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Toronto Documentary ‘China Hustle’ Probes Financial Misdeeds, Swipes at Alibaba

Toronto Documentary ‘China Hustle’ Probes Financial Misdeeds, Swipes at Alibaba
The China Hustle,” a feature documentary that premiered at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival on Friday, suggests that e-commerce and entertainment giant Alibaba is ripe for investigation alongside smaller Chinese companies accused of deceiving investors and regulators.

The film appears to tar Alibaba with the same brush as a number of smaller Chinese firms that the film says deliberately inflated their earnings, lied to investors about their business scale, and listed their shares on U.S. stock exchanges through a dubious method known as a reverse merger or reverse takeover. Their actions endanger pensions, investment funds and the financial system, the film says.

The China Hustle” is directed by issues-driven multihyphenate Jed Rothstein, whose short “Killing in the Name” was Oscar-nominated in 2011. The film’s production houses include the pedigreed Kennedy/Marshall Company, and Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Prods.; executive producers include Cuban, Wagner, Frank Marshall and campaigning documentary veteran Alex Gibney, whose
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10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars

10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars
The race always begins at Sundance, but the Toronto International Film Festival documentary lineup will impact the list of Oscar contenders — and this year, without clear frontrunners, Tiff’s influence will be greater than ever.

Every year, Thom Powers leads the Tiff documentary programmers through an enormous number of submissions to cull 22 selections. “It never gets any easier to make those decisions,” said Powers, who also programs influential November festival Doc NYC. “This year we’re going to see a greater range of different documentaries spread across the fall festivals, instead of a cluster of films that moves from festival to festival. More films will get more opportunities at the festivals this fall.”

Here’s a list of 10 must-sees for Tiff 2017 with potential to shake up the awards race.

1. “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”: Morgan Spurlock’s under-the-radar sequel to his 2005 Oscar nominee focuses on the new craze
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10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars

10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars
The race always begins at Sundance, but the Toronto International Film Festival documentary lineup will impact the list of Oscar contenders — and this year, without clear frontrunners, Tiff’s influence will be greater than ever.

Every year, Thom Powers leads the Tiff documentary programmers through an enormous number of submissions to cull 22 selections. “It never gets any easier to make those decisions,” said Powers, who also programs influential November festival Doc NYC. “This year we’re going to see a greater range of different documentaries spread across the fall festivals, instead of a cluster of films that moves from festival to festival. More films will get more opportunities at the festivals this fall.”

Here’s a list of 10 must-sees for Tiff 2017 with potential to shake up the awards race.

1. “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!”: Morgan Spurlock’s under-the-radar sequel to his 2005 Oscar nominee focuses on the new craze
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Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ Performed On Children’s Instruments

  • ET Canada
Rage Against The Machine is the latest band to be covered with a childish twist. French band The Wackids performed the iconic hit song “Killing In The Name” in an unexpected way for their latest “Rock N’ Toys” session. The cover band has spent a majority of this year on the road with their current […]
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Sundance Live: Watch Rory Kennedy Discuss ‘Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton’

Sundance Live: Watch Rory Kennedy Discuss ‘Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton’
What drives a man to surf down an avalanche of 100 feet of water? It’s a question Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning director/producer Rory Kennedy explores in her portrait of legendary surfer Laird Hamilton, which will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

“Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” includes incredible cinematography of Hamilton’s death-defying surfing, but the film is also an intimate look at the life of the man who became the legend. It’s a film that forced Kennedy into a wide array of shooting circumstances, requiring different techniques and equipment to capture the surfer’s story.

Kennedy is at Sundance for the film’s premiere and will be stopping by the Canon Creative Studio on Main Street in Park City to talk with IndieWire about shooting her latest film, which you can watch on Facebook Live.

Click here to stream the live discussion at 6:
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The X Factor 2015: Six Chair Challenge for the Groups and Overs - live blog

After three weeks of chair-swapping drama, the Six Chair Challenge finally concludes this evening. All that's left is for Cheryl to finish choosing her groups and then for Simon to tackle the Overs category.

Throughout the competition Simon has been less than enthusiastic about mentoring the Overs, and according to what we've heard, he's still pretty grumpy this evening. So we're sure that all the chair-swapping's going to be as brutal as ever.

Join us from 7pm and we'll bring you all the action live as it happens, including performances from some of our favourites such as lovely Anton and Bupsi. Enjoy!

20:59Exciting Trailer Time! Both you and us thought Six Chair Challenge may never end, but the day has finally come. Next week Judges' Houses is back, and for the first time ever, the final decisions are made Live! Thanks for joining us this week - as always,
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Nat Wolff Finds Death Note

Nat Wolff Finds Death Note
Still best known for the John Green adaptations The Fault In Our Stars and this year’s Paper Towns, Nat Wolff is looking to make a mark outside of Green’s work. He’s already attached to one of James Franco’s numerous directorial efforts and is now in the process of landing the lead in Adam Wingard’s take on horror manga Death Note. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s work focuses on Japanese high school student Light Yagami, who comes across a handy notebook penned by the death god Ryuk, which allows its owner to kill anyone he pleases by writing their name in the book and picturing their face. Light decides to use his newfound power to rid the world of evil, and the series follows his progress, and that of the cops on his trail. Killing in the name of altruism is all very well, but
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Trailer for Sundance Selected Doc 'What Happened, Miss Simone?'

