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JUL
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Emmy Nominations: Feinberg's 3 Biggest Takeaways (Analysis)

Emmy Nominations: Feinberg's 3 Biggest Takeaways (Analysis)

The 66th Emmy nominations were unveiled bright and early on Thursday morning, and here are the three main things that I took away from them ...

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JUL
9
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FEINBERG FORECAST: Final Projections for Thursday's Emmy Nominations

FEINBERG FORECAST: Final Projections for Thursday's Emmy Nominations

In anticipation of Thursday morning's Emmy nominations, I'd like to share a few thoughtsand then some predictions.

Emmy nominations are considerably harder to forecast than Oscar nominations. Why? For several reasons ...

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JUL
9
3 DAYS

Academy Elections: Kerry Washington, Jason Reitman Challenge Incumbents

Academy Elections: Kerry Washington, Jason Reitman Challenge Incumbents

As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science conducts its annual board of governors election, actresses Kerry Washington, Geena Davis and Amy Madigan have thrown their hats into the ring as potential governors of the actors branch, challenging incumbent Annette Bening.

Each of the Academy's 17 branches are represented by three governors, who in turn each serve three-year terms. The terms are staggered, so the members of each branch elect or re-elect one governor each year. Governors who are re-elected can serve up to three successive three-year terms, and then, after nine years on the board, are considered "termed out," as is the case this year with Disney-Pixar's John Lasseter, who has represented the short films and feature animation branch for the past nine years, and Robert Rehme of the executives branch.

PHOTOS Oscars 2014: Red Carpet Arrivals

Among those currently up for re-election as governors are Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy's current president, who reps the public relations branch, and secretary Phil Alden Robinson, who reps the writers branch. Members of each branch of the 6,000-member Academy must turn in their ballots by 5 p.m. Friday. The results of the board elections will be announced next week. And when the new board meets in August, it will elect officers for the coming year. Boone Isaacs, who has completed just one one-year term as president, is eligible to be re-elected for three more one-year terms, provided she retains her seat on the board.

Traditionally, the Academy's board of governors elections are relatively low-key affairs. Candidates who chose to stand for re-election generally win second and third terms. However, per the Academy's bylaws, each branch must field four candidates -- chosen by a nominating committee comprised of 18 members of that branch, including the three incumbent governors -- so there is always the potential for an upset.

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JUN
30
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The Year's First Oscar Hopefuls Stake a Claim (Analysis)

The Year's First Oscar Hopefuls Stake a Claim (Analysis)

The film "awards season" doesn't really kick off until Labor Day weekend. But the first half of 2014 has already produced several buzzed-about films, which could defy the odds and score major Oscar noms in January 2015, more than six months after their theatrical debuts.

Only a small handful of films seem to have a realistic hope of landing best picture noms.

Two standouts came out of Sundance:

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JUN
28
2 WKS

Obamas Join Spike Lee in Celebrating 25th Anniversary of 'Do the Right Thing' (Video)

Obamas Join Spike Lee in Celebrating 25th Anniversary of 'Do the Right Thing' (Video)

When Do the Right Thing was released a quarter-century ago, few people could have imagined that the $6 million indie about racial tensions in America would one day be hailed as one of the great masterpieces of our time -- by the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the first black president of the United States, no less. But that is precisely what happened on Friday night.

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JUN
26
2 WKS

Academy Aims to Become Younger, Hipper, More Diverse and Worldly (Analysis)

Academy Aims to Become Younger, Hipper, More Diverse and Worldly (Analysis)

On Thursday morning, when the Academy revealed the names of the people whom its branches have invited to join their ranks for the coming Oscar season, one thing was abundantly clear: This is a very different list than every other of its sort that the Academy has ever sent out, save for last year's. Why? Because it reflects a clear desire, on the part of Hollywood's most prestigious awards-dispensing group, to shed its image as a club of old white American men, and to become younger, hipper and more diverse and worldly — as quickly as possible.

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JUN
25
2 WKS

Oscars Shake-up: Weinstein Co. Splits With Longtime Awards Campaign Guru (Exclusive)

Oscars Shake-up: Weinstein Co. Splits With Longtime Awards Campaign Guru (Exclusive)

This story first appeared in the July 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

In a major shake-up that could impact the Oscar race, The Weinstein Co. and its longtime awards consultant, Lisa Taback, have called it quits, bringing an end to one of the most successful alliances in recent film history.

