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Star Trek: Picard Shuts Down Production Due to Massive COVID-19 Outbreak

Paramount+ has been forced to shut down production on its popular series Star Trek: Picard due to a “sizable” COVID-19 outbreak. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Patrick Stewart-led series has one of television’s biggest crews, and more than 50 members of the show’s 450+ staffers tested positive on Monday, which was the first day of work following the holiday break. THR’s sources say the infections impacted multiple zones, including cast […]

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Euphoria Season 2 Cast Adds Sopranos Actress Kathrine Narducci

The Sopranos actress Kathrine Narducci has joined the cast of the acclaimed HBO series Euphoria, Below the Line has learned. The Zendaya-led series returns on Jan. 9 and co-stars Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, Sydney Sweeney and Storm Reid. Season 1 ended way back on Aug. 4, 2019, and production on Season 2 was long-delayed due to the pandemic. In the interim, HBO released two special episodes of the show, one of […]

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Sundance Goes Virtual, Grammys Delayed: What Does It Mean for the Oscars?

Give the Academy credit for one thing — it may have been onto something last May when it announced that the Oscars would be held on March 27, 2022. Industry observers typically lament such a late ceremony — why are we talking about the same 10 movies three full months after Christmas?? — but this year, an Oscars telecast in March is the best-case scenario for the Academy given the […]

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ACE Eddie Awards Announce New Date, Venue and COVID Precautions

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) announced Wednesday that the 72nd annual ACE Eddie Awards, which recognize outstanding editing in film and television, are moving from Feb. 26 to Saturday, March 5 — though there’s still a possibility that the ceremony could be held virtually this year. The event will be held at 4 p.m. at the Theater at the ACE Hotel, which will operate at 50% capacity due to the […]

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Pixelworks Bringing TrueCut Motion Platform to TCL Televisions

Pixelworks has announced a pact with leading TV brand TCL that will bring its TrueCut Motion platform to TCL televisions across North America, the two companies announced at CES on Tuesday. Pixelworks is a leading provider of innovative video and display processing solutions, while TCL is one of the world’s best-selling television brands and a global display technology innovator. TrueCut Motion is a powerful solution that offers an ecosystem of directors, […]

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P.A. Bootcamp Announces Dates for First Session of 2022

P.A. Bootcamp, the Los Angeles-based training program for Set and Office Production Assistants in film and television, will be holding its first session of 2022 on Feb. 12-13 in Burbank.   P.A. Bootcamp is an intense, highly-focused, and comprehensive work training program that prepares people for entry-level P.A. jobs. After completion of the two-day program, we provide referrals to productions in need of production assistants. For more than 20 years, P.A. Bootcamp has been training people […]

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Above the Line Newsflash: Michael Keaton’s Batman Returns for Batgirl, Plus a Double Dose of Keanu

Batgirl Finds Her Mentor Michael Keaton has joined the cast of the HBO Max movie Batgirl, so yes, you could say “Batman returns” once again. Keaton is already set to reprise his iconic role as the Caped Crusader in The Flash, which hits theaters in November, and introduces the multi-verse concept to the DCEU. Instead of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield popping up as Spider-Man alongside Tom Holland, it’ll be […]

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Oscars Shortlists: Academy Unveils Contenders in 10 Categories Including Score, Sound and VFX

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its shortlists in 10 awards categories on Tuesday, including potential nominees in crafts categories such as Sound, Visual Effects, and Makeup and Hairstyling. The Academy also whittled down the list of contenders in the Documentary Feature and International Feature categories, as well as all three shorts categories (live-action, animated, documentary) in addition to Original Score and Original Song. Notably, France’s submission […]

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Thom Davis to Step Down at Local 80 Following Alleged Cover-Up

Update 12/23: Following the publication of this article, Thom Davis reached out to Below the Line to contend that he was not “forced” to step down, as the original headline of this article suggested, but rather, he had long planned to step down on Dec. 31 as part of his “retirement plan.” The headline has been amended. Thom Davis is stepping down as the longtime business manager of IATSE Grips Local […]

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Annie Awards Nominations: Raya and the Last Dragon and Arcane Lead the Field

The nominees for the 49th Annie Awards were unveiled on Tuesday, with Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon leading the pack with 10 nominations, though it was Netflix that dominated the lineup with 52 nominations overall (compared to 29 for Disney). The Netflix series Arcane, which is based on Riot Games’ online multiplayer game League of Legends, earned nine nominations, tied with Disney’s Encanto for second-most overall. Netflix also earned […]