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Asia Argento Fires Back After Catherine Breillat Defends Harvey Weinstein

Asia Argento Fires Back After Catherine Breillat Defends Harvey Weinstein
Italian director and actress Asia Argento has fired back after French filmmaker Catherine Breillat gave a scathing interview on the podcast Murmur defending disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein and criticizing the #MeToo and French #BalanceTonPorc ("Denounce your pig") movements, as well as personally attacking Weinstein victims, including Argento. 

Argento responded to the helmer of Fat Girl and Bluebeard, calling her out for her collaboration with David Hamilton, the late British fashion photographer who was accused by multiple women of raping them when they were prepubescents. French TV host Flavie Flament in 2016 accused Hamilton of raping her when she was just 13 and he...
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Actress Asia Argento, Director Catherine Breillat Trade Barbs In Heated Exchange

Actress Asia Argento, Director Catherine Breillat Trade Barbs In Heated Exchange
Actress Asia Argento, one of the many women to call out Harvey Weinstein for alleged sexual harassment, has hit back hard at some stinging words from French director Catherine Breillat, with whom she collaborated on 2007 drama The Last Mistress. After the Fat Girl and Bluebeard filmmaker called Argento a “traitor” and a “mercenary” and accused her of “semi-prostitution” during a stunningly frank recent podcast appearance, the xXx star this morning roared back with some…
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Catherine Breillat Says Asia Argento Is a ‘Traitor,’ Harvey Weinstein Isn’t That Bad, and She’s Against #MeToo

Catherine Breillat Says Asia Argento Is a ‘Traitor,’ Harvey Weinstein Isn’t That Bad, and She’s Against #MeToo
Update, March 30: The Murmur Podcast has since pulled the episode featuring Breillat.

Like several other luminaries of French cinema, Catherine Breillat has a complicated, even negative view of the #MeToo movement. The “Fat Girl,” “Abuse of Weakness,” and “Bluebeard” filmmaker recently appeared on the Murmur podcast to discuss everything from Harvey Weinstein (whose downfall is a “loss” for European cinema) and Asia Argento (“a mercenary and a traitor”) to #MeToo (which she’s “not for”) and Jessica Chastain (who never should have criticized “Last Tango in Paris”). It’s a compelling, increasingly out-there listen.

“Despite everything, I think that Europeans have lost a lot with the loss of Harvey Weinstein,” Breillat says of the disgraced former mogul. “You have to remember that there are French producers who we haven’t denounced — I won’t mention them; I won’t mention names, although I know three who are extremely respected
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Rushes. Kiarostami's Coda, The Zanzibar Group, Buster Keaton Candid Camera

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGJanus Films has released a moving trailer for the late master Abbas Kiarostami's final film, 24 Frames. We were touched by this entrancing film at this past year's Cannes Film Festival.Steven Soderbergh's post-"retirement" phase appears to continue with Unsane. Here's the first tantalizing trailer:Travis Wilkerson is one of the best kept secrets in American cinema, thus we're pleased to see that his latest Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? gets a trailer and distribution via Grasshopper Film:The kind people over at NoBudge have presented the online premieres of two inspired independent films: Kat Hunt's What's Revenge, a docu-fiction comedy about ex-boyfriends and gender relations, and Eric Marsh & Andrew Stasiulis' Orders, a contemplation of the American war machine from a haunted suburban setting.Recommended LISTENINGThe Directors Guild
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Exclusive: Tess Holliday Hopes New Book Helps Women Own Their Confidence: 'Love Yourself'

Tess Holliday is an author!

Et recently sat down with the 32-year-old beauty, who opened up about the challenges of writing her first book,The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl: Loving the Skin You're In, and why it was totally worth it.

Photo: Bluestreet Books

Holliday knows a thing or two about confidence and wants other women to follow suit. Read on for Et’s exclusive interview with the mother of two.

Exclusive: Tess Holliday Reveals Her Red Carpet Beauty Secrets

Et: Tell us what The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl: Loving the Skin You're In is about?

