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  • IATSE and Teamsters Warn of Another Hollywood Strike at Massive Rally: ‘Put Your Helmets On’

    03/03/2024 3:05:40 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    Variety ^ | 3-3-24 | Katcy Stephan, Gene Maddaus, Carolyn Giardina
    Hollywood union leaders warned of the possibility of another strike this summer if the studios cannot reach a deal before crew contracts expire on July 31. Speaking to a rally of more than 2,000 crew members on Sunday at Woodley Park in Encino, Sean O’Brien, the president of the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters, said the unions should commit to withhold their labor — and not grant an extension — if a deal is not agreed by the deadline. “We are not afraid to strike,” O’Brien said. “If these greedy corporations — whether it’s Amazon, Netflix, Sony… Disney — if...
  • War and Rumours of War: Alfred Hitchcock and The 39 Steps

    03/02/2024 4:32:08 PM PST · by Twotone · 15 replies
    SteynonLine ^ | March 2, 2024 | Rick McGinnis
    When the poet W.H. Auden called the years leading up to World War Two "a low dishonest decade" in his poem "September 1, 1939", you have to wonder if this was simply a case of perfect hindsight. Were sensible people really living for years with the near certainty that another war was on its way? If so, it must have been intolerable; if not, it would explain a lot. Proof of this dismal mood is actually abundant even in entertainment – like Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 thriller The 39 Steps, one of the director's earliest and greatest successes. It's the story...
  • There's a new 'Climate Reality Check' test — these 3 Oscar-nominated features passed

    03/02/2024 4:42:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | March 1, 2024 | By Chloe Veltman
    Though it undoubtedly sends a strong feminist message, no one would describe Barbie as a movie about the impacts of human-caused climate change. Yet the topic sneaks in. "You are killing the planet with your glorification of rampant consumerism!" says Sasha, the teenage character played by Ariana Greenblatt, in her rant about the many ways in which Barbie is bad. It's because of this line that the pinkest and perkiest of summer blockbusters passed the new Climate Reality Check. It's a new test, directed at writers, producers and other entertainment industry creatives, that aims to measure the presence of climate...
  • A new movie about a generational heroine: From the same director and screenwriter that gave us The Sound of Freedom

    03/01/2024 10:03:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/01/2024 | Greg Maresca
    When Hollywood produces a film about Italian-Americans, it usually is of a certain vintage, and the purveyors of such art are usually their descendants. In a change of pace, enter the talented duo of director Alejandro Monteverde and screenwriter Rod Barr, who collaborated last year on the highly acclaimed Sound of Freedom, one of the most successful independent films ever. That’s a feat difficult to match, let alone top, but their film Cabrini is poised to do just that, opening in over 3,000 theaters nationwide next week. When Barr was pitched by the film’s producers to write the screenplay of...
  • ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Star and Comedy Legend Richard Lewis Dead at 76

    02/28/2024 1:26:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 28, 2024 | Erin Keller
    Richard Lewis, the comic and star of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” has died. He was 76. The Post can confirm that Lewis passed peacefully Tuesday night at his Los Angeles home after suffering a heart attack, his publicist Jeff Abraham of Jonas Public Relations said. “His wife, Joyce Lapinsky, thanks everyone for all the love, friendship and support and asks for privacy at this time,” Abraham added. Lewis announced in April that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and retired from stand-up comedy. “I have Parkinson’s disease, but I’m under a doctor’s care and everything is cool,” the veteran actor-comic...
  • 'Jeopardy!' under fire over 'woke' question about pronouns

    02/28/2024 11:53:55 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/28/24 | Emily Trainham
    In the category "Speech! Parts of Speech!", one of the contestants selected the $600 clue, which, as host Ken Jennings read, was "xem, xyrs, xemself." The same contestant buzzed in to answer "What are pronouns?", and Jennings awarded him the money, saying, "Those are pronouns, neopronouns." The prefix "neo" means "new" – neopronouns are new pronouns, typically ones that are used to avoid "he" or "she."
  • Vice President Kamala Harris’ ‘Sherri’ appearance throws ‘RHOP’ reunion into ‘chaos’

    02/28/2024 12:31:15 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/27/24 | Tashara Jones
    The Veep has the “Housewives” on the move! Vice President Kamala Harris will be a guest on Sherri Shepherd’s daytime show, “Sherri,” on Wednesday, and sources tell Page Six that the appearance is forcing Bravo to move up the production time for its “Real Housewives of Potomac” reunion, which is shooting at the same studio. “Their schedule now has to be rearranged and pushed up to 4:30 in the morning. All of their food deliveries have to come before the street is totally blocked off by the Secret Service,” a source exclusively tells Page Six. Shepherd’s show films in Manhattan’s...
  • Michael Jackson Biopic Casts Its Jackson 5

