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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Survival Plan Relies on Hit Toons

Jeffrey Katzenberg diverted his attention from his core business of making family films, and it contributed to DreamWorks Animation racking up a whopping $300 million in losses last year — nearly half of what it generated in overall sales. more »

Fifty Shades Outrage Didn’t Match Wolf of Wall Street, Says Ratings Board Chief

Concerned parents aimed a fusillade of fury at Fifty Shades of Grey, but it didn’t come close to the storm touched off by the similarly R-rated The Wolf of Wall Street, according to the head of the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) ratings board. more »

HBO in Talks with Apple to Be Launch Partner for Coming Web Service ‘HBO Now’

HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month. While HBO has not confirmed a launch date for HBO Now, internally the target is an April launch, in time for the April 12 debut of Game of Thrones. more »

Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) v1.0

We have big news for cinematographers: the long awaited Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) is now available in its first production-ready release. With ACES v1.0, DPs can have confidence that their creative vision in regards to color management will be consistent from image capture to release. The entire lifecycle of the project will contain their original intent, which in itself is a game changer. more »

Costume Designer and David Lynch Collaborator Patricia Norris Dies at 83

Patricia Norris, a six-time Oscar-nominated costume designer including last year for the Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave and a frequent collaborator of David Lynch and Mel Brooks, died February 20 of natural causes, according to her publicist. She was 83. more »

Netflix Releasing Beasts of No Nation Simultaneously in Theaters and Streaming

The new media giant stunned Hollywood this week when it plunked down $12 million for worldwide rights to the drama about a child soldier in Africa. It boasts a top-shelf cast that includes Idris Elba and arrives courtesy of director Cary Fukunaga, the auteur behind Sin Nombre and the buzzy HBO series True Detective. more »

Sharknado 3 Hit by Strike

This morning, approximately 30-40 members of the Sharknado 3 production crew voted to walk off the job in search of an IATSE contact. The crew are seeking a health and pension agreement. Sharknado 3 is set to air this summer on Syfy. It's worth noting that 2014’s Sharknado 2 was done under an IATSE agreement, but this latest version of the franchise has been non-union. more »

The Truth Behind the Power/Rangers Short

In a nutshell, the internet screamed so loud everyone around the world heard it. I literally heard reports of people in Iran saying they loved the short before it was pulled. That is a very strange thing to think about — how somewhere in Iran some mullah is slamming on his keyboard like where the f--- is that Power Rangers fan film? Yeah, that's not easy to shut down. more »

The Age of the Standalone Still Camera is Coming to an End for all but Pros

The key takeaway here isn’t that iPhones are better than still cameras. Not by a long shot. The key is that the software on these smartphones, and the social media platforms and instant connections to the web, are better and cannot be overcome by camera companies that fail to integrate software within their camera bodies going forward. more »

From Hollywood to Homeless: The Writer of Jason X and Drive Angry on Screenwriting on the Edge

This is a Hollywood story. It's not glamorous as Hollywood stories often are. Many won't like it. Many won't like that it can even happen in today's Hollywood. Some people prefer their Hollywood rolled up in a big giant flaming Oz head. But this story is a reality and my guess is, it's likely more common than any of us might want to admit. more »