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“Feud” exposes the dark side of Hollywood

“Feud” exposes the dark side of Hollywood

Since Hollywood’s birth a century ago, feuds between its stars has generated news headlines and ignited the mass’s interest, more than their own movies. Some of these feuds were real and some were manufactured by the tabloid press in order to increase their sales at magazine stands and elevate t...

Hollywood faces an “existential crisis”

Hollywood faces an “existential crisis”

Every March, Hollywood studio bosses pack their marketing executives and stars into their private jets and head to Vegas to strut their wares before cinema owners, who come from all over the world to attend their largest annual gathering, CinemaCon.  This year, the studios offered more superheroes,...

Is the collapse of Wanda-DCP deal heralding the end of Chinese Investments in Hollywood?

Is the collapse of Wanda-DCP deal heralding the end of Chinese Investments in Hollywood?

Last Friday, Dick Clark Productions (DCP)’s owners, Eldridge Industries, issued a statement confirming the termination of its sale to Chinese conglomerate Wanda, saying that “Wanda failed to honor its contractual obligations, and that it was legally demanding the release of $25 million deposit t...

Denzel Washington on race relations: You can’t legislate love

Denzel Washington on race relations: You can’t legislate love

After winning the Tony Award in 2010 for playing the lead character, Troy, in August Wilson’s Pulitzer winning play, Fences, Denzel Washington reprises the role in the play’s film adaptation, which he also directs. Yet again, his performance was greeted with critical praise and garnered him a 7t...

Why is La La Land sweeping the awards?

Why is La La Land sweeping the awards?

Last month, “La La Land” broke the record for most Golden Globes won by a single film after snagging 7 trophies out of 7 nominations. Two weeks later, it made history again when it collected 14 Academy Awards nominations, record-tying with “All About Eve (1951)” and “Titanic (1997)”. It ...

Is Hollywood changing its attitude towards Muslims?

Is Hollywood changing its attitude towards Muslims?

When Donald Trump signed an executive order barring travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, Hollywood reacted with outrage and disgust. Many of its stars took to social media to condemn their president and his decree, and others joined demonstrators at na...

What Foreign Language films get nominated for Golden Globes and Oscars?

What Foreign Language films get nominated for Golden Globes and Oscars?

When the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences released its 5 Oscar nominees in the Foreign Language Film category, no one was surprised by the absence of  The People’s Republic of China’s submission, Huo Jianqi’s Xuanzang, which depicts the legendary seventh-century spiritual journey ...

The Awards Machine Behind the Golden Globes and Oscars

The Awards Machine Behind the Golden Globes and Oscars

Before I joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) in 2010, and became a Golden Globe awards voter, I had often been baffled by the Oscars and Golden Globes choices of nominated films and talent, and vexed by the absence of my favourite movies, which I thought were more artistically dese...

Hugh Grant: I struggled to make up my mind about Brexit – interview

Hugh Grant: I struggled to make up my mind about Brexit – interview

Four years ago, Hugh Grant told me that he preferred “playing golf in Scotland to acting,” and that he was planning to quit his craft and move into politics. But he didn’t keep his word, continuing to show up in movies nearly every year since then and even vying for accolades. This year, he h...

Mark Wahlberg wants to spread love around the world – interview

Mark Wahlberg wants to spread love around the world – interview

Mark Wahlberg is not just an actor, he is one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood. In fact, he exec-produced so many shows on HBO, such as Entourage, Boardwalk Empire, How to make it in America and Ballers, that he was dubbed Mr. HBO. In this interview with me for the BBC, he tells me that h...

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