The Film Stage: Watch: Hundreds of 35mm Film Trailers Will Induce Untold Nostalgia. “YouTube user Denis-Carl Robidoux has uploaded, across two playlists, more than a thousand videos—largely trailers spanning 2000-2007 studio films, but with the occasional trash-bin salvation or ad.”
Oscars: COVID-19 Vaccination Will Not Be Required for In-Person Attendees (Exclusive) (Hollywood Reporter)
Hollywood Reporter: Oscars: COVID-19 Vaccination Will Not Be Required for In-Person Attendees (Exclusive). “The Academy intends to require just a negative PCR test or a negative rapid antigen test on the day of the event, unlike the SAG Awards and Critics Choice Awards, which will require proof of vaccination.”
Jing Culture & Commerce: The Academy Museum Steps Up Its Digital Offerings Across Web And Mobile. “The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures may be a newcomer to the museum space, but already, it’s mapped out an expansive online strategy. This week, the Los Angeles institution, with the backing of Bloomberg Philanthropies, unveiled a number of digital platforms spanning web and mobile with the aim of enhancing both onsite and offsite visitor experiences.”
NBC News: Moviegoers felt a mix of old-fashioned joy, Covid-era anxiety in returning to theaters. “In the face of the omicron variant and renewed anxiety about breakthrough infections, many continue to feel that shuffling into a dark room with a bunch of strangers is too much of a risk, even if some theaters require proof of vaccination. The spread of the variant could spell more troubles for the industry in 2022. The financial hardships of the pandemic weigh heavily on much of the country, too. A night at the movies is a luxury that many simply cannot afford.”
Wall Street Journal: Covid-19 Vaccine Issues Create ‘General Hospital’ Drama and Increased Costs on Movie Sets
Wall Street Journal: Covid-19 Vaccine Issues Create ‘General Hospital’ Drama and Increased Costs on Movie Sets. “In Hollywood, soap opera characters portrayed by vaccine skeptics are being killed off or shipped away, set crews for Walt Disney Co. ’s ‘Black Panther’ sequel and other projects are being reprimanded or reassigned, and some A-list stars won’t work with colleagues who haven’t gotten a jab.”
Bloomberg: Will the Stars Ever Make Money in This Town Again?. “Over nearly two years, as Covid-19 has kept people away from movie theaters and in front of their TVs, the economics of Hollywood have been transformed. Digital streaming apps have displaced the box office, and that in turn is changing how everyone in the business gets paid — even stars in the wealthiest reaches of show business.”
NPR: ‘Return of the Jedi,’ ‘Selena’ and ‘Sounder’ added to National Film Registry. “Every year, the Library of Congress adds 25 new movies to the National Film Registry. It’s a way to draw attention to the Library’s efforts to protect and archive American film history. As usual, a few big blockbusters have made the cut. Thanks in part to online lobbying by fans, Star Wars Episode VI—Return of the Jedi, from 1983, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, from 2001, will be preserved for posterity.” As will Pink Flamingos.
Variety: Database for MENA and South Asian Creatives Launched By MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition (EXCLUSIVE)
Variety: Database for MENA and South Asian Creatives Launched By MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition (EXCLUSIVE). “In an effort to strengthen the representation of MENA [Middle East and North Africa] and South Asian talent in the entertainment industry, the MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition (MAAC) launched a global online database on Tuesday. The database will connect emerging and established talent from these regions to film productions, studios, hiring managers and casting starting today…”
Hollywood Reporter: Ice Cube Exits Sony Comedy ‘Oh Hell No’ After Declining COVID-19 Vaccine. “Ice Cube has departed Sony’s upcoming comedy, Oh Hell No, in which he would’ve co-starred with Jack Black, after declining a request from producers to get vaccinated, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.”
Black Film Archive: Introducing BlackFilmArchive.com. “For the past year, I’ve spent most of my time pondering one question: What does it mean to make Black film history accessible? Today, I’m proud to launch Black Film Archive, an evolving project that serves as my current response to this expansive question. In its first iteration, Black Film Archive lists every* Black film made between 1915 and 1979 currently streaming with every description written by yours truly. This free platform and open resource has been created with you all in mind. There are over 200 films for you to discover… right now!”
Wall Street Journal: Hollywood Movies Flood Piracy Sites Hours After Release. “Millions of people are watching high-quality, pirated online versions of Hollywood’s top movies sooner than ever after their releases, undermining potential ticket sales and subscriber growth as the industry embraces streaming.”
Mashable: ‘Clifford’ delayed as COVID variant cases threaten Hollywood’s comeback. “The fantasy comedy based on Norman Bridwell’s classic children’s books has been delayed to a to-be-decided date. Multiple outlets report that the change in plans is COVID’s fault as cases surge in the United States and elsewhere, fueled by the ‘Delta’ variant of the virus.”
Deccan Herald: Flim: A bot that can guess the exact movie you are thinking of.”Within a year, it already has the world’s largest database of film-related images. Flim’s unique algorithm scans through more than three lakh high-definition images from movies, documentaries, anime, advertising and music videos. Its bot doesn’t just detect broader aspects like colour palette, genre and aspect ratio, but also identify details like dog-walkers, ham sandwiches, red-lipped Asian women, animated metropolises and any other clue.” Three lakh is 300,000. I suspect it’s going to take a lot of experimenting to get a grip on this search engine.