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  • Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Marvel head Kevin Feige to receive Producer Guild's David O. Selznick Award
In this July 14, 2012 file photo, Kevin Feige speaks at the "Iron Man 3" panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, Calif. Feige is set to receive the prestigious David O. Selznick Achievement Award at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards. He will accept the award at 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, January 19 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is set to receive the prestigious David O. Selznick Achievement Award at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards.

The Producers Guild of America says Thursday that Feige will join the ranks of Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg, Billy Wilder and Clint Eastwood in receiving the honor which recognizes a producer's body of work.

As the president of Marvel Studios since 2007, Feige has helped change the fabric of Hollywood by helping to create the wildly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has produced films from "Iron Man" to "The Avengers" and collected more than $17.6 billion at the global box office.

Feige will accept the award at 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

  • Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
"Top Gun: Maverick" pushed, "A Quiet Place" sequel sets date
In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017, file photo, Tom Cruise poses during a photocall for the French premiere of "The Mummy" in Paris, France. Cruise will star in the "Top Gun" sequel, which is slated for release on June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

The "Top Gun" sequel is going to take a little longer to land in theaters.

Paramount Pictures says Wednesday that "Top Gun: Maverick" is being pushed back a year to a June 26, 2020 theatrical release. The Tom Cruise-starrer is in production and had been previously set to fly into theaters next summer.

The studio has also set a May 15, 2020 release date for a sequel to John Krasinski's breakout creature thriller "A Quiet Place." Kraskinsi is writing the follow-up, but no director has been set.

  • Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Quite Frankly Productions to open U.S. shop 
Catherine Crowe

Branded content producer Quite Frankly Productions (QFP), headquartered in London, is broadening its global footprint with the upcoming launch of  a second subsidiary business: Quite Frankly Productions USA, Inc., in New York. 

Plans for a U.S. office have been in the pipeline for the last year, following an increase in the number of commissions from international clients. Doors will open on September 10, based at the headquarters of Hunter Public Relations in Manhattan. The Hunter/Quite Frankly relationship started in 2017 when the agency commissioned QFP to produce the Tabasco 150 anniversary brand film which involved shooting in the USA, U.K. and Japan.

Executive producer Catherine Crowe will head up the U.S. operation, having joined from Nickelodeon. 

Jez Frankel, managing director of Quite Frankly Productions, said: “New York will be our third business after London and Bangalore and I’m thrilled that Catherine has agreed to join us. A producer with her experience is a rare breed and I’m looking forward to working with her to see how far we can grow our business in the USA.”

Quite Frankly has a client base that includes Diageo, Coca-Cola, Omega and Michael Kors.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
"Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D" to be remastered for IMAX
In this Jan. 31, 1993, file photo, Michael Jackson performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

Michael Jackson's estate and IMAX are partnering to digitally remaster "Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D" into IMAX 3D.

The partnership was announced Wednesday, which would have been the singer's 60th birthday. It will be released in IMAX theaters across the U.S. for one week, beginning Sept. 21.

The estate's co-executors say Jackson loved to give his fans the "latest and greatest in technology and entertainment experiences."

The short film, directed by John Landis, premiered in Los Angeles in 1983. The 3D version was first shown at the 74th Venice Film Festival in 2017.

The remastered release precedes the launch of Amblin Entertainment's fantasy film, "The House with a Clock in Its Walls," starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.

Jackson was 50 years old when he died in June 2009.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
Entertainment publicist Henri Bollinger dies at 89
Henri Bollinger (photo courtesy of Mathew Imaging)

Henri Bollinger, renowned award-winning entertainment industry publicist, died on August 27 from complications of surgery. He was 89 and a resident of the Motion Picture and Television Fund campus in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Bollinger was a publicist for 60 years and received the Bob Yeager Award as well as the Les Mason Award, the highest award bestowed upon a publicist by his peers. He served for over 55 years on the Publicists Awards Committee, which organizes the prestigious ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon held annually at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. He was chairman of the committee for 37 years, retiring from that position earlier this year, though remaining a committee member.

Steven Poster, ASC, president of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600), of which publicists are members, said, “Henri was beloved by everyone he came into contact with. He was a loyal and true member to our union. Henri helped everybody just by being Henri. I know many of us will feel we lost not just a friend but a gentleman we considered family.”

Tim Menke, who succeeded Bollinger as chair of the Publicists Awards Committee, said, “Nothing but respect, admiration and thanks to Henri and for the dedication he devoted to our profession. He was a mensch among publicists. I will miss my friend and mentor.”

Bollinger ran his own eponymous public relations agency for 50 years that created public image concepts for a wide spectrum of entertainment and corporate clients. 

He was recognized for his creative and effective publicity and promotion campaigns for motion picture and television production companies, feature films, television shows, distributors, producers, directors, actors, authors, postproduction companies and public service agencies.

