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‘Black Widow,’ ‘CODA,’ ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Zola’ Among Films to Earn ReFrame Stamp

Twenty-eight of the 100 most popular films from 2021 have received a ReFrame Stamp, marking a slight dip from 2020’s record when 29 films qualified as gender-balanced productions. The list, announced today by ReFrame and IMDbPro, is based on an analysis of data provided by IMDbPro, including a list of the 100 most popular films, which […]

‘Scream’ Star Melissa Barrera Pulls Back Curtain on the Twist Ending

[The following interview contains spoilers for Scream (2022).] There’s a new scream queen in Woodsboro, and her name is Melissa Barrera. Now that Scream (2022) has debuted atop the domestic box office with $30-plus million, Barrera is opening up about playing Sam Carpenter and taking the reins from Neve Campbell as the franchise’s new leading […]

From ‘House of Gucci’ to ‘West Side Story’: Oscar Hopefuls Feature Protagonists Seeking a Better Life

The most prized films of the 2020-21 awards season seemed to show America its true face, puncturing a fantasy of perennial optimism. Movies like Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Minari, Judas and the Black Messiah, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, One Night in Miami, The United States vs. Billie Holiday and […]

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast: Rita Moreno on Her Legendary Career and Returning to ‘West Side Story’

Rita Moreno is a living legend best known for her performances in such movie musicals as 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain, 1956’s The King and I and especially 1961’s West Side Story, for which she won the best supporting actress Academy Award, making her the first Latina Oscar winner. She also is one of just […]

“We’re Trying to Rebel Against the System”: Pros From ‘Dune’, ‘West Side Story’ and the THR Cinematographer Roundtable

The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Cinematographer Roundtable was recorded remotely on Nov. 8, as the film community was reeling from the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust. It was also held days before IATSE membership began voting on a new contract (which has since been ratified by a narrow margin), meaning […]

Jon M. Chu Reflects on ‘In the Heights’ Box Office Performance, Colorism Criticism

In the Heights had all the elements to be a smash hit: an adaptation of a Tony-winning musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda, an incredible cast of Latinx performers with backing from Warner Bros. and a final product that earned critical acclaim. And yet, its theatrical release, which grossed $44 million worldwide, was underwhelming, likely because it […]

Chanel and Tribeca Partner for 2021 Edition of Female Filmmaker-Focused Through Her Lens

Tribeca and Chanel are shining a spotlight on female creatives once again with another iteration of the collaboration Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program. Set for Oct. 12-14, the program will be a hybrid offering amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with both in-person and virtual events. The 7th annual installment features many […]

Anthony Ramos Says ‘In the Heights’ Colorism Critiques Mark “A Good Opportunity”

Anthony Ramos says he’s listening to the charges of colorism and criticisms around Afro-Latino representation in his new film In the Heights. Speaking to the Associated Press, the star said that critiques of the film’s Latino representation, specifically its lack of darker-skinned and Black Latinos, are a chance for Hollywood creatives like himself to be […]

The Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the Best Films of 2021 (So Far)

THR's film reviewers pick faves from the first half of the year, including a South African drama about a gay soldier, a female buddy comedy featuring Kristen Wiig and an adaptation of an exotic dancer's tweetstorm about a nightmarish Florida road trip.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on ‘In the Heights’ Colorism: “We Shouldn’t Be Surprised”

It’s well known among people of color that Hollywood prefers its coffee with lots of cream, not black. That casting bias has again been exposed with the recent backlash regarding In the Heights’ exclusion of dark-skinned Afro-Latino characters, who largely populate the real Washington Heights. Unfortunately, when it comes to casting characters who are Black […]

‘In The Heights’ Production Designer Nelson Coates on Neighborhood Locations and the Gravity-Defying Set

Reteaming with his Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu, production designer Nelson Coates canvassed the streets of New York’s Washington Heights to find the ideal locations for In the Heights, the Warner Bros. production based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stage musical of the same name. Some of the locations were also the basis for expansive […]

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ Strikes Target With $17M Bow

Lionsgate and Millennium Media’s action-comedy sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard targeted a No. 1 finish at the Father’s Day weekend box office with $11.7 million domestically from 3,331 theaters for a five-day start of $17 million. Still, the movie will need long legs to break even, considering it cost a reported $70 million to produce […]