“The biggest and most immediate changes are likely to be felt at Fox Broadcasting, which will be divorced from studio 20th Century Fox Television. Fox will thus become the only broadcast network not affiliated with a television studio.”
The type of shameless promotion that YouTubers engage in on a daily basis is radically different from what Vaccarino had experienced with traditional artists. “When it comes to selling something, with bands and traditional musicians, it’s not their priority. They’re like, ‘How do I make good music?’ And just assume the money will follow. They will be apologetic about selling merch. YouTubers are like, ‘How can I sell as much as possible to these fans who want to be sold to?’”
The motion to prioritize female visibility at the televised event is designed to be a response to the slew of sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood. Traditionally, a man and a women have been paired to present each category’s winner at the SAG awards. The ceremony’s list of presenters have not yet been released.
When allegations of sexual abuse and harassment by Spacey came out in the fall, he became PR poison, and all Hollywood ran the other way. Sony was inclined to withdraw the planned Christmas release All the Money in the World, in which Spacey played the late billionaire J. Paul Getty III – until director Ridley Scott convinced the studio to let him – on an incredibly tight schedule – reshoot and splice in Getty’s scenes with Christopher Plummer in the role. Brooks Barnes reports on how they pulled it off.
“Since Harvey Weinstein’s unraveling, the list of cultural heavy-hitters accused of sexual misconduct has been growing at a dizzying clip, particularly in Hollywood. Enter Rotten Apples: a searchable database introduced on Tuesday that informs users which films or television shows are connected to those accused of sexual harassment or worse.”
“[An] investigation found credible allegations that Smiley had engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates, sources said…. In general, witnesses described Smiley as creating a verbally abusive and threatening environment that went beyond what could be expected in a typical high-pressure work environment.”
“The Walt Disney Company said on Thursday that it had reached a deal to buy most of the assets of 21st Century Fox, the conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $52.4 billion. … The once unthinkable acquisition promises to reshape Hollywood and Silicon Valley.”
While several networks gave us plenty of quality programming this year, including HBO, FX, and others, no other U.S.-based streaming service, broadcast or cable network released more terrific scripted TV shows this year than Netflix did. None.
“The vote on that standard” – called ATSC 3.0 – “was nearly as controversial as the net neutrality rollback, but far fewer people are talking about it. So let’s talk about it – and put it in context with the last time the federal government pushed us to upgrade our TVs.”
“Is it possible that the lack of nonwhite and female lead characters in Hollywood films is driven, in part, by economic concerns from movie studios? Our analysis of more than 800 films sampled between 2005 and 2012 suggests the answer is ‘yes’.”
Alwan is an independent Syrian news station broadcasting into that devastated country every day. It “provides much-needed news updates to information-starved Syrians and also runs popular entertainment programs and controversial discussions. After being forced to move its operations to Turkey, the voice of Radio Alwan still provides comfort to thousands of Syrians, at great risk to the individuals within Syria who help create the station’s programs.”
Although satellite television and video downloads have made the ban on commercial theaters all but moot, the announcement highlights the diminishing power of the kingdom’s conservative clerics. The grand mufti, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority, publicly called commercial films a source of “depravity” and opposed the opening of movie theaters as recently as a few months ago.
Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” led nominations on the movie front. On the TV side, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” picked up six nominations, while FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” followed with four. Meanwhile, “Fargo,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “This Is Us” all landed three nods.
Actually, it might be more of the culmination of a change that began with Simba seeing his father die in The Lion King. That 1994 movie “is surprisingly frank about survivor’s guilt, remorse and reflection. It’s more honest about the experience of death than most Disney animated movies before it.”
Sometimes, inattention to accuracy can destroy credibility. Aged toy guns may work in the background, but something as simple as tape can leave the wrong impression. “If an actor’s taping up a flier and they’re using the wrong type of tape, like Magic Tape that hasn’t been invented yet,” then someone hasn’t done their job right.
