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Glenn Close + Mads Mikkelsen: Awards Season Honorees + Disturbing Drama Tops London

Glenn Close: Palm Springs Film Festival Career Achievement Award

Ramon Novarro biography Beyond Paradise

Glenn Close’s publicists must have been working round the clock these last few months. A highly likely Best Actress Oscar contender for her performance in Albert Nobbs, Close has already received the San Sebastian International Film Festival’s Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award and, a couple of days ago, the Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Career Achievement Award. Now comes the announcement that Close will be taking home another Career Achievement Award, this time at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala ceremony on Jan. 7 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

In Albert Nobbs, Close plays a 19th-century Irishwoman who passes as a (strange-looking) man in order to eke out a living in those difficult times. In the past, the Academy has often shown a penchant for cross-dressing actors, e.g., Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot, Julie Andrews in Victor Victoria, Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, John Lithgow The World According to Garp, Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously, William Hurt in Kiss of the Spider Woman, etc. (Barbra Streisand in Yentl was a notable exception to this Academy rule.) Apparently, so do late 2011/early 2012 film festivals.

Now, what have Meryl Streep’s publicists been doing lately?

Past recipients of the Palm Springs Festival’s Career Achievement Award include Cate Blanchett, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson and Helen Mirren. The festival runs January 5-16.

The information below is from the Palm Springs Film Festival’s press release:

In her forthcoming film Albert Nobbs, Close plays a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th-century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men’s clothing, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her own making. Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson and Brendan Gleeson join a prestigious, international cast that includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricker and Pauline Collins. Rodrigo Garcia directs from a script that Glenn Close, along with Man Booker prize-winning novelist John Banville and Gabriella Prekop, adapted from a short story by Irish author George Moore. Roadside Attractions will release the film theatrically this December.

Close made her feature film debut in George Roy Hill’s The World According to Garp. Her performance earned her awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review as well as her first Academy Award nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for her performances in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill, Barry Levinson’s The Natural, Adrian Lyne’s smash Fatal Attraction and Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons, for which she was also a BAFTA Award nominee. She recently received the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Her other films include Richard Marquand’s Jagged Edge, Barbet Schroeder’s Reversal of Fortune, Franco Zeffirelli’s Hamlet, István Szabo’s Meeting Venus, Ron Howard’s The Paper, Stephen Herek’s 101 Dalmatians, Kevin Lima’s 102 Dalmatians, Wolfgang Petersen’s Air Force One, Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune, Rose Troche’s The Safety of Objects, James Ivory’s Le Divorce, Chris Terrio’s Heights, Rodrigo García’s Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her and Nine Lives, and Lajos Koltai’s Evening.

On television, Close headlines the critically acclaimed legal thriller Damages for the fifth season, now on DirecTV, portraying high-stakes litigator Patty Hewes, earning a 2010 Emmy Award nomination and two consecutive Emmys as Best Actress in a Drama Series for the first two seasons. For the show’s 2009 premiere season, she won a Golden Globe Award in addition to the Emmy and received a SAG nomination. Prior to Damages, Close won rave reviews and an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Captain Monica Rawling in a season-long story arc on FX’s The Shield.

Glenn Close photo: Palm Springs Film Festival

Mads Mikkelsen: European Films Awards’ Achievement in World Cinema Prize

Mads Mikkelsen will receive the European Film Academy’s European Achievement in World Cinema 2011 Honorary Award “in recognition of a unique contribution to the world of film.” Previous recipients include Milos Forman, Roman Polanski, Antonio Banderas, Lars von Trier, Isabelle Huppert, Maurice Jarre, Liv Ullmann, Roberto Benigni, Gabriel Yared, and Victoria Abril.

Among the Danish-born Mikkelsen’s credits are Nicolas Winding Refn’s crime dramas Pusher (1996) and With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II (2004); Anders Thomas Jensen’s The Green Butchers (2003) and Adam’s Apples (2005); Susanne Bier’s Open Hearts (2002) and the Oscar-nominated After the Wedding (2006); and Ole Christian Madsen’s Flame and Citron (2008).

