Wave Of The Future? How A Smart Computer Is Helping To Craft A Horror Film
EXCLUSIVE: Author-screenwriter William Goldman summed up the film industry by saying, “Nobody knows anything.” However, Concourse Media and Productivity Media are betting that reverse-engineering scripts via a smart computer process may prove that adage wrong. Take the fact that their mock trailer for the horror film Impossible Things, which is only at the script stage, has been viewed 562,000 times and already has 33K followers on Facebook — without a single cast member… Read
Ex-‘Top Gear’ Producer On “Perfect Storm” At BBC & Jeremy Clarkson’s New Amazon Series – Edinburgh Video
Former Top Gear exec producer Andy Wilman told an audience of industry executives at the Edinburgh TV Festival that his departure last year from the BBC — and that of the show's principals — was part of "a perfect storm" that had been brewing for some time, and one which might have been avoided. Wilman exited the motoring show in 2015 as longtime friend and series host Jeremy Clarkson's contract was not renewed after a now infamous fracas with a producer. Co-hosts James… Read
Hollywood Rallies In Support Of Leslie Jones Following Hack
Following the vicious doxing of comedian Leslie Jones this morning, friends and peers within the entertainment industry have expressed support for her and outrage about the attack, which saw sensitive and highly personal information posted to the Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star’s personal website by hackers.
Ghostbusters director Paul Feig was among the first to weigh in, calling the attack “an absolute outrage,” and blasting possible suspects angrily. Jones… Read
Vice’s Shane Smith To Big Media: “Open Sh*t Up” Or Alienate A Generation; Predicts M&A Frenzy; Talks Disney – Edinburgh
Vice Media founder and CEO Shane Smith this evening delivered the keynote MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival, sounding a warning to legacy media that it needs to adapt. In an hour-long speech, the gonzo ex-punk rocker spoke of the profound changes the industry is currently facing as young people break from their parents' generation in what content they consume and how they consume it. "There is a revolution going on in media. And it's scary, and it's fast… Read
Nate Parker Won’t Face Public Press Grilling As ‘Birth Of A Nation’ Screens At Toronto
Conspicuously absent from the newly released list of press conferences for the Toronto International Film Festival: Nate Parker and The Birth of a Nation. After some technical difficulties, the festival finally had its full schedule online Wednesday morning.
TIFF promises several screenings of Parker's film, including back-to-back screenings at 8 PM Friday, September 9, at the Winter Garden theater and 9 PM at the Visa Elgin screening room. But a festival list of nine… Read
Watchdog Group Chides Laika For “White-Washing” ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’
A watchdog group that advocates “balanced, sensitive and positive depiction and coverage of Asian Americans” is calling out producer Laika, and by extension distributor Focus Features, for using mostly white actors to voice Japanese characters in Kubo and the Two Strings, the animated feature that bowed Friday.
The Media Action Network for Asian Americans, which has been battling the issue for decades, noted that even though the movie takes place in ancient Japan, the… Read
‘Birth Of A Nation’: AFI Axes Planned Screening & Nate Parker Q&A
The American Film Institute has tabled Friday’s planned screening of The Birth of a Nation, which was to be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker and star Nate Parker. The move comes as distributor Fox Searchlight deals with potential fallout from an old rape charge against Parker, of which he was acquitted in 2001.
AFI dean Jan Schuette announced the cancellation in a note to the film school’s fellows tonight. “I have been the recipient of many different passionate points of… Read
AFI Faculty Calls For Dean’s Firing
Claiming that "the AFI Conservatory is on the brink of unraveling," a majority of the famed film school's faculty has called for the firing of its dean. The move comes a day after Deadline reported that a wave of faculty firings and resignations had rocked the school as it began a new term Tuesday.
The union representing the instructors said "a vast majority of faculty" at the school has voted "no confidence" in the leadership of Dean Jan Schuette and requested that he… Read
Ryan Lochte Sponsorship Fallout: Ralph Lauren, Speedo, Among Companies To Dump Olympic Swimmer In Wake Of Potty-gate – Update
UPDATED with more sponsorship bailouts: Ralph Lauren followed Speedo by a few hours in deciding to distance its brand from Olympic swimming star Ryan Lochte. The clothing and lifestyle brand responsible for the U.S. Olympians’ uniforms, broke news with ESPN of its decision not to renew its deal with Lochte.
Later today, Gentle Hair Removal parent company Syneron-Candela, and Airweave followed suit, with the mattress company saying its endorsement deal with the swimmer was… Read
Ryan Lochte’s Potty-gate Interview With Matt Lauer Continues On ‘Today’
Newly un-blonded U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte told Matt Lauer this morning he and his fellow swimmers peed in the bushes at that gas station in Rio, during which he ripped a metal-framed poster off the wall, making a lot of noise. “I have no idea” why he destroyed the outdoor display, he added. “I was very intoxicated.. It was childish.”
Asked if fellow swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen participated in the vandalism, Lochte originally told Lauer… Read
Ryan Lochte To Matt Lauer: “I Over-Exaggerated” Robbery Story
UPDATE with video: In an interview today with NBC’s Matt Lauer that was heavily promoted and aired during the network’s primetime Rio Olympics coverage, U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte faced the music, somewhat, over his debunked claims of being robbed at gunpoint last weekend in Rio. He told Lauer that “I over-exaggerated that story.” A portion of the interview aired Sunday, with the remainder scheduled to be shown Monday during NBC Nightly News.
Lochte made international… Read
‘Harry Potter’, ‘Hamilton’ Tackle ‘Plague’ Of Scalpers As Tickets Still Sell For $8K
When price is no object, wealthy patrons and expense-account execs will always find a way to secure a pair for Broadway’s Hamilton and London’s Harry Potter And The Cursed Child while ordinary stiffs vie for affordable seats through those shows’ lotteries. The two biggest stage blockbusters of the young century have provided booming business for ticket scalpers on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, however, the producers of those shows are making unprecedented moves to… Read