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Tom Volf on finding the interview by David Frost with Maria Callas: "[It] was a real key to understanding how she had to cope ..."

Tom Volf's standout Maria By Callas on Maria Callas, with the voice of Joyce Didonato screened as a highlight in the Spotlight on Documentary programme of the 56th New York Film Festival last month. Personal letters and unpublished memoirs were voiced by Fanny Ardant when the film came out in France at the end of last year.

Maria By Callas director Tom Volf at Langham Place in New York: "The duality between Maria and Callas, that is a thread throughout her life." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The documentary fashionably transports you into the world of a great artist with recordings from radio and clips from television interviews, including with David Frost, Edward R Murrow, and Barbara Walters. Jean Cocteau, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Catherine Deneuve,
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Spotlight: Humane Society International's Celebrity Supporters

Humane Society International and our partner organizations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations-backed by 11 million people. Hsi works to protect all animals-including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife-and our record of achievement demonstrates our dedication and effectiveness. With the support of our advocates and donors, we have advocated for strong legislation to protect animals. For example, in 2009 we helped achieve a European Union ban on trade in seal products, a major step toward ending the annual commercial seal slaughter in Canada. We work with local animal organizations in countries all over the world to provide direct, hands-on care to animals in need and spread the culture of compassion. Our campaigns strike at the root of problems affecting animals by providing the tools and resources to prevent animal suffering both now and in the future.

Sir Paul McCartney – has actively supported Hsi’s
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Lumière Festival: Jane Fonda Masterclass, the Highlights

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Lumière Festival: Jane Fonda Masterclass, the Highlights
At France’s 10th Lumière Film Festival, Jane Fonda received on Friday night a Lumière Award, presented by filmmaker Costa-Gavras. Earlier, she gave a masterclass to a packed house at Lyon’s Théâtre des Célestins, speaking with Institut Lumiere director and Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux. Here are some of the highlights, translated from French, which Fonda speaks better than she says:

Are you happy with the idea of being a star?

Yes… (pause) I’m stupid, but I’m not crazy. There are people outside who want my autograph. But what does it mean to be a star? On the top of hills and mountains there are antennae. They’re called repeaters. They repeat the signals, the voices of those living in the valleys below – who can’t go across the mountains. I think that stars have the same role. To be like antennae at the top of the mountain
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Beatles Paul McCartney Reminisces About Masturbating with John Lennon

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Beatles Paul McCartney Reminisces About Masturbating with John Lennon
Paul McCartney and John Lennon were Super tight in their coming-of-age days ... when all they needed was self-love. The legendary Beatles star spoke about the early years of The Beatles and what the boys did to pass the time ... including sitting around masturbating together. McCartney told GQ he was over at Lennon's place with a small group of friends ... "And instead of just getting roaring drunk and partying -- I don't even know if we
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Amazon Mounting "Barbarella"

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Development continues on a "Barbarella" TV series that landed at Amazon Studios, with a script written by writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade of "Skyfall" fame. Plus take a look at Dynamite Entertainment's "Barbarella" #9, available August 22, 2018, written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Kenan Yarar, with covers by Dave Bullock, Scott Chantler, Eion Marron, Anthony Marques and Yarar:

"...'Barbarella' has been lied to. Worse, she's been weaponized, and someone's going to answer for that...

"...assuming she survives the judgement of the 'Esseverine' sun-giants...

"...and an armada of a thousand ships..."

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn directed the pilot adapting creator Jean-Claude Forest's erotic sci-fi comic strip.

"I kind of went back to the original comic," said Refn "and really began to close my eyes and fantasize about women in outer space and it looked pretty good."

'Barbarella' is a young woman who travels from
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A Harvey Weinstein Accuser Looks Back From the Eye of a Storm (Guest Blog)

A Harvey Weinstein Accuser Looks Back From the Eye of a Storm (Guest Blog)
Last October, model and actress Zoe Brock joined dozens of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct in a powerful essay about her encounter with the mogul at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. Now that Weinstein has been arrested on three felony charges of rape and a criminal sexual act, Brock reflects on her experience. (Weinstein has pleaded not guilty.)

I’ll never forget the first time someone told me they thought I was brave for speaking out. I remember feeling awkward and confused, as if I was being given a compliment I didn’t deserve. I was dismissive and brushed the sentiment away. I probably even came across as rude. You see, I didn’t feel brave, not one iota, I felt compelled. There was zero bravery in any of my actions because there was zero forethought.

And that was naive on my part.

