Dec 282012
 

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR NINA RAINE’S “TRIBES”
AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP/ MARK TAPER FORUM
FEBRUARY 27 THROUGH APRIL 14, 2013

Cast Announced for Tribes at CTG/Mark Taper Forum

Susan Pourfar and Russell Harvard in the Barrow Street Theatre production of €œTribes.€ Nina Raine€™s penetrating new drama.Obie Award-winner David Cromer will direct.Photo by Gregory Costanzo.

CTG Production Features

Cast Members From

Hit Off-Broadway     Production

Center Theatre Group has announced the cast of the upcoming production of “Tribes” at the Mark Taper Forum which will feature cast members from the acclaimed off-Broadway production at Barrow Street Theatre.  The West Coast Premiere of Nina Raine’s “Tribes” will be presented February 27 through April 14, 2013.  The opening is set for March 10.

Directed by David Cromer, the cast features original New York cast members Will Brill, Russell Harvard, Susan Pourfar and Gayle Rankin, as well as Lee Roy Rogers and Jeff Still who took over roles in the long-running production.  Scenic design is by Scott Pask, costume design is by Tristan Raines, lighting design is by Keith Parham, sound design is by Daniel McKluger and projection design is by Jeff Sugg.  The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

The Barrow Street Theatre production of “Tribes” is a penetrating new comic drama by Nina Raine about belonging, family and the value of communication.  At the center of “Tribes” is Billy, the youngest son of a raucous family of intellectuals obsessed with self expression. As his parents and siblings verbally spar and compete for attention, Billy, who is deaf, catches what he can by lip-reading.  When Billy meets Sylvia, a young woman who is an expert at sign language and is losing her hearing, he asks her to teach him how to sign, and for the first time, he is introduced to the deaf community. Billy’s life is transformed as a different world is unveiled to him. But when a new door opens, does another have to be closed?

“Tribes” was on the Best of 2012 lists in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and Time Out New York.  Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post called “Tribes” off-Broadway a “. . . dazzling play . . . pitch-perfect.” Adam Feldman of Time Out said, “. . . there are moments in this play that I don’t think I will ever forget – scenes that tap the beauty that can live and resound in silence.” Paul Levy of the Wall St. Journal said of the London premiere, “It’s the best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring – and funniest – new play in recent years.”

Nina Raine, after graduating from Oxford, began her career as a trainee director at the Royal Court Theatre. She dramaturged and directed “Unprotected” at the Liverpool Everyman, for which she won several awards. Her first play, “Rabbit,” was presented in London’s West End in 2006 before being produced as part of the Brits Off-Broadway festival in New York. She directed her second play, “Tiger Country,” at Hampstead Theatre, where it had a sold-out run, and she also directed “Shades,” and “Jumpy” which opened in the West End in August 2012.

“Tribes” was commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre.  In addition to the Olivier nomination, the play won the Off West End Theatre Award and was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for best new play. In New York the play also won the Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play.
David Cromer, a recipient of a 2010 MacArthur fellowship, has received Obie Awards for his direction of “Our Town” which ran for 18 months at the Barrow Street Theatre (and also won Lortel Awards for Direction and Outstanding Revival), and “Adding Machine” at the Minetta Lane (also Lortel Award). Recent credits include “The House of Blue Leaves” on Broadway, “When the Rain Stops Falling” (Lortel Award for Outstanding Direction) at Lincoln Center Theater, “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, “Brighton Beach Memoirs” on Broadway and “Orson’s Shadow” at Barrow Street.
Tickets for “Tribes” are available at CenterTheatreGroup.org the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628-2772.

Dec 272012
 

Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan

Union Station is the region’s primary transit hub, connecting Southern California counties whose combined population totals more than 17 million. Metro purchased the iconic downtown LA station in 2011.

More than 60,000 travelers and commuters access the station’s transit providers, which include Metro bus and rail lines, Metrolink commuter rail, Amtrak long-distance rail, and numerous municipal carriers and specialty shuttles with connections to downtown Los Angeles. As Measure R funds Metro’s system expansion, Union Station is expected to see upwards of 100,000 boardings per day.

The Union Station Master Plan will develop Metro’s vision and plan to guide future development at the station, including transit operations, enhanced pedestrian access, and new private and/or public real estate development.

Project Goals

Create a great destination

Building on the significant attributes of Union Station, the Master Plan will shape the city’s premier destination for transit users, residents and visitors. Potential enhancements include creating a public space that is sensitive to the site’s historic and cultural fabric and adjacent neighborhoods.

Celebrate the site’s history

The Master Plan will celebrate the station and embrace all adjacent neighborhoods’ rich history, providing for development that complements the station’s architecture and heritage to reinforce Union Station’s place in history.

Provide connectivity to adjacent neighborhoods

One of the Master Plan’s primary goals is to create greater accessibility to Union Station from surrounding neighborhoods.

Improve the Union Station passenger experience

A program of improvements — ranging from upgraded signage to expanded services — will be designed to enhance each passenger’s visit.

Prepare for High Speed Rail

The Master Plan will be flexible to accommodate anticipated future arrival of high speed rail (HSR) serving Union Station.

Dec 232012
 
Ahmanson Theatre A Christmas Carol Twist Your Dickens

(L to R) Larry Joe Campbell and Dan Castellaneta in The Second Citys A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre. A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!is written by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort and directed by Marc Warzecha.Photo by Craig Schwartz

This is a slightly silly item about a karaoke party we are having after a couple of the performances of The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol:  Twist Your Dickens!”  I thought you might be interested:

Following the performance of The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” on Fridays December 21 and 28, Gino Santini, the lyrically challenged crooner played by Larry Joe Campbell, will be bursting through the fourth wall to host a post-show karaoke party.

