Things Get Political as ‘Arrival,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Atlanta’ Score Big at WGA Awards
Feb20

Things Get Political as ‘Arrival,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Atlanta’ Score Big at WGA Awards

It was certainly telegraphed that there would be a comedic mash-up of politics and performance at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards when the West Coast ceremonies kicked off with a brief video that focused on the ethnicities of Guild members and ended with a hammer and sickle woven into the WGA logo. Host Patton Oswalt, in his second year running as emcee of the ceremonies, then brought out the “trophy girls,” two Russian Army soldiers....

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Awards Season’s Most Acclaimed Filmmakers Reveal Their Challenges
Feb15

Awards Season’s Most Acclaimed Filmmakers Reveal Their Challenges

For going on two decades, it is an event that has become an anticipated awards season tradition, shining a spotlight not only on the creators of the most acclaimed films of the year but also upon the cultural and societal landscape of which they become part and parcel. Last year’s Beyond Words panel discussion with the Writers Guild Award-nominated screenwriters was set smack dab in the middle of the raging #OscarsSoWhite controversy....

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‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘O.J.’ Top ACE Eddie Awards, Abrams Honored
Jan30

‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘O.J.’ Top ACE Eddie Awards, Abrams Honored

It would be difficult to find a group of professionals that is more supportive of each other than the members of the American Cinema Editors. So it was no surprise that the mood in the room was ebullient as they gathered for the 67th annual ACE Eddie Awards presented in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton on January 27. 67 years ago, it was noted off the bat by ACE President Stephen Rivkin, Ronald Reagan, then starring in...

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Kim Coates Honored with ACTRA National Award of Excellence
Jan29

Kim Coates Honored with ACTRA National Award of Excellence

From his humble beginnings in Saskatoon theater to the bright lights of Broadway and then, inevitably, on to Hollywood, Kim Coates now has another career highlight in his diverse repertoire. The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists— the Canadian counterpart to SAG-AFTRA–honored Coates for his career achievements, contributions to fellow performers and to Canada’s entertainment industry at a festive...

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Dancing and Diversity Mark 2017 Oscar Nominations
Jan24

Dancing and Diversity Mark 2017 Oscar Nominations

Mr. Pool will surely have something to say about the Oscar nominations. Despite a flurry of other prestigious nominations from entertainment industry awards-granting bodies, “Deadpool” did not make the cut when the list of contenders for the 89th annual Academy Awards was revealed early this morning. It was clearly obvious going in that “La La Land” would be a primary contender, but perhaps not that it would tie the record of most...

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