‘Stranger Things’ adds Freddy Krueger & more

New nightmares are coming out of Hawkins, Indiana, and they are about to get much worse because Freddy Krueger himself is joining the Stranger Things fray as one of eight new casting additions to the fourth season. Nightmare on Elm Street horror legend Robert Englund will appear in the recurring role of Victor Creel, described … Continue reading “‘Stranger Things’ adds Freddy Krueger & more”

“Black Panther,” “Stranger Things” dominate MTV Movie & TV Award noms

Wakanda! It’s official, Black Panther is king. At least for now. As the Marvel epic begins its awards run (it will get nominated for Best Picture in 2019 heard it here first), there is no better place to start than the fun and always spontaneous MTV Movie and TV Awards. Noms for this year were … Continue reading ““Black Panther,” “Stranger Things” dominate MTV Movie & TV Award noms”

“Stranger Things,” Energy BBDO, Rowley Samuel

Netflix cancels ‘Stranger Things’ bar Pop-up pop-culture bars are all the rage. In New York and LA, Tim Burton fans can do dinner and a show at “Beetlehouse.” Los Angeles is also home to the Star Wars-themed “Villainy and Scum” Cantina. And since August, Chicago has boasted the aptly named, “The Upside Down,” a Stranger … Continue reading ““Stranger Things,” Energy BBDO, Rowley Samuel”

Which of your shows and movies will be affected should IATSE strike?

As we reported yesterday, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) International President Matthew Loeb announced that unless an agreement is reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), union members will begin a nationwide strike on Monday, October 18 at 12:01 a.m., PDT. This is a first for the union. … Continue reading “Which of your shows and movies will be affected should IATSE strike?”

Black Widow: The perfect feminism we need right now

Warning: Spoilers Black Widow is the perfect amount of feminism we need right now. The movie is almost exclusively female-driven, with only three male characters, two total goofballs, and the other, the evil villain. The Marvel movie begins with a young Natasha Romanov (Scarlett Johansson) in deep cover with three other operatives in Ohio in … Continue reading “Black Widow: The perfect feminism we need right now”

Director Adam Wingard on ‘Godzilla vs Kong’

For decades, cinematic titans Godzilla and Kong have been following their own, separate theatrical journeys…until now. Godzilla vs. Kong is a monster-sized event film with heart, humor and enough non-stop action to transcend the genre. This rivalry for the ages fuels an epic adventure that spans the globe to bring these two forces of nature, … Continue reading “Director Adam Wingard on ‘Godzilla vs Kong’”

Alejandra Parody, Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner

Director Alejandra Parody and producer/composer Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner made the NAACP-nominated short Gets Good Light which centers around a luxury condo that becomes a brief refuge for a family targeted by I.C.E. It’s a powerful depiction of the ever-present threat of deportation in America. The indie short stars Cedric Leiba Jr., Edmond Cofie, Jessica Pimentel (Orange … Continue reading “Alejandra Parody, Elizabeth Phillipson-Weiner”

How ‘Bridgerton’ turned into Netflix’s biggest series ever

A record 82 million households around the world chose to watch Netflix’s Bridgerton in its first 28 days. That’s bigger than Stranger Things. Bigger than The Queen’s Gambit. Bigger than The Crown. Get the point? The show has reached the top 10 in every country except Japan – hitting number one in 83 countries including the … Continue reading “How ‘Bridgerton’ turned into Netflix’s biggest series ever”

Godzilla trades punches with King Kong in first trailer

Aw yeah. Despite the tepid critical and box office response 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters received, who isn’t salivating at the thought of seeing this legend collide with another legend King Kong. We are only two months away from Godzilla vs. Kong makes its debut in theaters and on HBO Max on March 26. … Continue reading “Godzilla trades punches with King Kong in first trailer”

Toyota’s “Sienna Life” celebrates spontaneity

The adventurous life awaits! “The Sienna Life” campaign, kicking off today, welcomes a refined and versatile minivan featuring bold design, available all-wheel drive, and enhanced fuel efficiency: the all-hybrid and all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna. The fully integrated campaign was developed against Toyota’s long-standing Total Toyota (T2) marketing model, fully considering the transcultural mainstream audiences across … Continue reading “Toyota’s “Sienna Life” celebrates spontaneity”

