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Raindance reveals 2017 line-up and competition jury

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London-based festival to open with Oh Lucy! with Josh Hartnett.

The 25th Raindance Film Festival (Sept 21 -Oct 2) has revealed the majority of its line-up and jury members.

The international premiere of Atsuko Hirayanagi’s Oh Lucy! (USA), starring Josh Hartnett, is the opening night film of the London-based event. The closing night film will be announced later this month.

The competition jury includes ex-bifa director Johanna Von Fischer, Spanish producer Rosa Bosch and actors Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight), Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), Sean Bean (Game Of Thrones), Christopher Eccleston (Dr Who), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), Celia Imrie (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Training Day), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda), Josh Whitehouse (Northern Soul), Neil Marshall (Game Of Thrones) and Rachel Portman (Chocolat).

They will preside over awards for a competition line-up that features the European premiere of Koichiro Miki’s Noise and the world premiere of Evald Johnson’s High & Outside: A Baseball
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Petr Vaclav’s ‘We Are Never Alone’ Is A Disjointed Dramedy That Never Quite Comes Together [Tiff Review]

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“I think I’m in love with you,” a middle-aged woman (Lenka Vlasakova) confesses to a thuggish strip-club bouncer (Zdenek Godla). The confession is startling, to say the least, because these two characters don’t really know each other. The bouncer occasionally comes in to buy cigarettes at the convenience store where the woman works, leading the woman to track him down to make her true feelings known.

Read More: ‘Yourself And Yours’ Is A Charming Entry For Newcomers To Hong Sang-Soo [Tiff Review]

This is just one absurd moment in Petr Vaclav’s depressing Czech dramedy “We Are Never Alone.” More a series of occasionally funny, but always bleak, vignettes than a cohesive narrative, “We Are Never Alone” is reminiscent of Wayne Wang’s 1995 indie “Smoke,” about the lives of several characters connected to each other via a neighborhood cigar store.

Continue reading Petr Vaclav’s ‘We Are Never Alone’ Is
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Harvey Keitel Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Locarno Film Festival

Harvey Keitel Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Locarno Film Festival
Rome — Actor Harvey Keitel is to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Locarno Film Festival in recognition of the way he represents “the various animating spirits of that indie cinema we hold so dear,” artistic director Carlo Chatrian said in a statement Monday.

The U.S. actor and producer will be making the trek to the prominent Swiss event dedicated to cutting-edge cinema for a tribute that will include an open-air screening of Wayne Wang’s “Smoke,” in which Keitel makes a memorable speech out of Paul Auster’s “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story,” the inspiration for the film. “Smoke” will screen Aug. 6 on Locarno’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande. The pic won the fest’s audience award in 1995. Keitel will hold an onstage conversation on Aug. 7.

Keitel, who debuted playing a tough guy from New York’s Little Italy in Martin Scorsese’s first feature, “Who’s That Knocking
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Harvey Keitel to receive Locarno honour

Harvey Keitel to receive Locarno honour
Pulp Fiction and Youth star will attend a festival screening of his 1995 film Smoke.

This year’s Locarno Film Festival (August 3-13) will honour Us actor Harvey Keitel with a Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony at the Piazza Grande on August 6.

The actor, who was Oscar-nominated for his role in 1991’s Bugsy, is most regarded for performances including in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets and more recently Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth,

The festival will hold a screening of Wayne Wang’s Smoke, in which Keitel stars, on August 7. The actor will then participate in an in conversation event with the attending audience.

Carlo Chatrian, Locarno’s artistic director, said: “Harvey Keitel has recounted an America that is both violent and vulnerable, self-ironizing and committed. Among his many, many collaborations I cannot but recall those with Scorsese and Tarantino, as a bridge between two modes of approaching film.

As previously
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First Details On Forest Whitaker's Rogue One Character?