Tess Holliday: My book is all about how to love yourself. There is a ton in there about things that I have gonethrough, but I feel like a lot of people will really relate to it and understand that they should never be ashamed to talk about things
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Tess Holliday Wants to Destigmatize the Word ‘Fat’: ‘I Am Fat. There’s No Shocker There’

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Tess Holliday is not holding back in her new memoir.

Like Holliday herself, the book’s title, The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl, gets straight to the point, which the model and body activist says was intentional.

“Well, look, I’m fat. There’s no shocker there. I just thought why not put it in the title. It’s going to get people’s attention and hopefully steer it in a more positive conversation,” Holliday, 32, told People Now.

The supermodel says that she wants to destigmatize the word “fat.”

“It’s how I describe myself. It
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Tess Holliday Documents Her ‘Tumultuous’ Childhood in New Book: ‘That’s How the Healing Can Begin’

The next time Tess Holliday writes a book, it won’t be when she’s three months post-partum and hormonal.

“There were days I didn’t leave my room because it stirred up so many different emotions I wasn’t expecting, and resurfaced some things I thought I had dealt with,” the model, 32, tells People.

In the book, The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl, out on Sept. 26, Holliday shares the story of her “tumultuous” childhood in Mississippi, from her complicated relationship with her father, to her mother getting shot to becoming pregnant with her first child at 18 after a one-night stand.
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Tess Holliday on Her Sultry Photos: ‘Fat People Have Sex. A Lot of It.’

Tess Holliday has a message for society: “Fat people have sex.”

The model wants everyone to know that heavier people are sexually active, and she shared that sentiment with a stripped-down photo on Instagram.

Shot some #polaroids with @anastasiagphoto in NYC last week. When I saw them, & how hot (& obviously unretouched) they are, I was reminded of a ‘Tess Holliday’s Advice for Life’ that are all throughout my book. It goes: ‘Fat people have sex. A lot of it. And it’s really f—— good.’ That’s all,” Holliday posted.

The body positive activist is currently prepping for her
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All of the Films Joining Filmstruck’s Criterion Channel This July

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This July will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Saturday, July 1 Changing Faces

What does a face tell us even when it’s disguised or disfigured? And what does it conceal? Guest curator Imogen Sara Smith, a critic and author of the book In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City, assembles a series of films that revolve around enigmatic faces transformed by masks, scars, and surgery, including Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another (1966).

Tuesday, July 4 Tuesday’s Short + Feature: Premature* and Ten*

Come hitch a ride with Norwegian director Gunhild Enger and the late Iranian master
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Exclusive: Tess Holliday on Why She Called Out Chloe Grace Moretz for 'Red Shoes' Body Shaming Controversy

Tess Holliday says she was horrified when she saw a controversial poster for the upcoming animated film, Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs, which compelled her to tweet about it.

Et spoke to the 31-year-old plus-size model on Thursday, and she talked about tagging the movie's star, actress Chloe Grace Moretz, in a tweet slamming an advertisement for the film. A billboard for the movie in Cannes, France, shows two women -- one tall and thin, the other shorter and heavier -- and the words, "What if Snow White was no longer beautiful and the 7 dwarfs not so short?" Moretz addressed the issue on Wednesday and tweeted that she too was "angry and appalled" by the film's marketing.

Watch: Chloe Grace Moretz Responds to 'Red Shoes' Body Shaming Marketing Backlash -- I'm 'Appalled' and 'Angry'

"My first reaction when I saw the ad campaign was horror, I think," Holliday tells Et. "I had to
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Catherine Breillat’s Metacinema

