Sunday, May 20, 2018

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  • Tuesday, May. 1, 2018
Disney, Twitter to create live content and ads across genres
In this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo the logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

The Walt Disney Co. and Twitter say they will create live content and advertisements in sports, news and entertainment from the entire Disney portfolio.

This includes sports content from ESPN, as well as videos from ABC, the Disney Channel, Marvel and other Disney properties

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Live video is important to Twitter as it courts users to think of it as the place to check what's happening at the moment.

  • Tuesday, May. 1, 2018
Universal Pictures and The Film Foundation Announce Film Restoration Partnership
In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, honoree Martin Scorsese attends the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award ceremony in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Universal Pictures and The Film Foundation announce a multi-year partnership to restore a handpicked selection of the Studios’ classic titles. With this collaboration, Universal will fund the restorations as well as provide research and technical services.  Through The Film Foundation, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg will be personally involved in the process contributing their unique artistic expertise and historical knowledge throughout the restoration process.  The restored versions will be screened at film festivals and archives around the world. The 2018 restoration slate includes the following:

  • DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (1939, director George Marshall)
  • KILLERS, THE (1946, d. Robert Siodmak)
  • KILLERS, THE (1964, d. Don Siegel)
  • MY LITTLE CHICKADEE (1940, d. Edward Cline)
  • WINCHESTER ‘73 (1950, d. Anthony Mann)

Additional titles will be announced in the coming months.

“I’m so excited by this partnership with Universal and the chance to continue what we started with the restoration of One-Eyed Jacks,” said Martin Scorsese. “Steven and I grew up with these pictures. We didn’t just watch them—we absorbed them, they became part of our DNA. Neither of us can wait to get to work on Winchester ‘73, the first of Anthony Mann’s eight pictures with James Stewart, and on both versions of Hemingway’s The Killers: two different pictures from two different eras, both of them classics. And there’s so much more to choose from in the Universal library. We’re all thrilled to be making these treasures of American cinema available to audiences once again.” 

“I’m delighted to be working with Marty, The Film Foundation and Universal on this project,” said Steven Spielberg. “It’s a great opportunity to not only restore a remarkable selection of films, but also to make them available to audiences the way they were meant to be seen. The focus and scope of this project will result in valuable contributions to the preservation of our film history.”

“We are very happy to deepen our long relationship with Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and The Film Foundation,” said Michael Daruty, sr. VP, Global Media Operations Management for NBCUniversal.  “These films represent some of the landmark titles in Universal’s rich history and library.”   

This restoration partnership marks another step in Universal’s film restoration initiative announced during the company’s Centennial in 2012.  More than 70 titles have been fully restored including All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds, Buck Privates, Dracula (1931), Drácula Spanish (1931), Frankenstein, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Out of Africa, Pillow Talk, Bride of Frankenstein, The Sting, To Kill a Mockingbird, Touch of Evil, Double Indemnity, High Plains Drifter, Holiday Inn, Spartacus, King of Jazz, Cleopatra (1934), Duck Soup, and One-Eyed Jacks. In 2015, Universal launched their silent film initiative.  Since then, the company has restored 15 titles such as Outside the Law, Sensation Seekers, The Last Warning, Straight Shooting, and The Man Who Laughs

The Film Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1990 dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has helped to restore over 800 films, which are made accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums, and educational institutions around the world. The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has restored 31 films from 21 different countries representing the rich diversity of world cinema. The foundation’s free educational curriculum, The Story of Movies, teaches young people--over 10 million to date--about film language and history.

Universal Pictures is a unit of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

  • Monday, Apr. 30, 2018
Exhibit showcasing Stanley Kubrick's photography set to open
In this undated photo, American director Stanley Kubrick shoots on the set of the film "The Shining" at his home in England. (AP Photo/File)

A new museum exhibit opening this week in New York City will focus on the early photography work of film director Stanley Kubrick.

The New York Times reports the Museum of the City of New York will showcase Kubrick's photographs for Look magazine. Kubrick was a full-time New York-based photographer for the magazine from October 1946 through August 1950.

Look was generally considered a competitor to Life magazine and focused most of its attention on American pursuits and problems. It went out of business in 1971.

Kubrick died in 1999 and is best known for his work as a film director, including "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Dr. Strangelove."

"Stanley Kubrick: Through a Different Lens " opens on May 3 and runs through October 28.

  • Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018
"The Dam Busters" director Michael Anderson dies at 98
In this on Dec. 10, 1964, file photo, film director Michael Anderson talks with Sophia Loren on the set of "Operation Crossbow" at MGM's British Studios at Elstree in Borehamwood near London, England. (AP Photo, File)

British director Michael Anderson, whose films included war epic "The Dam Busters" and sci-fi classic "Logan's Run," has died at age 98.

Anderson's family said Sunday that he died of heart disease April 25 in Canada, at his home on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

Born into a theatrical family in London in 1920, Anderson served in the army during World War II and made his feature debut in 1949 with "Private Angelo," co-directed by Peter Ustinov.

