AFI Highlights Clooney’s Life of Acting, Activism

George Clooney says he looks forward to more changes in Hollywood as he reflects on his career after being awarded the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award.

The 57-year-old’s work as an actor, director and human rights activist was the focus of a star-studded celebration at the Dolby Theatre earlier this month. TNT will air the ceremony on Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific.

Clooney’s career spans more than three decades, from his breakthrough role on television’s “ER” to drifting through space in “Gravity.”

He’s also known for directing films such as “Monuments Men” and “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

Among those who toasted the star were Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Aniston.

Shirley MacLaine presented Clooney with the honor and urged him to direct more. (AP)

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Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay to Serve on Cannes Jury

-Kristen Stewart and Ava DuVernay will serve on the Cannes Film Festival jury that is being led by Cate Blanchett.

The French film festival Wednesday announced the jury that will choose the Palme d’Or winner at the 71st Cannes. Also serving are filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, French actress Lea Seydoux, Chinese actor Chang Chen, French director Robert Guediguian, Burundian singer Khadja Nin and Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev.

Thierry Fremaux, the festival’s artistic director, recently said that Cannes is paying more attention to the gender ratio on selection committees. Blanchett’s jury will feature five women and four men. Some have criticized Cannes for not selecting more films directed by women. This year, there are three movies by female filmmakers in competition.

The festival runs May 8 – May 19. (AP)

Sandra Bullock, Dave Chappelle, Rita Moreno Join Oscar Show

Sandra Bullock, Dave Chappelle, Christopher Walken, Rita Moreno and Helen Mirren are among the latest slate of stars set to appear on the 90th Academy Awards.

Oscar telecast producers revealed another round of celebrity presenters on Tuesday, which also includes Jane Fonda, Matthew McConaughey, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster, Ashley Judd and Eugenio Derbez.

Chadwick Boseman, Mark Hamill, Gal Gadot, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez and Zendaya were previously announced as presenters.

Producers also said last week that all five Oscar-nominated songs will be performed live on the show by their original singers, including Mary J. Blige, Natalia Lafourcade, Andra Day and Common.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the show Sunday from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. (AP)

Wonder Woman and Luke Skywalker Expected at Oscars

Wonder Woman and Luke Skywalker will be at the Academy Awards – or at least the actors who play them onscreen.

Oscar producers announced Wednesday that Gal Gadot and Mark Hamill will appear on the show, along with fellow “Star Wars” actors Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran.

Producers say Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Armie Hammer and Zendaya also have been booked as presenters.

Previously announced stars appearing on the March 4 telecast include “Black Panther” Chadwick Boseman, comedian Tiffany Haddish, “Spider Man” Tom Holland and Margot Robbie.

Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the show, which will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC. (AP)

James Ivory, 89, May Set Oscar Record

James Ivory is 89, and should he win the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Call Me By Your Name,” he’ll become the oldest Oscar winner ever.

It’s a record Ivory may hold for only minutes. The 89-year-old French filmmaker Agnes Varda, born a week before Ivory, is nominated for her documentary “Faces Places.”

But regardless of the outcome, “Call Me By Your Name” has proven an unlikely, yet fitting, encore for a master filmmaker whose movies have already pocketed 31 Oscar nominations and six wins.

For some 50 years, Ivory and his partner and producer Ismail Merchant were considered one of the most illustrious independent filmmaking duo in film history.

Ivory says retirement isn’t in his plans. He’s hoping to direct a film of Shakespeare’s “Richard II.” (AP)

2018 Oscar Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards were announced today:

The Oscar nominees for best motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: “Call Me By Your Name,” ”Darkest Hour,” ”Dunkirk,” ”Get Out,” ”Lady Bird,” ”Phantom Thread,” ”The Post,” ”The Shape of Water” ”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The Oscar nominees for best actor in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”; Daniel Day Lewis, “Phantom Thread”; Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”; Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”; Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

The best supporting actor nominees include: William Dafoe, “The Florida Project”; Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”; Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”; Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The Oscar nominees for best actress in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They are: Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”; Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”; Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”; Meryl Streep, “The Post.”

The Oscar nominees for best song in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: “Mighty River” from “Mudbound; “Mystery of Love” from “Call Me By Your Name”; “Remember Me” from “Coco”; “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall; and “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”

Oscar nominees for best foreign-language film have been announced by the film academy. They include: Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman”; Russia’s “Loveless”; Lebanon’s “The Insult”; Hungary’s “On Body and Soul”; and Sweden’s “The Square.”

The Oscar nominees for best supporting actress in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”; Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”; Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”; Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”; and Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water.”

The Oscar nominees for best original score in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: “Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer; “Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood; “The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat; “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams; “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell.

The Oscar nominees for best visual effects in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: “Blade Runner 2049,” ”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” ”Kong: Skull Island,” ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” ”War for the Planet of the Apes.”

The Oscar nominees for best cinematography in a motion picture have been announced by the film academy. They include: They are: Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2024”; Bruno Delbonnel, “Darkest Hour”; Hoyte van Hoytema, “Dunkirk”; Rachel Morrison, “Mudbound”; Dan Laustsen, “The Shape of Water.”

The 90th annual Academy Awards are on March 4th. (AP)

‘The Goonies,’ ‘Titanic’ Added to National Film Registry

A band of misfits known as the Goonies, a sinking ship, some baseball ghosts and the unrelenting New York cop are being added to the prestigious National Film Registry.

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films “The Goonies,” ”Titanic,” ”Field of Dreams” and “Die Hard” are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year.

The library selects movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic or artistic importance.

This year’s slate includes the 1987 musical biopic “La Bamba,” ”Superman” from 1978, the 2000 thriller “Memento” and 1941’s animated “Dumbo.”

This year’s picks bring the total number of films in the registry to 725. Last year, “The Breakfast Club,” ”The Princess Bride” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Thelma & Louise” were picked. (AP)