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Nelsan Ellis: Watch the ‘True Blood’ Scene That Defined Lafayette As a Character

Nelsan Ellis: Watch the ‘True Blood’ Scene That Defined Lafayette As a Character
There’s been a flood of responses this afternoon in reaction to the news that Nelsan Ellis, known for a number of roles including that of Lafayette on “True Blood,” had passed away at the age of 39.

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But none has quite the impact of Twitter user @Joshua Nasser, who clipped one key scene from the HBO vampire drama and shared it with the masses:

This is the most iconic scene from True Blood period. Rip Nelsan Ellis. pic.twitter.com/zaJxzfPDTV

— Joshua (@JoshuaNasser) July 8, 2017

The scene features Lafayette confronting a trio of “rednecks” (the show’s word) over the fact that he was a gay man cooking their dinner; it does not lack for punches of the verbal or the physical kind.

And it also speaks to the sort of social commentary that “True Blood” never shrunk from, metaphorically or directly,
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Two Aussie directors attached to Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant

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Brooke Goldfinch and Catriona McKenzie have been chosen as the director.s attachments on Sir Ridley Scott.s Alien: Covenant..

They will work on the project for five weeks while the production films in Australia.

The Director.s Attachment Scheme is an incentive program funded by Screen Australia and managed by the Adg for emerging directors to develop their craft.

Both Goldfinch and McKenzie are accomplished directors..

In 2016 Goldfinch was nominated for Best Direction in a Short Film at the Adg Awards..

She is a graduate of the Tisch School for the Arts in New York and was selected to direct a segment of the compendium feature film The Colour of Time, starring James Franco and Jessica Chastain.

McKenzie is Aftrs alumni whose debut feature film, Satellite Boy (2012), won the Crystal Bear Special Mention Award for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival. Catriona.s other credits include Redfern Now and Dance Academy.
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BFI Flare reveals 2015 line-up

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BFI Flare reveals 2015 line-up
Lgbt festival to close with documentary Out To Win; Rocky Horror to screen at BFI Imax.

The full line-up of this year’s BFI Flare (March 19-29) has been unveiled in London this evening.

As previously announced, the 29th edition of the Lgbt film festival will open with Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It was revealed this evening that the festival will close with the European premiere of documentary Out To Win on March 29.

Malcolm Ingram’s film examines of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world, featuring contributions from Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, David Kopay and John Amaechi, among others.

It marks Ingram’s return to the festival having previously screened documentaries Small Town Gay Bar and Continental. Out To Win will world premiere at SXSW on March 15.

Gala screenings

The Accenture Gala will be the European Premiere
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Berlinale 2015: Panorama titles revealed

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Berlinale 2015: Panorama titles revealed
New films from Hal Hartley, James Franco, Gus Van Sant among lineup.

Eighteen features - including seven documentaries - have been selected for the Berlinale’s Panorama programme.

Among the selection are new films from Hal Hartley, Doze Niu Chen-Zer, Jk Youn and The Yes Men.

Hartley concludes his filmic trilogy with Ned Rifle while Justin Kelly’s Gus Van Sant-produced debut I Am Michael stars James Franco as a gay activist in the 1980s.

54: The Director’s Cut

USA

By Mark Christopher

With Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, Sela Ward, Mark Ruffalo

World premiere

Chorus

Canada

By François Delisle

With Sébastien Ricard, Fanny Mallette, Pierre Curzi, Geneviève Bujold

European premiere

Der letzte Sommer der Reichen (The Last Summer of the Rich)

Austria

By Peter Kern

With Amira Casar, Nicole Gerdon, Winfried Glatzeder

World premiere

Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern (Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents)

Switzerland / Germany

By Stina Werenfels
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James Franco, Hal Hartley Films Feature in Berlin’s Panorama Lineup

James Franco, Hal Hartley Films Feature in Berlin’s Panorama Lineup
London — Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has revealed its first 19 films, which include Hal Hartley’s latest “Ned Rifle,” and “I Am Michael,” in which James Franco stars as a gay rights activist.

Hartley, who presented “Henry Fool” in 1997 and “Fay Grim” in 2007, concludes his trilogy with “Ned Rifle,” which the section refers to as a masterpiece.

