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Moonlight Could Make History: Editors Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders on Their Big Step Up
McMillon is one of two editors on Moonlight, and poised to make history as the first African-American woman ever nominated for a best editing Oscar. “Thinking about it stresses me out a bit,” McMillon said. “Whether you want it or not, the responsibility holds.”


Chicago Company that Makes Oscar Statues Cutting Almost 100 Workers
The company that makes the gold-plated Oscar statues will lay off almost 100 employees in the process of being bought out. But some workers could be rehired, it said, and the one-of-a-kind awards will still be produced on Chicago’s north side.


#BAFTAsSoWhite: U.K.'s Biggest Film Event Again Lacks Diversity
Across the Atlantic, it seems the BAFTAs — which now mirror the Oscars more than any other film awards — haven't quite been keeping pace.


#OscarsSoWhite: a 10-Point Plan for Change by the Hashtag’s Creator
Thirteen months ago, April Reign was watching the Oscar nominations announcement on TV with her family. Struck by the lack of ethnic diversity among those whose names were called, Reign -- a journalist in New York -- took to Twitter to voice her disapproval. The hashtag she coined -- #OscarsSoWhite -- caught on immediately.


'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live' Stalled by Labor Dispute
Production on “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” has stopped a day earlier than planned over a dispute with IATSE, The OnLine Network said in a statement last week.


'Argo,' 'Silver Linings' Top ACE Eddie Awards
"Argo" and "Silver Linings Playbook" won film honors for editing in drama and comedy/musical, respectively, at the 63rd annual ACE Eddie Awards on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton.


'Avatar' Editing: Pushed Boundaries
After sharing an editing credit on "Titanic" with two other people, director James Cameron planned on cutting "Avatar" by himself. But even the indefatigable Cameron soon found there was simply more sheer work than he could handle. Eventually he again found himself with two collaborators on his billion-dollar blockbuster: John Refoua and Stephen Rivkin.


'Avatar' Editor Stephen Rivkin Named President of American Cinema Editors
Rivkin succeeds Alan Heim, who reached his term limit, completing two consecutive two-year terms. Heim -- an Oscar winner for 'All That Jazz' -- earlier served two additional two-year terms as ACE president.


'Avatar' is King of the World
As of Monday, 20th Century Fox and Cameron's "Avatar" surpassed previous record holder "Titanic" to become the highest worldwide grosser of all time.


'Avatar' Passes $300 Million Mark
Twentieth Century Fox's "Avatar" jumped the $300 million mark on New Year's Day -- its 15th day in release -- grossing an estimated $25 million from 3,461 theaters for a domestic total of $308.8 million.


'Avatar' Performance Ends Best Year Ever at Box Office
The astounding performance of 20th Century Fox's "Avatar" -- reaching $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales in just three weeks -- was a fitting end to a boisterous year at the box office in which numerous studio pictures did far better than expected.


'Barney's Version,' 'Incendies' Top Genie Nominations
"Barney's Version" nabbed 11 Genie awards nominations, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced Wednesday at simultaneous media conferences in Montreal and Toronto.


'Basterds' Tops SAG Awards
Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" has won the Screen Actors Guild ensemble cast award while Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock took the acting awards for "Crazy Heart" and "The Blind Side."


'Below the Line' Interviews IA President Matt Loeb
'Who is Matt Loeb? Where have you come from to attain this position of International president?'


'Biggest Loser' Facing IATSE Strike
IATSE said the strike against the series and its production entities -- Reveille Productions, 25/7 Productions and 3 Ball Productions -- follows a unanimous vote of support by the production crew members.


'Biggest Loser' Labor Dispute is Settled
Producers and the IATSE, representing crew members of the reality TV series “The Biggest Loser” have settled a labor dispute, ending a high-profile strike that disrupted production of the NBC reality series. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees reached an agreement this weekend with production companies Reveille, 3Ball and 25/7 to end a nearly two-week strike, said two people familiar with the matter.


'Birdman,' 'Apes' Top 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
Hollywood’s sound pros nominated 'Birdman and 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for three awards apiece as the Motion Picture Sound Editors unveiled nods for its 62nd MPSE Golden Reel Awards, honoring the best feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment work of the year.'


'Birdman,' 'Big Hero 6' Earn Cinema Audio Society Awards for Sound
"Birdman" and "Big Hero 6" won the feature film honors Saturday evening in Los Angeles at the 51st Cinema Audio Society Awards.


