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2017-06-23
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Iranian-American screenwriter and director Ana Lily Amirpour, who grew up in a Farsi-speaking household in Bakersfield, CA, first garnered buzz at Sundance in 2014 for her vampire ..
Plenty of series go into their fifth season complacent. That's true even of some very good shows. You have a formula and an ensemble and an episodic structure and they work, so why..
'Blood Drive': TV Review
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Blood Drive, Syfy's new celebration of all things grindhouse, probably won't come up in your next discussion of Prestige TV or Emmy contenders for 2018. But in a medium prone to ar..
'The Putin Interviews': TV Review
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Demure and coquettish are not words typically associated with bombastic Oscar-winning director and frequent political firebrand Oliver Stone, but when it comes to the first two hou..
'Blood Road': Film Review
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An American athlete decides to bike the Ho Chi Minh trail in Nicholas Schrunk's doc Blood Road, enlisting a Vietnamese cyclist and a support crew in her attempt to visit the site w..
'The Mist': TV Review
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Like Harry Lime in The Third Man, the title character in Spike's The Mist spends more time in the pilot being discussed than actually wreaking any havoc. Probably sensing that the ..
Days before filmmakers were set to announce distribution plans for their movie about an abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of murder, the judge who presided over hi..
Journalists are supposed to be factual. Then again, copyright law doesn't protect the --- recitation of historical facts. Alas, a quandary showcased in a new lawsuit against Lion..
It's taken six X-Men movies — not counting spin-offs — and a near-miss cameo in last year's X-Men: Apocalypse, but the mutant songstress known as Dazzler will finally fulfill her d..
'Blood Road': Film Review
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An American athlete decides to bike the Ho Chi Minh trail in Nicholas Schrunk's doc Blood Road, enlisting a Vietnamese cyclist and a support crew in her attempt to visit the site w..
Journalists are supposed to be factual. Then again, copyright law doesn't protect the --- recitation of historical facts. Alas, a quandry showcased in a new lawsuit against Lions..
The Hollywood Reporter, entertainment media's flagship outlet, saw record-breaking audience growth in May, with 21.5 million unique monthly visitors to its website THR.com, represe..
'Good Fortune': Film Review
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Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickel's documentary recounts the rags-to-riches story of billionaire businessman/philanthropist John Paul DeJoria. By the time Joshua Tickell an..
Two aspiring filmmakers pick the wrong scream queen in Mitchell Altieri's riff on torture --- and hunger for fame, A Beginner's Guide to Snuff. Kidnapping an actress on the theory..
As the creative force behind the eponymous NBC Carmichael Show, Jerrod Carmichael is used to seeing his name directly associated with his work. But for Transformers: The ..
'Good Fortune': Film Review
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Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickel's documentary recounts the rags-to-riches story of billionaire businessman/philanthropist John Paul DeJoria. By the time Joshua Tickell an..
As the creative force behind the eponymous NBC Carmichael Show, Jerrod Carmichael is used to seeing his name directly associated with his work. But for Transformers: The ..
Stars including Tracy Morgan and Kate McKinnon will take the stage for 'One Night Only' at the Apollo theater on June 25 to perform before a backdrop of murals featuring the star b..
To those who have never watched a Transformers movie — as well as those who have simply forgotten everything that happened in earlier installments — there's much that might seem co..
The director also jokes at the Cannes Lions that he hopes the Donald Trump presidency will one day get dramatized as a musical comedy on Broadway called 'Trumped.' A day after bein..
"Selling Britishness to British people is not as interesting as bringing the British experience to Americans," says Michael Edelstein after the exhibit, set to travel to the U.S., ..
2017-06-22
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Upcoming film Okja has enough heart to make you swear off eating meat, at least for a while, as well as quirky dialog and far-ranging style, from arch-feminine corporate CEO power ..
The Millennium Falcon has a new pilot. Ron Howard has been named as the new director of Lucasfilm and Disney's untitled Han Solo movie, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter exclusiv..
The idea for Netflix's GLOW came out of a one-line e-mail to Jenji Kohan. "Do you want to make a show about women's wrestling in the '80s?" recalls Liz Flahive to The Hol..
