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Cannes: Alice Rohrwacher on Tomb Raiders, AI and Casting Josh O’Connor in ‘La Chimera’

Italian director Alice Rohrwacher is back in Cannes with La Chimera three years after winning the best screenplay honor for Happy as Lazzaro in 2018 and fresh off her first-ever Oscar nomination for the short film Le Pupille, produced by Oscar-winning Mexican director (and self-professed Rohrwacher fan) Alfonso Cuarón. Like its mysterious, mythic title, La […]

Box Office: ‘The Little Mermaid’ Earns $10.3M in Previews

The Little Mermaid grossed $10.3 million in previews at the North American box office as the long Memorial Day weekend commenced. That’s one of the best showings ever for screenings before the holiday weekend. Little Mermaid‘s tally includes $850,000 in grosses from special screenings Wednesday; the rest is from traditional Thursday evening screenings. Overall, Little […]

Cannes: ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Border Collie Messi Wins Palm Dog in Most Competitive Canine Contest Yet

On Saturday, the Cannes Film Festival jury will unveil the winners of this year’s festival, including the 2023 Palme d’Or, but for Cannes festival regulars, and animal lovers everywhere, the true highlight of any Croisette visit is the Palm Dog, the unofficial awards show celebrating canine performances across the festival’s official selection and various sidebars.  […]

Cannes: A24 Closes Worldwide Deals for Jonathan Glazer’s ‘The Zone of Interest’

A24 has closed deals across Europe and Japan for Jonathan Glazer’s bracing, critically acclaimed Holocaust drama The Zone of Interest. Distributors across Europe have boarded the drama, adapted from a novel by the late British writer Martin Amis, which follows the commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss (played by Christian Friedel) and his wife Hedwig (Toni […]

Cannes: 3 Questions With Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano has had enough careers for three. Starting as a stand-up comedian in Tokyo strip clubs under the moniker Beat Takeshi, he first rose to fame on Japanese TV, landing an international hit with Takeshi’s Castle, a slapstick-style physical game show that inspired a whole genre (It’s a Knockout, Wipeout). After starring in a […]

Marvel Delays ‘Thunderbolts’ Filming Amid Writers Strike

The ongoing writers strike has caused Marvel Studios to delay production on a second feature. A few weeks after the studio decided to press pause on Blade, Marvel has opted to hold off on filming for Thunderbolts, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The hope is to begin production after the strike, which has also caused […]

Rose Byrne Says She “Absolutely Would” Do a ‘Bridesmaids’ Sequel: “It Was So Magical”

Rose Byrne is the latest Bridesmaids star to say she would be down to return for a sequel of the hit comedy. In an interview with People magazine, published online Thursday, the Neighbors actress said she would “of course” do a follow-up to the 2011 film, which also starred Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, […]

Ezra Miller’s ‘The Flash’ and Pixar’s ‘Elemental’ Encounter Box Office Headwinds

Both DC’s highly anticipated superhero pic The Flash and Pixar’s Elemental have their work cut out for them before opening in North American theaters on June 16, according to early tracking. The Flash, starring Ezra Miller in the titular role, is pacing to open in the $70 million range, according to sources who have access […]

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill: Volume 1,’ ‘Volume 2,’ ‘Jackie Brown’ to Be Re-Released by Lionsgate

Lionsgate is back in business with Quentin Tarantino. The Hollywood studio announced on Thursday it has picked up the distribution rights to three of his classic movies, Kill Bill: Volume I and II and Jackie Brown.  Besides the re-release of those iconic titles, Lionsgate will team with Tarantino to celebrate Kill Bill’s 20th anniversary later this […]

“If You Don’t Change the Movie, You Won’t Direct ‘Wayne’s World 2′”: How Mike Myers and Lorne Michaels Faced Off With Director Penelope Spheeris

Wayne’s World director Penelope Spheeris is setting the record straight about rumored clashes with star Mike Myers on the set of 1992’s Wayne’s World — the first scripted feature for both of them. “It was not an uncomfortable set,” Spheeris, 77, tells THR‘s It Happened in Hollywood podcast. “Mike is hypoglycemic, so if he got […]

Jack Quaid Set to Star in ‘Companion,’ Sci-Fi Thriller From Zach Cregger, BoulderLight, New Line (Exclusive)

Jack Quaid, one of the stars of Amazon’s The Boys, has signed on to topline Companion, a sci-fi thriller from the team behind last year’s horror hit Barbarian. Drew Hancock wrote the original script and is making his directorial debut with the feature, whose many plot points are being kept hush-hush. Despite the secretive nature of […]

Canadian Actress Samantha Weinstein Dies at 28

Samantha Weinstein, a Canadian actress since childhood who played high school student Heather in the 2013 remake of Carrie, has died. She was 28. Weinstein died May 14 at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto after a battle with ovarian cancer. James Crammond, her agent at Noble Caplan Abrams in Toronto, said Weinstein worked up until […]

Adeline Rudolph to Play Kitana in New Line’s ‘Mortal Kombat 2’ (Exclusive)

Adeline Rudolph, who made her debut as part of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, has joined Tati Gabrielle, her co-star on the Netflix series, in New Line’s spine-severing sequel to 2021’s Mortal Kombat. Simon McQuoid, who directed the previous movie based on the video game franchise, is back behind the console for the new feature, […]

Jeremy Kipp Walker, Chaz Salembier Join Laika Live-Action Team

Laika, the Portland-based animation studio behind movies such as Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, has hired Jeremy Kipp Walker and Chaz Salembier as part of a push into live-action filmmaking. Walker becomes executive vp, live-action production after serving as head of production for Netflix’s independent film division. His credits include The Big Sick, Half Nelson, Table 19, Mississippi Grind and It’s Kind […]

Box Office: ‘The Little Mermaid’ to Swim to $120M Memorial Day Opening

The Little Mermaid is expected to swim to $120 million in its four-day domestic box office debut, making it one of the better Memorial Day weekend openings and marking the first 2023 summer tentpole targeting females. Overseas, the movie is tracking for an $80 million opening through Sunday. Rob Marshall directs the live-action remake of […]

‘Smoking Tigers’ Filmmakers on Going From Untold Stories to Tribeca Competition: “We Wouldn’t Have This Opportunity Otherwise”

Since 2017, AT&T and the Tribeca Festival have provided financing and support to filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds through the Untold Stories program, with the winner receiving $1 million, as well as mentorship and guidance, to turn their pitch into a feature film that gets a guaranteed screening at the following year’s Tribeca Festival. But this […]