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NoRA: Amy Schumer, Michael Moore, Jimmy Kimmel, and More Announce New Initiative to Combat the NRA

Famous gun-control advocates commemorated the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting Friday by launching the No Rifle Association [NoRA] Initiative. The undertaking became public when Time Magazine published an open letter from 100-plus NoRA members — including Amy Schumer, Michael Moore, Jill Soloway, Jimmy Kimmel, Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Debra Messing, Jon Favreau, Amber Tamblyn, Bradley Whitford, Minnie Driver, Michael Ian Black, Constance Wu, Patton Oswalt, Alyssa Milano, and Annabella Sciorra — to National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne Lapierre.

“Your time signing checks in our blood is up,” reads the letter, whose authors are planning boycotts, demonstrations, voter registration drives, and cross-country art campaigns. “We'[r]e a diverse, non-partisan coalition of activists, artists, celebrities, writers, gun violence survivors, and policy experts. We’re going to shine a bright light on what you and your organization to do America…We’re coming for your money. We’re coming for your puppets.
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5 Questions for the Academy as President John Bailey Faces His #MeToo Challenge

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ mission is to spotlight Hollywood, with the Oscars providing a global, glamorous platform to promote the year’s best movies. This year, however, the ceremony included some unusual omissions — tacit acknowledgements that the industry is also capable of making some significant missteps.

There were no ritual accountants on the red carpet, thanks to last year’s PriceWaterhouseCoopers mistake that allowed the wrong Best Picture ballot to reach the stage. There was no Best Actor winner to presenting the Best Actress award, as tradition usually dictates; the sexual harassment accusations faced by last year’s winner, Casey Affleck, wouldn’t play in the #MeToo world. And, for reasons unknown, there was no speech from the new president of the Academy, John Bailey.

Now we may have an inkling as to why: Yesterday, Variety reported that Bailey is under investigation for sexual harassment. The
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5 Questions for the Academy as President John Bailey Faces His #MeToo Challenge

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ mission is to spotlight Hollywood, with the Oscars providing a global, glamorous platform to promote the year’s best movies. This year, however, the ceremony included some unusual omissions — tacit acknowledgements that the industry is also capable of making some significant missteps.

There were no ritual accountants on the red carpet, thanks to last year’s PriceWaterhouseCoopers mistake that allowed the wrong Best Picture ballot to reach the stage. There was no Best Actor winner to presenting the Best Actress award, as tradition usually dictates; the sexual harassment accusations faced by last year’s winner, Casey Affleck, wouldn’t play in the #MeToo world. And, for reasons unknown, there was no speech from the new president of the Academy, John Bailey.

Now we may have an inkling as to why: Yesterday, Variety reported that Bailey is under investigation for sexual harassment. The
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‘Bowling for Columbine,’ ‘Female Trouble,’ and More Coming to the Criterion Collection

‘Bowling for Columbine,’ ‘Female Trouble,’ and More Coming to the Criterion Collection
The Criterion Collection is going bowling. Michael Moore’s Oscar-winning documentary “Bowling for Columbine” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray by the Collection this June, ditto “Manila in the Claws of Light,” “El Sur,” “Female Trouble,” and a new edition of Ingmar Bergman’s “The Virgin Spring.”

16 years later, Moore’s take on America’s gun culture in general and the aftermath of the school shooting at Columbine in particular feels more relevant than ever, making this new release nothing if not timely. More information — and, as ever, cover art — below.

Manila in the Claws of Light

Lino Brocka broke through to international acclaim with this candid portrait of 1970s Manila, the second film in the director’s turn to more serious-minded filmmaking after building a career on mainstream films he described as ‘soaps.’ A young fisherman from a provincial village arrives in the capital on a quest to track down his girlfriend,
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Oscar and Politics Over the Decades, From Marlon Brando to Jimmy Kimmel

Political speeches have become a part of the Academy Awards in recent years, but they’re nothing new. One of the most heated back-and-forth exchanges was on April 8, 1975, when Bert Schneider and Peter Davis won for the Vietnam doc “Hearts and Minds.”

Schneider read a telegram from Viet Cong Ambassador Dinh Da Thi, offering “Greetings of friendship to the American people” and giving thanks for the U.S. war protests.

Shortly after that, Frank Sinatra stepped onstage and read a statement supposedly from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (but said to have been dashed off by Bob Hope backstage) saying AMPAS was not responsible for political statements and “we are sorry they had to take place this evening.” Presenter Warren Beatty walked on and muttered with a smile at Sinatra, “You old Republican, you.”

