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Jim Rutenberg Seems To Have Something To Say In Weirdly Disjointed Media Thinkpiece; Does “Hopefully” Signal End To NYT Copy Editing?

Monday, June 26th, 2017

“The infoboom is taking place in a new environment — the cyber environment — where we’re all spending more time. All the new opportunity it’s bringing will also have consequences. Hopefully we’ll head off the worst of them while we still can.”
Jim Rutenberg Seems To Have Something To Say In Weirdly Disjointed Media Thinkpiece; Does The Usage Of “Hopefully” Signal End To NYT Copy Editing?

Sofia Coppola High-Access Interview Coverage At EW

Friday, June 16th, 2017

“Finally, the time came for the second half of the double feature, and Elvis Mitchell concluded the Q&A by asking Coppola about her memories of Lost in Translation.”
Sofia Coppola High-Access Interview Coverage At EW

Petition Circulates To Bar Chicago Sun-Times Theater Critic Hedy Weiss From Press Previews

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

“She is not willing to work with us to create a positive environment.”
Petition Circulates To Bar Chicago Sun-Times Theater Critic Hedy Weiss From Press Previews

“[Weiss’] bigoted gaffe is one of many. She labeled the graffiti artists in Steppenwolf’s ‘This is Modern Art’ ‘urban terrorists.’ In her review of the Goodman’s ‘Gloria,’ ​she makes sure to identify the race of any non-white performer in the cast. Acclaimed director Joe Mantello once slammed her for labeling Fiyero’s death in ‘Wicked’ a ‘lynching’ simply because a black actor had been cast.”
Chicago Blogger Mark Schreppe Choruses

Academy Announces Deluxe Internships For “Underrepresented Communities”

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

[PR] ‘ACADEMY GOLD’ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM OFFERS EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM ACADEMY MEMBERS AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

‘Academy Gold’ Adds Four Industry Partners; 20 to Participate in Pilot Year
Program Kicks Off with Two-Day Orientation on June 15-16 

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proud to announce commitments from four additional industry partners – Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Illumination Entertainment, Legendary Entertainment and Overbrook Entertainment – to participate in Academy Gold, a new entertainment industry-wide summer internship and mentoring program that will expand opportunities for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities.  Each of the now 20 partners will sponsor up to three interns for the program, which kicks off on Thursday, June 15, with a two-day orientation that includes various industry speakers, studio and technology-based company tours and visits to the Academy’s Film Archive and Margaret Herrick Library.

Previously announced partners include Deluxe, The Walt Disney Company, Dolby Laboratories, FotoKem, FremantleMedia, HBO, IMAX, Lionsgate/Starz, Panavision, Paramount Pictures, Participant Media, Sony Pictures, Technicolor, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros.

In this pilot year, 70 interns (including 18 interns who will be placed within the Academy) will participate in the Academy Gold program.  The eight-week program, which concludes on August 11, will offer participants networking opportunities with Academy members and industry professionals, screenings, studio tours and educational workshops.

Academy members and industry professionals will participate in panels discussing their crafts, including: Bobbi Banks (sound editor); Lorrie Bartlett (Partner and Co-Head of Talent, ICM); Maryann Brandon (film editor); Ruth E. Carter (costume designer); Jeff B. Cohen, Esq. (attorney); Destin Daniel Cretton (writer, “Short Term 12″);  Julie Ann Crommett (VP Multicultural Audience Engagement, Disney); Tonia Davis (VP Film, Chernin Entertainment); Christina Hodson (writer, “Transformers: Bumblebee”); Jordan Horowitz (producer, “La La Land”); Whitney James (makeup artist); Charles D. King (Founder & CEO, MACRO and executive producer, “Fences”); Stella Meghie (director, “Everything, Everything”); Jeff Miller (President, Studio Operations, Disney); Daryn Okada (cinematographer); Eric Pertilla (agent, Paradigm); Steves Rodriguez, CPA (Partner, Freemark Financial); Kim Roth (President of Production, MACRO); David Rubin (casting director); Demetrius Shipp Jr. (actor, “All Eyez on Me”); Justin Simien (writer-director-producer, “Dear White People”); Michael Tronick (film editor); Nancy Utley (President, Fox Searchlight Pictures); Michelle Watts (Principal, The Aziza Work Group); and Joe Wees (Senior VP Creative Advertising, Universal Pictures).  Visit www.oscars.org/AcademyGoldProgram for panelist updates.

Highlights from this summer’s program include:

Transformation – Future Focus Panel (June 21)

Industry leaders in conversation about the challenges and opportunities for those beginning their careers.  Panelists include Academy members and respected experts in their field.

Navigating a Successful Career in Hollywood (June 28)

What does it really take to have a successful career in Hollywood?  Hollywood veterans and newcomers candidly discuss the keys to being successful in the film industry.

Upgrade and Update – Technology Is Your Business (July 12)

Academy members and industry leaders discuss aspects of production and distribution, staying on top of the latest technology, and successful technologies and innovations incorporated into their work.

Anatomy of a Film Production – Above the Line (July 19)

A panel discussion giving above-the-line perspectives from individual directors, writers, actors and producers, who detail their personal career paths and stories while specifying tools and other ways to build and remain relevant in these careers.

Anatomy of a Film Production – Below the Line (July 26)

A cinematographer, casting director, costume designer, film editor, makeup artist, sound editor and other below-the-line talents discuss their collaborative processes and break down the specifics of what each of their jobs entail.

The Dream Team (August 2)

Support professionals including agents, lawyers, managers and publicists discuss their work.

