Last week Woody Allen wrote an “open letter” to the film industry pointing out that casting is the only single card credit at the beginning of a movie which is not honored by the Academy Awards. Like many before him, the filmmaker argued casting directors are crucial to any good movie, especially his. Should the Oscars consider adding a category for casting directors to recognize them alongside editors, cinematographers and other craftspeople?
Meanwhile, a film that hasn’t started the casting process in earnest is “Star Wars: Episode VII”. The movie doesn’t even have a script yet, which is why its filmmakers have been trying to convince Disney to push its release date back a year to 2016.
In the television world there was bad news for Time Warner Cable last week. Their dispute with CBS which led to a month-long blackout of the network cost the company over 300,000 subscribers. This likely means other cable providers will be afraid to pick fights with broadcasters over the rising cost of programming. Digital rights, however, are an entirely different battle.
Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including why “slow TV” is such a hit in Norway, the rising cost of the “Hunger Games” franchise and the Jonas Brothers officially call it quits.
The International Fate of ‘12 Years’
Cinemark Breaks Its NC-17 Ban for ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’
Woody Allen Pens Rare Open Letter to Hollywood
Why ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s’ Budget Ballooned to $130 Million-Plus
Star Wars: Disney CEO Bob Iger’s Firm 2015 Date Leaves ‘Episode VII’ Team Scrambling
Pixar Digs Up Old-School Editing Supplies to Save Ken Loach’s Final Film
Twitter #Music Will Live Despite Planned Demise Of Mobile App
The Jonas Brothers Have Broken Up ‘For Now’
Panasonic Announces an End to Plasma TVs
James Blake Wins Mercury Prize
Is Norway’s Slow TV Phenomenon The Future Of Reality Programming?
Wynton Marsalis to Lead Jazz Studies at Juilliard
La Scala To Lose Conductor Daniel Barenboim
FCC May End Blackout Rules, But Games May Still Be Blacked Out Online
Time Warner Cable Lost 306,000 Video Subscribers, Mostly In CBS Fight
Disney and Dish Wrangle Not Over Broadcast Fees, But The Future of TV
Netflix Starts Testing 4K Videos, Wants To Launch Ultra HD Next Year