Will Packer

Hump Day News Update 10/6/21: Will Packer to Produce Oscars, Russia Wins the Filmmaking Space Race, and More News

Happy Hump Day! While we’re all waiting to see if IATSE and the AMPTP can get a few issues resolved in their resumed negotiations this week, the Directors Guild of America (DGA) released a statement in support of IATSE — which I thought they had done weeks ago, but that was actually part of a joint guild statement, and the DGA needed to have their own statement out there. That statement says, “The DGA National Board, as the representatives […]

Beck Bennett

Hump Day News Update 9/29/21: SNL Gets New Cast & Director, Law and Order Returns, and More News

While we’re all waiting to find out what happens with IATSE‘s vote on Friday for a strike authorization, let’s look at some of the other news that’s been circulating in the industry over the past few days. If you live or work in Hollywood, then you’re probably aware of the COVID return-to-work protocols that were set up last year, but did you realize that they’re about to expire tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. […]

Willie Garson

Hump Day News Update 9/22/21: Willie Garson Dies, Hahn to play Joan Rivers, and More News

This week begins the Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles at the L.A. Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, and Below the Line will be there both days. Hopefully, we’ll see some of our readers there. The big news in the industry right now is about the negotiations between IATSE and AMPTP, which we’ve been covering quite thoroughly and updating as any news breaks. You can read the […]

Norm Macdonald

Hump Day News Update 9/15/21: Norm Macdonald Dies, Twins Sequel Happening, and More News

Unfortunately, there’s no way around starting our mid-week news update with the tragic news that Saturday Night Live veteran Norm Macdonald has died at the age of 61 after secretly fighting cancer for 9 years. Besides being a stand-up comic and popular late night guest, Macdonald was part of the cast of SNL from 1993 through 1998 and was best known for anchoring the show’s Weekend Update segments for three of those seasons. Macdonald was born […]

Mission Impossible - Fallout

Hump Day News Update: Paramount Sues Insurer over M:I7 Shutdowns, The Rocketeer Returns, and More News

Welcome to September 2021! This certainly is going to be a busier Hump Day than usual, as there has been a TON of industry news over the past couple days. But first, if you’re a member of IATSE, you’ll want to read the leadership’s latest update on negotiations with AMPTP, which you can read about here. It was bound to happen to the point where it was almost inevitable, but Paramount […]

Oblivion Song

Hump Day News Update 8/26/21: Gyllenhaal Tackles Oblivion Song, Cranston’s Your Honor Gets 2nd Season, and More News

It’s a hot and humid Hump Day here in New York City, and sadly, we’re going to have to once again start with a couple of deaths of note over the past few days, including Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died tragically on Tuesday at the age of 80. Watts has been the backbone for the band playing on every single studio record and playing on every single tour since the band’s […]

Star Wars Visions

Hump Day News Update 8/18/21: Fast and Furious 10 a Go, Murder Mystery Sequel Being Developed, and More News

Yesterday, Universal Pictures announced that the 10th Fast and Furious movie, which will be the second to last movie in the long-running franchise, will be released on April 7, 2023. Vin Diesel is expected to return, as well as Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Michelle Rodriguez, and possibly Jason Statham, who bowed out of this year’s F9: The Fast Saga, after starring in Hobbs and Shaw. At one point, it was thought that Director Justin Lin might make the last two movies in […]

New York Film Festival
Emmy Watch

Hump Day News Update 8/11/21: Emmys Shifting to Indoor-Outdoor, Robbie Joins Wes Anderson Flick, and More News

Happy Hump Day! There are no deaths to report and no production shutdowns today, at least not yet, so we can get right to some of the other news happening around the industry this week. On Tuesday, the Television Academy announced that the upcoming Emmys on September 19 and the Creative Arts Emmys that are taking place over two days on September 11 and 12, will be a combination of indoor […]


Hump Day News Update 8/4/21: Investigation Finds NY Governor Cuomo Guilty, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Sets Premiere, and More News

What a day we had yesterday, at least here in New York, where Mayor Bill DeBlasio called for all indoor entertainment to require vaccination, including restaurants, gyms, bars, and clubs. The Mayor, who is serving his final term, said that concessions will be made for children under 12 who can’t get vaccinated, and the state’s current Excelsior Pass will be joined by a city-specific vaccine passport app, as well as one […]

Better Call Saul

Hump Day News Update 7/28/21: Bob Odenkirk Collapses on Set (UPDATED!), A New Exorcist Trilogy, and More News

Our weekly mid-week news update kicks off with the shocking news that actor Bob Odenkirk collapsed on the set of Better Call Saul yesterday and had to be rushed to the hospital, according to TMZ. The 58-year-old act was filming the sixth and final season of the AMC show in New Mexico when he collapsed last night, although there have been no new reports about his condition and when production might resume. (The series producer, Sony […]