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Chuck Parker Sworn In as Art Directors Guild National Executive Director for Third Term

Chuck Parker Sworn In as Art Directors Guild National Executive Director for Third Term
The Art Directors Guild has sworn in production designer Chuck Parker as National Executive Director for a third term after its latest election, which also saw the election and appointment of several different positions.

Additionally, the IATSE Local swore in Joel Cohen for his first three-year term as Associate National Executive Director.

Said the Guild’s National President Nelson Coates, “I am pleased to welcome back National Executive Director Chuck Parker, and look forward to continuing our work together on behalf of our 3,100 members to build an even stronger Guild. I also welcome and look forward to working with incoming Associate National Executive Director Joel Cohen, who has served the Guild with distinction for the past six years.”

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‘The Morning Show’ production designer Nelson Coates on going ‘bigger’ and ‘around the world’ in 2nd season [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘The Morning Show’ production designer Nelson Coates on going ‘bigger’ and ‘around the world’ in 2nd season [Exclusive Video Interview]
Apple TV+‘s “The Morning Show” was three and a half weeks into filming when production on its second season was forced to shut down in early 2020 due the then-oncoming Covid-19 pandemic. Although more than half of the second season had already been written at that point, the writers decided to rewrite it in order to incorporate what would become the global health crisis of our time into the original storyline. This decision, of course, had a significant effect on the entire production of the season. “After Covid, they decided that everything was going to get bigger and go around the world,” says production designer Nelson Coates, who boarded the show ahead of Season 2, in a new webchat with Gold Derby. Watch our exclusive video interview above.

Developed by Kerry Ehrin and partly inspired by consulting producer Brian Stelter‘s behind-the-scenes book “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World
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Chuck Parker Re-Elected To Art Directors Guild’s Top Post

Chuck Parker Re-Elected To Art Directors Guild’s Top Post
Chuck Parker has been re-elected national executive director of the Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800. Three years ago, he ran unopposed, but this year four challengers were on the ballot.

With 391 votes, Parker handily defeated former guild president Thomas Walsh, who received 171 votes; former guild president Mimi Gramatky, who got 114 votes; Susan Largent, a member of the guild for more than 20 years, who received 91 votes, and Marcia Hinds, a former member of the guild’s executive board, who received 39 votes.

In a surprise upset, Joel Cohen, the guild’s field rep for the past five years, defeated Parker’s ally, who goes by the name dooner, in his bid to be re-elected associate national executive director. In that race, Cohen received 421 votes to dooner’s 388.

The Art Directors Guild is unusual in that it’s the only Hollywood guild with national jurisdiction that elects its top executive officer – the result
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‘One Perfect Shot’: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Costume Designer Recalls Dressing Michelle Yeoh in a ‘Queenly Way’

‘One Perfect Shot’: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Costume Designer Recalls Dressing Michelle Yeoh in a ‘Queenly Way’
HBO Max’s new series “One Perfect Shot” is a masterclass in filmmaking. Ava DuVernay hosts and executive produces the series, inspired by the Twitter account of the same name.

Patty Jenkins, Aaron Sorkin, Kasi Lemmons, Jon M. Chu, Malcolm D. Lee and Michael Mann are among the featured filmmakers who share their obstacles, challenges, lessons and triumphs as they talk about that one perfect shot. In the case of Chu, he discusses “Crazy Rich Asians” and the path to making a film that would herald a new moment in storytelling for Aapi representation in Hollywood.

Chu is joined by production designer Nelson Coates and costume designer Mary Vogt. As they recall the epic wedding scene, Vogt tells Chu how she worked with the extras and locals from Singapore to “bring your couture dresses and real diamonds” — and that’s how the team pulled off a 40 million dollar wedding scene on a 35 million film budget.
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‘Dune’ wins at Art Directors Guild Awards on the way to Oscars

‘Dune’ wins at Art Directors Guild Awards on the way to Oscars
Dune” got a big boost in its Oscar bid for Best Production Design with a win on March 6 at the Art Directors Guild Awards. Over the first 25 years of these prizes, the eventual Oscar winner has always numbered among the Adg nominees in the various genre categories. “Dune” prevailed in the fantasy film race over “Cruella,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “The Green Knight” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

Its closest Oscar competition, “Nightmare Alley,” won the period picture prize over two other Oscar contenders — “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and “West Side Story.” The fifth Oscar nominee, “The Power of the Dog,” was snubbed in that race in favor of “The French Dispatch” and “Licorice Pizza.”

