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Jude Law’s Riff Raff Entertainment Gets New CEO, Fresh Financing

Jude Law’s banner Riff Raff Entertainment has hired former media attorney and film and TV investor Stephen Fuss as CEO, while also receiving a multi-million dollar capital injection from private equity firm Calculus Capital. The new investment will allow Riff Raff to do more new hires, acquire premium IP and attach top screenwriters for projects, […]

Kenneth Branagh Honors Those Facing “Violence and Loss” While Accepting First-Ever Oscar

Kenneth Branagh is finally an Academy Award winner, taking home the best original screenplay prize for Belfast at the 2022 Oscars on Sunday. Branagh had received eight nominations in his career heading into the ceremony, and his semiautobiographical film, which he also directed, earned seven nominations. His first career nominations came for best actor and best […]

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. […]

Kenneth Branagh to Miss Oscar Wilde Awards Due to COVID (Exclusive)

Kenneth Branagh, the Belfast writer, director and producer, will not attend the Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19, the event’s organizer told The Hollywood Reporter. Branagh, who is up for three Academy Awards — for directing, original screenplay and best picture — on Sunday, was going to make a stop at […]

Was the BAFTA Weekend Behind a Spike in Industry COVID Cases?

As Oscar week kicks off, alongside the seemingly now two-horse best picture race between The Power of the Dog and CODA, one of the biggest talking points is how an apparent COVID-19 outbreak during the BAFTA weekend may impact proceedings. At the Producers Guild of America nominees breakfast Saturday, much of the buzz was dedicated […]

Kenneth Branagh, Ciaran Hinds Test Positive for COVID-19, Says Jude Hill

Belfast director Kenneth Branagh and co-star Ciarán Hinds have tested positive for COVID-19, Jude Hill told The Hollywood Reporter at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday. Attending to honor the film, Hill, the young actor who stars as Buddy in Branagh’s semi-autobiographical feature, said of the night ahead, “We have the Focus Features team, and […]

‘Belfast’ Producer Tamar Thomas on the Film’s Response in Northern Ireland: “They Really Have Taken It to Their Heart”

Tamar Thomas has worked alongside director Kenneth Branagh since his 1992 feature, Peter’s Friends, serving as his assistant on many features including his acclaimed Shakespeare adaptations Much Ado About Nothing, Othello and Hamlet (for which the writer-director earned an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay). Her first credit as a producer was on his 2018 […]

“The Accumulation of Decades of Not Quite Shaking This Thing From My Past”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘Belfast’ Duo Kenneth Branagh and Ciaran Hinds

Making Belfast, his semi-autobiographical eulogy to his childhood in the Northern Ireland capital during the Troubles of the late 1960s, was — understandably — a deeply emotional experience for Kenneth Branagh. But Ciarán Hinds, who the filmmaker brought on board to play his beloved grandfather (aka Pop), says that it was for him as well. Also […]

Kenneth Branagh, Aunjanue Ellis to Receive HCA Honorary Awards (Exclusive)

Kenneth Branagh and Aunjanue Ellis will receive honorary awards at the fifth annual HCA Film Awards, the Hollywood Critics Association announced on Tuesday. The ceremony will be held at the Avalon Hollywood on Feb. 28, and the livestream will be hosted by Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford. Branagh, who wrote and directed Belfast, will receive […]

Box Office: ‘Death on the Nile’ Tops Super Bowl Weekend With Subdued $12.8M

Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile topped Super Bowl weekend at the domestic box office with a subdued $12.8 million amid ongoing reluctance among older moviegoers to return to theaters, and particularly older females. Super Bowl weekend is always a challenge for Hollywood studios. This year, the ongoing pandemic compounded matters. Universal opted to abandon […]

Kenneth Branagh’s ‘Death on the Nile’: Film Review

The director returns as Hercule Poirot, following 'Murder on the Orient Express' in his second lavish remake of an Agatha Christie mystery, this time co-starring Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer and newcomer Emma Mackey.

Oscar Wilde Awards Changing Venues in March (Exclusive)

The Oscar Wilde Awards are returning to their original home, the Ebell of Los Angeles, for its 16th annual edition March 24. The event, which celebrates the work of those from Ireland — and some who are not — who contribute to film, television and music, took place at the historic Ebell on Wilshire Boulevard […]