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Locarno Chief Carlo Chatrian Picked To Head Berlin Film Festival: Report

Carlo Chatrian

The Berlin Film Festival may have found its man to replace Dieter Kosslick as reports in Germany are emerging that Locarno festival chief Carlo Chatrian is set to take the role. German newspaper Bild is reporting that Chatrian, who has been director of the Locarno Film Festival since 2013, has beaten several other high profile candidates to take up the position starting with the 2020 event. It emerged in December that Kosslick would leave Berlin when his contract ends in… Read


Santa Barbara Film Festival Sets 2019 Dates

Sam Rockwell Santa Barbara Film Festival

The 34th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival is set to run January 30-February 9 in 2019, organizers said this morning. Official events will be held throughout the city, including the Arlington and Lobero theaters, for the fest that takes place in the heat of movie awards season. Last year, honorary awards were bestowed on eventual Oscar winners Jordan Peele, Guillermo del Toro, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell, among others. The 2018 fest went on as planned in the face of… Read


‘Love Is___’ Creator Mara Brock Akil Talks How Series Was Inspired By Black Females

OWN’s latest relationship drama, Love Is___, is a look back at the humble beginnings of TV power couple Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil. “It really came from a conversation I've been having specifically with Black women,” said creator and executive producer Brock Akil on the genesis on the project. Speaking on a panel discussion at the annual American Black Film Festival, the creator behind shows like Girlfriends and Being Mary Jane said she’d often get inquiries from… Read


‘The First Purge’ Director Gerard McMurray On Adding Real World Elements To The Horror Genre

In telling the story of Universal’s The First Purge, which introduces the inauguration of the day when laws are unenforced and pent-up violence unleashed, director Gerard McMurray found inspiration in pulling from real-life events to underscore the film’s themes of abuse of power and resistance. “Right now we're living in a time where people are waking up and seeing how things really are and are needing to stand up and voice their opinion,” said McMurray, speaking with… Read


‘Insecure’ Star Yvonne Orji Says Season 3 Is “A Season Of Growth”

Yvonne Orji

With the August 12 premiere date for Season 3 of HBO hit comedy Insecure approaching, star Yvonne Orji gave more clarity on what to expect, calling the new installment “a season of growth.” “This is definitely a checks-and-balances season, and some people will get checked,” she told Deadline on the sidelines of the 22nd annual American Black Film Festival in Miami. In recent interviews, star and creator Issa Rae has hinted that Season 3 will focus on the topic of black… Read


New Hollywood Podcast: ‘Queen Sugar’ Showrunner & Cast On What To Expect In Season 3 – ATX

This week, Amanda N’Duka and I are excited to bring you a special live episode from the ATX Television Festival featuring Queen Sugar cast Dawn Lyen-Gardner, Rutina Wesley and Kofi Siriboe as well as season three showrunner Kat Candler. After an advanced screening of an episode of the OWN drama series from Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, the panel talked to us and the audience at the Alamo Drafthouse about what to expect from this season which continues DuVernay’s… Read


Brie Larson Says Sundance And Toronto Festivals To Allocate 20% Of Press Credentials To Underrepresented Journalists

The Sundance and Toronto film festivals will both allocate 20 percent of press credentials to underrepresented journalists going forward, Brie Larson announced on Wednesday night at the Women in Film Los Angeles Crystal + Lucy Awards. Collecting the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film, Larson said that Sundance would ensure "at least 20 percent of their top level press passes will go to underrepresented critics." She added that TIFF would do the same. "Although it… Read


AFI Expands Michael Lumpkin Role To Director Of Festivals, Replacing Longtime Head Jacqueline Lyanga

American Film Institute

Michael Lumpkin, who has served as Director of the American Film Institute’s Docs for the past three years, has just been named Director of AFI Festivals. Jacqueline Lyanga, who began serving as Director of AFI FEST in 2010 and is a graduate of the AFI Conservatory, is departing her role to pursue new opportunities. Lyanga and will consult with AFI through June to ensure a smooth transition. “It has been an amazing and extremely rewarding experience to be part of the… Read


‘Younger’ Cast & Creatives On Incorporating #MeToo Story & What’s To Come In Season 5 – ATX

Season 5 of TV Land's flagship original series, Younger, wasted no time in tackling the current hot-button topic of sexual harassment in its first episode, with a character whose behavior fits the bill. “We had the character of Edward L.L. Moore built in. He had previously been there and was really inappropriate with Liza's character, and we were all in the writer’s room just talking about Harvey Weinstein and everything thing that was happening with hashtag me too,” said… Read


‘The Americans’: Cast & Creators Joke Potential Spinoffs, Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys Talk Spy Love – ATX

It was only appropriate that the ATX Television Festival end with The Americans as the FX show recently had its series finale. The packed house at the Paramount Theatre was filled with emotion as they aired of the final scenes appropriately set to the tune of U2’s “With or Without You” from the last episode before actors Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, and Brandon J. Dirden came out on stage with showrunners Joel Fields and Joe We… Read


‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘Reports On Sarah And Saleem’ Win Big At Seattle Fest

Eighth Grade

The Seattle International Film Festival announced its award winners this afternoon across a range of categories, with notable honors going to the narrative features Eighth Grade and The Reports on Sarah and Saleem. Eighth Grade captured Best Film honors in the audience-determined Golden Space Needle Awards, with star Elsie Fisher also taking home Best Actress. Reports, which is directed by Muayad Alayan, won the jury prize in the main narrative competition. The festival… Read


‘Felicity’ Cast Attempt To Remember Details Of Time-Traveling Finale, Scott Foley Backpedals On Reboot Talks – ATX

As the cast of Felicity took the stage at the Paramount Theatre for the 20-year reunion at the ATX Television Festival, the memorable, comforting theme song (which was not sung by star Amy Jo Johnson, despite what the CD liner notes say) echoed through the sold-out audience. Fans of the then-WB channel, angsty college drama welcomed stars Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Scott Foley, Tangi Miller, Amanda Foreman, Ian Gomez, Greg Grunberg, Rob Benedict, Amy Jo Johnson, and… Read