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Rock Doc ‘Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band’ To Open Toronto Film Festival

Rock Doc ‘Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band’ To Open Toronto Film Festival
The Band are coming to the Toronto Film Festival. Rock doc Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band about The Weight rockers is to open the festival as its Opening Night Gala Presentation on September 5.

It will be the world premiere of the doc, which is directed by Ghosts of Our Forest director Daniel Roher, and marks the first time a Canadian doc opens the festival.

The film, which is inspired by Robertson’s 2016 memoir, Testimony, tells the moving story of Robertson’s personal journey as he overcame adversity and found camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, and who together made their mark on music history.

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band blends rare archival footage, photography, songs, and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators, including Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal,
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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ First Trailer: Tom Cruise Feels the Need for Speed in Nostalgic Trailer

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ First Trailer: Tom Cruise Feels the Need for Speed in Nostalgic Trailer
The long-gestating “Top Gun” sequel, Joseph Kosinski’s “Top Gun: Maverick,” may not have had an official slot at this year’s Comic-Con, but that didn’t stop star Tom Cruise from surprising a packed Hall H during Paramount Pictures’ “Terminator: Dark Fate” panel to deliver a nostalgic first look at the followup to Tony Scott’s 1986 action ride.

“For 34 years you guys have been very patient with me, and I felt it was my responsibility for me to deliver for you,” Cruise told the Hall H crowd. “Everything you see in this film is very real.”

After years of chatter about the possibility of a sequel, the film has finally come to life with Cruise again stepping into the flight suit he made famous as the eponymous fighter jet ace Maverick. A few decades on, and the hotshot pilot still appears to have a need for speed, but changing
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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ First Look Teaser: A New Need For Speed With Tom Cruise [Comic-Con]

If you’re looking for some cinematic aviation action, San Diego Comic-Con has got it all covered. Next summer, after 34 years, “Top Gun” is returning to the screen with “Top Gun: Maverick.”

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The sequel will be directed by Joseph Kosinski.

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‘Farming’ Trailer: A Young Nigerian Boy Searches for Himself Inside Brutal Skinhead Culture

Lionsgate has unveiled the first trailer for British-Nigerian actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s feature directorial debut, “Farming,” a fascinating true story about a young black boy’s search for love and belonging within a savage skinhead subculture. Based on Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s own unbelievable story as a troubled youth in London, the title “Farming” refers to the practice of giving children over to informal fostering, which many Nigerian parents did in 1960s and 1970s Britain.

Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s parents, at the time students in 1967 London, gave him to a white working-class couple in Tilbury, which was then a fiercely insular, majority white dockside community. He was in constant danger of physical attack from local kids who, encouraged by their parents, nurtured a violent fear of black people.

Seeing his skin color as a burden, and actually thinking of himself as white, Akinnuoye-Agbaje developed a reputation for violence, eventually joining the local skinhead gang
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James Cameron Confirms Edward Furlong Will Appear In ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’

If you’re a big ‘Terminator’ fan, you probably watched the recent trailer for “Terminator: Dark Fate” and noticed the absence of someone pretty vital to the story — John Connor. Of course, in the subsequent sequels to James Cameron’s “T2,” the character has appeared quite often. But in ‘Dark Fate,’ which is said to erase the other sequels and pick up right from ‘T2,’ the fact that John Connor isn’t seen is a bit strange, right?

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Anime Powerhouse Kyoto Animation Studio, Hit By Arson Attack, 33 Killed

Japan’s anime powerhouse Kyoto Animation Studio, known for its compassionate storytelling and respectful treatment of its animators, was attacked by an arsonist on Thursday, with a fire breaking out at the company’s first studio building in Fushimi-ku, killing at least 33 workers and injuring more than 30 more.

The country was rocked by the shocking terrorist attack, as the death toll was the highest for an arson incident since 1989. Around 70 people were working when the fire broke out in the morning, which quickly spread throughout the three stories; a 41-year-old suspect was taken into custody and no motive was ascertained.

Kyoto Animation (KyoAni) was founded in 1981 by the husband-and-wife team of Hideaki and Yoko Hatta, who serve as president and vice president, respectively. KyoAni, which has a second studio facility located in Uji city, is acclaimed for its focus on anime TV series and movies about pre-teen and teen schoolgirl empowerment.
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Neil Gaiman Says Live-Action ‘Coraline’ Remake Is ‘Nonsense,’ So Don’t Believe the Rumors

Neil Gaiman Says Live-Action ‘Coraline’ Remake Is ‘Nonsense,’ So Don’t Believe the Rumors
Neil Gaiman has taken to social media to shut down rumors that a live-action remake of “Coraline” is in development. Reports of a “Coraline” film started circulating on social media among fans, leading Gaiman to question what the source was for the story. Many “Coraline” fans reacted with outrage to the idea of a live-action update of Gaiman’s award-winning 2002 novella, which director Henry Selick and Laika Animation Studios turned into a beloved 2009 stop-motion movie.

