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Teaser Trailer for 'Radioactive' Starring Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie

"Science is changing. And the very people who are running science are the people who believe the world is flat." Studiocanal UK and Working Title have revealed the first teaser trailer for the film Radioactive, a historic biopic about the life and times of iconic scientist Marie Curie. Described as a: "Pioneer. Genius. Rebel." This just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this month. The film tells of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie and Pierre Curie, and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century. Marie (born Maria Salomea Skłodowska) discovered the element Radium with Pierre in December of 1898, and went on to make many other great contributions to science throughout her life, including research on and invention of the term "radioactivity". Rosamund Pike stars as Marie, with Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard, Simon Russell Beale, Jonathan Aris, Corey Johnson, Tim Woodward, and Harriet Turnbull. Looks
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Inside World Pride’s Opening Ceremony: An Lgbtq Celebration With a Tinge of Politics

  • Variety
Inside World Pride’s Opening Ceremony: An Lgbtq Celebration With a Tinge of Politics
World Pride officially kicked off on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

About 8,000 people packed into the arena for a three-hour show that began with Cyndi Lauper singing her hit “True Colors.” The performance ended with a gaggle of dancing drag queens who pranced alongside Lauper as she turned the train of her dress up above her shoulders to form a peacock spread of rainbow colors.

Whoopi Goldberg was the host of the evening, delivering an uplifting speech that set the evening’s celebratory atmosphere while marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a protest against police by patrons of a gay bar in 1969 that is considered the start of the Lgbtq rights movement.

“We all know that Pride isn’t just about the party,” the “View” host said. “We have Pride because so many strong and frustrated and queer people got loud and brave enough to say,
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John Hannah Reunites With ‘The Mummy’ Actors for Horror Pic ‘Lair’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
John Hannah Reunites With ‘The Mummy’ Actors for Horror Pic ‘Lair’ (Exclusive)
John Hannah, Corey Johnson and Oded Fehr will star in “Lair,” billed as a socially conscious horror movie about an Lgbt family embroiled in one man’s attempt to prove the existence of the supernatural.

The trio all appeared in the successful franchise “The Mummy,” and their new picture goes into production later this year. Katarina Cas, Julian Kostov, Alexandra Gilbreath and Jen Brister also star. Ditto Films will produce, and Adam Ethan Crow writes and directs.

The film follows self-proclaimed occult expert Dr. Steven Caramore (Johnson), who ekes out a living debunking claims of possession, haunting and anything supernatural for a quick buck. When a friend (Fehr) accused of murder claims he was possessed by a demon, Caramore has to test his own beliefs. Hannah stars as his lawyer.

Caramore litters an apartment with cursed items, outfits it with surveillance equipment and rents the place to an unsuspecting family,
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Tim Gunn Pens Editorial in Support of Proposed NYC Fur Ban

Fashion guru Tim Gunn is urging New York City council members to pass a proposed ban on fur ahead of a city hall hearing on May 15.

In an editorial on City & State New York, a site followed by New York lawmakers, he cites fur bans by Los Angeles and San Francisco and writes, “There isn’t much to be happy about in politics today, but this trend toward kindness should give everyone hope.”

“[F]urriers used to slice up chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, leopards, baby seals, and tigers for their fur,” continues Gunn. “Most of that was declared illegal. Now it’s time to safeguard all the other animals from such gratuitous violence by supporting City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s bill to ban fur sales in New York.”

Gunn follows in the footsteps of Oscar winner and former fur-wearer Anjelica Huston, who recently penned an op-ed in support of the measure.
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Morrissey to Recruit Concertgoers to Help Get NYC Fur Ban Passed

Singer Morrissey has invited PETA to enlist fans at each of his upcoming Broadway shows to write to their council members in support of the New York City fur ban, which will be the subject of a city hall hearing on May 15.

