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How the ‘Brian and Charles’ Team Cranked Up the Film’s Unexpected Feel-Good Factor

Brian and Charles could have been a lot darker. The Brit comedy, which Focus Features released wide in the U.S. over the weekend, has been hailed as a delightful slice of feel-good quirkiness, teaming the oddball eccentric Brian Gittins (David Earl) with his peculiar and innocent 7-foot robotic invention Charles Petrescu (Chris Hayward, mostly hidden […]

Charles Petrescu, the Robot from ‘Brian and Charles,’ Talks Fame, Friendship, Becoming the “New Tom Cruise” and Cabbages

Move over Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, the summer box office has a new hero. Charles Petrescu, the star of Focus Features’ Brit mockumentary Brian and Charles, released in the U.S. today, is surely among the most peculiar on-screen protagonists. In the film directed by Jim Archer, the gangly, 7-foot tall, balding, bespectacled, cardigan-wearing robot that is made […]

‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Serving Up Solid $18M Box Office Opening

Downton Abbey: A New Era grossed $7.4 million on Friday to come in second at the domestic box office only behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which took in $8.4 million. That puts Downton Abbey on course to gross $18 million for the weekend, a solid opening for a movie depending upon older […]

Anne Hathaway and Jeremy Strong in James Gray’s ‘Armageddon Time’: Film Review | Cannes 2022

The director returns to the setting of his 1980s childhood in Queens with this coming-of-age story about hard lessons and comforts in a fractious but loving family, also featuring Anthony Hopkins.

‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’: Film Review

The familiar characters from the long-running Yorkshire country house saga are joined by new faces as a film shoot comes to the estate and an inheritance stirs up mysteries from the Dowager Countess’ past.

‘The Northman’ Game Tie-In Set to Release Ahead of Movie Premiere

Focus Features on Friday revealed a partnership with gaming firm Loaded to release a custom, playable role-playing game in Fortnite inspired by Robert Eggers’ action-adventure film The Northman, and intended to drive engagement around the film’s upcoming premiere. From Friday, members of the public can access Vengeance: Inspired by The Northman — which includes over twenty […]

Alexander Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman in Robert Eggers’ ‘The Northman’: Film Review

Claes Bang, Anya Taylor-Joy and Ethan Hawke also star in this big, bloody medieval Viking saga of fate, family and revenge.

Focus Chief Says ‘Belfast’ Can Become Its First Best Picture Winner: “There’s Gonna Be a Real Surprise” (Exclusive)

Peter Kujawksi has been around Focus Features for all 20 years of the company’s existence. When Focus started as the new kid on the indie block around the turn of the century, he was “answering phones and making coffee” as the executive assistant to then-chairman James Schamus. Today, he runs the company as its chairman. […]

‘We Are Lady Parts’ Creator Sets Feature Debut ‘Polite Society’ at Focus, Working Title

Focus Features and Working Title are partnering for the feature directorial debut from Nida Manzoor, the creator behind the critically acclaimed series We Are Lady Parts. Manzoor wrote and directed the action-comedy Polite Society, which recently wrapped filming in London. Focus Features will distribute the film domestically and Universal Pictures will distribute it internationally. Priya […]

Golden Age Hollywood — and Dominic West’s Thin Mustache — Come to Downton Abbey in ‘A New Era’ Trailer

“A moving picture, at Downton!?!” The Crawleys are going slightly meta for Focus Features’ Downton Abbey movie sequel, which includes a major storyline about a film being shot at the castle. In the new trailer for Downton Abbey: A New Era, Hugh Bonneville’s Lord Grantham appears rather unimpressed by the prospect of “actresses plastered in makeup and […]

Kenneth Branagh Pays Loving Tribute to Family, Resilience and the Magic of Movies in ‘Belfast’

This story was created in paid partnership with Focus Features. There’s a riveting sequence near the beginning of Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s remembrance of things past that focuses on his boyhood in that Northern Ireland city, when the otherwise idyllic world of Buddy, Branagh’s 9-year-old alter ego, turns on a dime. The scene is specifically time-stamped […]

Sam Gibney Promoted to President of Home Brew

Digital marketing and production company Home Brew has promoted Sam Gibney to president. Gibney, now in his ninth year with the company, previously served as head of motion and executive creative director, roles that saw him developing and producing numerous digital, social and tech strategies for the company’s set of entertainment clients across TV, film […]