MPAA topper Jack Valenti later told Variety that winners have a right to speak out,
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Oscars flashback: Vanessa Redgrave’s controversial win for ‘Julia’ was 40 years ago

Oscars flashback: Vanessa Redgrave’s controversial win for ‘Julia’ was 40 years ago
The Oscar ceremonies have had their share of controversial moments over the years, from Marlon Brando sending a Native American surrogate to refuse his Best Actor Oscar for “The Godfather” to Michael Moore being booed off the stage when he tried to get political while accepting the Best Documentary trophy for “Bowling for Columbine.” No controversy was as big and dramatic though as the Best Supporting Actress category at the 1978 Oscar ceremony, which was awarded to Vanessa Redgrave for “Julia” (1977). On this the 40th anniversary of her win Gold Derby takes a look back at an incredibly memorable Oscar night.

Vanessa Redgrave was a popular and frequent nominee with academy members in her early years in film. She received three Best Actress nominations in quick succession for “Morgan” (1966), “Isadora” (1968) and “Mary, Queen of Scotts” (1971). For 1977 she received her first Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in “Julia.” That film
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Why the Movie “Bowling for Columbine” is More Relevant Now Than Ever

In an interview last April, political activist and movie maker said of Bowling for Columbine, “We could release this film again this Friday and it sadly would probably be every bit as relevant.” Sadly, that same statement can be said today. The movie, about what led up to the Columbine school shooting and the constant problem of gun violence in the United States, echoes the same problems and issues that are debated in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The reason the movie is more relevant is because the problem never seems to go away, and the

Why the Movie “Bowling for Columbine” is More Relevant Now Than Ever
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Will ‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ replicate their WGA wins at the Oscars?

Will ‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ replicate their WGA wins at the Oscars?
Get Out” got a huge Oscar boost by winning Best Original Screenplay at Sunday’s Writers Guild Awards, while “Call Me by Your Name” picked up Best Adapted Screenplay as expected. Now they will try to replicate their victories at the Oscars, which has matched both WGA winners 12 times since WGA standardized its categories 33 years ago.

More than any other guild, there are a lot of asterisks when it comes to WGA champs and comparisons with Oscar. There have been a number of eventual screenplay Oscar winners who were ineligible at WGA, including four this century: 2010’s “The King’s Speech (Best Original Screenplay), 2012’s “Django Unchained” (Best Original Screenplay), 2013’s “12 Years a Slave” (Best Adapted Screenplay) and 2014’s “Birdman” (Best Original Screenplay). This year, of course, Martin McDonagh’s original script “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was ineligible.

See Writers Guild Awards winners: ‘Call Me by Your Name
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‘Jane’: Why the Academy Dissed Brett Morgen’s Popular Goodall Documentary

‘Jane’: Why the Academy Dissed Brett Morgen’s Popular Goodall Documentary
“Jane,” Brett Morgen’s popular documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall, was so lauded and applauded that most Oscar experts predicted that it would land an Oscar nomination, if not win. Instead, it never made the cut.

This happens with the Academy documentary branch. While its voter ranks have expanded by more than 50 percent in the last three years, from 204 to 320 members, it’s still a relatively insular group with strong ideas about what makes a great documentary. They tend to be slow to recognize innovation. They long frowned on dramatic re-enactments, strong personalities, and rousing scores, overlooking early Michael Moore entry “Roger and Me” and Errol Morris’ “The Thin Blue Line,” finally rewarding them with Oscars for anti-gun screed “Bowling for Columbine” and the Robert McNamara profile “The Fog of War,” respectively.

Moore returned to the Oscar fray for “Sicko,” but Morris was never nominated again. The doc branch nominated
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‘Jane’: Why the Academy Dissed Brett Morgen’s Popular Goodall Documentary

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‘Jane’: Why the Academy Dissed Brett Morgen’s Popular Goodall Documentary
“Jane,” Brett Morgen’s popular documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall, was so lauded and applauded that most Oscar experts predicted that it would land an Oscar nomination, if not win. Instead, it never made the cut.

This happens with the Academy documentary branch. While its voter ranks have expanded by more than 50 percent in the last three years, from 204 to 320 members, it’s still a relatively insular group with strong ideas about what makes a great documentary. They tend to be slow to recognize innovation. They long frowned on dramatic re-enactments, strong personalities, and rousing scores, overlooking early Michael Moore entry “Roger and Me” and Errol Morris’ “The Thin Blue Line,” finally rewarding them with Oscars for anti-gun screed “Bowling for Columbine” and the Robert McNamara profile “The Fog of War,” respectively.

