The TradeVine highlights entertainment news for week ending September 2nd, 2011 with Cynthia Hasson
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Hello everybody, I’m Cynthia Hasson of the Actors Reporter and welcome to the TradeVine. Danika Quinn is on assignment. We’ve got some really great articles for you this week, and remember, this is all information you don’t want to miss. Our goal here at the TradeVine is to help you stay informed and to keep up with the trades, such as The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, and Backstage.
Back Stage, August 25th – 31st – In a section called Spotlight on Transitions, the article is entitled “Getting older, by being wiser,” by Simi Horwitz. Making intelligent transitions to accommodate the fact of aging depends on many factors, from realistic assessments and goals to just being open to other possibilities. Some of the new roles as we get older could be jobs as a parent with older children, an uncle or aunt. Also, there are a lot of commercials for seniors. Plus, seniors often are needed to play reverends, priests, rabbis, and even sometimes, younger grandparents. Headshots should also be re-evaluated. They should probably no longer make you look like the leading romantic role, but, rather like a character. And, of course, there are always the major roles in animated features. It can be trying for an actor when everyone else is getting younger. New producers and directors coming along that don’t necessarily appreciate the amount of experience needed for certain projects, such as voiceovers. A friend of the Actors Reporter, Willow Hale, is trying to breathe life into her career by accepting herself in new ways that she hadn’t before. Willow embraces her age and she feels that people in the industry respect and like her more because of it. Perhaps, accepting oneself is the answer.
In the Hollywood Reporter, Fall Double Issue, August 26th – September 9th – It talks about the new hit, The Help. In an article entitled “Where ‘The Help’ is making all of its money,” by Pamela McClintock. With a rare cross-section of audience, Southerners and book clubbers power one of the most atypical blockbusters since The Blind Side. Starring Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, The Help is getting audiences also from the upscale commercial theatres in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Rare is the film whose top ten grossing theatres include the Paradiso 16 in East Memphis, Tenn., and the Lincoln Square 13 smack-dab in the middle of New York City. The Help, among the most racially diverse female ensemble pictures ever, tells the story of how Southern white women treat their black maids in the early 1960s. The movie is also fueling renewed interest in the book, which is back on the New York Times best-seller list.
Daily Variety, Monday, August 29th – “Phoenix shuttering as Medavoy prepares to close shingle in 2013,” by Dave McNary. Mike Medavoy will close down Phoenix Pictures in 2013 following two decades of film production including “Black Swan,” “Shutter Island,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The Thin Red Line,” and “Zodiac.” Medavoy told Variety on Friday that he would shutter the company and sell the library in two years in order to spend more time with his family and to focus on passion projects outside the Phoenix banner. Films by Medavoy include “Terminator,” “RoboCop,” “Silence of the Lambs,” and “Philadelphia.” I imagine we will be looking for some interesting projects before Mike Medavoy takes down his shingle.
Well, that’s it for the TradeVine this week. I’m Cynthia Hasson. Thank you very much for watching. And remember, You heard it through the Tradevine!