Los Angeles, Calif. – New York based singer-songwriter Atif Afzal (aka A-Zal) is focusing on a solo pop album, called 17 & 11 Nights, slated to be released later this year.
The album is believed to have eight to ten tracks based on all emotions and varied genres. A-Zal is currently in talks with some of the best record labels in the US. He is working with major- league music producers and world-class musicians to put his best foot forward in his debut album. A team of Grammy-nominated sound engineers and music producers are putting in efforts to make his dream come true.
A-Zal built a team that has worked with the best of artists like Justin Bieber, Prince, Jason Derulo, David Guetta and Pitbull. “I would not talk much about this album but yes, I am really excited about it. The tracks are taking real good shape as the team with me is truly talented which steps up my game,” says A-Zal.
Originally from India, A-Zal moved to the US in 2018, studied music at the New York University and composed music for one of the University’s thesis film, The Alternative. Within just 2 years in the US, he has also wrapped up composing and singing soundtracks for two popular American television series. “Lending my voice for an American television series was quite big for me. It was broadcasted on the country’s leading network CBS and it is special for any artist to be heard by millions of people.
“I have sung one track for NCIS: Los Angeles and two tracks for The Twilight Zone, and both the times, it was truly an enchanting experience,” he explains. To say that A-Zal has worked his magic in the East and the West would be an understatement.
Using his versatility and immense knowledge of music styles, he has bowled over, both, veteran and independent filmmakers in Los Angeles, New York, London, Berlin and Australia. His soundtracks for Cannes-nominated film Monsoon Shootout and That Sunday, has been critically acclaimed by global filmmakers.
The pop album would be A-Zal’s second album after his solo world music album Celebration! released by BMG Production Music, one of the popular labels around the world, in March 2020. A-Zal has also worked with Universal Music among other record labels.
We would all be waiting with bated breath for A-Zal’s pop album release as this promising, multifaceted singer-songwriter has bountiful talent up his sleeve.
New Holiday Music From Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, Grant-Lee Phillips, Eli Paperboy Reed and Josh Rouse.
Music News – Yep Roc Records brings seasonal cheer with new holiday music from Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, Grant-Lee Phillips, Eli Paperboy Reed, and Josh Rouse.
Following 2013’s Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family, one of the decade’s most acclaimed holiday albums, Nick Lowe teams up with Los Straitjackets for two rocking renditions of holiday classics: “Winter Wonderland” and “Let It Snow.”Staples in the set from their ‘Quality Holiday Revue’ tours, these newly-recorded fan-favorites recently came together in a series of Trans-Atlantic sessions. A Bandcamp exclusive on December 4; available at all streaming services on December 7.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Grant-Lee Phillips has unwrapped Yuletide, a four-song EP of Americana-crooning holiday tunes. The EP features Phillips’ original “Winterglow,” popularized by his town troubadour character on the “Gilmore Girls,” and he breathes new life into classics like Nat King Cole’s “Take Me Back to Toyland” and Frank Sinatra’s “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.” The set concludes with his spin on the New Year’s staple “Auld Lang Syne,” adding a topical new verse to inspire hope towards days of peace. The EP is available at all DSPs.
Eli Paperboy Reed puts his soulful spin on Wham!’s “Last Christmas” with big band-style horns and an arrangement that makes it sound like it was recorded two decades prior to the original 1984 version. The B-side is an original, “Merry Christmas To Me,”which he co-wrote with Ryan Sparker on a hot July day, while both were on tour in Portugal and feeling homesick. A deeply soulful song that conjures the melancholy feeling of being alone at Christmas, reflecting on a troublesome year, with a gleam of hope that “next year will be better.” Here’s to that! Available at all DSPs on November 30.
Originally only available on his first-ever holiday album, The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse (First Edition CD/LP,) Josh Rouse’s rendition of Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” makes its digital debut. The song shifts from big, bright bouncy pop to a softer, gentler vibe, as he delivers the lyrics with a more introspective tone. The B-side is a new version of the traditional “Angels We Have Heard On High.” Both songs were recorded in Nashville and produced by Rouse’s longtime partner in vibe, Brad Jones. Available at all DSPs on December 1.
Los Angeles, Calif. – Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Actor-comedian and Oscar®–nominated writer Kumail Nanjiani and actress–producer–director Tracee Ellis Ross announced the 91st Oscars® nominations today (January 22), live from the Academy’s headquarters in Beverly Hills via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed and broadcast media.
The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Nanjiani and Ross announced the nominees in 9 categories at 5:20 a.m. PT, and the remaining 15 categories at 5:30 a.m. PT. For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Oscars website, www.oscar.com.
Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.
Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Tuesday, February 12, through Tuesday, February 19.
Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards:
Performance by an actor in a leading role
Christian Bale in “Vice” Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born” Willem Dafoe in “At Eternity’s Gate” Rami Malek in “Bohemian Rhapsody” Viggo Mortensen in “Green Book”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Mahershala Ali in “Green Book” Adam Driver in “BlacKkKlansman” Sam Elliott in “A Star Is Born” Richard E. Grant in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Sam Rockwell in “Vice”
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Yalitza Aparicio in “Roma” Glenn Close in “The Wife” Olivia Colman in “The Favourite” Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born” Melissa McCarthy in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in “Vice” Marina de Tavira in “Roma” Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk” Emma Stone in “The Favourite” Rachel Weisz in “The Favourite”
Best animated feature film of the year
“Incredibles 2” Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle “Isle of Dogs” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson “Mirai” Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito “Ralph Breaks the Internet” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Achievement in cinematography
“Cold War” Łukasz Żal “The Favourite” Robbie Ryan “Never Look Away” Caleb Deschanel “Roma” Alfonso Cuarón “A Star Is Born” Matthew Libatique
Achievement in costume design
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Mary Zophres “Black Panther” Ruth Carter “The Favourite” Sandy Powell “Mary Poppins Returns” Sandy Powell “Mary Queen of Scots” Alexandra Byrne
Achievement in directing
“BlacKkKlansman” Spike Lee “Cold War” Paweł Pawlikowski “The Favourite” Yorgos Lanthimos “Roma” Alfonso Cuarón “Vice” Adam McKay
Best documentary feature
“Free Solo” Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes and Su Kim “Minding the Gap” Bing Liu and Diane Quon “Of Fathers and Sons” Talal Derki, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme and Tobias N. Siebert “RBG” Betsy West and Julie Cohen
Best documentary short subject
“Black Sheep” Ed Perkins and Jonathan Chinn “End Game” Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman “Lifeboat” Skye Fitzgerald and Bryn Mooser “A Night at The Garden” Marshall Curry “Period. End of Sentence.” Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton
Achievement in film editing
“BlacKkKlansman” Barry Alexander Brown “Bohemian Rhapsody” John Ottman “The Favourite” Yorgos Mavropsaridis “Green Book” Patrick J. Don Vito “Vice” Hank Corwin
“Border” Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer “Mary Queen of Scots” Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks “Vice” Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“Black Panther” Ludwig Goransson “BlacKkKlansman” Terence Blanchard “If Beale Street Could Talk” Nicholas Britell “Isle of Dogs” Alexandre Desplat “Mary Poppins Returns” Marc Shaiman
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“All The Stars” from “Black Panther” Music by Mark Spears, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth and Anthony Tiffith; Lyric by Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe “I’ll Fight” from “RBG” Music and Lyric by Diane Warren “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Music and Lyric by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch
Best motion picture of the year
“Black Panther” Kevin Feige, Producer “BlacKkKlansman” Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers “Bohemian Rhapsody” Graham King, Producer “The Favourite” Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers “Green Book” Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers “Roma” Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers “A Star Is Born” Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers “Vice” Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers
Achievement in production design
