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Brande Victorian

Brande Victorian is a freelance writer, editor, producer and on-camera correspondent specializing in celebrity interviews and profiles. Prior to becoming a contributor for The Hollywood Reporter, she was the Senior Entertainment Editor at ESSENCE magazine and the Content Director of the Women’s Division at iOne Digital.

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New California Senator Laphonza Butler’s Hollywood Connections

When actress Yvette Nicole Brown first heard that California Gov. Gavin Newsom had appointed Laphonza Butler to serve as U.S. Senator on Oct. 1, filling the seat left vacant following the death of longstanding Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein, her immediate thought was, “Of course.” Having been a part of the search committee that ushered in […]

‘The Changeling’ Director on the Significance of Centering an Older Black Woman in Penultimate Episode

[This story contains spoilers from episode seven of The Changeling.] In “Stormy Weather,” the penultimate episode of The Changeling, all the flashbacks of Apollo’s (LaKeith Stanfield) childhood and the early days of his mother’s relationship with his father Brian (Jared Abrahamson) that have been sprinkled throughout the season bring viewers to the Elk Hotel in […]

32 Reality TV Couples Who Are Still Together

Since the dawn of reality TV in the new millennium, sharing one’s love life on unscripted television has almost certainly spelled the death of one’s marriage — no matter the ZIP code or size of the bank account. From Basketball Wives to the Real Housewives, the Kardashians to the Hogans, it’s become commonplace for a […]

BET+ Reveals 2023 Holiday Slate (Exclusive)

BET’s streaming platform BET+ has unveiled 12 new projects marking the holiday season this year. The releases will be a mix of films spanning musical dramas and romantic comedies, and TV specials, including a standalone holiday episode of the streamer’s popular sitcom The Ms. Pat Show directed by Debbie Allen. Allen is among a dynamic […]

‘Physical’ Creator Annie Weisman and Director Stephanie Laing Talk Recovery and Sheila’s Future After Series Finale

In the series finale of Physical, lead character Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne) takes a look at herself in the mirror and notices a pimple along her laugh line. Her natural inclination is to pop the blemish, but upon leaning in and examining the spot more closely, she decides to leave it be. The scene in […]

L.A.’s Home Market Stalls Amid Hollywood Labor Disruption

After the WGA and then SAG-AFTRA went on strike, Los Angeles real estate agent Michelle Schwartz quickly felt the impact. “I was working with a producer who was relocating from England,” she explains. “It was a good all-cash $6 million purchase. Then the strike happened, and the deal was off. She says, ‘I’ve got to go […]

American Stylists “Proud” U.K. Counterparts Are Unionizing, but Duplicating Effort in U.S. Might Be Difficult, Experts Say

The quest for improved working conditions in Hollywood has mobilized across the pond and into another industry, as a group of U.K. stylists recently announced the formation of the Celebrity Stylists Union, a branch of Bectu, the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union in Europe. In line with a wave of labor activity this year […]

‘Winning Time’ Finale Director on Being Protective of Magic and Cookie Johnson’s Storyline in Season 2

[This story contains spoilers from the finale of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty season two.] The name says it all when it comes to the title of episode one of season two of the HBO sports drama Winning Time: “One Ring Don’t Make a Dynasty.” How the second season started — the […]

Spencer and Heidi Pratt on Extending Their “16th Minute” of Fame With New Podcast and Why They Hope Reality Stars Don’t Unionize

The phrase “15 minutes of fame” simply doesn’t apply to Spencer and Heidi Pratt, the husband-and-wife reality star duo better known as “Speidi” since they began dating during the second season of the Laguna Beach spinoff The Hills. Since those early 2000s MTV reality docuseries days, the couple, who eloped in Mexico on Nov. 20, […]

‘The Changeling’ Director Has Seen the Negative Reviews and Is “Weirdly Proud” of Them

At its best, Apple TV+’s new series The Changeling has been called “the most unique fantasy show of 2023,” and at its worst “mediocre.” Director and executive producer Jonathan van Tulleken is fine with either assessment. “When people don’t like it, they really don’t like it; when people love it, they really love it,” he […]

Bethann Hardison on Her Fight for Equality for Black Models: “I Was Willing to Step Off the Cliff”

When Bethann Hardison co-created the Black Girls Coalition in 1988 — a group formed with Iman to shine a spotlight on women of color in modeling — she didn’t know she was laying the foundation for a discussion about diversity in fashion that would continue for decades. “I just wanted to celebrate Black models. I wanted […]

How ‘Physical’ Makes ’80s Fashion Feel Timeless

The 1980s are nearly synonymous with bad hair and even worse fashion, and that’s exactly the association Ernesto Martinez didn’t want audiences to have with the clothing on Physical when he began crafting the wardrobe for the Apple TV+ series. “I didn’t want Physical to look like a show that was in the ‘70s and […]