Friday, June 17, 2011

New Academy Members: Katy Perry's Russell Brand, Beyonce Knowles, Lead List

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences (home of The 84th Annual Academy Awards) has announced it's annual list of new members, and this one of 178 is really exciting, as it's paced by the popular trio of Russell Brand, of the Arthur remake, but better known as Ms. Katy Perry, and Bradley Cooper of Limitless, and The Hangover movie series, and the incomparable Beyonce Knowles, and for her performance in Dreamgirls.

The Academy also took the unprecedented step of adding the documentary film maker Tim Hetherington as a member, who was killed in action Libya.

"These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today. Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks," said Academy Board President Tom Sherak.

No Twitter tweet from either Brand or Perry on the news, and Cooper is said to "shun" social networking, and Beyonce has had a ton of problems with Twitter Trolls, but there's no word from the fake Bradley Cooper or Beyonce Twitter sites, either.

Academy Picks Less Than 211 Maximum

The Academy could have selected up to 211 eligibles for membership in 2011, but it elected not to do so, leaving observers wondering who should have been on the list that's not there. But that's for another blog, because relative newcomers like Jesse Eisenberg, and Rooney Mara , who played well together with he as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and she as the first girlfriend who told him off in The Social Network, and long-time actors Gerard Butler, David Duchovny, Tea Leoni, have made it this year.

And Ellen Page and Anthony Mackie, who I met at the 2010 NFL Draft...

Are on the list.

Mackie's still living that dream...

Public Relations People?

And before we look at the full list, a special mention of the PR people who really run things in Hollywood. No actor is known. No movie is seen without their influence, and this group of ten is no exception.

There's Ira Rubenstein, the EVP for Msrvel Entertainment, who's helped succesfully steer Marvel from comic book icon organization to movie icon organization in an effort that only looks easy.

Among those joining Ira are Susan Ciccone of 42 West and Alissa Grayson of Universal,

42 West is a marketing company with such clients as Woody Allen, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, and picked up Tom Cruise away from Rogers and Cowan. 42 West arguably has some of the most powerful women in entertainment, with Ciccone, and the ever-active Leslee Dart, as well. (And no, 42 West has NO idea I'm blogging this.)

Alissa Grayson, a 16-year industry veteran, was promoted to EVP of Publicity (that's Executive Vice President) of Universal in 2010, and manages a staff of almost 50 people.

Rounding out the list are Jeffrey Hall, Jill Ann Jones (J.J. Jones Creative), Mark Markline (Universal's International Publicity head), Carmelo Pirrone of Sony Pictures, Loren Schwartz of Screen Gems, the Sony ad agency, and Lance Volland of Warner Bros.

Here's the full list of new Academy Members for 2011:

Russell Brand – "Arthur," "Get Him to the Greek"
Gerard Butler – "The Ugly Truth," "300"
Vincent Cassel – "Black Swan," "Eastern Promises"
Robbie Coltrane – "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," "Mona Lisa"
Bradley Cooper – "Limitless," "The Hangover"
John Corbett – "Sex and the City 2," "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"
Rosemarie DeWitt – "The Company Men," "Rachel Getting Married"
Peter Dinklage – "Find Me Guilty," "The Station Agent"
David Duchovny – "Things We Lost in the Fire," "The X-Files"
Jesse Eisenberg – "The Social Network," "The Squid and the Whale"
Jennifer Garner – "Arthur," "Juno"
John Hawkes – "Winter's Bone," "The Perfect Storm"
Thomas Jane – "The Mist," "The Thin Red Line"
Nastassja Kinski – "An American Rhapsody," "Tess"
Beyonce Knowles – "Dreamgirls," "Austin Powers in Goldmember"
Mila Kunis – "Black Swan," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"
Jennifer Lawrence – "Winter's Bone," "The Burning Plain"
Tea Leoni – "Ghost Town," "Spanglish"
Anthony Mackie – "The Hurt Locker," "Million Dollar Baby"
Lesley Manville – "Another Year," "Topsy-Turvy"
Rooney Mara – "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "The Social Network"
Dominic Monaghan – "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Connie Nielsen – "Brothers," "Gladiator"
Ellen Page – "Inception," "Juno"
Wes Studi – "Avatar," "The Last of the Mohicans"
Mia Wasikowska – "Jane Eyre," "The Kids Are All Right"
Jacki Weaver – "Animal Kingdom," "Cosi"

