Browse Articles by Jeff Sneider

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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Posted in Composers, Crafts, Featured, Industry Sector, Music, News, Television |

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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Posted in Community, Featured, Industry Sector, News, Television |

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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Posted in Columns, Crafts, Direction, Director Series, Featured, Film, Industry Sector, Interviews |

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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Posted in Art Direction, Community, Crafts, Featured, News, Who's Where? |

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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Posted in Camera, Community, Crafts, Featured, Film, Industry Sector, News, Obituaries, The Student Lens |

All the Old Knives Director Janus Metz on Why He Wanted to Work With Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton and a Female DP

April 2022
<i>All the Old Knives</i> Director Janus Metz on Why He Wanted to Work With Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton and a Female DP

I first heard of Danish director Janus Metz when he made the 2010 war documentary Armadillo, which featured striking poster art depicting a hand grenade with the veins and ventricles of a human heart. It was the kind of poster that made you want to see the movie. It was seven years before Metz made his feature... »

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Posted in Columns, Director Series, Featured, Film, Industry Sector, Interviews |

Will Smith Resigns From the Academy Before Facing Formal Punishment for Slapping Chris Rock

April 2022
Will Smith Resigns From the Academy Before Facing Formal Punishment for Slapping Chris Rock

Will Smith isn’t waiting for the Academy to announce what disciplinary measures it will take in response to his attack on Chris Rock at the Oscars, as the disgraced star of King Richard has resigned from the embattled organization. Here is Smith’s full statement: I have directly responded to the Academy’s disciplinary hearing notice, and... »

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Posted in Awards, Community, Featured, Film, Industry Sector, News |

Oscars: With Six Wins, Dune Was Not to Be Denied When It Came to the Year’s Crafts

March 2022
Oscars: With Six Wins, <i>Dune</i> Was Not to Be Denied When It Came to the Year’s Crafts

It’s been more than 36 hours since the 94th Academy Awards and The Slap is still all that anyone can talk about it, but it’s important not to lose track of the fact that Dune won six Oscars on Sunday night — twice as many as any other movie, thereby giving Warner Bros. bragging... »

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Posted in Awards, Crafts, Featured, Film, Industry Sector, News |

Oscars: CODA Wins Best Picture; Will Smith Smacks Chris Rock; Full Winners List

March 2022
Oscars: <i>CODA</i> Wins Best Picture; Will Smith Smacks Chris Rock; Full Winners List

CODA won three Academy Awards on Sunday night, including Best Picture, but its history-making win was overshadowed by an unscripted moment in which Will Smith went on stage and slapped Chris Rock in the face following a joke Rock made about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. He later invoked King Richard subject Richard Williams, who was also “a... »

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