Gemma Arterton is no longer in talks to star in Christopher Robin.  Reps for the actress had been speaking with the studio as of last week, but talks did not progress fro..
After its most successful year in history, with a 2016 global box office haul in excess of $320 million, EntertainmentOne used the fourth day of the CineEurope trade show to showca..
Director Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman continues to make history in its box-office run. Sometime Thursday or Friday, the Warner Bros. and DC superhero tentpole will eclipse the ..
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders continues to build out its ensemble. James DuMont (Deepwater Horizon, Treme) has signed on for the first season of --- Wolf's anth..
Freeform isn't going back to college after all. The cable channel has scrapped plans for a Greek reunion movie, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. First announced in April, Gree..
The news that original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired just two days ago rocked Hollywood and Star Wars fan everywhere. Now it's time to discuss the path forward wi..
Writing duo David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik made a fortune off of such multi-camera comedies as Friends, Veronica’s Closet and Mad About You. Ironically, they can’t watch that forma..
The Millennium Falcon has a new pilot. Ron Howard has been named as the new director of Lucasfilm and Disney's untitled Han Solo movie, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter exclusiv..
Thirty-seven years ago, horror master Stephen King unleashed a monstrous mist upon the world. Nearly three decades later, the legendary Frank Darabont descended into that same fog,..
Warner Bros. won't be scared by a big-ticket lawsuit claiming its Conjuring franchise infringes on an author's rights to the tales of two paranormal investigators. George Brittle s..
Paramount and Hasbro's Transformers: The Last Knight easily topped the Wednesday box-office chart with $15.7 million from 4,069 theaters, but that's the lowest opening day for any ..
"It is happening again." The famous Twin Peaks phrase might actually make some sense to the characters in the Wet Hot American Summer universe now that the action has moved into th..
Six weeks after roundly kicking --- cancer's ---, I began the writers room — with my best friend and co-showrunner Lennon Parham — for season three of USA's Playing House. My ha..
The Transformers movies is one of those great mysteries of franchise filmmaking. Now on its fifth installment, they have all been undeniable hits, having collected $3.7 billion wor..
At least that's been the experience of Bruce Gilbert. The prolific music supervisor, responsible for soundtracking Orange Is the New Black, Crashing, Jill Soloway's Transparent and..
It’s not ideal to fall in love with someone who’s in a coma, but that’s what happens to Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick — and in real life. The Silicon Valley actor co-wrote the ro..
Proving its considerable clout and reach, CAA drew 150 industry leaders and influentials out of Hollywood and down to Orange County for its inaugural Amplify conference, a three-da..
A Downton Abbey movie remains in the works, with production likely to begin in 2018, an NBCUniversal executive said Wednesday. Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal Internat..
China's Dalian Wanda Group was at the center of a major investor sell-off Thursday, as political rumors surrounding the company's billionaire chairman --- Jianlin swirled through ..
[This interview contains spoilers from the season three finale of FX's Fargo.] So what do you think, Fargo fans? Was malevolent V.M. Varga (David Thewlis) correct that he was on th..
2017-06-21
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In June 1987, 20th Century Fox released Predator. The story, by first-time screenwriters Jim and John Thomas, centered on Maj. Dutch Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger, then still not..
The 'Spotlight' director discusses his offbeat followup projects: "Being on the awards circuit, you do a lot of talking about work and not really working." Coming off of Oscar best..
Star Wars has been having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. On Tuesday came the shocking news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been taken off of the Han Solo st..
Could the new Han Solo movie become the biggest film ever to be directed by Alan Smithee? Smithee is the pseudonym the Directors Guild of America uses for a helming credit when a m..
15 years ago, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report was released in theaters, offering a glimpse at what promised to be a darker, more complex era for mainstream science fiction cinem..
Could the new Han Solo movie become the biggest film ever to be directed by Alan Smithee? Smithee is the pseudonym the Directors Guild of America uses for a directing credit when a..
Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Boy Erased, a coming-out drama that writer-director Joel Edgerton will adapt from Garrard Conley’s memoir Boy Erased: A Memoir of Id..
'The Mist': TV Review
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Like Harry Lime in The Third Man, the title character in Spike's The Mist spends more of the pilot being discussed than actually wreaking any havoc. Probably sensing that the premi..
