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Oscars Diversity: ‘Everything Everywhere’ Propels Asian Acting Nominees to Historic High

Just three years after Parasite swept every one of its possible Oscars but received nary a nomination in any of the acting categories, fellow unlikely awards favorite Everything Everywhere All at Once is responsible for helping Asian actors achieve a historic high of four nominations in a single year. Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at […]

Mental Health Visibility Only Goes So Far at the Oscars

Disability is usually the last identity category most people think of when we talk collectively about bolstering diversity, equity and inclusion across institutions — yet disabled people comprise the most diverse minoritized population in the world. After all, anyone can become disabled at any time. Disability is also often invisible: Think of how many people […]

Debut Directors of ‘Smile’ and ‘Causeway’ Compete for a DGA Honor

Eric Appel (Weird: The Al Yankovic Story) Famous parody musician “Weird Al” Yankovic co-wrote the script of his own satirical biopic, which stars Daniel Radcliffe in the title role. Appel’s film charts Yankovic’s rise to fame as well as his fictionalized relationship with Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood). Elegance Bratton (The Inspection) Bratton’s first narrative feature […]

‘Causeway’ Stars Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry on Their “Amazing Co-dependency Onscreen”

In Lila Neugebauer’s feature film debut Causeway, Jennifer Lawrence plays Lynsey, a veteran returning to her hometown from time served in Afghanistan after suffering a traumatic brain injury. While home, she meets James (Brian Tyree Henry), an amputee car mechanic facing his own journey through grief, and the two strike up a friendship. Shooting commenced […]

Jennifer Lawrence Clarifies Remark About Female-Led Action Movies: “It Came Out Wrong”

Jennifer Lawrence has clarified remarks she made in a video interview with Viola Davis as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series, in which she said, “I remember when I was doing Hunger Games, nobody had ever put a woman in the lead of an action movie, because it wouldn’t work, we were told. Girls […]

‘Causeway’ Writers, Director on Military Research, Why Brian Tyree Henry Was the “Only Person” for His Role

[This story contains spoilers from the Apple and A24’s film Causeway.] The A24 and Apple drama Causeway largely revolves around the relationship between Jennifer Lawrence’s returning soldier Lynsey and Brian Tyree Henry’s mechanic James, so it was key that the two actors at the center of the film had strong chemistry with each other. Luckily […]

“All I Want Is to Watch People Heal”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘Causeway’ Star Brian Tyree Henry

There’s a lot of Brian Tyree Henry in Causeway. The film, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence and is the first title under her Excellent Cadaver production company, has been a passion project for everyone involved — including its actors. After the pandemic halted filming on the New Orleans set, Henry and Lawrence found themselves quarantining mere […]

Director Lila Neugebauer on the Road to ‘Causeway’: Jennifer Lawrence, Flash Floods and No More Scott Rudin

“Permanence was a new reckoning,” says Lila Neugebauer of directing Apple’s soulful film Causeway. The 37-year-old director had made a name for herself in New York in the past decade for helming acclaimed off-Broadway plays like Annie Baker’s The Antipodes, Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves and Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe before making her Broadway debut […]

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 on Leaving CAA, Doing More Intimate Movies Like ‘Causeway’: “I Had Let Myself Be Hijacked”

Jennifer Lawrence is sharing her regrets about doing some of her bigger-budget movies like Passengers and the impact her then-agency CAA had on those decisions following her Hunger Games success. In a new interview with The New York Times promoting her latest film, Causeway, the Oscar-winning actress discussed her relationship to fame, acting in Hollywood […]

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 […]

Toronto: Fest’s First 72 Hours Highlighted by New Oscar Frontrunner ‘Fabelmans,’ Clintons and Academy Chiefs

Fifteen years after I first came to the Toronto International Film Festival and saw Juno, Michael Clayton, Eastern Promises, Into the Wild and The Savages, among other excellent films, I’m happy, as always, to be back at the best fest north of the border, and hopeful, as always, to match the high bar set by my […]