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Bryan Singer: The Facts and the Fallout

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Hollywood has recently been grabbing headlines for all the wrong reasons after X-Men director Bryan Singer was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the late nineties. With statements and accusations flying around the media, we wanted to clear up exactly what the facts are and what the implications to all of this may be.

On April 16th it was reported that Michael Egan had filed a  lawsuit against Bryan Singer for a string of assaults from the late 1990s, when Egan was just 15. Variety reported that the claims also implicated Marc Collins-Rector, a former Hollywood executive who has a history of sexual offences to his name. Egan claims the two men committed sexual acts without consent at a mansion. He also claims he informed the FBI who did not take the case further.

Several days after these claims became public, The Daily Mail reported news that Egan had been working with Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg. Having made a film about sex abuse in the catholic church, she had spent the last two years speaking to Egan about his experiences in order to make a film exposing key figures in Hollywood.

Three more Hollywood executives have since been named in connection with these initial allegations, while someone else has now filed a separate suit against Singer. Fox, who produced X-Men: Days of Future Past with Singer, made a hasty public statement, calling the whole affair “a person matter. A spokesman said “these are serious allegations, and they will be resolved in the appropriate forum”, while Singer’s lawyer and later the man himself have publicly refuted the claim as completely untrue.

So what is really going on here, and what will it mean for Bryan Singer, Fox, and Hollywood at large?

Bryan Singer will no doubt suffer. Even if he continues getting job offers, which is unlikely for the time being, his time will be consumed by the public relations nightmare of containing the story as much as possible. It’s already out there, and whether he has done it or not the accusation is all that’s needed to ruin the career of any public figure. Fox are clearly hedging their bets; they have much more to lose.

The studio need to carefully balance their public handling of this case, on the one hand continuing to promote their latest superhero blockbuster but on the other hand not wanting to directly endorse Singer, just in case. Referring to the affair as a personal matter distances themselves from Singer the man accused, while allowing them to continue a professional relationship as far as X-Men is concerned. Once this film has hit theatres they may take a different stance. Don’t be surprised if his next film is indefinitely in development.

However, what is most concerning is the growing murmurs that something much more widespread is occurring in Hollywood. Of course it should be exposed, and of course if Amy Berg’s documentary is on to something we want to see it as much as the next guy, but the unfortunate catch 22 is that the more of Hollywood’s bigwigs are implicated, the more the studios will likely avoid the project and the less people are likely to see it.

It will be a long long time before anything else can be reported on the issue. Bryan Singer and others will be working hard to clear their name, and right now none of us are in a position to argue their guilt or their innocence. What we can say for certain is if he is found guilty, a huge can of Hollywood worms will be opened and God knows where it will stop. Anyone who watched the BBC Jimmy Saville scandal unfold will be on edge to see just how far this goes, and if there really is any truth to the claims.

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Everything Amazon Prime, Netflix, MUBI, and Now TV’s got coming for October 2018

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Between the increasing number of streaming platforms in our lives, there’s far too much great entertainment being released day after day for any sane person to keep track of. 

There’s streaming giant Netflix, the curated offerings of MUBI, all the latest releases on NOW TV, and online video emporium Amazon Prime. There’s something for everyone, on demand, just waiting to be selected. What a time to be alive!

But that doesn’t help when you’re looking for something to wile away the evening with, so let us lighten the load and make your viewing choice that little bit easier with our weekly updated round-up of everything being added to your favourite platform.

Monday, October 1st

  • The Elf
  • Four Christmases
  • Halloween: Resurrection
  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
  • Halloweeen H20: 20 Years Later
  • Lights Out
  • Runaway Jury
  • Scream 2
  • Scream 3
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

Thursday, October 4th

  • The Mercy
  • Runner Runner

Friday, October 5th

  • 16 Blocks
  • Alexander
  • Black Beauty
  • Every Which Way But Loose
  • Final Destination
  • Get Carter
  • The Man in the High Castle: Season 3
  • Seven Bridges for Seven Brothers

Monday, October 8th

  • Attack the Block
  • Chloe
  • Dog Pound
  • Donkey Punch
  • The Ghost Writer
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Kill List
  • Larry Crowne
  • Last Night
  • The Losers
  • Spread
  • Submarine
  • Tyrannosaur
  • Vicky Christina Barcelona
  • War Dogs

Wednesday, October 10th

  • Status Update

Friday, October 12th

  • The Conjuring  
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Project X
  • The Romanoffs: Season 1
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane
  • The Witches 
  • Wrath of the Titans

