Oct 312013
 

Next week, we invite you to explore the mythological world of LA-based artist Marnie Weber with an artist-led talk; held in conjunction with Room to Live, where MOCA’s recent acquisition and exhibition of her work, Giggle of Clowns (2009) is on view.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013, 7PM / THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 250 SOUTH GRAND AVENUE

FREE:  moca.org/rsvp

Oct 302013
 

STEVIE WONDER MAKES SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING HIS 18TH ANNUAL HOUSE FULL OF TOYS BENEFIT CONCERT

This morning at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles, the legendary Stevie Wonder announced, for the 18th Annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert, he will be presenting in its entirety the  “Songs in the Key of Life” performance.    It will feature some of the original singers/musicians as well as contributions from some of today’s contemporary artists and musicians.  This timeless performance will be at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Saturday, December 21st.

“This is my celebration of song, life and love. What is amazing to me is how relevant this album is today.  After all, I could never write all the songs in the key of life; but there will be others who will carry on the message of song, love and life,” Stevie Wonder.

This will be the 7th year in a row Stevie Wonder will host his House Full of Toys Benefit Concert at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and each year the event collects and distributes unwrapped toys and gifts of joy for people in need.
Tickets go on-sale this Friday, November 1st at 10:00 a.m. (PST) on AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849.

Oct 292013
 
Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame / Anything L.A.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust.

The Walk of Fame runs 1.3 miles (2.1 km) east to west on Hollywood Boulevard from North Gower Street to North La Brea Avenue, plus a short segment of Marshfield Way that runs diagonally between Hollywood and La Brea; and 0.4 miles (0.7 km) north to south on Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard.

According to a 2003 report by the market research firm NPO Plog Research, the Walk attracts about 10 million visitors annually—more than Sunset Strip, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s), the Queen Mary, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—and has played an important role in making tourism the largest industry in Los Angeles County.

As of September 12, 2013, the Walk comprises 2,506 stars, spaced at 6-foot (1.8 m) intervals. The monuments are coral-pink terrazzo five-point stars rimmed with brass (not bronze, an oft-repeated inaccuracy) inlaid into a charcoal-colored terrazzo background. In the upper portion of each star field the name of the honoree is inlaid in brass block letters. Below the inscription, in the lower half of the star field, a round inlaid brass emblem indicates the category of the honoree’s contributions. The emblems symbolize five categories within the entertainment industry:
Circular 4-inch brass plaque showing a side view of a classic movie camera Classic film camera representing motion pictures
Circular 4-inch brass plaque with a tube-type television with twin aerials Television receiver representing broadcast television
Circular 4-inch brass plaque with a top view of phonograph disc and pickup arm Phonograph record representing audio recording or music
Circular 4-inch brass plaque with an antique studio-style microphone Radio microphone representing broadcast radio
Circular 4-inch brass plaque with the classic theatrical comedy/tragedy masks Comedy/tragedy masks representing theatre/live      performance (added in 1984)

Of all the stars on the Walk to date, 47% have been awarded in the motion pictures category, 24% in television, 17% in audio recording, 10% in radio, and less than 2% in the live performance category. Approximately 20 new stars are added to the Walk each year.

Oct 232013
 

INVITES ARTISTS AND COMMUNITY  TO PARTICIPATE

ENGAGES EXPANDING AND DIVERSE  ONLINE AUDIENCES

MOCA LAUNCHES NEW AWARENESS AND MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN

MOCA / Anything L.A.

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles launches today a new awareness and membership campaign boosted by the museum’s fast-growing and diverse online following. The campaign message Art is for You is designed to appeal directly to a broad local and international audience actively participating in contemporary visual culture through social media channels.

