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It Must Be Oscar Season Because the Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Has Been Announced

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Isaiah Trickey—FilmMagic Piers Handling, CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron Bailey, artistic director, attend a press conference at TIFF Bell Lightbox on July 28, 2015, in Toronto

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The Toronto International Film Festival, considered the opening of Oscar contender season, will kick off on Sept. 10 in Toronto. It will be the festival’s 40th anniversary.

Demolition, a film starring Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays a forlorn banker with family troubles, will open the 10-day event, according to the Toronto Star.

Among other highlights, Eddie Redmayne will play a transgender woman in The Danish Girl, while Julianne Moore and Ellen Page will feature as lesbian lovers in Freeheld. The festival will also have its fair share of thrillers, with Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch heading up the Whitey Bulger biopic, Black Mass, and Matt Damon starring as a lost astronaut in The Martian.

The screening list of documentaries will be announced later this summer, the Star says, but Academy Award winner Michael Moore’s latest film, Where to Invade Next, is expected to be the leader of the pack.

See the full list of 300 feature films, with 49 special presentations, here.

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Rachel McAdams is in Early Talks for Doctor Strange

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Alessio Botticelli—Getty Images Rachel McAdams is seen on 'Good Morning America' on July 23, 2015 in New York City.

McAdams is considering a role as the female lead in the upcoming Marvel film

Actor Rachel McAdams is in the running to play the female lead in Marvel’s Doctor Strange.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the True Detective star confirmed that she is considering the role in the upcoming film, which is set to star Benedict Cumberbatch.

McAdams, however, told the Times that her considerations for the role are “still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all.”

Deadline reports Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also slated to star in the film, which will be released in Nov. 2016.

[LA Times]

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Emma Thompson Says Acting World Has Become More Sexist

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Jordan Strauss—Invision/AP Emma Thompson arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles.

“When I was younger, I really did think we were on our way to a better world," she says

Actress Emma Thompson says she’s “not impressed” by the way the acting industry treats women. In fact, she says, sexism in the acting industry has grown more prevalent as she’s gotten older.

“When I was younger, I really did think we were on our way to a better world and when I look at it now, it is in a worse state than I have known it, particularly for women and I find that very disturbing and sad,” she said in an interview with Radio Times magazine.

The actress, who plays a 77-year-old prostitute in the film The Legend of Barney Thomson, said there’s more pressure for women to look a certain way and take on certain roles than when she started out.

“I don’t think there’s any appreciable improvement and I think that for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young. So, no, I am not impressed at all.”

Read more at Radio Times.

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Jurassic World Director Talks About the Terrifying New Indominus Rex

"It's bigger, faster, louder, more vicious"

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The fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise is set to premiere next month, and Director Colin Trevorrow has given hopeful fans the news on the fearsome (and synthetic) 50-ft. by 18-ft. dinosaur known as Indominus Rex.

“There’s always something around the corner that will make whatever you think is cool right now feel obsolete. And I feel like the Indominus Rex is the animal version of that,” Trevorrow says.

Trevorrow says that fans hungry for a vicious “killer” dinosaur got what they demanded: “It’s bigger, faster, louder, more vicious.”

Read the read of the interview at Entertainment Weekly.

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Cannes Film Festival Steps Into Controversy Over High Heels-Only Policy

Women are reportedly being turned away from screenings for wearing flat shoes

The Cannes Film Festival is facing backlash after several women reported that they were stopped from entering screenings for wearing the wrong shoes.

Screen Daily reports the women were turned away from a screening of Carol in their rhinestone flat shoes, even though some of the women reportedly suffered from unspecified medical conditions and couldn’t wear heels. According to the Guardian, festival-goers are to be “smartly dressed” at Cannes screenings—men are required to wear black tie and shoes, but the guidelines for women are murkier.

Amy director Asif Kapadia said his wife was even initially turned away from a screening for wearing flat shoes, though she was eventually let in.

Many are calling the alleged rule sexist. Actress Emily Blunt said in a press conference on Tuesday that all women should wear flats, adding that a heels-only dress code for women would be “very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality.” Benico del Toro and Josh Brolin also joked that they should wear heels in protest.

Cannes director Thierry Fremaux tweeted, however, that the heels-only rule was “unfounded,” despite the women’s reports.

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Spike Lee Talks Controversial Chiraq Film on Chicago Violence

Spike Lee attends a press conference to discuss the upcoming film 'Chiraq' at St. Sabina Church on May 14, 2015 in Chicago.
Daniel Boczarski—Getty Images Spike Lee attends a press conference to discuss the upcoming film 'Chiraq' at St. Sabina Church on May 14, 2015 in Chicago.

“Wait until the movie comes out. You don’t like it, you don’t like, but wait, see it first.”

Spike Lee sought on Thursday to squash some rumors that have been swirling about his upcoming film on the violence that plagues parts of Chicago.

“A lot of things have been said about the film by people who know nothing about the film,” the famed director said during a news conference at St. Sabina Catholic Church. “We felt it was appropriate that we say what the narrative is, the filmmakers, the people who are doing this. Not the people that’s judging from afar.”