Outside of Denmark, Mikkelsen was the creepy villain with the bleeding eye in Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale (2006); Igor Stravinsky in Jan Kounen’s Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009); a corporate go-getter with a past in Peter Lindmark’s Swedish drama Exit (2009); One Eye in Winding Refn’s English-language Valhalla Rising (2009); Draco in Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans (2010); and Rochefort in Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers (2011).

Mikkelsen won the Danish critics’ Bodil Award for Pusher II; he was also nominated for Open Hearts, The Green Butchers, and Prague (2006). Additionally, he has received two Best Actor European Film Award nominations to date, for After the Wedding and Flame and Citron.

From the set of the Arnaud des Pallières-directed Franco-German co-production Michael Kohlhaas, Mikkelsen sent the following statement to the European Film Academy:

“There is very little to say when you are honoured with an award of this calibre other than that I am deeply grateful. Seeing the list of former recipients, all giants, and realising that people outside my family keep an eye on my work, makes me accept this award with great humbleness and a big smile.”

Based on Heinrich von Kleist’s novel, Michael Kohlhaas also features Bruno Ganz, Sergi López, and Amira Casar.

Mads Mikkelsen, who will be turning 46 next Nov. 22, will be an honorary guest at the 2011 European Film Awards Ceremony on 3 December 2011 in Berlin.

Mads Mikkelsen picture: Kenneth Willardt

‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’: Best Film at London Film Festival

Lynne Ramsay’s British family drama We Need to Talk About Kevin, which stars Tilda Swinton as the mother of a young mass murderer, won the Best Film Award at the 2011 BFI London Film Festival (LFF). The LFF awards ceremony was held this evening in Central London; comedian Marcus Brigstocke hosted the event. Jury chair John Madden and fellow judge Gillian Anderson presented the Best Film award.

The Best British Newcomer award went to actress Candese Reid for her performance in Tinge Krishnan’s dark social drama Junkhearts. Edgar Wright and Minnie Driver presented the award.

Pablo Giorgelli was given the Sutherland Award Winner for the Argentinean drama Las Acacias, described as “a slow-burning, uplifting and enchanting story of a truck driver and his passengers.” The Sutherland Award, this year presented by Terry Gilliam, is given to the director “of the most original and imaginative feature debut in the Festival.”

Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss was the recipient of the Grierson Award for Best Documentary, presented “in commemoration of John Grierson, the grandfather of British documentary.” Featuring a series of interviews about those connected to a Texas death-row inmate, Into the Abyss is described as a “study of the senselessness of violence and its consequences.”

Additionally, Ralph Fiennes and David Cronenberg were given the BFI Fellowship, a sort of Career Achievement Award. Liam Neeson presented the BFI Fellowship to Fiennes; Cronenberg got his from Jeremy Thomas and Michael Fassbender, one of the stars of Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method.

We Need to Talk About Kevin photo: Oscilloscope Pictures.

Meryl Streep & Helen Mirren + Martin Scorsese: DGA Honors Presenters

Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, and Martin Scorsese will be presenters at the eighth Directors Guild of America Honors, to be held at the DGA Theater in New York City on Thursday, Oct. 13.
Actor and talk-show host Richard Belzer will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Meryl Streep will present the DGA Honor to her Julie & Julia director-writer Nora Ephron.
Helen Mirren, the wife of DGA President Taylor Hackford, and DGA First Vice President Paris Barclay will present to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. Hackford and DGA National Executive Director Jay D. Roth will present to IATSE International President Matthew Loeb.

Additionally, DGA National Vice President Steven Soderbergh will present to HBO Documentary Films President Sheila Nevins, and Martin Scorsese will present a posthumous special directorial award for lifetime achievement to pioneering filmmaker Alice Guy Blaché. Guy Blaché is officially known as the first female film director in history and a pioneer in the art and techniques of narrative filmmaking.

