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Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
Spike Lee Reflects On "BlacKkKlansman" Which Opens A Year After Charlottesville
Spike Lee heard the whispers. Just a few years ago, some were suggesting that Lee was no longer the essential filmmaker he had once been. There had been critical and box-office disappointments. He was hunting for funding on Kickstarter. His remake of the Korean classic "Oldboy" was re-edited...
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
Oscars To Add Popular Film Category
The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony and a much earlier air date in 2020. John Bailey, the newly re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and film Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in an email to members...
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
Industry Sees Face Of Diversity At CDDP Screening
Six promising filmmakers selected for the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP)--the joint initiative of the AICP and DGA designed to create opportunities for women and ethnic minorities--got the opportunity to showcase their talent last week (7/31) during an industry screening of their...
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
Saville Signs Directing Duo Of Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster
Saville Productions has signed Emmy-nominated directors Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster for U.S. commercial representation. The directing duo recently made its feature documentary debut with the film Science Fair , winner of the Festival Favorite Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the...
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
NBC Scores Best Nielsen Week For A Network In 2 Months
NBC cut through the summer doldrums with the best week for a television network since the NBA Finals were seen on ABC two months ago. NBC was led, as is typical during the summer months, by “America’s Got Talent.” The competition show was seen by 11.8 million people last week, more than four...
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
CEO Bob Iger Discusses Disney's Streaming Service 
Disney's upcoming streaming service won't try to compete directly with Netflix and Amazon, but will focus instead on quality — namely original programs from Disney's "Star Wars," Pixar and Marvel brands. The details from Disney CEO Bob Iger came as Disney reported a growth in earnings for the...
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018
John Bailey Re-Elected President Of Motion Picture Academy
John Bailey, ASC was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (8/7) by the organization’s Board of Governors. Also elected to officer positions by the Board: Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee) Sid Ganis, Vice...
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Main Slate Unveiled For 56th New York Film Festival
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has unveiled the 30 films for the Main Slate of the 56th New York Film Festival, September 28-October 14. This year’s lineup showcases films from 22 different countries, including new titles from celebrated auteurs, extraordinary work from directors making their...
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Transgender Hollywood Seeks Voice At Every Level Of Storytelling Process
When actress Scarlett Johansson reversed course recently and canceled plans to play a transgender man in the film "Rub & Tug," transgender actors like Scott Turner Schofield were gratified — and pleasantly surprised. After years of watching non-trans stars win accolades — including Oscars — for...
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
Director Jakob Marky Joins Sweetshop
Sweetshop has signed director Jakob Marky for representation globally, excluding most of Europe where he is handled by Scandinavian shop Bacon (the U.K. is covered by Sweetshop). Born in Gothenburg, the half-Swedish, half-Hungarian director went all the way to Australia to earn his stripes in the...

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