Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
Veteran NBC producer Jim Bell joins Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight"
In this Aug. 3, 2017 file photo, Jim Bell, participates in "The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics" panel during the NBC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. NBC announced Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, that Bell will serve as showrunner for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Veteran NBC sports and news producer Jim Bell is the new producer in charge of "The Tonight Show."

NBC said Wednesday that Bell is starting immediately with the late-night show hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

Bell's wide-ranging career at NBC includes producing the "Today" morning show and creating its fourth hour.

He worked on 12 Olympic Games and last year was promoted to president of NBC Olympics Production & Programming.

Bell's addition to "Tonight" follows the exit of longtime Fallon producer Mike DiCenzo, who tweeted Monday he was leaving after a "dream" decade in late-night.

Katie Hockmeyer and Gerard Bradford will retain their producing duties on "Tonight," NBC said.

NBC said Bell will be the showrunner, a term used for the producer overseeing a program, as well as executive in charge.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
Forest Road Company, Technicolor PostWorks enter into partnership
Carol Jazwinski
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Forest Road Company, an indie film financing company, and Technicolor PostWorks, a leading equipment and postproduction facility, have entered into a strategic partnership.

The purpose of the partnership is to provide independent filmmakers with state-of-the-art production equipment and postproduction services. As a production and post provider committed to turning filmmakers’ footage into effective, moving narratives, Technicolor PostWorks will be able to ensure Forest Road projects are completed in a cost-effective and efficient way. Forest Road offers low-cost financing options for tax-related collateral, and this partnership will help filmmakers through another crucial step of the production process. Filmmakers who use Forest Road’s lending platform will now have direct and priority access to Technicolor PostWorks facilities and services.

The partnership will be co-managed by Eric Boshart and Carol Jazwinski, who has officially joined the Forest Road team. The teams have offices in both New York and Los Angeles.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Carol to our team and partner with such a fantastic group that has decades of experience. Adding their services to our lending platform will make us more competitive and will further our offering as a one-stop shop solution for our clients. I am confident that with their presence in the independent film space and our access to capital, we will accomplish a lot together,” said Zachary Tarica, founder of The Forest Road Company.

Rob DeMartin, president/COO of Technicolor PostWorks, added, “We immediately recognized Forest Road Company’s unique approach to supporting filmmakers both economically and through powerful partnerships and we were eager to bring picture and sound finishing to the mix.  Leveraging FRC’s innovation and pipeline along with our creative talent and years of film finishing experience affords filmmakers new and powerful opportunities.”

Technicolor PostWorks has most recently provided finishing services to Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, and Disney Studio’s Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall.

Forest Road most recently provided financing for Skin starring Jamie Bell, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Driveways, directed by Andrew Ahn.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
"Black Panther" costume designer to receive career award
In this March, 20, 2018, file photo, renowned costume designer Ruth Carter, who has designed for films including "Roots" and "Black Panther," introduces a new retrospective fashion exhibition, Heros & Sheros: A Ruth E. Carter Costume Exhibition at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. (Jessie Wardarski/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Ruth E. Carter, the creator of the stunning costumes of "Black Panther" and numerous other Hollywood films, will receive the career achievement award at next year's Costume Designers Guild Awards.

The guild announced Tuesday that the two-time Academy Award nominee will receive the honor at the 21st annual ceremony held Feb. 19 in Beverly Hills.

Carter's costumes for the blockbuster "Black Panther" earned widespread praise for how they incorporated African culture.

Her designs for 1993's "Malcolm X" and 1998's "Amistad" earned her Oscar nominations. She is currently working on the Paramount Network show "Yellowstone."

The awards ceremony will also include a new category for costume designs for variety, live television or reality competition shows.

Films created for television and streaming services will also now be eligible for recognition.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
Disney animation and Pixar president Ed Catmull to retire
In this Feb. 7, 2009 file photo, award recipient, president of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios Ed Catmull arrives at the 81st Annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Ed Catmull, the president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios since 2006, is retiring next year. The Walt Disney Company says Tuesday that the 73-year-old Pixar co-founder will remain in an advisory role through July 2019.

