Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Plays To Turnaway Crowd With Oscar Voters – Academy Adds Extra Screening

In other words, interest in seeing this was extremely high, and the place was packed with the people who work in the industry in which its story is set. New York AMPAS members had their's last Thursday. Another emailed me just before the start of the screening, saying officials were asking people to raise hands if there was a vacant seat next to them. There was a turnaway crowd Saturday night at the Motion Picture Academy's 1010 seat Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, with at least 75 people turned away, "maybe more," according to one observer, for the Academy's official membership screening. The Academy plans to add an additional screening next week because of the overflow and just posted details on their membership screenings site: "To accommodate the overflow of members at the Saturday 7/27 screening of Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, Sony has agreed to hold an additional screening for Academy members at 7:30pm, Thursday, August 1, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater." That is the same night the Academy will also have its official Bay Area members screening.
There reportedly was applause for Tarantino, the actors, and key department heads as credits rolled, although there was no standing ovation which, to be fair, usually only occurs with a major actor or director being introduced, and they weren't there (Tarantino did appear at the official BAFTA screening Wednesday night at Arclight). I'm with them," the Academy member emailed after I reached out for response. According to one Oscar voter, chatter in the lobby they heard included some scattered complaints about liberties the script took with the facts (it blends real and fictional characters), and some complaining about the violence. Overall, it seemed it was an upbeat response. "I heard people say that it was a really great piece of bravura filmmaking, especially the end. There can be no question that Tarantino's ninth film is an early major Oscar contender in many categories, and it is said to have played very well with much of the Academy crowd. But with a Tarantino film, isn't that to be expected?
Oscar voters jumped on board, too. UPDATE: Moviegoer interest in seeing Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood apparently wasn't just among the public, who crowded theaters to bring in an impressive $40 million-plus weekend estimated box office haul and sold out shows in major markets, especially L.A.
I am told about half the audience stayed for that, however others are saying it was less than half. Due to its two hour and forty one minute running time, as well as a planned Q&A with some of the crafts people, that would not have been possible for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which was shown at the Academy in a 35MM film print, although it is playing in some venues in 70MM. The post-screening Q&A did not include Tarantino or members of the cast, but did feature below the line artisans, such as Production Designer Barbara Ling, Costume Designer Arianne Phillips, Editor Fred Raskin, and Sound Mixer Mark Ulano.
One Sony executive told me at Monday night's premiere they haven't determined campaign plans yet, including where the actors might be placed. In the past, the Academy has been very good to Tarantino films and the filmmaker himself, who has two Oscars on his shelf, both for screenwriting for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. A big question for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is whether both Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt will be campaigned for Lead Actor (which is what they are), or split up, with perhaps Pitt going into supporting so as not to compete with each other. Three of his previous eight films have been nominated for Best Picture, including Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, and Django Unchained.
The Academy allows members to bring up to three guests, and the same thing happened two years ago, also on a Saturday night in July, when Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk played there in a 70MM film print. That film went on to eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, winning three Academy Awards. Although unusual for one of these screenings, especially in the summer months generally filled with films that aren't exactly prime Oscar contenders, adding a second showing because of a turnaway crowd is not completely unprecedented. The Academy decided on the spot to add another screening that night at 10PM due to the overflow crowd and high interest (it helped that it ran under two hours). Rocketman drew a huge crowd earlier this year too.
The want-to-see factor continues. As Deadline has noted, when the film premiered in Cannes in May, there were also many people (with actual tickets) left on the outside of the Grand Theatre Lumiere, such was the anticipation for the unveiling of this movie.
But with the Fall festivals upon us in just a few weeks, hopefully all that is going to change.” /> As I have said recently, so far the presence of genuine Best Picture contenders for the 92nd Academy Awards is on the light side, with perhaps only A24's current release The Farewell and now Once Upon A Time In Hollywood starting to get any serious buzz in that direction.
By the way the Writers Guild which also has weekend membership screenings abruptly cancelled their planned Once Upon A Time In Hollywood screenings set for today and replaced with other movies, according to the Guild's website  (they listed Crawl, Brian Banks. David Crosby: Remember My Name, and The Nightingale as "replacement films"). Tarantino is not a member and has routinely had his films denied eligibility for WGA awards because of that guild's particular rules.

