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‘Woman King’ Box Office: The Secret Behind Its Success (and Why You Shouldn’t Rule Out a Sequel)

The competition between Hollywood studios is fierce and sharp as a spear. On the opening weekend of most films, rival executives are quick to judge (and snipe). That wasn’t so in the case of The Woman King, a Black female-led epic action-adventure that opened to a better-than-expected $19.1 million over the Sept. 16-18 weekend at […]

‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ Trailer Delivers First Look at Naomi Ackie as Whitney Houston

Naomi Ackie makes viewers want to dance with her portrayal of Whitney Houston in the trailer for the upcoming biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody. TriStar Pictures has dropped the first extended look at the film, set to release in theaters on Dec. 21, delivering all the vibrant energy onstage and off that Houston was […]

Viola Davis’ ‘The Woman King’ to World Premiere at Toronto Film Festival

The Woman King, starring Oscar winner Viola Davis, will have a world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. With echoes of Black Panther, Davis as General Nanisca in the film leads a fearless all-female African fighting unit into battle against European invaders. The Woman King will get a first look in Toronto ahead […]

Viola Davis Leads Brave Warriors Into Battle in ‘The Woman King’ Trailer

Oscar winner Viola Davis leads a fearless all-female African fighting unit into battle in the first trailer for The Woman King, which dropped on Wednesday. “We have a weapon they are not prepared for,” an ominous voiceover says at one point during the trailer, followed by General Nansica, played by Davis, rising from jungle underbrush […]

John Boyega Joins Viola Davis in Historical Drama ‘The Woman King’ (Exclusive)

John Boyega has joined Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu in The Woman King, a historical epic from TriStar Pictures. Gina Prince-Bythewood, who most recently directed Netflix’s sci-fi actioner The Old Guard, is on board to helm the feature that also has No Time to Die actress Lashana Lynch on the roll call. Per the studio, […]

Compelling Pictures Books Marina Studios for Whitney Houston Biopic, Film Slate Shoots (Exclusive)

Denis O’Sullivan (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Jeff Kalligheri’s production and financing entity Compelling Pictures has signed a partnership with Marina Studios to shoot four movies on new stages in Boston. Marina Studios is building three soundstages in Quincy’s Marina Bay, near Boston’s Logan Airport. Compelling Pictures is in pre-production on the Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna […]

‘Guys and Dolls’ Remake Sets Bill Condon to Direct

Oscar-winning movie musical director Bill Condon has been tapped to direct TriStar’s Guys and Dolls remake. Set in Depression-era New York, the story centers on a high roller and a small-time gambler as they try to lock down a date and a location for a floating craps game. A 1955 movie adaption featured Frank Loesser’s standards, […]

TriStar Chief Nicole Brown Talks Streamers, Theaters and Her Focus on Finding “Elevated, Director-Driven Content”

When Nicole Brown took the reins of iconic Sony label TriStar Pictures in 2019, she became the first Black woman to run a film label at a major studio. It so happens she was treading familiar ground. The Culver City native grew up a block away from her current office in the Poitier Building and […]

‘Happiest Season’: Film Review

Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis play a lesbian couple rattling the closet door during a family holiday visit in 'Happiest Season,' Clea DuVall's queer spin on the Christmas rom-com.

Kathryn Busby Promoted to Head of TriStar TV

Sony Pictures Television has found its new head of boutique division TriStar Television. Kathryn Busby has been tapped to serve as exec vp TriStar TV, effective immediately. She will report to Sony Pictures Television Studios heads Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter. "Whether at SPT's networks or our boutique production label, Kathryn has had a strong […]

TriStar President Hannah Minghella Expands Her Role to Include Oversight of TV (Exclusive)

TriStar Pictures president Hannah Minghella is expanding her purview to include oversight of TriStar Television.

Kristen Stewart in Talks to Star in Same-Sex Couple Comedy ‘Happiest Season’

Kristen Stewart is in talks to star in TriStar Pictures' 'Happiest Season,' a same-sex romantic comedy from director Clea DuVall and writing partner Mary Holland.