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Veteran Exec Cathy Nam Joins Universal as Senior VP, Global Communications

Longtime communications executive Cathy Nam has joined Universal Filmed Entertainment Group as senior vp, global communications. The executive is moving from New Line Cinema, the Warner Bros. division at which she spent over two decades honing her PR skills. Per Tuesday’s announcement, Nam will help steer the integrated communications strategy efforts across UFEG’s global portfolio, […]

‘Asteroid City’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Leads Stacked Ensemble That Gets Marooned in Cloying Wes Anderson Whimsy

New additions to the director’s informal repertory company in this cosmic comedy about love, family and precocious geniuses also include Tom Hanks, Steve Carell, Hong Chau and Margot Robbie.

Box Office: ‘Fast X’ Zooms to $7.5M in Previews

Fast X zoomed to $7.5 million in previews at the North American box office. The Universal pic is expected to open to $60 million to $70 million domestically. Overseas is another matter, where Fast X is tracking to debut to as much as $220 million. Louis Leterrier directs the 10th installment in the popular franchise […]

‘Wicked’ Dazzles CinemaCon With First Footage of Ariana Grande, Cynthia Erivo in Character

Something Wicked happened in Las Vegas on Wednesday. During Universal Pictures’ presentation at CinemaCon, the studio offered up a look at its highly anticipated two-part musical Wicked from director Jon M. Chu and starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo. It was received with applause from theater owners, who were treated to looks at flying monkeys […]

Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda Get Rowdy on Bachelorette Trip to Italy in ‘Book Club: The Next Chapter’ Trailer

Four best friends head to Italy for a bit of hedonistic adventure in the full trailer for Book Club: The Next Chapter. Focus Features’ sequel to the 2018 film Book Club hits theaters May 12 with Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen reprising their roles from the original. Andy Garcia, Don Johnson […]

Aliens and Tom Hanks Abound in Trailer for Wes Anderson’s ‘Asteroid City’

An alien movie by way of Wes Anderson — the trailer for Asteroid City is here. The spot (below) for Anderson’s latest feature, which takes place in a fictional American desert town circa 1955, stars Scarlett Johansson as a movie star, Tom Hanks as an ornery grandfather and Jason Schwartzman as a recent widower trying […]

Jeff Goldblum Confirms Role in ‘Wicked’ Movie Musical, Talks “Very Good” Witches Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande

Jeff Goldblum shared a brief tease about the set of Universal Pictures’ upcoming adaptation of Broadway mainstay Wicked. The Hollywood Reporter previously reported that the Jurassic Park star was in talks to sign on to the Jon M. Chu-directed film as the Wizard, and he confirmed his role during Wednesday’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! […]

Alexander Payne’s ‘The Holdovers’ Sets Thanksgiving Release Date in Theaters

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers is hoping to feast at the 2023 Thanksgiving box office. The period dramedy — reuniting the filmmaker with his Sideways star Paul Giamatti — will first launch in a handful of theaters Nov. 10 before opening nationwide on Nov. 22, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Focus Features announced Thursday. Specialty […]

‘Inside’ Review: Willem Dafoe Adds Another Tortured Soul to His Portrait Gallery in a Suffocating Intellectual Exercise

Greek director Vasilis Katsoupis’ first dramatic feature is a high-concept thriller about a master art thief trapped in a luxury New York penthouse that turns on him.

‘Knock at the Cabin’ Review: M. Night Shyamalan Gets Biblical in Tense but Torturous Apocalyptic Thriller

Jonathan Groff and Ben Aldridge star as a couple whose family vacation is interrupted by prophesiers of imminent doom, led by gentle giant Dave Bautista.

Madonna Biopic Dead at Universal

The Madonna biopic that was to be directed by Madonna is no longer in development at Universal Pictures, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The news comes after the singer announced a massive world tour, though multiple sources say the movie actually was put in turnaround late last year, before the announcement of the tour. Universal […]

‘A Thousand and One’ Review: Teyana Taylor Powerfully Embodies a Woman’s Fight to Keep Home and Family Together

Writer-director A.V. Rockwell’s feature debut is a volatile account of a mother-son relationship set against the vivid backdrop of rapidly gentrifying 1990s New York.