As per the DGA’s release, “DGA Honors celebrates individuals and institutions that have made distinguished contributions to American culture through the world of film and television.”

Past DGA Honors recipients include Robert Altman, Jonathan Demme, Milos Forman, Curtis Hanson, Spike Lee, Mike Nichols, Arthur Penn, Sydney Pollack and Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, David Chase, Jane Alexander, Ted Kennedy, and Michael Bloomberg.

Christian-Muslim Relationships & Ayrton Senna + Justin Bieber: Cinema Eye Honors Nominations

From the the remains of political prisoners buried in Chile’s Atacama desert to Muslim-Christian relationships within a (very large) family in Indonesia: Clio Barnard’s The Arbor, Steve James’ The Interrupters, Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light, Leonard Retel Helmrich’s Position Among the Stars, James Marsh’s Project Nim and Asif Kapadia’s Senna are all in the running for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking at the 2012 Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. It’s the first time that six films are competing for the top Cinema Eye award.

Seven documentaries received four nominations each, the highest number this year:Tristan Patterson’s Dragonslayer, Danfung Dennis’ Hell and Back Again, The Arbor, The Interrupters, Nostalgia for the Light, Position Among the Stars and Senna. In all, 33 films from 12 countries are vying for Cinema Eye awards in 11 categories.

The five nominees for Outstanding Achievement in Direction are Steve James, best-known for Hoop Dreams (which caused quite a stir in early 1995 when it failed to receive a nomination for the Best Documentary Feature Academy Awards), Clio Barnard, Danfung Dennis, Patricio Guzmán, and Leonard Retel Helmrich. Missing from the roster are Senna‘s Asif Kapadia and Project Nim‘s James Marsh. (Marsh’s Man on Wire was the Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction of 2009.)

For the first time this year the result of a direct vote by the Cinema Eye nominations committee, the ten contenders for the Audience Choice prize are Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking nominees Senna, Project Nim, and The Interrupters, in addition to Cindy Meehl’s Buck, Richard Press’ Bill Cunningham New York, Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Errol Morris’ Tabloid, Michael Collins’ Give Up Tomorrow, Göran Olsson’s The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, and, are you ready, Jon M. Chu’s Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.

Tim Hetherington, one of the journalists killed in Libya during that country’s blood revolution, was nominated in the Nonfiction Short Filmmaking category for the autobiographical Diary. Fellow nominees are Yuri Ancarani’s Il Capo (Italy), Davina Pardo’s Minka (USA), Jakub Stozek’s Out of Reach (Poland) and Andy Taylor Smith’s This Chair Is Not Me (UK). None of those five shorts are among the semi-finalists for the 2012 Academy Awards in the Best Documentary Short Subject category.

The Cinema Eye Honors winners will be announced on Jan. 11 at New York City’s Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

Nostalgia for the Light picture: Icarus Films

Ronald Reagan, ‘Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers’: IDA Best Documentary Nominations

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced its list of 2011 award nominees. Up for Best Feature are Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega’s Better This World, Peter D. Richardson’s How to Die in Oregon, Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light, Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion’s The Redemption of General Butt Naked, and Tatiana Huezo’s The Tiniest Place.

Themes range from political repression and the cosmos (Nostalgia for the Light), political repression and terrorism paranoia (Better This World), and political repression and hope in a small village in El Salvador (The Tiniest Place) to euthanasia and (How to Die in Oregon) and the story of a Liberian warlord (The Redemption of General Butt Naked). Of the five Best Feature nominees, only Nostalgia for the Light was also nominated in that category for the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, which were announced yesterday. Notably absent from the IDA roster are James Marsh’s Project Nim and Asif Kapadia’s Senna.