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Mubi's retrospective, Catherine Breillat, Auteur of Porn?, is showing April 4 - June 3, 2017 in Germany.Sex Is ComedyThroughout her career, Catherine Breillat has provided viewers with a long-form meta-cinema experience. While metacinema is as old as the medium itself, since her debut feature A Real Young Girl in 1976, Breillat has developed a distinct form of it: one that collapses ‘autobiographical’ material, various artistic sensibilities, and the process of filmmaking itself.Like dozens of other English words—such as ‘aesthetic’ or ‘abject’—the word ‘meta’ has been largely misused or misapplied with regard to the film and literary criticism. Regarding the consumption of fiction, the appropriate use of the term 'metafiction,' 'metafilm,' et cetera, has its basis in the Greek meta, which does not translate directly into English but can be understood as a preposition similar to the English word ‘about’ (‘having to do with,’ or ‘on the subject of’). Metafiction is therefore,
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The Rounders

The laid-back, plot challenged non-violent western gets a boost in this folksy comedy about two aging cowboys with less sense than the horses they tame. Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda star together for the first time, leaving behind their older images… they’re too tender-hearted for their own good. If the sex comedy wasn’t quite so dated, Burt Kennedy’s picture might be a classic.

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Warner Archive Collection

1965 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 84 min. / Street Date April 18, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Glenn Ford, Henry Fonda, Sue Ane Langdon, Hope Holiday, Chill Wills, Edgar Buchanan, Kathleen Freeman, Joan Freeman, Denver Pyle, Barton MacLane, Doodles Weaver, Peter Fonda, Peter Ford, Bill Hart, Warren Oates, Chuck Roberson.

Cinematography: Paul Vogel

Film Editor: John McSweeney

Original Music: Jeff Alexander

From the Novel by Max Evans

Produced by Richard E. Lyons

Written and Directed by Burt Kennedy

Producer Richard E. Lyons is
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10 Iconic Women Who Changed Cinema

10 Iconic Women Who Changed Cinema
Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with FilmStruck. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection. FilmStruck features the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films as well as extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Learn more here. Agnes Varda

At age 88, the indomitable and highly influential Varda shows zero sign of slowing down when it comes to churning out art told through continually experimental means (she’s also remained committed to supporting her work in person, recently popping up at both the French Institute Alliance Française for a career-spanning chat and this year’s Rendezvous With French Cinema series with a brand new exhibit; we should all be so lucky to be as vital and involved when we’re half Varda’s age). Varda’s contributions to cinema and feminism have been
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Joss Whedon’s ‘Batgirl’ And The Lie Of The One-Size-Fits-All Cinematic Universe Model

For the last fortnight, The Playlist HQ has been the scene of so much infighting over our Best of the 1990’s series,(which you should check out because it’s fun and a lot of people died for it) that for many of us, only the biggest news drops made an impact. Even then, they could get pretty garbled. So imagine our surprise when we tuned back in this week and discovered that no, Joss Whedon was not in line to direct a remake of Catherine Breillat‘s controversial 2001 title “Fat Girl,” but was, in much less likely fashion, apparently on track to cross the aisle to put his quippy, characterful, money-minting sorcery to work for DC.

Continue reading Joss Whedon’s ‘Batgirl’ And The Lie Of The One-Size-Fits-All Cinematic Universe Model at The Playlist.
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All This Panic: the most relatable film about teenage girlhood ever?

Jenny Gage’s intimate documentary of seven Brooklyn teenagers has been praised for its honest account of growing up. We asked four British school friends to assess it

‘I don’t want to age. I think that’s the scariest thing in the entire world,” says Ginger Leigh Ryan, one of the girls featured in Jenny Gage’s documentary All This Panic. Set in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Clinton Hill and directed by the former Us fashion photographer, with cinematography by her husband Tom Betterton, the film follows seven teenagers – best friends Lena and Ginger, their school friends Sage, Olivia and Ivy, Ginger’s younger sister Dusty, and Dusty’s best friend Delia – over a three-year period.

i-d magazine said the film “might be the most honest documentary about teenage girlhood ever”. That’s a bold claim, but there’s something to be said for the way Gage’s film
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‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Takes Home an ‘Embarassing’ Haul From The Criterion Closet — Watch

‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Takes Home an ‘Embarassing’ Haul From The Criterion Closet — Watch
Earlier this January, Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” won Best Picture — Drama at the 74th Golden Globes after racking up widespread critical acclaim since its world premiere at Telluride last September. The film has recently racked up eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. In honor of his new film and all the recent accolade, the Criterion Collection invited Barry Jenkins to check out the famed Criterion Closet and pick out some films to take home. Watch the video below.

