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Kering and Tokyo Festival Bring ‘Women in Motion’ Talk Series to Japan

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Kering and Tokyo Festival Bring ‘Women in Motion’ Talk Series to Japan
Actress Shinobu Terajima, director and photographer Mika Ninagawa, and Japanese-British artist Sputniko! will take part in Women in Motion, on Thursday next week.

The event is a special symposium hosted by the Tokyo International Film Festival and global fashion conglomerate Kering, and is the first time that the Cannes-based Women in Motion series has touched down in Japan. The talk will be facilitated by film journalist Atsuko Tatsuta

Women in Motion aims to spotlight women in the film industry and provide a platform to express their views on the representation of women – whether onscreen or within the industry in general, to talk about challenges they face, their own experiences, and the wider contribution of women.

Since its launch at Cannes in 2015, the program has sought to extend its reach into other areas of artistic production where gender inequality is present, among them photography.

Terajima made history in 2010 as the first
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‘Helter Skelter’ Star Steve Railsback: The First Manson Actor Looks Back

‘Helter Skelter’ Star Steve Railsback: The First Manson Actor Looks Back
Fifty years ago this month, Steve Railsback was a 23-year-old actor in New York when he caught a newspaper headline that Sharon Tate and four others had been brutally massacred in a house in L.A. “I remember thinking, ‘God, what’s happening in this fucking world?’” Railsback recalls.

Seven years later, in 1976, Railsback would be part of one of the first attempts to depict what transpired that horrific night. In the two-part TV movie Helter Skelter, based on the Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry best-seller about Charles Manson, his Family,
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Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time…’ Climactic Scene Was ‘Fitting,’ Ex-Manson Family Member Says

Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time…’ Climactic Scene Was ‘Fitting,’ Ex-Manson Family Member Says
Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t seen Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”

One more person is singing Quentin Tarantino’s praises for the final scene of “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”: former Manson Family member Dianne Lake.

“I thought the ending was very clever,” Lake said in a review of the film in The Daily Beast on Friday.

The climactic scene is a reimagined take on the 1969 murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people at the hands of Charles Manson disciples — who all meet very different fates to what really happened.

Also Read: Quentin Tarantino Defends 'Hollywood' Depiction of Bruce Lee: 'He Was Kind of an Arrogant Guy' (Video)

“You know, I loved those people. It’s hard,” Lake said about the Manson Family members that committed the crime in real life — and were destroyed in the movie.
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What Do We Really Know About the Manson Murders?

What Do We Really Know About the Manson Murders?
For 50 years, the Manson Family murders have had a hold on America, and yet, many people know very little about them. Some are surprised to find out that Charles Manson himself didn’t actually commit any of the nine murders, which took place in Los Angeles on August 9th and August 10th, 1969. Similarly, they’re surprised to find out that it took two months for the cult leader and his followers to be apprehended; and when they were, they were initially arrested for car theft, not murder. It was only
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Helter Skelter Askew: Why the Story Behind the Manson Family Murders Is Now Full of Holes

Helter Skelter Askew: Why the Story Behind the Manson Family Murders Is Now Full of Holes
So few things are certain these days, but a fact we could always count on is that Charles Manson was evil incarnate. Still a perfectly fair synopsis. But as we've reached 50 years since five followers from the cult that was later dubbed his "Family," butchered seven people over the course of two nights in August, the story of why this all happened has started to shift with regard to the complicated mythology behind the motive that was officially given for his and his minions' most infamous crimes. And it's not as if the motive detailed in court—the triggering of "Helter Skelter"—was some sort of logical answer as to why and how these murders...
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The Follow-Up to ‘Please Kill Me’ Is an Oral History About Charlie Manson

The Follow-Up to ‘Please Kill Me’ Is an Oral History About Charlie Manson
There’s nothing like the impact of hearing an outrageous story from someone who experienced it firsthand. That’s why Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain wanted to publish an oral history of the Manson Family murders and the late Sixties. “It’s people making bad decisions in real time,” McNeil says. For more than 20 years, the duo has been working on 69, the follow-up to Please Kill Me, their 1996 definitive history of the New York punk scene. They’re almost done, they swear.

Fifty years ago, followers of hippie cult leader Charles Manson shot,
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Charles Manson: How Cult Leader’s Twisted Beatles Obsession Inspired Family Murders

Charles Manson: How Cult Leader’s Twisted Beatles Obsession Inspired Family Murders
Charles Manson had an easy explanation for why he ordered the deaths of the family of Leno Labianca and residents at Sharon Tate’s house at the hands of his “Family”: “It’s the Beatles, the music they’re putting out,” he told the district attorney who sent him to death row. “These kids listen to this music and pick up the message. It’s subliminal.”

