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Taylor Swift, Rolling Stones Help Drive Universal Music Group Quarterly Results

Universal Music Group, whose artist roster includes the likes of Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo, reported improved fourth-quarter financials. Quarterly revenue rose 9 percent, or 15.6 percent on a constant currency basis, to 3.2 billion euros ($3.5 billion), with UMG touting “strong growth across all segments.” It cited album top sellers from the likes of […]

Guy Ritchie to Direct a ‘Ray Donovan’ Spinoff ‘The Donovans’ for Paramount+

Paramount+ has ordered a spinoff of its crime drama Ray Donovan that will be directed and executive produced by Guy Ritchie. Titled The Donovans, the new series is “loosely based” on the successful series that ran for seven seasons on Showtime and starred Liev Schreiber as a professional “fixer” in Los Angeles. The official description: […]

German Politicians Call for “Consequences” Amid Debate Over “Antisemitic” Berlinale Awards Show

The heated debate over the awards ceremony of this year’s Berlin Film Festival shows no signs of cooling down. On Tuesday, German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann called out the Berlinale for allowing what he called “antisemitic” statements to go unchallenged at the awards gala in Berlin Saturday night. Speaking to newspapers of Germany’s Funke media […]

First Look at German Fantasy Epic ‘Hagen’

Constantin Film has released the first images from Hagen, its hotly-anticipated new fantasy drama, which is looking to tap into the global Game of Thrones and Vikings fan base with a swords-and-magic tale inspired by the Teutonic Nibelungen saga. Fremantle has picked up worldwide distribution rights outside German-speaking territories to the series from Constantin. Fremantle […]

Catherine McCormack Joins Colin Firth in Peacock, Sky Limited Series ‘Lockerbie’

Catherine McCormack (Slow Horses, Temple) has joined Sky and Peacock original limited series Lockerbie to star opposite Colin Firth. McCormack will play the role of Jane Swire, wife of Dr. Jim Swire who will be played by Academy Award- and BAFTA-winning star Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man, The Staircase). The couple lost daughter Flora […]

Italian Filmmaker Stefano Sollima on His Upcoming Netflix Serial-Killer Drama ‘Il Mostro’

“Very beautiful and very challenging.” Those are the first two words that director Stefano Sollima uses to describe his upcoming, four-part Netflix  crime series Il Mostro, which has just finished filming. Created by Leonardo Fasoli and Sollima (who also co-produced with Lorenzo Mieli), and produced by The Apartment — a Fremantle company — and AlterEgo […]

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot No. 1: ‘Zone of Interest’ Is Best Picture, but Nolan Is Best Director

This “Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot,” which is the first in a series that THR will run ahead of Oscar night, reflects the votes — and candid rationales for them — of a male member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 867-person short films and feature animation branch, as communicated to THR in […]

Israeli Filmmaker Slams German Politicians for Branding Berlin Award Acceptance Speech “Antisemitic”

No Other Land co-director Yuval Abraham has hit out at German politicians and the Israeli media for branding his award acceptance speech at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday as “antisemitic.” In a post on X, formerly Twitter, Abraham, part of a collective of four Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers that took home the prize for best […]

Box Office Slowdown Hits Imax As Quarterly Revenue Falls

Imax released its fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday, and posted slightly lower net earnings on falling overall revenues. That came amid tentpoles like Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour and Wonka playing on the cinema technology company’s big screens. Overall fourth-quarter revenue came to $86 million, down 12 percent from a […]

Jesse Williams Nabs Lead in ‘Costiera’ Drama for Prime Video Italy

Only Murders in the Building star Jesse Williams has taken the lead role in Costiera, an original drama for Prime Video Italy. Williams will play Daniel De Luca, a half-Italian former U.S. marine who returns to Italy, his childhood home, as a fixer in a luxury hotel where one of the owner’s daughters disappears. He […]

‘The Zone of Interest’ Producer on Finding New Relevancy in a Holocaust Drama: “Our Political Culture Is Closer to That of the Perpetrator Than We Think”

When Jonathan Glazer began developing the project that became The Zone of Interest — nominated for five Oscars, including best picture and best international feature — he and producer James Wilson began to ask a series of questions that would require them to find the rationale behind making another film that depicts the events of […]

BBC Unveils “Enhanced” Complaints Process as Review of Huw Edwards Case Finds “Shortcomings”

In July 2023, the BBC commissioned a review of the effectiveness of its non-editorial complaints policies and processes, following a complaint about the alleged behavior of former news anchor Huw Edwards who was later named by his wife as being the one accused of having paid a teenager for sexually explicit photos. On Tuesday, the […]