“It’s a different environment than festivals past, but we saw the success of numerous titles at Virtual Cannes, and the hunger that traditional distributors and streamers have for content, and we believe millions of consumers want to go back to the theaters and consume content in a safe manner when that is available,” he said. “We continue to be a society that thrives on entertainment culture. We thought long and hard on whether to wait for the world to open up because in an ideal world we would love nothing more than to screen this movie with an audience that can react to the storyline and various twists and turns, which would have been most satisfying for our filmmaker to experience as well as audiences and critics. At the same time, consumers, buyers and critics have gotten accustomed the last six months to being able to screen at home. Many of them are lucky enough to have nice screens and good setups with quality sound in order to make the experience … [Read more...] about Toronto 2020: Who The Hell Knows How Pandemic-Challenged Acquisitions Market Will Unfold
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When lightning struck, Alaska blazed. “At one point this summer,” Obama noted, “more than 300 wildfires were burning at once.” Blazing largely out of control, the fires consumed 5.1 million acres — the second-worst fire season on record. As bad as wildfire has been in Alaska, it will only get worse, according to the National Climate Assessment, the 2014 federal report that gauges regional risks of climate change. Assume everything goes right at climate talks this year in Paris; assume world governments leap to action with aggressive measures to curb carbon emissions — even under this scenario, according to the report, Alaska wildfire will double by 2050 and triple by 2100. … [Read more...] about What Megablazes Tell Us About the Fiery Future of Climate Change
Biden’s standing in Florida, arguably the most important state in the entire race, illustrates both the promise and pitfalls of this approach. Steve Schale, a strategist who works for Democrats in the state (including a pro-Biden super PAC), says Biden is seeing stronger support from college-educated white voters and even non-college-educated women than Clinton did, while his backing among Florida’s Hispanics has lagged. Winning Florida, Schale explains, will come down to places like Pasco County, an exurban swath of land north of Tampa that’s home to more than half a million people and hasn’t gone for a Democratic presidential contender since Al Gore in 2000. Biden almost certainly won’t win Pasco; it’s a matter of narrowing the margin of defeat. Barack Obama lost Pasco by 8,000 votes in 2008 and 14,000 in 2012; Clinton lost by 52,000. “In a place like Pasco, do we get back to what Obama did? No,” Schale says. “But if we get back … [Read more...] about How Far Will Donald Trump Go to Win?
Eventually, the Maisel team decided to set the scene at Republic Airport, out on Long Island. “There’s a hangar there that’s been turned into an aviation museum, and the people who run the museum were very helpful,” Groom shares. “They actually emptied all of the exhibits out, and gave us an empty hangar, except for a couple of planes in the background that worked for us.” To get all the details of this space right, the designer consulted experts. “We had military consultants working with us on how the show would be done, what elements you would see from the hangar,” Groom says. “This was army. Did army have planes? What kind of planes did they have? Et cetera, et cetera.” … [Read more...] about ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Production Designer Bill Groom Talks Taking Midge On Tour In Season 3
FERGUSON: That had two sets of challenges. We would build our set piece, and then we would bring in all the period equipment. There’s a couple of key prop houses that specialize in period Panavision cameras, Chapman cranes, and all sorts of period-correct equipment, and we built our flats so the backside of them looked the way they used to build them. Because now, we don’t build them that way. So we created that world, but then when we would pull out and show the stage space, we also had to deal with various elements and hide them. Visual effects took out some, so that our physical stage also looks period. So there were challenges wherever we looked. There wasn’t one practical location that we did not have to augment, change or modify to really try to stay true to the period. … [Read more...] about ‘Hollywood’ Production Designer Matthew Flood Ferguson On Crafting Fictional, Old Hollywood Studio & Recreating 1948 Oscars For Netflix Miniseries