LA Times, Nov. 8
On the opening day of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sent out an email blast announcing that it had shelved the unpopular popular-film Oscar it had announced for next year’s awards show — hopefully, forever.
Chicago Tribune, Nov. 8
For stunts and fight scenes on camera, it’s common practice to bring in a stunt coordinator to ensure everyone is safe and on the same the page. Until recently, there hasn’t been the same kind of protection for actors performing nudity or sex scenes. That is quickly changing, though. Last month, HBO announced that it will be hiring intimacy coordinators for all of its projects going forward.
The Muse, Nov. 7
Throughout the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, Jean Coulter was a leading stuntwoman in Hollywood, racking up hundreds of credits on shows like Charlie’s Angels, Wonder Woman, M*A*S*H*, and Days of Our Lives. She is perhaps most recognizable from Jaws 2, in which she played the ski boat driver who attempts to set the villainous shark on fire. Coulter rarely acted; she preferred to stick to stunts where her likeness was obscured and tailored to be indistinguishable from the stars for which she doubled.
Producers Guild of America, Nov. 6
“I’ve done a lot of interviews in my time,” Donna Gigliotti tells us. “This one is making me nervous. Because I’m not sure, in all honesty, that I have anything that’s even remotely interesting to say.” Well there’s always that time she spun a chance encounter with Robert De Niro into a gig working as Martin Scorsese’s assistant on Raging Bull.
Hollywood Reporter, Nov. 2
How is California’s revamped film and television tax credit program fairing? Quite well, according to a newly released report from the California Film Commission.
Politico, Nov. 1
Teachers unions appear to have dodged a serious blow to their political activity and membership rolls following a sweeping Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, defying predictions that the unions' traditional campaign organizing in advance of the midterm elections could be devastated.
Variety, Nov. 1
It can be hard to recall that when "House of Cards" launched on Netflix, it was one of a kind.
Indie Wire, Nov. 1
At just 32, Ryan Coogler has already turned out an extraordinary trilogy of missing-father-and-son films: “Fruitvale Station,” which played Un Certain Regard after debuting at Sundance, “Rocky” sequel “Creed,” and historic blockbuster “Black Panther,” which has crashed Hollywood barriers that should have been shattered decades ago.
Variety, Oct. 31
SAG-AFTRA has unionized the 66 U.S.-based content creators at Al Jazeera English, who have voted to recognize SAG-AFTRA as their union, with 97% voting in favor. SAG-AFTRA announced Wednesday that the election was conducted by mail ballot and votes were counted by the National Labor Relations Board.
New Yorker, Oct. 31
John Latenser is a location manager: when a director needs to shoot scenes with a particular backdrop, he'll find some options, sign agreements with property owners, figure out safety measures and what to do if it rains.
Backstage, Oct. 31
It’s been over a year since the #MeToo movement demanded the country confront the normalization of sexual harassment, intimidation, abuse, and rape culture. Despite the conversations, debates, resignations, and protests the movement has spurred, relatively little has been passed in the form of laws.
BBC, Oct. 30
“It’s a matter of volume,” says producer Deborah Calla, Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Producers Guild of America, the West Coast Chair of Women’s Impact Network, and advisor to the Geena Davis Institute.
The Guardian, Oct. 30
Ava DuVernay, the director of civil-rights drama Selma, sci-fi epic A Wrinkle in Time, and prison documentary 13th, is to helm a documentary about the life of Prince. Produced with Netflix, the multi-part documentary will cover the entire life of the late funk musician and is being made with the cooperation of Prince’s estate, which is giving DuVernay access to his archive.
IndieWire, Oct. 23
As the #MeToo movement celebrates its first year in Hollywood (after being initially founded by activist Tamara Burke over a decade ago), various actresses, female creatives, and industry luminaries are speaking out about its impact in the industry.
Variety, Oct. 21
Key representatives of Italian media joined with their American counterparts in Rome Sunday morning to usher a call for greater inclusion in the local entertainment industry.
The IATSE Women’s Committee is working with the Coalition of Labor Union Women and Healthy Women on a campaign called “Spread the Word” to disperse helpful health information to women.
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