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VES Awards: 'Star Wars', 'Game of Thrones' Rule; 3 Each for 'Revenant', 'Good Dinosaur'
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Game of Thrones" came in to the 14th annual VES Awards with the most nominations, and they left with the most wins: four apiece.


21st Century Fox Looks to Cut $250 Million in Film, TV Staff
In an effort to cut costs and reorganize a large swath of its workforce, 21st Century Fox is looking to reduce staff overhead by $250 million in the coming 2017 fiscal year that begins in July. The media giant is initiating a voluntary buyout program for U.S. employees at the Fox Networks Group and 20th Century Fox film studio.


NYC Mayor De Blasio Names Julie Menin as Film Czar
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday appointed Julie Menin as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Menin, a highly regarded lawyer, activist and consumer advocate, campaigned for Manhattan Borough President in the last election and has served since then as Commissioner of Consumer Affairs.


WGA East Wins Another Round in Organizing Fight with ITV
The WGA East has won another battle in its five-year campaign to unionize the writer-producers at ITV Studios, which produces such reality shows as A&E’s The WGA East has won another battle in its five-year campaign to unionize the writer-producers at ITV Studios, which produces such reality shows as A&E’s "The First 48" and TLC’s "Four Weddings."


NLRB Dismisses Charges that Hollywood Teamsters Rigged Contract Vote
The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed allegations that Hollywod’s Teamsters local rigged last year’s contract ratification vote. Local 399 Secretary-Treasurer Steve Dayan had contented that the charges were “frivolous” and politically motivated.


SAG: A Big Night for Netflix, Diversity, Repeat Winners and Oscar Frontrunners
There can be no question that diversity was the story of the night at the 22nd Annual SAG Awards, especially in terms of the television wins which were dominated by Idris Elba and a host of African American television stars.


‘Mad Max,’ ‘Big Short,’ ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Score Wins from American Cinema Editors
Continuing their awards momentum, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Big Short” and “Inside Out” took top prizes at the American Cinema Editors‘ Eddie Awards on Friday night at the Beverly Hilton hotel. ACE gave career achievement awards to writer/director/producer Nancy Meyers, and editors Carol Littleton and Ted Rich.


A Guide to This Year's ACE Eddie Awards
American Cinema Editors' 66th annual ACE Eddie Awards will be presented Friday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.


‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Revenant,’ ‘Star Wars’ Lead MPSE’s Golden Reel Nominations
Nominations for the Motion Picture Sound Editors‘ 63rd annual Golden Reel Awards have been revealed, with “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” leading the way on the film side with three nominations apiece. “Game of Thrones” came out on top in the TV categories with a trio of mentions as well.


Variety: Can Sundance Help Solve Hollywood’s Diversity Crisis?
Festival founder Robert Redford stressed Sundance’s devotion to different voices, and said of diversity: “It’s a word I operate from. … If you’re independent-minded, you’re going to do things different than the common form: That’s something we’re genuinely proud of -- how we show diversity -- because it’s tied to the fundamental word of ‘independent.’” But, Redford added, it’s up to artists, not the festival, to explore the theme. “We don’t take a position of advocacy.”


'Trumbo' Scribe John McNamara to Receive WGAW's Paul Selvin Award
"Trumbo" scripter John McNamara will be this year’s recipient of the WGA’s Paul Selvin Award, which honors writers whose work “embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil right liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”


PGA Awards: ‘The Big Short’ Wins Top Movie Award
In a major surprise, Paramount’s “The Big Short” has won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award from the Producers Guild of America as the year’s top movie.


A Primer on Oscar’s Sound Editing and Mixing Categories
Filmmaking is a collaborative medium, as everyone likes to point out. But one key contribution is misunderstood more than any other: sound.


Following Outcry, 'Sweeping' Reforms Announced to Expand Oscars Diversity
Following weeks of stinging rebukes, boycott announcements, and high-profile commentary from some of the film industry's most prominent performers, writers, and directors, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the body which officiates the Oscars each year, announced it would be making "sweeping" changes in order to increase diversity among its notoriously secretive, homogenous, and elite membership.


Film Academy Makes Dramatic Rule Changes to Address Diversity
In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 51-member board of governors approved a sweeping series of changes designed to diversify its membership, the academy said in a statement Friday.


‘Midnight Rider’ Director Randall Miller’s Early-Release Motion Denied
"Midnight Rider" filmmaker Randall Miller on Wednesday was denied early release by a judge in Wayne County, Georgia, putting to rest the notion he will get out of jail before March.


TV Surge Drives Uptick in L.A. Film Production
On-location filming rose 1.3% to 37,289 total production days last year, according to newly released figures from FilmL.A. Inc. The data track filming on city and county streets and noncertified sound stages in the Los Angeles region.