“Black Panther” Production Design: Hannah Beachler; Set Decoration: Jay Hart “The Favourite” Production Design: Fiona Crombie; Set Decoration: Alice Felton “First Man” Production Design: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas “Mary Poppins Returns” Production Design: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim “Roma” Production Design: Eugenio Caballero; Set Decoration: Bárbara Enríquez
Best animated short film
“Animal Behaviour” Alison Snowden and David Fine “Bao” Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb “Late Afternoon” Louise Bagnall and Nuria González Blanco “One Small Step” Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas “Weekends” Trevor Jimenez
Best live action short film
“Detainment” Vincent Lambe and Darren Mahon “Fauve” Jeremy Comte and Maria Gracia Turgeon “Marguerite” Marianne Farley and Marie-Hélène Panisset “Mother” Rodrigo Sorogoyen and María del Puy Alvarado “Skin” Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman
Achievement in sound editing
“Black Panther” Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker “Bohemian Rhapsody” John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone “First Man” Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan “A Quiet Place” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl “Roma” Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay
Achievement in sound mixing
“Black Panther” Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin “Bohemian Rhapsody” Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali “First Man” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis “Roma” Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García “A Star Is Born” Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow
Achievement in visual effects
“Avengers: Infinity War” Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick “Christopher Robin” Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones and Chris Corbould “First Man” Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm “Ready Player One” Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler and David Shirk “Solo: A Star Wars Story” Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Dominic Tuohy
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen “BlacKkKlansman” Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty “If Beale Street Could Talk” Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins “A Star Is Born” Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters
“The Favourite” Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara “First Reformed” Written by Paul Schrader “Green Book” Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly “Roma” Written by Alfonso Cuarón “Vice” Written by Adam McKay
About the Best Pictures Nominees
Black Panther (Walt Disney) – Kevin Feige, producer – This is his first nomination. BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features) – Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, producers – This is the second Best Picture nomination for both Sean McKittrick and Jordan Peele, who were nominated last year for Get Out. This is the third Best Picture nomination for Jason Blum, who was nominated for Whiplash (2014) and last year’s Get Out. This is the first Best Picture nomination for both Raymond Mansfield and Spike Lee. Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) – Graham King, producer – This is his fourth Best Picture nomination. He was previously nominated for The Aviator (2004) and Hugo (2011), and won the award in 2006 for The Departed. The Favourite (Fox Searchlight) – Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, producers – This is the first Best Picture nomination for Ceci Dempsey, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos. This is the second Best Picture nomination for Ed Guiney, who was nominated in 2015 for Room. Green Book (Universal) – Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, producers – This is the second Best Picture nomination for Jim Burke, who was previously nominated for The Descendants (2011). This is the first Best Picture nomination for Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga. Roma (Netflix) – Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, producers – This is the first nomination for Gabriela Rodríguez. This is the second Best Picture nomination for Alfonso Cuarón, who was nominated in 2013 for Gravity. A Star Is Born (Warner Bros.) – Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, producers – This is the first nomination for both Bill Gerber and Lynette Howell Taylor. This is the second Best Picture nomination for Bradley Cooper, who was nominated in 2014 for American Sniper. Vice (Annapurna Pictures) – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, producers – This is the sixth Best Picture nomination for Dede Gardner and the fifth for Jeremy Kleiner. Together, they won the award for 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Moonlight (2016), and shared nominations for Selma (2014) and The Big Short (2015). Gardner was previously nominated for The Tree of Life (2011). This is the first Best Picture nomination for both Adam McKay and Kevin Messick. Achievement in Directing: BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee – This is his first nomination in this category and his fifth overall, including his Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay nominations this year. He was previously nominated for his original screenplay for Do the Right Thing (1989) and for the documentary feature 4 Little Girls (1997). Lee was the recipient of an Honorary Award in 2015. Cold War – Paweł Pawlikowski – This is his first nomination. The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos – This is his first nomination in this category and his third overall, including his Best Picture nomination this year. He was previously nominated for the original screenplay for The Lobster (2016). Roma – Alfonso Cuarón – This is his second nomination in this category and his tenth overall, including his Best Picture, Cinematography and Original Screenplay nominations this year. He was nominated for the original screenplay for Y Tu Mamá También (2002) and in the Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay categories for Children of Men (2006). In 2013 he won Oscars in the Directing and Film Editing categories for Gravity, for which he also received a Best Picture nomination. Vice – Adam McKay – This is his second nomination in this category and his fifth overall, including his Best Picture and Original Screenplay nominations this year. He won for the adapted screenplay for The Big Short (2015), for which he was also nominated for Directing. Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Christian Bale (“Dick Cheney” in Vice) – This is his fourth nomination and second in this category. He won the award in 2010 for his supporting role in The Fighter, and was nominated for his leading role in American Hustle (2013) and his supporting role in The Big Short (2015). Bradley Cooper (“Jack” in A Star Is Born) – This is his third nomination in this category and his seventh overall, including his Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay nominations this year. He was nominated for his leading roles in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and American Sniper (2014) and for his supporting role in American Hustle (2013). He was also nominated in the Best Picture category for American Sniper. Willem Dafoe (“Vincent Van Gogh” in At Eternity’s Gate) – This is his fourth nomination and first in this category. He was nominated for his supporting roles in Platoon (1986), Shadow of the Vampire (2000) and last year’s The Florida Project. Rami Malek (“Freddie Mercury” in Bohemian Rhapsody) – This is his first nomination. Viggo Mortensen (“Tony Lip” in Green Book) – This is his third nomination in this category. He was previously nominated for Eastern Promises (2007) and Captain Fantastic (2016). Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali (“Dr. Donald Shirley” in Green Book) – This is his second nomination in this category. He won the award in 2016 for his performance in Moonlight. Adam Driver (“Flip Zimmerman” in BlacKkKlansman) – This is his first nomination. Sam Elliott (“Bobby” in A Star Is Born) – This is his first nomination. Richard E. Grant (“Jack Hock” in Can You Ever Forgive Me?) – This is his first nomination. Sam Rockwell (“George W. Bush” in Vice) – This is his second nomination in this category. He won the award last year for his performance in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Yalitza Aparicio (“Cleo” in Roma) – This is her first nomination. Glenn Close (“Joan Castleman” in The Wife) – This is her seventh nomination and fourth in this category. She was nominated for her supporting roles in The World According to Garp (1982), The Big Chill (1983) and The Natural (1984), and for her leading roles in Fatal Attraction (1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and Albert Nobbs (2011). Olivia Colman (“Queen Anne” in The Favourite) – This is her first nomination. Lady Gaga (“Ally” in A Star Is Born) – This is her first nomination in this category and her third overall, including her Original Song nomination this year. She was nominated in the Original Song category for The Hunting Ground (2015). Melissa McCarthy (“Lee Israel” in Can You Ever Forgive Me?) – This is her second nomination and first in this category. She was nominated for her supporting role in Bridesmaids (2011). Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Amy Adams (“Lynne Cheney” in Vice) – This is her sixth nomination and fifth in this category. She was nominated for her supporting roles in Junebug (2005), Doubt (2008), The Fighter (2010) and The Master (2012), and for her leading role in American Hustle (2013). Marina de Tavira (“Sra. Sofia” in Roma) – This is her first nomination. Regina King (“Sharon Rivers” in If Beale Street Could Talk) – This is her first nomination. Emma Stone (“Abigail” in The Favourite) – This is her third nomination and second in this category. She won the award in 2016 for her leading role in La La Land. She was also nominated for her supporting role in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014). Rachel Weisz (“Lady Sarah” in The Favourite) – This is her second nomination in this category. She won the award in 2005 for The Constant Gardener. Adapted Screenplay The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (“All Gold Canyon” is based on a story by Jack London; “The Gal Who Got Rattled” is inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White). – This is the seventh Writing nomination for both Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. They received Best Picture, Directing and Adapted Screenplay nominations for True Grit (2010), and were nominated in the Best Picture and Original Screenplay categories for A Serious Man (2009) and in the Original Screenplay category for Bridge of Spies (2015). In 2007, they won Oscars in the Best Picture, Directing and Adapted Screenplay categories for No Country for Old Men. They previously won Oscars for writing Fargo (1996), and were also nominated for their screenplay for O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). Joel Coen received a Directing nomination for Fargo, and Ethan Coen received a Best Picture nomination for that film. Joel and Ethan Coen have also been nominated for Film Editing under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes, for Fargo and No Country for Old Men. BlacKkKlansman – Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (based on the book by Ron Stallworth). – This is the first nomination for Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott. This is the second Writing nomination for Spike Lee and his fifth overall, including his Best Picture and Directing nominations this year. He was previously nominated for his original screenplay for Do the Right Thing (1989) and for the documentary feature 4 Little Girls (1997). Lee was the recipient of an Honorary Award in 2015. Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (based on the book by Lee Israel). – This is the first nomination for both. If Beale Street Could Talk – Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins (based on the book by James Baldwin). – This is his third nomination and second in this category. He won the award in 2016 for the adapted screenplay for Moonlight, for which he also received a Directing nomination. A Star Is Born – Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters (based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson; based on a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson). – This is the fifth nomination for Eric Roth. He won the award for his adapted screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994), and was nominated for the adapted screenplays for The Insider (1999), Munich (2005) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). This is the first nomination in this category for Bradley Cooper and his seventh overall. He is also nominated for his leading role and in the Best Picture category this year. He was nominated for his leading roles in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and American Sniper (2014) and for his supporting role in American Hustle (2013). He was also nominated in the Best Picture category for American Sniper. This is the first nomination for Will Fetters. Original Screenplay: The Favourite – Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. – This is the first nomination for both. First Reformed – Written by Paul Schrader. – This is his first nomination. Green Book – Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly. – This is the first nomination in this category for all three. They are also nominated in the Best Picture category this year Roma – Written by Alfonso Cuarón. – This is his third nomination for Writing and his tenth overall, including his Best Picture, Cinematography and Directing nominations this year. He was nominated for the original screenplay for Y Tu Mamá También (2002) and in the Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay categories for Children of Men (2006). In 2013 he won Oscars in the Directing and Film Editing categories for Gravity, for which he also received a Best Picture nomination. Vice – Written by Adam McKay. – This is his second nomination for Writing and his fifth overall, including his Best Picture and Directing nominations this year. He won for the adapted screenplay for The Big Short (2015), for which he was also nominated for Directing. Best Foreign Language Film: Capernaum (Lebanon) [Directed by Nadine Labaki.] – This is the second nomination for Lebanon. Its previous nomination was for last year’s The Insult. Cold War (Poland) [Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski.] – This is the eleventh nomination for Poland. Previous nominations were for Knife in the Water (1963), Pharaoh (1966), The Deluge (1974), Land of Promise (1975), Nights and Days (1976), The Maids of Wilko (1979), Man of Iron (1981), Katyń (2007), In Darkness (2011) and Ida, which won the award for 2014. Never Look Away (Germany) [Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.] – This is the eleventh nomination for Germany. Previous nominations were for The Nasty Girl (1990), Schtonk! (1992), Beyond Silence (1997), Nowhere in Africa, which won the Oscar for 2002, Downfall (2004), Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (2005), The Lives of Others, which won the Oscar for 2006, The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), The White Ribbon (2009) and Toni Erdmann (2016). Prior to reunification in 1990, the Federal Republic of Germany received a total of eight nominations. They were for The Captain of Kopenick (1956), The Devil Came at Night (1957), Arms and the Man (1958), The Bridge (1959), The Pedestrian (1973), The Glass Cell (1978), The Tin Drum (1979), which won the Oscar, and Angry Harvest (1985). Also prior to reunification, the German Democratic Republic received one nomination, for Jacob, the Liar (1976). Roma (Mexico) [Directed by Alfonso Cuarón.] – This is the ninth nomination for Mexico. Previous nominations were for Macario (1960), The Important Man (1961), Tlayucan (1962), Letters from Marusia (1975), Amores Perros (2000), El Crimen del Padre Amaro (2002), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and Biutiful (2010). Shoplifters (Japan) [Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.] – This is the thirteenth nomination for Japan. Previous nominations were for Harp of Burma (1956), Immortal Love (1961), Twin Sisters of Kyoto (1963), Woman in the Dunes (1964), Kwaidan (1965), Portrait of Chieko (1967), Dodes’ka-Den (1971), Sandakan No. 8 (1975), Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) (1980), Muddy River (1981), The Twilight Samurai (2003) and Departures, which won the award for 2008. Prior to the establishment of the award category, Japan received three Honorary Foreign Language Film Awards for Rashomon (1951), Gate of Hell (1954) and Samurai, The Legend of Musashi (1955). Best Animated Feature Film: Incredibles 2 (Walt Disney) – Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle – This is the fifth nomination and third in this category for Brad Bird. He won Oscars for the animated feature films The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007), and was also nominated for the original screenplays for both films. This is the first nomination for John Walker. This is the second nomination and first in this category for Nicole Paradis Grindle. She was nominated for the animated short film Sanjay’s Super Team (2015). Isle of Dogs (Fox Searchlight) – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson – This is the seventh nomination and second in this category for Wes Anderson. He was nominated for the original screenplays for The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), for which he also received Directing and Best Picture nominations. In 2009 he was nominated for the animated feature film Fantastic Mr. Fox. This is the second nomination and first in this category for both Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, who were nominated in the Best Picture category for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). This is the tenth nomination and first in this category for Scott Rudin, who won the Best Picture award in 2007 for No Country for Old Men. His other Best Picture nominations are for The Hours (2002), The Social Network (2010), True Grit (2010), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011), Captain Phillips (2013), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Fences (2016), and last year’s Lady Bird. Mirai (GKIDS) – Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito – This is the first nomination for both. Ralph Breaks the Internet (Walt Disney) – Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer – This is the third nomination in this category for Rich Moore and the second for Clark Spencer. Together, they won the award in 2016 for the animated feature film Zootopia. Moore was also nominated in 2012 for Wreck-It Ralph. This is the first nomination for Phil Johnston. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures Releasing) – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller – This is the first nomination for all five.
