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‘John Wick 5’? Director Chad Stahelski Says “We’re Open To It"

Stahelski, DP Dan Laustsen and editor Nathan Orloff delve into the making of "Chapter 4," including how they pulled off action scenes set at Paris' Arc de…

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‘John Wick 5’? Director Chad Stahelski Says “We’re Open To It”

John Wick: Chapter 4 director Chad Stahelski admits he’s open to a fifth film in his assassin franchise starring Keanu Reeves for Lionsgate, following Chapter 4’s big debut. In its second weekend, the movie has already topped $245 million globally. “It’s very flattering for them to come back and, you know, say ‘We want more’ and […]

Members Applaud Academy’s New Production and Technology Branch: “The Arts and Sciences Not Only Inspire Each Other But Require Each Other”

Members-at-Large of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are applauding Friday’s news that they will become part of a new Production and Technology Branch. Comprising approximately 400 individuals previously classified as Members-at-Large, the new branch represents members working in various technical and production positions including chief technology officers, senior department heads in technology […]

CEO Bob Rosenthal Resigns From Formosa Group

Bob Rosenthal has resigned as CEO of leading audio postproduction company Formosa Group, The Hollywood Reporter has learned from multiple sources. The news Friday came as a surprise, as the well-known industry vet had been with Formosa Group (which now operates under parent Streamland Media) since he founded the company in 2013. The reason for […]

Sohonet Expanding Its Remote Collaboration Capabilities With Acquisition of 5th Kind

The privately held Sohonet has acquired cloud-based video collaboration tech developer 5th Kind. With the acquisition, Sohonet plans to integrate 5th Kind’s asset management and dailies review tools with Sohonet’s Emmy-winning ClearView remote collaboration system and network. More details of this work is expected to be announced next month during the NAB Show in Las […]

‘Everything Everywhere’ Team Brought Dozens of Crew Members as Oscar Guests, Recalls Editor Paul Rogers

For Paul Rogers, whose work on Everything Everywhere All at Once won him the Oscar in film editing on Sunday, the night was particularly special because he spent it with dozens of people who helped make the A24 hit. “Everyone who was nominated [from Everything Everywhere] used their additional tickets to bring crew members. So […]

Oscars’ Mea Culpa to Crafts Community Is (Mostly) Well Received

Members of the crafts community gave generally favorable marks to this year’s Oscars presentation, following the outrage surrounding the 2022 Academy Awards in which eight categories were sidelined. “I’d call it a win for the Academy,” one Oscar recipient from a prior year tells The Hollywood Reporter. A year ago, eight categories — editing, makeup […]

Oscars Telecast Highlights Crafts a Year After Sidelining 8 Categories

From the opening montage of the 2023 Oscars, the Academy signaled an effort to place attention on the crafts, following last year’s widely criticized decision to present eight categories prior to the live telecast and instead including clumsily-edited excerpts from those presentations in the live broadcast. As part of this change, a film camera was […]

“Animation Is Ready to Be Taken to the Next Step,” Says Guillermo del Toro as ‘Pinocchio’ Wins Animated Feature Oscar

“Animation is ready to be taken to the next step,” asserted Guillermo del Toro as his Pinocchio won at the 2023 Oscars for best animated feature on Sunday. “Animation is cinema, animation is not a genre. … Keep animation in the conversation.” With the win, del Toro became the first filmmaker to win best picture, […]

THR’s ‘Behind the Screen’ Takes Final Look at the Oscar Crafts Categories

Still filling out your Oscar ballot? The Hollywood Reporter‘s executive awards editor Scott Feinberg joins THR tech editor and Behind the Screen host Carolyn Giardina to take a last look at the crafts categories before the 95th Academy Awards. In this new episode of THR‘s Behind the Screen, they discuss questions such as, will Elvis […]

USC Opens Center for Generative AI and Society With $10 Million in Seed Money

Opening today and representing an investment of $10 million in seed funding, the University of Southern California is launching a new Center for Generative AI and Society to research and explore the impact of artificial intelligence on education, media and society.  “USC is uniquely positioned to understand and influence how this emerging technology is changing […]

New AI-Powered Tech Applied Digital Cosmetics to ‘Ant-Man’ Sequel

With the belief that Hollywood stars need never age on screen, or at least can do so more gracefully, Canadian visual effects studio Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies (a.k.a. MARZ) is close to commercially rolling out its Vanity AI artificial intelligence-driven program that cosmetically alters and enhances an actor’s skin and hairline in real-time or ages and […]

Oscars: Lady Gaga Will Not Perform Nominated ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Song

Lady Gaga will not perform her nominated song, “Hold My Hand” from Top Gun: Maverick, at the 95th Academy Awards, exec producer and showrunner Glenn Weiss confirmed Wednesday during a press conference in advance of Sunday’s telecast on ABC. “We invited all five,” Weiss said of this year’s nominees for best song. The other four […]

AI Tech Firm Hires Lionsgate Alum Jen Hollingsworth

Generative AI entertainment tech firm Flawless has named Jen Hollingsworth to the role of chief commercial officer, the company said Tuesday. Hollingsworth previously spent 15 years at Lionsgate, most recently as COO of its Motion Picture Group. At Flawless she will oversee commercial strategy, which will include collaborating with executives and content creators, as well as […]

Mandy Walker Becomes First Woman to Win American Society of Cinematographers Feature Competition

Elvis cinematographer Mandy Walker cracked a glass ceiling on Sunday, becoming the first woman to win the American Society of Cinematographers Award in the feature competition during the 37th ASC Awards. The crowd at the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom erupted with applause and gave Walker a lengthy standing ovation as her name was called. “This […]

‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Win ACE Eddie Awards

American Cinema Editors handed out its 73rd Eddie Awards on Sunday, with Top Gun: Maverick editor Eddie Hamilton and Everything Everywhere All at Once editor Paul Rogers collecting trophies for best edited dramatic feature and comedy feature, respectively. Everything Everywhere – which won the BAFTA in film editing – and Top Gun: Maverick, along with […]

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Wins Cinema Audio Society Awards Feature Competition

The sound mixing team from Top Gun: Maverick won the live-action feature competition at the 59th Cinema Audio Society Awards, Saturday night at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The award went to production mixer Mark Weingarten, rerecording mixers Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor, scoring mixers Al Clay and Stephen Lipson, and Foley mixer Blake Collins. […]