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Production News Weekly Jan. 10, 2018

By Staff

01/10/2018 Thoughts Now that we are all settling back into work after the New Year, there seems to be a good number of film and TV projects showing up in our listings that are under development in Canada. New York and California are also seeing their share of projects. This week, due to the extreme […]

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The 20 Most Successful Foreign Directors in Hollywood History

By Reggina Zervou

Roman Polanski A Film Memoir

Often called the Mecca of Cinema, Hollywood since the beginning of the 20th century has attracted many foreign directors and actors, who came to work in its fully equipped studios, attracted as well by the high salaries the big cinema firms offered to newcomers.

In the 1920s, most American cinema firms sent representatives in Europe to propose to film directors who worked there to sign contracts with them. The ones who didn’t follow the first calls fled Europe some years later, when Nazis assumed power, and headed to California. If we count second immigrants who grew up in America, like Frank Capra and Elia Kazan, the percentage of foreigners who worked in pre-war Hollywood was quite high.

Even after the end of World War II, Hollywood never ceased to allure auteurs from all over the world. In a constantly changing industry like Hollywood, the overflowing talents from Europe, and lately, the countries that are called the Third World, could search for the support and money they couldn’t obtain in their countries and make remarkable, successful movies. The history of cinema would be totally different without them working in Hollywood.

This list tries to highlight the most successful of those foreign (non U.S. citizens) directors who worked in Hollywood studios downwards up. The criteria are both box office hits and importance in the evolution of cinematographic art. So, let’s start ranking the 20 most important ones!

20. Josef von Sternberg

Films: The Devil is a Woman; The Docks of New York; Morocco; Anatahan

Josef von Sternberg, born Jonas Sternberg, was born in Vienna, the first of the five children of an impoverished family of Orthodox Jews who immigrated to New York when he was 14. There, he dropped out school and spent his first decade in the United States doing all → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Apple facing several lawsuits over intentionally slowing down old iPhones

Photo by Robin van der Ploeg

Earlier this week, we shared the news that Apple had admitted to slowing down older iPhones—an accusation originally leveled at the company by several Redditors and bloggers who found their phones’ performance had been cut in half, and would only return to full performance with a battery replacement.

This admission, in which Apple defended this ‘feature’ as benefiting users, has now sparked several lawsuits.

Background

Last week, Apple confirmed that older iPhones—specifically iPhone 6/Plus, iPhone 6S/Plus, and iPhone SE—were indeed being slowed down on purpose, but denied any malicious intent (e.g. trying to trick people into upgrading to a newer iPhone).

Instead, in a statement to The Verge, Apple said the ‘feature’ had been implemented, “to deliver the best experience for customers” by preventing sudden shut downs or damage to the internal components that can be caused by an older battery trying to provide peak current it just can’t handle anymore.

This explanation makes sense, and several technologically savvy commentators online (and even some readers in the DPReview comments) speculated that other companies likely do this same thing. But the lack of transparency—essentially only admitting that this was being done after being called out publicly—left many Apple users upset… and a few of them are doing something about it.

And Now

According to USA Today and The Verge, several lawsuits have been filed against Apple over this iPhone throttling. In the United States, suits have been filed in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York among others, but the lawsuits over this admission extend as far as Israel, according to Reuters.

One of the first, a proposed class-action lawsuit in Los Angeles filed last Thursday by two consumers, claims breach-of-contract because users never agreed to allow Apple to slow down their iPhones.

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From:: DPreview

Production News Weekly

By Paul Tenebrini

Productions News Weekly 12/27/2017 Thoughts It has been a busy last two weeks as far as location filming goes, especially for New York and California as the holidays are upon us and we’re seeing a decrease in location filming. We will keep our eyes on the devastating fires in Southern California. Restrictions have […]

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“When the Design is Really Part of the Whole of a Film, the Film is Well Designed”: Production Designer Thérèse DePrez

By Ted Hope

The following profile of production designer Thérèse DePrez was written by producer Ted Hope for Filmmaker‘s Spring, 1994 issue, and is being rerun on the sad occasion of DePrez’s passing this week in New York. After the standard art school stint, and the pay-your dues PA/grip/electric rigmarole, Thérèse DePrez nabbed her first designer gig on Tony Jacobs’s low-budget consumer/horror send-up, The Refrigerator, which sent her further down the blood-spewed path to art direct three straight-to-video horror pics. The creepy crawlers allowed DePrez to hone the “specialty prop” and set design skills she would later call on for Tom Kalin’s Swoon, […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine