Ronan Farrow’s book ‘Catch and Kill’ is meticulous and devastating

By : Wire Report
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Anyone who has read Ronan Farrow’s meticulous reporting that helped amplify the #MeToo movement would have an idea what to expect his book to be like. “Catch and Kill” delivers. It offers a look behind the scenes and exhaustively documents how he came to report on the dozens of sexual harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, despite myriad obstacles.

Farrow had been working on investigative reports for NBC, including a series about the “dark side” of Hollywood, and Weinstein’s name kept coming up. Within the first 80 pages of this 414-page tome, it becomes clear why this apparently open secret failed to gain traction in either law enforcement or among journalists who previously tried to report on it. As an example, the NYPD had worked with an accuser and obtained a taped confession that Weinstein groped her, and yet, the Manhattan district attorney’s office chose not to press charges. Farrow documents how various members of Weinstein’s legal team made significant campaign contributions to that same DA. Equally troubling, Farrow’s bosses, who began getting persistent phone calls from Weinstein, advise Farrow to “give it a rest” and work on other stories. Given the extensive detail Farrow provides about these interactions throughout the book, it is difficult to believe NBC’s blanket denial over Farrow’s version of events.

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Veteran actress Jessica Harper revisits classic horror movie ’Suspiria’

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Actress Jessica Harper is well-known to LGBT movie fans for her appearances in classic Hollywood movies and in some classic camp movies as well.

She’s in the new version of the classic horror movie Suspiria directed by openly gay director Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”), but she is perhaps best known for starring in the original version of the movie, directed by Italian director Dario Argento in 1977.

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Ronan Farrow comes out as part of the LGBTQ community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Journalist Ronan Farrow came out as part of the LGBTQ community while accepting the Courage Award, an honor given by the Point Foundation, a national scholarship organization for LGBTQ students.

Farrow, who is the son of actress Mia Farrow and director Woody Allen, was honored for his work covering the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations, the #MeToo movement and his reporting on transgender issues.

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Screened Out – Magic in the Moonlight

By : Stephen Miller
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Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Weaver, Simon McBurney

Woody Allen continues to pay homage to the Hollywood films he loves with this trifle of a romantic comedy. He blends a Jazz Age story with European locations, 1930s Rom Com style, and his modern Allen-esque editing. It doesn’t always make for a thrilling ride; in fact, it can seem quite mechanical.

The problem is that – without the black and white cinematography and old Hollywood sense of pace and grand style – this short film actually feels longish and completely uninspiring. As a 1930s film, it wouldn’t even be a classic – perhaps more admired for its style over substance, a way to fill the 2 A.M. slot on Turner Classic Movies.

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