Hollywood’s First Major Premiere ‘Cruella’

Disney's live-action film, 'Cruella’, starring Emma Stone, opens in theaters and on Disney Plus Premier Memorial Day weekend.

Photo: Yevette Renee
Photo: Yevette Renee

The long awaited Hollywood red carpet premieres have officially returned on Wednesday night, when Disney's new film screened at their El Capitan theater.

The film stars Emma Stone as the young Cruella de Vil, the villain from Disney's iconic 101 Dalmatians.

On the red carpet where the film's star, Emma Stone and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and the man with the vision, director Craig Gillespie.

Because of the safety protocols in place, including social distancing, it was a smaller crowd. And a true indication of the changes caused by
COVID 19, the media was not invited to the screening.

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Photo: Yevette Renee

Musso & Franks, Hollywood’s Oldest Restaurant Re-Opens May 6th

Musso & Frank Grill

The oldest restaurant in Hollywood and a part of Hollywood history , Musso & Franks will re-open its doors for dinner on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Like with other restaurants in Los Angeles and around the country, Musso & Frank closed its doors due to
COVID-19 and will reopen after a year.

Opened over 100 years ago on September 27, 1919 by Frank Toulet as Frank's Cafe located at 6669 Hollywood Boulevard.
Frank later went into business with Joseph Musso and renamed the restaurant Musso & Frank's Grill.

Eight years later, in 1927, the two sold the restaurant to Joseph Carissimi and John Mosso,
who moved the restaurant to 6667 Hollywood Boulevard, still its current location.

Musso & Franks was the place to be. It had the first pay phone installed in Hollywood. During the Golden Age of Hollywood,
it was a place for movie stars like Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogartand others were regulars.

The Screen Writers Guild was located near Musso and would become the place that authorsm who were recruited
to write Hollywood studios' next best script, would hang-out. Authors like Max Brand, T.S. Elliot, Aldous Huxley,
John O'Hara, Dorothy Parker and John Steinbeck.

 

93rd Academy Awards 2021 OSCAR Winners!

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OSCAR Marquee. Photo: Yevette Renee

The Winners of the 93rd Academy Awards 2021 Oscars are:

Best Picture
"Nomadland" (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Director
Chloe Zhao for "Nomadland" (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Frances McDormand, "Nomadland" (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Anthony Hopkins, "The Father" (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Daniel Kaluuya, "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Warner Bros.)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Yuh-Jung Youn, "Minari" (Plan B)

Best Writer (Adapted Screenplay)
"The Father" (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best Writer (Original Screenplay)
Promising Young Woman" (Focus Features)

Best Cinematographer
"Mank" (Netflix)

Best Animated Feature Film
"Soul" (Pixar)

Best Documentary Feature
"My Octopus Teacher" (Netflix)

Music - Best Original Score
"Soul"

Music - Best Original Song
"Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas)

Best Animated Short Film
"If Anything Happens I Love You"

Best Live Action Short Film
"Two Distant Strangers" Travon Free, Martin Desmond Rice

Best Documentary Short Subject
"Colette" Anthony Giachino, Alic Doyard

Best Film Editing
"Sound of Metal" (Amazon)

Best Sound
"Sound of Metal" (Amazon)

Best International Feature Film
"Another Round," (Denmark )

Best Costume Design
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" Ann Roth (Netflix)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" Mia Neal, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Jamika Wilson (Netflix)

Best Production Design
"Mank" (Netflix)

Best Visual Effects
"Tenet" (Warner Bros.)

2021 Nominees

Best Picture

"The Father"
"Judas and the Black Messiah"
"Mank"
"Minari"
"Nomadland"
"Promising Young Woman"
"Sound of Metal"
"The Trial of the Chicago 7"

Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg for "Another Round"
David Fincher for "Mank"
Lee Isaac Chung for "Minari"
Chloe Zhao for "Nomadland"
Emerald Fennell for "Promising Young Woman"

David Fincher's "Mank" leads nominations to the 93rd Academy Awards with 10 nods, and for the first time, two women - Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell - were nominated for best director.