Bollinger held key positions with various entertainment industry, community and service organizations. He served five terms as president of the Publicists Guild of America; president and founding member of the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS); served on the Foreign Film Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; chaired the Communications Committee of the Hollywood Entertainment Museum; served on the Public Relations Committee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; chairman of the Publications and Publicity Committee of the International Cinematographers Guild and a member of its National Executive Board; and president of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Bollinger conducted campaigns for such motion pictures as The People Under the Stairs, Nightmare on Elm Street, Shocker, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Friday the 13th and such popular television shows as Major Dad, The Price Is Right, Deception: A Mother’s Secret, The Secret Files of J. Edgar Hoover, The Ann Jillian Story, The Kennedy Center Honors, Simon & Simon, The Ernie Kovacs Show, and The Julie Andrews Hour.

The long list of clients he also represented included Bob Barker, Gerald MacRaney, Shirley Jones, Marty Ingels, Jack Jones, The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., the PRISM Awards; the Cinema Audio Society Awards; Wes Craven Films, DLT Entertainment, Smith/Hemion Productions, Shochiku Films of Japan, Fries Entertainment, Finnegan/Pinchuk Productions, Spanish Trail Productions, Perseverance Productions, Cannon Films, Loganworks Productions, Complete Post, Affinity Network, Inc., George Schlatter Productions, Translor Films, Inc., Dell Books (Danielle Steel’s books), Trusthouse Forte Hotels, The Golden Nugget Hotel/Las Vegas, Binion’s Hotel and Casino/Las Vegas, including 13 years of Publicity for The World Series of Poker, The Bicycle Club Casino, and Coast Fed Properties.

He is survived by his wife Sandy and their three children, Jennifer (David) Goosenberg, Jeffrey Bollinger (Nik Orlando), Jeremy (Michele) Bollinger and 4 grandchildren, Jerry and Shawn Goosenberg, Emma and Isabel Bollinger.

The memorial service and interment will be Thursday, August 30, at 1PM at Groman Eden Memorial Park, 11500 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91345. 

Charitable contributions can be made to Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, 15739 Ventura Blvd, Encino CA 91436 and The Motion Picture Television Fund, 23388 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91364.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
AICP Awards' Road Tour set for new venue & agenda in Minneapolis
Cowles Center for the Performing Arts will be the venue for the AICP Awards' Road Tour in Minneapolis.

The honorees of this year’s AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial and the AICP Next Awards will be showcased in Minneapolis next month at a re-vamped screening and reception designed to provide a look at the future of advertising while giving attendees a great opportunity to network and reconnect with their peers and colleagues. The event is set for Thursday, September 27, at the Cowles Center.

New this year will be a format that opens with a “happy hour” for drinks and socializing, followed by a screening of the Next Awards. Bob George of Drive Thru, and president of the Minnesota Chapter of AICP, noted that the screening will feature the winners as well as a series of short films showcasing insights from the AICP Next Awards curators, which include the jury presidents and several at large luminaries. Following the Next screening is a full dinner buffet and open bar. The AICP Show winners will also be screened. Tickets for the event are priced at $125 and available here. 

George and Ace Allgood of Channel Z, who are spearheading the event, note that the new format of the Minneapolis stop on the AICP Awards tour reflects what the local advertising and production community are looking for. “A screening of the Next Awards winners, along with the insights shared by the curators, will give our community a chance to see all the new cutting-edge ideas that are going to change how we do what we do,” said Allgood. “It’s an opportunity for all of us, not just in Minneapolis but around the world, to learn from their success.”
Local recognition will go to the shortlisted entries at the AICP Show and Next Awards created and produced by companies based in Minneapolis, George added. These entries will also be screened during the video portion of the evening.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
Goodman guessing he's "mopey" widower in "Roseanne" spinoff
In this March 23, 2018 file photo, John Goodman arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Roseanne" in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

John Goodman is speculating that this fall's "Roseanne" spinoff will mean curtains for the matriarch played by Roseanne Barr.

In an interview with the Sunday Times of London, Goodman said he wasn't sure how the new series, titled "The Conners," will be structured.

But he guessed that his character will be "mopey and sad" because his wife has died.

Goodman played husband Dan Conner to Barr's character on ABC's original "Roseanne" and last season's revival.

The network fired Barr after she posted a racist tweet, which she apologized for but has said was misinterpreted.

Goodman said he's certain Barr isn't a racist.

"The Conners" spinoff was announced by ABC after Barr agreed to relinquish any participation in it.

A representative for Goodman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
Weinstein seeks to appeal judge's casting couch ruling
In this Monday, July 9, 2018 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives to court in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein want to appeal a court ruling that lets an aspiring actress' lawsuit equating Hollywood's casting couch to sex trafficking move forward.