Geefwee Boedoe – "Let's Pollute," "Monsters, Inc."
Alessandro Carloni – "How to Train Your Dragon," "Over the Hedge"
Sylvain Chomet – "The Illusionist," "The Triplets of Belleville"
Jakob Hjort Jensen – "How to Train Your Dragon," "Flushed Away"
Biljana Labovic – "The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger," "Idiots and Angels"
Tomm Moore – "The Secret of Kells," "Backwards Boy"
Teddy Newton – "Day & Night," "Ratatouille"
Bob Peterson – "Up," "Finding Nemo" (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Javier Recio Gracia – "The Lady and the Reaper," "The Missing Lynx"
Andrew Ruhemann – "The Lost Thing," "City Paradise"
Kristof Serrand – "How to Train Your Dragon," "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas"
Shaun Tan – "The Lost Thing," "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!"
Simon Wells – "Mars Needs Moms," "The Prince of Egypt"
Art Directors
Anahid Nazarian – "The Virgin Suicides," "The Godfather, Part III"
Lauren E. Polizzi – "Cowboys & Aliens," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
George Aguilar
Barry Bernardi
Christopher Dodd
Ted Gagliano
James L. Honore
Dawn Hudson
Beverly Pasterczyk
Randall Poster
Ric Robertson
David Schnuelle
Randy Spendlove
Beverly Joanna Wood
Casting Directors
Nina Gold – "The King's Speech," "Jane Eyre"
Jina Jay – "The Reader," "Layer Cake"
Lora Kennedy – "The Town," "Syriana"
Frank Byers – "Illegal Tender," "Boxing Helena"
Patrick Cady – "Lottery Ticket," "Broken Bridges"
Danny Cohen – "The King's Speech," "Pirate Radio"
Lukas Ettlin – "The Lincoln Lawyer," "Middle Men"
Steven Fierberg – "Love & Other Drugs," "Secretary"
Barry Markowitz – "Crazy Heart," "Sling Blade"
Charles Minsky – "Valentine's Day," "Pretty Woman"
Lawrence Sher – "The Hangover," "Garden State"
Eric Steelberg – "Up in the Air," "(500) Days of Summer"
Costume Designers
Odile Dicks-Mireaux – "An Education," "The Constant Gardener"
Sarah Edwards – "Salt," "Michael Clayton"
Danny Glicker – "Up in the Air," "Milk"
Gregg Araki – "Kaboom," "Nowhere"
Susanne Bier – "In a Better World," "After the Wedding"
Neil Burger – "Limitless," "The Illusionist"
Lisa Cholodenko – "The Kids Are All Right," "Laurel Canyon" (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Debra Granik – "Winter's Bone," "Down to the Bone" (also invited to the Writers Branch)
Tom Hooper – "The King's Speech," "The Damned United"
John Cameron Mitchell – "Rabbit Hole," "Shortbus"
Yojiro Takita – "Departures," "Himitsu"

Jon Alpert – "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province," "Lock-up: The Prisoners
of Rikers Island"
Amir Bar-Lev – "The Tillman Story," "Fighter"
Lesley Chilcott – "Waiting for 'Superman'," "It Might Get Loud"
Carl Deal – "Capitalism: A Love Story," "Trouble the Water"
Charles Ferguson – "Inside Job," "No End in Sight"
Tim Hetherington – "Restrepo" (posthumous)
Sebastian Junger – "Restrepo"
Thomas Lennon – "The Warriors of Qiugang," "The Blood of Yingzhou District"
Diane Weyermann – "Waiting for 'Superman'," "Food, Inc."
Ruby Yang – "The Blood of Yingzhou District," "The Warriors of Qiugang"
William J. Damaschke
Richard M. Fay
Donna Langley
Leslie Moonves
Vanessa L. Morrison
Bill Pohlad
Rich Ross
Jeff Small
Thomas Tull
Film Editors
Tariq Anwar – "The King's Speech," "American Beauty"
Naomi Geraghty – "Limitless," "Reservation Road"
Jon Harris – "127 Hours," "Layer Cake"
Darren Holmes – "How to Train Your Dragon," "The Iron Giant"
Pamela Martin – "The Fighter," "Little Miss Sunshine"
Joel Negron – "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "The Karate Kid"
Terilyn A. Shropshire – "Jumping the Broom," "Eve's Bayou"
Angus Wall – "The Social Network," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Andrew Weisblum – "The Black Swan," "The Wrestler"
Live Action Short Films
Luke Matheny – "God of Love," "Earano"