Other IDA nominees in various categories include Eugene Jarecki’s Ronald Reagan documentary for HBO, Reagan; Leonard Retel Helmrich’s Position Among the Stars, a tale about an Indonesian Muslim-Christian family that is also up for the Cinema Eye Honors best feature documentary award; and Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith’s The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, which two years ago was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category.

Also, Danfung Dennis will be handed the 2011 Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award for his feature debut, the Afghanistan war/American family life film Hell and Back Again, winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Jury Award and World Cinema Cinematography Award. Veteran Les Blank will get the Career Achievement Award; previous recipients of the award include Sheila Nevins, Michael Apted, Ken Burns, Albert Maysles, Haskell Wexler, Michael Moore, Errol Morris, and Barbara Kopple.

The International Documentary Association’s 2011 awards ceremony will be held on December 2 at the Directors Guild of America in West Hollywood.

Better This World, Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway
Kelly Duane de la Vega, Katie Galloway’s Better This World


Directors/Producers/Writers: Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega
Prod.: Mike Nicholson
Executive Prod.: Julie Goldman, John Battsek, Nicole Stott, Chana Ben-Dov, Sally Jo Fifer (ITVS), Simon Kilmurry (American Documentary|POV)
Loteria Films, Bullfrog Films, Cat & Docs

Director/Prod.: Peter D. Richardson
Executive Prod.: Melody Korenbrot, Sheila Nevins (HBO)
Supervising Prod.: Jacqueline Glover (HBO)
Associate Prod.: Sophie Harris, Jordan Curnes
Clearcut Productions in association with HBO Documentary Films

Director/Writer: Patricio Guzmán
Prod.: Renate Sachse
Atacama Productions (France), Blinker Filmproduction GmbH and WDR (Germany), and Cronomedia Ltda. (Chile), Icarus Films

Directors/Prod.: Eric Strauss & Daniele Anastasion
Executive Prod.: Gregory Henry, David Shadrack Smith
Part2 Pictures

Director: Tatiana Huezo
Executive Prod.: Liliana Pardo, Henner Hoffman
Prod.: Nicolás Celis
Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica/Foprocine


Director/Prod.: Goro Toshima

Director/Producer/Writer: Barbara Hammer
Barbara Hammer Productions

Director/Prod.: Davina Pardo
Prod.: Andrew Blum
Birdling Films

Director/Prod.: Sara Nesson
Executive Prod.: Sheila Nevins (HBO)
Prod.: Mitchell Block
Supervising Prod.: Sara Bernstein (HBO)
Consulting Prod.: Ross Kauffman
Portrayal Films, Inc. in association with HBO Documentary Films

Director/Prod.: Ruby Yang
Executive Prod.: Walter & Shirley Wang
Prod.: Thomas Lennon
Thomas Lennon Films, Smiley Film Distribution & World Sales, Cinema Guild


Executive Producer/Director: Rachel Libert
Executive Prod.: Josh Braun, Ken Druckerman, Susannah Ludwig, Banks Tarver
Prod.: Kevin Vargas
Left/Right Inc., Discovery Channel- Planet Green

Director/Prod.: Spike Lee
Executive Prod.: Shelia Nevins (HBO)
Prod.: Sam Pollard
Supervising Prod.: Jacqueline Glover (HBO)
Line Prod.: Butch Robinson
40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks for HBO Documentary Films

Director/Producer/Writer: Amber Edwards
Executive Prod.: Ken Bloom
Co-Prod.: Dave Davidson
Hudson West Productions, PBS

Director: Brenda Kovrig, Mike Downie, David New, Sarah Goodman, Jeff Thrasher, Sean Michael Turrell,Ryan J. Noth, Geoff Morrison
Executive Prod.: Michael McMahon
Prod.: Joel McConvey, Kristina McLaughlin, Kevin McMahon, Michael McMahon, Geoff Morrison, Ryan J. Noth
Primitive Entertainment Inc., FilmCAN, FilmOption International Inc.

