Amy Hargreaves and Joey Slotnick play parents to a blended family of teenagers in They/Them/Us
SOURCE: Midwest Movie Maker | Tom Tennant
December 11, 2020
For filmmakers large and small, summer 2020 was a season fraught with worry. How would creators and crew get back behind – and in front – of the camera? And when would they be able to?
The answer came in mid-June, as the film industry adopted strict COVID guidelines built to protect both above- and below-the-line creatives. Closed sets with no visitors, limited shoot hours, specific production office setup, tiered zones or bubbles for cast and crew, regular testing, and more. They even included a new position – health supervisor – whose decisions could not be overruled.
They/Them/Us was one of the first feature films to embrace the guidelines and go into production. The film, directed by Jon Sherman, associate professor of film, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, and co-written with Melissa Vogley Woods, was shot in and around Columbus in August 2020.
Liam Neeson guns down cartel assassins in the name of justice in new trailer for action thriller The Marksman.
SOURCE: MovieWeb.com | Jon Fuge
December 8, 2020
Aged action superstar Liam Neeson is back, and this time, it’s still personal. Despite claiming several times over the years that he has retired from the genre of revenge-style action movies, The Marksman is the newest piece of evidence that proves the actor just cannot walk away. The Marksman finds Neeson in familiar territory as an ex-Marine rancher who is forced to once again rely on his particular set of skills in order to thwart a gang of cartel assassins.
SOURCE: Deadline.com | Peter White
December 7, 2020
The number of podcasts being adapted for television is set to explode over the course of the next few years, with audio IP rivaling books as Hollywood’s go-to source for inspiration.
The podcasting business has been a growing source of intellectual property for the small screen for the last couple of years with the likes of Amazon’s Homecoming, USA Network’s Dirty John and ABC’s Alex, Inc. But Deadline understands that the number of podcasts in various stages of development to be adapted is now well into three figures. These includes the likes of Wondery’s crime drama Over My Dead Body and cult drama Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment, paranormal series Welcome to Night Vale, Neil Strauss’ investigative series To Live and Die In LA, basketball cheat scandal Whistleblower, Australian crime series The Teacher’s Pet, ESPN’s 30 for 30 on Clippers owner Donald Sterling The Sterling Affairs, and sci-fi drama Girl In Space.
SOURCE: Collider.com | Gregory Lawrence
December 5, 2020
If you only know Joe and Anthony Russo from their Marvel films like Avengers: Infinity War, and only know Tom Holland from his Marvel role as Spider-Man in Marvel films like, um, Avengers: Infinity War, then their upcoming film Cherry might leave you not feeling so good. Coming to Apple TV+ on March 12, 2021, the film stars Holland as a PTSD-suffering veteran who returns home to deal with opioid addiction, financial destitution, and the eventual descent into bank robbery madness. Peter Parker would blush!
SOURCE: The Playlist | Charles Barfield
December 5, 2020
Another month, another Liam Neeson film where he’s a man with a particular set of skills and up against seemingly unfavorable odds. This time, no one in his family was, uh, taken. Instead, he gains a kid that he has to protect in the upcoming film, “The Marksman.”
As seen in the trailer for “The Marksman,” Neeson plays a former Marine sharpshooter that lives in a border town in Arizona. While out and about, he comes across a woman and her son trying to enter the U.S. illegally. When the mother is suddenly killed, she entrusts Neeson with her young son and a mission to take him to some family in Chicago, while one of the most ruthless Mexican drug cartels is hot on their tracks. Will Neeson survive? Of course, he will; we know how this movie is going to play out! But it’s always fun to watch!
SOURCE: Deadline.com | David Robb
December 4, 2020
A multi-union coalition of Hollywood unions has reached an agreement with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers for new return-to-work protocols that largely mirror those adopted by the film and TV industry in September. Testing for the coronavirus is one of the major changes in the new AICP agreement, and now brings testing on commercial shoots more in line with those used on film and TV productions. The AICP says its member companies account for 85% of all domestic commercials aired nationally
The AICP’s agreement with the DGA, IATSE and the Teamsters, which was reached after weeks of negotiations, includes new Covid-19 testing guidelines, paid Covid-19 sick leave, on-set Covid-19 compliance managers, and a system of “zones” to ensure that different sections of a production can be tightly controlled to protect actors and background performers while they’re not wearing masks during shoots.
SOURCE: Deadline.com | Anthony D’Alessandro
December 3, 2020
DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Open Road Films has another Liam Neeson action movie, The Marksman, and they’ll be going wide with the pic on Jan. 22, 2021.
Directed by Robert Lorenz, Neeson plays Jim in The Marksman, a hardened rancher in an Arizona border town who helps a young boy escape across America while being chased by the leaders of a Mexican drug cartel. The film was produced by Lorenz along with Tai Duncan, Warren Goz, Eric Gold and Mark Williams.
SOURCE: Deadline.com | Patrick Hipes
December 1, 2020
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Tuesday that it has decided to keep its slate of awards shows virtual in 2021, meaning the organization’s Daytime Emmys, Sports Emmys, News & Documentary Emmys and Technology & Engineering Emmys will be online-only again next year.
NATAS was among the first awards shows to shift to virtual ceremonies as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the spring. Its marquee Daytime Emmys were presented in primetime on CBS in July, while the others were livestreamed on the organization’s dedicated platform.