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For evidence that climate change is real, look no further than the Toronto International Film Festival. The official fall kickoff to awards season is usually accompanied by hot sales that burn through the streets of Canada’s largest city. In 2017, the market wasn’t just frosty. It was more like an arctic blizzard had suddenly swept through Roy Thomson Hall.
This year’s Toronto saw the premieres of a staggering 255 features, with endless red carpets and after-parties in crowded bars and noisy restaurants. Despite all the glamour emitted by the likes of George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, and Jennifer Lawrence, the festival felt much smaller.
Many buyers here bitterly complained that there was nothing worth spending money on, while too many movies unfurled to little fanfare. This has become a recurring trend in the last three or four years at Toronto (does anybody remember the sad fate of the Michael Moore documentary “Where to Invade Next”?), but the »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Jim Carrey got philosophical on the red carpet for Harper Bazaar's Icons party over the weekend. The actor and comedian has fallen on some tough times and looks a lot skinnier than we are used to seeing him, but Carrey seems to be more woke these days after telling Howard Stern about a desert vison quest that he went on a few years ago and taking up painting. The news comes after Jim Carrey surprised the audience of Michael Moore's one-man Broadway show, The Terms of my Surrender on Thursday night with some parodies of The Sound of Music that peppered in our current political climate.
Yahoo Movies U.K. reports that Jim Carrey attended the Harper's Bazaar party and gave a pretty weird interview. He began the interview by circling interviewer Catt Sadler for E! News before settling down. Carrey then said, "There's no meaning to any of this, »
13 years after he spent a month eating nothing but McDonald’s, “Super-Size Me” director (and human guinea pig) Morgan Spurlock has opened a fast-food restaurant of his own. Of course, anyone who’s seen Spurlock’s breakthrough 2004 documentary knows that he’s not just in it for the money — you couldn’t pay that guy to eat another Big Mac, let alone produce them by the billions. Spurlock has come a long way since his $65,000 film earned $22 million at the box office and inspired a revolution in how Americans are sold their heart attacks, but his ethos hasn’t changed. Once again, he’s decided to become part of the problem in order to solve it. This time, however, the problem he’s grappling with is one for which he’s partially responsible.
If “Super-Size Me” was about the danger of calories, the hugely watchable “Super-Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! »
- David Ehrlich
Michael Friedman, a composer and lyricist whose musical “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” played on Broadway in 2010, died Saturday at age 41. He died of complications from HIV/AIDS, according to New York’s Public Theater, where he was an artist in residence and director of the Public Forum. In addition, Friedman served as artistic director of Encores! Off-Center at New York City Center and was co-founder of The Civilians theater company. Also Read: Michael Moore Donates $10K to Public Theater After 'Julius Caesar' Outcry He created a sensation with “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” a modern take on America’s seventh president — with a book. »
- Thom Geier
Jim Carrey dropped by Michael Moore’s one-man Broadway show on Thursday night, and had some emotional words to share about the power of hopelessness. You read that correctly. In conversation with Moore, the “Ace Ventura” star revealed that he’s embraced the idea of giving up hope when confronted with tough times. “There’s a virtue in […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Jim Carrey has a mesage about surviving tough times: “Give up hope.”
The 55-year-old comedian stopped by documentarian and activist Michael Moore‘s Broadway show The Terms of My Surrender on Thursday night for a candid conversation about the current political climate in the wake of president Donald Trump‘s election.
Among the many revelations in the 30-minute chat — which touched on everything from Carrey’s political paintings and sculptures to the DREAMers to the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia to Kathy Griffin‘s recent controversy — was a tender moment in which Carrey said he’s embraced hopelessness in »
- Dave Quinn
For much of this century, the documentary has been taken hold by filmmakers who are more interested in their own stories, their own “character” if you will, than any real issue or concept. Specifically filmmakers like Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock (whose seminal Supersize Me is seeing a sequel debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival) shifted the language of non-fiction cinema from the verite to the almost narrative fiction-style, character-focused structure. However, in an age of social awareness on a global scale, verite-style filmmaking is having a renaissance.
Take, for example, Motherland. The new film from director Ramona Diaz, Motherland sends us to an incredibly specific locale, in order to mine profoundly universal human truths. Fabella Hospital in Manila, Philippines is where Diaz takes us, a hospital that’s thought to have the world’s busiest maternity ward. Averaging about 60 births per day with a peak of »
- Joshua Brunsting
“This is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to share. Though I’m fearful to share this publicly, I know that being silent is the worst thing I can do right now.” When we saw longtime contributor Carlos Aguilar’s Facebook post about his Daca status, we asked him to write an article about what the film community can do to support Daca recipients.
