Chris Noth
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End of Week Production Notes 12/17/21: Chris Noth in Big Trouble, Broadway Plagued by COVID, and More News

This will be the last “End of Week Production Notes” of the year and probably the last column with this name moving forward. If you read Jeff Sneider‘s “Above the Line Newsflash” yesterday, you know that he has a pretty good handle on covering the news, and a lot of what I might have written about here has already been well covered. Also, Below the Line is going to be going through […]

Florence Pugh
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End of Week Production Notes 12/10/21: Nolan’s Oppenheimer Casts Up, Smollett Found Guilty, and More News

It’s the end of what seems like another one of the longest weeks ever, but thankfully, Christmas is just two weeks away. But first, we start off today’s wrap-up with the sad news that Italian filmmaker and screenwriter, Lina Wertmüller, the first woman to be nominated for best director in 1977, has died at the age of 93, as first reported by Italian paper, la Repubblica. Ms. Wertmüller first made waves in […]

LIcorice Pizza

End of Week Production Notes 12/3/21: Alec Baldwin Speaks out on Rust Shooting, Early Awards Given, and More News

Happy Friday! Last night, actor Alec Baldwin appeared on an ABC special, dubbed Alec Baldwin Unscripted, talking to long-time reporter George Stephanopoulos. On the taped special, Baldwin described a play-by-play for what happened on the fateful day when Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed on the set of the Baldwin-produced indie Western, Rust, back in October. Baldwin said that the DP was guiding the actor to rehearse the scene while figuring out and “marking” her shooting angles. During the rehearsal, Baldwin said that the […]

Mick Rock
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End of Week Production Notes 11/19/21: Mick Rock Dies, Helen Mirren as Golda, IATSE Local 871 Pres. Resigns, and More News

Well, it’s another Friday, and while I hate to start this “End of Week Production Notes” on a down note, it was announced last night that legendary rock photographer Mick Rock had died at the age of 72. Rock was best known as being the photographer who first took pictures of ’70s rock icons like David Bowie, Queen, and before that, he took the pictures for Syd Barrett‘s solo albums after he left Pink Floyd. […]

Patrick Swayze
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End of Week Production Notes 11/12/21: MGM Rebooting Road House, Disney+ Day Announcements, and More News

Happy Friday, and if you’re a member of IATSE, happy contract ratification vote day! If you’re one of IATSE’s 60,000 members, you should have already received a ballot via Email, and at least IATSE Pres. Matthew Loeb wants you to vote “Yes.” Over the past few weeks, we’ve reported about a number of prominent stars walking away from projects due to their refusal to get a vaccine, from Ice Cube, to Emilio Estevez, […]

Werewolf by Night
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End of Week Production Notes 11/5/21: The Rock Says No Guns On His Sets, Gal Gadot Joins Snow White, and More News

Happy Friday! Since we’re still reeling from the tragic and preventable death of Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, it’s still very much in the news cycle, and earlier this week, a group of prestigious DPs released a statement and petition demanding that functional firearms be banned from sets. (In turn, Hutchins’ husband has hired a law firm, specializing in wrongful death cases.) They have support from a true A-list superstar, as Dwayne Johnson aka The […]

Ana De Armas
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End of Week Production Notes 10/29/21: Jeff Nichols Quits A Quiet Place 3, de Armas May Play Ballerina, and More “Meta” News

Well, it’s the last weekend of October, and then we’re into November and December and the holidays, and the next thing you know, this crazy year is over. In the meantime, you won’t have Mark Zuckerberg‘s Facebook to kick around anymore, but that’s only because he changed the name of the company to… get this… “Meta.” If you don’t know what the term means, then look it up, but it’s kind […]

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End of Week Production Notes 10/22/21: Gotham Nominations, WarnerMedia Wants More Dune & Sopranos, and More News

We’re still reeling from the tragic and unfortunate death of Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the independent Western, Rust, at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but we’re going to try to push on and share some industry news as usual. As we begin to go head deeper into awards season, the Gotham Film & Media Institute announced the nominations for the 31st Annual Gotham Awards, generally the […]

Diane Weyermann
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End of Week Production Notes 10/15/21: Netflix Unveils David Fincher Docu-Series, and More News

While we anxiously await the answer to whether 60,000 IATSE workers will be on strike starting Monday — did you have a chance to look over IATSE’s FAQ providing information and answering questions about said strike? — we have some other industry and production news to share for those interested in what else is going on in Hollywood and across the globe. By the way, did you see IATSE International President Matthew Loeb on CBS Mornings this […]

No Picture
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End of Week Production Notes 10/8/21: Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha Getting Disney+ Spinoff, Bobby Flay Splits from Food Network, and More News

We’re still waiting for any sort of progress report from the IATSE–AMPTP negotiations for a new Basic Agreement after two days of resumed talks. Make sure to check out Mark Williams‘ “Strike Alert” column every Tuesday for the latest updates. Right now, a strike might be at least temporarily averted, but both groups are in a temporary media blackout, which is standard practice during negotiations. Some fun and fascinating news over the […]