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Peabody Awards: Morgan Freeman, Jon Stewart, Melissa McCarthy and Riz Ahmed to Present Honors to Winners (Exclusive)

Melissa McCarthy, Morgan Freeman, John Legend, Kevin Bacon, H.E.R., Ethan Hawke, Jon Stewart, Hasan Minhaj, Riz Ahmed, LeVar Burton, Jenny Slate, Malcolm Gladwell and Amanda Seales are among the stars set to present the winners of the 2022 Peabody Awards, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. All 30 winners of the 82nd annual awards will […]

Cannes: ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ Star Idris Elba on His Fest Debut

“What a night,” Idris Elba told The Hollywood Reporter just after his feet touched down close to 10 p.m. Friday night inside La Mome Beach in Cannes, site of the after-party for George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing. Elba stars opposite Tilda Swinton in the fairy tale, and he provided the pours for the […]

French Fashion Label AMI Teams With Yann Demange, Riz Ahmed and Isabelle Adjani for Short Film

AMI, the French fashion brand founded by Alexandre Mattiussi, has enlisted the talents of auteur Yann Demange and actors Riz Ahmed, Isabelle Adjani, Souheila Yacoub, Sandor Funtek and Suzy Bemba for the short film Dammi دمي Notre sang comme l’amour. The new work, set to debut later this year, got some shine courtesy of the […]

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Riz Ahmed Toast South Asian Excellence at Pre-Oscars Celebration

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Riz Ahmed celebrated South Asian excellence ahead of this year’s Oscars telecast with a Wednesday night party at UTA. The duo, alongside hosts Mindy Kaling, Kumail Nanjiani, Anjula Acharia, Maneesh K. Goyal, Shruti Ganguly and Netflix’s Bela Bajaria, led an event honoring the South Asian-led nominees recognized at this year’s Academy […]

Riz Ahmed and Director Aneil Karia on Making ‘The Long Goodbye’: “It’s a Deceptively Difficult Thing to Nail”

In March 2020, actor-rapper Riz Ahmed released The Long Goodbye, a concept album inspired, in part, by the rise of far-right political groups and anti-immigration rhetoric in a post-Brexit U.K. Ahmed, who was nominated for the best actor Oscar last year for Sound of Metal, says the critically acclaimed album came about after “thinking a […]

‘Encounter’ Director on Changing His “Default White Anti-Hero” Lead After Meeting Riz Ahmed

On Thursday evening, the team behind Amazon’s Encounter gathered at the Directors Guild of America Theater in West Hollywood for the film’s premiere. The story follows Malik Khan (played by Riz Ahmed), a decorated Marine Corps veteran on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from a mysterious threat of alien parasites. Malik […]

Riz Ahmed to Receive Top British Independent Film Awards Honor

Riz Ahmed is set to receive the British Independent Film Awards’ top honor, the Richard Harris Award, at this year’s ceremony. The prize, given to an actor or actress who has “contributed significantly to British films throughout their career,” will see Ahmed join the ranks of previous honorees, including Kristin Scott Thomas, Judi Dench, Vanessa […]

Riz Ahmed in ‘Encounter’: Film Review | Telluride 2021

The 'Sound of Metal' star plays an ex-Marine trying to save his two young sons from alien parasitic microbes in this drama from British director Michael Pearce ('Beast'), also featuring Octavia Spencer.

Telluride Awards Analysis: Riz Ahmed Vehicle ‘Encounter’ Kicks Off Fest’s 48th Edition

The North American awards-industrial complex revved up again on Thursday in the Rocky Mountains — some 17 months after the pandemic largely shut it down — with the launch of the 48th Telluride Film Festival. Interestingly, the first film to screen at the fest, and in the highly-coveted Patrons Preview slot — which has previously […]

Riz Ahmed to Head Jury for Platform Competition at Toronto International Film Festival

Riz Ahmed will head the jury for TIFF’s 2021 platform competition after the actor’s Oscar-nominated Sound of Metal premiered at the festival in 2019 and screened in the section. The full line-up for the platform section was announced today and included Laurent Cantet’s Arthur Rambo and Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s Montana Story. “TIFF has […]

Riz Ahmed’s ‘Mogul Mowgli’ to Open Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival (Exclusive)

Mogul Mowgli, the feature co-written, produced by and starring Riz Ahmed, is set to open Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival to run Aug. 2 to 8. The festival, which has a mission to create a deeper impact for racial and gender equality in media, will screen Bassan Tariq’s directorial fiction feature debut on opening night. […]

Riz Ahmed-Backed Study Finds Severe Lack of Muslim Portrayals in Film

Despite Muslims being the fastest-growing, and most racially and ethnically diverse, religious community in the world, their representation onscreen is severely lacking. If a Muslim character does make the cut, be it a prominent role or otherwise, their depictions are often negative and perpetuate harmful stereotypes. To help amplify Muslim talent onscreen, Riz Ahmed has […]