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
Andra Day, "The United States Vs. Billie Holiday"
Vanessa Kirby, "Pieces Of A Woman"
Frances McDormand, "Nomadland"
Carey Mulligan, "Promising Young Woman"

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed, "Sound of Metal"
Chadwick Boseman, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
Anthony Hopkins, "The Father"
Gary Oldman in "Mank"
Steven Yeun in "Minari"

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen, "The Trial of the Chicago 7"
Daniel Kaluuya, "Judas and the Black Messiah"
Leslie Odom Jr., "One Night in Miami"
Paul Raci, "Sound of Metal"
Lakeith Stanfield, "Judas and the Black Messiah"

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm"
Glenn Close, "Hillbilly Elegy"
Olivia Colman, "The Father"
Amanda Seyfried, "Mank"
Yuh-Jung Youn, "Minari"

Best Writer (Adapted Screenplay)

"Borat Subsequent Moviefilm"
"The Father"
"Nomadland"
"One Night in Miami"
"The White Tiger"

Best Writer (Original Screenplay)

"Judas and the Black Messiah"
"Minari"
"Promising Young Woman"
"Sound of Metal"
"The Trial of the Chicago 7"

Best Cinematographer

"Judas and the Black Messiah"
"Mank"
"News of the World"
"Nomadland"
"The Trial of the Chicago 7"

Best Animated Feature Film

"Onward"
"Over the Moon"
"A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon"
"Soul"
"Wolfwalkers"

Best Documentary Feature

"Collective"
"Crip Camp"
"The Mole Agent"
"My Octopus Teacher"
"Time"

Music - Best Original Score

"Da 5 Bloods"
"Mank"
"Minari"
"News of the World"
"Soul"

Music - Best Original Song

"Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas)
"Hear My Voice" from "The Trial of the Chicago 7" (Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite)
"Husavik" from "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga" (Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Gransson)
"Io S (Seen)" from "The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)" (Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini)
"Speak Now" from "One Night in Miami..." (Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth)

Best Animated Short Film

"Burrow"
"Genius Loci"
"If Anything Happens I Love You"
"Opera"
"Yes-People"

Best Live Action Short Film

"Feeling Through"
"The Letter Room"
"The Present"
"Two Distant Strangers"
"White Eye"

Best Documentary Short Subject

"Colette"
"A Concerto Is a Conversation"
"Do Not Split"
"Hunger Ward"
"A Love Song for Latasha"

Best Film Editing

"The Father"
"Nomadland"
"Promising Young Woman"
"Sound of Metal"
"The Trial of the Chicago 7"

Best Sound

"Greyhound"
"Mank"
"News of the World"
"Soul"
"Sound of Metal"

Best International Feature Film

"Another Round," Denmark
"Better Days," Hong Kong
"Collective," Romania
"The Man Who Sold His Skin," Tunisia
"Quo Vadis, Aida?," Bosnia and Herzegovina

Best Costume Design

"Emma"
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
"Mank"
"Mulan"
"Pinocchio"

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

"Emma"
"Hillbilly Elegy"
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
"Mank"
"Pinocchio"

Best Production Design

"The Father"
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
"Mank"
"News of the World"
"Tenet"

Best Visual Effects

"Love and Monsters"
"The Midnight Sky"
"Mulan"
"The One and Only Ivan"
"Tenet"

The Latest Oscar 2021 News!

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Oscar Marquee. Photo: Yevette Renee

The 93rd Academy Awards

will take place on Sunday, April 25th, at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. PT  on ABC.

Enjoy ABC's "Oscars: Into the Spotlight,, their pre-show, that starts at 6:30 p.m., ET/ 5:30 p.m., CT/ 5:00 p.m., PT.

 

The main venue for  the 2021 Oscars is the landmark Union Station, a main railway hub located in downtown Los Angeles. Some of the ceremony will still take place at the Academy's official Oscars home, the Dolby Theatre.

All of the acceptance speech will be made in person.

