Film Academy Invites Record 774 New Members, From Gal Gadot To Betty White
UPDATED with Cheryl Boone Isaacs interview: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have unveiled 774 new members (although 30 0f those names are duplicates over several branches) invited to join the Oscars organization, bringing the total membership closer to 8,500 -ish. This is a record number, up from last
year’s 683. The invitees come from 57 countries, the organization says in unveiling its list, with the list comprising 39% female and 30% people of color… Read
‘Genius’ Makeup & Hair Designers Davina Lamont And Tash Lees On Aging Nearly 150 Actors Throughout Series
Working collectively on projects that include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong and Netflix original series Marco Polo, makeup and hair designers Davina Lamont and Tash Lees faced massive challenges on Genius, working in a way they never had before.
Covering a period spanning from the 1890s to the 1950s, and countless visual iterations of Albert Einstein—ultimately portrayed jointly by Johnny Flynn and Geoffrey Rush—the pair oversaw the aging through prosthetics of… Read
Emmys: Television Academy Pushes Last-Minute Voters As Ballot Deadline Looms Tonight
The Television Academy just sent out what presumably is its final notice reminding its nearly 22,000 eligible members that they still can vote in this year’s contest. Online balloting (there is no other choice) closes 10 tonight PT.
During the past two weeks the Academy has sent out a number of these reminders, even an emergency one when its help line went on the fritz and it had to get another one up and running quickly for those members who just can’t figure out how to… Read
‘The Earliest Show’s Ben Schwartz Discusses His Short-Form Roots & Finding Guests For A Fake Talk Show
With Funny or Die’s The Earliest Show, Parks and Recreation alum Ben Schwartz finds himself amongst a venerable group of comedians venturing out as creators in the short-form space, though for Schwartz in particular, this is nothing new.
A well-known presence at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and other venues around Los Angeles, who has sold a series of scripts in between notable turns in film and television, Schwartz started out by building his own online… Read
Deadline’s Crew Call Podcast: ‘Better Call Saul’ Composer Dave Porter On Getting Into The Headspace Of Lawyers & Drug Lords
Some music scores can completely take over a scene, however Dave Porter has a different approach when it comes to aurally painting characters’ emotions and exchanges, especially in Vince Gilligan’s work: the 16 Emmy-winning Breaking Bad and this year’s third season off its spin-off Better Call Saul.
Porter melts synthetic sounds with musical notes, creating a wholly original score that gets to a scene’s vibe and raises its stakes with a nuanced tone. It comes as no… Read
‘Genius’ Production Designer Jonathan Lee On The Major Endeavor Of Recreating Einstein’s Blackboards
Watching any given series, it can be easy to gloss over details that were scrutinized in the production process or misjudge those that presented the greatest challenges for the production designer.
With National Geographic's Genius—a bear of a project, spanning a century, multiple Einsteins and several countries—one of the greater challenges ended up pertaining to Einstein's blackboards, recreated by production designer Jonathan Lee, which were accurate, down to their… Read
BET Awards Winners: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Chance The Rapper Lead Way
Beyoncé was the big winner Sunday at the 2017 BET Awards, taking a total of five trophies at the music-rich event in Los Angeles. She won for Female R&B/Pop Artist, Album Of The Year for Lemonade, and Viewers Choice, Video Director Of The Year and Video Of The Year for “Sorry,” the latter honor shared with Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic.”
Mars also won Best Male R&B/Pop Artist. Chance The Rapper was named Best New Artist, while Kendrick Lamar and Remy Ma won the male and female… Read
‘Mozart In The Jungle’ Co-Supervising Sound Editor On Bringing Musical Instruments Into The Foley Department
Taking the Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing last year, Amazon musical drama Mozart in the Jungle‘s sound departments should pose strong competition once again in the contest to come.
Traveling to Italy for several episodes, this unique portrait of professional musicians from creators Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Weitz and Alex Timbers branched out into new musical arenas in Season 3, including opera and electronic music, presenting new challenges for co-supervis… Read
‘Our Fascinating Planet’s Demetri Martin On Short-Form Satisfaction And Expanding The Narrative With ‘Dean’
The last couple of years have been a productive and experimental time for Emmy-nominated comedian Demetri Martin.
With his feature directorial debut, Dean, rolling out in theaters this month, Martin also recently created Our Fascinating Planet, a short-form, Cosmos-inspired series, in which he plays Ted Remmarniet, a puffed-up, self-absorbed scientific educator. Comprised of archival footage-driven narratives based in alternative facts, the series was developed before… Read
‘Rats’ Director Morgan Spurlock On Crafting A Documentary That Plays Like A Horror Film
Ever since his first directorial outing—with the revelatory Super Size Me—documentarian Morgan Spurlock has always been in favor of embracing experience, throwing himself into a subject, however discomfiting, to create an eye-opening experience for the viewer.
Suffice it to say that with Discovery Channel’s Rats—based on Robert Sullivan’s book of the same name—Spurlock once again immersed himself in the material. A documentary that plays as a horror film, the project… Read
‘The Leftovers’ Creators Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta On Their Story Of Survivors
In the making of HBO's The Leftovers—which recently wrapped its third and final season—there wasn't a detail that wasn't scrutinized by creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. Wrestling with and exploring every facet of issues including mystery, faith and loss, along with every possible permutation of how their story, with its high-concept roots, could transpire, the pair arrived at an end that was emotionally satisfying, answering a number of questions while leaving… Read
‘Bright Lights’ Directors Alexis Bloom & Fisher Stevens On Two Hollywood Icons Who Never Stopped Performing
Pulling double duty this year as an Emmy contender for two equally powerful and entirely different documentaries—including NatGeo’s climate change doc Before the Flood—Fisher Stevens teamed with his partner Alexis Bloom on HBO’s Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a look at the unique and enduring love shared by two of Hollywood’s most beloved icons.
Premiering the film at Cannes last year, the pair could scarcely imagine that at the close of 2016… Read