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Globe Columnists
Monday, September 16




  Johanna Schneller
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Margaret Trudeau is ready to mine her life story for laughs - and tears - in her new JFL comedy special
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Thursday, September 12, 2019 – Page A16
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-- ''Nobody's ever tried to direct me before, except maybe Pierre Trudeau,'' Margaret Trudeau says mischievously. ''And we know how that worked out.''Trudeau makes her living as a public speaker, turning her struggles with mental illness (and powerful men) into inspirational lectures. But the gig we're discussing in this phone interview is different: On Sept. 19, she'll appear at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Toronto, right up there with Carol Burnett, the Broad City duo and John Mulaney. To say it will not be her usual audience is an understatement.  FULL STORY arrow
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The secrets and lies of Atom Egoyan space
Captivated by the role information plays in family relationships, the Canadian director's latest project, Guest of Honour, features many of the compelling dramatic hallmarks of his previous work, all syphoned through the intricately layered story of one fastidious food inspector
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, September 7, 2019 – Page R5
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-- It's November, 2018, and I'm in Hamilton visiting the set of Atom Egoyan's new film, Guest of Honour, which is about to have a gala screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. In today's scenes, a secret is being revealed. But that could describe any day on an Egoyan film.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Canadian behind American Woman, and a few Mad Men, too space
Semi Chellas has found success as a writer, but learning to trust herself as a director was something entirely new
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 – Page A13
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-- Semi Chellas, the CanadianAmerican screenwriter of your favourite Mad Men episodes, was crossing a street in Manhattan in April when suddenly she found herself catapulted into the air.She was in town for the Tribeca Film Festival, where her feature directorial debut, American Woman, was set to premiere. (It will have a gala premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 12.) She'd worked on the script for 10 years. It hadn't been easy to finance: a period road movie, shot in Canada, starring two women, one of them Asian (Sarah Gadon and Hong Chau). Sailing through the sky, Chellas had time for one thought: ''I can't believe a bomb went off in New York City right before my movie premiere.''  FULL STORY arrow
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The erstwhile Game of Thrones star discusses his latest role in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, and his newfound passion for vegetable gardening
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Thursday, August 22, 2019 – Page A12
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-- Well, this was an awkward one. By the time I sat down with Kit Harington at last year's Toronto International Film Festival to talk about The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, we both knew the movie was a mess. Director/co-writer Xavier Dolan had written the script numerous times, shot and then reshot it, and edited it for, literally, years. (It's finally being released on Friday.)  FULL STORY arrow
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The handmade tale space
Costume designer for acclaimed Hulu series reveals how her work enhances character and story, and celebrates Canadians finally getting their due
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Saturday, August 10, 2019 – Page R4
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-- Reading the scripts for the third season of The Handmaid's Tale, Natalie Bronfman, its head costume designer, learned that the action moves to Washington - the capital of Gilead, even more pious than Boston. When she read ''all the women wear veils,'' she went to work.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why am I so skeptical of female candidates? space
In both traditional and social media, the political patriarchy is on full display - and it's a trap that even feminists can get snagged in
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, August 2, 2019 – Page A3
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-- Time for soul-searching.During the recent U.S.Democratic Party presidential debates, I've been harder on the five credible female candidates (sorry, not sorry, Marianne Williamson) than on their male competitors. I worry that Kamala Harris frowns too much. I wince when Elizabeth Warren looks awkward. I find Kirsten Gillibrand's false eyelashes distracting. I'm abashed that Amy Klobuchar reminds me of a committee organizer who wishes she got more credit for the work she does. I instantly relegated Tulsi Gabbard to an also-ran. All this, even though I desperately want a female U.S. president, and fear I won't see one in my lifetime.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hooray for Tarantino's Hollywood - or at least the trailer of it space
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, July 27, 2019 – Page R4
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-- The trailer for Quentin Tarantino's ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has been viewed 13 million times, approximately two dozen of them by me. I seem to be obsessed with it, and not in the casual way some people say ''obsessed.'' It makes my heart thump and also kind of sink and ache, which is the way I react to art that moves me, be it novels, paintings, pop songs, arias or films.  FULL STORY arrow
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The legend of Simu Liu: Canada's new cinematic hero space
Kim's Convenience star has been cast as Shang-Chi, the first Asian lead superhero in a Marvel movie
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, July 26, 2019 – Page A13
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-- As he took the stage on Saturday in San Diego, at Comic-Con's cavernous Hall H - the venue of super-fan fever dreams - for the surprise announcement that he will play Shang-Chi, the first Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Canada's own Simu Liu was thrilled, grateful and, frankly, terrified.  FULL STORY arrow
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Female filmmakers reshape the historical canon for the #TimesUp era space
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, July 20, 2019 – Page R1
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-- Now that female screenwriters and directors are finally getting the keys to a small corner of the kingdom of movie financing, they're revisiting the classics - stories we've been told many times, characters we think we know. And they're making radical readjustments.  FULL STORY arrow
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Why you should watch those tough-to-watch shows space
Chernobyl, When They See Us and even The Handmaid's Tale are cautionary stories, and the threats they warn us against are real
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, June 29, 2019 – Page R4
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-- I keep hearing this: ''I know Chernobyl is supposed to be great, but I just can't watch it,'' referring to the five-hour HBO limited series about the 1986 nuclear accident in the USSR.  FULL STORY arrow
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The television business is still about who you know, Johanna Schneller writes, and despite all the talk about diversity, visible minorities struggle to break through
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, June 29, 2019 – Page R1
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-- After years of scrimping as a documentary director, Amar Wala (The Secret Trial 5) was finally making money in television: Through his Torontobased production company, Scarborough Pictures, he was directing episodes of the CBC show In the Making, as well as a series about entrepreneurs for, of all places, Shopify. Meanwhile in Vancouver, Mark Miller, who is the chief executive of Great Pacific Media - the company that makes Highway Thru Hell and Heavy Rescue: 401 - also had work to spread around.  FULL STORY arrow
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Born to be wild space