 

Tuesday, October 2nd

  • 1428
  • Manhunter

Wednesday, October 3rd

  • Mothers

Thursday, October 4th

  • Quality Control

Friday, October 5th

  • Inspector Bellamy

Saturday, October 6th

  • A Girl Cut in Two

Sunday, October 7th

  • Pontypool

Wednesday, October 10th

  • Tape

Thursday, October 11th

  • Cinnamon

Friday, October 12th

  • The Bridesmaid

Saturday, October 13th

  • The Swindle

Sunday, October 14th

  • Line of Demarcation

 

Monday, October 1st

  • The Big Bang Theory: Season 11
  • Brad’s Status
  • Fishtail
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • I Spit on Your Grave
  • Paranormal: White Noise
  • Platoon
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • La Doña: Season 1
  • Life as We Know it
  • The Mask You Live In
  • Thelma & Louise
  • The Titan
  • Trash
  • A Witches’ Ball

Tuesday, October 2nd

  • Better Call Saul: Season 4 (new episode)
  • Joe Rogan: Strange Times
  • MeatEater: Season 7
  • RED 2

Wednesday, October 3rd

  • Angela’s Christmas
  • Operation Finale

Friday, October 5th

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
  • Big Mouth: Season 2
  • Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie
  • Dancing Queen: Season 1
  • Elite: Season 1
  • The Good Place: Season 3 (new episode)
  • Hannibal
  • The Land Before Time
  • Little Things: Season 2
  • Malevolent
  • Priest
  • Private Life
  • Red Dragon
  • The Rise of the Phoenixes: Season 1 (new episode)
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Super Monsters: Season 2
  • YG Future Strategy Office

Sunday, October 7th

  • The Girl on the Train

Monday, October 8th

  • Chesapeake Shores: Season 3 (new episode)
  • Mo Amer: The Vagabond
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tuesday, October 9th

  • Better Call Saul: Season 4 (new episode)
  • Hickok
  • Ronald
  • Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 4
  • Twilight
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2

Wednesday, October 10th

  • 22 July

Thursday, October 11th

  • Riverdale: Season 3 (new episode)
  • Salt Fat Acid Heat
  • Saw: The Final Chapter

Friday, October 12th

  • Apostle
  • The Boss Baby: Back in Business: Season 2
  • The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell
  • Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil
  • Feminists: What Were They Thinking?
  • Fightworld: Season 1
  • The Good Place: Season 3 (new episode)
  • The Haunting of Hill House: Season 1
  • ReMastered: Season 1 (new episode)
  • The Rise of the Phoenixes: Season 1 (new episode)
  • Tarzan and Jane: Season 2

Saturday, October 13th

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 4 (new episode)
  • Dynasty: Season 2 (new episode)
  • Nocturnal Animals

Sunday, October 14th

  • A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities: Season 1 (new episode)

 

 Monday, October 1st

  • Lowlife

Tuesday, October 2nd

  • Social Animals

Wednesday, October 3rd

  • April’s Daughter

Thursday, October 4th

  • House of Willow Street

Friday, October 5th

  • Downsizing

Saturday, October 6th

  • Dear Dictator

Sunday, October 7th

  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Monday, October 8th

  • Permission

Tuesday, October 9th

  • Screamers

Wednesday, October 10th

  • Two Lottery Tickets

Thursday, October 11th

  • Habit

Friday, October 12th

  • Black Panther

Saturday, October 13th

  • Zombillénium

Sunday, October 14th

  • A Little Something for Your Birthday

That’s it for this week, but don’t forget to check back each week for a fresh round of new releases for the UK on streaming platforms Amazon Prime, MUBI, NOW TV, and Netflix.

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Venice, Cannes, London, Wherever: Film Festival Tips

A film festival veteran, Rehna Azim gives her tips on how to survive at film festivals wherever you are in the world.

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I suppose I can be called a film festival veteran now. I’ve covered enough of them over the best part of a decade to be able to pass some, hopefully, useful tips on to those who might find themselves at one of the many film festivals that seem to spring up every 15 minutes. There’s a festival for everyone and pretty much everything. A fan of Korean cinema? You’ll find a festival in London. Sci-fi freak? Horror fanboy/girl? Gay, lesbian? Woman over 40? Someone somewhere will be running a festival of films you’ll love. Even towns you weren’t sure had a cinema seem to have a festival going on.

