Edward Norton Speaks Out About Climate Change and Trump


At a festival in Poland, the actor says citizens can meet environmental commitments “without the permission of the U.S. government.”

Edward Norton said Friday that citizen activism had the power to neutralize Donald Trump’s opposition to global climate change accords.

The actor and environmental campaigner said the U.S. President’s decision in early June to formally pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord was irrelevant when states such as New York and California had committed to tackling global warming at a local level.

The actor was speaking in Poland, where he noted the power of citizen activism in a reference to current mass nationwide demonstrations against moves by the government to undermine judicial independence. He said the environmental commitments of New York state and California would fill the hole left by Trump’s decision to walk away last month from the climate accord.

Giving a Master class in Lodz, Poland, where Norton was due later Friday to be honored with a “Glocal Hero” award at the closing of the 7th edition of the Transatlantyk Film Festival, Norton said between them, New York and California represent the “third largest economy in the world.” The commitment of those two states, along with a further “40 or 50” mayors and municipalities across the United States, would more than make up for the formal abandonment of the climate change treaty by the U.S. government, he said. 

“The truth is that the citizens of the U.S do not need Donald Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Accord,” the actor told an audience of more than 1,000 at a Masterclass hosted by the festival in the Grand Theater in Lodz.

Referring to mass protests across Poland over moves to replace the country’s independent judiciary with politically appointed judges, Norton added: “Talking about what is taking place in Poland today, we are at a moment when people are shocked about the apparent deconstruction of democratic principles, but we must remember that with technology and the network effect of the global community, it is much harder now for the political matrix to isolate people and control them.”

Norton, who is the UN’s Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, added: “Whether it is individuals or cities or states, our capacity to create a shift through lots of determined local personal efforts, is real and it is actually happening.”

Dubbing Trump’s opposition to action on climate change “unbelievably regressive,” he said: “The truth is, that if you look, despite how terrifying the prospect of global environmental collapse is, looking at it from a slightly more optimistic angle, we have really only been aware of this for a few decades.”

“The truth is that out awareness and global generational acceptance that this is happening on a historic scale is moving fairly fast. I do think the era of denial is falling behind us.”

Norton said he was confident that, given the speed of change over the past two decades, he was confident positive change would come in the next 20 years: “It is a weird and frightening moment now, but there are also lots of signals that a global citizenry can make things happen. Ultimately, Exxon will suffer more. I think we are going to win.”



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Kevin Spacey to Play Gore Vidal in Netflix Film


Michael Hoffman is directing the film for Netflix.

Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey is next slated to play Gore Vidal in a new Netflix film about the writer’s life. 

Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, The Last Station) is directing the film for Netflix. The project is currently in pre-production in Rome. Andy Paterson is producing. 

Shooting will begin at the end of August in Rome, according to soures, and then move to the Amalfi Coast, where most of the film will take place. 

Vidal purchased his infamous cliffside mansion in Ravello, La Rondinaia in 1972 and moved there permanently in 1993. 

The writer hosted numerous international celebrities in the seven-bedroom mansion over the years, including Mick Jagger, Susan Sarandon, Hillary Clinton, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. 

Vidal sold the Amalfi Coast mansion in 2004, and it was again placed on the market in 2015. 

The writer spent a number of years in Italy. After making it big in Hollywood as a scriptwriter on films including Suddenly Last Summer and Ben Hur, he settled in Rome to redefine his career as a novelist.

After befriending Federico Fellini, he appeared as himself in Roma and later wrote a draft of Casanova. Vidal wrote a number of novels in Italy, including Washington, D.C. (1967). 

Vidal never saw himself as an ex-pat in Italy, but rather considered La Rondinaia his “perch” from which to view the world. 



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Amazon Takes Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks Revenge Thriller Series 'Tin Star'


Roth stars as former British detective who becomes a small town police chief.

Amazon has picked up exclusive U.S. streaming rights to Tin Star, the upcoming series starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks, and is set to debut the show on Prime Video later this year. 

The 10-parter, written and created by Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later), was produced by Endemol Shine-owned banner Kudos (Broadchurch, Humans) for the U.K.’s Sky Atlantic. 

