Godfather and Brian’s Song star James Caan dies

Academy Award and Primetime Emmy Award-nominated actor and star of The Godfather, Misery, Elf, Thief, and Brian’s Song, James Caan has passed away at age 82. News of his passing was shared on his official Twitter account: James Edmund Caan, known as “Jimmy” to his friends, was born March 26, 1940 in the Bronx, New … Continue reading “Godfather and Brian’s Song star James Caan dies”

Michael J. Fox, Diane Warren to get honorary Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that its Board of Governors voted to present Honorary Oscars to Euzhan Palcy, Diane Warren and Peter Weir, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Michael J. Fox.  The four Oscar statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 13th Governors Awards on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. “The Academy’s … Continue reading “Michael J. Fox, Diane Warren to get honorary Oscars”

Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Joey King join Netflix rom-com

Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy-winning actor Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos, Big Little Lies, Nine Perfect Strangers), SAG nominee Zac Efron (The Greatest Beer Run Ever, The Greatest Showman, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile), Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy nominee Joey King (Bullet Train, The Act, The Kissing Booth trilogy) have signed … Continue reading “Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Joey King join Netflix rom-com”

Disney names Dana Walden head of DGE Content

The Walt Disney Company has named Dana Walden as Chairman, Disney General Entertainment Content, it was announced today by Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. In this role, Walden will lead the company’s general entertainment content engine that creates original entertainment and news programming for Disney’s streaming platforms and its cable and … Continue reading “Disney names Dana Walden head of DGE Content”

Goodfellas star Ray Liotta dead at 67

Academy award-nominated and Primetime Emmy Award-winning iconic actor and star of Goodfellas, Ray Liotta has passed away at age 67. Deadline first reported that the actor died quietly in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting the film Dangerous Waters. No foul play is suspected.  Raymond Allen Liotta was born in Newark, … Continue reading “Goodfellas star Ray Liotta dead at 67”

Tremors star Fred Ward passes at 79

Golden Globe-winning character actor and producer Fred Ward passed away at age 79 on Sunday May 8, 2022. Ward’s passing was confirmed by his publicist, Ron Hoffmann. No cause of death has yet been revealed, but Hoffmann said Mr. Ward wanted any memorial donations given to a Boston University center for the study of chronic … Continue reading “Tremors star Fred Ward passes at 79”

black-ish ends eight hilarious seasons tonight

For eight seasons, the groundbreaking, Emmy Award-nominated comedy series black-ish was lauded for telling stories that shined a light on current events through the lens of a Black American family. Created by Kenya Barris, black-ish debuted in 2014 to critical acclaim, and its popularity launched two spinoff series: grown-ish and mixed-ish. The series finale, titled “Homecoming,” will air tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT … Continue reading “black-ish ends eight hilarious seasons tonight”

Hollywood prepares for the biggest Oscar night in two years

The 94th Academy Awards are back at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, after a more intimate downtown gathering (at Union Station) due to pandemic restrictions last year. This has been really good news for the many businesses that profit due to Tinseltown’s biggest night. With red carpet events being back in full force, the fashion/jewelry industry is … Continue reading “Hollywood prepares for the biggest Oscar night in two years”

REEL WOMEN: Virtue Worldwide GCD, Nari Kim

For nearly 20 years, Nari Kim has been telling stories and building brands in a way that evokes a feeling, a real connection that will last beyond the first brief touchpoint. Now, she is doing it for Austin-based Virtue Worldwide. She has worked across global campaigns for brands like Adidas, McDonald’s and Canada Goose and … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Virtue Worldwide GCD, Nari Kim”

Study reveals most awarded directors of all time. Jane Campion ranks…

While the actors usually take the majority of the acclaim in a Hollywood blockbuster, it’s those on the other side of the camera who keep everything on track and bring their vision to life. But who are the very best film directors in the world? Once upon a time, only a small group of directors … Continue reading “Study reveals most awarded directors of all time. Jane Campion ranks…”

Oscar-winner William Hurt passes at 71

Somber news for a Sunday. Academy Award-winning actor William Hurt, star of the Oscar-winning star of Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Big Chill, and Lost in Space, has died. His son, Will, told The Hollywood Reporter and Gerry Byrne, Hurt’s friend, confirmed the death to Variety. Hurt was 71. “It is with great sadness … Continue reading “Oscar-winner William Hurt passes at 71”