The pre-show, "Oscars: Into the Spotlight," will will feature the nominated best original songs performed by Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sandén
and Diane Warren beginning at 6:30 p.m ET/ 3:30 p.m. PT on ABC. Four of the five performances will take place on the rooftop of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, and the fifth
performance will be taped in Iceland.

2021 Best Original Song Nominees

"Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II; Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas)

"Hear My Voice" from "The Trial of the Chicago 7" (Music by Daniel Pemberton; Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite)

"Husavik" from "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga" (Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Gransson)

"Io Si (Seen)" from "The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)" (Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini)

"Speak Now" from "One Night in Miami..." (Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth)

2021 Presenters

The presenters that have been announced are Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya.

2021 Oscar nominees Riz Ahmed and Viola Davis will also be cast members.

View List of Nominees Here!

List of 2021 Oscar Nominations

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93rd Academy Awards 2021
Oscar Nominations

BEST PICTURE

THE FATHER
David Parfitt, Jean-Louis Livi and Philippe Carcassonne, Producers

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
Shaka King, Charles D. King and Ryan Coogler, Producers

MANK
Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski, Producers

MINARI
Christina Oh, Producer

NOMADLAND
Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao, Producers

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Emerald Fennell and Josey McNamara, Producers

SOUND OF METAL
Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche, Producers

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Marc Platt and Stuart Besser, Producers

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Riz Ahmed in SOUND OF METAL

Chadwick Boseman in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM

Anthony Hopkins in THE FATHER

Gary Oldman in MANK

Steven Yeun in MINARI

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Sacha Baron Cohen in THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7

Daniel Kaluuya in JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

Leslie Odom, Jr. in ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI...

Paul Raci in SOUND OF METAL

Lakeith Stanfield in JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Viola Davis in MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM

Andra Day in THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY

Vanessa Kirby in PIECES OF A WOMAN

Frances McDormand in NOMADLAND

Carey Mulligan in PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Maria Bakalova in BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM: DELIVERY OF PRODIGIOUS BRIBE TO AMERICAN REGIME FOR MAKE BENEFIT ONCE GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN

Glenn Close in HILLBILLY ELEGY

Olivia Colman in THE FATHER

Amanda Seyfried in MANK

Yuh-Jung Youn in MINARI

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

ONWARD
Dan Scanlon and Kori Rae

OVER THE MOON
Glen Keane, Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou

A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON
Richard Phelan, Will Becher and Paul Kewley

SOUL
Pete Docter and Dana Murray

WOLFWALKERS
Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young and Stéphan Roelants

CINEMATOGRAPHY

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
Sean Bobbitt

MANK
Erik Messerschmidt

NEWS OF THE WORLD
Dariusz Wolski

NOMADLAND
Joshua James Richards

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Phedon Papamichael

COSTUME DESIGN

EMMA
Alexandra Byrne

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
Ann Roth

MANK
Trish Summerville

MULAN
Bina Daigeler

PINOCCHIO
Massimo Cantini Parrini

DIRECTING

ANOTHER ROUND
Thomas Vinterberg

MANK
David Fincher

MINARI
Lee Isaac Chung

NOMADLAND
Chloé Zhao

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Emerald Fennell

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

COLLECTIVE
Alexander Nanau and Bianca Oana

CRIP CAMP
Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht and Sara Bolder

THE MOLE AGENT
Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibáñez

MY OCTOPUS TEACHER
Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed and Craig Foster

TIME
Garrett Bradley, Lauren Domino and Kellen Quinn

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

COLETTE
Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard

A CONCERTO IS A CONVERSATION
Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers

DO NOT SPLIT
Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook

HUNGER WARD
Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman

A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA
Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan

FILM EDITING

THE FATHER
Yorgos Lamprinos

NOMADLAND
Chloé Zhao

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Frédéric Thoraval

SOUND OF METAL
Mikkel E. G. Nielsen

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Alan Baumgarten

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

ANOTHER ROUND
Denmark

BETTER DAYS
Hong Kong

COLLECTIVE
Romania

THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN
Tunisia

QUO VADIS, AIDA?
Bosnia and Herzegovina

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

EMMA
Marese Langan, Laura Allen and Claudia Stolze

HILLBILLY ELEGY
Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle and Patricia Dehaney

