Jun 21, 2012

Jasmine Madatian named as the New Communications Director of AMPAS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences(AMPAS) has named Jasmine Madatian, a veteran Hollywood publicist, as their latest communications director. Madatian will be in charge of helping all things promotional, from their annual Oscar Awards to overseeing their ongoing promotion campaigns. 

The Academy's chief marketing officer Christina Kounelias divulged the news in an official statement adding that Jasmine is a smart, pioneering and highly regarded communications strategist with strong relationships throughout the film and media industry. Her understanding of the mission and enthusiasm for the Academy is what in actuality sets her apart and makes her such a great fit for this position. 

Madatian comes from Disney, where she lately developed the marketing campaigns for films including "Enchanted," "The Proposal," and "Alice in Wonderland."


Jun 4, 2012

Baz Luhrmann's Bid For His Foremost Academy Award With Great Gatsby Against Peter Jackson, Ang Lee And Kathryn Bigelow

With Luhrmann's latest Academy Award hope “The Great Gatsby” slated for a December 26 release in the US, no fewer than 8 major movies are set for release around the same time .Few of them include the following:

Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty",
Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi"
Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet"
Peter Jackson's latest "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"

With seven months pending until release, Baz Luhrmann still has plenty of time to rectify a glaring error uncovered lately by the release of the first trailer for The Great Gatsby, with a shot of New York's Times Square showing a billboard of the Broadway revue Ziegfeld Follies spelled incorrectly as "Zeigfeld".

May 21, 2012

Academy Award Winning Costume Designer Colleen Atwood to Introduce First-Ever Apparel Collection With HSN

HSN, the leader in multi-channel retail, announced lately the addition of three-time Academy Award winning Hollywood costume designer Colleen Atwood to its inspiring list of fashion authorities. The internationally acclaimed designer will debut a collection of exclusive apparel motivated by her work on Universal Pictures upcoming "Snow White and the Huntsman". Atwood will appear on HSN as part of a one-time, 24-hour live shopping event on May 30. The film, starring Kristen Stewart, Oscar winner Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, releases on June 1, 2012.

Colleen Atwood

With the release of her "Snow White and the Huntsman"-inspired line, Atwood brings the epic action-adventure to life with a curated variety of beautiful designs featuring faux suede, leather trim, lace and chiffon details, all reflecting the spirit of the film. The chic collection will range in price from $39 for a short sleeve top with delicate lace detail to $169 for a wonderful embroidered dress inspired by one of the Queen's gowns.

May 8, 2012

Oscar Award 2012 Best Picture Winner The Artist Returns To Theaters This Mother’s Day Weekend

The Weinstein Company announced lately the re-release of Academy Award Best Picture winner The Artist on a national scale this Friday, May 11, 2012. This will be the final chance for moviegoers to experience the 5 time Academy Award winning love letter to films in a movie theater - the way it was planned to be experienced, and it is the ideal opportunity for a Mother’s Day outing.

The Artist

TWC President of Marketing Stephen Bruno stated that as summer approaches, they wanted to give audiences across the country one more occasion to experience The Artist in a theater where it has charmed and entertained so many this year. This is the ideal family outing for Mother’s Day weekend.

May 2, 2012

Oscar Venue Renamed As Dolby Theatre, Awards Show To Continue In Hollywood

The Hollywood venue that hosts the Academy Awards has been renamed the Dolby Theatre in a new sponsorship deal. 

The 3,400-seater building, which has been the abode to the annual Academy Awards ceremony since 2002, was in the past known as the Kodak Theatre

Previously this year a judge granted Eastman Kodak permission to end the $74 million, 20-year naming rights deal it signed in 2000. 

Dolby has approved a 20-year contract with theatre owners the CIM Group. 

Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences(AMPAS) stated that the Academy's Board of Governors believes that the home for the awards is in Hollywood.He also added that it is where the Academy and the motion picture industry are rooted.He said that they were pleased to have a new agreement with CIM that will continue their long-standing partnership. 

Kevin Yeaman, of British-founded audio technology specialists Dolby, stated that the partnership enables the theatre to be not only the world stage for the Academy Awards, but for Dolby innovations for decades to come.