Makeup Artists and Hairstylists
Judy Chin – "Black Swan," "Requiem for a Dream"
Kathrine Gordon – "3:10 to Yuma," "Ocean's Eleven"
Trefor Proud – "W.," "Topsy-Turvy"
Cindy Jane Williams – "Burlesque," "Hancock"
Wesley Wofford – "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son," "A Beautiful Mind"
Terence Blanchard – "Inside Man," "Malcolm X"
Fernand Bos – "Crazy Heart," "Cold Mountain"
Graeme Revell – "Darfur Now," "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider"
Iain Canning – "Oranges and Sunshine," "The King's Speech"
Cean Chaffin – "The Social Network," "Fight Club"
Kevin Feige – "Thor," "Iron Man"
Gary Goetzman – "Where the Wild Things Are," "Mamma Mia!"
Sisse Graum Jorgensen – "In a Better World," "After the Wedding"
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte – "The Kids Are All Right," "Laurel Canyon"
Todd Lieberman – "The Fighter," "The Proposal"
Robert Lorenz – "Letters from Iwo Jima," "Mystic River"
Celine Rattray – "The Kids Are All Right," "Grace Is Gone"
Emile Sherman – "The King's Speech," "Candy"
Emma Thomas – "Inception," "The Dark Knight"
Gareth Unwin – "The King's Speech," "Exam"
Production Designers
Howard Cummings – "I Love You, Beth Cooper," "John Grisham's The Rainmaker"
Therese DePrez – "Black Swan," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
Guy Hendrix Dyas – "Inception," "The Brothers Grimm"
Jess Gonchor – "True Grit," "Capote"
Jane Musky – "Something Borrowed," "Finding Forrester"
Eve Stewart – "The King's Speech," "Topsy-Turvy"
Public Relations
Susan Ciccone
Alissa Grayson
Jeffrey Hall
Jill Ann Jones
Mark Markline
Carmelo Pirrone
Ira Rubenstein
David Schneiderman
Loren Schwartz
Lance Volland
Set Decorators
Judy Farr – "The King's Speech," "Death at a Funeral"
Gene Serdena – "The Fighter," "House of Sand and Fog"


Andrew DeCristofaro – "Hall Pass," "Crazy Heart"
Joe Dorn – "The Wolfman," "Spider-Man 3"
Marc Fishman – "Bridesmaids," "Crash"
Lora Hirschberg – "Inception," "The Dark Knight"
Chris Jargo – "Robin Hood," "American Gangster"
John Midgley – "The King's Speech," "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace"
Ed Novick – "Inception," "The Dark Knight"
Hammond Peek – "King Kong," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Brian Vessa – "Nemesis," "Lambada"
Mark Weingarten – "The Social Network," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Visual Effects

Tim Alexander – "Rango," "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
Rob Bredow – "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," "The Polar Express"
Tim Burke – "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," "Gladiator"
Peter Chesney – "No Country for Old Men," "Men in Black"
Paul Franklin – "Inception," "The Dark Knight"
Kevin Tod Haug – "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," "Quantum of Solace"
Florian Kainz – "Mission: Impossible III," "The Perfect Storm"
Marshall Krasser – "Iron Man 2," "Titanic"
Sean Phillips – "Alice in Wonderland," "The Polar Express"
Peter G. Travers – "Watchmen," "The Matrix Reloaded"
Brian Van't Hul – "Coraline," "I, Robot"
Mark H. Weingartner – "Sex and the City 2," "Inception"