Jennifer Lawrence Blisters Harvey Weinstein’s “Predatory Tactics”; Producer Calls Sundance Sexual Assault Suit “Malicious” – Update

UPDATE, 9:25 PM: Hours after the latest lawsuit to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault was made public both the disgraced producer and Jennifer Lawrence have responded to complaint – in very different manners.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses Weinstein of repeatedly exposing himself to the young actress, groping and fondling her, and forcibly performing oral sex on her as she audibly sobbed.
"Why don't you tell [your friend] we are working on a pitch together?" "Don't you want to come back to my hotel room?" Weinstein allegedly asked.
She told him she was disturbed by what happened the day before and said she wanted to keep their relationship professional. The actress accepted Weinstein's invitation to lunch the following day — which she attended, both because of the promise of potential roles and fear of potential harm to her career, according to court documents.
“Mr. “There is absolutely no truth to the malicious claims made in this lawsuit, and we are reviewing our options with an eye on filing for an immediate dismissal,” the statement from Weinstein’s team added. This filing further proves that anyone can say whatever they want in a lawsuit for maximum shock value, to defame and debase, without having to offer any facts or reality.” Weinstein is embarrassed for Ms. Lawrence with whom he has only had a professional and respectful relationship, who has sadly been dragged into this ugly attempt at defamation.
Weinstein's attorney didn't respond to a request seeking comment.
The document describes one Christmas Day encounter in 2015 at the Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills, where the actress met the producer in his hotel room. The complaint describes other meetings — held ostensibly to discuss film roles — where Weinstein allegedly masturbated in front of her, groped her and, in one instance, forcibly perform oral sex on her.
When she stopped, Weinstein allegedly berated and threatened her, warning, "You don't want to fuck this up." Can't you be nice for once?" The actress briefly acquiesced to his request. Weinstein asked for a massage, saying, "It's Christmas.
Point of fact, Harvey Weinstein faces a New York Supreme Court justice on December 20 in a hearing in the criminal case against him that may set the course for if the much-accused producer faces like behind bars or not.
The civil suit is one of numerous legal claims pending against Weinstein, whose sexual aggression was first reported by The New York Times in October 2017. Another actress, Rose McGowan, accused Weinstein of raping her at the film festival in 1997, in a hotel room meeting held after the screening of the film Going All the Way.
A spokesperson for the Pulp Fiction producer tonight basically called the 17-page document now on the LSC docket a work of ill-intentioned fiction itself.
The actress was 22-years-old when she met Weinstein at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. The following day, his assistant invited her to meet the producer in his suite at the Waldorf Astoria Park City to discuss a potential film role.
"While these meetings were set purportedly to discuss TWC scripts and included promises of parts and opportunities in TWC's films (which would catapult Plaintiff's career to another level), in reality, Weinstein orchestrated the meetings as a scheme to accost Plaintiff and to keep her silent about his sexual abuse," the woman alleges in her suit (read it here).
Weinstein handed her two tickets to a screening and invited her to an after party. At the party, he again accosted the actress at the bathroom, where he grabbed her and pulled her toward him.
“My heart breaks for all the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein,” the Oscar winner and X-Men alum said in a statement on Friday. The jury requesting complaint also alleges that in his promises of movie roles for Jane Doe, Weinstein boasted that he had an affair with Lawrence and implied that is why she won the Academy Award. Filed on December 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Jane Doe of the six-claim unspecified damages seeking action accuses Weinstein of repeatedly forcing himself upon her.
The woman described the incident to friends and to her agent, who dismissed the behavior as Weinstein "just being a guy." The agent urged the woman to "keep Weinstein close" because he had a temper.
“I have never had anything but a professional relationship with him,” Lawrence asserted today of the real nature of her interaction with Weinstein. “This is yet another example of the predatory tactics and lies that he engaged in to lure countless women.”
Weinstein and garner unchecked media attention,” the Weinstein spokesperson declared. Weinstein's attorneys for one reason; It was meant to embarrass Mr. “This lawsuit was filed and updated strategically with no notice given or any attempt to reach out to Mr.
After two hours of discussions, the woman excused herself to use the bathroom. Weinstein allegedly opened the door, exposed himself and made several sexually suggestive remarks, then ejaculating on her skirt.
The actress again rebuffed his advances.
The woman seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.” />
"Weinstein and TWC intentionally engaged in these communications and meetings, and made misrepresentations to Plaintiff, to guarantee her silence," the suit alleges.
PREVIOUSLY, 6:08 PM: A woman identified as "Jane Doe" has sued Harvey Weinstein, describing a now-familiar scenario of the Hollywood producer assaulting the young actress after luring her into private meetings under the pretext of discussing potential movie roles.
Additional allegations against Weinstein have been reviewed by the LAPD, which sent an initial trio of cases to the L.A. County D.A. As UK police continue their investigation, the Beverly Hills Police passed two cases of sexual assault that they say occurred in their jurisdiction to Lacey’s office on January 2. Along with being accused by more than 60 women of sexual assault or sexual harassment, Weinstein is under investigation by federal prosecutors as well as the probe by the Manhattan D.A.’s office and the NYPD. Another case was handed over to that same office in in August. on February 8.