‘Antarctica’ premieres on digital platforms Dec.1

Breaker Studios and Comedy Dynamics have announced that Antarctica, written and directed by Keith Bearden and starring an incredible cast of emerging young talent Chloë Levine (Trinkets, The OA, Adam), Clea Lewis (The Americans, Royal Pains), Damian Young (Ozark, Birdman, House of Cards), Bubba Weiler (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and introducing Kimie Muroya, … Continue reading “‘Antarctica’ premieres on digital platforms Dec.1”

m ss ng p eces finds three new pieces

Bicoastal production company m ss ng p eces today announced the addition of three new signings to its cutting edge roster: augmented reality (AR) creator Asad J. Malik, multidisciplinary artist Ash Baccus-Clark, and creative collective Hexagram. The m ss ng p eces, led by Mike Woods, has been recognized as home to some of the … Continue reading “m ss ng p eces finds three new pieces”

Arclight films boards int’l sales for ‘Devil to Pay’

Arclight Films is launching international sales on the acclaimed horror-thriller The Devil to Pay starring fast-rising actress Danielle Deadwyler (HBO’s Watchmen, FX’s Atlanta), Catherine Dyer (Netflix’s Stranger Things, The Blindside) and Jayson Warner Smith (AMC’s The Walking Dead, American Made), it was announced today by company Chairman Gary Hamilton. Arclight Films will present the film to buyers ahead of … Continue reading “Arclight films boards int’l sales for ‘Devil to Pay’”

Funworks unleashes Assassin’s Creed episodes

Creative agency Funworks has partnered with Ubisoft for a series of unconventional episodic shorts for the upcoming video game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Starring comedic actor Brett Gelman (Fleabag, Stranger Things) as an unkempt self-help guru, and breakout TikTok star Caitlin Reilly, the long-form videos depict a campsite seminar drawing on lessons from the game to … Continue reading “Funworks unleashes Assassin’s Creed episodes”

Complete list of winners from 72nd “PandEmmys”

Last night, in front of a mostly empty Staples Center, The Television Academy celebrated the 72nd Emmy Awards – or since we are in a pandemic “The PandEmmys” – recognizing excellence in primetime programming and individual achievement for the 2019-2020 television season. Unlike any broadcast preceding it, the virtual awards were hosted Jimmy Kimmel, featured … Continue reading “Complete list of winners from 72nd “PandEmmys””

‘Watchmen’ lead all Emmy noms with 26

Netflix dominated the 72nd Emmy nominee count on Tuesday with 160 nominations, setting a new record for the most nominations for a single network or streaming platform. HBO meanwhile, came in second with 107 nominees, down from last year’s 137, which were buoyed by Game of Thrones’ record 32 nods. The cable network had had … Continue reading “‘Watchmen’ lead all Emmy noms with 26”

Wieden, PRETTYBIRD, BBDO among AICP online panels

Wieden+Kennedy, PRETTYBIRD, BBDO, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Arcade Edit and SMUGGLER are among the notable panels being planned for the AICP Shortlist Series on Creativity and Collaboration. Each panel will focus on a piece that appears multiple times on the shortlists across all shows. All three of the AICP Awards Shows -the AICP Next Awards, the … Continue reading “Wieden, PRETTYBIRD, BBDO among AICP online panels”

Netflix sets up $100m relief fund for film/TV workers

Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos has announced the streaming giant will launch a $100 million fund to help the film and television industry through the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic has shut down productions across the entertainment industry, including at Netflix. The streamer has suspended filming on nearly all of its series, including blockbuster series The Witcher … Continue reading “Netflix sets up $100m relief fund for film/TV workers”

VFX company Crafty Apes expands Hollywood footprint

Full-service visual effects powerhouse Crafty Apes (Watchmen, Hustlers, Dolemite is My Name) has hired Chris Kenny and Brandon Nelson as VFX Supervisors to join their Los Angeles offices, adding to their large team of 2D and 3D Supervisors, Artists and Producers currently in place. The company now employs over 170 VFX professionals in their four facilities: New York City, Atlanta, El Segundo and Baton Rouge, LA. Crafty Apes’ … Continue reading “VFX company Crafty Apes expands Hollywood footprint”