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Neon Sets Nationwide One-Night-Only Screening Event For Ava DuVernay’s ‘Origin’

deadline.com Neon announced on Tuesday that it will bring Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay‘s acclaimed drama Origin back to 500 U.S. theaters on February 28, for a one-night-only…

The growing controversy over Israel’s Eurovision song entry

semafor.com Semafor Signals Supported by Insights from Deutsche Welle, Internationale Politik Quarterly, Artforum, and Vulture The News Israel has threatened to withdraw from this…

Sundance Queer Drama ‘Sebastian’ Finds U.S. and International Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com The Sundance queer drama “Sebastian,” directed by up-and-coming Finnish-British director Mikko Mäkelä, has been bought by Kino Lorber for U.S. distribution, along with a…

Killer Mike Discusses the Criminalization of Lyrics in ‘As We Speak: Rap Music on Trial’ Documentary: Watch

billboard.com Rap lyrics being used in court cases has become a lightning rod for discussion across the judicial system in America. Killer Mike sat down with Bronx-bred rapper Kemba to…

‘Your Monster’ & ‘Casual’ Star Tommy Dewey Signs With Anonymous Content

deadline.com Actor, producer and writer Tommy Dewey has signed with Anonymous Content in all areas. Most recently, Dewey starred in and executive-produced Caroline Lindy’s romantic…

Protesters Play ‘Free Palestine’ Chant on Bullhorn Outside Spirit Awards

thewrap.com The sound of a bullhorn playing a recording of the chant “Free Palestine” could be heard on the Film Independent Spirit Awards broadcast on Sunday, as a pair of protesters…

Spirit Awards Disrupted by Small But Loud Israel-Hamas War Protest Outside Tent

hollywoodreporter.com People protesting the Israel–Hamas war outside the 2024 Film Independent Spirit Awards could be heard inside throughout the ceremony Sunday afternoon. A handful of…

‘Past Lives’ Producer Christine Vachon on Working With Debut Director Celine Song: “There’s a Passion That Comes With Making Your First Film”

hollywoodreporter.com After decades of producing critically acclaimed and groundbreaking independent films, Christine Vachon has landed her first Oscar nomination with Celine Song’s Past Lives.…

Double Dose Of Good News For ‘To Kill A Tiger’: Priyanka Chopra Jonas Boards Oscar-Nominated Doc As Netflix Prepares To Launch Film Globally

deadline.com Major news today for Oscar-nominee To Kill a Tiger. Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas is joining the award-winning feature documentary as an executive producer, alongside Dev…

Netflix Buys Oscar-Nominated Documentary ‘To Kill a Tiger’

variety.com The film, about a father’s pursuit of justice in rural India, premiered at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival in 2022 and was awarded best documentary at the 2023 Palm Springs…

Chatting With the Grandmas of Oscar-Nominated ‘Nai Nai and Wài Pó’: “How Could We Be Movie Stars?”

hollywoodreporter.com Sean Wang and his grandmas have had quite the month. On Jan. 19, the filmmaker’s debut feature, Dìdi (弟弟), had its world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film…

MTV Documentary Films Streaming Oscar Nominee ‘The Eternal Memory’ For Free On YouTube Through End Of February

deadline.com MTV Documentary Films is making its Oscar-nominated documentary The Eternal Memory available for free on YouTube through the rest of the month. The film, winner of the Goya…

Nat Geo Buys ‘Sugarcane’ Documentary Out Of Sundance

deadline.com Sugarcane has become the latest big documentary deal out of the Sundance Film Festival. Nat Geo has snapped up the doc, which is an investigation into abuse and missing…

Julia Fox Joins Universal And Monkeypaw’s Psychological Horror Pic ‘Goat’

deadline.com Julia Fox is set to star as the female lead alongside Marlon Wayans and Tyriq Withers in Monkeypaw’s Goat for Universal Pictures. Justin Tipping is directing. The project,…

‘The View’ Defends Malia Obama Dropping Surname for Film: ‘If I Can Be Whoopi Goldberg, She Can Be Whoever’

thewrap.com Malia Obama made her directorial debut at the Sundance Film Festival this year, but she notably did not use her last name in her film credit. And though other people might…

How ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Filmmakers Jared and Jerusha Hess Got the Oscars’ Attention by Pivoting to Animation

thewrap.com Husband-and-wife filmmakers Jared and Jerusha Hess have a working relationship so blessedly intertwined, they even share the same Wikipedia page. So the infectious spirit…

Rising Filmmaker Sean Wang On Upcoming ‘Dìdi’ And Oscar-Nominated, Grandma-Powered ‘Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó’

deadline.com By any indicator, filmmaker Sean Wang has had a career year–and we’re only in Month Two. His narrative feature debut, Dìdi, captured the Audience Award and a Special Jury…

‘The Bear’ Star Molly Gordon Signs With WME

deadline.com Actress, writer and director Molly Gordon has signed with WME for representation. Gordon can currently be seen portraying Claire in the second season of the FX/Hulu Emmy and…

Malia Obama made her directorial debut at Sundance with a short film about a grieving son. Reviewers weren't impressed

businessinsider.com Malia Ann Obama attends the "The Heart" premiere during the 2024 Sundance Film Festival at Prospector Square Theatre on January 18, 2024. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images Malia…