Justin Kelly delivers his directorial debut, “I Am Michael,” which was co-produced by Gus Van Sant. In it, Franco portrays a gay rights activist during the 1980s, who then tries to turn straight in the 1990s. Pic, which preems at Sundance, also stars Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts.

Director Mark Christopher presents “54 — The Director’s Cut,” 17 years after the film’s premiere. The original movie — about the legendary New York nightclub Studio 54 — was heavily edited by its investors.

Films from East Asia make a strong showing, with a number of modern history
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New on DVD, Blu-ray, and TV: '22 Jump Street,' 'Nightbreed,' 'We Are the Best!'

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Bound by Flesh"

If you're a fan of "American Horror Story: Freak Show," you'll want to get to know sideshow stars Daisy and Violet Hilton. Leslie Zemeckis writes and directs this doc about the world-famous conjoined twins.

"Nightbreed: The Director's Cut"

This is the first time that Clive Barker's original cut has been released, with 40 minutes of fresh footage. The limited edition release comes with the theatrical cut, as well as a third disc of extras, but it's already sold out. Still, the regular release has the long-awaited director's cut, Barker audio commentary, and some other goodies that make it a worthwhile investment for fans.

The Complete Jacques Tati

This seven-disc Criterion set comes with Tati's six features, plus
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Showtime's 'Gucci: The Director' gives a close-up view of Gucci creative director Frida Giannini's vision and life

Showtime is going inside the life of Gucci's creative director, Frida Giannini, for an intimate look at how this brilliant woman is revamping the classic brand. 

"Gucci: The Director" is a documentary that spends 18 months "inside the walls of the iconic Italian fashion house," as well as on the road for Gucci shows and photo shoots including Gucci model James Franco's ad campaign shoot. 

Check out a promo for the doc, which premiered on Friday (March 7) the Showtime Anytime app and will air an encore Saturday (March 8) on Showtime Showcase, below:
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A Double Order of “Archer,” Isaiah Washington Returns to “Grey’s Anatomy” and a “Cosmos” for the 21st Century

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E! has ordered its first scripted drama, The Royals, about a British royal family with Elizabeth Hurley starring.

Lana! Lana! Laaaaaana! Guess who got renewed? Yep, FX has ordered a sixth and seventh season of the hilarious Archer.

In disappointing news, the BBC is shutting down BBC Three. Why should U.S. viewers care about this decision? BBC Three is the source of a good number of shows that developed loyal followings stateside like Gavin & Stacey, Being Human, Little Britain, and Torchwood. The channel will continue as a streaming video channel, but celebrities like Matt Lucas are already campaigning to save the channel.

I’m not sure how I feel about the news, as reported by EW, that Isaiah Washington will return to Grey’s Anatomy. At first I was angry, but it’s a one-episode appearance as part of Sandra Oh‘s exit from the series. I guess
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“Pull the Threads until it Unravels”: Advice from Tfi’s Fashion in Film Event

Director and cinematographer Christina Voros nicely summed up the difference between the fashion industry and the film industry at the Tribeca Film Institute’s Fashion in Film event Friday: “Fashion is sort of antithetical to film. The fashion industry is all about making sure the seams don’t show, that every thread is in place. Documentary is about pulling on the threads until it unravels.” She was speaking of the process of filming her second documentary feature The Director, about Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, but the sentiment was reflected in films and discussions throughout the two-day event. At first blush the […]
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Interview With Christina Voros On The Director: An Evolution In Three Acts

Fighting for a promotion in one of the world’s largest and most well-known fashion houses means not only obtaining creative control over the brand’s line, but also receiving the attention for having the ability to maintain the company. But Gucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini, would much rather forgo the glamor and publicity of working for such a respected brand, and instead keep her personal and professional lives separate. To showcase the director’s equally creative and private lives, filmmaker Christina Voros helmed the new documentary, The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts, which maintains Giannini’s delicate balance of successfully doing her work, without constantly thriving on the press and publicity that surrounds the company.

