Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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  • Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017
Schilling, Hatcher, Turner, Chen Open Cabin Doors
Pictured (l-r) are Isaac Chen, Carr Schilling, Graham Turner and Chan Hatcher.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Managing partner Carr Schilling has teamed with editors Chan Hatcher, Graham Turner and Isaac Chen to launch Cabin Editing Company, a Santa Monica-based creative editing and VFX boutique.

“We are a company of film editors with a passion for storytelling who are committed to mentoring talent and establishing lasting relationships with directors and agencies,” said Schilling, who formerly worked alongside Hatcher, Turner, and Chen at NO6.

Cabin, which also features creative director/Flame artist Verdi Sevenhuysen and editor Lucas Spaulding, will offer key services including creative editorial, VFX, finishing, graphics, and color. The boutique’s work spans broadcast, branded content, web, film and more. 

With career credits including work for Netflix, Apple, Levi’s, the multiple Cannes Lions-winning Donate Life PSA “World’s Biggest Asshole” and the Emmy-winning Squarespace ad starring John Malkovich, the talent at Cabin is already up and running with projects in Santa Monica, New York, San Francisco, and Austin. The boutique’s busy slate features a variety of collaborations with agencies such as 215McCann, BBDO, CP+B, Deutsch, GSD&M, Mekanism, and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Cabin Editing Company is represented by Millie Munro and Bryan Shrednick of Bueno.

  • Monday, Sep. 25, 2017
Agreement reached to end strike by video-game voice actors
In this photo taken Nov. 3, 2016, video game voice actors picket outside Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Anthony McCartney)

Video-game voice actors have agreed to end a nearly yearlong strike against several major gaming publishers.

The actors union SAG-AFTRA and a representative for the publishers said Monday they reached a tentative agreement on Saturday to end the strike.

It calls for actors who work multiple sessions on games to receive additional payments and contains a requirement that companies disclose to actors what game they will be working on.

The actors began a strike against several video game companies, including Activision Productions Inc., Electronic Arts Productions Inc., Take 2 Productions Inc. and WB Games.

The work stoppage focused on payments to the actors, as well as complaints that actors were not being told which projects they were being considered for until after they were hired.

The companies are responsible for several major gaming properties, including the Call of Duty franchise, games based on Batman and other DC Comics properties, and games in the Star Wars and Need for Speed franchises.

  • Monday, Sep. 25, 2017
James Corden returns to host Hollywood Film Awards
In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, host James Corden speaks at the 20th annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

James Corden will return as host of the Hollywood Film Awards later this year.

Dick Clark Productions, which produces the awards, made the announcement in a press release Monday.

This is the third straight year that the "Late Late Show" host has helmed the ceremony, scheduled to take place Sunday, Nov. 5, in Beverly Hills, California.

This is the 21st year for the HFAs, which bills itself as "the official launch of the awards season." Honorees for this year's awards are set to be announced at a later date.

  • Friday, Sep. 22, 2017
YouTube acquires Morgan Spurlock’s "Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!"
Morgan Spurlock

YouTube has acquired the rights to Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, directed by Academy Award® nominee Morgan Spurlock and co-written with Jeremy Chilnick, from Warrior Poets, Snoot Entertainment and Public Domain. The sequel to the Oscar® nominated documentary made its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival as an official selection of the Festival’s Documentary Premiere section. Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! will release theatrically in 2018, followed by the exclusive global premiere on YouTube Red.
Thirteen years after Super Size Me garnered an Academy Award® nomination for Best Feature Documentary, muckraking filmmaker Spurlock reignites his battle with the food industry--this time from behind the register--as he opens his own fast food restaurant.
“I’m ecstatic to be partnering with YouTube Red for the release of Super Size Me 2!” said Morgan Spurlock. “There’s no one better to help get this film in front of more people worldwide than these guys. They are going to blow this clucker up!”  
“Supersize Me 2” marks the second time Spurlock has partnered with YouTube, following the successful release of his documentary Vlogumentary on YouTube Red in 2016.
“Morgan Spurlock has tackled so many thought-provoking topics over the years, and we’re thrilled to partner with him once again on this revealing documentary,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content, YouTube. “Morgan is skilled at sparking a global conversation on today’s most relevant issues, and Super Size Me 2 is yet another powerful film that will captivate viewers.” 