Park drama, park thriller and part dark comedy, Tin Star tells the story of Jim Worth (Roth), a former British detective now small town police chief who brings his family to the tiny and tranquil town of Little Big Bear for a better life. The cast also includes Genevieve O’Reilly (Star Wars, The Honourable Woman), Abigail Lawrie (The Casual Vacancy), Oliver Coopersmith (Dickensian), Christopher Heyerdahl (True Blood), Stephen Walters (Outlander), Ian Puleston-Davies (Marcella), Roark Critchlow (Pretty Little Liars) Sarah Podemski (Cashing In), Ryan Kennedy (Major Crimes) and Kevin Hanchard (Orphan Black). 

The show was commissioned for Sky by head of drama Anne Mensah, commissioning editor Cameron Roach and director of Sky Atlantic Zai Bennett. It is executive produced by Alison Jackson (Hunted) and Kudos CEO Diederick Santer (Grantchester) and produced by Jonathan Curling (The Secret) for Kudos. 

Tin Star is jointly distributed by Endemol Shine International and Sky Vision and will air on Sky Atlantic in the U.K. later in 2017.



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Mark Rylance Says He "Would Never" Campaign For Oscar: "How Embarrassing"


“It seems very demeaning and time-consuming,” says the ‘Dunkirk’ star, who won best supporting actor for Bridge of Spies in 2016.

As the five-star reviews for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk continue to roll in from around the world, the early Oscar buzz is already gathering steam. 

But while many agree that Nolan is deserved of a nod in the best director category (his first) and there are likely to be numerous honors for cinematography and other behind-the-camera work, among the ensemble cast, while praised, only Mark Rylance has been tipped as a possible contender for best supporting actor. 

Not that the actor – who plays a British civilian who sets off in his yacht to save marooned troops on the French coast – is likely to push for it. 

Speaking to London’s Time Out magazine, Rylance explained that although he won best supporting actor for Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies in 2016, he had been too busy with a stage play to take part in the prior awards campaining, but “wouldn’t” have gotten involved anyway,

“How embarrassing to campaign for an award, to sell yourself,” he said. “I would never do that. It seems very demeaning and time-consuming. Fortunately, I didn’t have to have the philosophical debate, because I was busy.”

However, Rylance’s non-participation may have actually aided his victory, or at least made Academy voters take notice. 

He added: “I’m told it caused quite a ripple in L.A.”



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Amid Pay Gap Criticism, BBC Says New Doctor Who Actress Will Be Paid Same as Current Star


The director general has confirmed that while the gender of the Time Lord may have changed, the salary will stay the same.

When the BBC on Wednesday revealed the wages of its top earners, the broadcaster came under instant fire for sexism, with the figures showing a major disparity between the wages of its male and female employees.

Many of Thursday’s front pages in the U.K. were dedicated to the fact that former Top Gear host and Radio Two DJ Chris Evan earned some $2.9 million in 2016, almost five times more than the highest paid female, Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman. 

Coming just three days the BBC announced its new Doctor Who, curious eyes then turned to the famed Time Lord’s renumeration. Would Jodie Whittaker receive the same financial rewards for taking control of the Tardis than outgoing Doctor Peter Capaldi? 

As it turns out, she will. 

BBC director general Tony Hall said there would be “parity” between the two actors, speaking to the Evening Standard newspaper. 

While Whittaker’s pay-packet hasn’t been revealed, Hall’s comments indicate that she is likely to earn between $260,000 and $325,000, the amount received by Capaldi in 2016, according to Wednesday’s announcement. 

Hall also responded to some of the criticism the BBC had received over its first female Doctor Who, saying he thought “it was time” for the 13th incarnation to be a woman. “I watched my first Doctor Who in the Sixties, hiding behind the sofa. As a devoted Whovian, I’m incredibly excited,” he added. 

In a statement on the BBC website, the broadcaster also offered its rather polite response to the “unhappy” viewers who had contacted them over Whittaker’s casting. 

“The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender,” it pointed out, adding that Whittaker was “destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.”

 



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James Corden's U.K. Banner Teams With BBC for Live Music Series


The six-part show from ‘Late Late Show’ co-producer Fulwell 73 will be broadcast this fall.

Fulwell 73, the rising U.K. banner that co-produces The Late Late Show with CBS and counts James Corden among its partners, has joined forces with the BBC for a new six-part live music series. 

The as-yet-untitled show – which won’t be presented by Corden – is set to be broadcast live on BBC One this fall, with producers claiming it will feature “the biggest U.K. and international music stars” alongside sketches and interviews. 

“Following on from the success of BBC Music programs such as Adele at the BBC and Michael Buble at the BBC, we’re excited to be bringing this new live music series to BBC One,” said Jan Younghusband, head of commissioning for BBC Music.

