Hollywood Reporter: Film Academy Foundation Union Voluntarily Recognized

Hollywood Reporter: Film Academy Foundation Union Voluntarily Recognized. “Around 90 workers — including archivists, film preservationists, librarians and curators working across the Academy Film Archive, Margaret Herrick Library, Science and Technology Council and in various Academy programs — are joining the Vernon-based AFSCME [American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees] Council, which also recently saw success in organizing the Academy Museum.”

Triumph and frustration: Database documents the history of Canadian women film directors (University of Toronto)

University of Toronto: Triumph and frustration: Database documents the history of Canadian women film directors. “Until recently, few resources existed to tell the story of Canadian women who make movies – and those that did exist were hard to find. Margaret Fulford, a librarian at the University of Toronto’s University College, set out to correct that. A lifelong film buff and feminist, Fulford was inspired to create such a resource after attending a 1980s festival showcasing women’s films. Much later, she decided to devote her first year-long research leave to create a database of Canadian women filmmakers.”

Exclusive: Fake Accounts Fueled the ‘Snyder Cut’ Online Army (Rolling Stone)

Rolling Stone: Exclusive: Fake Accounts Fueled the ‘Snyder Cut’ Online Army. “For a time, rival studios and digital marketing executives were intrigued by the SnyderVerse fan mobilization, wondering how they, too, might better harness the power of social media. But soon many came to question what appeared to be suspect activity: Hashtags like #ReleaseTheSnyderCut saturated social media beginning in late 2019, racking up hundreds of thousands of tweets a day to pressure Warner Bros. to release the director’s version of the film.”

Deadline: Eva Longoria, Charles D. King Creating Diverse Crew Members Database For Studios – Produced By

Deadline: Eva Longoria, Charles D. King Creating Diverse Crew Members Database For Studios – Produced By. “Producers Eva Longoria and Charles D. King shared their frustrations today at the Produced By conference, relating that studios tell them they looked for diverse crew members, but couldn’t find any. MACRO CEO King and UnbeliEVAble Entertainment founder Longoria said they are creating a database of diverse talent they can present to studios when faced with that question.”

Jing Culture & Commerce: The Academy Museum Steps Up Its Digital Offerings Across Web And Mobile

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

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?

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

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…”

TechRadar: Timothée Chalamet used Google Alerts to land lead Dune role

I LOVE this. TechRadar: Timothée Chalamet used Google Alerts to land lead Dune role. “Dune star Timothée Chalamet has explained how setting up a Google alert eventually helped him to land the movie’s lead role. In an interview with Deadline ahead of the Venice Film Festival, Chalamet confirmed that he used Google Alerts to follow the film’s early development.”