  • Friday, Sep. 22, 2017
Showtime making series of Clinton-Patterson thriller
In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Showtime has won a bidding war to develop former President Bill Clinton and powerhouse author James Patterson's upcoming thriller, "The President is Missing," into a television series.

The network announced the deal Friday, months away from the book's publication next June.

In the collaboration with Patterson, Clinton provides an insider's perspective of having been in the White House. It's the first time that Clinton has helped write fiction.

Showtime's affiliation with CBS, and the corporation's boss Leslie Moonves, helped seal the deal. Moonves knows Clinton, and Patterson helps with the production of the CBS series "Zoo" and "Instinct."

  • Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017
Fireflies West gears up for 10th anniversary, will ride to raise funds for City of Hope
Fireflies West cyclists

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Fireflies West connects an international community of entertainment and advertising executives who cycle 630 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness for City of Hope Hospital. Based in Duarte, Calif., City of Hope is a leading research, treatment center dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer and other life threatening illnesses guided by a compassionate patient-centered philosophy. Over the last decade, nearly 250 participating Fireflies West riders, along with a supporting volunteer network, and over 30 industry sponsors, have raised close to $2 million to date for City of Hope. This years goal: $500,000.  

Beginning on October 4 in Mill Valley, 60 Fireflies West riders (the biggest group to date) will cross the Golden Gate Bridge, then traverse the rugged, winding roads down the coastline between San Francisco and Los Angeles for seven days. The riders will average 100 miles per day, forging a bond through the deep belief and motivation in their motto: “For those who suffer, we ride.” The riders will be welcomed home on October 10 with an arrivals celebration at agency 72andSunny.

Every dollar goes directly to City of Hope without any administration costs throughout, ensuring that every tax-deductible donation goes directly to fighting cancer. Moreover, the annual riders fund their own way and expenses out of their own pocket, a reflection of their incredibly generous spirits.

“I’ve always felt cycling was a means to create ideas. By propelling yourself forward you free the mind to solve problems. The Fireflies West is collection of wonderful cyclists who are actually living out this hypothesis,” said Rich Silverstein, co-founder of Goodby Silverstein & Partners.

“Every year this ride proves to me that there is an undeniable good in this world. That people want to help other people. For 10 years I have been blessed to witness this benevolence,” affirmed Bryan Farhy, founder of Fireflies West.
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  • Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017
Linda Hamilton set to return to "Terminator" franchise
In this Sept. 9, 2004 file photo, actress Linda Hamilton laughs during an interview with the Associated Press in Washington. (AP Photo/Stephen J. Boitano, File)

Linda Hamilton is returning to the "Terminator" franchise for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day."

"Terminator" creator James Cameron announced Hamilton's casting at a private event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, the Hollywood Reporter reported. Paramount Pictures, which is distributing the planned sequel, confirmed the news Wednesday.

Cameron is producing the sequel, which "Deadpool" filmmaker Tim Miller is directing. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also set to return.

Cameron, who was once married to Hamilton, recently compared Wonder Woman unfavorably to Hamilton's "Terminator" character, Sarah Connor. Cameron called Gal Gadot's superhero an "objectified icon," but said Connor was defined by "pure grit."

  • Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017
"Stranger Things" writer Justin Doble reaches deal with Amazon Studios
Justin Doble