On September 4, with the Trump administration’s looming announcement about Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals, I decided that there was no better time to share my story as a Daca beneficiary. I pondered a long time about being open about such a difficult matter in a public forum. Fear of being seen or treated differently by my peers — particularly in a field like film journalism that tends to lack diversity — was a major source of worry. However, I knew it was important »
- Carlos Aguilar
Professional political doomsayer Michael Moore has started saying “Doom!” again, giving a new interview this week in which he states his belief that Donald Trump will win a reelection bid in 2020. Talking to Fast Company, Moore—who’s currently performing a Trump-themed one-man show, The Terms Of My Surrender, on…
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- William Hughes
Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore predicted that President Donald Trump will win re-election in 2020 in a Monday interview with Fast Company — but the Trump critic has a plan to stop it from happening. “I should say re-appointed, because we will have an even larger population that will vote against him in 2020,” Moore told the magazine. “But he will win those electoral states as it stands now.” Moore, who recently took the Broadway audience from his politically charged, one-man show “The Terms of My Surrender” to Trump Tower to protest the president, was one of the few newsmakers who correctly »
- Brian Flood
Controversial documentary filmmaker Michael Moore may be viewed as a crackpot by a large swath of Americans, but it can’t be ignored that he was one of the few people who accurately predicted Donald Trump‘s presidential election win in 2016. At the very least, Moore deserves some respect for that, and perhaps a bent ear for his […] »
- Chris Jancelewicz
The film premiered in March at SXSW, where it won the audience award in the narrative spotlight and the Louis Black Lone Star Award. It also won the Founders Prize for Best Us Fiction Film at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.
Wells, a former featured player on “Saturday Night Live,” made her feature directorial debut and executive produced the film, in which she portrays a talented but hard-to-classify comedic performer who left behind her Austin home and boyfriend to pursue career opportunities in L.A. When a loved one falls ill, she rushes back to Austin where she’s forced to stay with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.
SXSW Film Review: ‘Mr. Roosevelt’
“Mr. Roosevelt” is a Beachside presentation and production in association with Sleepy Sheep and Revelator. Producers »
- Dave McNary
- Joseph A. Wulfsohn
Director Michael Moore took to the streets last night with Olivia Wilde, Mark Ruffalo, Marisa Tomei, and many other celebrities as they teamed up with thousands of protestors outside of Trump Tower to protest the remarks made by Donald Trump on white supremacy yesterday. This movement goes beyond celebrities parodying Trump, which has been a growing trend. The President of the free world held a press conference and said that there were "good people on both sides," implying or rather, out right saying that some neo-Nazis and white supremacist's were good people.
Mark Ruffalo was on hand in front of Trump Tower for the unwelcoming home coming for Donald Trump. The actor took to social media to share images and video from the protest along with Olivia Wilde and Marisa Tomei. Ruffalo's Instagram account posted a video of the actor talking about Nazis. Ruffalo said this.
"There's two sides of this: people who fight Nazis, »
Audience members at Michael Moore’s Broadway show “The Terms of My Surrender” got a politically-charged after show on Tuesday night when Moore invited every viewer to join him at a Donald Trump protest at Trump Tower. The event was co-hosted by Mark Ruffalo and featured chants led Olivia Wilde and Zoe Kazan, among others. Attendees included Harvey Weinstein and Marisa Tomei.
Ruffalo, who had been the special guest during Moore’s Broadway performance, invited 200 ticket holders to be driven uptown on double-decker buses in order to protest the President, who is briefly staying at Trump Tower during a visit to New York City. Moore pushed for the rest of the audience to walk over. The rally included a candlelight vigil for Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer.
“We’re here today to commemorate a life of an American that was »
- Zack Sharf
The immediate backlash President Trump faced on Tuesday only intensified overnight after he doubled down on his assertion that “both sides” were to blame for deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“There are two sides to a story,” Trump insisted on Tuesday, echoing the widely denounced comments he made Saturday, as the violence was unfolding in Virginia.
There were “a lot of bad people in the other group too,” he added in reference to the anti-racist protesters demonstrating against the rally, one of whom, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was killed when a driver rammed his car into a group of the counter-protesters. »
- Tierney McAfee
Mark Ruffalo and Michael Moore led a Broadway audience from the theater directly to Trump Tower on Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the Charlottesville, Virginia violence. Moore urged people to attend via Facebook and chartered a double-decker bus for the occasion. He asked attendees of his politically charged, one-man show, “The Terms of My Surrender,” to join him for a visit to the ongoing protests at Trump Tower. “Heading to Trump Tower for a candle light vigil for Heather Heyer who was murdered by an Alt Right American Nazi,” Ruffalo wrote on Instagram. Ruffalo, »
- Brian Flood
Donald Trump’s comments about the violence at the Charlottesville rally and his inability to condemn neo-Nazis involved has caused a deluge of criticism from many on social media, and now filmmaker Michael Moore is taking it to the streets. Earlier this evening after his one-man Broadway show The Terms of My Surrender, he invited the audience to join him in a protest at Trump Tower in New York. Moore teased the field trip in a tweet earlier in the day along with a special… »
Moore, who interrupted his own Broadway show, The Terms of My Surrender, sat beside Ruffalo on top of a double-decker bus he chartered.
Ruffalo took to Instagram to record a message to his followers, explaining that he and Moore, along with his Broadway audience were “going to walk the next three blocks down to Trump Tower to get as close as we can so he can hear us.”
Michael Moore arranged for buses to take audience from his Broadway show, »
- Alexia Fernandez
While reviews of Michael Moore’s Broadway debut have not been kind, that hasn’t stopped the liberal firebrand from stirring the pot when it comes to criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump, and he took things to a whole new level on Tuesday night — with the help of one of the Avengers! According to The Hollywood […] »
- Brent Furdyk
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