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Women Directors Could Set an Oscar Record in Screenplay Categories (and More)

The fight for women to be recognized for their directorial achievements stretches back for decades, but, too often, the screenwriters aren’t given that same spotlight. However, this year…

Brad Pitt, Damien Quintard Relaunch Historic Miraval Studios as Creative Hub in the South of France

Brad Pitt has teamed up with Emmy-award winning music producer Damien Quintard to relaunch the historic Miraval Studios, where Pink Floyd, Sting, The Cure and AC/DC recorded their…

‘To the End’ Review: A Documentary About Trying to Change the Systems Enabling Climate Change

Unstoppable force meets immovable object in “To the End.” Rachel Lears’ documentary inspires in its portrait of youthful activists organizing to push impactful climate-change policies into American political…

Shalini Kantayya Returns to Sundance With Doc ‘TikTok, Boom’ About the Social Media Giant

Two years ago, Shalini Kantayya was at Sundance with “Coded Bias,” a documentary about racial bias in facial recognition software, algorithms and artificial intelligence. This year the director…

Have the Oscars Become the Olympics of Cinema?

In April 2019, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences board of governors decided to change the name of the foreign-language-film category, saying it was “outdated within…

Oscar’s Foreign Accent Dates Back to the Birth of Cinema

The public considers the Academy Awards as a Hollywood event. True, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is headquartered in Southern California, and most of the…

‘Gentle’ Review: A Hushed And Heartsore Diary Of A Hardbody

You might assume the title is ironic, given that Anna Eszter Nemes and László Csuja’s film is set in the strange, cloistered world of grit, muscle and sinew…

Metallica, the Strokes, Foo Fighters to Headline Boston Calling 2022 Festival; Rage Against the Machine Pull Out

Boston Calling, the  three-day festival scheduled to return to Allston, Mass. Over Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 – 29, 2022, has unveiled its full lineup. One previously announced headliner, Rage…

Louie Anderson, Emmy-winning comedian, dead at 68

He was best known for his brilliant, subversive turn in the 1988 comedy “Coming to America” and won an Emmy for the FX series “Baskets.”

How Festivals Help Build Awards Buzz for International Talent

It’s tempting to draw a straight line between the Academy’s increasingly global composition and the unprecedented triumph of Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” in 2019. And if we regard…

Global Craft Talent and Locations Elevate Oscar Front-Runners

The art of world building is pushing several international films to the forefront this awards season, and Hollywood has sweeping foreign visuals, borderless below-the-line talent and coveted tax…

‘The Princess’ Review: An Addictive Documentary About Princess Diana

“The Princess” is a perfectly timed, compulsively watchable once-over-lightly documentary. It’s a chronicle of Princess Diana culled entirely from television news footage and other public records. In other…