The Casting Society of America has set a nationwide casting call for transgender talent for October 22, 2017. “The reasoning that a non diverse ‘star’ gets to play a diverse role is because there weren’t enough talented, diverse options is an industry myth,” said Russell Boast, VP of Casting Society of America. “We’re going to do something about that.” Boast spoke to Solzy at the Movies in June with regards to improving transgender representation in…"Transgender Casting Call Set for October 22nd"
Harry Dean Stanton, a longtime character actor, has died at the age of 91 years old. Stanton, a Kentucky native, will soon be seen in Magnolia Pictures’ Lucky. The film premiered earlier this year at the SXSW Film Festival and hit Chicago this past May during the Chicago Critics Film Festival, where it took home the Audience Award. As I wrote about the film in my review this past May, it’s really a tribute to…"Character actor Harry Dean Stanton dead at 91"
As of Friday, the large majority of my film writing will be seen at Cultured Vultures. This starts on Friday with my Home Again movie review. This is a great opportunity for me when it comes to getting my work out there and I’m looking forward to working with the CV team. I will continue to post things here but those will be more or less a round-up of links that get published on CV."Major Announcement"
Lucasfilm has announced today that they have parted with director Colin Trevorrow for Star Wars 9. A statement was posted on the Star Wars website: Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more…"Star Wars 9: Lucasfilm, Colin Trevorrow part ways"
I learned this morning that Shelley Berman, a longtime comedian, has died at the age of 92. Folowing a brief obit, I share my own thoughts of emailing with the late comedian. A statement on his fan page says that he died “at his home in Bell Canyon, CA, due to complications from Alzheimer’s.” A Chicago native, Berman performed back in the day with the Compass Players, a predecessor to The Second City. With the…"My Own Memories of comedian Shelley Berman"
A $30 movie rental service is expected to be released in 2018, reports The Hollywood Reporter. According to the report, both Comcast and Amazon have joined Apple in helping to develop a system that will deliver premium VOD titles to be viewed in home for just 30-45 days after they are released in theaters. It has the potential to be more expensive to rent the movies than it would be to see them in theaters…"A $30 Movie Rental Service is On the Way"
Comedian Jerry Lewis has died at the age of 91. Lewis, one-half of the popular Martin and Lewis duo with Dean Martin, hosted the annual MDA telethon over Labor Day weekend from 1966 through 2010. A statement by the Lewis family was tweeted by Las Vegas Review reporter John Katsilometes: “Legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home w/ family by his side.” Born Joseph Levitch on…"Comedian Jerry Lewis dead at 91"
During their third quarter and nine months earning report, The Walt Disney Company announced that they would be pulling their content from Netflix and start their own streaming service in 2019. “Today we announced a strategic shift in the way we distribute our content. The media landscape is increasingly defined by direct relationships between content creators and consumers, and our control of BAMTech’s full array of innovative technology will give us the power to forge…"Disney to start own streaming platform in 2019"
Former Late Show host David Letterman is making the move to Netflix, Netflix announced this morning. What we currently know about the unnamed series is that it will run for six episodes. Letterman will utilize two of his strengths: in-depth conversations and in-the-field segments. The conversations will be longform. It is unknown at this time whether or not there will be an audience. “I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for…"David Letterman moves to Netflix"
Netflix announced today that it has acquired Millarworld, Mark Millar’s comic book publishing company. Millar previously created (with other artists) Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan, to name a few. He’s one of the most popular comic book writers out there along with Brian Michael Bendis, etc. The acquisition is the first of any publishing company by Netflix. In many ways, this gives Netflix the first-look to adapt anything that’s been or will be…"Netflix acquires comic writer Mark Millar’s Millarworld"