VidAngel hopes for a comeback, but three major Hollywood studios say not so fast.  The family-friendly streamer was dealt a blow when a judge ruled last December that War..
Tika Sumpter and Jamie Lee Curtis will star in the Chicago-set political thriller The Pages. The movie follows a former top U.S. security adviser (Sumpter) who is threatened b..
On June 21, 2002, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise unveiled the thriller Minority Report in theaters, where it became a summer hit and, later, an enduring sci-fi classic. The H..
There’s certainly a good film to be made about Srila Prabhupada and the spiritual movement he founded that became an international sensation starting in the mid-1960s. But John Gri..
In October 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment's then co-chairman Amy Pascal was mulling a pitch from Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter: bring on Marvel Studios as a producer f..
Despite mixed reviews, the biopic's $27 million opening weekend is a positive sign for other productions about the late rapper that are currently in the works, including USA's dram..
Insiders are predicting that the film studio's new president (a 'Goldfinch' movie is his first greenlight) could slash budgets and exert tighter control on non-tentpole pictures. T..
In June 1987, 20th Century Fox released Predator. The story, by first-time screenwriters Jim and John Thomas, centered on Maj. Dutch Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger, then still not..
The Universal film stars Cruise as real-life American pilot and hustler Barry Seal, who ran drugs for Pablo Escobar and was recruited by the CIA for one of the biggest covert opera..
Creative differences is a term that is often used loosely when a director is fired from a Hollywood movie. But it actually appears to ring true in case of Phil Lord and Christopher..
2017-06-20
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If war is hell, then Star Wars is beginning to look like the filmmaking equivalent, at least where the spin-off movies are concerned. In a surprise announcement, Phil Lord and Chri..
Batman & Robin. It's the most infamous comic book movie of all time, a movie so divisive that Warner Bros. sent the Dark Knight to movie jail for eight long years. Yet, Batman ..
The good news about the latest Transformers movie is that — spoiler alert! — the world gets saved at the conclusion. The bad news is that it leaves the opportunity for more Transfo..
In a summer chock-o-block with event films running north of two hours, Christopher Nolan's World War II action-drama Dunkirk stands apart in running approximately one hour and 47 m..
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are no longer directing the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff. "Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible ..
Mnuchin's film credits include 'Wonder Woman,' 'The Accountant,' 'Sully,' 'Suicide Squad,' 'American Sniper' and many more, all as executive producer. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnu..
[Warning: This interview contains spoilers for the third season finale of AMC's Better Call Saul.] It seems like everybody associated with Better Call Saul says what we think we sa..
Carmen Ejogo, one of the stars of Alien: Covenant, has joined the cast of the Sony’s untitled Denzel Washington thriller. The project, formerly known as Inner City, is being direct..
Former History general manager Dirk Hoogstra is launching a new company. The longtime History exec has started a new digital venture, Triton City Entertainment, to develop pot..
With just five days to go, this year's BET Awards is adding more names to its performer lineup. The latest additions include Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci M..
Batman & Robin. It's the most infamous comic book movie of all time, a movie so divisive that Warner Bros. sent the Dark Knight to movie jail for eight long years. Yet, Batman ..
Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has announced his retirement from acting. A spokeswoman for the actor, Leslee Dart, said in a statement: “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer ..
'Humor Me': Film Review | LAFF 2017
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Writer-director Sam Hoffman has had enormous success with Old Jews Telling Jokes, which started out as a web series, then became a best-selling book as well as a popular play. Now,..
The Ken Doll Makeover, Reviewed
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After more than 50 years, the iconic Ken doll — known for his beach blond locks and blue eyes — is (finally) getting a makeover. Yet, he's still forever young. El Segundo, Californ..
Ahead of the 2017 Emmy nominations, Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange find themselves in a much different scenario than their Feud alter egos Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were in a..
The latest outing in the Paramount-Hasbro franchise, reteaming director Michael Bay and star Mark Wahlberg, is opening everywhere in the U.S. on Wednesday. The latest big-budget Ho..
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the entire fifth season of Orange Is the New Black.] Call it poetic justice. After watching Poussey (Samira Wiley) die at the hands..