Campbell plays countless characters in the twisted telling of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, including multi-platinum recording artists Gino Santini who refuses to be “a slave to the words.” Gino will welcome theatregoers to join the party at the karaoke machine after the show.  Festivities will continue and the bar will stay open for an hour after final curtain.

Written by Second City alums, Peter Gwinn (formerly of “The Colbert Report”) and Bobby Mort (currently of “The Colbert Report”), The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!,” which opened  November 29 and must close December 30, 2012, is directed by Marc Warzecha (Resident Director, The Second City).  In addition to Larry Joe Armstrong (best known for “According to Jim”), the cast features Frank Caeti (“MADtv”), Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”), Amanda Blake Davis (“Second City Does Dallas” at the Dallas Theatre Center), Brian Stepanek (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”),  Jean Villepique (“Up All Night”) and Ron West (“3rd Rock from the Sun”).

Tickets for “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

Dec 222012
 

Ninth Annual San Fernando Valley Christmas Celebration

Ninth Annual San Fernando Valley Christmas Celebration

What:        Christmas Celebration

When:        Saturday, December 22, 2012    
                  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:       Living Hope Community Church
                   214 North Maclay Street
                   San Fernando, CA 91340

 Who:         Project Living Hope
                   LAPD Baseball Team

Why:         To host a free public event that lifts the spirits of thousands of needy children and their families.  We will provide free toys, food, games, face painting, entertainment, and more.
                        
Contact:      For more information, please contact Event Organizer, Officer Michael J Scott at (818) 224-0317 or Project Living Hope at 818-365 5550.

Dec 222012
 

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS VIE FOR OSCAR®

9 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS VIE FOR OSCAR

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®. Seventy-one films had originally qualified in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

     Austria, “Amour,” Michael Haneke, director;
     Canada, “War Witch,” Kim Nguyen, director;
     Chile, “No,” Pablo Larraín, director;
     Denmark, “A Royal Affair,” Nikolaj Arcel, director;
     France, “The Intouchables,” Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, directors;
     Iceland, “The Deep,” Baltasar Kormákur, director;
     Norway, “Kon-Tiki,” Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, directors;
     Romania, “Beyond the Hills,” Cristian Mungiu, director;
     Switzerland, “Sister,” Ursula Meier, director.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2012 are again being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 71 eligible films between mid-October and December 17. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

The shortlist will be winnowed down to the five nominees by specially invited committees in New York and Los Angeles. They will spend Friday, January 4, through Sunday, January 6, viewing three films each day and then casting their ballots.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Dec 202012
 

CTG ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 WRITERS’ WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS
Eight Local Playwrights Have Been Chosen For Annual Nine-Month Workshop

CTG Announces 2012-2013 Writers' Workshop Participants

Center Theatre Group has announced the participants for the 2012-2013 Writers’ Workshop.  Administered by CTG’s Literary Department, the Writers’ Workshop consists of eight Los Angeles playwrights who meet once a month over nine months to share their work and assist one another in the creative process of developing a play.

This year’s playwrights are Zakiyyah Alexander, Sheila Callaghan, Jonathan Ceniceroz, a musical composing team of Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, Meg Miroshnik, Tanya Saracho and John Sinner.

The Writers’ Workshop provides an opportunity for CTG to foster relationships with local playwrights, to facilitate progress by providing resources and to bring together the local playwright community. The writers are welcome to work on plays commissioned by or scheduled for production at other theatres.
Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg Pier Carlo Talenti and Literary Associate Joy Meads follow numerous local playwrights and invite approximately seven to participate each year. All writers must reside in Los Angeles and be either starting or interested in starting work on a new play. Talenti and Meads look for local writers from diverse backgrounds with varied writing styles who are challenging themselves and their audiences, and this year’s writers are no exception.

“What’s exciting about these writers is that they all write extremely differently, and that they all write especially theatrically,” said Talenti of this year’s writers. From playwright John Sinner who writes “very expressionist pieces” to Meg Miroshnik who “recently wrote a hybridized contemporary Russian fairytale.”

Of Sheila Callaghan, Meads said, “She’s a bold writer who creates these images that just explode in your mind.  She dreams up idiosyncratic characters and drops them into strange theatrical worlds with the highest possible stakes.” Talenti explained that this is the first year that the Writers’ Workshop has taken on a musical composing team.  “Matt Gould is the composer and Griffin Matthews is the lyricist.  I got to know their work through a piece called ‘Witness Uganda’ that was workshopped at Boston Court last year.  It was a beautiful piece, and I think that Matt’s songs are incredibly theatrical and lush and big and powerful.”

Tanya Saracho, unlike most of the other playwrights, is new to L.A. “She had founded a company in Chicago called Teatro Luna,” said Talenti. Meads added, “It was a Latina female ensemble and she wrote with them for a long time.  She writes people that you feel like you know intimately and that have depth and complication.” Zakiyyah Alexander “writes deeply human work with grand imagination. She takes an unflinching look at vitally important social questions,” and of Jonathan Ceniceroz’s most recent play, Talenti said that “it’s got these wonderful, grand emotional gestures; it’s full of delicious, old-fashioned pathos.”

Meg Miroshnik is a recent winner of the $50,000 Whiting Writers’ Award, which recognizes exceptional writers who have yet to achieve national prominence.

