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Brian Davids


Since 2018, Brian Davids has conducted over 600 interviews for The Hollywood Reporter, writing primarily out of THR’s genre vertical, Heat Vision. Prior to THR, Davids owned and operated his own marketing company for a decade.

How ‘A Murder at the End of the World’ Creators’ ‘The OA’ Misfortune Fueled Their New Series

A Murder at the End of the World creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij are a resilient duo. Instead of letting disappointment linger, the longtime creative partners quickly rebounded after the cancellation of their beloved genre-bender The OA and channeled its many profound takeaways into their next story. The Netflix series struck a deep chord […]

Daisy Ridley Talks ‘The Marsh King’s Daughter’ and Her ‘Star Wars’ Return

Daisy Ridley has a lot going on these days, but she made a point to carve out some time to support The Marsh King’s Daughter, a film that was a promotional casualty of the now-resolved SAG-AFTRA strike. The English actor has plenty of reasons to be proud of her work in Neil Burger’s thriller, as […]

‘Hunger Games’ Director Francis Lawrence Talks That Ending and ‘Constantine 2’ Optimism

[This story contains spoilers for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.] Prequels are tough to get right. For every Better Call Saul, there are ten more stories that failed to enrich the works that came before them. However, Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes manages to not […]

‘Monarch: Legacy of Monsters’ Director Matt Shakman on Leading a Second Film Franchise to TV and Those Exhausting ‘Fantastic Four’ Rumors

[This story contains mild spoilers for Monarch: Legacy of Monsters’s second episode, “Departure.”] It hadn’t occurred to Matt Shakman until now that Monarch: Legacy of Monsters and WandaVision both handed him a similar assignment. In each case, the sought-after director had to lead a successful film franchise into television for the first time and explore […]

Edgar Wright Talks the Long Road to ‘Scott Pilgrim Takes Off’ and the Key to Franchise Storytelling

When filmmakers suffer disappointments at the box office, they often take comfort in other theatrical flops that still stood the test of time, such as Blade Runner and The Shawshank Redemption. Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World now has the surprisingly good fortune of being one of those examples. In the summer of 2010, […]

“We Were Full of Faith”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With the Director of ‘Thunder’

Carmen Jaquier’s solo directorial debut may be called Thunder, but the film’s quiet power rings the loudest. Competing on behalf of Switzerland for a best international feature film nomination at the upcoming 96th Academy Awards, Jaquier’s 1900-set drama chronicles Lilith Grasmug’s Elisabeth, a 17-year-old novitiate who’s forced to delay her impending vows and return to […]

How ‘Thanksgiving’ Director Eli Roth Turned a Fake Trailer Into His Best-Reviewed Movie

Thanksgiving filmmaker Eli Roth has been dreaming of a Thanksgiving-themed slasher movie since he was 12 years old, and he thought he’d forever scratched that itch when he made a fictitious trailer for a movie called Thanksgiving inside of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse (2007) double feature. But much to his surprise, genre fans […]

‘Loki’ EP Kevin R. Wright Says Tom Hiddleston’s Finale Performance Felt Like a Sendoff

[This story contains spoilers for season two, episode six, “Glorious Purpose.”] Now that Loki season two has closed the TVA Handbook on Loki’s story, the question remains as to whether Tom Hiddleston has bid adieu to the MCU. It’s hard to imagine a better ending for the former God of Mischief, and since Loki‘s potential […]

‘Loki’ Star Ke Huy Quan Says He Relates to Loki: “All My Life, I’ve Felt Like an Outsider”

[This story contains spoilers for Loki season two.] In 2022, Ke Huy Quan’s comeback story was the talk of the town. As a child actor, he endeared himself to audiences with back-to-back roles in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and The Goonies (1985), but by the early 2000s, he left acting behind […]

“If You Want to Create Chaos, You Have to Plan How to Do It”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With the Filmmakers of ‘Seven Blessings’

In a time of war, the Israeli brain trust behind Seven Blessings is seeking comfort the only way they know how: by sharing their art with the world. As Israel’s submission for a best international feature film nomination at the upcoming 96th Academy Awards, the Ayelet Menahemi-directed Seven Blessings focuses on Marie (Reymonde Amsellem), who, […]

‘The Marvels’ Star Iman Vellani Talks That Final Scene and ‘Ms. Marvel’ Season 2

[This story contains spoilers for The Marvels.] If you’ve kept tabs on the conversation surrounding The Marvels, then you’ve likely noticed that Iman Vellani’s Kamala “Ms. Marvel” Khan is unanimously considered to be the scene-stealer of Nia DaCosta’s superhero team-up pic. Vellani picked up where she last left off on her Ms. Marvel Disney+ series, […]

Screenwriter Michael Kennedy Talks ‘It’s a Wonderful Knife,’ Pitching ‘Freaky Death Day’ and ‘Scream 7’

After the warm reception to Freaky in 2020, writer-producer Michael Kennedy is back with It’s a Wonderful Knife, which adds another genre twist to a classic film premise. Inspired by Christopher Landon’s Groundhog Day-esque slasher Happy Death Day (2017), Kennedy conceived Freaky as a Freaky Friday slasher that Landon himself would go on to direct. […]