‘The Last Mercenary’ Review: Jean-Claude Van Damme in a Netflix Thriller…That’s a Dubbed...

Owen Gleiberman • July 30, 2021

During the closing credits of “The Last Mercenary,” we see a montage of Jean-Claude Van Damme in the various getups he wore during the movie (a fuzzy beard; a mustache and Yankees cap; a blond wig; a Bond tuxedo; drag). The film...

Three COVID Outbreaks Reported at Entertainment Industry Facilities

Gene Maddaus • July 30, 2021

Three COVID outbreaks have been reported over the last week at entertainment industry facilities, as the delta variant causes a spike in cases in Los Angeles County. The worst of the three hit the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plan...

Watch Norman Lear’s 99th Birthday Surprise Video From Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux

Michael Schneider • July 30, 2021

Norman Lear celebrated the dawn of his second century on the planet by probably accomplishing more than you did in the past month. Not only did he gather with family and friends, but Lear also published an op-ed in The Washington Post, warning of...

Scarlett Johansson Lawsuit: Disney’s Response Is a ‘Gendered Character Attack,’ Says Time’s...

Pat Saperstein • July 30, 2021

Women in Film, Los Angeles, ReFrame and Time’s Up have issued a joint statement calling Disney’s characterization of Scarlett Johansson a “gendered character attack.” The statement from the advocacy organizations reads,...

‘All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip-Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997)’ Film...

Andrew Barker • July 30, 2021

As far as titles go, you can’t accuse Jeremy Elkin’s “All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip-Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997)” of false advertising. Tracing the two youth cultures as they dance around one...

From Trump Supporters to Pig Pals, Unconventional Lead Roles Enter the Best Actor Race

Clayton Davis • July 30, 2021

The Oscar season may not have officially begun, but three talented leading men — Nicolas Cage (“Pig“), Matt Damon (“Stillwater“) and Winston Duke (“Nine Days“) — are all delivering awards-worthy...

The First Foreign Film to Hit China in Weeks? A British Christmas Movie About a Cat

Rebecca Davis • July 30, 2021

The first import to break through China’s nearly two-month political moratorium on foreign films apparently won’t be “Black Widow” or “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” Instead, Beijing is opening its doors to an...

Lionsgate’s Bill Cosby Documentary Is Dead (EXCLUSIVE)

Kate Aurthur • July 30, 2021

According to a source familiar with the matter, a Lionsgate documentary about Bill Cosby is not moving forward. The documentary had been in the works for years, and gained attention since Cosby’s release from prison in late June. But now, the...

Jon Ossoff Passes Torch to New Leadership at His Former Documentary Production Outfit Insight...

Manori Ravindran • July 30, 2021

A changing of the guard is underway at the production company formerly led by Georgia Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff. The London-based outfit, historically known as Insight TWI (The World Investigates), is rebranding as Insight Films, with producers...

Phil Rosenthal Has Pitched an ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Reunion But Hasn’t Found Any Takers

Jennifer Yuma • July 30, 2021

Phil Rosenthal, creator and showrunner of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has pitched a reunion special for the domestic comedy that starred Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton and Brad Garrett, but so far hasn’t found a home for it —...

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