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  • Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
ADG Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: Moffitt, Murakami, Kline, Newberry
Scenic artist John Moffitt

Scenic artist John Moffitt, Emmy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated set designer James J. Murakami and sr. illustrator Martin Kline join production designer Norm Newberry as recipients of the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Lifetime Achievement Award. They will be honored at the 22nd Annual ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

ADG Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented to outstanding individuals in each of the guild’s four crafts: Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Set Designers, Model Makers and Previs Artists. Previous recipients include production designers Rene Lagler (2017), Patrizia von Brandenstein (2016) and Jim Bissell (2015); set designers Cate Bangs (2017), William J. Newmon, II (2016) and John P. Bruce (2015); matte artist Harrison Ellenshaw (2016) and sr. illustrator Camille Abbott (2015); and scenic artists Albert Obregon (2017), Bill Anderson (2016) and Will Ferrell (2015). 

Scenic artist Moffitt is a master of perspective drawing and he was lead artist for Warner Bros.’ Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004). He is a fine artist and a muralist, teaming with Garth Benton to create the murals for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu and the homes of many celebrities. His experience in large scale painting led him to the motion picture industry in 1975 where he started to work as a motion picture scenic artist. His work can be seen in such movies as Ghostbusters (1984), IronMan (2008), the Batman series and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). Moffitt was the Art Directors Guild associate executive director from 2006 to 2014 when he retired to devote himself to painting fine artwork full time.

Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated set designer Murakami has designed numerous television shows and notable movies, among them nine for Clint Eastwood including Gran Torino (2008), Invictus (2009) and Sully (2016). Murakami received an Emmy and two Emmy nominations while serving as art director on HBO’s Deadwood. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on The Changeling in 2008. Some of his other credits include American Sniper (2014) and J. Edgar (2011).

Senior illustrator Kline has been doing visual effects, concept illustration, character design and storyboards since 1977. He is most known for his work on Jurassic Park (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Spider-Man (2002), Polar Express (2003), Beowulf (2007) and many other notable films. Joining Sony Pictures Imageworks in 1995, Kline spent 12 years as managing art director. Kline has teamed up with Bob Zemeckis, Ridley Scott, and Steven Spielberg, among many others on iconic projects.

Production designer Newberry has a career that has spanned five decades. He is an art director, production designer and set designer, best known for his creative contributions to The Polar Express (2003), Beowulf (2007) and Avatar (2010). Newberry has pushed the excellence of his craft, first by becoming an expert in design and traditional visual effects and then by re-inventing himself as a “motion capture” art director who embraces the cutting edge of digital technology.

As previously announced, Kathleen Kennedy, the Oscar-nominated producer and president of Lucasfilms, will be honored with the “ADG Cinematic Imagery” Award. Sir Ken Adam, the Oscar-winning production designer behind the James Bond franchise, and Tyrus Wong, award-winning Illustrator of Bambi fame, will be inducted into ADG’s Hall of Fame. The guild will also premiere the “Excellence in Production Design for Animated Features” Award this year.

Producers of this year’s ADG Awards (#ADGawards) are production designers Thomas A. Walsh ADG and Thomas Wilkins ADG. Nominations will be announced on January 4, 2018. Final online balloting will be held January 8-25, and winners will be announced at the dinner ceremony on Saturday, January 27, 2018. ADG Awards are open only to productions when made within the U.S. by producer’s signatory to the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are acceptable without restrictions.

  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Sundance plans to raise awareness, address sexual misconduct
In this Jan. 31, 2015 file photo, John Cooper, director of programming for the Sundance Film Festival, addresses the audience during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper says the 2018 festival will take steps to address the sexual misconduct crisis and boost awareness for both staff and attendees.

Cooper says they plan to publicly share a code of conduct previously only seen by staff and volunteers. The festival also plans to host multiple panels about sexual misconduct and misuse of power.

Two allegations of assault against Harvey Weinstein occurred during Sundance, including actress Rose McGowan's rape allegation from 1997. Representatives for Weinstein have denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Festival staff always works with local law enforcement and private hotel security teams in advance of the festival in an effort to create a positive and safe environment for everyone. This year Cooper says they will be "stepping up."

