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‘Cleaning Lady,’ Netflix, Other Big Players Keep New Mexico Production on Growth Curve

The film and TV tax credit that put New Mexico on the map is now nearly two decades old. Launched in 2003, it didn’t just transform the production…

‘I lost it’: Will Smith recalls Oscars slap in emotional ‘Daily Show’ interview

Smith didn’t identify what troubles he was dealing with during the awards ceremony — but said a lot of things he had been feeling came to a head all at once.

Will Smith Appears on ‘The Daily Show’ in First Late-Night Interview Since Oscars Slap: ‘That Is Not Who I Want to Be’

After a series of online statements and quiet public appearances over recent months, Will Smith took further steps back into the spotlight Monday evening, appearing for an interview…

Cherokee Nation Opens Screen Doors to Martin Scorsese, Other Big-Budget Shoots

When producer Gerald Webb came to Claremore, Okla., to shoot “A Christmas … Present” in late September, he knew the production would get great small-town Middle America looks…

Nigeria Plans for the Future With New Studio Spaces as Hollywood Investment Grows

To kick off their continent-wide promotional tour ahead of the African release of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” director Ryan Coogler and stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira,…

‘Woman King’ Leads Big-Budget Shoots in South Africa as Country Sees Production Boom

A host of big-budget studio productions, including Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible 7” and Viola Davis’ historical epic “The Woman King,” has given a boost to South Africa’s locations industry,…

Peru Undergoes Production Landscape Upgrade as ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,’ ‘Moon Heart’ Shoots Raise Profile of the Country

Peru as a filming location can be viewed before and after the making of “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” where a good chunk of the seventh iteration in…

Variety Announces 10 Directors to Watch for 2023

Pop quiz: What do the filmmakers who won this year’s top Sundance prize (Nikyatu Jusu, “Nanny”), Cannes’ Palme d’Or (Ruben Östlund, “The Triangle of Sadness”) and Oscar’s best…

‘Live From My Den’ Season 4 Showcases a Diverse Lineup of Today’s Most Innovative Artists

Artists Den brings “Live From My Den” back for another season, highlighting today’s most extraordinary artists as they perform from the creative spaces of their homes, studios and…

Bangladesh Makes an Impact at Goa Festival and Market

The burgeoning Bangladesh film industry made an impact at both South Asian film market Film Bazaar and the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa. Bangladesh feature film…

Indian Acting Legend Dilip Kumar Honored With Hero of Heroes Heritage Festival

Dilip Kumar, widely considered at one of India’s greatest actors, will be honored with a bespoke, heritage festival that launches next month. The Dilip Kumar Hero of Heroes…

Indian Industry Heavyweights Mull Impact of Streamers on Theatrical Releases in Post-COVID Era

Leading lights of the Indian entertainment industry discussed the impact of streaming platforms in the period after COVID-19 at a panel on the concluding day of the Film…