    02/27/2024 3:13:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | FEBRUARY 27, 2024 | RYAN GAJEWSKI
    The Lionsgate feature that stars Jaafar Jackson is set to hit theaters April 18, 2025.Lionsgate‘s Michael Jackson biopic has found the rest of its Jackson 5. The company announced eight castmembers joining the biographical film Michael to fill out both the younger and older versions of Jackson’s four brothers — Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie Jackson — who comprised the family band that rose to prominence in the 1970s. Director Antoine Fuqua‘s movie is currently in production and hits theaters April 18, 2025. Jayden Harville will portray the younger Jermaine, with Jamal R. Henderson playing his older self. Marlon will...
  • Joy Reid Says Pro-Life People Want More Kids So They Can “Have More Slaves”

    02/27/2024 1:15:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 51 replies
    Life News ^ | February 26, 2024 | Harold Hutchison
    MSNBC host Joy Reid attacked Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama on social media Monday after the former Auburn coach defended a ruling on in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Tuberville praised the Alabama Supreme Court’s Feb. 16 ruling while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference(CPAC) last week, saying “we need to have more kids,” according to USA Today. “The United States has a population of north of 327 million people,” Reid said in a video posted on the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok. “Why do we need more kids?” The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos resulting from successful IVF procedures...
  • Star Wars Fans Explain Why Anakin Skywalker Can Never Truly Be Redeemed

    02/25/2024 8:05:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Star Wars fans explain why Anakin Skywalker's decades of evil as Darth Vader outweigh his last-minute redemption act in Return of the Jedi.Some Star Wars fans believe Anakin Skywalker can never be fully redeemed for his evil actions as Darth Vader, even though he sacrificed himself in an attempt to make amends in Return of the Jedi. Star Wars character Anakin Skywalker, once a heroic Jedi, fell to the dark side of the Force and became the ruthless Sith Lord Darth Vader, serving the evil Emperor Palpatine for over two decades. Though initially conflicted about his turn to evil, he...
  • Former CNN Anchor John Avlon Announces Run for Congress 2 Weeks After Leaving Network, Targets 'MAGA Minions'

    02/25/2024 2:36:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Western Journal via MSN ^ | 2/22/24 | Johnathan Jones
    Former TV anchor John Avlon is out at CNN but hopes to find himself in Congress in January, he announced on social media on Wednesday morning. The partisan former network mainstay is running for the nomination in New York’s first congressional district -- a seat currently held by Republican Rep. Nick LaLota. **SNIP** In a video he posted on his X page, Avlon pleaded with the people of eastern Long Island to put him into office. “It's official: I'm running for Congress in #NY01 because there's too much at stake for the country & community I love,” Avlon wrote. He...
  • A DVD-sized disk that can store 1 million movies

    02/24/2024 4:40:05 PM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    Tech Explore ^ | FEBRUARY 22, 2024 | by Bob Yirka
    a, Dual-beam configuration for super-resolution writing and reading. b, Spin-coating process for material addition, material diffusion and blank-disk molding. c, The capacity of a single 3D nanoscale disk is approximately equivalent to that of a petabit-level Blu-ray library or an HDD data array. Credit: Nature (2024). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-023-06980-y ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A team of photonic engineers affiliated with several institutions in China has developed a new type of optical DVD that is capable of holding up to a petabyte of data. The group used a new material to coat the DVDs and new laser techniques to write data. The results are published...
  • ‘True Detective’ Creator Nic Pizzolatto Says He’s Being Treated Like Hitler

    02/24/2024 12:28:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Wed, 21 February 2024 | Helen Holmes
    The fourth season of True Detective, the gripping crime series that stunned audiences with its 2017 debut, concluded earlier this month with a finale episode that left critics divided. But one of the most vocal critics has been Nic Pizzolatto, the showrunner who created the series and was at the helm until Issa López who took over for Season 4. Pizzolatto first took to Instagram to call season four’s tenuous links to season one “so stupid” at the end of January. “I certainly did not have any input on this story or anything else,” he added, in the now-deleted comment....
  • ‘Star Wars’ Actor Billy Dee Williams Embraces Gay Rumors: I’ve Been Called a ‘Closet Queen’

