Guadalajara: First Details of Guillermo del Toro’s Animation Center, Takeaways

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Guillermo del Toro Announces Guadalajara International Animation Center

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‘Singin’ in the Rain’ Director Stanley Donen Remembered as ‘Brilliant Storyteller’ and ‘Friend’

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Hollywood is paying its respects to Stanley Donen, the director of the classic musicals “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Damn Yankees!,” who died Saturday at 94.
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Oscars Last Call: Guillermo Del Toro Breaks Down Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’, Tweet By Tweet

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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Producer Jason Blum on Why This Oscar Nomination ‘Feels More Fun’

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For Jason Blum, the Best Picture-nominated “BlacKkKlansman” marks the third project of his that has been nominated for an Academy Award. But this one, he says, feels different.

“It feels more fun because I can actually enjoy it and not be so nervous about it,” Blum told TheWrap. “I’ve been through it before. With awards season, you don’t know what events you have to go to, what’s good, what’s bad — it’s just been much, much easier this time around and I’ve been able to enjoy it more.”

In total, Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Director.

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“When the movie screened at Cannes, there were conversations that it merited Academy attention, and we felt it merited attention but I was happily surprised by the Best Picture nomination, and prouder still of Spike’s nomination,” Blum said. “He’s never been nominated before, so that’s the best single thing about my experience with ‘BlacKkKlansman.’”

One of the categories the film is also nominated in is Film Editing — one of the categories the Academy recently decided to announce during the commercial break instead of announcing it during the broadcast. The decision was mostly met with criticism, with the condemnation stretching from Oscar watchers to past Oscar winners Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki. But Blum has a different point of view on the matter.

“I think the show can’t be three hours — everyone agrees,” he explained. “The first Academy Awards had just eight categories. I commend John and the Board of Governors for the choices they make. Someone has to make a leadership choice — ratings are going down and they have to make it a show for consumers. It’s not going to make everyone happy but they have to rein in the length of the show. It’s a compromise. Everyone is outraged about the decision but at the same time, everyone says the show is so boring and so long. You have to address that. The Academy Awards are so important because they push a business about money to being a little bit less about money. The only way to do that is to be seen and make the show that much better. And that’s one of the hardest choices.”

The upcoming awards show isn’t the only thing on Blum’s schedule. In fact, he has 17 upcoming projects that have been announced. There’s also “Happy Death Day 2U,” which just hit theaters this week, and the TV series “Into the Dark” which is premiering on Thursday.

He will next serve as a producer on Jordan Peele’s “Us,” Tate Taylor’s “Ma,” Jeff Wadlow’s “Fantasy Island” and Leigh Whannell’s “The Invisible Man.” And Blum has worked with Peele previously, on last year’s “Get Out” and this year’s “BlacKkKlansman” — and he doesn’t see that relationship ending anytime soon.

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When asked whether he says yes to any project Peele pitches, Blum said, “Totally! Especially if it’s scary. [In terms of ‘Us’] I thought it was great that he wanted to do another scary movie. If he comes to us, we’ll say yes!”

And Blumhouse Productions, which Blum founded in 2000 and is behind films like “The Purge” and “Insidious” franchises,” has a Rolodex of actors, directors and partners it consistently wants to work with. Peele is just one example — Blumhouse has worked with Lucy Hale, Whannell, Christopher Landon and M. Night Shyamalan on multiple projects.

“We always go back to the people we worked with before — we definitely have a shorthand,” he said. “‘Happy Death Day 2U’ is Chris Landon and I’s seventh movie, and I’m proud of that — it shows that people like the experience with the company, and that was part of my goal for Blumhouse Productions.”

Still on his dream list of people to work with: “Nightingale” director Jennifer Kent, Edgar Wright and Ben Stiller as a director.

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Oscars: Final Voting Starts As Nominees And Others Bash AMPAS Decision To Put Some Key Categories In Commercial Breaks

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Academy Sparks Outrage for Dumping 4 Oscar Categories to Commercial Breaks: ‘I Am So Pissed Off’

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The Academy’s decision to present four categories — cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling and live-action shorts — during commercial breaks on this year’s Oscar show has been greeted with widespread outrage, with the condemnation stretching from Oscar watchers to past Oscar winners Guillermo del Toro and Emmanuel Lubezki.

“If I may: I would not presume to suggest what categories to cut during the Oscars show but — Cinematography and Editing are at the very heart of our craft,” wrote del Toro, last year’s Best Director and Best Picture winner, on Twitter. “They are not inherited from a theatrical tradition or a literary tradition: they are cinema itself.”

If I may: I would not presume to suggest what categories to cut during the Oscars show but – Cinematography and Editing are at the very heart of our craft. They are not inherited from a theatrical tradition or a literary tradition: they are cinema itself.

– Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 12, 2019

And Lubezki, the only cinematographer to win three consecutive Oscars, wrote on Instagram, “Cinematography and editing are probably the ‘elementary particles,’ the primordial components of cinema. It’s an unfortunate decision.”

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But those responses were among the more measured comments on social media — or, for that matter, the comments from affected Academy members reached by TheWrap on Monday.

“It’s outrageous,” one nominee with several past nominations said a few hours after AMPAS President John Bailey revealed the affected categories in an email to members. “I am so pissed off.”

“It’s infuriating,” said another, who added with a grim chuckle, “My mother is going to be so upset.”

According to the email Bailey sent to members, the four categories will be presented during commercial breaks in the Oscar telecast, but live-streamed on and on the Academy’s social media accounts. They will then be “slightly edited” and will appear later on during the telecast, which will save time by eliminating the winners’ walks to the stage.