“If anyone has any idea where this ‘live action Coraline’ nonsense started can you send me a link?” Gaiman asked his Twitter followers. “All I can see is thousands of upset people who have apparently all heard it from each other.”

While most fans reacted with disdain to the idea of a live-action “Coraline” remake, others began offering up casting ideas for the potential film. One popular casting idea was for “Stranger Things” actress Natalia Dyer
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Co-Creators Skipping San Diego Comic-Con As HBO Announces Panel Line-Up

Somewhat surprisingly, this year’s San Diego Comic-Con features the final panel for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” This is surprising because the series already aired its finale back in May and it’s unclear what actually will be shown or done at the panel, other than the expected “victory lap” where the network and actors get one last ovation from the adoring crowd. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of the upcoming panel is with who isn’t attending, namely, the shows co-creators D.B.

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Marvel’s ‘Agents of Shield’ Coming To An End After Next Year’s Season 7

Even though it wasn’t that long ago, it’s interesting to see just how much the landscape of Marvel TV and Marvel Studios productions has changed since 2012. After the record-breaking success of “The Avengers,” Marvel TV thought it would be a great idea to spin the film off into a new series titled “Agents of Shield.” The series debuted with a ton of hype and quickly became the crown jewel in the Marvel TV lineup.

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‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ Trailer: Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes Get Crazy Meta

‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’ Trailer: Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes Get Crazy Meta
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes’ iconic indie stoners Jay and Silent Bob are officially back in the debut trailer for this fall’s “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.” The characters made their debut nearly 25 hours ago in Smith’s breakout 1994 indie “Clerks” and recurred in other Smith films like “Mallrats” and “Chasing Amy.” Smith wrote and directed a standalone movie for the characters called “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” that opened in 2001. Jay and Silent Bob last appeared in “Yoga Hosers.”

“Jay and Silent Bob Reboot” follows the title characters as they discover Hollywood is attempting to remake an old movie based on their lives. Jay and Silent Bob head out on a cross-country trip to stop the movie from being made and predictably get into an onslaught of shenanigans. Joining Smith and Mewes on screen are Rosario Dawson, Justin Long, Shannon Elizabeth, Craig Robinson, and many more.

In
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Honoring Kyoto Animation: Where to Stream the Studio’s Anime Films and TV

Kyoto Animation, responsible for some of the world’s most cherished anime films and television shows, was set ablaze in Japan Thursday morning. Thirty-three people have been confirmed dead in the arson attack, and anime fans from around the globe have shown an outpouring of support and sympathy for the renowned studio on social media.

Anime has had a loyal following in the United States for years, but the genre is relatively uncommon on most streaming platforms. Although some American streamers are beginning to incorporate anime in their content libraries, it’s often difficult to find legal, high-quality streaming sources for many anime films and television.

Here’s a list and descriptions of some of Kyoto Animation’s most popular television shows and links to where they can be legally streamed:

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

A high school boy is dragged into a club founded by Haruhi, an eccentric girl with incredible reality-altering powers.
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‘Jay And Silent Bob Reboot’ Trailer: Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes Return to Hollywood [Comic-Con]

It has been a while (13 years to be exact) since “Jay and Silent Bob” have appeared in a live-action film, but they are back in “Jay and Silent Bob Rebooted.”

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The Jersey boys, who are played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith respectively, last featured in the animated film “Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.” The duo will return for what will be the eighth film in the View Askewniverse, which was in turn, created by Smith.

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Gwendoline Christie Among 3 ‘Game Of Thrones’ Actors That Landed Emmy Noms From Self-Submission After HBO Didn’t Enter Them

It’s always good practice to be your own biggest cheerleader. Whether it’s in your job or just life, in general, you should always be proud of your accomplishments and not be afraid to put yourself out there for recognition. Apparently, that’s sometimes exactly what you have to do to get an Emmy nomination, as well. At least for some of the cast of “Game of Thrones,” that is.

According to THR, three castmembers of the massive HBO series “Game of Thrones” self-submitted for Emmy consideration after HBO didn’t submit.