The Writers’ Workshop began with a weekend-long salon in October. Each playwright identified local experts on the subject of his/her play and invited these experts to join the group for a discussion during the salon. Past guest experts have included an LAPD homicide detective, the creator of Kwanzaa, a Cal Tech seismologist and a Los Angeles Times writer.  Guests for the most recent salon included sculptor Alison Saar, thanatologist David Kessler, Assistant Professor of Cinematic Arts at USC Laura Isabel Serna, divorce attorney Daniel Jaffe, founder of the Vet Hunters Project Joe Leal and USC assistant professor of American Studies Shana Redmond.

In the monthly meetings, the playwrights can hear their pages read aloud by colleagues, invite additional experts, discuss relevant issues, or work with other members on improvisation exercises to further scene development.
In June 2013, members will gather for a three-day retreat during which they hear all seven plays that were written over the course of the workshop.  CTG hires professional actors to do cold readings throughout the retreat.

Several of the plays written and developed in the Writers’ Workshop have been produced around the country, including Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted,” which had its world premiere at CTG/Mark Taper Forum, Julie Marie Myatt’s “My Wandering Boy” (South Coast Repertory), Adriana Sevahn Nichols’ “Night Over Erzinga” (Golden Thread/Silk Road Rising co-production) and Brett Neveu’s “The Opponent” (A Red Orchid Theatre).  Julie Hébert’s dance-theater piece “Night Falls” was performed in San Francisco this fall and Lila Rose Kaplan’s “Entangled” premiered at UC Santa Barbara’s Launch Pad in 2012.

In addition, CTG is also producing the world premieres of Jennifer Haley’s “The Nether” and Marco Ramirez’s “The Royale” in its current Kirk Douglas Theatre season.  Haley was a member of the 2011- 2012 Writer’s Workshop, and Ramirez was in the 2010-2011 workshop.

Dec 182012
 

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES, PRESENTS

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES PRESENTS URS FISCHER

URS FISCHER

April 21, 2013–August 19, 2013
MOCA Grand Avenue
& The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES PRESENTS URS FISCHER

About the Artist
Urs Fischer was born in 1973 in Zurich, Switzerland. Fischer studied photography at the Schule für Gestaltung, Zurich; visited de Ateliers, Amsterdam, ; was an artist in residence at Delfina Studio Trust; and has lived and worked in Zurich, London, Los Angeles, and New York. Fischer produces work in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and has been exhibiting since 1995. His installations and sculptures have been included in group exhibitions and biennales internationally. Among the major exhibitions in which his work was included are: Manifesta 3 and the Venice Biennale in 2003, 2007, and 2011. His first major solo exhibition, “Kir Royal,” was at Kunsthaus Zurich in 2004 and other significant museum exhibitions include “Not My House Not My Fire,” Espace 315, Centre Pompidou (2004); “Mary Poppins,” Blaffer Gallery, Art Museum of the University of Houston, Texas (2006); Cockatoo Island, Kaldor Art Projects and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Sydney (2007); “Marguerite de Ponty,” New Museum, New York (2009–10); “Oscar the Grouch,” The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut (2010–11); “Skinny Sunrise,” Kunsthalle Wien (2012); and “Madame Fisscher,” Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2012). His work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions, including “Lustwarande 2011—Blemishes,” Park De Oude Warande, Museum De Pont, Tilburg, The Netherlands (2011); “L’invention de l’oeuvre: Rodin et les ambassadeurs,” Musée Rodin, Paris (2011); “Modern British Sculpture,” Royal Academy of Arts, London (2011); “Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century,” New Museum, New York (2007–08); “Fractured Figure: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection,” Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens (2007–08); and “Cinq milliards d’années,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006–07).

Dec 172012
 

7 FEATURES ADVANCE IN RACE FOR MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING OSCAR®

7 Features Advance in Race for Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 85th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

     “Hitchcock”
     “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
     “Les Misérables”
     “Lincoln”
     “Looper”
     “Men in Black 3”
     “Snow White and the Huntsman”

On Saturday, January 5, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

 

Dec 152012
 

282 FEATURE FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR 2012 BEST PICTURE OSCAR

282 FEATURE FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR 2012 BEST PICTURE OSCAR

Two hundred eighty-two feature films are eligible for the 2012 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 85th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 85th Academy Awards” is available at
http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/reminderlist.html.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide

Dec 142012
 

Falcon Theatre presents Shirley Valentine

Written by Willy Russell

Directed by Andrew Barnicle

Previews begin January 30, 2013
OPENS Friday, February 8, 2013 at 8pm

Falcon Theatre presents Shirley Valentine
 
 
December 13, 2012, Burbank, Falcon Theatre is proud to present Shirley Valentine written by Willy Russell and directed by Andrew Barnicle, the fourth production of the Falcon Theatre’s 2012-2013 Subscription Season. This critically acclaimed Tony-nominated one-woman show stars DeeDee Rescher, who is best known for her comedy work on screen in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and King of Queens, but was last seen on the Falcon stage in Garry Marshall’s own Everybody Say “Cheese!” in 2009.Falcon Theatre presents Shirley Valentine

This transformative comedy follows middle-aged Liverpool housewife Shirley Valentine, who is trapped in humdrum domesticity, frequently talking to her kitchen walls just for a bit of conversation. But when her best friend wins a trip-for-two to Greece, Shirley is suddenly pulled away from her boredom into a life-altering adventure. Faced with romantic possibilities and sudden self-awareness, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.
 
