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As Toronto 2014 heads into the home stretch several trends have come into focus. Trend #1. It's not only the year of the actor - it's the year of the British actor. Witness Tom Hardy's portrayal of a Brookln bartender in "The Drop." The towering turn of Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything," a bio pic about Stephen Hawking. Show More Summary

My Conversation with Quincy Jones

Tomorrow night on PBS I'm joined by the incomparable Quincy Jones, a true renaissance man. His latest project is a labor of love for him -- it's a documentary called "Keep On Keepin' On" that pays tribute to his mentor, trumpet legend...Show More Summary

Thales Corrêa: Filmmaker Tackles Suicide in Short Film

Some filmmakers make films to purely entertain the masses. During the summer blockbuster season, this is very apparent. However as this season comes to a close, audiences will begin to see the crop of "Oscar-worthy" films. These films tend to tackle more thought-provoking and sometimes controversial issues. Show More Summary

Behind Elevator Doors: It's Time for All Men to Stand Up Against Domestic Violence

Behind closed doors. Even elevator doors. That's where domestic violence usually occurs. We are disturbed by its aftermath -- the bruising, black eyes, broken bones -- but not enough to take real action as a team, a league, or even a...Show More Summary

'Anaconda': Why You Should Watch Nicki's Video Again

There have been two immediate reactions to Nicki Minaj's new video, "Anaconda": 1. "Hide your kids, hide your wife." 2. "Dat ass." Rap Genius described the song as such: "a truly polarizing track, 'Anaconda' will either leave in youShow More Summary

Lalah Hathaway Does the Impossible and So Can You

Lalah Hathaway making the impossible seem easy I came to this video way later than over two million others. If you want to understand why it got all those hits, move the little counter button up to about 6:10 and just...listen. Did you...Show More Summary

Theater: "Bootycandy" Is Delicious, Frustrating Fun

BOOTYCANDY out of PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS Bootycandy -- a series of scathingly funny and sometimes disturbingly raw set pieces -- has the vital messiness and ping-ponging energy of a first play. That's both compliment and complaint since Bootycandy is not writer-director Robert O'Hara's debut as an author. Show More Summary

Joan Rivers: Say Anything -- Except 'Sorry'

In this world of the easy out, there are few apologies that are profoundly genuine. Most are as gloriously fake as, well, Joan Rivers after another Botoxifcation. Too soon? Joan wouldn't have thought so, which is why -- among so much...Show More Summary

The MovieFilm Podcast: Summer in Review + Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig on The Skeleton Twins

For our first episode of the fall season, the MovieFilm Podcast is proud to present a roundtable interview with actors Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, and director Craig Johnson, about their new film The Skeleton Twins. After that, we dive into the latest headlines out of Hollywood, including our thoughts on the newly-revealed Batmobile from Batman v. Show More Summary

Teenage Film Maker Matthew J. Evans Wins Prestigious Art of Making Peace Award

18 year-old Matthew J. Evans' mission as a ?lmmaker is to produce movies and videos that entertain, educate, inspire, and empower audiences to ?nd value and meaning in their lives and in the world. He supports organizations whose mission is religious tolerance, inclusivity, and peace and compassion for all life. Show More Summary

Best of Venice: Nabat, Because Paradise Lies Beneath a Woman's Feet

In his director's statement for Nabat, Azerbaijani filmmaker Elchin Musaoglu wrote "I sincerely feel that if more power were given to mothers, the world would be a better place." His film premiered in the Orizzonti section of the Venice...Show More Summary

Fashion Week: Killer Heels at the Brooklyn Museum and Vivienne Tam's Clothes That Kill

A fashion insider once told me, the clothes displayed on runways are entertainment. They don't exist. In the case of the Brooklyn Museum's spectacular history of high heels, Killer Heels, many will thank heaven: the footwear in videos and traditional museum cases looks that thrillingly treacherous. Show More Summary

Best Romance Reads: 10 Great Books That Combine Laughter And Romance

Here at XOXO After Dark, we know that sex doesn't always have to be so serious. Sometimes the best relationships are the ones where you can laugh with (never at!) your partner while you're burning up the sheets! We've found the ten best...Show More Summary

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Wednesday, Sept. 10

I had a six-movie day on Wednesday at the Toronto International Film Festival that started with Adam Sandler and ended with Madame Bovary. Soup to nuts, as it were, not necessarily in that order. In most respects, it was a day full of...Show More Summary

Rude Laughfest at Playwrights Horizons

Phillip James Brannon, Jessica Frances Dukes, Benja Kay Thomas and Lance Coadie Williams in Bootycandy. Photo: Joan Marcus Robert O'Hara's Bootycandy is rude, raucous, vulgar and gloriously funny. It's a happy sign when established not-for-profits like Playwrights Horizons can offer such outspoken fare as mainstage offerings to their subscribers. Show More Summary

Happy Birthday Colin Firth! The Actor's Great Movie Moments

It is said that the truly great actors can disappear into a role. And that's the case with Colin Firth. Ever since he burst onto the screen in the 1984 prep school drama Another Country, he has been devoted to stretching his acting chops. Show More Summary

"Is That All There Is?"

"MY LIFE would be much more interesting to audiences than Lena Horne's!" That's what Peggy Lee said and thought as she prepared to mount the disastrous Broadway musical version of her life, back in 1983. Maybe I once might have thought the two great singers were on par, in terms of personal drama. Show More Summary

Golden Door International Film Festival: The Stuff of Dreams

"I lift my lamp beside the golden door." That final and very famous line from the poem engraved on the Statue of Liberty was the inspiration behind the birth of the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City. Not just because...Show More Summary

Is Bravo's 'Below Deck' Hurting the Yachting Industry? 10 Examples of How Kate Chastain Makes Them Look Bad

What is BravoTV's Below Deck doing TO or FOR the yachting industry? If you haven't seen it, Below Deck is a show about the crew of a multi-million-dollar luxury yacht and their adventures doing charters with all different types of guests. Show More Summary

Showtime's Ray Donovan Makes TV the Place to Be Sunday Night

Showtime's Ray Donovan triumphs over Boardwalk Empire, The Leftovers and Masters of Sex on Sunday night's festival of the best in TV series. Well, we do have Steve Soderbergh's The Knick. But that is on Friday. With all of its colorful...Show More Summary

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