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'Lincoln': Daniel Day-Lewis' Third Best Actor Oscar? + Golden Globes Skirt Academy Regulations

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln: Daniel Day-Lewis for Oscar 2013? Ever since it was announced that Steven Spielberg was going to direct an Abraham Lincoln biopic, film pundits, bloggers, lovers, and gossipers immediately began predicting Oscar nominations – and/or victories – for the film, its director, its crew, and […]


'House at the End of the Street' Trailer + First (Openly) Gay Hollywood Studio Chairman Resigns

Jennifer Lawrence, House at the End of the Street Jennifer Lawrence stars in House at the End of the Street, Mark Tonderai's horror / thriller to be released by Relativity Media on Sept. 21. The video below makes House at the End of the Street's house at the end of […]


'Star Wars' Designer Ralph McQuarrie Dies

Art designer Ralph McQuarrie, who worked on the designs for George Lucas Star Wars and its sequels, died today at the age of 82. The Indiana-born McQuarrie began his career as a designer after moving to California in the 1960s. In the mid-1970s, he was hired by Lucas to design […]


'Star Trek' & 'Previs' at the Academy

“Visualize This: Previs in the Making of Star Trek,” will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council on Thursday, November 18, at 8 p.m. at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The program will explore the previsualization (previs) process in the […]


Caleb Deschanel & Randal Kleiser Join Academy's Science and Technology Council

Caleb Deschanel. Craig Barron, Lisa Zeno Churgin, Caleb Deschanel (above), Randal Kleiser and Alex McDowell have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The information below is from the Academy's press release: Lisa Zeno Churgin, an Academy Award-nominated editor […]


3D Movie Technology at the Academy: “Getting Perspective III” Panel Series

Movies in 3D were a sensation back in the early 1950s: Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder (1954); Bwana Devil (1952) with Robert Stack; and House of Wax (1953) with Vincent Price under the direction of Andre De Toth, who had only one eye and thus could not get the […]


Oscar Scientific and Technical Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a list of 15 scientific and technical achievements represented by 46 individual award recipients to be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation at The Beverly Wilshire on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. As per the Academy's press release, […]


Academy's Science and Technology Council Gets New Members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Thad Beier, Elizabeth Cohen, Don Hall and Jim Houston have accepted invitations to join the Academy's Science and Technology Council. From the Academy's press release: Beier, the head of CG at Digital Domain, was awarded an Academy Technical Achievement […]


Caleb Deschanel, Allen Daviau: Academy's 'Behind the Motion Picture Canvas' Presentation

Pictured above are (left to right): host and council member Rob Hummel, Oscar-nominated cinematographer Stephen Burum (The Untouchables, Mission Impossible), Oscar-nominated cinematographer Allen Daviau (


Milos Forman & Peter Shaffer Attend 'Amadeus' Screening + 'Manhattan' & 'The Black Stallion' Return

Peter Shaffer and Milos Forman. Milos Forman and Peter Shaffer: 'Amadeus' 25th anniversary screening Pictured above are playwright and Oscar-winning screenwriter Peter Shaffer and two-time Oscar-winning director Milos Forman at the reception preceding the 25th anniversary screening of the 1984 classic Amadeus. Hosted by author and interviewer Christopher Frayling, the […]


When Worlds Collide: The Science of Movies

Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight (top); Tobey Maguire in Spider Man 3 (bottom) “When Worlds Collide: The Science of Movies” is the title of the Academy's Science and Technology Council's program about the physics behind some of Hollywood's best-known action and science-fiction scenes. “When Worlds Collide” will be presented […]


'The Abyss' Screening: James Cameron Underwater Sci-Fier

The Abyss, the costly, special-effect-laden, deep-sea adventure drama about underwater aliens and a bickering married couple, will be screened at a special 20th anniversary event by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. This Academy […]