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Starting in 2024, would-be Oscar nominees must meet specific representation and inclusion standards in order to be eligible for the Best Picture category.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the requirements on Tuesday, saying they are intended to "encourage equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience."

After longstanding criticism over its lack of diversity, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is continuing to invite more women and minorities to its membership.

Elm Road Drive-In Theatre in Warren, Ohio, reopened over the weekend.
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Much of the country remains shut down because of the coronavirus, but one nostalgic form of entertainment gets back into full swing in Ohio this weekend.

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to affect nearly every facet of life, including some governors moving to temporarily shutter movie theaters, Comcast NBCUniversal announced a potentially industry-altering change: It will allow customers to view new films at home through video on demand the same day as their theatrical release.

Trolls World Tour, slated to open in the U.S. on April 10, will be the first to kick off the new initiative.

NPR's movie critic and Pop Culture Happy Hour hosts picked 20 of their favorite films of the year.

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The rapid ascent of Netflix as a creator of film and television continued Monday morning as the streaming service placed four films in the Golden Globes' 10 best motion picture contenders in comedy and drama. But the Hollywood Foreign Press Association rewarded established directors like Quentin Tarantino, too, while continuing its legendarily wacky devotion to some of its favorite celebrities.

Tech Tuesday: The Value Of CGI In Film

Sep 17, 2019
 An audience of mostly millennial voters watches the first presidential debate in the Gateway Theatre in Columbus.
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Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, has transformed the film industry. 

Since its inception in the 1973 film “Westworld,” the software has been used to create mesmerizing visuals that have captivated millions of moviegoers. But as more movies incorporate CGI, has the movie magic been left behind?

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: CGI, broadband internet access, and more. 

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Apple is entering the video-streaming race, taking on Netflix, Amazon, Disney and others with a monthly subscription of $4.99. The company also announced three new iPhones, even as their sales have been slowing.

Tech Tuesday: CGI and Tech Training

Sep 3, 2019
color photo of people sitting in a dark movie theater watching a bright white blank screen
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Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, has transformed the film industry.  Since its inception, the software has continued to create mesmerizing visuals in order to suspend the audience’s disbelief. But while visual effects are on the rise, have we left true movie magic behind?  Today on All Sides, CGI, tech training, and more.  

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color photo of balloons lifting house in Up
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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the animated film Up, directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Set initially in Ohio, Up unfolds in dazzling visuals the outlandish adventures of an elderly widower and a young boy. 

color photo of Jim Graham watching the P-51 Mustang in flight in Empire of the Sun
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September 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Hitler's invasion of Poland, which opened the floodgates to World War II. On this occasion, this episode of SoundReels looks at a film set in the later years of the war.

color shot of Megasaki City from "Isle of Dogs"
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Writer, director and producer Wes Anderson’s 2018 stop motion animation film Isle of Dogs was first screened at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival.

Anderson won that festival’s Silver Bear award for best director. The film and its musical score, with original music by Alexandre Desplat, also received nominations for Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice and Academy Awards, among others.

Hillbilly Elegy production crews have spent the weekend in Middletown preparing to film scenes in the hometown of author J.D. Vance starting Monday.

Movie Theaters And Streaming

Jul 29, 2019
color photo of people sitting in a dark movie theater watching a bright white blank screen
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A decade ago, you could either watch "Toy Story" during its theatrical release or wait until it came out on DVD or VHS.

Now, thousands of big-name releases are available at the touch of a button in your own home. 

The streaming technology has changed how, why and when we consume movies, mostly affecting theaters, where box office sales plummeted 7 percent compared to last summer. But content producers are worried, too, about how to navigate the shifting sands of the movie industry.

Today on All Sides, the impact of streaming on the film industry. 

Director Ron Howard's adaptation of the memoir Hillbilly Elegy for Netflix will come to author J.D. Vance's hometown Aug. 5 to film for four days. Reporter Ed Richter of the Journal-News broke the story Thursday.

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