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson

MANK
Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri and Colleen LaBaff

PINOCCHIO
Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli and Francesco Pegoretti

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

DA 5 BLOODS
Terence Blanchard

MANK
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

MINARI
Emile Mosseri

NEWS OF THE WORLD
James Newton Howard

SOUL
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

"Fight For You" from JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
Music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emile II
Lyric by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas

"Hear My Voice" from THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Music by Daniel Pemberton
Lyric by Daniel Pemberton and Celeste Waite

"Husavik" from EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: THE STORY OF FIRE SAGA
Music and Lyric by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsus and Rickard Göransson

"Io Sì (Seen)" from THE LIFE AHEAD (LA VITA DAVANTI A SE)
Music by Diane Warren
Lyric by Diane Warren and Laura Pausini

"Speak Now" from ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI...
Music and Lyric by Leslie Odom, Jr. and Sam Ashworth

PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE FATHER
Production Design: Peter Francis
Set Decoration: Cathy Featherstone

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
Production Design: Mark Ricker
Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara and Diana Stoughton

MANK
Production Design: Donald Graham Burt
Set Decoration: Jan Pascale

NEWS OF THE WORLD
Production Design: David Crank
Set Decoration: Elizabeth Keenan

TENET
Production Design: Nathan Crowley
Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

BURROW
Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat

GENIUS LOCI
Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise

IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU
Will McCormack and Michael Govier

OPERA
Erick Oh

YES-PEOPLE
Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

FEELING THROUGH
Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski

THE LETTER ROOM
Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan

THE PRESENT
Farah Nabulsi and Ossama Bawardi

TWO DISTANT STRANGERS
Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe

WHITE EYE
Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman

SOUND

GREYHOUND
Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Beau Borders and David Wyman

MANK
Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance and Drew Kunin

NEWS OF THE WORLD
Oliver Tarney, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller and John Pritchett

SOUL
Ren Klyce, Coya Elliott and David Parker

SOUND OF METAL
Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michellee Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Phillip Bladh

VISUAL EFFECTS

LOVE AND MONSTERS
Matt Sloan, Genevieve Camilleri, Matt Everitt and Brian Cox

THE MIDNIGHT SKY
Matthew Kasmir, Christopher Lawrence, Max Solomon and David Watkins

MULAN
Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury and Steve Ingram

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN
Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones and Santiago Colomo Martinez

TENET
Andrew Jackson, David Lee, Andrew Lockley and Scott Fisher

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM: DELIVERY OF PRODIGIOUS BRIBE TO AMERICAN REGIME FOR MAKE BENEFIT ONCE GLORIOUS
NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN
Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern
Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad

THE FATHER
Screenplay by Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller

NOMADLAND
Written for the screen by Chloé Zhao

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI...
Screenplay by Kemp Powers

THE WHITE TIGER
Written for the screen by Ramin Bahrani

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King
Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas

MINARI
Written by Lee Isaac Chung

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Written by Emerald Fennell

SOUND OF METAL
Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder
Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Written by Aaron Sorkin

The 93rd Oscars® will take place on Sunday, April 25, 2021, and will be televised live on ABC worldwide.

SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS AT 2021 TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL

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TEX AVERY: THE KING OF CARTOONS
(1988) Documentary

Tex Avery-TCM Classic Film Festival 2021
Tex Avery-TCM Classic Film Festival 2021

Saturday, May 8th- 6:00am ET

TEX AVERY: THE KING OF CARTOONS (1988) Documentary about the life and career of animator and director Frederick Bean “Tex” Avery.

Saturday, May 8th- 7:00am ET

TEX AVERY AT MGM (1943-1955) -54M- TV-G - Compilation of cartoons directed by Tex Avery during his years at MGM.

Featured cartoons: Red Hot Riding Hood (1943), Bad Luck Blackie (1949), Deputy Droopy (1955), Screwball Squirrel (1944), King-Size Canary (1947), T.V. of Tomorrow (1953) and Symphony in Slang (1955).

