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Supreme Court Rulings Rocked — and Rallied — the 2022 CAA Amplify Summit

There is a Planned Parenthood in South L.A. five minutes from USC, where Storm Reid goes to college. “I have friends who have been in situations where they’ve had to go to Planned Parenthood,” the Euphoria star said in a conversation with Ava DuVernay and Nina Shaw on Thursday afternoon in Ojai. “That right could […]

Ava DuVernay to Receive 2022 International Emmy Founders Award

Pioneering writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay (When They See Us, Selma) will receive this year’s Founders Award at the 2022 International Emmy Awards. DuVernay, whose creative work has often mirrored her interests as a social activist, received an Oscar nomination and won an Emmy in 2017 for her documentary 13th, an in-depth look at […]

Ava DuVernay Developing Lauren Ridloff, Joshua Jackson Romantic Drama at Starz

Joshua Jackson and Eternals‘ Lauren Ridloff will star in a romantic drama series from Ava DuVernay in development at Starz. The network has given the untitled project a three-season script-to-series commitment, meaning that if greenlit, all 18 half-hour episodes (six per season) would air. Ridloff and Jackson, who previously starred together on Broadway in the […]

Louis Vuitton Draws Stars for ‘Dune’-Worthy Cruise Show at the Salk Institute

Louis Vuitton drew a host of stars to San Diego’s seaside enclave of La Jolla on May 2 to take in its otherworldly 2023 cruise collection runway show. Held at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies — founded by the late Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, the event felt especially resonant given the […]

Tiffany Haddish and Ava DuVernay Toast Designer LaQuan Smith’s “Unapologetically Sexy” Style at L.A. Dinner

Tiffany Haddish turned up wearing a see-through velvet tiger-stripe mini-dress by designer LaQuan Smith. Julia Fox, who walked in his fall 2022 show in New York, showed her midriff in a red bandeau top and black pants by the 33-year-old designer. And recently departed Netflix marketing chief Bozoma Saint John also wore a LaQuan Smith […]

Ava DuVernay’s Array Exits Spotify First-Look Deal

Ava DuVernay’s Array has parted ways with Spotify and will no longer be making podcasts for the audio giant, a spokesperson for Array confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday. Last year, Array and Spotify had announced a multiyear first-look deal for Array to produce scripted and unscripted podcasts with Gimlet, the studio owned by Spotify. Though no podcasts […]

Ava DuVernay, Clive Davis, Williams Sisters Set for National Portrait Gallery Honors

The National Portrait Gallery, public home to the presidential portraits, has named Clive Davis, Ava DuVernay, Venus Williams and Serena Williams among its 2022 honorees for its annual Portrait of a Nation Award. The legendary record producer and music executive, the Oscar-winning director and recording-breaking athletes-turned-producers will be awarded during the biennial Portrait of a […]

The CW’s ‘Naomi’: TV Review

Ava DuVernay's new DC Comics adaptation focuses on a young woman with a Superman obsession who may, in fact, be pretty super herself.

Uzo Aduba, Hugh Jackman, Josh Gad, Lin-Manuel Miranda and More Remember Stephen Sondheim: “The Best There Ever Was”

Following the death of Stephen Sondheim, Hollywood stars took to social media to share tributes and memories of the award-winning composer and lyricist who was known for revolutionizing American musical theater. Sondheim, whose achievements included Company, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George and Into the Woods, died at 91. The composer often collaborated with […]

‘Queen Sugar’ to End With Season 7 on OWN

Queen Sugar is ending its run. OWN has handed out a seventh and final season renewal for the drama from Ava DuVernay and Warner Bros. Television. The series, based on the book by Natalie Baszile, aired both its fifth and sixth seasons this year after DuVernay rewrote season five to reflect the turbulent year that […]

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 […]

Will Smith Engages in Emotional Conversation With Ava DuVernay on L.A. Book Tour Stop

In support of his new memoir, Will, Will Smith participated in a vulnerable and wide-ranging conversation with director Ava DuVernay on Thursday at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. The Los Angeles stop on Smith’s nationwide book tour — which began in his native Philadelphia, then traveled to Brooklyn, Chicago and L.A. before it heads to London — […]