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Union Roundup: The Calls to Boycott Production in States That Ban Abortion Are Growing Louder, and Harder for Hollywood to Ignore

June 28, 2022 | By
Union Roundup: The Calls to Boycott Production in States That Ban Abortion Are Growing Louder, and Harder for Hollywood to Ignore

Originally, this was going to be a “lite” summer column, before a wee break for Independence Day, which now commemorates – what, exactly? A time when the female half of the population had independent autonomy over their bodies? We even had a book review planned – well, we still do, you’ll just have to... »

Film Academy Invites 397 to Join Membership – 44 Percent of Whom Are Women

June 28, 2022 | By
Film Academy Invites 397 to Join Membership – 44 Percent of Whom Are Women

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 397 artists and executives to join the organization. These are all individuals who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Membership selection is based on professional qualifications, with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion, and equity remaining a priority. The 2022... »

Peacemaker VFX Supervisor Betsy Paterson on Creating John Cena’s Flying Sidekick and Other Wild Things for James Gunn’s Hit Series

June 26, 2022 | By
<I>Peacemaker</i> VFX Supervisor Betsy Paterson on Creating John Cena’s Flying Sidekick and Other Wild Things for James Gunn’s Hit Series

Betsy Paterson has been working in visual effects for over 25 years, but she has found a niche for herself of late as VFX Supervisor for television shows like Marco Polo and Carnival Row. After finishing last year’s movie, The Suicide Squad, filmmaker James Gunn decided to spin-off John Cena’s Peacemaker character into his... »

Elvis Producer Catherine Martin, Who Also Served as Costume and Production Designer, on Helping Her Husband Baz Luhrmann Bring an Icon Back to Life

June 23, 2022 | By
<i>Elvis</i> Producer Catherine Martin, Who Also Served as Costume and Production Designer, on Helping Her Husband Baz Luhrmann Bring an Icon Back to Life

Catherine Martin is just an incredible craftsperson, an amazing woman who has won four Oscars for her work with her husband, director Baz Luhrmann — two each for her costumes and production design for Moulin Rouge! in 2001 and The Great Gatsby in 2013. She has been Luhrmann’s production designer going back to Strictly Ballroom... »

Elvis Review: Creativity Has Left the Building in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic, Which Is All Shook Up

June 22, 2022 | By
<i>Elvis</i> Review: Creativity Has Left the Building in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic, Which Is All Shook Up

The King of Rock and Roll famously warned against criticizing “what you do not understand, son.” I confess: I do not quite understand the source of the attraction that Elvis Presley provoked in his most rabid fans when he was on top of the world. Unfortunately, after watching Baz Luhrmann’s attempt at an explanation... »

Petition for AMPTP to Recognize Music Supervisors Union Garners Nearly 10,000 Signatures in 24 Hours

June 22, 2022 | By
Petition for AMPTP to Recognize Music Supervisors Union Garners Nearly 10,000 Signatures in 24 Hours

Earlier this month, 75 percent of film and television Music Supervisors signed union authorization cards to form a union and become part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), only for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to indicate they will not voluntarily recognize it. In an update to... »

Film Academy Unveils Newly Elected Board of Governors, Including Documentarian Chris Hegedus

June 22, 2022 | By
Film Academy Unveils Newly Elected Board of Governors, Including Documentarian Chris Hegedus

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its newly elected 2022–2023 Board of Governors on Wednesday. The governors will take office at the first scheduled board meeting of the new term. Elected to the Board for the first time: Marlee Matlin, Actors Branch Richard Hicks, Casting Directors Branch Dion Beebe, Cinematographers Branch Jason... »

Jeff Sagansky’s NATPE Speech Sounds the Alarm on the Streaming Era’s Revenue Models — Read It in Full

June 22, 2022 | By
Jeff Sagansky’s NATPE Speech Sounds the Alarm on the Streaming Era’s Revenue Models — Read It in Full

Earlier this month, Jeff Sagansky, the former President of CBS Entertainment and Sony Pictures, gave a blistering speech at NATPE, where he sounded the alarm on the streaming era’s new revenue models for actors, writers, directors, and perhaps most importantly, producers. In addition to being one of Hollywood’s top former executives, Sagansky is currently... »

Film Academy to Fete Michael J. Fox, Peter Weir, Diane Warren and Euzhan Palcy With Honorary Oscars at Governors Awards

June 21, 2022 | By
Film Academy to Fete Michael J. Fox, Peter Weir, Diane Warren and Euzhan Palcy With Honorary Oscars at Governors Awards

Following a vote among its Board of Governors, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced it will present Michael J. Fox with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Awards, where it will also present Honorary Awards to Euzhan Palcy, Diane Warren, and director Peter Weir. The four Oscar statuettes will... »

Above the Line Exclusive: Overlord Helmer Julius Avery to Direct Horror Movie The Pope’s Exorcist for Screen Gems

June 21, 2022 | By
Above the Line Exclusive: <i>Overlord</i> Helmer Julius Avery to Direct Horror Movie <i>The Pope’s Exorcist</i> for Screen Gems

Overlord helmer Julius Avery has signed on to direct Screen Gems’ horror movie The Pope’s Exorcist, an individual with knowledge of the project has told Above the Line. Avery replaces Ángel Gómez, who was attached back in October 2020. The Pope’s Exorcist is based on the exploits of Father Gabriele Amorth, a legendary Italian... »