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Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Fight Night’ Crime Drama at Peacock

Peacock and Kevin Hart are stepping into the boxing ring. The NBCUniversal streamer has ordered a limited series titled Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist that will tell the story of an armed robbery orchestrated around Muhammad Ali’s 1970 comeback fight in Atlanta. Hart will star in the series and serve as an executive producer. […]

Ken Kelsch, Cinematographer on ‘Bad Lieutenant,’ Dies at 76

Ken Kelsch, the hard-charging cinematographer and Vietnam War veteran who shot the down-and-dirty classic Bad Lieutenant and 11 other features for iconoclastic director Abel Ferrara, has died. He was 76. Kelsch died Monday at Hackettstown Medical Center in New Jersey after a battle with COVID and pneumonia, his son, Chris Kelsch, told The Hollywood Reporter. […]

Dwayne Johnson to Play MMA Fighter Mark Kerr in A24 Movie from Benny Safdie

Dwayne Johnson will be taking his most dramatic role to date in a new A24 project from one half of the Uncut Gems team, Benny Safdie. Johnson is set to star in The Smashing Machine as real-life mixed martial arts fighter Mark Kerr, a two-time UFC Heavyweight Tournament Champion. Safdie, who wrote and will direct […]

Oscars: Jennifer Fox Will Again Produce Governors Awards

Jennifer Fox, the Oscar-nominated film producer (Michael Clayton), will produce the next Governors Awards ceremony for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy president Janet Yang announced Wednesday. It will be Fox’s fifth time overseeing the event, following the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th editions. The 14th Governors Awards will take place on […]

WWE-Major League Wrestling Antitrust Face-Off Ends In Settlement

WWE has settled a lawsuit brought by a rival accusing it of monopolizing the professional wrestling media market. In a joint filing, lawyers for the company and Major League Wrestling on Monday notified the court of a deal resolving the case. Details weren’t disclosed. The suit, filed last year, accused WWE of “unlawfully interfering with […]

Christopher Abbott Replacing Ryan Gosling to Star in ‘Wolf Man’ for Blumhouse, Universal (Exclusive)

Wolf Man has taken a new form. Christopher Abbott, currently on screens with award season darling Poor Things, will star in Blumhouse and Universal Pictures’ werewolf thriller that is being directed by Invisible Man filmmaker Leigh Whannell. Additionally, the companies have set an Oct. 25, 2024 release date for the feature, meaning the project is […]

Oprah Says She’s Using a Medically Approved Prescription for Managing Her Weight After Years of “Yo-Yoing”

Oprah Winfrey says that she’s “released my own shame” about using a prescription weight loss drug after years of media scrutiny about her body and guilt about her “yo-yoing” weight. The media mogul revealed she had added a weight loss drug to her existing “holistic approach” to diet and exercise in a new People cover […]

Jimmy Fallon on a Decade of ’12 Days of Christmas Sweaters’: “They’re Beautiful Fashion-y Art Pieces Now”

‘Tis the season of giving and The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon loves a surprise — especially when it comes to the show’s long-running “12 Days of Christmas Sweaters” giveaway, which began during his Late Night years. “Whenever [Fallon] walks by, he turns the other way — we’re like, ‘Hide that sweater!’” says longtime The […]

Letterboxd Adds Film Showtimes in Push to Get Users to Movie Theaters (Exclusive)

Since its founding in 2011, Letterboxd has carved out a niche as a social platform for cinephiles. Now it wants to use that platform to get people off their computers and back to movie theaters. The film discussion and review platform is adding showtimes for paid patron members in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, Canada […]

Jonathan Majors Trial: Defense Rests Case, Judge Releases 911 Call

New York Criminal Court Judge Michael Gaffey, who is presiding over the Jonathan Majors trial, approved the release of several pieces of evidence to the media on Wednesday, and defense rested their case for the actor after one day of testimony. Closing arguments are expected to begin Thursday and then the jury is expected begin […]

Critics Choice Noms Analysis: New Life for ‘The Color Purple’ and ‘Saltburn,’ Five-Alarm Fire for Bening and Cruz

The fact that Warners’ Barbie so dominated the Critics Choice Award nominations that were announced on Wednesday morning — it landed a record 18 noms, five more than the next-highest scorers, Universal’s Oppenheimer and Searchlight’s Poor Things, which had 13 each — is obviously very interesting. But does it mean that Barbie is truly that much […]

Netflix Plans Sonic the Hedgehog, ‘Squid Game’ Video Games As It Expands Slate to Familiar IP

Netflix is not slowing down on its video game ambitions, leaning on some key intellectual property to help it grow the business. The company on Wednesday published a post looking ahead to 2024 and beyond, and announcing a number of new titles coming to the platform. Among the games in the works are a new […]

Josh Duhamel, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Rick Hoffman and Aidan Gillen Join Action Comedy ‘London Calling’ (Exclusive)

Transformers actor Josh Duhamel is re-teaming with Canadian director Allan Ungar for the new action comedy London Calling, joined in the cast by Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen, It actor Jeremy Ray Taylor and Rick Hoffman (Showtime’s Billions, USA Network’s Suits). Duhamel, who starred in Ungar’s 2022 crime thriller Bandit, alongside Elisha Cuthbert and […]

More Media Megadeals in 2024? Top Accounting Firm Thinks It’s a Good Bet

This year saw a slowdown in terms of media and telecommunications sector dealmaking, but there are signs of a recovery in M&A activity, top accounting and consulting services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a Wednesday report. Deal talk has returned to the sector with a vengeance, driven by recent talk that Paramount Global and its parent […]

‘Kung Fu Panda 4′ Trailer Unveils Jack Black’s Po’s New Nemesis: Viola Davis’ Villain Chameleon

A newly-released trailer for Kung Fu Panda 4 features the return of Jack Black’s eponymous panda Po, and introduction of his new foe, the sorceress Chameleon, voiced by Viola Davis, a tiny lizard who can shapeshift into any creature. Chameleon is after Po’s Staff of Wisdom, which would give her the power to re-summon all […]

‘Obliterated’ Stars Talk Stunt Training and the “Meta” Chaos of Filming in Las Vegas

Netflix’s newest action comedy, Obliterated, from the Cobra Kai creating trio of Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald and Hayden Schlossberg, co-stars Nick Zano, Shelley Hennig and Terrence Terrell as part of an elite special forces team who wake up with a massive hangover and are tasked with saving Las Vegas from a nuclear threat. In conversation […]

Kenya Barris Remembers Mentor Norman Lear: “He Made Other People See Me”

On Dec. 5, Hollywood lost an icon. At 101, Norman Lear passed away at his home in Los Angeles. Among the many hats he had worn — prolific TV creator, legendary boundary pusher, major philanthropist — was mentor to Kenya Barris. As so many of Lear’s shows did, Barris’ Black-ish used comedy to tackle big […]

“You Pay to Play”: A Major Showdown Over Funding Streaming TV and Movies Is Underway in Canada

U.S. streaming giants were already in an uncomfortable position after Canada reined them in with first-time spending obligations to support the production of homegrown movies and TV series. But as 2023 ends, the country’s TV and telecom regulator is at odds with American streamers over how much cash they are now obligated to fork over […]