TEX AVERY BIOGRAPHY

One of the most influential theatrical animators of the 20th century, Tex Avery shepherded Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes series from a second-tier interest for the studio to one of the most iconic franchises in animation history thanks to such enduring characters as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Daffy Duck. Avery's work was defined by a strong sense of visual and verbal anarchy, with characters gleefully breaking the fourth wall or the laws of nature in pursuit of a madcap ideal that married the lunacies of the Marx Brothers with the free-form structure and refusal to adhere to the sweetness and gentility that defined the work of their greatest competitor, Walt Disney Studios. Avery's shorts for Warner Bros. and later MGM, where he created the phlegmatic canine Droopy and the hot-blooded "Red Hot Riding Hood" (1943), had a profound influence on countless subsequent animated shorts and television, from Hanna-Barbera to John Kricfalusi's "Ren & Stimpy" (Nickelodeon 1991-95) to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Tex Avery continued to provide blueprints for animation writers and artists into the 21st century.

Born Frederick Bean Avery on February 26, 1908 in Taylor, Texas, Tex Avery attended North Dallas High School, where he did some of his earliest published illustrations for the school's yearbook. After graduation in 1926, he took courses at the Art Institute of Chicago before heading west to try his hand in Hollywood, California. In 1929, he landed a job with Walter Lantz's animation studio at Universal, where he assisted on many of the unit's "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" shorts. During this period, Avery was blinded in one eye by a thumbtack fired during office horseplay with other animators. Reportedly, the incident had a significant impact upon not only his personality, transforming him from an outgoing, social individual to a solitary perfectionist, but also his perspective on animation itself: his unique, semi-surreal art and direction were credited in part by many biographers and collaborators to his lack of visual depth perception due to his injury.

Money disputes spurred Avery to leave Lantz for Warner Bros. in 1935. There, he convinced the studio's animation chief, Leon Schlesinger, to let him head his own production unit. He was granted a five-room bungalow on the Warner Sunset Blvd. lot - dubbed "Termite Terrace" due to its infestation problem - which he shared with several other up-and-coming animators, including Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett, and associate director Frank Tashlin. Charged with creating animated shorts that would compete with Walt Disney's output, Avery's unit abandoned the idea of producing material that would challenge their artistic ability in favor of shorts that were simply funnier and more anarchic than the Disney efforts. Termite Terrace's first shorts established Avery's signature style: frenetic action that often defied the laws of physics, wild visual puns laced with sarcasm and a satirical approach to the fairy tales and travelogues that were part and parcel of Disney's cartoons. Avery also played fast and loose with the inherently artificial nature of animation by having his characters speak directly to audiences or burst out the frame to decry the pomp and circumstance of title and credit sequences.

Avery's cartoons for Warners introduced or developed some of the most iconic figures in animation history. The first Termite Terrace short, "Gold Diggers of '49" (1935) boosted Porky Pig from bit player to a featured star in the Looney Tunes series, while Daffy Duck burst onto the scene two years later as Porky's berserk foil in "Porky's Duck Hunt" (1937) before bedeviling Egghead, an early incarnation of Elmer Fudd, in "Daffy Duck & Egghead" (1938). Avery also took a pesky rabbit character that had appeared in several Looney Tunes shorts and transformed him into a quick-thinking trickster with a talent for deceiving simple-minded pursuers. He also lent the rabbit -- who adopted the nickname of one of his animators, Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, for his own moniker, Bugs Bunny -- Avery's own signature phrase, "What's up, doc?" from the verbiage of his Texas youth.