Irish singer and actor Jessie Buckley, star of Wild Rose, sure seems like she was destined for greatness. But she'd be the first to tell you: She's worked for it
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, June 22, 2019 – Page R2
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-- The scene was planned, blocked, rehearsed. Tom Harper, the director of the new film Wild Rose, along with his crew and his star, Jessie Buckley - playing Rose-Lynn Harlan, an electric wire of a singer - were shooting at Glasgow's Grand Ole Opry. They'd agreed: Rose, belting the song Outlaw State of Mind, would move this way, the camera would be here, the momentum would build. Okay?  FULL STORY arrow
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How TV is telling the naked truth space
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, June 22, 2019 – Page R3
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-- There's a lot of full-frontal male nudity on TV right now, and I'm all for it. I'll tell you why in a bit. But I'm not going to lie to you, it's startling.  FULL STORY arrow
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Today's episode is brought to you by ... women space
Whether in movies or on TV, stories about female relationships are finally having a moment
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, June 15, 2019 – Page R7
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-- I''m getting a vibe from La La Land, low but detectable: Could it be ... hope? After decades of working mostly for men, talking mostly to men, in dialogue mostly written by men, women on screens large and small are finally talking to each other, in words they've written and directed. And they're doing it with an almost giddy honesty.  FULL STORY arrow
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On a set visit to The Handmaid's Tale in advance of its third season, Johanna Schneller talks to a cast and crew stunned by the show's prophetic urgency
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Saturday, June 8, 2019 – Page R1
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-- When you picture The Handmaid's Tale, you think red robes, but the scene being shot this Friday night at Toronto's Casa Loma is a sea of green and white: 54 actresses in teal ball gowns waltzing with their tuxedoed partners to a live string quartet.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, June 8, 2019 – Page R2
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-- Here's what some Handmaid's Tale characters will face in Season 3: Luke (O.T. Fagbenle): ''Luke has to deal with the fact that June didn't escape Gilead when she had the chance and he's raising Nicole, another man's baby,'' Fagbenle says. ''Moira helps him realize that his job is to take care of Nicole. He can bear with any how if he knows the why.''  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, June 7, 2019 – Page A16
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-- Wild Nights with Emily CLASSIFICATION: PG; 84 MINUTESWritten and directed by Madeleine Olnek Starring Molly Shannon and Susan Ziegler 3 STARSDon't be alarmed by the first 10 minutes of this film. Stick with it, because the wobbly tone and some amateurish acting warm up into something lovely and memorable: the too-little-known true story of Emily Dickinson's (Molly Shannon) lifelong love affair with Susan (Susan Ziegler), her brother's wife, and how it was sanitized by editors after her death. (Susan's name was literally erased from many of Dickinson's nearly 2,000 poems.)  FULL STORY arrow
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The CBC needs to polish its Gem, not bite into Apple space
For Canada's broadcaster to set itself apart against a bevy of deep-pocketed streaming services, it must cast a narrower net, not a wider one
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, April 13, 2019 – Page R6
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-- On March 25, as the eyes of the world were on Cupertino, Calif., for the splashy launch of Apple TV+, Apple's new streaming service, I was at home watching the CBC's streaming service, Gem. (Full disclosure: I co-host a talk series, The Filmmakers, which is available there.)  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, April 13, 2019 – Page R10
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-- Winter might not have come. That's the consensus of anyone who read, worked on or saw the unaired pilot episode of Game of Thrones. In a quasi-epic quest that parallels the HBO series itself, superfans have sought out and shared every breathless detail of the Thing That Was Not Good.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. screenwriters have been the punchline for long enough space
The conflict between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents must be resolved
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Thursday, April 11, 2019 – Page A15
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-- No new TV for you. That's the doomsday scenario if the 24,700 members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) don't come to some agreement with their agents by midnight Friday.  FULL STORY arrow
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More than just a moment for Indigenous actor space
In her 49-year film career, Tantoo Cardinal finally has her name listed above the title in Falls Around Her
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, March 30, 2019 – Page R2
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-- The end credits of Falls Around Her, a starring vehicle for the Canadian actor Tantoo Cardinal, finish with a long list of funding agencies that contributed to the budget. Good, I thought. It's time.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, March 29, 2019 – Page A15
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-- Falls Around Her CLASSIFICATION: 14A; 100 MINUTESWritten and directed by Darlene Naponse Starring Tantoo Cardinal and Tina Keeper 2 1/2 STARSThe strength of this small movie is twofold: First, it creates and captures the mood of life on the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation in Northern Ontario. Second, it stars Tantoo Cardinal, the acclaimed Metis actor, in her first above-the-title role. It's about time.  FULL STORY arrow
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Teen fiction isn't in need of a cure space
Themes such as death, illness and mental health aren't new to the young adult genre and, despite scrutiny suggesting they are dangerous, books and movies that deal with those issues may be beneficial
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 – Page A13
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-- Oh, leave the kids alone. All this tsuris about Sick Lit and Sick Flicks - the young-adult genre in which teenagers confront illness, death, suicide, depression and/or selfharm; and the inevitable films made from said novels - is ridiculous.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Monday, March 18, 2019 – Page A15
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-- Lessons in charisma, from Ian McShane: Come - on your day off - to the Toronto set of Season 2 of the Amazon Prime Video fantasydrama series American Gods, based on the 2001 novel by Neil Gaiman. (Now streaming.) Call the reporter ''luv.''  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Page R1
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-- On Valentine's Day, Netflix released the eight-episode series Dirty John. Based on a hit podcast, which itself was based on a series of articles in the Los Angeles Times, it dramatizes the true story of Debra Newell (Connie Britton), an interior designer in tony Newport Beach, Calif., who was swept off her feet by John Meehan (Eric Bana), a serial liar and later, much worse.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Monday, February 25, 2019 – Page A15
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-- The moment was primo Catherine O'Hara. Accepting the best actress in a television comedy prize at the Canadian Screen Awards last March, O'Hara arrived at the microphone a bit breathless. ''Wow, I'm going to cry,'' she said. ''This is ridiculous. Thank you.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Page R1
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-- What do you want from the Oscars? I've been asking around, and the answer is consistent: speeches. Real speeches, memorable speeches.Speeches that move people, as film moves people.  FULL STORY arrow
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An actor's write turn space