  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
Heather Graham turns Hollywood sexism complaint into film
Actress Heather Graham takes part in the Women in Film Speaker Series' "Sexual and Gender Abuse in the Workplace" panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Heather Graham says she was so frustrated by sexism and Hollywood and the dearth of female perspectives onscreen that she made a movie about it.

She thought showing her experiences onscreen would be the only way to be heard in a system that favored the powerful and silenced the powerless. But that was before the flood of sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood power players.

"My only recourse was writing and directing a movie about it because I thought it wouldn't change, but now it is," Graham said Tuesday. "I really hope that it changes in a meaningful way."

Graham told guests at Women in Film's sexual harassment panel Tuesday that she was inspired to share her own experiences with Weinstein after so many women came forward. She said she met with Weinstein in the early 2000s to discuss possible film roles when he implied that she could have her pick if she had sex with him.

"It's scary to speak out but, I just thought how can I call myself a feminist and not?" she said. "These other women are so brave and I want to be with them."

Graham said the rash of allegations and the seriousness with which they're received reflects a cultural shift.

"I think that people that had these bad things happen to them felt shame, and I think now we're rethinking it," she said. "And we're thinking, no, the shame is with the predator, not with the victim.

She will release her film "Half Magic" next year.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
ESPN eliminating 150 production, tech jobs in latest cuts
This Sept. 16, 2013, file photo shows the ESPN logo prior to an NFL football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Cincinnati. ESPN says it is eliminating 150 studio and production employees as the sports broadcasting giant continues to shift its focus to a more digital future. The company says the layoffs, which were announced Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, 2017, in a memo to employees, don't include on-air talent and will have a minimal impact on the network's signature SportsCenter news program. (AP Photo/David Kohl, File)
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- 

ESPN is eliminating 150 production and technical employees as the sports broadcasting giant continues to shift its focus to a more digital future.

The company says the layoffs, which were announced Wednesday morning in a memo to employees, don't include on-air talent and will have a minimal impact on the network's signature SportsCenter news program.

"The majority of the jobs eliminated are in studio production, digital content, and technology and they generally reflect decisions to do less in certain instances and re-direct resources," ESPN president John Skipper wrote in memo. "We will continue to invest in ways which will best position us to serve the modern sports fan and support the success of our business."

The 38-year-old network has been squeezed by rising fees to broadcast live events. ESPN also has lost about 10 million subscribers during the past six years, based on estimates by Nielsen Media Research.

The company says it will grow its business in several key areas, including the planned launch early next year of "ESPN+", an app-based service that will allow viewers to purchase sporting events a la carte.

ESPN is opening a new studio in New York, which will serve as home base for a new show featuring personalities Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose. Another new daily show will feature Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre, the network said.

The company said it plans to streamline and merge its news-gathering operation across all formats and evolve the SportsCenter show. That includes a new 3- to 5-minute digital version that launched this month on Snapchat. It's also working on the 2019 launch of the ACC Network.

The sports broadcaster has about 8,000 employees worldwide. ESPN laid off 100 employees in April, including some on-air personalities. That followed about 300 job cuts in 2015.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
Gary Oldman named recipient of Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild’s Distinguished Artisan Award
Gary Oldman (photo by Sarah Dunn)

Academy® Award-nominated legendary actor Gary Oldman will receive this year’s Distinguished Artisan Award at the 5th Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) celebrating his prolific acting career and the plethora of characters he embraces. The black-tie awards gala, honoring both make-up artists and hair stylists outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater, returns to the NOVO in L.A. Live on Saturday, February 24, 2018. 

Susan Cabral-Ebert, president of IATSE Local 706, stated, “Gary is known as a chameleon, an actor who changes his appearance, his voice, everything about himself from film to film. He has worked with the finest artisans in the world, he collaborates with the team and probably knows more about make-up and hair than any other actor. When you consider the hundreds and hundreds of hours he has spent allowing us to transform him, we are delighted to present him with our Distinguished Artisan Award to show our appreciation.” 

