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Ronan Farrow, with Robyn Doolittle, to discuss Harvey Weinstein

Ronan Farrow has a story to tell: the dramatic events behind his investigation of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault cases, his unsuccessful battle with NBC television executives who refused to air the reporting and the subsequent revelations in the New Yorker. The battle is detailed in his latest book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators and will be the focus of The Canadian Journalism Foundation’s (CJF) coming J-Talk, Ronan Farrow on Lies, Power and Predators. The conversation with fellow investigative reporter Robyn Doolittle, will take place December 3 at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto.

“The Harvey Weinstein investigation helped ignite a cultural reckoning unlike anything we’ve seen in recent history,” notes Doolittle, a reporter with The Globe and Mail and author of Had It Coming: What’s Fair in the Age of #MeToo?. “And what we now know because of Ronan’s book is that there was much more to the story than we initially saw. It’s an unbelievable feat of reporting and writing and this is going to be an amazing evening.”

In his book, Farrow sheds light on the challenges of reporting on his Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker exposé of one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers. He attributes the resistance he faced from the television network to Weinstein’s connections at NBC and how he himself became the target of intimidation tactics as he got closer to the truth.

Farrow is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, where his investigative reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the National Magazine Award, and the George Polk Award, among other honours. He is also currently producing documentaries for HBO. His journalism career includes working as an anchor and investigative reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, and his print commentary and reporting appearing in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post.

Before his move into media, he served as a State Department official in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a member of the New York Bar. He recently completed a Ph.D. in political science at Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Doolittle’s work includes revelations about the decline of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, his cocaine use and the related book, Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story. A 20-month investigation for the Globe also revealed how police forces across Canada systematically failed to investigate sexual assault cases.

This event is part of the annual J-Talks series, which explores pressing media issues.


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Harry Potter: The Exhibition Opened This Saturday in Portugal

This Saturday, 16 November 2019, Harry Potter: The Exhibition debuted in Lisbon, at the Pavilion of Portugal. Actors James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley, and Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, responsible for the graphic design in the Harry Potter film series, will bring their magical wit, charm and artistry to Lisbon to celebrate the grand opening.

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, GES Events created the 1,500-square-meter experiential exhibition, where visitors can enjoy dramatic displays inspired by the HogwartsTM film sets and see the amazing craftsmanship behind authentic costumes, props and creatures from the films. Everything Is New, Sold Out, Encore and Fimalac are partnering with GES Events to present the exhibition in Lisbon.

Since its highly successful premiere at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in 2009, the exhibition has been presented in a variety of major cultural and entertainment institutions and museums in cities around the world and has welcomed more than 6 million visitors. Locations included Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, Edmonton, Sweden, Cologne, Paris, Shanghai, Brussels, Madrid, Amsterdam, Milan, Berlin and Valência.

From the moment guests enter Harry Potter: The Exhibition, they are immediately drawn into the world of the films. Guests are greeted by an exhibition host who sorts several lucky fans into one of the Hogwarts houses and then leads them into the exhibition where their journey to their favorite scenes begins. The exhibition features settings from the film’s most popular locations—including the GryffindorTM common room and dormitory; classrooms like Potions and Herbology; and the Forbidden Forest—which are filled with thousands of authentic props, costumes, and creatures used in the filming of the iconic series.

The exhibition in Lisbon will be open from November 16 to April 8. Timed-entry tickets are required, and the last entry will be one hour and a half before the closing of the exhibition. Tickets to the exhibition are on sale at www.harrypotterexhibition.pt. Please check the website for opening dates and hours.

An exclusive audio tour is also available, providing behind-the-scenes insight into the making of the Harry Potter films, with commentary from the producers, prop designers, costume designers and creature designers.


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Debbie Allen and Anthony Anderson Join Special Guests at the LA Education Through Music Gala

On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Education Through Music-Los Angeles hosted its 14th Annual Benefit Gala at the Beverly Wilshire to raise awareness for music in disadvantaged LA County schools. Supporters gathered to celebrate the 2019 Shining Star Honorees: Emmy Award-Winning Music Director & Producer Rickey Minor (Stevie Wonder, American Idol), Music Educator Angela Woo, and Cusumano Real Estate Group.

Emmy-Nominated Actor/Comedian Anthony Anderson (ABC’s black-ish) opened the annual féte followed by a captivating performance from 49 ETM-LA alumni and students from Hooper Ave. and Providencia Elementary Schools. With the Rickey Minor Band, Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Ledisi gave a spellbinding, soulful tribute to Aretha Franklin while Grammy-Nominated Saxophonist Dave Koz charmed the audience. As Emmy-Winning Director and Choreographer Debbie Allen (Grey’s Anatomy) presented Minor his award, he broke into dance on his way to the stage.

