Playbill: Inside the New Tool That Maps the Expansive, Evolving Broadway Ecosystem

Playbill: Inside the New Tool That Maps the Expansive, Evolving Broadway Ecosystem. “The first day of rehearsals for any Broadway show typically begins with a meet-and-greet, as an assortment of on- and offstage characters flood the studio. Before their names appear in the Playbill, the artists, producers, managers, marketers, and more are in a circle, ready to get to work. But exit that circle, pan out from the rehearsal room, and encounter the security attendant at the front desk of the studio.”

How to Shoot a Sex Scene in a Pandemic: Cue the Mannequins (New York Times)

New York Times: How to Shoot a Sex Scene in a Pandemic: Cue the Mannequins. “Of all the weird ways that Covid-19 has affected life in this country, one of the most bizarre is taking place on a soundstage in Los Angeles. That’s where actors on the CBS soap opera ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ have been shooting intimate scenes with mannequins.”

Apartment Therapy: Lucy Liu is Also an Artist—and Her First U.S. Museum Exhibition Can be Toured Online

Apartment Therapy: Lucy Liu is Also an Artist—and Her First U.S. Museum Exhibition Can be Toured Online. “While known for her movie and TV roles, actor Lucy Liu’s resume goes well beyond Hollywood. She’s also a painter and sculptor—and Liu’s first U.S. museum exhibition is now available to tour online. Entitled ‘Lucy Liu: One of These Things is Not Like the Other,’ Liu’s exhibition of wood sculptures and paintings is available to tour on the Napa Valley Museum’s website from now until August 2. To access the tour, museum attendees are asked to make a donation of any amount to provide support for the museum amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Backstage: These Orgs Are Helping Out-of-Work Actors Affected by Coronavirus

Backstage: These Orgs Are Helping Out-of-Work Actors Affected by Coronavirus. “The show must go on—and now you can watch it from your living room. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraging self-isolation to halt the coronavirus’ spread, those who are financially dependent on the television, film, and theater industries have seen their livelihoods flash before their eyes. But in true showbiz fashion, nobody is going down without a fight.”

New Web Site Aggregates Resources for Freelancers Impacted by Coronavirus

A new Web site is working to aggregate information for freelancers impacted by COVID-19: COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources. From the front page “This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.”

Backstage: How This VO Actor Is Helping Connect African American Talent With More Opportunities

Backstage: How This VO Actor Is Helping Connect African American Talent With More Opportunities. “Over the years building his voiceover business, Bryan [J. Howard] recognized the need for a go-to source where casting directors could find professional African American voice actors and founded the African-American Voice Actor Database. I spoke with Bryan about creating the database, how his music career influences his voiceover work, and more.”

Tahlequah Daily Press: Natives encouraged to sign up for film database

Tahlequah Daily Press: Natives encouraged to sign up for film database. “The next big star could be discovered this weekend during the 67th Annual Cherokee National Holiday, as the Cherokee Nation Film Office is signing up actors to be included in a Native American talent and crew database for filmmakers. Jennifer Loren, CNFO senior Manager, said the agency constantly hears about Hollywood casting non-Native people for Native American roles, so they’ve devised a way to bring Natives to Hollywood.”

New York Daily News: After protests from LGBTQ groups, IMDb will allow removal of birth names from database

New York Daily News: After protests from LGBTQ groups, IMDb will allow removal of birth names from database. “On Monday, IMDb — the world’s largest online database of information related to movies, television, cast and crew — announced that it’d finally start allowing transgender individuals to remove their birth names from the site, when requested.”

Go London: Ian McKellen interview footage will be used to create huge, free educational resource

Go London: Ian McKellen interview footage will be used to create huge, free educational resource. “Sir Ian McKellen is a busy man – he’s starring in a one-man show to celebrate his 80th birthday, and now will be the focus of a new website designed to help students. The creators of documentary McKellen: Playing The Part will develop the interactive website to include hours of unseen interview footage that didn’t fit into the film.”

Playbill: The Actors Fund Launches Performing Arts Legacy Project Documenting Veteran Performers’ Careers

Playbill: The Actors Fund Launches Performing Arts Legacy Project Documenting Veteran Performers’ Careers. “The Actors Fund has announced the launch of the Performing Arts Legacy Project, a new online platform that invites veteran performers to create and share their own pages, documenting their careers in the performing arts. The website… launched May 7 with contributions from 10 veteran performers including Tony Award winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music), three-time Tony nominee André De Shields (Hadestown, The Wiz), Michael David Arian, George Bartenieff (I Will Bear Witness: The Holocaust Diaries), Vinie Burrows (Green Pastures, The Skin of Our Teeth), Susan Lehman (I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Fiddler on the Roof), Agosto Machado, Richard Masur (Lucky Guy), Gilda Mirós, and Virginia Wing.”

NPR All Tech Considered: In The Future Movie Stars May Be Performing Even After They’re Dead

NPR All Tech Considered: In The Future Movie Stars May Be Performing Even After They’re Dead. “Technology is threatening a lot of jobs — travel agents, truck drivers, factory workers. But here’s one you might not expect: actors. Technology in the entertainment business is on course to create digital actors who compete with live ones. The Acadamy Award-winning Blade Runner 2049 gives us a glimpse of this future. “

ABC News (Australia): National Film and Sound Archive needs your help to identify 1930s aspiring actors

ABC News (Australia): National Film and Sound Archive needs your help to identify 1930s aspiring actors. “The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) is appealing for public help in identifying photographs of hundreds of would-be actors hoping for a break in the 1930s. The portraits, mainly of young women, were submitted in response to a talent callout by Stuart Doyle and Ken G Hall, the founders of Australian film company Cinesound.”

Variety: BFI Launches Huge Database Spanning a Century of British Film

Variety: BFI Launches Huge Database Spanning a Century of British Film. “Judi Dench is the most prolific working female actor in British film today. Michael Caine is the most prolific male actor. Queen Victoria, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes are, in that order, the characters who have appeared most in British film, while war is the subject covered most. Such are some of the facts now discoverable in the British Film Institute’s new Filmography database, a huge digital repository covering more than 100 years of film in the U.K., with details of more than 10,000 movies and 250,000 cast and crew.”

The Register: Google’s Hollywood ‘interventions’ made on-screen coders cooler

The Register: Google’s Hollywood ‘interventions’ made on-screen coders cooler. “Google operates a ‘Computer Science in Media Team’ that stages ‘interventions’ in Hollywood to steer film-makers towards realistic and accurate depictions of what it’s like to work in IT. The company announced the team in 2015 and gave it the job of ‘making CS more appealing to a wider audience, by dispelling stereotypes and showcasing positive portrayals of underrepresented minorities in tech.’ … The efforts of that team have now been detailed in a study [PDF], Cracking the Code: The Prevalence and Nature of Computer Science Depictions in Media.”