The Atlantic, Nov. 13
Amazon has acquired the television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series The Lord of the Rings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IndieWire, Nov. 8
Any fan of “Mr. Robot” knows that the show loves its long takes. But Season 3, Episode 5, “eps3.4_runtime-err0r.r00,” took it to a whole new level. For approximately 42 uninterrupted minutes, we follow first Elliot (Rami Malek), then Angela (Portia Doubleday), through the offices of E Corp as chaos descends following a riot staged by F Society — one seamless narrative experience unlike anything we’ve seen before on television. According to director of photography Tod Campbell (who was nominated for an Emmy for his work on “Mr. Robot” this year), “a lot more money went to this episode. We shot for more time, more hours to complete it than we did probably any other episode.”
CTV News, Nov. 7
The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday lifted its ban of Los Angeles Times reporters and critics from its press screenings after a widespread backlash prompted several media outlets to announce their own boycotts of Disney movies. In a statement Tuesday, Disney said it was restoring access to the newspaper after "productive discussions with the newly installed leadership" at the Los Angeles Times. Disney had barred the Times from its screenings after the paper published a two-part investigative series on the company's business dealings in Anaheim, California, where Disneyland is.
Parade, Nov. 3
It takes a lot of luck and elbow grease to land a gig in Hollywood, not to mention make a living.
LA Times, Nov. 2
Variety held its second annual Inclusion summit Wednesday, shining a spotlight on diversity in Hollywood.
Variety, Nov. 2
While the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues to grab headlines and rock the entertainment world, perhaps the bigger story in Hollywood is the ongoing decline of the movie industry.
The Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 2
The marketing campaigns for It, La La Land and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri were among the "grand" winners Thursday night at the Clio Entertainment Awards (formerly the Clio Key Art Awards).
Times Union, Nov. 1
The storied movie studio MGM is getting back into distribution, teaming with Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures in a joint venture that could have ramifications for the next James Bond film.
Variety, Nov. 1
Amid a brutally uncertain environment for movies, the American Film Market opens its 38th edition Wednesday at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
Huffington Post, Nov. 1
There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about how it’s about time to turn a corner in entertainment and empower marginalized groups to get their fair share of the spotlight.
The IATSE Women’s Committee is working with the Coalition of Labor Union Women and Healthy Women on a campaign called “Spread the Word” to disperse helpful health information to women.
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