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‘Unbelievable’ Trailer: Sexual Assault Victim Fights to Be Heard in Toni Colette-Starring Netflix Drama

Netflix found a hit this summer with “When They See Us,” adapting a true story of a past injustice into a miniseries that addresses contemporary societal demons. Now the streaming giant is hoping to repeat that success, and perhaps some of the progress that accompanied it, with “Unbelievable.” The new limited series about rape culture in America, based on reporting from ProPublica and NPR, is set to debut on the platform this fall.

Netflix’s official synopsis reads: “When teenager Marie Adler (Kaitlyn Dever) files a police report claiming she’s been sexually assaulted by an intruder in her home, the investigating detectives, as well as the people closest to her, come to doubt the truth of her story. Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, detectives Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall (Emmy winners Toni Collette and Merritt Wever) meet while investigating an eerily similar pair of intruder rapes and partner to catch a potential serial rapist.
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12 New Lgbtq Films Not to Be Missed This Year

12 New Lgbtq Films Not to Be Missed This Year
This year’s Outfest Los Angeles hosts a bevy of fantastic queer cinema, including a daughter uncovering a mom-and-pop gay porn shop, a lush gay romance reminiscent of “Weekend,” and the story of “A Nightmare on Elm Street II” star Mark Patton.

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‘The Lion King’ Actor Talks African Heritage & Cultural Authenticity Of Jon Favreau’s Remake

When we think back to ‘The Lion King’, it’s easy to get swept up in the vibrant, hand-drawn animation, emotionally powerful story, iconic songs, and colorful characters, but something that isn’t talked about nearly as much is how the Disney classic dared to show us a part of the world that, historically, has been grossly misrepresented on screen.

Even though the original ‘Lion King’ was an animated film about animals, there was so much cultural authenticity that went into shaping the narrative.

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Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw, Jessie Buckley & More Join Chris Rock For ‘Fargo’ Season 4 Debuting In 2020

The first season of “Fargo” came out of nowhere, surprising folks that were naysaying the series, based on the Coen Brothers’ film of the same name, before it even aired. But could Noah Hawley actually make another season of the series just as good as the first? Well, a year later, it happened. Then in 2017, the third batch of episodes was released and guess what?

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‘The Farewell’: Lulu Wang Made the Year’s Most Exciting Hit By Refusing to Americanize It

‘The Farewell’: Lulu Wang Made the Year’s Most Exciting Hit By Refusing to Americanize It
Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” is the most exciting hit movie of the summer, but its success wasn’t preordained. A24 acquired the movie out of Sundance, following raves for the complex look at an Asian American experience through the lens of a woman grappling with dueling cultural identities. When it opened in limited release July 12, it beat out “Avengers: Endgame” for the year’s biggest per-theater average. And it almost didn’t happen. For Wang, the fragmented experience facing her movie’s central character mirrored the filmmaker’s multi-year experience attempting to make “The Farewell,” and it only came together once she had all but given up on it.

There were many disheartening encounters with American financiers as she pitched the premise: a young woman’s family visits her ailing Chinese grandmother while keeping the matriarch in the dark about her illness. Many suggested that Wang introduce a prominent white character into the narrative,
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Chloë Sevigny, Alice Braga, Kid Cudi & More Join Cast Of Luca Guadagnino’s HBO Series ‘We Are Who We Are’

After breaking out in a big way thanks to the award-winning film “Call Me By Your Name,” director Luca Guadagnino has made some interesting career choices. He immediately followed up his period tale of young love with a remake of the classic Giallo film “Suspiria.” And now, after that horror film, the director is about to begin work on his TV debut, the HBO/Sky series “We Are Who We Are.”

And according to a new report from Variety, the upcoming drama series has secured its cast.

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‘Fargo’: Ben Whishaw, Jessie Buckley, Jason Schwartzman Among New Season 4 Cast Members

‘Fargo’: Ben Whishaw, Jessie Buckley, Jason Schwartzman Among New Season 4 Cast Members
When it comes to assembling an impressive cast, “Fargo” has upped the ante once again.

After announcing that Season 4 would be lead by Chris Rock, FX on Thursday unveiled a bold list of performers who’ll be joining him. Perennial TV/film favorites Ben Whishaw and Jessie Buckley lead the additions to the cast, alongside Jack Huston, Jason Schwartzman, and Andrew Bird.

The official synopsis accompanying these new details describes more of how all these actors fit into place for the new season: “In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African-American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their youngest sons.”

Rock plays the head of one of those families, struggling to keep the uneasy peace even as he
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