PREVIEWS: January 30 – February 2 at 8pm; February 3 at 4pm; February 6 & 7 at 8pm
OPENING NIGHT: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 8pm
SHOW CLOSES: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 4pm
PERFORMANCES Wed. – Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 4pm

PRICES Previews $29.50 – $32.00
Opening Night $52.00 – $57.00
Weekdays (Wed/Thurs) $34.50 – $37.00
Weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun) $39.50 – $42.00
Student Rate(valid student ID) $27.00

Tickets on sale January 2, 2013
Tickets can be purchased online at
www.FalconTheatre.com or
call the FALCON THEATRE BOX OFFICE at (818) 955-8101   Falcon Theatre presents Shirley Valentine

Falcon Theatre presents Shirley Valentine

Written by Willy Russell

Directed by Andrew Barnicle

Previews begin January 30, 2013
OPENS Friday, February 8, 2013 at 8pm
 
 
December 13, 2012, Burbank, CA– Falcon Theatre is proud to present Shirley Valentine written by Willy Russell and directed by Andrew Barnicle, the fourth production of the Falcon Theatre’s 2012-2013 Subscription Season. This critically acclaimed Tony-nominated one-woman show stars DeeDee Rescher, who is best known for her comedy work on screen in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and King of Queens, but was last seen on the Falcon stage in Garry Marshall’s own Everybody Say “Cheese!” in 2009.

This transformative comedy follows middle-aged Liverpool housewife Shirley Valentine, who is trapped in humdrum domesticity, frequently talking to her kitchen walls just for a bit of conversation. But when her best friend wins a trip-for-two to Greece, Shirley is suddenly pulled away from her boredom into a life-altering adventure. Faced with romantic possibilities and sudden self-awareness, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.
 
PREVIEWS: January 30 – February 2 at 8pm; February 3 at 4pm; February 6 & 7 at 8pm
OPENING NIGHT: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 8pm
SHOW CLOSES: Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 4pm
PERFORMANCES Wed. – Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 4pm

PRICES Previews $29.50 – $32.00
Opening Night $52.00 – $57.00
Weekdays (Wed/Thurs) $34.50 – $37.00
Weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun) $39.50 – $42.00
Student Rate(valid student ID) $27.00

Tickets on sale January 2, 2013
Tickets can be purchased online at
www.FalconTheatre.com or
call the FALCON THEATRE BOX OFFICE at (818) 955-8101

Dec 132012
 

75 ORIGINAL SONGS TUNE UP FOR 2012 OSCAR

75 ORIGINAL SONGS TUNE UP FOR 2012 OSCAR

Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

       “For You” from “Act of Valor”
       “Metaphorical Blanket” from “Any Day Now”
       “Let It Rain” from “Being Flynn”
       “Learn Me Right” from “Brave”
       “Touch the Sky” from “Brave”
       “Airport” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
       “Come on Girl” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
       “Someday” from “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best”
       “Protect the King” from “Brooklyn Castle”
       “California Solo” from “California Solo”
       “Casa De Mi Padre” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
       “Del Cielo” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
       “Yo No Se” from “Casa De Mi Padre”
       “No Other Plans” from “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
       “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
       “By the Light of the Moon” from “Crossroad”
       “The Sambola! International Dance Craze” from “Damsels in Distress”
       “When You Comin’ Home” from “Darling Companion”
       “Death by China” from “Death by China”
       “Delhi Safari” from “Delhi Safari”
       “Ancora Qui” from “Django Unchained”
       “Freedom” from “Django Unchained”
       “100 Black Coffins” from “Django Unchained”
       “Who Did That to You?” from “Django Unchained”
       “How Bad Can I Be?” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
       “Let It Grow” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
       “Thneedville” from “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
       “Ain’t No Train” from “Downtown Express”
       “You Don’t Have to Be a Star” from “Fame High”
       “Jose’s Martyrdom” from “For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada”
       “Strange Love” from “Frankenweenie”
       “Voodoo” from “Halloween Party”
       “Luna Nascosta” from “Hidden Moon”
       “Song of the Lonely Mountain” from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
       “Abraham’s Daughter” from “The Hunger Games”
       “Master of the Seas” from “Ice Age Continental Drift”
       “We Are” from “Ice Age Continental Drift”
       “Looking for a Sign” from “Jeff, Who Lives at Home”
       “From Here to the Moon and Back” from “Joyful Noise”
       “He’s Everything” from “Joyful Noise”
       “I’m Yours” from “Joyful Noise”
       “Wide Awake” from “Katy Perry: Part of Me”
       “Cosmonaut” from “Lawless”
       “Beaten Up and Broken Down” from “Least among Saints”
       “Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
       “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
       “When I Grow Up” from “Losing Control”
       “Love Always Comes as a Surprise” from “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
       “Ladies of Tampa” from “Magic Mike”
       “The Baddest Man Alive” from “The Man with the Iron Fists”
       “This Gift” from “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”
       “Still Alive” from “Paul Williams Still Alive”
       “Dotted Line” from “People Like Us”
       “Snake Eyes” from “Promised Land”
       “Razors.Out” from “The Raid: Redemption”
       “I’m Not Leaving” from “Re:Generation”
       “Still Dream” from “Rise of the Guardians”
       “Undercover Love” from “Rock of Ages”
       “Big Machine” from “Safety Not Guaranteed”
       “I Be Here” from “Saint Dracula”
       “I Have Secrets” from “Saint Dracula”
       “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
       “Breath of Life” from “Snow White and the Huntsman”
       “Gone” from “Snow White and the Huntsman”
       “One Wing” from “Sparkle”
       “Not Running Anymore” from “Stand Up Guys”
       “Feel Love” from “Struck by Lightning”
       “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted”
       “Never Had” from “10 Years”
       “Dull Tool” from “This Is 40”
       “She Won’t Let Go” from “Until They Are Home”
       “Kiss Me Goodbye” from “Virginia”
       “Anything Made of Paper” from “West of Memphis”
       “Hashishet Albi” from “Where Do We Go Now?”
       “When Can I See You Again?” from “Wreck-It Ralph”

During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.

