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Inside the Santa Monica Home of the ‘The Last of Us’ Creator Neil Druckmann

Neil Druckmann gestures toward his giant comic book collection. “That’s something Ellie would appreciate,” says the co-president of video game developer Naughty Dog, name-checking the female lead in The Last of Us. He’ll see the character come to life starting Jan. 15, when she’s portrayed by Bella Ramsey in the upcoming HBO series adaptation of […]

Academy President Janet Yang Praises Jimmy Kimmel as Oscars Host Who Can “Handle the Show”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must be hoping the third time will be a charm for Jimmy Kimmel, who is returning to host the Oscars on March 12 after stints in 2017 and 2018. The first time Kimmel fronted the telecast, he managed one of the most bizarre incidents in Oscar history, […]

‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ Star Barry Keoghan on Playing a Simple Man With Soul

Barry Keoghan’s Zoom display name is “Barry Wolf.” In Irish, keoghan means “wolf cub,” and he and his girlfriend thought of naming their newborn son Wolf. They went with Brando instead, which is doubly fitting, as the kid’s namesake famously studied animal movements when preparing for roles. Keoghan’s own animal magnetism is present onscreen, if […]

Box Office: ‘Black Panther 2,‘ ’Violent Night’ Lead Otherwise Icy Weekend

The good news: Tommy Wirkola’s holiday-themed action-thriller Violent Night scared up a solid $13.3 million from 3,682 theaters in its box debut, while holdover Black Panther: Wakanda Forever continued to be a crowd-pleaser in topping the chart with $17.6 million from 3,855 locations. Wakanda Forever has now earned an impressive $394 million domestically to pass […]

‘Malcolm X’ Finally Screens in Saudi Arabia 30 Years After Historic Filming in Mecca

Malcolm X may have famously been the first non-documentary to shoot in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca, but it’s taken 30 years for the film to actually screen publicly in the country. That historic occasion took place on Dec. 3 at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, where Spike Lee touched down […]

Andrew Dominik Blames ‘Blonde’ Backlash on Americans Wanting Marilyn Monroe Portrayed as “Empowered Woman”

Andrew Dominik has addressed the backlash against Blonde, his Marilyn Monroe biopic for Netflix which heavily divided public opinion after its world premiere in Venice.  Speaking at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia, the director said that the U.S. audiences had the strongest adverse reaction to the film — “they hated the movie!” […]

Saudi Film Pioneer and Red Sea Film Festival Founder Mahmoud Sabbagh Unveils Latest Feature ‘Last Party in Rumah Desert’ (Exclusive)

Mahmoud Sabbagh, the groundbreaking Saudi director, producer and screenwriter whose 2016 debut feature Barakah Meets Barakah became the first Saudi title to debut at the Berlinale, has unveiled his third film project.  The Hollywood Reporter can reveal that Sabbagh — who was instrumental in the creation of the Red Sea Film Festival and was its director […]

‘SNL’ Cold Open Tackles Herschel Walker-Raphael Warnock Runoff Senate Election

After a brief hiatus, Saturday Night Live returned on Dec. 3 and dove right into the upcoming Georgia Senate runoff race between Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock. The cold open featured Kenan Thompson’s Herschel Walker, Mikey Day’s John Cornyn, Cecily Strong’s Marsha Blackburn and James Austin Johnson’s Mitch McConnell. “Well, Herschel, the midterms wasn’t the […]

Keke Palmer Announces Pregnancy in ‘Saturday Night Live’ Opening Monologue

Keke Palmer hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time on Dec. 3, where she wasted no time in making her hosting gig one to remember. The actress addressed online rumors that she was pregnant and announced that she is, indeed, expecting. A rep for Palmer confirmed the pregnancy to The Hollywood Reporter. “People have […]

Adam Sandler Says It’s Emotional Singing Tribute Song for Chris Farley While on Tour: “It Rocks Me”

Adam Sandler continues to pay tribute to his former castmate and friend, Chris Farley, 25 years after his death. During Thursday’s episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the Hustle actor says he still finds it difficult to perform the “Chris Farley Song” during his shows on the Adam Sandler Live stand-up comedy tour, which […]

‘Gen V’ Reveals Bloody First Look at ‘The Boys’ College Spinoff

The first look at Gen V, Prime Video’s The Boys spinoff, is here — and it’s bloody. The series, according to the streamer, is set at America’s only college exclusively for young adult superheroes (run by Vought International, which plays a big part in the original show). It will explore the lives of hormonal, competitive […]

Kenan Thompson, Bowen Yang and Mikey Day on ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast Overhaul: “You Just Keep Going”

Ahead of the premiere of Saturday Night Live season 48, the late night comedy show lost eight of its castmembers, the biggest cast overhaul in a generation. At the end of season 47 in May, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson signed off of the sketch series for the last time. Their […]

Nick Cannon Hospitalized With Pneumonia After Sold-Out Show at Madison Square Garden: “Life Is Definitely a Rollercoaster”

Nick Cannon was hospitalized with pneumonia after performing at a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. “So, I guess I’m not Superman… I promised myself I would never be back at this place again… But this is a great lesson to take care of YOU or YOU won’t be able to take […]

Rian Johnson Is “Pushing” for ‘Glass Onion’ to Return to Theaters, Wants Longer Run for Next Sequel

Rian Johnson is weighing in amid debate surrounding the release strategy for his latest film, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. The director told Insider in an interview published online Friday that he is pushing for his Knives Out sequel to go back into theaters once the Netflix film begins streaming on the platform Dec. […]

Quentin Oliver Lee, Broadway Actor, Dies at 34 

Broadway actor Quentin Oliver Lee has died following a battle with Stage 4 colon cancer. He was 34.  Lee’s wife, Angie Lee Graham, confirmed his death Thursday in an Instagram post, saying, “He had a smile on his face, and was surrounded by those he loves. It was peaceful, and perfect.”  Lee’s Broadway credits included the […]

Animated Short Contenders Focus on Friends, Family and Community

7 Lbs 8 Oz A young Asian family moves to Jersey City and finds beauty in their newfound community. Airborne An aspiring pilot takes a job as a baggage handler so he can be in close proximity to aircraft. Amok Clyde faces trauma after his fiancee and his handsome looks are taken away from him […]

Live Action Short Oscar Contenders: Human Stories Told Briefly

These short films explore relationships, struggles and self-identity, incorporating virtual reality, magic and music to craft emotional narratives.

How ‘Blonde’ Star Ana de Armas Became Marilyn Monroe

In re-creating the most famous of icons, one might think the approach would be to mimic the original. If only resurrecting Marilyn Monroe for director Andrew Dominik’s Blonde had been that simple. “Andrew said to me, ‘Don’t just put Marilyn’s makeup on Ana [de Armas]. You have to find Marilyn within Ana,’ ” says makeup […]