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The A-List: James L. Brooks on his
latest film The Edge of Seventeen

By Iain Blair

James L. Brooks, the writer/director/producer, probably has a reinforced mantelpiece in his home. If not, he could likely use one. After all, he’s Hollywood royalty —
a three-time Academy Award winner and 20-time Emmy Award-winner whose films include Broadcast News, Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets and Jerry Maguire.  

Brooks, who began his career as a writer, produced television hits such as Taxi, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Lou Grant and The Simpsons. He produced his newest film, The Edge of Seventeen, for writer and first-time director Kelly Fremon Craig.

A coming-of-age comedy, it stars Hailee Steinfeld and Haley Lu Richardson as inseparable best friends attempting to navigate high school. Along with acting vets Kyra Sedgwick and Woody Harrelson, the behind-the-scenes team on The Edge of Seventeen includes DP Doug Emmett (The One I Love, HBO’s Togetherness) and editor Tracy Wadmore-Smith, ACE (About Last Night, How Do You Know).

I talked to Brooks about making the film and why post is everything.

You’ve made such a diverse slate of films. What do you look for in a project?
A writer with a specific voice. That’s always the main thing.

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Digging deeper with Jackie
editor Sebastián Sepúlveda

By Mel Lambert

Director Pablo Larraín’s Jackie chronicles the tragic events following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was edited by Sebastián Sepúlveda on an Avid Media Composer.

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Herb Dow on his HPA Lifetime Achievement Award

The HPA Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be handed out at the HPA Awards ceremony in Los Angeles tonight, is intended “to give recognition to individuals who have, with great service, dedicated their careers to the betterment of the industry.”

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The low-down on VR audio from Margarita Mix
By Randi Altman

Marvel’s Victoria Alonso to receive VES Visionary Award

AJA’s Ki Pro Ultra v2.0 supports Avid DNxHD

Sarofsky adds artists Cory Davis and Dan Tiffany

Bill Yukich directs, edits
open for Amazon’s Goliath 

Wipster’s Rollo Wenlock
on Slack integration

By Randi Altman

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