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’13 Reasons Why’ Banned From Being Discussed in Canadian Elementary School

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Few shows have inspired more debate this year than “13 Reasons Why,” a Netflix series centered around a teenager’s suicide. Based on Jay Asher’s novel of the same name, the show has earned favorable reviews for its handling of difficult subject matter but also been accused of glorifying suicide. Now, a school in Canada has asked parents to tell their children to refrain from even discussing “13 Reasons Why”  on campus.

Read More: ’13 Reasons Why’ is a Great Show — And One That Romanticizes Suicide

That’s according to CBC News, who report that St. Vincent Elementary School principal Azza Ghali wrote that “the discussion that is unfolding at school is troubling. Please let your child know that discussion of ’13 Reasons Why’ is not permitted at school due to the disturbing subject matter.” It’s a bold strategy: Everyone knows that, when told not to do something, kids immediately comply and »


- Michael Nordine

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Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island Tease Fyre Festival-Type Comedy

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Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island are capitalizing on the failure of the now-infamous Fyre Festival. Following Ja Rule and investor tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland’s ridiculed Bahamian concert series, the comedians announced on Twitter Friday that they are working on a movie with a strikingly similar scenario.

Fyre Festival was touted as a “luxury” music festival with scheduled performances from acts like Blink-182, Migos, Major Lazer, Pusha-t, and Disclosure. However, after headliners Blink-182 canceled last minute Thursday night, concert-goers quickly realized the Exumas event was a disorganized mess.

Disgruntled ticketholders shared images of the disarray on social media, prompting organizers to apologize. Ja Rule admitted to being “heartbroken” by the failed fair, which some disappointed music fans have even been calling a scam.

Rogen and The Lonely IslandAndy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone — jumped on the viral Twitter trend to announce their upcoming comedy.

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- JD Knapp

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Quentin Tarantino & ‘Reservoir Dogs’ At Tribeca: 8 Things We Learned

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Tribeca: The 25th anniversary screening of Quentin Tarantino’s debut film “Reservoir Dogs” last night and it went off like a rock concert, the movie’s star Quentin Tarantino greeted by the raucous crowd like a bonafide rockstar. The filmmaker made a grand entrance to much audience eruption of hooting and hollering; Tarantino waltzing in from backstage through the front of the crowd, sauntering in and sitting down in the middle of the audience in the dead-center middle seats.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Leaked Online by Hackers

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In a move that could potentially result in more orange jumpsuits, an anonymous hacker has leaked 10 episodes from season five of “Orange Is the New Black.” Said black hat, who goes by “thedarkoverlord,” made their intentions known yesterday after presenting Netflix with a series of demands that apparently went unmet. The upcoming season consists of 13 episodes, the final three of which weren’t stolen.

Read More: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Trailer: Season 5 Starts Off With a Bang — Watch

“We are aware of the situation. A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved,” Netflix said in a statement yesterday; at that time, the hacker had yet to follow through on their threat. They also claim to have gained unreleased episodes of shows from ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC.

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- Michael Nordine

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Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project Gets a 2018 Release Date

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Well, you can forget about those meetings between Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros. about The Flash leading anywhere anytime soon. The Back to the Future and Used Cars director’s next feature, which will star Steve Carell, is scheduled to come out November 21, 2018, and it ain’t called The Flash. Originally titled The Women of Marwen, the project is based on Jeff Malmberg‘s acclaimed […]

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- Jack Giroux

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Eight UK film and TV diversity training schemes you need to know

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Screen rounds up the training initiatives for under-represented groups in the industry.

There are more training opportunities tackling the lack of diversity in the UK film and TV industry than you might think.

With the help of Creative Skillset, the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, we’ve listed eight of the best film and TV training courses with a focus on diversity and inclusivity.

Nfts Directing Workshop

The Nfts Directing Workshop aims to increase the number of women, Bame and people with disabilities working in screen directing. It’s free, and open to professionals working in screen directing who want to take their careers to the next level. Six filmmakers take part in a four-week course and produce a short film. Deadlines for the 2018 workshop will be announced before the end of September 2017.

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Directors UK

Directors UK, the professional association for British screen directors, runs several training initiatives to address under-representation among directors »


- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Seth Rogen and the Lonely Island Say They’re Working on a Fyre Festival–Like Movie

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By now you’ll have read all about Fyre Festival, the misbegotten music fest whose immediate downfall has provided countless people with their weekly schadenfreude fix. Perhaps less amused with the development than the rest of us — how could you do this, Ja!? — are Seth Rogen and the Lonely Island, who seem mildly annoyed that life is imitating art they’ve yet to create: “This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes Horribly Wrong,” Rogen tweeted yesterday.

