Stranger Things
Columns

Union Roundup: New Mexico Film Commissioner Amber Dodson Says the State Is in Showbiz for the Long Haul

Our post-election, Georgia Peach logo-meets-Wakanda Forever column drew an interesting email from the New Mexico Film Office. Would we be interested in chatting, they asked, now that their governor, Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, has also been handily reelected, as the state seeks to emphasize its specific differences with Georgia? Before, this kind of conversation would have been restricted to differences in production tax incentives, and perhaps the square footage of […]

TÁR movie
Awards

TÁR Costume Designer Bina Daigler on Dressing a Highly Successful Character and Working With Cate Blanchett

Earlier today, Todd Field‘s drama TÁR was named Best Picture by the New York Film Critics Circle, which also gave Cate Blanchett its Best Actress award on the strength of her latest acting clinic. She completely embodies Lydia Tár, a complex but inherently dislikable though still successful woman whose ambitions have driven her to become a world-class conductor — though she doesn’t reach the top without stepping on and over […]

The Menu
Art Direction

The Menu Production Designer Ethan Tobman on Creating Hawthorne, and Filling the Restaurant With Delicious-Looking (and Edible) Food

Mark Mylod‘s pitch-black satire The Menu is a devilishly fun poke at the high-end restaurant industry and the foodies who frequent such establishments. The film stars Ralph Fiennes as Chef Slowik, who regularly invites 12 well-to-do food enthusiasts to his remote island restaurant of Hawthorne for a mere $1,200 a head. But he’s not just preparing a meal for them, he’s preparing an experience. The Menu is set over the […]

From Scratch
Costume Design

From Scratch Costume Designer Amanda Riley on European Fashion, Superhero Shows, and Staying True to Characters

In Netflix’s adaptation of Tembi Locke’s book From Scratch, Amy Wheeler (Zoe Saldaña) finds unexpected romance in Italy. One of the key below-the-line elements of this engaging international limited series is its costume design, as the characters’ clothing reflects their national origins and the times they live in, which transform over the course of the show’s eight episodes. Below the Line recently spoke to veteran Costume Designer Amanda Riley about […]

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Awards

Bardo Director Alejandro González Iñárritu Nabs Filmmaker of the Year Honor From Cinema Audio Society

Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Oscar-winning director of Birdman, The Revenant, and the upcoming Netflix movie Bardo, will receive the Cinema Audio Society‘s Filmmaker of the Year honor at the 59th CAS Awards on Saturday, March 4 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel. “It is an honor to name director Alejandro González Iñárritu as [the] recipient of the prestigious 2023 CAS Filmmaker Award. His sobering portrayals of the human experience […]

Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
Awards

MPSE to Honor Avatar Sound Editor Gwendolyn Yates Whittle With Its 2023 Career Achievement Award

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) has announced that it will honor Supervising Sound Editor Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, a two-time Oscar-nominee for her work on Avatar and Tron: Legacy, with its 2023 Career Achievement Award. Whittle, whose more than 150 film and television credits also include Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Minority Report, Munich, Iron Man, Cloverfield, Jurassic World, and Fight Club, will receive the award at the 70th […]

Reboot Hulu
Costume Design

Reboot Costume Designer Reiko Schoenfeld on Subtle Style Trends, Sitcoms, and How JAG Instilled a Good Work Ethic in Her

Hulu’s Reboot takes audiences behind the scenes of a phenomenon that’s becoming increasingly popular in today’s TV landscape — the revival series. From Sex and the City to Frasier, it seems like every ’90s hit is ripe for resurrection these days, and networks are looking to mine their IP just like movie studios do. While Reboot‘s show-within-a-show, Step Right Up, may not be real, it certainly feels like a show […]

79th Oscars Poster
Awards

Academy to Bring Back the Eight Short-Changed Oscar Categories That Weren’t Announced Live During This Year’s Ceremony

Bill Kramer, the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has confirmed that the winners of all 23 Oscar categories will be revealed during the main telecast on March 12, 2023, thereby restoring sanity to the Academy Awards. Last year, eight categories were presented during the pre-show — all three short film awards, as well as original score, makeup and hairstyling, film editing, production design, and sound. […]

Corto Maltese
Crafts

Phil Tippett to Oversee VFX for Frank Miller’s Live-Action Series Corto Maltese Based on the Graphic Novel

Frank Miller (Sin City) is set to write and executive produce a live-action series based on Hugo Pratt‘s graphic novel series Corto Maltese, and Oscar winner Phil Tippett, who has worked on the Star Wars and Jurassic Park franchises, will oversee VFX for the show. Studiocanal is backing the project, which was created by Miller. The goal right now is to produce a six-episode series about Maltese, a daring sea […]

Catherine Martin
Awards

Oscar-Winning Costume-Production-Set Designer Catherine Martin to Receive Australian Film Academy’s Highest Honor

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced that Oscar winner Catherine Martin, the veteran Costume, Production, and Set Designer, will receive its highest honor — the prestigious Longford Lyell Award. No Australian has won more Oscars than Martin, who has taken home four little gold men along with five BAFTAs and five Australian Film Institute Awards, plus a Tony Award and three AACTAs, as well as […]