The film, which is reportedly titled “Chiraq”—though Lee referred to this as the “so-called-title”—has drawn the ire of city officials because it compares the city’s violence to the war zones of Iraq. Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly expressed his disdain for the title to Lee himself. According to NBC Chicago, Alderman Will Burns also called for the city council to cut Lee’s tax break unless he changes the film’s title. The moniker Chiraq was popularized by Chicago rappers Chief Keef and later used by stars like Kanye West, who was also raised in the Windy City.

“Everything I’ve done has led up to this film,” Lee said, adding a simple overall message: Don’t prejudge the film, whatever it may depict or be titled.

“I love Chicago, you know,” he said. “Wait until the movie comes out. You don’t like it, you don’t like, but wait, see it first.”

No details about the film, which may be a musical comedy based off of the Greek comedy “Lysistrata” but will not feature Kanye, were disclosed Thursday, but Lee reiterated the importance of it given a recent spate of shootings across the Chicago area, notably in the Englewood area.

“This is not a joke, this is not a game,” he said, “this is real life and death, and that’s the way we are going to approach this.”

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See Lana Condor and Sophie Turner Go Real 80s on the Set of X-Men: Apocalypse

The film hits theaters in May 2016

X-Men director Bryan Singer shared a new photo of the upcoming film’s newest cast members.

Fun second day with @sophie_789 @lanacondor #JeanGrey #Jubilee #XMEN #XMenApocalypse

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In a photo uploaded to Instagram on Thursday, Singer offered a first real glimpse at Jubilee and Jean Grey in X-Men Apocalypse. Fans will have to wait a little over a year to see the new cast members—played Lana Condor and Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner—on the big screen.

X-Men Apocalypse, which is set in the 1980s, will hit theaters in May 2016.

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Teens Who Watch Boozy Movies Are More Likely to Drink, Study Finds

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There may be a dark side to Bridget Jones' cute coping sequences

Watching James Bond elegantly guzzle that martini may be having adverse effects on adolescents. A new study from the journal Pediatrics found that 15-year-olds who have watched more alcohol being consumed in films than their peers are more likely to have tried alcohol, more likely to binge drink and more likely to have alcohol-related problems.

“Alcohol is a drug and it has potentially adverse effects, not only for individuals but also for family and friends,” says lead author Andrea Waylen, a lecturer in social sciences at the University of Bristol. “It’s not very often that we see the adverse effects of alcohol portrayed—like vomiting, rotten hangovers,” she adds. “In my view, we don’t really get an accurate representation of what alcohol is like.”

The new paper used data from a longitudinal study in the United Kingdom that surveyed 5,163 15-year-olds on a wide variety of topics. They were asked about their drinking habits and whether they had seen a random selection of 50 popular films, from Bridget Jones’ Diary to Aviator. Waylen and her colleagues used those answers to quantify their exposure to drinking by adding up the minutes in each film that showed alcohol use. (The original study was done in the mid-2000s, when those movies were hot off the reel.)

After controlling for factors ranging from parents’ alcohol use to gender and social class, the researchers found that the kids who had been exposed to the most cinematic swilling were 20% more likely to have tried alcohol and 70% more likely to binge drink. They were more than twice as likely to have a drink more than once per week and to suffer from alcohol-related problems, such as encounters with the police or letting their drinking interfere with school and work.

The recommendation of Waylen and her colleagues is that film ratings take into account heavy drinking; such films, Waylen suggests, would then be more likely to be rated for adults only. In the study, she notes that between 1989 and 2008, 72% of the most popular box office films in the United Kingdom depicted drinking but only 6% were classified as adult only.

A review of top-grossing American films conducted in 2009 found that 49% of PG-13 rated films and 25% of PG-rated films showed more than two minutes of alcohol use. The study concluded that the current rating system was not adequate for parents trying to limit their kids’ exposure to drinking (or smoking, for that matter).

Similar studies conducted in the U.S. and Germany have found connections between kids watching boozing in film and then drinking in real life. Other studies have found similar associations for risky behavior like tobacco use, dangerous driving and early sex.

“My guess is that there needs to be a level of identification with the drinker in the film,” Waylen says. And she believes kids are more likely to identify with consuming characters “in films where alcohol use is made to look cool, get you friends, win the girl or boy.”

Her conclusion is that the officials rating movies need to take demure sips of wine and rowdy spring break chugging contests more seriously. “Adverse outcomes from alcohol use are a large societal public health problem,” the study concludes, “and rating films according to alcohol content may reduce problem-related alcohol use and associated harm in young people.”

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Groundhog Day Broadway Musical to Premiere in 2017

Bill Murray runs through the snow in a scene from the film Groundhog Day in 1993.
Columbia Pictures/Getty Images Bill Murray runs through the snow in a scene from the film Groundhog Day in 1993.

Now you can experience it again and again

The 1993 comedy blockbuster Groundhog Day will make its debut as a Broadway musical in March 2017, with casting for the production still in the works, Variety reports.

The Bill Murray classic features a discontented television weatherman stuck repeating Feb. 2 ad infinitum. The comedy favorite grossed $70 million at the box office over its lifetime, according to IMDb.

Now it’s being adapted for the stage by the same talent behind the Tony-award winning Matilda production, including director Matthew Warchus, lyricist-composer Tim Minchin and choreographer Peter Darling. The musical will also involve screenplay writers Harold Ramis and Danny Rubin, who wrote the original story.

The previews are slated to begin Jan. 23, 2017.

[Variety]

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