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Writers Guild of America members ratify new contract
Hollywood’s film and TV writers have signed off on a new three-year contract. Members of the Writers Guild of America voted by a 91% margin to approve a recently negotiated contract that provides increases in contributions to the guild’s pension plan, higher residual payments in pay TV and a bump in minimum pay levels, the guild said Wednesday. The contract takes effect May 2 and covers about 10,500 members. The Los Angeles Times reports.
Kenneth Branagh goes big budget
Kenneth Branagh’s directing career has largely been notable for his faithful adaptations of Shakespeare plays. Now he is making the somewhat incongruent leap into big-budget Hollywood fare with a $150 million 3-D version of “Thor.” Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times profiles this unusual transition.
IMAX reports losses
It seems this year’s drop in box office sales has affected IMAX as well. Deadline reports that the company has announced a net loss of $1 million for the first quarter. Click here for the details.
Werner Herzog’s caves
Documentarian Werner Herzog’s latest project blends together modern 3-D techniques with depictions of cave paintings over 32,000-years-old in “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.” Allan M. Jalon of the LA Times speaks with the director about the motivation behind his most recent film.
New “Melancholia” poster
Lars Von Trier’s wedding-apocalypse drama “Melancholia” is eagerly awaited to debut in competition at Cannes this year. Following the release of the trailer a couple weeks ago, a new poster has started circulating the web. Click here to assess the one-sheet.