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First Person: Sexual Harassers Are Poisonous, and So Are the Companies That Protect Them

First Person: Sexual Harassers Are Poisonous, and So Are the Companies That Protect Them
The day The New York Times broke the Harvey Weinstein story, I found myself choking back bile all day.

In the weeks since, it has become resoundingly clear that Weinstein is a virulent serial predator, and has earned whatever hell rains down on him. But Harvey Weinstein isn’t the problem, and bringing him down — while satisfying, necessary, and just — will be far from sufficient if we don’t simultaneously tear down our rotten corporate culture and reckon with our own complicity in propping it up.

As democracy derives its consent from the governed, tyranny derives its consent from the tyrannized. And while it’s long overdue, I no longer consent to being tyrannized.

I wasn’t sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein. I worked with him briefly, consulting on “sex, lies, and videotape,” the film that changed the independent film business, Sundance, and Harvey forever; the film whose prescient title
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‘Phantom Thread’: Everything You Need to Know About Daniel Day-Lewis’ Final Movie

‘Phantom Thread’: Everything You Need to Know About Daniel Day-Lewis’ Final Movie
The Oscar race isn’t over until the last movie screens, and this year one of the final contenders to be unveiled will be “Phantom Thread.” The drama marks the hugely anticipated reunion between Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, who last worked together a decade ago on “There Will Be Blood.” The Upton Sinclair-inspired drama earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, and gave Day-Lewis his second trophy for Best Actor (he’d make history and win a third for “Lincoln” five years later), so anyone would be foolish to underestimate just how big “Phantom Thread” will be this awards season.

Focus Features has been keeping a majority of the details surrounding the movie under lock and key, although the official trailer was finally released on October 23, teasing a gorgeously shot drama about the romantic obsessions of a self-destructive artist. “Phantom Thread” seems to operating
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Sitges 2017 Review: Tehran Taboo, a Savage Look at the Paradox that is Modern Iran

Blunt, angry and eye-opening, Tehran Taboo offers a scathing portrait of Iran’s largest city. Think of it as Short Cuts meets Persepolis, although that facile shorthand does not begin to get at just how much is going on, plot and character wise, in Ali Soozandeh’s brisk animated feature. This is instantly clear from the first scene where a woman is trying to administer a blow job to a cabbie who cannot get it up, and crashes his car in a fit of rage upon spotting his daughter holding hands in public. The woman's young son is in the back of the cab, bored, while all of this is going on with the implaction that this grotesque farce has happend often enough to become part...

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‘Mudbound’: Netflix Oscar Hopeful Is AFI Fest Opening Night Entry

‘Mudbound’: Netflix Oscar Hopeful Is AFI Fest Opening Night Entry
November’s annual eight-day AFI Fest can be an effective launch-pad for Oscar-bound late-year movies such as “American Sniper” and “Selma,” and this year is no exception. Festival director Jacqueline Lyanga has chosen Netflix Sundance debut “Mudbound” to open the festival on November 9, following another showing at the New York Film Festival and just before its day-and-date debut November 17 in theaters and on Netflix.

The streaming service carries high awards hopes for the acclaimed Dee Rees post-World War II drama co-written by Virgil Williams and Rees about two farming families in the rural South, starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund, and an unrecognizable Mary J. Blige. Set in the Mississippi Delta, the period drama features stunning epic cinematography by AFI Conservatory alumna Rachel Morrison. As usual, the Opening Night Gala will be held at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

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‘Mudbound’: Netflix Oscar Hopeful Is AFI Fest Opening Night Entry

‘Mudbound’: Netflix Oscar Hopeful Is AFI Fest Opening Night Entry
November’s annual eight-day AFI Fest can be an effective launch-pad for Oscar-bound late-year movies such as “American Sniper” and “Selma,” and this year is no exception. Festival director Jacqueline Lyanga has chosen Netflix Sundance debut “Mudbound” to open the festival on November 9, following another showing at the New York Film Festival and just before its day-and-date debut November 17 in theaters and on Netflix.

