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Corruption Scandals, Fugitives and On-Set Strife: How History Caught Up With ‘Emancipation’ Producer Joey McFarland

Will Smith was supposed to be the most controversial element of Emancipation, Apple TV+’s big-budget epic from director Antoine Fuqua chronicling an enslaved man’s bid for freedom in 1860s Louisiana. Apple TV+ raised eyebrows by choosing to release its record-breaking acquisition — the streamer paid a reported $105 million for the drama during Cannes’ virtual […]

‘Murder Mystery 2’ Trailer: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston Fight for Their Lives After Worst Wedding Ever

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston can’t catch a break, as seen in the first trailer for Netflix’s sequel film Murder Mystery 2. Director Jeremy Garelick’s new movie heads to the streamer March 31, following the 2019 original directed by Kyle Newacheck. Murder Mystery 2 centers on Nick and Audrey Spitz (Sandler and Aniston), who have […]

Berlin Film Fest Adds Donna Summer Doc, Disney Tribute, Honor for ‘Holy Motors’ Cinematographer Caroline Champetier

The 2023 Berlin International Film Festival will honor French cinematographer Caroline Champetier with a Berlinale Camera award for lifetime achievement. Champetier, who has lensed groundbreaking work for such directors as François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Leos Carax, Claude Lanzmann and Margarethe von Trotta, will be presented with the award at this year’s Berlinale on Feb. 23. […]

Quinta Brunson to Host Billboard Women in Music Awards

Quinta Brunson has been tapped to host the 2023 Billboard Women in Music Awards, which will take place March 1 at the YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. The Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning star and creator of Abbott Elementary will emcee the annual event, which honors artists, creators, producers and executives for their […]

Sony Veteran Martin Bachmann Joins Constantin Film Executive Board

German mini-major Constantin Film has named Martin Bachmann, the former managing director of Sony Pictures Entertainment for German-speaking Europe, to its executive board. Bachmann will start the role as of July 1 this year. Inside the German film industry, Bachmann’s name is synonymous with Sony. He has worked with the U.S. major for more than […]

Thomas Coesfeld to Become BMG CEO in 2024 After Hartwig Masuch Steps Down

Thomas Coesfeld has been named the new boss of music company BMG and will succeed current CEO Hartwig Masuch on Jan. 1 after Masuch steps down at the end of this year. German media giant Bertelsmann, which owns BMG, made the announcement on Monday. Coesfeld is currently BMG CFO, a post he took over in […]

‘My Policeman’ Banner Independent Entertainment Taps Elisa Christophe as Marketing and Communications Head (Exclusive)

Independent Entertainment, the sales and production banner behind last year’s Harry Styles-led romantic drama My Policeman, has expanded its operations with the hire of Elisa Christophe as its head of marketing and communications. With more than a decade of experience in the film and TV industry across both production and PR, Christophe was most recently […]

Australia to Impose Local Content Quotas on Streaming Platforms

Australia is preparing to impose local content quotas on streaming platforms, such as Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video, the country’s government said Monday. The new scheme is part of a long-in-the-making national cultural policy called “Revive,” and the government promised that quotas would go into effect no later than July 1, 2024. The framework […]

‘City Lights’: THR’s 1931 Review

On Jan. 30, 1931, United Artists unveiled the silent film City Lights, written, directed and produced by Charlie Chaplin. In a front page story on the same day the film was reviewed, The Hollywood Reporter declared that Chaplin “pulled a fast one on the industry. Not only is there no word spoken in his latest […]

RTL-Talpa Merger Dropped Amid Anti-Trust Concerns

European media giant RTL Group has dropped plans to merge its Dutch TV operations, RTL Nederland, with Talpa Networks, the TV group controlled by TV mogul and The Voice creator John de Mol.  RTL Group on Monday said the Dutch competition authority ACM had informed them it planned to block the deal, first announced in 2021, which […]

China’s Box Office Soars With $993M in Holiday Sales, Topping Pre-Pandemic Period

After three long years of pandemic drift and deterioration, China’s movie box office was back in booming form over the weeklong Lunar New Year holiday. Total ticket sales over the six-day festive period, China’s most lucrative moviegoing window of the year, climbed to $993.8 million this year, up 14 percent from the equivalent stretch in […]

Lisa Loring, Original Wednesday Actress on ‘The Addams Family,’ Dies at 64

Lisa Loring, the actress who played Wednesday Addams on the classic TV adaptation of The Addams Family, has died. She was 64. Loring died Saturday night at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of complications from a stroke caused by high blood pressure, her daughter Vanessa Foumberg told The Hollywood Reporter. “She went peacefully […]

Harry Styles Set to Perform at 2023 Grammys

Harry Styles is set to perform at one of the biggest nights for musical artists. The announcement for the 65th Annual Grammy Awards was revealed Sunday night during the AFC Championship game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs. Styles joins previously announced performers, including Bad Bunny, Lizzo, Brandi Carlile, Mary J. Blige, Kim […]

‘The Last of Us’: Nick Offerman, Murray Bartlett Discuss Episode 3’s Surprise Romance

As many reviews for HBO’s survival drama The Last of Us have said, the show’s third episode is a real showstopper –– quite literally, as the show’s cross-country journey of Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) was largely put on hold while the drama took the best possible kind of detour: A surprising and […]

Super Bowl 2023: Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles to Face Off on Feb. 12

The Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles will face off in Super Bowl LVII, which will take place Feb. 12. The game will air live on Fox from State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals to win the AFC title Sunday, while the Eagles beat the San Francisco 49ers […]

‘The Last of Us’ Creators Explain Episode 3’s Heartbreak Twists, Changes From Game

The Last of Us had its biggest deviation from its video game source material yet with a glorious detour that told the 20-year tale of apocalypse survivors Bill (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett). In The Last of Us game, journeying heroes Joel (Pedro Pascal in the show) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey in the show) […]

Barrett Strong, “Money” Singer Who Wrote Motown Hits Including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Dies at 81

More than 73 years ago, Barrett Strong, as a singer, declared “Money (That’s What I Want)” — for the first hit single from the Motown empire. What he actually wound up getting was musical immortality. As a songwriter. Strong — who died Sunday, Jan. 29, at the age of 81 in Detroit — co-wrote some […]

Gary Sinise Talks Being a Conservative in Hollywood and the “Complicated Situation” of Gun Control

Gary Sinise is opening up about how his political beliefs have impacted his career in Hollywood. The actor, who is best known for his Oscar-nominated role as Lt. Dan in 1994’s Forrest Gump, spoke to Chris Wallace on Friday’s episode of Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?. Sinise has been publicly open about his political views, […]