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Suzanne Guèvremont Named National Film Board of Canada Chair

The National Film Board of Canada has named Suzanne Guèvremont as its new chair and government film commissioner. She replaces Claude Joli-Coeur, who led Canada’s publicly funded filmmaker for nearly nine years and officially left his post on Friday.   NFB productions and co-productions have earned 78 Oscar nominations and won the big prize 12 times, […]

Singer Kris Wu Sentenced to 13 Years for Rape in China

A Chinese court on Friday sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges including rape. Beijing’s Chaoyang District Court said Wu was given 11 years and 6 months for a 2020 rape, and 1 year and 10 months for the “crime of assembling a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity” […]

Is Critical Coverage Hurting World Cup Ratings?

Controversy has swirled around this year’s soccer World Cup in Qatar. From accusations of bribery and fraud in granting the tournament to the tiny, wealthy Mid-East nation, to criticism of Qatar’s persecution of its LGBTQ+ community and its treatment of migrant workers But, judging by viewership figures after the first week of matches, the critical […]

‘KPOP’: New Musical Brings High-energy World of K-pop to Broadway

There are some familiar storylines in a new musical opening on Broadway — a singer and her relationship with the mentor who guided her; a newcomer trying to find his place; young women chasing their dreams. But they’ve never sounded quite like this. The global sensation that is Korean pop music is coming to center […]

Gucci Shake-Up: Alessandro Michele Steps Down as Creative Director

One of the most notable luxury fashion brands is getting a shake-up.   Alessandro Michele, who has been the creative director of Gucci since 2015, is stepping down, the Italian fashion house revealed on Wednesday. While the brand did not give a reason for the move, the Rome-born designer said in a statement: “There are times when […]

“A Picture of Women’s Issues and Education Issues”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘The Exam’ Team

In The Exam, director Shawkat Amin Korki explores corruption within the Kurdish education testing system. He’s joined by star Avan Jamal and producer Roj Hajo to discuss the inspiration and making of the film, Iraq’s submission for the Academy Awards, for THR Presents, powered by Vision Media. The Exam centers on two sisters, both played […]

Wilko Johnson, Dr. Feelgood Musician and ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor, Dies at 75

Wilko Johnson, the guitarist with British blues-rock band Dr. Feelgood who had an unexpected career renaissance after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, has died. He was 75. A statement posted Wednesday on Johnson’s official social media accounts on behalf of his family said the musician died Monday evening at his home in southeast England. Born […]

Margot Robbie Says ‘I, Tonya’ Made Her Realize She Was a “Good Actor” (Prompting Her to Email Quentin Tarantino)

Margot Robbie made history in London on Tuesday, becoming the youngest-ever star to be given a special “BAFTA: A Life in Pictures” tribute. Usually an event reserved for actors and filmmakers with decades of work under their belts, BAFTA welcomed the 32-year-old two-time Oscar nominee to its London headquarters in full acknowledgment of her achievements […]

BAFTA-Winning Director Hassan Akkad Prepping Asylum-Seeker Film ‘Matar’ With Stars From ‘The Swimmers,’ ‘Dune’ (Exclusive)

A film examining the plight of asylum seekers in the U.K. is in the works from a team of filmmakers, some of whom have firsthand experiences as refugees seeking asylum themselves. Entitled Matar, the drama comes from director and activist Hassan Akkad, who won a BAFTA for his BBC documentary Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, […]

‘Belfast,’ ’The Quiet Girl’ Among 2022 European Film Awards Craft Winners

Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, Jerzy Skolimowski’s donkey drama EO and Colm Bairéad’s Irish period drama piece The Quiet Girl are among the winners of the 2022 European Film Awards in the craft categories. Belfast, a poignant and sentimental black-and-white portrayal of Branagh’s childhood growing up in Northern Ireland, won two EFAs, with Jim Clay taking best European […]

Box Office: ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Lands Coveted China Release

James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel Avatar: The Way of Water has landed a coveted release at the China box office, Disney and 20th Century confirmed late Tuesday. The movie will open in the Middle Kingdom on Dec. 16, the same day it hits North American theaters. The Way of Water is one of the few Hollywood […]

Nicole Kidman to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Nicole Kidman has an important date on her calendar for 2023. The Oscar-winning actress and producer has been selected to receive the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award during a gala ceremony at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on June 10. In making the announcement, the American Film Institute noted that she becomes the first Australian actor to […]