To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

 

Dec 132012
 

MUSE NOMINATED FOR TWO 2013 GRAMMY® AWARDS:  BEST ROCK ALBUM AND BEST ROCK SONG THIRD AND FINAL LOS ANGELES SHOW JUST ADDED SATURDAY, JANUARY 26TH AT STAPLES CENTER

SPECIAL GUEST BAND OF SKULLS

UK-based trio MUSE today announced today an additional LA date for their upcoming 2013 tour.  Muse is touring in support of their sixth album The 2nd Law.  The January 23rd & 24th shows at STAPLES Center are sold out.  MUSE have been nominated for two 2013 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album (The 2nd Law) and Best Rock Song (“Madness”).

In 2011 Muse took home the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for The Resistance.  The band has also earned four Gold Albums, and over the course of their career have won multiple Brit Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, NME Awards, Q Awards, and many others. They have released six albums, 1999’s Showbiz, 2001’s Origin of Symmetry, 2003’s Absolution, 2006’s Black Holes and Revelations, 2009’s The Resistance, and this year’s The 2nd Law, which earned them their highest-ever debut on the Billboard album chart when the album bowed at No. 2 a week after its release.

The album’s first single “Madness” is currently in its 9th consecutive week at No. 1 at alternative radio. Muse will kick off a tour of the United States in January 2013.   The 2013 Grammy Awards will be handed out at the STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013.

Tune in to the 55th Annual Grammy Awards telecast, which airs that night on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.   http://muse.mu/

Dec 122012
 

Trolls Stole The North Pole – and you’ll be smiling all the way home.

Trolls Stole The North Pole

 

The world premiere of Art Shulman’s musical delight Trolls Stole The North Pole plays through January 6 at the Secret Rose Theatre in the NoHo Arts District, and it can be summed up in one word…Go.

You don’t have to be a kid and you don’t have to believe in Santa Claus.  You don’t even have to like the holidays…in fact, I recommend it for the sour and crabby trolls in your life.  Trick them into going if you must, but don’t miss the chance to make this play a part of your holiday season.

Trolls is definitely child-friendly.  If you are bringing young ones be sure to sit in the front row.  If they’ve never been to a play before, this will be the perfect experience for them.  They don’t have to sit agonizingly still.  They don’t need to whisper.  Trolls is a frolicking gallop across the planet where good triumphs over evil and actors engage the audience.  Adults can take part too.  This is theatre for everyone, and especially for those who love and miss the musicals of yesteryear.

It is a musical delight.  Dancing, singing, chorus…all the charm of our favorite old movies come to life on the stage with talent, strength and compositional quality that is frankly a bit bigger than the theatre itself.  The cast, composed of musical theatre veterans and screen actors, includes the strong and melodic voices of Lareen Faye, and Jerome St. Jerome, who surprises the audience with his singing talent after so thoroughly convincing us he is just a lowly, bumbling troll.  Twenty one original scores artfully composed by Nick Pierone will make you laugh, clap your hands, snap your fingers and want to sing along.

A wonderfully choreographed mixture of old-school musical dance and modern style makes Trolls come alive across the ages.  If you’re a bit long in the tooth you’ll be transported to the days when the stage was a place where magic happened to the uplifting beat of a big band; if you haven’t cut your first teeth yet, you’ll love the color, motion, energy and joy of fluid, expressive dance.

The acting is excellent.  The plot may be simple, but you’ll be engaged from the moment the lights dim and the cold wind starts to blow.  Steve Apperson is as gentle and lovable as Santa Claus could possibly be; Jaimyon Parker brings his role as a troll to life with passion.  Michelle Chi, Joyce B. Ferrer, Kendra Hill, Tina Toner and Mark Needle ignite the stage with their highly animated and beautifully voiced characters, and after you see Cortez Johnson pull a sleigh across the heavens you’ll know exactly how Santa’s reindeer can make it all around the world in a single evening.
Taylor Pyles and Senuwell Smith complete the talented cast with their own charming and energetic contributions as Amelia Fairheart and Tip, the honest Sheriff.

Trolls Stole The North Pole needs to be on your holiday list.  You will not make a better investment in your own happiness at any shopping center.  This is truly a play for kids of all ages.
Corina Roberts
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Secret Rose Theatre www.secretrose.com
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Corina Roberts, Founder Redbird

Dec 112012
 

DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND
THE SOLD-OUT BELIEVE WORLD TOUR EXTENDS INTO 2013
WITH 30 ADDITIONAL SHOWS

JUSTIN BIEBER ANNOUNCES 2013 CONCERT DATES

JUSTIN BIEBER ANNOUNCES 2013 CONCERT DATES

 (December 10, 2012 – New York, NY)  Bieber Fever shows no signs of letting up!  As millions of fans celebrated the success of the BELIEVE album and accompanying  sold-out BELIEVE world tour, global superstar Justin Bieber announces additional 2013 shows on his headlining tour of North America. The “Believe” Tour, presented by Motorola and produced by AEG Live will start up again on June 22nd in San Diego, California at the Valley View Casino Center and will blaze a trail through the newly added cities before wrapping up in Atlanta, Georgia on August 10, 2013 at the Philips Arena.  (Please see complete tour itinerary below.)  Scheduled on sale dates are December 14th and December 21st. 

