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(Variety, Feb. 12)

Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” dominated the 70th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night, claiming five prizes including best film, director, and leading actress for Emma Stone. The triumph maintained the musical’s momentum through this year’s awards season ahead of the Oscars on Feb. 26.

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(Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 11)

Arri managing director Franz Kraus thanked "everybody who supported us over this long and wonderful journey" as he accepted a Scientific and Engineering Award for Arri's Super 35 format Alexa digital camera at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Sci-Tech Awards at the Beverly Wilshire.

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(Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 11)

La La Land camera operator Ari Robbins won the feature film camera operator of the year award on Saturday at the Society of Camera Operators Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel.

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(Hollywood Reporter, Feb. 8)

The agency is instead donating $250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and International Rescue Committee.

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(Deadline, Feb. 2)

James Claffey Jr, current president of Stagehands Local One in New York, has been named the new 13th international VP of IATSE, filling the open seat on the executive board following the departure third VP Anthony DePaulo. The apportionment was made during the organization’s midwinter general executive meeting in New Orleans.

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(Deadline, Feb. 2)

The sudden strike by IATSE and its postproduction local, the Motion Picture Editors Guild, comes after the union filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board on January 20.

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(Deadline, Feb. 2)

More than 400 actors and their supporters rallied today at the La Brea Tar Pits to draw attention to SAG-AFTRA’s 105-day-old strike against selected video game companies. It was the largest show of support for the strike to date and included representatives from IATSE, the WGA, the DGA, the Teamsters and the Musicians Union, which supplied a brass band.

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(Washington Post, Feb. 1)

Labor secretary nominee Andy Puzder is facing delays because of complications in meeting ethics requirements that he separate himself from his fast-food chain, a spokesman said Wednesday. Puzder also squelched rumors that he is having second thoughts about the position.

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(Washington Post, Jan. 31)

Amid mounting opposition from Democrats and labor groups, the confirmation hearing for labor secretary nominee and fast-food chief executive Andrew Puzder has been delayed a fourth time.

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(LA Times, Jan. 30)

Sony Corp. has announced a nearly $1-billion write down on its movie business, an extraordinary step for the struggling studio.

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(PC World, Jan. 30)

Pirates can breathe a little easier in the knowledge they no longer have to ignore warnings from their Internet service provider (ISP). The Copyright Alert System (CAS) is officially over, according to the program's managing group the Center for Copyright Information (CCI).

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(Variety, Jan. 28)

Outrage and protests over President Trump's executive order banning Syrian refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. began to snowball Saturday as federal officials began implementing the controversial immigration policy enacted Friday.

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(Variety, Jan. 24)

Over three decades, the American Society of Cinematographers has given its coveted Presidents Award to a long list of distinguished artists, including Douglas Trumbull ("Blade Runner"), Albert Maysles ("Gimme Shelter"), Richard Edlund ("Star Wars" episodes IV, V, and VI), and Francis Kenny ("Justified").

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(Deadline, Jan. 16)

The B Street Band, the Bruce Springsteen cover band that had been under fire for agreeing to play during a New Jersey inauguration gala for President-elect Donald Trump, has pulled out of the event.

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(New York Times, Jan. 15)

Mr. Puzder became an outspoken critic of his adopted state because of its vigorous workplace regulations. The mandatory rest breaks required by California made no sense, he felt, leaving restaurants understaffed when a rush of customers came in. His company paid millions of dollars to settle class-action lawsuits that accused it of cheating workers.

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