The streaming service carries high awards hopes for the acclaimed Dee Rees post-World War II drama co-written by Virgil Williams and Rees about two farming families in the rural South, starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund, and an unrecognizable Mary J. Blige. Set in the Mississippi Delta, the period drama features stunning epic cinematography by AFI Conservatory alumna Rachel Morrison. As usual, the Opening Night Gala will be held at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Read More:22 Awards Contenders to See This Season, From
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Spotlight: Lily Tomlin's Charity Work

Throughout her extraordinary career, Lily Tomlin has received numerous awards, including six Emmys and a recent nomination for her narration on “An Apology to Elephants”; a Tony for each of her one-woman Broadway shows, Appearing Nitely and Jane Wagner’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe; a Grammy for her comedy album, This is a Recording; and two Peabody Awards. In 2003, she was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Tomlin was born in Detroit, Michigan, and rose to national prominence in December 1969 in the cast of the top-rated Laugh-In. Tomlin went on to co-write, with Jane Wagner, and star in six comedy television specials, and has guest starred on numerous television shows, such as Homicide, X-Files, Will and Grace, Murphy Brown, The West Wing, NCIS, and the acclaimed FX series, Damages. She is also heard as the voice of the science teacher Ms.
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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) : What was Hot and What Won

Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) : What was Hot and What Won
Tiff has come and gone. Masses of Canadians attend the festival which is what gives it such a special atmosphere. In Cannes, only the industry attends the festival; the public sets up chairs and ladders to watch the red carpet galas and take pictures. But here the public is as much a part of the festival as the industry.Tiff Bell Lightbox

The industry action which consists of buying and selling of film rights takes place at the Hyatt Hotel on King Street West. The screenings for both public and industry are down the street at the Tiff Bell Lightbox and around the corner at the Scotia Multiplex. The dense mingling of public and industry at these venues and on the street itself which is closed to traffic for the first weekend but is open to pedestrians, photo-op spots, food trucks creates a festive bevvy of activity to the city.
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The final weekend of Tiff ends with an Ellen Page premiere and award reveals!

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The final weekend of Tiff ends with an Ellen Page premiere and award reveals!The final weekend of Tiff ends with an Ellen Page premiere and award reveals!Amanda Wood9/18/2017 9:47:00 Am

Another year of Tiff came to a close this weekend, and by all accounts it was another resounding success. A few final premieres lit up Toronto, and the highly coveted (and often highly predictive for further awards contention) People’s Choice awards were announced. Ellen Page and Kate Mara were in attendance for the premiere of My Days of Mercy, which tells the story of two women on opposite sides of a criminal case who fall in love. While Tiff was inevitably coming to a close, Halifax native Ellen Page made sure to step out during Canada's biggest film festival. The closing night film of Tiff was C'est la vie, a French film about the staff's role
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Film News Roundup: 30 West Buys ‘Beast’; ‘Stephen Rea, Colm Feore Join Chloe Grace Moretz Thriller

Film News Roundup: 30 West Buys ‘Beast’; ‘Stephen Rea, Colm Feore Join Chloe Grace Moretz Thriller
In today’s film news roundup, Stephen Rea and Colm Feore join “The Widow,” 30 West buys rights to the thriller “Beast,” and AFI Fest announces a Robert Altman retrospective.

Castings

Stephen Rea, Colm Feore, and Zawe Ashton have joined the previously announced cast of the thriller “The Widow,” opposite Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Maika Monroe.

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Neil Jordan, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for “The Crying Game,” will direct from a screenplay by Ray Wright. The project re-teams Jordan with Rea, who received a best actor Oscar nomination for “The Crying Game.”

The film begins principal photography this month. The story is set in New York and follows Moretz’s character as she strikes up an unlikely friendship with an enigmatic widow, played by Huppert, whose motives are gradually revealed to be sinister. Rea
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Tiff 2017. Wavelengths Preview: The Short Stack

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It’s been an interesting run-up to the Toronto International Film Festival, and in terms of the survival of the species, the good ol’ U.S.A. has been something of a race to the bottom. What would do us in first: violent neo-Nazis whose activities are almost explicitly condoned by the Klansman In Chief? Or a 1,000-year weather event on the Gulf Coast whose magnitude surely owes something to global climate change, and whose aftermath of collapsing dams and exploding chemical factories has everything to do with systematic neglect?Given the state of things down here, who wouldn’t want to repair to Canada for some challenging cinema? As always, the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) is the place to be in September, and Wavelengths once again features the best of the fest. This is because the films selected for Wavelengths are the opposite of escapism. Whether they tackle
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Venice Film Review: ‘Endangered Species’