Read More:Is Errol Morris’s ‘Wormwood’ a Documentary? Netflix Says Yes, Oscars Say No

Moore returned to the Oscar fray for “Sicko,
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Donald Trump Tweets About Michael Moore’s ‘Total Bomb’ Broadway Show; Moore’s Response Holds Nothing Back

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Donald Trump Tweets About Michael Moore’s ‘Total Bomb’ Broadway Show; Moore’s Response Holds Nothing Back
With the news that Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation has yielded its first charges and someone may be arrested as early as Monday, Donald Trump is once again focusing on the important things: Michael Moore’s Broadway show. “While not at all presidential I must point out that the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a Total Bomb and was forced to close. Sad!” he tweeted; those first five words may be the most self-aware thing he’s ever written.

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Moore responded hours later: “You must have my smash hit of a Broadway show confused with your presidency– which Is a total bomb and Will indeed close early. Not Sad.” He then pointed out that a U.S. service member had been killed in Afghanistan yesterday, accusing Trump of not
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Michael Moore’s Broadway Show Panned by The New York Times: ‘As Confusing Politically As it Is Theatrically’

Michael Moore’s Broadway Show Panned by The New York Times: ‘As Confusing Politically As it Is Theatrically’
Throughout his tenure as America’s most provocative political filmmaker, Michael Moore has had more successes than failures; “Roger & Me,” “Bowling for Columbine,” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” were all high points. The Donald Trump presidency seems to have stretched his creativity a bit thin; his live stage show taping from 2016, “Michael Moore in Trumpland,” provided a few laughs and nothing more. A Broadway show, however, has its own challenges, and Moore is learning this the hard way after a scathing review in The New York Times.

Read More:Michael Moore Is Returning To Television For the First Time Since 2000; Here’s What Brought Him Back

“Still, you don’t have to disagree with Mr. Moore’s politics to find that his shtick has become disagreeable with age,” wrote Times theater critic Jesse Green. “‘The Terms of My Surrender,’ which opened on Thursday at the Belasco, is a bit like being stuck at Thanksgiving dinner with a garrulous,
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Beef up for Canada's 150th birthday with these movies set north of the border!

Beef up for Canada's 150th birthday with these movies set north of the border!Beef up for Canada's 150th birthday with these movies set north of the border!Zachary Dent6/30/2017 10:01:00 Am

Canada Day only comes once a year and what better way to appreciate this northern paradise than with a movie that takes place within our borders. After all the eating, drinking, barbecuing, and partying, it's nice to kick back, relax, and take in a Canadian classic. We've got a list of some pretty great ones! So take a gander below and check out a few movies that take place close to home.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Based on Canadian Bryan Lee O'Malley's popular graphic novel series, director Edgar Wright condensed a seven-part saga into one epic, Toronto-set film. From notable places like Casa Loma, concert venues like Lee's Palace, and famous intersections like Bloor and
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Topics Michael Moore Needs to Make Documentaries On

Whether you like Michael Moore or find him the worst type of blowhard, one thing is clear. People pay attention to his documentaries. Fahrenheit 911 and Bowling for Columbine are two of his most popular films. He’s taken a trip to “Trumpland” and tackled the health care controversy with “Sicko.” So what’s next for Moore? He can’t be done yet, not when the country is more divided than ever before. Here are some other topics that would serve well as Micheal Moore documentary films. 1% ers Like Me Make no mistake, ball cap and scruffy tubby appearance aside, Micheal Moore

Topics Michael Moore Needs to Make Documentaries On
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Pilgrim Media & Rebelhouse Team On ‘Soufra’ Documentary; Russell Simmons Boards ‘Romeo Is Bleeding’ Docu

Pilgrim Media Group is making its first foray into the feature documentary space, teaming with Rebelhouse Group on Soufra, a documentary feature from director Thomas Morgan (Waiting For Mamu). Kathleen Glynn (Bowling For Columbine) is producing, with Morgan, Trevor Hall and Craig Piligian serving as producers and Susan Sarandon executive producer. The docu chronicles the story of Mariam Shaar who, along with a diverse group of equally driven women, transcended the…
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Susan Sarandon to Produce Refugee Camp Documentary ‘Soufra’

Susan Sarandon to Produce Refugee Camp Documentary ‘Soufra’
Susan Sarandon has come on board to executive produce the refugee camp feature film documentary “Soufra” with Rebelhouse Group and Pilgrim Media Group producing,

Taken from the Arabic word for feast, “Soufra” chronicles the story of Mariam Shaar who transcended the limitations of life in an impoverished refugee camp to launch a successful catering company.