Kathleen Robertson had secretly harboured a penchant for writing for years before talking about it. Now, she says, 'it all kind of exploded'
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Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Page R2
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-- FAME GAME It was the role Kathleen Robertson, the Hamilton-born actress, had been waiting for.She'd grown up working on Canadian television - she landed her first gig, a National Film Board project made by Norman Jewison, at the age of 10 - and come of age on the U.S. megahit Beverly Hills 90210, where she played brainy, bratty Clare. Her career had chugged steadily upward - she never held a single civilian job, not even waitressing. Now it was 2011, and she was on a prestige series, Boss, playing the morally compromised aide to the mayor of Chicago, opposite Kelsey Grammer. It was everything she'd ever wanted. And it wasn't enough.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ellen Page is a superhero, on and off the screen space
The Umbrella Academy star says she's 'over' normalized anti-LGBTQ behaviour, and encourages others to speak up for things that matter
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – Page A12
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-- The wardrobe department on the Toronto set of the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, which dropped Feb. 15, is a full-on warehouse - row upon row of crammed, double-height clothes racks on one side, sewing tables staffed with busy seamstresses on the other. Each principal character has a rack of his/her own.  FULL STORY arrow
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The questions Roma doesn't ask space
Alfonso Cuaron's film, along with many others, fails to address how issues of money can complicate relationships
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, February 16, 2019 – Page R7
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-- Since last September, when I interviewed the actresses Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira about their film Roma - both are now Oscar nominees, for best actress and best supporting actress, respectively - I've been thinking about something Aparicio said.  FULL STORY arrow
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At the Oscars, small gains for women are easily lost space
Despite myriad women finding success in 2018, many have been left out of this awards season
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, February 9, 2019 – Page R6
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-- How crowded are this year's Oscar actress categories?So crowded that there was no room for Nicole Kidman, Viola Davis or Julia Roberts. Each is a certified star, a previous winner and multiple nominee, and each did some of the best work of her career in 2018: Kidman as a damaged police detective in Destroyer; Davis as a wronged wife and criminal mastermind in Widows; Roberts as a mother trying to keep her addict son (Lucas Hedges) clean in Ben is Back. Yet, none registered on Oscar's radar.  FULL STORY arrow
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A Star is Born succeeds by giving us exactly what we were hungry for: two people, staring into each other's eyes and falling in love
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, February 2, 2019 – Page R7
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-- A Star is Born has been nominated for awards by every major Hollywood guild - producers, directors, actors, writers, cinematographers and art directors - which bodes well for Oscar. It won a Golden Globe, and has been nominated for seven BAFTAs and four Grammys. The National Board of Review, the Broadcast Film Critics, the American Film Institute, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, the AfricanAmerican Film Critics and critics' groups from Seattle to St. Louis, Iowa to Atlanta, and Dublin to Venice have showered it with love. It's still playing in theatres 14 weeks after its Oct. 5 release; it's earned US$400-million worldwide; and the video for its ubiquitous song, Shallow, has 206 million hits on YouTube. And why?  FULL STORY arrow
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Is the film industry casting too wide a net? space
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, January 12, 2019 – Page R11
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-- FAME GAME I need to say up front, I admire the films I'm about to discuss.I think the filmmakers made the right casting choices, and those choices enriched their movies in the ways they'd hoped.  FULL STORY arrow
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Navigating the chaos of the unprotected space
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Friday, January 11, 2019 – Page A16
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-- Capernaum CLASSIFICATION: 14A; 121 MINUTES Directed by Nadine LabakiWritten by Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily and Michelle Keserwany 1/2 H umankind is experiencing an immigrant and refugee crisis. Yet U.S.  FULL STORY arrow
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The filmmaker, a champion of female characters since her debut, explains what makes her latest film, Destroyer, far more than skin deep and how it explores the continuum of the choices we make
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Friday, January 11, 2019 – Page A14
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-- What does it mean for an actress to give a ''brave'' performance? We all know the answer: It means she doesn't wear much makeup. Currently, Nicole Kidman is being hailed as brave for her performance as Erin Bell, an over-it LAPD detective, in writer/director Karyn Kusama's new drama, Destroyer. But for me, this focus on Bell's look is a distraction from - and does a disservice to - what's really brave: Kidman and Kusama's choices as artists.  FULL STORY arrow
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On child poverty, Capernaum director implores people to simply look space
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – Page A13
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-- When the Lebanese writer/director Nadine Labaki was on location in Beirut shooting her latest drama, Capernaum, she witnessed something upsetting. The film takes a hard look at how children are paying the price for the international immigration and refugee crises, which grow worse every day. For a substantial chunk of its running time, two neglected boys, 11-year-old Zain and toddler Yonas (newcomers Zain Al Rafeea and Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, who is actually a girl), fend for themselves on the streets. To shoot those scenes, Labaki placed her actors in doorways and gutters, where they huddled, dirty and blank-eyed.  FULL STORY arrow
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Of the movies I loved this year, these are the dozen scenes that still linger
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Thursday, December 27, 2018 – Page A14
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-- This is not a best-of-year list.Many worthy, interesting and delightful films are not on it. But of the movies I loved in 2018 (in alphabetical order), these are the dozen scenes that rise up in my mind.  FULL STORY arrow
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In the movie Ben Is Back, filmmaker Peter Hedges and actor Lucas dispel the old wisdom that directors shouldn't cast their children
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Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Page R5
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-- Peter Hedges, the writer/director, chokes up as he tells me this story about his son Lucas Hedges, the actor.It was Day 3 on the set of Ben Is Back, a film Peter wrote and was directing. Lucas - who earned an Oscar nomination for Manchester by the Sea and appeared in two of last year's best-picture nominees, Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - was playing the title character, a recovering addict who leaves rehab to come home for Christmas. Julia Roberts was playing Ben's mom, Holly, worn down by Ben's relapses but determined to be optimistic.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, December 14, 2018 – Page A17
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-- CLASSIFICATION: 14A; 103 MINUTES Written and directed by Peter Hedges Starring Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges and Courtney B. Vance 3 1/2 STARSRight out of the gate, it was obvious that Lucas Hedges, now 22, is the real deal, one of those actors who convey an inner life, seemingly without effort. When his characters are angry, their shame and vulnerability are visible, too; when they're happy, a sadness still flickers under the surface. He's fascinating.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, December 8, 2018 – Page R1