Though we've gotten a glimpse of our team of Rebel heroes, specific details on all of the characters in Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story still remain shrouded in mystery - and we arguably know least about whoever Forest Whitaker (The Crying Game, Smoke, The Last King Of Scotland) is playing, as the actor has yet to speak to the media about his role. But now, thanks to Making Star Wars, we might just have our first few details on his character. "It appears he has one leg and uses a cane as a crutch to walk. Earlier reports made it seem like he might have one leg but the clarification on the topic is a “robot leg.” He appears to be a veteran of some battles, but it isn’t clear if he lost his leg fighting in The Clone Wars or against the Empire. Based
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James Schamus’ Directorial Debut ‘Indignation’ to Play in Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama

James Schamus’ Directorial Debut ‘Indignation’ to Play in Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama
London — Berlin Film Festival section Panorama has added further films to its lineup, which will include “Indignation,” the directorial debut of producer James Schamus. Panorama also revealed that a Special Teddy Award, which celebrates gay and lesbian filmmaking, will be awarded to Christine Vachon, one of the producers of “Carol.”

The Panorama Special program will open on Feb. 12 with Daniel Burman’s “El rey del Once” (The Tenth Man), and the previously announced “War on Everyone” by John Michael McDonagh. “El rey del Once,” the festival said, is “a sensitive tale that bursts with vitality, a loving portrait of multi-layered life in Once, the Jewish quarter of Buenos Aires.” Burman’s debut film, “A Chrysanthemum Bursts in Cinco Esquinas,” opened the main program of Panorama in 1998, and his 2004 film “Lost Embrace” won two Silver Bears in Berlin.

Indignation,” which is based on Philip Roth’s novel, centers on a young
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Berlin 2016: Panorama titles added to line-up

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Berlin 2016: Panorama titles added to line-up
Plus… Carol producer Christine Vachon to receive special Teddy Award.Scroll down for full list of new additions

Berlin Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has announced that its Panorama Special strand will open on Feb 12 with Daniel Burman’s The Tenth Man (El rey del once) and the previously announced War on Everyone by John Michael McDonagh.

Argentinian director Burman opened the main programme of Panorama in 1988 with his debut A Chrysanthemum Bursts in Cinco Esquinas (Un crisantemo estalla en cinco esquinas). After presenting further works in Panorama and Competition, including Lost Embrace (El abrazo partido) which won two Silver Bears in 2004, Burman is to return with a portrait of multi-layered life in Once, the Jewish quarter of Buenos Aires.

Another Argentinian film in the Panorama is Maximiliano Schonfeld’s The Black Frost (La helada negra). In his second film, Schonfeld uses elegiac images to explore a world disconnected from time, where ancestors
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Wayne Wang, Takeshi Kitano wrap 'While The Women Are Sleeping'

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Wayne Wang, Takeshi Kitano wrap 'While The Women Are Sleeping'
Director Wang talks to ScreenDaily about working with Takeshi Kitano.

Us-based director Wayne Wang, known for films such as The Joy Luck Club, Smoke and Maid In Manhattan, wrapped his shoot with iconic Japanese actor Beat Takeshi, a.k.a. Takeshi Kitano, for suspense mystery While The Women Are Sleeping in Tokyo on Saturday (July 11).

Kitano, the award-winning actor/director of films such as Zatoichi, Beyond Outrage and Hana-bi, uses the name Beat Takeshi when he works as an actor or performer.

Based on Javier Marias’ short story of the same title published in The New Yorker, While The Women Are Sleeping debuted in early form at Busan’s 2013 Asian Project Market.

Shot mostly in Izu, the film is about Sahara (Kitano), a mysterious older man who is at a resort with his young girlfriend. It is told from the point of view of Kenji, a writer who is also visiting the resort for a week with
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Cannes 2015: Paolo Sorrentino’s 'Youth'

Personally I think Paolo Sorrentino is too young to be ruminating on age. But to listen to Harvey Keitel and Michael Caine as they face the hurdles of growing old is a treat. And in the end, this is a film about youth, not old age.

In the 1980s producers Hisami Kuroiwa and Peter Newman created the two hit films “Smoke” and “Blue in the Face” in which Harvey Keitel played a younger version of himself while living in Brooklyn in a working class neighborhood. Now in “ Youth”, he is a director of some note, planning his next production to star the great “Brenda” (Jane Fonda) while holing up with his crew in an A level sanitorium (spa) somewhere in the Swiss Alps. La Fonda is superb as a brassy, vulgar star who in her sneering way causes Harvey to lose hope in the future. Future is an attribute of Youth.