No Time to Die” won the contemporary category over “Candyman,” “Don’t Look Up,” “In the Heights” and “The Lost Daughter.”

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The French Dispatch” – Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen

Licorice Pizza” – Production Designer:
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2022 Art Directors Guild Awards: ‘Dune,’ ‘Nightmare Alley,’ and ‘No Time to Die’ Win Top Film Prizes

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2022 Art Directors Guild Awards: ‘Dune,’ ‘Nightmare Alley,’ and ‘No Time to Die’ Win Top Film Prizes
Dune” (Warner Bros.), “Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight), and “No Time to Die” (MGM/UA) were the big film winners Saturday at the 26th Art Directors Guild Awards (held at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown).

Denis Villeneuve’s epic “Dune” took sci-fi honors, Guillermo del Toro’s noirish “Nightmare Alley” won for period, and Cary Fukanaga’s “No Time to Die” (which closed out Daniel Craig’s James Bond saga), earned the contemporary prize. Additionally, “Encanto,” the Oscar favorite from Disney, grabbed the animated feature award.

Meanwhile, “Squid Game” (Netflix), “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX), and Marvel’s “Loki” and “WandaVision” from Disney+ won the major TV prizes.

In terms of an Oscar predictor, the production design race now comes down to “Dune” and “Nightmare Alley.” “No Time to Die” is not in contention, but the other nominees are “West Side Story” (20th Century), “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix
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Art Directors Guild Awards: ‘Dune,’ ‘Nightmare Alley,’ Are Big Winners As Kevin Costner, Denis Villeneuve Liven Up Show

Art Directors Guild Awards: ‘Dune,’ ‘Nightmare Alley,’ Are Big Winners As Kevin Costner, Denis Villeneuve Liven Up Show
Who’d have thought the 26th annual Art Directors Guild Awards would be such a good party?

Community alum and host Yvette Nicole Brown kicked things off with great energy and a few genuinely funny jokes. There followed two genuinely engaging acceptance speeches from Ethan Tobman and François Audouy and then a genuinely emotional — and funny — introduction from Kevin Costner for his longtime collaborator, production designer Ida Ransom, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I’m so impressed how many production designers are not freaked out by talking up here,” said a visibly nervous Costner. “It’s freaking me out.”

The guild also awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards to Donna Cline, Anne Harris and Denise & Michael Okuda.

Oscar-nominated Dune director Denis Villeneuve received the William Cameron Menzies Award, for which he credited all the production designers he has worked with, especially frequent collaborator Patrice Vermette. Vermette, it turns out, won the gong for Fantasy Feature Film.
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Art Directors Guild Awards preview: Look for Oscar winner for Best Production Design among nominees

Art Directors Guild Awards preview: Look for Oscar winner for Best Production Design among nominees
The 26th annual Art Directors Guild Awards take place on Saturday (March 5). These kudos have a stellar record at previewing the outcome of the Best Production Design race at the Academy Awards. Over the first 25 years of these prizes, the eventual Oscar winner has always numbered among the Adg nominees in the various genre categories.

Dune” is the clear frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Production Design. It reaped a bid in the fantasy film genre with the Adg. The other fantasy film nominees are: “Cruella,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “The Green Knight” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

Three of its Oscar rivals — “Nightmare Alley,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and “West Side Story”– contend in the period picture category. The fifth Oscar nominee, “The Power of the Dog,” was snubbed in that race in favor of “The French Dispatch” and “Licorice Pizza.”

