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Etan Vlessing

Canada Bureau Chief

Hollywood Powers Ontario to Record $3.15B Production Spend

Major Hollywood studios and streamers needing original content helped lift Ontario’s film and TV industry to a record $3.15 billion in total production activity in 2022. Ontario Creates, which markets the province in Hollywood, reported on March 21 that foreign film and TV production expenditures across the Canadian province last year reached $1.94 billion, just […]

Eva Longoria’s ‘Flamin’ Hot’ to Bow on Hulu, Disney+ Simultaneously

Searchlight Pictures has set Eva Longoria’s feature directorial debut Flamin’ Hot for a simultaneous release on Hulu and Disney+ on June 9. The first-ever dual platform release by Disney follows the film having a world premiere at SXSW, where it was named as an audience award winner. Flamin’ Hot will debut on Disney+ internationally. Disney-owned Searchlight […]

Rupert Murdoch Announces Engagement to Ann Lesley Smith

Rupert Murdoch has announced his engagement to Ann Lesley Smith via an interview in the New York Post. The media mogul, 92, said he proposed on March 17 to Smith, a former San Francisco police chaplain, who is 66 years of age. The news of another wedding for Murdoch follows his earlier marriage to model […]

Anne Hathaway, ‘It Follows’ Filmmaker David Robert Mitchell Team for Warners Bros. Feature

Warner Bros. Pictures, Bad Robot and Jackson Pictures have given the green light to David Robert Mitchell to direct an untitled movie to star Anne Hathaway later this year. The It Follows helmer also wrote the script and will use Imax cameras, with production to get underway in fall 2023. Upcoming projects for Hathaway include […]

Ashley Park, Stephanie Hsu Take a Raunchy Road Trip in ‘Joy Ride’ Trailer

Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Oscar nominee Stephanie Hsu and Sabrina Wu are four unlikely friends taking a wildly debauched trip to Asia in Joy Ride, a friendship comedy from the producers of Neighbors and Lionsgate. Crazy Rich Asians co-writer Adele Lim’s directorial debut from Seth Rogen’s Point Grey features a road trip gone wrong for […]

Tyra Banks to Depart ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Tyra Banks is ready to say goodbye to Dancing With the Stars after three years hosting the ballroom-dancing competition series. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the supermodel’s plans to step down as emcee after she told TMZ: “I feel it’s time for me to really focus on my business and entrepreneurship, but also producing more […]

Japanese Remake of Cult Sci-Fi Hit ‘Cube’ Goes to Cinedigm (Exclusive)

Cinedigm has picked up the U.S. rights to the Japanese sci-fi horror movie Cube, a remake of Vincenzo Natali’s 1997 Canadian cult classic of the same name. Cinedigm will release the remake on its horror streamer Screambox on April 11. Natali directed the original Cube movie, which came out of the Canadian Film Centre’s First Feature […]

Zachary Levi Explains How a Breakthrough in Therapy Helped Him Land Shazam Role

Zachary Levi credits a breakthrough in therapy and personal healing for helping him land the role of the superhero Shazam. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote his starring role in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Levi said he initially decided against auditioning for any role in the DC franchise […]

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Wins Big at 2023 Critics Choice Super Awards

Everything Everywhere All at Once has continued its winning ways at the third annual Critics Choice Super Awards, which honor the best film and TV series in the superhero, sci-fi/fantasy, horror and action genres. The awards season juggernaut, which nabbed best picture (and six other awards) at the 2023 Oscars, was named the best science fiction/fantasy […]

Dreamworks’ ‘Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken’ Set for Summer Release

Universal Pictures is set to release DreamWorks Animation’s new original movie, Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken, in theaters on June 30. Oscar nominee Kirk De Micco directed the film along with Faryn Pearl as co-director. The ensemble voice cast includes Lana Condor in the titular role, Toni Collette as her overprotective mother and Jane Fonda as Ruby’s commanding grandmother, in addition to Colman […]

Fox Studio Lot Getting Major Expansion to Ramp Up Production

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corp. is expanding its legendary Century City studio lot. The proposed Fox Future Studio Lot promises another nine new soundstages, to bring the total number to 24, and will add new production facilities and commercial office space. Fox owns the former 20th Century Fox complex and leased the facility to Disney for […]

Whoopi Goldberg Apologizes for Using Romani Slur on ‘The View’

Whoopi Goldberg is apologizing once again for language she used on The View. The moderator issued the apology in a video shared on The View’s Twitter account after she discussed Donald Trump’s loss of the 2020 presidential election on the air Wednesday, mentioning, “people who still believe that he got, you know, gypped somehow in […]