After an announcement at the end of last year, fans of John Wick have been eagerly awaiting the Dynamite Entertainment comic book series based on the Keanu Reeves movie series. Thi..
Batman & Robin. It's the most infamous comic book movie of all time, a movie so divisive that Warner Bros. sent the Dark Knight to movie jail for eight long years. Yet, Batman ..
Tim Matheson, who played Eric "Otter" Stratton in 1978's Animal House, really didn't care for Stephen Furst when the two men first met just prior to shooting the comedy classi..
"It's tricky to have your child come up to you and be like, "You working on --- today, Mom?" Like, just so casual," Kathryn Hahn of I Love --- joked to The Hollywood Re..
Stepping into the shoes of one of the world's most iconic directors for the sequel to one of the most celebrated of cult classics – and some 35 years after the original – must be a..
2017-06-19
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Twenty-five years ago, Batman returned. Director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton upped the ante with the follow-up to 1989's Batman, the smash hit that single-handedly made the ..
With roughly a month before the official release of his biggest film — not to mention the most expensive independent film — to date, Luc Besson used the first day of CineEurope to ..
'Anything': Film Review | LAFF 2017
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When it was announced that Matt Bomer would be playing a transgender woman in Anything, tempers in the LGBT community flared. Jared Leto, Eddie Redmayne and other cisgender actors ..
'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' and 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' were among the major titles jostling for attention at the studio's day-one presentation in Barcel..
Guillermo Pfening took the best actor prize at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival for his portrayal of an Argentinian actor struggling to make a life in New York. “It’s an exciting tim..
Gritty prison movies are hardly a novelty. But as prison overcrowding and violence continue to loom as social issues, Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller is undeniably timely. Waugh made..
Mattel is one of the play companies that has a huge presence at July's San Diego Comic-Con and will offer a grab bag of convention exclusives. One of the company's offerings is a u..
A new technology is being developed with an aim of allowing filmmakers to create participative, "choose-your-own-adventure" type motion pictures, and for studios and independent fi..
Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact . Get wit..
Twenty-five years ago, Batman returned. Director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton upped the ante with the follow-up to 1989's Batman, the smash hit that single-handedly made the ..
At a glitzy event held during the Shanghai Film Festival, Wanda also unveiled a 27-film slate and a strategic content partnership with Chinese internet giant Tencent. China's Dalia..
The latest installment in the long-running space horror came under the knife from China's censors who cut six minutes from the film, including Michael Fassbender's gay kiss. Ridley..
'Becks': Film Review | LAFF 2017
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If the success of La La Land helped to demonstrate the durability of the movie musical, perhaps there will be an audience for Becks, which had its world premiere at the Los Angeles..
In a surprise upset, Mandy Moore shark thriller '47 Meters Down' beats the R-rated female comedy 'Rough Night,' starring Scarlett Johansson; 'Wonder Woman' approaches $600 million ..
2017-06-18
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Fresh from becoming only the second woman in history to win best director at Cannes, the Filmmaker on the Edge award recipient looked back over her work, from 'The Virgin Suicides'..
Can Kids Really Relate to 'Cars 3'?
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[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Cars 3] Cars 3 is par for the course for Pixar, in the sense that it talks past child viewers in order to speak to life experiences ..
In a surprise upset, Mandy Moore shark thriller '47 Meters Down' beats the R-rated female comedy 'Rough Night,' starring Scarlett Johansson; 'Wonder Woman' approaches $600 million ..
Veteran Hollywood director turned Beijing mainstay Renny Harlin has secured his next Chinese movie project. The Finnish filmmaker has signed on to direct The Hanging Coffin for Sha..
Chinese movie fans have grown accustomed to Beijing censors cutting significant amounts of footage from R-rated Hollywood films. Earlier this year censors lopped 14 minutes off Log..
Chinese movie fans have grown accustomed to Beijing censors cutting significant amounts of footage from R-rated Hollywood films. Earlier this year censors lopped 14 minutes off Log..
CEO Yu Yongfu, who has reset strategy at the loss-making fledgling studio, touted the parent company's enormous technological advantages and access to the data of hundreds of milli..