MOCA’s activity across the major social media platforms, along with the launch of MOCAtv last year and on-going distribution of original online content, has engaged millions of new museum followers. MOCA approached this new audience with an open invitation to participate in a video series answering questions about their personal experiences with contemporary art in a specially installed video booth at MOCA Grand Avenue. Museum visitors of all ages recorded their thoughts about a favorite MOCA exhibition or artwork, the meaning of contemporary art, and what they hoped to see in the future at a contemporary art museum. Hundreds of participants shared their opinions, including, among others, artists Gary Baseman, Cai Guo-Qiang, Dynasty Handbag, Shepard Fairey, FriendsWithYou, Rafaël Rozendaal, Kenny Scharf, Bec Stupak, Mario Ybarra, Jr., and Aaron Young.

The campaign, which began with a direct mail initiative sent to more than 50,000 recipients, will continue with the premiere of three short videos created from the recorded contributions of the video booth participants. The first video launches today, and viewers will be directed to a dedicated web site with special content and online MOCA membership sign-up at artisforyou.org.

MOCA has presented nearly 400 groundbreaking and critically acclaimed exhibitions since its founding in 1979, with more than 100 focused on the museum’s renowned permanent collection. Part of MOCA’s mission is a deep commitment to educational programming, with the belief that exposure to contemporary art enriches audiences young and old. The message Art is for You reflects the museum’s boundary-pushing programming, encouraging exchanges and interactions between artists and the growing museum public.

Art is for You offers an opportunity for a new audience to be part of MOCA’s history by contributing to its future. Support from MOCA members will help ensure an independent MOCA and allows them to play a direct and personal role in making this remarkable art accessible now and for future generations. Become a MOCA member at artisforyou.org.

Oct 232013
 

Shot of the Day, Toy Drive Flier

Image: Moonrise over Chilao School, October 19, 2013

Shot of the Day Toy Drive Flier

Just one month to Redbird’s Blanket, Toy and School Supplies Drive and Mini-Powwow.  Please note we have a new date, time and location. We are very grateful and excited to announce that the northern traditional drum Blue Star will be singing for us once again.  Dancers, bring your dance regalia and join us for a four hour powwow.
Our Open House and Planning Party at Chilao School was a success, and a lot of fun.  The link below will take you to an assortment of 53 images that include moonscapes and sunrises, campfires and friends, and will give you a good feel for the school and the surrounding forest.  Thank you so very much to everyone who attended and contributed.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.727358330611735.1073741847.100000127253066&type=1&l=d2081a66b2

Corina Roberts, Founder
Redbird
www.RedbirdsVision.org
2013 Vice President, MEPSA

Oct 212013
 
Los Angeles

Los Angele’s / Anything L.A.

Los Angele’s: Angele’s, often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in the U.S. state of California and the second-most populous in the United States, after New York, with a population at the 2010 United States Census of 3,792,621. It has an area of 469 square miles (1,215 km2), and is located in Southern California.

The city is the focal point of the larger Los Angeles metropolitan area, which contains 12,828,837, making it one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world] and the second-largest in the United States. Los Angeles is also the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated and one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States, while the entire Los Angeles area itself has been recognized as the most diverse of the nation’s largest cities. The city’s inhabitants are referred to as Angelenos.

Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood.

Nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles is a global city, with strengths in business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine and research and has been ranked sixth in the Global Cities Index and 9th Global Economic Power Index. The city is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. The Los Angeles combined statistical area (CSA) has a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of $831 billion (as of 2008), making it the third-largest in the world, after the Greater Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles includes Hollywood and leads the world in the creation of television productions, video games, and recorded music; it is also one of the leaders in motion picture production.Additionally, Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984.

Oct 192013
 
Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights / Anything L.A.

Here’s What The Critics Have To Say About Halloween Horror Nights
“Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights is definitely an event to experience during the Halloween season, and this year is no exception.”
— Norm Gidney, MiceChat.com
 
“If you are visiting or live near Los Angeles, Halloween Horror Nights is a devilish treat
you don’t want to miss.”
— Robert DeSalvo, Movies.com

“Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights is the standard by which all other theme park haunts are judged and for good reason. It’s scary as hell, gory as hell, and fun as hell.”
— Norm Gidney, MiceChat

“For horror fans, Halloween Horror Nights is a must. Every year, it’s one of my favorite parts of the Halloween season, delivering expertly crafted, wonderfully detailed mazes that bring iconic films to life in in an evocative and intense manner.”
— Eric Goldman, IGN

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights! Leave the kids at home and bring your loved one for a night you’ll never forget… assuming you live to see the light of another day!”
— Rick West, Theme Park Adventure

Oct 182013
 

Autry National Center / Anything L.A.