Read More: National Society of Film Critics Names ‘Moonlight’ Best Picture of 2016

Jenkins picks out a host of films from the closet that have special significance for him. Some of these films include the “John Cassavetes: Five Films” box set, which Jenkins describes as “foundational”; Krzysztof Kieślowski’s ten-hour long “Dekalog,” a film Jenkins once bought on Ebay because he “felt like he had to see it”; Mathieu Kassovitz’s “La Haine,
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I Waited 100 Minutes to Experience Kylie Jenner's Pop-Up Store: Here's What Happened Next

I Waited 100 Minutes to Experience Kylie Jenner's Pop-Up Store: Here's What Happened Next
Kylie Jenner Lips iPhone case: $15. Kylie Jenner Lip Kit: $29. Experiencing Kylie Jenner's very first pop-up store: Priceless? For thousands of makeup lovers, Keeping Up With the Kardashians viewers and King Kylie followers, Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park, Calif., is the place to be as Kylie's pop-up shop officially opened its doors right before the holidays. With lines lasting as long as seven hours on opening day this past Friday, some may understandably want to stay far, far away from this place of business. For my sister and I, however, it only made us more curious to see what all the fuss was about.  With no special treatment, we drove ourselves to Westfield Topanga Sunday afternoon...
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Whitney Way Thore Gives Exclusive Health Update After Collapsing: 'The Last 6 Months Have Been Super Difficult for Me'

Whitney Way Thore Gives Exclusive Health Update After Collapsing: 'The Last 6 Months Have Been Super Difficult for Me'
Whitney Way Thore is on her way to better health.

The star of My Big Fat Fabulous Life was rushed to the hospital after collapsing during a dance-a-thon, and she's now working on making her health her focus.

"My favorite thing about My Big Fat Fabulous Life is being able to share my life with viewers, and that includes the good, the bad, and everything in between," Thore, 32, says in an exclusive statement to People.

"It also includes the Exhausting, which is how I felt the night of the dance-a-thon when I collapsed."

"The last six months have been super
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Kentucky Family Discovers Their Adopted Daughter's Sister on Facebook - Now They're Urgently Trying to Adopt Her Before Time Runs Out

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Kentucky Family Discovers Their Adopted Daughter's Sister on Facebook - Now They're Urgently Trying to Adopt Her Before Time Runs Out
Lisa Lumpkins was scrolling through her Facebook newsfeed in February when she came across a picture of Avery, a teenage girl from China that looked strikingly similar to her adopted 12-year-old daughter Aubrey - both had cerebral palsy, sparkling eyes and toothy grins that "just melt your heart." The photo of Avery was posted by a volunteer at the same Shenzhen orphanage where Lisa and her husband, Gene Lumpkins, adopted Aubrey in 2013. The caption stated that she was still in the orphanage, looking to find her forever home. "My jaw dropped, they looked just so, so similar," Lisa, 43, tells People.
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Kentucky Family Discovers Their Adopted Daughter's Sister on Facebook - Now They're Urgently Trying to Adopt Her Before Time Runs Out

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Kentucky Family Discovers Their Adopted Daughter's Sister on Facebook - Now They're Urgently Trying to Adopt Her Before Time Runs Out
Lisa Lumpkins was scrolling through her Facebook newsfeed in February when she came across a picture of Avery, a teenage girl from China that looked strikingly similar to her adopted 12-year-old daughter Aubrey - both had cerebral palsy, sparkling eyes and toothy grins that "just melt your heart." The photo of Avery was posted by a volunteer at the same Shenzhen orphanage where Lisa and her husband, Gene Lumpkins, adopted Aubrey in 2013. The caption stated that she was still in the orphanage, looking to find her forever home. "My jaw dropped, they looked just so, so similar," Lisa, 43, tells People.
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