About the Oscar Statuette:
THE MOST RECOGNIZED TROPHY IN THE WORLD, THE OSCAR STATUETTE HAS STOOD ON THE MANTELS OF THE GREATEST FILMMAKERS IN HISTORY SINCE 1929.
Shortly after the formation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1927, the fledgling organization held a dinner in the Crystal Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to set out its goals. Among the topics discussed that night was how best to honor outstanding moviemaking achievements and thereby encourage excellence in all facets of motion picture production.
Agreeing to institute an annual award, the group turned its attention to creating a suitably majestic trophy. MGM art director Cedric Gibbons designed a statuette of a knight standing on a reel of film gripping a crusader’s sword. The Academy tapped Los Angeles sculptor George Stanley to realize the design in three dimensions – and the world-renowned statuette was born.
A KNIGHT CALLED OSCAR
Since the initial awards banquet on May 16, 1929, in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Blossom Room, more than 3,000 statuettes have been presented. Each January, additional new golden statuettes are cast by Polich Tallix fine art foundry in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Oscar stands 13½ inches tall and weighs in at a robust 8½ pounds. The film reel features five spokes, signifying the five original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians and writers. Although the statuette remains true to its original design, the size of the base varied until 1945, when the current standard was adopted.
Officially named the Academy Award of Merit, the statuette is better known by its nickname, Oscar. While the origins of the moniker aren’t clear, a popular story has it that upon seeing the trophy for the first time, Academy librarian (and eventual executive director) Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her Uncle Oscar. The Academy didn’t adopt the nickname officially until 1939, but it was widely known enough by 1934 that Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky used it in a piece referring to Katharine Hepburn’s first Best Actress win.
THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF
The statuettes are solid bronze and plated in 24-karat gold. Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars were made of painted plaster for three years. Following the war, the Academy invited recipients to redeem the plaster figures for gold-plated metal ones.
Achievements in up to 25 regular categories will be honored on February 24, 2019, at the 91th Academy Awards presentation at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. However, the Academy won’t know how many statuettes it will hand out until the envelopes are opened on Oscar Night. Although the number of categories are known in advance, the possibility of ties and of multiple recipients sharing the prize in some categories makes it impossible to predict the exact number of statuettes to be awarded. As in previous years, any surplus awards will be housed in the Academy’s vault until next year’s event.
More than 80 years after that auspicious gathering in Hollywood, Oscar’s success as a symbol of filmmaking achievement would probably amaze those who attended the dinner, as it would its designer, Cedric Gibbons.
SANTA CLARITA CELEBRATES ANOTHER GREAT YEAR FOR FILMING
Santa Clarita, Calif. – Santa Clarita had another strong year of location filming in 2018 with the Film Office recording 547 film permits and 1,376 location film days, which generated an estimated economic impact of $32.9 million to the local community.
This is the fifth consecutive calendar year the Santa Clarita Film Office has recorded more than 500 permits, over 1,300 film days and $30 million or more in estimated economic impact generated from location filming alone. Not included in the reported numbers are the film days and economic benefit from filming that takes place on certified sound stages, which do not require a film permit.
“It’s been another great year of filming in Santa Clarita. It’s no wonder why our City is one of the preferred destinations for film production and location filming in the Los Angeles Area,” said Mayor Marsha McLean. “Filming remains a critical part of our business community and local economy by supporting high paying jobs and companies involved in the industry.”
More than half of the filming days in 2018 were attributed to television production alone, many of which were from shows locally based in Santa Clarita including “Future Man,” “Good Trouble,” “Goliath,” “Mayans MC,” “NCIS,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” “Shooter,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Untitled Suits Spin-off” and “Westworld.”
TV shows weren’t the only productions taking advantage of Santa Clarita film locations in 2018. Numerous feature films were also shot in the area last year including A Quiet Place, Bird Box, Call of the Wild, Captain Marvel, Ford vs. Ferrari, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Vice and more, in addition to countless commercials, music videos, still photo shoots and online content.
Santa Clarita is consistently one of the most filmed places in California because it offers thousands of film-friendly locations that can double for almost anywhere in the world, more than 20 sound stages, over 10 movie ranches, a one-stop shop Film Office, low cost permit fees and expedited permit processing, in addition to being located within the industry’s coveted “30-Mile Zone.”
Several other factors have contributed to the continued success and appeal of filming in Santa Clarita including the City’s own Film Incentive Program and Movie Ranch Overlay Zone. The Santa Clarita Valley has also benefitted tremendously from the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program as numerous approved projects have filmed and continue to do so on location in the area.
For more information about filming in Santa Clarita, please visit FilmSantaClarita.com or contact the Film Office at (661) 284-1425. For an insider’s view to filming in Santa Clarita, follow the Santa Clarita Film Office on Instagram (@FilmSantaClarita).Attachments area
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’sTHE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA makes its triumphant return to Los Angeles as part of its North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor.
The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.
Recommended for ages 6 and up. Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket. This production includes gun shots and pyrotechnics. We encourage parents to consider these factors when making their decisions about attending the performance
2 Hours and 25 Minutes (Including Intermission)
For more information, visit https://www.hollywoodpantages.com/events/detail/thephantomoftheopera
Santa Clarita, Calif. – Six Flags Magic Mountain lights up the season even brighter this year for Holiday in the Park select days November 17-December 30. See the park transform into a magical winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, carolers, holiday entertainment, and your favorite thrilling rides. It’s the most magical time of the year at the Thrill Capital of the World as the park is open every day, including Christmas Day.
Merry memories in this larger-than-life display of ornaments with programmable dancing light shows.Learn More
Meet Santa in his new home, along with crafts with Mrs. Claus and her merry elves. Located near Bugs Bunny World.Learn More
Festive Thrill Shakes
Sip on a holiday inspired Thrill Shake topped to perfection with yummy festive treats. Located in Holiday Square.Learn More
Embrace the holiday spirit!
From visiting with Santa to roasting marshmallows over an open fire, Holiday in the Park features unique holiday-themed decorations, festivities, and entertainment.