David Oyelowo, ‘Selma’ Actor, Says Academy Fails to Reflect Diversity
In a speech at an evening gala in Los Angeles, David Oyelowo, the British actor whose performance as Martin Luther King Jr. in the drama “Selma” was passed over by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year, said that lack of diversity in the Academy’s membership fails to reflect the country as a whole.


Sam Raimi to Be Honored by Motion Picture Sound Editors
The Motion Picture Sound Editors has selected Sam Raimi as this year’s recipient of its annual filmmaker award. He will receive the award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony on February 27 in Los Angeles. Raimi is best known for directing the first three “Spider-Man” movies.


China Launches New Campaign Against Box Office Fraud
China’s media regulators will this week launch a new round of their regular campaign against box office fraud.


China’s Richest Man Wang Jianlin Goes Hollywood with Movie Studio Deal
Flanked by models in white sequin dresses, amid booming music and dazzling lights, China’s richest man savoured his latest entertainment triumph this week, the announcement of a $3.5-billion (U.S.) deal to take over a Hollywood-blockbuster movie studio: Legendary Entertainment


‘The Revenant,’ ‘Mad Max’ Lead Oscar Nominations
“The Revenant,” a gritty tale of frontier vengeance, led the Oscar nominations on Thursday, picking up a leading 12 nods for Best Picture, Best Director, and for the performances of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. It was followed closely behind by another survivalist tale, the action adventure “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which earned ten nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Director for George Miller. Eight films were nominated for Best Picture, with “Spotlight,” “The Martian,” “Bridge of Spies,” “The Big Short,” “Room,” and “Brooklyn” rounding out the list.


DGA Awards Nominations: Iñárritu, McCarthy, McKay, Miller, Scott
The Directors Guild of America unveiled the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. Last year’s DGA Awards winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu is back again this year with Fox’s The Revenant, which is coming off a big night at the Golden Globes on Sunday with a win for Best Picture Drama and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio.


‘Star Wars,’ ‘Hateful Eight,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Score Cinema Audio Society Nominations
After being passed over by every guild and industry group so far this season, “The Hateful Eight” finally caught a break Tuesday with a nomination from the Cinema Audio Society, celebrating excellence in sound mixing. The film joined “Bridge of Spies,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant” in the live action motion picture category.


Golden Globes 2016: 'The Revenant' Wins Top Prizes as Gervais Skewers the Stars
With a three-course dinner, free-flowing champagne and famously outré hosts, the Golden Globe Awards are a chance for the biggest stars of film and television to let their hair down, rip shots with Amy Schumer and take a selfie with Gael García Bernal -- after all, it’s not like it’s the Oscars -- and a chance for the viewing public to watch overserved celebrities embarrass themselves on live television.


BAFTA Nominations: 'Carol' and 'Bridge of Spies' Lead
Well-upholstered American period dramas -- and one riotous Aussie adventure set in an apocalyptic future -- dominate the shortlist for the 69th annual BAFTA awards.


What BAFTA Nominations Really Mean for the Oscars
The BAFTA nominees revealed a season that has been quite scattered. No best film nominations, for instance, for perceived Oscar heavies “The Martian” and “Mad Max: Fury Road,” though the former did net significant best director and best actor mentions, while the latter was still dominant throughout the craft categories, picking up seven noms.


‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Carol,’ ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Revenant,’ ‘Sicario’ Nominated for ASC Awards
“The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” kept their industry awards streaks alive Wednesday with nominations from the American Society of Cinematographers. Both films have also been recognized by the Screen Actors Guild, American Cinema Editors, Art Directors Guild and Producers Guild of America this year.


‘The Martian,’ ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Land Writers Guild Nominations
The Writers Guild of America has nominated “Bridge of Spies,” “Sicario,” “Spotlight,” “Straight Outta Compton” and “Trainwreck” for its original screenplay award and “The Big Short,” “Carol,” “The Martian,” “Steve Jobs” and “Trumbo” for its adapted screenplay award.


Disney Animation Contract Talks Begin This Week
Negotiations for a new three-year contract covering hundreds of feature film animators at the Walt Disney Animation Studios will get underway Wednesday.


Film Allman Appeals OSHA Review Commission Ruling to Federal Court
Lawyers for Film Allman LLC have appealed the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission decision against the company to the 11th Circuit Court in Atlanta in an effort to overturn a judge’s decision that it must pay about $75K in fines in the on-set death of one crew member and injuries to several others during the first day of filming 'Midnight Rider.'


Guild of Music Supervisors Announce Noms for Sixth Awards Ceremony
For its sixth annual awards ceremony, the Guild of Music Supervisors focused on the soundtracks of several music-driven films and TV shows, including the features “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Straight Outta Compton,” the documentaries “Amy,” “Janis: Little Girl Blue” and “Cobain: Montage of Heck”; the drama series “Empire” and “Nashville”; the TV movie “Bessie”; and the reality series “American Idol” and “The Voice.”


