Film Festivals

Netflix is getting hard to ignore as an Oscar contender

Three months after its films were barred from competing in Cannes, Netflix is getting ready to open the Toronto International Film Festival with what it hopes will be one of several Oscar contenders.<p><i>Outlaw King</i>, an upcoming historical epic film starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, will be the …

Sundance

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘Kindergarten Teacher’ to open Hamptons Film Festival

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “The Kindergarten Teacher” will open the 26th Hamptons International Film Festival on Oct. 4.<p>Gyllenhaal portrays a kindergarten …

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of America’s greatest singers in any style, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76.<p>The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer, her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said.<p>In her indelible late-1960s hits, Ms. Franklin brought …

Obituaries

Finally, we have closure to the ending to "Inception"

Was it real, or was it a dream? Forget "Is a hot dog a sandwich?" or "Is the dress white and gold or black and blue?"; the ending to "Inception" is this era's greatest existential debate. (Note to future generations: If you're wondering why we haven't cured cancer yet, here's your clue.)<p>Since the …

Human Interest

Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul' whose reign spanned decades, dies at 76

Aretha Franklin — the first woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and known as the "Queen of Soul" for powerful anthems like "Respect" and "Chain of Fools" — died Thursday morning at her home in Detroit. She was 76.<p>Franklin died of pancreatic cancer, the singer's publicist said in …

Entertainment

Madonna turns 60: The painful lessons she taught us about aging while female

Madonna turns 60 today, a lifetime she’s mostly spent in the public eye in her four decades of pop music fame.<p>And if there’s anyone who knows about the pitfalls of aging while female and famous, it’s Madge, a singer who has courted controversy from her first hit album, 1984’s “Like a Virgin,” …

Music

Pregnant Diane Kruger Bares Belly in First Photo Since News She's Expecting Baby with Norman Reedus

Diane Kruger is bumpin’ in the Big Apple!<p>The first-time mom-to-be was photographed out and about in N.Y.C. Wednesday, for the first time since news …

Cannes Film Festival

Movie producer didn’t know daughter was pregnant at time of death

Movie producer Doug Henry had no idea that his daughter Lyric was pregnant at the time of her death, according to the family’s rep.<p>“He was very …

Los Angeles

TIFF adds 'Homecoming' and 'Sorry For Your Loss' to programming lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival will be getting even more star power come September with the addition of the Julia Roberts-led “Homecoming.” The festival announced Thursday that the Amazon Studios series was part of its Primetime programming along with projects starring Elizabeth Olsen and …

Movies

Bonn hosts 34th Silent Film Festival

The silent movie era lasted just three and a half decades, giving way to the "talkies." Even so, many of those inaudible black and white classics, …

Film Festivals

Michael Caine (Kind Of) Reveals Whether the Ending of INCEPTION Is a Dream or Not

It’s been eight years since we all got frustrated at Christopher Nolan in the best possible way over the ending of <i>Inception</i>. Since the release of the …

Marion Cotillard

‘Atlanta’ Scribe Stefani Robinson on Creating a ‘Low-Key’ Workspace

“Atlanta” writer Stefani Robinson considers herself “pretty nomadic,” in that the idea of having an office or even “staying in one place” is still …

TV

Paramount Claims Rights to Sarah Jessica Parker's 'Here and Now'

“Sex in the City” actress stars as a singer whose career takes an unexpected turn<p>Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired the North American …

The Breakfast Club

‘Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood’ Among Nine Documentaries Acquired By Starz

Starz has added nine documentaries to its slate, including Matt Tyrnauer’s critically praised <i>Scotty and the Secret of History of Hollywood,</i> which …

Roger Federer

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, dies at 76, publicist confirms

The legendary singer died Thursday at her home in Detroit.<p>Legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who scored 73 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 over the course of her storied six-decade career, died Thursday at her home in Detroit, her publicist confirmed to the Associated Press. She was 76.<p>The news …