I told my story on October
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53 Cannes Film Festival Photos That Will Take You Way, Way Back

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53 Cannes Film Festival Photos That Will Take You Way, Way Back
The Cannes Film Festival kicks off in the South of France this week, and we're soaking up all the glitz and glamour that the annual event has to offer. Founded in 1946, the festival has developed a long, eccentric history rife with controversial films, international superstars, and, of course, lots of memorable red carpet moments. We're celebrating the rich legacy of Cannes with an epic look back at the most nostalgic photos from the film festival, from Brigitte Bardot in the '50s, to Jane Birkin in the '70s, to Naomi Campbell in the '90s. Scroll through to see them all now.
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'Revenge' Review: A Woman, Three Men and a Whole Lotta Carnage

'Revenge' Review: A Woman, Three Men and a Whole Lotta Carnage
Let us now praise exploitation movies – those grotty, violent, sordid movies as sticky as the floors of a Forty Deuce theater and as guilty-pleasurably queasy as a drive-in hot-dog binge. You could definitely see Coralie Fargeat's nasty little nugget of a debut slotting nicely into the middle section of a vintage triple feature, sandwiched by the Russ Meyer-sterpiece Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45; the latter is practically a spirit animal to this French take on the subgenre known as the "rape revenge" movie. Those
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Cannes Faces Existential Crisis: Evolve or Fade?

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Cannes Faces Existential Crisis: Evolve or Fade?
Thierry Frémaux almost lost his job last May as the director of the Cannes Film Festival.

Facing a backlash from French exhibitors outraged over his decision to allow Netflix to screen its films at the seaside resort without the approval of the festival’s board, Frémaux was threatened with being fired, insiders say. His €120,000 a year job, a post that allows him to hobnob with auteurs and serve as one of cinema’s top tastemakers, hung in the balance.

That fateful meeting set the stage for one of the most sizzle-free Cannes in the gathering’s seven-decade history. There are dark clouds blotting out this edition of the world’s most famous film festival. A perfect storm of disruptive technology, challenging market forces and self-inflicted public relations disasters are raising questions about its long-term viability.

In return for being allowed to remain at the helm of Cannes, powerful board members
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Roman Polanski, Who Pled Guilty to Rape, Blasts #MeToo Movement as 'Collective Hysteria'

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Roman Polanski, Who Pled Guilty to Rape, Blasts #MeToo Movement as 'Collective Hysteria'
Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski is taking aim at the #MeToo movement that sheds light on sexual misconduct, blasting it as “collective hysteria” and “total hypocrisy.”

Speaking to the Polish edition of Newsweek days before he was ousted from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences along with Bill Cosby, Polanski made his opinion of #MeToo clear.

“It seems to me it’s collective hysteria, of the type which happens in societies from time to time,” the 84-year-old said, according to the Agence France-Presse. “Everyone is trying to back this movement, mainly out of fear,” the 84-year-old said.”

His comments
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'Velvet Collection' Stars Take Us Behind-the-Scenes as Filming Starts on Season 2!

Binge-watching is a blessing and a curse. If you're like us, you've already finished all 10 episodes of the Velvet spin-off Velvet Collection way too quickly. However, don't despair because to help with those withdrawals, the stars of the Spanish show are taking fans behind the scenes as they film the highly anticipated Season 2. Marta Hazas, who plays Clara Montesinos on the series, recently shared a photo alongside Diego Martin (Enrique) and new addition Marta Torne (Paloma) on her Instagram page. "We have already started shooting the second season of Velvet Collection," she wrote. Adrian Lastra (Pedro Infantes) also shared his excitement about the renewal, and thanked fans on the social media platform. "It makes us happy to know that Velvet Collection is loved so much around the world thanks to Netflix," he captioned a fun photo with castmate Javier Rey (Mateo Ruiz) on his shoulders. "Thanks from my heart to
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Gate Cinema co-founder Barbara Stone dies aged 83

Stone worked as a producer, director, distributor and exhibitor in London and the Us.

Producer, director, distributor and exhibitor Barbara Stone, who worked in London and the Us, has died aged 83.

Stone was perhaps best known for founding the Gate Cinemas and Cinegate Film Distribution with her husband David Stone, who died in 2011.

The Gate Cinemas was one of the UK’s best-known independent cinema chains in the 1970s and 1980s. It started with the acquisition of the former Classic cinema at Notting Hill Gate in 1974, which was renamed the Gate, followed by the Gate 2 in Brunswick Square in 1978 and
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Amazon Mounting "Barbarella"

Development continues on the new "Barbarella" television series that landed at Amazon Studios a few years back, with a script written by writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade of "Skyfall" fame. Plus take a look at Dynamite Entertainment's "Barbarella" #4:

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn directed the pilot adapting creator Jean-Claude Forest's erotic sci-fi comic strip.

"I kind of went back to the original comic," said Refn "and really began to close my eyes and fantasize about women in outer space and it looked pretty good."

'Barbarella' is a young woman who travels from planet to planet and has numerous adventures, often involving sex. The aliens she meets often seduce her, and she also experiments with a 'machine excessive' or 'orgasmotron'.

The original comic book version of 'Barbarella' was modeled on French actress Brigitte Bardot.