'Body of Proof,' Others Grab California Tax Credits
As the California legislature considers a five-year extension of the state's production tax incentive program, its film commission has identified the 28 projects that will share $100 million in incentive coin this year.


'Bonnie and Clyde' Director Arthur Penn Dies
Director Arthur Penn, who helped bring a new style to Hollywood filmmaking with "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Little Big Man," died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan of congestive heart failure, a day after his 88th birthday.


'Brothers on the Line’ Portrays Visionary Reuther Brothers
Producers expect to wrap up production next month for the movie “Brothers on the Line,” a provocative documentary exploring the lives of the Reuther brothers -- Walter, Roy and Victor.


'Citizenfour' Producers Sued for 'Aiding' Edward Snowden
A retired naval officer and former government secretary is suing the producers of Citizenfour, the documentary chronicling NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's classified document release in 2013, for 'profiteering' from the 'theft and misuse' of government files.


'Citizenfour' Triumphs: Snowden Documentary Nabs Oscar
Citizenfour, the film chronicling the decision made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to expose wrongdoing to the world by leaking details of the agency's top-secret global surveillance operation to journalists, was awarded the Best Documentary Film award at Sunday night's Academy Award.


'Despicable Me 2' Projected to Earn $110B in Its First Week
The mischievous minions of "Despicable Me 2" seem to be overwhelming "The Lone Ranger" at the box office on this long holiday weekend. The 3-D animated feature opened to an estimated $34.3 million, the biggest-ever Wednesday opening for distributor Universal Pictures.


'Doubt' Tops Nominees for SAG Awards
The Catholic school drama 'Doubt' led contenders Thursday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards with five nominations, including honors for Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis.


'Dream Repairman: Adventures in Film Editing' by Jim Clark with John Myers -- A Review
“Numerous directors and a fair number of cinematographers have written autobiographies, but although there are useful books on the art and craft and editing, the only memoir I've come across by a film editor is the eye-opening ‘When the Shooting Stops... the Cutting Begins’ by Ralph Rosenblum, the New York editor who saved Mel Brooks's ‘The Producers’ and Woody Allen's ‘Annie Hall’ from catastrophe,” writes Philip Frenxh in the Manchester Guardian.


'Fashion Police' Writers Rally Outside E! Headquarters
About 150 supporters of striking "Fashion Police" writers have picketed the Los Angeles offices of E! Entertainment in support of the writers' unionization push.


'Fashion Police' Writers Strike Begins
Writers for E's Fashion Police are going on strike two weeks after filing a complaint that could result in the Comcast-owned cable TV network having to pay more than $1 million dollars in back wages.


'Fashion Star' Crew Walks Off the Job in Hollywood
Crew members from the reality TV series "Fashion Star" walked off the job Saturday morning in a dispute over efforts to secure union representation.


'Fashion Star' Deal Reached
A tentative deal has been reached for a contract for crew members at the NBC reality TV series "Fashion Star," which had been shut down since the weekend.


'Fighter,' 'King's Speech' Top SAG Award Nominations
"The Fighter" and "The King's Speech" led the way in Screen Actors Guild Award nominations with four each, followed by "Black Swan" and "The Kids Are All Right" with a trio apiece.


'Freemium' Reaps a Premium for Online Games Developers
While newspapers and the music industry look for new ways to make as much money as they did before the dawn of digital, games makers are celebrating the success of the "freemium" business model. This model means that anyone can play for free, but they have to pay for access to higher levels or enhanced features in the game.


'Fruitvale' Tops Sundance Awards
"Fruitvale," writer-director Ryan Coogler's emotional, fact-based drama about the last day in the life of 22-year-old Bay Area shooting victim Oscar Grant, scored a double victory at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night, winning the grand jury prize and the audience award for U.S. dramatic features.


'Futurama' Producer Rough Draft Studios Signs with Animation Guild
Rough Draft Studios, known for its work on 'Futurama' and 'The Simpsons Movie,' has reached an agreement with the Animation Guild, Local 839 on covering animated features and television series created by the Glendale studio, the guild announced Thursday.


'Gangster' Reshooting as Offlot Production Inches Up
FilmL.A. reported Tuesday that offlot production stayed moderate last week with 675 permitted days, up two days from the same week of 2011. TV shoots remained the mainstay with 399 days as "Jimmy Kimmel Live" racked up the most days with 28. Other shows lensing include "The Next" with a dozen days, "Dexter," "CSI: NY," "The Millionaire Matchmaker," "Raising Hope" and "Modern Family."


