Browse Articles by Edward Douglas

Reminiscence: Adam Balentine of Scanline VFX on the Hugh Jackman Sci-Fi Noir

September 2021
<em>Reminiscence</em>: Adam Balentine of Scanline VFX on the Hugh Jackman Sci-Fi Noir

Reminiscence is a science-fiction noir film from the mind of Lisa Joy, co-creator of HBO’s Westworld. Joy wrote the original script and made it her feature directorial debut, which was released by Warner Bros. Pictures (and streamed on HBO Max). It stars Hugh Jackman as Nick Bannister, a private detective of a different kind. Nick uses... »

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Posted in Featured, Film, Interviews, Visual FX |

Hump Day News Update 9/22/21: Willie Garson Dies, Hahn to play Joan Rivers, and More News

September 2021
Hump Day News Update 9/22/21: Willie Garson Dies, Hahn to play Joan Rivers, and More News

This week begins the Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles at the L.A. Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, and Below the Line will be there both days. Hopefully, we’ll see some of our readers there. The big news in the industry right now is about the negotiations between IATSE and AMPTP,... »

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Posted in Featured, Film, Hump Day News Update, News, Television |

Review: The Many Saints of Newark Adds So Much to The Sopranos Legacy

September 2021
Review: <em>The Many Saints of Newark</em> Adds So Much to <em>The Sopranos</em> Legacy

Maybe you’re like me and haven’t watched The Sopranos since it concluded its 6th season on HBO 14 years ago, or maybe, at the height of the pandemic, you already rebinged the entire series on HBO Max to prepare yourself for this prequel movie from creator David Chase.  Directed by Alan Taylor, who had... »

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Posted in Featured, Film, Film Releases, Reviews |

IATSE Calls for Strike Authorization Vote on October 1 (UPDATED)

September 2021
IATSE Calls for Strike Authorization Vote on October 1 (UPDATED)

We’ve been reporting on the possibility of a IATSE strike for more than a week, and now it looks like Hollywood’s biggest below-the-line union is indeed going to its membership for a strike authorization vote after the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers  (AMPTP) declined to respond to the union’s latest contract proposal. As reported to membership on the Basic Agreement site set... »

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Posted in Featured, Film, News, Television |

Over the Weekend 9/20/21: DGA Gets New President, Branagh’s Belfast Takes TIFF People Choice, and More News

September 2021
Over the Weekend 9/20/21: DGA Gets New President, Branagh’s <em>Belfast</em> Takes TIFF People Choice, and More News

Welcome back from the weekend where the Primetime Emmys were the big talk of Sunday night as Netflix did particularly well with its drama, The Crown, and limited series, The Queen’s Gambit. Although the latter also did particularly well at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, it was held back to just winning two more last night, with HBO‘s Mare... »

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Posted in Featured, Film, News, Over the Weekend, Television |

Netflix’s The Crown Cleans Up at 73rd Primetime Emmys – Full Results

September 2021
Netflix’s <em>The Crown</em> Cleans Up at 73rd Primetime Emmys – Full Results

On Sunday night, Sept. 19, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences  handed out the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards in a ceremony hosted by The Neighborhood star Cedric the Entertainer from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The ceremony, exec. produced by 2020 Emmy returnees Reginald Hudlin and Ian Stewart through Done+Dusted and Hudlin Entertainment and directed by Hamish Hamilton, aired... »

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Posted in Awards, Featured, News, Television |

Prime Time Softball League Week 2 Results

September 2021
Prime Time Softball League Week 2 Results

The Prime Time Softball League (PTSL) played its second week of games on Saturday, Sept. 18, and both The Rookie and For All Mankind won their second games, making them the only teams at 2 and 0. After tying its first game against The Neighborhood, American Dad trounced last week’s winner, Master Chef (pictured above). The Prime Time Softball League is made-up of 11... »

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Posted in Featured, News, Prime Time Softball League, Television |

End of Week Production Notes 9/17/21: Ted Lasso Sweeps TCAs, Mackie Leads Twisted Metal Series, and More News

September 2021
End of Week Production Notes 9/17/21: <em>Ted Lasso</em> Sweeps TCAs, Mackie Leads <em>Twisted Metal</em> Series, and More News

A (thankfully) quieter last couple days leads us into another weekend, the actual last weekend of summer since the fall starts next week. On top of that, the 72nd annual Emmys are coming up this Sunday, following the Creative Arts Emmys over three ceremonies last weekend, but in advance, the Television Critics Association handed out... »

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Posted in End of Week Production Notes, Featured, Film, News, Television |

Latest IATSE Contract Update – Waiting for AMPTP Counter Proposal

September 2021
Latest IATSE Contract Update – Waiting for AMPTP Counter Proposal

The IATSE Basic Agreement site was updated on Thursday, Sept. 16 with the latest on the contract negotiations for the agreement which lapsed on Sept. 10. The update says that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) has presented the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) with its package proposal. It’s now waiting for AMPTP’s response... »

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Posted in Camera, Featured, Film, News, Television |

Craft Spotlight: The Eyes of Tammy Faye Costume Designer Mitchell Travers

September 2021
Craft Spotlight: <em>The Eyes of Tammy Faye</em> Costume Designer Mitchell Travers

Televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were best known and remembered for a lot of things, particularly for the scandal they faced when it was discovered their PTL Club had been scamming constituents out of their money. Although that aspect of the Bakkers might stick in many people’s memory, others will remember Tammy Faye... »

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Posted in Costume Design, Featured, Film, Interviews |