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June 22, 2012
Clooney producing 'August: Osage County' film
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- George Clooney is co-producing the film version of "August: Osage County," the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play about family dysfunction.
Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts are set to star in the movie as mother and daughter. John Wells plans to direct, with Tracy Letts writing the script based on his own play.
The Weinstein Co. will release the film and says shooting is scheduled to begin in the fall.
"August: Osage County" is the darkly funny story of a family of estranged women forced to come together in their Midwestern home when a crisis occurs. It won five Tony Awards in 2008, including best play.
Clooney will work with his usual producing partner, Grant Heslov.
Australian judge fines Apple more than $2.2 M
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- An Australian judge fined Apple Inc. more than $2.2 million Thursday for misleading customers that its latest iPad was compatible with the next generation 4G broadband network.
Federal Court Justice Mordy Bromberg ruled the U.S. technology innovator misled the public for two months this year with claims in its advertising implying that the "iPad with WiFi + 4G," could connect directly to the Long Term Evolution mobile data network operated in Australia by the nation's dominant telecommunications carrier, Telstra Corp. It could not.
Bromberg fined Apple 2.25 million Australian dollars ($2.29 million) and ordered it pay AU$300,000 in costs for contravening consumer law.
Apple admitted to the misleading advertising.
The same "iPad with WiFi + 4G" advertising campaign was used worldwide, the judgment said.
"Apple's desire for global uniformity was given a greater priority than the need to ensure compliance with the Australian consumer law," the judge said. "Conduct of that kind is serious and unacceptable."
Bridgestone announces 4-year extension with NFL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Bridgestone is switching from sponsoring halftime at the Super Bowl to a yearlong presence with the NFL under a new four-year agreement.
Officials with the Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and the NFL announced the sponsorship extension Tuesday after a minicamp session at the Tennessee Titans, close to the Nashville-headquartered company.
Philip Dobbs, Bridgestone's chief marketing officer, says the company will be working with the NFL from the combine in February through the draft and the entire season. He says they can't get a better partnership than what they have with the NFL.
Keith Turner, the NFL's senior vice president for media sales and sponsorship, says the league now is a 365-day platform with league officials thrilled Bridgestone decided to extend its sponsorship to take advantage of that exposure.
Hugh Jackman to host free short film fest in NYC
by Alicia Rancilio
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hugh Jackman is sharing his plans for the upcoming weekend. He's hosting New York's first installment of Tropfest, billed as the world's largest short film festival. It's free and open to the public.
Tropfest is the brainchild of director John Polson. It started 20 years ago in Australia and is now an annual event that draws more than 150,000 attendees.
In a recent interview Jackman said one of his favorite things about the festival is its accessibility. Entries can be filmed on a mobile phone.
"The movies are not judged on technical merit because that's one way to make film very elitist. It's not so much about that or the quality of the lens but more the strength of the idea and the concept. Previously it's people who may have been excluded or may not have the money but they have the talent and here they can show it."
The films showcased at Tropfest may be short (they must all be under seven minutes) but they've led to some impressive success stories. The idea for what is now the FX series "Wilfred" starring Elijah Wood came from Tropfest. Actor Sam Worthington of "Avatar" competed in the festival in 2000 and won Best Actor.
The entries for New York's inaugural Tropfest have been narrowed down to eight finalists. Saturday's event in Bryant Park will screen each of the films which all feature what's called the Tropfest Signature Item (it changes for each installment and location of Tropfest.) The required item for New York's first Tropfest is the bagel.
Also on Saturday, a panel of celebrity judges including Rose Byrne, Judah Friedlander and Jennifer Westfeldt will pick best film, best actor and best actress. The winner for best film gets $20,000 from The Motion Picture Association and a week of meetings with industry types like studio execs, agents and managers.
There will also be a showcase of the "best of" of entries from the past 20 years of Tropfest.
Jackman believes Tropfest is a no brainer for someone who wants to break into showbiz.
"When I first graduated from drama school I knew the statistics that 98 percent of actors were unemployed. I vowed to myself that every day I would do something for my career. I wasn't going to sit back. I was going to actively get out there and participate. Here is a way that anyone can contribute. There's no whining, 'But I'm a filmmaker it's so difficult, I can't get an agent,'" he said.
"Forget it, (if) you've got a mobile phone you can make a film, you can enter. It's open to absolutely everybody. It's a great way for me to support the arts and anybody who wants to can get involved."
Production begins on Disney's 'Maleficent'BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Production has started on "Maleficent," with Angelina Jolie starring as the classic Disney villain from "Sleeping Beauty."
Work on the film began June 13, The Walt Disney Studios announced Tuesday. The studio also released the first image of Jolie in character, wearing a dark headdress and dramatic makeup.
"Maleficent" tells the beloved "Sleeping Beauty" fairy tale from the perspective of Aurora's evil nemesis, revealing the back story that led her to curse the girl as a baby. And it'll probably look pretty spectacular: "Maleficent" marks the directing debut of longtime visual effects and production designer Robert Stromberg, a two-time Oscar winner for "Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland."
