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  • Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
This image released by Roadside Attractions shows Hilary Swank, left, and Tommy Lee Jones in a scene from "The Homesman." (AP Photo/Roadside Attractions, Dawn Jones)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones wears more than one cowboy hat in his new Western, "The Homesman," giving him full control of, well, everything. He co-wrote, co-produced, directs, and co-stars with fellow Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

Jones is known to play tough guys and has built a reputation as someone you wouldn't want to cross. Yet after spending endless hours with Jones, Swank developed a new appreciation for the man of few words.

"It's so easy to stereotype people," the actress said in a recent joint interview with Jones to promote "The Homesman." "He shows what he wants to show to the press or to the world and yet he ... comes alive on set in a totally different way. He's a visionary, he's an artisan, I just was a sponge in his presence," she said.

Behind that dead stare and those grunts is a kind, loving man, a "softy," the actress revealed.

"I don't know. That's not a word More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
TORONTO -- 

Four Toronto-based shops have united under a new banner, Smith. The new venture combines the VFX and animation expertise of AXYZ, the color grading artistry of Notch, the creative acumen of Crush, and the digital capabilities of Lollipop.

The almost 60-person-strong production/post/digital house Smith boasts what’s billed as being the largest compositing and finishing team in Canada for advertising and content. Smith employs animators who can create projects from scratch, or can provide elements for live action or VFX projects, working in CG, two dimensions and stop-frame and mixed media. Its digital group is well-rounded and fully capable of providing experiential interactive reality, immersive social, websites, mobile, apps and personalized touchscreen kiosk environments. In addition, the digital team utilizes data gathering techniques to optimize all of its digital experiences and maximize success. It More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Kenny Rhodes
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

After a year of significant expansion including the opening of a New York office and the acquisition of a digital agency, NuContext Creative has expanded again. Led by company founder/executive creative director Angela Guice, NuContext Creative is partnering with Emmy Award-winning creative director/writer/director Kenny Rhodes on a new EPK division.

According to Guice, the launch of the division is the result of a growing demand from clients, as well as an opportunity to work with Rhodes again. “I met Kenny originally when I began my career at Autonomy,” she explained. “He was a great mentor to me there, and is the best interviewer I have ever worked with. I gained so many of my interviewing skills from watching Kenny....This is just one more creative service that NuContext can offer our clients, who are eager for more behind-the-scenes content.”

Rhodes brings to NuContext over 15 years of experience More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Morgan Freeman
LOS ANGELES -- 

Last night, Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman delighted Oxford University students and filled the rafters of the Oxford Union at University of Oxford, U.K. with an evening that provided serious insight into both the man Morgan Freeman and into the profession of acting. The event was the first in a partnership between the University of Oxford and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation to feature a special Conversations series with legendary actors discussing craft and career with students, alumni and performers at Oxford.

At the inaugural SAG Foundation Conversations at Oxford, Freeman demonstrated his wit, his character and his straightforward manner by getting through over 30 questions in the hour long event.

The evening began at 8:00 p.m. GMT with an interview between Oxford Union President Mayank Banerjee and Mr. Freeman. Banerjee explored Freeman’s early career from the age of 8 onwards, his More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- 

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today its collaboration with the White House on the second annual White House Student Film Festival to be held in the spring of 2015. Open to K-12 student filmmakers, the theme of this year’s festival is “The Impact of Giving Back”--public service on local and national levels.

“The American Film Institute was born of an ideal in the White House Rose Garden nearly 50 years ago,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI’s president and CEO. “Since that day, new technologies have allowed the art form to encourage voices from a new generation, and we are proud and honored to partner with the White House in encouraging the young people of America to tell their inspiring tales.”

The first White House Student Film Festival received thousands of submissions on the theme of technology and its role in education. Sixteen young filmmakers were welcomed by President Obama and screened More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
In this Oct. 6, 2013, file photo, actress Hillary Swank arrives for a Broadway opening in New York. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Oscar winner Hilary Swank is unleashing some serious star power to help rescue dogs get adopted by families who want to make a difference on Thanksgiving — or those who just want to watch terriers instead of touchdowns on TV.

"Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular" will air Nov. 27 and feature a slew of celebrities aiming to find thousands of needy dogs a home by Black Friday.

Hosted by Swank and "Glee" actress Jane Lynch, the two-hour program crams in dog stories, viral videos, musical tributes, a fundraiser, contests and glitterati galore.

It ranks among the many telethons to which celebrities have lent their fame to benefit everything from breast cancer research to Hurricane Katrina victims, but the program is believed to be the first televised effort to raise money for rescue dogs and get the animals adopted.

Though much more high-profile, the show comes amid a flurry of More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
This undated image provided by Warner Bros. Television shows a headshot of actress Carol Ann Susi. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Television)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The actress best known for voicing the unseen Mrs. Wolowitz on "The Big Bang Theory" has died.

Carol Ann Susi's agent, Pam Ellis-Evenas, says the actress died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief battle with cancer. She was 62.

The veteran character actress has made numerous guest appearances on TV shows since the 1970s.

On the "The Big Bang Theory," she wasn't seen on camera as the mother of Simon Helberg's character, Howard, but her character's loud voice with a Brooklyn accent was instantly recognizable.

The executive producers of the CBS sitcom say Susi was a beloved member of the "Big Bang Theory" family, and they praised her "immense talent and comedic timing."

Susi is survived by her brother, Michael Susi, and his wife, Connie.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
In this April 9, 2014 file photo, Nia Vardalos attends the Zooey Deschanel for Tommy Hilfiger Collection launch event at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. Universal Pictures has announced Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, that the studio acquired the domestic distribution rights to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” a sequel to the beloved independent hit, with writer and star Vardalos set to return. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The boisterous Portokalos family is coming back to the big screen.

Universal Pictures has acquired the domestic distribution rights to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2," a sequel to the beloved independent hit, with writer and star Nia Vardalos set to return. Kirk Jones, best known for directing "Nanny McPhee," has signed on to helm the new installment with a script by Vardalos.

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" became one of the most successful independent films of all time, grossing over $241 million domestically after its 2002 release. It even spawned a short-lived sitcom, "My Big Fat Greek Life," which aired on CBS in 2003.

The sequel promises the return of many of the original cast, who are reunited by the discovery of a family secret and, yes, another wedding.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Rosario Dawson (photo by Sheryl Neilds)
Announcements to be made on November 25
LOS ANGELES -- 

This year’s 2015 Film Independent Spirit Award nominees will be presented by Rosario Dawson (Top Five, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Cesar Chavez, Rent) and Diego Luna (The Book of Life, Cesar Chavez, Y Tu Mama Tambien) in a press conference at 10 am PT on Tuesday, November 25 at The W Hollywood.

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, will announce the winners on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The live event is held under Film Independent’s signature tent on the beach in Santa Monica and will broadcast live exclusively on IFC at 2 pm PT/ 5 pm ET.

The organization also announced that Maggie Mackay has been promoted to director of Spirit Awards nominations. Mackay was formerly sr. programmer at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Announced earlier More

  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Lol Crawley, BSC
BYDGOSZCZ, Poland -- 

Kodak will host an in-depth conversation with Lol Crawley, BSC and colorist Greg Fisher on November 20 during Camerimage, the international film festival of cinematography.

The discussion will focus on the process of choosing an origination format and how that translates to post, as well as address ways to control the look from camera to screen in today’s multi-format landscape. Clips from Crawley’s award-winning films will be shown, including Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Ballast, along with a sneak-peek at his upcoming project. Paul Collard, VP of film & digital services at Deluxe in London, will moderate the session, which takes place at the Opera Nova.

A UK native, Crawley sports credits which include Hyde Park on the Hudson, Four Lions and On the Ice. He won the Cinematography Award at Sundance in 2008 for his work on Ballast.

Fisher is based at CO3 More

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