Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

The Academy Grants to Film Orgs and Schools Throughout the US

The Academy is giving over $500,000 to film organizations and schools throughout the country as part of its annual Institutional and Internship Grants programs. Funds will go to film internships, job training, workshops, seminars, visiting artists programs and screenings. The money, says Grants Committee Chair Andrew Marlowe, provides students with "a key stepping-stone that might be otherwise unavailable.” The list of recipients and more info are below:
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 24, 2011 10:53 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
More: News

PGA Announces ProShow Competition Winners, To Get Exclusive Produced By Conference Access

The Producers Guild of America announces the winners of its Producers Showcase (ProShow) competition, in conjunction with their Produced By Conference. The ProShow aims to "help film producers initiate business relationships, co-develop compelling projects and spearhead investment involving the producing community, a panel of financiers, as well as local and international film commissions."
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 17, 2011 4:42 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Joe Pichirallo Named Chair of Undergrad Film & TV at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

Joe Pichirallo, film producer and veteran studio executive, has been appointed as the chair of the Undergraduate Film & Television program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (TSOA) Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. He will be replacing Lamar Sanders this fall. TSOA Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell says Pichirallo's "extensive entertainment industry experience coupled with his many years of teaching young filmmakers is the perfect combination to lead the department into the future." Details on Pichirallo's varied career -- from HBO and Fox Searchlight to UCLA and The Washington Post -- are below.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 10, 2011 7:55 AM
  • |
  • 5 Comments

Sony Wins International Rights to Tarantino's Django Unchained; Is Will Smith Locked In?

Sony has landed international rights to Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, for which the writer-director is eyeing Will Smith. The Weinsteins have domestic rights. Smith is affiliated with Sony, which explains why Sony landed the prize despite Universal's success with Inglourious Basterds. With Smith, Django would have huge mainstream appeal.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 9, 2011 9:12 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

UCLA's Festival of New Creative Work to Honor Snider, Bender, Cholodenko

The 2011 UCLA TFT's (School of Theater, Film and Television) Festival of New Creative Work will honor DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider (Champion Spirit Award), producer Lawrence Bender (Vision Award) and director Lisa Cholodenko (Filmmaker of the Year Award). Recipients are chosen by students who vote within their field of study. The festival runs June 3-9, more information is here. 
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • May 9, 2011 7:25 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Teen Lesbian Romance Jack and Diane Goes to Magnolia, Stars Juno Temple and Riley Keough

Distribution rights to Bradley Rust Gray's Jack and Diane -- currently in post -- have gone to Magnolia Pictures. The film stars Juno Temple (Atonement, Cracks), Riley Keough (The Runaways), Kylie Minogue and Cara Seymour, and features animation from the Brothers Quay and creature effects by Cremaster 2 and 4's Gabe Bartalos. Gray made his mark as a director with 2009's micro-budget fest-circuit hit The Exploding Girl, which starred Zoe Kazan and earned largely positive reviews.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • May 5, 2011 7:14 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Armie Hammer to Star in Psychological Thriller Love Story, 2:22, To Be Shopped At Cannes

Armie Hammer is attached to star in Lightstream Pictures' 2:22, a psychological thriller to be directed by Paul Currie (One Perfect Day, co-founder of Lightstream) and based on Todd Stein (Unbound) and Nathan Parker's (Moon) original screenplay. Rights for the film will be shopped at Cannes via Ralph Kamp's Timeless Films. Lightfilms's Lawrence Inglee in producing. The synopsis for 2:22, which hopes to begin shooting in Sydney this fall, is below.  Hammer is hot: he just wrapped Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, will play the Prince in Relativity's upcoming The Brothers Grimm: Snow White (with Julia Roberts and Lily Collins) and is up for the title role in The Lone Ranger, which is more about Johnny Depp's Tonto.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • May 2, 2011 6:35 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Amazon Studios Offers Free and Licensed Library of 2,000 Songs

Amazon Studios -- which invites filmmakers and screenwriters to submit their works for discovery -- announces the release of 2000 free and licensed movie-production music tracks for any registered and signed-in member on their site. Amazon Studios says they added the feature: "in order to enhance the overall viewing experience of the movies they upload to the site. Amazon Studios also recognizes that it’s hard for filmmakers to get valid licenses to soundtrack music for their test movies. Sound and music are important parts of how test movies garner more engaged feedback from movie fans than just scripts alone. Every month, Amazon Studios offers a $100,000 award to the best test movie."
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • April 28, 2011 7:54 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Jeremy Renner Offered Lead in Tony Gilroy's Bourne Continuation: Not as Bourne, Folks

It's confirmed, but no surprise. Writer-director Tony Gilroy has offered Jeremy Renner the lead in his Bourne franchise continuation. But he'd be playing a different assassin, who went through the same training program as Matt Damon's Bourne. (Which leaves open the possibility of Damon's eventual return.)
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • April 22, 2011 4:20 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments

Jiro Dreams of Sushi Goes to Magnolia Before North American Tribeca Premiere

Jiro Dreams of Sushi Goes to Magnolia Before North American Tribeca Premiere
North American rights for Jiro Dreams of Sushi have gone to Magnolia, which plans to release the film later this year. Jiro Dreams had its world premiere at the Berlinale and will make its North American premiere at Tribeca on April 21. The film follows 85-year old chef Jiro Ono and his son, Yoshikazu, who is heir to his legendary Tokyo restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro.
  • By Sophia Savage
  • |
  • April 20, 2011 7:08 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Email Updates