A number of VIP packages will also be offered on the upcoming tour.  In addition to great seats, VIP packages can include Meet & Greets and photo opportunities with Justin Bieber, autographed memorabilia, exclusive VIP merchandise and much more!  For more information on VIP packages, please visit www.aeglive.com.

Additionally, $1.00 from each ticket will be donated to Pencils of Promise, a charity which works to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the developing world.  The goal is to build 15 schools around the world for needy children. Details at www.pencilsofpromise.com

June
Jun 22  San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center     On Sale Dec 14
Jun 24  Los Angeles, CA Staples Center      On Sale Dec 14
Jun 25  Los Angeles, CA Staples Center      On Sale Dec 14
Jun 26  San Jose, CA  HP Pavilion at San Jose     On Sale Dec 14
Jun 28  Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena     On Sale Dec 14
Jun 30  Denver, CO  Pepsi Center       On Sale Dec 21

July
Jul 2  Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena     On Sale Dec 21
Jul 3  Dallas, TX  American Airlines Center     On Sale Dec 14
Jul 6  Omaha, NE  CenturyLink Center      On Sale Dec 14
Jul 7  Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena      On Sale Dec 14
Jul 9  Chicago, IL  United Center       On Sale Dec 21
Jul 10  Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse     On Sale Dec 21
Jul 12  Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena      On Sale Dec 14
Jul 13  Cleveland, OH  Quicken Loans Arena      On Sale Dec 21
Jul 15  Buffalo, NY  First Niagara Center      On Sale Dec 14
Jul 17  Philadelphia, PA Well Fargo Center      On Sale Dec 14
Jul 18  Hartford, CT  XL Center       On Sale Dec 14
Jul 20  Boston, MA  TD Garden       On Sale Dec 14
Jul 23  Kanata, ON  Scotiabank Place      On Sale Dec 21
Jul 25  Toronto, ON  Air Canada Centre      On Sale Dec 21
Jul 26  Toronto, ON  Air Canada Centre      On Sale Dec 21
Jul 28  Detroit, MI  Joe Louis Arena      On Sale Dec 14
Jul 30  Newark, NJ  Prudential Center      On Sale Dec 14
Jul 31  Newark, NJ  Prudential Center      On Sale Dec 14

August
Aug 2  Brooklyn, NY  Barclays Center      On Sale Dec 14
Aug 3  Washington, DC Verizon Center          On Sale Dec 21
Aug 5  Columbia, SC  Colonial Life Arena      On Sale Dec 14
Aug 7  Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena On Sale Dec 14
Aug 8  Tampa, FL  Tampa Bay Times Forum     On Sale Dec 14
Aug 10  Atlanta, GA  Philips Arena       On Sale Dec 21

About Justin Bieber
With worldwide album sales in excess of 15 million units, Justin has dominated pop culture and social media for more than two years.  He has over 48 million Facebook fans, more than 31 million Twitter followers, and over 3.1 billion YouTube views – he is far and away the most popular YouTube artist of all time, and received the 2012 Billboard Music Award for Social Artist of the Year.

www.justinbiebermusic.com
www.bieberfever.com
www.twitter.com/justinbieber
www.facebook.com/justinbieber

About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance.  AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, exhibition, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, fifteen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues.  The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, American Idol Live, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Trey Songz and Wisin & Yandel.  The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain opening in December and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.  AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com

Dec 102012
 

EXHIBITION: Dylan Vitone, “Leisure”

Gallery II: Richard Gilles, “Towers”

SHOW DATES: January 12 – February 23, 2013

RECEPTION: Saturday, January 12, 6 – 8 pm

GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm

dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibitions by gallery artists Dylan Vitone and Richard Gilles. The main gallery will feature “Leisure” by Vitone. Gallery II will display “Towers” by Gilles. These are both artists’ third solo exhibitions at dnj Gallery.

dnj Gallery features Dylan Vitone and Richard Gilles exhibition

“Leisure” includes work from Vitone’s “Yellowstone” and “Rutland” projects. In “Yellowstone,” Vitone investigates modern society’s interaction with nature, capturing the throngs of tourists who flock to the historic park. In contrast, in the “Rutland” project, Vitone explores less mainstream pursuits at Skatopia in southern Ohio. Photographing the skate enthusiasts who camp there, Vitone looks beyond the tough exterior of youth counterculture to find an underlying beauty and naïveté. Together, the projects form a dialogue about the role of leisure in American society.

As with his earlier series, Vitone stitches together several images to create a nearly 360-degree view, which, as he states, “allows [him] to show simultaneously details and relationships at multiple spacial and perceptual levels….” “Working in the tradition of street photographers and social anthropologists such as Milton Rogovin and Bruce Davidson, Vitone makes extended portraits of communities through intimate observations of their everyday rituals.” (Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, 10-24-08).

Vitone is an Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a B.A. in Photo-communications from St. Edwards University and an M.F.A. in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Gilles’ “Towers” series in Gallery II captures pairs of vertical structures set against stark panoramas with ample skies and low horizons. He views the towers as “sentries standing watch over the landscape” and, with Google Maps to help him scout locations across the United States (including many in California and Nevada), is meticulous about adhering to the rigid formula of pairs. “Towers” is a continuation of Gilles’ ongoing exploration of the unnoticed and overlooked, and is an invitation to consider both the condition of the terrain and the symbolism of the structures occupying it. Gilles earned his B.A. in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University. His work has been exhibited in California and throughout the country and is in the collections of the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida and the University of California, Davis, Richard L. Nelson Gallery & Fine Arts Collection, Davis, California.

