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Golden Globes: Publicists Group Has ‘Concerns’ About HFPA Reform Plans

A group of more than 100 Hollywood publicity firms say they are concerned about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s recently released plans to overhaul the organization. “We will continue to refrain from any HFPA sanctioned events, including press conferences, unless and until these issues are illuminated in detail with a firm commitment to a timeline […]

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With ‘Collective’s’ Dual Oscar Nods and Arrival of HBO Max, HBO Europe’s Doc Division Readies for Global Spotlight (EXCLUSIVE)

A pair of Oscar nominations for “Collective,” a blistering exposé of corruption in his native Romania, was certainly a triumph for Alexander Nanau, one of Europe’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers. But it was a success story shared by co-producer HBO Europe, which has spent the past decade beefing up its documentary arm en route to […]

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David Oyelowo Worked With His Family to Write Music for His Directorial Debut ‘The Water Man’

The theme at the heart of David Oyelowo’s directorial debut, “The Water Man,” is the strength of families. Opening May 7, the feature revolves around Gunner (Lonnie Chavis), a boy who ventures out to find the Water Man — a mythical figure with healing powers who might be able to cure his terminally ill mother, […]

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Joel Bender, Director, Editor and Film Historian, Dies at 72

Joel Bender, an editor, director, writer and producer who directed “Karla” and “Gas Pump Girls,” died in his sleep due to natural causes on April 24, his wife confirmed to Variety. He was 72. Throughout his career, Bender directed 11 independent features and numerous episodes of TV shows. He edited over 20 feature films, including […]

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How ‘Save Ralph’s’ Set Designer Built the Stop-Motion Short Film Voiced by Taika Waititi and Ricky Gervais

The Humane Society International’s #SaveRalphCampaign tackles the disturbing issue of animal testing. Directed by Spencer Susser, the short film “Save Ralph” features the voices of Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron and Olivia Munn. It shines a light on the plight of countless rabbits and other animals suffering at this very moment in laboratories around […]

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Poppy Delevingne, Chad Michael Collins, Casper Van Dien Team for ‘Assailant’ From MSR Media (EXCLUSIVE)

British actor and model Poppy Delevingne, Chad Michael Collins, Casper Van Dien and Jeff Fahey are set to star in thriller-suspense film “Assailant,” from MSR Media and written and directed by Tom Paton (“400 Bullets”). The pic turns on a couple going through marriage counseling who decide to head to the Caribbean on a “make […]

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David Tennant, Ariyon Bakare, Rob Brydon Join Sky’s ‘The Amazing Maurice’ Animated Adaptation

In today’s Global Bulletin, Sky Cinema’s “The Amazing Maurice” rounds out its voice cast; the BFI launches a U.S. streaming platform for British cinema and renews its Bursary Award partnership with IWC Schaffhausen; and the Göteborg Film Festival announces funding for films from four territories where freedom of speech and expression are seen as being […]

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Demi Lovato, Glenn Close and Anderson Cooper to Talk Mental Health at Virtual Event (EXCLUSIVE)

Glenn Close will welcome Demi Lovato to Bring Change to Mind’s virtual event “A Conversation Starter,” which will be held on May 23 at 8 p.m. Anderson Cooper, who lived through the tragedy of losing his brother to suicide, will be moderating the event. Mental health advocates Lovato, Close and Cooper will all share courageous […]

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