WGA East, SAG-AFTRA DGA release supporting statement for IATSE

The Writers Guild of America East, SAG-AFTRA, The Directors Guild of America, and The International Brotherhood of Teamsters are standing in solidarity with IATSE in its efforts to reach a new film and TV contract with the AMPTP Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. “On behalf of our hundreds of thousands of members working … Continue reading “WGA East, SAG-AFTRA DGA release supporting statement for IATSE”

Chloé Zhao wins DGA Award for Nomadland

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2020 were announced tonight during the 73rd Annual DGA Awards virtual ceremony. Chloé Zhao won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for Nomadland. The moving film about grief and acceptance follows woman in her sixties (Frances McDormand) who, … Continue reading “Chloé Zhao wins DGA Award for Nomadland”

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is most profitable film in history

Today is National Superhero Day and we celebrate the real heroes – the men and women on the frontlines of the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. That said, the heroes over at Disney and Marvel Studios are clearly Avengers: Endgame earned $1.2 billion worldwide during its opening weekend, and according to Deadline, Endgame made $890 million in profit, … Continue reading “‘Avengers: Endgame’ is most profitable film in history”

Three female directors among DGA nominations

The Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 2019 as well as Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director. While there will be groans that no female directors are nominated in the first category among five … Continue reading “Three female directors among DGA nominations”

First social media reactions to ‘Avengers: Endgame’ are in

Can. Not. Wait. More than a decade in the making and 22 films later, Avengers: Endgame premiered in Los Angeles last night. The first social media reactions made it out after, calling the film, “Epic,” “Emotional,” and the perfect ending to what has come to be known as “The Infinity Saga.” made its premiere in … Continue reading “First social media reactions to ‘Avengers: Endgame’ are in”

Watch first official clip from ‘Avengers: Endgame’

I’m getting chills. Yesterday, Marvel released the very first clip from the beyond highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame. The intense scene features the originals Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson alongwith newcomers Brie Larson and Don Cheadle. The footage is most likely from the extended piece screened at CinemaCon over the weekend. It begins with a … Continue reading “Watch first official clip from ‘Avengers: Endgame’”

Whatever it takes! Watch new ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer

“Whatever it takes.” That is the clear-cut theme of the new Avengers: Endgame trailer which Marvel surprised the world with early this morning. It’s an interesting take on the superhero genre, especially since Marvel has become so synonymous with a “fun” time at the movies. In fact, the tone is very melancholy, filled with regret … Continue reading “Whatever it takes! Watch new ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer”

Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ takes top honors at 71st DGA awards

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2018 were announced last Saturday during the 71st Annual DGA Awards. Alfonso Cuarón won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Roma. The filmmaker beat out Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Adam … Continue reading “Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ takes top honors at 71st DGA awards”

Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news

  Angelina Jolie wins at Annie’s The Vince Lombardi trophy wasn’t the only award handed out this weekend. In Los Angeles, The Directors Guild of America and The Annie Awards honored their own for excellence in directing in film and television and animation, respectively Angelina Jolie wore a silver gown and brought two of her … Continue reading “Angelina Jolie, DGA Awards, Box Office, SNL in the news”

DGA “overwhelmingly” ratified its new AMPTP contract

THE DGA RATIFIED its new collective bargaining agreements with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) by an overwhelming membership vote.

“Our major gains in SVOD residuals, together with our improvements in wages and pensions, were the result of our forward-thinking preparation,” said DGA president Paris Barclay.

Rumor: IATSE and AMPTP close to striking a deal

With a strike looming at 12:01 a.m. Monday, it seems the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are making “very good progress” on a new labor agreement, which would avoid one of the biggest strikes in Hollywood history. Variety first reported, and then TheWrap on Saturday … Continue reading “Rumor: IATSE and AMPTP close to striking a deal”

Memo for Showrunners, writers and office support make rounds in case of strike

A new document, prepared by a group of Writers’ Assistants and Script Coordinators, is making the rounds of Writers’ Rooms. The subject matter is how to handle work by the IATSE Basic Agreement if the union goes on strike on Monday, October 18, 2021. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: … Continue reading “Memo for Showrunners, writers and office support make rounds in case of strike”

COLCOA: Emmanuel Carrére’s Between Two Worlds to open 25th French Film Fest

During a press conference held yesterday, Taylor Hackford, director, Board member of the Franco-American Cultural Fund and COLCOA Program Committee member, announced the opening film of the 25th Annual COLOCA French Film and Series Festival will be the North American Premiere of writer/director/author Emmanuel Carrère’s BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, starring Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche. The … Continue reading “COLCOA: Emmanuel Carrére’s Between Two Worlds to open 25th French Film Fest”

Eternals: Kumail Nanjiani tries to park his Lexus in spot directed by Russos

Some things are worth preserving at all costs. If you’re Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) in Marvel Studios’ Eternals, this includes your gleaming new Lexus IS 500 sports sedan. And it’s our Reel Ad of the Week. As the exclusive automotive partner of Marvel Studios’ Eternals, Lexus has dropped a marketing campaign today with a long-form video … Continue reading “Eternals: Kumail Nanjiani tries to park his Lexus in spot directed by Russos”

IATSE receives backing from Directors Guild in contract fight

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) released a statement of support standing with the film and television workers in their contract fight with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). In the statement they wrote, “the DGA National Board, as the representatives of more than 18,000 directors and members of the directorial team, … Continue reading “IATSE receives backing from Directors Guild in contract fight”

Union Editorial partners with Amazon Studios, Mutt Film on ‘Always Jane’

Amazon Prime Video has announced the upcoming four-part docuseries Always Jane – a production of Amazon Studios, Mutt Film, and Union Editorial – which follows transgender teenager Jane Noury and her family as she nears graduation and prepares to leave the nest in a true coming-of-age story. This intimate and unguarded look at the Nourys … Continue reading “Union Editorial partners with Amazon Studios, Mutt Film on ‘Always Jane’”

IATSE members vote overwhelmingly to authorize nationwide strike – Details here

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced today that 60,000 members who work in television and film production across the country have voted—by a nearly unanimous margin—to grant IATSE International President Matthew Loeb the authority to call a strike. This is the first time in IATSE’s 128-year history that members of the union … Continue reading “IATSE members vote overwhelmingly to authorize nationwide strike – Details here”

118 members of Congress call for improved wages, conditions for IATSE members

Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Senator Alex Padilla (D- Calif.), along with 118 Senators and Members of the House sent a letter to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) urging the association to negotiate collaboratively and in good faith with Hollywood craft workers (IATSE) advocating for improved wages and working conditions … Continue reading “118 members of Congress call for improved wages, conditions for IATSE members”

Godfather of Black Cinema, Melvin Van Peebles, passes away at age 89

Daytime Emmy Award Winner, actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, composer, and Godfather of Black cinema, Melvin Van Peebles has passed away at age 89 at his home in Manhattan.  His death was confirmed by his son, Mario Van Peebles, who said in a statement: “Dad knew that Black images matter. If a picture is worth a … Continue reading “Godfather of Black Cinema, Melvin Van Peebles, passes away at age 89”

MPSE seek submissions for Verna Fields Student Award

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) is now accepting submissions for its annual Verna Fields Student Award honoring outstanding work by student sound editors. The award, which will be presented at the 69th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony on March 13, 2022, is open to students worldwide with the winner receiving a grant from MPSE’s … Continue reading “MPSE seek submissions for Verna Fields Student Award”