 

Dec 062012
 

KPCC & NPR PRESENTS WAIT WAIT DON’T TELL ME – December 6th, 2012 at Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles, CA 90015

Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream – December 12th-16th, 2012 STAPLES Center 1111 Figueroa Street, Suite 3100 Los Angeles, CA 90015

2013 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS – January 9th, 2012 Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles, CA 90015

WWE RAW World Tour – January 18th, 2013 STAPLES Center 1111 Figueroa Street, Suite 3100 Los Angeles, CA 90015

Harlem Globetrotters – February 17th, 2013 STAPLES Center 1111 Figueroa Street, Suite 3100 Los Angeles, CA 90015

MIRA QUIEN BAILA – March 16th, 2013 at Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles, CA 90015

SESAME STREET LIVE: CAN’T STOP SINGING – May 31st-June 2nd, 2013 at Nokia Theatre 777 Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles, CA 90015

Dec 062012
 

JON ROBIN BAITZ’S “OTHER DESERT CITES” OPENS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP/MARK TAPER FORUM
Featuring Jeannie Berlin, Robert Foxworth, Robin Weigert, Michael Weston and JoBeth Williams
Performances Continue Through January 6, 2013

JON ROBIN BAITZ’S “OTHER DESERT CITES” OPENS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

Robert Foxworth and Robin Weigert in Other Desert Cities at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Directed by Robert Egan, Jon Robin Batiz Other Desert Cities . Photo by Craig Schwartz

Center Theatre Group’s production of the Tony Award-nominated “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz opens at the Mark Taper Forum on Sunday, December 9 at 7 p.m. The cast features Jeannie Berlin, Robert Foxworth, Robin Weigert, Michael Weston and JoBeth Williams. Robert Egan directs the West Coast premiere which has performances continuing through January 6, 2013. (Previews November 28 through December 8, 2012.)

“Other Desert Cities” tells the story of a once promising novelist who returns home after a six year absence to spend the holidays with her parents, her brother and her aunt. When she announces that she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s history, the reunion is thrown into turmoil.

Set design for “Other Desert Cities” is by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Alex Jaeger, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Adam Phalen and original music by Karl Fredrik Lundeberg.  Casting is by Erika Sellin, CSA.  Production Stage Manager is James T. McDermott.

Jeannie Berlin (who plays Silda Grauman) recently appeared in the film “Margaret,” for which she received Best Supporting Actress nods from The New York Times’ A.O. Scott, the Village Voice 2011 Critics’ Poll, the N.Y. Film Critics Award and more.  She is also known for the films “Sheila Levine” and “The Heartbreak Kid” (Golden Globe nomination), among others.  She appeared on stage in “Power Plays” opposite Alan Arkin, and in “After the Night and the Music.”

Robert Foxworth (Lyman Wyeth) recently appeared as Henry Drummond in “Inherit the Wind,” at The Old Globe in San Diego, where he is an Associate Artist.  On Broadway, he has appeared in “Twelve Angry Men,” “Ivanov,” “Judgment at Nuremberg,” “August: Osage County,” and more.  He has starred and guest-starred in numerous series, including “Six Feet Under” and “Falcon Crest.” He is the voice of Ratchet in all three of the “Transformers” movies.

Michael Weston (Trip Wyeth) appeared off-Broadway in “Extinction” and “Snakebit,” as well as in “Dead End,” “Matchmaker” and “Johnny On The Spot,” all at Williamstown Theatre Festival.  In Los Angeles, he was seen in “Waverly Gallery” at the Pasadena Playhouse.  Recently he starred in the A&E mini-series “Coma.” His film credits include “State of Play,” “Garden State” and “The Last Kiss,” among others, and he has played recurring roles on the popular series’ “House,” “Six Feet Under” and “Scrubs.”

Robin Weigert (Brooke Wyeth) has appeared on and off-Broadway in numerous productions, receiving Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel award nominations for her work in “Madame Melville.”  She recently played the eponymous Angel in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” at the Signature Theatre Company in NYC.  She is known to TV audiences for the role of Calamity Jane in “Deadwood” and a recurring role in the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.”  Her film work includes “The Good German,” “Things We Lost in the Fire,” “Fragments,” “My One and Only,” Charley Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York”  and “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” as well as the “The Sessions.”

JoBeth Willams (Polly Wyeth) recently appeared in “Quality of Life” at the Geffen Playhouse.  Notable films include “The Big Chill” and “Poltergeist,” as well as the television movies “Adam” and “Baby M,” both of which brought her Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

CTG has presented five Jon Robin Baitz plays including “Dutch Landscape” (world premiere – 1988-1989 season), “The Substance of Fire” (1992-1993 season), “Three Hotels” (1994-1995 season) and “Ten Unknowns” directed by Robert Egan (2002-2003 season), all at the Taper, and the world premiere of “The Paris Letter” (2004-2005 season) at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.  His other plays include “The Film Society,” “The End of the Day,” “A Fair Country,” “Mizlansky/Zilinsky” and a new version of Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” (for Broadway, starring Kate Burton).  He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist for “A Fair Country” and a Guggenheim, NEA and American Academy of Arts & Letters Award winner. His screenplays include “The Substance of Fire” and “People I Know” starring Al Pacino, both for Miramax. He created the ABC-TV drama “Brothers & Sisters” in 2006, after writing an episode of “The West Wing” (“The Long Goodbye”).

