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Ash Christian, Emmy-Winning Producer and Actor, Dies at 35

Ash Christian, an Emmy award-winning producer, actor, filmmaker and founder of Cranium Entertainment, died in his sleep on Thursday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He was 35. Born on Jan. 16, 1985, in Paris, Tex., Christian began writing and directing short films at the age of 14, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams […]

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Tetsuya Watari, Japanese Actor, Dies at 78

Tetsuya Watari, the Japanese actor who worked with international cult favorites Seijun Suzuki and Kinji Fukasaku on some of their best-known films, died on Aug.10 of pneumonia at age 78. His death was announced Friday following a private family funeral. Joining the Nikkatsu studio in 1964 after graduating from Aoyama Gakuin University, Watari soon became […]

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New Movies to Watch This Week: ‘Project Power’ on Netflix, ‘Boys State’ on Apple TV Plus

With theaters open in 44 of the 50 states, cinemas are finding something to show — although turnout is still so modest that distributors are still being hesitant about what to release. That means another week in what’s now going on five months of the industry’s pivot to streaming releases, with a fresh batch of […]

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‘Kissing Booth 2’ Director Vince Marcello Breaks Down Dance Competition Finale and Teases ‘Kissing Booth 3’

Director Vince Marcello knows fans can not get enough of “The Kissing Booth,” and not long after Netflix released the film’s much-anticipated sequel, “The Kissing Booth 2,” it was announced that a third installment had already been shot. Marcello says, “Although “The Kissing Booth” is a romantic comedy, the heart of it is a coming […]

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Chris D’Elia Replaced by Tig Notaro in Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’

Comedian Tig Notaro is replacing Chris D’Elia in Zack Snyder’s zombie movie “Army of the Dead,” Variety has confirmed. News of the recasting comes following allegations that D’Elia sexually harassed underage girls. Multiple women, some as young as 16, accused D’Elia of misconduct, including sending them inappropriate and explicit messages online. In wake of the allegations, […]

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Focus Features President Robert Walak Exits Role

Focus Features executive Robert Walak is exiting his position as president and will move into an advisory role at the company. There is currently no plan to replace his position. Walak was appointed president of Focus Features, the specialty studio owned by Universal, in February 2016. Before moving to Los Angeles two years ago, he […]

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Idris Elba and Simon Kinberg Spy Romance Film Lands at Apple

Idris Elba and Simon Kinberg have teamed up for a yet-to-be-titled spy film, which after an intense bidding war, has landed at Apple. Elba will star and produce the film, which is described as a “spy movie with romance” set in Africa. Kingberg and Audrey Chon, president of Kinberg’s Genre Films will produce. The film’s […]

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Locarno SwissBiz Panel: COVID-19 Not the Only Problem Facing Swiss Distribution, Exhibition

Locarno SwissBiz panel, a round-table featuring five local industry professionals that takes an often critical and always self aware look at the state of affairs in Switzerland’s film industry, was always going to be a bit different this year. But, while the COVID-19 situation was a key talking point, it served primarily to highlight existing […]

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