Best Actor Oscar and SAG Award Winner Rami Malek reads The Empty Pot for SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online®

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LOS ANGELES (March 4, 2019) – The 2019 Best Actor Oscar and SAG Award winner Rami Malek is the newest reader for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy program Storyline Online®( Malek reads The Empty Pot (, written and illustrated by Demi, and published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

A beloved Chinese folk tale about honesty rewarded, The Empty Pot is the story of a young Chinese boy named Ping who loves flowers and can make anything grow. When the Emperor needs a successor, he announces a contest among the children to grow the best flower. He gives each child a seed to plant, except unknown to the children the seeds are cooked and are unable to grow. When Ping arrives at the competition as the only child with an empty pot, he is crowned Emperor for his honesty and courage.

Following his nearly 7-minute reading, Malek shares what he loves about The Empty Pot, “It does allow me to look inside and realize just how much truth means,” says Malek. “Because ultimately the only consequences are feeling like you’re courageous and honorable and a bigger person. And I guarantee you the truth always wins.” He concludes by encouraging his young viewers to “keep telling the truth.”

“We are so excited to have this year’s Oscar and SAG Award winner Rami Malek read The Empty Pot for Storyline Online. Rami’s powerful read aloud of this beautiful book is one that we think children will enjoy all over the world,” says Cyd Wilson, Executive Director of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “And the story’s valuable message of telling the truth and having the courage to be honest is a timely and important lesson for everyone.

Malek joins Oprah WinfreyViola DavisAllison JanneyChris PineKristen BellJustin TherouxMichelle YeohMarc Maron and dozens more beloved actors who have volunteered their time and talent to read for Storyline Online and inspire a love of reading in children.

An Emmy®-nominated program of the non-profit SAG-AFTRA FoundationStoryline Online® streams 55 videos at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide. The site receives over 10 million views every month and is endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers, representing 1.7 million teachers and education professionals.

As with all Storyline Online videos,The Empty Pot comes with a complimentary supplemental activity guide aligned with Common Core Standards that strengthens verbal, written and comprehension skills. Aimed at 1st-2nd grade students, these activities encourage children to engage in critical thinking activities and ponder the themes of the book including honesty, telling the truth and triumph through failure.

In addition to the website, Storyline Online offers a free app for iPhone and Chrome devices.

To watch The Empty Pot and all Storyline Online videos, visit, and subscribe to Keep up with new videos in 2019 by following @StorylineOnline on Twitterand Storyline Online on Facebook.
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Spielberg to Voice Concerns Over Netflix Oscar Competition at Academy Meeting — Variety

Steven Spielberg, who has been a familiar voice in the outcry against Netflix films receiving equal treatment at the Oscars as theatrical releases, will speak about the issue at the next Academy meeting. Spielberg, as the Academy Governor of the directors branch, will be supporting changes to the awards rules at the annual post-Oscars meeting.…

via Spielberg to Voice Concerns Over Netflix Oscar Competition at Academy Meeting — Variety

Fresh and Funny when…”Rain Stops Play”

By Jayjay Epega –

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Rain never stopped his play!

Rain stops play is a fresh, funny, emotionally engaging new short film written and directed by Mika Simmons, with a strong well known supporting cast that includes Joe McGann, Immy Waterhouse and Tara Fitzgerald .  It raises issues of gender equality, female empowerment and age appropriateness.

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A modern day comedy of errors, this short film addresses the key issues of mistaken identity, modern technology and female ageism. Although we see the world from a male perspective through our protagonist Adam, it is a story for a female audience with searingly current themes.

The basic action is a portrayal of a man in mid-life who falls into an extreme fantasy about a younger woman, Alice. The story exposes a husband in crisis whose desperate quest for something ‘Other’ hilariously backfires. While this film has a serious undertone it also exposes how deeply funny life can be in its most humiliating moments.

Mika Simmons, Writer/Director of ‘Rain Stops Play’ says …..“In Rain Stops Play I have used comedy to expose Man’s fallibility in the face of female beauty. It is a reflection of romantic conflicts and sex in Western society today, so in that way a film with a very big theme, here told through a very small intimate story. It is definitely a film for a female audience, but hopefully it is an invitation for us all to laugh at our own humanity and compulsive behaviours. I feel very strongly that, in the current climate of divisiveness, we can also maintain a lightheartedness and sense of humour about sex and the sexes.”

Rain Stops Play is a fabulous first outing feature for Director Mika Simmons and  certainly not one to be missed!

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Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Roger Deakins Blast Academy’s Awards Exclusion in Open Letter — Variety

More than 40 high-profile cinematographers and directors including Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, and Roger Deakins have blasted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’s decision to not televise four of the awards — including best cinematography, best editing, best hair & makeup, and best live action short — in an open letter to AMPAS president…

via Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Roger Deakins Blast Academy’s Awards Exclusion in Open Letter — Variety


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London, Friday 8th February 2019:

The Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences celebrated the 2018 Oscar nominees with a Champagne Tea Reception at Claridge’s, hosted by the London office of the Academy.

This year’s Oscar nominees in attendance at the uber glamorous event included Olivia Colman (THE FAVOURITE), Rami Malek (BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY), Spike Lee (BLACKKKLANSMAN), Alfonso Cuarón (ROMA) and Regina King (IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK).

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Other nominees in attendance included Yalitza Aparicio (ROMA), Marina de Tavira (ROMA), Pawel Pawlikowksi (COLD WAR), Brad Bird (INCREDIBLES 2), Nadine Labaki (CAPERNAUM), Julie Cohen and Betsy West (RBG).

They were joined by previous Oscar nominees and winners from recent years including Lesley Manville (PHANTOM THREAD) and Barry Jenkins (MOONLIGHT).

Carola Ash, Director of Member Relations and Programming, Europe, said “I am delighted to welcome this year’s nominees and past nominees and winners which include a range of talent; from fresh newcomers to established industry veterans at the height of their careers, with several nominees hailing from Europe. This event is just one of the initiatives the Academy conducts year-round to support its European members and we’re delighted so many could join us from around the world.”

Guests mingled in the sophisticated ballroom at Claridge’s whilst enjoying Piper-Heidsieck champagne and canapes.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

The ACADEMY AWARDS ceremony takes place this year on Sunday 24th February in Los Angeles.