Robert Egan is the Artistic Director/Producer of the acclaimed Ojai Playwrights Conference. Prior to Ojai he was the Producing Director of the Taper for 20 seasons, where he founded and produced 15 seasons of the New Work Festival and directed “Made in Bangkok,” “Closer,” “Hedda Gabler,” “Arcadia” and Jon Robin Baitz’s “Ten Unknowns,” among many others.  He is also the Founder and President of RHEgan Productions LLC and Eye Street Media where he has conceived, written, produced and directed major live events and media celebrating Cure Autism Now, Operation Smile, LA Team Mentoring, Global Green USA and Homeboy Industries. Egan was recently named the Artistic Director/Producer of Watts Media, one of the nation’s leading companies in strategizing and creating live events and media for corporations and non-profits across the country.

Other directing and producing credits include major productions ranging from world premieres to Shakespeare at theatres across the country including in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and in London and Europe.

“Other Desert Cities” premiered at Lincoln Center Theater in December 2010 and played at the Booth Theatre on Broadway, October 2011 through June 2012, receiving a total of five Tony nominations.

Tickets for “Other Desert Cities” are available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628-2772.

Dec 042012
 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®. One hundred twenty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” Never Sorry LLC

“Bully,” The Bully Project LLC

“Chasing Ice,” Exposure

“Detropia,” Loki Films

“Ethel,” Moxie Firecracker Films

“5 Broken Cameras,” Guy DVD Films

“The Gatekeepers,” Les Films du Poisson, Dror Moreh Productions, Cinephil

“The House I Live In,” Charlotte Street Films, LLC

“How to Survive a Plague,” How to Survive a Plague LLC

“The Imposter,” Imposter Pictures Ltd.

“The Invisible War,” Chain Camera Pictures

“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” Jigsaw Productions in association with

Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films

“Searching for Sugar Man,” Red Box Films

“This Is Not a Film,” Wide Management

“The Waiting Room,” Open’hood, Inc.

The Documentary Branch viewed the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles on the shortlist.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Dec 032012
 

OSCAR HOST SETH MACFARLANE GOES ON mtvUS

OSCAR® HOST SETH MACFARLANE GOES ON mtvU’S “STAND IN” SERIES
TO ANNOUNCE NATIONAL SEARCH FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS TO PRESENT OSCAR STATUETTES

“Stand In: Seth MacFarlane” Premieres on mtvU and mtvU.com on December 10 at 10 a.m. ET/PT

November 30, 2012 – mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, today announced that comedian, writer, producer and this year’s host of the Oscars®, Seth MacFarlane, is the newest guest professor on the network’s ongoing, Emmy®-nominated “Stand In” series. mtvU followed MacFarlane as he travelled to the University of California Los Angeles campus to stun a class full of students during Professor Denise Mann’s “Overview of Contemporary Film Industry” course.OSCAR HOST SETH MACFARLANE GOES ON mtvUS

During the class, MacFarlane announced “The Oscar Experience College Search” presented by The Academy and mtvU, a national search for the next generation of Oscar hopefuls. College students who are interested in pursuing careers in film – writing, directing, producing, acting and more – are encouraged to vie for an opportunity to appear live onstage to deliver Oscar statuettes to telecast presenters. In addition to appearing on the Oscar show, winners will be flown to Los Angeles and provided hotel accommodations.

“In re-imagining what we want the Oscar show to be, we wanted everyone appearing on that stage to feel a deep commitment to film and its legacy, and most importantly, its future,” said telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “That was the impetus in creating this special honor for young film students who will inspire a new generation to create the films that will be honored in the future.”
 
The Oscar Experience College Search will be featured on The Academy’s Facebook page and will run through January 19, 2013. To enter, college students need to demonstrate they’re destined for the Oscars by completing the Academy’s entry form and uploading a video answering the question: How will you contribute to the future of movies? The producers of this year’s Awards show will ultimately pick a minimum of six winners, who will be flown to Los Angeles to participate in the 85th Academy Awards on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center.

“For a film student to go to the Oscars and be a part of presenting is a huge break,” said MacFarlane.

MacFarlane’s “Stand In” will premiere on mtvU to more than 750 college campuses nationwide and on-demand at mtvU.com beginning December 10 at 10 a.m. ET/PT.

MacFarlane is the latest cultural luminary to participate in mtvU’s “Stand In” series. Each edition of the program features a guest professor teaching a class unique to his or her experience and background. Previous participants include Madonna, Kanye West, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, John Legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Russell Simmons, author Tom Wolfe, rapper Nas, Senator John McCain and Sting.

MacFarlane wrote, directed and provided the voice for the title character in the feature film “Ted,” which has grossed over $500 million worldwide, making it the top-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time. He is an Emmy Award winner and all-around entertainer best known as the creative force behind the television series “Family Guy.” MacFarlane also serves as executive producer, writer and voice actor on the animated series “American Dad!” which he co-created, and is currently executive producing “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey,” a 13-part series updating Carl Sagan’s iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science.

For more information on mtvU or “Stand In,” please visit www.mtvU.com.

About mtvU
Broadcast to more than 750 college campuses, mtvU reaches upwards of 9 million U.S. college students – making it the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they are: on-air, online and on campus. mtvU programs music videos from emerging artists that can’t be seen anywhere else, news, student life features and initiatives that give college students the tools to advance positive social change. mtvU is always on campus, with more than 250 events per year, including exclusive concerts, giveaways, shooting mtvU series and more. For more information about mtvU, and a complete programming schedule, visit www.mtvU.com.

About The Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.