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Etan Vlessing

Canada Bureau Chief

Etan Vlessing has worked as a print and digital journalist and editor for 30 years, first in London as a financial reporter. Returning to Canada, he worked for the Financial Times of Canada and then as an entertainment journalist for Playback before joining The Hollywood Reporter as Canadian Bureau Chief. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and completed a masters degree in journalism at the City University in the UK. For THR, he covers the film, TV and digital sectors in Canada, based in Toronto, and contributes to the film and business sections.

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Justin Hartley Plays Lone-Wolf Survivalist in ‘Tracker’ Trailer

This is Us alum Justin Hartley plays a lone-wolf survivalist, Colter Shaw, seeking to solve mysteries in the trailer for CBS’ Tracker drama, which dropped on Friday. “You collect rewards, right?” he’s asked at one point in the trailer. “I prefer the term ‘rewardist.’ Everyone’s looking for something,” Shaw answers as he makes his way […]

‘I Am a Voter’ Co-Founder Mandana Dayani Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

Human rights activist and business leader Mandana Dayani has signed with CAA. Dayani created and founded along with CAA I am a voter., a nonpartisan organization looking to boost civic engagement. More recently, she served as president of Archewell, the Los Angeles-based production, audio and philanthropic company founded by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Archewell […]

‘Barbie,’ ‘Oppenheimer’ Among Most Googled Movies Globally in 2023

In a multi-screen digital world, Google’s search world has become increasingly key to marketing movies to a worldwide audience — especially in the run-up to opening weekends. With Barbie and Oppenheimer making waves at the multiplex last summer, Barbenheimer had an unsurprisingly ripple effect for both tentpoles — as they topped the Google Trends table […]

Kristen Stewart Warns the World Is “Dangerously Close” to Nuclear Catastrophe

Kristen Stewart is sounding the alarm over the threat of a global nuclear war by getting behind Paul Jay’s feature doc about Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, How to Stop a Nuclear War, which is now in production. “We’ve grown so accustomed to the looming threat of nuclear annihilation, that it barely registers in our […]

Olivia Wilde to Direct ‘Naughty’ Christmas Comedy for Universal

Universal has landed the Christmas comedy package for Naughty, which is set to be directed by Olivia Wilde and is based on a script by Jimmy Warden. Warden will continue writing the screenplay for Universal, while producing along with Wilde on the project. There is no word on casting, but the synopsis from Universal points to […]

Andre Braugher Cause of Death Revealed

Andre Braugher’s cause of death has been revealed to be lung cancer, his rep has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Braugher died Monday at 61 after what his rep then said was a “brief illness.” He starred as master interrogator Det. Frank Pembleton on NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street for the first six seasons of the […]

Ryan Reynolds Sees Make-Believe Creatures Made Real in ‘IF’ Fantasy Comedy Trailer

Ryan Reynolds discovers his daughter can see everyone’s imaginary friends from their childhood in the teaser trailer for John Krasinski’s fantasy comedy IF, which dropped on Thursday. Not to be confused with IT, the 2017 supernatural horror pic, IF sees a perplexed Reynolds go on a lighthearted magical adventure with adorable creatures as his daughter, […]

‘Vikings’ Star Katheryn Winnick Warns Against Ukraine War Fatigue: “We Can’t Forget”

Vikings star Katheryn Winnick made her character Lagertha — a shield maiden, or female warrior — as tough and determined as any of the male warriors fighting in bloody battles on the popular history drama. And she’s a a kick-ass woman in real life, having earned her first black belt at 13 and opened three […]

Willie Nelson Docuseries Gets Pre-Christmas Bow on Paramount+ (Exclusive)

Willie Nelson & Family, a documentary series about the country music icon from filmmakers Thom Zimny and Oren Moverman, is set to bow on Paramount+ on Dec. 21. The career retrospective is creatively driven by directors Zimny and Moverman, both recent Emmy winners — Zimny for directing the variety special Springsteen on Broadway and Moverman for the TV […]

CAA Promotes Two to Executive, 14 to Agents

Major talent agency giant CAA has promoted 16 rising employees to agent or executives. Khalil Roberts becomes an executive in the agency’s book department after he joined CAA in 2019 as a receptionist, and most recently served as a coordinator. And London-based Sarah Phillips, who also joined the agency in 2019, has been upped to […]

Emma Jade, Alyssa Nicole, Noor Badash Topline Thriller ‘Iconic’

Emma Jade, Alyssa Nicole and Noor Badash have lead roles in the psychosexual thriller Iconic, the feature film debut from writer-director Matthew Freiheit. The indie, which has just wrapped production in Los Angeles ahead of a planned 2024 release, stars Jade as makeup guru Rose, who faces hate mail from a rival artist played by […]

“You Pay to Play”: A Major Showdown Over Funding Streaming TV and Movies Is Underway in Canada

U.S. streaming giants were already in an uncomfortable position after Canada reined them in with first-time spending obligations to support the production of homegrown movies and TV series. But as 2023 ends, the country’s TV and telecom regulator is at odds with American streamers over how much cash they are now obligated to fork over […]