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Etan Vlessing

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Banff Rockie Awards: HBO’s ‘I May Destroy You’ Wins Grand Jury Prize

HBO’s I May Destroy You from creator Michaela Coel has won the Grand Jury Prize at the Banff Rockie Awards, while the breakout British drama also earned the best limited series trophy. The…

Imax CEO Forecasts U.S. Box Office to “Bounce Back Very Quickly”

Universal’s F9 — the latest high octane Fast & Furious installment taking in $135.6 million in China alone and $162.4 million internationally on its opening weekend — should ignite a U.S. box…

More Streaming Titles Headed to Theaters After ‘Army of the Dead’ Cinema Run, Says Cinemark CFO

After Zack Snyder’s zombie thriller Army of the Dead debuted exclusively on cinema screens before a Netflix release, expect more streaming movie titles to play at the local multiplex. “The…

Banff Festival Adapts to Lockdown Limbo for a Second Year

A year ago, when the Banff World Media Festival went all-virtual because of COVID-19, organizers figured the event, nestled high in the Canadian Rockies, would be back to normal by…

Don’t Expect an Ad-Supported Disney+ Option, CEO Says

Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke Monday about the company’s reorganization to prioritize the creation and distribution of content for streaming, and shared some detail regarding upfront…

Ted Sarandos Sees Film, TV Consumption Returning to “Normal” as Pandemic Restrictions Lift

Netflix got a big audience bump over the past year, what with most of the world trapped in their homes. But Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos sees film and TV audiences…

Ronan Farrow, HBO Team for Doc Series Based on ‘Catch and Kill’ Book

HBO has announced a documentary offshoot of Ronan Farrow’s best-selling book Catch and Kill. Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes will comprise six half-hour episodes directed by Emmy winners…

Netflix Nabs Robbie and Stephen Amell’s ‘Code 8’ Sci-Fi Thriller Sequel

Cousins Stephen Amell and Robbie Amell have sold the sequel to their sci-fi thriller Code 8 to Netflix. The streaming giant picked up the global rights to Code 8: Part II in a deal with XYZ…

‘Greenland’ Sequel in the Works, With Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin Set to Return

Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin are set to return for a sequel to the 2020 disaster film Greenland now in the works. Butler will reprise his role as structural engineer John Garrity…

Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore Board Todd Haynes’ ‘May December’

Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore are reteaming to star in Todd HaynesMay December. The family drama, to be shopped to international buyers at Cannes by Rocket Science, will see Moore…

MGM Nabs Sean Penn’s ‘Flag Day’ for 2021 Theatrical Release

MGM has acquired the North American rights to director Sean Penn’s Flag Day, starring daughter Dylan Penn (Elvis & Nixon). The film, which will have its world premiere at the 2021 Cannes

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Beau Bridges Join Queen Latifah in Netflix Thriller ‘End of the Road’

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges of The Fast and the Furious franchise and Beau Bridges are boarding the Netflix thriller End of the Road. Queen Latifah was earlier announced to star as Brenda, a…