FRIDAY, Jan. 15

FilmLA has announced that no filming activity that requires the direct presence of the California Highway Patrol or Sheriffs will be approved for January 20 – Inauguration day.

As Inauguration Day approaches, local officials expect increased staffing demands for law enforcement and public safety personnel. As a result, no driving shots, intermittent traffic control, lane closures, or full street closures will be available in areas served by these agencies. 

Similar restrictions may apply in other jurisdictions, and FilmLA said those would be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veteran Coloris Alex Berman Joins Goldcrest Post Team

Senior Colorist Alex Berman has joined the team at Goldcrest Post. Berman brings more than 20 years of experience in color grading and credits across feature films, episodic television, documentaries and commercials. His recent work includes “The Family” for Netflix and executive producer Alex Gibney, “College Behind Bars” for WETA, Washington. He has also graded advertising campaigns for United Healthcare, Ralph Lauren and other national brands.

“Alex is a gifted artist with deep roots in New York’s independent film and documentary community,” says Goldcrest Post Managing Director Domenic Rom. “He has a rare ability to work on all types of media and across genres and styles. We’re delighted to have him at Goldcrest.”

Berman who has freelanced for much of the past decade says,  “I pride myself on my versatility. I’ve done features where the cinematographer has taken great care with each lighting setup as well as documentaries shot run and gun at locations around the world. I’ve also worked on fashion ads, like the Ralph Lauren campaign, with beautiful, perfectly shot imagery.”

Berman sees his new role at Goldcrest Post as an opportunity to broaden his connections and join a world-class, full-service post-production team. “I’m very impressed with the talent Domenic has assembled and excited about my future at Goldcrest,” he adds.

An East Coast native, Berman began his career at The Post Group, Hollywood, and gained his initial experience in color at Encore, Hollywood. He returned to New York City in 1998 to join The Tape House. His background also includes an extended tenure with the post-production company Prime Focus. Along the way, he’s developed close working relationships with cinematographers including Sean Price Williams, Daniel Vechione and Soopum Sohn. “I love the storytelling aspect of color, the ability to change the mood of a scene or take it to a new level,” he notes. “Each project presents new challenges and needs new ideas.”


Lifetime Achievement Nominations Announced For The 2021 Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild announced its nominations for the 8th Annual MUAHS Guild Award’s Lifetime Achievement honorees, it was announced by MUAHS President Julie Socash.

Alan D’Angerio, Julia Walker, Judy Crown, Pauletta Lewis and Terrell Baiiel are among those being nominated with a Liftetime achievement award in hairstyling.

John Jackson, Christina Smith,  Matthew Mungle,  Michèle Burke and Steve LaPorte are the nominees for make-up

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to one make-up artist and one hairstylist for an extraordinary spectrum of acclaimed work, exceptional contributions to the motion picture arts and sciences, or outstanding service to their union or the entertainment industry.

Voting is now open online for members only and will end Friday, January 22, 2021. Winners will be announced on January 27th and will be honored at the ceremony which will be held virtually on Saturday, April 4, 2021.



Vanessa Kirby Falls in Love in new Trailer for “The World to Come”

Katherine Waterston falls in love with Vanessa Kirby in the new trailer for Mona Fastvold’s “The World to Come.”

Set in the 19th century, in the American Northeast, Kirby plays Tallie, the new next-door neighbor. Abigail (Waterston) and Tallie find themselves drawn to each other as their friendship blossoms into a romance and they fill voids in their lives, as they slowly become lovers against a backdrop of tension and hardship.

Casey Affleck and Christopher Abbott also co-star as their husbands. The screenplay is written by Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard, based upon Shepard’s story of the same name.

“The World to Come” hits theaters on February 12 and PVOD on March 2 via Bleecker Street Films, following its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.


Sundance Film Festival Adds More Virtual Panels and Conversations to Lineup

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival is taking advantage of the online platform it has built for this year’s festival. In addition to films, episodic work and short films, the platform will encompass a curated program of free special events, conversations and activations available to the global public.

These talks and events, presented on the Sundance platform, include a new Opening Ceremony, Sundance Dailies, and The Big Conversation series, trademark gatherings at Cinema Café and the Power of Story, Awards Night and the concluding “It’s A Wrap” session. Additional partner programming will take place in a bustling digital Festival Village, which includes Main Street, Satellite Screens and the Artist Lounge.

Festival Director Tabitha Jackson will kick off the festival and celebrate Utah. The Sundance Dailies series will roll out each morning with host Jackson, Utah correspondent John Cooper, and an assortment of special guests including Eugenio Derbez (“CODA”), Rebecca Hall (“Passing”), Ed Helms (“Together Together”), Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein (“How It Ends”), and more.