The biggies in Europe of course are Cannes and Berlin with London coming up in recent years. San Sebastien is growing in stature and there’s Ghent, Locarno, Edinburgh and many more. Wherever it is and whatever crowd it’s for, festivals are big business and popular. So here’s how to make the most of them:

Make sure your stomach is full and your bladder empty. The bigger the festival, the longer the queues and the more uncomfortable you’ll feel as you line up with a cast of hundreds to watch the latest gem from that Bulgarian auteur you thought only you loved. A film festival will draw a cine literate crowd that will fight you to the death for the last seat in the house. (At Cannes earlier this year, journalists almost came to fisticuffs in the huge, sprawling line that waited to catch the pearls of wisdom that fell from Christopher Nolan’s lips). A couple of years ago there was an angry stamping of feet as La La Land was, inexplicably, put on a small screen that couldn’t possibly accommodate all those who wanted to see it. At Venice earlier this month the lines stretched out perilously close to the canals. So you see, if you’re serious about festivaling, like a Boy Scout, you always have to be prepared. You simply can’t take the chance of popping away for 10 minutes to grab a quick burger or spend a penny. Go before you come, as it were. Carry a snack with you in your bag (trust me, even that festering flapjack at the bottom will seem enticing when you’re starving during a 3 hour long Ingmaar Bergman retrospective. Keep a small bottle of water with you at all times, not least to avoid the headaches that dehydration can cause.

Sacrifice glamour for comfort. Unless you’re going to a red carpet premiere, wear sensible shoes you can run between venues in. Layer your clothing. It doesn’t matter which city or country you’re in, you will either be too hot or too cold in whatever you wear. Taking something off or putting it on will be the best way to deal with whatever weather comes your way. I speak as someone who has been caught in sudden, monsoon level thunderstorms in both Venice and Cannes on brilliantly hot days when I was swanning around in skimpy summer dresses.

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Plan your festival days. Screening times often overlap or just outright clash. Check the programme in advance, decide what you absolutely must see and what is a ‘if I have the time’ choice. Once you’ve made your choices, schedule your days accordingly. Those covering the festival for media outlets have to factor in interviews, talks and red carpet coverage as well as time to do the write-ups. It may seem like teaching your grandmother to suck eggs (did anyone’s grandmother actually ever do that) but sometimes the simplest, most obvious tips are the most helpful. I’ve known the super organised to create elaborate flow charts for their daily schedule but a simple list in a notebook will suffice.

Always keep a note pad and camera with you. Whether both are on your latest model phone or you have the old fashioned type, you will need them. Film festivals are exciting. Celebrities are swanning around everywhere, funny, interesting, record-able things are happening all the time and you will invariably meet people you want to stay in touch with. Writing a number or email address on the back of a receipt may seem a good idea at the time but you’ll never copy it out ‘properly’ into an address book. Most likely you’ll throw the receipt away when you’re next cleaning out your bag then spend hours rummaging through it later looking for the number of that nice agent/producer/actor/attractive person you met over drinks and really want to meet again. Network, make contacts, make friends. Festivals are fun!

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New entertainment platform CHILI launches in the UK

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Are you scrolling through the TV guide, trying to decide what to watch on your first night in for weeks, only to change your mind for the fourth time? Sounds tragically familiar, which is why I am very pleased to announce that European entertainment company CHILI have big plans for film and TV fans in the UK.

CHILI is a subscription-free entertainment platform that has launched in the UK after it’s recent success in Italy, racking up 1.6 million registered users since launching in 2012. Backed by the studios we all know and love, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Viacom, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox, the on-demand service offers an array of content available at the click of the button.

What makes this different from say, Netflix or Amazon? The website offers a huge range of films and TV shows, from foreign art house to big screen blockbusters – as well as being a one-stop show for cinema; there is a newshub to give you the low-down on all film and TV news, you can purchase physical movies, merchandise and tickets to the cinema all in one place. Founder and chief executive Giorgio Tacchia describes CHILI as an entertainment hub; with customers discovering a new movie or TV show that they love and then browsing the merchandise to see what’s in store. From Star Wars Lego sets to beautiful concept art books, there really is something for everyone.

The platform is also filled with new premieres, including Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty, Marvel Studios’ Avengers Infinity War and Greg Berlanti’s Love, Simon. Customers can choose the quality they want their digital purchase, or choose to order a Blu-Ray or DVD instead.

My favourite section is the ‘highlights’ page which tailors content around your preferences and also offers flash sales and offers of the week. And with your first film on them? That’s an offer I can’t refuse.

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