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Ray Pride Ponders The Gulf Between Theatrical And Streaming

Friday, August 4th, 2017

“In a very specific way, streaming and that promoted illusion of instant access to anything ever at all times, may be worse than piracy for the industry. Some consumers have come to believe that it is possible to cut the cord, shed the cable box, and have the entire world stream to you online via Netflix, Amazon Prime, FilmStruck and Hulu. (This may account for the reported statistic that peer-to-peer torrent traffic of pirated material is ten percent of what it was a few years ago.) A partial history of cinema and television, and peak TV to boot, is valued at a barefaced $9.95 a month, less than a single movie ticket almost anywhere.”
Ray Pride Ponders The Gulf Between Theatrical And Streaming

Ray Pride Condenses Dunkirk

Monday, July 31st, 2017

“Elegance of nightmare, essence of terror. We are catapulted to war, in three interleaving but sometimes indistinct timeframes: a week, a day, an hour. Time collapses. There is the presence of fright, the adrenalized now. The soldiers and volunteers in “Dunkirk” fear the unseen, the unspoken. Fear without a face. No politicos, no Jerrys.”
Ray Pride Condenses Dunkirk

Thr confederate

Friday, July 28th, 2017

“‘Confederate’ also has drawn comparisons to two other prestige alt-history dramas, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘The Man in the High Castle.’ Yet they’re not the same, many argue. To understand why the former show is acceptable and ‘Confederate’ isn’t is to grasp the complicated concept of intersectionality, which is the interplay of multiple categories of identity.”
The Reporter Explains

78-Year-Old Wordsmith Rex Reed Resolutely Unimpressed By Dunkirk

Friday, July 21st, 2017

“I’ve wasted an inordinate amount of time in the past few years trying to figure out the confusing lagniappe Christopher Nolan calls filmmaking. Critics are raving about the way Nolan tosses around the bits and pinches of the triptych like the ingredients in a stew. Jerking and leaping back and forth from one setup to the next like a leap frog gave me nothing less than the cinematic equivalent of a gigantic case of motion sickness. I left in need of both ear plugs and a Dramamine.”
Elder Wordsmith Rex Reed Resolutely Unimpressed By Dunkirk

Indiewire Piece On Christopher Nolan And 70mm Projection Empties The Kitchen Sink Of Generalities

Friday, July 21st, 2017

“A few steps outside that bubble reveal the utterly poor quality of national theater chains. The screens are dim. The focus is never sharp; the wrong lens is being used at least 25 percent of the time. The image is masked incorrectly, cutting part of the frame out so the composition is off balance. And there is always at least one blown speaker that starts rattling every time the action scenes start to roar. Try to complain to a theater manager, or call the national chain’s customer service numbers, and they are more indifferent than a cable company – ironically, the other set of corporations Netflix has endangered.”
Indiewire Piece On Christopher Nolan And 70mm Projection Empties The Kitchen Sink Of Generalities

Kyle Buchanan Describes Another Marvel Trailer

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Kyle Buchanan Describes Another Marvel Trailer

Mike Fleming Champs To Be An Exec, Offering His Pointed Advice On Who’s Gotta Direct “Scarface” Project

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Mike Fleming Champs To Be An Exec, Offering His Pointed Advice On Who’s Gotta Direct “Scarface” Project

Tea Leaves Say A Kennedy In Heat For Academy Presidency

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Tea Leaves Say A Kennedy In Heat For Academy Presidency

Man Paid By Tech Website For Complaints About His 14-Day Free Trial Of FilmStruck: Offers No Reporting For Surmises

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

“I assume Criterion didn’t want to be a commodity, so they left Hulu for Filmstruck last year in search of a better deal, the kind of deal you get when people will sign up for a random, poorly designed service just to watch your movies.”
Man Paid By Tech Website For Complaints About His 14-Day Free Trial Of FilmStruck: Offers No Reporting For Surmises

Entertainment Journalism 2017

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

“EW announces fully-integrated, highly-sponsored coverage, led by Hall H panel with Charlize, small ‘Brave New Warriors’ panel, EW Studio (‘the ultimate talent destination’), SiriusXM radio coverage, EW: The Show, FX & Marvel sponsored parties, the “legendary” EW closing night party, and the requisite EW double issue before the Con and a special edition for San Diego only”
Entertainment Journalism 2017

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY GOES ATOMIC AT COMIC-CON 2017

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY GOES ATOMIC AT COMIC-CON 2017

Atomic Blonde Star and Producer Charlize Theron to Debut EW’s First-Ever Icon Edition of

“Women Who Kick Ass” Panel

 

NEW YORK, NY (July 5, 2017) – Time Inc.’s (NYSE: TIME) ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY plans to raise the bar even higher at Comic-Con 2017 by presenting its first-ever Icon Edition of fan-favorite panel, “Women Who Kick Ass,” featuring Atomic Blonde star and producer Charlize Theron on Saturday, July 22. Theron, an Oscar-winning actress who consistently embodies strength, searing intelligence and steely determination on screen, is the perfect icon to inaugurate this annual panel which celebrates and recognizes the most powerful, empowering female stars in pop culture.