His 1955 adventure "The Dam Busters" told the story of a daring wartime bombing raid on Germany's industrial heartland. Its visual flair and stirring score helped make it one of Britain's best-loved war films, and its thrilling climax helped inspire the attack on the Death Star in the first "Star Wars" movie.

"The Dam Busters" is due to be broadcast at London's Royal Albert Hall and in 400 U.K. movie theaters on May 17 to mark the 75th anniversary of the real-life 1943 raid that inspired it.

Anderson followed "The Dam Busters" with the big-budget, all-star adventure "Around the World in 80 Days," which won five Academy Awards in 1957, including best picture.

He made some three dozen features in all, including thrillers "Operation Crossbow" and "The Quiller Memorandum."

"Logan's Run," his 1976 sci-fi film about a youth-obsessed future society, has become a cult classic.

Anderson's survivors include his third wife, Adrianne Ellis, a son, two stepchildren and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His stepdaughter, actress Laurie Holden, tweeted Saturday: "I will miss him everyday. He was the kindest human being I've ever known in my life."

The family said a private memorial service for family and friends will be held at Anderson's home over the summer.

  • Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018
"Golden Girls," "Soap" producer Paul Junger Witt dies at 77
This March 25, 1989, file photo shows Paul Junger Witt, left, and Tony Thomas posing in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Paul Junger Witt, the prolific TV producer behind "The Golden Girls," ''The Partridge Family" and "Soap," died Friday, a spokeswoman said. He was 77.

Witt died at his Los Angeles-area home after battling cancer, spokeswoman Pam Golum said.

He worked at Columbia Pictures before joining comedian-actor Danny Thomas' production company in 1973, where he and Thomas' son, Tony, teamed up.

In 1975, Witt and Tony Thomas formed a production company that later expanded to include writer-producer Susan Harris, who created "The Golden Girls," the hit 1985-92 series starring Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan.

Witt and Harris married in 1983.

Witt's other credits include the TV series "Benson," ''Empty Nest," ''Blossom" and the TV movie "Brian's Song." He produced big-screen films including "Dead Poets Society," ''Three Kings," ''Insomnia" and "A Better Life."

Witt prized "A Better Life," about a single father living in the country illegally whose livelihood and freedom are put at risk by the theft of his truck. Mexican film star Demian Bichir received an Oscar nomination for the role.

In a 2011 interview with The Associated Press, Witt said the story was inspired by a neighbor's gardener, whose truck was stolen but who declined to report it out of fear of arrest and deportation. Witt, who pushed for years to get the film made, said he hoped it would prompt thoughtful discussion of a hot-button issue.

"If the film can be responsible for dialogue instead of screaming, then it's a good thing," Witt said. "I don't care what someone feels about immigrants coming in (to the movie), but if they come out knowing they are dealing with people, they can still feel what they do politically — but know this is about people."

Witt, a New York native, is survived by Harris and five children, Golum said Friday.

  • Friday, Apr. 27, 2018
Lupita Nyong'o to voice giant in VR animated "Jack"
In this June 13, 2017 file photo, Lupita Nyong'o attends the Women In Film 2017 Crystal and Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

It's the latest example of gender-bending casting: Actress Lupita Nyong'o will voice the role of the Giant in "Jack," an animated virtual reality version of the "Jack and the Beanstalk" story.

The Oscar winner will participate in the next installment of the VR experience, produced by Baobab Studios. The first installment, "Jack: Part One," is now showing at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The studio says it was inspired by "the social movements of today" to dismiss preconceived notions of the Giant and present the character as "a dynamic and powerful woman."

A viewer is given a headset and then steps onto a physical stage, which then appears transformed by animated scenery.

The film is directed by French director Mathias Chelebourg.

  • Friday, Apr. 27, 2018
Summer Movie Preview: Jennifer Yuh Nelson breaks new ground
In this June 13, 2011 file photo, director Jennifer Yuh Nelson arrives for the Australian premier of "Kung Fu Panda 2" in Sydney. Nelson directs the upcoming film "The Darkest Minds," in theaters on August 3. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)

"Kung Fu Panda 2" director Jennifer Yuh Nelson was the first woman to solo direct an animated feature for a major Hollywood studio and the first woman of color to direct a film with a budget of $150 million. While she has broken a number of glass ceilings, she insists she never realizes it until someone tells her.

"I go, oh, really? That's cool. I don't know. I don't think about it. I just enjoy doing the work," Nelson says.

Now, Nelson is taking another big leap, into live-action with the adaptation of author Alexandra Bracken's young adult novel "The Darkest Minds" for 20th Century Fox, which comes out on Aug. 3. It's a transition that few in the industry make, from animation to live-action. But Nelson had always dreamed of working with the tangible.

The story imagines a world where teenagers develop mystical abilities, and fearful adults imprison them. Amandla Stenberg plays the lead, Ruby, who helps form a resistance group. Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie and Bradley Whitford also star.

"The film itself is not going for the same dystopian young adult ride that people have gotten used to," Nelson says. "There is sort of an optimistic, empowering, friendship-driven story about kids who are facing some really dire and dark situations."

