‘The Fabelmans’ US Premiere Will Close AFI Fest

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The U.S. premiere of Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will wrap up AFI Fest 2022, the American Film Institute announced Tuesday.

“The Fabelmans,” which has been billed as Spielberg’s most personal film to date, stars Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle and Judd Hirsch in a story inspired by Spielberg’s own childhood. The film follows a young man’s formative years as he uncovers a heartbreaking family secret, leading him to use movies as a way to help him see the truth about others and himself.

The cast of “The Fabelmans” includes Jeannie Berlin, Julia Butters, Robin Bartlett and Keeley Karsten, with music by John Williams. Janusz Kaminski is director of photography and the film is edited by Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar. Production design is directed by Rick Carter and costume design is overseen by Mark Bridges.

“AFI Fest is where the magic happens,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “And there is no greater cinematic magician than Steven Spielberg. We are honored to celebrate his return to the festival with this intimately powerful film that will send audiences’ spirits soaring.

Now in its 36th year, AFI Fest 2022 will take place in person in Los Angeles from November 2-6.

The Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment film is co-written by Spielberg and Tony Kushner, who has previously collaborated with the director on “Lincoln,” “Munich” and “West Side Story.” Kristie Macosko Krieger, Spielberg and Kushner are the producers of the film.

“The Fabelmans” hits theaters November 11, 2022.

ICG Publicists Set Awards Calendar

The International Filmmakers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) has set its awards schedule. He will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon on March 10, 2023 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“We look forward to continuing the centuries-old tradition of showcasing Local 600 publicists and their contribution to the entertainment industry,” Menke and Main said.

The ICG Publicists Awards will be presented in the following categories: Motion Picture Showperson of the Year, Television Showperson of the Year, Maxwell Weinberg Award for Outstanding Publicity Campaign for Television and Motion Pictures, Les Mason Award for Career Achievement in Publicity, Bob Yeager Award for Community Service, Publicist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Press Award, International Media Award, and Excellence in Still Photography for Film and Television.

The 2022-2023 schedule for the 60th Annual ICG Publicist Awards:

Deadline for submission of TV ad campaigns November 11
TV campaign nominations announced November 16
Submission deadline for cinema advertising campaigns January 6, 2023
The nominees for the cinematic commercial were announced on January 11
Final voting for the awards opens January 31
Voting closes February 6

Winners will be announced at the ICG Publicist Awards Luncheon on March 10.

DNEG Appoints Joel Hynek As Visual Effects Supervisor On Upcoming Title

DNEG, a visual effects and animation studio specializing in feature films, television and cross-platform content, has hired Joel Hynek as visual effects supervisor on an upcoming title. Hynek, whose career spans four decades and includes two Oscars, will be based at the DNEG studio in Los Angeles.

Hynek was first recognized by the Academy with a Scientific and Engineering Design Award for designing the camera that made the effects of the original “Predator” possible. He won his second Oscar for his contribution to “What Dreams May Come,” which won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects at the 71st Academy Awards.

“I’m proud to be working with DNEG at such an exciting and pivotal time in the visual effects world,” said Hynek. “Technological advancements in our industry are opening up creative possibilities previously unreachable, and DNEG is at the forefront of harnessing these technologies in pursuit of storytelling goals. Throughout my career, I have strived to push the boundaries of what is possible in visual effects.Having recently overseen a short film that made full use of real-time technology in the LED volume, as well as testing the full use of virtual production on a major Chinese production, I look forward to more opportunities to bring these new technologies and workflows to some really exciting upcoming projects.

Hynek also served as visual effects supervisor on “Jumper”, “xXx”, “Stealth”, and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”. The artist was previously the creative director of Mass.Illusion, a visual effects powerhouse that would develop the “bullet-time” effect for “The Matrix.” Hynek was a member of the Board of Directors of the Visual Effects Society and the Executive Committee of the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for over 20 years.

Beyond Fest will host a month-long celebration of SS Rajamouli, kicking off with an IMAX screening of ‘RRR’

“From Tollywood to Hollywood,” a month-long celebration of Indian writer/director SS Rajamouli featuring his most celebrated work and in-person appearances by the filmmaker himself, is hosted by Beyond Fest.

Built in collaboration with Beyond Fest’s partner American Cinematheque alongside IMAX, Variance Films, Potentate Films and Indian Film Festival Los Angeles, “From Tollywood to Hollywood: The Spectacle & Majesty of SS Rajamouli” is the first American retrospective of SS Rajamouli. It is also the first time that the director has appeared with his films in person at an American film festival.

“Since its inception, Beyond Fest has fought tirelessly to provide moviegoers with the best theatrical experiences in the world, ‘From Tollywood to Hollywood delivers on that promise,'” said Christian Parkes, co-founder of Beyond Fest. “Celebrating the world’s greatest filmmaker and bringing the world’s greatest film, ‘RRR’, to IMAX in the world’s most famous cinema is the dream culmination of a decade of work. Glory to the People’s Republic.

The celebration kicks off with an IMAX presentation of “RRR” at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. ‘From Tollywood to Hollywood’ also features a nine-hour marathon of works by Rajamouli, including ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’, ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ and ‘Eega’. Additionally, there will be special screenings of “Magadheera” and “Maryada Ramanna”. All films will be shown in their native Telugu with English subtitles, and intermissions will be observed as originally planned by the filmmaker.

Tickets for all screenings are available through the American Cinematheque box office site and go on sale September 8 at 10 a.m. PT.

Ruth B. to perform at the world premiere of Tyler Perry’s ‘A Jazzman’s Blues’ at TIFF

On Sunday, September 11, singer-songwriter Ruth B. will perform “Paper Airplanes” at the world premiere of Tyler Perry’s new film “A Jazzman’s Blues” during the Toronto International Film Festival.

The show will take place at Roy Thomson Hall, marking the live debut of “Paper Airplanes.” The track was written and recorded by Ruth B. and Terence Blanchard especially for Perry’s film. The track was produced by Ruth B. alongside Oscar- and Grammy-winning producer D’Mile.

“A Jazzman’s Blues”, which was written, directed and produced by Perry, stars Joshua Boone, Amirah Vann, Solea Pfeiffer, Austin Scott, Milauna Jemai Jackson, Brent Antonello, Brad Benedict, Kario Marcel, Lana Young and Ryan Eggold . The film, a family drama and forbidden love story, follows a Southern family as 40 years of lies and secrets come to an end.

“Paper Airplanes” can also be heard in the film trailer and is available on Milan Records’ upcoming soundtrack for “A Jazzman’s Blues”.

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