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The Pathos and the Humor of Hong Chau

Hong Chau did not plan to have such a busy year in 2021. The actress gave birth to her first daughter in November 2020 and was prepared to take the next year off from work — especially as she didn’t expect film and TV production to rebound quickly from the pandemic. But then she got […]

Events of the Week: ‘Emancipation,’ ‘The Whale’ and More

Here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings in Los Angeles and New York, including red carpets for Emancipation, The Whale, Willow and Violent Night. George and Tammy premiere Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon walked the carpet on Nov. 21 for the Los Angeles premiere of their George Jones and Tammy Wynette […]

Brendan Fraser Says He Will “Not Participate” in 2023 Golden Globes Ceremony: “My Mother Didn’t Raise a Hypocrite”

Brendan Fraser says he has no plans to attend the Golden Globes, even if he gets nominated for his much-talked-about turn in The Whale. As part of his Man of the Year cover story with GQ Magazine, the actor opened up about his life since he said in 2018 that former Hollywood Foreign Press Association […]

Brendan Fraser Finds Redemption in ‘The Whale’ Trailer

Brendan Fraser’s career comeback role, which brought audiences to their feet at its Venice and Toronto premieres, dominates the moody trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale ahead of a Dec. 9 release by A24. In the film, Fraser plays Charlie, a 600-pound teacher — aided on set by a mix of latex suit and digital […]

Santa Barbara Film Fest: ‘The Whale’ Star Brendan Fraser Tapped for American Riviera Award

Brendan Fraser, the veteran screen actor whose comeback performance in Darren Aronofsky‘s The Whale, in which he plays a morbidly obese man trying to reconcile with his estranged daughter before it’s too late, is generating best actor Oscar buzz, has been named the recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s next American Riviera Award, […]

‘Looking’ Actor Daniel Franzese on Why He’s “Conflicted” Over Brendan Fraser’s Casting in ‘The Whale’

Daniel Franzese says Brendan Fraser is a “lovely” actor but doesn’t understand why the upcoming film The Whale didn’t choose to cast a gay actor with a larger body in Fraser’s leading role. While speaking to People, the Mean Girls and Looking star said he felt conflicted about Fraser’s casting in the Darren Aronofsky A24 […]

Montclair Film Festival Announces ‘She Said’ as 2022 Closing Night Film, ‘The Good Nurse’ and ‘The Whale’ Screenings

The Montclair Film Festival has announced its centerpiece and closing night films for the 11th edition of the event, with the 2022 lineup including a Q&A with Brendan Fraser following a special screening of Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale. Maria Schrader’s She Said, the film based on the book of the same name about the New […]

Darren Aronofsky on Unique Journey of Adapting Screenplay Into Debut Children’s Novel ‘Monster Club’

Darren Aronofsky is best known as a director who tackles big ideas, challenging material and complex characters in typically adult-skewing dramas. He’s got a new one coming down the pike with the Brendan Fraser-starrer The Whale but before that hits theaters in December, he’s making a splash in an unexpected place with a new children’s […]

Toronto: Oscar Frontrunners Shine at Tribute Gala, ‘Nope’ Revived at Imax and Venice-Winning Doc Comes to Town

This is the second installment of a series of dispatches from the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. You can read the first dispatch here. As news emerged from Venice that a documentary feature had won that film festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion, for only the second time — All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (Neon), […]

Toronto Flashback: Brendan Fraser Rode to TIFF With ‘Crash’ 18 Years Ago

After years away from the leading-man spotlight, Brendan Fraser is set to make a splash in Toronto with The Whale. The Darren Aronofsky drama has been touted as a career revival and received a rousing reception upon premiering in Venice. Fraser was last at TIFF in 2004 for Paul Haggis’ star-studded Crash. The actor joined castmembers including […]

Venice: Darren Aronofsky’s ‘The Whale’ — and Brendan Fraser’s Potential Career Comeback — Gets Rapturous Seven-Minute Ovation

Brendan Fraser’s return to the movies was greeted with an adoring reception on Sunday night in Venice, one which seemed to even catch the star himself by surprise.  The Whale — Darren Aronofsky’s A24 drama touted as a career comeback for Fraser, the former Hollywood leading man who effectively disappeared from the big screen — […]

‘The Whale’ Review: Brendan Fraser Is Heart-Wrenching in Darren Aronofsky’s Portrait of Regret and Deliverance

Brendan Fraser stars in Darren Aronofsky's affecting chamber drama, adapted by Samuel D. Hunter from his play about grief and salvation.