The Director, which is split into three sections, including The Past, The Future and The Present, follows Giannini after she joined the House of Gucci in 2004 to take charge of the women’s accessories department.
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Sleeper to See: Michael Shannon Chills in 'The Iceman'

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Last weekend’s Iron Man 3 kicks off a blockbuster summer movie season packed with big budget sequels, prequels, and, of course, remakes. But if you're looking for a little counterprogramming to a summer full of superheroes and explosions, here's what we suggest—hopefully it's playing in a theater near you. The Movie: The Iceman The Director: 2012 Capri Breakout Director Award winner Ariel Vromen The Cast: Future "General Zod" and Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (Best Supporting Actor, Revolutionary Road); Captain America himself, Chris Evans; James Franco (127 Hours); Ray Liotta (Goodfellas); David Schwimmer (Friends); Goonie chaser Robert Davi; and last but not least, our favorite Heather, Winona Ryder. The Story: Inspired...

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Film Review: ‘Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s’

“Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s” swipes its title from the caption of a 1990 Victoria Roberts cartoon that appeared in the New Yorker. But nothing satirical or even vaguely skeptical emerges in this slick, flashy kaleidoscope of kowtows to the exclusive Fifth Avenue institution, where $6,000 shoes fly off the shelves and where every designer longs to display his wares. In contrast to recent Tribeca entry “The Director,” Christina Voros’ elegantly composed ode to Gucci and its present-day maestro, this scattershot docu — an undiluted advertisement for this temple of high-end consumerism — jumps skittishly from subject to subject, disjointed and repetitive for all but dyed-in-the-wool fashionistas.

Not that the docu lacks interesting figures or potential structuring points. Bergdorf’s charismatic fashion director, Linda Fargo, described as a warmer, friendlier Anna Wintour, effortlessly commands centerstage for long stretches as she vets new designers’ collections for kindly “maybe later” rejection or “welcome to the family” acceptance.
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts’
The world of high fashion gets a pleasant if chiffon-thin closeup in “The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts.” The director, in this case, is Gucci’s high-powered creative director, Frida Giannini, who comes off here as shrewd, formidable and professionally exacting, yet also agreeable and mild-mannered — qualities that make her, if not the most scintillating of camera subjects, then a refreshing example of stardom at its most self-effacing. Affording plenty of surface pleasures but few real insights into Giannini’s artistry, this second collaboration between producer James Franco and helmer Christina Voros (following their far more provocative Bdsm documentary “Kink”) is a genteel trifle designed primarily for the delectation of hardcore fashion mavens.

An early glimpse of Giannini chatting with Anna Wintour, the infamous Vogue editrix profiled in 2009′s “The September Issue,” raises unmet expectations that “The Director” will prove to be a similarly juicy look at an iconic fashion-world diva.
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James Franco Wins Lawsuit After Nyu Professor Can't Find Him

James Franco Wins Lawsuit After Nyu Professor Can't Find Him
James Franco isn't that tough a guy to find. For example, we found him on Sunday night at the Tribeca Film Festival. After the premiere of The Director, a film about the Gucci brand which he produced, he took the stage at the Sva Theatre with The Director's director, Christina Voros, whom he first met at New York University as a student several years ago. Photos: 'Oz the Great and Powerful': James Franco, Mila Kunis Celebrate the Hollywood Premiere The event was marked without drama from one of his other Nyu mates -- Jose Angel Santana, a former professor who sued

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Tribeca Review: Banker White's 'The Genius of Marian' a Starkly Intimate Portrait of His Mother's Battle with Alzheimer's

Tribeca Review: Banker White's 'The Genius of Marian' a Starkly Intimate Portrait of His Mother's Battle with Alzheimer's
The Tribeca Film Festival hasn’t exactly been synonymous with documentaries, even if they opened with one the other night -- “Mistaken for Strangers,” Tom Berninger’s off-beat take on his brother’s band, The National.Still, as has been pointed out everywhere, this year’s festival possesses one heaping humongous motherlode of nonfiction bio pics strewn across the next ten days -- including films on Gore Vidal, Wilt Chamberlain, Muhammad Ali, Richard Pryor, Gore Vidal, and Michael Haneke.But there’s also a giant, glowing mass of pictures about lesser-known quantities, and many of them are women -- House of Gucci head Frida Giannini (“The Director”); Rutgers basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer (the short “The Coach”); the late comedienne Moms Mabley (“I Got Somethin’ to Tell You”); “Kiss the Water” on fly-fisherwoman extraordinaire Megan Boyd (Scottish angling consultant to (Prince Charles); Pat Summitt, the ex-Tennessee coach who got Alzheimer’s,
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The Director Trailer from Producer James Franco

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The Director Trailer from Producer James Franco
Go behind-the-scenes of the elite fashion house Gucci with the first trailer for The Director, director Christina Voros' documentary that was produced by James Franco. The film takes us inside the life Gucci's creative director Frida Giannini, exploring the creative mind behind some of today's most innovative fashion styles. Check out the first footage before The Director debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, along with the poster.

