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‘Harriet,’ the first film about Tubman, premieres in Toronto

TORONTO (AP) — Hard as it may be to believe, “Harriet” is the first feature film about Harriet Tubman. Kasi Lemmons’ movie about the Underground Railroad leader premiered Tuesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival where festival director Cameron Bailey, introducing the film, noted the cinematic injustice of Tubman only now making it to the big screen. “There are …

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Apple rolls out new streaming TV service for $5 a month

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple is finally taking on Netflix with its own streaming television service and, uncharacteristically for the company, offering it at a bargain price — $5 a month beginning on Nov. 1. Walt Disney Co. is launching its own assault on Netflix the same month, for just $7. It may be sheer coincidence that the cost of …

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Groundbreaking photographer Robert Frank dies at age 94

Robert Frank

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Frank, a giant of 20th-century photography whose seminal book “The Americans” captured singular, candid moments of the 1950s and helped free picture-taking from the boundaries of clean lighting and linear composition, has died. He was 94. Frank died Monday in Inverness, on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, according to his second wife, June Leaf. …

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Ukraine: Director in prisoner swap backs jailed Russians

Oleg Sentsov

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A film director who was included in a major prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia spoke out Tuesday on behalf of suspected political detainees in Russia, promising to advocate for both fellow Ukrainians and Russians behind bars. Oleg Sentsov, 43, was freed after spending five years in a Russian prison colony above the Arctic circle on …

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Toronto Film Fest pays tribute to Streep, Phoenix

Gary Oldman, Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas

TORONTO (AP) — In a gala dinner held Monday amid the Toronto International Film Festival’s unspooling premieres, the festival paid tribute to Joaquin Phoenix, Meryl Streep, filmmaker Taika Waititi and cinematographer Roger Deakins. With the city teaming with stars in town for the festival, TIFF this year added a star-studded fundraising dinner that coincided with some of its most anticipated …

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Eddie Redmayne happy to reunite with Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne

TORONTO (AP) — As soon as Eddie Redmayne read the script for “The Aeronauts,” he knew whom his co-star should be: His “Theory of Everything” co-star Felicity Jones. “I read it . with Felicity in mind and the second I finished it, I called her up and I said, ‘I’ll do this if you do,'” the star said. “And we …

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In ‘Dolemite Is My Name,’ a return to form for Eddie Murphy

TORONTO (AP) — It took Eddie Murphy more than a decade to get a movie made about Rudy Ray Moore. Judging by the response to the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, the wait was worth it. “Dolemite Is My Name” drew some of the best reviews of Murphy’s career, following the film’s premiere over the weekend in Toronto. …

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Turner Classic Movies hires its first African American host

Jacqueline Stewart

NEW YORK (AP) — Jacqueline Stewart has been named host of Turner Classic Movies’ silent movie program “Silent Sunday Nights,” making her the network’s first African American host in its 25 year history. TCM on Monday announced the hiring of Stewart, a professor of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago who has specialized in the racial politics …

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Ex-prison shows animated films made by incarcerated artists

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ezra has been locked up for about 45 years. In that time, he’s taken the opportunities he’s been given in prison, grown from them and feels like he’s turned his life around. He heard about a program at the Chester State Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for men near Philadelphia, where he could learn animation and create …

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Rian Johnson’s razor-sharp ‘Knives Out’ revives the whodunit

Daniel Craig

TORONTO (AP) — The whodunit, with its puffy armchairs, missing murder weapons and meandering trail of clues, never exactly went out of favor. But in “Knives Out,” Rian Johnson has revived the genre with an affectionate ode to Agatha Christie that has some contemporary twists of its own. “Knives Out” made its raucous premiere Saturday night at the Toronto International …

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