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Lawrence Pitkethly, who produced and directed multiple documentary series shown on PBS and other broadcasters, died Feb. 24 at Albany Medical Center near his home in Hudson, N.Y., of cardiopulmonary arrest linked to complications from Parkinson’s. He was 79. Pitkethly is best known for “American Cinema” (1995), a 10-part, $7…

Hugh Hudson, who directed one classic film — Oscar winner “Chariots of Fire” — over a career that spanned only 15 films, died Friday in London. He was 86.  The Guardian said he had died after a short illness. His family released a statement saying, “Hugh Hudson, 86, beloved husband…

20th Century Studios has unveiled the first footage of its remake of “White Men Can’t Jump,” starring Sinqua Walls and Jack Harlow. Set to Skee-Lo’s “I Wish,” the 30-second clip features footage of the two playing basketball and arguing the merits of the finest cinematic artists of our time. “I’m…

Director, writer, actor, producer and author Spike Lee is being accorded a BFI Fellowship, the highest honor bestowed by the British Film Institute. The Fellowship will be presented to Lee at a celebratory event at BFI Southbank, hosted by BFI chair Tim Richards and BFI chief executive Ben Roberts on…

Filmmaker Kenneth Karlstadt has conjured a chaotic coming of age story, “Kids In Crime,” for Norway’s TV2. The writer-director grew the project out from his well received short, “The Hunger,” into eight short episodes.  It’s a format hoped to attract younger audiences aged 16-22, who are surrounded by many alternative…

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival kicked off its second edition on Friday with a splashy gala that alongside Egyptian icon Yousra and a plethora of Arab talent also saw Guy Ritchie, Sharon Stone, and Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan on the red carpet.  Held in the auditorium of the…

Quentin Tarantino recently appeared on HBO Max’s “Who’s Talking With Chris Wallace,” where he discussed violence and racist language in his films.

MARRAKECH — Running Nov. 14-17, the 5th Atlas Workshops, the industry-and-talent development program for Moroccan, Arab and African projects at the Marrakech Film Festival, is celebrating its return to an in-person event this time round. With an increase in submissions, awards, and an ever-larger audience of industry execs checking out…

When Miami-based documentary director Billy Corben and his producing partner Alfred Spellman received a June 2020 email with a subject line invoking Giancarlo Granda, Jerry Falwell Jr. and Donald Trump, they knew they had the next film for their Rakontur nonfiction banner.   Granda, a local pool boy who began…

American Cinema Editors announced that the organization will honor director Gina Prince-Bythewood with the esteemed ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award, recognizing an artist who exemplifies distinguished achievement in the art and business of film. In addition, ACE will bestow career achievement honors to film editors Don Zimmerman,…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 49th Student Academy Awards ceremony, which took place during an in-person ceremony at its David Geffen Theater in Los Angeles. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were presented during…

After two weeks of solid showings at the box office, excellent reviews and passionate fan responses, “The Woman King” has become one of the year’s standout hits, with plans to be competitive in the awards races for both major and artisan category attention.  One of the film’s standout stars, Thuso Mbedu,…