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Warner Bros. Discovery Condemns Threats Against J.K. Rowling Made in Wake of Salman Rushdie Attack

Warner Bros. Discovery has put out a statement condemning threats made against J.K. Rowling made following Friday’s attack on Salman Rushdie. The author on Saturday said she was working with the police after receiving a death threat over her support for Rushdie. More from The Hollywood Reporter'Rule 34' Wins Locarno Film FestivalLocarno: Austrian Doc 'Matter Out of Place' Wins Inaugural Green Leopard Environmental PrizeTelefilm Canada's Outgoing CEO Talks Diversity Drive Amid a Racial Reckoning: "It's About Reducing the Barriers" After hearing about the attack against the author, Rowling had tweeted: “Feeling very sick right now. Let him be ok.” In response, someone...
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Robyn Griggs, ‘Another World’ Actress, Dies at 49

Robyn Griggs, known for her roles on soap operas Another World and One Life to Live, has died. She was 49. The actress’ passing was announced on her Facebook page Saturday. She had been battling cervical cancer and was open about her health struggles on social media, with Griggs posting last month that she had been diagnosed with four new tumors. More from The Hollywood ReporterDenise Dowse, Actress in 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Insecure,' Dies at 64Teddy Ray, Comedian, 'Pause With Sam Jay' Actor and 'Messyness' Co-Host, Dies at 32Gene LeBell, Famed Stuntman and "Godfather of Grappling," Dies at 89 Griggs debuted as Stephanie...
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FBI Forensic Results, Medical Investigator Report Complete in Deadly ‘Rust’ Shooting

The FBI’s forensic analysis and the New Mexico medical investigator’s report into the Oct. 21 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the Alec Baldwin-starring movie Rust have been completed and turned over to the sheriff’s office. As part of its investigation, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said detectives will review the reports and then send the findings to the district attorney to determine whether charges will be filed in the shooting in Bonanza City, New Mexico, that also wounded director Joel Souza.More from The Hollywood Reporter12 Notorious Movies and TV Shows That Have Never Been...
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Salman Rushdie Attack Witnesses: “There Were Many Screams of Terror”

An attack on author Salman Rushdie, 75, stabbed multiple times at a speaking engagement at the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York, has shocked the world. A suspect, New Jersey resident Hadi Matar, was taken into custody and has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in the second degree, among other charges. The Booker Prize-winning writer — whose 1988 novel The Satanic Verses resulted in a fatwa placed on him by the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran — is currently in critical condition at a Pennsylvania hospital, where he underwent surgery for his injuries, which include three stab wounds to the right side of...
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Teddy Ray, Comedian, ‘Pause With Sam Jay’ Actor and ‘Messyness’ Co-Host, Dies at 32

Teddy Ray, a rising comedic talent with appearances on Wild ‘n Out, How to Be Broke and Pause With Sam Jay and MTV comedy clip show Messyness, has died. He was 32. The comedian, actor and writer whose legal name is Theadore Brown was found deceased in Rancho Mirage, California, after Riverside County sheriff’s deputies received a call and responded to a private residence in the desert community at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sgt. Brandi Swan told The Hollywood Reporter.More from The Hollywood ReporterRobyn Griggs, 'Another World' Actress, Dies at 49Denise Dowse, Actress in 'Beverly Hills, 90210' and 'Insecure,' Dies...
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Michelle Yeoh Receives AFI Honorary Degree: “You Have Made My Mother the Happiest Mother in the World”

That’s Dr. Michelle Yeoh, to you. The actress added a new title to her resume on Saturday when she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute at the film school’s class of 2022 commencement ceremony. Yeoh’s Everything Everywhere All At Once directors The Daniels (AKA Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) were on hand to present her with the honor at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre. More from The Hollywood ReporterSanta Barbara Film Fest: Michelle Yeoh Tapped for Kirk Douglas AwardMichelle Yeoh to Receive AFI Honorary Degree (Exclusive)'Everything Everywhere All at Once' Directors Sign Five-Year Pact...
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Box Office: ‘Bullet Train’ Leads Ho-Hum Weekend as ‘Top Gun 2’ Rockets Back Up Chart