The Autry is a museum dedicated to bringing together the stories of all peoples of the American West, connecting the past with the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs, including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music, and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach.

The Autry was established in 1988 by Gene Autry (as “Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum”) to explore and share the comprehensive story of the American West and the multiple cultures, perspectives, traditions, and experiences–real and imagined–that make the West significant. Its Griffith Park collection includes 21,000 paintings, sculptures, costumes, textiles, firearms, tools, toys, musical instruments, and other objects. The museum presents thought-provoking contemporary and historical exhibitions, year-round programs for children, intellectual forums, and the acclaimed Native Voices at the Autry performing arts series. The museum is located in Griffith Park.

The Autry’s Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection of Native American art is one of the most significant and representative of its kind in the United States, second only to the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian. The 238,000-piece collection includes 14,000 baskets, 10,000 ceramic items, 6,300 textiles and weavings, and more than 1,100 pieces of jewelry, representing Indigenous peoples from Alaska to South America, with an emphasis on cultures from California and the Southwestern United States.

The Autry Institute, which includes the collections of the Braun Research Library and the Autry Library, is a research and publishing enterprise that produces and supports scholarly work in Western history and the arts. In 2002, the Women of the West Museum of Colorado merged with the Institute, infusing the Autry’s focus with a scholarly and educational emphasis on gender issues and women’s experiences in the American West.

Museum and Store Hours

Tuesday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Open New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day
Crossroads West Cafe Hours

Tuesday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Autry Research Library Hours

Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. by appointment only. Please call 323.667.2000, ext. 349, or e-mail rroom@theautry.org.

Oct 152013
 

COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR  “THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS”

Playing At The Ahmanson Theatre April 22 – June 1, 2014

Ahmanson Theatre THE GERSHWINS PORGY AND BESS

Ahmanson Theatre THE GERSHWINS PORGY AND BESS / Anything L.A.

Casting has been announced for the national tour of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, which will open at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre on April 23 and play through June 1, 2014. (Preview on April 22.) The tour, accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra, is set to launch at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre this November.
Joining previously announced Nathaniel Stampley as Porgy and Alicia Hall Moran as Bess will be Alvin Crawford as Crown, Kingsley Leggs as Sporting Life, Sumayya Ali as Clara, Denisha Ballew as Serena, Danielle Lee Greaves as Mariah and David Hughey as Jake.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 142013
 

The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

 

 

 

The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!”
by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort Directed by Marc Warzecha

DESCRIPTION:    The genius of The Second City will once again take over the Kirk Douglas Theatre as the legendary comedy theatre group delivers its special brand of holiday cheer with “A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens!” The reloaded and re-twisted production features Scrooge, the Cratchits and all the time-traveling ghosts normally found in Dickens’ uplifting holiday fare while breathing new life into the classic tale with celebrity guests, audience-interactive improvisation, a few new characters and a festive party atmosphere in the lobby.

DATES/TIMES:    Previews Begin December 8. Opens December 12.
Continues through December 29, 2013.
Previews: (December 8-11)
Sunday at 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Opens December 12 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (Beginning December 13):
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday at 8 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; Saturday at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. No performance on Mondays.
Exceptions: Added 8 p.m. performance on Monday, December 23. No performances on Tuesday, December 24 or Wednesday, December 25.

TICKET INFO:    Ticket Prices: $20-$65 (Ticket prices are subject to change.) Tickets are available by calling CTG Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office (at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles), on-line at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office two hours prior to performances.

