Oscar and BAFTA Nominations for ‘Collective’ Boosts Whistleblowers

The parents of one of the victims of the nightclub fire featured in the Romanian documentary “Collective” have spoken of their hope that the film’s Oscar and BAFTA nominations will mean more people know about the scandal, its director Alexander Nanau tells Variety. “They posted a message on Facebook to their son saying: ‘We failed …

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‘SNL’ tackles Matt Gaetz, Lil Nas X and David Dobrik controversies

Last night, “Saturday Night Live” roasted several high-profile people who were the subject of controversy over the past week including Congressman Matt Gaetz, Lil Nas X and YouTuber David Dobrik. First-time host and Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya opened the show with a monologue about race and racism. “I know you’re hearing my accent and thinking, …

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Jodie Foster happy to see more women in films: When I started it was just me and a bunch of guys

She has been a part of showbiz since the age of six, and Jodie Foster has witnessed Hollywood and the process of filmmaking evolve. From having no female around on a film set other than herself, to now becoming a director herself, it has been quite a journey for her. “From when I was growing …

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Why Movie Theaters May Experience a Post-COVID Renaissance

With vaccinations rising and COVID restrictions easing, movie theaters are slowly getting their grove back. This weekend saw the debut of the first pandemic-era hit in “Godzilla vs. Kong,” a sign that people are ready, even eager to return to their local multiplexes after a year spent streaming movies at home. But there are still …

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Owen Simon Dead: Westinghouse, Group W PR Executive Was 93

Owen Simon, a longtime PR executive for Westinghouse and Group W Productions, died April 2 in Los Angeles. He was 93. Simon was known for his savvy promotional campaigns on behalf of such series as “The Mike Douglas Show” and “The Merv Griffin Show” and other productions from Westinghouse’s Group W Prods. syndication division. Simon …

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