The TradeVine – Entertainment trade article highlights – August 26th

Published: Friday, August 26th, 2016


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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Backstage – 4 Tips on How to Book the Job, by Benjamin Lindsay

Anthony Meindl

Anthony Meindl


Are you having trouble booking the job? Backstage and Anthony Meindl have you covered!
Meindl, an acting coach and Backstage Expert, has always been an excellent resource for some of the best know-how in the industry. His book, “A Guide for Actors: Book the F##king Job,” came out in January 2016, and months later, it’s still atop Backstage’s book shelf for first-rate, actionable acting advice.


Characteristically fuss-free, Meindl doesn’t sugarcoat the ways of the industry and the ways of the craft, but it’s all to better the reader and actor. Through three sections titled The Head, The Heart, and The Industry, Meindl emphasizes that actors should simply be their best selves for success. “That may be the hardest thing you’ll ever have to be in this life. Period,” he writes. Are you having trouble booking the job? Backstage and Anthony Meindl have you covered!
Read entire article here.


The Hollywood Reporter – Oscar Voters Ponder Nate Parker and ‘Birth of a Nation’: “I Would Not Go to the Movie,” by Gregg Kilday, Scott Feinberg

The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation


For two years, the film Academy has been hit with fiery criticism over its all-white Oscar acting nominees. So when Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation premiered to cheers at the Sundance Film Festival in January and sold for a record $17.5 million to Fox Searchlight, it looked like a savior Academy voters could embrace, in part to rectify past wrongs.


Birth of a Nation seemingly had everything going for it. The film could claim historical importance — it tells the story of the slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in 1831. It had the imprimatur of the Sundance Institute, where it had been developed. Parker himself had the kind of personal story that often resonates with Oscar voters, since he’d temporarily set aside a promising acting career to pursue his passion project, which marks his directorial debut. And, in the months since its debut, as the Black Lives Matter movement has gained momentum, Birth, rather than just revisiting the past, looked as if it could become an important part of the national conversation about how black men are treated in America.
Read entire article here.


Variety – Prince’s Paisley Park to Open for Touring in October, by Maria Cavassuto

Photo by David Fisher Prince

Photo by David Fisher


Prince’s Paisley Park will be opening for touring as of Oct. 6, and tickets will go on sale on Aug. 26.
Paisley Park was Prince’s private estate and production complex. The mansion contains living spaces, offices, a performance space and two recording studios. Paisley Park, which was named after Prince’s song of the same name, first started building in 1985 by Bret Thoeny, and took three years to complete.


In an interview with Billboard, Thoeny spoke about designing for the late pop singer.
“He loved pyramids. The glass pyramid marked the entrance to the building, and there were skylight pyramids on top of his office. I think they obviously did more theatrical lighting over the years, but I know the place would light up purple when he had an event there, and they’d put purple lights all around the parameter,” he said.
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