While memory shows the past forgotten and far away, it is the future that looks so close and that keeps us young. Harvey Keitel demonstrates this to his crew by having them look though the different ends of a telescope. The demonstration of the different views captures the essence of this film as it looks out upon the beautiful clean mountain nature of the Swiss Alps.

Michael Caine, a retired composer and conductor, and his daughter played by Rachel Weisz, are superb as only a father and daughter of their high caliber could be. While Caine refuses to appear before the Queen to conduct his simple tunes created and sung only by his deceased wife, he is able to conduct nature and its noises divinely and is able to reconstruct a future for himself and his daughter.

This Pathe-sold, Pathe coproduction between Italy, France , Great Britain and Switzerland, looks like the sequel to “A Great Beauty” and like most sequels, it falls short of its model. Part Fellini and party Thomas Mann (Magic Mountain) the visuals and the music almost exceed the film itself. However, the cast holds the entity together and like life on Magic Mountain, the audience must allow itself to sink into the posh comfort while dealing with the distinct discomforts of life’s aging processes.

In the press conference, a large dias with Paulo Sorrentino, Paul Dano

Harvey Keitel, Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz and Jane Fonda, in a smallish press room spoke of what made them work on this film; what past roles they, like the actor in the film, could not shake off; their thoughts on aging, how it is to work in Hollywood with Hollywood mores.

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Jane said, “This film is not a satire on Hollywood, it is very true to life. The relationship between the actress Brenda, and her producer-director is very true to life, ‘a la Sorrentino’, that is, somewhat surreal.”

Michael Caine’s response to the question of working in Hollywood and the relationships among actors, directors and producers was that “Making movies is the same everywhere, only [in Hollywood] you get more money for it.”

It has been 49 years since Michael Caine was in Cannes. “Alfie” 50 years ago won in Cannes, but he did not, and so he never came back. This time however he loves the film so much that he would go with it anywhere for free. “If any of us gests an award we all [the cast] should get awards.”

Someone asked Sorrentino about his choice of the Norwegian group. He looked a bit confused and said he did not choose them. His music supervisor and composer, David Lang did it all.

His Dp, Luca Bigazzi, and he have been friends for a very long time and Sorrentino’s own vision and the Dp’s are very close to the same. It is the visuals which are always most outstanding in his films and within such a framework, the characters he studies are rigorously tested by the high level of circumstances in which they must perform. This is literal for the actors as well as for the characters who find themselves in the top, almost god-like position.

When asked, “Have any roles stuck to them longer perhaps than they would like?”

· La Fonda immediately spoke up naming “Barbarella” which has stuck to her and said she, she is conflicted by it.

Harvey answered “no”. · Rachel said “The Mummy”. “I don’t regret it at all, but young people are always saying, ‘Oh you’re from ‘The Mummy’. I like it.”

· Michael Caine said “Alfie” and commented on Alfie being a womanizer whereas he has been married to the same woman for 46 years.

Why is Sorrentino so interested in the passage of time?

“This is the only thing that interests people”, he said, “me at least. The theme fascinates me. I am passionately interested in the future which gives us freedom. The future gives us the feeling of youth. Optimistically, it dispels our fears.”

The question arose about how Sorrentino got such a wonderful ensemble:

Harvey: “Everyone of us has personal reasons for working in this film. We all have feelings about time.”

Paul Dano: “For me, it comes from the writing. I pore over it and figure out how we’ll do what we do. Paulo’s writing is wonderful.”

Rachel agrees with both but for her it’s all about the director, unifed in turn by a piece of music. How a director directs gives a point of view. If another director directed this movie, it would be an entirely different movie.

Michael Caine, who already cited the fact that both he and Harvey Keitel were soldiers though at different times, but that they share a soldierly bond in their long-time friendship, again cited being a soldier, going into an extremely dangerous situation in which you try to keep everyone alive. This was his experience with “Youth”.

Paolo added that “Music and cinema are two forms of art, two forms of beauty that will never disappear and is constantly changing”

On aging:

Jane spoke of her obvious make up in her scene, showing her vulnerability to aging.

Michael Caine spoke of showing his aging body.

Jane answered, “Yes one is vulnerable playing an old woman putting up the mask of makeup. When she removes it (and the wig) she becomes very vulnerable and that is fun to play.”

How does Jane Fonda define youth?

