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Over the Weekend 2/1/21: Sundance Musings, Allan Burns Dies and More Industry News

February 1, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 2/1/21: Sundance Musings, Allan Burns Dies and More Industry News

Welcome to February! Most of the weekend was about the goings on at the Sundance Film Festival, which usually books every theater and auditorium in Park City, Utah. This year, the festival went virtual instead with people from around the world watching the various world premieres on their computers or television sets. The festival showcased... »

End of Week Production Notes 1/29/21: SAG, PGA Lift Halt on Indie, Commercial Production, Two Acting Legends Die and More News

January 29, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 1/29/21: SAG, PGA Lift Halt on Indie, Commercial Production, Two Acting Legends Die and More News

Once again, we’ve gotten through another week. Under normal circumstances i.e. “the before times”, the entire entertainment industry would be in Park City, Utah to celebrate films and filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival, which Below the Line will be covering but more with plans on figuring out what movies are worth covering over the rest of... »

DIRECTOR SERIES: George C. Wolfe on Adapting August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

January 25, 2021 | By
DIRECTOR SERIES: George C. Wolfe on Adapting August Wilson’s <em>Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom</em>

If you were to judge a director by the number of movies they’ve released into movie theaters, you’d be paying a huge disservice to Director George C. Wolfe, who has won multiple Tony, Obie and Drama Desk Awards for his stage direction as well as a Directors Guild award for directing the 2005 HBO television... »

Over the Weekend 1/25/21: Wage Claims Against Indie Film, Walter Bernstein Dies and More News

January 25, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 1/25/21: Wage Claims Against Indie Film, Walter Bernstein Dies and More News

  ‘Twas another quiet weekend, thankfully, with not a ton of breaking new, although there were a number of sad passings, including legendary talk show host Larry King and screenwriter Walter Bernstein. While Larry King’s name and reputation is known far and wide, Bernstein might not be as well known as his films, The Front, Yanks and Little Miss... »

End of Week Production Notes 1/22/21: Bond Delayed Again, Bridgerton Gets 2nd Season and More News

January 22, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 1/22/21: Bond Delayed Again, <em>Bridgerton</em> Gets 2nd Season and More News

As expected, it was another busy and fairly crazy week, but when it comes to actual production, no news is probably good news. It means that no production has been shut down due to COVID despite the numbers and deaths continuing to skyrocket in the United States. Unfortunately, the theatrical side of the movie business is not... »

Over the Weekend 1/11/20: HBO Max Sex and the City Revival, Sex Pistols Mini-Series and More News

January 11, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 1/11/20: HBO Max <em>Sex and the City</em> Revival, Sex Pistols Mini-Series and More News

It was a relatively quiet weekend following the announcement of Director Michael Apted‘s death on Friday. Los Angeles baseball fans were also mourning the death of Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. Still, here’s a quick update of some of the announcements. The big news seemed to be the fact that HBO‘s popular series Sex and the City was going... »

End of Week Production Notes 1/8/21: Spike in L.A. Covid Cases Creates Dilemma for Production and More News

January 8, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 1/8/21: Spike in L.A. Covid Cases Creates Dilemma for Production and More News

Phew! It’s a good thing that the first week of 2021 was quiet with no major happenings, huh? We can only wish. While a lot was happening in Washington, DC and across the country this week, we instead want to focus on a situation that hits far closer to home, and that’s the situation with... »

Over the Weekend 1/4/21: Television Production Start-Up Delayed, Resident Evil Wraps and More News

January 4, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 1/4/21: Television Production Start-Up Delayed, <em>Resident Evil</em> Wraps and More News

Happy New Year! In this case, this week’s “Over the Weekend” is more like “Over the Past Two Weeks” because as is the case every year — pandemic or no pandemic — Hollywood has mostly been shut down over the past few weeks. Agencies haven’t been trying to put together projects for their clients,... »

DIRECTOR SERIES: Paul Greengrass Goes West(ern) for News of the World

December 23, 2020 | By
DIRECTOR SERIES: Paul Greengrass Goes West(ern) for <em>News of the World</em>

  Although filmmaker Paul Greengrass has been directing movies and television since the mid-80s, his 2002 film Bloody Sunday, about the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland, was what finally got him notice as a filmmaker. That led to a fairly large leap into studio movies, directing Universal Pictures’ action sequel, The Bourne Supremacy – Greengrass would... »

Over the Weekend 12/21/20: NY and LA Critics Make Their Picks, Fox’ The Big Leap Paused and More News

December 21, 2020 | By
Over the Weekend 12/21/20: NY and LA Critics Make Their Picks, Fox’ <em>The Big Leap</em> Paused and More News

It’s the last “Over the Weekend” before Christmas, and hopefully, everyone has been good for Santa. There haven’t been any further developments in the Tom Cruise flame-out on the set of Mission: Impossible 7, so we can focus on other things today. Unfortunately, many of the other news items today also involve COVID-19 as the Chicago-based production on... »