"I think the only way to tell you who I am these days, is to sing a song." Netflix has become quite the destination if you're looking to watch some great documentaries. Not only do they have a great library of docs from years past, but they've been picking up their own documentaries for distribution as well. One of them is What Happened, Miss Simone?, which was the opening night film at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The doc dives into the life and career of legendary recording artist Nina Simone, looking at her musical genius, inner demons and incredible career, and now the first trailer is here. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Liz Garbus' What Happened, Miss Simone? from Netflix: What Happened, Miss Simone? is directed by Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against the World, Killing in the Name). Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, black power icon,
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Adam Wingard Directing Death Note

Adam Wingard Directing Death Note
Following the success of You’re Next and last year’s The Guest, Adam Wingard has become a man in demand. He’s already got several projects in development and has now been hired by Warner Bros. to make the adaptation of horror manga Death Note.Wingard takes over the project from Shane Black, who was attached in 2011 but is now putting his energy into other things. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s work focuses on Japanese high school student Light Yagami, who comes across a handy notebook penned by the death god Ryuk, which allows its owner to kill anyone he pleases by writing their name in the book and picturing their face. Light decides to use his newfound power to rid the world of evil, and the series follows his progress, and that of the cops on his trail. Killing in the name of altruism is all very well,
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Keira Knightley Talks about her First Date

In Laggies (in theaters tomorrow), Knightley plays a woman who befriends a high school student (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her father (Rockwell) after she panics when her boyfriend proposes.

Knightley also reveals in the 20 questions that some of her favorite bands in high school included Reef and Nirvana.

"And then who were the ones who did, 'Killing in the name of.F--k you, I won't do what you tell me," she said (and kind of sang), referring to Rage Against the Machine.

"So angry music?" Rockwell asked.
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X Factor quiz: How big a fan are you? 33 of the toughest questions

Know your Christopher Maloneys from your Eoghan Quiggs? Can you remember every song Chico ever performed? Are you the ultimate X Factor fan?

If the answer was 'yes' to any of those questions, why not have a punt at the 33 brainteasers below that should be enough to test even the biggest X Factor addicts?

1. How many acts from the series one Live Shows can you remember?

The Answer is...

Tabby Callaghan, Cassie Compton, Roberta Howett, Steve Brookstein, Verity Keays, Rowetta Satchell, 2 to Go, G4, Voices With Soul.

2. Can you remember every one of The X Factor's 20 judges - including guest panellists at the Live Shows and Auditions?

The Answer is...

Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland, Nicole Scherzinger, Gary Barlow, Mel B, Paula Abdul, Brian Friedman, Geri Halliwell, Natalie Imbruglia, Katy Perry, Pixie Lott, Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis, Rita Ora and Anastacia.
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Special Features - What Makes a Christmas movie a Christmas Movie?

Luke Owen on the definition of a "Christmas movie"....

During the preparation for Flickering Myth’s on-going “My Favourite Christmas Movie”, the following discussion took place:

Tom Jolliffe: I’ll take Rocky IV. Forgot that it was set at Crimbo.

Me: Is Rocky IV a Christmas movie?

Tom Jolliffe: The main fight takes place on Christmas day.

A valid point perhaps, but does that make Sylvester Stallone’s Cold War analogy a Yuletide classic? Is Rocky IV a Christmas movie just because Rocky and Drago have a showdown on December 25th? What deems a Christmas movie to be a called a "Christmas movie"?

While Rocky IV is the catalyst for this discussion, the movie that often gets highlighted in the ‘is it a Christmas movie’ argument is the 1988 action classic Die Hard. There is no doubt that Die Hard is one of the finest action movies ever committed
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'X Factor' winner's single to be released during Christmas No.1 week

The winner of this year's X Factor will release their single during the week of what qualifies as the 2013 Christmas No.1.

The ITV show has avoided the festive chart battle for the last two years, but the Official Charts Company has announced that the single will release on Monday, December 16 - following the contest's final the day before - with the No.1 being revealed the following Sunday, December 22.

2011 winners Little Mix and 2012 winner James Arthur both reached the top spot, but their singles were released the week before Christmas.

Matt Cardle's Biffy Clyro cover in 2010 was the last X Factor winner's single released during Christmas No.1 week and it topped the charts.

In 2009, however, Joe McElderry was beaten to No.1 by an anti-Simon Cowell campaign's push for Rage Against The Machine's 1993 single 'Killing In The Name'.

Also in the running for this year's Christmas top
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Michael Molloy: Liverpool Family Aim To Give Son Chart Legacy

Social media has really showcased its muscle when it comes to the modern day UK Top 40 singles chart of late. It first let us know of the role it can play after a huge online campaign resulted in Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name Of” pipping Simon Cowell’s X-Factor winner Joe McElderry to the Christmas number one spot.