Hot Tix: $20 each may be purchased in advance or, subject to availability, on the day of performance at the box office (no checks). Groups: (213) 972-7231. Deaf community: information & charge, TDD (213) 680-4017.

LOCATION:        Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. Ample free parking and restaurants adjacent.

Oct 102013
 

CAST SET FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE

OF “THE BLACK SUITS”AT THE CTG

KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

Previews Begin October 27, 2013

CAST SET FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “THE BLACK SUITS”

CAST SET FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF “THE BLACK SUITS” / Anything L.A.

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of “The Black Suits,” which begins previews October 27 at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.  Opening night is November 3 and performances run through November 24, 2013.

“The Black Suits” has music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, book by Iconis and Robert Emmett Maddock and is directed by John Simpkins, with choreography by Jennifer Werner and music direction and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen.

The cast features Jimmy Brewer, Harrison Chad, Veronica Dunne, Coby Getzug, Annie Golden and Will Roland.
“The Black Suits” has set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by ACME Sound. Casting is by Merri Sugarman, CSA, of Tara Rubin Casting, with Los Angeles casting by Mark B. Simon, CSA. The production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.
Set in a garage in suburban Long Island, “The Black Suits” tells the tale of four boys (lead singer, guitar, bass and drums) who are preparing for stardom by way of the St. Anne’s Battle of the Bands. The band and the music give focus and sustenance to the boys whose lives are filled with teenage angst and longing, struggles with friends and girlfriends, and the need to make choices. For one brief summer they find escape in the camaraderie of the band, the sheer fun of creating and playing music and the core belief in the “transformative coolness of rock ‘n’ roll.”
Tickets are available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre or by calling (213) 628-2772.

Oct 092013
 
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 RICHARD E. SHERWOOD AWARD

L-R: Miranda Wright, Sean Cawelti and Yuval Sharon, the three finalists for Center Theatre Group’s 2014 Richard E. Sherwood Award /Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging

Center Theatre Group’s Award for Early Career L.A. Artists
Three finalists have been selected for Center Theatre Group’s 2014 Richard E. Sherwood Award. All three finalists will receive a cash prize, with $10,000 going to the top honoree.
Created in memory of Richard E. Sherwood, the award provides financial support for innovative and adventurous emerging theatre artists living and working in Los Angeles.  Each year, Center Theatre Group learns about the recipient’s artistic vision and introduces him or her to other artists and theatre leaders close to the company.
Sean Cawelti, Yuval Sharon and Miranda Wright were selected from a competitive group of applicants in recognition of their exceptional contributions to the Los Angeles theatre landscape. This year’s applicant pool was the largest and most impressive in the history of the award.
Sean Cawelti is the founding artistic director of Rogue Artist Ensemble, a Los Angeles-based theatre company that creates hyper-theatre through the innovative use of puppetry, masks and multi-media. Cawelti recently directed a public staged reading of Rogue Artist Ensemble’s current work-in-progress, “Pinocchio,” a delightfully macabre, modern day twist on the classic Italian tale.
Yuval Sharon is the founding artistic director of The Industry, a Los Angeles-based experimental opera company. Sharon is currently directing the world premiere of “Invisible Cities,” a site-specific invisible opera that utilizes wireless headphones at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

Miranda Wright is the founding executive director of Los Angeles Performance Practice, a producing organization and artists’ network dedicated to supporting Los Angeles’ unique contemporary performance community, and director and co-founder of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts.

Miranda recently produced “You Should Have Stayed Home, Morons” as part of Radar L.A. 2013 and the Live Arts Exchange (LAX) festival at the Bootleg Theatre.
Since 1996, the Sherwood Award has met a vital need in the theatre landscape. “If we are to have a dynamic theatre expressing the world of the 21st century, we must recognize and nourish the explorative artist, particularly in the struggle of the early years of a career,” said Dorothy Sherwood, wife of Richard E. Sherwood.
Richard E. Sherwood was a patron of the arts with a special appreciation for emerging artists who are in the vanguard of theatre. He was president and then chairman of the CTG Board of Directors from 1980 until his passing in 1993. The award is established as an endowed fund at CTG by his family, friends, colleagues and fellow board members, to honor Sherwood’s passionate commitment to theatre. The Sherwood Award will be presented at the Ovation Awards ceremony produced by LA Stage Alliance.

