Jeremy Renner Possible Replacement for Christian Bale in Pic; Universal Sails Across $1B Overseas: Biz Break

Also in Tuesday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, the AMPAS, the organization behind the annual Oscar ceremony adds new members to its Board of Governors and re-elects others including Tom Hanks. New York's Museum of Modern Art long-time senior film curator sets retirement; Entertainment One takes rights to Daniel Radcliffe rom-com; PJ Byrne joins Scorsese pic and a lead role for a Sundance breakout actor.

Academy Adds Six to Board of Governors
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) have elected six first-time governors to its board. New members include Dante Spinotti, representing the Cinematographers branch; Lisa Cholodenko, Directors branch; Dick Cook, Executives; John Knoll, Visual Effects; Scott Millan, Sound and Bill Condon, Writers. Reelected governors are Tom Hanks, Actors; Jim Bissell, Designers; Rob Epstein, Documentary; Mark Goldblatt, Film Editors; Leonard Engelman, Makeup and Hairstylists; Rob Friedman, Public Relations and Bill Kroyer; Short Films & Feature Animation. Fourteen of the Academy’s 15 branches are represented by three governors, who may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.

MoMA Senior Film Curator Set to Retire
Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator in the Department of Film at The Museum of Modern Art, will retire on October 15, after a 44-year career at MoMA. Mr. Kardish joined the Museum as Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Film in 1968, and was promoted to Assistant Curator in 1971, Associate Curator in 1977, Curator in 1984, and Senior Curator in 1999. During his career at MoMA, he organized hundreds of film exhibitions and special screenings, established a number of important annual film series, and was responsible for coordinating more than 60 film exhibitions each year in the Museum's Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters.

Around the 'net…

Jeremy Renner to Possibly Replace Christian Bale in David O. Russell Pic
The Bourne Legacy star is in negotiations to replace Bale in the untitled Sony Pictures drama formerly known as American Bullshit. The story revolves around a notorious financial con artist and his mistress & partner in crime who were forced to work with an ambitious FBI agent to nab on other con artists, mobsters and politicians, Variety reports.

eOne Films Takes Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan's The F Word
Entertainment One picked up worldwide rights to the romantic comedy, starring Radcliffe and Kazan. The film is set to shoot this summer, THR reports.

Universal Crosses $1B at the Overseas Box Office
Universal Pictures International said will will hit the $1 billion milestone abroad today, making it the fastest it's hit the mark since 2008. Snow White and the Huntsman ($220M), Battleship ($238M) and American Reunion ($177.4M) were among the big draws, Deadline reports.

P.J. Byrne Joins The Wolf of Wall Street
Byrne joins the Martin Scorsese-directed feature playing "Wigwam" Cohen, one of the gaggle of brokers who hang with the main Wolf, Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Deadline reports.

Sundance Breakout Gina Rodriguez Takes Sleeping With Fishes Lead
Rodriguez will play the lead in the indie by writer-director Nicole Gomez Fisher. She wil play a young woman who returns to her dysfunctional cross-cultural family after the death of her unfaithful husband. But her sister comes to her aid and a possible romance looms, THR reports.



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