Reportedly the Bard’s most-produced play and translated to the screen many times, A Midsummer Night's Dream makes perfect sense as a Hollywood-set story, with its mix of high and l..
2017-06-17
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"I'm really enjoying it," says legendary actor-turned-director Ron Howard as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of the 'Awards Chatter' podcast and I ask hi..
Elsewhere, Sony's R-rated female comedy 'Rough Night' is getting devoured by Mandy Moore shark thriller '47 Meters Down,' while 'Wonder Woman' soars past the $500 million mark glob..
VidAngel isn't backing down after a court ordered it to shutter its family-friendly filtering services — instead, the company has revamped its operations to circumvent issues raise..
The U.S. government is expanding its civil forfeiture case tied to assets allegedly diverted by high-level officials in Malaysia. On Thursday, the feds filed a new complaint aimed ..
On June 17, 1987, Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket premiered in Beverly Hills. The anti-war film comprised two acts — the first at the U.S. Marine Corps trailing facility i..
While the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me earned $3.1 million in Thursday previews ahead of Disney and Pixar's animated sequel Cars 3, which cruised to $2.8 million, Cars 3 is pul..
At the helm of a big-screen feature for the first time, Lea Thompson directs a comedy written by her daughter Madelyn Deutch, who stars with her real-life sister Zoey Deutch. Siste..
2017-06-16
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A month ahead of what would have been his 100th birthday, Disney and Marvel Entertainment will celebrate the career of Jack Kirby, with the announcement that he will be named a Dis..
The new Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me was released on Friday and has been getting some mixed reviews, but at least one person liked how the highly anticipated film turned out ..
What would happen if you bit into an animal cracker and turned into…an animal? That’s the main premise of this high-concept, low-budget animated feature from directors Scott Christ..
'Long Live the King': Film Review
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A warm reminder that there were fanboys before the generation made famous by Kevin Smith and The Simpsons' comic-book guy, Frank Dietz & Trish Geiger's Long Live the King inter..
Have you ever noticed we trip over ourselves talking about the importance of Oscar films but tilt our heads at someone who says a superhero is important to them? We pick and choose..
Diane Kruger, coming off her best actress win at the Cannes Film Festival, has joined Steve Carell in Universal’s untitled Robert Zemeckis project. The movie is casting up ahead of..
"Brown skin can do just as much damage as white," says one of the many angry young men in Australia Day, a crudely sketched drama about race relations making its debut at the Sydne..
See it on a marquee, and you might expect Sastia Rifkin's Can Hitler Happen Here? to be a panicked documentary asking if America's dire current state is likely to lead to true Fasc..
Madelyn Deutch wrote, scored and stars in the film as a college grad who dates five complicated men, with practical guidance from sister Zoey Deutch, who also produced. The Year of..
Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me earned $3.1 million in Thursday previews while Disney and Pixar's animated sequel Cars 3 cruised to $2.8 million. That number puts its previews ahead of..
Traditionally, there have been just two ways for a Hollywood movie to gain access to China's massive theatrical market. A studio can lobby to secure one of Beijing's coveted releas..
"It’s just like the Salem witch trials: when those young women were accused of witchcraft and then said, 'We did witchcraft,’ in an interview with Lester Holt." Stephen Colbert rem..
'Psycho': THR's 1960 Review
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On June 16, 1960, Alfred Hitchcock premiered his iconic mystery thriller Psycho in New York, with secrecy as the theme when it came to the plot. The Hollywood Reporter's original r..
Kills Switch is a notable piece of filmmaking in more ways than one. The movie's inventive conceit sees it told largely from a first-person perspective, much like a video game. Her..
HBO Europe has picked up L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables TV movie, a reboot of the classic Canadian kids novel about the spunky, red-haired orphan Anne Shirley. The West Win..
Annecy: Pixar Previews 'Coco'
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Producer Darla K. Anderson screened a trailer, the opening sequence and other scenes from 'Toy Story 3' director Lee Unkrich's new feature, inspired by Mexico's Day of the Dead hol..
'47 Meters Down': Film Review
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Just when you thought it was once again safe to go into the water comes 47 Meters Down, the latest big-screen shark thriller that will make you want to curl up into a fetal positio..