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Jurassic World Dominion Director Colin Trevorrow on Working With Animatronics, Reuniting the Original Cast, and the Genius of Spielberg

June 10, 2022 | By
<i>Jurassic World Dominion</i> Director Colin Trevorrow on Working With Animatronics, Reuniting the Original Cast, and the Genius of Spielberg

Back in 2015, when Universal Pictures rebooted the Jurassic Park franchise with an entirely new concept, few insiders predicted that Jurassic World would wind up the top-grossing film of the year in terms of domestic box office — topping both a Star Wars movie and an Avengers sequel. What was certainly more predictable was the fact that there would... »

The Accidental Turitz: 7 Ways WB’s New Leaders Could Save the DC Extended Universe

June 8, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: 7 Ways WB’s New Leaders Could Save the DC Extended Universe

Last week, Toby Emmerich stepped down as the film chief of Warner Bros. and unlike Ray Fisher, I have always been an Emmerich fan. Sure, the whole Joss Whedon–Zack Snyder–Justice League mishegas might have gone down on his watch, but he did the best he could with a very bad situation — a situation that he was... »

Union Roundup: Cine Gear Hopes for NAB-Like Luck Regarding Covid, Which Weakened the Force at Star Wars Celebration

June 7, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Cine Gear Hopes for NAB-Like Luck Regarding Covid, Which Weakened the Force at Star Wars Celebration

Sometimes, you need more than the Force. Sometimes, you simply need enforcement. At least of common-sense protocols, such as wearing masks during a still unyielding plague. This became an issue during the recent Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, the largest Star Wars fan gathering extant. However, the arc for many attending seems to have... »

The Accidental Turitz: On Separating the Actor — in This Case, Tom Cruise — From Their Work

June 1, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: On Separating the Actor — in This Case, Tom Cruise — From Their Work

Last week, I wrote about how much I loved Top Gun: Maverick, which I saw for the third time on Sunday. Partly because of that, this column is going to be about Tom Cruise, but not in the way you think. Stick with me here… Nearly five years ago, I had a bad take... »

Union Roundup: Hollywood Has Been Weeding Out Yellers and Screamers, But Not Those Cutting Corners When It Comes to Safety

May 31, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Hollywood Has Been Weeding Out Yellers and Screamers, But Not Those Cutting Corners When It Comes to Safety

It’s understandable if you missed this news late last week, as the country was further fraying apart, but here in Los Angeles, there was another major court ruling in the Rust case. Superior Court Judge Michael E. Whitaker ruled that script supervisor Mamie Mitchell, “who was standing next to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins when she... »

The Accidental Turitz: It’s a Bummer There Aren’t Enough Movies This Summer Due to Hollywood’s Lack of Counterprogramming

May 25, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: It’s a Bummer There Aren’t Enough Movies This Summer Due to Hollywood’s Lack of Counterprogramming

I’m seeing Top Gun: Maverick for a second and third time over the next few days because I loved the movie so much the first time, and while I’m excited to see it again (and again), I’m just as excited to go back to the theater at all, given how few opportunities there seem to... »

Union Roundup: Will Hollywood Flee Production-Friendly States That Pass Anti-Abortion Laws?

May 24, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: Will Hollywood Flee Production-Friendly States That Pass Anti-Abortion Laws?

An email from a pal and colleague brings us back to previous (and still unfolding) topics, including this week’s raft of primaries — especially Georgia’s. This epistolary-minded friend straddles the above-and-below lines of production and writes from the purple-trending-blue state of New Mexico, saying he’d read a recent column and “was interested, in particular, about the... »

The Accidental Turitz: When It Comes to Peak TV, Too Much of a Good Thing Is Never Bad, Until It Is

May 18, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: When It Comes to Peak TV, Too Much of a Good Thing Is Never Bad, Until It Is

I spend a lot of time in front of screens these days, and not just the one on which I write this weekly column. There is the external monitor hooked to the laptop, my phone, my TV, my iPad, and the movie theaters where I catch as many flicks as possible, perhaps to make up... »

Union Roundup: New ICG President Baird Steptoe Sr. Will Have to Fight for Working Families Amid Larger Cultural Battles

May 17, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: New ICG President Baird Steptoe Sr. Will Have to Fight for Working Families Amid Larger Cultural Battles

IA Local 600 — the International Cinematographers Guild — just had an election for new officers, as many readers here know. Camera assistant Baird B. Steptoe Sr. was elected to a three-year term to replace outgoing President John Lindley, ASC, with results expected to be certified at the local’s next board meeting in June.... »

The Accidental Turitz: Marvel Has Developed a Bit of a Story Problem Due to Demands of Disney+

May 11, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Marvel Has Developed a Bit of a Story Problem Due to Demands of Disney+

Just a heads up, I’m going to be talking about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and I’m going to be getting into spoiler territory, so if you haven’t seen it and want to avoid finding out anything you don’t want to know ahead of time, come back to read this after you’ve... »