Stranger Things writer and producer Justin Doble has closed an overall deal with Amazon Studios. Doble will develop genre television projects exclusively for Prime Video.
“We have long admired Justin’s ability to create stories and characters that stoke fans’ passion,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of event series, Amazon Studios. “He has contributed to some of the best genre out there, and we are excited to collaborate with him as we build a slate of high-profile shows.”
In addition to his writing on both seasons of the multi-Emmy Award-winning Stranger Things, Doble has also written for Jason Katims’s The Path, and Millar and Gough’s Into the Badlands. He began his career as a writer on Fringe after taking part in the Warner Bros. Television Writer’s Program. He is a recipient of two WGA nominations for his work on Stranger Things.
Doble is represented by Allan Haldeman and Ben Jacobson at UTA and A.B. Fischer at the Shuman Company.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017
Film academy president welcomes new members at private party
This combination photo shows, top row from left, Zoe Kravitz, Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon, Maya Rudolph and Leslie Jones, second row from left, Riz Ahmed, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Justin Timberlake and Jon Hamm, and bottom row from left, Chris Hemsworth, Elle Fanning, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dwayne Johnson and Terry Crews. (AP Photo/File)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- 

Jeanne Tripplehorn has been a professional actress for more than 25 years. But as a new member of the film academy, she's almost as giddy as her first day on set.

"I'm already involved in all these different committees," she said. "I love film so much... so to be invited to become a member of the academy is the greatest honor I could have."

Tripplehorn was among the guests at a private reception Monday for the newest members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization invited a record class of 774 new members in June — 39 percent female and 30 percent non-white, representing 57 countries — as part of an ongoing effort to diversify its ranks. The group previously had around 6,200 members.

Academy chief Dawn Hudson said the new membership class reflects a "re-envisioning of the academy as a truly international institution."

"You make our academy better, stronger, smarter, more open," she said as she welcomed hundreds of new members to the organization's headquarters in Beverly Hills, California. Director Tom Ford, "La La Land" composer Justin Hurwitz and actors Terry Crews and Rodrigo Santoro were among the artists who turned out to celebrate their new membership status.

Hairstylist Kenneth Walker said he always believed he would join the film academy, though it took 35 years.

After decades in Hollywood, amassing such credits as "Ali," ''American Gangster," and last year's "Loving," the 78-year-old is finally a member.

"Betty White and I decided to come in at the same time," he said. (White was also invited to join the organization this year.)

As an academy member, Walker said he plans to devote time to mentoring young talent and exploring foreign film.

Academy president John Bailey said the foreign-language film committee is his "home favorite."

"Even ones that may not quite grab the brass ring are windows into the sociopolitical temperature of their country," he said. "You'll receive sometimes startling insights into how filmmakers in the rest of the world view themselves and their own country and also how they view us. As a creative artist, this is the best gift you could give yourself between mid-October and mid-December."

Bailey, a cinematographer who joined the academy in 1981, said membership isn't about all the free DVD screeners during awards season, but connecting to the past and future of filmmaking through academy efforts to preserve film history and recruit new talent.

"Almost from the start I discovered that what was really best about being a member was getting involved in academy programs and events, not just by attending them, but by signing up for the committees," he said.

Besides the foreign-language film committee, Bailey mentioned the Student Academy Awards and Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships, the Margaret Herrick Library archives and future academy museum opening in 2019, and the Academy Gold internship program that just concluded its inaugural summer.

Georgian filmmaker Nana Dzhordzhadze said she can hardly get her head around becoming the first from the former Soviet nation to join the film academy, much less consider what committees to sign up for. Georgia has a 110-year history of film, she said, and people there love movies.

"I'm very proud to be part of this great film academy," said Dzhordzhadze, whose films have been Georgia's contenders in the foreign-language category six times. "It's really something for my country and for myself."

  • Tuesday, Sep. 19, 2017
Nielsen says 11.4 million watch Emmy Awards
Bruce Miller, from left, Margaret Atwood, and Elisabeth Moss accept the award for outstanding drama series for "The Handmaid's Tale" at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The Nielsen company estimated that 11.4 million people watched Sunday's presentation of the Emmy Awards, roughly equivalent to last year's show honoring the year's best in television.

Stephen Colbert hosted Sunday's show for CBS. It competed with pro football and the beginning of Ken Burns' lengthy documentary on the Vietnam War. Last year's audience of 11.3 million people was the lowest ever for the Emmy Awards.

The Emmys featured a surprise appearance by former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and a heavy concentration on Trump jokes and remarks. Hulu's "The Handmaids Tale" won the Emmy for best drama, while HBO's "Veep" was named best comedy.