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IATSE Members Vote Almost Unanimously for Strike Authorization

October 2021
IATSE Members Vote Almost Unanimously for Strike Authorization

The result of the vote by members of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) on whether to approve a strike authorization in their negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are in. It may be little surprise that the action received 98 percent support from roughly 90 percent of the... »

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Bridgerton Hair and Makeup Designer Marc Pilcher Dead at 53

October 2021
<em>Bridgerton</em> Hair and Makeup Designer Marc Pilcher Dead at 53

Sad news from the UK, as it’s being reported that Hair and Makeup Designer Marc Pilcher, who just picked up a Creative Arts Emmy for his work on Netflix‘s Bridgerton, has died at the age of 53 from COVID complications. Variety has confirmed Pilcher’s death through his agency, Curtis Brown, who shared a statement from Pilcher’s friends and... »

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Posted in Featured, Makeup, News, Television |

Composer Series: Jessica Rose Weiss Brings Musical Life to Cinderella

October 2021
Composer Series: Jessica Rose Weiss Brings Musical Life to <em>Cinderella</em>

As much as we love to share interviews with veteran award-winning composers as part of this series, Below the Line also wants to use it to shine the spotlight on some of Hollywood’s newer blood of composers.  Jessica Rose Weiss is indeed relatively new to the world of film scoring, having started a mere... »

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Posted in Composers, Featured, Film, Interviews, Music |

Over the Weekend 10/3/21: DGA Preps for 2023 Negotiations, Venom & Bond Blow Up the Box Office, and More News

October 2021
Over the Weekend 10/3/21: DGA Preps for 2023 Negotiations, <em>Venom</em> & Bond Blow Up the Box Office, and More News

Well, it was quite a weekend, as IATSE members were voting on the future of the group’s negotiations with AMPTP — to strike or not to strike? — but there was other news in the industry that never fully sleeps. (You can read the latest updates on the IATSE strike authorization here, but in a... »

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

Latest Letter from IATSE Pres. Matthew Loeb and More Updates

October 2021
Latest Letter from IATSE Pres. Matthew Loeb and More Updates

As the members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) spend the weekend voting on a strike authorization in the union’s negotiations with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers), a few updates were released late Friday and Saturday. First of all, IATSE International President Matthew Loeb released another statement to members on... »

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Posted in Featured, Film, News, Television, Union Roundup |

End of Week Production Notes 10/1/21: Dems Back IATSE in Letter to AMPTP, Disney and Scarlett Make Peace, and More News

October 2021
End of Week Production Notes 10/1/21: Dems Back IATSE in Letter to AMPTP, Disney and Scarlett Make Peace, and More News

Happy October and Happy IATSE Strike Authorization Vote Day! It’s a new month with some new news, although most of us will have to wait until Monday to learn the results for the above vote, which is likely to have results by Monday, or at least that’s the plan. IATSE enters its last round... »

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

Welcome to the Blumhouse: Maritte Lee Go on Her Louisiana Vampire Flick, Black as Night

October 2021
Welcome to the Blumhouse: Maritte Lee Go on Her Louisiana Vampire Flick, <em>Black as Night</em>

Last year, Below the Line talked to a few of the directors of Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Productions’ Welcome to the Blumhouse horror anthology series, and with Halloween coming up in just 30 short days, it seemed a good time to look at this year’s class.  Black as Night Director Maritte Lee Go has... »

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Posted in Direction, Featured, Film, Interviews |

Review: Venom: Let There Be Carnage Wears Out Its Welcome Far Too Quickly, Even for a Sequel

September 2021
Review: <em>Venom: Let There Be Carnage</em> Wears Out Its Welcome Far Too Quickly, Even for a Sequel

2018’s Venom wasn’t exactly a bastard step-child for Sony Pictures or for Marvel Studios, who graciously stepped in to help Sony deliver two of the best Spider-Man movies to date, but its sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, comes out three years later, maybe with not the same level of excitement of Marvel’s own... »

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Posted in Featured, Film, Film Releases, Reviews |

Hump Day News Update 9/29/21: SNL Gets New Cast & Director, Law and Order Returns, and More News

September 2021
Hump Day News Update 9/29/21: <em>SNL</em> Gets New Cast & Director, <em>Law and Order</em> Returns, and More News

While we’re all waiting to find out what happens with IATSE‘s vote on Friday for a strike authorization, let’s look at some of the other news that’s been circulating in the industry over the past few days. If you live or work in Hollywood, then you’re probably aware of the COVID return-to-work protocols that were... »

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

Review: No Time to Die Should Have Been a Better Send-Off for Daniel Craig

September 2021
Review: <em>No Time to Die</em> Should Have Been a Better Send-Off for Daniel Craig

When you realize it’s been six years since Spectre, the previous and penultimate installment of Daniel Craig’s James Bond “pentalogy,” was released, it’s strange to think of No Time To Die as both a direct sequel and a conclusion to Craig’s run.  The movie was delayed more than a year due to COVID, and... »

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