Director: Tom Barbor-Might, Jon Brooks, Neil Edson
Executive Prod.: James DuBern, James Baker
Prod.: Tom Barbor-Might, Toby Lichtig
Current TV


30 FOR 30
Executive Prod.: Keith Clinkscales, John Dahl, Joan Lynch, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons, John Skipper, John Walsh
ESPN Films

Executive Prod.: Mark Samels
Senior Prod.: Sharon Grimberg

Executive Prod.: Catherine Olsen
Prod.: Andrew Johnson, Carissa Neekon, Rosa Kim, Julia Nunes
CBC News Network

Executive Prod.: Simon Kilmurry
Co-Executive Prod.: Cynthia López
VP of Programming and Production: Chris White
Series Prod.: Yance Ford
Coordinating Prod.: Andrew Catauro
American Documentary | POV

Executive Prod.: Jim Fraenkel, Adam Yamaguchi
Prod.: Christof Putzel, Adam Yamaguchi, Mariana van Zeller, Darren Foster, Cerissa Tanner, Jeff Plunkett, Alex Simmons (with Shawn Efran, Mitch Koss, John Carlos Frey)


This award recognizes exceptional achievement in non-fiction film and video production at the university level and brings greater public and industry awareness to the work of students in the documentary field.

Director/Executive Producer/Writer: János Richter
Executive Prod.: Heidi Gronauer, Lorenzo Paccagnella
Prod.: Georg Zeller
ZeLIG- School for Documentary, Andanafilms, Icarus Films

Director/Writer: Mark Olexa
Executive Prod.: Heidi Gronauer, Lorenzo Paccagnella
Prod.: Georg Zeller, Nadia Caruso
ZeLIG – School for Documentary

Director/Prod.: Trevor Wright
Executive Director: Jack Emery
Prod.: A. Todd Smith, Jordan Augustine
Full Mountain Pictures, Brigham Young University

Director/Producer/Writer: Briar March
Executive Prod.: Jan Krawitz, Jamie Meltzer, Kris Samuelson
On the Level Production

Director/Writer: Regina Tan
Prod.: Haley Quartarone, Juvia Chua, Emily Manheim
Writer: Eysham MD Ali


The IDA/HUMANITAS AWARD is given to a documentarian whose film strives to unify the human family by exploring the stories of human beings who are different in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties and religious beliefs.

Director/Producer/Writer: Maggie Betts
Executive Prod.: Roland Betts
Prod.: Ben Selkow, Joedan Okun, Benjamin Prager
Tent Full of Birds Productions

Director/Prod.: Peter D. Richardson
Executive Prod.: Melody Korenbrot, Sheila Nevins (HBO)
Supervising Prod.: Jacqueline Glover (HBO)
Associate Prod.: Sophie Harris, Jordan Curnes
Clearcut Productions in association with HBO Documentary Films

Director/Producer/Writer: Ramon S. Diaz
Executive Prod.: Tony Gloria for Unitel, Sally Jo Fifer (ITVS), Simon Kilmurry (American Documentary|POV)
CineDiaz, POV, Women Make Movies

Director/Writer: Leonard Retel Helmrich
Producer/Writer: Hetty Naaijkens – Retel Helmrich
Scarabee Films and HUMAN Broadcasting in association with HBO Documentary Films

Director: Tatiana Huezo
Executive Prod.: Liliana Pardo, Henner Hoffman
Prod.: Nicolás Celis
Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica/Foprocine


This award is given each year for the best use of news footage as an integral component in a documentary.