The lawyers filed papers in Manhattan federal court Monday asking a judge to let them immediately appeal his ruling two weeks ago that gave the lawsuit the green light.

Kadian Noble said that Weinstein molested her in 2014 in a Cannes, France, hotel room.

Judge Robert Sweet ruled that the lawsuit was fairly brought under sex trafficking laws because the proverbial casting couch could be considered a "commercial sex act."

Weinstein's lawyers argued there was no legal precedent for the ruling. They said the sex trafficking statute could not be used if there was no allegation of trafficking women.

  • Monday, Aug. 27, 2018
Review: Book explores weird, wonderful filmmaker David Lynch
This cover image released by Random House shows "Room to Dream," by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna. (Random House via AP)

"Room to Dream" by David Lynch and Kristine McKenna (Random House)

The simplest avenue for beginning to understand filmmaker David Lynch might be found in a childhood friend's observation: "David's always had a cheerful disposition and sunny personality, but he's always been attracted to dark things. That's one of the mysteries of David."

Dark things abound in Lynch's signature films — the grotesque infant in "Eraserhead" (1977), the disfigured adult in "The Elephant Man" (1980), the violent and perverse Frank Booth in "Blue Velvet" (1986) — and in his first TV series, the offbeat murder mystery "Twin Peaks" (1990-91). When his cheerful and sunny side shows itself, and that's not often, the result is "The Straight Story" (1999).

Like a David Lynch film, the biography-memoir "Room to Dream" is set in a world we recognize but one with a dreamy, compelling perspective at its core. Co-author and Lynch friend Kristine McKenna writes from interviews and other research in one chapter while the filmmaker's own recollections of events follow in the next. It's a unique structure that's perfectly suited for a cheery fellow with dark fantasies.

Lynch has always been drawn to art of some sort — paint, film, video, music, sound design, photography, acting, even carpentry. Friends and colleagues say he is smart, nice, generous and outgoing — and insist that he isn't weird. Well, how would you describe someone who dissects a mackerel, lays out the parts, labels them for reassembly, then photographs the display and calls it a Fish Kit? Oh, and a Chicken Kit and a Duck Kit follow.

Curiously, Lynch's life lacks the elements of evil and tragedy and the bizarre found in his art. McKenna describes an all-American 1950s boyhood in the Northwest. Taking his turn, Lynch recalls an idyllic youth, too, but one with the occasional disturbing image — like the night a nude and beaten woman stumbled down his street. (If you've seen "Blue Velvet" you'll recognize that childhood memory.)

At one point Lynch writes: "Almost everybody has a bunch of stuff swimming in them, and I don't think most people are aware of the dark parts of themselves. People trick themselves and we all think we're pretty much OK and that others are at fault."

McKenna doesn't omit unflattering details — Lynch's extramarital flings, for example, and the crumbling of the first three of his four marriages. Actress Isabella Rossellini describes how Lynch used a phone call to end their years-long relationship, a subject on which Lynch contributes only silence.

Importantly for cinephiles "Room to Dream" explores such things as how "Mulholland Drive" (2001) rose from the ashes of a failed TV project to the cult film that the website BBC Culture declared to be the best movie of the 21st century. That backstory and so many others provide a window into the mysteries of creativity.

Lynch once told director Steven Spielberg, "You're so lucky because the things you love millions of people love, and the things I love thousands of people love." Yet Lynch thrives as an artist and as a human being because he fuels his passions with curiosity, discovery and a sense of fun.

Douglass K. Daniel is the author of "Anne Bancroft: A Life" (University Press of Kentucky)

  • Monday, Aug. 27, 2018
Reel FX Animation Studios taps Chris Miller to direct Wish Project

Reel FX Animation Studios announced that Oscar®-nominated director Chris Miller will helm its upcoming original feature, the currently Untitled Wish Project. Miller, a longtime DreamWorks Animation filmmaker, wrote and directed the hit film Puss in Boots, which garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film, and Shrek The Third, the third hit installment in the acclaimed franchise. Both titles achieved huge commercial success at the box office and generated a combined gross of nearly $1.4 billion.

The Untitled Wish Project storyline is being kept under-wraps, but the film will take place in both the real world and a world of mythical creatures where human wishes are heard and dealt with.

Jared Mass, who heads up Reel FX’s Originals Unit, said of Miller, “He brings a vision to the film that is sure to resonate with audiences all over the world.”

Reel FX Animation Studios is a top producer of animation for every major studio as well as a producer of original content including the film Book Of Life, which was produced alongside Guillermo Del Toro for Twentieth Century Fox. Reel FX is currently in production on its next original feature with Paramount Animation and Walden Media based on the kids’ graphic novel “Monster on the Hill,” which is set to be released in 2020.

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