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Watch Taylor Swift Lose It While Fighting All Her ‘Former Selves’ in ‘Look’ Music Video Bts: ‘I Got Too Excited’

20 September 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Look what Taylor Swift made Taylor Swift do.

In behind-the-scenes footage shared exclusively with People from the Grammy winner’s record-breaking “Look What You Made Me Do” music video, the star, 27, meets all the extras who play her former selves.

“Okay, this is the trippiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” says Swift as she walks onto the set and introduces herself to all the other Taylors. “Seeing all of them together is the weirdest feeling, but it’s awesome. It’s like, ‘Oh, that’s the phase I went through when I was 16 but a girl is »

- Melody Chiu

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Taylor Swift Music Video Director Gets Restraining Order Against Ex-Employee

19 September 2017 6:48 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Taylor Swift's fave director -- who did her latest music video along with her "Bad Blood" vid -- has some bad blood with a former employee who now has to stay 100 yards away and stop harassing him online ... according to new legal docs. "Look What You Made Me Do" director Joseph Kahn got a temporary restraining order against a man who he claims has been sending him disturbing emails and tagging him on angry »

- TMZ Staff

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‘Bodied’: Joseph Kahn Crafts A Visually Dynamic Rap Battle [Tiff Midnight Madness Winner]

19 September 2017 1:47 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Movies about rap battles are a rare breed. Of course, there’s the blisteringly ill rhymes in 2002’s Eminem-led drama “8 Mile,” and, more recently, this summer’s Sundance sensation “Patti Cake$,” featured a white New Jersey teenager dreaming of rap-stardom. But Hollywood has mostly stayed away from this incredibly popular urban underground activity where rappers battle in improv-filled, braggadocio-laden, lyric spouting contests.

Director Joseph Kahn — the filmmaker behind “Detention” and dozens of iconic music videos for artists, most notably Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood”– acts like he doesn’t care about what might be his audiences lack of knowledge of the topic.  

Continue reading ‘Bodied’: Joseph Kahn Crafts A Visually Dynamic Rap Battle [Tiff Midnight Madness Winner] at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2017 Tiff Movies

19 September 2017 9:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Toronto International Film Festival may be known more as a platform for fall season movies than a market, but there are plenty of strong films in each year’s lineup looking for U.S. distribution. While films ranging from the Margot Robbie vehicle “I, Tonya” to Louis C.K.’s “I Love You, Daddy” landed sturdy deals during Tiff, many other highlights remain homeless. Here’s a look at a few of them, presented in the hopes that distributors will take note.


If Eminem got a PhD in English without sacrificing his hip-hop talent, he might have turned out something like Adam (Calum Worthy), the scrawny white hero of Joseph Kahn’s “Bodied.” Kahn’s long-awaited follow-up to his snarky teen slasher comedy “Detention” is a hyper-stylized rap satire that plays out like Scott Pilgrim stumbling into “8 Mile” and stealing the spotlight. Set in an assaultive world of underground »

- Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich and Anne Thompson

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Tiff 2017. Top Picks & Coverage Roundup

19 September 2017 7:23 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Below you will find our favorite films of the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival, as well as an index of our coverage.Top Picksfernando F. CROCE1. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)2. Zama (Lucrecia Martel)3. Western (Valeska Grisebach)4. Ex Libris (Frederick Wiseman)5. Faces Places (Agnès Varda, Jr)6. Manhunt (John Woo)7. Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)8. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler)9. The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)10. Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani)Kelley DONG1. Rose Gold (Sarah Cwynar), Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (Dani Restack, Sheilah Wilson Restack)3. Good Luck (Ben Russell)4. Manhunt (John Woo)5. The Third Murder (Hirokazu Kore-eda), Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)Daniel KASMAN1. Ex Libris (Frederick Wiseman)2. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)3. Zama (Lucrecia Martel)4. Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (Dani Restack, Sheilah Wilson Restack)5. I Love You, Daddy (Louis C.K.)6. Rose Gold (Sarah Cwynar)7. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler)8. below-above (André »

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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) : What was Hot and What Won

18 September 2017 10:49 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Tiff has come and gone. Masses of Canadians attend the festival which is what gives it such a special atmosphere. In Cannes, only the industry attends the festival; the public sets up chairs and ladders to watch the red carpet galas and take pictures. But here the public is as much a part of the festival as the industry.Tiff Bell Lightbox

The industry action which consists of buying and selling of film rights takes place at the Hyatt Hotel on King Street West. The screenings for both public and industry are down the street at the Tiff Bell Lightbox and around the corner at the Scotia Multiplex. The dense mingling of public and industry at these venues and on the street itself which is closed to traffic for the first weekend but is open to pedestrians, photo-op spots, food trucks creates a festive bevvy of activity to the city. »

- Sydney Levine

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Taylor Swift video director Joseph Kahn tells us how the industry has changed

18 September 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Joseph Kahn has been active in the music video industry for more than 25 years, working with some of the biggest artists in the world like Eminem, Usher, Pharrell Williams, and Lady Gaga. More recently, he’s directed some of Taylor Swift’s most popular videos, including 2015’s “Bad Blood” and this year’s “Look What…

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- Baraka Kaseko

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The final weekend of Tiff ends with an Ellen Page premiere and award reveals!