 

Theron will be featured on the cover of EW’s “Inside Comic-Con,” a bonus issue, which will be distributed by F.Y.E – For Your Entertainment – sponsored street teams on the ground in San Diego throughout the weekend, and can be purchased beginning Thursday, July 20, on all tablet devices. The cover story, written by EW senior writer Sara Vilkomerson, is a must-read for Comic-Con attendees. Vilkomerson will also interview Theron at the “Women Who Kick Ass” panel. Additionally, EW’s always-popular Comic-Con preview double issue will hit newsstands nationwide July 14.

 

“Comic-Con has always been a celebration of and for the fans, and their favorite stars and franchises. This year, we’re so excited to host our annual panel, ‘Women Who Kick Ass,’ with the ultimate kick-ass icon, Charlize Theron,” said Henry Goldblatt, Editor in Chief of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. “In 2017, EW’s Comic-Con coverage will be bigger and better than ever, as we double-down on content across all our platforms, including EW Radio on SiriusXM and the new addition of ‘EW: The Show,’ from our streaming network, PEN, in the EW Studio and from the convention hall floor.”

 

Once again, the EW Studio at the Hard Rock Hotel will be the ultimate talent destination. For the eleventh consecutive year, EW.com will deliver non-stop video content and commentary from the convention, offering fans immediate and intimate access to Comic-Con’s biggest stars. Viewers can also get in on the festival action, while EW’s award-winning writers and editors interview the TV and film industries’ biggest names in the EW Studio. Guests will stay refreshed with Peet’s Cold Brew in EW’s Hospitality Suite, thanks to sponsor Peet’s Coffee.

 

The EW Studio will be a one-stop shop for the leading TV and film stars to promote their upcoming projects. For the fifth year, SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio channel will air interviews and coverage with EW Morning Live hosts Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw, and LA Daily hosts Julia Cunningham and Kyle Anderson. Entertainment Weekly Radio’s Comic-Con broadcast will begin Thursday, July 20 at 3pm ET and will air through Monday, July 24 on SiriusXM channel 105.

 

For the first time ever, PEOPLE/ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Network (PEN)’s “EW: The Show” will make its Comic-Con debut and broadcast talent interviews from the EW Studio. Host Lola Ogunnaike will bring “EW: The Show” to the San Diego Convention Center floor to witness all the super-heroic action along with coverage from the streets for chats with stars and fans, giving viewers intimate access to the pulse of the city, a close-up look at the memorable costumes, and a window into the after-hours action that makes Comic-Con such a unique event.

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY will also host two “EW After Dark” evening events in the EW Studio; the FX Networks-sponsored “After Dark” will feature cast members from The Strain, Archer and Legion, while the Marvel “After Dark” will feature the casts of Marvel’s The Defenders, Marvel’s Inhumans and The Gifted.

 

No Comic-Con experience would be complete without EW’s legendary closing night party on Saturday, July 22. The poolside fete will once again take place at FLOAT at the Hard Rock Hotel and will attract some of Hollywood’s biggest film and television talent in a celebration of all things pop culture. This year’s highly anticipated party will feature activations from presenting sponsor HBO and participating sponsor Peet’s Coffee, along with tunes from DJ Michelle Pesce.

 

Along with reporting on all of the weekend’s festivities, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY will host the following panels:

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY 2017 COMIC-CON PANELS

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY presents

BRAVE NEW WARRIORS

EW’s laugh-filled conversation with TV’s hottest male heroes: Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld), Ricky Whittle (American Gods), Richard Rankin (Outlander), David Harbour (Stranger Things), Christopher Meloni (Happy!), and Colin O’ Donoghue (Once Upon A Time). They’ll discuss the thrill of playing popular characters, their sometimes awkward encounters with fans, and the highs (and lows) of a career in Hollywood. Moderated by EW editor at large Lynette Rice

Friday, July 21, 1:45pm – 2:30pm, Ballroom 20

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY presents

WOMEN WHO KICK ASS – ICON EDITION WITH CHARLIZE THERON

Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. Cipher in The Fate of the Furious. Queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman. Meredith Vickers in Prometheus. Aeon Flux. For more than a decade, Oscar winner Charlize Theron has embodied strength, power, searing intelligence and steely determination on screen. Now, as she explodes into summer in her new movie, Atomic Blonde, EW senior writer Sara Vilkomerson sits down for a no-holds-barred conversation with a woman who defies the rules—and creates her own.

Saturday, July 22, 2pm – 2:45pm, Hall H

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Godfrey Cheshire Remembers Abbas Kiarostami A Year After His Passing

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

“I know he developed friendships with other critics, but he always made me feel ours was special. The last time I saw him, he told me he regarded me as a member of his family.”
Godfrey Cheshire Remembers Abbas Kiarostami A Year After His Passing

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