Motion Picture Sound Editors Cue Up Stephen H. Flick For Career Honor

The MPSE Career Achievement Award recognizes sound artists who have distinguished themselves by meritorious works as both an individual and fellow contributor to the art of sound for feature film, television and gaming and for setting an example of excellence for others to follow.” />
The honor will be presented February 17 during the 66th annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards in Los Angeles. Flick to receive of its 2018 MPSE Career Achievement Award. The Motion Picture Sound Editors has set supervising sound editor Stephen H.
He also scored Oscar noms for Poltergeist, Die Hard and Total Recall and has three Emmy Awards, for HBO's Deadlwood (2004) and John Adams (2008) and TNT's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007). A two-time Sound Editing Oscar winner for Speed (1995) and Robocop (1988) — the latter being a Special Academy Award — Flick has worked on more than 150 films and TV shows over four decades.
Flick's many other credits include Apollo 13, Pulp Fiction, Spider-Man, Batman Returns, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Twister, Jackie Brown  and 48 Hrs. A master of traditional and cutting-edge sound editing techniques, he is known for his collaborative approach toward sound production.
“Stephen is a true innovator and the epitome of the sound artist,” said MPSE President Tom McCarthy. “He creates sound that blends organically with picture and brings the film’s world and story to life.”

Michael Shamberg’s MASproduction Pacts With Sonar

Doudna and Sternberg are consultants on the project. Sternberg, A Crack in Creation is a dramatic series about the positive and negative consequences of science’s godlike power to create human life using the new gene-editing tool CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats), a revolutionary new technology that Doudna helped create. Written by biochemists Jennifer A. Doudna & Samuel H.
Shamberg and MAS Production are represented by CAA and Gang Tyre.” />
Doudna and Samuel H. They include adaptions of two best-selling books: Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew and A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Sternberg. Shamberg brings several projects to the table under the new deal.
He exec produced Reno 911 and is an EP on AMC's Into the Badlands. He's separately an advisor to BuzzFeed and is partnered with BuzzFeed feature films from BuzzFeed stories. Shamberg, who ran Jersey Films with Stacey Sher and Danny DeVito, and Double Feature Films with Sher, formed MAS Production in 2015. MAS Production executives Alexandra Zimbler and Ameet Shukla will be producing with him. Shamberg’s a venerable producer whose credits include Erin Brockovich, The Big Chill, Contagion, Gattaca, Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, World Trade Center, Man on the Moon, Wish I Was Here, Reality Bites, Garden State, Along Came Polly and A Fish Called Wanda.
Said Shamberg: “Sonar is a terrific home to make innovative television that will stand out in a medium where viewers have so many choices.”
“We are thrilled to be in business with him and look forward to the results of the partnership.” “Michael’s eye for culturally significant, highly entertaining content is remarkable,” said Lesinski.
EXCLUSIVE: Sonar Entertainment has set Michael Shamberg’s MASproduction to a first look deal for television and digital platform content. The announcement was made today by Thomas Lesinski, CEO, Sonar Entertainment and Michael Shamberg.
From creating a home in a new city to understanding the link between a good hair dryer and good self-esteem to dealing with the depths of heartache and loss, these tales of twentysomethings document a road less traveled—a road that sometimes is just the way you’re meant to go. writer/illustrator and Instagram sensation Mari Andrew uses essays and illustrations to capture the feelings and comical complexities of millennials. In Am I There Yet? In the journey toward adulthood, it is easy to find yourself treading the path of those who came before you. But what if you don’t want to walk a worn path?