July 10, 2013 |
The Writers Guild of America is putting comedian Joan Rivers on trial. The council of the Writers Guild of America, East recently voted to bring Rivers before a three-person trial board to answer allegations that she violated the union's rules by writing and performing show-runner duties for the E! Network show Fashion Police during a strike. Writers Guild members have been on strike against the producers of Fashion Police since April 17 in an effort to secure union wages and benefits.
June 26, 2013 |
The American Cinematheque and Art Directors Guild Film Society series, "Setting the Scene," continues Sunday at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica with a screening of Orson Welles' 1958 film noir masterpiece, "Touch of Evil. " Besides screening the restored version of the classic, which stars Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Mercedes McCambridge and Marlene Dietrich, the program will celebrate the career of the film's production designer and ADG 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Robert Clatworthy.
June 3, 2013 |
The Writers Guild announced its 101 best-written TV series on Sunday night, and it will surprise exactly no one to learn that David Chase and "The Sopranos" topped the list, followed closely by "Seinfeld" (Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, creators) at No. 2. Beyond being consistently splendid shows, both helped usher in the current golden age of television. "The Sopranos" officially established HBO, and by extension cable's, reputation for cinematic television, while "Seinfeld" took mainstream comedy existential.
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April 30, 2013 |
Jack Shea, a Hollywood veteran who directed popular sitcoms such as "The Jeffersons" and who, as president of the Directors Guild of America, forcefully argued for minority hiring and local production, has died. He was 84. Shea's death Sunday at a Tarzana care facility was caused by complications from Alzheimer's disease, a family spokesman said. His first TV directing gig came when he was 27, a frightened novice who suddenly was asked to fill in when the director of the game show "Truth or Consequences" called in sick.
April 12, 2013 |
The Producers Guild of America honored nine people for their contributions to the advancement of digital entertainment and storytelling in an event held in the Bel Air mansion of entrepreneur Elon Musk. The Digital VIP awards celebration attracted some Hollywood notables, including Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman and Bill Westenhofer, the visual effects supervisor whose team at Rhythm & Hues won an Academy Award this year for work on "Life of Pi. " But it was an acrobat dubbed "Champagne Girl" who arguably received the most of the attention at Thursday's night celebration, dangling upside-down from a chandelier and pouring bubbly as the 100 or so guests snapped photos. Indeed, the whole event had the atmospherics of a Baz Luhrmann film.
March 28, 2013 |
The 2014 Writers Guild Awards will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles, the Writers Guild of America, West and Writers Guild of America, East announced Wednesday. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The date is another marker in what is shaping up to be an atypical 2014 awards calendar, with the directors, producers and now writers guilds' ceremonies occurring a full month before next year's Oscars on March 2. The one-month awards season lull developed because schedulers are working around the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, which take place Feb. 7-23, as well as the Super Bowl, which is on Feb. 2. ALSO: Oscars 2014: Show moves to March Academy extends Oscar nomination voting by 24 hours Will Olympics shift Oscar season?