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How ‘Breaking’ Subverted the Heist Genre to Tell Brian Brown-Easley’s Story

[This story contains spoilers for Breaking.] On the morning of July 13, 2017, Brian Brown-Easley walked into a Wells Fargo Bank in Marietta, Georgia. He said his backpack contained C-4 explosive and, after asking customers and a handful of employees to leave, had two remaining bank workers lock all the doors. What happened next is […]

John Boyega, ‘Breaking’ Team Remember Co-Star Michael K. Williams: “His Presence Was So Rich and So Giving”

On the set of Breaking, Michael K. Williams always showed up smelling really good according to his castmates. Prior to his death last year, Williams had just wrapped production on the thriller-drama that went on to premiere at Sundance Film Festival this year. “His clothes,” star John Boyega told The Hollywood Reporter at the film’s […]

What to Read Right Now: Timely Books With Hollywood Appeal

Each week, The Hollywood Reporter will offer up the best new (and newly relevant) books that everyone will be talking about — whether it’s a tome that’s ripe for adaptation, a new Hollywood-centric tell-all or the source material for a hot new TV show.  Rights Available 40 by Alan Heathcock (WME) In a thriller that imagines an […]

John Zderko, Actor in ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘The Mentalist,’ Dies at 60

John Zderko, a late-blooming actor who worked on such series as Criminal Minds, The Mentalist, 911: Lone Star and Bosch: Legacy, has died. He was 60. Zderko died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from his treatment for cancer, his friend and fellow actor Charley Koontz (Community, CSI: Cyber) told The Hollywood Reporter. This year, […]

Michael K. Williams’ Nephew Opens Up About Actor’s Death: “I’m Still Processing”

Michael K. Williams’ nephew Dominic Dupont is opening up for the first time at length about the death of the Wire and Lovecraft Country star. That includes his experience of finding the Emmy nominated actor at his Brooklyn home the day of his death at 54, which he spoke about with Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow […]

4 Men Charged in Connection to Overdose Death of Michael K. Williams

Four men believed to be members of a drug distribution crew have been charged in the overdose death of actor Michael K. Williams five months ago, authorities said Wednesday. All four were arrested Tuesday and were in custody based on criminal complaints in Manhattan federal court, including one defendant who was arrested in Puerto Rico, […]

How Michael K. Williams’ Doc Series ‘Black Market’ Completed Season Two After His Death

One of the producers behind Vice TV’s Black Market With Michael K. Williams is talking about their final conversation with the show’s star and executive producer, and why the series tapped his longtime friends to narrate for season two following the actor’s death at 54. The series’ second season, which premiered on Jan. 10 and […]

Sundance: John Boyega on Personally Requesting Michael K. Williams Be Cast in ‘892’

One of the final onscreen performances from Michael K. Williams — who died in September due to an accidental overdose — premieres at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. 892, which is screening in the fest’s U.S. Dramatic Competition section, sees the late actor appear onscreen opposite John Boyega, who talked to The Hollywood Reporter about […]

John Boyega, Director Abi Damaris Corbin on the Making of Sundance Feature ‘892’: “It Was Nonstop”

892 tells the real-life story of Brian Easley, a Marine veteran who threatened to bomb a Wells Fargo in an Atlanta suburb in 2017. The 33-year-old father suffered from PTSD and was frustrated that his disability checks — totaling $892 — were being withheld by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The movie had its Sundance […]

Michael K. Williams Described as “Heroic” Posing as War Soldier in Chaz Guest’s NY Exhibition

A new year has delivered two new projects featuring the late Michael K. Williams. The beloved actor, who passed away in September at age 54, stars opposite John Boyega in Abi Damaris Corbin’s 892 that screens as part of this month’s (virtual) Sundance Film Festival. On Jan. 22, at the Vito Schnabel Gallery on Clarkson […]

John Boyega and Michael K. Williams in ‘892’: Film Review | Sundance 2022

Abi Damaris Corbin’s thriller is based on the true story of a desperate former Marine who tried to rob an Atlanta bank in 2017.

Lena Dunham, Kanye West, Princess Diana Movies on Tap for Sundance

The show will go on. For the first time in two years, the indie movie community will make the trek to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. And this year’s lineup, while scaled back in scope, is certain to attract plenty of buzz with a film from director Lena Dunham to a pair of […]