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‘Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World’ Review: A Boxing Biopic That Fails to Land Its Punches

Khris Davis plays the title role in this film about the fighter who became the oldest heavyweight champion ever.

Omar Sy in Talks to Star in Netflix ‘Yasuke’ Event Series From 21 Laps, Significant Productions (Exclusive)

Netflix is developing another version of Yasuke and teaming up with some familiar collaborators to do it. The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned that Lupin star Omar Sy is in talks to play the real-life legend, an African man brought to feudal Japan under enslavement who became the country’s first non-Japanese samurai, in a new […]

Musician Eric Nam to Star in Psychological Thriller From Significant Productions, Endeavor Content and AUM Group (Exclusive)

Singer-songwriter Eric Nam will make his acting debut in Transplant, the new feature from Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi’s Significant Productions (Fruitvale Station, Sorry to Bother You). Nam, an Atlanta native who built a successful career in the Korean entertainment industry as a solo artist and host before returning stateside in recent years, stars […]

‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Turns 40: Director, Stars on Concerns Over Sexuality and Its Surprise Success

Fast Times at Ridgemont High’s ascension to comedy classic was a slow process. Amy Heckerling, who had only directed student work to that point, was set to helm an MGM project when it was scrapped amid an actors strike. During the hiatus, producer Art Linson introduced her to Cameron Crowe’s 1981 book, Fast Times at […]

Tanya Kersey, Hollywood Black Film Festival Founder, Dies at 61

Tanya Kersey, founder of the Hollywood Black Film Festival, has died. She was 61. Kersey died Monday of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Rancho Cucamonga, California, her daughter Monique told The Hollywood Reporter. She had faced a number of health issues over the years. Kersey launched the Hollywood Black Film Festival in 1998. The […]

Forest Whitaker Says Cannes Was Where He Was “Acknowledged as an Artist for the First Time Internationally”

It’s been 34 years since Forest Whitaker first arrived in Cannes with Clint Eastwood’s Charlie Parker biopic Bird, a film that would win him the best actor award. Since then, the Oscar winner has been back to the festival numerous times, bringing three more films to the official competition in Bill Duke’s A Rage in […]

Cannes Film Festival to Honor Forest Whitaker With Lifetime Achievement Palme d’Or

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker will receive a lifetime achievement Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Whitaker will receive his honor at the opening ceremony for the 75th Cannes Film Festival on May 17. He will follow such filmmakers as Jodie Foster, Jeanne Moreau, Bernardo Bertolucci, Manoel de Oliveira, Jane Fonda and Agnès Varda, […]

‘Godfather of Harlem’ Renewed for Third Season at Epix

Godfather of Harlem will continue its run on Epix. The premium cable outlet has renewed Godfather of Harlem for a third season. The mob drama starring Forest Whitaker is set to go back into production in the summer, with a premiere date to be determined. The renewal comes four months after the ABC Signature show’s […]

Jennifer Hudson in Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’: Film Review

Director Liesl Tommy traces the formative years during which the Queen of Soul emerged from the shadow of the controlling men in her life to take decisive ownership of her magnificent voice.

“Our Aim Is to Get at the Essence of the Truth”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘Godfather of Harlem’s’ Forest Whitaker, Giancarlo Esposito, Co-Creators

The real-life figure of drug kingpin Bumpy Johnson, or versions of him, has been played in a number of movies over the years, most notably in Shaft, Escape from Alcatraz, The Cotton Club and American Gangster—as a supporting character. But in Godfather of Harlem, the crime drama series on Epix, he takes center stage. In […]

‘City of Lies’: Film Review

Brad Furman ('The Lincoln Lawyer') directs Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker in an adaptation of a book about theories that Los Angeles cops helped kill The Notorious B.I.G.

‘Chicano’ Drama From Eva Longoria, Forest Whitaker in the Works at ABC

ABC has heard the online backlash following its decision to cancel The Baker and the Beauty and is moving quickly to fill the void of a Latino-themed series on broadcast television. The network is developing family drama Chicano, from exec producers Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker and based on the Richard Vasquez novel of the […]