When Chuck James, founding partner and senior motion picture talent agent at ICM Partners, started in the entertainment business in the early 2000s, talent agencies still embraced conformity. "If you were not in a dark suit, red tie, black shoes and black socks, you stood out like a sore thumb," he says. "It was about falling in line and being conservative." James, who began in the mailroom a little later than most after playing competitive tennis, distinguished himself by wearing items like a black-and-white houndstooth shirt ("I was able to cobble together enough to buy an Etro dress shirt," he says). "Now, over the last decade, but more so the last five years, Hollywood has opened the door for people to have their own personality," says James, who reps Game of Thrones' Carice van Houton, Megan Fox and Linda Cardellini. "It's looked on as a plus and not a detriment to your career."Known for his forward take on fashion, James wears everything from the latest Gucci runway couture … [Read more...] about How to Dress Like a Hollywood Agent on a Budget
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Greetings, people of Earth. This is the beginning of a regular column wherein I will discuss the history/evolution behind various costumes and designs in superhero comics and other fun media. I’ll also be throwing in my own opinions, which you can take or leave since we all have different tastes. To kick things off, I thought it would be fun to talk about a lady first introduced in 1941: Wonder Woman AKA Diana Prince AKA Princess Diana of Themyscira, the Paradise Island. We now know for sure that Gal Gadot will be playing her in the as-yet-untitled sequel to Man of Steel that really seems like it should be titled Hey, We’re Almost the Justice League.There’s a lot of debate going on about how Wonder Woman should be portrayed. So to add food for thought, this column looks at how the amazing Amazon has been portrayed in live-action shows, with a couple of honorable mentions from comics and animation.And before you ask, I will be focusing on officially licensed stories. … [Read more...] about Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.: Wonder Woman in Television
Last week, we talked about Billy Batson, the original Captain Marvel AKA Captain Thunder AKA Shazam. He was created by Fawcett Comics and is now owned by DC Comics. But this time around, we’re talking about the heroes who have used that name over in the Marvel Comics Universe.The first Captain Marvel’s original run of adventures, and Fawcett Comics, ended in 1954. In 1961, the company which had originally been called Timely Publications, and was known during the 50s’ as Atlas, rebranded itself as Marvel Comics, referencing the title of the first series the company published in 1939. That same year saw the publication of Fantastic Four #1, which was the true start of the Marvel Universe as we know it. Six years later, Marvel trademarked the comic book title “Captain Marvel” since no one else was using it at the time. Now all they needed was a character to use the name. A MAN NAMED MAR-VELLThat’s what happens when it’s late at night and … [Read more...] about Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Marvel’s Many Captain Marvels!
Last week, we looked at the first two Marvel Comics heroes called Captain Marvel. This time around, we’re going to explore the later heroes to use that name: Genis-Vell (son of Mar-Vell), Phyla-Vell (daughter of Mar-Vell) Khn’nr (a confused Skrull), Noh-Varr (teenage Kree from a parallel universe), and Carol Danvers (original Ms. Marvel and all-around bad-ass).Anyway, let’s meet the Captain Marvel Jr. Wait, no, that’s not his name. His name is . . . GENIS-VELLGenis-Vell debuted up in the pages of Silver Surfer Annual #6 in 1993, written by Ron Marz and with art by Joe Phillips, Bob Almond and Ericka Moran, with Ron Lim doing the cover art. The oddly named Genis was the son of Captain Mar-Vell and Elysius, an artificially created woman from Titan, home of a sect of the long-lived and powerful Eternals (that’s Thanos’ people, by the way). Mar-Vell had met Elysius during his superhero days and the two fell in love. After his death, she … [Read more...] about Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Marvel’s Captain Marvels Part Two!
