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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016
Chet Kanojia, the founder of startup TV service Aereo, has a new offering that could shake up the cable industry again. His new Internet service, Starry, would compete with cable companies in big cities.
Across the country, only one-third of homes...
Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
David O. Russell is a five-time Oscar nominee and has been nominated twice for the DGA Award, The Directors Guild recognition came for The Fighter in 2011 and American Hustle in 2014.
Russell’s Academy Award nominations were for Best Achievement in Directing for The...
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
All Ennio Morricone asked of Quentin Tarantino, after committing to score his new Western, "The Hateful Eight," was that the director feature his music prominently and give it the space needed to convey its message.
Given how Tarantino feels about...
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
The very word "Benghazi" screams politics to most people - especially in this election year. So, is it even possible to make a movie about the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that's NOT political?
"I know it's possible to MAKE a film about...
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling might be cinematic contemporaries in our popular imagination, but they were near strangers when they began work on the marital drama "45 Years." Still, you wouldn't know it from the film, or their cheeky, sarcastic in-person...
Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
Spike Lee made his initial industry splash in 1983 when he won a Student Academy Award for his thesis film Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads. Fast forward to last month and Lee again earned special distinction from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), receiving...
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
In February 2014, after 28 years working in commercial production, veteran executive producer Jonathan Weinstein shifted his career into academia, accepting a teaching position at The Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He sold GO Film, the...
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
On February 15, 2003, an estimated up to 30 million people, many of whom had never demonstrated before, turned out in nearly 800 cities worldwide to protest against the impending Iraq War. While the numbers are impressive, they seemingly were to no avail. The Stop...
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015
With a background in reality TV--including directing and producing America’s Deadliest Season: Alaskan Crab Fishing, which launched the long running Deadliest Catch franchise--Alan M. Blassberg in recent years took on a project which was all too...
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015
In 1962, Francois Truffaut, then age 30, wrote to Alfred Hitchcock, requesting that the British director sit down with him for a series of interviews over the course of a week. At the time critic cum filmmaker Truffaut had directed just three features but they...