Hidden gems in Anne Bancroft’s life uncovered in new book

As an acclaimed actress with a 50-year career resulting in an Oscar, two Tonys, two Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, three BAFTAs, and the Best Actress accolade at The Cannes Film Festival, it’s hard to imagine Anne Bancroft lived a  “quiet life.”   Maybe that’s part of the reason a finely detailed biography of the … Continue reading “Hidden gems in Anne Bancroft’s life uncovered in new book”

Paola Kudaki directs CoverGirl campaign with America Ferrera

Rich, film-grained archive photographs of America Ferrera paint the screen, from candid childhood moments to The Capitol steps to Ugly Betty, as Ferrera invites audiences into a melodic portrait of her journey to becoming the Emmy, SAG, Golden Globe-winning actress we all know. And now a CoverGirl ambassador. Developed by New York-based Spring Studios and directed … Continue reading “Paola Kudaki directs CoverGirl campaign with America Ferrera”

Netflix reveals Stranger Things 4 premiere date

It’s been six months since the Battle of Starcourt, which brought terror and destruction to Hawkins in Stranger Things 3. Struggling with the aftermath, our group of friends are separated for the first time – and navigating the complexities of high school hasn’t made things any easier. In this most vulnerable time, a new and … Continue reading “Netflix reveals Stranger Things 4 premiere date”

Idris Elba gets ‘Lit’ for Booking.com’s Super Bowl spot

Booking.com, the digital travel leader that makes it easier for everyone to experience the world, has never claimed to be ‘flashy, sexy or lit’, but focuses on being really great at one thing – booking travelers the perfect vacation. With a travel industry full of talkers, in a new ad campaign starring Golden Globe-winning and … Continue reading “Idris Elba gets ‘Lit’ for Booking.com’s Super Bowl spot”

Watch the new trailer for Pixar’s Lightyear

A new trailer blasts off this morning for Disney and Pixar’s original sci-fi action-adventure Lightyear. Releasing June 17, 2022, the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear—the hero who inspired the toy—follows the legendary Space Ranger on an intergalactic adventure. “Buzz’s world was always something I was excited about,” said director Angus MacLane. “In Toy Story, there seemed … Continue reading “Watch the new trailer for Pixar’s Lightyear”

Durable Goods signs screen legend Bob Balaban to commercial roster

Our friends at bicoastal production company Durable Goods has signed critically-acclaimed actor, director, writer, and producer Bob Balaban to its roster for commercials and branded content in the U.S. market. Balaban returns to the director’s chair following a streak of film and TV roles including the Wes Anderson movie The French Dispatch and the Netflix … Continue reading “Durable Goods signs screen legend Bob Balaban to commercial roster”

Dune, Candyman, Raya, Lost in Space, Apple nominated for ADG Awards

Dune, Nightmare Alley, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Licorice Pizza, West Side Story, and Raya and the Last Dragon were nominated Monday for the 26th annual Art Directors Guild ( IATSE Local 800) ADG Awards. Apple took three nominations in the Commercial category for Introducing iPhone 13 Pro” Saving Simon” and “Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever.” Gucci’s “Aria, Neom’s “Made … Continue reading “Dune, Candyman, Raya, Lost in Space, Apple nominated for ADG Awards”

SAG Awards: Snubs and Surprises

The SAG Award nominations are in, and many are furious at the number of snubs this time around. The SAG awards are different from other award shows because what determines an actor’s nomination is not a critic, but another actor. The nominations are made by other members of the Screen Actor’s Guild.  This award is … Continue reading “SAG Awards: Snubs and Surprises”

Natasha Lyonne joins The Directors Bureau

Natasha Lyonne–director/writer/actor/producer/co-creator of Russian Doll, the Netflix series which earned 13 Emmy nominations in 2019, winning three (for Cinematography, Production Design, Contemporary Costumes)–has joined the filmmaker collective at The Directors Bureau, marking her first global representation as a director for branded content, advertising and music video projects. Lyonne herself garnered three Emmy nominations for Russian Doll–Outstanding Comedy … Continue reading “Natasha Lyonne joins The Directors Bureau”