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End of Week Production Notes 6/18/21: Tyler Perry Studios Expands, Blacula Screams Again, and More News

June 18, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 6/18/21: Tyler Perry Studios Expands, <em>Blacula</em> Screams Again, and More News

It’s Friday again, and some may even be getting today off due to the just-announced Juneteenth national holiday taking place tomorrow. (Presumably, the Emancipation/Freedom Day holiday to celebrate the end of slavery will be moved to the Monday following the June 19 commemorative date in future years.) Last year, Atlanta’s Trilith Studios, the former Pinewood... »

IATSE “Committed to Fighting” for “More Humane and Equitable Workplace” in AMPTP Contract Talks

June 16, 2021 | By
IATSE “Committed to Fighting” for “More Humane and Equitable Workplace” in AMPTP Contract Talks

Earlier this week, Below the Line reported that IATSE unions had broken off talks for a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers  (AMPTP) last Friday with plans to resume in July. Deadline has an update to that story, having received a statement from the leaders of the 13 IATSE local protection unions... »

Artist Spotlight: The Sparks Brothers Cinematographer Jake Polonsky, BSC

June 16, 2021 | By
Artist Spotlight: <em>The Sparks Brothers</em> Cinematographer Jake Polonsky, BSC

Edgar Wright’s documentary, The Sparks Brothers, may be the most comprehensive look at a band that’s been created, but when you have a band like Sparks, who have been making records for almost 50 years, delving into all sorts of musical genres and even creating a few in the process, you damn well better... »

Hump Day News Update 6/16/21: The Grove Gets a Savior? Spielberg Butters up His Younger Sister, and More News

June 16, 2021 | By
Hump Day News Update 6/16/21: The Grove Gets a Savior? Spielberg Butters up His Younger Sister, and More News

Batten down the hatches, because today is gonna be a big-time hump day full of industry news! First some good news for those in L.A. reading this who were disappointed to hear a few months back about the closing of a number of Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theaters, rather than reopening after all movie theaters... »

Director Series: Will Gluck on Taking CG Characters Further with Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

June 14, 2021 | By
Director Series: Will Gluck on Taking CG Characters Further with <em>Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway</em>

For Director Will Gluck, making Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway may have only slightly been easier than making its 2018 predecessor, Peter Rabbit, because he and his entire cast and crew were already used to dealing with the CG animal characters that Rose Byrne and Domhnall Gleeson would be interacting with in almost every... »

Over the Weekend 6/14/21: Ned Beatty Dies, IATSE/AMPTP Talks Falter, and More News

June 14, 2021 | By
Over the Weekend 6/14/21: Ned Beatty Dies, IATSE/AMPTP Talks Falter, and More News

We start the weekend wrap-up with a sad note about the passing of popular character actor Ned Beatty, who died over the weekend at the age of 83 from natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. Beatty was best known for some of his roles from the ’70s, including Deliverance(1972), Nashville (1975), and All the President’s... »

In the Heights Cinematographer Alice Brooks Fulfills Her Dream to Film the Musical

June 11, 2021 | By
<em>In the Heights</em> Cinematographer Alice Brooks Fulfills Her Dream to Film the Musical

Cinematographer Alice Brooks has wanted to shoot an In the Heights adaptation for years, and her opportunity finally came when film school classmate, Jon M. Chu, was signed on to direct the movie. In the following interview with Below the Line, Brooks broke down some of the challenges that came with shooting the film,... »

End of Week Production Notes 6/11/21: Pattinson Rumored to be Back in Vampire Mode and More News

June 11, 2021 | By
End of Week Production Notes 6/11/21: Pattinson Rumored to be Back in Vampire Mode and More News

Thank God It’s Friday! Before we all get to our summer weekend fun, let’s look at some news from earlier in the week… Actor Robert Pattinson‘s first acclaim to fame came from playing glittery vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies, and next year, he’ll be making his debut as DC Comics’ The Batman. With that in mind, it almost... »

Review: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Proves Salma Hayek Can More Than Keep Up with the Boys

June 9, 2021 | By
Review: <em>The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard</em> Proves Salma Hayek Can More Than Keep Up with the Boys

If you go back and watch the 2017 action-comedy, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, it’s pretty obvious that the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson is what drove that movie and what made it more than your typical buddy action-comedy we’ve seen many times before. In that movie, Salma Hayek had a small but... »

Hump Day News Update 6/9/21: First Pics from Indiana Jones 5, Interesting Netflix Data and More News

June 9, 2021 | By
Hump Day News Update 6/9/21: First Pics from <em>Indiana Jones 5</em>, Interesting Netflix Data and More News

Happy Hump Day!  If Monday’s “Over the Weekend” seemed a bit slim, hang onto your hats, because news has definitely picked up since then. It’s just a few days away from the 40th Anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and as mentioned last week, Director James Mangold began shooting the still-untitled Indiana Jones 5 in the... »