Browse Articles by Jeff Sneider

Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer Behind Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, Dies at 79

May 2022
Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer Behind <i>Chariots of Fire</i> and <i>Blade Runner</i>, Dies at 79

Vangelis, the Greek composer who won an Oscar for Chariots of Fire, died on Tuesday in a French hospital while being treated for COVID-19, according to Greek media reports. He was 79. Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou on March 29, 1943, Vangelis was raised in Athens,  Greece, where he taught himself piano and formed a... »

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Academy Unveils Key Dates for 2023 Oscar Season; Ceremony to Stay in March

May 2022
Academy Unveils Key Dates for 2023 Oscar Season; Ceremony to Stay in March

The Academy and ABC have announced that next year’s Oscars ceremony will take place on March 12, 2023 — two weeks earlier than this year’s show, which was held on March 27. The 95th Annual Academy Awards will air live on ABC in over 200 territories worldwide from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The eligibility... »

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Baird Steptoe Sr. Elected National President of International Cinematographer Guild

May 2022
Baird Steptoe Sr. Elected National President of International Cinematographer Guild

Baird Steptoe Sr. has been elected national president of the International Cinematographers Guild, it was announced Friday. Steptoe defeated Jamie Silverstein for the coveted position, and he’ll replace John Lindley, who opted not to seek a second term. Steptoe won the election with 1106 votes (43 percent of ballots cast), while Silverstein garnered 909 votes, Diane Farrington... »

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Above the Line Exclusive: Too Old to Die Young Star Augusto Aguilera Joins Jennifer Garner in Apple’s The Last Thing He Told Me

May 2022
Above the Line Exclusive: <i>Too Old to Die Young</i> Star Augusto Aguilera Joins Jennifer Garner in Apple’s <i>The Last Thing He Told Me</i>

Augusto Aguilera, who last starred opposite Miles Teller in Nicolas Winding Refn‘s gritty Amazon series Too Old to Die Young, is set to join Jennifer Garner in Apple’s limited series The Last Thing He Told Me, Above the Line has exclusively learned. Garner stars as a woman who forms an unexpected relationship with her... »

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Exclusive: Mogwai to Compose Original Score for Apple TV+ Series Black Bird Starring Taron Egerton

May 2022
Exclusive: Mogwai to Compose Original Score for Apple TV+ Series <i>Black Bird</i> Starring Taron Egerton

In exciting music news, Scottish rock band Mogwai has been tapped to provide the score for the upcoming Taron Egerton–Paul Walter Hauser limited series Black Bird, which will premiere July 8 on Apple TV+, an individual familiar with the project has told Below the Line. The six-episode series is based on the true-crime memoir... »

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Hulu Halts Production on Saint X After Crew Members Walk Off Following Overtime Pay Dispute

May 2022
Hulu Halts Production on <i>Saint X</i> After Crew Members Walk Off Following Overtime Pay Dispute

Production on the upcoming Hulu series Saint X was shut down late last week after several crew members walked off the set of the show, which has been shooting in the Dominican Republic. Deadline broke the news, reporting that the entire first unit grip and electric teams walked off the job, alleging that they... »

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Dear Mr. Brody Director Keith Maitland on His Fascinating Documentary and the Fate of All Those Unopened Letters

April 2022
<i>Dear Mr. Brody</i> Director Keith Maitland on His Fascinating Documentary and the Fate of All Those Unopened Letters

Those who read my Top 10 list last year might recall that my #2 movie of 2021 was the documentary Dear Mr. Brody, which told the incredible story of Michael Brody Jr., a 21-year-old hippie millionaire who in 1970 promised to give away his $25 million inheritance in an effort to usher in a new... »

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CinemaCon: Sony and Warner Bros. Deliver the Goods But Neon Comes Up Short

April 2022
CinemaCon: Sony and Warner Bros. Deliver the Goods But Neon Comes Up Short

This year’s CinemaCon is well underway in Las Vegas, where Warner Bros. and Sony already made a splash inside the Coliseum at Caesar’s Palace. Though it has been a tumultuous year for movie theaters, to say the least, the exhibition business ended the year in a good place thanks to the super-strength of Spider-Man:... »

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Art Directors Guild Unveils Spring 2022 Election Results; Chuck Parker and Joel Cohen Win Top Races

April 2022
Art Directors Guild Unveils Spring 2022 Election Results; Chuck Parker and Joel Cohen Win Top Races

The Art Directors Guild has announced its Spring 2022 Election Results, and Chuck Parker has been re-elected as the guild’s National Executive Director, while Joel Cohen will serve as Associate National Executive Director. There were 827 total votes cast — 466 AD Craft votes, 86 IMA Craft votes, 163 STG Craft votes, and 112 SDMM... »

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Peng Wang, Budding Cinematographer and Chapman University Student, Dies at 29 in Sand Dune Accident

April 2022
Peng Wang, Budding Cinematographer and Chapman University Student, Dies at 29 in Sand Dune Accident

Peng Wang, a budding cinematographer who was studying his craft at Chapman University, died on Friday, April 15, following a sand dune accident in southern California that involved an off-road vehicle. He was 29 years old. Wang was with a group of three USC film students who were taking pictures on a large sand dune... »

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