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Hump Day News Update 12/15/21: More Awards Nominations, Tom Hanks Returns to TV, and More News

Happy Hump Day! The awards nominations just keep rolling in as Film Independent announced its nominations for what is lovingly referred to as the “Indie Spirits.” Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s The Lost Daughter (hitting theaters this Friday) and Mike Mills‘ C’mon, C’mon received the most nominations by being nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, while Lauren Hadaway‘s The Novice (also in theaters this Friday and Janicza Bravo‘s Zola also did well as the two other films nominated for Best Feature and Director. A Chira was […]


Hump Day News Update 12/8/21: Shang-Chi Gets Sequel, Bautista Teams with Shyamalan, and More News

Happy Hump Day! We were a little glum on Monday about the lack of news as the entire industry shifts into its annual holiday break, but today will mostly make up for it, as there’s been some decent news in the past couple days. First up, Walt Disney Pictures announced that a sequel to Marvel Studios‘ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, starring Simu Liu — currently the highest grossing movie of 2021, […]

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Hump Day News Update 12/1/21: Lost Daughter Scores at Gothams, Nicolas Cage is Dracula, and More News

It’s December… and it’s Wednesday… so here’s the latest news. On Monday night, the 31st Annual Gotham Awards were handed out by the Gotham Film & Media Institute, and Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s The Lost Daughter scored big, winning Best Feature, Best Screenplay, and Gyllenhaal winning the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director award, it being her directorial debut. Also for The Lost Daughter, Olivia Colman won the Gotham for Outstanding Lead Performance, shared with Frankie Faison for The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, […]

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Hump Day News Update 11/24/21: Spacey Loses Arbitration, Anderson Returns to Law and Order, and More News

Part of me wanted to just go with “End of Week Production Notes” a couple days early, because most of us will be off for the next few days as we head into the official holiday season. Presumably, some productions may still be catching up due to COVID shutdowns and will continue to work right up until Dec. 23 with just a few days off, but hopefully, the coming weekend […]

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Hump Day News Update 11/17/21: Mel Gibson Might Direct Lethal Weapon 5, Party Down Revival, and More News

Happy Hump Day! Over 60,000 IA members now have a new three-year contract, although some are happier about that than others.  Also, make sure to check out Neil Turitz’s “The Accidental Turitz” today, since he addresses some of the recent news about actors (and football players) rebelling against vaccine mandates on set (or on the field). (This in the week when The View co-host Jedediah Bila got into a fight with […]

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Hump Day News Update 11/10/21: Dean Stockwell Dies, Jackson Sells Weta Digital, Leo May Play Jim Jones, and More

It’s Wednesday, again, and that’s okay. We can get through this week, and in just two weeks, it’s Thanksgiving! Starting off with some sad news that stage, television and film actor Dean Stockwell has died at the age of 85. According to sources, Stockwell died peacefully at home on the morning of Nov. 7 from natural causes. Stockwell had an amazing 70-year career that included 200 credits, but he was best known for […]


Hump Day News Update 11/3/21: Damon and Downey Sign onto Nolan’s Oppenheimer, Pratt Voicing Garfield, and Other News

Happy Hump Day! As the headline states, it was a big week for A-list stars to come out of their pandemic bubble to announce some upcoming plans. One of the hottest projects from the past few months has been Christopher Nolan‘s Oppenheimer biopic about the creator of the atom bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer, which was picked up by Universal Pictures with Nolan regular, Cillian Murphy, playing the title role, quickly joined by Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer’s […]

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Hump Day News Update 10/27/21: Dune Sequel’s A Go, Gosling’s Wolfman Gets Director, and More News

Happy Hump Day! Well… mostly happy anyway. We’re still mired in the aftermath of the tragic death of Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed on the set of the Western Rust, in an on-set accident involving Alec Baldwin and a misfired gun. The whole thing has started to get a little morbid with the amount of coverage, including a moment-by-moment recap of events by CNN. In the past couple days, it’s been reported […]

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Hump Day News Update 10/20/21: Dawn Hudson Exits Academy, Marvel Movie Moves, Castle Rock Returns, and More News

Happy Hump Day! Hopefully, you’ve already read Mark London Williams‘ Strike Alert column, because it’s some great reading while we wait until IATSE goes to its membership to vote on whether to ratify. Not everyone is convinced it’s the best contract, but according to a missive from ADG Local 800 to its members on Tuesday night (via Deadline), members will receive full details of the new Basic Agreement this weekend.  In fact, Local 800 will be doing […]

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Hump Day News Update 10/13/21: IATSE Strike Updates, Mark Harmon Leaves NCIS, and More News

Before we get to today’s news, an update on the negotiations between IATSE and AMPTP, which seem to be going a little too slowly for some union members and leaders. And yet, as I was writing this column, IATSE President Matthew Loeb announced that if an agreement isn’t reached by Monday, October 18 by 12:01 AM Pacific Time, the union’s members will indeed strike. On Tuesday, Cathy Repola, the National Executive Director of the […]