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Film News Roundup: Writers Guild Warns Members on Non-Union Virtual Reality Projects

In today’s film news roundup, the WGA West warns members about non-union virtual reality projects, Screen Media Ventures is acquired, and “Beverly Hills Lizard People” gets a director.

WGA Warning

The Writers Guild of America West has notified members that they cannot work on virtual reality projects unless they’re covered by the guild.

In an email sent to members Monday, the guild said members could face disciplinary action if they work on non-union projects.

“As Virtual Reality technology and platforms continue to develop, so do potential writing opportunities for WGA members,” the WGA West said. “It is important for you to remember, and to remind your representatives, that literary material written for virtual reality programs (Vr) is covered by the new media side letter in the Mba. If you are hired to write Vr content, whether original or derivative (including any promotional virtual reality project you work on while staffed on a show), you must confirm
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2016 TCM Classic Film Festival Opens With 40th Anniversary Screening Of All The President’S Men

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 7th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on April 28thwith a 40th Anniversary screening of the Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman political thriller All The President’s Men (1976).

The festival, set to take place April 28 – May 1 in Hollywood, will also include tributes to the following screen legends:

· Director-writer Carl Reiner featuring a screening of Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) and an extended conversation

· Actor Elliott Gould featuring screenings of his Golden Globe nominated performance in M*A*S*H (1970), The Long Goodbye (1973) and a conversation in Club TCM

This year’s festival will include appearances by:

· Eva Marie Saint – on hand to introduce a screening of the political comedy The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966)

· Director John Singleton – presenting a 25th anniversary screening of his coming-of-age classic Boyz N The Hood (1991)

· Actor Stacy Keach – discussing John Huston’s gritty look at
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Oscars 2015: Nine Inside Jokes Explained

Oscars 2015: Nine Inside Jokes Explained
Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris made a few jokes over the course of Sunday night's three-and-a-half-hour broadcast that may have gone over the heads of those who don't follow the entertainment industry as closely as the Dolby Theatre audience does. Harris made references to box-office flop Smurfs 2, Harvey Weinstein's famous fiery temper, Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards and even his and Jason Bateman's shared past as child actors. In addition, Jack Black brought up Hollywood's avarice for "Chinese bucks" during his rant in the middle of Harris' "Moving Pictures" opening song and best supporting actress

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87th Academy Award Winners: Birdman Tops Boyhood

Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan
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Watch: Robert Rodriguez's '10-Minute Film School' Is Essential for Aspiring Filmmakers

If four years and a mountain of student loans doesn’t appeal to you, Spy Kids and Machete director Robert Rodriguez has a cure for your film school blues. His "10-Minute Film School," a 1993 episode from the Moving Pictures BBC television series that aired between 1991 and 1996, is essential viewing. You can find several of his “10-Minute” segments on various Rodriguez DVD releases, but Filmmaker Iq spotted one of them online. Rodriguez emphasizes that budding filmmakers should take stock in what they have. It's all about making what you know, but saving a little money doesn’t hurt either. His example: if your father owns a liquor store, make a movie about a liquor store (or set it in one). Learning the technical side of...

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Watch: Robert Rodriguez' '10-Minute Film School' Is Essential for Aspiring Filmmakers

If four years and a mountain of student loans doesn’t appeal to you, Spy Kids and Machete director Robert Rodriguez has a cure for your film school blues. His "10-Minute Film School," a 1993 episode from the Moving Pictures BBC television series that aired between 1991 and 1996, is essential viewing. You can find several of his “10-Minute” segments on various Rodriguez DVD releases, but Filmmaker Iq spotted one of them online. Rodriguez emphasizes that budding filmmakers should take stock in what they have. It's all about making what you know, but saving a little money doesn’t hurt either. His example: if your father owns a liquor store, make a movie about a liquor store (or set it in one). Learning the technical side of...

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Watch: Robert Rodriguez's 'Ten-Minute Film School' Is Essential for Aspiring Filmmakers

If four years and a mountain of student loans doesn’t appeal to you, Spy Kids and Machete director Robert Rodriguez has a cure for your film school blues. His "Ten-Minute Film School," a 1993 episode from the Moving Pictures BBC television series that aired between 1991 and 1996, is essential viewing. You can find several of his “10-Minute” segments on various Rodriguez DVD releases, but Filmmaker Iq spotted one of them online. Rodriguez emphasizes that budding filmmakers should take stock in what they have. It's all about making what you know, but saving a little money doesn’t hurt either. His example: if your father owns a liquor store, make a movie about a liquor store (or set it in one). Learning the technical side of...

