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Sunday, Jan 22, 2017
Chante Adams Makes Feature Acting Debut On Sundance Stage With "Roxanne, Roxanne" 
SHOOTonline-- Actress Chante Adams had just graduated from Carnegie Mellon University when she got a call from a casting agent who wanted her to audition to be the lead in the Roxanne Shante biopic "Roxanne, Roxanne." Adams had no feature credits to her name and a background in theater. But the agent saw something in her at CMU's senior showcase, where students perform in front of agents, managers and casting directors, and sought her out. Soon enough, what began as "oh, cool, my first audition" became Adams... read more
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017
Director Dee Rees' "Mudbound" Makes Auspicious Debut At Sundance
SHOOTonline-- Director Dee Rees wanted to get to the big questions in her enthralling period epic "Mudbound." Specifically: What is it to be a citizen and what is it to fight for a country that doesn't fight for you? The film, which premiered Saturday night at the Sundance Film Festival, had audiences raving and some already speculating about Oscar chances. Based on Hillary Jordan's 2008 novel "Mudbound," chronicles the lives of two families in the WWII-era South - one white and one black, and the... read more
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017
Moviegoers Make "Split' Decision as Shyamalan's Film Tops Box Office
SHOOTonline-- M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller "Split" blew away box-office expectations, earning $40.2 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Though many were focused on Friday's presidential inauguration and Saturday's nationwide women's marches, "Split" doubled forecasts to easily lead all films. The Universal Pictures release again brings together Shyamalan, director of "The Sixth Sense," with the low-budget horror experts of Blumhouse... read more
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017
"La La Land" Earns Best Picture Distinction At London Critics’ Circle Film Awards
SHOOTonline-- While it landed just one win in the five categories in which it was nominated, La La Land still came away with the big prize, Film of the Year, at the 37th annual London Critics’ Circle Film Awards held Sunday (1/22) at the May Fair Hotel. Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight and Love & Friendship each scored two wins apiece. Kenneth Lonergan won Screenwriter honors while Casey Affleck was named Actor of the Year for Manchester by the Sea . Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali of Moonlight earned... read more
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017
Female Animators Draw Away Gender Bias At CalArts
SHOOTonline-- The California Institute of the Arts was created partly by Walt Disney's desire to bring more top-flight animators into the profession. And it has during its 47 years, though for a long time almost all were men. Now, nearly three-quarters of CalArts' more than 250 animation students are women, and there's a new goal: ensure that when they land jobs, they get to draw female characters reflective of the real world and not just the nerds, sex bombs, tomboys or ugly villains who proliferate now. "... read more
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017
Thelma Schoonmaker Reflects On "Silence," Editing For Scorsese and Powell
SHOOTonline-- Thelma Schoonmaker would still be working on Martin Scorsese's "Silence" if she could. The legendary editor is sitting in the Midtown Manhattan office where she cut Scorsese's latest, his deeply felt spiritual epic about Jesuit priests in feudal Japan. Schoonmaker sits in between her monitors and those for Scorsese, added about a year ago so he could sit even closer to Schoonmaker while they worked. It makes for a jumble of screens, especially when the one devoted to Turner Classic movies is... read more
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017
Director Adam Sobel Brings "Workers Cup" Documentary To Sundance
SHOOTonline-- Director Adam Sobel never intended to end up in Qatar, but it was 2010, jobs were scarce in the U.S. and his longtime girlfriend — now his wife — had just been offered a job teaching at a Northwestern University Qatar. So they went. While there, Sobel found work with a local production company that did news stories and documentaries for outlets like BBC, CNN, and HBO. One particular story was requested frequently: That of the migrant workers who were building the facilities for the 2022 Qatar... read more
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017
"Before I Fall" Bows At Sundance With Distribution Deal In Place
SHOOTonline-- "Before I Fall" begins by telling the audience that you're watching the last day of its heroine's life. Yes, 17-year-old Samantha (Zoey Deutch) is about to die. You don't know when, or where, or how it'll happen, but after it does, she wakes up again in her bed, sweaty and disoriented, to find that she has to live that same day over again. And again. And again. It's no wonder that the film, which debuted Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival in advance of its March 3 theatrical release, is... read more
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
Tax Credit Details Hard To Come By For Marathon Bombing Film Productions
SHOOTonline-- Hollywood films about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings shot on location last year to bring the story to the silver screen, but not all the for-profit productions have been forthcoming about the taxpayer-funded benefits they're seeking or have already received for filming in Massachusetts. "Patriots Day," the $40 million film starring Mark Wahlberg that opened nationwide Jan. 13, sought state film tax credits, but production officials declined to provide more details when asked by The... read more
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
Sundance Deals With Cautionary Tale of Last Year's "Birth of a Nation"
SHOOTonline-- What started as a Sundance celebration turned into a cautionary tale. No one foresaw the ultimate collapse of Nate Parker's "Birth of a Nation" after its stellar reception at the Sundance Film Festival last year, when perfect timing, immense hype and a vigorous bidding war resulted in a record-setting $17.5 million sale. One year later, as Sundance begins again, "Birth of a Nation" isn't exactly top of mind for many — at this point a distant story as its would-be awards run suddenly dried up... read more