Added Fulwell 73’s Gabe Turner: “The range of genres and different styles that people are listening to now is more diverse than ever before, and it’s a great time to be making a show that gives a mainstream TV platform to the most exciting stuff out there.”

The show was commissioned for BBC One by BBC director of content Charlotte Moore and Younghusband. The commissioning executive for BBC Entertainment is Rachel Ashdown, while exec producers for Fulwell 73 are Turner and Suzi Aplin. Paul Wright will be the showrunner.

Alongside the Late Late Show, its Carpool Karaoke spin-off and several acclaimed sports documentaries (most recently I Am Bolt), Fulwell has been carving out a name for itself in the music industry for several years. The company was behind One Direction’s record-breaking This Is Us 3D feature doc, together with numerous music videos for the band, plus artists including Gary Barlow, Zara Larsson and 5 Seconds of Summer.



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‘To the Bone’ Star Lily Collins on Why the Fashion Industry Needs to Discuss Runway Sizes


The young actress, soon to be seen in Amazon’s ‘The Last Tycoon,’ hopes her Netflix dramedy will help spark a renewed discussion about eating disorders.

When Lily Collins’ new film To The Bone premiered on Netflix last Friday, she was traveling to Italy to take some much-needed time off. The 28-year old actress began her vacation at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest where she accepted the festival’s breakout actor award.

Written and directed by Marti Noxon, To the Bone also stars Keanu Reeves as a doctor specializing in eating disorder treatment. Both Noxon, who penned the film based on her life, and Collins suffered from anorexia and have been outspoken about the disease’s impact on their lives.

Collins tells THR in Ischia that she took the role to add to the discussion about eating disorders. “I don’t think we are starting the conversation,” she says, “but we are making it louder, which is very important.”

Collins, who started out as a model, believes the fashion industry in particular would benefit from a renewed discussion on the health of models. “I think the BMI conversation was really important,” she said about France’s regulations that runway models must have a body mass index of at least 18 and a doctor’s note to walk.

“But then you do watch fashion shows and you do see extremely small girls walking down the runway, and a lot of them are really young and haven’t become women yet,” she says. “It’s like their body shape hasn’t changed. Some girls look like they’re about to pass out. I think there’s still a conversation to be had there about runway sizes.”

Collins adds that she’s often frustrated with ill-informed discussions around eating disorders, when the public criticizes models or celebrities for being too thin. “I hate that because you just don’t know if someone is struggling. I was a victim of that when I was losing the weight for this movie,” she says. “I was photographed looking a certain way, and all of a sudden it was like plastered everywhere, and I wasn’t allowed to talk about the movie yet.”

Collins is next jumping to Amazon with the series The Last Tycoon, about the power struggles of early Hollywood studio executives, premiering on July 28.

“They’ve just given me a lot of juicy, cool things to do,” she says of her role as Celia Brady, an ambitious young woman navigating a decidedly male world. “It’s the 1930s and there was a lot going on that I think a lot of people don’t realize were going on in the 1930s, and Celia gets to experience a lot of them. “She wants to be a producer, so she starts working her way up from the ground up. She goes to all the different departments and she meets some incredible people on the way, and amazing guest stars come in.”

Collins is optimistic that the show will extend beyond its current first season. “Hopefully we get to go into more seasons,” she says. “It’s brilliantly written. And there are so many different relationships and stories going on. It would be a shame not to be able to share them all.”  



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Antonioni, Godard and Spielberg Films to Headline Venice Film Fest Classics


The lineup of restored classics include Golden Lion winner ‘Red Desert.’

Venice Classics will include a wide range of restored classics this year including the 1964 Michelangelo Antonioni Golden Lion winner Red Desert starring Monica Vitti and Richard Harris. Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900 (1976) starring Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu will make its big comeback, as will Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) starring Richard Dreyfuss and Francois Truffaut.

Italian director Giuseppe Piccioni (Not of This World, Light of My Eyes) will chair the jury, to award the Venice Classics Award for Best Restored Film and Best Documentary on Cinema.

Other highlights of the lineup include Kenji Mizoguchi’s Silver Lion Winner Sansho the Bailiff (1954), Milos Forman’s Black Peter (1963), Jean-Luc Godard’s Two or Three Things I Know About Her (1967),and John Landis’ Into the Night (1985).

Venice Classics has been a popular sidebar of the international festival since 2012, presenting world premieres of the best recent film restorations. Its jury, in addition to the chairman, is composed of 26 Italian students of cinema history.

