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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... »

Gaslit‘s Prosthetic Makeup Maestro Kazu Hiro on Transforming Sean Penn Into John Mitchell

May 25, 2022 | By
<i>Gaslit</i>‘s Prosthetic Makeup Maestro Kazu Hiro on Transforming Sean Penn Into John Mitchell

To be gaslit is to be manipulated into questioning your own sanity, and in the new Starz original miniseries Gaslit, White House counsel John Mitchell (Sean Penn) and his outspoken wife Martha (Julia Roberts) find themselves dealing with just that as the Nixon Administration seeks a scapegoat for Watergate. You might say the Mitchells... »

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 First Lady Production Designer Tony Fanning on Recreating the White House Across Different Eras

May 24, 2022 | By
<i>The First Lady</i> Production Designer Tony Fanning on Recreating the White House Across Different Eras

Showtime’s new tripartite series The First Lady follows the remarkable White House lives of three iconic First Ladies — Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson), Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer), and Michelle Obama (Viola Davis), and explores how the responsibilities of the First Lady have both changed and stayed the same over time. Created by Aaron Crowley and directed by... »

VFX Industry Veteran Tony Robins Joins Harbor as Managing Director of Advertising

May 23, 2022 | By
VFX Industry Veteran Tony Robins Joins Harbor as Managing Director of Advertising

VFX industry veteran Tony Robins has joined Harbor as Managing Director of Advertising, the company’s CEO, Zak Tucker, recently announced. Robins joins from The Mill’s New York studio, where he spent 14 years as a pioneering artist and creative leader, rising from Head of 2D to Director of Operations and then to Managing Director. Over... »

Inside the Academy Museum, From The Wizard of Oz to Raiders of the Lost Ark and Spike Lee’s Poster Collection

May 20, 2022 | By
Inside the Academy Museum, From <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> to <i>Raiders of the Lost Ark</i> and Spike Lee’s Poster Collection

Last fall, the Academy Museum opened after many years of careful planning, and Below the Line was given a tour of the facility by one of its curators, Jenny He. The Museum was well worth the wait, as it’s an impressive achievement to behold. The structure itself is the old May Company Building, a... »

Everything Everywhere All at Once Sound Team Talks Track Counts, Son Lux, and the Hot Dog World

May 20, 2022 | By
<i>Everything Everywhere All at Once</i> Sound Team Talks Track Counts, Son Lux, and the Hot Dog World

A24’s indie breakout Everything Everywhere All at Once tackles the multiverse on its own terms and in this timeline, it has become a bonafide box office hit, as it’s on the verge of becoming the studio’s highest-grossing domestic release. Directed by the Daniels (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), the movie stars Michelle Yeoh in a powerhouse... »

The Great Costume Designer Sharon Long on Bringing Sexy Back to 18th Century Couture in Season 2

May 19, 2022 | By
<i>The Great</i> Costume Designer Sharon Long on Bringing Sexy Back to 18th Century Couture in Season 2

In Season 2 of Hulu’s The Great, creator Tony McNamara‘s modernistic take on the Russian monarchy circa 18th century boasts saucy language and a sexy, vibrant wardrobe. For the women of the Court, led by Empress Catherine, (Elle Fanning) think lots of heaving bosoms, colorful, wide-rimmed dresses supported by bone hoop cages, corsets to sculpt... »

Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer Behind Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, Dies at 79

May 19, 2022 | By
Vangelis, Oscar-Winning Composer Behind <i>Chariots of Fire</i> and <i>Blade Runner</i>, Dies at 79

Vangelis, the Greek composer who won an Oscar for Chariots of Fire, died on Tuesday in a French hospital while being treated for COVID-19, according to Greek media reports. He was 79. Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou on March 29, 1943, Vangelis was raised in Athens,  Greece, where he taught himself piano and formed a... »

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... »