The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 178 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2011 to the Academy?s roster of members. The members will vote to select the nominees and winners.
?These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,? said Academy President Tom Sherak. ?Their talent and creativity have entertained moviegoers around the world, and I welcome each of them to our ranks.?
The list of new members includes among others Jennifer Lawrence, Jesse Eisenberg, Russel Brand, Beyonce Knowles, Vincent Cassel, Dominic Monaghan, Mia Wasikowska, Debra Granik and documentary filmmaker Tim Hetherington, who was killed in action in Libya in April.
(Examiner.com) As the dates for San Diego Comic Con 2011 inch closer and closer, fans of The Hunger Games are becoming more and more eager to find out if the convention will include any details or sneak peeks at The Hunger Games movie.
“Our Comic Con plans aren’t locked yet,” Lionsgate tells The Hunger Games Examiner. “But we will be sure to keep everyone posted.”
Besides the potential of The Hunger Games, Lionsgate has a lot of upcoming films that would be a good fit for Comic Con, held July 21-24 this year, such as the remake of Conan the Barbarian and Abduction, starring Taylor Lautner.
Comic Con has traditionally been a popular venue for debuting sneak peeks at upcoming franchises, such as The Twilight Saga, Iron Man, Tron: Legacy, and comic book adaptations like Thor and Coyboys & Aliens.
Filming on The Hunger Games only began in late May, so it seems unlikely that Lionsgate will already have something ready to share at Comic Con in July – but many fans are optimistic. If not any actual footage, some hope that Lionsgate will at least unveil new still images from the movie, or perhaps character portraits of Gale and/or Peeta, much like the recent Entertainment Weekly cover that showed Jennifer Lawrence in costume as Katniss.