Merry LaneMerry memories in this larger-than-life display of ornaments with programmable dancing light shows.Learn More
Santa’s CottageTake a souvenir photo with Santa in Santa’s Cottage. Begins 12pm daily thru Dec. 24.Learn More
Winter WonderlandStep into a snowy winter wonderland with thousands of icy lights, snow sculptures and snowfall nightly.Learn More
Rockin’ UniverseDC UNIVERSE comes to life as Rockin’ Universe, featuring three dancing light shows set to holiday music.Learn More
Snowy NightsA contemporary celebration of the season with silvery trees, a spectacular visual, and a live show.Learn More
Gleampunk DistrictThe sights, sounds and aromas of the industrial revolution with a holiday twist.Learn More
Holiday SquareSix Flags Plaza transforms into a kaleidoscope of color featuring thousands of lights and snow fall nightly.Learn More
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 5, 2018) – The Amgen Tour of Californiaorganizers today announced the 13 Host Cities selected for the 14th edition of America’s premier professional cycling stage race set for May 12-18, 2019. Throughout seven stages over seven days, the world’s elite cyclists will contest more than 750 miles of roadways, highways and coastlines from Sacramento to Pasadena.
The Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM,showcasing the world’s best women cyclists, will run concurrently May 16-18, covering upwards of 180 miles over three stages. Owned and presented by AEG, both races conclude with same-day finishes in Pasadena, a veteran overall finish city.
The City of Santa Clarita will host the start for the final stage of both the men’s and women’s races on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The men and women competing in the Amgen Tour of California and the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race empowered with SRAM will race through the streets of Santa Clarita before waving goodbye as they push toward the overall finish line in Pasadena. Of the 2019 lineup of California Host Cities, the City of Santa Clarita has the distinction of having hosted the most stages in race history, and 2019 will mark its 14th hosted stage.
“We are honored for the opportunity to host another stage for the Amgen Tour of California. It is not often that we bring a world-class race event right to our residents’ backyards!” said Mayor Laurene Weste. “With an event this prestigious, it really boosts our tourism efforts by having regional, national and international eyes on Santa Clarita. This the 14th stage we’ve hosted and every time we have had a wonderful experience partnering with the Amgen Tour of California.”
The annual Amgen Tour of California carries the distinction of being the only U.S. men’s and women’s races on the UCI WorldTour calendar and have helped launch some of today’s best known and most decorated international cyclists as well as continuing to attract the most talented competitors and teams in the world. With seven new courses between them, the event’s legacy as an international platform for both men’s and women’s racing will hold special significance this year as Olympic hopefuls gear up for Tokyo 2020.
2019 RACE SCHEDULE
Sun., May 12 Stage 1 Sacramento
Mon., May 13 Stage 2 Rancho Cordova to South Lake Tahoe
Tues., May 14 Stage 3 Stockton to Morgan Hill
Wed., May 15 Stage 4 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to Morro Bay
This year’s course will highlight the distinct beauty of Northern, Central and Southern California. The 2019 Host Cities include the return of fan and race team favorites, long-time veterans like Sacramento, Santa Clarita and Pasadena, and a first-time start in Rancho Cordova.
The 2019 Amgen Tour of California will cover a variety of terrain, showcasing many of California’s most well-known and iconic settings and landmarks, and allowing different types of specialists in the peloton to shine throughout the week. Several fast and flat sections on tap in Sacramento, Morgan Hill and Pasadena will cater to sprinters (not to mention a start overlooking the famous WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca motor speedway). Climbers will also face challenges in South Lake Tahoe, the Diablo Mountain Range outside Stockton where they will reach an elevation of 4,625 feet, and on multiple climbs between Pismo Beach and Ventura. Fans and teams alike will count down to the men’s and women’s Queen Stages from Ontario to Mt. Baldy, which will feature a grueling 26-mile fan-favorite climb to the summit finish, a day that will shake up the leader board and can make or break the quest for the overall victory.
A traditional stage for the Amgen Tour of California, the final race day for both the men and women is one that highlights the beauty of long-time race partners: Santa Clarita and Pasadena. Past overall finishes in Pasadena have consistently been dramatic and exciting, with fans from across Southern California lining up to cheer on the fast-and-furious sprint finishes to determine the ultimate champions.
“The Amgen Tour of California continues to serve as an international postcard for the state, showcasing the beauty and diversity of California – and the 2019 host cities certainly reflect that,” said Kristin Klein, president of the Amgen Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports. “We look forward to hosting another truly dynamic and engaging race, which will feature an all-star peloton, continuing the tradition of delivering one of the most exciting sporting events in the country.”
Title sponsor Amgen has been a race partner since race inception. In 2005, Amgen launched Breakaway from Cancer®, its national initiative to increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by cancer – from prevention through survivorship. Amgen expanded its platform in 2016 to launch Breakaway from Heart Disease™, aimed at encouraging Americans to have a game plan to tackle heart disease by understanding their risk through diagnostic screening and by taking charge of their heart health through diet, exercise and appropriate treatment options. To learn more, visit breakawayfromcancer.com and breakawayfromheartdisease.com.
“At Amgen, our mission is to serve patients, and for more than 35 years we have reached millions of people with our medicines,” said Murdo Gordon, executive vice president, Global Commercial Operations, Amgen. “Our sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California gives us a platform to educate and empower people to connect with the resources that enable living a longer, healthier life.”
**AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA SUPPORTS CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE RELIEF
As a result of the devastation caused by the recent California Wildfires, the Amgen Tour of California, in partnership with the LA Kings and AEG Sports are proud to donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross.
“The recent fires have caused our community and our state incredible and unimaginable damage. AEG continues to thank those who have worked tirelessly to help combat the fires. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered hardships. We are making this donation to the America Red Cross in honor of the first responders and all who have been impacted. We are also encouraging our fans and our supporters to help by making donations as well,” said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO, AEG and Alternate Governor, Kings.
“The devastation has severely impacted the entire state of California, including many of our past and upcoming host cities of the Amgen Tour of California,” said Kristin Klein, president, Amgen Tour of California & executive vice president, AEG Sports. “We’re not just a state. But a collection of communities that come together to support each in time of need and we are proud to support the relief efforts undertaken by so many of the first responders and the American Red Cross.”
Red Cross volunteers are supporting evacuation centers to provide safe refuge for people impacted by these devastating fires. Additionally, they are also providing meals, health services, spiritual care, comfort and other support for affected residents.
Please consider joining our organization in supporting the Red Cross’ efforts in California. Visit the American Red Cross to donate today.
About the Amgen Tour of California
The Amgen Tour of California and the Amgen Women’s Race empowered with SRAM are Tour de France-style cycling road races created and presented by AEG. Running concurrently, the races challenge the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along demanding courses that traverse hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions, and award important, world-ranking points to the top finishers. For more information visit the Amgen Tour of California on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its biologics manufacturing expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be the world’s largest independent biotechnology company, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. With offices on five continents, AEG operates in the following business segments: AEG Facilities, which is affiliated with or owns, manages or consults with more than 120 preeminent arenas, stadiums, theaters, clubs and convention centers around the world including STAPLES Center, The O2 Arena, the Sprint Center and the Mercedes-Benz Arenas; AEG Live, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals; AEG Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE; AEG Sports, which is the world’s largest operator of sports franchises and high-profile sporting events; and AEG Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands, AXS.com ticketing platform, AXS cable television channel and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 100 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.
