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Oscars: Six Contenders on the Challenges and Rewards of Making 2021 Indies

Earlier this awards season, six performers garnering awards buzz for their work in 2021 independent films participated on AFI Fest’s eighth annual, and second virtual, Indie Contenders Panel — which, as always, was presented by The Hollywood Reporter and moderated by yours truly — to discuss the challenges and rewards of making independent movies: Caitriona […]

Venus and Serena Williams Stop By ‘King Richard’ Premiere as Cast Talks Portraying “The Truth About This Family”

After five nights of starry events, Hollywood’s AFI Fest closed out on Sunday with the premiere of Warner Bros.’ King Richard, plus two very special guests — the film’s subjects, Venus and Serena Williams. The sisters — who are both executive producers on the story of their journey to tennis stardom, fueled by father Richard […]

‘Sing 2’: Film Review | AFI 2021

Matthew McConaughey again leads the voice cast of performing animals for the sequel to 2016’s ‘Sing,’ which also includes returning castmembers Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and Nick Kroll.

Halle Berry in ‘Bruised’: Film Review | AFI 2021

The Oscar winner's directorial debut, in which she stars, focuses on a disgraced MMA fighter's return to the ring while she tries to repair her family relationships.

Halle Berry on Tackling Directorial Debut ‘Bruised’: “One of the Biggest Challenges of My Career”

Bruised, following a disgraced MMA fighter’s return to the ring amid the unexpected return of the young son she gave up, premiered at Hollywood’s AFI Fest on Saturday night with star and first-time director Halle Berry. In what she told The Hollywood Reporter was “one of the biggest challenges of my career,” Berry trained for […]

Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris in Apple TV+’s ‘Swan Song’: Film Review | AFI 2021

Glenn Close and Awkwafina also star in Benjamin Cleary’s sci-fi drama about a man with a terminal illness who turns to an experimental solution to shield his family from grief.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrew Garfield Call ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’ a “Love Letter to Jon Larson”

Tick, Tick… Boom!, the Netflix musical following Rent playwright Jonathan Larson in the years before he wrote the Broadway hit, premiered at Los Angeles’ AFI Fest on Wednesday, officially unveiling Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut. The Hamilton creator, who in his early theater days played the starring role in the show, said that he chose to […]

Andrew Garfield in ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’: Film Review | AFI 2021

Alexandra Shipp and Vanessa Hudgens also star in the Netflix musical about 'Rent' playwright and musician Jonathan Larson, directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

AFI Fest: 6 Standouts From 2021 Indie Films Set for Hollywood Reporter Panel

Six performers currently garnering awards buzz for their work in 2021 independent films will appear on AFI Fest’s eighth annual Indie Contenders Panel — as always, presented by The Hollywood Reporter and moderated by yours truly — to discuss the challenges and rewards of making independent movies: Caitriona Balfe (supporting actress, Focus’ Belfast), Nicolas Cage […]

Will Smith-Starrer ‘King Richard’ to Close AFI Fest

Warner Bros. Pictures’ King Richard, starring Will Smith as the father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, is set to close AFI Fest with a screening at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre on Nov. 14. The film, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green from a script by Zach Baylin, had its world premiere at the Telluride Film […]

AFI Fest Director Michael Lumpkin Retires (Exclusive)

Lumpkin came to AFI in 2015 to serve as director of AFI Docs, and in 2018 was promoted to oversee both AFI Docs and AFI Fest.

‘Industry’: TV Review

'Industry,' HBO's spicy new drama, set against the backdrop of London's financial sector, has a pilot directed by Lena Dunham.