A half-century has passed since the Manson Family carried out the brutal, stunning Tate-labianca murders in August of 1969, and their supposed link to the Beatles remains confounding.
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10 Movies To Watch About The Manson Family

Charles Manson was a criminal and cult leader. His followers were known as his family members, he was closely associated with the words (and book and song and films) “Helter Skelter", and his most notable victims were those involved in the Tate–Labianca murders.

Related: 10 Best Documentaries About Serial Killers

During his most active years, while he was in prison and even since his passing in 2017, there has been a sort of buzz around him, and many pieces of entertainment focus on him and his life. The following 10 movies are all about Manson and The Manson Family and are all must-watch items for those interested in learning more.
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9 Best Books About the Charles Manson and the Family Murders

9 Best Books About the Charles Manson and the Family Murders
It’s been 50 years since that terrifying night in August 1969, when four members of the Manson Family broke into the house at 10050 Cielo Drive and killed five people: 18-year-old Steven Parent, who wast there to try to sell a clock radio to an acquaintance in the property’s guesthouse; Wojiciech Frykowski, an aspiring screenwriter and friend of director Roman Polanski; Abigail Folger, Frykowski’s girlfriend and the heiress to the Folger coffee fortune; celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring; and actress Sharon Tate, Polanski’s wife, who was eight months pregnant at
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: The Movies That Were Made at Spahn Ranch

Tony Sokol Jul 30, 2019

Western movies, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, wouldn't have been the same without the infamous ranch owned by George Spahn.

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood attempts to take back stolen potential via the kind of fantasy fulfillment that's made only possible on celluloid. As with the Beatles' song "Helter Skelter," Sharon Tate, and the peace and love generation as a whole, the icons of hope in the 1960s were all tainted by mere association with Charles Manson. None of these needed to be linked to the murderous narcissist. Tate, magnificently captured Margot Robbie in the film, would have continued the rising trajectory of her film and modeling career; "Helter Skelter" would be remembered as the song that invented heavy metal, when it was just Paul McCartney trying to make as much noise on vinyl as possible; peace and Love would
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DVD Review – Charlie Says (2018)

Charlie Says, 2018.

Directed by Mary Harron.

Starring Matt Smith, Suki Waterhouse, Merritt Wever, Hannah Murray, Annabeth Gish, Grace Van Dien, Sosie Bacon, Chace Crawford, and Marianne Rendon.

Synopsis:

Three ‘Manson Girls’ tell their story to a grad student, coming to realise that what they did in Charlie’s name was wrong.

It’s odd that in these highly sensitive and (allegedly) enlightened times Charles Manson has transcended from being America’s boogeyman to a movie villain with the shtick and screen presence of post-Dream Warriors Freddy Krueger. Then again, it is also odd that Freddy Krueger began life as a child molester and became a pop culture icon with his face on kid’s lunchboxes but such is the way of the world. The difference, though, is that Freddy is fictional.

Charlie Says is not the first movie to tackle the subject of Charles Manson and the crimes committed by
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To Re-create Sharon Tate's Benedict Canyon House, Quentin Tarantino Turned to an L.A. Tour Guide

To Re-create Sharon Tate's Benedict Canyon House, Quentin Tarantino Turned to an L.A. Tour Guide
While researching what Benedict Canyon looked like in 1969, Quentin Tarantino stumbled upon a documentary created by Scott Michaels, who owns and runs a Los Angeles-based guided tour company called Dearly Departed Tours. On his company’s menu is a four-hour tour called "Helter Skelter" that focuses on the Manson Family murders. It has turned Michaels into an unofficial expert on the subject.

"I took Tarantino around," says Michaels, who earned a ‘special thanks’ credit on the film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which opens this weekend.

His Helter Skelter tour — which spans ...
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Sharon Tate’s 1969 Murder Began a Sorry Chapter in Hollywood History

Sony opens Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” on July 26, close to the 50th anniversary of the murder of Sharon Tate and four others. A front-page Variety story on Aug. 11, 1969, two days after the killings, said police described the scene as “a ritualistic mass murder.” Showbiz has since then offered many tasteless depictions of the killings via low-budget exploitation films and TV offerings. Even with a “classy” production like the 1976 “Helter Skelter,” Variety reported that Lorimar intended to “spice up” the four-hour miniseries for overseas by adding more violence and sex.

In November 2018, Debra Tate (Sharon’s sister) wrote a piece for Variety’s special issue on criminal justice reform, American (In)Justice. A victims’ rights activist, she lamented Hollywood’s glamorizing of the Manson family and urged no parole for its remaining members in prison. She offered a few details from 1969 that served as a reminder:
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The Significant Role Charles Manson Plays in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Significant Role Charles Manson Plays in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino doesn't need an introduction - he's the auteur who brought us gratuitously gory films such as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Django Unchained. Now, he's onto his ninth film with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a $100 million project that convinced even Leonardo DiCaprio to take a hefty pay cut. Since Tarantino only plans to make 10 movies, this is certainly going to be a treat, boasting a cast of the fine actors to prove it. In the movie, the writer-director crafts a narrative that touches upon one of the most disturbing murders in Hollywood history - that of celebrity Sharon Tate under the orders of Charles Manson.

