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James Hibberd


James Hibberd is an award-winning journalist who has covered the entertainment industry across two decades. He’s best known for writing in-depth coverage of genre movies and TV shows, along with celebrity profiles and breaking news. He previously served as Editor-at-Large at Entertainment Weekly and is the author of the book "Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon," the behind-the-scenes story of making "Game of Thrones." He lives in Austin, Texas.

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‘The Rings of Power’ Showrunners Sign New Amazon Deal, Begin Early Work on Season 3 (Exclusive)

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power showrunners have struck a new overall deal with Amazon MGM Studios, a potentially bullish sign for the future of the fantasy series. Patrick McKay and JD Payne have signed a three-year deal which also launches their own production company, 10:40 PM Productions. The duo wrote and executive […]

Actor Playing Willy Wonka at Disaster Event Speaks Out: “It Was Heartbreaking and Dangerous”

One of the actors hired to play Willy Wonka at an “immersive experience” fan event that became a viral sensation for all the wrong reasons is speaking out about what actually went down behind the scenes. The U.K. fan attraction Willy’s Chocolate Experience — which was inspired by Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory […]

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: […]

Jake Gyllenhaal Responds to Doug Liman Boycotting Their ‘Road House’ Premiere

Jake Gyllenhaal has weighed in on Doug Liman’s decision to boycott the premiere of their upcoming remake of the 1989 action movie Road House. Liman is refusing to attend the film’s March 8 world premiere at the South by Southwest Film & TV Festival next month because the film’s studio, Amazon MGM Studios, is releasing […]

Willy Wonka Immersive Event Leaves Kids in Tears: “It Looks Like a Meth Lab”

An “immersive experience” that promised to transport Willy Wonka fans into a “magical realm” has turned out to be such an epic letdown that customers called the police and compared the attraction to a meth lab. The U.K. event was titled Willy’s Chocolate Experience and charged customers $44 each (photos below). The attraction was not […]

Taylor Sheridan’s Most (and Least) Watched TV Shows, Ranked

When it comes to corralling viewers, Taylor Sheridan is hardly all hat, no cattle. The ultra-prolific writer-director’s Yellowstone universe shows and his other Paramount+ dramas perform quite strongly, helping to heavily prop up the streamer with its 63 million subscribers. Naturally, however, some shows outpull others. Here, The Hollywood Reporter takes a closer look at […]

Jon Stewart Gives His Solution for Israel-Hamas Peace on ‘Daily Show’

Jon Stewart opened his third return episode of The Daily Show by noting his first two episodes generated some controversy, so this week he was going to tackle … the Israel-Hamas war. And during the course of his monologue, Stewart offered a sincere idea for solving the crisis. First, the host delved into the current […]

Netflix Orders Shane Gillis Scripted Series Based on His YouTube Pilot ‘Tires’

Shane Gillis has struck a deal for his first scripted series: a Netflix workplace comedy set in an auto repair shop. The streamer has ordered six episodes of Tires, which is based on a pilot concept Gillis had previously posted on YouTube. The setup: “Will (Steven Gerben), the nervous and unqualified heir to an auto […]

Kevin Costner Breaks Silence: Reveals Trailer for Western Epic ‘Horizon’

Kevin Costner has released the first full trailer for Horizon: An American Saga, his wildly ambitious, four-part post-Civil War Western epic that helped lure the actor away from his other Western — Paramount Network’s Yellowstone. The trailer (below) has a sweeping, old-fashioned grandeur and is full of scenic vistas, gunfights, romance, wagon trains, and a clash […]

‘Foundation’ Shakeup: David S. Goyer Stepping Back From Duties Amid Budget Clash

There’s a shakeup going on behind the scenes at Apple TV+’s lavish sci-fi drama Foundation. Co-creator David S. Goyer is stepping back from his showrunner duties ahead of production resuming on the show’s upcoming third season. Goyer (Blade, The Dark Knight) will still be creatively involved with the show, contributing scripts from Los Angeles, while […]

‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff ‘The Hedge Knight’ Gets 2025 Release Date

Dunk and Egg keep journeying closer to their HBO debut. On Friday, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav gave an update on the next Game of Thrones spinoff series: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight (a title that seems destined to be changed to something that doesn’t have “Knight” twice). “[Creator and […]

BBC Defends Cringe Andrew Scott Interview About Naked Barry Keoghan

BBC News released a detailed statement about that viral red carpet interview where a reporter continually pressed Andrew Scott about Barry Keoghan’s nudity in Saltburn. For those who missed it (video below), the BBC’s Colin Paterson, covering the BAFTAs red carpet, pressed Scott — who was supporting his film All of Us Strangers — about […]