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-- For years, it's driven me crazy how movies and television series depicted people over 60. Often, the characters were dying, which was either grim (Amour, Iris) or patronizingly fantastical (Cocoon). If they showed signs of life, they were reckless or desperate (Going in Style, The Bucket List, The Cool Kids). They were prudish about sex (Hope Springs, Book Club). Or, if they were still sexual, it was played for hooting laughter (The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland, It's Complicated). There were three choices: grey (Grey Gardens), golden (On Golden Pond) or grumpy (Grumpy Old Men).  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, November 23, 2018 – Page A17
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-- The Reckoning: Hollywood's Worst-Kept SecretCLASSIFICATION: N/A; 90 MINUTESDirected by Barry Avrich 3In October, 2017, as the Harvey Weinstein sexualassault scandal was breaking, and powerful men were imploding like condemned buildings (Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K.), Toronto-based director Barry Avrich (The Last Mogul) hastened to capture the cultural moment. He cast a wide net, filming interviews with journalists (Ken Auletta from The New Yorker, Kim Masters from The Hollywood Reporter, Margaret Wente from The Globe and Mail), ex-Weinstein employees and actors who have made accusations. Not the powerful ones, such as Uma Thurman or Gwyneth Paltrow; he went for lesser-known, less protected subjects, the women who had everything to lose.  FULL STORY arrow
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Jason Reitman has a few questions, thank you space
Writer/director behind The Front Runner relishes in the film's ambiguous lessons
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Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Page R9
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-- To me, one of the most alarming things about politics right now is the disconnect we feel from our fellow citizens: You want quality x in a politician? Really? You admire quality y, but loathe z? You care deeply about this issue, but not at all about that one? We don't just disagree - we're appalled.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, November 16, 2018 – Page A18
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-- A Private WarCLASSIFICATION 18A; 110 MINUTESDirected by Matthew Heineman Written by Marie Brenner and Arash Amel Starring Rosamund Pike L isten, at this moment in the culture wars, I'd give this film three stars just for existing, because it's a powerful but clear-eyed acknowledgment of the importance of journalism.  FULL STORY arrow
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Matthew Heineman's private war against propaganda space
Director's feature debut tells the true story of a war journalist who risked - and ultimately lost - her life
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Thursday, November 15, 2018 – Page A14
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-- When he was 21, well before he became a director, Matthew Heineman went to a lecture by the legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens).''Maysles said, ''If you end up with the story you started with, then you're not listening along the way,' '' Heineman recalled in a phone conversation last week.  FULL STORY arrow
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Uruguayan filmmaker is delighted that his actors don't enjoy working with him and thrives with tension on set
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Friday, November 9, 2018 – Page A20
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-- Claire Foy did not have fun playing Lisbeth Salander in the new film The Girl in the Spider's Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story, according to her director, Fede Alvarez. And Alvarez is chuffed about that.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, October 26, 2018 – Page A17
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-- REVIEW What They HadCLASSIFICATION: 14A; 101 MINUTES Written and directed by Elizabeth Chomko Starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon and Blythe Danner3 1/2You may feel as if you've seen this movie before: Ruth (Blythe Danner) has Alzheimer's, her husband, Burt (Robert Forster), is in denial and their grown children Nick and Bridget (Michael Shannon and Hilary Swank) are at odds. But please, trust me, you haven't, because What They Had, the debut of writer/ director Elizabeth Chomko, is not about an issue.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hollywood actor portrays a widely renowned soprano in Paul Weitz's drama, Bel Canto
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Thursday, October 25, 2018 – Page A14
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-- Before her new film, Bel Canto, came along, Julianne Moore wasn't exactly an opera fan. She'd attended precisely one, The Magic Flute, when she was 21. ''And I left halfway through,'' she said last week from her home in New York's Greenwich Village, ''to go make out with my boyfriend.'' Peals of laughter ring down the phone.  FULL STORY arrow
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The movie that Elizabeth Chomko just had to make space
Director discusses overcoming a lack of confidence and stereotypes about women's cinema to create What They Had, a story only she could tell
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, October 20, 2018 – Page R8
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-- A few years ago, Elizabeth Chomko was at her grandfather's funeral in Oak Park, Ill. A playwright, theatre actor and TV day player (The Mentalist, CSI), Chomko was listening to a swoony eulogy about her grandparents' love story when ''the most profound'' inner voice spoke to her: ''Well, someone has to make this movie.''  FULL STORY arrow
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'The most creative time' in Kathryn Hahn's life space
At 45 and with two children, the actor wants to send a message loud and clear: She's never been more artistically fulfilled
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Page R8
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-- Kathryn Hahn likes her characters messy. ''I love meeting someone in a moment of tension, of discovery in herself,'' the actor, 45, says by phone from Los Feliz, the Los Angeles neighbourhood where she lives with her husband of 16 years, actor Ethan Sandler; their two children; plus two dogs, a rabbit and a hamster. ''I love when you're not sure if someone is going to burst into hysterical tears or hysterical laughter.  FULL STORY arrow
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Director Paul Greengrass looks to neither sanitize nor make entertaining the violence of the Norwegian terror attack depicted in 22 July
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Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Page R7
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-- How do you create screen violence that isn't entertaining? That was the challenge the English writer-director Paul Greengrass faced with his latest film, 22 July. As the director of The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and Jason Bourne, Greengrass, 63, has crafted some of the most exciting action scenes out there - a spectacular fight in Supremacy comes to mind, where Matt Damon chokes a rival assassin with a rolled-up magazine.  FULL STORY arrow
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'The most creative time' in Kathryn Hahn's life space
At 45 and with two children, the actor wants to send a message that she's never been more artistically fulfilled
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, October 5, 2018 – Page A17
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-- Kathryn Hahn likes her characters messy. ''I love meeting someone in a moment of tension, of discovery in herself,'' the actor, 45, says by phone from Los Feliz, the Los Angeles neighbourhood where she lives with her husband of 16 years, actor Ethan Sandler; their two children; plus two dogs, a rabbit and a hamster. ''I love when you're not sure if someone is going to burst into hysterical tears or hysterical laughter.  FULL STORY arrow
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Putting oneself first: still a revolutionary act for women space