Venice Film Review: ‘Endangered Species’
The short-story composite is among the most athletic feats of literary adaptation. In the best of them, like Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts,” a sense of temporal and cosmic connection is forged between scattered narratives bound only by an authorial voice; once viewed, it should be hard to imagine the strands unbraided. Drawn from an entire collection by American author Richard Bausch, relocated to the coastal city of Nice, Gilles Bourdos’s wriggly, mutable “Endangered Species” doesn’t quite pull off the trick, but it’s charged and vibrant all the same. Variously reflecting on the turbulent power dynamics between parents and adult children, its unequally weighted story threads range from gut-wrenching to glib, never fully woven into the same world. Making up for the film’s structural wobbles, however, is its gorgeous, agile visual language: Thanks to cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing’s indelible image-making, the material gains a tactility distinct from what the written word can
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Rotting Fairy Corpse Flutters in on ‘Latched’ Art

Rotting Fairy Corpse Flutters in on ‘Latched’ Art
These fluttering of wings are far from any airborne, protective Disney pixie. Headed to the Toronto International Film Festival this month is Latched, a new Canadian short by Justin Harding and Rob Brunner. The director’s own baby and wife star in the film which will play in Short Cuts Programme 6 on Sunday 10th September 9:30Pm […]
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Mary Harron, Kim Nguyen among Tiff Canada line-up

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Festival brass unveil Rising Stars, Telefilm Canada Pitch This! finallists, and more.

Mary Harron, Kim Nguyen (both pictured above), Ingrid Veninger, and Denis Côté are among the familiar names in the 26-strong Canadian Features slate that Toronto International Film Festival programmers unveiled on Wednesday.

The selection comprises the highest number of feature directorial debutants and films from Western Canada in recent years. More than 30% of the titles are by first-time feature directors.

Festival brass also announced Short Cuts, Tiff Cinematheque, Rising Stars, Telefilm Canada Pitch This! finallists, and the recipient of the 2017 Len Blum Residency.

The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7-17.

Canadian Features

“It is exciting to see a new wave of Canadian first-time feature directors play with genres and take risks,” Tiff senior programmer Steve Gravestock said. “This year’s line-up has a truly international feel to it, too, with a number of features shot all over the globe — something that also
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Toronto ’17: The Solitary Journey of the Short Filmmaker: An interview with Tiff Short Cuts…

Toronto ’17: The Solitary Journey of the Short Filmmaker: An interview with Tiff Short Cuts…
Toronto ’17: The Solitary Journey of the Short Filmmaker: An interview with Tiff Short Cuts Programmer Danis Goulet

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Do you love short films? Find out which international shorts will play ‘Tiff 17 by heading to the Shorts Cuts film page. The Canadian component of Short Cuts will be announced on August 9.

A short film doesn’t need to play by anybody’s rules. It’s the sandbox of filmmaking, that comes with freedom, flexibility, and opportunities to fail. Perhaps this is why the medium has also launched the careers of filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, Wes Anderson, and many more. Operating through its own niche market (with a smaller production budget, running time, and distribution) and mainly seen at film festivals, shorts deserve the attention of any serious cinephile.

In an interview originally conducted in 2016, Tiff Short Cuts programmer Danis Goulet took us through the arduous process
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Competition: Win ‘Do You Believe?’ on DVD

To celebrate the release of Do You Believe? – on digital and DVD 4th September – we are giving away a DVD courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment. An A-list cast team up with the makers of the hit film God’s Not Dead for a multi-layered examination of faith and redemption in the modern world.

The writer and director of the hit film God’s Not Dead (which grossed over $60million) have come up with another fresh and bold examination of faith in the modern world in Do You Believe?, featuring an outstanding, all-star cast including Sean Astin, Mira Sorvino, Delroy Lindo, Brian Bosworth, Cybill Shepherd and even The Fall Guy and The Six Million Dollar Man himself, Lee Majors.

