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Looking Back: Sorority Row

Sorority Row(2009)

Directed by Stewart Hendler

Starring Brianna Evigan, Leah Pipes, Rumer Willis, Jamie Chung, Audrina Page, Julian Morris, Margo Harshman, Matt Lanter, and Carrie Fisher

I just watched Sorority Row the other night again, and I have to say that this slasher is enjoyable. How else can I describe this movie? It has a great cast, the engaging story has a nice whodunit element, and the kills are very creative. If you haven’t seen this House on Sorority Row remake, I’d highly recommend checking this one out and adding it to your collection. My score: 8.5/10(Add to your collection)

Film Production Recovery in North America after COVID 19 

Everything is slowly getting back to normal with new precautions, guidelines and rules. Filming industry is making its come back with re-opening of cinemas and new productions. 

Producing a film in North America is also one of those little slower sectors. There are no proper federal COVID guidelines, states, countries and local municipalities are setting their own set of rules and regulations for the restraining of a pandemic. The Film commission reports that everyone is ready to go to work, but there are lots of things required for this restart like coronavirus testing capacity, insurance, and health and safety guidelines.

States are providing relief to the production industry. 

Georgia: 

Many people are doing well in handling this situation, and recently Tyler Perry mega-multihyphenate in Georgia has completed filming his BET series’ “Sistas” and now working on another production “the Oval”. The remarkable thing  is that not a single case was recorded in this procedure. 

Perry talked about measure and safety guidelines he followed while shooting his productions. He said that he made sure everyone  (cast and crew) wear their mask when they are not shooting as masks have been scientifically proved to be stopping the spread. Perry said that he made sure everyone followed the security measures as he did not want any of them to be quarantined for 3 to 12 days due to a virus. 

Georgia is getting up to 30% tax relief for film, television, music videos, commercials, interactive games and animation. The Entertainment Industry Investment Act provides a 20% tax credit for $500,000 or more spent on production and post-production in Georgia, either in a single production or on multiple projects. The state also grants an additional 10% tax credit if the finished project includes a promotional logo provided by the state. 

Web: georgia.org/industries/film-entertainment 

New York 

New York is ready  to start their production work but with lots of precautions and care. Everything is moving carefully and next month is looking more promising and productive. There is no doubt that production is going very slow, but developments can be seen  at Steiner Studios which is working with a 500,000 sq –ft facility in  Sunset Park 

New York boosts 30% tax credit on both eligible costs and post-production expenses, but are not eligible for the “film production tax credit program.” 

Web: esd.ny.gov 

California: 

California is also back in the production business. The city has announced in August that many of its latest projects are going to be started. These big productions include Netflix’s big-budget “Gray Man” starring Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling. TV series are also ready to take their flight with shooting around southern California. SWAT recently shot at some location in Santa Clarita with strict safety protocols. 

California’s $1.55 billion Film & Television Tax Credit Program 3.0 runs for five years, with a sunset date of June 30, 2025, and each fiscal year, from July 1 to June 30, the $330 million funding is categorized in TV projects, relocating TV, indie features and non-indie features. 

Web: film.ca.gov 

Louisiana: 

Louisiana was hit hard by COVID.  The state has given approving nods to the  production industry following safety guidelines,

Production is getting up to 40% tax credit on total qualified expenditures that include resident and non-resident labor. 

Web: louisianaentertainment.gov 

Canada 

Canada is ready to host, albeit shootings with travel restrictions and have set detailed safety protocols for each province.
Entry to the country is allowed but only after 14-day self-quarantine before they can start working on set. The Canada Film or Video Production Tax Credit  known as CPTC is providing 100% refundable tax credit to eligible productions. The relief is available at a rate of 25% of qualified labor expenditure.
 

Web: canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/cavco-tax-credits/film-video-production-services 

Ontario: ontariocreates.ca/tax-incentives/ofttc 

British Columbia: gov.bc.ca/gov 

 

American Film Market Cancelled but Offering Free Credentials to Buyers for Virtual Market


The American Film Market has announced that all approved buyers will receive complimentary credentials for its Virtual 2020 edition on November 9-13. 

 The IFTA announced last month that it would not keep the physical sales market. Following in the footsteps of the virtual market in June. It also moved the market a week back to avoid a conflict with Election Day 

Buyers’ credentials will provide access to the AFM online platform, which includes exhibitions in the on-demand theater, all exhibit pages, my AFM profile, and connection platform, and a five-day live session. 
 

“AFM 2020 Online is an exciting opportunity for us to fully embrace buyers from all over the world, especially those who cannot travel to Santa Monica.” Michael Ryan, IFTA Chairperson, and partner at GFM Films said. He said that the need for these five days dedicated to the rapid transformation of the industry and the reunification of those free from challenges and running a business is even greater. On behalf of the IFTA Board of Directors, we look forward to welcoming every buyer online to AFM in November. 
 

