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  • Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
ASC Awards issues call for TV entries
LOS ANGELES -- 

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has opened its call for entries in the television categories for the 32nd Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, which will be held February 17, 2018, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

The ASC is now accepting submissions in three categories: (1) Episode of a Television Series – Commercial; (2) Episode of a Television Series – Non-Commercial; and (3) Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for TV. The deadline to enter is November 1 by 5 p.m. (PT).

To qualify for the ASC TV Awards, shows must have a premiere broadcast date in the United States between November 1, 2016, and October 31, 2017. Entry forms can be downloaded here.

Winners in the television categories at the 31st ASC Awards included Fabian Wagner, ASC, BSC for Game of Thrones, Tod Campbell for Mr. Robot, and Igor Martinovic for The Night Of.

In addition to the TV awards, the ASC gala in February will also honor excellence in feature film cinematography, and recognize cinematographers and filmmakers for their contributions to the art and craft of filmmaking throughout their careers.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017
Mark Wahlberg tops Forbes list of highest-paid actors
In this Tuesday, June 20, 2017 file photo,Mark Wahlberg attends the U.S. premiere of "Transformers: The Last Knight" at the Civic Opera House on in Chicago. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

"Transformers: The Last Knight" star Mark Wahlberg has outmuscled Dwayne Johnson to become Hollywood's highest-paid actor in the past year with a transforming income of $68 million, according to Forbes magazine.

The former rapper known as Marky Mark beat out "Baywatch" star Johnson, with $65 million, and Johnson's "The Fate of the Furious" co-star Vin Diesel, worth $54.5 million

The rest of the top five, released Tuesday, includes Adam Sandler, flush with a Netflix deal, at No. 4 with $50.5 million and Jackie Chan with $49 million.

The top 10 actors banked a cumulative $488.5 million — nearly three times the $172.5 million combined total of the 10 top-earning women.

All the data is from between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017, before fees and taxes.

  • Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
Trump to skip Kennedy Center arts awards
In this May 6, 2008 file photo, producer Norman Lear is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced the recipients of the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors, which includes Lear. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

In a break with tradition, President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year's Kennedy Center arts awards to "allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," the White House announced Saturday.

Past presidents and first ladies have hosted a reception for honorees at the White House before the Kennedy Center gala and sat with them at the televised event.

The decision came a day after the entire membership of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned to protest Trump's comments about last weekend's demonstrations by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The president blamed "many sides" for the violence that left an anti-racism activist dead.

But Trump has long had a contentious relationship with the arts world and some of the Kennedy Center honorees already had said they would not attend the White House reception in December.

One of the honorees, television writer and producer Norman Lear, had previously questioned whether Trump would want to attend the gala, "given his indifference or worse regarding the arts and humanities."

Other honorees include hip-hop artist LL Cool J, singers Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie, and dancer Carmen de Lavallade. It's the 40th year of the awards, which honor people who have influenced American culture through the arts.

The White House said Trump and first lady Melania Trump "extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year's award recipients for their many accomplishments."

The honorees will be celebrated at a gala on Dec. 3, featuring performances and tributes from top entertainers.

  • Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
Dale Spina, former Warner Bros. Creative VP, dies at 66
Dale Spina
NEWHALL, Calif. -- 

Dale Spina, formerly Warner Bros. VP, Creative Advertising and an award-winning copywriter for the studio, died on August 4 after a brief illness. He was 66 and lived in Newhall, Calif.
 
As co-head of The Idea Place, Warner’s in-house ad agency, formed in the early 1980s, Spina worked on dozens of Warner titles, including “Batman,” the “Lethal Weapon” series, “Beetlejuice” and “Chariots of Fire.” Many of his projects won Key Art Awards, the annual honors that recognize the best in motion picture creative advertising and marketing.
 
Spina joined Warner Bros. in 1970 as assistant to West Coast publicity cirector Diana Widom. In 1972, he became assistant to Charlotte Kandel (Widom’s twin sister), who was then a publicity project director. Later he worked as assistant to advertising director Nancy Goliger.
 
