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‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Fighter, Which Had Been Lost for Decades, Sells for Record $3.1…

The 20-inch model of an X-wing starfighter was used in filming the climactic space battle in 'A New Hope,' and according to Heritage Auctions it "just set the…

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‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Fighter, Which Had Been Lost for Decades, Sells for Record $3.1 Million at Auction

An original 20-inch model of an X-wing starfighter used in the climatic space battle in 1977’s Star Wars sold for a record-setting $3.135 million at a Heritage Auction in Dallas. The X-wing — part of the collection of late Oscar-nominated modelmaker Greg Jein, which was auctioned this weekend — had been thought to have been […]

VFX Labor Issues Addressed at Honors Event: “Without Collective Bargaining, There Will Be No Progress”

Following the recent votes by VFX workers at Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel to unionize with IATSE, a call for collective bargaining received enthusiastic applause during an intimate Visual Effects Society Honors ceremony and reception Friday at Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center. Referencing the SAG-AFTRA strike and recently ended WGA strike, honoree Bob Coleman, a […]

Viral Disney Clip Sparks Ridicule for Something Hollywood Has Done For Years

When the rom-com Prom Pact arrived on Disney platforms in late March, it debuted to positive reviews and the modest level of fanfare one would expect for a TV film aimed at teenagers. But seven months later, it has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. On Thursday, a clip from the film’s opening pep […]

Adobe Unwraps AI-Driven Tools, Promises “Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency”

As Adobe rolled out a string of new generative AI-driven tools, CEO Shantanu Narayan promised “accountability, responsibility and transparency” in his opening keynote at the company’s annual Max confab, which is taking place this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. He went on to describe AI as a “creative co-pilot” to speed up productivity […]

Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Solid Rocket Motors Arrive at California Science Center

Eleven years after Space Shuttle Endeavour made its 12-mile journey across the streets of Los Angeles, two huge solid rocket motors (SRMs) arrived Wednesday at the California Science Center, following a trek from the Mojave Air and Space port where they were being stored. Crowds of schoolchildren, residents and guests — cheering and chanting “Shuttle! Shuttle!” —lined […]

Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Poor Things’ Set to Open Camerimage

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things will be the opening night film at the 31st edition of EnergaCamerimage, the international cinematography film festival.  At Camerimage, Poor Things will also screen as part of the main competition. The film, which received the Golden Lion last month at the Venice Film Festival, stars Emma Stone (who also produced), Willem Dafoe […]

Darren Aronofsky Describes His Journey to Creating the First Movie for the Las Vegas Sphere

Following the exhilarating Sept. 29 launch of Sphere with U2’s residency, on Friday, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s transportive Postcard from Earth became the first movie to premiere at the new Las Vegas entertainment venue. A sort of narrative and doc, it immerses viewers in a range of experiences, for instance allowing them to feel as though […]

‘The Creator’ Filmmaker Gareth Edwards: “I Don’t Think AI Wants Our Jobs”

There’s a scene in 20th Century Studios’ The Creator during which AIs wreak havoc on Los Angeles as a TV journalist warns that they are after jobs. But that’s not what director Gareth Edwards, who co-wrote the screenplay with Chris Weitz, actually believes. “I don’t think AI wants our jobs at all,” Edwards says in […]

Society of Camera Operators Reveals Lifetime Achievement Honorees

The Society of Camera Operators has revealed the recipients of its SOC Lifetime Achievement awards, which will be presented during a Feb. 24 ceremony. Lifetime Achievement awards will be accepted by camera operator Larry McConkey, whose latest work as an “a” camera operator was on Showtime drama Billions and whose Steadicam work has appeared in […]

‘Barbie’ Leads HPA Awards Feature Competition With Three Nominations

Barbie leads the feature competition of the annual HPA Awards, whose nominations in features, TV, documentaries, commercials and restoration were announced Tuesday. The postproduction community nominated Greta Gerwig’s hit film for outstanding color grading, editing and sound. Close behind with two nominations apiece in the feature categories are Oppenheimer (color grading and editing), Guillermo del […]

David Lebensfeld to Serve as President of Ingenuity Studios and Sister Company Ghost VFX

David Lebensfeld, founder and president of Ingenuity Studios, has assumed the additional role of president of Ingenuity’s sister company Ghost VFX. Together, both companies make up Streamland Media’s visual effects business. Streamland Media is also the parent company of post house Picture Shop, sound company Formosa Group and marketing unit Picture Head. Ghost VFX — which […]

Walt Disney Pictures In-House VFX Workers Vote to Unionize Under IATSE

Visual effects workers at Walt Disney Pictures — the in-house VFX employees including data wranglers, witness camera operators, and other production staff — voted unanimously by a vote of 13-0 to unionize under IATSE in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board. “These workers’ collective action against the status quo represents a seismic shift in […]

U2 Opens Las Vegas Sphere With a Dazzling Musical and Visual Odyssey Before 18,000 Fans

Given U2’s reputation for pushing technical and creative boundaries with its live concerts, it seemed fitting that the band opened the anticipated Sphere in Las Vegas on Friday with its most ambitious and transportive live show ever: an electrifying live performance and visual odyssey that unfolds on Sphere’s enveloping 160,000-square-foot wraparound interior LED display. Built […]

Labor Relations Board Paves Way For Disney Animation Production Workers Unionization Election

IATSE and The Animation Guild (IATSE Local 839) announced on Wednesday that the National Labor Relations Board issued a direction of election that would allow production workers of Walt Disney Animation Studios to vote on whether to unionize under IATSE. According to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the decision means that full time […]

Will ‘Wish’ Face a “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”-Type Conundrum?

Disney Animation might be wishing for a crystal ball as as it decides which song from their upcoming feature Wish to submit for Oscars consideration. The Oscars’ Nov. 1 deadline comes weeks ahead of the Nov. 22 release date for the film, voice starring Ariana DeBose as young protagonist Asha and Chris Pine as villainous […]

‘Moana’ Producer Osnat Shurer Joins Baobab Studios

Osnat Shurer, an Oscar-nominated producer of Disney Animation’s Moana and Raya and the Last Dragon, has joined Baobab Studios as co-chief creative officer, alongside company founder and CCO Eric Darnell (Madagascar). Previously, Shurer served as Walt Disney Feature Animation’s vp development and as executive producer of the short films group at Pixar, where she produced […]