NEW YORK — Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" has dominated the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, winning best film, best director and best cinematography. The overwhelming show of support for "Roma" by the critics group on Thursday wasn't a surprise. Cuaron's film is Netflix's most acclaimed release yet, and it's widely expected to contend for best picture at the Academy Awards. Cuaron made the black-and-white 1970s-set film based on his own upbringing in Mexico City, serving as his own cinematographer. The critics also voted Ethan Hawke best actor for Paul Schrader's "First Reformed," and awarded Schrader best screenplay. Best actress went to Regina Hall for "Support the Girls." Supporting acting prizes were awarded to Regina King for "If Beale Street Could Talk" and to Richard E. Grant for "Can You Forgive Me?" … [Read more...] about ‘Roma’ named best film by New York film critics
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Monica Lewinsky wows in leather!The 45-year-old activist stepped out on Wednesday night for Variety's New Power of New York Party at Atlantic Grill as part of the New York Film Festival. Lewinsky was one of 50 high-profile people that the party was honoring for being named on The New Power of New York List 2018. Other big names that were honored included Ronan Farrow, Awkwafina and Meghan McCain.The author looked stunning in an off-the-shoulder red polka-dot top, black leather pants and studded Valentino pumps. She finished off the look with soft waves and natural makeup. At the party, Lewinsky was photographed mingling with Farrow -- see photos in the video above.RELATED: More photos of Monica Lewinsky: 39 PHOTOS Monica Lewinsky out and about in recent years See Gallery Monica Lewinsky out and about in recent years BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Monica Lewinsky attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the … [Read more...] about Monica Lewinsky wowed in leather at Variety’s New Power of New York party
With plenty of evidence of the decline of Western Civilization presenting itself on TV news daily, the New York African Film Festival (known as NYAFF, but not to be confused with the New York Asian Film Fest) gives filmgoers a chance to experience fresh perspectives on the world. Now in its 25th year, with more than 30 films on its slate, and criss-crossing three of New York's venerable film institutions (FSLC, BAM and Maysle's Cinema), this year's festival includes new films from emerging filmmakers, shorts programs, revivals, panel discussions and an art exhibition. Opening Night will spotlight Apolline Traoré’s award-winning film, Borders, which speaks to migration as well as to African women’s struggles, in a timely echo of the #MeToo movement. French director Berni Goldblat’s Wallay will have its New York premiere as the festival’s Centerpiece film. The festival tips a hat to key figures in the history of African film with the … [Read more...] about Preview: New York African Film Festival Celebrates Its Magnificent 25th Year!
This combination photo shows director Roman Polanski at the photo call for the film, "Based On A True Story," at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, on May 27, 2017, left, and Polanski at a Santa Monica, Calif., courthouse on Aug. 8, 1977. (AP file) LOS ANGELES — Until Thursday, Roman Polanski had been a film academy member for over 40 years since pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977. In his 40 years as a fugitive the “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby” filmmaker had been nominated for three additional Oscars, one for “Tess” and two for “The Pianist.” He won an Academy Award for directing “The Pianist” in 2003 to thunderous applause. He continued attracting A-list talent for his films, A-list support for his freedom and had become a contradictory and uncomfortable symbol of an industry that seemed to pick and choose where to bestow its moral outrage. It’s an … [Read more...] about Director Polanski blindsided by expulsion from film academy
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Until Thursday, Roman Polanski had been a film academy member for over 40 years since pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977. In his 40 years as a fugitive the "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby" filmmaker had been nominated for three additional Oscars, one for "Tess" and two for "The Pianist."He won an Academy Award for directing "The Pianist" in 2003 to thunderous applause. He continued attracting A-list talent for his films, A-list support for his freedom and had become a contradictory and uncomfortable symbol of an industry that seemed to pick and choose where to bestow its moral outrage.It's an incongruity that became untenable when the film academy expelled Harvey Weinstein from its ranks in October, made statements about standards of decency among its members and adopted a revised code of conduct, which would allow the organization to suspend or expel members who violate that code or "compromise the integrity" of the academy.And almost seven … [Read more...] about Polanski’s film academy expulsion, 40-years in the making