ROXANE GAY OFFERS TO WRITE BATGIRL AFTER JOSS WHEDON OPTS OUT: After Joss Whedon let the world know that he was out for Warner Bros' Batgirl, it seemed all hope was lost (he was the one who had floated the idea for the adaptation in the first place). But Bad Feminist and Hunger scribe Roxane Gay may save the day yet. She took to Twitter, writing "Hey @DCComics I can write your batgirl movie, no prob." Her message went viral and it seems Warner Bros took notice. Michele Wells, a VP who works on DC projects, tweeted at Gay: "If you're serious...contact me," Wells wrote, providing her company email address. Then came Gay's response: "Yes I am serious. I will email you." Gay doesn't have screenwriting creds, but she did pen the popular Black Panther: World of Wakanda comics series.
PRODIGY TRAILER DROPS: Sci-fi thriller Prodigy has shared a chilling new trailer. The sci-fi film follows Dr. James Fonda (Richard Neil), whose services have been enlisted by a secret branch of the military. He is called to meet a young patient named Ellie (Savannah Liles) whom he engages in a battle of wits. Fonda discovers that Ellie has a secret supernatural power, which could spell the end of them both. The film is making the festival circuit and will be available on VOD March 13th.
LABYRINTH TO RETURN TO THEATERS: Jim Henson's cult 1986 flick Labyrinth is returning to the big screen for three days as part of a fan celebration. Special screenings will take place April 29th, May 1st and 2nd. Fans are encouraged to attend in costume. Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie star.
BBC SETS OUT TO REMOVE BARRIERS FOR WOMEN: The BBC is reviewing its practices with the goal of removing barriers for women at the corporation. This comes after severe backlash against a perceived gender pay gap at the broadcaster. It will also look at different options for part-time and flexible working and whether it should be easier for people to return to work after maternity leave or breaks in their career.
OSCARS TAP MARY J. BLIGE, SUFJAN STEVENS TO PERFORM: Mary J. Blige, Sufjan Stevens and Keala Settle are all set to perform at this year’s Oscarsceremony, the Academy has announced. They join Gael Garcia Bernal, Miguel, Natalia LaFourcade, Common and Andra Day. All of the performers will sing songs nominated for the best original song trophy. Blige is also nominated for best supporting actress, and she will perform "Mighty River" from Mudbound. Stevens will sing “Mystery of Love,” which he wrote for best picture nominated film, Call Me By Your Name. Keala Settle is singing “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman, written by the songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (who won for “City of Stars” from La La Land last year). Common and Day are performing “Stand Up For Something” from Marshall. LaFourcade, Bernal, and Miguel are performing “Remember Me” from Coco, which is nominated for best animated feature. The 90th annual Oscars will take a bow March 4th at 8 p.m. EST.
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54th Cinema Audio Society Awards Winners, Via Deadline:
MOTION PICTURE - LIVE ACTION
Production Mixer - Mark Weingarten, CAS
Re-recording Mixer - Gregg Landaker
Re-recording Mixer - Gary Rizzo, CAS
Scoring Mixer - Alan Meyerson, CAS
ADR Mixer - Thomas J. O'Connell
Foley Mixer - Scott Curtis
TELEVISION SERIES - 1 HOUR
Game of Thrones: "Beyond the Wall"
Production Mixer - Ronan Hill, CAS
Production Mixer - Richard Dyer, CAS
Re-recording Mixer - Onnalee Blank, CAS
Re-recording Mixer - Mathew Waters, CAS
Foley Mixer - Brett Voss, CAS
Production Mixer - Lee Smith
Re-recording Mixer - David E. Fluhr, CAS
Re-recording Mixer - Warren Shaw
Scoring Mixer - Derek Lee
ADR Mixer - Chris Navarro, CAS
Foley Mixer - Ryan Maguire
TELEVISION NON-FICTION, VARIETY OR MUSIC SERIES OR SPECIALS
Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
Production Mixer - David Hocs
Production Mixer - Tom Tierney
Re-Recording Mixer - Tom Fleischman, CAS
TELEVISION SERIES - 1/2 HOUR
Silicon Valley: Episode 9 "Hooli-Con"
Production Mixer - Benjamin A. Patrick, CAS
Re-recording Mixer - Elmo Ponsdomenech
Re-recording Mixer - Todd Beckett
TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES
Black Mirror: "USS Callister"
Production Mixer - John Rodda, CAS
Re-recording Mixer - Tim Cavagin
Re-recording Mixer - Dafydd Archard
Re-recording Mixer -William Miller
ADR Mixer - Nick Baldock
Foley Mixer - Sophia Hardman
CAS STUDENT RECOGNITION AWARD
Chapman University - Orange, CA
OUTSTANDING PRODUCT - POST PRODUCTION
RX 6 Advanced
Manufacturer: iZotope, Inc.
OUTSTANDING PRODUCT - PRODUCTION
Mix Pre- 10T Recorder
Manufacturer: Sound Devices
Original Dialogue Mixer - Vince Caro
Re-recording Mixer - Christopher Boyes
Re-recording Mixer - Michael Semanick
Scoring Mixer - Joel Iwataki
Foley Mixer - Blake Collins
Watch Trailer for Paterno, Starring Al Pacino: