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Huffington Post, Nov. 15

Director Jon Watts advocated for a diverse cast in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” because, as he said, he wanted the film to reflect the real world. Now Jacob Batalon, one of the film’s stars, wants the diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to go even further. During a Q&A session with fans on Tumblr in September, the actor and co-star Laura Harrier supported the idea of having a trans Spider-Man. During an interview with HuffPost at New York Comic-Con in October, Batalon echoed that sentiment, telling us he still wants to see a trans superhero join the MCU.

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Crains New York, Nov. 13

Unless a holiday miracle occurs, the city's oldest costume-rental business might shut its doors in the spring. For the past 10 years, Helen Uffner Vintage Clothing, a film, TV and Broadway fixture for nearly 40 years, has been ensconced in a 6,200-square-foot showroom at Queens Plaza in Long Island City. A new landlord increased the rent 26%, to more than $100,000 annually, in May and gave the company until next May to move out. Though the city's film and TV production business is booming, the industry's growth has somehow overlooked the wardrobe business.

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Animation Magazine, Nov. 13

The Art Directors Guild has announced that eight-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker and President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy will receive the 2018 Cinematic Imagery Award at the 22nd Annual ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards. The ceremony is scheduled for January 27, 2018 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

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Port City Daily, Nov. 12

When Mike Roberts applied for the production rights to Stephen King’s “The Doctor’s Case,” a Sherlock Holmes story, he didn’t expect to get a contract back, three days later, with King’s signature on the dotted line. “Honestly, it was a blind shot in the dark,” Roberts said. Stephen King’s Dollar Baby program is a deal King offers to aspiring filmmakers to adapt his short stories that have not yet been made or auctioned off – for $1. Filmmakers are guaranteed King’s eyes on their final product.

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ABC7.com, Nov. 11

It's the kick off to awards season with the ninth annual Governors Awards. Oscars were presented to four movie-industry veterans: writer-director Charles Burnett, director Agnes Varda, cinematographer Owen Roizman and actor Donald Sutherland. The recipients of the award, and their famous friends, were happy to share their love of the arts at a ceremony in Hollywood.

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Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 10

Women in Film Los Angeles is establishing a help line for men and women who experience sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. The help line, which is expected to go live by Dec. 1 and be available year-round, will serve as a confidential crisis center for callers and refer them to follow-up resources, including mental-health counseling and law-enforcement and legal services.

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Forbes, Nov. 15

Lola Plaku is a star in the hip hop world, but you won’t find her name on the Billboard charts or printed on concert tickets.

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OC Register, Nov, 14

I am in Orlando this week for the theme park industry’s largest annual convention, the IAAPA Attractions Expo.

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LA Weekly, Nov. 14

The seeds of the modern music industry were planted in the 1800s with the invention of the phonograph by Thomas Edison in 1877.

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The Atlantic, Nov. 13

Amazon has acquired the television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series The Lord of the Rings.

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Variety, Nov. 9

Entertainment industry giants have made a notable commitment to help America’s armed forces transition to civilian life, and in particular to welcome them to Hollywood. It’s a complex, difficult transition. Those who’ve put their lives on the line, often in positions of responsibility and leadership far beyond their years, may lack the savoir-faire to move smoothly into the job market. Having never interviewed, many struggle to express themselves in non-military terms. Hiring managers, meanwhile, can fall prey to stereotypes, and can’t always read a military resume’s nuances to match them to civilian work.

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L.A. Times, Nov. 9

With more than 150 qualifying films, the competition in the Academy Awards’ documentary feature category is more crowded than ever. By December, voters will narrow the field to a 15-title shortlist. Here are a few strong contenders to make that first cut.

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Gwinnet Daily Post, Nov. 9

Georgia Gwinnett College is giving students an opportunity to break into the movie business through a new degree program that was recently launched at the Lawrenceville-based school. The Cinema and Media Arts program is designed to offer a hands-on education covering different areas of film making, including screen writing, design and production and entertainment industry studies, school officials said. The launching of the program comes at a time when television and film production is growing in Georgia communities, including Gwinnett County.

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Philadelphia Weekly, Nov. 9

That the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) returns for its 10th year (Nov. 9-19), says as much for audiences (5,000+ in 2016), as it does its curators and filmmakers (36+ documentary and narrative features, to say nothing of shorts). From its opening night screening of the rarely-viewed 1919 “The Dragon Painter” Hollywood-made silent feature with a live score by Bay Area musician Goh Nakamura, to the 2016 documentary, “Far Western,” about the transplant of American country music, PAAFF continues to look poetically at a diverse continuum of the Asian American experience, with Philadelphia cinema-makers occasionally in the mix.

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Variety, Nov. 8

Watching as Northern California’s wine country became engulfed by flames that scorched 220,000 acres and claimed the lives of 42 people, Napa Valley Film Festival co-founders and directors Marc and Brenda Lhormer teetered on the brink of canceling this year’s fete.

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Save the Date for the 74th Annual IA District 2 Convention

Date: June 8-10, 2018
Where: At the beautiful Caesar’s Palace Hotel in Las Vegas

Group Room Rate Cut Off Date:
May 7, 2018 Click Here
Hope to see you there!

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