In The Wife, Glenn Close stars as a writer struggling with both self-deprecation and balancing her own needs with the wants of others
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Friday, September 21, 2018 – Page A15
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-- M y first job, in 1984, was assistant to the editor of GQ, Art Cooper. Cooper's wife, Amy Levin, was the editor of Mademoiselle (now defunct).I wrote pieces for both magazines, and there was one story Levin really wanted me to do: how women tend to minimize their achievements, especially if their partner works in the same field.  FULL STORY arrow
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The decision to cry or not to cry heavily affects the impact of an actor's performance
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, September 14, 2018 – Page A16
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-- Emma Thompson knows when to cry. Think of how she saves her tears in Sense and Sensibility for the very end, when her emotional dam bursts with a sob. Recall how she dashes to her bedroom to cry in Love, Actually: She lets go a couple of tears, fights them back, gives her bedspread a tug to straighten it (that always gets me), and heads back out with a smile. In her new drama, The Children Act - written by Ian McEwan, based on his novel, and directed by Richard Eyre - Thompson plays Fiona Maye, a family High Court judge who remains dry-eyed in the face of horrific human dilemmas; it's shame at her own weakness that finally makes her crack.  FULL STORY arrow
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Waiting for Tanaya Beatty's perfect world space
Star of Through Black Spruce yearns for a day when Indigenous actors and leaders are more commonplace in film - and she's making strides toward that goal
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, September 1, 2018 – Page R3
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-- At the age of 5, Tanaya Beatty had one line in a play called The Day the Moonfolk Landed: ''What is that spaceship over there?'' But it was enough; she was hooked. At 20, she moved from Midway, a remote mountain village in B.C. (population: 500), to Vancouver, where she took the acting program at the Vancouver Film School. Her first break was a big one: She played Taylor Lautner's sister in 2011's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1. (She never got to transform into a werewolf, but she ran with the pack.) She got an agent.  FULL STORY arrow
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Surf Svengali proves a skillful storyteller as well space
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Friday, August 24, 2018 – Page A14
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-- Breath CLASSIFICATION: 14A; 115 MINUTESDirected by Simon Baker Written by Simon Baker, Tim Winton and Gerard Lee Starring Samson Coulter, Elizabeth Debicki, Ben Spence and Simon BakerIf you've ever wondered if surfers are afraid of the massive, roaring waves they ride, this Australian coming-of-age film - the feature directorial debut of Simon Baker, star of The Mentalist - gives you the answer: a resounding yes. But it also makes you feel why they love it.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, August 24, 2018 – Page A14
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-- Support the Girls CLASSIFICATION: 14A; 90 MINUTESWritten and directed by Andrew Bujalski Starring Regina Hall and James Le GrosStealth feminism in a sexist sports bar. It's a typical day at work for Lisa (Regina Hall), the manager of Double Whammies, a Hooters wanna-be. One waitress brings a sick kid to work; another is training new recruits (''See how I open my mouth real wide when I laugh?'' she instructs); the cable TV goes dark; and the owner (James Le Gros) stops by to make things worse.  FULL STORY arrow
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Novelist has been pounding away at the keys ever since he got his first typewriter at 10
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Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Page A13
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-- L inwood Barclay has written 22 crime/thriller novels in 15 years; he's sold millions of copies worldwide and has been blurbed by his hero, Stephen King. But at the age of 15, ''All I wanted to do in life was write screenplays,'' Barclay, 63, admitted over coffee in Toronto last week. ''I'd like to tell people I was inspired to write by Hemingway and Dickens, but it was TV.''  FULL STORY arrow
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The Miseducation of Cameron Post exorcises its director's teenage demons
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Friday, August 10, 2018 – Page A14
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-- Don't be fooled by the new film The Miseducation of Cameron Post. On the surface, it might seem like a drama about a gay teenager (Chloe Grace Moretz) in 1993 who undergoes enforced conversion therapy at a religious camp called God's Promise. But at heart, its co-writer and director Desiree Akhavan said in a phone interview this week, it's a John Hughes movie.  FULL STORY arrow
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Rob Reiner tells a timely tale in Shock and Awe space
The actor and filmmaker talks about his new film, his political ties and frustrations with the ethos of America
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Monday, July 30, 2018 – Page A15
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-- I have a deep and abiding love for Rob Reiner. I adore his showbiz-family ties - his father, Carl Reiner; his ex-wife, Penny Marshall; and his ex-brotherin-law, Garry Marshall, are part of the smart-shaggy Hollywood I first fell in love with. Watching Reiner's character on All in the Family, Michael Stivic, articulate his political positions during the 1970s helped form my own. I admire the way he's dug into politics throughout his life (more on that in a minute). He's my favourite kind of actor - the Gene Hackman school, totally naturalistic. And I challenge you to find a director whose run of films provided more pleasure to more people than his, from 1984 to 1992: This is Spinal Tap, Stand by Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally..., Misery, A Few Good Men.  FULL STORY arrow
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Emmy-nominated star of Killing Eve speaks with Johanna Schneller about the show's rich relationships and what she describes as its 'crackling, unpredictable nature'
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Saturday, July 21, 2018 – Page R1
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-- Once upon a time, I had crushes on male pop stars. Now I feel mad, florid love for brilliant women. Men still fascinate me, but I've heard their stories. I want to sit next to women at dinner parties; it's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Patricia Rozema, Amma Asante and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Emma Thompson and Hannah Gadsby who thrill me, because they connect me to what I think is important. I picture them at work. I fantasize about what they'd be like as friends.  FULL STORY arrow
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With a new book on the horizon, the pencil-stached Pope of Trash talks about how he spends his days now, what he thinks of modern America and the deeper beliefs that keep his ears open to others
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Thursday, July 12, 2018 – Page A12
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-- Last weekend, writer and filmmaker John Waters saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?, and there's something fitting about that. At 72, the self-proclaimed Pope of Trash has morphed into the Mr. Rogers of Raw, the kindly uncle of the outre. As he acknowledged in a 2015 commencement address to the Rhode Island School of Design that went viral, the culture has caught up with him. His biggest hit, Hairspray, is now a sweet high-school musical. These days, the kids are teaching him - about everything from ''theybies'' (children whose parents decline to assign a gender to their newborns) to ''blouses'' (a sexual designation meaning a feminine gay man who considers himself the top) - and he's giddy to learn.  FULL STORY arrow
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The secret to a successful multigenerational family holiday, writes Johanna Schneller, is to pick a place you never have to leave
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Saturday, July 7, 2018 – Page P12
