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“Sherlock Holmes,” the franchise is gathering momentum with numero tres in the works

From "dead in the water" to "doing quite well, thank you very much"

For a while everyone thought that that the adventures of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in “Sherlock Holmes and John Watson” were going to remain without a sequel, ever since the release of the second opus, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Box office receipts were slightly higher than those of the previous film (545M v. 524), the third in the franchise was announced very hastily, and then, ... more >

At D.C. “Fahrenheit 11/9” screening Michael Moore warns to take Trump seriously, and to get out the vote

A provocative and comedic look at the times we live in
Release date: September 21, 2018
From Briarcliff Films

WASHINGTON, D.C. | Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore attended the Washington premiere of his latest film, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” Monday evening, but a few miles from where the subject—and object of ridicule—of his film, President Donald Trump, resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The new film, which draws parallels between the rise of the Third Reich in 1930s Germany and Trump’s bullying style of ... more >

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VIDEO: Jamie Foxx interviews Benicio Del Toro

Locker room-style banter and war stories make up this video interview of Benicio del Toro by Jamie Foxx that went up online recently. In it Del Toro tells Foxx how he quit college to move to New York and pursue a career in acting, only to then end up in Los Angeles and get a scholarship to attend Stella Adler. Del Toro was influenced by "Animal House" and, unsurprisingly, cites "The Usual ... more >

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TONIGHT IN WASHINGTON: “Jaws” to be shown at Wolf Trap while the National Symphony Orchestra plays score live

Conductor Emil de Cou discusses the score of the greatest fish story ever told

One of soundtrack composer John Williams’s great masterstrokes with the Steven Spielberg-directed “Jaws” (1975) was crafting a musical theme with just two notes, E and F. Recognizable the world over, that half-step interval instantly causes tension knowing that the monster great white shark is nearby. In fact, it’s arguably the first thoroughly-modern score, said Emil de Cou, who will conduct ... more >

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One day after release of his latest film, Claude Lanzmann, resilient Holocaust author and filmmaker, dies at 92

"The Patagonian hare," "Shoah," "Tsahal," "Lights and shadows," "The last of the unjust." Claude Lanzmann was France's Holocaust orator, a vital testifier to the horrors and to the exceptionality of humanity's most talked-about tragedy. He died in Paris today. Lanzmann was born in Paris to a Jewish family that had immigrated to France from Eastern Europe. His family went into hiding during ... more >

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“Woman walks ahead” | Ahead of history: a conversation with Susanna White

A film from the Tribeca 2018 program
Interview with Susanna White

The film “Woman Walks Ahead” opens this weekend but I was fortunate enough to see it at the Tribeca Festival. It is an honor to finally review it and therefore close out my festival coverage by indeed saving the best for last. Like many films this year it was directed by a woman and judging by the response of the audiences, it’s proof that female directors are certainly on an even playing field ... more >

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#THEMTOO: the case of Hedy Lamarr, bombshell scientist, in the age of the #metoo movement

Where does a woman's intellectual competency begin, and her attractiveness end?

For a woman, surely, there can't be many life experiences as dreadful as rape. Even so- called "consensual" sex can be hard to bear when, for work-related or other reasons a woman has to give in to a man in whom she has no interest, in the best of cases, or by whom she is repulsed, in the worse. Think creepy, porcine Weinstein. But rape, sexual harassment, abuse, pay inequality, when pay there ... more >