The contemporary contenders are: “Candyman,
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Oscars show changes denounced by Hollywood guilds and Jimmy Fallon, but not Jimmy Kimmel

Oscars show changes denounced by Hollywood guilds and Jimmy Fallon, but not Jimmy Kimmel
Though far more serious problems emerged on the world stage in the last 24 hours, there are some in Hollywood still not ready to accept the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s unexpected decision to bump eight categories — including best score, production design, costume and hair, and editing — out of the live television broadcast.

Not surprisingly, the American Cinema Editors (Ace), an honorary society that many editors belong to, issued a strong rebuke of the decision. “We are deeply disappointed by the Academy’s decision to alter the way certain categories, including film editing, will be presented in the Oscars telecast. It sends a message that some creative disciplines are more vital than others. Nothing could be further from the truth and all who make movies know this,” their statement read.

It continued, “As a group of artists wholly dedicated to advancing the art and prestige of film editing,
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A Tense Zoom Call. Then Shock and Anger as Industry Reacts to Oscar Category Cuts

A Tense Zoom Call. Then Shock and Anger as Industry Reacts to Oscar Category Cuts
A week ago, Oscar nominees from branches including editing, sound, and makeup and hair were invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a virtual town hall. They assumed, according to one individual who attended the Tuesday event, that the meeting was being called to discuss Covid-19 protocols for Hollywood’s biggest night.

Instead, they were informed that their categories would not air live on the telecast, said the source (a current nominee who agreed to speak with Variety on the condition of anonymity). In total, eight different Oscar categories — original score, makeup and hairstyling, documentary short, film editing, production design, animated short, live action short and sound — will be awarded prior to the start of the upcoming March 27 show, edited for time, and broadcast sporadically throughout the evening. Other awards shows, such as the Tonys, have deployed a similar approach, but the move has sparked controversy
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Visual Effects Society to Present Guillermo del Toro with Ves Award for Creative Excellence – Film News In Brief

Visual Effects Society to Present Guillermo del Toro with Ves Award for Creative Excellence – Film News In Brief
The Visual Effects Society will present Guillermo del Toro with Ves Award for Creative Excellence on March 8.

del Toro will be honored for his consummate artistry and expansive storytelling that blends iconic visual effects and unforgettable narrative. Harnessing his intuitive vision, del Toro has created a distinctive cinematic style mixing the world of monster movies, comic books and exuberant visuals straight from his imagination.

“Guillermo is a fiercely inventive storyteller, who has pushed the boundaries of filmmaking,” said Ves Board Chair Lisa Cooke. “An exemplary talent, he has consistently elevated not just the technical aspect of visual effects, but also the emotional. Guillermo is an amazing creative force and a defining voice in our global community, and his body of work is a rich source of inspiration for future generations of artists and innovators. For Guillermo’s outstanding mastery of his craft, we are proud to honor him with the
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William A. Horning & Polly Platt Set For Art Directors Guild’s Hall Of Fame

William A. Horning & Polly Platt Set For Art Directors Guild’s Hall Of Fame
Exclusive: Oscar-winning production designer William A. Horning and Oscar-nominated production designer, costume designer and producer Polly Platt will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild’s Hall of Fame this year for their “extraordinary contributions to the art of visual storytelling.”

The guild’s 26th annual awards will be held in-person March 5 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

“The creative and professional standards set by the 2022 Adg Awards Hall of Fame recipients Polly Platt and William A. Horning are nonpareil,” said Nelson Coates, the guild’s president. “The breadth of the narrative design achievement and depth of storytelling excellence of both legendary designers has served as a benchmark for production design and collaboration and will continue to inspire for generations to come.”

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Horning, who died in 1959, won Oscars for Ben-Hur and Gigi and was Oscar-nominated for The Wizard of Oz,
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Norman Lear and Brent Miller Partner with Juan Pablo Di Pace to Launch ‘For Another Time’ – Film News in Brief

Norman Lear and Brent Miller Partner with Juan Pablo Di Pace to Launch ‘For Another Time’ – Film News in Brief
Norman Lear and his producing partner Brent Miller of Act III Productions have partnered with Juan Pablo Di Pace of Momento Films to launch Di Pace’s LGBTQ+ romantic drama, “For Another Time,” which will shoot on location in Duino, Italy, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Lear and Miller previously exec-produced Mexican film “Te Llevo Conmigo” (I Carry You With Me) and documentary “Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided to Go For It.”

Di Pace, who also stars in the film, based “For Another Time” on events in his own life, and he will co-direct with editor, Andres Pepe Estrada. Di Pace has appeared in “Fuller House,” “Mamma Mia! The Movie” and the upcoming “The Mattachine Family.”

In addition to Lear and Miller, executive producers include Massimiliano Milic, CEO of Terroir Films; and Kent Gibbons. Producers are Juan Pablo Di Pace; Kristen Carroll, founder and CEO of SpoPro/Spotlight Productions
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Art Directors Guild Awards nominations include Oscar frontrunners ‘Dune,’ ‘Nightmare Alley’ …

Art Directors Guild Awards nominations include Oscar frontrunners ‘Dune,’ ‘Nightmare Alley’ …
On January 24 the Art Directors Guild announced the nominees for its 26th annual awards, which will be handed out on March 5. These kudos have a stellar record at previewing the Academy Awards. Over the first 25 years of these prizes, the eventual Oscar winner for Best Production Design has always numbered among the Adg nominees in the various categories.

Dune” is the clear frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Production Design. It reaped a bid in the fantasy film genre with the Adg. All four of its likeliest Oscar rivals — “The French Dispatch,” “Nightmare Alley,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and “West Side Story”– contend in the period picture category. That race is rounded out by “Licorice Pizza.”

The other fantasy film nominees are: “Cruella,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “The Green Knight” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

The contemporary contenders are: “Candyman,” “Don’t Look Up,” “In the Heights,” “The Lost Daughter
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Art Directors Guild 2022 Nominations: ‘Cruella’, ‘Dune’, ‘Nightmare Alley’, ‘Encanto’ Vie For Top Awards – Complete List

Art Directors Guild 2022 Nominations: ‘Cruella’, ‘Dune’, ‘Nightmare Alley’, ‘Encanto’ Vie For Top Awards – Complete List
The Art Directors Guild has announced nominations for the 26th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos and animation features, with nominees in the top categories including Licorice Pizza, Cruella, Dune, In The Heights, The White Lotus and Encanto.

Winners will be announced at the Adg Awards ceremony, which returns to a live-in person event at the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles Downtown Hotel on Saturday, March 5. Today’s announcement was made by Adg President Nelson Coates, Adg, and Awards Producer Michael Allen Glover, Adg.

As previously announced, director Denis Villeneuve (Dune) will receive the William Cameron Menzies Award. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog) will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award. The Adg Awards honor excellence in Production Design in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos and animated feature films.

The producer of the 2022 Adg Awards is Art Director Michael Allen Glover,
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Art Directors Guild 2022 Nominations Headed by ‘Nightmare Alley,’ ‘Cruella,’ ‘No Time to Die,’ ‘In the Heights’

Art Directors Guild 2022 Nominations Headed by ‘Nightmare Alley,’ ‘Cruella,’ ‘No Time to Die,’ ‘In the Heights’
Nightmare Alley,” “Cruella,” “No Time to Die” and “In The Heights” are among the top films recognized for excellence in production design in the 26th annual Art Directors Guild nominations.

On Monday, the Adg announced nominations for this year’s awards show, which will return to a live ceremony on March 5 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

The French Dispatch,” “Licorice Pizza,” “West Side Story” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth” landed nominations in the period feature film category alongside “Nightmare Alley.” “Dune,” “Cruella,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and “The Green Knight” earned recognition in fantasy feature film.

Missing out were Oscar contenders “Spencer,” “The Power of the Dog,” “Belfast” and “Cyrano.”