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Peter Bogdanovich To Direct TV Miniseries About Film & Murder 'The Inventor And The Tycoon'

At 74 years old, Peter Bogdanovich—he of many ascots—isn't slowing down. He's got his next feature film, "Squirrel To The Nuts" (produced by metaphorical adopted sons Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson) in the can, he's always got a couple acting gigs in the mix, and oh, he's going to direct a TV miniseries. And it sounds fascinating. The filmmaker is teaming with Cohen Media Group, where he'll helm an adaptation of Edward Ball’s "The Inventor And The Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder And The Birth Of Moving Pictures," and as you might surmise from the title, it tells a fascinating story, and certainly one up Bogdanovich's film historian alley. The series will tell the tale of stop-motion photography inventor Eadweard Muybridge (whose advance paved the way for film) and his benefactor Leland Stanford, and how their lives overlapped in intriguing ways. And oh, in case you didn't know?
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Peter Bogdanovich to direct Tycoon

Cohen Media Group has tapped Oscar-nominated director Peter Bogdanovich to direct its television miniseries adaptation of Edward Ball’s The Inventor And The Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder And The Birth Of Moving Pictures.

“We are thrilled that Peter Bogdanovich will direct this exciting project. He is truly one of the major figures of modern American cinema, and this exceptional story is tailor-made for him,” said Charles S Cohen, chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group.

Published in 2013, The Inventor And The Tycoon tells the true story of film pioneer Edward Muybridge and wealthy industrialist and politician Leland Stanford.

“It’s a fascinating story about the origins of cinema/beginning of movies and the amazing series of coincidences that led to that creation,” said Bogdanovich.

Bogdanovich will develop the miniseries and serve as co-executive producer alongside Cohen, Cmg president Daniel Battsek and Oscar-winning producer Fred Roos.

ICM Partners represented the sale of Ball’s book.
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Cohen Media Group sets Bogdanovich for Tycoon

Cohen Media Group has tapped Oscar-nominated director Peter Bogdanovich to direct its television miniseries adaptation of Edward Ball’s The Inventor And The Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder And The Birth Of Moving Pictures.

“We are thrilled that Peter Bogdanovich will direct this exciting project. He is truly one of the major figures of modern American cinema, and this exceptional story is tailor-made for him,” said Charles S Cohen, chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group.

Published in 2013, The Inventor And The Tycoon tells the true story of film pioneer Edward Muybridge and wealthy industrialist and politician Leland Stanford.

“It’s a fascinating story about the origins of cinema/beginning of movies and the amazing series of coincidences that led to that creation,” said Bogdanovich.

Bogdanovich will develop the miniseries and serve as co-executive producer alongside Cohen, Cmg president Daniel Battsek and Oscar-winning producer Fred Roos.

ICM Partners represented the sale of Ball’s book.
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Peter Bogdanovich to Direct ‘The Inventor and the Tycoon’ Miniseries

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Peter Bogdanovich to Direct ‘The Inventor and the Tycoon’ Miniseries
The Last Picture Show” director Peter Bogdanovich will explore the story of the first picture shows for his next project. Bogdanovich has signed on to direct a TV miniseries adaptation of Edward Ball's 2013 book “The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures.” The book explores the true story of motion-picture pioneer Edward Muybridge and industrialist-politician Leland Stanford, and their effect on the early days of cinema. Also read: Tatum O'Neal Reteams With ‘Paper Moon’ Director Peter Bogdanovich for Showbiz Comedy (Exclusive) Bogdanovich is developing the project with Cohen Media Group, and is also serving as.
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Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron, Rupert Wyatt and David Yates in Talks To Enter ‘The Twilight Zone’

Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron, Rupert Wyatt and David Yates in Talks To Enter ‘The Twilight Zone’
Now, the time has finally arrived that you might actually be excited about a Twilight movie... Warner Bros is in talks with Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and David Yates (Harry Potter films) for a new movie adaptation of The Twilight Zone. The 1983 Twilight Zone movie was presented as an anthology, each of the four stories helmed by A-list directors: Steven Spielberg, John Landis, Joe Dante and George Miller. Hollywood no longer likes the idea of an anthology film (note Warner Bros' handling of the highly praised 2007 horror anthology film Trick 'r Treat), so the new movie is one storyline, and will require a single director. Variety [1] reports that there is "mutual interest is brewing between WB and at least three individuals" listed above, although talks with Yates have "waned". Nolan is said to be the front runner for the project,
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Designing ‘Harry Potter’

By Annlee Ellingson

(Moving Pictures, spring issue, 2011)

Like the books on which they are based, the “Harry Potter” movies began by putting pencil to paper. Very early on in preproduction, British production designer Stuart Craig and producer David Heyman met with the series’ author J.K. Rowling at a hotel in London, and she drew them a map of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

“It showed the train station, how the first years cross the lake in the boats, how all the kids go around the perimeter, right ’round the edge of the lake through Hogsmeade Village, in through the gate, Dark Forest — everything,” Craig remembers. “All the essentials were there and in their correct relationship.”

From that simple line drawing on hotel stationery sprang the crimson-colored Sorcerer’s Stone, the Gothic catacombs of the Chamber of Secrets, the electric blue flames spewing from the Goblet of Fire; the soaring
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Designing ‘Harry Potter’

By Annlee Ellingson

(Moving Pictures, spring issue, 2011)

Like the books on which they are based, the “Harry Potter” movies began by putting pencil to paper. Very early on in preproduction, British production designer Stuart Craig and producer David Heyman met with the series’ author J.K. Rowling at a hotel in London, and she drew them a map of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

“It showed the train station, how the first years cross the lake in the boats, how all the kids go around the perimeter, right ’round the edge of the lake through Hogsmeade Village, in through the gate, Dark Forest — everything,” Craig remembers. “All the essentials were there and in their correct relationship.”