“Age is very much a question of attitude. If you have passion in your life, you are young. You remain young and vital in mind when you have passion in your life. I do and the film does.”
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Malik Yoba, J.D. Williams & Barry Sloane Sign Up for Indie Thriller 'Fantastic Damage'

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J.D. Williams, Barry Sloane, and Malik Yoba have all signed up to star in writer/director Tony Ducret's indie feature film, "Fantastic Damage," which Yoba will also co-produce. The film will shoot for 21 days in July in New York City locations. Described by the filmmaker as a hard-boiled ensemble thriller, and an expansion of Ducret's award-winning pulp thriller short "I Can Smoke?" which was profiled on this blog in 2013, "Fantastic Damage" follows a dysfunctional Upper West Side Manhattan family, the Schwartzs, in interweaving romantic tales of vengeance. Synopsis reads: When Ethan Schwartz’s wife, Anna, claims to leave town for a...
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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis May 22-24 – Great Line-Up of Movie Guests

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes.
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Film Independent Spirit Awards Hit 30 With Irreverence Intact

In honor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards’ 30th year, the show will be broadcast live from its Santa Monica tent on IFC. If history is any indication, there are sure to be a few surprising moments — and there’s already been a big one for the show’s co-host, Kristen Bell.

“You might be shocked by this, but no one told me it would be airing live when I was offered the job,” says Bell, who’s been busy taking care of her second daughter, born just two months before the ceremony. “As long as she doesn’t want to breastfeed, it’ll be a nice change of pace.”

Even if Bell ends up breastfeeding next to co-host Fred Armisen, the crowd of 1,350 might not bat an eye. It would be in keeping with the show’s anarchic, irreverent and frequently profane hosts, presenters and winners. (The latter aren’t constrained by time limits,
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Two Men in Town Trailer: Forest Whitaker vs. Harvey Keitel

It’s been 20 years since Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel shared a movie — Wayne Wang’s Smoke – and if I remember correctly, they don’t share the screen in it. Now they’re finally truly united in the remake Two Men in Town, in which they appear together in many scenes — but it’s not a friendly union, at all. Whitaker plays a man who returns to town after getting out of prison, a role filled by Alain Delon in the 1973 original. In the French film, though, the ex-con is a safecracker, while this time he’s a cop killer. Keitel’s part is the local sheriff (an inspector, played by Michel Bouquet, the last time), who can’t just forget that the guy shot down his deputy, no matter how reformed he seems to be. As seen in the trailer for the new version, it’s all about those two characters, the
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31 Great '90s Movies on Netflix Streaming

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You've probably seen all the '90s movies, like "Pulp Fiction," "Clueless" and "Wayne's World" that Netflix has to offer, but there are also plenty of lesser-known gems available to stream. Sit down and enjoy these indies, first films by famous directors and some other great '90s movies you might have missed.

1. "Big Night" (1996) R

A great movie (co-directed by stars Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott) about two Italian brothers in 1950s running an unsuccessful restaurant who go all out when a celebrity's visit promises to save their business.

2. "Boys Don't Cry" (1999) R

Hilary Swank won her first Best Actress Oscar for her searing portrayal of a woman who lives life as a man, until her secret is found out by her redneck friends.

3. "Clueless" (1995) PG-13

How many times have you seen Alicia Silverstone make over her friends and try to play matchmaker? Not enough!

4. "Croupier" (1998) Nr

The movie
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Gotham, Episode 1.10: “Lovecraft” seals the midseason finale with a kiss

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Gotham Season 1, Episode 10: “Lovecraft”

Written by Rebecca Dameron

Directed by Guy Ferland

Airs Mondays at 8pm Et on Fox

The mid season finale of Gotham hits the ground running, with Bruce and Cat being pursued by deadly assassins, which sets in motion a tour through the shadowy spots of Gotham for Bruce, with Cat as his guide. It’s always fun to see the kids together, and this episode puts them on Cat’s turf, which is vital for Bruce to see firsthand if he’s to grow into the hero Gotham needs. The reason they are on the run is because Gordon screwed up by putting his faith in Harvey Dent, who wants what Gordon wants, which is to take down the bad elements of Gotham. But Dent is willing to risk anything or anyone to reach that goal.