THE MUSEUM’S TEMPORARY EXHIBITION PROGRAM WILL LAUNCH WITH A RETROSPECTIVE OF LEGENDARY FILMMAKER HAYAO MIYAZAKI FOLLOWED BY AN UNPRECEDENTED EXPLORATION OF BLACK CINEMA BETWEEN 1900–1970
TOKYO-BASED ART COLLECTIVE TEAMLAB WILL BE THE FIRST CUTTING-EDGE CREATORS TO ACTIVATE THE MUSEUM’S SOARING PROJECT SPACE
LOS ANGELES, CA, December 4, 2018—Kerry Brougher, Director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, today announced the details of the inaugural exhibitions that will be on view when the Museum opens in late 2019. The first institution of its scope and scale devoted to the past, present, and future of cinema, the Academy Museum will open with a long-term exhibition that explores the evolution of film from its beginnings to its possible futures. Where Dreams Are Made: A Journey Inside the Movies (WORKING TITLE) will occupy two floors of the Museum’s iconic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building—and looks at the development of the art and science of motion pictures. Brougher also announced the institution’s first temporary exhibitions.
The Museum will open with Hayao Miyazaki (WORKING TITLE), presented in collaboration with the filmmaker’s Studio Ghibli—the first major exhibition of his work presented in the United States.
This exhibition will be followed by Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900–1970 (Fall 2020), a groundbreaking exhibition that reveals the important and under-recognized history of African-American filmmakers in the development of American cinema.
It will explore African-American representation in the motion picture from its advent to just beyond the Civil Rights era. The Museum’s 34-foot-high project space will open with a major work by the Tokyo-based interdisciplinary art collective teamLab. Additional exhibitions will include Making of: The Wizard of Oz, featuring elements that contributed to the creation of this iconic film, a history of the Academy Awards, and an Oscars® experience. Kerry Brougher said, “We want the Academy Museum to add to the public’s understanding of the evolution of the art and science of filmmaking around the world—to increase appreciation for this great art form and encourage people to examine the role of movies in society. At the same time, we want to bring to life the most important reason of all for caring about the movies—because they’re magic. That’s why we intend to transport our visitors into a world that exists somewhere between reality and illusion. Like the experience of watching a movie, a trip to the Museum will be a kind of waking dream in which visitors feel as if they’ve slipped through the screen to see how the magic is created.” Ron Meyer, Chairman of the Board of the Academy Museum and Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal, said, “The Trustees and I are tremendously proud to see how the exhibitions of the Academy Museum are coming together.
Thanks to the extraordinary creative team that Kerry has assembled, these experiences are going to be beautiful and engaging, thoughtful and surprising. The art of film, and our new Academy Museum, deserve nothing less.” Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said, “It’s been 90 years since the founders of the Academy proposed creating a museum of film in Los Angeles. How thrilling to be able to deliver on that dream. The Museum’s exhibitions are as expansive and imaginative as the movies we love. With its piazza and open spaces, the Museum will be a gathering place for film lovers and will invite people from all over the world to re-experience and deepen our collective love of this art form, accessible to all.” John Bailey, President of the Academy’s Board of Governors, said, “The Academy Museum is the realization of a long-held Academy dream to preserve movie history and to bring it into the lives of filmmakers, scholars, young people, and the worldwide public. The great resources and dedicated work of the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive provide a foundation for the Museum’s extraordinary installations and changing exhibitions. This Museum, created and supported by working filmmakers, will present the story of the movies in ways beyond what a traditional historical film museum can offer.”
WHERE DREAMS ARE MADE: A JOURNEY INSIDE THE MOVIES The Museum has set several interpretative goals for its exhibitions and programs: to convey the emotional and imaginative power of film, to offer visitors a look behind the screen into how movies evolved and are made, to explore the impact of cinema on our society and the culture at large, and to ensure film’s legacy as the great art form of our time.
Where Dreams Are Made will unfold over 30,000 square feet on two floors of the Museum. It brings together evocative settings, key objects from the Academy’s unparalleled collections and the growing collection of the Museum itself, and an array of film installations. The journey begins in the Spielberg Family Gallery, located in the Grand Lobby, with the installation Making of: The Wizard of Oz. This classic 1939 film is notable for its engaging story, groundbreaking effects, glorious Technicolor world, original musical score—in particular the exquisite voice of Judy Garland—and a cast of unforgettable characters. Visitors will experience the magic of the movie and explore the process of its creation, from the script to production design drawings and sketches, costumes, and hair and makeup tests to the final versions of the characters themselves. It is here that Dorothy’s famed ruby slippers from the Museum’s collection will be found. Finally, evidence of this film’s everlasting impact illustrates the impressive legacy of The Wizard of Oz in popular culture. Visitors will then ascend to the Wanda Gallery on the second floor, where they will enter a corridor that acts as a transition from the real world into the dream-space of cinema. They will emerge into the dramatic Magic and Motion gallery, which evokes the age of innovation and wonder in the 19th century during which inventors created optical illusions and animations with devices that delighted audiences by making still images move and light up, bringing scenes and tales to life. The Lumière and Méliès gallery introduces a central theme of the exhibition—the interplay in cinema between realism and fantasy—as seen in the work of the brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière on one hand, and Georges Méliès on the other. Visitors will experience some of the earliest films ever projected, brief glimpses of daily life that were the forerunners of today’s documentaries and travelogues with which the Lumière brothers astonished audiences all over the world. The delightful “trick” films and dazzling moving image fantasies of stage-magician-turned-filmmaker Méliès prefigured the limitless potential of cinematic imagination even as the medium was still in its infancy. The Story Films gallery inside the restored iconic golden cylinder of the Saban Building will demonstrate how filmmakers around the world quickly developed camera and editing techniques that unleashed this new medium’s potential to tell stories. Visitors will see examples of the first dramas, comedies, adventures, and other genres created for the screen, as well as the first animated short films. Women played significant roles both in front of and behind the camera during this period, and this gallery’s focus on early pioneers such as Alice Guy-Blaché and Lois Weber will not only explore their stories but also survey an industry in the process of being born. Visitors will then enter a maze of monumental screens in the Light and Shadow gallery, which features sequences from the heyday of international silent film, revealing how inventive production design, acting styles, cinematographic effects, and lighting techniques brought mood, atmosphere, and emotion to cinema, elevating it to an art form and entrancing audiences around the world. In the Modern Times section, visitors will encounter three simultaneous moments in cinema history that demonstrate moviemakers’ ability to respond to and impact society. The first was the rise of Hollywood and powerful stars like Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin, larger-than-life figures who often created identifiable, sympathetic representations of the “everyman.” The second was the artistic and political eruption of Soviet cinema, particularly advances in editing and montage pioneered by Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, who used innovative approaches to capture the drama of daily life. The third was the development of independent filmmaking in America, which sought to counter the stereotypes often created by Hollywood, including films starring all-Black casts, predominantly distributed to Black audiences—otherwise