‘Revenant,’ ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Among PGA Film Nominees
“Ex Machina” and “Straight Outta Compton” were among the nominees for the Producers Guild of America’s annual PGA Awards, joining Oscar contenders like “Spotlight,” “The Big Short” and “The Martian,” among others.


'Star Wars' Among Nominees for ACE Eddie Awards
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Big Short," "The Martian," "The Revenant" and "Sicario" are among the nominees for American Cinema Editors' 66th annual ACE Eddie Awards, which will be presented January 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


Movie Ticket Sales Jump 48% in China, but Hollywood has Reason to Worry
Despite a slowing economy, China's box-office receipts jumped nearly 50% between 2014 and 2015 -- the most sizzling pace of growth in the last five years.


WGA Asks Members to Amend the Guild’s Constitution
Members of the WGA West are being asked to approve three amendments to the guild’s constitution to make it easier for members to run for guild office, and that once elected, for officers and board members to remain in office longer. If approved, the guild would no longer hold elections every year, but every other year, beginning in 2021.


Arquette: Hollywood Will Have to Make ‘Radical Readjustment’ Under New Wage Equality Law
Patricia Arquette, state lawmakers and activists predicted that California’s new equal pay law, which goes into effect on Friday, will have a significant impact on Hollywood and other industries.


Haskell Wexler Dies at 93; Two-Time Oscar-Winning Cinematographer and Lifelong Activist
Haskell Wexler, a two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer -- for “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Bound for Glory” -- and the writer-director of the landmark 1969 film “Medium Cool,” died Sunday morning. He was 93.


Jones’ Parents Ask Court, Sheriff to Have 'Midnight Rider' Director Serve Full Sentence
Richard and Elizabeth Jones, parents to 27-year old camera assistant Sarah Jones who was killed on the set of 'Midnight Rider,' sent letters to the Court and to Sheriff John Carter asking for them to enforce the two-year sentence initially imposed on filmmaker Randall Miller who, last March, pleaded guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in their daughter’s death.


Haskell Wexler, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer and Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 93
Influential cinematographer and social documentarian Haskell Wexler, who won Oscars for his work in both arenas, has died. He was 93.


Sheriff at Odds with Info in 'Midnight Rider' Motion; Sheriff Told Deadline It Was 'Flat Out Not True'
Earlier this month, attorneys for 'Midnight Rider‘s' incarcerated filmmaker Randall Miller sought his early release from jail. The motion noted that the Sheriff had “committed to a two-for-one computation of service” as a special condition during his sentencing, meaning Miller would get out of jail in one year instead of two. That agreement is being disputed by Wayne County Sheriff John Carter, who told Deadline it was “flat out not true.”


‘Midnight Rider’ Hearing Concerning Early Release for Randall Miller Canceled
The hearing to determine whether "Midnight Rider" filmmaker Randall Miller would be granted an early release from jail for his part in the death of 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones has been canceled. The D.A.’s office and Miller’s attorneys have conferred and determined that a hearing is not needed, according to a court official. Rather, they will be drawing up briefs and sending them directly to the judge who will then issue a ruling.


U.K. Pays Out $2.24 Billion in Film Tax Relief in Nine Years
The U.K. government has paid out almost £1.5 billion ($2.24 billion) in film tax relief since the current rebate model was introduced in January 2007, its statistics unit has reported.


Union Musicians Demonstrate at Warner Brothers
More than 50 members of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 and supporters have demonstrated against Warner Brothers allowing a non-union scoring session on the Burbank lot.


Petition Urges DGA to Expel ‘Midnight Rider’ Trio
An online petition has been launched calling on the DGA to expel Randall Miller, Jay Sedrish and Hillary Schwartz from the union’s ranks. All three were convicted of involuntary manslaughter in March in connection with the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones last year on the set of "Midnight Rider."


‘Carol,’ Netflix Lead Golden Globes Nominations
Nominations for the 73rd annual Golden Globes were announced Thursday morning with “Carol” leading the way with five nods while Netflix had a network high eight mentions.


Female Directors Helming Only 6.4% of Movies: DGA
Female directors helmed a mere 6.4% of the 376 movies released in 2013 and 2014, according to a new report by the Directors Guild of America.


McCarthy Elected President of Motion Picture Sound Editors
Oscar and BAFTA-winning sound supervisor and longtime industry executive Tom McCarthy has been elected President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors. McCarthy, currently Sony Pictures Studios’ EVP Post Production Facilities, succeeds Frank Morrone.


Art Directors Guild Elects Nelson Coates President
Emmy-nominated production designer Nelson Coates has been elected President of the Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800, defeating incumbent Mimi Gramatky who had held the office for three years.


IATSE Wins Nova Scotia Labor Board Decision Against Egg Films
A November 19, 2015 decision of the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board has determined that Egg Films acted unlawfully in its dealings with the IATSE, the union that represents Egg's commercial production employees.


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