Robert Iger, Disney's chairman and CEO, said in a statement that Catmull's impact on the entertainment industry is immeasurable.

Catmull was a pioneer in computer animation and technology in film. George Lucas hired him in 1979 to head Lucasfilm's computer division. Catmull in 1986 co-founded Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter. He's overseen films at Disney from "Frozen" to "Up" and has been recognized multiple times by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for advances in technology and computer graphics.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
MoviePass to be jettisoned by parent company
This Aug. 23, 2018, file photo shows Movie Pass debit cards and used movie tickets in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

MoviePass, the struggling discount movie ticket subscription service, is being spun off by the company that owns it.

Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. did not try to obscure the reasons why on Tuesday. MoviePass has become a burden.

MoviePass drew in millions of subscribers, luring them with a $10 monthly rate. But that proved costly. Because MoviePass typically pays theaters the full cost of tickets — $15 or more in big cities — a single movie can put the service in the red. At one point Helios and Matheson had to take out a $5 million emergency loan to pay its payment processors after missed payments resulted in service outages.

Then, last week, the company acknowledged that it is being investigated by the New York Attorney General on allegations that it misled investors.

Helios and Matheson, based in New York, says it does not believe it has misled anyone, and has filed all public disclosures in a timely and truthful manner.

"Since we acquired control of MoviePass in December 2017, HMNY largely has become synonymous with MoviePass in the public's eye, leading us to believe that our shareholders and the market perception of HMNY might benefit from separating our movie-related assets from the rest of our company," said Chairman and CEO Ted Farnsworth in a prepared statement.

Shares of Helios and Matheson, which is a data company, have been punished all year long.

MoviePass Entertainment is expected to list on the Nasdaq or an alternate trading market.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
Naomi Kawase named to direct 2020 Tokyo Olympic documentary
Japanese film director Naomi Kawase speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Kawase was named to make the documentary film about Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
TOKYO (AP) -- 

Japanese director Naomi Kawase, named Tuesday to make a documentary film about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said she hopes to focus on reconstruction efforts in the northern Fukushima region of the country.

The area was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake and tsunami and a resulting nuclear disaster. The Japanese government hopes the Olympics will show the region is recovering and that products made there are safe.

Some Olympic softball and baseball games will be played there to showcase the region.

"This will be an opportunity for me to show the world where Japan stands and what kind of changes Japan will be undergoing," Kawase said through an interpreter.

She said she also hoped to focus on volunteers at the Olympics.

"I think this really fits with the Japanese spirit of giving and contributing," she said.

Kawase is highly acclaimed and became the youngest director to receive the Camera d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival with her 1997 film "Suzaku."

Her best known recent films are "Sweet Bean" and "Still the Water."

The Tokyo documentary will be financed by the International Olympic Committee and the local organizing committee, and is a requirement under the hosting contract.

Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the Tokyo organizing committee, said the IOC owns the copyright to the film and "has the right to make key decisions in the creation of the film."

The documentary of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics by Kon Ichikawa, titled "Tokyo Olympiad," is generally regarded as one of the most important in the genre, along with Leni Riefenstahl's "Olympia" from the 1936 Berlin Games.

Ichikawa's film was controversial at the time and unsettled organizers who wanted a more traditional treatment of the Olympics rather than Ichikawa's more poetic view.

A Japanese reporter, posing a question to Kawase, described her typical film as "quiet and slow-flowing." He then asked how this approach suited something "fast moving" like the Olympics.

She said her style was unlikely to change, and then questioned assumptions about what an Olympic film should look like.

"When it comes to the Tokyo Olympics, we cannot just say it will be speedy just because it's a sports-related theme," she said.

