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Culture Shift: Why Is Hollywood Ignoring the Data When It Comes to Latino Representation? (Guest Column)

As a Latino, I have the privilege of understanding the rich tapestry of our culture, one woven with vibrant threads of heritage, resilience and passion. Latino culture is as diverse as the U.S. itself, a beautiful kaleidoscope of traditions, flavors, sounds and histories. We run the multicultural/multiracial gamut, including Indigenous, Afro Latinos, Asian Latinos, those […]

Culture Shift: I’m a Writer Facing Eviction. Do I Regret the Strike? (Guest Column)

For over five months, I’ve stood shoulder-to-shoulder with my union, the Writers Guild of America. Our protest has brought a flawed industry reliant on our creativity to its knees. Our fight, and that of the performers of SAG-AFTRA, wasn’t just about insulating ourselves from AI and other disruptive technologies; we demanded recognition and fair compensation […]

Toronto Awards Analysis: ‘The Boy and the Heron,’ Fest Opener and Miyazaki Swan Song, Will Be Hard for Academy to Resist

Hayao Miyazaki, the most celebrated figure to emerge from the world of motion picture animation since Walt Disney, received an honorary Oscar in 2015, two years after he announced his retirement following a remarkable career that included three films that received nominations for the best animated feature Oscar, one of which — his 2002 masterpiece Spirited […]

Wall Street’s M&A Sharks Are Getting Ready for a Feeding Frenzy of Hollywood Deals

On Aug. 17, days after its strike passed the 100-day mark, the Writers Guild of America West issued a call for lawmakers and regulators to look into the deals of three Hollywood giants: Netflix, Disney and Amazon. “Pay and working conditions for writers have become so dire, and media conglomerates so unresponsive, that 11,500 writers went […]

Telluride Post-Fest Analysis: Feinberg and Keegan on Rocky Mountain Highs and Lows

Per annual tradition, The Hollywood Reporter’s executive editor (awards) Scott Feinberg and senior editor (film) Rebecca Keegan huddled on the last day of the Telluride Film Festival to dissect their Labor Day weekend in the Rockies … REBECCA KEEGAN Scott, we’re writing this from the corner of the bar at the New Sheridan Hotel, located […]

Everyone Blames Studios for Ditching the Pay TV Bundle. Can a New One Be Built Before Disaster Hits?

If the entertainment business could be summed up in one word these days, it could be “misery.” The Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes drag on, with no end in sight. The major streaming services (sans Netflix) continue to be unprofitable, with most studios still targeting 2025 to break even. The pay TV business […]

Emmys: Vets and Breakouts Make Up the Drama Lead Actress Race

Sharon Horgan (Bad Sisters) The Irishwoman is a first-time acting nominee for her Apple TV+ murder mystery’s rookie season, which received four nods (including for her writing). At 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, better than any of her competitors’ shows, it was released a long time ago. Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) With this nom for […]

“Things We Lost in the Fire”: A View From the Writers Strike Line

An Emmy-winning writer, producer and director, Todd Robinson has worked in film and television for nearly four decades — penning screenplays for White Squall, Lonely Hearts and The Last Full Measure. Prior to the current WGA strike, the second since he joined the guild, he’d been working on his next features Eldorado and Neponsit Circle, […]

Emmys: Veterans and One Rookie in the Drama Lead Actor Race

Jeff Bridges, The Old Man At 73, “The Dude” is a beloved legend who, for his portrayal of a retiree with a past on the freshman FX show, earned raves and his second Emmy nom, 13 years after his first (for a turn in a TV movie). But his series received just one other nom, […]

Guest Essay: How ‘George & Tammy’ Captured My Parents as Human Beings First, Musical Icons Second

I first heard about George & Tammy shortly after my memoir, The Three of Us: Growing Up With Tammy and George, came out in 2011, and I did have some initial concerns about how my parents would be portrayed in a television series based on their lives. Would the show pursue a line of honesty […]

A Lahaina Survivor’s Harrowing Escape and Her Efforts to Save a Way of Life  

We first came to Lahaina during COVID because my son, Greyson, who was 5 at the time, was losing his mind. He’s a very active boy, and we needed to get him out of the house. My dad, musician Ray Conniff, had a lot of close ties to Hawaii and the community here. He’d spent […]

Culture Shift: How ‘And Just Like That’ Is Showing More of New York’s Rich Diversity (Guest Column)

For 25 years, Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and others in their orbit (especially their unforgettable fourth bestie, Samantha), have pushed boundaries. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the friends — then in their 30s — normalized the idea of women as sexual beings and depicted women’s full lives as inclusive of both work and play. As […]