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Dozens of Women Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment

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Oscar-nominated writer-director James Toback has been accused of sexually harassing at least 38 women stemming back to at least the 1980s.

A Los Angeles Times report explains that while some of the women were looking for work in the entertainment industry at the time of the alleged incidents, others were simply women Toback approached. 31 of the women agreed to speak on the record, and they all detailed various incidents in which Toback allegedly made lewd suggestions, steered conversations into sexually explicit territory, and in the worst instances, rubbed against them until he ejaculated into his pants or on their bodies.

“The way he presented it, it was like, ‘This is how things are done,’” actress Adrienne Lavalley said of a 2008 hotel room encounter that ended with Toback trying to rub his crotch against her leg. When she recoiled, he stood up and ejaculated in his pants. “I felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, »


- Erin Nyren and Rebecca Rubin

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African Toons Take Off as Regional, Global Partnerships Blossom

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Africa’s toon boom takes center stage in Johannesburg this week, as the continent’s animation biz gets a boost from organizers of the Discop TV market Oct. 25-27.

A packed agenda will spotlight the bold strides being made by African animators to join the global conversation around kids’ content.

“We’re slowly building momentum, and we’re slowly building a platform for role-players across the continent to plug into,” says Nick Wilson, of the African Animation Network (Aan), an open-network platform for African animators and industry associations to connect and collaborate. “There’s going to be a real pan-African buzz represented at Discop this year.”

Anchoring the action on the floor of the Sandton Convention Center will be the African Animation Village. Sponsored by Turner Africa, the village will be the hub for a busy week that includes a roundtable discussion on developing local content through partnerships with international brands, led by Ariane Suveg, »


- Christopher Vourlias

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Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in London-set ‘Judy’

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Renee Zellweger (“Chicago”) will star as Judy Garland in a new movie about the show business legend’s final concerts in London. Pathé and Calamity Films are behind “Judy” and principal photography is set for next February, in London.

Opening in the English capital in the winter of 1968 as Garland arrives for a five-week run of sell-out concerts, the movie will also recount the icon’s battles with management, and relationships with musicians and fans.

As the concerts get underway the star of stage and screen is 47 and exhausted, fragile, and wanting to be at home with her kids, casting into doubt whether the shows, at the Talk of the Town nightclub, can go on.

“Judy” is based on a script written by Tom Edge (“The Crown”) and will be produced by BAFTA winner David Livingstone (“Pride”) for Calamity Films. British stage director and Tony nominee, Rupert Goold, will direct. The producers »


- Stewart Clarke

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Idfa’s Interim Artistic Director Barbara Visser Welcomes ‘A Generation With Balls’ for Doc Festival’s 30th Edition

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For its last edition, Idfa found itself on the back-foot, after the double whammy of Britain’s Brexit vote and, rather more freshly, the shock result of the U.S. election conspired to overshadow even the most topical film in the selection. This year, things seemed to have settled down, although Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen, the festival’s Head of Industry, cautions against complacency. “You never know what might happen!” she laughs.

It’s a big year for Idfa, which celebrates two birthdays – 30 for the festival itself and 25 for the Forum. To celebrate the former, which also happens to see longtime Artistic Director Ally Derks stepping down, the festival has invited a roll-call of documentary legends, including Nick Broomfield, Frederick Wiseman, Kim Longinotto, Da Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, to select a film that has profoundly affected them and present it to a festival audience.

Also, as always, the event comprises eight competitive strands alongside the usual sections that showcase »


- Damon Wise

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WellGo USA Buys Two-Part Korean Fantasy ‘Gods’

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WellGo Us has picked up North American rights to South Korean fantasy drama “Along With the Gods.” The film is one of the most expensive in Korean history and was highest profile launch at the film market that accompanied the Busan Film Festival last week.

Based on Ju Ho-min’s popular web cartoon of the same title, and directed by Kim Yong-hwa (“Mr. Go”), the film sees the story of a firefighter who is taken to the afterlife by three guardians. He has to complete seven trials before he can be reincarnated.

The fantasy blockbuster, made with a total budget of $35.5 million (Krw 40 billion), is set as a two-part feature film. The first has a theatrical release in Korea on December 20, while the second part will be released in summer, 2018.

The film’s cast includes some of the country’s top stars including Ha Jung-woo (“The Handmaiden”), Cha Tae-hyun (“Scandal Makers”), Ju Ji-hoon (Asura: The City of »


- Sonia Kil

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Pablo Trapero, Martina Gusmán, Bérénice Bejo, Wild Bunch Team for ‘La Quietud’ (Exclusive)

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One of Latin America’s highest-profile filmmakers, Pablo Trapero, will direct Martina Gusmán (“Lion’s Den”) and Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”) in “La Quietud,” an intimate family drama turning on two sisters’ reencounter and attempt at closure on a common troubled past.

Wild Bunch will handle international sales and looks set to introduce the new title to buyers at next week’s American Film Market.

Edgar Ramírez (“Carlos”) plays the older sister’s husband; Graciela Borges (“Chronicle of a Lady,” “The Swamp”), one of Argentina’s grand dames, is the sisters’ mother; Joaquín Furriel (“The Bronze Garden”) has also joined the cast.

Going into production in the week of Nov. 20, and shooting on a country estate in the province of Buenos Aires, “La Quietud” is set up at Trapero and Gusmán’s Buenos Aires production house Matanza Cine. Headed by Melita Toscan du Plantier and Marie-Jeanne Pascal, Paris-based Macassar Productions co-produces out of France. Viacom-owned free-to-air »


- John Hopewell

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