Read More: Seth Rogen Is On a Crusade to Save Adult Animation With ‘Sausage Party’ — Consider This

The Lonely Island chimed in with further confirmation: “For real, thinking about suing #FyreFestival for stealing our idea.” Said trio — which consists of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone — is responsible for last year’s “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” 2007’s “Hot Rod »


- Michael Nordine

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Quentin Tarantino remembers Reservoir Dogs: 'I counted the walkouts'

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Director tells Tribeca Festival first public screening of his debut was ‘a fucking disaster’ but revels in memory of dancing when Harvey Keitel came onboard

When Reservoir Dogs hit theaters in 1992, it rocketed a young filmmaker from obscurity and reinvented independent film. On Friday night, to mark the 25th anniversary of Quentin Tarantino’s gritty, violent and groundbreaking tale of crime and betrayal, the director and cast members Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Harvey Keitel reunited for a screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Related: 'It made my children cry': when real-life figures hate their biopics

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- Rob LeDonne

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Saturday Church’

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Were you Team “Moonlight” or Team “La La Land”? Now you don’t have to choose. As vibrant as it is vital, Manhattan-made indie “Saturday Church” tells the all-too-common coming-out story of a young black gay man … as a musical, blending elements of those rival best picture nominees into a winning new combination. While hardly as accomplished as either, writer-director Damon Cardasis’ colorful, you-are-not-alone debut should delight Lgbt audiences — especially young ones — thanks to a handful of dynamically choreographed identity-empowerment ballads that would be right at home on either next year’s Oscar ballot or a NYC vogue ball playlist.

In recent years, the challenges facing trans youth have garnered so much public attention, you’ve surely heard a story like Ulysses’ before — although you’ve never heard it quite like this, as Cardasis’ goosebump-inducing songs (composed and co-written by Nathan Larson) elevate this otherwise familiar tale to a higher realm. »


- Peter Debruge

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This Week In Trailers: My Life Without Air, Hounds of Love, Raising Bertie, Score: A Film Music Documentary, Machines

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]

The post This Week In Trailers: My Life Without Air, Hounds of Love, Raising Bertie, Score: A Film Music Documentary, Machines appeared first on /Film. »


- Christopher Stipp

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‘Keep the Change’ Review: Rachel Israel’s Tribeca Prizewinner Is a Rom-Com With a Fresh Perspective

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Want to hear a joke? David (Brandon Polansky) has plenty, but you might not find them funny. There’s the one about Bill Cosby (you can likely guess the punchline), another about Kobe Bryant (same) and more than a few about his fellow Jews. This latter category tends to do best at the local Jewish Community Center, where David has unwillingly been sent to attend a support group for adults with disabilities.

Like many in “Keep the Change,” Polansky is a nonprofessional actor on the autism spectrum. Rachel Israel’s debut feature — which just took home the prize for Best U.S. Narrative Feature at Tribeca — is marked by a docu-reality aesthetic befitting its modest-but-effective storytelling. Expanded from her short film of the same name, it also shows signs of its truncated origins: The film’s central relationship is strong, but it’s virtually the only layer in a story »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Nobody’s Watching’ Deserves Its Best Acting Award At Tribeca [Review]

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The Tribeca Film Festival’s selection of “Nobody’s Watching” for its International Dramatic Competition is certainly a canny move, as the film couldn’t find a better home than this New York fest. Despite its transnational reach, Julia Solomonoff’s latest film—her first since “The Last Summer of La Boyita” in 2009—conveys the universal experience of actors struggling to make ends meet in the Big Apple.

Continue reading ‘Nobody’s Watching’ Deserves Its Best Acting Award At Tribeca [Review] at The Playlist. »

- Bradley Warren

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Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks Pay Tribute to Jonathan Demme: ‘He Was Such an Inspirational Guy’

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Two days after the loss of beloved American filmmaker Jonathan Demme, and the “Silence of the Lambs” and “Rachel Getting Married” director was still on the minds of everyone at the Tribeca Film Festival, including his “Philadelphia” star Tom Hanks and the man behind the film’s signature song, Bruce Springsteen.

The pair hit the Beacon Theatre on Friday evening for an hour-long chat as part of the festival’s Tribeca Talks series, and talk immediately turned to Demme, as the fest’s executive vice president Paula Weinstein introduced the duo and dedicated the event to Demme.

