The TradeVine – Entertainment Trade Article Highlights January 13th

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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.

Backstage – Are You Thoughtful Enough To Get The Jobs You Want?, by Joanne Baron and DW Brown

It’s the start of a new year, which means there’s no better time to think about what you need to do to accomplish your goals. In the rush of day-to-day life, it’s not always easy to remember to pause and take a moment to reflect on what you can do to increase your odds. But doing so is your best chance for success in this competitive industry.
Recently, we were talking to a makeup artist who said her client—a talented, well-trained, pretty actress—was constantly auditioning but always felt like something was holding her back.
This got us thinking: Are actors thoughtful enough about their skills, physical presence, professional comportment, and the kinds of jobs they go after? In other words, do they take the time to really think through every aspect of their careers and how each plays into their success (or lack thereof)? It’s quite possible that the thing holding that actress (and you) back might be something she’d never taken the time to consider. After all, when you’re not paying attention, things slip through the cracks.
Take for example a student we once had in a Studio Master Class. Every time he didn’t get the response he wanted from the industry, he complained about everyone else involved, except for himself. Not getting the audition or the callback was never his fault, and there was always someone else to blame. Read Entire Artice Here

The Hollywood Reporter – L.A.’s George Lucas Museum Enters Crowded Cultural Landscape, by Peter Kiefer

The planned $1 billion “narrative art” collection could have some overlap with the Motion Picture Academy’s $300 million showcase being built on Wilshire Boulevard. But it won’t compete, says the Academy’s museum director: “The Academy Museum welcomes its new cross-town neighbor.”
As the creator of the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas is as close as one gets to Hollywood royalty. But proponents and representatives of his planned museum — The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art — are stressing that Los Angeles’ newest entry in the crowded field of cultural institutions is much more than an outpost for film memorabilia.
“It is not just Hollywood. Obviously, George Lucas is famous for his Star Wars franchise and for those narratives, and I assume the museum will have an aspect of that. But his real interest in this is to pursue the question of narrative art and those traditions,” ‪Los Angeles County Museum of Art director Michael Govan tells The Hollywood Reporter. “That includes everything from children’s books like Beatrix Potter and the golden age of American painting that might include Norman Rockwell or Maxfield Parrish,” he adds.‬‬ Read Entire Artice Here

Variety – ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Crosses $150 Million at Worldwide Box Office, by Dave McNary

Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” has crossed $150 million at the worldwide box office after two months in release.
The film, which is being distributed by Lionsgate’s Summit in the U.S. and IM Global internationally, has grossed approximately $62 million at the U.S. box office and $96 million at the international box office. IM Global said it will top the $100 million international mark this weekend.
“We’re delighted, but not surprised, to see that the film is working everywhere in the world and it’s encouraging to have reached the $100 million overseas benchmark already,” said IM Global CEO Stuart Ford. “With openings in major markets like the U.K., Germany, Italy, Brazil, and Japan still to follow, it looks as if we are on track for a really outstanding final international gross for an independently-financed film.”
China has produced the largest international gross through Bliss Media, with $58 million, nearly matching the U.S. total. “Hacksaw Ridge” has been given a rare extension for the film to remain in theaters for an additional 30 days. Other international grosses include Metropolitan in France with $3.8 million; Icon in Australia and New Zealand with $6.8 million; Catchplay in Taiwan with $3.5 million; Selim Ramia & Co. in the Middle East with $3.1 million; and MisLabel in Scandinavia with $2.2 million. Read Entire Artice Here

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