Alongside the restoration, Venice Classics also premieres a new selection of documentaries about cinema and filmmakers. The complete list of Venice Classics documentaries will be announced with the full Venice lineup on July 27.

The 74th Venice International Film Festival takes place Aug. 30-Sept. 9.

VENICE CLASSICS LINEUP

Wanderers of the Desert, Nacer Khemir

Batch ’81, Mike De Leon 

Black Peter,Miloš Forman 

A Story from Chikamatsu, Kenji Mizoguchi

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg 

Dainah la metises, Jean Grémillon

Zéro de conduite – rushes, Jean Vigo

Red Desert, Michelangelo Antonioni

Two or Three Things I Know About Her, Jean-Luc Godard

The Ape Woman,by Marco Ferreri

Come and See,Elem Klimov

Into the Night, John Landis 

Under the Olive Tree, Giuseppe De Santis

1900, Bernardo Bertolucci

Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice, Yasujirō Ozu

The Third Lover, Claude Chabrol

The Old Dark House, James Whale 

The Revolt of Mamie Stover, Raoul Walsh 

Sansho the Bailiff, Kenji Mizoguchi

 

 



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'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Premiere Sets Ratings Record for Italy, U.K.'s Sky Atlantic


The episode drew about 2.83 million overnight viewers for the 2 a.m. London time simulcast of the U.S. premiere on HBO and the 9 p.m. regular airing, according to overnight U.K. ratings data reported by Sky.

The season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones set a new overnight audience record for pay TV giant Sky’s Sky Atlantic network in the U.K.

The season opener drew about 2.83 million viewers for the 2 a.m. London time simulcast of the U.S. premiere on HBO and the 9 p.m. regular airing, according to overnight U.K. ratings data reported by Sky. That compared to an audience of close to 2.20 million for the season 6 opener, up 30 percent.

The combined viewership for the season 7 opener was Sky Atlantic’s biggest overnight audience ever. Experts estimated that the total audience for the season premiere could reach 4.5 million viewers when including a full week of catch-up viewing.

The company said 115,000 people stayed up to watch the simulcast live, which was the largest live audience for a Sky Atlantic simulcast ever. Including people who recorded the simulcast, 2.04 million people viewed it. In addition, 788,000 viewers watched the 9 p.m. airing.

Game of Thrones also set a record for Italy’s Sky Atlantic becoming the highest viewed premiere ever for an international show on the network. The season 7 debut brought in 570,000 viewers, an increase of 47 percent from the season 6 premiere. For Italy’s 3 a.m. simulcast, 230,000 viewers tuned in with s 15.1 percent share of the market.

Sky Italia launched a successful marketing campaign around the premiere, with a two-day event around the new season at Milan’s Sforzesco Castle. More than 25,000 people showed up over the weekend for a variety of concerts, cosplay events and performances. And more than 2,000 attendees stayed at the castle for the live 3 a.m. viewing party. 

21st Century Fox owns a 39 percent stake in Sky and is looking to take full ownership in a deal unveiled in December. U.K. regulators have been reviewing the deal.

 



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Todd Haynes to Get Locarno Film Festival Honor


Todd Haynes will receive the prestigious price at the festival on August 7.

The Locarno film festival will celebrate American director, writer and producer Todd Haynes with an honorary Leopard award.

He will get the prestigious Pardo d’Onore Manor prize on Monday, Aug. 7. The festival will also screen his latest work, Wonderstruck, alongside Poison, which originally screened in Locarno in 1991.

Haynes, often exploring America in the 1950s, continued his career with Julianne Moore in Safe (1995), Far from Heaven (nominated for four Academy Awards in 2002) and Wonderstruck (2017), and Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There (2007) and Carol (nominated for six Academy Awards in 2015).

Wonderstruck, which premiered in Cannes earlier this year, is a simultaneous story of a Midwestern boy and a girl in New York from 50 years ago in search of the same enigmatic connection. It is being released in the U.S. on Oct. 20.

“His characters – often with extraordinary performances by the female leads – bring back the magic of great cinema, of art that achieves the sublimation of reality without lapsing into disenchantment,” said festival director Carlo Chatrian. “His latest, splendid film Wonderstruck is another fine example, a journey into a cabinet of curiosities where fear and desire merge in the accuracy of a twofold historical reconstruction.”

Locarno70 runs Aug. 2-Aug. 12.

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