Music

Peterloo director calls for 1819 massacre to be taught in UK schools

All schoolchildren in the UK should be taught about the Peterloo massacre, according to Mike Leigh, who has directed a film about the little-known Manchester atrocity sometimes referred to as Britain’s Tiananmen Square.<p>Leigh grew up in Salford, a short walk from St Peter’s Field, where on 16 August …

Film (UK)

NYFF Announces Convergence Slate, Including New VR, Immersive Cinema, and Interactive Experiences for Cinephiles

Exclusive: The seventh edition of the innovative program focuses on new modes of storytelling with visible names backing them, from Disney to Lupita …

Virtual Reality

How Jeremiah Zagar's 'We the Animals' artfully illustrates the complexity of a young boy's coming of age

After picking up Justin Torres' debut novel "We the Animals" in the recommended section of a Manhattan bookstore, director Jeremiah Zagar knew almost immediately that he wanted to adapt it for film.<p>"It's got an amazing first page," he said. "I was blown away. I went to the store's café, and I just …

Movies

17 Famous Actresses We’d Hardly Recognize in Their First Movies

We all love to watch old movies from the past. In these films, many famous actors are just at the beginning of their careers. Some of them have small …

Harry Potter

The evolution of Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin through the years<p>Signing a contract with Atlantic Records in 1966<p>With husband and manager Ted White in 1968<p>Living up the swingin' '60s<p>…

Aretha Franklin

This is how engineers test concrete structures for strength

Not all damage to a load-bearing structure is immediately apparent. So how do civil engineers find out that a bridge or a large hall is no longer …

Listed Building

Toronto: Amazon's 'Homecoming,' Facebook's 'Sorry For Your Loss' Get First Looks

TIFF's official Industry Conference will also tackle Hollywood's diversity problem and theatrical exhibition in the Netflix-era.<p>The Toronto Film …

Human Rights

Aretha Franklin’s Best Shoe Style Through the Years

Aretha Franklin’s Best Shoe Style Moments<p>Aretha Franklin wearing a leather coat and dress paired with knee-high leather boots in …

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Life and Career in Photos – Variety

Introduction<p>Aretha Franklin – the Queen of Soul – died at age 76 on Aug. 16, 2018. Take a look back at her life and career in photos.<p>Roger …

Aretha Franklin

A Look Back at Aretha Franklin’s Iconic Style

Aretha Franklin, in addition to being the Queen of Soul, knew how to dress herself for maximum impact. In the ’60s, it was tartan miniskirts and mod …

Bill Clinton

Former Uruguay president shuns pension to retire to his modest flower farm

Jose Mujica, the former President of Uruguay once known as the poorest world leader on account of his modest lifestyle on his rural farm, declined to take his state pension as he resigned as a senator.<p>Mr Mujica, who was elegible to hold his seat until 2020, said in a letter read in the Senate …

Uruguay

A short history of the riviera: why we just can't resist coastal glamour

Tourists are naturally drawn to Europe’s coastlines in the summer – but one particular type of seaside region has fascinated travellers more than …

Culture (UK)

Aronofsky's VR project 'Spheres' will premiere at Venice Film Festival

Darren Aronofsky's three-part virtual reality series <i>Spheres</i> -- bought for a seven-figure sum at Sundance earlier this year -- will make its world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival. Adding to its sci-fi credentials is the announcement that Millie Bobby Brown, aka Eleven from Netflix …

Reality TV

How Dare You Represent Your People That Way: The Oral History of Better Luck Tomorrow

Nearly two decades ago, Justin Lin had a bold idea: What if he made a movie about Asian Americans?<p>This week, <i>Crazy Rich Asians</i> hits theaters amidst the hype and anticipation as the first all-Asian casted studio film in decades. The movie landed a <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> cover and Constance Wu, who …

Social Justice

26th Raindance Film Festival Trailer - Raindance

As I toyed with many different concepts for the trailer, the one recurring element that always stuck was the festival’s motto of “discover, be …

Filmmaking