The TradeVine – Entertainment Article Highlights – week ending Oct 31st

Written By Rachel Bryson
Published: Friday, October 31st, 2014


Welcome to the TradeVine whose purpose is to encourage the entertainment industry to read their trades: Variety, Backstage, Hollywood Reporter, etc. Enjoy learning about your industry.

Each Friday, The TradeVine seeks out a few of the informative trade articles you may have missed. Please visit the trade, itself, for the entire article.

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Back Stage, October 29th – 3 Tips for Being a More Green Actor, by Jeremy Gordon.

Jeremy Gordon

Jeremy Gordon


It’s 2014 and global warming is real. We all have to do our parts and that includes forgetful thespians. When you are given an audition and sides to prepare, it becomes your sole responsibility to prepare for the audition. Your audition is your job interview. You should be arriving at your interview / audition with everything you need for success. You can also join the technological age and use your smartphone or tablet as you would a piece of paper. There are definitely pros and cons to this, though, and none of them should be taken lightly.Tablet pros: no wasting paper, no need to remember to print sides. Tablet cons: tablet freezes, the app crashes, Siri starts randomly talking in the middle of your audition. Not good. Another super cool and smart way to be a more green actor is to limit the number of résumés you print and then don’t use because you book additional roles or notice some horrific spelling error you previously missed. If you want to be a super green actor, you can print your résumé on the back of your headshot, thereby eliminating the need for any paper résumés at all. It’s 100 percent pro-environment and it also ensures that, when your head-shot gets put in a pile or file, your résumé will never get torn off and lost.
See entire Article here



Hollywood Reporter, October 29th – Box-Office Preview: Halloween’s Only New Horror Offering Is 10 Years Old, by Pamela McClintock.
Jake Gyllenhaal Halloween box office


If moviegoers are looking to celebrate Halloween at the multiplex, they’ll have to take a trip down memory lane. The holiday’s only new horror offering is a 10-year old film: Saw. Traffic at the box office is expected to fall off dramatically this weekend because of Halloween, and that’s why no Hollywood studio is launching a new film. Instead, the marquee will belong to a cluster of indie titles. Among them is Jake Gyllenhaal’s indie crime-thriller Nightcrawler, which hopes to scare off horror holdover Ouija and win the sleepy Halloween box-office race.
See entire Article here



Variety, October 23rd – Brit Producers Aiming Films for Diverse Global Audiences, by Peter Bart.

Eric Fellner of Working Title

Eric Fellner of Working Title


Filmmakers in London fret a lot about subsidies, rebates and the obstinacy of Hollywood distributors. Arrayed before the co-chief of Working Title is a hefty film slate. The immediate focus, however, is on three more modest, if idiosyncratic, ventures: We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron, a $10 million hipster movie shooting in Hollywood, Trash, a political thriller set in Rio, and a one-night-only screening of Billy Elliot. Working Title continues to play the Hollywood scene while adeptly keeping a safe distance, and the indie scene while maintaining a long-term relationship with Universal. Not that they’re immune to the challenges facing filmmakers worldwide. Even as co-financing sources tighten budgets, production costs keep rising — especially in success. This is particularly true in London, where major Hollywood productions dominate studio space, and experienced crews are in short supply in film and TV. But history teaches us that film-making in London is an intensely cyclical business. The public apparently wants to consume entertainment where and when they wish. And Working Title are willing to deliver thrillers partly in Portuguese, like “Trash,” to seemingly test their eclectic tastes.
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