The TradeVine – Entertainment Trade Article Highlights – November 1st, 2019

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.

Backstage – What Should Be in a Comedian’s Ongoing Budget, By Christian Cintron

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.” Take it from him, his face is on the $100 bill. As artistic professionals, it’s easy to focus on “the big break.” But your credit score isn’t based on your reel. Big breaks are often a series of small breaks throughout your career that grow incrementally. To survive as an artist, you have to focus on incremental financial growth, making fiscally responsible choices, and the here and now. 

Money doesn’t grow on trees. It grows like trees. Slowly over time with attention and feeding, you can grow your wealth. To help you get there, here are a few tips for budgeting as a comedian. 

Your Mindset

A scarcity mindset will make money scarce. Your relationship with money is like your relationship with anything else in your life. A positive attitude will yield better results. Healthy boundaries are a key to growth and you need to be honest with yourself. It’s good to figure out the money you will realistically need to survive. This doesn’t mean working with what you have and rationing it out. It involves being honest with yourself about how much you need to thrive. When it comes to this, Miata Edoga, the president and founder of Abundance Bound, is not a fan of using the word budgeting. Read Entire Article Here

The Hollywood Reporter – Oscars: These Are the 42 Films Vying for Best Picture, By Rebecca Ford

Awards season is here, and dozens of films are ready to shake up this slightly shorter race, from a group of hungry hustlers to an imaginary friend named Hitler.

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced in August 2018 that the 92nd Oscars would take place on Feb. 9, 2020, it marked the earliest date ever for the awards. The move also set Hollywood abuzz with talk of a truncated campaign season: three weeks shorter than in recent years. It remains to be seen how this shorter race will affect a film’s momentum, but as the season kicks off in earnest, the field remains crowded with plenty of hopefuls.

Todd Phillips’ Joker took the season’s first big prize when it won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in August. It’s unusual for a Hollywood studio production to be lauded at the fest, which favors international auteurs, let alone a comic book movie. The victory solidified the Warner Bros. drama as an immediate contender, though it’s not without controversy: When it screened at other fests ahead of its Oct. 9 release, it was met with some criticism for its violence. Read Entire Article Here

Variety – Film Review: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’, BY Owen Gleiberman

Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are back for a movie that’s less reboot than do-over, and the first vital ‘Terminator’ sequel since ‘T2.’

Back in 1984, seven years before “The Terminator” spawned a sequel that was big, sprawling, and James Cameron-y enough to elevate the franchise into what felt like the dystopian Marvel spectacle of its day, it’s worth noting that Cameron’s original film was a ruthlessly efficient post-apocalyptic B-movie — a proto-video-game sci-fi nightmare that took its point-blank attitude from the kill-machine efficiency of its title homicidal droid. (Part of its ingenuity was the way it turned Arnold Schwarzenegger’s inexpressiveness as an actor into a vicious semi-joke.) “Terminator: Dark Fate” is a movie designed to impress you with its scale and visual effects, but it’s also a film that returns, in good and gratifying ways, to the smartly packaged low-down genre-thriller classicism that gave the original “Terminator” its kick. The new movie earns its lavish action (and its emotions, too), because no matter how violently baroque its end-of-days vision, its storytelling remains tethered to the earth. Read Entire Article Here

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