Fictional Elements

The Manson murders won't be the main focus of the plot, which is still being kept under wraps. But we'll certainly see everyone involved in the case, including Tate (Margot Robbie), Manson (Damon Herriman), Manson's followers, and a handful of '60s celebrities.
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The Significant Role Charles Manson Plays in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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The Significant Role Charles Manson Plays in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino doesn't need an introduction - he's the auteur who brought us gratuitously gory films such as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Django Unchained. Now, he's onto his ninth film with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a $100 million project that convinced even Leonardo DiCaprio to take a hefty pay cut. Since Tarantino only plans to make 10 movies, this is certainly going to be a treat, boasting a cast of the fine actors to prove it. In the movie, the writer-director crafts a narrative that touches upon one of the most disturbing murders in Hollywood history - that of celebrity Sharon Tate under the orders of Charles Manson.

Fictional Elements

The Manson murders won't be the main focus of the plot, which is still being kept under wraps. But we'll certainly see everyone involved in the case, including Tate (Margot Robbie), Manson (Damon Herriman), Manson's followers, and a handful of '60s celebrities.
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Paul McCartney Writing Musical Version of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Paul McCartney Writing Musical Version of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
Paul McCartney is making his first foray into the world of theater. The musician has spent the past year writing a stage musical adaptation of the 1946 Frank Capra film It’s A Wonderful Life, according to the New York Post.

McCartney has teamed up with writer Lee Hall, the screenwriter behind Billy Elliot and Rocketman, and producer Bill Kenwright. Hall previously worked with Elton John on the West End adaptation of “Billy Elliot: The Musical,” which opened in 2005.

“Writing a musical is not something that had ever really appealed to me,
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Paul McCartney Brought Ringo Starr Onstage to Perform Beatles Classics, Just Like Old Times

Paul McCartney Brought Ringo Starr Onstage to Perform Beatles Classics, Just Like Old Times
Paul McCartney concluded his Us tour at Dodger Stadium in La on Saturday night with an old friend - former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr. The duo gave fans the surprise of a lifetime when they joined up onstage to perform familiar classics "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Helter Skelter."

McCartney said "I love you, man" when Starr embraced him onstage - double peace signs and all. Starr then took his place on the drums while McCartney strummed on the bass, falling right back into the roles that shot them to stardom decades ago. Watch the full video above to see their reunion in full. It's just like old times!
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See Paul McCartney Reunite With Ringo Starr to Play Beatles Classics at L.A. Concert

See Paul McCartney Reunite With Ringo Starr to Play Beatles Classics at L.A. Concert
Paul McCartney reunited with Ringo Starr to perform two Beatles classics during the bassist’s concert at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.

“We’ve got a surprise for us, a surprise for you, a surprise for everyone: Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only, Ringo Starr,” McCartney said introducing his former band mate to a rapturous Dodger Stadium crowd.

After a quick embrace – “I love you, man,” McCartney told Starr both before and after the reunion – the drummer stepped behind the kit as McCartney and his band launched into the minute-long “Sgt.
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Film Review: Chiwawa (2019) by Ken Ninomiya Screening at Fantasia 2019

Creating an amalgamate movie from other movies is occasionally a very hard job, but the result can be great, as Tarantino has proven time and time again, particularly with “Kill Bill”. Ken Ninomiya took the concept a step even further, by using Kyoko Okazaki’s manga as its base in order to shoot a film that loans elements from “Helter Skelter” and “River’s Edge (also based on Okazaki’s works), “The World of Kanako”, but most surprisingly, “Spring Breakers” and even a bit of “Velvet Goldmine”. Let us see how he fared.

Chiwawa” is screening at Fantasia International Film Festival

The story unfolds in a number of different timelines. Immediately as the film begins, we hear one of the protagonists, Miki, talking about the titular character, Chiwawa, just before we learn that her body was found mutilated. In the next scene, the timeline switches to the past, when Miki
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Rs Recommends: ‘Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the Sixties’

It’s hard to explain Tom O’Neill’s new book Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the Sixties without sounding like a conspiracy theorist down a rabbit hole — you try telling your friends that a reporter spent two decades researching the links between one of America’s most notorious criminals and the government’s super-secretive mind-control program Mkultra without getting a few snickers.

Of course, imagine being the journalist writing it, and you find yourself in an even more uncomfortable position; that’s exactly why
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