known as “race films”—and production companies formed by notable filmmakers like Oscar Micheaux, Sessue Hayakawa, and Beatriz Michelena. Modern Times leads visitors to the largest of the second-floor galleries, The Studio System, which follows the bustle of the Hollywood assembly line from the advent of synchronized talking pictures in 1927 to the decline of the studio system in the 1960s. This gallery explores the fascinating dichotomy of the era: the “dream” of Hollywood spectacle and the “factory” that made it possible. Here, objects from the Academy’s collection, such as a backdrop from Singin’ in the Rain (1952), the doors to Rick’s Café Américain from Casablanca (1942), and the typewriter used to write Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), as well as familiar faces and scenes from the movies themselves will bring to life the myriad people and departments that came together to create studio movies of the time. Visitors will journey through the studio to explore the artistry and also the challenges of Hollywood during its “golden age.” This gallery also highlights many of the era’s most unforgettable stars, from the dancing talents of Fred Astaire, the Nicholas Brothers, and Rita Moreno to the dramatic presence of Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, and Sidney Poitier, and icons of the screen like Greta Garbo, Dolores del Rio, and Marilyn Monroe. As visitors move to the Museum’s third floor Rolex Gallery, they will enter into the Real World. This space will reveal how filmmakers responded to the tensions and challenges of a world changed by World War II. As filmmaking techniques became more and more adaptable, with lighter-weight and more widely available equipment, filmmakers everywhere took to the streets to capture their version of reality and share slices of life on screen. Whether creating fiction films or documentaries, they helped record and shape our history. Visitors will also encounter the rapid growth of independent cinema and the individual expression that characterized movements from Italian Neorealism and French New Wave to Indian Parallel Cinema and Brazilian Cinema Novo. But this is not only a story of the past: such approaches continue to impact and influence filmmaking to the present day. An homage to the Stargate Corridor sequence from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)—a sequence that brought together experimental film techniques and mainstream cinema—creates a mind-bending passageway to the final section of the exhibition: Imaginary World. With the advent of new tools and technologies, cinematic visions are now limited only by the filmmaker’s imagination. Visitors will be transported to unfamiliar worlds of the past, present, and future to encounter many of the most memorable and beloved movie characters, creatures, and destinations and to hear from the filmmakers themselves how they have pushed the boundaries of filmmaking to make the impossible possible. These films, despite their imagined lands and inhabitants, often provide a mirror that urges us look at ourselves and our own world in new ways. An endeavor of this scope requires a multi-disciplinary creative team, such as the one assembled under the curatorial leadership of Kerry Brougher and Deborah Horowitz, Deputy Director of Creative Content and Programming. Intrinsic to the development of the vision for Where Dreams Are Made is Rick Carter, Oscar-winning production designer for Avatar (2009) and Lincoln (2012). The creative team for the exhibition includes the Museum’s curatorial staff—Doris Berger, Acting Head of Curatorial Affairs; Jessica Niebel, Exhibitions Curator; Bernardo Rondeau, Associate Curator and Head of Film Programs; J. Raul Guzman, Assistant Curator; Dara Jaffe, Assistant Curator; Robert Reneau, Film Program Coordinator; and Ana Santiago, Assistant Curator—as well as producer Brooke Breton, Avatar; sound designer Ben Burtt, Star Wars: Episode IV (1977), E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982); staff from the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, Academy governors and members, the Museum’s advisory committee on inclusion, and a range of film scholars and filmmakers. Gallagher & Associates, specialists in interpretive and experience design, are bringing their expertise to the project in order to realize the design and installations.
ACADEMY AWARDS HISTORY AND OSCARS EXPERIENCE
Since 1929, the Academy Awards have been the ultimate recognition of moviemaking excellence. Originally a dinner for industry insiders only, the ceremony has gradually become a global phenomenon watched by millions around the world. Visitors can trace the rich history of the Academy Awards and the story of the Oscar in an exhibition that includes favorite highlights, memorable winners’ speeches, private backstage moments, and rarely seen materials from the Academy’s collection. The exhibition will look back at the show, its glamour as well as its controversies, and the ways in which the Academy Awards ceremony has evolved and been a mirror of our culture. Visitors will then enter a gallery offering an Oscars experience only the Academy can provide, allowing visitors their own photo opportunity and Oscar moment.
TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS The Academy Museum will also feature a robust schedule of rotating temporary exhibitions in the fourth floor’s Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery. These exhibitions will include retrospectives of major filmmakers, focused studies on aspects of filmmaking, artists’ projects, and explorations of the way movies reflect and influence society.
The Academy Museum’s opening temporary exhibition will be an unprecedented U.S. retrospective of famed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, curated by Jessica Niebel in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Celebrated and admired around the world for his imagination, authorial vision, craftsmanship, and deeply humanistic values, Miyazaki continues to influence generations of filmmakers and film lovers. The exhibition will take visitors on a thematic journey through his cinematic worlds using original production materials from Studio Ghibli’s archives and features such films as My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Spirited Away (2001). The exhibition will present more than 200 concept sketches, character designs, storyboards, layouts, cels, backgrounds, film clips, and immersive environments. A catalogue, film series, and public events will accompany the presentation, and unique Studio Ghibli merchandise will be sold at the Museum’s shop. In the Museum’s Hurd Gallery—a 34-foot-high project space dedicated to the work of contemporary artists and filmmakers pushing the boundaries of moving image media—will be a dramatic interactive installation by teamLab, curated by Kerry Brougher and Deborah Horowitz. teamLab is an interdisciplinary art collective based in Tokyo comprising more than 500 artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, and architects. Transcending Boundaries presents a site-specific, real-time, ever-changing environment that allows the viewer to engage directly with the artwork itself. teamLab’s work looks toward the expanded possibilities of moving image and digital technology. Following Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Museum will present Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900-1970 in Fall 2020. Regeneration will explore the visual culture of Black cinema in its manifold expressions from its early days to just beyond the Civil Rights movement. Co-curated by Doris Berger and Rhea Combs, Supervisory Curator of Photography and Film at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), it will be the first exhibition of its kind—a research-driven, in-depth look at Black participation in American filmmaking. In addition to offering a critical exploration of Hollywood productions, Regeneration will highlight the work of independent African-American filmmakers and create dialogues with visual artists. The exhibition’s goal is to redefine American film history as it elevates this under-represented aspect of artistic production and presents a more inclusive story. Regeneration is the proud recipient of the Sotheby’s Prize. The Sotheby’s Prize is an annual award that supports and encourages museums to break new ground. The grant aims to recognize curatorial excellence, and to facilitate exhibitions that explore overlooked or under-represented areas of art history. The Sotheby’s Prize is awarded by a jury comprising Sir Nicholas Serota, Donna De Salvo, Okwui Enwezor, Connie Butler, Emilie Gordenker, and chaired by Allan Schwartzman. Regeneration’s curatorial team is collaborating with an advisory panel throughout the development of