In 1980, Spina began to work with Joel Wayne, previously the top creative executive at Grey Advertising in New York, who had just joined Warner in a similar post as the studio’s new VP and creative director. “Dale was a genius writer. In my nearly half-century in the business, there was nobody better. At that time, executives sent out hard copies of written notes, a function often taken on by the assistant. I noticed something immediately in Dale’s ability to turn a witty, inventive and personable phrase. So I decided to trust my instincts to see what he could do with poster copy for ‘Chariots of Fire.’ He didn’t disappoint.” Wrote Spina: ”This is a story of two men who run...not to run...but to prove something to the world. They will sacrifice anything to achieve their goals.” The film went on to win an Oscar® for Best Picture. Spina once professed his favorite tagline was for “Beetlejuice”: “The Name in Laughter from the Hereafter.”
 
By the end of that year, Spina had joined Warner’s first attempt at an in-house ad group, a four-person team known as Creative Conspiracy. A year or two later, the group expanded and evolved into The Idea Place with much more responsibility for ad creation and production.
 
Spina continued through nearly the entire length of co-chairmen and CEOs Robert Daly and Terry Semel’s two-decade administration, which Spina called “the Camelot years” (referencing the studio’s successes during that period and the executives’ collaborative management style that permeated every department of the company). Spina reported to Wayne (who eventually became EVP Worldwide Creative Advertising Projects) and also worked closely with worldwide marketing chiefs Sandy Reisenbach and, subsequently, Rob Friedman. Spina retired from Warner in 1998 and spent the next three years as a freelance writer.
 
Charlotte Kandel, who eventually headed Warner worldwide publicity, said, “Dale had such a joy for life and such a generous spirit. On top of that was a cheekiness and irreverence like nobody else’s.”
 
Born in North Hollywood on November 9, 1950, Dale Michael Spina was raised by his widowed mother and learned quickly the values of independence and self-reliance. He attended Kittridge Elementary School and Notre Dame High, both in the San Fernando Valley. Subsequently, he earned a degree at Valley College, majoring in journalism. Spina is survived by his husband of four years and life partner of 40 years, Guy Apollo.
 
A memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 12:30 pm, at the Church of the Hills, Forest Lawn Cemetery, in Los Angeles.

  • Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
Details of "Deadpool 2" stuntwoman's death released
A film set for the movie "Deadpool 2" sits idle in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. Production was halted after the death of a stuntwoman at a different filming location on Monday. The B.C. Coroners Service has identified the stuntwoman killed while she was working on the set as 40-year-old SJ Harris, a resident of New York City. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- 

British Columbia's workplace safety agency has released the first official account of a "Deadpool 2" stuntwoman's death.

The initial report by WorkSafeBC on Friday confirms witness accounts to Monday's accident during filming of the sequel to actor Ryan Reynolds' popular superhero movie.

The report says SJ Harris had been rehearsing a stunt that involved driving a motorcycle out the open doors of a building, across a concrete pad and down a ramp that had been built over three stairs before coming to a stop.

It says during the first shooting of the scene, she continued driving beyond the planned stopping spot, continued down a second ramp and across the road.

The motorcycle struck a concrete sidewalk curb and Harris was thrown off and propelled through a plate glass window.

  • Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch slams Trump's Charlottesville response
In this April 19, 2017, file photo, James Murdoch attends the National Geographic 2017 "Further Front" network upfront at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The CEO of 21st Century Fox denounced racism and terrorists while expressing concern over President Donald Trump's reaction to the deadly violence surrounding a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

James Murdoch also told friends in a personal email that he and his wife, Kathryn, will donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.

Murdoch writes that the events in Charlottesville last weekend and Trump's response "concern all of us as Americans and free people."

"I can't even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists," Murdoch added. "Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so."

Trump has put the blame for the violence on both white nationalists and those protesting the gathering last weekend, saying there were "very fine people" on both sides.

Murdoch is the son of the 21st Century Fox's co-executive chairman, Rupert Murdoch, a Trump ally who The New York Times reported recently dined with the president at the White House. The company is the corporate parent of Fox News Channel, which has given friendly coverage to the president.