18 September 2017 7:47 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The final weekend of Tiff ends with an Ellen Page premiere and award reveals!The final weekend of Tiff ends with an Ellen Page premiere and award reveals!Amanda Wood9/18/2017 9:47:00 Am

Another year of Tiff came to a close this weekend, and by all accounts it was another resounding success. A few final premieres lit up Toronto, and the highly coveted (and often highly predictive for further awards contention) People’s Choice awards were announced. Ellen Page and Kate Mara were in attendance for the premiere of My Days of Mercy, which tells the story of two women on opposite sides of a criminal case who fall in love. While Tiff was inevitably coming to a close, Halifax native Ellen Page made sure to step out during Canada's biggest film festival.  The closing night film of Tiff was C'est la vie, a French film about the staff's role »

- Amanda Wood

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Tiff 2017: ‘Three Billboards’, ‘Bodied’ Take Top Awards In Toronto

17 September 2017 11:51 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Well, the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival has now officially come to a close after 11 days of cinematic bliss, and on Sunday afternoon, the winners of the top prizes at the fest were announced. Find out the Tiff 2017 winners below, and see if you agree with the ‘people’s choices’.

Tiff 2017 winners: Three Billboards, Bodied are the People’s Choice.

The People’s Choice Award is often considered an indication for Oscar, and this year marked the 40th year that Toronto audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favourite Festival film for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. This year’s award goes to Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by Grolsch. The second runner-up is Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. The first runner-up is Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya.

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- Paul Heath

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Tiff 2017. Correspondences #13

17 September 2017 2:49 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Dear Danny,We blinked, and ten days passed. How swiftly time goes by when in festival mode, just floating on films and friends. It’s not until I’m on the way home, writing my final dispatch in between airport terminals, that I realize how tremendously exhausted I am. A good time, then, to be reflecting on Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, quite the strong cup of black coffee. As a non-fan of In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012), I was pleasantly surprised by the grim comic force of Martin McDonagh’s morality tale, a Southern Gothic hamlet pushed through the filter of British Catholic guilt. The eponymous placards are positioned on a dilapidated road and painted red with a confrontational query, part of the crusade waged by the grieving Mildred (Frances McDormand) against the local lawmakers who’ve failed to locate the man behind her daughter’s rape and murder. »

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Wins Toronto Film Festival Audience Award

17 September 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won the audience award on Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival, putting it in prime position to compete at the Academy Awards.

Directed by Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards” stars Frances McDormand as a woman who takes a stand against the police, using the titular three billboards after her daughter is murdered and months later no arrests have been made. The rest of the cast includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell (who, along with McDormand, is already receiving awards season buzz), John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage.


Film Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

In his review for Variety, film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote that McDormand is “at her quirky humane best as a grieving small-town mom who goes to extremes,” and called the movie a “meditation on loss, rage, and the war dance between the sexes.”

Apart from “Three Billboards,” the first runner-up at the awards was Craig Gillespie’s Tonya Harding biopic »

- Seth Kelley

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Tiff 2017 Awards: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Wins the Coveted People’s Choice Award

17 September 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close, and the winner of the Grolsch People’s Choice Award has been named: Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside, Ebbing Missouri.” Hundreds of movies once again screened at Tiff over the last 10 days, but only one could take home the coveted prize, which is often seen as an Oscar bellwether — previous winners include “La La Land,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “The King’s Speech.”

Read More:‘Three Billboards’ Pulled From Fantastic Fest After Devin Faraci Controversy

Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya” was the runner-up, Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” the second runner-up.” Agnès Varda and Jr’s “Faces Places” won the People’s Choice Documentary Award, with runner-up going to Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” Joseph Kahn’s rap-battle drama took the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award, »

- Michael Nordine

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Toronto Hidden Gem: Rap Satire 'Bodied' Tests Limits of Free Speech

10 September 2017 3:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In 2015, director Joseph Kahn was toying with different ideas for his next project when a theme came to him from the most unexpected source. He had just directed the Taylor Swift video for “Wildest Dreams,” which was sparking criticism for cultural misappropriation and glorifying colonialism.

