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Chances are, you won’t hear a Kenny Rogers classic playing in the background of The Good Wife anytime soon (eclectic as the show’s soundtrack can sometimes be). And yet as CBS ponders the fate of its acclaimed Sunday-night drama in the wake of creators Robert and Michelle King announcing they’ll step down as showrunners at the end of Season 7, here’s hoping they’ll heed the immortal words of “The Gambler” and prove they “know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em… know when to walk away, and know when to run.”
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François-Henri Pinault’s French luxury powerhouse Kering and Sundance Institute have joined forces to support six female directors throughout the year as part of the festival’s Women at Sundance Fellowship Program.
Under the partnership, Kering will develop a special training workshop for this year’s Women at Sundance Fellows, while both institutions will co-host a Women in Motion panel discussion in NYC in April.
The fellowship program will match six women filmmakers from Sundance Institute’s programs with industry leaders and will include one-on-one mentorship and coaching.
“Women make up 50.8% of the U.S. population and yet only 4.2% of the 100 top-grossing films are made by female directors. However, each year for the last 13 years, 25% of American directors at the Sundance Film Festival have been female. I am thus very excited and proud about Kering supporting ‘Women at Sundance’ Fellows,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering Group’s chairman and CEO.
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- Elsa Keslassy
The switch of networks for WWE’s SmackDown has had a positive impact on the ratings, at least initially.
SmackDown this week drew an average of 2.757 million viewers. The final cable broadcast rating for the show was a 1.93 (translation, 1.93% of television viewers watching TV Thursday evening that have access to the USA Network tuned into the show). Recent episodes of SmackDown had been drawing around 2.3 million viewers on SyFy.
As far as the cable rating (1.93) goes, this was the highest rated SmackDown since a post WrestleMania 31 episode in 2015 finished with a 1.94 cable rating.
It will be interesting to see next week where the ratings fall. WWE clearly wants SmackDown to be viewed as more of an “A show” now that »
- Ryan Droste
Fans that missed Twilight Time's initial Blu-ray release of Ray Harryhausen's Jules Verne spectacle get a second chance with this Encore Edition reissue. It includes an improved transfer and new extras, including an excellent audio commentary with Steven C. Smith, C. Courtney Joyner and Randall William Cook. The show still sends us, and Bernard Herrmann's powerful music score shakes the rafters. Mysterious Island Blu-ray Twilight Time 1961 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 101 min. / Encoire Limited Edition / available at the Screen Archives Entertainment website; Street Date December 8, 2015 / 29.95 Starring Michael Craig, Michael Callan, Beth Rogan, Gary Merrill, Herbert Lom, Joan Greenwood, Percy Herbert. Cinematography Wilkie Cooper Special visual effects Ray Harryhausen Art Direction Bill Andrews Film Editor Frederick Wilson Original Music Bernard Herrmann Written by John Prebble, Daniel B. Ullman and Crane Wilbur from the novel by Jules Verne Produced by Charles H. Schneer Directed by Cy Endfield
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- Glenn Erickson
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