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JUN
12
4 WKS

BAFTA-New York Announces New Board of Directors

NEW YORK -- BAFTA-New York, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has announced the results of its recent board of directors vote.

Luke Parker Bowles, executive vice president of production for Open Road Integrated Media, was voted Vice Chairman by the Board of Directors, Dee Poku, co-founder and CEO of WIE Network, was elected to serve a three-year stint on the Board, and four incumbent board members, Vernon Chu, Patrick Connolly, Matthew Kearney and Susan Margolin, were re-elected to office.

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JUN
10
1 month

In a Year of Strong Documentaries, 'The Fix' Deserves to Be Remembered

In a Year of Strong Documentaries, 'The Fix' Deserves to Be Remembered

At a time when the Hollywood studios seem to have run out of ideas — one recently released a sequel to a reboot of a comic-book-inspired franchise that itself was less than a decade old, and that was one of the better films of the year — the single source of consistent, high-quality sustenance for movie lovers is the documentary genre.

This year's standout docs, as we approach the mid-year point, include Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (IFC Films), Anita (Samuel Goldwyn Films), Jodorowsky's Dune (Sony Pictures Classics), Finding Vivian Mayer (IFC Films), The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (Zeitgeist Films), Dancing in Jaffa (Sundance Selects) and Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (RADiUS-TWC).

Another that hasn't received as much attention as those because it is still seeking a domestic distributor, but which impressed many at the recent SOHO International Film Festival (winnning the best documentary prize) and will next be screened at AFI Docs on June 19, is Laura Naylor's The Fix.

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JUN
9
1 month

Tonys: Feinberg's 10 Takeaways from the 2013-2014 Broadway Season

Tonys: Feinberg's 10 Takeaways from the 2013-2014 Broadway Season

NEW YORK – In my final post about the 2013-2014 Broadway season, I want to share the 10 things that I will remember most fondly about the 23 shows that I saw. Many have asked me to identify my favorites and provide recommendations for them. This should serve both of those purposes.

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JUN
8
1 month

Tonys Analysis: Why Did the Awards Break the Way They Did?

Tonys Analysis: Why Did the Awards Break the Way They Did?

NEW YORK – At the 68th Tony Awards on Sunday night, some shows won more and bigger prizes than others -- most notably, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, All the Way, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and A Raisin in the Sun -- but just about every major contender took home something, which, along with Hugh Jackman's strong hosting and a ton of great scenes from the nominated shows, made for a very fun evening … at least for this first-timer.

Here's why I think we ended up with the winners that we did.

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JUN
8
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Tonys: Awards Campaigns Get Creative, Aggressive This Season

Tonys: Awards Campaigns Get Creative, Aggressive This Season

For decades, campaigns for Oscars -- and, more recently, Emmys -- have been waged with ever-increasing creativity and aggressiveness. On Broadway, the quest for Tonys have traditionally been conducted more quietly and politely. After all, it's a smaller community with a smaller pool of awards voters. In recent years, however, the top theater publicists -- who number only a few themselves -- have picked up their game.

Gone are the days when it was enough to simply run ads in newspapers; corral talent for the nominations morning press gaggle and nominees luncheon a few weeks later; attend and/or present at and/or perform at events like the Manhattan Theater Club's annual gala, the Obies, the Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Awards and the Drama Desk Awards; and grant interviews to New York-based newspapers, daytime talk shows and local news programs.

Now, you have to be craftier -- and this year, many publicists were.

TONYS: Who Should Win, Who Will Win 

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JUN
8
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Tony Awards Live Blog 2014

Tony Awards Live Blog 2014

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JUN
8
1 month

Tonys: 'After Midnight' Producer's Journey Leads Back to Radio City Music Hall

Tonys: 'After Midnight' Producer's Journey Leads Back to Radio City Music Hall

NEW YORK -- On Sunday night Scott Sanders will be at Radio City Music Hall attending the Tony Awards as the lead producer of the best musical nominee After Midnight. It would be a special night for Sanders if that was all there was to his story, but there's more: 35 years ago, in another lifetime, before he became one of the more respected figures on the Great White Way, he helped to save the venue in which his show -- an $8 million jazz revue -- will now open "the Super Bowl of Broadway," as he calls it, and possibly even take home its most coveted prize. Life can be funny like that.

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