AFM is one of the key selling markets for the independent film industry, with the Berlin Film Festival in February, the Cannes Film Festival in May, and the European Film Market with Toronto Intel Film Festival in September. The cover was moved to Cannes Virtual Festival due to a virus epidemic and the upcoming TIFF has been rapidly reduced in size and scope. 

 

Taking a Second Look: The Howling

 

The Howling(1981)

Directed by Joe Dante

Starring Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Christopher Stone, Dennis Dugan, Belinda Balaski, and Robert Picardo

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen The Howling, so I decided to watch it again to see if my opinions have changed. However, after giving it a second look, I have to say that I surprisingly still enjoyed it.

This movie is a well-written werewolf horror story. Not only is the story engaging, it is an interesting commentary on the dynamics of civilized behavior vs animal behavior. Which behavior is more natural? How do you balance the two? Should you repress one type, and if you do, which one should you repress? The Howling, in my opinion, brings these types of questions to mind.

Not only do you get the thought-provoking questions, you also get some good scares and some decent practical effects.

So if you haven’t watched a werewolf movie in awhile, The Howling comes highly recommended. My score: 8.5/10(purchase worthy)

Studios Keep Delaying Movies. What’s the Cost? 

Above the past few months, it has become a thing of the past: studios announce plans to release a new film in theaters, epidemics have boosted those plans, and the studio Delayed again. Rinse, wash, repeat. We’ve seen this playout with high profile movies like Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet”, which has moved twice in the last month, and Disney’s “Milan”, which has been postponed three times since March. 

There is a good chance that if coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country and state force theaters to close, the trend will continue.
 

In a pre-coronary virus world, this would be impossible for premiere dates to follow. But when the Coronavirus epidemic began closing in cinemas for the first time in March, studios began releasing films in the middle of the year or 2021 or later. Cinema reopening time.  

When the cinema reopening begins, “Tenet”, “Mulan” and other films that welcome moviegoers are expected to be among the first to join, as the release Calendars are open. However, if the films that have already been moved several times continue to circulate, the studios eventually risk burning through the marketing dollars. 

“Everyone is playing a wait-and-see game,” said Eric Handler, an analyst at MKM Partners. “With blockbuster movies, budgets are significant. To recover these budgets, they need theater. But there’s no point in going to reopen them, so it’s like a chicken and an egg. “ 

Will “Tenet” and “Milan” be able to hold their latest schedule debut – August 12 and August 21, respectively? Executives and analysts say there will be no greater economic loss. Marketing funds can be leveraged to accommodate the extra weeks here and there, but not all of them will be stressful. But this equation changes if there are delays. At some point, the studios will have to decide whether to expand beyond marketing expectations or to stop and resume them as the release date approaches.
 

Impact on marketing fees 

Film executives privately estimate that pushing “Mulan” or “Tenet” at once in a few weeks could reduce marketing fees by 000 200,000 to ، 400,000 – the cover of a new film. Expenses that are not necessarily the same for a major studio in the Great Depression scheme. Depending on various factors, this number could rise to $5 million if they delay again without adequate notice. This is because most of the promotion and advertising efforts of a film take place in the first two weeks before its release. So far, changes to the release date have fallen out of this window. 

Tentpole movie 

Tentpole movie marketing, which often takes between 100 million and 200 million production budgets, is an expensive proposition in any climate. From 30-second TV commercials and billboards too fast, stardom premieres that shut down Hollywood Boulevard as usual. Studios begin implementing these efforts six weeks before the release of a film – sometimes during a competitive time, such as the movie Giving Season, in the summer before that.
 

Since multiplexes are closed and most personal projects are still on hold, studios have taken advantage of traditional methods such as playing trailers in theaters or arranging press tours with personalities. Live events, such as the NBA Championship or the regular MLB season games, are one of the most reliable ways to ensure eyeballs on modern movie commercials. But with so many games being held right now, this option isn’t even available. 

Tiktok marketing 

Despite the deviation from the strategy, marketing budgets aren’t getting smaller – they’re just recovering. There is a strong emphasis on digital media to target viewers at home, such as TikTok trends and releasing new trailers on Fortnite. At least one of the benefits of this weird time where everyone gets stuck indoors is that addictive apps and popular video games are getting more attention than ever before. 