Again more recently, and controversially, “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead,” reached the summit of the UK Top 40 following the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. This again was provoked following a mass online campaign from her opposition. Just a week after the this very campaign, we find ourselves with another online frenzy, all be it somewhat more sincere.

Michael Molloy was an exceptionally talented musician from the city of Liverpool. At 18 years old, the future was certainly bright for the highly skilled guitarist. He performed and recorded with pal Alex Evans,
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WWE: The Online Fandango Revolution

You want to talk about a quick turnaround, last week Johnny Curtis A.K.A. Fandango was hated and booed out of the building on WWE’s Raw. Cries of “WWE fans don’t have the patience for him“, “he doesn’t deserve the push” or/and “why is he facing Jericho at Maina” were omnipresent online. Now one week later that has all changed. Literally Fandango looks to be 2013′s Daniel Bryan, and just like Bryan he has go over what was on paper one of the worst gimmicks in WWE history. And guys, that is saying something!

How did this happen? Well we must go back to Monday’s Raw which came from the Izod Centre, in New Jersey. The NJ/NY crowd is a time-tested amazing crowd and that night was no exception, although I wish the crowd was that good the next before. The show that
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ICM Partners Signs ‘Love, Marilyn’ Helmer Liz Garbus

  • Deadline
Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed Emmy-winning director/producer Liz Garbus, whose most recently film, Love, Marilyn, made its world premiere at Toronto and was acquired by HBO for summer broadcast. Using a cast of actors that includes Adrien Brody, Glenn Close, Paul Giamatti, Uma Thurman and Viola Davis to read from Monroe’s private writings, Garbus brings a little known side of the bottle blonde bombshell to light. Garbus’s first film about prison life, The Farm: Angola, USA got an Oscar nom and won the Sundance Grand Jury prize and two Emmy Awards. Garbus then co-founded Moxie Firecracker Films with producer/director Rory Kennedy. They made the docu Girlhood and Garbus followed with the HBO docu Bobby Fischer Against The World and Killing In The Name. Garbus also has produced and directed multiple television specials for networks including Lifetime, MTV, A&E, Discovery, Court TV, Sundance Channel, Oxygen, and many others.
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ICM Partners Signs ‘Love, Marilyn’ Helmer Liz Garbus

Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed Emmy-winning director/producer Liz Garbus, whose most recently film, Love, Marilyn, made its world premiere at Toronto and was acquired by HBO for summer broadcast. Using a cast of actors that includes Adrien Brody, Glenn Close, Paul Giamatti, Uma Thurman and Viola Davis to read from Monroe’s private writings, Garbus brings a little known side of the bottle blonde bombshell to light. Garbus’s first film about prison life, The Farm: Angola, USA got an Oscar nom and won the Sundance Grand Jury prize and two Emmy Awards. Garbus then co-founded Moxie Firecracker Films with producer/director Rory Kennedy. They made the docu Girlhood and Garbus followed with the HBO docu Bobby Fischer Against The World and Killing In The Name. Garbus also has produced and directed multiple television specials for networks including Lifetime, MTV, A&E, Discovery, Court TV, Sundance Channel, Oxygen, and many others.
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Kevin King’s Zombie Hunter Drops the First Official Trailer

Fact: I will watch a Danny Trejo movie regardless of how inherently awful it is. And while I happen to think that director Kevin King’s undead opus “Zombie Hunter” actually looks pretty good, he should know that his film is guaranteed at least one viewing in Kentucky simply because of Trejo’s involvement. I don’t really care if he only has one line and a wink — that’s all it really takes to please me. Strange, but definitely true. Here’s a synopsis for those who aren’t hep to King’s flick: “Zombie Hunter” follows the vengeful Hunter in his journey through the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested wasteland. Killing in the name of the family he lost, he teams up with a group of survivors and face the deadly mutations that challenge their survival. “Zombie Hunter” stars Martin Copping, Clare Niederpruem, Jade Gordon, Jason Wixom, and, last but not least,
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Zombie Hunter Gets A Poster And Trailer

Just got the word on a new zombie flick heading our way. It’s called Zombie Hunter and the trailer is actually worth a look.

Synopsis: “Zombie Hunter follows the vengeful Hunter in his journey through the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested wasteland. Killing in the name of the family he lost, he teams up with a group of survivors and face the deadly mutations that challenge their survival.”

Not a lot of … Continue reading →
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Christmas No 1: James Arthur has killed off the usual good v evil battle | Sam Wolfson

In the past it's been a fight between a credible underdog and a low-culture behemoth. This time it's between two different shades of credibility

At this time of year, human beings demonstrate a spectacular ability to make consumerism feel Christmassy, disguising capitalism's cold unfeeling heart with tinsel and cinnamon Air Wick. Christmas is a festival that starts when a tax-dodging multinational changes the colour of their coffee cups from white to red, and ends when we indiscriminately dish out three-for-two gift packs of purulent No 7 moisturisers to our female family members. Only we, the great human race, could call it the season of loving and giving.

In no Christmas tradition is our ability to sentimentalise more evident than the race for a Christmas No 1. Essentially a marketing exercise by the record industry (some years they sell 20 times as many singles as they would in a normal week), in our recent
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