NYC Unveils ‘CreateNYC’ 10-Year Plan To Expand And Diversify Arts & Culture
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl released Wednesday what they dubbed the city’s first-ever comprehensive culture plan. Enfolded in a glossy, 175-page manifesto called CreateNYC, the ambitious, 10-year plan addresses issues ranging from increasing access to arts and culture programing to the farthest reaches of the five boroughs to making the upper ranks of New York cultural institutions more reflective of the city’s… Read
John Leguizamo Speaks And NYC Theaters Band Together In ‘Immigrant Arts Coalition’
In an often funny, moving and profanity-laced keynote address this week, actor, playwright and memoirist John Leguizamo denounced the entertainment industry’s ghetto attitude toward Latino history, people and artists.
“One out of every six Americans is Latin – why aren’t we represented on TV accordingly? Why is Hollywood ignoring us? Where is our Driving Miss Daisy?” Leguizamo (Bloodline, Ice Age franchise, Carlito’s Way) wondered aloud Monday during what was billed as… Read
‘Blind’ Movie: Ruderman Foundation Responds To Director Over Alec Baldwin Casting Flap
EDITORS NOTE: Over the past two weeks, a controversy has been brewing over the casting of Alec Baldwin as a blind man in the Michael Mailer-directed indie Blind. Led by the Ruderman Foundation — a non-profit that advocates for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life — the issue was raised as to why the filmmaker would cast a seeing actor for a blind role. Mailer responded last week — the day the indie drama opened in theaters — in a guest colu… Read
The Black List & Women In Film LA Add Feature Film Lab
The Black List and Women In Film LA are expanding their partnership by adding an inaugural Film Feature Lab for female screenwriters. The initiative joins the pair’s episodic TV lab for women writers, now in its second year. Submission are now open for both labs, which will be based in Los Angeles and sponsored by go90.
The Black List/Women In Film Feature Lab will be a one-week residency in February 2018. Six female writers will participate in the program, which will… Read
Sony Pictures Television Calls “Action” On 2017 Diverse Directors Program
Sony Pictures Television has announced the 2017 launch of its Diverse Directors Program. In its fourth year, the initiative is part of SPT's commitment to providing opportunities to talented artists of diverse backgrounds.
Diverse Directors Program finalists will have the opportunity to work closely with established television directors on episodes of various hour and half-hour scripted SPT series.
There will be 15 semi-finalists, selected from up to 400 applicants, who… Read
‘Blind’ Director Addresses Backlash Over Casting Alec Baldwin And Not Disabled Actor In Lead Role
EDITORS NOTE: Michael Mailer, director of the Alec Baldwin-starring film Blind that opens today, was criticized this month by the nonprofit Ruderman Family Foundation for casting an actor who was not actually blind as the lead. (In the Vertical Entertainment film, Baldwin plays Bill Oakland, a novelist who lost both his wife and his eyesight in a car accident.) The foundation’s goal is “to fight for the self-representation of people with disabilities on both big and… Read
‘Hawaii Five-O’s Daniel Dae Kim & Grace Park Are Saluted In ‘Kim’s Convenience’ Rap
News about the departure of Hawaii Five-O co-stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park found its way to New York Saturday night. Korean-born playwright and actor Ins Choi scored bigtime with his play Kim’s Convenience, which had its debut at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theater and has gone on to vie with Schitt’s Creek as Canada’s most popular sitcom as it heads into its sophomore season. In residence this month at New York’s Signature Theatre Center, Soulpepper has been presenting Kim… Read
Emma Stone Says Some Of Her Male Co-Leads Have Cut Their Salaries To Match Hers
Oscar winner Emma Stone said in an interview with Out Magazine to promote her upcoming Fox Searchlight movie Battle Of The Sexes that some of her male co-stars have taken pay cuts so their salary would be equal to hers. She didn’t mention names in the Out piece, which took the form of a Q&A with her Sexes co-star Andrea Riseborough and Billie Jean King. Stone plays the tennis icon in the tale of King’s famed 1973 tennis match with Bobby Riggs, who is played by Steve… Read
Michelle Rodriguez Tells ‘Fast’ Folks To “Show Some Love” To Female Characters Or Else
With Universal’s The Fate Of The Furious getting its digital release today, original franchise star Michelle Rodriguez took to Instagram to tout it — sorta. What it ended up being was a gentle but notable nudge seen by her 3.8 million followers to Universal and the series’ producers to “show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise.”
As Tuesday Board Meeting Nears, The Film Academy’s Soap Opera Continues
When the Daytime Emmys next come around, they should save one for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; after all, AMPAS has become one of the best soap operas in town. Infighting. Executive churn. Diversity wars. Legal action. Even an Oscar for the wrong movie. Hollywood’s film academy has seen it all.
On Tuesday, the Academy's 54-member board of governors will meet for another round of drama, before replacing almost a third of its members from a slate of… Read
Peter Bart: Are Fabulous Female Directors Limited By Tired Dude Genres?
Five very attractive actresses sewed their wild oats on 3,100 screens last weekend, but hardly anyone noticed. With a female director and an all-female cast, Rough Night from Sony sat a sad seventh on the box office charts (barely above Captain Underpants), stirring some to ask these questions: Are female filmmakers squandering their newly acquired muscle by recycling tired dude genres? Are the feminine sensibilities of a Nora Ephron or Nancy Meyers getting lost in… Read
‘Come From Away’, ‘A Doll’s House Part 2’ & ‘Great Comet Of 1812’ Cited For Broadway Diversity
Actors’ Equity Association today named Come From Away, A Doll's House, Part 2 and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 as co-recipients of the union’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2016-17 season. Chosen by Equity's National Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, the award honors shows that exemplify and promote the union's founding principles of diversity, inclusion, non-traditional casting and equal opportunity for all who work in… Read