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Will Smith Opens Up About the Slap on ‘The Daily Show’: “Hurt People Hurt People”

Will Smith made his return to late-night television on Monday when he appeared on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah for the first time since he slapped Chris Rock on the Dolby Theatre stage at this year’s Oscars. When Noah asked the Academy Award winner about his journey in the months since the slap incident, […]

Will Smith Sets Out on Quest for Freedom in ‘Emancipation’ Trailer

Will Smith evades cold-blooded hunters and treacherous Louisiana swamps to win his freedom in the trailer for the Apple slavery drama Emancipation, which dropped Wednesday. The Antoine Fuqua film tells the triumphant story of Peter (Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, that is inspired by the 1863 photos of “Whipped Peter,” taken during a Union Army medical […]

Sidney Poitier to Receive Tribute at Gotham Awards

Sidney Poitier is set to receive an icon tribute at the upcoming Gotham Awards. The posthumous honor from the Gotham Film & Media Institute follows the feature documentary Sidney debuting at the Toronto Film Festival. The Oscar-winning actor, notable for films like Lilies of the Field, To Sir, With Love and In the Heat of the […]

Brian Tyree Henry on ‘Causeway’: “I Wanted to Explore What Grief Was”

“What drew me to the script was the simplicity of it, the stillness of it. There weren’t scenes like, ‘Here’s the conflict, here’s the climax.’ It was actually just about being human and existing,” Brian Tyree Henry says of his new film Causeway, for which he’s already been nominated for outstanding supporting performance by the […]

Jennifer Lawrence Is a Soldier on the Road to Recovery in ‘Causeway’ Trailer

Apple and A24 have dropped the first look at Jennifer Lawrence’s upcoming big-screen return, opposite Brian Tyree Henry as two people bonded by trauma, in Causeway. Directed by first-time feature director Lila Neugebauer (Broadway’s The Waverly Gallery, Netflix’s Maid, The Last Thing He Told Me), the film features the Oscar winner as Lynsey, a military engineer who has […]

Will Smith’s Apple Thriller ‘Emancipation’ Gets First Screening

Apple held the first screening for Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming film, Emancipation, on Saturday in Washington D.C. Though the fate of the project seemingly hung in the balance following Smith’s now-infamous Oscars slap, the screening indicates Apple is looking to release it soon. At the 2022 Oscars, Smith walked onstage during the ceremony […]

‘Spirited’: Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell’s Musical to Hit Apple TV+, Theaters in Time for Thanksgiving

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell’s upcoming holiday film Spirited — a musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol — will open in theaters on Nov. 11 before making its global debut on Apple TV+ Nov. 18 ahead of Thanksgiving. Apple Original Films announced its release plans for the high-profile movie on Friday. It’s not […]

Sundance: Dakota Johnson-Starring ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ Lands at Apple

For the second year in a row, Apple has landed one of Sundance’s buzziest titles. The streamer landed the worldwide rights to Cooper Raiff’s Cha Cha Real Smooth in a deal pegged around $15 million. The U.S. dramatic competition feature follows an aimless college graduate who gets a job as a party starter and befriends […]

Rooney Mara to Star in Apple Studios’ Audrey Hepburn Biopic Directed by Luca Guadagnino

Rooney Mara is set to star in and produce a biopic of legendary Oscar-winning actress Audrey Hepburn, which will be directed by Call Me by Your Name filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The prestige project is set up at Apple Studios, another coup for the tech giant’s fledgling film studio. Michael Mitnick […]

Apple Lands Jon Watts Thriller Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt

Apple Original Films has won the Hollywood bidding war for Jon Watts’ thriller starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Watts will write, direct and produce the thriller. Clooney and Pitt will star and produce via their respective production labels, Smokehouse Pictures and Plan B Entertainment. The project will center on two lone wolf fixers assigned to […]

Tom Hanks Sci-Fi Movie ‘Finch’ Gets Release Date from Apple

Apple Original Films has set a Nov. 5 release date for Finch, the sci-fi adventure movie starring Tom Hanks. The film, which will stream on AppleTV+, is the second Hanks feature for Apple, which found success when it rolled out World War Two war movie Greyhound in July 2020 after picking it up from Sony. […]

NY Film Festival Set to Open With World Premiere of Joel Coen’s ‘Tragedy of Macbeth’

The 2021 New York Film Festival is set to open with the world premiere of Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, it was announced today. The Apple/A24 film starring Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington will serve as the opening night screening on Sept. 24. The black-and-white film is the latest take on the classic Shakespeare […]