In these and countless other Warner Bros. cartoons, Avery was deeply involved in nearly all aspects of production, from writing and editing to voices and catchphrases that became part of the American pop culture lexicon ("Which way did he go?" "Screwy, isn't it?"). Under Avery's supervision, Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes characters became exceptionally popular among audiences and bona fide rivals to Disney for their affections. But his perfectionism also ran afoul of his boss, Leon Schlesinger, who balked at his insistence on repeating the same gag three times in the 1941 Bugs Bunny carton "The Heckling Hare." Avery responded by quitting Warner for Paramount, where he created the offbeat "Speaking of Animals" series, which incorporated animated lip movements into live action footage of real animals. By the following year, Avery had moved to MGM, where he created some of his most inspired work. His MGM cartoons cast off any semblance to reality with their flights of fancy, which ranged from the antics of his slow-talking hound, Droopy, to the risqué rave-ups featuring sexually charged takes on classic fairy tale characters like Little Red Riding Hood ("Red Hot Riding Hood," 1943) and a lothario wolf whose reactions to the women's presence reached volcanic heights of arousal.

Avery's tenure at MGM was marked by considerable success, with his first project for the studio, the wartime satire "The Blitz Wolf" (1941), netting an Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject (Cartoons). But by 1950, he was burned out due to his relentless pace, and left MGM for a year before returning briefly to complete two Droopy shorts in 1953.

That same year, he returned to his old boss, Walter Lantz, to direct five shorts, including the Oscar-nominated "Legend of Rockabye Point" (1955). His tenure there was quickly torpedoed over the same financial issues that prompted him to quit the Lantz operation in 1935, and he moved into television commercials, producing memorable shorts for Raid and Frito-Lay under his own banner, Cascade Productions. Though his career remained active and his work regarded with the utmost respect by many of his peers, Avery became depressed and withdrew from the industry in the mid-1970s.

However, he returned to television in 1980 for "The Kwicky Koala Show" (CBS 1981), a Saturday morning series for Hanna-Barbera's Australian production office that featured a titular character who shared several personality traits with Droopy. But Avery would not live to see Kwicky Koala appear on American screens; he succumbed to liver cancer at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, California on August 26, 1980.

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The 2021 TCM Classic Film Festival Will be Virtual this Year and  Features More Than 100 Films and Over 30 Special Guests Across Turner Classic Movies Channel and HBO Max

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Calling all film fans – Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today released the extensive lineup of talent, films, and exclusive content for the 2021 TCM Classic Film Festival, airing from Thursday, May 6 through Sunday, May 9 at two virtual venues: the TCM network and the Classics Curated by TCM Hub on HBO Max

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A STAR IS BORN, James Mason, Judy Garland, 1954
A STAR IS BORN, James Mason, Judy Garland, 1954

Programming and Talent highlights of the Festival include:

  • Opening Night on Thursday, May 6 at 8pm ET features the 60th anniversary screening of West Side Story (1961) with stars Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn giving new and exclusive interviews. Opening Night will premiere simultaneously on TCM and HBO Max
  • The Masters collection on HBO Max, featuring interviews with directors Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam) and Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA
  • Debbie Allen introduces Fame (1980) and sits down for an exclusive interview
  • Michael Douglas introduces One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) on HBO Max
  • Jacqueline Bisset introduces Bullitt (1968) on TCM and on HBO Max
  • The world broadcast premiere of Bill Morrison’s latest short film on TCM, let me come in (2021), featuring decayed film reels from the lost German silent film Pawns of Passion (1928) and co-presented by the Los Angeles Opera
  • A tribute to iconic comedian Martin Short with Clifford (1994) and Innerspace (1987) on HBO Max 
  • SF Sketchfest Presents a table read of Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) on TCM, adapted by comedian Dana Gould and featuring Maria Bamford, Bobcat Goldthwait, Oscar Nuñez, Laraine Newman, Bob Odenkirk, David Koechner, Janet Varney, Jonah Ray, Paul F. Tompkins, Gary Anthony Williams, Baron Vaughn, Deborah Baker Jr. and Kat Aagesen
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Fans will also be able to engage with the Festival at live virtual events and experiences throughout the weekend including:

  • The return of fan favorite Meet TCM panel where network execs share insight into the network, how programming is scheduled and produced, and a preview of upcoming events and series, will be live on Wednesday, May 5
  • Club TCM, a staple at the in-person Festival, is going virtual this year. Fans can join on Zoom to hear from TCM hosts and festival talent, learn something new, and share their love of classic movies with fellow fans
  • Live Tweets and Instagram Lives with Festival talent and hosts – follow along with #TCMFF 
  • The official TCM Classic Film Festival Boutique featuring limited-edition merchandise such as a new host pin set, mugs, t-shirts, popcorn salt, and more

Last year’s Special Home Edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival was one of the first festivals to shift to an all-virtual experience at the onset of the pandemic, and this year, viewers can expect even more stars, movies, and ways to watch.