Cinetic Media Signs ‘Fremont’ Filmmaker Babak Jalali

deadline.com Cinetic Media has signed award-winning Iranian filmmaker Babak Jalali (Fremont, Land) for management across all media. Most recently, Jalali co-wrote and directed the indie…

Malia Obama's Sundance movie trashed by reviewers: "Giant bomb"

newsweek.com Barack Obama's daughter, Malia Ann, has received some negative reviews over a debut short film that she both wrote and directed. The 25-year-old showed her 18-minute film,…

Barack Obama's daughter faces nepo baby backlash

newsweek.com Former President Barack Obama's filmmaker daughter has sparked a "nepo baby" debate, after it was revealed that she has dropped her last name professionally to be known…

Kristen Stewart Defends Gender-Bending ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover: “I’m Really Happy With It”

hollywoodreporter.com Kristen Stewart has defended her risque’ photo shoot for the March Rolling Stone magazine cover that went viral and divided audiences on social media platforms. “The…

As U.S. Film Deals Go Small, International Goes Big

hollywoodreporter.com One month ago, heading into the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, the most anticipated title for buyers was not necessarily the action-adventure anthology with Pedro Pascal…

Margot Robbie & Colin Farrell’s Next Movie ‘A Big Bold Beautiful Journey’ Sells Worldwide To Sony In First Major EFM Deal: Berlin Market Has Liftoff!

deadline.com The EFM market has lift off! In the first major worldwide pact done on the ground here in Berlin, Sony has tied up a deal in the $50M range for Margot Robbie (Barbie) and…

‘Năi Nai & Wài Pó’ Director Sean Wang Wants His Love Letter To His Feisty Grandmas To Also Remind Us Of Hate Crimes Against Asians

deadline.com Filmmaker Sean Wang‘s endearing live-action short Năi Nai & Wài Pó might seem to be perhaps the lightest of all the Oscar nominees in the category, but he had more on his…

Berlin: Sebastian Stan on a Performance He Hasn’t “Been Able to Do Before” in ‘A Different Man’

hollywoodreporter.com Hollywood has a long history of casting and awarding able-bodied actors to portray characters with disabilities. In the Oscars’ best actor category alone, there is Daniel…

‘Past Lives’: Read The Screenplay For Celine Song’s Oscar-Nominated Feature Film Debut

deadline.com On her first feature film try, Celine Song struck gold with the time-hopping romantic drama Past Lives. A24‘s semi-autobiographic pic netted two key nominations at this…

Berlin: Sebastian Stan Pushes Back on Journalist Who Calls His ‘A Different Man’ Character A “Beast”

hollywoodreporter.com During a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival for his latest film A Different Man, Sebastian Stan pushed back on the journalist who described his character, who has…

Delta flight forced to turn back after maggots fall on passengers

independent.co.uk A Delta flight was recently forced to turn around an hour after take-off when maggots fell from the overhead compartment onto passengers sitting in the economy seats. The…

MetFilm Sales Nabs International Rights to Sundance Documentary ‘The Battle for Laikipia’ (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com MetFilm Sales has secured international rights to “The Battle for Laikipia,” Daphne Matziaraki and Peter Murimi’s multi-layered portrait of the conflict between Indigenous…

Russell Simmons sued for defamation by former Def Jam executive who accused him of sexual assault

latimes.com Hip-hop impresario and entrepreneur Russell Simmons is being sued for defamation by Drew Dixon, a former Def Jam Recordings executive who also has accused Simmons of sexual…

Dylan O’Brien Sets ‘Twinless’ With James Sweeney Directing & Starring; Republic Pictures Takes Global On Three Point Capital & David Permut Production

deadline.com Dylan O’Brien is set to headline in James Sweeney‘s dark comedy Twinless, which the latter wrote and will also star in. Republic Pictures has taken global rights to the…

Baltic Screen Industries Continue to Surge Despite Global Turmoil, Uncertainty

variety.com To get a sense of the state of cinema in the Baltic countries today, you could look instead to Park City, Utah, where two of the region’s filmmakers — Estonia’s Anna Hints…

Liev Schreiber Backs ‘Ukrainians in Exile’ Doc, Release Set Ahead of Feb. 22 Anniversary (Exclusive)

hollywoodreporter.com Liev Schreiber is backing the documentary Ukrainians in Exile. Janek Ambros’ doc, executive produced by two-time Oscar winner Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List), will go out…

Kristen Stewart Slams Trump for Being ‘Such a Little Baby’ About Her Split From Robert Pattinson: ‘F

thewrap.com Kristen Stewart slammed Donald Trump in a new interview for his apparent obsession with her 2012 breakup with then-boyfriend and “Twilight” costar Robert Pattinson. At the…

Kristen Stewart Says Studio Tried to Make ‘Twilight’ a ‘Movie for Kids’ and ‘Didn’t Want’ the Actual Book: ‘When the F

variety.com Kristen Stewart graces the latest cover of Rolling Stone, where she talks openly about her days headlining the “Twilight” franchise. Stewart played Bella Swan in five…

Focus Features Sets Summer Release For Sundance Award Winner ‘Didi’

deadline.com Focus Features will open its Sundance Film Festival acquisition Didi on July 26. The movie from Oscar nominee Sean Wang premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, where…

Sophie Turner to Star in Thriller ‘Trust’ for Republic Pictures (Exclusive)

hollywoodreporter.com Sophie Turner will star in the psychological thriller Trust from director Carlson Young and Saw outfit Twisted Pictures. Republic Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights…

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