Shaar has spent her entire life in Burj El Barajneh, a refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon, where living conditions in the camp are extremely poor and women typically work as cleaners or in factories. Shaar mobilized a team of Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian, and Lebanese women — all residents of the camp — and formed a self-sufficient catering company that quietly expanded throughout Beirut. Her goal is to own and operate a Soufra food truck, and to use its revenue to build a children’s center in Burj El Barajneh

The Pilgrim-Rebelhouse partnership was brokered by
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Michael Moore Launches Site for Trump Whistleblowers

Michael Moore Launches Site for Trump Whistleblowers
Michael Moore is trying to make it easier for whistleblowers to share information about the Trump administration.

The documentary filmmaker has launched TrumpiLeaks, a new portal that Americans in government and law enforcement can use to contact Moore with evidence of wrongdoing in the White House and other departments. The move comes as President Donald Trump has vowed to crack down on government leaks. News broke just yesterday that Nsa contractor Reality Leigh Winner was charged with removing classified material about Russian attempts to hack the election from a government facility and mailing it to The Intercept.

In an open letter on the Huffington Post, Moore said whistleblowing was as old as the republic itself, as are efforts by powerful institutions to suppress damaging information.

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Michael Moore on Why Donald Trump Will Build a Wall and Ban Muslims

“Courageous American men and women have put their careers, their freedom,
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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to Amazon Prime in June

Amazon Prime got some certified Oscar prestige last month, with subscribers able to stream both Manchester By The Sea and Moonlight, but June is going for some lower-profile films that are no less prestigious. On June 1, Prime subscribers will be able to watch The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film that might be more famous for the fact that Farhadi—who is from Iran—and star Taraneh Alidoosti boycotted the Academy Awards ceremony over Donald Trump’s then-nascent Muslim ban. On June 22, Prime subscribers get Paterson, Jim Jarmusch’s well-received movie about Adam Driver as a bus-driving poet named Paterson who lives in Paterson, New Jersey.

If those aren’t your thing, you can stream Urge, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Mr. Mom, the original Mechanic, Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, and Bowling For Columbine.

The full list of what’s coming is below, along with a highlight ...
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Michael Moore Is Returning To Television For the First Time Since 2000; Here’s What Brought Him Back

Michael Moore Is Returning To Television For the First Time Since 2000; Here’s What Brought Him Back
It took the apocalypse to bring Michael Moore back to television.

TNT has ordered the series “Michael Moore Live from the Apocalypse” (that’s a working title), a new non-fiction series from Moore set to premiere in late fall.

“Live from the Apocalypse” is Moore’s first regular TV show since “The Awful Truth” went off the air in 2000. Before that, he earned a Primetime Emmy – the first ever for a non-fiction series – for his short-lived but fondly remembered “TV Nation.”

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“‘Live from the Apocalypse’ will be a raucous gathering place for millions of our fellow citizens in desperate need of a break from the screaming pundits and the purveyors of ‘alternative facts,'” Moore said in a statement. “Our show will be dangerous and relentless. And it will be the destination for those who want to know what
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Trump Documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 Is Coming from Michael Moore

Trump Documentary Fahrenheit 11/9 Is Coming from Michael Moore
Bob and Harvey Weinstein announced today that, under their Fellowship Adventure Group (Fahrenheit 9/11), they have personally secured worldwide rights to Michael Moore's explosive new Donald Trump documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9. Moore, an Academy Award winner director, is helming the film, which he has kept under wraps for many months. The 11/9 in the title refers to the day Donald Trump was declared President of the United States, at 2:29Am in the morning of November 9th, 2016.

Fahrenheit 11/9 will be presented with the mix of outrage and mischievous humor that has made Moore the most successful documentary filmmaker in the world. Moore has reunited with his acclaimed team from Fahrenheit 9/11, Oscar-nominated documentary directors/producers Meghan O'Hara, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal. Filming on Moore's new Trump documentary has been done under a strict cloak of secrecy and is expected to be key in dissolving Trump's "teflon" shield and, in turn, his presidency. Here's
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