For more information, please visit http://filmfestival.tcm.com

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About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

Turner Classic Movies (TCM)  is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting the entire spectrum of film history. TCM features the insights from Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz along with hosts Alicia Malone, Dave Karger, Jacqueline Stewart and Eddie Muller, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination. With more than two decades as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials, along with annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through events such as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, the TCM Big Screen Classics series in partnership with Fathom Events, as well as through the TCM Classic Film Tour in New York City and Los Angeles. In addition, TCM produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs, and hosts a wealth of material online at tcm.com and through the Watch TCM mobile app. Fans can also enjoy a TCM curated classics experience on HBO Max.

About HBO Max

HBO Max® is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer platform, offering best in class quality entertainment. HBO Max features the greatest array of storytelling for all audiences from the iconic brands of HBO, Warner Bros., DC, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and much more. The streaming platform initially launched in the United States in May 2020. This year, it will expand into Latin America and the HBO-branded streaming services in Europe (the Nordics, Spain, Central Europe, the Baltics and Portugal) will be upgraded to HBO Max.

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Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres To Close Permanently

ArcLight Hollywood-Pacific Cinerama Dome Theater. Photo: Yevette Renee
ArcLight Hollywood-Pacific Cinerama Dome Theater. Photo: Yevette Renee

The COVID-19 vaccines is here, yet it did not come soon enough for many movie theatres. After closing all of their locations in March 2020 due to COVID-19, the Decurion Corporation, the parent company of Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres, has announced the permanently closures of their six Los Angeles-area Pacific Theatre locations and 11 Arclight Theatres located around the country.

The permanent closures include the iconic Arclight Hollywood -Cinerama Dome at 6360 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. It was a  place where independent filmmakers would go to screen and premiere their films in heart of Hollywood.

Full statement from The Decurion Corporation:

After shutting our doors more than a year ago, today we must share the difficult and sad news the Pacific will not be reopening its ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres locations.

This was not the outcome anyone wanted, but despite a huge effort that exhausted all potential options, the company des not have a viable way forward.

To all the Pacific and ArcLight employees who have devoted their
professional lives to making out theaters the very best places in the world
to see movies: we are grateful for your service and your dedication
to our customers.

To our guests and members of the film industry who have made going to the
movies such a magical experience over the years: our deepest thanks. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you.

Pacific operates Vineland Drive-in, located in La Puente, the only remaining drive-in in Los Angeles County.

Pacific Theaters was founded in 1946 by William R. Forman, who began construction on the Cinerama Dome in 1963. The ground breaking ceremony
included Hollywood stars Buddy Hackett, Edie Adams, Spencer Tracy and others.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, directed by Stanley Kramer, was the first film that premiered at the Cinerama Dome in 1963.

BAFTA 2021 Winners

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A List of the 2021 BAFTA Winners

NOMADLAND - Best Film
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN - Outstanding British Film
HIS HOUSE - Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
ANOTHER ROUND - Film Not in the English Language
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER - Documentary

SOUL - Animated Film
CHLOE ZHAO - Director
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN - Original Screenplay
THE FATHER - Adapted Screenplay
FRANCES MCDORMAND - Leading Actress
ANTHONY HOPKINS - Leading Actor
YUH-JUNG YOUN - Supporting Actress
DANIEL KALUUYA - Supporting Actor
SOUL - Original Score
ROCKS - Casting
NOMADLAND - CINEMATOGRAPHY
SOUND OF METAL - Editing
MANK - Production Design
MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM - Costume Design
MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM - Make up and Hair
SOUND OF METAL - Sound
TENET - Special Visual Effects
THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT - British Short Animation
THE PRESENT - British Short Film

12th African American Film Critics Association Awards Virtually Tonight, April 7

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The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the world’s largest group of Black film critics, will hold its twelfth annual awards ceremony virtually on Wednesday, April 7th, sponsored by Nissan and Morgan Stanley. “Judas and the Black Messiah” was named the year’s Best Film, in addition to winning Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Kaluuya and Best Supporting Actress for Dominique Fishback.