The star — who begins his sold-out week-long residency at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Thursday — outlined his campaign in a letter to the bill’s sponsor, Speaker Corey Johnson:

Dear Mr. Johnson,

I was so happy to hear of your bill to ban the sale of fur that I have asked PETA to enlist New Yorkers at my concerts this week to urge their council members to support it. Back home, a similar effort is underway in Parliament to ban fur sales throughout the U.K. As in New York, stores in England have been caught selling real dog and cat fur from China falsely labeled as fake.
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Ed Westwick To Star In ‘Enemy Lines’; David Gyasi In ‘Hell on the Border’; Andrea Fay Friedman Joins ‘Carol of the Bells’

  • Deadline
Ed Westwick To Star In ‘Enemy Lines’; David Gyasi In ‘Hell on the Border’; Andrea Fay Friedman Joins ‘Carol of the Bells’
Gossip Girl alum Ed Westwick will star in Enemy Lines, a World War II action drama based on a 1943 true story that took place behind enemy lines into occupied Poland where an elite team of allied soldiers are sent to extract a rocket scientist from the hands of the Nazis. Anders Banke is directing the film, which is his first English-language feature. John Hannah (The Mummy), Tom Wisdom (300), Corey Johnson (Captain Phillips), Pawel Delag (Schindler’s List), Vladimir Epifantsev (Alive), and Kirill Pletnev (Viking) co-star. UK based producers Andy Thompson and Tom George are producing the pic along with Nadzeya Huselnikava.

Actor David Gyasi has been tapped to star in Wes Miller’s Hell on the Border, joining Ron Perlman and Frank Grillo in the biopic based on the true story of Bass Reeves (Gyasi), the first black Deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River. Curtis Nichouls,
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What Will Your Future Look Like Without Local News?

It’s not easy to witness the watchdog of our democracy being sadistically euthanized.

Another week, another wave of massive journalism layoffs. And with it, another round of hand-wringing and legitimate cries about what we stand to lose when newspapers — especially local newsrooms — are gutted.

As many have pointed out, it is hard to predict what exact corruption, injustice or malfeasance will go unchecked as a result of historically fewer journalists (as many as 45 percent fewer in newspaper newsrooms) covering our cities’ and states’ centers of power.

New York Governor
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Movie Review – A Private War (2018)

A Private War, 2018.

Directed by Matthew Heineman.

Starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Tom Hollander, Stanley Tucci, Corey Johnson, Faye Marsay and Nikki Amuka-Bird.

Synopsis:

The story of acclaimed war reporter Marie Colvin, leading up to her death during the siege of Homs, Syria in 2012.

There are few more inspiring figures in modern journalism than Marie Colvin. During her decades as one of the star foreign correspondents on The Sunday Times, Colvin fearlessly put herself in the line of fire to tell the human stories behind conflicts all over the world, including in Sri Lanka, Libya and Chechnya. She was killed in 2012 during a shelling bombardment while covering the siege of Homs in Syria, but left behind a giant legacy. Colvin’s life and career is the subject of the new film A Private War, directed by Matthew Heineman – best known for documentaries Cartel Land and City of Ghosts.

At the
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Film Review: A Private War: A Formulaic Story of an Extraordinary Person [Lff 2018]

  • Film-Book
Lff 2018 A Private War Review A Private War (2018) Film Review from the 62nd Annual London Film Festival, a movie directed by Matthew Heineman, starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander, Corey Johnson and Faye Marsay. Despite its failure to achieve greatness, A Private War does [...]

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Amazon Tax Breaks For New Digs Ripped By Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Other New York Democrats: “Our Subways Are Crumbling”

  • Deadline
While the Democrats running New York state (Gov. Andrew Cuomo) and New York City (Mayor Bill Diblasio) celebrated the city’s selection by Amazon to co-host the company’s new headquarters, many other Democrats are not rolling out a welcome mat.

The tech giant today confirmed picking New York’s Long Island City as well as suburban Washington to share expansive new “headquarters” facilities. The two cities emerged as winners among dozens of cities jockeying for more than a year for the so-called “HQ2” project by the Seattle-based tech giant, which has pledged to spend $5 billion on the sites and create 50,000 jobs.