David Leitch’s action-packed Bullet Train, starring Brad Pitt as a hellbent assassin, is leading a quiet weekend at the North American box office. In normal times, Hollywood studios would continue to release event films throughout August. This year is different as the entertainment business emerges from the pandemic and grapples with production and post-production delays. More from The Hollywood ReporterAaron Taylor-Johnson Discusses 'Bullet Train' Bonds, Fighting for 'Tenet' and Personal 'Kraven the Hunter' StoryAll The Details on Brad Pitt's Workwear-Inspired 'Bullet Train' LookCineplex Posts First Pandemic-Era Profit on 'Top Gun,' 'Doctor Strange' Box Office Bullet Train is considered the last big...
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‘Purple Hearts’ Star Sofia Carson: We Wanted to Avoid “Taking Any Sides”

Sofia Carson’s new Netflix romance Purple Hearts, which counts her as star and executive producer, has gotten a lot of people talking. Carson, previously known for the Disney Channel’s Descendants franchise and Freeform’s short-lived sequel series Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, stars in the film as Cassie Salazar, an aspiring rocker with progressive values who agrees to marry a Marine named Luke (played by Nicholas Galitzine) solely for the military health insurance to cover her medical expenses as a type 1 diabetic. Likewise, Luke is dealing with his own financial hardships and would also benefit from the faux marriage that...
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‘Rule 34’ Wins Locarno Film Festival

Rule 34, a Brazilian drama from director Julia Murat, has won the Golden Leopard for best film at the 2022 Locarno International Film Festival. The feature is a disturbing look at a young law student who by day passionately defends the rights of women in domestic abuse cases and by night performs in front of a live sex cam. Her own sexual impulses lead her toward a world of violence and dangerous eroticism.More from The Hollywood ReporterWarner Bros. Discovery Condemns Threats Against J.K. Rowling Made in Wake of Salman Rushdie AttackLocarno: Austrian Doc 'Matter Out of Place' Wins Inaugural Green...
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Locarno: Austrian Doc ‘Matter Out of Place’ Wins Inaugural Green Leopard Environmental Prize

Matter Out of Place, a sobering documentary about the growing global problem of garbage and waste management, has won the inaugural “green leopard,” the Pardo Verde WWF environmental prize from the Locarno Film Festival and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Directed by famed Austrian documentarian Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Our Daily Bread, Earth), Matter Out of Place tracks how the rich world’s garbage is dumped in remote areas around the globe and follows the Sisyphus-like work of garbage collectors and waste managers trying to clean up the mess. Autlook Filmsales is handling worldwide sales for the project.More from The Hollywood Reporter'Rule 34'...
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Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, Jeremy Lin, Naomi Osaka Shorts Have Qualified for Oscar Consideration (Exclusive)

The three Oscar categories that recognize films which run 40 minutes or shorter — best live action short, best documentary short and best animated short — are often regarded as “minor,” but this year’s contenders for them will include some major names. On the heels of recent Academy Awards ceremonies at which Oscars for short films were taken home by the likes of retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant, former NFL player Matthew A. Cherry and Hollywood A-lister Riz Ahmed, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Taylor Swift’s filmmaking debut All Too Well: The Short Film — which the pop star has described as...
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson Discusses ‘Bullet Train’ Bonds, Fighting for ‘Tenet’ and Personal ‘Kraven the Hunter’ Story

Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been acting since he was 6 years old, but he managed to create a bond on the set of Bullet Train that he’s never had before with another actor. In the David Leitch and Brad Pitt-led action-comedy, Taylor-Johnson plays Tangerine, who’s one half of an assassin duo known as The Twins. The other half, Lemon, is played by Brian Tyree Henry, and the two actors quickly developed a rapport that supports their fraternal relationship on screen. “We just hit it off straight away. [Brian Tyree Henry] is just a beautiful person and a good, good friend. I really...
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Events of the Week: ‘Never Have I Ever,’ ‘Beast’ 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 Never Have I Ever, Beast, Day Shift and Secret Headquarters. Beast premiereMore from The Hollywood Reporter'Day Shift' Filmmaker Discusses Rise from Stunt World to Directing Jamie FoxxMindy Kaling on New 'Never Have I Ever' Love Interest and Not Taking a 'Euphoria' Approach to High School ShowsAmazon's 'A League of Their Own' Creators Make Their Pitch: "It's Not a Reboot" Idris Elba premiered his new film alongside producer Will Packer and costars Sharlto Copley, Iyana Halley and Leah Sava Jeffries at...
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All The Details on Brad Pitt’s Workwear-Inspired ‘Bullet Train’ Look