“It was set in Africa, and they just didn’t feel like white people should be in Africa, so I found that really fascinating in terms of the culture clash that was going on,” says the Korean-American filmmaker, who has directed some of the most celebrated and talked-about music videos of the past two decades, »

- Tatiana Siegel

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‘Bodied’ Director Joseph Kahn Says Writer Alex Larsen Has ‘Rabbit Hole of Genius’ (Exclusive Video)

9 September 2017 8:09 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bodied,” a film about battle rappers, was a natural fit for an actual rapper to write. But director Joseph Kahn was still blown away by the talent of his writer, Canadian battle rapper Alex Larsen, also known as Kid Twist. “It’s like a rabbit hole of genius over there,” Kahn told TheWrap CEO and editor in chief Sharon Waxman, saying he was particularly impressed by Larsen’s ability to write both sides of rap battles — in a variety of styles. “Bodied” follows Adam, a student (Calum Worthy) who’s doing a research paper on the use of the N-word in rap battles, »

- Matt Pressberg

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Tiff Review: ‘Bodied’ Gives a Middle Finger to “The Movie We Need Right Now” Ethos

8 September 2017 7:37 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This writer will admit that he joked to a friend recently about music video director Joseph Kahn’s slow feature film output over the last 13 years as almost making him the new Terrence Malick. While don’t take that as anything more than a goof, each of his three features do represent a very specific point in time that’s bound to be dated within a short period. His first feature Torque arrived in the middle of the Neal Moritz renaissance and was Kahn’s stealth attempt to smuggle a parody of The Fast and The Furious beer commercial aesthetic within an actual Fast and Furious knock-off. The second, Detention, came at the dawn of social media dominance, as obnoxious and scatterbrained a millennial anthem one could hope for.

Now arrives the third feature, Bodied, coming at the beginning of “Trump’s America,” and it is, if anything, a middle-finger »

- Ethan Vestby

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'Bodied': Film Review | Tiff 2017

8 September 2017 3:42 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy, but the scrawny white boy at the heart of Bodied, a new battle rap comedy from director Joseph Kahn (Detention), is definitely one of the fiercest lyricists seen on screen since Patti Cake$ rocked the scene in Sundance last year, or since Eminem took to the stage in 8 Mile back in 2002.

It makes perfect sense, then, that the Detroit rapper produced this high-octane, highly politically incorrect indie effort, which follows the rise of an unlikely hero as he bashes opponents with his ill rhymes, wicked insults and progressive politics »

- Jordan Mintzer

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Toronto 2017 Review: Bodied Battle Raps Our Current Cultural Moment

8 September 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Eager-beaver, and ready to rumble, Bodied, huffs and puffs its way into our current cultural moment with impeccable timing. Produced by Eminem and directed by cult (or as the cool kids say, 'vulgar') auteur, Joseph Kahn whose straight-faced ludicrousness on display in Torque and Detention have earned each a tiny but enthusiastic following. Here, with Slim Shady blessing and Kahn's amped music-video sensibility, they invert the 8 Mile rags to eventual (offscreen) riches story, into a bold, hyper-progressive satire. One that sees a bookish Berkley masters student trash-fire most of his white privilege in an earnest effort to become legit in the self-aware-misogynistic world of Battle Rap. Bridges, oh so many bridges, ones you probably never even knew existed, are consumed as paradoxes and inequality...

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Joseph Kahn’s smart-ass rap satire Bodied holds court at Midnight Madness

8 September 2017 1:40 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

“Probably assume everything is a gun metaphor.” The opener to the Midnight Madness program at this year’s Tiff, Joseph Kahn’s Bodied (Grade: B) is loosely a battle-rap All About Eve, but it’s so thickly packed with technical and verbal dazzle that whatever biting point it might have had to make ends up completely…

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- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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‘Bodied’ Review: Eminem-Produced Satire Is the Most Subversive Hip-Hop Movie Ever — Tiff

8 September 2017 10:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If Eminem got a PhD in English without sacrificing his hip-hop talent, he might have turned out something like Adam (Calum Worthy), the scrawny white hero of Joseph Kahn’s “Bodied.” Kahn’s long-awaited follow-up to his snarky teen slasher comedy “Detention” is a hyper-stylized rap satire that plays out like Scott Pilgrim stumbling into “8 Mile” and stealing the spotlight. Set in an assaultive world of underground rap battles in which Adam finds himself unexpectedly talented, “Bodied” delivers the provocative goods at an alarming rate, and boasts Eminem as an executive producer as if to embolden its point.

With Adam learning to embrace racist and misogynist one-liners in his rise to hip-hop stardom, the movie might seem too crude for its own good, but “Bodied” — directed by an Asian American and largely starring people of color — has been designed to interrogate the very reaction provoked by its existence. It may be overlong and uneven, »

- Eric Kohn

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‘Bodied’ Helmer Joseph Kahn Signs With ICM Partners After Midnight Toronto Premiere

8 September 2017 9:50 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed director Joseph Kahn, hot on the heels of strong reaction to the Midnight Madness opening night world premiere of his hip hop fueled film Bodied. That film, produced by Eminem, music manager Paul Rosenberg and Adi Shankar, kept the crowd up late. Kahn co-wrote it with battle rapper Alex “Kid Twist” Larsen. It is a satirical look at the art of battle rapping. Kahn certainly knows the music business: he recently directed Taylor Swift’s… »

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