A chamber piece with the existential mood of Lars von Trier, as well as a trope-defying revenge thriller with a mounting sense of terror, the dismembering, blood-draining frights of “Violation” — from tense familial grudges to an awful case of sexual assault and gaslighting that leads to brutal vengeance — aren’t easy to shake or describe. Suffice it to say that among this year’s slim Midnight Madness pickings in the Toronto Film Festival line-up, “Violation” is perhaps the only film that made this virtually-attending critic crave the collective, strangely comforting sighs, screams and jumps of an anxious crowd in a packed theater, one that would perhaps notice the film’s few but decided nods to the controversial 1978 thriller “I Spit On Your Grave” through its stark differences in approach. There is, after all, safety in numbers. … [Read more...] about ‘Violation’ Review: Disturbing Rape-Revenge Thriller Subverts Genre Trappings
“It’s hard. This is the way it’s supposed to be. But at Vogue, when we’d evaluate a shoot or a look, we’d say ‘That’s Vogue,’ or, ‘That’s not Vogue,’ and what that really meant was ‘thin, rich and white,’” the former staffer said. “How do you work in that environment?” … [Read more...] about Vogue’s Anna Wintour Apologizes After Black Staffers Call for Her Removal over Diversity Complaints
Given Wintour’s reclusive reputation, it might take a while—if ever—to get an answer about what may or may not be happening with these two. Just know that if they ever get together, nearly everyone would be very happy and I for one promise to not overuse the “Love, actually” joke. … [Read more...] about Anna Wintour and Bill Nighy Are Friends. People Really Want Them to Date.
Sean Avery’s Vogue internship experience is much more fabulous than the usual routine (though he is still making minimum wage). Josh Duhamel sang “Happy Birthday” to Wilhelmina Models head Sean Patterson at the Box. Casey Johnson is moving back to New York with her Kazakhstani adoptee. Danity Kane member Aubrey O’Day threw a temper tantrum at Marquee because her table wasn’t ready. Barbara Bush snuggled with on-again, off-again boyfriend Jay Blount at Asia de Cuba. In the Hamptons this weekend, Leonardo DiCaprio got annoyed at a party because too many girls were all over him, Molly Sims’s boyfriend, Justin Chatwin, got lost kite-surfing, and Joel Madden, Maggie Rizer, Estelle, and Sam Champion had dinner together. Hard Rock founder Peter Morton sold his ten-bedroom Tudor cottage in East Hampton for $21 million, more than twice what he paid for it in 2001. Wesley Snipes drank sidecars by the pool at the Hennessy house in the Hamptons, despite … [Read more...] about Anna Wintour Treats Sean Avery Different From Other ‘Vogue’ Interns
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020, file photo, Maria Kolesnikova, one of Belarus' opposition leaders, gestures on the way to the Belarusian Investigative Committee in Minsk, Belarus. Kolesnikova, a professional flute player with no political experience, emerged as a key opposition activist in Belarus. She has appeared at protests of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko after he was kept in power by an Aug. 9 election that his critics say was rigged. less … [Read more...] about Belarus musician emerges as a key opposition activist