    02/24/2024 10:48:39 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 24, 2024 | Nicki Gostlin
    Billy Dee Williams — who rose to fame as Lando Calrissian in the original “Star Wars” trilogy — never cared that people thought he was gay in the 70s. While speaking to Page Six about the rumors that could have jeopardized his career at the time, he said, “I’ve been called a ‘Closet Queen.’ “But, I don’t pay much attention to any of that.” Earlier this month, the actor released his rollicking memoir “What Have We Here?” which covers not only his 70-decade career but also stories of the many famous people he met along the way, such as Marlon...
  • Mel Gibson, known for later antisemitic rants, almost starred in ‘Schindler’s List,’ famed agent says

    02/24/2024 11:15:53 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    MSN ^ | 2/23 | Martha Ross
    Steven Spielberg probably didn’t realize it at the time, but he dodged a bullet when he rejected the idea of casting Mel Gibson to star in his Oscar-winning 1993 film “Schindler’s List.” Turning down Gibson wouldn’t have been easy, even for Spielberg. In the early 1990s, Gibson was a major star, coming off the box office success of his first three “Lethal Weapon” movies and with plans to soon direct his Oscar-winning film “Braveheart.” “Mel Gibson’s name came up” for the role of Oskar Schindler, according to CAA co-founder Michael Ovitz. Schindler was the real-life German businessman who saved more...
  • ‘Office Space’ at 25: The Unlikely Cult Hit That Had Its Cast “Biting the Inside” of Their Cheeks From Laughter

    02/24/2024 10:53:14 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | FEBRUARY 24, 2024 | Ryan Gajewski
    The film's team tells The Hollywood Reporter about studio tension, favorite improvised lines, residual checks, typecasting and the surprising path to classic status: "I don't know that there's a right way to market this movie."Office Space is celebrating its 25th anniversary following its delayed path to success, although hopefully no one would get their ass kicked for saying something like that. Released Feb. 19, 1999, director Mike Judge‘s enduring and endlessly quotable workplace satire follows computer programmer Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston), who decides to stop caring about his day job and teams up with Initech co-workers Michael Bolton (David Herman)...
  • What Ivan Drago can teach us about the border crisis

    02/23/2024 5:00:53 PM PST · by Twotone · 5 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 21, 2024 | Matt Himes
    Last week, Ivan Drago became an American citizen. At 66, Dolph Lundgren is still well preserved enough to bring to mind his most famous role, which he reprised in 2018’s "Creed II." But the image of the former communist menace holding a tiny American flag in front of a Homeland Security emblem would have had much more symbolic weight had he done it 40 years ago. Today the fearsome Drago mainly summons fond memories of a simpler time, when it was easy to tell who our enemies were. He's also a nostalgic reminder of Hollywood blockbuster moviemaking at its peak....
  • NBC's 'Chicago Med' Lies, Claims Pro-Life Laws Punish Women Who Miscarry

    02/23/2024 10:42:06 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    mrc NewsBusters ^ | February 22, 2024 | Elise Ehrhard
    Last night, Chicago Med promoted the dangerous lie that women who miscarry might get arrested and be denied medical care in a pro-life state. This insidious falsehood has been pushed in liberal establishment media to deliberately create fear in women who do not know the truth about state pro-life laws, none of which ban treatment for miscarriage. In the episode, "I Make a Promise, I Will Never Leave You," a pregnant woman named Kaitlin (Katie Anne Moy) arrives at the hospital in a state of septic shock after a long trip from an unnamed rural area. Her husband Eric (Rammel...
  • Kent Melton, Character Sculptor for ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Coraline,’ Dies at 68

    He helped fuel Disney’s animation renaissance in the 1990s, then worked on stop-motion films for Laika Studios.Kent Melton, the animation sculptor who created maquettes made of clay for iconic characters found in movies including Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, The Incredibles and Coraline, has died. He was 68. Melton died Thursday at his home in Stone County, Missouri, of Lewy body dementia, family members told The Hollywood Reporter. One of the few artists left in the industry who still sculpted in clay, Melton was a key player in the Disney animation renaissance of the 1990s. Later, he helped Laika Studios...
  • Brandi Glanville Accuses ‘Inebriated’ Andy Cohen of Sexual Harassment, Inviting Her to Watch Him Have Sex With Bravo Star

    02/22/2024 3:40:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 22, 2024 | Eileen Reslen
    Brandi Glanville is accusing Bravo head honcho Andy Cohen of sexually harassing her, according to a scathing letter her attorneys sent NBC, Shed Media and Warner Bros. and obtained by Page Six. The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” alum, 51, claims the “Watch What Happens Live” host, 55, allegedly sent her a video in 2022, in which he appeared “obviously inebriated.” Cohen allegedly “boasted” in the clip that he wanted to “sleep with another Bravo star” while “thinking” of Glanville, per the letter, and allegedly invited the former “Housewife” to watch him engage in the sexual act via FaceTime. The...