Handler said, “You see the studios trying to do something different – the new trailer for ‘Tenet’, which aired on Fortnite.” It’s worrying that old adults will soon return to theaters. , So you have to celebrate a huge market for thousands of years. “
 

Major marketing resources 

Because “Tenet” wasn’t ready to hit theaters until early July, Warner Bruce recently began to commit to large marketing resources. With or without the epidemic, there is another challenge to having a real IP in the film. Marketers not only have to work overdrive to introduce themselves, but also to stop the audience from the brainstorming that exists in the world of global spying. 

The adaptation of Disney’s classic animated story to live-action is not a concern for Mulan. Most moviegoers are already familiar with the fearless Chinese fighters. But “Mulan” needs to be more concerned with the Northern invaders. Since its theatrical release was canceled two weeks before its targeted US launch, Disney has already shelled around eight and a half million for the premiere of Gleason Los Angeles in March. It’s not just studios that have money on the table. Theaters cannot be successfully reopened until a new product arrives on the big screen. 

As history delays, so do the rising virus level, causing exhibitors to edit their plans. China AMC, the country’s largest theater, has abandoned its plans to resume business for two weeks. The exhibitor, and its rival circuits, now plan to resume business by the end of July and expect to be fully operational by August. Handler said, “We’re in a big holding right now.” The industry is at the mercy of municipalities in America’s largest markets. This is causing the municipalities to pump the brakes. Hopefully, in these markets, we will look at things from a higher level and this will give some relief to the government. It’s time-consuming.
 

“Who wants to go first and set fire to $200 million?” 

If the movie only earns a few million, you get a massive written download. It’s a risk, “Greenfield said.” It’s a race where winning is losing. Winning is riskier than losing.

SAG Awards 2021 

 

Coronavirus pandemic has postponed the 2021 SAG Awards six weeks before the Oscars – until March 14. The 27th Annual Awards Show, which honors film and television performances, was originally scheduled for January 24, 2021. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on June 15 that the 93rd Academy Awards telecast had been postponed for two months until April 25, 2021. 

It was first reported in mid-May when the academy was considering delaying the big night in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The 2020 SAG Awards ceremony was held in January at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The cast of “Parasite” won the Feature Film Pair Award, with Joaquin Phoenix winning the Male Actor Award for “Joker” and Renee Zellweger winning the Female Actor Trophy for “Judy”. 

The eligibility requirements for the event have been modified with a two-month extension in the eligibility window. From January 1, 2020, to February 28, 2021, motion pictures, prime time television, and cable and new media programs may be shown or broadcast earlier.  

The submission period starts on September 21 and ends on November 20. Nominations will be announced on February 4, 2021. The final voting will take place between SAG-AFTRA members between February 10 and March 10. 

The SAG Awards are among the Oscars, Golden Globes, and BAFTA Film Awards for advancing their dates and qualifying periods for feature films due to the pandenic. 

Many CAA offices to remain closed through January 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic (exclusive) 

We have learned that the Creative Artist Agency is closing several home locations until early 2021. The internal memo, alerted agents and others that the CAA headquarters in Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York offices, would remain closed as epidemics spread.
 

“After carefully studying many factors as a top priority for employee health and safety, we have concluded that we will not return until at least January 2021. There is still a long way to go before a specific date can be set. , “
 

The company will also look into the re-entry protocol for its London office. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the CAA, affectionately known as the “Death Star”, sits in Century City, and it’s a wonderful illustration of the power of Hollywood rooms. “In reviewing today’s decision, in addition to a large group of internal executives, external consultants have focused on several criteria, including health options guidelines, Local laws, and infection rates; Availability, or lack thereof, testing, vaccines, and treatment. Limit the personal circumstances of our employees, availability, and cost of supply, mask, and modification facility; the senior leadership wrote, and, of course, we can better support our capabilities and work together.
  

FilmLA is getting 14 film permits in one day

FilmLA reports that about 14 film permit applications have been submitted since the resumption of remote operations on June 15. It reported on Wednesday that the largest television project to apply for a location shoot was Freeform’s “Love in time of corona”. The filmLA said that three soap operas have resumed filming on the sound stages in Los Angeles: “Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless” and “General Hospital.” FilmLA does not coordinate permits for the productions on certified sound stages. 

Epidemics halted film and television production in March. Unions and studios have been working in recent weeks to hammer out specific protocols to protect the health of those in the seats. The agency also said on Wednesday that it was interested in getting hundreds of moviegoers back to work. To date, 13 of the 16 city and county jurisdictions served by FilmLA have reopened to filming, as has one of the six school districts served by FilmLA. Representatives from FilmLA described the return of filming as “cautious and gradual”, with upcoming applications consisting of 56% small steel photo shoots and commercials. The next largest group of applicants comes from television, the way forward with the shooting of reality. 

