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Cancel Culture at Work? Headline News

Disney CEO Denies Political Leanings Following Gina Carano Firing

During annual shareholder call, CEO Bob Chapek maintains the media giant isn’t ‘left leaning or right leaning,’ but instead stands for the universal values of respect, decency, integrity, and inclusion.

Technology Headline News

New Features Announced Across Adobe Creative Cloud

Updates to all applications include enhanced speed and flexibility allowing for seamless collaboration; updates to Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Premiere Rush increase tool functionality and accelerate workflows with an overall increase in cross-app abilities and support.

Something Spooky Netflix Comes Headline News

Duffer Brothers and Spielberg Team on Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’

Creative duo behind ‘Stranger Things’ to executive produce series adaptation of famed novel, which follows a young boy who slips into a parallel universe as he searches for a crystal meant to heal his dying mother; Amblin Television to produce.

Manga Badassery Headline News

Derek Kolstad to Write and Produce ‘Hellsing’ Manga Film Adaptation

The ‘John Wick’ scribe will team with Amazon studios for live-action take on the popular comic, a reimagining of the familiar Dracula / Van Helsing dynamic.

Virtual Events Headline News

View Conference and VFX Festival 2021 Present Kris Pearn ‘Art vs Story’ Discussion

Join a virtual conversation about the intersection of good/bad story and good/bad design with ‘The Willoughbys’ director and Escape Studios’ Saint John Walker.

Business Headline News

Mary J. Blige, Jake Johnson, and Jonathan Groff Join ‘Lost Ollie’ Cast

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:50am

Shannon Tindle and Peter Ramsey’s live-action / animation hybrid limited series also adds Tim Blake Nelson, Gina Rodriguez, and Kesler Talbot; production underway, with CG characters created by ILM, on the story of a lost toy on an epic adventure.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 2021 BAFTA Awards

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:10am

‘Onward,’ ‘Soul,’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ get nods in the Animated Film category; ‘Greyhound,’ ‘The Midnight Sky,’ ‘Mulan,’ ‘The One and Only Ivan,’ and ‘Tenet’ nominated for Special Visual Effects.

Help Me Obi-Wan! Headline News

Indira Varma Joins ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Series in Mystery Role

While whom the ‘Game of Thrones’ actress will play remains unknown, speculation points to Kenobi’s lover Satine Kryze, or ‘Clone Wars’ villain Asajj Ventress.

Awards Headline News

Producers Guild Announces 2021 Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 11:45am

‘The Croods: A New Age,’ ‘Onward,’ ‘Over the Moon,’ ‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ to contend in animated movie category; ‘Bridgerton,’ ‘Mank,’ ‘The Mandalorian,’ and ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ among top producer award nominees.

call for entries Headline News

The Rookie Awards Launches 2021 Global Competition

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:14am

11th annual contest is now open for entries; all amateur creatives in film, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics, and 3d visualization are welcome to submit their work. 

Awards Headline News

‘Tenet,’ ‘Soul’ Take Home Critics Choice Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:17am

Warner Bros.’ reverse-action sci-fi thriller and Pixar’s look at a Black jazz musician’s reflection on his own life and what makes it worth living were honored by the Critics Choice Association at their 26th annual ceremony.

TV VFX Headline News

Vine FX is the Perfect Match for AMC’s ‘Soulmates’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 5, 2021 at 4:15pm

After expanding their existing remote production capabilities in the face of COVID-19, the Cambridge-based VFX studio delivers 500 shots on the futuristic sci-fi anthology series.

Technology Headline News

9th Street Films’ Flame Post Pipeline Helps Deliver High-End VFX on Indie Budget

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:27pm

Full service creative shop’s innovative workflow helps deliver time and money-saving VFX, color, and editorial on projects like ‘Sixth of June’ and ‘Love 40.’

The Roth Adaptation is Coming! Headline News

Ariana Greenblatt Joins ‘Borderlands’ as the Explosive Tiny Tina

The talented actress is no stranger to uncouth humor and action films, but just how vulgar will director Eli Roth allow the 13-year-old to be in her portrayal of the wild and insane character?

Supporting Women in Entertainment Headline News

Netflix Honors International Women’s Day

The streaming giant earmarks the first $5 million of their recently announced Creative Equity Fund for programs that support and promote women in the global entertainment industry; watch the Women’s Day Netflix video, narrated by Janet Mock, honoring groundbreaking women in entertainment history.

Business Headline News

Netflix Acquires ‘Teddy and the Guardian of the Night’

Dwayne Johnson to produce family adventure film from Seven Bucks Productions and FlynnPictureCo that tells the story of stuffed teddy bears coming to life to protect kids from all things that go bump in the night; Josh Stolberg and Bobby Florsheim have been tapped to pen the screenplay.

Business Headline News

Korean Webtoon ‘Dr. Brain’ Nabs Live-Action Series Order at Apple TV+

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:44pm

Sci-fi thriller based on the popular webtoon is the first Korean-language project for the streamer; ‘Parasite’s Lee Sun-Kyun to star, with Kim Jee-Woon writing and directing.

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

48th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:29am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Onward,’ ‘Soul,’ ‘The Croods: A New Age,’ ‘The Willoughbys,’ and ‘Trolls World Tour’ top the huge list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony set to stream live on Friday, April 16.

Business Headline News

Uncharted Territory and RISE Pictures Ink Production Deal

The companies will co-produce ‘Igraine The Brave Based,’ a 3D animated feature based on Cornelia Funke's magical fantasy novel; additional collaborations in the pipeline include other live-action and animated films and features.

I Need a Hunky Hero Headline News

‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Pic Adds ‘Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page

The breakout star joins Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Justice Smith in Paramount and eOne's highly anticipated fantasy table-top game adaption penned by Johnathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley.

Awards Headline News

‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Soul’ Top VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00am

‘Project Power’ and ‘The Witches’ lead the list of feature film field nominees; winners in 25 categories will be announced at a virtual ceremony streaming worldwide on April 6/7 depending upon time zone.

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