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Writer-Director Danny Strong Imagines JD Salinger’s Writing Life in Rebel in the Rye

September 2017
Writer-Director Danny Strong Imagines JD Salinger’s Writing Life in Rebel in the Rye

“He is this reclusive figure,” said writer-director Danny Strong about the subject of his new film, Rebel in the Rye, that being author J.D. Salinger, whose book Catcher in the Rye is still widely read and considered one of America’s classic 20th century novels. Strong’s screenplay was based on Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, J.D. Salinger:... »

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All The Money In The World

September 2017

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Kevin Spacey) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly... »

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Preeminent Craftspeople Abound at Creative Arts Emmys – PART TWO

September 2017
Preeminent Craftspeople Abound at Creative Arts Emmys – PART TWO

On September 10, for the second of two nights at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, cable television, broadcast television, and new media craftspeople gathered for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, with largely new categories following the first evening. First, a succession of musical composers traversed the red carpet. David Buckley, composer for... »

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Preeminent Craftspeople Abound at Creative Arts Emmys – PART ONE

September 2017
Preeminent Craftspeople Abound at Creative Arts Emmys –  PART ONE

At the first of two nights at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, craftspeople in all walks of broadcast and cable television, plus new media arts walked the red carpet and reveled in the honorary ceremony at the annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Surely, every possible facet of the process was awarded on... »

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Michael Almereyda Conjures a New Reality in MARJORIE PRIME

August 2017
Michael Almereyda Conjures a New Reality in MARJORIE PRIME

Based on Jordan Harrison’s play, Michael Almereyda’s Marjorie Prime was filmed in and around a house on Long Island, New York’s southern fork in an astounding 13 days. Concerning a near future where holographic representations of deceased family members are manifested to pacify loved ones, Marjorie Prime centers around four main characters played by... »

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Alicia Mayer Resurrects Movie History with Mayer Family Presentation

August 2017
Alicia Mayer Resurrects Movie History with Mayer Family Presentation

Over the weekend of August 5 and 6, film historian Alicia Mayer will present dozens of family photographs in Los Angeles-area presentations to celebrate her legendary lineage. In point, Mayer is part of the historic Mayer family, of whom Louis B. Mayer was studio chief of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios from 1924 through 1951. Alicia will... »

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Lei Arenzana Stages West Side Story for Its 60th Anniversary

July 2017
Lei Arenzana Stages <em>West Side Story</em> for Its 60th Anniversary

60 years ago, a group of four New York-based theatrical artists collaborated on one of the most beloved stage and screen properties of the 20th century: West Side Story. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, the show pitted rival gangs on Manhattan Island, New York City’s low-income west side against one another, the legendary Jets... »

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Disney’s D23 Convention Showcases Studio’s Upcoming Animation, Live-Action Slate

July 2017
Disney’s D23 Convention Showcases Studio’s Upcoming Animation, Live-Action Slate

At Disney’s D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center, Disney chairman Alan Horn kicked off the weekend-long events with a July 14 address to the 8000 attendees, stating that excited patrons from all over the world makes him “want to be sure that we deliver the very very best films to you.” Then, studio... »

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Beneath the Face of Makeup Artistry and Hair Styling on Feud

June 2017
Beneath the Face of Makeup Artistry and Hair Styling on <em>Feud</em>

For the FX Network series Feud, which depicts the interpersonal rift between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in and around the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, series creator Ryan Murphy knew he needed the best makeup artistry and hair styling department available. Enter makeup designer Eryn Krueger Mekash and hair department... »

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Bringing Stories to Life with Gary Brozenich, Visual Effects Supervisor for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

June 2017
Bringing Stories to Life with Gary Brozenich, Visual Effects Supervisor for <em>Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales</em>

Speaking from his base in England, visual effects supervisor Gary Brozenich divulged his many hurdles on the new Disney sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. “We did over 2000 shots,” Brozenich said, noting that primary vendor Moving Picture Company created over 1200 of those shots. “MPC was doing the majority... »

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