Read More: Remembering Jonathan Demme: Why He Was One of the Great Filmmakers of Our Time

“I realized what we really want as a festival is to dedicate today’s talk to the brilliant, extraordinary, committed, fabulous filmmaker Jonathan Demme,” Weinstein said. Hanks and Springsteen didn’t miss a beat turning the »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Rupture’ With Noomi Rapace Places A Gripping Hold [Review]

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If Steven Shainberg’s career as a director was helped by his Sundance breakthrough “Secretary,” it hasn’t been easy coasting since then. Shainberg followed that film up with the Nicole Kidman– and Robert Downey Jr.-starring “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus,” which, just like “Secretary,” has built up a loyal cult fanbase over the years.

Continue reading ‘Rupture’ With Noomi Rapace Places A Gripping Hold [Review] at The Playlist. »

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French film industry bemused by Netflix Cannes announcement

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Netflix statement said it was “exploring theatrical distribution” for their Cannes Competition titles.

The French film industry has reacted with bemusement, and scepticism in many quarters, to Netflix’s announcement this week that it is mulling a limited theatrical release in France for Okja [pictured, top] and The Meyerowitz Stories, its first ever titles to make it into Official Selection in Cannes.

The inclusion of Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho’s Netflix-backed action adventure Okja and the streaming giant’s recent acquisition The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) in the main competition at Cannes has drawn the ire of French exhibitors and also reignited a long-running debate about France’s strict media chronology laws.

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First English trailer for Philippe Garrel’s Cannes title ‘Lover For A Day’

In a statement put out on Wednesday, the company said it was “exploring theatrical distribution” for the two films in France “for a limited theatrical run, day and date »


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7 Things You Don’t Know About ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ As Told by Quentin Tarantino and the Cast

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Mr. White, Mr. Orange, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Pink, Mr. Brown: They all reunited for the 25th anniversary retrospective screening of “Reservoir Dogs” at the Tribeca Film Festival April 28. Cast members Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and writer-director-actor Quentin Tarantino all got together to reminisce after the 1992 movie screened to a packed house at the Beacon Theater. Here are seven fun facts they revealed.

1. Tom Waits auditioned.

Tarantino let this tidbit slip as he discussed the casting process. “We had the casting director from ‘L.A. Law,'” the director recalled. “A lot of really wild people came in and read the parts. Tom Waits came in and read. I had Tom Waits read the Madonna speech, just so I could hear Tom Waits say those lines. And actually, other than Harvey, he gave me one of the first profound compliments on the script. No one had ever »


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‘Reservoir Dogs’ Reunion: Quentin Tarantino Recalls When He “Knew Making Movies Was Going To Work Out” — Tribeca

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Quentin Tarantino took the 25th anniversary Reservoir Dogs roadshow to the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, bringing along cast members Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and Tim Roth. The film played at Sundance in January, returning to the place where it had its world premiere in 1992. Journalist Lynn Hirschberg began the post-screening chat at the Beacon Theater on Manhattan's Upper West Side asking Tarantino to recall the first screening at the festival. "It… »


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WGA & AMPTP Talks To Resume On Sunday As Contract Deadline Looms

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Updated: Contract talks between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television producers have wrapped for the day, and sources tell Deadline  that the sides will return to the table Sunday. We hear that AMPTP negotiators will huddle together tomorrow, Saturday, for a meeting featuring reps for the companies before they head to a full-on negotiation session with the WGA on Sunday. “This thing is going to go to the wire,” says a source close to the talks. With… »

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Tom Hanks Rocks Bruce Springsteen, After Saluting Jonathan Demme – Tribeca

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The Tribeca Film Festival conversation between Tom Hanks and Bruce Springsteen was planned long in advance but took on an unanticipated poignancy in the timing Friday afternoon, as an overflow crowd jammed the Beacon Theatre on New York’s Upper West Side. Welcoming the crowd, festival producer Paula Weinstein dedicated the event to Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday at home in the city. “I realized what we really want as a festival is to dedicate today’s talk to the… »


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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Whitney. “Can I Be Me”‘

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“Whitney. ‘Can I Be Me'” is Nick Broomfield’s documentary about the life and death of Whitney Houston, and it’s the rare Nick Broomfield movie in which the filmmaker isn’t center stage. He co-directed it with Rudi Dolezal, and there isn’t a single scene in which Broomfield, with his puckish, dogged delight in stalking interview subjects, invades a room tailed by a crew member holding a boom mike, thrusting himself into the face of Bobby Brown or Clive Davis or Whitney Houston’s relatives or the maid who cleaned her hotel room the night she died. I’m a fan of Broomfield’s conspiracy-theory music docs (“Biggie & Tupac,” “Kurt & Courtney”), but “Whitney: ‘Can I Be Me'” has no conspiracies to uncover. It just has a story to tell, and it does that incredibly compellingly.

“Can I Be Me” gets us to know Whitney Houston, to feel her »


- Owen Gleiberman

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