‘Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ lead 91st Oscar noms

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced at dawn Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) unveiled the list of nominees in the 24 Oscar categories starting at 8:20 a.m. ET/5:20 a.m. PT. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated eight movies out of a possible ten … Continue reading “‘Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ lead 91st Oscar noms”

Writers Guild announces its 2018 nominees

The Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced their nominations for Best original and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as video game writing and documentary writing. this morning. Most of the screenplays have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting and videogame writing during 2018. The … Continue reading “Writers Guild announces its 2018 nominees”

AFI Awards 2018 celebrates 21 films and TV series

Luncheon honors artists including Emily Blunt, Spike Lee, Olivia Colman Bradley Cooper, Michael B. Jordan and Emma Stone They say there are four seasons in LA – Spring, Summer, Lakers and Awards Season. Guess which one we’re in now. As awards season shifts into high gear, many of the year’s finest film and television artists … Continue reading “AFI Awards 2018 celebrates 21 films and TV series”

REEL 360 top 20 commercials of 2018

There was a lot the REEL 360 team liked in 2018 in the year of :30-seconds, :60-seconds, :90-seconds and even, :06-seconds. From online videos to Super Bowl spots to awards shows, we watched a countless array of spots that were amazing, funny AF, thought-provoking and powerful. And there was the strange – looking at you … Continue reading “REEL 360 top 20 commercials of 2018”

Michael B. Jordan tapped to direct Bacardi digital short

Bacardí rum has unveiled The Angel’s Share, a digital short film co-directed by actor and filmmaker Creed and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan – marking the first digital ad spot for the brand’s new premium collection, which launched earlier this year. As part of its continued efforts towards the premiumization of the rum category, … Continue reading “Michael B. Jordan tapped to direct Bacardi digital short”

My real life superhero Stan Lee passes at 95

Then I discovered my first “Spider-man” comic. Here was someone I could relate to. Stan Lee will always be remembered for creating iconic Marvel superheroes Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men and of course my beloved Avengers. He died today and I think a little bit of myself passed away with him. Here’s why. I … Continue reading “My real life superhero Stan Lee passes at 95”

‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ accepts mission to crush box office

DUN DUN DUN-DUN DUN DUN DUN-DUN Yep, that is Tom Cruise, Chris McQuarrie and Paramount execs humming Lalo Schifrin’s Mission Impossible theme to the bank as the critically-acclaimed sixth film in the franchise, Mission Impossible: Fallout achieved its mission of taking the worldwide box office. The film debuted with over $155.8 million globally ($61.2M domestic; … Continue reading “‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ accepts mission to crush box office”

Walton Isaacson names DiPiazza Executive Creative Director

Walton Isaacson, with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and New York announced today that former Deutsch ECD, Jim DiPiazza, has joined the agency as Executive Creative Director, effective immediately. DiPiazza will be based in Los Angeles and oversee the creative output of all agency offices. Over the course of his career, he has worked … Continue reading “Walton Isaacson names DiPiazza Executive Creative Director”

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ chomps up box office

Chomp. Chomp. Chomp. Chomp. That’s the sound of Universal Pictures’ and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom eating up initial box office predictions and digesting $150 million last weekend. The franchise, showing no sign of extinction, completely dominated even though critical reception was mixed, earning a 50% splat on Rotten Tomatoes. However, audiences enthusiastically went … Continue reading “‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ chomps up box office”

Michael B. Jordan returns in ‘Creed II’ trailer

Will Academy Award nominee, Sylvester Stallone deliver another knockout movie with Creed II? The exciting trailer seems to reaffirm his proficiency in writing and story telling. After an Academy Award nomination for Creed and 3 wins for the original Rocky, this franchise is expected to produce a hard hitting emotional sequel to continue the Rocky … Continue reading “Michael B. Jordan returns in ‘Creed II’ trailer”

Classic battle: “Empire Strikes Back” v “Infinity War”

