom," one unnamed network executive told today's (Tuesday) Daily Variety. Executive producer Don Mischer told the trade publication that detailed ratings for the telecast confirm that opinion. "When we looked at the minute by minute ratings, they really do drop in longform," he said. "And longform is some of the best work in television -- just unbelievably good work of the highest quality with great artists. But it's a simple fact that it's less accessible to viewers." And with cable capturing virtually all of the longform awards, a network source told New York magazine's Vulture blog, "it's like an infomercial for HBO." He added, "We've got to change it." According to several reports, the networks are expected to demand that the Academy spend less time honoring longform shows in the future. Variety suggested that the networks may demand that those categories by switched to the Creative Arts Emmys, which is televised only on cable. And today's Hollywood Reporter indicated that The Academy Is considering mounting a separate awards show for longform and miniseries programs

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Album review of 'Fast Times At Barrington High' by The Academy Is.

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Onstage At The MtvU Woodies Awards At Roseland Ballroom.

The Academy Is - The Academy is.. (william Beckett) New York, USA - onstage at the mtvU Woodies Awards at Roseland Ballroom. Thursday 8th November 2007

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Outside NBC Studios After An Appearance On The 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien' Show

The Academy Is - Pop punk band 'The Academy Is...' New York City, USA - outside NBC Studios after an appearance on the 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' show Thursday 24th May 2007

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