“Since its reopening, we’ve seen growing interest from filmgoers and the community in how filming can resume safely and responsibly,” said Paul Audley, president of FilmLA. “New health orders for permit seekers – mandates issued by the County Public Health Department under the guidance of industry advisers – need to be seriously considered. This will make it much easier for us to re-film the local population. 

SAG-AFTRA Consulting Sccalaries Battle over Film and TV Contract Ratification 

Sag-AFTRA, with encouraging campaigns on both sides of the issue, has begun voting to ratify its successor agreement on its master’s contract for feature films and prime-time television works. The Actors Union, which represents 160,000 members, released a video on Thursday in which President Gabriel Carter called for a “yes” vote on the new deal and a referendum on July 22. Booklet published.
 

The pamphlet includes a 500-word opposition section requesting a “no” vote, and National Board members Ed Asner, Jennifer BealsNeve Campbell, Diane Ladd, Matthew ModineEsai Morales, Patricia Richardson, Rob Schneider, and Jonathan Taylor Thomas have endorsed it.
 

Contract for ratification 

The Sag-AFTRA National Board on June 29 approved sending the ratification agreement with 67.6% to 32.4% of the vote. Members are receiving a postcard in the mail instructing them on how to vote. Carteris headed the negotiating committee and began the video by saying, “Well, I’m glad to finally be able to talk about the good news for a change, really good news. 

She took a “tremendous” advantage in participating in health planning and wages. The benefits were similar to the losses in the Directors Guild of the new US Master Contract, which was approved by members in April. “It’s the most lucrative deal ever. Carteris said the deal is worth 31 318 million over three years. That’s an additional 8 318 million in members’ pockets.” But more importantly, with a 26% increase in default stimuli, it prepares for our long-term future. She also said that the agreement includes maximum protection for actors, including the provision of 48 hours’ notice for nudity and prostitution. 

The opposition noted that it had launched a website on the DissentingOpinion2020.com and insisted that the phrase “historical benefits” did not tell the whole story. This agreement brings about historical losses and lost opportunities. Opponents say the deal was negotiated during “extraordinary global health and economic crises.” The value of our services is growing, not shrinking. Even with the common pain of the moment, we must negotiate with the power to fully protect your wages, arrears, health, safety, and the survival of your pension and health plans.
 

Opponents say the new deal will “destroy” the decades-old fixed formula, with a $70 million loss in three years and an eight-year loss of $170 million. It emphasized that the proposed 2% increase in pensions and health would be deducted from the 1.5% increase in wages and that the use of digital doubles was not a protection for background actors. They also said that eliminating the need for first-class travel for journeys of less than 1,000 miles would endanger members in the COVID era.
 

Three years ago, members of the SAG-AFTRA ratified the current agreement because it opposed one out of every four members who voted. About 76% of members approved the deal with about 15% of the 144,000 eligible members voting — or about 22,000 in all. 

Winona Ryder Accuses Mel Gibson of Making Anti-Semitic and Homophobic Remarks

Actress and Producer, Winona Ryder, in an interview with The Sunday Times, accused Braveheart star, Mel Gibson, of making anti-gay and anti-Semitic comments. The actress who is known for her role in “Stranger Things” said this after she was asked, during the interview, if she had experienced any antisemitism in the industry.

In the interview, she recounted how the Oscar winner made statements that were homophobic to her at a party. She said, “We were at a crowded party with one of my good friends,” she said. “And Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we’re all talking and he said to my friend, who’s gay, ‘Oh wait, am I gonna get Aids?’ And then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven dodger, are you?’”. She even went on to say Gibson tried to apologize for his comments.

However, Ryder’s claims of Gibson making the comments were refuted by Gibson’s representatives. A statement provided by the representatives to Variety read, “This is 100 per cent untrue. She lied about it over a decade ago, when she talked to the press, and she’s lying about it now.” The representative also went further to say Gibson did not try to apologize as he did not make any homophobic or anti-Semitic comments.

Replying to the denial, Winona Ryder released a statement saying, “I believe in redemption and forgiveness and hope that Mr. Gibson has found a healthy way to deal with his demons, but I am not one of them. Around 1996, my friend Kevyn Aucoin and I were on the receiving end of his hateful words. It is a painful and vivid memory for me. Only by accepting responsibility for our behavior in this life can we make amends and truly respect each other, and I wish him well on this lifelong journey.”

This is not the first time Gibson has been accused of anti-Semitic and homophobic behavior. He has been reported to have made derogatory comments throughout his career his outbursts have been exposed publicly on several occasions. 

The most popular anti-Semitic comment Gibson made was in 2006 where he said, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” while being arrested. He later addressed the incident in 2016 and told Variety “It was an unfortunate incident. I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of — we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever.”