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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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

2023 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Unveil Date for Live Ceremony at New Venue

May 18, 2022 | By
2023 MPSE Golden Reel Awards Unveil Date for Live Ceremony at New Venue

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) has announced that the 70th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2023, in Los Angeles. For the first time in three years, the awards ceremony will be held live — and at a new venue, no less — and there will also be special... »

Downton Abbey: A New Era‘s Costume Designers on Bringing Old Hollywood and the Crawley Family Into the Late 1920s

May 18, 2022 | By
<i>Downton Abbey: A New Era</i>‘s Costume Designers on Bringing Old Hollywood and the Crawley Family Into the Late 1920s

Downton Abbey: A New Era hits U.S. theaters this weekend three years after the first film grossed nearly $100 million at the domestic box office. Both films are, of course, based on the popular British series that ran for six seasons on ITV overseas and on PBS in the States. Directed by Simon Curtis,... »

Downton Abbey‘s Longtime Production Designer Donal Woods Reflects on His 12 Years With the Iconic Franchise and A New Era

May 16, 2022 | By
<i>Downton Abbey</i>‘s Longtime Production Designer Donal Woods Reflects on His 12 Years With the Iconic Franchise and <i>A New Era</i>

The Crawley Family — who we first met in 2010 via the megahit series Downton Abbey before they made the leap to the big screen in 2019 — returns to theaters once again in Downton Abbey: A New Era. The film represents a changing of the guard of sorts, with the story inching slowly towards the 1930s (it was... »

Academy Unveils Key Dates for 2023 Oscar Season; Ceremony to Stay in March

May 13, 2022 | By
Academy Unveils Key Dates for 2023 Oscar Season; Ceremony to Stay in March

The Academy and ABC have announced that next year’s Oscars ceremony will take place on March 12, 2023 — two weeks earlier than this year’s show, which was held on March 27. The 95th Annual Academy Awards will air live on ABC in over 200 territories worldwide from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The eligibility... »

Top Gun: Maverick Review: Tom Cruise Soars Back Into Conventional Blockbuster Mode With This High-Flying Sequel

May 12, 2022 | By
<i>Top Gun: Maverick</i> Review: Tom Cruise Soars Back Into Conventional Blockbuster Mode With This High-Flying Sequel

“Maverick,” Tom Cruise’s character’s callsign in the 1986 classic Top Gun and in its long-awaited (and long-delayed) sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, refers to a non-conforming rebel who charts their own path. Yet, as a movie star, Cruise is anything but. Sure, the timeless actor may be one of a kind — maybe even the greatest... »