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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Wonder In St. Louis

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Wonder stars Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress, Erin Brockovich, 2000; August: Osage County, Pretty Woman), Academy Award® nominee Owen Wilson (Best Original Screenplay, The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001; The Grand Budapest Hotel, Midnight in Paris), and Jacob Tremblay. Also starring are Izabela Vidovic (Homefront, Zombieland), Tony Award® and Emmy® Award winner Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland,” The Princess Bride), recent Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs
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Smackdown '85: Anjelica, Amy, Meg, Margaret and Oprah

Presenting the Supporting Actresses of '85. It was all scandal all the time at this colorful party. There were three much gossiped about women (a mafia princess, a drunk promiscuous entertainer, and a delusional pregnant nun) and two stubborn women who were just Not having either the gossip or the abusive and cheating men around them. It was the about appreciating the color purple (Oprah & Margaret), seeing red (Amy & Meg), and embracing jet black comedy (Anjelica).

The Nominees 

from left to right: Avery, Huston, Madigan, Tilly, and Winfrey

Oscar celebrated newcomers in 1985 with a shortlist composed entirely of first timers. All five actresses were relatively inexperienced (as Oscar lists go) having made less than ten films each so no overdue conversations were to be had. One of them (Oprah Winfrey) was even making her film debut though the eventual winner (Anjelica Huston) was already Hollywood royalty, being the daughter of
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Platino Awards: ’The Distinguished Citizen’ Takes Best Picture

Platino Awards: ’The Distinguished Citizen’ Takes Best Picture
Madrid — Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s “The Distinguished Citizen,” a lament for small-town small-mindedness, won big at the 4th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards taking its top best picture prize, and multiple further plaudits.

Further top honors went to Pedro Almodovar, best director for “Julieta,” and Sonia Braga, who took the actress plaudit for “Aquarius at a ceremony attended by Edward James Olmos, Rob Schneider, John Leguizamo, Sonia Braga, Kate del Castillo, Geraldine Chaplin, “Narcos” actor Manolo Cardona, Oscar Martinez, Rosy de Palma and Martina Gusman. Also present, among directors: Almodovar, Pablo Trapero, J.A. Bayona and Andi Baiz.

In all, Spanish productions swept 12 or the 14 jury prizes, voted by a jury of professionals who had participated in previous editions. That may be put down in part to “A Monster Calls” featuring among contenders, and winning big time in the technical department, and “The Distinguished Citizen” being co-produced out of Spain.

“The
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William Hurt, Bob Balaban Board Audience Network's 'Condor' Remake

William Hurt has booked his next TV series.

The Oscar winner (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Oscar nominee Bob Balaban (Gosford Park) have joined the cast of Audience Network's Three Days of the Condor remake, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Titled simply Condor, the drama follows Joe Turner (Max Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. 

Hurt will play Bob Partridge, a decorated field operative who is rusty and a little soft after 20 years behind a desk. Bob is intelligent and introspective....
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In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016

In memoriam: the film stars and directors we lost in 2016
We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.Hector BabencoArgentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of

We pay tribute to the film stars and directors from around the world who sadly passed away in 2016.

Hector Babenco

Argentine-born Brazilian director Hector Babenco died on July 13 at 70-years-old.

He found international success with Brazilian slum drama Pixote (1981), going on to make Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1985), for which he earned a best director Oscar nominee and William Hurt earned an Oscar win for best actor.

Babenco went on to direct Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in Ironweed (1987) and Tom Berenger and John Lithgow in At Play In The Fields Of The Lord (1991).

After undergoing cancer treatment in the 1990s, he returned to the director’s chair for films including Brazilian prison
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Hadas Ben Aroya’s Debut ‘People That Are Not Me’ Wins at Mar del Plata

A lesser-known title, “People That Are Not Me,” took the big prize on Saturday night at the 31st Mar del Plata Festival, Latin America’s only so-called A festival.

Far higher-profile pics, however, featured among the prizes announced at the Argentine fest, such as Cannes competition player “Aquarius” from Brazilian Kleber Mendonça Filho, “Scarred Hearts,’ from Romania’s Radu Jude, which bowed at Locarno, as well as Andrei Konchalovsky’s “Paradise,” which competed at Venice.