The virtual doors will open again at Cinema Café.  Shaka King and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Sonia Manzano and Rita Moreno and Rebecca Hall and Robin Wright are among some of the conversation highlights taking place.

Awards Night takes place on Tuesday, February 2, where festival-goers can see which projects were selected for juried and audience awards. The event will be live-streamed on the Sundance online screening platform.


Casting Society of America Opens Membership to Commercial Casting Directors

The Casting Society of America announced today that it is now accepting commercial casting directors as part of its organization, and celebrating casting in all forms, including film, television, theatre, short form and now commercials.  
“Commercial casting directors apply their craft to an impactful form of storytelling, and we know that their insight and experience will add additional depth to Casting Society of America’s membership,” said Zora DeHorter and Caitlin Jones, Vice Presidents of Communications, CSA and Co-Chairs, Commercial Committee. “The artistic merit of our commercial colleagues helps further CSA’s mission to advocate and promote the profession of casting in all of its forms.”
The newly formed Commercial Committee includes: Alex Amsellem, Terry Berland, Danielle Demchick, Rikki Gimelstob, Katie Griffin, Sherrie Henderson, Caitlin Jones, Patti Kalles. Rebecca LaGore, Liz Lewis, Angela Mickey, Erica Palgon, Nina Pratt, Rachel Reiss, Michael Sanford and Alison Twardziak.
The commercial committee has compiled a database of established commercial casting directors across the country and started a targeted outreach to them to invite them to join CSA. Part of their outreach includes guiding prospective applicants through the application process. The committee will also plan commercial specific initiatives in 2021.  
Prerequisites for commercial casting professionals to join are the same as theatrical members; 75 weeks worked within two years for an associate and 100 weeks worked over five years for a director. Commercial work is eligible to count toward these weeks, allowing these commercial casting directors to apply for CSA membership if they only do commercials, or an applicant can use commercial weeks along with other mediums (film, television, reality, and theatre) to qualify.  


TUESDAY, Jan. 12

Bella Thorne Forms Content X, a Social Media and Content Management Company

Actress Bella Thorne and longtime manager Thor Bradwell have teamed up to form Content X a social media and content management company. Thorne will act as the Creative Director in charge of all content.

Also on board, talent manager Tamara Thorne and Michael Cohen will act as Co-Heads of Development.

Content X will manage social media influencers and their social media accounts to help build profitable profiles and provide expertise in navigating the ever-changing social media universe.

Thorne said, “I’m excited to create Content X for this generation’s young creative forces and their social media platforms. Content X will also specialize in identifying young writers, directors, etc. on social media to give them a platform to develop their skills, Etc.”

Aside from launching Content X, Thorne has been busy. She is currently starring in the independent feature “Girl” opposite Mickey Rourke. Her movie, “Infamous” was one of the first movies during quarantine to be released in drive-in theaters as well as VOD.

Up next, Thorne will star opposite Oscar winner Melissa Leo in the thriller, “Measure of Revenge” (TBD 2021).

MONDAY, Jan. 11

Andy Samberg, “Palm Springs” Screenwriter Andy Siara and Ben Stiller Team for Untitled Apple Project

Andy Samberg and “Palm Springs” screenwriter Andy Siara are teaming up again for a new comedy sci-fi film. This time around Ben Stiller, Noah Hawley, and Raphael Bob-Waksberg are also involved.

Details for the project are unknown, but Raphael Bob-Waksberg, “BoJack Horseman” creator is behind the original idea.

Apple secured the deal in what was said to be a competitive situation over the weekend. The deal came hot on the heels of Samberg’s and Siara’s latest project, “Palm Springs,” which is picking up awards steam.

‘Promising Young Woman’ Take Best Picture from San Diego Film Critics

The San Diego Film Critics Society have announced their winners, and scooping top prize for Best Picture is Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman.” The film’s star, Carey Mulligan was also awarded Best Actress.

Critics and festival darling Chloe Zhao took home Best Director for her film “Nomadland.” Elsewhere, cinematographer Joshua James Richards who has shot Zhao’s previous movies, won for Best Cinematography.

Other winners included “Sound of Metal’s” Paul Raci in the Supporting Actor category.

Documentary “Time,” streaming on Amazon Prime, took home the award in that category, and the all-star ensemble of Regina King’s “One Night in Miami” took home the Best Ensemble award.

The full list of winners can be found on the San Diego Film Critics Society page.

Keep up with the ongoing tally of who’s won what so far with Variety’s Awards Circuit winners chart, here.