For generations, humanity has been fascinated by the power and destructive force of atomic weapons. Tapping into this, multiple comic book publishers have featured heroes who have taken the name Captain Atom. You may know about Nathaniel Adam, the DC Comics hero who wields incredible quantum power. But what about the versions that preceded him? Let’s take a look at the history of the heroes called Captain Atom, and a few related characters, from 1948 up to 1987. DR. RADOR AND HIS TWINAmerican comics had been successful imports to Australia, but then World War II happened and caused a rise in the price of paper and other materials. To save money and help the local economy, the Australian government stated enforcing the Import Licensing Regulation in July 1940, banning foreign materials in the form of paper publications or syndicated proofs. No more comics from the USA! This lead to Australian writers and artists filling in the void. In 1948, Arthur … [Read more...] about Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Captain Atom’s Atomic Ensemble! Part 1
Over Christmas, I picked up and dropped off my grandmother at her assisted living home. She is well into her 90s now, little and slow. But as a family, we take some pride in the fact that she has one of the better decorated rooms in this home. It includes things from her house she holds dear; blankets, pictures of her kids and my late grandfather, cookies and candies, and a very wonky statue which was recently decapitated by a nurse. Her head has been duct taped back together, and there she stands; a statue of a World War II WAC. After all, my grandmother held tightly to those memories of her time serving in the Women’s Army Corp.I love the Captain America movies for multiple reasons. They look great, are well written, have emotional depth, and make a real effort at showing gender equality. But the character of Peggy Carter (portrayed by Hayley Atwell, soon to star in ABC’s Agent Carter) will always hold a special place in my heart, especially after seeing Winter … [Read more...] about Women Like Marvel’s Agent Carter Were a Very Real Part of History
UTA agent David Flynn, whose clients include Michael Winterbottom, Laszlo Nemes and Rupert Wyatt, has claimed that everyone in the film business should be looking to benefit from the rise of digital giants Netflix and Amazon.Speaking in Cannes during a panel at the UK Film Centre - Star Power: How to develop film projects to attract world-class talent - Flynn took the opportunity to weigh in on the subject matter that has dominated this year’s festival since day one.“We can all benefit from it [the rise of Netflix and Amazon]. It’s not just agents – it’s producers, crews, everyone involved,” Flynn said.“The Netflix model is an extraordinary business [which is] driven to increase its subscriber base. Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world, and it now makes content.“It’s forcing the studios to reassess how they do business. Whenever you have disruptors in the game, ultimately that’s a good thing,” he … [Read more...] about UTA agent David Flynn: ‘We can all benefit from Netflix’
Charles Collier, Tavistock WoodDuncan Heath, Independent Sarah Spear, Curtis Brown Josh Varney, 42 Jane Villiers, Sayle Screen What has been the biggest change since you started in the business?Charles Collier There are two clear things that have changed since I came into the business. Firstly, as agents we have to be operating under the UK system and UK laws and, at the same time, we have to be familiar with and confident at working in the US system. Secondly, every career that we look after should have a variety and balance between film and TV to reach its potential. As agents, we have to be comfortable in both worlds and both in the US and UK. The generation before ours let the US agent do what they wanted.Josh Varney What I’ve seen change in the last five years is the volume of information-sharing. In the UK we are now getting the same information at the same time as our US counterparts… A real strength of being in London is that one can sometimes be ahead of the game … [Read more...] about Agents of change
Film has been a dying industry for as long as I’ve been making, selling and distributing them. That’s what they say. And there’s certainly evidence that sales agents and distributors are having to re-think how they do business. The recent news that respected arthouse distributor Fortissimo Films had filed for bankruptcy left many saddened, but it seems that news of this nature is increasingly frequent.One of yesterday’s first panels at IFP Film Week, “New Innovators: Distribution,” moderated by Filmmaker Contributing Editor Brandon Harris, brought together industry members who are working innovatively in film, TV, and online distribution to discuss the future of their respective platforms (theatrical, streaming, bundle packages, and more), and how filmmakers can get their work in front of audiences.One of the first topics was that of the theatrical model, and whether screening films in theaters is becoming quaint relic of bygone days. Both Ryan … [Read more...] about New Innovators in Distribution: Talking Trends and Hybrid Models at IFP Film Week
Annie Roney, president of Roco Films International, told a Hot Docs distribution panel that a new paradigm in distribution has emerged, one that sees producers and sales agents divide up all rights -- theatrical, broadcast, DVD and online media -- and find the best partner to exploit each venture. "An all-rights deal may not turn out to be what a filmmaker hoped for, and may not serve them as well as an organic deal that parses rights," Roney said.Louise Rosen, managing director of Louise Rosen Ltd., also urged that a back-end deal that launches a film in partnership with a sales agent "seems to be the most satisfying for the filmmaker."Rosen added that, while theatrical deals for docs are few and far between these days, factual films continue to find homes with broadcasters and a growing educational market, and those markets need to be exploited. Anais Clanet, head of sales and acquisitions at Paris-based Wide Management, agreed that doc makers are beginning to draw back from … [Read more...] about New distribution model floated at Hot Docs