While Nelson might not rest on her laurels, she will occasionally stop to reflect on what she's been able to accomplish when she gets letters from students in film school or art school who admire her. They're often women.

"It's true there aren't that many people they can point to and say that person looks like me or has the same experience as me or want the same things as me and are doing what I want to do. They tell me it's encouraging to them to realize it," she says. "And that makes me feel really good."


  • Friday, Apr. 27, 2018
Anti-harassment campaign unrolled for Cannes Film Festival
In this May 16, 2012 file photo producer Harvey Weinstein arrives for the opening ceremony and screening of "Moonrise Kingdom" at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
PARIS (AP) -- 

Participants at the Cannes Film Festival will be given fliers warning "Proper Behavior Required" as part of an anti-sexual harassment campaign at the May 8-19 event.

The top women's rights official for the French government announced Friday that she reached a deal with Cannes organizers for the campaign. It will include written warnings urging appropriate behavior and a hotline for victims and witnesses to report abuse.

Secretary of State for Women's Affairs Marlene Schiappa noted that Cannes is one of the places where disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein allegedly raped and harassed women.

Schiappa's office says the French government is urging other upcoming festivals and events to join the effort.

Film festivals have been soul-searching since the Weinstein scandal, rewriting codes of conduct and redoubling gender equality efforts.

  • Friday, Apr. 27, 2018
American Cinema Editors sets timeline for applications to its fall internship program

Applications open on May 1 for recent college graduates to apply for the American Cinema Editors (ACE) Fall internship program for aspiring film editors. The program is designed to offer motivated individuals interested in editing a unique opportunity to be mentored by industry professionals. Applications close on June 30.  No late applications will be accepted. All applicants are reviewed by the selection committee and ten finalists are invited to interview with the committee. Two applicants will ultimately be chosen to participate in the Fall Internship program which helps recent graduates with a passion to work in post production get a foot in the door, observing accomplished assistant editors and editors working in film and television as well as participating in ACE events.  The Fall program kicks off with a lecture series in October that all applicants are invited to attend to hear editors and assistant editors speak on a number of topics relative to breaking into the field and real world knowledge of the art and business of film editing.  For additional information on the program, click here.

The ACE Internship program was launched in 1992 by ACE member Bill Gordean, ACE.  Once it was up and running, he enlisted the help of Lori Coleman, ACE and Diana Friedberg, ACE who, as co-directors, guided and nurtured the program to becoming one of the most successful internship programs in the entertainment industry.  Coleman and Friedberg recently handed the role of co-directors over to two former ACE interns:  Tyler Nelson (“Mindhunter”), who graduated the program in 2006, and Carsten Kurpanek (“Benji”), who graduated in 2008, both of whom have gone on to successful careers in the field and are excited to take the program into the future. In a joint statement, Nelson and Kurpanek shared, “As former ACE interns ourselves, we know first hand the value that this opportunity can bring to someone who dreams of becoming a film editor. We’re grateful for the dedication of Bill, Lori and Diana to fostering new talent and we are honored to continue their legacy of education, opportunity and mentorship.”

Since its inception, over 50 interns have graduated from the program, many of whom have gone on to make their mark in the editing field including Joi McMillon, ACE who earned the distinction of becoming the first African-American woman to be Oscar® nominated in the film editing category in 2017 for her work co-editing Oscar® best picture winner “Moonlight.”  The highly effective program boasts numerous success stories from early graduates currently working as film editors including Julia Wong, ACE (“X-Men: The Last Stand” and the upcoming “Valley Girl”), Brandi Bradburn, ACE (“This is Us”), Hunter Via, ACE (“The Walking Dead”) and Mark Hartzell (“Lost in Space”) and many working as assistant editors such as Alfonso Carrion (“House of Cards”), Susana Benaim (“The Chi”), Ben Murphy (“The LEGO Batman Movie”), Gretchen Schroeder (“Avatar 2”), Laura Zempel (“Room 104”) and Amelia Allwarden (“Westworld”).

  • Friday, Apr. 27, 2018
In emotional reunion, Spielberg revisits "Schindler's List" at Tribeca
Director Steven Spielberg, left, and actors Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley, right, attend the "Schindler's List" 25th anniversary screening during the Tribeca Film Festival at Beacon Theatre on Thursday, April 26, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Steven Spielberg says he hasn't made a film that gave him as much pride or satisfaction since his 1993 Holocaust drama "Schindler's List."

Spielberg, Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and others reunited Thursday night for a 25th anniversary screening of the film at the Tribeca Film Festival. In a Q&A following the film, Spielberg said it was the first time he had watched "Schindler's List" with an audience in 25 years.

The director said making "Schindler's List" was a traumatic experience for him and many of those involved. He and Kingsley recalled instances of anti-Semitism they encountered during production in Poland, including swastikas that were painted overnight.

To relax, Spielberg said Robin Williams called him every week during the shoot and did 15 minutes of standup over the phone.