Director/Writer: Ali Samadi Ahadi
Prod.: Jan Krueger, Oliver Stoltz
Dreamer Joint Venture Filmproduktion, Red Flag Releasing

Director/Producer/Writer: Amber Edwards
Executive Prod.: Ken Bloom
Prod.: Dave Davidson
Hudson West Productions, PBS

Directors/Producers/Writers: Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
Executive Prod.: Jodie Evans, Sally Jo Fifer (ITVS) Simon Kilmurry (POV)
Co-Executive Prod.: Cynthia López (POV)
VP of Programming and Production: Chris White (POV)
Series Prod.: Yance Ford (POV)
Coordinating Prod.: Andrew Catauro (POV)
ITVS, American Documentary/POV

Director/Producer/Writer: Chad Freidrichs
Prod.: Jamie Freidrichs, Paul Fehler, Brian Woodman
Unicorn Stencil Documentary Films

Director/Producer/Writer: Eugene Jarecki
Executive Prod.: Nick Fraser, Sheila Nevins (HBO)
Co-Executive Prod.: Roy Ackerman
Senior Prod.: Lisa Heller
Prod.: Kathleen Fournier
Co-Prod.: Melinda Shopsin, Christopher St. John
Associate Prod.: Daniel DiMauro, Shirel Kozak
Consulting Prod.: Alexander Johnes
Charlotte Street Films in association with HBO Documentary Films

Reagan photo: HBO.

Julie Walters, Mo Mowlam
Julie Walters as Mo Mowlam, MO

British and Brazilian television productions topped the 2011 International Emmy Award nominations, announced Monday, Sept. 3, at the international film and television market and convention MIPCOM in Cannes. UK programs received seven nods; Brazilian shows were right behind with six nods.

Among the International Emmy nominees who have made a splash in the international movie world is two-time Oscar nominee Julie Walters (Educating Rita, Billy Elliot) up for an Emmy for the British drama MO, about outspoken, cancer-stricken politician Mo Mowlam. Also, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘s Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist are in the running for their performances in a Swedish television series based on Stieg Larson’s Millennium trilogy.

The 2011 International Emmy Awards list comprises 40 nominees from 20 different countries. In addition to the UK, Brazil, and Sweden, TV productions from Chile, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore, and Germany, among others, are vying in 10 categories.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences representative said they received more than 1,000 submissions from 61 countries.

The 2011 International Emmy Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony in New York on Nov. 21.

Mo picture: Channel 4.

Michael Nyqvist Noomi Rapace Millennium TV series

Arts programming:

  • All My Life: Adoniran Barbosa (TV Globo/Brazil).
  • Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne (Twenty Twenty Television/U.K.).
  • In der Werkstatt Beethovens — Die Neunte, Thielemann und die Wiener Philharmoniker (Unitel GmbH & Co. KG/ZDF/3sat/Germany).
  • Memories of Origin — Hiroshi Sugimoto the Contemporary Artist(Wowow Inc./TV Man Union, Inc./Japan).

Best performance by an actor:

  • Fábio Assunção, Songs of Betrayal, (TV Globo/Brazil).
  • Christopher Eccleston, Accused (RSJ Films for BBC One/U.K.).
  • Jang Hyuk, The Slave Hunters (Korean Broadcasting System/South Korea).
  • Michael Nyqvist, Millenium (Yellow Bird/SVT/ZDF/Nordisk Film /Sweden).

Best performance by an actress:

  • Athena Chu Yan, A Wall-less World (Radio Television Hong Kong/Social Welfare Department/Hong Kong, China).
  • Adriana Esteves, Songs of Betrayal (TV Globo/Brazil).
  • Noomi Rapace, Millenium (Yellow Bird/SVT/ZDF/Nordisk Film/Sweden).
  • Julie Walters, MO (ITV Studios for Channel 4/United Kingdom).

Children & young people:

  • Allein gegen die Zeit (13 hours – Race against time) (Norddeutscher Rundfunk and various groups/Germany).
  • Con Que Suenas? (What is your Dream?) (Mi Chica Producciones/CNTV/TVN/Chile).
  • Dance Academy (Werner Film Productions/ABCorporation/ZDF/ZDF Enterprises Australian Children’s Television Foundation/Australia).
  • Saladin (Multimedia Development Corporation/Al Jazeera Children’s Channel/Malaysia).