The film is scheduled for release on March 14, 2014.
Susan Tyrrell, known for offbeat film roles, dies
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Oscar-nominated actress Susan Tyrrell, known for roles in offbeat films including John Waters' "Cry-Baby," has died. She was 67.
Niece Amy Sweet tells The Associated Press that Tyrrell died Saturday in her sleep at home in Austin. A Travis County Medical Examiner's Office official says a cause of death is pending.
Tyrrell received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role as barfly Oma in John Huston's 1971 boxing movie "Fat City." She appeared in more than 75 movies and television shows.
Sweet says Tyrrell spent the last 12 years in a wheelchair after her legs were amputated below the knee as a result of complications from a blood clotting disorder.
The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/M2yblD ) reports that Tyrrell, who was born in California, moved to Austin in 2008.
Tribeca Film announces U.S. rights to Struck By Lightning
NEW YORK -- Tribeca Film announced Tuesday that it has acquired U.S. rights to "Glee" star Chris Colfer's film debut, the high school comedy Struck By Lightning.
In addition to starring in the movie, Colfer also wrote the screenplay for the film, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and was met with a standing ovation.
Struck By Lightning -- a co-production between Permut Presentations and Camellia Entertainment in association with Inphenate and Evil Media Empire -- is directed by Brian Dannelly (Saved!). The film also stars Allison Janney, Polly Bergen, Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland and Angela Kinsey.
In the film, high school senior Carson Phillips (Chris Colfer) was destined for more than his close-minded, small town could ever offer and on a path toward greatness. However, destiny had a different plan when he was suddenly killed by a bolt of lightning in his school parking lot.
Demonstrating that life is what happens while you're busy planning your future, Carson recounts the last few weeks of his life via insightful flashbacks, including a blackmail scheme targeting the popular kids in school that he concocts with his best friend (Rebel Wilson, Bridesmaids), a home life with a mother (Allison Janney, Juno, "The West Wing") who is more interested in the bottle than her son's future and an estranged father (Dermot Mulroney, My Best Friend's Wedding) who suddenly appears with a pregnant fiancée (Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men").
"Showcasing his remarkable talents not only as an actor but as a writer and storyteller, Chris Colfer infuses this reinvention of the high school comic-drama with such spirit and joy that he almost makes us fondly nostalgic," said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises.
Tribeca Film plans a late 2012 theatrical release day and date with on-demand platforms where it will be available in more than 40 million homes through a variety of video-on-demand offerings, in addition to iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, VUDU, Xbox and Samsung Media Hub.
Research firm lowers global ad spending forecast
NEW YORK (AP) -- Advertisers' growing wariness of the world economy suggests that global ad spending is going to grow less this year than previously thought.
In its latest report, ZenithOptimedia, a forecaster owned by the ad agency Publicis Groupe SA, says it expects ad spending to grow by 4.3 percent in 2012, to $502 billion. That's down from its March forecast of a 4.8 percent increase.
Financial turmoil in Greece and worries about the future of the euro have contributed to slowing economic growth across the world's richest countries. This is making advertisers more cautious.
But Zenith says major events, including the Euro 2012 Football Championship, the Olympics in London and the U.S. presidential election, will help, adding $6.3 billion to the global ad market.
Boy in Darth Vader car ad released from hospital LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The 7-year-old actor who plays a pint-sized Darth Vader in a popular car commercial is out of the hospital after open-heart surgery.
A spokesman for Children's Hospital Los Angeles said Max Page was released Monday, four days after his pulmonary valve was replaced in a two-hour operation. Max headed home with his parents and younger brother.
Max, who plays Reed on the CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless," was born with a congenital heart defect and has undergone multiple surgeries.
He rallied quickly after last week's operation, giving a thumbs-up the next day and telling his parents, "I am happy" the day after that, said his mother, Jennifer Page.
The valve used for Max will last about 15 years and won't require invasive surgery to replace it, according to the hospital. He faces six to eight weeks of recovery.
Maria Arena Bell, executive producer for "The Young and the Restless," said she and others with the show were "thrilled" Max was doing well, and look forward to his return when he recovers.
Andrew Orloff journeys north to Zoic Vancouver
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Visual effects company Zoic Studios further fused its Culver City and Vancouver offices with the move of co-partner and VFX supervisor Andrew Orloff to the Vancouver studio.
This move comes on the heels of a recent build-out of the British Columbia office that nearly doubled the size and capacity of the studio.
With the Vancouver-based filming of two of Zoic's most effects-heavy episodic shows, "Once Upon a Time" and "Falling Skies," Orloff heads north to streamline the high-level creative across both offices.
As the VFX supervisor on both shows, Orloff previously spent a portion of his time at the Vancouver office. By remaining full time in Vancouver, he has more direct access to the set and the entire creative team to expand upon their already diverse body of visual effects work across film, commercials, gaming and television.