Stuart Blumberg – "The Kids Are All Right," "Keeping the Faith"
Lisa Cholodenko – "The Kids Are All Right," "Laurel Canyon" (also invited to the Directors Branch)
Debra Granik – "Winter's Bone," "Down to the Bone" (also invited to the Directors Branch)
Karen McCullah Lutz – "The Ugly Truth," "Legally Blonde"
Aline Brosh McKenna – "27 Dresses," "The Devil Wears Prada"
Bob Peterson – "Up," "Finding Nemo" (also invited to the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch)
David Rabe – "The Firm," "Casualties of War"
Anne Rosellini – "Winter's Bone"
David Seidler – "The King's Speech," "The King & I"
Scott Silver – "The Fighter," "8 Mile"
Kirsten Smith – "The Ugly Truth," "Legally Blonde"
Aaron Sorkin – "The Social Network," "A Few Good Men"
Daniel Waters – "Batman Returns," "Heathers"

NOTE FROM AMAPAS: Additionally, the Academy invited John Coffey, Risa Gertner and Robert C. Rosenthal to Associate membership. Associate members are not represented on the Board and do not have Academy Awards® voting privileges.

Individuals invited to join multiple branches must select one branch upon accepting membership.
New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September.

The Vancouver Riots: Dramatic Photos By VancityAllie

Vancouverite VancityAllie, who's blog posts were featured here during the 2010 Olympics, is back again with a series of dramatic first-person photos from the Vancouver Riots.

In the video, I joked that she had not posted anything on her blog, and so must be out there. I was correct - she was recording what was going on.

She says the photo above the video describes riots and fires now at Georgia and Homer Streets in downtown Vancouver. "Smoke going up, batons and shields up."

The photo gives a good idea of how much of the downtown was impacted by the rioting. Even people in those areas near riot action were affected by the smoke from the burning cars and trash cans.

Another fire set now on the other side of Homer. Smoke billowing out.

In that photo above, another fire was set on the other side of Homer Street. You can see the amount of trash on the street, left in the wake of the rioting progress.

Crowd has converged on the Jeep.

Vancity reports that the crowd of downtown rioters has not only converged on the Jeep, but eventually would push it over.

Fire now on Homer between Robson and Smithe.

This photo reports another fire on Homar Street, between Robson and Smithe.

Boston players escorted out of the city on coaches with crazy police escort. Not staying.

As all of the riot action was taking place nearby, the victorious Boston Bruins were being escorted out of the city. You can just see their bus on the left of the photo.

Stay tuned for more photos.

The Vancouver Riots And Kissing Couple Make Statement

The Vancouver Riots are history, but that they happened, now 24 hours ago and after the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 4 zip and drunk fans proceeded to trash the downtown, the city's counting the cost of the damage.

What happened to cause the riots is that you had young fans who were just plain pissed off and a product of an Internet age of immediate expression of anger and instant self-gratification.

Where a loss in sports was once much ado about the game, now it's much ado about civic destruction and love-making.

What the Vancouver Riots also did was forever (I hope) erase the totally racist idea that urban blacks are more prone to riot than any other group of people. The U.S. Media has played a great role in advancing that stereotype, but today it's no more.

What we saw was total destruction, countered by one interesting moment that reminded this blogger of some of Actress Amy Smart's best public sex scenes.

A couple laying in the middle of the street, kissing, and the woman with her skirt up way too high implying the next phase of action, as the rioting was happening around him.

It wasn't staged, and this was confirmed by Sarah Lache, who works for Comcast Sports Chicago, and stayed up until 3 AM Wednesday morning trying to determine if the photo taken by Richard Lam of Getty captured a real and not a staged moment.

And Lache agreed with this blogger via Twitter that the scene reminder her of Amy Smart at her movie sexual best, too.

Well, at least some good humor was found in all of this violence - thanks to Scott Jones and Alex Thomas.

They are the kissing couple.

According to Nine News, he is from Austrialia and she's from Vancouver. The stand-up comic who was performing in the city, had recently started dating Thomas.


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