The BBC said that, by 2020, 50% of on-screen and on-air roles will be filled by women, including lead roles in all genres, with a similar 15% target set for black, Asian and minority ethnic people on screen. In terms of the representation of LGBT people, the BBC has committed to an 8% target, which is also the target set for disability on screen. However, this does not include a commitment to having 8% of lead roles filled by disabled talent, with the BBC pledging “some lead roles”.
“Changing Canadian broadcast and content regulations is a hellish task. The public feels very differently from the industry, and the creative side of the industry, especially in TV, doesn’t really want creativity – it wants jobs. It is implausible that all sides will agree on a paradigm that benefits everybody. Even more unlikely is the sudden emergence of great Canadian television.”
“You don’t see Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, and Tom Cruise painting their faces to win roles, but this color-changing gambit has practically become required of black dramatic actors who want to appear in big-budget movies.”
“Bollywood has a long history of portraying gay characters with clichés or using them as an ostensibly comic sideshow. Often they are sexual predators whom the male leads, epitomes of heterosexual masculinity, must be wary of. But several recent movies have challenged those stereotypes, suggesting that attitudes in India’s movie industry, or at least within an influential section of it, may be changing.”
“Helped along by cheaper technology, the rogue stations can cover several blocks or several square miles. Most broadcast to immigrant communities that pirate radio defenders say are underserved by licensed stations.”
“A policy that’s centered on the concept of week-long theatrical release leaves out movies of significant artistic merit (such as “Losing Ground”) that don’t get a week-long run at all.”
“Comcast could make use of DreamWorks’ IP-rich vault in its theme parks as well as to feed its global film and TV pipelines. It’s understood that the deal on the table envisions bringing DWA into the Universal Pictures fold.”
“[Robert] De Niro reunited with director Martin Scorsese, co-stars Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd and Harvey Keitel, screenwriter Paul Schrader, and producer Michael Phillips for an onstage chat moderated by the director of the New York Film Festival, Kent Jones. They talked about everything from how they came up with Bickle’s mohawk to Foster’s fear of hot pants and Keitel’s improvisations with a pimp. Then Vulture typed it all up for you.”
Palabra Libre (“Free Speech”) is “hosted and produced by female inmates from a studio inside the Center for Social Rehabilitation. The prison, which holds approximately 700 inmates, is in Latacunga, nestled close to Cotopaxi, the world’s most monitored volcano.”
She negotiated herself a high salary from D.W. Griffith while she was still a teenager, made dozens of films in a huge variety of roles, co-founded one of today’s major studios, and was the first Hollywood producer to bring over a major European director.
The European Broadcasting Union says that the country’s broadcaster has accrued more than $16 million in unpaid dues since 2007. To drive the point home, the EBU announced the decision just a few weeks before the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest.”
“Initially, Apple apparently had the government’s approval to introduce the services. But then a regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, asserted its authority and demanded the closings … just six months after they were started there.”
“We owe homage to Beyoncé, a force of nature in the world of art and entertainment. There is no equal to her talent, marketability, and fierce innovative spirit. But we also owe some respect to the team of filmmakers — some established, some on the rise — who made Lemonade come to life.”
Sally Field says no: “To have a long-term career, you have to go for whatever material comes along. Since I’m older, and female, the journey has led me all over the place.”
“Women wrote or directed 73% of Lifetime’s original films from 1994–2016. Lifetime’s always invested in female viewers, stories, and creators, but until public awareness of Hollywood’s entrenched misogyny crescendoed into a federal investigation, this priority went largely unheralded.”
“Nine South Korean film organizations said this week that they would boycott the Busan International Film Festival, one of the top events in Asia, if organizers did not address their concerns about government interference in the festival.”
“Medieval morality plays had vice; Marxists, the bourgeoisie; and my English professors, dead white males. (They also worried about power, brainchild of Foucault’s bald pate.) But these days, we cross our index fingers in the face of privilege. … No one, however, has done more to humanize poor old two-dimensional Privilege than the filmmaker Whit Stillman. … Unsurprisingly, this seems to trouble his critics.”
“Under Thile’s direction, which begins on 15 October, A Prairie Home Companion will be retooled into a heavier musical focus.” (He says Radiohead would be his dream guest.) “Thile is game to tackle comedy himself, and has already demonstrated chops at singalong spoofs and acidic one-liners, but Keillor’s staple segments will exit with him.”
“The fundamental challenges remain: It’s hard to multitask with spoken-word audio when you’re browsing other things. We still don’t have a true “BuzzFeed for audio” to elevate clips with viral potential. And now silent autoplay videos on Facebook and Twitter are training users to expect an entirely different engagement experience.”
“Some years ago TV comedies found grim humour in ordinary domestic life. Now even sitcoms about murder and sex slavery are bright and bubbly. … What happened?”
“If the soap was about anywhere other than Syria, you might call the storylines melodramatic, but as the scriptwriter Mahmoud points out, all his plots resonate with Syrians because they’re just hearing their own story.”
“In our initial resolution, we tried, but failed to come up with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ definition of activity,” the governors told members in the letter, which was sent on Monday.
“There are myriad issues – the shift toward digital streaming, an aging listenership, the rise of commercial podcasting – plaguing public radio, and more specifically, NPR. Bob [Garfield] takes a hard look at how NPR member stations and the mothership are dealing with this tangled web of challenges, and considers what the future might hold for the public media institution.” (audio)
As it happens, Nussbaum is the second female television critic in a row to take the prize, which went to The Los Angeles Times’s Mary McNamara last year.
“Which is worse: Hollywood not casting Asians to play Asians or Hollywood pretending that Asians don’t exist in the first place?”
Now you can get a Netflix-competitor standalone Amazon Prime Video service. Books? Other goods? Meh. Streaming!
“We have to recognise that young people don’t watch TV the way we did. … It’s very much in the spirit of New Blood that the show will premiere on iPlayer.”
“For 8,000 years we’ve had lyric poetry, for 400 years we’ve had the novel, theatre hands its meaning down in text. Let’s find a medium whose total, sole responsibility is the world as seen as a form of visual intelligence. Surely, surely, surely the cinema should be that phenomenon.”
The worldwide film market increased 5% in 2015 thanks to billion-dollar films including “Jurassic World,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” according to a report released Tuesday by the Motion Picture Assn. of America.
“When you tell a 22-year-old to turn off the phone, don’t ruin the movie, they hear please cut off your left arm above the elbow. You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. That’s not how they live their life.”