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Norman Steinberg, Screenwriter on ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘My Favorite Year’ and ‘Johnny Dangerously,’ Dies at 83

Norman Steinberg, the Emmy-winning screenwriter who teamed with Mel Brooks on Blazing Saddles and My Favorite Year and wrote for the Michael Keaton-starring Mr. Mom and Johnny Dangerously, has died. He was 83. Steinberg died March 15 at his Hudson Valley home in upstate New York, his family announced. Steinberg also wrote Yes, Giorgio (1982), […]

Gordon T. Dawson, Peckinpah Protégé and ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ Writer and Producer, Dies at 84

Gordon T. Dawson, who parlayed a stint as a costumer for Sam Peckinpah into a career as a writer and producer with credits including The Ballad of Cable Hogue, The Rockford Files, Bret Maverick and Walker, Texas Ranger, has died. He was 84. Dawson died March 6 in West Hills Hospital of complications from chronic […]

Nicolas Cage Plays Rage-Filled Dracula in New ‘Renfield’ Trailer

Nicolas Cage is all bloody fangs and long, dark cape as he plays a rage-filled Count Dracula in the final trailer for Renfield from director Chris McKay.   Universal’s modern-day horror comedy, set nowhere near Castle Dracula in Transylvania, focuses more on Cage in full-on Dracula mode, whereas an earlier trailer emphasized the dynamic between […]

Why Neil Cross Changed the Gender of a Victim in ‘Luther: The Fallen Sun’ After Netflix Asked Him to Reconsider His Choice

Neil Cross says he changed the gender of the first victim in Luther: The Fallen Sun from a woman to a man after Netflix questioned his initial choice. The author and screenwriter opened up about the decision in an interview with The Independent, during which he also spoke about why he thinks Luther star Idris […]

Guest Column: Apple TV’s ‘Tetris’ is Only One Half of the Story of Soviet-Born Video Games

A friend recently sent me the trailer of a forthcoming film from Apple TV+ with this message: How much of this do you think will be true? The film in question is Tetris, about the addictive, Soviet-born video game that stormed the West in the 1980s. A film about a bunch of bars moving about […]

‘A Good Person’ Review: Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman Lift Zach Braff’s Labored Trauma Drama

Pugh plays a young woman whose life hits rock bottom after being involved in a fatal car accident in Braff's latest directorial effort.

Eli Roth Wants to Make His Shark Slaughter Doc ‘Fin’ a “Totally Obsolete Movie”

This story is part of The Hollywood Reporter’s 2023 Sustainability Issue (click here to read more). Director Eli Roth entered the documentary feature world in 2021 when he helmed and starred in Fin, an advocacy title about the forces driving the global trade in shark fins and other products derived from the increasingly threatened animals. […]

10 Eerie Documentaries About the Wonders of Planet Earth

This story is part of The Hollywood Reporter’s 2023 Sustainability Issue (click here to read more). We’re currently living in a golden age of panic-inducing eco-documentaries gushing facts and statistics at us about how humans are killing the planet. These didactic films are vital for grounding us in the sobering truths of climate change and […]

Hollywood Flashback: ‘Soylent Green’ Depicted an Overpopulated Planet With a Dark Secret

This story is part of The Hollywood Reporter’s 2023 Sustainability Issue (click here to read more). In 1970, 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day. One of the more alarming predictions that day was from Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich, who foresaw a future in which “population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small […]

Cheech and Chong Biopic in the Works With Hidden Pictures (Exclusive)

The origin story of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, the pioneering comedians whose 1978 film Up in Smoke has transcended cult status, is getting its own big-screen treatment. Todd Lieberman’s Hidden Pictures is partnering with Marin and Chong, Underground and Five All in the Fifth Entertainment on a feature biopic about the comedy duo. Cheech […]

Gladiators Are Back: Hollywood Readies 3 Rival Projects

Do you like movies about gladiators? Hollywood is betting you do. There are a trio of sword-and-sandal epics in the works, including a long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s Oscar-winning 2000 movie Gladiator and a reboot of Starz’ groundbreaking TV series Spartacus. The curious surge of Ancient Rome titles in the pipeline seems to be purely […]

Vanessa Hudgens to Explore Her Filipino Heritage in Travel Documentary

Actress Vanessa Hudgens is heading to the Philippines to explore her family history as the star of a new travel documentary. The film will capture Hudgens’ first trip to the country of her mother’s birth, showcasing her close relationship with her family and her personal trajectory as an American-born, half-Filipino woman who has become one […]