The Academy Gold Talent Development and Inclusion Program will afford top film entertainment, technology, production services and digital media companies an opportunity to recruit and educate a nationwide pool of diverse talent.  The Academy also will build an alumni database to track the professional development of Academy Gold participants and provide a resource to connect alumni with one another upon completion of the program.

Additional support for Academy Gold is provided by The California Wellness Foundation.  Support for the Academy Foundation’s educational and outreach initiatives, which include Academy Gold, the Student Academy Awards, and the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, is provided in part by Walmart.

For more information about the Academy Gold program, visit www.oscars.org/AcademyGoldProgram.

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Tortured Prose For Tortuous Mummy

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

“An irredeemable disaster from start to finish, an adventure that entertains only via glimpses of the adventure it should have been. It’s the kind of movie that Tom Cruise became a household name by avoiding at all costs.”
Tortured Prose For Tortuous Mummy

Kenneth Turan Adds An “Aberrant, Cranky” Voice To Get Out, With A Really Extended Thumbsucker-Cum-Pan Musing On Seeing A Movie At The End Of Its Theatrical Run

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

“But if you’re seeing a film so much later than most of America, not to mention all of the nation’s film critics, does that affect how you see it?”
Kenneth Turan Adds An “Aberrant, Cranky” Voice To Get Out, With A Really Extended Thumbsucker-Cum-Pan Musing On Seeing A Movie At The End Of Its Theatrical Run

Hollywood By the Lake? Ray Pride Reports Chicago Film And TV Production Is Now a Half-Billion Dollar Industry, And Asks What It Will Take to Make It Last

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Hollywood By the Lake? Ray Pride Reports Chicago Film And TV Production Is Now a Half-Billion Dollar Industry, And Asks What It Will Take to Make It Last

World’s Oldest Underground Film Festival Turns 24 In Chicago This Week; A Few Words From Its Artistic Director

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

World’s Oldest Underground Film Festival Turns 24 In Chicago This Week; A Few Words From Its Artistic Director

Kyle Buchanan Appreciation For The Work Of Lynne Ramsay And Joaquin Phoenix In You Were Never Really Here Rocks Indecent Raft Of Spoilers

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Kyle Buchanan Appreciation For The Work Of Lynne Ramsay And Joaquin Phoenix In You Were Never Really Here Rocks Indecent Raft Of Spoilers

Michael Wolff Relishes Remembrance Of Roger Ailes And His Reign Over Coarsened Discourse, Employees; Discounts Other Viewpoints

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

“It is, of course, impossible to know what might be true or not. And now it can never entirely be known. Surely, his political enemies, the legions of them, were concerned much less for the truth than that he be gone.  All of us who know what Roger reflexively talks like, irascibly, caustically and with retrograde vividness, give him, at least privately, the benefit of the doubt.”
Michael Wolff Relishes Remembrance Of Roger Ailes And His Reign Over Coarsened Discourse, Employees; Discounts Other Viewpoints

On Encounters With Tarkovsky’s Stalker, In Anticipation Of Its Digital Restoration, By Alison Croggon And Ray Pride

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Stalker‘s beauty is woven out of its limitations, its finitudes. When I watch a Tarkovsky film, I am always aware of the literalness of his medium; he is never doing anything more than making a film.”
On Encounters With Tarkovsky’s Stalker, In Anticipation Of Its Digital Restoration, By Alison Croggon And Ray Pride

Indiewire Tom Brueggeman Says King Arthur Could’ve Made Money If It Featured Women And Wasn’t Released On Mother’s Day

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Indiewire Tom Brueggeman Says King Arthur Could’ve Made Money If It Featured Women And Wasn’t Released On Mother’s Day

Amazon Studios Releases A Two-Minute Wonderstruck Clip

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Amazon Studios Releases A Two-Minute Wonderstruck Clip

Anne Thompson Says Get Out And Netflix Have Already Rewritten The 2017 Awards Race; Exclusive Photos From Universal Yard Party

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Anne Thompson Says Get Out And Netflix Have Already Rewritten The 2017 Awards Race; Exclusive Photos From Universal Yard Party

Forces Align Against Content Theft Portal Powerhouse Kodi

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Forces Align Against Content Theft Portal Powerhouse Kodi

How Online Trolls Game IMDB And Other Ratings With “Downvotes”; The Late Kirk Kerkorian’s $100 Million Romance Set Against Armenian Genocide Latest Target

Monday, April 17th, 2017

How Online Trolls Game IMDB And Other Ratings With “Downvotes”; The Late Kirk Kerkorian’s $100 Million Romance Set Against Armenian Genocide Latest Target

Brent Lang Brings The Logics To Say He Wants Neither More Fast, Nor More Furious

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

“Here’s the thing, endings are good. Great dramas wrap things up, otherwise Oedipus would still be shtupping his mom.”
Brent Lang Brings The Logics To Say He Wants Neither More Fast, Nor More Furious

Craig Hubert Hoorahs The Work Of Anne-Marie Miéville, Overlooking Distribution Issues

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

“Miéville’s influence on Godard’s amorphous filmography, both while working together and on his own, and her own short but remarkable body of work, has been all but ignored, especially in the United States, by a larger critical discourse that has remained tethered to a male-dominated theory of auteurism.”
Craig Hubert Hoorahs The Work Of Anne-Marie Miéville, Overlooking Distribution Issues

Stephen Galloway’s Weekly Column Compares Jared Kushner To Irving Thalberg To Little Utility

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Stephen Galloway‘s Weekly Column Compares Jared Kushner To Irving Thalberg To Little Utility

Some Approaches To Writing About Acting, Prompted By The Death of Louis XIV

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Some Approaches To Writing About Acting, Prompted By The Death of Louis XIV