'The Sapphires' Aboriginal Director; VFX Biz Update
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The Sapphires' aboriginal director makes a hit Aussie film about four Aboriginal women. Plus, a Rhythm & Hues and visual effects business update.
Banner image: (L-R) Deborah Mailman and director Wayne Blair on the set of The Sapphires. Photo by Lisa Tomasetti/The Weinstein Company
The Hollywood News Banter ()
John Horn joins Kim Masters to banter about some of this week's top Hollywood news stories.
- Tonight Show drama: Leno to go, Fallon to take over but when and where?
- Legal action over a Lifetime TV movie: convicted murderer gets a judge to temporarily block then the blockage is overturned.
- MPAA reports a strong global box office but so far 2013 is lagging.
'The Sapphires' Director ()
Wayne Blair is an Aboriginal director of the hit Australian film, The Sapphires -- his first feature film. It premiered at Cannes last year where Blair got an industry education from Harvey Weinstein whose company is now releasing it in the US. Blair talks with Kim about being Aboriginal in the Australian film industry and the racial politics in the movie, which centers on four Aboriginal women who form a girl group to entertain the troops in Vietnam in 1968.
VFX Biz Update ()
David S. Cohen, the technology columnist for Variety, covers the visual effects business. He talks with Kim about the state of Rhythm & Hues, the Oscar-winning VFX House responsible for Life of Pi's stunning effects, which has filed for bankruptcy. He also discusses how the particular issues affecting that house illustrate why and how the VFX sector of the movie business is hurting.
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