‘Insecure,’ ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ Take Top Honors at Guild of Music Supervisor Awards


The 8th annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards was “the Season Kent and Kier Lehman show,” according to GMS president Thomas Golubic, acknowledging the multiple trophy winners at the group’s Thursday night ceremony at the ACE Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Following a rousing opening number by U.K. rock band Yungblud, Kent took the first award of […]

Sundance Scene and Heard: Black Eyed Peas, Issa Rae, Joaquin Phoenix and More (Photos)


Ethan Hawke deserved to kick back after making the rounds for two films at Sundance Friday night, “Blaze,” which he wrote and directed, and “Juliet, Naked,” which he stars in. But Lena Waithe and Issa Rae did anything but that at Showtime’s party at the IMDb Studio for Waithe’s new series “The Chi.”

How is Nic Cage so cool? Remember, he is a Coppola. Before a midnight screening of “Mandy,” on Friday night (Jan. 19), Cage and Kevin Smith held the early lead for one of the top shots of the festival so far.

What are the Black Eyed Peas doing in Park City? They have an animated series to promote. The Peas started the week in NYC on MTV’s aimless “TRL” reboot and ended it in the mountains partying with this crew….

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Ted Danson, Kiersey Clemons, Blythe Danner, Sasha Lane, Nick Offerman and Brett Haley. The “Hearts Beat Loud” after-party at the Grey Goose Blue Door on Thursday night (Jan. 19) was the first bash back at this space after a two year hiatus. The crowd was ready.  A throng clogged Main Street before the doors opened.

Taking director Gus Van Sant (left) out of the mix, it looks like photographer Michael Kovac asked these guys to line up in descending order of Sundance spirit: Jack Black, Jonah Hill and Joaquin Pheonix.

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“Sorry to Bother You” director Boots Riley and Lakeith Stanfield staked out a rare commodity at the festival – personal space.  The two hit Charles and Stacey King’s MACRO Lodge on Friday (Jan. 19).

It’s always great to see the guest of honor actually having fun at their own event. “The Chi’” debuted on the same night as the Golden Globes, muddling the celebratory window for the actual creative ensemble. Two weeks later,  creator/EP Lena Waithe was ready to rock.

For the third consecutive year, Delta flew a plane of industry bigshots to the festival together on the opening day. So who gets first class? Nick Offerman and UTA motion picture agent Jay Gassner were amongst those riding up front.

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Octavia Spencer On Female Empowerment Movement: “Can’t Be About Women Vs. Men” – Sundance ‘Power Of Story’ Panel


At the “The Power of Story: Culture of Shift” panel at the Sundance Film Festival this morning, Octavia Spencer reminded the crowd that the current female empowerment revolution of #MeToo and Time’s Up “can’t be about women versus men.” Rather, she said, we need to make sure “it’s about the people being abused, and that this (movement) is to empower them.”
“We have to allow these voices to be heard,” said Spencer. “We can’t rush to judgement.” But “it’s also about power…

Issa Rae’s Color Creative, Unleashing Giants Studios Among Pop Culture Collaborative’s 2018 Grant Recipients


EXCLUSIVE: Pop Culture Collaborative, a fund to support creatives working at the intersection of entertainment and social change, has named its 2018 grantees, which include Insecure star and creator Issa Rae and Deniese Davis of Color Creative TV, Emil Pinnock and Chiké Okonkwo (The Birth Of A Nation, Being Mary Jane) of Unleashing Giants Studios, and Storyline Partners, a new network of television writers rooms’ strategists.
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Taika Waititi Heading to 2018 Sundance Film Festival


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Catherine Hardwicke and Taika Waititi are heading to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to discuss their work and the power of media, it was announced Thursday.

DuVernay, Patrick Gaspard, Rae, Megan Smith and Christine Vachon will speak on a panel titled “Power of Story: Culture Shift” to talk about their work as well as the role of creative choices in our ever-shifting culture. The conversation will be led by Washington Post journalist Sarah Ellison on Jan. 19.

Hardwicke, Waititi and Justin Lin will talk about the advantages and challenges of moving from independent filmmaking to big-budget studio films with moderator John Horn on Jan. 26, on a panel titled “Power of Story: Indies Go Hollywood.”

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Other noteworthy conversations at the festival include talks between will.i.am and Kevin Smith; Danny Elfman and Gus Van Sant; Justice Ginsberg and Nina Totenberg; Ira Glass and Miranda July; and Ethan Hawke and Rupert Everett.

Octavia Spencer, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Darren Aronofsky and Steven Soderbergh will also take part in conversations at the festival.

A Celebration of Music and Film will present an evening with Joan Jett who will take the stage with The Blackhearts on Jan. 20, in celebration of the premiere of the documentary “Bad Reputation.” Other live music at the festival will include performances by Michael Franti, Brett Dennen, Mr. Hudson, Ruelle, Ethan Gruska and Striking Matches.

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The Sundance Film Festival will take place from Jan. 18-28 in Park City, Utah.

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