“It is an honor to help present an award to ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ because I am from Chicago where we have a tradition of community advocacy,” said RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert. “Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, lived here; the Rev. Jesse Jackson lives here; and former president Barack Obama was a community advocate here. I lived on the West Side of Chicago, and I met Fred Hampton, and I know he aspired to be a lawyer. After his death, his brother contacted me as the head of the Black American Law Student Association to help establish the Fred Hampton Scholarship at DePaul Law School for African-American students. So this film was particularly meaningful to me.”

“Serving alongside an all-Black producing team, “Judas and the Black Messiah” director Shaka King created a project that permanently enshrines pivotal Black Panther leader Fred Hampton as an American hero. Released against the backdrop of the present-day Black Lives Matter movement, the film’s message of commitment and sacrifice to social justice is empowering,” says AAFCA President/Co-Founder Gil Robertson. “Daniel Kaluuya as Hampton is literally on fire and is supported well by Dominique Fishback who increasingly has become an actress to watch. Our members are thrilled to award the film with our highest honor.”

Andra Day won Best Actress for her harrowing portrayal of the title role in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” while Chadwick Boseman posthumously won Best Actor for his stunning performance in “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.”

“Our Best Actress winner Andra Day was phenomenal as Billie Holiday,” continues Robertson. “Director Lee Daniels has a terrific knack for bringing out the very best from his actors and Day is no exception as she delivered a performance that serves as an impressive launch to an acting career we feel has great promise. The members of AAFCA are excited to see even more of her range in the future. In ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ Chadwick Boseman again showcased a great understanding and execution of the acting craft. In what is the final performance of his career, he confirmed why he will forever be considered one of the best actors of his generation. AAFCA is tremendously pleased to honor him for this extraordinary performance.”

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Picture: “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)
Best Director: Regina King, “One Night In Miami” (Amazon Studios)
Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
Best Actress: Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Hulu)
Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)
Best Supporting Actress: Dominique Fishback, “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)
Best Screenplay: Kemp Powers, “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)
Best Ensemble: “One Night In Miami” (Amazon Studios)
Best Foreign Film: “Night of the Kings” (Neon)
Best Documentary: “All In: The Fight For Democracy” (Amazon Studios)
Best Animation: “Soul” (Pixar/Disney)
Best Short Film: “Two Distant Strangers”
Breakout Performance: Radha Blank (Netflix)
Breakout Director: Shaka King (Warner Bros.)

The organization, whose membership spans the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe and Africa and is the largest of its kind, also announced its Top 10 films of the year (listed here in ranked order): “Judas And The Black Messiah,” “One Night In Miami,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Nomadland,” “Night Of The Kings,” “American Skin,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “Minari,” “Miss Juneteenth” and “The United States Vs. Billie Holiday.”

“The common theme with all of our Top 10 Films this year is the grace of humanity. All of these films spotlighted different circumstances that put the human spirit to a test. During a year when COVID-19 forced everyone on this planet to unite against a common threat to our health and well-being, these films spoke to the resilience and courage we all possess to overcome challenging odds. The AAFCA members were deeply heartened and inspired by these amazing stories as we also look forward to a return to “going to the movies” with our family and friends,” said Robertson.

The public airing for the 12th Annual AAFCA Awards virtual ceremony will take place at 8pm CT on Saturday, April 17th. For updates on how to stream the ceremony, follow AAFCA on Twitter and Instagram. For more information, visit the official site of AAFCA.