3 items from 2014
The calls have been heard loud and clear, both on stage and off at the Oscars or in the annals of the web and at the box office: the world demands more movies with women, about women, by women and for women.
Every week a movie seems to be failing the Bechdel test, and every week a separate movie ends up walking away with the lion’s share at the box office. From hits like Maleficent, The Fault in Our Stars and Lucy to monster franchises like The Hunger Games, the old notion that teenage boys are the ones driving the demand at the movies is rapidly eroding. The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy opened to a 44 percent female audience on the film’s opening weekend, the highest share for any Marvel movie to date.
And although they’ve taken their sweet time, Hollywood »
- Brian Welk
Garby Francis Leon, an executive at 20th Century Fox who developed “The Matrix” while at Silver Pictures, where he also worked on “Lethal Weapon IV” and “The Manchurian Candidate” remake, died April 21 after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.
Leon had been a story analyst at Fox since the mid 2000s. Before that, from 1997-99, he was VP of production at Fox Family Films, where he developed “Ever After,” “Home Alone III” and “Anastasia.”
Born in New York City, he earned a B.A. from Marlboro College and a PhD in music from Harvard U.
In the mid 2000s, Leon was a union organizer at the Motion Picture Editors Guild.
He is survived by his wife, »
- Carmel Dagan
Director E.L. Katz‘s Cheap Thrills was the first movie to get picked up for distribution at this year’s South by Southwest, and it’s also the third movie in a row actor Pat Healy has had at the festival, following Compliance and The Innkeepers. All three movies have featured Healy in a starring role, but, according to Healy, that doesn’t mean he still isn’t crashing on people’s couches to make it to a film festival. Healy has been acting for quite a while now, making small appearances in Payback, The Assassination of Jesse James, to, who could forget, Home Alone 3. Even with a steady stream of working coming his way recently, Healy still struggles, and and that struggle is something Cheap Thrills is very much about. When I sat down with Healy in Austin he was playing with his sweater, which was made by his brother’s clothing company, Toddland »
- Jack Giroux
3 items from 2014
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