Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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  • 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.

  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Stun Expands Consumer Brands Team, Promotes Matt LeBoeuf
Matt LeBoeuf
LOS ANGELES -- 

Stun, an award-winning content studio and commercial production company under the aegis of co-founders Mark Feldstein and Brad Roth, has expanded its Consumer Brands Team, and concurrently has promoted Matt LeBoeuf to the newly created position of VP, Consumer Brands.

In his previous role at Stun as sr. account director, LeBoeuf had led Stun’s efforts in driving robust relationships with such brands as NFL (NFL Media) and Princess Cruises. He is also working with other brands including Hollywood Park--new home of the LA Rams and the LA Chargers. In his new post, LeBoeuf will help drive awareness and market penetration by implementing the brands’ vision across AV, digital, print, social, and experiential media platforms. 

In a joint statement, Feldstein and Roth shared, “We have been extremely fortunate to have developed fantastic relationships with the marketing teams at some of the most successful consumer brands in the world. Matt’s new role reflects Stun’s continuing evolution from primarily an entertainment industry focused agency to one with a much more diverse client portfolio. As we strengthen our Consumer Brands Team, and with the promotion of Matt, we continue to grow Stun’s footprint by seeking additional brand clients who can benefit from our expertise, especially our background in entertainment and content creation.”

LeBoeuf added, “Beyond bringing new accounts into the fold, we continue to work closely with our existing brand clients by developing truly collaborative relationships, and expanding our role with them as a trusted partner.”

Prior to joining Stun, LeBoeuf served from 2008-2013 as sr. producer/head of production with Big Machine Design, a full service production and design firm. There, he oversaw more than 500 projects including commercials, on-air promotions, show packages, experiential marketing, visual effects, live action shoots, branded content and trailers. His major clients at the time included Disney, Ubisoft, Geico, Bravo, the History Channel and Discovery. 

As producer, On-Air Creative Services, for DIRECTV (2007-2008), LeBoeuf oversaw the Fall 2007 brand package evolution of DIRECTV, including a new brand logo and brand package. Earlier posts held by LeBoeuf during his career include serving as a producer with both Transistor Studios and Lambo/SubGiant, and as a coordinator within the marketing department at Arnson Communications.

  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
MoviePass operations under investigation by NY AG
This Aug. 23, 2018, file photo shows Movie Pass debit cards and used movie tickets in New York. The company that runs the beleaguered MoviePass, a discount service for movie tickets at theaters, is being investigated by the New York Attorney General on allegations it misled investors. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The company that runs the beleaguered MoviePass discount service for theater tickets is being investigated by the New York Attorney General on allegations that it misled investors.

Parent company Helios and Matheson of New York said in a prepared statement that it is aware of the investigation, but that it believes, "our public disclosures have been complete, timely and truthful and we have not misled investors."

The investigation was first reported by CNBC.

The company has struggled financially and is facing class action lawsuits filed on behalf of investors claiming the company failed to disclose aspects of a business model that were unsustainable.

Shares of Helios and Matheson, which is in danger of being delisted by Nasdaq because they had fallen to about a penny, plunged at the opening bell.

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