Starring the brilliant, and underrated, Ted McGinley, as the conflicted pastor who sets the multi-layered story into motion, this is a bold and moving film, reminiscent of the classics Crash and Short Cuts,
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Toronto 2017: Docs, Shorts And Midnight Madness Programs Announced

We are at the halfway mark of summer here in Toronto and two things are already happening. Stores are loading up on Back to School supplies (I've seen young children crumple in tears at the foot of such displays) and the Toronto International Film Festival starts announcing lineups (only tears of joy for this one). Today the festival announced the Documentary, Short Cuts and Midnight Madness lineups. Screen Daily got the jump on the news.   Of personal interest is the Midnight Madness lineup. What am I willing to stay up all hours of the night for? A few weeks ago, in a brief chat with the new Midnight Madness programmer Peter Kuplowsky, once a writer in our fold, he was not giving up any...

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Toronto Sets Midnight Madness & Docs Lineup With Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist’, Spurlock’s ‘Super Size Me 2’, More

Toronto Sets Midnight Madness & Docs Lineup With Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist’, Spurlock’s ‘Super Size Me 2’, More
The Toronto International Film Festival continues to round out its slate for the 42nd event which runs September 7-17, setting today the Midnight Madness, Tiff Docs and Short Cuts sections. Notably, Peter Kuplowsky has unveiled his inaugural Midnight Madness roster as the strand’s new programmer. Opening the section is the world premiere of Bodied from Joseph Kahn, a comedy starring Anthony Michael Hall. James Franco will bring The Disaster Artist to Toronto, based on the…
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Toronto second wave includes 'Super Size Me 2', 'Disaster Artist'

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Toronto second wave includes 'Super Size Me 2', 'Disaster Artist'
Morgan Spurlock re-engages with the food industry, James Franco digs into the ‘worst film ever made’.

Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) unveiled on Tuesday selections in the Tiff Docs, Midnight Madness, and Short Cuts programmes.

The Canadian titles that are part of this year’s programme will be announced on August 9. The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival is scheduled to run from September 7-17 and will open with Borg/McEnroe.

Tiff Docs

The world premiere of Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! joins a marquee Tiff Docs roster from renowned filmmakers that opens with Sophie FiennesGrace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami.

Selections include Brett Morgen’s profile of primatologist Jane Goodall in Jane; the story of three Hasidic Jews who attempt to join the secular world in One Of Us by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady; Violeta Ayala’s Bolivian drug trade film Cocaine Prison; and Emmanuel Gras’ closing film Makala
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Giveaway – Win Do You Believe? on DVD

To celebrate the release of Do You Believe? – on digital and DVD 4th September – we are giving away a DVD courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

An A-list cast team up with the makers of the hit film God’s Not Dead for a multi-layered examination of faith and redemption in the modern world.

The writer and director of the hit film God’s Not Dead (which grossed over $60 million) have come up with another fresh and bold examination of faith in the modern world in Do You Believe?, featuring an outstanding, all-star cast including Sean Astin, Mira Sorvino, Delroy Lindo, Brian Bosworth, Cybill Shepherd and even The Fall Guy and The Six Million Dollar Man himself Lee Majors.

Starring the brilliant, and underrated, Ted McGinley, as the conflicted pastor who sets the multi-layered story into motion, this is a bold and moving film, reminiscent of the classics Crash and Short Cuts,
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Michael Beach Joins Cast of Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’

Michael Beach Joins Cast of Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’
Michael Beach has joined Jason Momoa in the cast of “Aquaman” for the Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe, currently being shot in Australia by director James Wan.

Beach has been cast as Jesse Kane, part of a group of high-seas hijackers who has a fateful interaction with Aquaman. Beach guest-starred alongside Momoa on “Stargate: Atlantis” several years ago and acted in Wan’s “Insidious: Chapter 2.”

The cast also includes Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Ludi Lin, Dolph Lundgren, Temuera Morrison and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. Peter Safran is producing. Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Rob Cowan and DC Film’s Geoff Johns and Jon Berg are executive producing.

Aquaman” is based on the DC Comics character who’s king of Atlantis, born half-human as Arthur Curry and half-Atlantean. He was first introduced in the early 1940s. Momoa made his debut as Aquaman last year in a cameo in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and will reprise that role later this year in “Justice League.”

Heard will also star in “Justice League” as Mera, Aquaman’s love interest. “Aquaman” opens Dec. 21, 2018.

Beach recently starred in Lionsgate’s “Patriots Day.” TV credits include “Third Watch,” “ER,” “Sons of Anarchy” along with feature films “Waiting to Exhale,” “One False Move,” “True Romance,” “A Family Thing,” “Soul Food,” and Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts.”

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