AFI Fest features 53% female, 39% BIPOC directed films

1+ The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today the films that will play in the World Cinema, New Auteurs, Documentary, Cinema’s Legacy, Short Film Competition, Meet the Press Film Festival at AFI FEST and the AFI Conservatory Showcase sections at AFI FEST 2020 presented by Audi, completing this year’s festival’s program. The complete AFI FEST … Continue reading “AFI Fest features 53% female, 39% BIPOC directed films”

Lost in Space producer Kevin Burns dies of cardiac arrest

1+ He was considered the “Keeper of the Flame” for all things Irwin Allen. Beloved by Lost in Space fans, television producer Kevin Burns, known for his work on the 2006 Poseidon Adventure remake and the Lost in Space reboot on Netflix died Sunday of cardiac arrest. He was 65. In a statement to Variety, Prometheus Entertainment … Continue reading “Lost in Space producer Kevin Burns dies of cardiac arrest”

Saquon Barkley stars in new Oikos Triple Zero campaign

1+ As the NFL nears what is surely to be a strange season due to COVID-19 pandemic, we are beginning to see the league’s stars appear in new advertising. Building on the success of its Super Bowl LIV (‘#YoGlutes’) and NFL Draft (‘Flex Your Cryceps’) ads, Oikos Triple Zero is releasing two new, hilariously relatable … Continue reading “Saquon Barkley stars in new Oikos Triple Zero campaign”

Sundance announces Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellows

1+ Sundance Institute announced today the 11 artists selected for its first-ever Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellows, designed to meaningfully support women artists creating bold new work in film and media, with a priority on filmmakers from historically underrepresented communities. The fellowship includes a $5,000 cash grant, skill-building workshops, and year-round mentorship from Sundance Institute … Continue reading “Sundance announces Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellows”

How ‘Malcolm & Marie’ was secretly filmed during COVID

1+ Who knew what  Sam Levinson was up to during quarantine, which incidentally is still a good idea with COVID-19 spiking in California. The creator of HBO’s Euphoria shot a secret film with actors Zendaya and John David Washington, Deadline reports. The film is titled Malcolm & Marie and was shot between June 17 and July 2 at the Caterpillar House … Continue reading “How ‘Malcolm & Marie’ was secretly filmed during COVID”

Florence Pugh, Lulu Wang, John David Washington among Academy invites

1+ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 819 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.  The 2020 class is 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries.  There are 75 Oscar® nominees, including 15 winners, … Continue reading “Florence Pugh, Lulu Wang, John David Washington among Academy invites”

Cutters’ Gustafson wins 4 AICP Post Awards for Jeep

1+ The 2020 AICP Post Awards winners, honoring excellence in a range of post production arts, were revealed tonight during a special virtual premiere held online, in keeping with social distancing initiatives driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight’s presentation is the second of three virtual celebrations that comprise AICP Week – which led off with … Continue reading “Cutters’ Gustafson wins 4 AICP Post Awards for Jeep”

Netflix makes docs available for teachers on YouTube

1+ For many years, Netflix has allowed teachers to screen documentaries in their classrooms. However, this isn’t possible with schools closed. So at their request, the streaming giant has made a selection of their documentary features and series available on the Netflix US YouTube channel. See the full list of documentary films and series below. Each title also … Continue reading “Netflix makes docs available for teachers on YouTube”

“Open House 1-4” Hits festival circuit

3+ Accomplished screenwriter Brad Holloway makes his directorial debut with his new short comedy Open House 1-4, a film that takes a dark yet humorous look at the intensely competitive and sometimes dangerous real estate industry. The film is currently on the festival circuit. Open House 1-4 places the spotlight on the concept of the cultural phenomenon … Continue reading ““Open House 1-4” Hits festival circuit”

