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Alex Ritman

U.K. Correspondent

Alex Ritman oversees U.K. TV, film and awards news, interviews and features from his base in London. He also covers various festivals — including Cannes, Berlin and Venice — and reports on the Middle East. Career highlights since joining THR include winning an award for his coverage of the 1MDB corruption scandal, being the first journalist to break news of the so-called Hollywood Con Queen, writing in-depth profile pieces on the likes of Rob Delaney, Daniel Radcliffe, Letitia Wright, Vanessa Kirby and Paul Mescal, and seeing his exclusive story about a CGI James Dean satirized by The Onion. Oh, and a 90-minute Zoom interview with Jean-Claude Van Damme.

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My Cannes Moment: Joseph Kosinski, Warwick Thornton, Christian Mungiu, Paul Laverty and James Marsh on Their Best Festival Experiences

Joseph KosinskiThe Top Gun: Maverick director on the epic gala — including a flypast by the French airforce — in 2022. This year he returns as the exec producer on BMW Films’ The Calm featuring the all-electric BMW i7 and starring Uma Thurman and Pom Klementieff The whole Cannes experience — the photographers on both sides of the […]

Peabody-Nominated Content Studio Project Brazen Launches Platform for “Fearless Storytelling”(Exclusive)

Project Brazen, the podcast-focused banner set up by former Wall Street Journal reporters and Billion Dollar Whale authors Bradley Hope and Tom Wright, has launched a new content platform. Brazen, unveiled Wednesday, is a direct-to-consumer podcast network for what the company describes as “fearless storytelling and captivating journalism from a wide range of creators and […]

Rebel Wilson to Make Directorial Debut With Australian Musical Comedy ‘The Deb’

Rebel Wilson is getting behind the camera and has lined up her first feature as director. The Deb, in which Wilson will also co-star, will be a musical comedy set in rural Australia, produced by Amanda Ghost, Len Blavatnik, and Gregor Cameron via their company Unigram (Tetris) and sister company AI Film (I, Tonya, Hacksaw […]

Kristen Stewart, Josh O’Connor, Elle Fanning to Lead ‘Rosebushpruning’ From ‘Firebrand’ Director Karim Ainouz (Exclusive)

The 2023 Cannes Film Festival may be slowly winding down, but a red hot new project has just landed in the market to spice things up. Kristen Stewart (Spencer), Josh O’Connor (The Crown, God’s Own Country) and Elle Fanning (Teen Spirit, The Great) are set to lead the cast of Rosebushpruning, the next feature from […]

Cannes Palm Dog: Will Ken Loach’s ‘The Old Oak’ Fetch the Top Canine Award on the Director’s Final Festival Bowwow?

Thanks to The Banshees of Inisherin, EO and, to a lesser extent, The Triangle of Sadness, it’s fair to say that when it comes cinematic animals, the past 12 months has really been all about the ass (to the extent that a lookalike of Banshees‘ breakout donkey Jenny even made it on stage at the […]

Cannes First Look: ‘Young Sheldon’ Star Wendie Malick in Musical Feature ‘Mother of All Shows’ (Exclusive)

HighballTV has released a first-look photo for its musical feature film Mother of All Shows, starring Emmy-nominated actress Wendie Malick (Young Sheldon, Hot in Cleveland, Bojack Horseman). The film is directed by and also stars Melissa D’Agostino (Tactical Girls), as well as cast members Ann Pornel (Baroness Von Sketch Show), Darryl Hinds (Overlord and the […]

Cannes Hidden Gem: How ‘Killing Boris Johnson’ Was Borne Out of Anger But Hopes to Spark a Conversation

Given all that he’s said and done (and not done) — a list far too long for this article — former British prime minister Boris Johnson is an individual who manages to provoke a wild array of opinions, many of them, perhaps understandably, negative. That said, a film entitled Killing Boris Johnson is one likely to […]

Rolf Harris, Disgraced Entertainer and Children’s TV Host, Dies at 93

Rolf Harris, the Australian entertainer who became a beloved fixture on British TV in the 1980s and 1990s only to be put in prison after a string of indecent assaults, has died. He was 93. The BBC confirmed news of his death. Following a trial in 2014, Harris was found guilty of a string of […]

Cannes: Neon Acquires Justine Triet’s Competition Title ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ for North America

Neon has acquired the North American rights to Anatomy of a Fall (Anatomie d’une chut), which premiered in the competition lineup of the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. Anatomy of a Fall, written and directed by French filmmaker Justine Triet (Sibyl) and co-written by Arthur Harari (Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle), marks Neon’s second acquisition […]

Cannes: Christoph Waltz’s Hitman Comedy ‘Old Guy’ Sells Wide (Exclusive)

Highland Film Group’s action-comedy Old Guy — starring Christoph Waltz, Lucy Liu and Cooper Hoffman — has landed a number of key international deals. Directed by Simon West (The Expendables 2, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic) and written by Greg Johnson (The Last Son), the film has sold to SND Films for France, Square One Entertainment GmbH […]

Cannes: Osage Tribal Leader Says Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio Have “Restored Trust” With ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Martin Scorsese got perhaps the most glowing endorsement of his latest film The Killers of the Flower Moon at the Cannes Film Festival. The Apple Original Films feature, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone, explores a series of murders of members of the oil-rich Indigenous Osage Nation in the 1920s, unravelling the […]

Cannes: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Draws Nine-Minute Standing Ovation 

Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon bowed at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday evening and was welcomed with an enthusiastic standing ovation lasting approximately nine minutes. During his remarks from the premiere, Scorsese said, “We shot this a couple years ago in Oklahoma and it’s taken its time to come around. Apple did so great […]