'Ghost Busters' Editor Blewitt Dies
Editor David Blewitt, who cut such 1980s blockbusters as "Ghostbusters," died of complications from Parkinson's disease July 8 in Sherman Oaks, California. He was 81.


'Giants,' 'Breathing' Sweep Directors' Fortnight
Two disparate visions of youth by European actor-directors -- Belgian Bouli Lanners' coming-of-age dramedy 'The Giants' and Austrian Karl Markovic's far more somber 'Breathing' -- swept top honors Friday at Cannes' 43rd Directors' Fortnight.


'Gravity' Wins Six BAFTA Trophies Including Best Director for Cuaron; Hanley and Hill Win for ‘Rush’
Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity” led the field with six prizes at the BAFTA film awards, which unspooled at London’s Royal Opera House Sunday. “American Hustle” took three awards. The BAFTA award for best Editing went to Dan Hanley and Mike Hill for their work in “Rush.” Best Sound went to Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro for their work on "Gravity."


'Gravity,' 'Frozen' Earn Cinema Audio Society Award Nominations
"Gravity," "Captain Phillips," "Frozen" and "Breaking Bad" were among the nominees Tuesday for the 50th Cinema Audio Society Awards for outstanding achievement in sound mixing in film and television for 2013.


'Gravity,' 'Pacific Rim' Among Nominees for VES Awards
"Gravity," "Pacific Rim," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" were among the nominees announced Tuesday morning for the Visual Effects Society's 12th VES Awards honoring visual effects artistry in film, animation, television, commercials and video games.


'Hobbit' Settles in New Zealand
With production due to start in three months, "The Hobbit" is finally home in New Zealand -- following a vitriolic dispute underlining the high stakes of mega-budget tentpoles. Wednesday's settlement came at the end of a bitter one-month firefight with actors unions over a boycott that provoked Warner Brothers and director Peter Jackson to threaten to move "The Hobbit" to Europe or Australia.


'Hugo,' 'Boardwalk' Top Cinema Audio Awards
"Hugo" and "Boardwalk Empire" took top honors at Saturday's 48th annual Cinema Audio Society Awards, held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.


'Hurt Locker' Tops BAFTA Awards
It came, it saw, but failed to conquer. James Cameron's “Avatar,” which has taken more money at the box office than any other film in the history of cinema came away tonight with just two Bafta awards in an evening dominated by arthouse films made on a fraction of its budget.


'Hurt Locker' Tops with N.Y. Film Critics
Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" won the New York Film Critics Circle's award for best picture of 2009 on Monday, with Bigelow taking directing honors as well. George Clooney won the actor prize for both "Up in the Air" and his vocal turn in "Fantastic Mr. Fox," while his "Fox" co-star, Meryl Streep, drew the actress nod for her turn as Julia Child in "Julie and Julia."


'Hurt Locker' Wins Sound Mixing Award
"The Hurt Locker," a film combining quiet moments with intense sound, won laurels for sound mixing in motion pictures at the Cinema Audio Society's annual awards banquet. On the TV side, production mixer Peter Bently and re-recording mixers Ken Teaney and Todd Orr scooped trophies for their work on AMC's "Mad Men." "We don't have any gun shots or wheelchairs," Orr said, "quiet isn't always easy."


'Hurt Locker,' 'Avatar' and 'Sherlock Holmes' Win Art Directors Guild Awards
Karl Júlíusson won for contemporary film for “The Hurt Locker” at the gala ceremony at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


'I Was Doing My Job': Climate Reporter Facing 45 Years Speaks Out
Deia Schlosberg, an independent filmmaker and climate reporter, was arrested last week in Walhalla, North Dakota for filming the unprecedented #ShutItDown protest held in solidarity with the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.


'Inception' Editor Nabs Dream Job
Few people in Hollywood can say they worked on a "dream job" this past year. That is, unles you're Lee Smith.


'Jersey Shore' Producer Hit With Class Action Suit for Overtime Pay
A former video editor has filed a class action lawsuit against 495 Productions, the company behind Jersey Shore and other reality programs, charging it with unfair business practices and saying it failed to pay for overtime work, violated minimum wage laws and acted improperly in other ways.


'King's Speech' Reigns Among BAFTA Nominations
"The King's Speech" reigned supreme with 14 nominations, including best film, director and actor, as this year's BAFTA shortlist was unveiled on Tuesday. "Black Swan" followed with nominations in 12 categories, including film, director and actress, while Christopher Nolan's high-concept "Inception" garnered nine nominations, including film, original screenplay and a director nod.


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