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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr, In Conversations unveiled

23 August 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Toronto: Discovery, Next Wave, Vr strands unveiled

23 August 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘American Horror Story’: FX Releases Yet Another Teaser for Season 6

20 August 2016 2:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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 »

- Seth Kelley

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Remembering Michael Cimino, Abbas Kiarostami and More Reel-Important People We Lost in July

2 August 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

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

22 July 2016 5:18 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

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 »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Director Hector Babenco Will Be Best Remembered For Just Two Movies, But He Was a Poet of the Downtrodden

18 July 2016 7:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Héctor Babenco, Director of Oscar-Winning ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman,’ Dies at 70

18 July 2016 1:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

18 July 2016 5:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Hector Babenco dead at 70

17 July 2016 5:24 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Héctor Babenco dies by Jennie Kermode - 2016-07-15 10:39:23

15 July 2016 2:39 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

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. »

- Jennie Kermode

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Héctor Babenco, Oscar-nominated director of Kiss of the Spider Woman, dies at 70

15 July 2016 2:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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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Héctor Babenco Dies: Oscar-Nominated ‘Kiss Of The Spider Woman’ Director Was 70

14 July 2016 3:59 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Héctor Babenco, the Argentina-born Brazilian director whose films often examined deep political and class divisions and was best known for his Oscar-winning Kiss of the Spider Woman, died Wednesday night in Sao Paulo following a heart attack. He was 70. Born in Buenos Aires, Babenco was raised in Mar del Plata, but in 1969 relocated permanently to Sao Paulo, Brazil after several years spent living in Europe. Subsequently, his work often explored themes stemming from his… »

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Red Carpet Lineup: Cannes Best Actress Watch

18 May 2016 2:06 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We'll update the Oscar charts when Cannes wraps up but for now let's talk about the buzziest actresses of the festival. We should note, however, that Cannes juries are notoriously hard to predict and there are still a few competition films left to premiere. What's more, every year people say "this is a shoo in for that!" and it does not come to pass -- especially when it comes to the acting prizes.

But here are five gorgeous and talented actresses at their premieres* who have garnered enough buzz to make us go "hmmmmm"

From left to right...

Sandra Hüller stars in the nearly 3 hour comedy Toni Erdmann about a prank loving father and his overly serious daughter. The film comes from German director Maren Ade who had a critical hit several years back with Everyone Else (2009). Hüller's chief claim to fame is the drama Requiem (2006) for which she won Best Actress in Germany. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Dan Ireland, ‘Whole Wide World’ Director Who Co-Founded Seattle Film Festival, Dies at 57

15 April 2016 1:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dan Ireland, who co-founded the Seattle Film Festival, served as an acquisitions exec at Vestron Pictures and directed films including “The Whole Wide World” (1996) and “Jolene” (2008), starring Jessica Chastain, has died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57.

Chastain tweeted in memory of him.

“The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I’ll miss you baby,” she wrote.

The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I'll miss you baby. #DanIreland #Jolene

Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 15, 2016

The Whole Wide World,” starring a young Vincent D’Onofrio and Renée Zellweger, was a biopic of Texas-born pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard, who created Conan the Barbarian in the early years of the 20th century, and the woman in his life, played by Zellweger (the film was her movie debut).

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- Carmel Dagan

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It’s official, the best Oscar year ever is… – watch Jump Cut #4

28 February 2016 3:59 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week’s Jump Cut is all about determining the best year ever in cinema.

“But how can you figure that out?!” you shout at whatever device you’re reading this on. “Film is too subjective an art form for you to make overarching statements like that!”

That’s a very good point, but you’re overlooking two things: 1) the Oscar best picture nominations, and 2) film ratings on the Internet Movie Database. Both obviously have degrees of subjectivity, but that’s levelled off somewhat with each institution’s sheer number of voters or raters.

So, to work out what year was the best ever for cinema, we’ve taken all the films nominated for each year’s Best Picture Oscar, and then worked out their average IMDb rating. I’ll just point out that these were the ratings as of the week of the 88th Academy Awards on 22nd February »

- Oli Davis

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A Short History of the Oscars and Cross-Gender Performances

25 February 2016 10:55 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

On Sunday, movie fans will find out if Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor for his performance as trans woman Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. Should Redmayne be victorious, he'd not only score back-to-back Oscars but he would also become the latest in a long line of actors who have courted Oscar attention by playing the opposite sex, playing a trans person or in some other way playing a character whose gender differs than the one of which the actors themselves identify. Not that it comes without some criticism, of course. Also up for an Oscar this year is the »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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DVD Review: Kiss of the Spider Woman

31 January 2016 12:52 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Thirty years after its Cannes Film Festival debut, Héctor Babenco's Kiss of the Spider Woman gets a special edition release on DVD and Blu-ray. A gay man accused of 'corrupting a minor', Molina (William Hurt), and political prisoner Valentin (Raul Julia) find themselves sharing a prison cell during the Brazilian military Junta. A left wing journalist, Valentin has been tortured and expects to be tortured again as the authorities try to break him and get him to betray his subversive group. Recovering crouched in his bunk, he listens while Molina seeks to distract both of them with an embroidered story about a film he once saw. Valentin warns Molina away from too much erotica - 'No women' - but is also appalled to find that Molina's beloved movie is actually a piece of Nazi war propaganda.

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