Film Producing Is ‘Not a Sustainable Career,’ New Study Says

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Despite their flashy reputation of wielding the money behind the movies, film producers often can’t sustain a career in the profession, a new study concludes.

56% percent of the 474 respondents said they earned $25,000 or less — and more than a quarter earned less than $2,500 from producing in 2020.

Almost two-thirds of participating producers said they earned their primary income through producing in 2019, while that share dropped to 56% last year.

Rebecca Green, the founder of Dear Producer whose credits include “It Follows” and “See You in My Dreams,” told TheWrap that a lack of education about what producing means has led to a false perception that producers benefit more than the rest of the creative team from their work on a film.

“Even for me, it’s

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Josh Duhamel takes over role in J.Lo’s ‘Shotgun Wedding’

Josh Duhamel will step in to star opposite Jennifer Lopez in “Shotgun Wedding,” after Armie Hammer dropped out of the film in the wake of multiple abuse allegations.

Lionsgate, the studio producing the upcoming comedy, announced the casting update in a press release Tuesday.

“We couldn’t be happier for our bride and groom of this ‘Shotgun Wedding,’ ” Erin Westerman, the president of production for the Lionsgate Motion Pictures Group, said in a statement. “We know Josh and Jennifer will make a compelling and sexy on-screen couple and they will be fun sparring partners as their dream destination wedding erupts into a memorable nightmare.”

Duhamel, who has previously acted in the “Transformers” franchise and “Love, Simon,” also stars in the upcoming Netflix superhero drama series “Jupiter’s Legacy.”

USA TODAY has reached out to Hammer’s reps for comment.

Hammer, 34, was originally slated to star in the film, but confirmed his

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‘Coda’ Takes U.S. Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award

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The 2021 Sundance Film Festival awards went off at a very fast clip tonight, in an hour’s time. Host Patton Oswalt — or as he billed himself, “Discount Giamatti” — kept the jokes flowing.

Siân Heder’s Codawhich we first told you was swooped up by Apple with a rich $25 million bid, came up big. It won both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and a Special Jury Ensemble Cast award too. Heder also won Best Director in the U.S. Dramatic section. The movie follows a girl named Ruby. As the only hearing person in an otherwise deaf family, she is divided about staying with them as their fishing business is threatened. 

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul took the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Documentary.

Blerta Basholli’s Hive, about a woman in Kosovo

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Portrait of the Artist as a Daughter of Immigrants

a woman looking at the camera: Amy Tan Unintended Memoir

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Amy Tan Unintended Memoir

If the unexamined life is not worth living, rest assured that author Amy Tan’s life is very much the other kind. She’s already published two non-fiction books drawn from her life and experiences, and now with “Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir,” she’s participating in what will be a fascinating journey for those who haven’t read those books and an enriching audio-visual accompaniment for those who have.

Like fellow Sundance debut “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It,” “Unintended Memoir” was produced for PBS’ “American Masters” series and, as such, hews to a fairly public-TV style of documentary filmmaking. Nonetheless, director James Redford (who passed away in October 2020) intuitively combines new interviews, vintage TV appearances, childhood photos and home-movie footage, and animation (by Xaviera López) to capture the experiences that brought Tan to her initial success with “The Joy Luck Club”

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