accesshollywood : declared in Chris Hemsworth, Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot & More Invited To Join Film Academy

Thor, Captain America, Wonder Woman and Betty White have been invited to join the film academy. "We are looking in areas that historically we hadn't," film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in an interview. The organization invited 774 new members to join its ranks — the largest class ever. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its latest invitees on Wednesday, which include several artists from the worlds of action and comedy.

Motion Pictures Academy continues diversity push, inviting Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Barry Jenkins

The academy opened the gates to 774 Hollywood professionals, including names such as Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Kristen Stewart, Elle Fanning, Jordan Peele and academy award winner Barry Jenkins. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday invited its largest class of new members in a continued push to age down the academy pool while also achieving a more diverse representation. The 2017 class has 298 women, upping representation from 27% to 28%, and 232 people of color, which brings their representation to 13% from 11%. That number tops last year's record class of 683 invitees, which had dwarfed the size of the class from the previous year. In 2012 the LA Times reported that the academy Oscar voters were 94% white and 77% male, shifting only a few percentage points in the last couple of years.

Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black go wild
"Nick really embraced the jungle," Black says. Sony has shared the first trailer for Jake Kasdan's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the follow-up to the beloved 1995 Robin Williams movie. (Black teases that the four main characters will encounter evidence of Alan's stay in the jungle.) "We always talk about [Welcome to the Jungle] as another Jumanji adventure," producer Matt Tolmach tells EW. Johnson, Gillan, Hart, and Black?

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