Oct 092013
 
Governor and First Lady Honor 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno

Governor and First Lady Honor 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno / Anything L.A.

On behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor 1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, who bravely gave her life in service to our state and nation. The Governor and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time.

In memorial, Governor Brown ordered that flags be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol today. 1st Lt. Moreno’s family will receive a letter of condolence from the Governor.
1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, CA, died October 6, in Zhari District, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked her unit with an improvised explosive device. She was assigned to the Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. 1st Lt. Moreno was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Oct 042013
 
YouTube Plans a Music Awards Show Live From New York

Lady Gaga ” Arcade Fire ,, Anything L.A.

Intent on bolstering its reputation as an influential outlet for new music, YouTube will host its first music awards show in November, a live show in New York filled with stars and a series of warm-up events around the world.

The first YouTube Music Awards will be held on Nov. 3 at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side, with performances by Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Eminem and other luminaries that will be live-streamed — on YouTube, of course — under the direction of Spike Jonze, the director of classic music videos like the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” and Weezer’s “Buddy Holly.”

The event will also feature musicians who have made their splash through online videos, like the violinist Lindsey Stirling (417 million views) and Cdza, a group that performs comedic covers and medleys (20 million). Vice and Sunset Lane Entertainment, which has produced MTV’s Video Music Awards in the past, will be the executive producers of the show.

Danielle Tiedt, YouTube’s vice president of marketing, said the awards were meant to celebrate musicians who have had the biggest influence on YouTube over the last year. Nominees for the award’s six competitive categories will be announced in mid-October, and will be determined by data like the number of times of video has been viewed and shared, or the number of spinoffs it has inspired (which may come in handy for Baauer’s “Harlem Shake”).

In keeping with its global-stars-of-YouTube theme, the show will have prelude events on Nov. 2 in Brazil, and in Seoul, Moscow and London, with performers to be announced.

Winners will be chosen by popular vote from YouTube users around the world, meaning that fans from South Korea or Brazil or anywhere else could choose the victors if they vote in large enough numbers. But voting is limited to once per person per day, for each award category, Ms. Tiedt said, to filter out fraud and the overzealous.

(Excerpt from New York Times; article by BEN SISARIO)

Oct 022013
 
STAPLES Center Upcoming Concerts

STAPLES Center Upcoming Concerts / Anything L.A.

Upcoming Concerts:

Depeche Mode – October 2nd, 2013

League of Legends World Championships – October 11th, 2013

Bon Jovi – October 11th, 2013

P!NK – October 12th & 13th, 2013

Kanye West – October 26th & 28th, 2013

Selena Gomez – November 6th, 2013

Nine Inch Nails – November 8th, 2013

Drake – November 25th, 2013

Justin Timberlake – November 26th, 2013

Michael Bublé – November 29th, 2013

Beyoncé– December 3rd, 2013

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – December 4th, 2013

Jay Z – December 9th, 2013

Disney on Ice – Rocking Ever After – December 11th-15th, 2013

George Strait – February 8th, 2014

Lady Antebellum – March 18th, 2014

Cher  – July 7th, 2014

STAPLES Center Communications
1111 Figueroa Street, Suite 3100
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Oct 012013
 
Turner Classic Movies to Premiere Oscar New Documentary

Turner Classic Movies to Premiere Oscar New Documentary / Anything L.A.

Turner Classic Movies to Premiere Oscar®, New Documentary by
Academy Award®–Winners Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
Oscar, Produced by Telling Pictures Inc., in Association with the Motion Picture Academy,To Premiere in February 2014, During TCM’s Annual 31 Days of Oscar, CNN Films to Encore the Film Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present the world premiere of Oscar, a brand-new documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards®, as part of its annual 31 Days of Oscar showcase, leading up to ABC’s live Academy Awards telecast on March 2.  Produced by Telling Pictures, Inc., in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Academy) and Hollywood Newsreel,this fascinating special will take movie lovers on a journey through Hollywood history as it tells its story of the little statuette that became the industry’s most coveted prize.

