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ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2000
The April 2 article by Charlotte Innes about Susannah Grant ("Her Type Is Strong, Not Silent") incorrectly stated that the motion picture academy's Nicholl Fellowship is given to "young, unpublished screenwriters." It does not discriminate by age; the only criterion is the quality of the writing. MARK ZIFCAK Redondo Beach
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1992
For the record, "Beauty and the Beast" was written by Giovan Francesco Straparola (c.1480-1557) and first published in "Piacevoli notti" in 1550. It was first set to music in Andre Gretry's opera "Zemire et Azor" in 1771. In their overt lust for recognition by the motion picture academy, Ms. Woolverton and the politically correct folks at Disney should acknowledge the guys who created their gold mine. MICHAEL O'MAHONY Beverly Hills
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Director Brett Ratner resigned Tuesday as producer of the Oscar telecast after coming under fire for making an anti-gay slur, leaving the motion picture academy scrambling to cast a new team to helm the February award show. Ratner, director of popcorn films such as "Rush Hour" and the newly released "Tower Heist," was an unconventional choice for the job and was touted as someone who could shake up the program and bring more viewers and pizazz to the affair. Although the show's ratings have flagged recently, the Oscars remain one of the most-viewed broadcasts of the year, often second only to the Super Bowl.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 1986
Lawrence Christon did a good job of capturing the essence of director Paul Mazursky's Oakie Lecture at the Motion Picture Academy, but he misrepresented the gist of Mazursky's statement that "the industry is anti-Semitic" ("Comedy Award to Mazursky," Oct. 1). Mazursky did say that, but went on--very significantly--to explain that studio executives want to make movies for the masses and that they fear that something "very Jewish" will not play in Dallas. So, it's demographics, not bigotry, that he was referring to. I think Christon and The Times owe the readers, as well as Mazursky himself, the courtesy of being more accurate.
OPINION
February 19, 2002
It's wonderful to hear that the entertainment industry is giving animation "new respect" (Feb. 12). It has been 65 years since the first animated feature was recognized by the motion picture academy with an Oscar, but I guess critical respect takes time to build. It would also be wonderful if the industry would recognize the writers behind animated films and television programs with the same respect for professionalism that is paid to the writers of live action. Animation writers would like the same protections and benefits provided to live-action writers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
The Chinese media conglomerate the Dalian Wanda Group has donated $20 million to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for its film museum. In recognition of the gift -- the museum's second-largest to date -- the museum's film history gallery will now be named the Wanda Gallery. The Dalian Wanda group owns AMC Theatres, and its head, Wang Jianlin, has said he wants to invest $10 billion in U.S. companies in the next decade. "The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is a global cultural institution and the Dalian Wanda Group's support of the project speaks to the worldwide importance and the appeal of the movies," said museum campaign chair Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive of the Walt Disney Co. "Their gift to the academy museum is a huge boost to our efforts to design and build the world's leading movie museum.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
Sixteen young filmmakers took home prizes Saturday night at the 2013 Student Academy Awards at a ceremony at the Motion Picture Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Comedian and former Student Academy Award winner Bob Saget served as emcee for the evening. Writer-director Kimberly Peirce and actors Clark Gregg, Jason Schwartzman and Quvenzhané Wallis presented the awards. The academy established the awards in 1972  “to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.”  Past Student Academy Award winners include filmmakers John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee. Winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won eight awards.  Thirteen student filmmakers from the U.S. and three international student filmmakers were named winners in the alternative, animation, documentary, narrative and foreign film categories.
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