In a statement, the IOC said Kawase will be only the fifth woman to direct the official Olympic film. She said she hoped to help make a path for women in Japan and for other female film makers.

"It's a fact I am a woman, so I will create from my own standpoint, from the perspective of a female," she said.

Kawase said she did not have a title for the film, which is likely to be finished in the spring of 2021.

"At this point I don't have any idea at all," she said. "But as usual I think this is something that will suddenly come to me."

  • Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
Gigliotti to produce, Weiss to direct and co-produce the Oscars
Donna Gigliotti (l) and Glenn Weiss
LOS ANGELES -- 

Oscar-winning producer Donna Gigliotti will produce the 91st Oscars, and Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss will co-produce and direct the show.  

Gigliotti won a Best Picture Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” and earned nominations for “Hidden Figures,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Reader.”  Her other producing credits include such features as “The Fundamentals of Caring,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “Two Lovers,” “The Good Night” and “Emma.”  The films she has produced and overseen have earned a total of 43 Oscar nominations. 

Returning to direct his fourth consecutive Oscars, Weiss has won 14 Primetime Emmy Awards, including one earlier this year for the 90th Oscars.  He has directed and produced numerous televised events, including 18 Tony Awards® shows.  His other directing credits include “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “BET Awards,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Primetime Emmy Awards,” “Live from Lincoln Center,” “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas” and the “American Music Awards.”

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

  • Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
"Wonder Woman" sequel pushed back to summer 2020
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from "Wonder Woman." Warner Bros. announced Monday that “Wonder Woman 1984” will now open on June 5, 2020. The film starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian superhero had been slated for a November 2019 release. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The world will have to wait a little longer for the "Wonder Woman" sequel, which will now arrive in theaters in summer 2020.

Warner Bros. announced Monday that "Wonder Woman 1984" will now open on June 5, 2020. The film starring Gal Gadot as the Amazonian superhero had been slated for a November 2019 release.

Patty Jenkins is returning as director and has teased fans with tidbits about the series' time jump to the 1980s.

The first "Wonder Woman" was a major blockbuster for Warner Bros.' DC Comics franchise. The film earned more than $800 million globally. The original became the most successful live-action film directed by a woman.

The sequel would have been released a month after the "Joker" which is scheduled to open on Oct. 4, 2019.

  • Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Marvel universe a slice smaller with "Luke Cage" cancellation
In this June 21, 2018 file photo, Mike Colter attends the premiere of the Netflix original series Marvel's "Luke Cage" season two at The Edison Ballroom in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File )
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The Marvel universe just got a slice smaller on Netflix with the cancellation of "Marvel's Luke Cage" after two seasons.

The news Friday surprised fans and came a few weeks after Netflix axed another live-action Marvel series, "Iron Fist." Both are part of The Defenders world.

Netflix didn't explain the Cage cancellation in a joint statement with Marvel. They thanked creators, cast and crew — and fans of the Harlem Hero. An email request for additional comment from Netflix was not immediately returned Saturday.

The Cage series made a splash when it was released because it featured a rare black superhero in a standalone vehicle. Mike Colter starred as the bullet-proof hero for hire. The second season dropped in June.

  • Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Amy Schumer: In support of Kaepernick, no Super Bowl ads
In this April 17, 2018 file photo, Amy Schumer arrives at the world premiere of "I Feel Pretty" at the Westwood Village Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Amy Schumer says don't look for her in a Super Bowl commercial this time around. She's sitting this one out in support of Colin Kaepernick and his take-a-knee protest against racism.

The comedian and actress explained her stance at length Friday on Instagram, challenging white NFL players to kneel as well. Addressing them directly, she wrote: "Otherwise how are you not complicit?"

Schumer says she told her team she wouldn't appear in any ads for the big game. She says she realizes that "must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it's all I got."

Diddy, Jessica Seinfeld and Christie Brinkley offered support in comments.

In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a political-themed campaign for Bud Light, "Raise One to Right Now," during Super Bowl 50.

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