World premiering at August’s Locarno Film Festival in the Signs of Life sidebar and sold by London-based Film Republic, “People That Are Not Me” delivers a portrait of Tel Aviv millennials. This is framed in a romantic dramedy directed, produced and penned by first-timer Hadas Ben Aroya, trained at Steve Tisch School of Film at Tel Aviv University, which also stars in the movie as a 25 year-old woman who runs a wide gamut of
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Antalya Film Festival: ‘The Sun’s Eclipse’ Shows Life Under Coups

Antalya Film Festival: ‘The Sun’s Eclipse’ Shows Life Under Coups
Holding the festival is an incredibly difficult task especially after the recent attempted military coup in Turkey. The West cannot lose Turkey, a modern and western nation which is also Islamic and is the literal bridge between the West and the East. The Antalya Film Festival feels it is imperative to show that life still goes on after the coup, and the creative and recreative power of entertainment leads the show.Military Coup Blocks Bridge Over the Bosphorus — bbc.co.ukInspired by the failed July 15th coup, films about life under coups suggest what might have happened had the July attempt succeeded. The Sun’s Eclipse program is a powerful testament to the importance of democracy and human rights, and includes films from Turkey, Brazil, USA, Chile, Argentina.

We in the west often regard Turkey more as Eastern than Western…understanding why leads us to recognize the power of our
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Learning to say no by Anne-Katrin Titze

Aquarius at The Paris Theatre in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The day after the Us premiere at the New York Film Festival of Kleber Mendonça Filho's fiery Aquarius, Sônia Braga spoke with me up at Lincoln Center on the magic in the film, reading the script, Clara's hair, Bette Davis in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All About Eve, Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, forming tribes and the influence her mother, Maria Braga Jaci Campos, had on her costumes when she starred with William Hurt and Raúl Juliá in Héctor Babenco's Kiss Of The Spider Woman. With the festival in full swing, Eugène Green, director of Son Of Joseph (Le Fils De Joseph) crossed our path, Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan slunk by and Kent Jones waved hello.

Sônia Braga: "… when I read the screenplay, I went to another dimension where I found Clara." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Clara (Braga), a music critic,
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Movie Review: Aquarius gives Sonia Braga the great starring role she’s always deserved

For a very brief period in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Brazilian actress Sonia Braga looked poised to become a major Hollywood star. Her significant supporting role in Kiss Of The Spider Woman (1985), a Brazilian-American co-production that won William Hurt the Oscar for Best Actor and was nominated for Best Picture, got studio suits’ attention; a few years later, she appeared in Robert Redford’s The Milagro Beanfield War and Paul Mazursky’s Moon Over Parador (both of which, oddly, are set in fictional locations, with Milagro somewhere in New Mexico and Parador an entirely invented South American country). Neither film was a hit, and the same tepid box-office fate met her last big Hollywood showcase, The Rookie (1990), in which she played one of the criminals (alongside Raul Juliá again) being pursued by cops Clint Eastwood and Charlie Sheen. While she would later be nominated for an ...
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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr, In Conversations unveiled

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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr, In Conversations unveiled
Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.

Moonlight, festival closing night screening The Edge Of Seventeen, Noces and Handsome Devil take their place in the youth-oriented Next Wave strand, while Discovery selections include The Empty Box, Godless, Hunting Flies and The Red Turtle.

A five-strong roster of virtual reality work brings new work from Canadian superstars Felix & Paul as well as Memesys Culture Lab in India.

Overall 397 films will play at the festival from September 8-18, comprising 296 features and 101 shorts, compared to 287 and 110 last year.

Festival organisers received 6,933 submissions (6,118 in 2015), of which 1,240 came from Canada (1,225) and the 5,693 balance from the rest of the world (4,893).

Festival Street

For the third consecutive year, King Street will close to traffic between Peter and University Streets over opening weekend from September 8-11.

“Festival Street brings great value
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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr strands unveiled

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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr strands unveiled
Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.