the exhibition. The panel brings expertise and experience deeply rooted in scholarship and filmmaking and includes Charles Burnett, filmmaker, Academy member; Ava DuVernay, filmmaker, Academy member; Michael B. Gillespie, Associate Professor, The City College of New York, Department Media Communication Arts; Shola Lynch, Curator, New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, filmmaker, Academy member; Ron Magliozzi, Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; Ellen C. Scott, Associate Professor and Head of Cinema and Media Studies, UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television; and Jacqueline N. Stewart, Professor, The University of Chicago, Department of Cinema and Media Studies. To encourage visitors to explore, dive deeper, and directly interact with exhibitions, collections, filmmakers, and fellow film lovers, the Museum’s public programs will include panel discussions, symposia, gallery talks, and other public events. The 288-seat Ted Mann Theater will offer daily thematic and exhibition-related screenings, and special showings and events will be held at the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater. Film programming is overseen by Bernardo Rondeau. In addition, the Museum will offer an innovative range of digital engagement platforms and interactives, including a groundbreaking app. Additional information about Hayao Miyazaki, Transcending Boundaries, Regeneration, and the Museum’s public programs and film screeningswill be announced at a later date. Credit Where Dreams Are Made: A Journey Inside the Movies (WORKING TITLE) is organized by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and is supported by Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman, John H. and Regina K. Scully, and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hayao Miyazaki (WORKING TITLE) is organized by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and is presented in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Regeneration: Black Cinema 1900-1970 is organized by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and is co-curated with a photography and film curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The exhibition is the recipient of the Sotheby’s Prize and is made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures The Academy Museum will be the world’s premier institution dedicated to the art and science of movies. Located on Wilshire and Fairfax in Los Angeles, the Museum will be simultaneously immersive, experimental, educational, and entertaining. More than a museum, this dynamic film center will offer unparalleled experiences and insights into movies and moviemaking. Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Renzo Piano, the Museum is restoring and revitalizing the historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. The Saban Building will feature six floors, including exhibition spaces, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, an education studio, special event spaces, conservation areas, a café, and store. The new spherical addition will connect to the Saban Building via glass bridges and will feature the state-of-the-art 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and the rooftop Dolby Family Terrace with its sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills. The Academy is currently raising $388 million to support the building, exhibitions, and programs of the Academy Museum. The Campaign for the Academy Museum was launched in 2012, headed by chair Bob Iger and co-chairs Annette Bening and Tom Hanks. These industry leaders join other generous philanthropists who have named spaces, including Cheryl and Haim Saban (The Saban Building), The David Geffen Foundation (The David Geffen Theater), Dalian Wanda Group (The Wanda Gallery), Rolex (Rolex Gallery), The Walt Disney Company (The Walt Disney Company Piazza), Dolby Laboratories/Family of Ray Dolby (The Dolby Family Terrace), Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg (The Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Gallery), Steven Spielberg (The Spielberg Family Gallery), Shirley Temple Black and Family (Shirley Temple Education Studio), Cecilia DeMille Presley (Founders Room), Gale Anne Hurd (Hurd Gallery), NBCUniversal, Netflix (Netflix Terrace), Participant Media, Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman (Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman Mezzanine), The Simms/Mann Family Foundation (Ted Mann Theater), Jeff Skoll, The Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, Warner Bros. Entertainment (The Warner Bros. Entertainment Gallery), Wasserman Foundation, and Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events LLC/Compass Group USA, Inc. The Academy Museum’s Digital Engagement Platform is sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
All-New Ultimate EVE Package Features Exclusive Private Lounges, Buffet Dinner, Champagne Toast, VIP Fireworks Viewing Areas and Unlimited Universal Express Access.
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Universal City, California, November 29, 2018 – Universal Studios Hollywood rings in 2019 with EVE, Hollywood’s biggest and most exciting New Year’s celebration, including an all-new Ultimate EVE package, on Monday, December 31, with extended theme park hours to 2:00 a.m.
EVE is included in the price of theme park admission and invites guests to spend the day and night enjoying its many popular rides and attractions with a special park-wide party starting at 9:00 p.m., featuring multiple DJs and live music entertainment hubs, that will culminate simultaneously at midnight with a traditional New Year countdown and a spectacular fireworks display.
The all-new Ultimate EVE package is a featured addition to this year’s event, inviting guests to celebrate in style. Package highlights include theme park admission starting at 6:00 p.m., access to private lounges, buffet dining, private cash bars, reserved VIP viewing areas for the dazzling fireworks display, a complimentary, midnight champagne toast, commemorative 2019 party favors and unlimited Universal Express access to all rides and attractions.
Starting at 9:00 p.m., Universal Plaza, Simpsons Plaza located in Springfield™ and an area near “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride” will transform into three uniquely-themed party hubs, featuring a variety of music, from rock ‘n’ roll to electronic dance music to Latin pop, and the celebration will continue with enhanced DJ shows and after-party entertainment until 2:00 a.m.
A selection of food and beverages, including specialty desserts, champagne, beer, wine and specialty cocktails, as well as 2019 memorabilia will be available for purchase.
To purchase tickets for EVE or the Ultimate EVE package, click here.
With its festive environment, guests can toast the New Year with the spirit of the holidays already resonating throughout Universal Studios Hollywood.
The highly-anticipated return of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM brings glistening snowfall for the first time ever to Hogsmeade village along with “The Magic of Christmas at HogwartsTM Castle,” a breathtaking digital light projection experience, which continues through January 6, 2019.
Universal Studios Hollywoodis The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction and the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.
Meet Santa! Watch Holiday TV Classics!
Enjoy Family Activities! FREE Hot Cocoa!
Opens Saturday, November 24!
11:00 am for Paley Members
Noon for General Public
Regular Hours: Wednesday to Sundays noon to 5:00 pm FREE Admission
Beverly Hills, Calif. –The Paley Center for Media celebrates the joy of the season with a special family-friendly experience. It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand features continuous daily screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs from the Paley Archive. Families can also enjoy special holiday activities like arts and crafts, dreidel games, and FREE hot cocoa!
NEW this year: enjoy an immersive Instagram experience where you can pose in a whimsical Candy Cane Forest. Post your pics using the hashtag #PaleyLand.
Meet Santa and Friends!
Bring the family to PaleyLand and have a visit with Santa
Santa photo with PaleyLand digital frame plus the digital file is $10.
FREE for Paley Members. Become a Member
Breakfast with Santa in PaleyLand for Paley Members Only!
Saturday, November 24, 11:00 am to noon
Kick-off your holiday season with an exclusive sneak peek of PaleyLand for Paley Members Only. Enjoy breakfast bites & treats, get your FREE souvenir photo with Santa or the Paley Menorah, watch favorite holiday TV Classics on the big screen, and express your creativity with arts and crafts in the PaleyLand Workshop.