The Director - Trailer

An intimate portrait of Gucci's Creative Director, Frida Giannini, The Director spans 18 months behind the walls of the iconic Italian fashion house, exploring the intricacies and inspiration behind the quietly brilliant power woman, whose own evolution as the creative force behind force the brand is as nuanced as that of the storied fashion house itself.

The Director comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Frida Giannini. The film is directed by Christina Voros.
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Tribeca Film Festival: 'The Director' takes fashion fans behind the scenes of Gucci -- Video

Tribeca Film Festival: 'The Director' takes fashion fans behind the scenes of Gucci -- Video
James Franco is a pretty fashionable guy, so it makes sense that he’s involved with the anticipated Tribeca documentary The Director, about Italian fashion house Gucci, which is set to premiere at the annual NYC film fest on April 21.

The Director tells the story of iconic brand under the creative direction of Frida Giannini. The doc covers 18 months behind-the-scenes at Gucci with Giannini, exploring how her unique vision is brought to life in the brand’s models, designs, and shows.

Franco is also one of the documentary’s producers, and also appears in the film. He’s seen in
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Exclusive: Go Behind the Scenes of Gucci with James Franco in 'The Director' Trailer

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Exclusive: Go Behind the Scenes of Gucci with James Franco in 'The Director' Trailer
The latest fashion documentary, "The Director," takes us behind the scenes of not just the world renowned Italian brand Gucci, but of the powerful woman behind it. Produced by busy man James Franco -- who was the face of Gucci a few years back -- and directed by Christina Voros ("Kink"), the film makes its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival Thursday, April 18th. In the film's new trailer Frida Giannini, the quiet yet decisive creative director of the House of Gucci, says she never thought she would become the driving force behind the fashion label. Beginning in the women's accessories department in 2004, Giannini moved up to the position that would usher Gucci into a new era. "The Director" gives an intimate glimpse into how the brand's models, designs, and shows stem from Giannini's vision to return to Gucci's Florentine roots. "The seduction and the sensuality is always an
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Meet the 2013 Tribeca Filmmakers #43: Christina Voros Goes Behind the Walls of Gucci's House in 'The Director'

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Meet the 2013 Tribeca Filmmakers #43: Christina Voros Goes Behind the Walls of Gucci's House in 'The Director'
Christina Voros has lived many lives. She grew up in the restaurant business, started bartending at 16, moved to Hungary to train with their national fencing team, studied poetry and theater at Harvard, became a gardener on Nantucket, ran a northern Italian restaurant in Boston and then decided to pursue a masters degree in acting. Somehow this all lead to a fellowship at Nyu's grad film school which she says changed the course of her life completely and lead her to beginning work as a cinematographer in 2005. She merges her many experiences throughout her career and "The Director" is no different, as her own family's work in the fashion industry drew her to the project. What it's about: An intimate portrait of Gucci’s Creative Director, Frida Giannini, "The Director" spans 18 months behind the walls of the iconic Italian fashion house, exploring the intricacies and inspiration behind the quietly brilliant power woman,
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James Franco-Produced Documentary The Director Receives Tribeca Film Festival Poster

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James Franco-Produced Documentary The Director Receives Tribeca Film Festival Poster
The new documentary ‘The Director,’ which was helmed by Christina Vorosand produced by James Franco, has released its official poster for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The film is set to have its world premiering at festival on April 21 at New York City’s School of Visual Arts. ‘The Director’ offers an intimate portrait of Gucci’s Creative Director, Frida Giannini. Set in three acts, the film spans 18 months behind the walls of the iconic Italian fashion house, and explores the intricacies and inspiration behind the power woman. Giannini’s evolution as the creative force behind the brand is as nuanced as that of the storied fashion house itself. The creative [ Read More ]

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