2018 Sundance Lineup Includes Robin Williams, Gloria Allred Documentaries

Documentaries about Robin Williams, Gloria Allred and Ruth Bader Ginsber and a Lizzie Borden film with Kristen Stewart are among the 110 features set to premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

The Sundance Institute announced the diverse lineup of films Wednesday for the annual festival in Park City, Utah.

Debra Granik’s long-awaited follow up to “Winter’s Bone” will also premiere during the festival, which runs from Jan. 18-28.

Festival programmers say the films this year highlight the stories of alternative voices and points of view, including films by and about women, and the experience of the African-American male in the world right now.

The Festival last year premiered films like “Get Out,” ”Call Me By Your Name” and “The Big Sick.”  (AP)

 

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Film Academy Museum Names Building for Donor of $50 Million Gift

The film academy is naming its main museum building in honor of Cheryl and Haim Saban, who have donated $50 million to the project.

Officials from the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures said Wednesday that the historic May Company building on Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile will now be known as the Saban Building.

The Sabans’ gift brings the museum’s fundraising campaign within $100 million of its $388 million goal.

The museum honoring the history and art of film is set to open in 2019.

Museum officials welcomed the Sabans and other dignitaries for a tour of the construction site Wednesday. The 300,000-square-foot facility will house two movie theaters and four floors of exhibition space, along with a massive outdoor piazza and rooftop terrace that offers views of the Hollywood sign. (AP)

James Corden Returns to Host Hollywood Film Awards

James Corden will return as host of the Hollywood Film Awards later this year.

Dick Clark Productions, which produces the awards, made the announcement in a press release Monday.

This is the third straight year that the “Late Late Show” host has helmed the ceremony, scheduled to take place Sunday, Nov. 5, in Beverly Hills, California.

This is the 21st year for the HFAs, which bills itself as “the official launch of the awards season.” Honorees for this year’s awards are set to be announced at a later date. (AP)

 

Sutherland, Burnett, Roizman, Varda to Get Honorary Oscars

Actor Donald Sutherland, writer-director Charles Burnett, cinematographer Owen Roizman and Belgian director Agnes Varda are getting honorary Oscars this year.

The film academy announced the honorees Wednesday. They will receive Oscar statuettes at the ninth annual Governors Awards ceremony in November.

Burnett is an independent filmmaker whose work has been celebrated for its portrayals of the African-American experience.

Roizman has received five Academy Award nominations for his work on such films as “The Exorcist” and “Network,” and served as a governor of the academy’s cinematography branch for more than 10 years.

The 89-year-old Varda wrote and directed her first feature film in 1956 and released her latest film this year.

Sutherland has appeared in more than 140 films, including the “Hunger Games” series.

 

Film Academy Invites 774 New Members

The film academy is inviting 774 new members to join its ranks, including actors Leslie Jones, Dwayne Johnson, Riz Ahmed, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its latest invitees on Wednesday.

The organization reports the new class of potential members is 39 percent female and 30 percent non-white. The film academy has been diversifying its ranks after two years of #OscarsSoWhite and criticism of its overwhelmingly white and male voting body.

Other invitees include directors Barry Jenkins, who was nominated for his film “Moonlight,” and composers Lin-Manuel Miranda and Justin Timberlake. “Hidden Figures” director Theodore Melfi and documentarian Ezra Edelman, who won an Oscar for “O.J.: Made in America,” also received invitations.  (AP)

LA Film Festival Features Diverse Slate of Films, Directors

While the rest of Hollywood lags behind, the LA Film Festival continues to break the mold with its robustly diverse programming.

The festival begins Wednesday and includes a slate in which 42% of the films playing are directed by women and 40% by filmmakers of color.

The festival includes the directorial debut of actress Lea Thompson, who directs herself and her daughters Zoey and Madelyn Deutch in “The Year of Spectacular Men” and Whitney Cummings’ ensemble relationship pic “The Female Brain,” with Sofia Vergara and James Marsden.

Festival Director Jennifer Cochis says the numbers are due to exhaustive outreach, a diverse programming staff and a shared goal of amplifying underrepresented voices.

The festival begins Wednesday in Culver City with the premiere of Colin Trevorrow’s “The Book of Henry.” (AP)

Faye Dunaway Speaks on Oscar’s Best Picture Fiasco

Actress Faye Dunaway says she thought co-presenter Warren Beatty was joking when he paused before showing her the envelope that should have contained the Oscar’s best picture winner.

Dunaway tells Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News she thought Beatty was stalling for effect.

Dunaway read “La La Land” as best picture winner rather than “Moonlight” after PwC partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed them the back-up envelope for Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture.

She says she read the movie’s title on the card but didn’t notice Emma Stone’s name.

Dunaway says she felt “completely stunned” and later felt guilty because she thought she could have done something to prevent the debacle.

Holt’s interview with Dunaway will air Tuesday on the “Today” show. (AP)