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
DGA Spot Nominees Reflect On Their Work, Recognition From Peers
SHOOTonline-- This year’s field of DGA Award nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for 2016 ranges from first-timers Derek Cianfrance of RadicalMedia and AG Rojas of Park Pictures to repeat finalists Lance Acord of Park Pictures, and Dante Ariola and Fredrik Bond of MJZ. Of this group, Ariola is the lone past DGA Award winner, that honor coming back in 2006. Ariola has a total of seven career DGA nominations (the others coming in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2011) as does Bond (whose... read more
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
Rep Report for January 20, 2017
SHOOTonline-- Bicoastal integrated production studio Humble and sister postproduction company Postal have secured indie firm Shortlist Mgmt , headed up by Charlie McBrearty and Vanessa McLean , for commercial representation on the West Coast. Venice, Calif.-based talent management firm Bueno will represent MPC ’s Los Angeles studio to agencies and directly to brands for commercial work on the West Coast. Bueno partners Millie Munro and Bryan Shrednick will work with MPC managing director US Justin Brukman... read more
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
Street Talk for January 20, 2017
SHOOTonline-- Director Ira Rosensweig has opened Wavemaker Creative in Hollywood, Calif., with executive producer Tracey Karka . Rosensweig is probably best known for directing last year’s Mike’s Harder Lemonade campaign and the zombie spoof for Neighbors 2 starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.... Alex Blum has launched Blum Consulting Partners , a business consulting firm that specializes in marketing execution and process optimization. Many may associate Blum with his days as co-owner of Headquarters, or his... read more
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
$1 Billion Co-Financing Deal Set Between Paramount, 2 Chinese Firms
SHOOTonline-- Paramount Pictures said Friday it has inked a co-financing deal with two Chinese companies for the Hollywood studio's slate of movies over the next three years. Under the terms of the deal, Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media will also set up an office on Paramount's lot later this year, the studio said in a statement. The Chinese companies will provide roughly $1 billion to finance at least 25 percent of Paramount's films, according to a person familiar with the deal who was not allowed to... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
PES Payroll Rebrands as Extreme Reach Crew Services
SPW-- PES Payroll, an Extreme Reach company and a leading provider of Employer of Record (EOR) payroll services to the entertainment and advertising industries, announced today a full rebrand and unveiled its new corporate identity. Effective immediately PES Payroll will be known as Extreme Reach Crew Services. “I am thrilled to take this opportunity to announce that we have rebranded as Extreme Reach Crew Services,” said Managing Director, JP Fiorentino. “Our new name, look and tagline, ‘... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
Oscar Season Has Streaming Services Cast In Hero and Villain Roles
SHOOTonline-- When Oscar nominations are announced next week, Amazon is virtually assured of notching the first - but probably not the last - best-picture nomination for a streaming service. Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea," which Amazon plunked down $10 million for at the Sundance Film Festival last year, is widely expected to be among the leading contenders at the Academy Awards. It will be a triumphant moment for the nascent Amazon Studios, which acquired its first original film (Spike Lee's "... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
ASSIMILATE Congratulates Post-Production Artists For Their Work on Films at Sundance 2017
SPW-- At the Sundance Film Festival 2017 in Park City, Utah (January 19 - 29), the roster includes filmmakers whose post-production companies used ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH® post-production tools in their digital workflows. ASSIMILATE is extremely pleased to congratulate its customers for their creativity and artistry in the following films and documentaries in the following Sundance categories.   Premiere: “Sidney Hall”,... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
Nine Mile Circle’s Les Umberger Directs Wrestler Ric Flair In Hilarious Campaign For USAuto Sales
SPW-- Wrestling legend Ric Flair stars as an over the top used car salesman in a new campaign for Georgia-based USAuto Sales. Atlanta creative boutique Nine Mile Circle produced and finished the three spots in which the 67-year-old strongman, known as “Nature Boy,” plays the flimflamming proprietor of Papa Flair’s Used Cars. In one, Flair boasts “we’re body slammin’ prices into the ground,” and then proceeds to dish out the same treatment to his hapless customers. US Auto Sales is offered as an... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
Sundance Film Festival Gets Underway With "An Inconvenient Sequel"
SHOOTonline-- Ten years after the watershed environmental documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" debuted, climate change is as dire as ever and yet the solutions are right in front of us, say directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, whose film "An Inconvenient Sequel" kicks off the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday. The film, which follows former Vice President Al Gore on his continued quest to educate and inform the public and world leaders on climate change, is the first in a series of 14 environmentally focused... read more
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
Ang Lee Makes "Walk" An Immersive Experience
SHOOTonline-- Director Ang Lee has no aversion to creative risk taking, which is all the more admirable when he instead could just as easily rest on his laurels. But it’s that curiosity and creative drive that have helped earn him those laurels to begin with as reflected in a body of work which includes such films as Sense and Sensibility ; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ; Brokeback Mountain ; and Life of Pi --the latter two earning him Best Director Oscars. So when he started to explore the potential of... read more

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