Guild of Music Supervisors Awards: Elvis, Everything Everywhere All at Once, and Stranger Things Win Top Prizes

The Guild of Music Supervisors held its star-studded 13th annual award ceremony on Sunday night at The Wiltern Theatre, where a lively crowd of more than 1,000 guests celebrated outstanding achievement in the craft of Music Supervision in film, television, documentaries, games, advertising, and trailers. Oscar-nominated actors and producers joined forces with iconic songwriters and composers to honor these Music Supervisor tastemakers, who were recognized for their stellar accomplishments in 2022. […]

Xavier Grobet

Union Roundup: The White Lotus, Artificial Intelligence, and the Rumbles of Mt. Etna

Recently, I had the pleasure of chatting with Xavier Grobet, ASC, about his work shooting Season 2 of The White Lotus for Creator Mike White and HBO. We talked about his previous collaborations with White, what gear and glass he used for Lotus (ALEXA Minis and Panavision Primos, mostly), how professional the Italian crews were, and the layered use of location, including the show’s Godfather references and the way a glowing, […]

Top Gun: Maverick

MPSE Unveils Nominees for 70th Annual Golden Reel Awards; Top Gun: Maverick to Take on Empire of Light

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) has unveiled the nominees for the 70th Annual Golden Reel Awards, where Top Gun: Maverick and fellow blockbuster The Batman will compete against more intimate films such as Empire of Light. A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once led with three Golden Reel nominations, while Top Gun: Maverick and Elvis picked up two nods each. MPSE’s awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 26 at […]

Joel Paisner

Producer Joel Paisner Joins Boutique Visual Effects Company Jogger Studios

Producer Joel Paisner has joined the boutique visual effects studio Jogger. Based out of Jogger Los Angeles, Paisner will work closely with the producing teams in the Santa Monica, Austin, and San Francisco offices. “Everyone’s really happy to have Joel join us here at Jogger,” Jogger Creative Director Andy Brown said in a statement. “As we have continued to grow, adding Joel to the team has already made a massive […]

Austin Film Festival 2022

Union Roundup: A Dispatch From the Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference, Where James Gray Deemed Cinema to Be “In a Strange Place” Now

Filing into the awards show luncheon, I immediately took an available seat facing the stage, as I usually do at, say, the VES or ASC awards, to better watch the speeches, awardees, and film clips. Only the twist here is that I was doing the journalist equivalent of breaking the fourth wall, or making like She-Hulk busting through the on-screen Disney+ menu — I was, in this instance, one of […]

12 Angry Men
Accidental Turitz

The Accidental Turitz: Facebook Got Caught Censoring Advertising for a Holocaust Movie and Now It May Get Sued

I don’t get really mad all that often. Peeved? Yes. Aggravated? Sure. Irritated? Rather easily, actually. It’s something for which my wife makes great fun of me, how quickly I will express displeasure at someone for thoughtlessness or douchebaggery — like when you let someone cut in front of you in traffic and they don’t wave a thank you, or then turns without using their signal, or that jerk who […]

2023 Writers Guild Awards

WGA Unveils Key Dates for 2023 Writers Guild Awards and Some Changes to Eligibility Criteria

The Writers Guild of America has announced that the 75th Annual Writers Guild Awards, which honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional categories, will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2023. Before we get to the key dates, it’s important to note that the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have made some changes to the eligibility and submission […]

Hank the Cowdog
Accidental Turitz

The Accidental Turitz: As Podcast Listenership Continues to Grow, So, Too, Does A-List Actors’ Interest in the Medium

Like most people these days, I spend a fair amount of my day listening to podcasts. Every morning, I get on my bike and ride for a couple hours, listening to a series of entries that vary across the spectrum. There are podcast versions of daily news and sports shows, political opinion stuff like Pod Save America, interview options like Marc Maron’s WTF, a Mission: Impossible podcast called Light the […]


SIGGRAPH 2022: The Most Exciting New Tech Unveiled So Far

SIGGRAPH, the world’s premiere computer graphics showcase, begins its live, in-person event this week in Vancouver, where many leading scientists and tech creators will be sharing their latest work publicly for the very first time. Here’s a rundown of some of the most exciting new tech that has been introduced so far, from our perspective: Feature Film Quality Markerless Mocap Traditional motion capture processes normally require expensive mocap suits and […]

No Picture

Union Roundup: Disney vs. DeSantis Intensifies as Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter

The Walt Disney Company has a creeping neo-fascism problem, one that won’t always be restricted to Disney, either. As readers already know, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis found himself cornered by his own rhetoric, signing the “Don’t Say ‘Gay’” bill into law after taking larger umbrage at Disney’s umbrage on behalf of its LGBTQ+ employees (and heck, people everywhere) as the move to strip the Mouse House of its special jurisdictional […]