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Costume Design Hacks: Making Selena Gomez Read Taller and Alexander Skarsgard Look Smaller Onscreen

Reportedly, Sebastian Stan clocks in at 6 feet tall, comparable with 6-foot-2 Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, whom the actor plays in Pam & Tommy. Co-star Lily James hits 5-foot-7 in flats, which corresponds with Pamela Anderson. But, via extensive research, Pam & Tommy costume designer Kameron Lennox determined that Anderson’s documented height may be […]

‘Harder They Fall’ Filmmaker Jeymes Samuel Tackling Boom! Comic Books ‘Irredeemable,’ ‘Incorruptible’ for Netflix (Exclusive)

Jeymes Samuel is going from the Wild West to the wild world of superheroes. The filmmaker behind Netflix’s all-star Western The Harder They Fall is reteaming with the streaming giant and boarding the adaptation of Boom! Studios’ comic series Irredeemable and its spinoff, Incorruptible. The unique undertaking will combine the two separate titles into one […]

AAFCA Awards Recognize ‘The Harder They Fall,’ ‘King Richard’

Wednesday night at the SLS Beverly Hills hotel, the African-American Film Critics Association held its 13th awards show, which marked the organization’s first in-person gathering since 2020. The event was hosted by author and radio personality Charlamagne tha God and actress Alesha Reneé. The evening opened with Aunjanue Ellis winning the best supporting actress award […]

NAACP Image Awards: ‘The Harder They Fall’ Takes Best Film, Jennifer Hudson Named Entertainer of the Year

The 53rd NAACP Image Awards crowned Jennifer Hudson with its top honor Entertainment of the Year during its telecast on Saturday evening. The show recognized the achievements and performances of people of color across numerous categories including outstanding motion picture, which went to Netflix’s The Harder They Fall. Hudson also took home outstanding actress in […]

How Jay-Z and ‘The Harder They Fall’ Writer-Director-Composer Jeymes Samuel Created the Sonic Signatures of “the Black West”

For Jeymes Samuel and Jay-Z, music and cinema have always been inextricably tethered. Just look at Jay-Z’s 2007 album American Gangster, inspired by the Ridley Scott film of the same name. Or Samuel (whose music alter ego is The Bullitts) and Jay-Z’s collaboration on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby. […]

NAACP Image Awards: ‘Harder They Fall,’ ‘Insecure’ Lead Nominations

The Harder They Fall and Insecure lead the list of nominations for the 2022 NAACP Image Awards, it was announced Tuesday. Jeymes Samuel’s Black Western Netflix movie and Issa Rae’s HBO comedy series, which aired its fifth and final season last year, each scored 12 nominations, with Regina King, who has a significant role in […]

‘The Harder They Fall,’ ‘King Richard’ Top AAFCA Awards

Netflix’s The Harder They Fall and Warner Bros. King Richard each won a leading four awards from the African American Film Critics Association, it was announced Monday. Jeymes Samuel’s Black Western received the top prize of best picture as well as best ensemble, best director (Samuel) and music (Samuel, Kid Cudi and Jay-Z). King Richard […]

“All of Us Have Cruelty, Perversity, Strangeness and Darkness”: THR’s Writer Roundtable

“Is there a world in which …?” As The Harder They Fall co-writer (and director) Jeymes Samuel recounted how Idris Elba — his friend and one of the stars of his all-Black Western — prefaced his not-infrequent on-set requests to veer from the script, several of his fellow screenwriters seated at The Hollywood Reporter’s annual […]

Making of ‘The Harder They Fall’: How Jay-Z, Regina King and Idris Elba Helped the Ground-Breaking Western Reach the Big Screen

Pitching his would-be Western for the better part of the 2010s, Jeymes Samuel had been in a lot of tough rooms. One of the most nerve-wracking was in customs and immigration at LAX. At the time, Samuel had been flying back and forth between Los Angeles and his native U.K. so much that, he says, […]

“Is This Acting or Is This F***ing Therapy?”: Nicolas Cage, Andrew Garfield, Jonathan Majors and the THR Actor Roundtable

They shared their fears about showing vulnerability, their sense of responsibility when wielding guns on sets — and an improbable connection over a moody horse named Rain Man. In December, Nicolas Cage (Pig), Peter Dinklage (Cyrano), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick … Boom! and The Eyes of Tammy Faye), Jonathan Majors (The Harder They Fall) and […]

‘Being the Ricardos,’ ‘The Lost Daughter’ and More Producers on Their Most Challenging Moments: “You’re Ripping Your Hair Out Trying to Make a Movie”

CHELSEA BARNARD C’MON C’MON (A24) Writer-director Mike Mills’ latest stars Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny, a childless man in his 40s who steps in to take care of his young nephew, Jesse (Woody Norman), as his sister handles a family crisis. “We were such a tight family, the bonds formed between us as a crew and […]

“I Can Make an Anthem for This Character”: Camila Cabello, Kid Cudi, Anderson .Paak, Sparks and the THR Songwriter Roundtable

On the surface, singer-songwriters Camila Cabello, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Anderson .Paak, and brothers Ron and Russell Mael (aka Sparks) don’t have much in common — their ages span 24 to 76, their birthplaces range from Havana to Cleveland, and their music genres are all over the map. But when the quintet gathered for THR’s […]