Barbarella will be produced and distributed by Gaumont International Télévision.
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Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno

A cinematic puzzle and a filmic detective piece, Serge Bromberg’s examination of a world-class filmmaker’s catastrophic, never-finished production fascinates and dazzles. If the particulars of H.G. Clouzot’s experimental epic of internal torment remain clouded, the astonishing visuals he created are a total knockout. Working with hours of uncut dailies and precise collaborator memories, Bromberg gives us the most interesting filmic autopsy on record. Incredible stuff!

Inferno

(L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot)

Blu-ray

Arrow Academy

2009 / Color & B&W / 1:78 widescreen / 100 min. / L’enfer d’Henri-Georges Clouzot / Street Date February 6, 2018 / Available from Arrow Video 34.95

Starring: Romy Schneider, Serge Reggiani, Bérénice Bejo, Jacques Gamblin, Dany Carrel, Jean-Claude Bercq, Mario David, Catherine Allégret, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Gilbert Amy, Jacques Douy, Jean-Louis Ducarme, Costa-Gavras, William Lubtchansky, Thi Lan Nguyen, Joël Stein, Bernard Stora, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bernard Blier, Inès Clouzot, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Lino Ventura, Burt Lancaster.

Cinematography: Jérôme Krumenacker, Irina Lubtchansky
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Selena Gomez Steps Out (with New Bangs!) at New York Fashion Week After Completing Treatment

Selena Gomez Steps Out (with New Bangs!) at New York Fashion Week After Completing Treatment
Selena Gomez used the New York Fashion Week stage to debut a brand new hair look.

The “Wolves” singer made her first public appearance since completing treatment for anxiety and depression at Coach’s Fall 2018 Runway Show in N.Y.C. where she debuted brand new bangs and a longer length.

Gomez experimented with blonde color for a few months towards the end of last year, but has since gone back to her natural brunette hue. At the Coach show (she’s an ambassador for the brand), the actress and singer sported a set of long, wispy, Brigitte Bardot-inspired
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Michael Haneke Criticizes #MeToo: ‘Witch Hunts Should Be Left in the Middle Ages’

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Michael Haneke Criticizes #MeToo: ‘Witch Hunts Should Be Left in the Middle Ages’
Don’t expect Michael Haneke to tweet his support for #MeToo anytime soon. The two-time Palme d’Or winner criticized the movement in an interview with the Austrian Daily Kurier, saying, “I regard this hysteria of rash judgments that is spreading at the moment as absolutely disgusting.”

“People are just being finished off in the media, [their] lives and careers are being ruined,” he said. Haneke clarified that “any kind of rape or [sexual] coercion should be punished,” but things are going too far based on “totally unperceived malignance, the blind rage that is not based on facts.”

This fast-and-loose approach “destroys the lives of people, whose crime has not been proven in many cases,” he continued. “This new man-hating puritanism that comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement worries me,” and men “should hardly even touch this topic” at this point.

“This has nothing to do with the fact that
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Actress Brigitte Bardot Slams #MeToo Movement as 'Hypocritical, Ridiculous and Uninteresting'

Actress Brigitte Bardot Slams #MeToo Movement as 'Hypocritical, Ridiculous and Uninteresting'
French actress Brigitte Bardot has spoken out against the #MeToo movement, calling women who have exposed sexual harassment in Hollywood “hypocritical, ridiculous and uninteresting.”

In an interview with French magazine Paris Match, Bardot said women are only harming themselves by speaking out against sexual harassment.

“Many actresses flirt with producers to get a role. Then when they tell the story afterward, they say they have been harassed,” she said, according to The Guardian. “In actual fact, rather than benefit them, it only harms them.”

“The vast majority are being hypocritical and ridiculous,” Bardot, 83, added.

Bardot said she’s never been
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Brigitte Bardot: Most Actresses Denouncing Sexual Harassment Are "Hypocritical"

Brigitte Bardot: Most Actresses Denouncing Sexual Harassment Are
Brigitte Bardot is probably not a fan of the #MeToo movement. The 83-year-old outspoken French former film actress and '50s and '60s international sex symbol has in recent years become known as an animal activist and has stirred controversy over comments about gay people, Muslims and immigrants. In an interview with French news magazine Paris Match that was posted on Wednesday, she was asked about her thoughts on actresses who have denounced sexual harassment. "Regarding actresses, and not women in general, it is, in the vast majority of cases, hypocritical, ridiculous, without interest," she said in French. "I have never been a victim of sexual harassment....
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Brigitte Bardot Calls #MeToo Movement ‘Hypocritical, Ridiculous’

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Brigitte Bardot Calls #MeToo Movement ‘Hypocritical, Ridiculous’
French actress-turned-activist Brigitte Bardot slammed the #MeToo movement, saying the actresses who complain about sexual harassment in Hollywood are being “hypocritical and ridiculous.” In an interview with the French magazine Paris Match, the 83-year-old star also said she was never a victim in her five-decade career. Bardot emphasized that she was speaking specifically of actresses and “not women in general.” “I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a nice little ass,” she said. “This kind of compliment is nice.” Also Read: Sundance After #MeToo: Indie Buyers and Sellers Step Up Vetting of Filmmakers,...
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