4 items from 2015
With ratings falling to an alarming level, major changes are going be made in WWE if they want to turn things around in 2016. New wrestlers will have to be signed, Nxt wrestlers will called up, and some veterans are going to have to go. It’s an unfortunate fact of wrestling life, but when Vince McMahon thinks that someone isn’t earning their keep, they’re not long for the main roster.
It’s been a long time since we’ve had a big house cleaning in WWE, but with ratings rapidly falling, the boss is going to look for someone to blame. He’s certainly not going to blame himself, or his daughter, or his son-in-law, which basically leaves the wrestlers to have to find a new place of employment. Lucky them.
Right now there’s quite a few men and women who haven’t done anything »
- Andrew Soucek
The Portland Film Festival has partnered with the local chapter of Women in Film and the global event #directedbyWomen, the 15-day worldwide film viewing party highlighting female directors and their work from September 1-15. The third annual Portland Film Festival, which runs from September 1-7, showcased some of the films from #directedbywomen, including Heather de Michele's "As Good As You," Dana Nachman's "Batkid Begins," Lauren Shaw's "Angkor's Children" and Gabrielle Demeestere's "Yosemite." Local Portland producer Lara Cuddy has three films in the festival, including opening night film "Birds of Neptune," directed by Steven Richter. Cuddy was represented on the Women in Film panel at the festival, which also included veteran screenwriter Leslie Dixon ("Freaky Friday," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Limitless"), director Megan Griffiths ("Lucky Them," "Eden," "The Off »
- Paula Bernstein
It seems that Jurassic World – and future Star Wars: Episode IX – helmer Colin Trevorrow has caused a bit of controversy on Twitter with his comments about gender imbalance with regards to the opportunities afford to both male and female directors in Hollywood.
Asked about the criticism that studios are offering untested male directors huge opportunities with big budget blockbusters but not female filmmakers, Trevorrow responded that:
“Obviously it’s very lopsided, and hopefully it’s going to change as time goes on. But it hurts my feelings when I’m used as an example of white, male privilege. I know many of the female filmmakers who are being referred to in these articles. These women are being offered these kinds of movies, but they’re choosing not to make them. I think it makes [female directors] seem like victims to suggest that they’re not getting the opportunities and not artists who »
- Gary Collinson
Phillips will take on the role of serial killer Richard Ramirez, dubbed “the Night Stalker” by the Los Angeles press during his 1985 killing spree. The film incorporates Ramirez’s history of violence into a fictional narrative centering on a prison interview between the aging killer and a lawyer attempting to elicit a confession from Ramirez that will save another man from death row.
Ramirez, an avowed Satanist, was convicted of 13 murders and never expressed any remorse. He died on death row in 2013 of complications from B-cell lymphoma.
“I grew up in Southern California and spent the summer of 1985 in the shadow of Ramirez, »
- Dave McNary
4 items from 2015
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