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-- Day 1 does not start out well.Three generations of my family have rented a villa in Tuscany for two weeks. From Boca Raton, Fla., comes my eightysomething mother, Joanne, and her boyfriend, Bob, a full 10 years older. From Los Angeles, my sister, Anne, and her husband, Mark, adventuresome lawyers in their mid-40s. From northern Virginia, my brother's two sons, Zach and Noah, in their mid-20s. And from Toronto, my husband, Ian, my daughter, Hayley (also early 20s) and me. We arrive with six tonnes of luggage and a full complement of contradictory hopes, follies and neuroses, all crammed into an enormous white standard-shift Fiat van, ''the only nine-person vehicle in Italy,'' the rental agent tells us, clearly appalled.  FULL STORY arrow
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Any deeper meaning or relevance in this action-horror prequel is merely hinted at, rather than made the most of
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Friday, July 6, 2018 – Page A14
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-- The First PurgeCLASSIFICATION: 18A; 97 MINUTESDirected by Gerard McMurray Written by James DeMonaco Starring Marissa Tomei, Y'lan Noel and Lex Scott Davis 2I can't believe I'm typing this, but inside The First Purge is a scrappy little indie fighting to come out. Although this is the fourth instalment in the Purge franchise, it's a prequel to the other three, a chance to be born anew.  FULL STORY arrow
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More showrunners and producers are women and minorities, but ... there is a long way to go
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 – Page A13
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-- There's a hashtag going around social media, a thinly veiled challenge: #ShowUsYourRoom. It's photos of the staff in television writers' rooms and it provides visual evidence of what has and hasn't changed in the immediate aftermath of the #TimesUp movement. Are there more women and people of diversity? Yes - but we're seeing the rooms that participated. What about the rooms that didn't?  FULL STORY arrow
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Scenes from a Canadian's journey through show business space
It's tough not to read the story of television writer, and now film director, Rebecca Addelman like an indie film of its own
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Friday, June 22, 2018 – Page A17
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-- Rebecca Addelman's life sounds so much like an indie-film heroine's, I picture her story in scenes.EXTERIOR, MULHOLLAND DRIVE (lonely road high above Los Angeles) -- 3 A.M.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Canadian director of Picnic at Hanging Rock added two more innovations on set: A strict no-jerks policy and wine bribes
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – Page A15
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-- At the beginning of the three-month shoot for her new miniseries Picnic at Hanging Rock, in the environs of Melbourne and the wilds of Victoria, Australia, the Canadian director Larysa Kondracki thought to herself, ''Okay, we're a group of people locked up on the other end of the world, talking about teenage hysteria. This could go one way or the other.''  FULL STORY arrow
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The actor, who plays the narcissistic villain in AMC's new Dietland, says women are finally being heard
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – Page A18
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-- Last October, when the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke in The New York Times, Julianna Margulies was in a wardrobe fitting for her new, 10-episode AMC series, Dietland.Talk about fitting. Dietland - created by Marti Noxon (UnREAL, To the Bone), and based on the 2015 novel by Sarai Walker - is set in a parallel present where women have had it. Its heroine, Plum Kettle (Joy Nash), who answers letters at a teen magazine called Daisy Chain, is sick of being fat-shamed, especially by herself. She's recruited by an underground female-empowerment group, Calliope House, while at the same time, a vigilante collective known as Jennifer is exacting revenge on abusive men. (One, a fashion photographer who drugged and sexually assaulted 31 women and girls, bears a striking resemblance to real-life alleged abuser Terry Richardson.)  FULL STORY arrow
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At 65, Steenburgen has more doors to open space
The Oscar-winner talks about her breakthrough experience with Jack Nicholson, what she finds sexy and her refusal to fade out
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Friday, May 25, 2018 – Page A18
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-- It was sometimes hard to drag Mary Steenburgen out of the garage that served as a green room on the set of her new comedy Book Club, because she and her three co-stars - Candice Bergen, Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton - were dishing up such riveting dirt.  FULL STORY arrow
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Kathy Griffin is defiant of those who want to 'decimate her' and is using her Trump photo controversy to fuel her comedy
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Saturday, May 19, 2018 – Page R10
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-- The day Kathy Griffin's severed-Trump-head photo hit the fan, May 30, 2017, the sharp-edged comedian was at home in Los Angeles, sobbing.(You know the photo and video, right? Griffin wears a purple dress and a lot of eyelashes.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, April 27, 2018 – Page A17
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-- Barry Avrich, the Montrealborn filmmaker, walked away from his 2011 documentary Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project ''a little haunted'' by what his film didn't say about the infamous mogul.  FULL STORY arrow
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The director and stars of Indian Horse discuss their personal connections to the confrontation with Canada's dark past
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Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Page R10
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-- The question had to be asked.Over the phone, the Montreal-born director Stephen Campanelli is relaxed, friendly, eager to communicate. He read Richard Wagamese's acclaimed novel Indian Horse, he tells me, followed by Dennis Foon's film script, and was electrified by them. As a Canadian, he was angered and embarrassed that he hadn't been taught the history behind the story: Indigenous children ripped from their families, forced into residential schools and physically and sexually abused.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, April 13, 2018 – Page A17
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-- Finding Your FeetCLASSIFICATION PG; 109 MINUTESDirected by Richard LoncraineWritten by Meg Leonard and Nick MoorcroftStarring Timothy Spall and Imelda Staunton2 starsOh dear. This is one of those British light entertainments that pop up every few years, jam-packed with thespians having a jolly time making something commercial for the simple folk. Snooty Sandra (Imelda Staunton) lives for and through her titled hubby.  FULL STORY arrow
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The British actor talks about aging, her career and taking a step back
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Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Page A15
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-- For the past six years, Imelda Staunton has had either a script or a score running through her head. In London's West End, she played Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and won a best actress Olivier Award for it. She played Mama Rose in Gypsy and won another Olivier. She played Margie in Good People, Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Sally in Follies, and was nominated for Oliviers for those, too. During that same period, she appeared in two telefilms - including The Girl, which earned her an Emmy nomination - and five features. The most recent, Finding Your Feet, opens in Canada on Friday.  FULL STORY arrow
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The American darling's new horror film lets him go down the scary path - as actor, director, husband and father
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Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Page R4