From that simple line drawing on hotel stationery sprang the crimson-colored Sorcerer’s Stone, the Gothic catacombs of the Chamber of Secrets, the electric blue flames spewing from the Goblet of Fire; the soaring
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Cannes 2011. Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life"

Updated through 5/20.

"Partly because of his devotion to a meticulous, artisanal approach to filmmaking, and partly because of the sheer secrecy in which his projects are enshrouded, a Malick film is more than an event — it has the religious quality of an ecstatic unveiling." That's Tim Robey in the Telegraph back in early April: "By Malick's standards, the period that has elapsed since his last film, 2005's underseen Pocahontas epic The New World, is little longer than the blink of an eye — his 20-year absence between Days of Heaven (1978) and The Thin Red Line (1998) is the stuff an entire legend is built on. Still, when you bear in mind that shooting for The Tree of Life began in early 2008, and the film was first tipped for release during in 2009, the delay has been torture enough."

The wait's over, Twitter's a-flutter with mixed instant takes and the first reviews are just coming in.
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Autism speaks: ‘Assume we are competent’

Tracy Thresher, left, and Larry Bissonnette traveled the globe to discuss their personal struggles with autism

The Autism Society has been celebrating April as National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. It is a time for educating the public about the disorder and the issues that are foremost in the growing autism community. In December 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to one in every 110 births in the United States — and about one in 70 boys.

When Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher were youngsters, little was known about autism. Larry and countless others were institutionalized and treated as if they were mentally retarded. Upon watching Academy Award-winning producer-director Gerardine Wurzburg’s documentary “Wretches & Jabberers,” one quickly realizes nothing could be further from the truth. In partnership with the Autism Society, “Wretches & Jabberers” opens in April in AMC Theatres across 40 cities, with Thresher
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Autism speaks: ‘Assume we are competent’

Tracy Thresher, left, and Larry Bissonnette traveled the globe to discuss their personal struggles with autism

The Autism Society has been celebrating April as National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. It is a time for educating the public about the disorder and the issues that are foremost in the growing autism community. In December 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to one in every 110 births in the United States — and about one in 70 boys.

When Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher were youngsters, little was known about autism. Larry and countless others were institutionalized and treated as if they were mentally retarded. Upon watching Academy Award-winning producer-director Gerardine Wurzburg’s documentary “Wretches & Jabberers,” one quickly realizes nothing could be further from the truth. In partnership with the Autism Society, “Wretches & Jabberers” opens in April in AMC Theatres across 40 cities, with Thresher
See full article at Moving Pictures Magazine »

Pow! Zap! Bam! Wham! 12 Super Comic-book Flicks

By Howard Burns

(Moving Pictures, winter issue, 2011)

Heroes — it seems we need them now more than ever. Hollywood is aiming to give us a whole lot of “comic” relief over the next 24 months by releasing a spate of films based on characters that were first brought to life on the pages of comic books and graphic novels.

The Green Hornet,” profiled by Moving Pictures in interviews with star Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry, is but the first in a long line of comic-book titles coming to a theater near you. In 2011 alone, we can expect “Priest,” “Thor,” “Green Lantern,” “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Cowboys & Aliens,” along with the continuing sagas of “Transformers,” “Men in Black” and “Sin City,” to name just a few.

Next year looks to be even bigger, with Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Iron Man, the Avengers and that pesky Ant-Man among those returning to lead the charge for truth,
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November 2010 Criterion Collection Releases Announced: Antichrist, Night Of The Hunter, Modern Times And Bbs Box Set

There is a trend these days amongst some film goers, in which they actively avoid trailers, as well as any kind of plot spoilers regarding upcoming films. I won’t go so far as to say that this is a recent trend, but it has certainly appeared on my radar a lot over the past few years. People want to keep that magic of the surprise, when it comes to upcoming media. At the same time, there is an abundance of information about everything media related thanks to the internet.

One aspect of the Criterion Collection that we all have come to accept, and learn to love in a holiday package opening sense, is their secrecy regarding upcoming releases. We have joked about how they are almost at Apple-like levels of secrecy, and when something gets out, Criterion fans jump on it.

I think we all want to know what
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Cannes Review: Route Irish, Carlos and much more.

Robert here, scouring the internet to give you the latest on the films premiering in Cannes. Most films are still getting mainly mixed reviews (which should flesh out one way or the other once a wider release is had) but unlike the earlier screenings, there are at least some passionate responses.

In Competition

Of Gods and Men French director Xavier Beauvoi's film about monks who are confronted by fundamentalists is one such film. Aaron Hillis at Moving Pictures, calls the film "overly pious and not much else." But Katie Muir at The Times Online says "It is the most intensely passionate film at Cannes so far this year." Mike D'Angelo of The Av Club comes up in the middle, suggesting "Of Gods & Men never sets a foot wrong, but neither does it challenge the viewer to feel anything but passive admiration."Route Irish Ken Loach's Iraq war film was
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