This episode concludes the arc of Gordon’s reckless mission against the corrupt system,
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Lost: 10 years on

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A decade after Lost first came to our screens, Gem goes back to the island...

Each Us TV season brings with it a crop of new shows: some outstanding, some memorably awful. 2004/2005, though, was a little different from most. This was the year in which we watched Gregory House solve his first medical mystery and were introduced to those notorious housewives of Wisteria Lane,while Battlestar Galactica brought the Cylons back to our screens after decades spent in sci-fi oblivion.

This unusually impressive bunch dominated the schedules for years, attracted reams of critical and fan commentary, and are still remembered with varying degrees of fondness. However, one of the series to air for the first time that season was a different proposition entirely. Mention its famously divisive ending online and you’ll unleash a torrent of derision, nostalgia and passionate debate. Ask fans to explain its myriad mysteries, and, for the most part,
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This Is the 'Midnight Cowboy' Legacy, From A to Z

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It's a shock to go back and watch "Midnight Cowboy" 45 years after its debut (on May 25, 1969) and see how raw and otherworldly it looks. After all, the X-rated Best Picture Oscar-winner has been so thoroughly assimilated into American pop culture that even kiddie entertainments like the Muppets have copied from it.

The tale of the unlikely friendship between naïve Texas gigolo Joe Buck (Jon Voight) and frail Bronx con man Enrico "Ratso" Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman), "Midnight Cowboy" was initially considered so risqué that it's the only X-rated movie ever to win the Academy's top prize (though after it won, the ratings board reconsidered and gave the film an R). Still, the film featured two lead performances and a few individual scenes that were so iconic that homages (and parodies) have popped up virtually everywhere. (Most often imitated is the scene where Ratso, limping across a busy Manhattan street, is nearly
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New Sabotage Movie Delivered Great Hardcore Action,Drama,Major Twists & More

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Open Road Films released their new action/thriller flick, "Sabotage," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and thought it was highly entertaining with plenty of hardcore violence,action,drama, major twists, and more. The movie stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini, and Josh Holloway. In the new flick, an elite DEA task force, consisting of characters: John 'Breacher' Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger),James 'Monster' Murray (Sam Worthington), Joe 'Grinder' Phillips (Joe Manganiello), Eddie 'Neck' Jordan (Josh Holloway), Julius 'Sugar' Edmonds (Terrence Howard), Tom 'Pyro' Roberts (Max Martini), Bryce 'Tripod' McNeely (Kevin Vance), 'Smoke' Jennings (Kevin Vance), and Lizzy Murray (Mireille Enos), bust into a drug cartel safe house to acquire a ton of dough that came out to be $10 million dollars before they ran out of time to get the rest. However, upon completion of the mission,
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Oscilloscope Cooks Up Deal for Wayne Wang’s ‘Soul of a Banquet’ Documentary

Oscilloscope Laboratories has come to the table for Wayne Wang’s “Soul of a Banquet,” acquiring worldwide rights to the documentary while it is still in production.

Producers for the film, which will be released later this year, are Wang, Richard Wong and Jonathan Bing. The film focuses on Cecilia Chiang, touted as introducing America to authentic Chinese food with the opening of her restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco.

“Banquet” includes interviews with Chang, Alice Waters and Ruth Reichl.

Wang’s credits include “Smoke,” “Maid in Manhattan” and “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.”

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to bring Wayne’s deeply touching and wonderfully delicious portrait to audiences,” said Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger and David Laub said, “It’s a late Christmas gift to O-Scope – and what better way for two Jewish boys to celebrate Christmas than with Chinese food?”
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Forest Whitaker on The Butler: 'We've gone from living in chains to the leader of the free world'

The Oscar-winning star of Lee Daniels' new White House drama and Fruitvale Station used to be harassed by police when he was a teenager in Compton, La, but now he feels far more optimistic

Forest Whitaker is having himself a British moment, flashing back more than 30 years to his first visit to London. "The first time I ever went out of the country it was to London. I was with the choir from my college and we were touring around all these different churches. I loved it so much I tried to find a way to stay there. I tried to get a job but I had no work permit. I tried anything I could to stay. My feeling then was, this is where I was meant to be. I felt … freedom. I've been back many, many times since, made a lot of friends – and I've played a few Brits,
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