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-- we really must thank John Krasinski's mom, Mary Claire, nee Doyle. For giving birth to John, yes, but also for this: After he graduated from Brown University, he attended the Eugene O'Neill National Theater Institute in Waterford, Conn.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, April 6, 2018 – Page A14
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-- CLASSIFICATION PG; 90 MINUTESDirected by John Krasinski Written by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, and John Krasinski Starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski31/2You're so tense you're almost nauseous, but it's fun - that's the place this smart new thriller will put you in. In the near future, an adorable family led by Emily Blunt, John Krasinski and Millicent Simmonds (so lovely in Wonderstruck) tiptoe through a deserted town. We soon learn why: Aliens who hunt by sound have decimated Earth. Only the silent survive. As Krasinski, who also co-wrote the script with Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, drills down into the details of how the family stays muffled, lovely things rise up: the sounds of wind and water, how much people say with their eyes, the power of communication and the keenness of its loss.  FULL STORY arrow
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The actor eschews heroic roles for fully rounded characters, such as the lower-class, alcoholic naval officer he plays on The Terror
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Saturday, March 31, 2018 – Page R5
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-- FAME GAMEJared Harris has played his share of doomed men - Andy Warhol in I Shot Andy Warhol; Captain Mike in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, who drives his tugboat into a German submarine; King George VI, whose gentle death sets in motion The Crown.  FULL STORY arrow
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What makes the Canadian-born actor, appearing in three series this year, one of the most charming in Hollywood?
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Thursday, March 29, 2018 – Page A16
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-- If the actor Nathan Fillion decides to have a video on his tombstone (it's a thing), I know which clip he should use: His entrance as Jacques Snicket, brother of Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton), in Episode 2, Season 2 of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events. (It lands March 30.)  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, March 16, 2018 – Page A19
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-- 7 Days in EntebbeCLASSIFICATION PG; 107 MINUTESDirected by Jose Padilha Written by Gregory Burke Starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl 21/2On June 27, 1976, on Air France Flight 139 en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, four hijackers from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - including two German revolutionaries - took guns out of their hand luggage and took over the aircraft, eventually touching down in Entebbe, Uganda. They herded 248 passengers and crew into a decrepit airport terminal and demanded that Israel release 53 Palestinian prisoners or they would begin killing hostages. But Israel didn't negotiate with terrorists, so the world watched as the countdown began.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, March 16, 2018 – Page A18
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-- CLASSIFICATION 14A; 112 MINUTESDirected by Paolo Virzi Written by Stephen Amidon, Francesca Archibugi, Francesco Piccolo and Paolo Virzi Starring Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren 2Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as a long-married couple - sign me up.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, March 12, 2018 – Page A14
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-- With the final two words of her Oscar acceptance speech - ''inclusion rider'' - Frances McDormand set off a charge of optimism, that film casts and crews will become more diverse. But Amma Asante, the British writer/director (Belle, A United Kingdom), isn't sure she buys it.  FULL STORY arrow
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The one thing this year's Oscars require space
Hollywood is more than our dream factory, and after a culturerattling 2017, its biggest event can't be lightweight
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Saturday, March 3, 2018 – Page R1
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-- This year's Oscars better be political.After the #TimesUp consciousness-raising sessions that were the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs. After the thought-provoking, ''What is America?'' nature of the Grammys.  FULL STORY arrow
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Jennifer Podemski won't be silenced space
The actor reveals the hardships Indigenous performers still face, and why it's high time to hold the Canadian entertainment industry accountable
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Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Page R3
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-- Here's what it's like to be a successful Indigenous actor in Canada in 2018: Jennifer Podemski has a list of television and film roles stretching back to 1991, including Degrassi: The Next Generation, Take This Waltz and Dance Me Outside. She's produced documentary series (The Other Side) and awards galas (the annual Indspire Awards). She's travelled North America as a mentor and advocate for Indigenous issues.  FULL STORY arrow
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McMafia, where crime is supersized space
Author and journalist Misha Glenny talks international syndicates and the power of television
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Thursday, February 22, 2018 – Page A17
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-- For a man telling a terrifying tale, Misha Glenny is startlingly chill. During an interview in Toronto last week, Glenny (an author, BBC correspondent and Guardian journalist) walked me through the world of McMafia - both his 2008 non-fiction bestseller and the new eight-hour BBC/AMC drama series that's been spun from it, of which he's a producer.  FULL STORY arrow
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Laeta Kalogridis's second - and third, and fourth - life space
The showrunner and creator of Netflix's big-budget sci-fi series Altered Carbon is doing things her way - at last
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Saturday, February 10, 2018 – Page R9
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-- Laeta Kalogridis, the showrunner of the new science-fiction series Altered Carbon - one of Netflix's most expensive original series to date - wishes she knew why people think of science fiction as a male-oriented genre.  FULL STORY arrow
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Actor struggles with the moral dilemma of working for Woody Allen as allegations of sexual assault linger
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Friday, February 9, 2018 – Page A18
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-- FAME GAMERebecca Hall has come to a conclusion about Woody Allen. It's just not the conclusion you might assume.The British stage and screen actress, 35, has worked with Allen on two of his films: her breakout role, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and the upcoming A Rainy Day in New York.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, February 9, 2018 – Page A18
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-- PermissionCLASSIFICATION 14A; 98 MINUTESWritten and directed by Brian Crano Starring Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens 21/2You kind of want to slap everybody in Permission, and that's kind of the point. It's a wry twist on the rom-com dilemma of what keeps the lovers apart: They've been together too long.  FULL STORY arrow
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Gloria Grahame: not as a stranger space
In Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Annette Bening tackles the scandalous film noir starlet. Crazy casting? After sitting down with Bening, it makes a lot of sense
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Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Page R6