ABC's "Once Upon a Time" employs Zoic's propriety pre-visualization process, Zoic Environmental Unification System (Z.E.U.S.), which combines the benefits of real-time composition with an integrated editorial and CG pipeline.
Revolutionizing the approach to visual effects, Z.E.U.S. provides real-time camera tracking and rendering of the virtual environments on set, bringing unprecedented creative flexibility for the cast and crew working on the green screen stage.
This technology provides Orloff and the entire Zoic team with the real-time feedback necessary to deliver film quality effects on a television budget and schedule.
"The market in Vancouver is maturing," Orloff said. "With much of our evolving proprietary technology being put to use in B.C., it is really the artistic future of the community there. It's the logical next step."
James Cameron to deliver keynote at the GSCA 2012 International Conference and Trade Show
SACRAMENTO -- Academy Award-winning filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron will deliver the keynote presentation at the 2012 Giant Screen Cinema Association (GCSA) International Conference and Trade Shower held from September 18-20 at the Esquire IMAX Theatre in Sacramento, California. The National Geographic Cinema Ventures is sponsoring his presentation at the GSCA conference.
On March 26th of this year, Cameron descended 35,756 feet (6.77 miles/10.89 km) to reach the "Challenger Deep," the planet's deepest point located in the Mariana Trench, in his specially designed, single-pilot submersible DEEPSEA CHALLENGER. The dive was part of DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, a joint scientific expedition by Cameron, National Geographic and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research and exploration. The expedition was chronicled for a 3-D documentary feature and giant screen film for theatrical release.
Cameron last addressed the association's conference delegates in 2004 at the Montreal Science Centre, where he introduced a preview of his 2005 giant screen film Aliens of the Deep. He also produced the giant screen documentary Ghosts of the Abyss, released in 2003.
The annual GSCA conference will feature new films and films in production, with screenings in both 15-perf/70mm and digital; projects in development; professional development sessions; a technical session to discuss developments in image capture, projection, and sound; a trade show; and the GSCA Achievement Awards, which recognize excellence in giant screen filmmaking, marketing, and lifelong learning. The association anticipates that over 400 delegates will attend this year's conference.
For more information and frequent updates on the GSCA International Conference, please visit www.giantscreencinema.com.
Canon U.S.A. launches new program to benefit Film Independent filmmakers at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival
LOS ANGELES -- Canon U.S.A., Inc. launched the new Canon Filmmaker Award Program in partnership with Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, Monday.
Open to eligible Film Independent Fellows, Los Angeles Film Festival alumni, and Spirit Awards Nominees and Winners, the program is designed to help emerging filmmakers 'leave no story untold.'
Winners of the Canon Filmmaker Award Program will be lent a Canon Cinema EOS C300 camera package to create their next feature length narrative or documentary film, or in special cases, short films. Announced quarterly over the next year, the application process for the Fall Period opens today and will accept submissions until August 1, 2012. All applications are to be submitted via the Film Independent website.
Canon announced the new program at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, a preeminent cinematic event presented annually by Film Independent at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. From June 14-24, 2012, the Festival will screen nearly 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, including Virgin airlines' "Departure Date," shot with the Cinema EOS C300 at 35,000 feet.
As one of this year's Platinum Sponsors, Canon partnered with Film Independent to bring a new slate of programming for filmmakers and festivalgoers. On Saturday, June 16, Canon invited the film festival attendees to explore the company's line of Cinema EOS products at the Filmmaker Lounge. The experience culminated in the event hosted by members of the ASC Shane Hurlburt and Richard Crudo, "Canon Celebrates Cinematographers," where established and emerging industry professionals gathered to honor the art of cinematography.
On Saturday, June 23, as part of Canon's Project Imagin8ion, Canon will screen "When You Find Me" -- a short film produced by two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard and directed by his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard.
Following the screening, Canon will host a unique panel discussion with some of the key creative and technical minds behind the production. The event will close out with a screening of Dante Ariola and Jeff Cronenweth's short, "Man and Beast," filmed with the new 4K Cinema EOS C500.
The screenings and panel, moderated by Canon film and television production advisor Tim Smith, begin at 10 a.m. at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 12.
Facebook settles sponsored stories suit for $10M
(AP) -- Facebook is paying $10 million to settle a lawsuit over ads that it called sponsored stories.
Facebook's service allowed companies to pay to retransmit users' activities to their friends' pages. If a user clicked the "like" button for a brand, the click might show up as a "sponsored story" on friends' pages. The ads started in early 2011.
Some Facebook users sued, saying that Facebook used their images for commercial activity. Facebook had argued that the plaintiffs did not show they were hurt by the practice.
Court documents from late last week say a settlement has been reached. Facebook attorney Michael Rhodes confirms Sunday that it's for $10 million, which will be given to charity. A judge still needs to approve the settlement.
Reuters first reported details of the settlement.