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-nominated actor Oldman is the kind of thespian who disappears into his roles and completely alters his appearance with the talents of the make-up and hair teams. He boldly embodied the characters of Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious in the biopic Sid and Nancy, and George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The later portrayal brought him accolades worldwide including BAFTA Award, British Independent Film Award, European Film Award, and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. 

Oldman’s diverse career encompasses theatre, film and television and has garnered over 30 awards and 44 nominations. He is well known for playing over-the-top antagonists such as Russian terrorist Egor Korshunov in the blockbuster Air Force One, Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK and the title character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He scored the coveted role of Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, giving him a key part in one of the highest-grossing franchises ever. He reprised that role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Oldman played on the iconic role of Detective James Gordon in Batman Begins, a role he played again in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Among his many other roles, Oldman played a main scientist in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Norton, the scientist in the remake of RoboCop.

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild’s Distinguished Artisan Award is given to those whose body of work in the film industry was richly enhanced by the consistent collaboration of make-up and hair styling artistry creating memorable characters throughout their career. Previous recipients include Johnny Depp, Ryan Murphy and Guillermo del Toro. 

As previously announced, Oscar®-winning make-up artist Greg Cannom and Emmy®-winning hair stylist Mary Guerrero will receive the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. Additional awards will honor nominees for outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater. Nominations for this year’s awards will be announced on January 5, 2018. Final ballot on-line voting at closes on February 16, 2018. Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the awards gala. 

  • Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
Ryan Murphy to receive Producers Guild’s Norman Lear Achievement Award in TV
Ryan Murphy

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced that groundbreaking television and film producer, Ryan Murphy, will be honored with the Guild’s 2018 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, recognizing the Emmy®-winning producer’s outstanding contributions to the TV industry. Murphy will receive the award at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards presented by Cadillac on January 20, 2018 at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.
Murphy has won four Emmys, two PGA Awards, and was the recipient of the PGA’s 2014 Stanley Kramer Award for his work on the Emmy-winning television movie “The Normal Heart.” He is the creative force behind some of the most buzz-worthy television shows of the past two decades including: the anthology series “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” and “Feud”; as well as “Nip/Tuck,” and “Glee.” Murphy recently wrapped production on “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” starring Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, and Ricky Martin, which will premiere on FX in early 2018.
Producers Guild Awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal stated, “Being a prolific producer is itself an achievement.  But it takes a truly unique talent like Ryan Murphy to forge a producing career that touches so many different genres—from horror, to comedy, to musicals, to fact-based drama—and infuse them all with such distinctive voice and passion.  In addition to his many other credits, Ryan is even a former producer of the Producers Guild Awards itself, which makes the opportunity to honor him this year even more special.”
James L. Brooks was the 2017 recipient of the PGA’s Norman Lear Award. Previous honorees include Shonda Rhimes, Mark Gordon, Chuck Lorre, J.J. Abrams, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, Lorne Michaels, David L. Wolper, Aaron Spelling, Carsey/Werner/Mandabach, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Mark Burnett, and Norman Lear, himself.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
Harvey Weinstein resigns from Directors Guild of America
In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Harvey Weinstein is no longer a member of the Directors Guild of America.

A DGA representative said Weinstein resigned his membership effective Monday.

Weinstein has been expelled from a number of professional guilds and organizations, including the Producer's Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since dozens of women have come forward to accuse the movie mogul of sexual harassment or sexual assaults, including rape. His representatives have denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.

The DGA represents more than 16,000 industry professionals including directors and members of directing teams. Although Weinstein was most well-known for producing films, he has a co-directing credit on the 1986 film "Playing for Keeps" with his brother Bob Weinstein. The DGA said last month that Weinstein was facing expulsion.

  • Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
"House of Cards" production crew gets another 2 weeks' pay
In this June 11, 2017, file photo, Kevin Spacey arrives at the 71st annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The Maryland-based production crew for "House of Cards" will continue to get paid for at least another two weeks. The show has been on hiatus since October, when allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against Spacey. Netflix and Media Rights Capital recently announced that Spacey had been fired. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

The Maryland-based production crew for "House of Cards" will continue to get paid for at least another two weeks. The show has been on hiatus since October, when allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against star Kevin Spacey.

The Baltimore Sun reported that production company Media Rights Capital has updated the cast and crew in an email. It says they'll be paid for an additional two-week period that begins Monday and continues through Dec. 8.

The email said the company will provide another update by Dec. 8. The show is filmed in the Baltimore area. Between 250 and 300 people work on the production crew.

Spacey played ruthless politician Frank Underwood and served as executive producer. Netflix and Media Rights Capital recently announced that Spacey had been fired.

  • Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Taiwanese crime thriller claims 3 top Golden Horse awards
Taiwanese actress Vicky Chen, from left, director Yang Ya Che and Hong Kong actress Kara Wai hold their awards for Best Supporting Actress, Best Feature Film and Best Leading Actress at the 54th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. They won for the film " The Bold, The Corrupt, and The Beautiful " at this year's Golden Horse Awards -the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events.(AP Photo/ Chiang Ying-ying)
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- 

Taiwanese crime thriller "The Bold, The Corrupt, The Beautiful" claimed three top Golden Horse movie awards, including best feature film.

Veteran Hong Kong actress Kara Wei said on stage that her best actress win for the film fulfilled a wish. Her co-star, 14-year-old Vicky Chen, became the youngest best supporting actress winner for her role in the film by Taiwanese director Yang Ya-che.

China's Vivian Qu won the best director award for the dark drama "Angels Wear White," which addressed the theme of child sexual assault.

"I am really happy, because this movie talks about social problems. And I think nothing is more important than (that) this movie reaches its audiences," she said in accepting the award at Saturday's ceremony.

China's Tu Men credited luck for being named best leading actor for his role as a bankrupt businessman in the film "Old Beast."

Five Golden Horse awards, the Chinese-language equivalent of the Oscars, went to the black comedy, "The Great Buddha." Taiwanese director Huang Hsin-yao was named best new director and the film was also honored for best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best original film score and best original film song.

The black-and-white film about two people who discover their boss's dark secret from a car dashboard camera's footage shows the struggles of the underclass and exposes political corruption.

  • Friday, Nov. 24, 2017
Armenia's Oscars submission imagines a world without war
In this frame grab from "Yeva" provided by Farabi Cinema Foundation on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, actresses Narine Grigoryan, right, plays her role as Yeva and Ilona Meliksetyan plays as Nare in a scene of the film of Iranian-Armenian director Anahid Abad, in Karabakh, Armenia. (Farabi Cinema Foundation via AP)
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- 

Armenia's foreign-language film submission to the Academy Awards for this year invites viewers to imagine a world without war, according to its director.

Anahid Abad, the director of "Yeva," said at the Iranian premiere of her debut movie on Thursday, "The world without any war is much more beautiful, even for warmongers."

The film tells the story of a young woman who escapes her influential in-laws with her daughter, Nareh, after her husband's tragic death and takes refuge in a village in the Karabakh region.

Criticizing war, Abad said its consequences are long lasting. "I was not directly in frontline of any war, but war was a part of my life," said Abad.

Abad has a long track record working in Iranian cinema as an assistant director.

Her film is a joint production between the National Cinema Center of Armenia and the Iranian Farabi Cinema Foundation in Tehran, where the Iranian premiere was held.

The foundation also submitted Iran's foreign-language film entry to the Academy Awards for this year, another anti-war film by a female director, Narges Abyar's "Nafas (Breath)."

Alireza Tabesh, the managing director of the foundation, told The Associated Press that both countries submitting anti-war films by female directors this year was "an invaluable coincidence".

"Launching co-production projects with countries in the region... is one of the main goals of this foundation", Tabesh said, "It offers the opportunity of entering into new markets and enables film producers to share their visions."

Iran has one of the largest Armenian communities in the world.