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Cannes: George MacKay, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett to Star in Drag Queen Revenge Thriller ‘Femme’

1917 star George MacKay and Candyman actor Nathan Stewart-Jarrett have signed on to star in Femme, a London-set revenge thriller that Anton will produce and sell internationally. Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping will direct Femme based on their 2021 BAFTA-nominated short film of the same name. Stewart-Jarrett plays Jules, whose life and career […]

How ‘Candyman’ Composer Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe Created New Sonic Horrors for the Slasher Reboot

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe admits he was already a fan of Candyman when he was approached to score Nia DaCosta’s reboot of the 1992 film, which was directed by Bernard Rose and based on a Clive Barker short story. A bonus: It was to be produced by Monkeypaw Productions, founded by Oscar winner Jordan Peele […]

‘The Marvels’ Director Nia DaCosta on Why Thanos’ Snap Was “All” Captain America’s Fault

Nia DaCosta has chosen a side in the debate about which Avenger’s decision ultimately led to Thanos’ success — and her finger is pointed directly at Captain America. In a recent interview with Roxane Gay for Inverse, the Marvels director discussed the nature of (and connection between) unwilling martyrs in both her recent horror film […]

Vanessa E. Williams on How ‘Candyman’ Reframes the Original

Candyman — both 1992’s Bernard Rose-directed original and Nia DaCosta’s recently released spiritual sequel — has always been a story about framing. Cinema’s first major Black movie monster, the towering hooked specter — arguably a metaphor for white America’s fear of the Black man — can only be called up by looking at your own […]

Unpacking ‘Candyman’ and Its Darkest Revelation

[This story contains spoilers for Candyman.] He is the writing on the wall, the whisper in the classroom. Without these things, he is nothing. Director Nia DaCosta doesn’t merely write or whisper, she paints a large canvas encompassing generations of trauma, and then proceeds to shout the name from the rooftops: Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. Candyman. […]

Box Office: ‘Candyman’ Slashes Its Way to $22M Opening

This weekend’s box office is marked by an impressive pandemic performance with MGM/Universal’s Candyman and the holding power of 20th Century/Disney’s Free Guy. Candyman has earned $22.37 million at the domestic box office in its opening weekend at 3,569 theaters, surpassing expectations despite the continuing surge of the delta variant and yet another tropical storm, […]

‘Candyman’ Star Colman Domingo on Jordan Peele’s “Beautiful Invitation” and His Key ‘Zola’ Scene

Colman Domingo had a general meeting with Jordan Peele in early 2018, and he remembers it quite well since it was the day after Peele won an Academy Award for Get Out‘s original screenplay. Domingo was not only surprised that Peele kept the meeting, but he was also taken aback when Peele actually followed up […]

‘Hollywood Remixed’: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on Updating ‘Candyman’ Into “Story of How Young Black Men in America Become Unwilling Martyrs”

In this week’s episode of Hollywood Remixed, The Hollywood Reporter‘s podcast about inclusion and representation in entertainment, host Rebecca Sun (senior editor of diversity and inclusion) explores the history and tropes pertaining to Black representation in horror. Candyman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II joins the show to discuss how the franchise’s first all-Black creative team updated […]

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in ‘Candyman’: Film Review

The rising star plays a contemporary Chicago artist whose fascination with an urban legend leads him down a terrifying path in Nia DaCosta’s reboot, co-written by Jordan Peele.

Original ‘Candyman’ Star Reflects on Working With Bees and Reprising His Role in Reboot

Candyman, which returns Aug. 27 to terrify audiences in an all-new version directed by Nia DaCosta and co-written by Jordan Peele, began as the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker, first published in 1985. English writer-director Bernard Rose optioned the story — about a hook-handed urban legend that comes to life — and relocated […]

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Cements His Place on Hollywood’s New A-List

Back in May 2018, Damon Lindelof was watching an episode of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale with his wife when his antenna went up and he felt “that intangible thing.” He was witnessing that rare actor whose onscreen charisma is so palpable that you can’t avert your gaze even as he shares the screen with an […]

Heat Vision Download: What to Watch, Play, Read in August

Welcome to Heat Vision Download, a monthly column from The Hollywood Reporter looking at upcoming movies, TV shows, books and games in the genre space. Summer is not slowing down with the action or thrills, starting with James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad hitting theaters in early August and Nia DaCosta’s supernatural slasher Candyman bringing the month to […]