Vagabond welcomes EP Ponce and Producer Reyes

1+ Led by the vision of Founder/Managing Director Lorenzo Benedick, Partner/Executive Producer Gabriel Carratu and Executive Producer for South America Pablo Tourrenc, Vagabond Production Services has started out New Year 2020 with yet another expansion, this time to Panama. Together, Benedick & Carratu are thrilled to welcome Executive Producer Rafael Ponce and Producer Oscar Reyes … Continue reading “Vagabond welcomes EP Ponce and Producer Reyes”

Our top five Super Bowl spots for 2020

2+ And just like that, another Super Bowl is over. Congratulations to former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid for finally hoisting his well-deserved Vince Lombardi Trophy after leading the Kansas City Chiefs to a 31 – 20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. And in between each exciting down and J.Lo showing off what 50-year-old … Continue reading “Our top five Super Bowl spots for 2020”

We predict the 2020 SAG Award Winners

1+ With last night’s Producer Guild Awards, awards season is now underway in Hollywood. Every weekend, everyone in the industry, from animators to VFX folks, will be attending dinners and after parties somewhere in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. And it will all culminate on February 9th at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood with the Oscars. … Continue reading “We predict the 2020 SAG Award Winners”

Gosselaar to reprise ‘Saved by the Bell’ role

2+ This April, NBCUniversal will launch their own streaming service, Peacock. Just like Disney+, CBS All-Access and HBOMAX, the new service will mine old gold IP’s and breathe new life into them for new audiences. One of those series is Saved By The Bell, which originally aired on NBC Saturday mornings from August 1989 to … Continue reading “Gosselaar to reprise ‘Saved by the Bell’ role”

MIFF’s Duffy produces ‘More than a Cowboy’ on Amazon

3+ In just under three weeks, 36-year-old MMA fighter Donald Cerrone will go into the Octagon for the UFC welterweight match of his career. On January 18 in Las Vegas, Cerrone, better known as “Cowboy,” will go up against Conor McGregor. This is the kind of fight where legends are born. What’s at stake for … Continue reading “MIFF’s Duffy produces ‘More than a Cowboy’ on Amazon”

Beloved character actor Danny Aiello dies at 86

3+ This is very sad news. Oscar-nominated character actor Danny Aiello, who made his mark in numerous hit movies such as Moonstruck and Do the Right Thing, died Thursday night. He was 86. According to  TMZ, Aiello was undergoing treatment for a sudden illness and “suffered an infection related to his treatment.” His death was confirmed … Continue reading “Beloved character actor Danny Aiello dies at 86”

SAG Awards nominations announced

2+ Nominees for the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® for  outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances in film and television of 2019, as well as the nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles, were announced this morning at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris introduced America Ferrera (Superstore, Ugly Betty) … Continue reading “SAG Awards nominations announced”

Writers Guild announces TV, News and Radio noms

1+ Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2019. The shows up for best drama series are The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Mindhunter, Succession and Watchmen. Vying for best comedy series honors are Barry, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, … Continue reading “Writers Guild announces TV, News and Radio noms”

Zoë Kravitz cast as Catwoman in new ‘Batman’

1+ As Matt Reeves’ The Batman moves closer to its January production start, we are getting more and more casting news. Now there is word we have Catwoman. Zoë Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road) will be cracking the whip alongside Robert Pattison’s Dark Knight. Matt Reeves, who is writing the script in addition to directing, … Continue reading “Zoë Kravitz cast as Catwoman in new ‘Batman’”

‘Twilight Zone’ episodes coming to theaters

1+ Theater goers are about to enter another dimension this November when the classic CBS series The Twilight Zone will screen six episodes in theaters nationwide. Few television series have reshaped the medium as much as Rod Serling’s unforgettable series. The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration will combine digitally restored versions of six quintessential … Continue reading “‘Twilight Zone’ episodes coming to theaters”

Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, dies at 75

2+ He was known for his mop of black hair and black sunglasses. And now the music world is mourning the loss of The Cars lead singer and co-founder, Ric Ocasek. He was 75. A spokesman for the New York Police Department told CNN they received a call on Sunday around 4 p.m. “for an … Continue reading “Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, dies at 75”