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Steve Chagollan

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Kenneth Branagh Pays Loving Tribute to Family, Resilience and the Magic of Movies in ‘Belfast’

This story was created in paid partnership with Focus Features. There’s a riveting sequence near the beginning of Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s remembrance of things past that focuses on his boyhood in that Northern Ireland city, when the otherwise idyllic world of Buddy, Branagh’s 9-year-old alter ego, turns on a dime. The scene is specifically time-stamped […]

Third Annual Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards Pushed Back to March

The third annual Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards, originally scheduled to take place Feb. 1, have been pushed back to March 8, 2022. The ceremony will still take place at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The move came as a result of the alarming surge of COVID-19 cases, exacerbated by the omicron […]

Diane Warren, Nicholas Britell and Jonny Greenwood Lead Society of Composers & Lyricists Nominations

Composers Nicholas Britell and Jonny Greenwood and songwriter Diane Warren are among the multiple nominees for the third annual Society of Composers & Lyricists Awards, to be held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 1. Britell, known for his collaborations with writer-director Barry Jenkins, is nominated for his score in the […]

Raising Our Voices: How the Artisans of ‘Blue Bayou’ Redefined American Identity

Blue Bayou, Justin Chon’s third consecutive drama that seriously explores the Korean American experience, presented the filmmaker with his biggest challenge yet. In the Focus Features release, the writer-director also stars in the central role of Antonio, Korean by birth but brought up in Louisiana by an abusive adoptive father and an adoptive mother who […]

Clio Entertainment Awards Ensure Marketing’s “Unsung Heroes” Their Moment in the Sun

Anybody who gets excited about Super Bowl commercials knows that a 30- to 60-second spot stands as its own storytelling work of art. And with some eagerly awaited movie trailers becoming their own form of news, those tantalizing previews can garner more eyeballs than the films they’re promoting. The trailer for the upcoming Spider-Man: No […]

How ‘The Harder They Fall’ and ‘The Power of the Dog’ Reimagine the Style of the Wild West

Over the years, Westerns have provided moviegoers with some of the big screen’s most indelible fashion statements, from the dusty poncho and wide-brimmed Stetson of Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name in the ’60s to the natty attire of Doc Holliday — known as much for his sartorial splendor as his sharp shooting — as […]

Raising Our Voices: How Three Latinas Helped Make Authentic Magic in ‘Encanto’

In recent years, Disney Animation increasingly has turned to cultures that the nearly-century-old studio seldom has explored to tell stories more representative of the real world, even as they are infused with Disney’s signature magic. Moana was rooted in Polynesian mythology, Raya and the Last Dragon grounded its inspiration in Southeast Asian folklore and, now, […]

As It Turns 10, The Exchange Dives Deeper Into Production

Before its premiere at Sundance in February 2020, the documentary Welcome to Chechnya — about the persecution of the LGBTQ community in the Russian republic and the activists who attempt to provide a safe haven for its victims — was shown to the staff at The Exchange’s conference room in Hollywood. Brian O’Shea, the company’s […]

DePaul’s Film School Doubles Down on Its L.A. Footprint

The following article was created by The Hollywood Reporter’s marketing department in collaboration with its partners at DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts. DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts has evolved into a Tale of Two Cities. On the one hand, the institution has always benefitted from its location in the heart of Chicago — […]

Celine Dion Doc in the Works from Sony Music Entertainment

Continuing a pattern of documentary features on celebrities made with the close involvement of the subjects they depict, Sony Music Entertainment’s Premium Content Division, in partnership with SME Canada and Vermilion Films, announced the start of production for an untitled feature-length documentary about Celine Dion, the five-time Grammy-winning artist who has sold more than 250 […]

‘Backdraft’ at 30: Ron Howard Reflects on Harrowing Special Effects and the Dangers of Filming With Fire

Filmed 10 years before the catastrophic events of 9/11, when firefighters were heralded as national heroes, and decades before wildfires became a year-round phenomenon as a result of climate change, the 1991 movie Backdraft was a veritable recruitment poster for a profession already viewed as selflessly noble. Critics were unanimous in their praise of its […]

The Dynamic of Creative Collaboration at the Core of ‘Hacks’

The following article was created by our marketing department in collaboration with our partners at Universal Studio Group. Creative collaborations can be a tricky thing, especially when you’re dealing with two dominant personalities who are convinced that it’s their way or the highway. Throw in a generational divide and what you have is a recipe […]