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Reporter’s Notebook: Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Fest Comes Into Its Own With Sharp, Star-Studded Second Edition

With a vast and buzzy industry section focused on supporting local filmmakers, plus a near-insane level of names on the red carpet (Sharon Stone! Jackie Chan! Antonio Banderas! Mike Tyson?), the Jeddah event was, for many first-timers, a hugely impressive, not to mention expensive, statement of intent.

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How Parker Finn’s ‘Smile’ Went From Streaming to Theatrical in a Single Night

[This story contains spoilers for Smile.] Nobody is smiling more than filmmaker Parker Finn these days. Finn knows full well that his feature directorial debut, Smile, has had a charmed run. Originally green lit to be a Paramount+ exclusive, the Sosie Bacon-led horror movie about a curse that reveals itself in the form of a […]

How ‘The Woman King’ Editor Brought Vulnerability to a Fierce Warrior

Editor Terilyn A. Shropshire is the first to acknowledge that the The Woman King can be thought of as an action film. And indeed, with her kinetic cutting, it excels in the action scenes. But she emphasizes that from the start of the project, delving into the characters was the primary approach that she and […]

‘Mean Girls’ Movie Musical Sets Cast

The Mean Girls movie musical has found its clique. Angourie Rice, Auli’i Cravalho, Jaquel Spivey and Reneé Rapp (who starred as Regina George in the Broadway musical) are set to star in the ensemble cast. The Broadway musical adaptation of the 2004 teen comedy is headed to the screen via Paramount, which is planning a Paramount+ debut. […]

“The Film Is a Lot More Relevant Than We Thought When We Started”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With the Makers of ‘Argentina 1985′

Argentinian director Santiago Mitre and actor and producer Ricardo Darín recently sat down for a THR Presents conversation, powered by Vision Media, to discuss their film Argentina 1985, the titular country’s submission for the best international feature Oscar. The Amazon original film revisits the historic 1985 trial of the military junta that ruled the country with an iron […]

Awards Season Insiders Grappling With Diminished FYC Screening Attendance

If you’re looking to snag a seat at an upcoming FYC screening, chances are there’s no need to arrive early. Multiple sources tell THR that attendance for some in-person events has plummeted far below prepandemic averages. “It’s bad,” said an awards veteran of the trend, which is impacting official screenings for the Academy to various […]

Jessica Henwick on Her Career Milestone No One Knows About

In Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Rian Johnson’s sequel that follows self-titled “disrupters” as they convene on the private island of their tech billionaire leader, internet drama is the name of the game (well, in addition to murder). Jessica Henwick’s character, Peg, is the long-suffering assistant to Kate Hudson’s Birdie Jay, a fashion-industry stalwart […]

The European Film Awards Offer Art House Titles a Key Support System 

The five best film nominees for this year’s European Film Awards give a feel for the breadth and diversity of the 2022 lineup, one of the most impressive ever for the event. To illustrate: An intimate drama of two pre-pubescent boys turns deeply tragic in Lukas Dhont’s Close; Ali Abbasi’s Iran-set crime thriller Holy Spider […]

Taylor Swift to Make Feature Directorial Debut With Searchlight

Taylor Swift will be making her feature directorial debut with Searchlight Pictures.  The pop sensation has penned an original script, which will be produced by the studio. “Taylor is a once in a generation artist and storyteller. It is a genuine joy and privilege to collaborate with her as she embarks on this exciting and new creative […]

Kristen Stewart Named Berlin Film Festival Jury President

Actor, screenwriter and director Kristen Stewart will serve as the president of the jury at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival in February. “We’re excited about Kristen Stewart taking on this distinguished task,” festival directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian said Friday. “She’s one of the most talented and multifaceted actors of her generation. From […]

Politics to Take Center Stage at European Film Awards

At this year’s FIFA World Cup, all political displays — even ones as innocuous as a rainbow-colored armband showing solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community — have been banned. Host nation Qatar has spent an estimated $200 billion to stage the biggest show in global sports and any on-air references to its questionable human rights record, […]

‘One Piece Film: Red’ Director on Turning the Cult Manga Into a Global Media Phenomenon and How Anime Can “Overcome National Borders”

It’s hard to say just when One Piece crossed the line from cult manga comic to global media phenomenon. But with 15 feature films, more than a dozen television specials and multiple video game spin-offs, not to mention Eiichirō Oda’s original comic, which has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, the adventures of Monkey […]

Lorene Scafaria to Direct Bee Gees Movie

Hustlers director Lorene Scafaria will direct the untitled Bee Gees movie. Scafaria is replacing John Carney, who will no longer be on the project due to scheduling conflicts. John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo) wrote the most recent draft of the script. GK Films, Amblin and Sister will produce the untitled feature. Paramount, Amblin and Sister is co-financing, […]