Some Hollywood producers are calling cut on Georgia after the signing of a new abortion law.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill banning most abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. Thanks to its tax credits, the state has become a popular filming location for some of the biggest movies and TV shows in the world, from Avengers: Endgame to The Walking Dead. Celebrities from Don Cheadle to Ben Stiller signed a letter written by Alyssa Milano in March saying they would do "everything in our power to move our industry to a safer state" should the bill become law.
Now, three production companies have announced a Georgia filming boycott. The Wire creator David Simon says Blown Deadline Productions, which produces shows like HBO's TheDeuce,won't film in Georgia "until we can be assured the health options and civil liberties of our female colleagues are unimpaired."
Christine Vachon, the CEO of Killer Films, also said her studio won't consider Georgia for any projects "until this ridiculous law is overturned." Killer Films in recent years has produced acclaimed movies like First Reformed, Carol, and Vox Lux.
Mark Duplass, whose company has produced shows like HBO's Room 104 andmovies like Netflix's Paddleton, also tweeted his pledge not to film in Georgia, and most recently, producer Neal Dodson said CounterNarrative Films, which has produced movies like Netflix's Triple Frontier, joined in on the boycott. Milano told BuzzFeed Newsthat if Netflix's Insatiable continues to film in Georgia, she won't return to star in it.
The Motion Picture Association of America has not similarly called for a boycott, telling The Hollywood Reporterthat film production in the state supports almost 100,000 jobs and that, since similar legislation in other states has faced legal challenges, "the outcome in Georgia will also be determined through the legal process." Brendan Morrow
The storied actor is rounding off his 60-year career with the upcoming film The Old Man & The Gun, he told Entertainment Weekly. There's a chance the 81-year-old will pick up some directing gigs, and he promised to "never say never" about acting again, but Redford told EW he's pretty set on going out with this "upbeat and positive" film.
Redford's role in The Old Man & The Gun, which is scheduled for a late September release, isn't too different from his actual life. Redford stars as longtime criminal Forrest Tucker, who is similarly closing a 60-year career with one last bank robbery. Tucker was a "wonderful character to play at this point in my life," and the "framework" of his story led Redford to choose this as his last film, he told EW.
Redford has been acting since he was 21, famously starring alongside Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and with Dustin Hoffman in All the President's Men. He also nabbed the Best Director trophy at the 1980 Academy Awards for Ordinary People. In 1969, hefounded the Sundance Film Festival for independent movies. Kathryn Krawczyk
How did you celebrate Record Store Day — or, as others called it this year, Holy Saturday? Jack White spent April 19 recording a record, and breaking one, too: The Guinness World Record for Fastest Album Release, previously held by polka trio Vollgas Kompanie. The Swiss polka artists recorded their album, Live, on Aug. 15, 2008, and released it the next day. White recorded a live version of a new single, "Lazaretto," and sold his first copy, all in 3 hours, 55 minutes, 21 seconds. Take that, Switzerland.
White also recorded his feat on video, starting at the live engraving of the master record at his Third Man Records complex in Nashville, moving to United Record Pressing to press some limited edition 45s, then ending back at Third Man for the first sales. (It apparently took two days to edit and release the video.)
In some ways, this is the nerdiest music video imaginable: The making of a record-setting record, with plenty of footage of the actual physical process of pressing a vinyl disc. For those less interested in geeking out about vinyl, there's some nice comic relief from the two Third Man couriers dolled up in full-on CHiPs attire. Enjoy. --Peter Weber