The email was first reported by the Times Thursday.

  • Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Syd Mead set as keynote speaker at VES Summit
Syd Mead
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced acclaimed visual futurist and VES Visionary Award honoree Syd Mead as a keynote speaker at its 9th annual Summit, “Inspiring Change: Building on 20 Years of VES Innovation.” 

Featured speakers will include president of IMAX Home Entertainment Jason Brenek and online security expert and founder of SSP Blue Hemanshu Nigam. The interactive forum on Saturday, October 28 at the Sofitel Hotel Beverly Hills celebrates the Society’s milestone 20th anniversary and will bring together top creatives, executives, thought leaders and visionaries from diverse disciplines to explore the dynamic evolution of visual imagery and the VFX industry landscape in a TED Talks-like atmosphere.

Mead’s storied career spans almost six decades. He was honored as the recipient of the VES Visionary Award at the 14th Annual VES Awards in 2016 for his unique ability to create unforgettable images and advance storytelling through his futuristic design aesthetic. Mead’s career began as he created characters and backgrounds for animated cinema intermission trailers just out of high school. After serving in the U.S. Army and receiving his education at the Art Center School in Los Angeles, Ford Motor Company’s Advanced Styling Studio recruited Mead. After Ford, he took on high-profile design assignments for blue chip companies including U.S. Steel, Philips Electronics and Intercontinental Hotels.

In 1979, Mead’s projects expanded to designing for Hollywood as he began to work with most major studios. His cinema entrée was legendary, starting with the creation of the V’ger entity for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, followed by two cult classics--Bladerunner and Tron. Mead’s designs for robots, vehicles and other-worldly environments have also been featured in films including 2010, Short Circuit, Aliens, Time Cop, Johnny Mnemonic, Mission Impossible-3 and Elysium

With transportation design as his first love, Mead seldom misses an opportunity to provide his unique blend of futurism and believability to designing vehicles – from concept cars, cruise ships and hypervans to interplanetary cinematic spacecrafts that transport audiences to new worlds. In the 1980’s, Mead  established close working relationships with a number of major Japanese companies including Sony, Minolta, Dentsu, Dyflex, Tiger, Seibu, Mitsukoshi, Bandai, NHK and Honda as well as contributing to Japanese film projects, Yamato 2520 and Solar Crisis. In the 1990s, he supplied designs for all eight robot characters in the Turn A Gundam mobile suit series and TV show. Extensive collections of Mead’s work have been exhibited worldwide, drawing record crowds and he continues an active schedule of one-man shows and presentations.

Featured Speakers
Brenek joined IMAX Corporation in 2015 as president, IMAX Home Entertainment, where he oversees a series of global initiatives designed collectively to translate elements of The IMAX Experience® to the home setting, including the IMAX Private Theatres, an over-the-top movie service for delivering IMAX-enhanced Hollywood films into homes, and IMAX technology licensing into premium consumer electronics. He also oversees virtual reality content acquisitions and curation for the new IMAX location-based VR centers.

Prior to joining IMAX, Brenek spent more than a decade in senior management at The Walt Disney Studios. He led Disney’s international teams and sub-distributors in the commercialization of Disney, Pixar, and Marvel movies in New Media/Digital, Television and Retail channels. His teams have led the industry in the launch of innovative and lucrative partnerships and products around the world. In his concurrent role of head of global business development and strategic partnerships, Brenek was later responsible for sourcing new revenue opportunities, business models, investments, establishing strategic partnerships, and digital product strategy and incubation for the Studio’s multi-billion dollar Global In-Home Distribution segment.

Prior to these roles, Brenek worked in Disney’s Global Theatrical Distribution division as SVP, Worldwide Digital Cinema and Cinema Programming where he was responsible for setting and executing Disney’s global cinema strategy, overseeing Digital Cinema Operations, negotiating Digital Cinema deployment and digital 3D deals around the world, as well as developing and overseeing 3D and Cinema Programming. He was instrumental in Disney’s emergence to the forefront of the Digital Cinema and Digital 3D world. In 2015, the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society awarded Brenek with its first Founders Award.

Meanwhile Nigam has worked inside the largest prosecuting agencies, software companies, media and entertainment giants, and most influential trade associations in the world. Nigam served as the chief security officer of News Corporation and Fox Interactive Media’s digital properties, as CSO of MySpace, and as a security executive in Microsoft. He was also the VP of Worldwide Internet Enforcement at the Motion Picture Association of America. Today, he is the founder of SSP Blue, a cyber security advisory company that has helped companies like Participant Media, SnapChat, Microsoft/Xbox, Disney, AT&T, Microsoft, JustFab, and others deal with challenges in cyber security, privacy, and safety.

For more info on the VES Summit and to purchase tickets, click here.

 

  • Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
HBO regains control of hacked social media accounts
This July 30, 2017, file photo shows Melina Matsoukas, from left, Prentice Penny and Issa Rae participating in the "Insecure" panel during the HBO Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company.

The hacking group OurMine on Wednesday night took over several of HBO's Twitter accounts, including ones for "Game of Thrones" and John Oliver's show. The group posted that "we are just testing your security" and asked HBO to contact it for an upgrade.

HBO said in a statement Thursday that "the infringement on our social media accounts was recognized and rectified quickly." It declined further comment.

OurMine has a history of similar hacks showing companies' security vulnerabilities.

It caused far less damage and appeared unrelated to another group of hackers who broke into HBO's computer network and have been doling out stolen information and unaired episodes for several weeks.

  • Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Turner is latest to plan sports streaming service
Napoli's Jorginho celebrates after scoring during a Champions League playoff round, first leg soccer match between Napoli and Nice at San Paolo stadium in Naples, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. (Cesare Abbate/ANSA Via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Turner Sports is the latest TV company to announce a sports streaming service as traditional television companies chase millennial audiences.

The service, expected next year in the U.S., has signed up European soccer with the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Higher-profile sports on Turner's TV channels, such as baseball and basketball, won't move to the new service. Instead, Turner is looking for new deals with content owners and leagues.

Live sports get TV's biggest ratings and have helped keep customers hooked on the $100-and-up cable bundle. But it's getting easier to find sports online.

Major sports channels come with cheaper, slimmer web versions of the bundle, like Sling and YouTube TV . Amazon, Twitter and Facebook are experimenting with televising games. A sports-focused streaming service, Fubo, has been around for a few years. And CBS and ESPN are planning to launch sports streaming sites.

ESPN, CBS and Turner are all hoping to lure sports fans with the new services while protecting the existing TV business, which relies on a big cable bundle.

For that reason, Turner doesn't plan to replicate what's being shown on its TV channels, truTV, TNT and TBS. The new service won't get Turner's televised coverage of Major League Baseball, the March Madness men's college basketball tournament and National Basketball Association games, including the All-Star Game.

Turner didn't announce a price for the upcoming service.

The UEFA rights have been held in the U.S. by Fox Sports and are new for Turner for the 2018-19 season. The rights with Turner run for three years. Turner will air about 20 percent of the games on its TV channels, primarily truTV; the rest are for streaming.

Turner Sports' owner, Time Warner Inc., is being acquired by telecom company AT&T for $85 billion.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017
Tom Cruise ankle break halts "Mission: Impossible 6" production
In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017, file photo, Tom Cruise poses during a photocall for the French premiere of "The Mummy" in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Production has shut down on "Mission: Impossible 6" due to star Tom Cruise's broken ankle. Paramount Pictures said Wednesday that production will go on hiatus while Cruise makes a full recovery.

Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt for the film during its London-based shoot.

TMZ posted a video Sunday that showed a tethered Cruise leaping to a building, hitting its side and then crawling over the top and running away. After he finished the take, Cruise is seen limping, though he was able to rappel back to the building he jumped from.

The 55-year-old actor is known for performing many of his own stunts.

The studio says that the film remains on schedule to open on July 27, 2018.