University of Texas at Austin: Legendary Film Producer Irwin Winkler Donates Archive to Harry Ransom Center

University of Texas at Austin: Legendary Film Producer Irwin Winkler Donates Archive to Harry Ransom Center. “Thousands of scripts, photographs, letters and diaries that form the archive of Oscar winner Irwin Winkler, producer of such films as ‘Goodfellas,’ ‘Rocky,’ ‘The Right Stuff,’ ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Creed’ and ‘Raging Bull,’ have been donated to the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin.”

Vulture: The Decomposition of Rotten Tomatoes

Vulture: The Decomposition of Rotten Tomatoes. “The Ophelia affair is a useful microcosm for understanding how Rotten Tomatoes, which turned 25 in August, has come to function. The site was conceived in the early days of the web as a Hot or Not for movies. Now, it can make or break them — with implications for how films are perceived, released, marketed, and possibly even green-lit. The Tomatometer may be the most important metric in entertainment, yet it’s also erratic, reductive, and easily hacked.”

NPR: Movie extras worry they’ll be replaced by AI. Hollywood is already doing body scans

NPR: Movie extras worry they’ll be replaced by AI. Hollywood is already doing body scans. “After four weeks of working as a background actor on the Disney+ series WandaVision during the pandemic, Alexandria Rubalcaba was told by the production crew to report to a tractor trailer. Dozens of other background actors were wrangled to the same site, where, one by one, they were told to step in front of a series of cameras on metal rigs behind glass.”

The Wrap: ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Costumes Highlight Slew of Film Academy Museum Acquisitions

The Wrap: ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Costumes Highlight Slew of Film Academy Museum Acquisitions. “Included among the additions are costumes from the most recent Best Picture Oscar winner ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’; more than 600 rare silent film posters; personal film collections and film-related materials from producer Gale Anne Hurd, director Harold Ramis, filmmaker Gregg Araki and film scholar Kevin Brownlow; conceptual art for ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’; and more than 150 hand-painted animation artworks dating back to 1932, donated by Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw.”

The Print (India): 80 years of qawwali in Bombay cinema — one man is archiving Hindi music’s crown jewel

The Print (India): 80 years of qawwali in Bombay cinema — one man is archiving Hindi music’s crown jewel. “Much before Indians started grooving to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, qawwalis were a jewel in the crown in scores of Bollywood movies through five decades. It featured Muslim characters, showcased the lyricist’s poetry and quickened the pace and plot twists in the storylines. And then the qawwalis in Hindi films started to dwindle. Now, it is largely a phenomenon that has moved on to the realm of scholarly research and study. And Yousuf Saeed, has done just that with The Cinema Qawwali Project.” . I didn’t know what qawwali was, so I checked MegaGladys. The response, sourced from Wikipedia, was “Qawwali is a form of Sufi Islamic devotional singing, originating in South Asia.”

The Playlist: Academy Sets New Social Media, Screenings Rules For 2024 Oscars

The Playlist: Academy Sets New Social Media, Screenings Rules For 2024 Oscars. “In regard to social media, The Academy reiterated that, obviously, members can post about performances, films, etc. What they cannot do is reveal their own voting preferences, decisions, and strategies, or discuss eligibility requirements. This is in response to Frances Fisher, who used her Instagram to instruct fellow Acting branch members on how to rank their votes in order to help [actress Andrea] Riseborough get a nomination.”

Sky News: Disney wants Reddit and Google to reveal who leaked Marvel script

Sky News: Disney wants Reddit and Google to reveal who leaked Marvel script. “Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania premiered last month, but not before dozens of pages of dialogue were posted online and revealed key story details. The 63-page transcript was shared as a Google Docs file on a Reddit community page dedicated to sharing and discussing leaks and rumours about Marvel films before they hit cinemas.”

Times of Malta: Film commissioner Johann Grech’s IMDB portfolio ‘completely unethical’

Times of Malta: Film commissioner Johann Grech’s IMDB portfolio ‘completely unethical’ . “Film insiders have questioned why Johann Grech is credited with 64 film productions on a popular online movie database when he is merely serving as Malta’s film commissioner. Grech has been linked to 64 productions on his IMDB page – an online database for the audio-visual industry – sparking accusations of unethical behaviour.”

Ars Technica: Reddit should have to identify users who discussed piracy, film studios tell court

Ars Technica: Reddit should have to identify users who discussed piracy, film studios tell court . “Film studios that filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a cable Internet provider are trying to force Reddit to identify users who posted comments about piracy.”

WIRED: Meet the Superusers Behind IMDb, the Internet’s Favorite Movie Site

WIRED: Meet the Superusers Behind IMDb, the Internet’s Favorite Movie Site. “In an era when many have become pessimistic about the state of the internet, Wikipedia is often held up as a rare miracle of collaborative, crowdsourced knowledge-gathering for the public good—a lonely holdout for the early web’s utopian ideals. But IMDb has been doing much the same for five years longer than Wikipedia.”

Los Angeles Times: A.I. is here, and it’s making movies. Is Hollywood ready?

Los Angeles Times: A.I. is here, and it’s making movies. Is Hollywood ready?. “Artificial intelligence will do to motion pictures what Photoshop did to still ones, said Robert Wahl, an associate computer science professor at Concordia University Wisconsin who’s written about the ethics of CGI, in an email. ‘We can no longer fully trust what we see.'”

CBS News: “Iron Man,” “The Little Mermaid,” “When Harry Met Sally” among movies named to National Film Registry

CBS News: “Iron Man,” “The Little Mermaid,” “When Harry Met Sally” among movies named to National Film Registry. “The latest additions also include John Waters’ camp musical-comedy ‘Hairspray’ (1988); ‘Carrie,’ Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of the Stephen King thriller, starring Sissy Spacek as a teenager gifted with telekinesis; and ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ (1950), for which José Ferrer became the first Hispanic actor to win a best actor Oscar.”

University of Chicago: Piece of earliest known Black-produced film found hiding in plain sight

University of Chicago: Piece of earliest known Black-produced film found hiding in plain sight. “African American filmmaking started in the early 20th century with silent films made for segregated audiences. Most footage from that period has been lost. One of the earliest Black-owned studios was the Lincoln Motion Picture Company, which made ‘race films’ featuring mainly Black casts from 1916-1922. At the company’s helm were two brothers: George P. Johnson and Noble Johnson.”

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.”