As previously announced, director Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”) will receive the William Cameron Menzies award. Jane Campion “(The Power of the Dog”) will receive the cinematic imagery award.

The Adg Awards honor
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‘Dune,’ ‘The French Dispatch’ Receive Nominations From Art Directors Guild

‘Dune,’ ‘The French Dispatch’ Receive Nominations From Art Directors Guild
The French Dispatch,” “Nightmare Alley,” “West Side Story,” “Dune,” “The Green Knight” and “Don’t Look Up” are among the feature-film nominees for the 26th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, which are given out by the Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800).

Kicking off a four-day period in which 10 different Hollywood guilds and societies will announce their nominations, the Adg honorees were announced by guild president Nelson Coates and Adg Awards producer Michael Allen Glover.

In the period-film category, the Adg category that most closely matches the Oscar for Best Production Design, the nominees were “The French Dispatch,” “Licorice Pizza,” “Nightmare Alley,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and “West Side Story.”

In the fantasy category, nominations went to “Cruella,” “Dune,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” “The Green Knight” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

And in the contemporary category, the nominees were “Candyman,” “Don’t Look Up,” “In the Heights,” “The Lost Daughter” and “No Time to Die.
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Jane Campion Set For Art Directors Guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award

Jane Campion Set For Art Directors Guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award
Exclusive: Jane Campion will have some new hardware on her mantel come March. The Power of the Dog writer-director and Oscar-winning The Piano scribe is set to receive the Art Directors Guild’s 2022 Cinematic Imagery Award.

She will be honored at the 26th annual Adg Awards on March 5 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Nominations will be announced January 24.

“Long a filmmaker’s filmmaker, Jane Campion’s exacting use of design and style to fully realize her storytelling have made a significant contribution to the visual language of film, while authoring and fostering the genesis of environments that extend the audience experience far beyond the page“We are thrilled to fete acclaimed director Jane Campion among our celebrated filmmakers this year,” said Adg President Nelson Coates, who made today’s announcement with Adg Awards Producer Michael Allen Glover. “Her ability to tell stories and capture moments that marry the interior
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Olga Merediz (‘In the Heights’) on her journey from Broadway to the big screen: ‘More of me to funnel into the role’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Olga Merediz (‘In the Heights’) on her journey from Broadway to the big screen: ‘More of me to funnel into the role’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“We all grow as human beings, we all change and have realizations,” explains Olga Merediz. The actress has done plenty of growing in the time since she first performed as Abuela Claudia in “In the Heights” Off-Broadway in 2007. She would later earn a Tony nomination for the 2008 Broadway production, and she now commits the character to film in Jon M. Chu’s big screen adaptation. Merediz says her portrayal of Claudia is deeper now because “there was more of me to funnel into the role.” Watch the exclusive video interview above.

Merediz’s signature number in the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical is “Paciencia y Fe,” and serves as perhaps the most prominent example of the new profundity given to this character. “When I did it on Broadway,” Merediz recollects, “it was just kind of like ‘oh my God, I won the lottery! That’s great news’” But on film, the placement
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Denis Villenueve To Receive Art Directors Guild’s William Cameron Menzies Award

Denis Villenueve To Receive Art Directors Guild’s William Cameron Menzies Award
Director Denis Villenueve will receive the 2022 William Cameron Menzies Award from the Art Directors Guild at the group’s 26th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards. After a virtual ceremony earlier this year, the 2022 event is set to take place on March 5 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.

“We are beyond thrilled to recognize the scale and scope of the cinematic vision of Director Denis Villeneuve with the 2022 William Cameron Menzies Award,” said Adg President Nelson Coates. “The seamless integration of design into all aspects of Villeneuve’s storytelling process, and the promotion of narrative design and designers in his work and in the industry, make him the perfect honoree. Fostering strong collaborations and working relationships between directors and designers is vital to the creation of strong and unique films. Villeneuve has proven extremely adept at this foundational collaboration.”

Villeneuve is, of course, known for creating unique worlds in his films,
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