Oscar is set to have its world television premiere on TCM Saturday, Feb. 1, the opening night of the 2014 edition of 31 Days of Oscar. With the new documentary as its centerpiece, 31 Days of Oscar will be themed around the history of the Academy Awards. Featuring more than 300 Oscar-winning and nominated films, the month-long showcase will take a deep look into the world’s oldest, most important and most prestigious film award. Each night’s lineup will feature a complete set of nominated films that faced each other in a particular category, beginning Feb. 1 with all 10 Best Picture nominees from 1939: Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Of Mice and Men, Ninotchka, Wuthering Heights, Stagecoach, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Dark Victory and Love Affair.

Oscar is being written, directed and executive-produced by Oscar-winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt). Christopher Pavlick and Rick Spalla are also producing. The documentary is one of several major programming events leading up to TCM’s 20th anniversary in April 2014.
To bring its story to life, Oscar will be packed with great moments from 85 years of Academy Award ceremonies, which were first held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, now home to the TCM Classic Film Festival each spring. The special will also feature extensive clips from Oscar-winning and nominated films, plus exclusive, behind-the-scenes ceremony footage from the archives of Hollywood Newsreel, much of it never shown before.  CNN Films will air the encore presentation of the documentary on CNN, following the film’s first broadcast on TCM.

A growing list of Academy Award-winning and nominated actors and actresses are being interviewed for Oscar, including Annette Bening (American Beauty), Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), Cher (Moonstruck), George Clooney (Syriana), Benicio Del Toro (Traffic), Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) and Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen).

From behind the camera, Oscar will feature interviews with such award-winning filmmakers and producers as Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan), Kathleen Kennedy (Schindler’s List), Freida Lee Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision), Michael Moore (Bowling for Columbine), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams).

The interview roster also includes Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan); Academy Award-winning editor Kirk Baxter (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo); award-winning production designer Jeannine Claudia Oppewall (L.A. Confidential); award-winning costume designer Jeffrey Kurland (Inception); Academy Award-winning make-up artist Ve Neil (Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire, Ed Wood); Oscar-winning visual effects designer Craig Barron (Titanic); Academy Award-winning sound designer Ben Burtt (Star Wars, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial);
In addition, Oscar will feature an interviews with frequent Academy Award ceremony host Billy Crystal (When Harry Met Sally…), ceremony producer Don Mischer and head writer Bruce Vilanch, as well as former Academy executive director Bruce Davis and cinematographer and Board of Governors member John Bailey (As Good as It Gets). The special will also include a chat with TCM host, author and Academy Awards historian Robert Osborne, whose book 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards is set to be released Oct. 29 from Abbeville Press.

Oscar will not only tell the history of the Academy Awards, but also highlight the relationship between the honored movies and major historical events and trends. Woven throughout the narrative will be segments about the major categories, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Picture, as well as sidebars about the annual parade of fashions on the red carpet, memorable host monologues and emotion-packed tributes.

“We’re delighted to partner with TCM on this extraordinary 85-year history of the Academy Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Rob and Jeffrey are in the midst of producing a fantastic showcase of special Oscar moments that will take audiences on a memorable cinematic journey.”
“I can think of no better way to celebrate more than 85 years of Oscar than by telling the story of the Academy Awards,” said Jeff Gregor, general manager of TCM and chief marketing officer for TCM, TNT and TBS. “And there’s no network that can tell that story like TCM. We’re proud to make the February 2014 premiere of Oscar the centerpiece of TCM’s annual 31 Days of Oscar, where it will be surrounded by a carefully curated lineup of more than 300 Academy Award-winning and nominated films.”
Oscar is one of several major programming events leading up to TCM’s 20th anniversary in April 2014.