(Editor’s Note: This is a repost from LA Screenwriter.) (Minor spoilers ahead.) I finally got the chance to see Avengers: Infinity War on Mother’s Day – it was part of my gift from my husband. Go see a movie while I watch the baby. (If you’re a parent, you get what an amazing gift that … Continue reading “Classic battle: “Empire Strikes Back” v “Infinity War””

Jordan Peele tweets out first poster for 2019 film, “Us”

Still riding high from his directorial debut, Get Out, writer/director Jordan Peele has tweeted and posted the poster for his new film, Us. Peele will write and direct the upcoming film which the poster teases to be a “new nightmare from the mind of Academy Award winner Jordan Peele.” Get Out received an Oscar nomination … Continue reading “Jordan Peele tweets out first poster for 2019 film, “Us””

Ten things you may have missed in Childish Gambino’s “This is America”

(Editor’s Note: This is a repost from Woke Brown Feminist.) “This is America” from Atlanta’s creator Donald Glover and Doomsday Entertainment’s Hiro Murai, has amassed over 43 million YouTube views since its premiere on SNL last Saturday. Since then, countless articles have been written, offering their take on the beautifully-shot and poignant video. We are … Continue reading “Ten things you may have missed in Childish Gambino’s “This is America””

“Infinity War”: New website tells you if Thanos killed you. Or not.

Who said intergalactic despot Thanos only inspired death and destruction? A brand-spanking new website says the Mad Titan also inspires creation. Well, sort of. By now, unless you’re living on Titan (Thanos’ home planet), you are aware of his plan to wipe out half of the galaxy’s life. But, the real question is not whether … Continue reading ““Infinity War”: New website tells you if Thanos killed you. Or not.”

“Infinity War” sets new weekend B.O. record & more

In Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, intergalatic despot Thanos, otherwise known as the “Mad Titan,” hurls a moon at Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. The same can be said about Disney and Marvel as the behemoth event, also known as a film, did the same to the weekend box office. The epic story, ten years in … Continue reading ““Infinity War” sets new weekend B.O. record & more”

The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Last night, the non-televised portion of The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards took place here in Pasadena. The celebration of outstanding work by African Americans in film, TV, music, and literature inspired the likes of Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Morgan Freeman, Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), and Kareem Abdul Jabbar to attend. While ten winners … Continue reading “The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards”

Costello’s directorial journey part 4 – an essay

Editor’s Note — Our contributor, Colin Costello, recently enjoyed personal growth by moving from beyond a writer’s traditional role to actually directing and producing his short film, “The After Party.” We asked Colin to chronicle is journey.

Let me just start out by saying I HATE crowdfunding. I feel like it is the digital version of a homeless guy on the subway, wheeling his way through on a rolling board, with a 7-11 Big Gulp cup asking for money. Some people give. Others turn the other way. I personally have acted both ways.

Powerful, emotional Children’s Health spot shows incredible medical care for kids

When it comes to children’s health, there should be no limits to care. Sick kids, more than anyone, deserve to be surrounded by relentless and compassionate care teams, the most innovative treatments and a network of specialists committed to better outcomes. The “Incredible. Together.” campaign highlights the continuum of care at Children’s Health and cutting-edge … Continue reading “Powerful, emotional Children’s Health spot shows incredible medical care for kids”

Dave Chappelle opens SNL with 15-minute monologue

Over the weekend Dave Chappelle returned to NBC Universal’s Saturday Night Live for the third time and the first time since 2020. Since his last appearance, Chappelle received a significant amount of backlash for his anti-trans comments during his Netflix stand-up comedy special The Closer, which aired in 2021.  Earlier in the week, Page Six … Continue reading “Dave Chappelle opens SNL with 15-minute monologue”

Whoopi Goldberg launches new Prosecco brand

Whoopi Goldberg is one of a very elite group of artists who have won the Grammy, the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the Emmy and a Tony. Now, she is owner of a new Prosecco brand. Today, The View host announced the inaugural release of Whoopi Prosecco Superiore DOCG (“Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita”). … Continue reading “Whoopi Goldberg launches new Prosecco brand”