Pro-business Democrats and influential figures like former mayor Michael Bloomberg see the influx of tech workers as a boon to New York’s ambition to compete with Silicon Valley. Critics of the deal have pointed to an array of other areas of need, such as affordable housing, education
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‘Hunter Killer’ Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Corey Johnson, Adam James, Henry Goodman, Colin Stinton, Carter MacIntyre, Shane Taylor, Mikey Collins, Will Attenborough, David Gyasi, Linda Cardellini | Written by Arne Schmidt, Jamie Moss | Directed by Donovan Marsh

American submarine Captain Joe Glass is on the hunt for a U.S. sub in distress in the Arctic Ocean. He soon learns that a secret Russian coup is in the offing, a conspiracy that threatens to dismantle the world order. With crew and country on the line, Glass must assemble an elite group of Navy SEALs to sneak through enemy waters, rescue the kidnapped Russian president and prevent World War III.

Donovan Marsh’s Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman staring, Hunter Killer is an unapologetic 90s action throwback and while it basks in the glory of outlandish politics and toxic masculine bravado, it undoubtedly should have been left in the era it was designed for.
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54th Chicago International Film Festival Review – A Private War (2018)

A Private War, 2018.

Directed by Matthew Heineman.

Starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander, Alexandra Moen, Corey Johnson, Raad Rawi, Greg Wise, Hilton McRae, Jérémie Laheurte, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Amanda Drew, and Fady Elsayed.

Synopsis:

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman is no stranger to political text, but here is crafting his first narrative feature, a biopic based on the inspirational journalistic integrity and undyingly dutiful Marie Colvin, based on the Vanity Fair article Marie Colvin’s Private War by Marie Brenner. With that said, the best elements of A Private War play like a documentary, such as hauntingly distressing moments where bones are excavated with real-life Syrian citizens reenacting the findings or tragic hospital sequences
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Box Office: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to Break Free With $46 Million Debut

  • Variety
Box Office: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to Break Free With $46 Million Debut
Bohemian Rhapsody” is heading for a rhapsodic debut from 4,000 North American locations with an estimated $46 million.

The Fox biopic starring Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury earned $18.4 million Friday. Bryan Singer directed the film from Anthony McCarten’s screenplay. Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and Mike Myers also star.

Bohemian Rhapsody” is sitting at a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes, with an A CinemaScore.

Christmastime pic “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” should debut in second with about $18 million from 3,766 domestic sites. That marks a disappointing start for the Disney film, which stars Keira Knightley and has an estimated production budget of well over $100 million.

Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston directed the film, with Ashleigh Powell writing the script. Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman also star. “Nutcracker” follows a young girl who must
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Movie Review – Hunter Killer (2018)

Hunter Killer, 2018.

Directed by Donovan Marsh.

Starring Gary Oldman, Gerard Butler, Common, Ryan McPartlin, Linda Cardellini. Michael Nyqvist, Michael Trucco, Caroline Goodall, Zane Holtz, Toby Stephens, David Gyasi, Gabriel Chavarria, Carter MacIntyre, Taylor John Smith, Henry Goodman, Colin Stinton, Shane Taylor, Will Attenborough, Christopher Goh, Sarah Middleton, Mikhail Gorevoy, Adam James, Corey Johnson, Alexander Diachenko, and Ilia Volok.

Synopsis:

An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.

If Hunter Killer had stayed underwater for the duration of its running time, there might have been something worthwhile to come out of it. Unlike most Gerard Butler action vehicles, this one has more of an espionage thriller feel to it, and a dialed back performance from the macho leading man of such “America fuck yeah” movies; it still clearly functions as military propaganda that is disinterested
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2018 BFI London Film Festival Review – A Private War

A Private War, 2018.

Directed by Matthew Heineman.

Starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander, Faye Marsay, Rita Williams, and Corey Johnson.

Synopsis:

Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) was a professional addict, only she was drawn towards the lure of the war torn hostile territory of Libya, or Syria, in order to report on the human cost of the atrocities. It was a drive that would lead her to Homs, and an inevitable fate.

