April 18, 2015
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Drones Take Flight at NAB

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Drones Take Flight at NAB

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) were this year’s 4K. Drones – quadcopters, hexcopters, octocopters, dodecacopters (with 12 rotors and props), gimbals, gimbal control units and flight demos – were in dozens of booths and in all three halls at NAB 2015 this week in Las Vegas. »

New Film Imagines Being Kobe

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New Film Imagines Being Kobe

In the summer of 1996, when the Los Angeles Lakers traded Vlade Divac to the then Charlotte Hornets — an NBA franchise now known as the New Orleans Pelicans — they had an idea that they were acquiring a potentially great player coming straight... »

Vidhu Vinod Chopra Wrangles Broken Horses

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Vidhu Vinod Chopra Wrangles <em>Broken Horses</em>

Award-winning Indian writer/director/producer Vindhu Vinod Chopra – producer of PK, the highest-grossing Indian film of all time – made his English language debut with Broken Horses, a universal parable about the bonds of brotherhood and loyalty set against violent gang wars along the U.S.-Mexican... »

The Fairytale Effect in Disney’s Cinderella

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The Fairytale Effect in Disney’s <em>Cinderella</em>

When transforming a beloved animated classic into a contemporary live-action film, do you handle it with kid gloves? Director Kenneth Branagh's remake of the 1950 Disney original keeps the gloves... »

Colombia’s Up-and-Coming Film Industry

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Colombia’s Up-and-Coming Film Industry

Countries, like people, each have a reputation. Most of us are aware, though, that the things for which an entire nation-state becomes either famous or infamous are slow to... »

Netflix Premieres 13-Episode Bloodline, A Steamy Cinematic Thriller

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Netflix Premieres 13-Episode <em>Bloodline</em>, A Steamy Cinematic Thriller

Bloodline, the latest scripted drama to take a big bow on Netflix, comes with an immaculate pedigree. A family saga-cum-thriller with an inventively complex and serpentine narrative, the show... »

More Blood in the Water as IATSE Fights to Organize Sharknado 3 Crew

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More Blood in the Water as IATSE Fights to Organize <em>Sharknado 3</em> Crew

The bitter battle between IATSE and the producers of Sharknado 3 over efforts to organize the 40-member crew of the latest installment of the schlocky hit series of films... »

Tom McCarthy Cobbles Together a Modern Magically Realistic Movie

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Tom McCarthy Cobbles Together a Modern Magically Realistic Movie

Based in New York, the independent film The Cobbler brings a taste of magical realism to modern-day Manhattan. Produced by Mary Jane Skalski and co-written and directed by Tom... »

Below-the-Line Craftsman Denny Tedesco Brings 1960s Studio Musicians to the Fore with The Wrecking Crew

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Below-the-Line Craftsman Denny Tedesco Brings 1960s Studio Musicians to the Fore with <em>The Wrecking Crew</em>

Though very few know their names, everyone knows their music. Named The Wrecking Crew, they include a horde of tightly-knit Los Angeles-based studio musicians from the 1960s who, in... »

The Surging Dollar Threatens a New Round of Runaway Production

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The Surging Dollar Threatens a New Round of Runaway Production

Over 100 government film offices from as far away as Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa and as nearby as Hungtington Beach gathered in Los Angeles last week for the... »

Teresa Ann Miller Helps White God Go to the Dogs

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Teresa Ann Miller Helps <em>White God</em> Go to the Dogs

Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s White God isn’t an easy film to watch. It tells the tale of 13-year-old Lili, who becomes separated from her dog, Hagen, as a consequence... »

Midnight Rider Director Randall Miller Pleads Guilty in Court Case Focused on Crew Safety

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<em>Midnight Rider</em> Director Randall Miller Pleads Guilty in Court Case Focused on Crew Safety

In a surprise development, Midnight Rider director Randall Miller yesterday changed his plea from not guilty to guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass. The timing was... »

 
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