Industry Topics Blog Posts

Jul 21, 2018

California TV Production Down, Commercials and Film Shoots Up During Second Quarter

California hopes to lure television and film production back to the state with last month’s extension of the California Film and Television Tax Credit  Program 2.0. But, according to production coordinator FilmL.A., 2018’s second quarter saw a 5.2 percent drop… Read More

Jul 15, 2018

Scarlett Johansson Withdraws from ‘Rub & Tug’ Transgender Role Amidst Controversy

Scarlett Johansson has changed her mind and “respectfully withdrawn” from playing the role of a transgender man in response to an ongoing streak of casting controversy. The Tony Award-winning actress was set to portray the role of Dante “Tex” Gill… Read More

Jun 30, 2018

California Extends State Film Tax Credit Program to 2025

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to extend the state’s tax credit program to 2025. The bill is recognized as a major win for the local film and television production industries. The incentives were set to expire in… Read More

Jun 23, 2018

SAG-AFTRA Announces Landmark Agreement with ZEUS Streaming Service

SAG-AFTRA has signed a “historic” deal with the new streaming service ZEUS founded by TV producer Lemuel Plummer and co-founded by social media stars King Bach, Amanda Cerny, and DeStorm Power. Subscriptions to ZEUS offer ad-free, video-on-demand streaming that features… Read More

Jun 4, 2018

Brave Rescues by Six Movie Stars

Benedict Cumberbatch acted heroically in London over the weekend; the Doctor Strange star reportedly saved a bicyclist who was being attacked by a group of muggers. Apparently, Benedict was riding in an Uber with his wife when all of a… Read More

May 21, 2018

Stan Lee’s One Billion Dollar Lawsuit

Stan Lee, the Marvel icon as well as literary and cultural hero, is flexing his litigious muscle yet again. At ninety-five years of age, the comic book pioneer is suing Pow! Entertainment for $1 billion–that’s billion with a capital B!… Read More

May 19, 2018

‘The Karate Kid’ Actor Ralph Macchio Is Back with ‘Cobra Kai’

“Everybody was Kung Fu fighting, those kicks were fast a lightning; in fact, it was a little bit frightening, but they fought with expert timing.” –Carl Douglas Thirty-four years ago, skinny little Daniel LaRusso stood up to the bullies of… Read More

May 13, 2018

Oscar-Winning Actors Thank Their Mothers for Their Unconditional Love

This week we celebrate mothers and the rich and varied ways they contribute to our lives. Many Academy Award-winning actors have expressed their gratitude for the love and support of their moms, acknowledging the ways they’ve cradled and fortified their… Read More

Apr 22, 2018

Bill Mechanic Resigns from Academy Board Insisting “We Have Failed”

In a recent article, the Hollywood Reporter exposed some of the pressure and inner conflicts of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ board members through a resignation letter penned by Bill Mechanic that was not intended to be… Read More

Apr 16, 2018

R. Lee Ermey, the ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Drill Sergeant, Dies at 74

The Full Metal Jacket actor Ronald Lee Ermey died on Sunday at the age of 74 due to complications of pneumonia. His longtime manager, Bill Rogin, made the announcement via Ermey’s Twitter account, writing: “It is with deep sadness that… Read More

Mar 19, 2018

‘Tomb Raider’ Star Alicia Vikander’s Training Video

Tomb Raider actress Alicia Vikander grew up watching action and adventure movies and always wondered what it would be like to act in such rigorous plotlines. Well, now she knows! Playing the iconic character Lara Croft has given her the… Read More

Mar 5, 2018

Sam Rockwell Wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actor

Character actor Sam Rockwell has joked about being known as “That guy from that movie.” Some recognize him as “That guy from ‘Moon,” or “from Galaxy ‘Quest,’” or “from ‘Iron Man 2,’” or “The Green Mile.” But that will change… Read More

Feb 17, 2018

‘Black Panther’ Chadwick Boseman Makes Cinematic History

Cinematic history is being made this weekend with the release of Black Panther, a film that marks the first time that a major studio greenlit a black superhero movie directed by an African-American director and featuring a mostly black cast…. Read More

Feb 3, 2018

Connie Sawyer, Hollywood’s Oldest Working Actress Dies at 105

Hollywood’s oldest working actress, Connie Sawyer, recently passed away at the whopping age of 105. Her career as a character actress was both long–almost nine decades!–and prolific with over 140 credits. Most of Sawyer’s credits were in TV hit shows… Read More

Jan 26, 2018

Nick Nolte Opens Up in His New Memoir ‘Rebel’

“I had become an actor because real life was hard for me. Sometimes it was really tough. Acting was different from real life, yet it gave me the chance to search for complex stories that helped me understand and cope… Read More