Monday, October 23, 2017


Sunday, Oct. 22

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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he inaugural Animation is Film Festival supplied a family night of fun and culture on Friday at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatre in Hollywood.
Among the guests to arrive at the opening night and U.S. premiere of “The Breadwinner” was producer Angelina Jolie, with children Shiloh and Zahara in tow. Before the screening of the fest’s first premiere, Jolie-Pitt introduced the film she described to be “so exquisitely done and very important.”
The animated film is based on Deborah Ellis’ children’s novel of the same name, which follows a young girl in Afghanistan who disguises herself as a boy to provide for her family.
“There are few countries in the world where it is harder to be a young girl, where barriers between girls and their dreams and their rights are so high and so painful to experience and observe,” Jolie said, adding that the story was also able to highlight Afghanistan’s “deep humility, rich culture and a resilient warm people.”
She also thanked the crew and director Nora Twomey, who was seated in the crowd along with the voice actress of the film’s protagonist, Saara Chaudry

It’s not just an Afghan story,” Jolie added. “It’s a story of our times and a story of a world in which equal rights for women remain a central burning issue of our time.”
A Q&A, featuring Twomey and Chaudry along with composers Mychael and Jeff Danna, followed the screening. Topics of discussion included the lengths production went to in order to make the story as authentic to Afghan culture as possible, as well as how the score and characters came together on screen.
GKids CEO Eric Beckman, who is also the festival founder and artistic director, welcomed the crowd of animation fans by sharing his mission to encourage filmmakers to grasp new technology.
“I have a theory that the best animated films have not been made yet,” Beckman stated.
Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge, who will chair the inaugural competition jury, also said a few words about the importance of celebrating animation as a medium.
“The reason we’re calling it ‘Animation is Film’ is, for whatever reason, no festival dedicated to animation exists in the U.S. that celebrates the medium in all its many facets,” Debruge said.
The Animation is Film Festival, presented by GKIDS, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Variety and ASIFA-Hollywood, runs until Oct. 22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatre.

Angelina Jolie introduced The Breadwinner, a “very important” animated feature from GKIDS about a young girl living under the Taliban regime, during its U.S. premiere this weekend at the debut Animation is Film Festival in Hollywood.
“It’s a story of our times when equal rights for women remain a central burning issue," said Jolie, who exec produced the film.
She explained that the film “asks you to put ourselves in another person's shoes, in this case, an 11-year-old Afghan girl. There are few countries in the world where it is so hard to be a young girl… We cannot abandon a country and [its] people."
“It's about humanity and about love of family,” she added of the movie, emphasizing the “care and commitment that [the filmmakers] put into the film to make it so authentic.”
This is a theme that was discussed after the screening, which received an enthusiastic standing ovation.
On hand for the Q&A were Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey, who directed the film; Saara Chaudry, who voices the film’s protagonist, Parvana; and the film’s composers, Oscar winner Mychael Danna and Emmy nominee Jeff Danna. (Disclosure: THR's Carolyn Giardina moderated and is serving on the Festival jury.)
The Breadwinner, based on the young adult novel of the same name written by Deborah Ellis, opens Nov. 17 in North America.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Random Fuzzy

-- They've been quite conservative in quoting praise.  Angelina and FTKMF received even more effusive raves than what they've chosen to highlight in FYC promotion.

At the moment, they are considered frontrunners or strong contenders for Best Foreign Language, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Foreign Language will have the name of the film, but Adapted Screenplay will have her name and Luong's   She evidently wants to be up for consideration as ANGELINA JOLIE-PITT.   That is the name that she wants read out if she is nominated and wins, and that will be engraved on her award.  She wants to be acknowledged as Mrs. Jolie-Pitt, which allows her to formally share the experience with Brad.

-- Tarantino's mea culpa came after he released an earlier statement that had claimed he was "stunned" at the allegations.
Amber Tamblyn released Tarantino’s statement on her Twitter page at the director’s request. “For the last week, I’ve been stunned and heartbroken about the revelations that have come to light about my friend for 25 years Harvey Weinstein,” Tarantino said. “I need a few more days to process my pain, emotions, anger and memory and then I will speak publicly about it.”

Tarantino's confession that belies his earlier statement is welcome.
“There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”   
But his public turnabout may have been the result of outside pressure following a lengthy rebuke to all in Weinstein's circle from scriptwriter Scott Rosenberg -  'Everybody f**king knew'  - rather than from sincere remorse.

-- Fussy

Netflix FYC

  “The Breadwinner” producer Angelina Jolie poses on the carpet with daughter Zahara Jolie-Pitt and star Saara Chaudry.
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Angelina Jolie hit the red carpet Friday night with two special ladies by her side: daughters Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Zahara Jolie-Pitt.
The mother-daughter trio looked close as can be as they smiled and posed for photographers at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres where The Breadwinner, the upcoming animated film about a headstrong young girl in Afghanistan who disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family, was having its Los Angeles premiere. (Jolie served as a producer on the film.)
Jolie, 42, wore a white Ulyana Sergeenko demi-couture crêpe dress with three-quarter length sleeves. The Oscar winner accessorized the look with a diamond ribbon brooch and cream pumps.
Shiloh, 11, wore an all-black ensemble  — which included a long-sleeve button-down collared shirt, vest, and slacks. The short-haired pre-teen carried a black backpack on her shoulders, and wore a two necklaces over her shirt.
Zahara also wore an all-black outfit. Her look was a flowing sheer asymmetrical gown which she wore over a black mini slip dress. The 12-year-old paired the frock with ankle-length lace-up boots.