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On Twitter, the hashtag #PresentAll24 has been in use ever since the Academy announced last August that it would move some categories, then undisclosed, into the breaks. But when the affected categories were revealed on Monday, the conversation heated up, with the Academy drawing fire both for the decision to hand out any awards off the air and for the choice of categories, which it said will change every year.

“Bailey was inspired to become a cinematographer by Vittorio Storaro. His credits include ‘Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters’ and ‘Groundhog Day,’ and he writes a blog for the American Society of Cinematographers,” New York Times critic Manohla Dargis wrote on Twitter. “This decision is insulting and wrong.”

Bailey was inspired to become a cinematographer by Vittorio Storaro. His credits include “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters” and “Groundhog Day,” and he writes a blog for the American Society of Cinematographers. This decision is insulting and wrong. @TheAcademy

– Manohla Darkness (@ManohlaDargis) February 11, 2019

“This is a failure of stewardship, a failure of nerve, a failure of producing, a failure to understand television, a failure of network custody of the Oscars, and a failure of Academy governance,” author and journalist Mark Harris wrote.

In a subsequent tweet, Harris added, “This is about ABC using the falling ratings for ALL awards shows as a way to tell AMPAS ‘You’re doing it wrong’ with the goal of turning the show into an infomercial for commercial Hollywood product, including its own, and AMPAS being too naïve about TV to know it’s being played.”

This is about ABC using the falling ratings for ALL awards shows as a way to tell AMPAS “You’re doing it wrong” with the goal of turning the show into an infomercial for commercial Hollywood product, including its own, and AMPAS being too naive about TV to know it’s being played.

– Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 11, 2019

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While Bailey said that the categories were chosen from the six branches of the Academy whose executive committees volunteered to move into the breaks, Harris and others pointed out that the four affected categories do not include any nominees from “Black Panther” or any other movie by Disney, the parent company of Oscar broadcaster ABC.

And many of those who used the #PresentAll24 hashtag noted that the move was more likely to alienate fans of the show than attract new fans or substantially impact the ratings.

For example, Adam Benzine, the Oscar-nominated director of the short film “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah,” called it “a black day for the Academy,” and added, “The saddest thing about this colossal disrespect to the craft of filmmaking? Watch as cutting 3 minutes of live speeches from professionals who’ve dedicated their careers to the craft does NOTHING to stem the ratings decline.”

Read more tweets about the Academy’s move below:

The Academy needs to stop chasing after this fictional audience they think they can attract. Having a 3-hour show won’t attract new viewers who have never watched and don’t care. Instead they alienate their loyal audience of film lovers #PresentAll24

– Rachel West (@rachel_is_here) February 12, 2019

Editing and cinematography are the bones of the filmmaking process. Not presenting those two categories live on air is, after all this, the dumbest idea in a year of really dumb ideas. You’ll save, what, 2 minutes each? Embarrassing.

– AJ Schnack (@ajschnack) February 11, 2019

It’s very arrogant to hold an award show celebrating the moving image without celebrating those responsible for it moving.

– Cybel Martin (@CybelDP) February 12, 2019

If I was a winner or a presenter w/ a modicum of influence and power in Hollywood, I would use my time up there and get ALL the nominees of the 4 commercial break categories to come up on stage and each one make a speech. Just throwing that idea out there. #PresentAll24

– Irvin Contreras (@malcolm_irvin) February 12, 2019

“I wasn’t going to watch the Oscars but now that I won’t have to watch Best Film Editing maybe I will,” said no one, ever. #PresentAll24 #Oscars2019 ????????

– J Don Birnam (@jdonbirnam) February 12, 2019

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Julie Adams, ‘Creature From the Black Lagoon’ Star, Dies at 92

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Julie Adams, an actress best known for playing the damsel in distress in the 1954 monster movie “Creature From the Black Lagoon,” died Sunday at age 92, according to her official website.

Guillermo del Toro, whose 2017 Oscar winner “The Shape of Water” was inspired by the Universal cult classic, paid tribute to Adams online. “I mourn Julie Adams passing. It hurts in a place deep in me, where monsters swim.”

During her long career in Hollywood, Adams starred opposite Rock Hudson in 1953’s “Lawless Breed,” Van Helfin in 1953’s “Wings of the Hawk” Elvis Presley in “Tickle Me,” and Dennis Hopper in 1971’s “The Last Movie.”

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Her most recent film credit was a voiceover in Roman Polanski’s 2011 drama “Carnage.”

The Iowa native also had a long career in television, notably playing the Cabot Cove real estate agent Eve Simpson opposite Angela Lansbury in the long-running mystery “Murder, She Wrote” in the 1980s and early ’90s.

She also appeared on shows like “Perry Mason,” “Quincy” and the short-lived early ’70s series “The Jimmy Stewart Show” as Stewart’s wife.

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But she will be best remembered for her role in “Creature From the Black Lagoon,” a horror movie update on “The Beauty and the Beast” that she was at first reluctant to do despite being under contract at Universal.

“I think the best thing about the picture is that we do feel for the creature,” she said in a 2013 interview with Horror Society. “We feel for him and his predicament.”

Del Toro and other fans were quick to way in with tributes to Adams.

I mourn Julie Adams passing. It hurts in a place deep in me, where monsters swim.

— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 4, 2019

Julie Adams has returned to the Black Lagoon. The scene of you swimming while The Creature mirrored your moves underwater is every awkward heart yearning for someone in the sunshine to reach down and just see them. Iconic forever. #RIPJulieAdams

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 4, 2019

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