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-- When you first hear, ''Annette Bening is playing Gloria Grahame,'' you think, ''That's crazy talk.'' Grahame, who died at 57 in 1981, was one kind of actress: Her characters were too ready to say yes, too easy to nudge into misbehaving. In the role for which most of us know her, the flirty Violet in It's a Wonderful Life, she's the archetypal girl who can't help it, narrowly rescued from herself by George's decency.  FULL STORY arrow
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Birdland is less a gumshoe story, than it is a psychological portrait space
Peter Lynch's film delves into our capacity for denial and the unreliability of memory
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Thursday, January 25, 2018 – Page A15
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-- In what many would consider a shocking development, a renowned Canadian filmmaker approves of a Telefilm initiative.The filmmaker is Peter Lynch, 60, best known for the documentaries Project Grizzly (1996) and Cyberman (2001); his first full-length feature, Birdland, opens in select cities on Friday. The initiative is Telefilm's new Talent to Watch program, which will support 50 films a year at $120,000 (maximum) apiece, and will automatically green-light the second projects of filmmakers whose first features play top-tier festivals, contributing $500,000 per film.  FULL STORY arrow
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Homegrown studio BRON is the name to watch this season, following up a prolific few years with four new films at the festival
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Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Page R5
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-- Last year, the Sundance Film Festival dropped a surprise title into their Tuesday night lineup: Get Out. It was received rapturously, became an instant cultural touchstone and is arguably the most important film of 2017.  FULL STORY arrow
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The German-born actress explores territory both new and all-too familiar in a Cannes-winning performance she couldn't shake
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Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Page R8
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-- In 2012, when the German-Turkish writer/director Fatih Akin (The Edge of Heaven) began working on the screenplay for his new drama In the Fade, terrorists were wreaking havoc around the world: South America, Africa, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan.  FULL STORY arrow
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Donald Sutherland has no time for Donald Sutherland's movies, thank you space
The Canadian treasure, soon to be an Academy Honorary Award recipient, waxes mystical about acting, aging and what comes after
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, January 12, 2018 – Page A14
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-- Donald Sutherland won't be seeing his new film, The Leisure Seeker. He sees very few of his films. His characters don't want him to.''I can watch myself in the rushes, because that's part of a process,'' he said last September, in a hotel-room interview during the Toronto International Film Festival. ''But the character is alive inside me.'' Even after the movie is finished, ''he's not dead yet. So when the editor moves him around - when he's got his arm up by his ear or his hand in his rear end - it's not who he is.  FULL STORY arrow
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The seven best cinematic moments of 2017, a year spent in the dark (in more ways than one)
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, December 22, 2017 – Page A17
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-- As I was thinking back on my seven favourite film scenes of 2017, I was surprised to see how many of them are about kindness. But on second thought, it's not surprising at all. Because if this past year has shown us anything, it's that life without kindness is ugliness, and that kindness is hope.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, December 15, 2017 – Page A16
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-- In 1975, this story caused a sensation: Frank Olson, a CIA scientist, had not committed suicide on Nov. 28, 1953, as his family had thought. Instead, he was crazed from the effects of a secret dose of LSD that a fellow CIA agent had slipped into his drink nine days before his death.  FULL STORY arrow
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Richard Jenkins's quiet, brilliant desperation space
As the chatty neighbour in del Toro's latest film, the actor once again highlights his intelligence and versatility
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, December 8, 2017 – Page A20
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-- FAME GAMERichard Jenkins wasn't expecting Sally Hawkins to slap him. In their new film, The Shape of Water (opening in Toronto on Friday), Hawkins plays Elisa, a mute cleaning woman at a secret aerospace lab in 1960s Baltimore, and Jenkins is Giles, her chatty neighbour, a commercial artist, gay but in the closet. Giles thinks he's Elisa's mentor but, like everyone else, he underestimates her. A mysterious creature is chained in the lab's depths, Eliza needs to free him and, in an emotional scene, she implores Giles to help her.  FULL STORY arrow
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How to throw a post-Weinstein Oscars space
Hollywood can atone for the indecency that's come to light in recent months by making smart choices about which films and filmmakers get trophies
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, December 1, 2017 – Page A19
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-- If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wants to have a politically correct Oscars ceremony on March 4, they have their work cut out for them. There are so many powder kegs waiting to be ignited: the sexual harassment issue, the lack of diversity issue, the we-hate-our-President issue.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, November 24, 2017 – Page R1
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-- We never thought the revolution would come in this manner. But now that it's here - now that abusive men are being cast out from their perches in Hollywood and the media - what to do about it? What do women want? (Please note that, though I'm writing here about women, this holds true for people of colour and diversity, too.)  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, November 10, 2017 – Page R1
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-- It was a crazy few days in the Valley. Late last week, the Los Angeles Times published a note to its readers announcing that Disney had barred it from press screenings.  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Saturday, November 4, 2017 – Page R1
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-- Nicole Kidman claims she's not A-list.We're in a hotel room during this past September's Toronto International Film Festival, talking about her new film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. (It opened in select cities Friday.) She's wearing an exquisite confection, as always - she's the best-dressed actress out there - a long-sleeved, floaty white dress with rivulets of silver sequined embroidery. But she's kicked off her tall silver stilettos.  FULL STORY arrow
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George Clooney is furious - and he's selling the anger expertly. How the Hollywood royal balances his smooth star power with liberal outrage
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, October 27, 2017 – Page R1
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-- George Clooney is tired of hearing people say, ''We have to accept [U.S. President Donald] Trump and move on.''''No, man! No!'' he hollers down the phone last Saturday afternoon, from what he Rat-Pack-ishly refers to as ''sunny California.''  FULL STORY arrow
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By JOHANNA SCHNELLER
Friday, October 20, 2017 – Page R1
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-- Hollywood has a marketing problem. That's obvious in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, with people tripping over themselves to kick him out of their organizations (the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have booted him), scrub his name from their film and television credits, and disassociate their clients from his soon-to-be-ex-wife's fashion label - partly because he allegedly preyed upon and committed crimes against women for 20plus years, but mostly because he finally got nailed in the media for it.  FULL STORY arrow
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