Brad Pitt — who drove fashion headlines during the Bullet Train press tour with his colorful, casual-cool outfits and for wearing a brown linen skirt designed by Haans Nicholas Mott — is decidedly hands-on when it comes to his style choices. For starters, the actor does not work with a stylist. As his manager, Cynthia Pett-Dante tells The Hollywood Reporter, “He’s not working with a stylist right now. He worked directly with Haans to create looks for the whole publicity tour, as he’s a fan of Haans’ work.”More from The Hollywood ReporterBox Office: 'Bullet Train' Leads Ho-Hum Weekend as 'Top Gun...
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‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Sets 2024 Release

Universal Pictures has set a March 8, 2024 release date for Kung Fu Panda 4. The latest chop socky pic from the movie franchise that features Po and the Furious Five will take the place of the untitled DreamWorks Animation film. Inspired by traditional martial arts and set in ancient China, the Kung Fu Panda film series tells the epic tale of wide-eyed Po, whose love of kung fu is matched only by an insatiable appetite.More from The Hollywood Reporter'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' Turns 40: Director, Stars on Concerns Over Sexuality and Its Surprise SuccessEmily Blunt Joins Ryan Gosling in Universal's 'The Fall Guy'DreamWorks Animation to Release...
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Anne Heche Declared Brain Dead, Still on Life Support Following Car Crash, Rep Says

Anne Heche has been declared brain dead, although she remains on life support for organ donation, a rep for the actress told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday. According to the actress’ publicist Holly Baird, Heche is “legally dead according to California law.” However, her heart is still beating and she has not been taken off of life support so that “OneLegacy can see if she is a match for organ donation.” More from The Hollywood ReporterJon Batiste Leaving 'Late Show With Stephen Colbert' After Seven Seasons as BandleaderLin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Texas Church's "Illegal, Unauthorized Production" of 'Hamilton': "Now...
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‘Day Shift’ Filmmaker Discusses Rise from Stunt World to Directing Jamie Foxx

If you’ve been following big budget action films over the past ten years, you’ve probably seen J.J. Perry’s handiwork. Known for his stunt work on films like the John Wick series and the Fast and Furious franchise, the stunt coordinator turned second-unit director is now making his directorial debut with the Netflix action-comedy Day Shift. Set in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, the film stars Jamie Foxx as a hardworking dad in need of some quick cash to provide for his daughter. His job? Hunting and killing vampires.More from The Hollywood ReporterEvents of the Week: 'Never Have I Ever,' 'Beast'...
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Now We’re (No Longer) Cooking With Gas: Hollywood Embraces Induction Cooking

Coming soon to L.A.: the end of gas appliances in new construction. As voted on by the Los Angeles City Council in May and set to start Jan. 1, 2023 (in a tiered phase-out), no new buildings, including residences, may include gas stoves, water heaters, furnaces or gas-powered clothes dryers. Following in the footsteps of Berkeley, San Francisco and Santa Monica, the move is an effort to reduce the use of fuels that generate greenhouse gases and contribute to climate change. Already, though, some Los Angeles designers and their clients are shifting to electric-powered induction stovetops and finding they love...
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‘Claydream’ Review: Doc’s Portrait of an Animation Innovator Is Inspired and Poignant

In proudly weird Portland, Oregon, far from the Hollywood moviemaking machinery, an animation empire arose in the mid-’70s. It was fueled by a hippie-collective exuberance and one man’s “burning ambition,” as a colleague describes the enterprising energy of Will Vinton, the company’s driving force, in the engaging and insightful Claydream. With incisive use of clips from the Vinton catalog and discerning interviews with Vinton and those who knew him, Marq Evans has made a film that pays tribute to its subject but is no starry-eyed celebration. Not unlike the characters Vinton and his collaborators brought to the screen through Claymation...
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Emily Blunt Joins Ryan Gosling in Universal’s ‘The Fall Guy’

Emily Blunt has joined actor Ryan Gosling and director David Leitch in the stuntman action drama The Fall Guy for Universal. The forthcoming movie is inspired by the classic 1980s series of the same name. Fall Guy was created by Glen A. Larson, the prolific TV producer whose output ranged from Battlestar Galactica to Magnum P.I, and starred Lee Majors as a Hollywood stunt man who, to make ends meets, has a side hustle as a bounty hunter.   More from The Hollywood Reporter'Kung Fu Panda 4' Sets 2024 ReleaseHow 'Bullet Train' Director David Leitch Went From Brad Pitt's Stuntman to Brad Pitt's...
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