  • Benidorm Bastards (Shelter/VMMA/Belgium).
  • Breaking Up (TV Globo/Brazil).
  • Facejacker (Hat Trick for Channel 4/U.K.).
  • The Noose Season 3 (MediaCorp TV Pte Ltd/Singapore).


  • Confesiones de un Sicario (Turner Argentina/Anima Films/Argentina).
  • Life with Murder (JS Kastner Producions/National Film Board of Canada/Canada).
  • The Nonfiction: Family Meeting — 7 Years in the Tanaka Family
  • Wild Japan (Studio Hamburg DocLights Naturfilm/ORF/ARTE/National Geographic/Parthenon Entertainment/Germany).


  • Engrenages (Spiral) (Son et Lumiere/CANAL+/France).
  • Sakanoue no Kumo (Cloud Above the Slope) (NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation/Japan).
  • Sherlock (Hartswood Films/BBC Wales/United Kingdom).
  • Under the Law (TV Globo/Brazil).

Non-scripted entertainment:

  • La Expedicion —Mas alla de lo imposible (RM 5TO Elemento Mexico/Zodiak Entertainment Group/Fundacion Teleton Mexico/Mexico).
  • El Hormiguero (The Anthill) (7 y accion/Spain).
  • The Master Show (Korean Broadcasting System/South Korea).
  • The World’s Strictest Parents (Twenty Twenty Television/United Kingdom).


  • Contra las Cuerdas (ON TV Llorente & Villarruel Contenidos SRL/Argentina).
  • Destiny River (TV Globo/Brazil).
  • Laços de Sangue (Blood Ties) (TV Globo/S.I.C. (Sociedade Independente de Comunicacao/SP Televisao/Portugal).
  • Precious Hearts Romances presents: Impostor (ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation/The Philippines).

TV movie/miniseries:

  • Millennium (Yellow Bird/SVT/ZDF/Nordisk Film/Sweden).
  • MO (ITV Studios for Channel 4/U.K.).
  • Operation Checkmate (TVE/Pentagrama Films/Paraiso Films/Caracol TV/Colombia).
  • Shoe-Shine Boy (TV Tokyo Corporation / Toho. Co., Ltd./Japan).

Millennium picture: ZDF/Nordisk.

Academy Museum: AMPAS Joins Forces with LACMA; Art Deco May Company Building Is Proposed Site

May Company art deco Los Angeles Academy MuseumSome in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been trying to build a film museum for a number of years. Earlier in this century, the proposed location of the increasingly ambitious project was going to be a lot next to the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Vine Street in Hollywood. Funding for the museum, however, fell through when the American economy tanked in 2008.

Fast forward to October 2011: A few hours ago, the Academy’s Board of Governors officially – or rather, semi-officially – joined forces with their counterparts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to create “a museum dedicated to motion pictures and … a new and unique cultural center for the city of Los Angeles.” The site will be the 72-year-old May Company building (photo) at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. Bought by LACMA in the mid-’90s and recently under renovation, the art deco May Company building is currently known as LACMA West. (LACMA itself is located on Wilshire, about a block to the east.)

As per AMPAS’ press release, a memorandum of understanding signed earlier this evening, “paves the way for the two organizations to discuss details of a future contract and for the Academy to begin developing plans for fundraising, design, exhibitions, visitor experience, and modifications to this historic site.”

The release adds that the Academy “hopes to sign a long-term lease for the facility, and will retain autonomy over all aspects of its museum while benefiting from LACMA’s experience in managing a premier arts institution.

“The Academy will mount a new fundraising campaign for the museum, which will give visitors an entertaining and interactive experience illuminating the way movies reflect culture and the impact they have upon it. The museum is expected to feature both permanent and rotating exhibitions inside the facility’s 300,000 gross square feet.”

It’s too bad that Debbie Reynolds’ extensive movie memorabilia collection – which had been waiting for a permanent home for years – was sold off at auction less than four months ago.

May Company photo via the California State Library.

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