And juggernaut it is – aside from all of its other moneymaking projects, and aside from toy and other licensing revenue, of course, the first two Disney films grossed more than $3 billion.
Just to be clear, this is in a consensual situation. “It’s a ridiculousness that nobody talks about. I was incredibly shocked and taken aback by the pace of sexual activity when I first experienced it, because you really think it’s going to be languorous, floatin
“It is impossible to say how many women might have been spared Mr. Weinstein’s alleged sexual aggression had more agents responded with the impulse to act. At C.A.A., at least eight agents had heard about Mr. Weinstein’s behavior, largely from actresses they represented, but several former senior C.A.A. agents said they were unaware of it or any formal agency response.”
Leonard Lopate, 77, who has hosted a popular midday talk show about books, culture and society for 32 years, was escorted from the building on Wednesday, about an hour before his program was to begin; he says management has refused to tell him what incidents led to his suspension. Also off the air is Jonathan Schwartz, who hosts weekend music shows and the online-only Jonathan Channel, both focused on the Great American Songbook. (includes audio)
Adaora Udoji, breaking her non-disclosure agreement: “Within months of the show’s launch in April 2008, my co-host John Hockenberry was yelling and screaming at me in the studio, at times when senior staff was present. … The more I complained, the more the focus became my lack of experience in radio. But they were fully aware of that when they hired me. I was even told one of the reasons for John’s explosions were his frustration with my ‘incompetence’. I was the problem.”
When Aleppo-born director Sam Kadi was making the documentary Little Gandhi, it was too dangerous for him to return to Syria from abroad, so he directed his cameramen via Skype as they tried to avoid sniper fire. And he says that if the film were shown inside Syria now, he would be executed.
What now? Sexual predators can be fired; assaulters presumably punished. These measures may bring relief and perhaps justice to victims, and they may scare abusers from doing more harm. But we are talking about the movie business, an industry that has systematically exploited some women while shutting others out of positions of power. Integrating more women into this male-dominated sphere may not automatically right the balance.
“The decision reflected an escalating clash between Singer and actor Rami Malek and was caused by the helmer being missing from the set, necessitating the Dec. 1 production shutdown of the film” – titled Bohemian Rhapsody – in which Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, frontman of the rock group Queen.”
New York Public Radio – producer of The Takeaway and Hockenberry’s employer – does a detailed report on the working atmosphere at the show, which charges of unprofessional behavior senior management knew about when, and the development that finally led the station to terminate his contract this summer.
Here is the public radio news show’s first segment since news of alleged bullying of female colleagues and hitting on female subordinates became public over the weekend. Current host Todd Zwillich talks with journalist Suki Kim, who broke the news, as well as a special projects producer at WNYC about how the station will begin dealing with the issue.
Some of their “trailer reaction” videos actually boast more views than the trailers they reference, meaning that, mathematically speaking, a significant portion of their audience watch the reaction but not the trailers to which the reaction is, um, reacting.
“There is a paradox in the missing cohort of current homegrown films and filmmakers at the box office. It’s not a lack of talent. Canadians make movies for Hollywood every day. We have the best movie craftspeople on the planet. It, X Men: Apocalypse and Blade Runner 2049 are recent Hollywood releases made mostly by Canadian crews. It’s also not a lack of market. Canadians spent around a billion dollars on movie tickets last year. So why has it become so rare for an English-language Canadian film to connect with audiences?”
The digital commons fosters great communal benefits that go beyond being a publisher in the traditional sense. The fact that YouTube is open and free allows all kinds of creativity to flourish in ways that are not enabled by the entertainment industry. The tragedy is that it also empowers pornographers and propagandists for terror.
TV, the art form, is in its platinum age. But the future present of video packaging and distribution is on-demand and digital. TV the platform simply cannot survive under its current business model. It must evolve.
There’s no clear favorite now, with Spielberg’s The Post getting a different award, and both Ladybird and Call Me By Your Name winning multiple awards – and there’s always Get Out or The Florida Project, both of which are accumulating smaller awards as well. (Does that mean it’s a good year? Hm.)