It was announced today by Skydance Animation that the studio has hired ousted Walt Disney Animation Studios/Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. Lasseter was previously ousted by Disney following an investigation as a result of sexual harassment claims. The former CCO was placed on a sabbatical in November 2017 when allegations first surfaced. This led to his subsequent dismissal from Disney his role at several months later. This begs the question in this era of…"John Lasseter Hired By Skydance Animation"
Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee will take place on January 30, 2019 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The tribute is being put together by Kevin Smith, Legion M and Agents of Mayhem in partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. Proceeds will benefit one of Stan Lee’s favorite charitable organizations, The Hero Initiative. The full press release is below: Kevin Smith, Legion M and Agents of Mayhem…"Stan Lee Tribute Taking Place on January 30th"
Justin Rupple will take over the role of Tuffnut upon the release of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in February. Ever since abuse allegations became public in December 2017, there were questions about whether or not a certain actor would be recast in upcoming films. After director Ridley Scott replaced Kevin Spacey in with Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World, there were questions as to whether Ready…"Justin Rupple joins How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World cast"
In a bootleg recording of a recent Louis CK stand-up performance, it was revealed that the stand-up comedian has resorted to telling transphobic jokes. It’s been just over a year since the comedian fell out of good grace with the public following a NY Times report. He started making his comeback earlier this year at the Comedy Cellar with surprise performances. With venues such as the Cellar booking the comedian, they’re sending the message that…"Louis CK resorts to Transphobic Humor in Bootlegged Upload"
In October, The Switch series creator, Amy Fox, responded to FX’s initial press release of the transgender talent being cast as series regulars on Pose. It was officially announced today that FX picked up the Ryan Murphy-created Pose to series. “This is great but Trans people already made a TV series with 5 trans *stars*,” Fox tells Solzy at the Movies in a statement. “The sitcom The Switch broadcast in 2016 and is now on iTunes…"The Switch’s Amy Fox responds to Pose series order on FX"
The lineup for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival was just announced this afternoon. The Festival will be hosting screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 18–28, 2018. Robert Redford, President and Founder of Sundance Institute, said, “The work of independent storytellers can challenge and possibly change culture, illuminating our world’s imperfections and possibilities. This year’s Festival is full of artfully-told stories that provoke thought, drive empathy and allow the…"2018 Sundance Film Festival: Lineup Announced"
The 24th Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for the 2018 installment of the film festival taking place Jan. 19 to Jan. 25, 2018, in Park City, Utah. Next year’s festival will feature 18 movies (10 world premieres, two North American premieres, and four U.S. premieres). The fest will also see the inaugural Russo Fellowship named for festival alumni Joe and Anthony Russo. It includes $25,000 cash prize and mentorship from the brothers. “The Russo brothers exemplify our…"Slamdance Film Festival: The 2018 Lineup"
Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a new documentary from filmmaker Morgan Neville about the life and work of Mister Fred Rogers. The film has a release date of June 18, 2018. According to a statement released this afternoon from the studio, the emotional and moving documentary will take an intimate look at the man who asked us if we would be his neighbor. “Morgan once again avoids…"Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: Focus acquires Mister Rogers Documentary"
Given the accusations against him, Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor has made the decision to quit his role in the Amazon series as Maura Pfefferman. The news of Tambor quitting the series comes following Transgender Awareness Week and one day before the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Tambor gave a statement to Deadline: “Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” the Emmy winning actor told Deadline on Sunday.…"Transparent: Jeffrey Tambor Quits Series"
Last week, film critics and reporters were alerted to The Walt Disney Company’s media blackout of the Los Angeles Times. As a Disney shareholder, I am not pleased that they are preventing a newspaper and their critics/reporters from doing their jobs. I tweeted my disgust as soon as I heard about it: Important to note. I am a @Disney shareholder and I'm not happy about this one but. I'm team @latimes here for a free…"STANDING IN SOLIDARITY: Disney blacks out the Los Angeles Times"