There is a scene towards the end of A Private War that captures perfectly what Matthew Heineman has managed to achieve with his account of the legacy of trailblazing field journalist Marie Colvin.

Rosamund Pike sits in a bombed out Syrian house, with percussive shells exploding around her, as against the better judgement of her photographer (Jamie Dornan), and boss (Tom Hollander), she risks everything to speak to CNN in order to document the plight of
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New York City Adds Third Gender Option, Makes ID Gender Change Easier

On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed a bill that adds a third gender option to birth certificates in the city. Denoted as “X,” the option is intended for gender nonconforming citizens. DeBlasio called the law “an essential example of freedom.”

“If you’re denied the right to express yourself, you don’t have freedom. If you have to sit by the door of a classroom worried that someone is going to typify you the wrong way and deny your identity, you don’t have freedom. You don’t feel free,
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Stars And Leaders Team Up to Galvanize a Mass Movement of Volunteering

In an election year marked by unprecedented grassroots energy on the left, and with just one month to go until the midterms (Nov 6th), dozens of notable cultural figures have come together in a video series launching today with the goal to drive mass volunteer action that transforms our government this November.

Amid a slew of celebrity PSAs and reminders to vote, their message is different: “Don’t just vote this year — volunteer!”

Entitled The Last Call for The Last Weekend, the video series is the last big push for The Last Weekend, a coalition campaign organized by Swing Left and backed by more than 60 other progressive organizations including Indivisible, MoveOn, Organizing for Action, and Emily’s List to enlist people from across the country to volunteer a collective 1 million hours to help get out the vote when volunteering matters most: on the last weekend before the midterm elections (Saturday 11/3 – Tuesday 11/6).

In the video series,
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Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Jeff Bridges Recreate Historic Bed-In With John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Other World Computing (Owc), the premier non-profit 501c3 state-of-the-art mobile production facility that provides hands-on creative experiences to students of all ages, has launched the fifth annual Come Together NYC residency.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Jeff Bridges

In keeping with this year’s theme of “activism,” this year’s event took place on the steps of New York City Hall with a “Bed-In” that featured Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Jeff Bridges, iconic rock photographer Henry Diltz, Mayor Bill de Blasio and local students.

The City Hall event marks the start of a month-long Lennon Bus residency and featured remarks by student activists, a group sing-a-long of Give Peace a Chance and Imagine led by Rockaway Beach rock band Blac Rabbit, and fun creative activities for the many students in attendance from NYC schools the Lennon Bus has visited in recent years.
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First Full Trailer for Heineman's 'A Private War' with Rosamund Pike

"Our mission is to speak the truth to power." Aviron Pictures has just released the first full trailer for the journalism drama A Private War, the first feature film made by acclaimed Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman. The film stars Rosamund Pike as world renowned war journalist Marie Colvin, iconically identified by an eye-patch she wore after being injured covering a war. She was killed in 2012 in Syria, and the film documents her life and career and experiences leading up to her deciding to go into Syria to cover the Siege of Homs. The cast includes Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander, Alexandra Moen, Corey Johnson, and Jérémie Laheurte. I've been looking forward to seeing some footage from this, and it definitely looks promising. Colvin is an iconic journalist and it should be incredible to see her story told by Heineman, who has an impressive vérité style. Here's the first
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New Trailer For Netflix's Sci-fi Film The Titan in Which Sam Worthington is Transformed Into an Enhanced Superhuman

Netflix has released a new trailer for Sam Worthington's upcoming sci-fi action thriller The Titan. I really like the concept of the film and it looks like it's going to make for an exciting movie. 

The story is set in the near future and Earth's lifespan is coming to an end. For mankind to continue their existence they need to find a new home and that home is the Saturn moon of Titan. Worthington plays a man who signs up for a military program that will transformer him into an enhanced human called "Titans" who would be capable of living on that moon, which they hope to colonize. As you might expect things don't go as planned.

The movie also stars Taylor SchillingTom WilkinsonAgyness DeynNathalie Emmanuel, and Corey Johnson. Here's the synopsis:

A military family takes part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.
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