Friday, October 20, 2017

David Fincher is one of the greatest filmmakers working in Hollywood, with a CV that includes some of the best dramas and thrillers of the past thirty years, from Seven to Fight Club to Gone Girl to The Social Network. Now he's returned to the small screen with Mindhunter, a tough new Netflix TV drama that deals with the FBI agents trying to get under the skin of serial killers. To mark the occasion, we sat down with the man for a forty-minute conversation about his approach, his style, and his future projects.

“I’ve been working for about a year now with Dennis Kelly on World War  Z,” Fincher says. “We’re hoping to get a piece of material that’s a reason to make a movie, not an excuse to make a movie.”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Quentin Tarantino, the Hollywood director most closely tied to Harvey Weinstein, has known for decades about the producer’s alleged misconduct toward women and now feels ashamed he did not take a stronger stand and stop working with him, he said in an interview.
“I knew enough to do more than I did,” he said, citing several episodes involving prominent actresses. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.”
“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard,” he added. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

Allegations of sexual harassment and assault by Mr. Weinstein were disclosed this month in The New York Times and The New Yorker, which prompted other women to share their accounts of his alleged abuse, set off criminal investigations, roiled the entertainment world and triggered a social media movement of women from other industries and backgrounds telling their stories.
But Mr. Tarantino said in the interview on Wednesday that he had heard about Mr. Weinstein’s behavior long before those articles. His own former girlfriend, Mira Sorvino, told him about unwelcome advances and unwanted touching by Mr. Weinstein. Another actress told him a similarly upsetting story years later. He also knew that the actress Rose McGowan had reached a settlement with the producer.

But Mr. Tarantino said he had failed to consider whether the women he knew were part of a larger pattern of abuse. Though he continued to hear alarming stories over the years, he proceeded to make film after film with Mr. Weinstein, his greatest champion — a decision he now regrets.

“What I did was marginalize the incidents,” he recalled, saying he wrote them off as mild misbehavior. “Anything I say now will sound like a crappy excuse.”
In the hourlong conversation, Mr. Tarantino, 54, apologized for not doing more while also explaining why; admitted his own culpability while also calling for sweeping change in Hollywood’s treatment of women; and condemned Mr. Weinstein, 65, while acknowledging their father-son closeness.
The producer and director have been symbiotic for decades: from 1992, when Mr. Weinstein distributed “Reservoir Dogs,” through “Pulp Fiction,” the “Kill Bill” films, “Inglourious Basterds” and “The Hateful Eight,” until a few weeks ago, when he threw Mr. Tarantino an engagement party.

When Mr. Tarantino read the articles about Mr. Weinstein, he was horrified by the scope and severity of the alleged abuse, especially the rape accusations, he said. But some of the accounts were deeply familiar to him. “Everyone who was close to Harvey had heard of at least one of those incidents” chronicled in the first few articles, he said. “It was impossible they didn’t.”

When he and Ms. Sorvino started dating in 1995, she told him that not long before, Mr. Weinstein had massaged her without asking, chased her around a hotel room and even showed up at her apartment in the middle of the night, a story she recently shared with The New Yorker.
“I was shocked and appalled” back then, Mr. Tarantino said. “I couldn’t believe he would do that so openly. I was like: ‘Really? Really?’ But the thing I thought then, at the time, was that he was particularly hung up on Mira.” She had won accolades for her performance in “Mighty Aphrodite,” and “I thought Harvey was hung up on her in this Svengali kind of way,” Mr. Tarantino said. “Because he was infatuated with her, he horribly crossed the line.”
The problem was resolved, he said he felt at the time, because he and Ms. Sorvino were dating. “I’m with her, he knows that, he won’t mess with her, he knows that she’s my girlfriend,” Mr. Tarantino said, describing his attitude back then.
Over the years, he learned of other accounts. Another actress friend told him a troubling story of unwanted advances by Mr. Weinstein in a hotel room. Mr. Tarantino confronted Mr. Weinstein, who offered the woman what the director described as a weak apology. (She confirmed the account to The Times but declined to be identified.)
Mr. Tarantino also knew that Ms. McGowan had reached a settlement with Mr. Weinstein after an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. Recently, she tweeted that Mr. Weinstein had raped her.

Mr. Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex made by Ms. McGowan and others.
There were rumors too, shadowy accounts that Mr. Tarantino continued to hear second- or thirdhand and never pursued further. Now Mr. Tarantino said he regretted not taking the women’s stories seriously enough. “I chalked it up to a ’50s-’60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk,” he said. “As if that’s O.K. That’s the egg on my face right now.”
In the interview, Mr. Tarantino issued several calls to action. In its treatment of women, Hollywood has been “operating under an almost Jim Crow-like system that us males have almost tolerated,” he said. “We allowed it to exist because that’s the way it was.”

On the discussion of who knew what about Mr. Weinstein and when, he said: “I’m calling on the other guys who knew more to not be scared. Don’t just give out statements. Acknowledge that there was something rotten in Denmark. Vow to do better by our sisters.”
He added, “What was previously accepted is now untenable to anyone of a certain consciousness.”
His own relationship with Mr. Weinstein, who has been fired from his own company and ousted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, spanned deals and shoots, publicity tours and film festivals. But when Mr. Tarantino tried to call Mr. Weinstein several times recently after the disclosures, he said, he got no reply. Mr. Weinstein needs to “face the music,” he said.
Despite their closeness, he said he could offer no insight into Mr. Weinstein’s alleged misdeeds. “I don’t have an answer for why he could do this and be stripped of his entire legacy,” he said.
Asked how the news about Mr. Weinstein would affect how the public views his own record and body of work, Mr. Tarantino paused. “I don’t know,” he said. “I hope it doesn’t.”

with a caracal for Harper's Bazaar - N/a' an ku se, Namibia

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Wednesday, Oct. 18

Ford Explorer SUV

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