Ledisi poignantly shared that she herself was a beneficiary of in-school music education: “I would not be who I am if it weren’t for organizations like ETM-LA.” Minor, whom Ledisi thanked for his long-time mentorship, shared, “Music has changed not only my life, but it changes the vibration of this planet. Through music, we can make this world a better place.”

Woo remarked, “I look forward every day to being inspired by my students.” One ETM-LA parent shared, “music is the best thing that could ever happen to a child.”

Lola Debney and Alecia Spendlove served as Gala Co-Chairs; Honorary Hosts included Christophe Beck, Andra Day, John Debney, Michael Giacchino, Jennifer Hudson, Quincy Jones, John Legend, Diana Ross, Randy Spendlove, and Diane Warren. Other notables on hand included Ernie Fields, Jr., Julianne Jordan, Christopher Lennertz, Manny & Terri Marroquin, Carin & Mark McGrath, Blake Neely, Rudy Sarzo, Rob Simonsen, and Joseph Trapanese.

ETM-LA currently serves approximately 17,500 schoolchildren with weekly music as part of the core curriculum in such diverse communities as Bellflower, Boyle Heights, Burbank, Compton, Chinatown, Downtown LA, East LA, Inglewood, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, and South Central LA.


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Movies Coming Out This Week – November 14th

Ford v Ferrari – PG13 – Drama
Automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, are dispatched by Henry Ford II to craft a new automobile with the potential to finally defeat the dominant Ferrari at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.

Matt Damon, Tracy Letts, Jon Bernthal, James Mangold, Christian Bale, Noah Jupe, Paul Sparks, Josh Lucas

The Good Liar – R – Drama, Thriller
Career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Bill Condon, Laurie Davidson, Jim Carter, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Jason Cloth, Greg Yolen

Charlie’s Angels – Action, Adventure
Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend whose security and investigative agency has expanded internationally. With the world’s smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe, there are now teams of Angels guided by multiple Bosleys taking on the toughest jobs everywhere.

Naomi Scott, Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Noah Centineo, Patrick Stewart, Carlo Bernard, Ella Balinska

The Report – Drama, Thriller
The film focuses on Senate staffer Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) and tracks his investigation into CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques. He prepares a devastating 525-page report that helps shift public support against the CIA’s use of these methods in the years following 9/11.

Jon Hamm, Scott Z. Burns, Adam Driver, Tim Blake Nelson, Corey Stoll, Sarah Goldberg, Douglas Hodge, Jennifer Morrison

All Rise – R – Drama
Follows Steve (Kelvin Harrison Jr. ), a 17-year-old honors student and aspiring filmmaker in Harlem, who is being charged with felony murder for a crime he says he didn’t commit.

Jennifer Hudson, Tim Blake Nelson, Jennifer Ehle, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Anthony Mandler, John David Washington, Jeffrey Wright


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Memoir by Character Actor William Sanderson Earns Glowing Reviews

William Sanderson may not be a household name, but his face and distinctive Tennessee drawl are instantly recognizable from his many high-profile acting roles, including E.B. Farnum in the Emmy-nominated Deadwood, Sheriff Bud Dearborne in True Blood, Larry in the classic sitcom Newhart, and J.F. Sebastian in the sci-fi film masterwork Blade Runner. Now 75-years-old, Sanderson looks back at his incredible career, how he achieved success, and his own self-sabotaging behavior that always threatened disaster in Yes, I’m That Guy, The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Character Actor, an entertaining memoir that makes the perfect holiday gift for the movie and TV buff.

Discover how William got escorted off Elvis Presley’s estate. Or when he punched a director’s husband in the face to get a part. Or how before earning a law degree, he stole a police officer’s gun. Why Darryl & Darryl never spoke. Or when he accidentally got locked outside his condo naked and ran into a casting director… who would later cast him. Or when he turned down John Candy’s invitation to party the night he died.

Reviews are enthusiastic about the memoir. WZON Radio Host Rich Kimball says “I read a lot of books for my show and a fair number of books by actors but something about this one grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. It was incredibly honest, heartbreaking at times, and laugh-out-loud funny, and by the end I found myself tearing up with joy at the peace of mind that William seems to have found.” “I read this in one go. Kept telling myself to go to sleep but couldn’t put it down. Funny, poignant, thought-provoking.” – Amazon reviewer. “Bill Sanderson’s book is a real page turner. His story is an inspiration to anyone who has faced overwhelming odds and has asked how will I get through this. Highly recommended!” – R. Singleton

For over five decades, Sanderson has appeared in hundreds of feature films, TV movies and series, plays, commercials and even cartoons. The one constant throughout the decades was the urge to drink too much and do the wrong thing in a situation precisely because it was wrong – leading to numerous arrests and forcible removals from bars.

Looking back, Sanderson says that he is “astonished at the second chances that I’ve had.”

“I wrote this book to entertain and tell my story, but if there is any kind of a moral it is that you can realize a dream through persistence, fortitude and a little bit of good luck,” he comments.


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