Moonlight, festival closing night screening The Edge Of Seventeen, Noces and Handsome Devil take their place in the youth-oriented Next Wave strand, while Discovery selections include The Empty Box, Godless, Hunting Flies and The Red Turtle.

A five-strong roster of virtual reality work brings new work from Canadian superstars Felix & Paul as well as Memesys Culture Lab in India.

Overall 397 films will play at the festival from September 8-18, comprising 296 features and 101 shorts, compared to 287 and 110 last year.

Festival organisers received 6,933 submissions (6,118 in 2015), of which 1,240 came from Canada (1,225) and the 5,693 balance from the rest of the world (4,893).

Festival Street

For the third consecutive year, King Street will close to traffic between Peter and University Streets over opening weekend from September 8-11.

“Festival Street brings great value
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‘American Horror Story’: FX Releases Yet Another Teaser for Season 6

‘American Horror Story’: FX Releases Yet Another Teaser for Season 6
This time, with a spider.

Over the past month or so, FX has rolled out 14 promo videos for its sixth season. And still, no official theme has been announced.

The latest shows an eight-legged freak crawling out of a human mouth. It’s creepy, but before your mind goes running fantasizing about Sarah Paulson as Sônia Braga in “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” an arachnid-themed season may or may not be in our collective future.

FX CEO John Landgraf revealed at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Aug. 9 that most of the “Ahs” teasers were misdirects, and only one of the final teasers is an accurate depiction of the Season 6 theme.

“We just thought it would be really fun to keep it a mystery this year. And we are,” Landgraf told reporters at TCA. “They went out and made many more trailers than you’ve actually seen for hypothetical seasons of ‘American Horror Story.’ One
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Remembering Michael Cimino, Abbas Kiarostami and More Reel-Important People We Lost in July

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Hector Babenco (1946-2016) - Brazilian Filmmaker. He was nominated for an Oscar for directing Kiss of the Spider Woman. His other movies include IronweedCarandiruAt Play in the Fields of the Lord and Pixote. He also acts in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls. He died of a heart attack on July 13. (THR) Chief David Bald Eagle (1919-2016) - Native American Actor. He was a technical advisor for and appears in Dances With Wolves. Earlier he was...

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Remembering Héctor Babenco by Anne-Katrin Titze

Reaching for the Moon director Bruno Barreto: "Héctor’s greatest film 'Pixote'. Poetry and violence fill the screen in a ruthless way." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Héctor Babenco died on July 13, 2016. His adaptation of Manuel Puig's Kiss Of The Spider Woman, screenplay Leonard Schrader, starring Raúl Juliá, William Hurt and Sônia Braga, received four Oscar nominations - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay with Hurt winning Best Actor.

Tom Waits was in two of Babenco's films, William Kennedy's Ironweed, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep (both Oscar nominated) and the adaptation of Peter Matthiessen's At Play In The Fields Of The Lord, screenplay by Babenco, Jean-Claude Carrière and Vincent Patrick, starring Tom Berenger, John Lithgow, Daryl Hannah, Aidan Quinn and Kathy Bates.

"One of the greatest scenes in the history of cinema - Fernando Ramos da Silva (Pixote) is nursed by Marília Pêra (the
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Director Hector Babenco Will Be Best Remembered For Just Two Movies, But He Was a Poet of the Downtrodden

Director Hector Babenco Will Be Best Remembered For Just Two Movies, But He Was a Poet of the Downtrodden
The late Roger Ebert called the cinema “a machine that generates empathy,” and that’s as good a definition of the power of movies as you’re likely to hear. The director Hector Babenco, who died last week at 70, made a dozen films in his lifetime, and it’s fair to say that he’ll be best remembered for just two of them: “Pixote” (1981), his ripped-from-the-gutter drama of Brazilian street kids stealing and whoring and murdering to survive, and “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1985), a tale of two accused criminals — one a macho political prisoner, the other a drag queen who doesn’t think about politics but, in a different way, is even more of a political prisoner — who fight and talk and bond after being thrown together into the same jail cell. The first film was a scalding cry of agony and ecstasy from what used to be called
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Héctor Babenco, Director of Oscar-Winning ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman,’ Dies at 70

Héctor Babenco, Director of Oscar-Winning ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman,’ Dies at 70
Argentine-born Brazilian director Héctor Babenco died on Wednesday at São Paulo’s Sirio-Libanes Hospital in Brazil after suffering a heart attack, according the Associated Press. He was 70.

His most famous film, “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Director. Babenco was the first Latin-American to be nominated for achievements in directing.

Babenco first gained notice for 1981’s “Pixote,” about the rough life of boys growing up in the slums of Sao Paolo. An arthouse hit, it won the L.A. Film Critics foreign film prize.

In addition, Babenco featured Lgbt characters in his films in an era that seldom highlighted these issues. William Hurt, who portrayed a homosexual man imprisoned for having sexual affairs with an underage boy in “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as the sensitive window dresser.

Roger Ebert said of the film,
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Héctor Babenco obituary

Film director best known for the 1985 classic Kiss of the Spider Woman

If one were to choose one theme which dominated the films of Héctor Babenco, who has died of a heart attack aged 70, it would be a concern for social outcasts, literally and/or figuratively imprisoned. In Babenco’s most widely known film, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), set during Argentina’s so-called dirty war of the 1970s, Luis Molina (William Hurt), an effeminate gay man, and Valentin Arregui (Raúl Juliá), a macho political prisoner, are incompatible cellmates, who gradually learn to respect one another. To pass the time, the turbaned, eyebrow-plucked Molina acts out his favourite films. “Your life is as trivial as your movies,” says Arregui. Molina replies: “Unless you have the keys to that door, I will escape in my own way, thank you.”

There was nothing trivial or escapist about Babenco’s potent films, including Kiss of the Spider Woman,
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Hector Babenco dead at 70

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Hector Babenco dead at 70
The Argentine-born Brazilian director who directed William Hurt to an Oscar in Kiss Of The Spider Woman has died of a heart attack in Sao Paulo. He was 70.

Babenco was born in 1946 in the Argentinian coastal resort of Mar Del Plata before he left home to live in Europe in the early 1960s and finally settled in Sao Paulo in Brazil in 1969.

He broke out internationally in 1981 with the Brazilian slum drama Pixote and went on to make Kiss Of The Spider Woman, which challenged the establishment with its bold depiction of gay characters four years later.

Babenco also directed Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson in Ironweed in 1987 and Tom Berenger, John Lithgow and Aidan Quinn in At Play In The Fields of The Lord in 1991.

After undergoing treatment for cancer in the 1990s he returned to direct the Brazilian prison drama Carandiru in 2003 and most recently made My Hindu Friend with Willem Dafoe, which remains
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Héctor Babenco dies by Jennie Kermode - 2016-07-15 10:39:23

Héctor Babenco Photo: Caiodovalle

Héctor Babenco, the Argentine-born Brazilian director who became the first Latin American to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar in 1986, with Kiss Of The Spider Woman, has died at the age of 70. He reportedly suffered a heart attack in Sao Paolo on Wednesday night.

Babenco, who survived a bone marrow transplant to treat lymphatic cancer in 1994, made 13 films over the course of his career and also appeared as an actor in two, The Venice Project and Before Night Falls.

He was known for taking on the establishment, using his films to speak out about poverty, the treatment of gay people, and the brutality of the military dictatorship and once said: ""My strongest impulse has always been to flee from definitions, flags, and ideologies."

His last film, My Hindu Friend, starred Willem Dafoe in the role of a terminally ill film director. He is survived by.
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Héctor Babenco, Oscar-nominated director of Kiss of the Spider Woman, dies at 70

The Argentine-Brazilian film-maker, who broke out in the 1980s with controversial drama Pixote, has died of a heart attack

Héctor Babenco, acclaimed Argentine-Brazilian film-maker, has died of a heart attack at the age of 70.

The director, who received an Oscar nomination for his prison-set drama Kiss of the Spider Woman, had a career spanning five decades and worked with actors including Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson and Willem Dafoe.

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