The Diva Del Mar Sinks Her Teeth Into RAW!

The movie is crafted brilliantly.

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Of all the films in this year’s festival circuit, RAW is getting the most hype. You may have read an article about a woman passing out over one of the more graphic scenes, or that people had to leave the theatre in disgust. Despite these silly reports, which may have been true, the movie is gaining a momentous wave of positive buzz, and I have to add to this tidal wave of praise. RAW is arguably one of the best films to screen at Fantastic Fest this year. It has stayed with me long after my screening, so much so, that I dug up my notes and decided to write it up!
As an astounding first, feature-length film for director Julia Ducournau, RAW takes on a unique perspective of the coming-of-age genre. The main character, Justine, played by Garance Marillier, is a young new student at a veterinarian school that hosts a week-long hazing period of epic proportions. Her older sister, Alexia, by the beautiful Ella Rumpf, is also enrolled in the same school, which offers her a built-in support system, as well as a treacherous ally through her hazing. There is no doubt that these two sisters love each other fiercely, despite the cruelty and betrayal that they inflict on each other. Their relationship is at once puzzling and cathartic at the same time. The actors deliver intense and gritty performances, including Rabah Nait Oufella, who plays Adrien, Justine’s roommate. It must not have been easy or altogether “pleasant” to

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Media-Loathing Donald Trump Launches Alt Nightly Campaign Coverage

The Trump campaign tonight kicked off a live Facebook program that some are speculating it’s a test drive for Trump TV network. The nightly campaign coverage will air every night at 6:30 PM ET, which, in one of those incredible coincidences, is the same time for most network nightly newscasts.
Tonight’s show was hosted by Trump campaign advisers Boris Epshteyn and Cliff Sims. In an economy move, the show was livestreamed via Facebook Live from the GOP candidate’s war room…


President Obama Attends Fundraiser at Home of Jeffrey Katzenberg

President Obama attended a $100,000 per person fundraiser on Monday at the home of Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, part of a final round of Los Angeles fundraising before the Nov. 8 election. Obama spent just over an hour in a discussion with the group of about two dozen people. He spoke for about ten minutes and… Read more »

Obama $100K A Ticket Fundraiser At Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Gets “Emotional”

President Barack Obama‘s second to last official Hollywood fundraiser was a high priced but low-key affair with his top contributor Jeffrey Katzenberg and wife Marilyn tonight – with a lot of emotions in the air.
Though the $100,000 a ticket roundtable event was a private affair for the Hillary Victory Fund, I’ve learned that long time Democratic supporters and past repeat Obama contributors JJ Abrams and spouse Katie McGrath were there. Just over a year ago, the Star Wars…


Netflix CEO Open to AT&T Time Warner Merger if Net Neutrality Is Upheld

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings signaled that his company wasn’t outright opposing the AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner at the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.D Live conference in Laguna Beach, California Monday night. Hastings cautioned that the deal is still very new, and that not all the implications are clear yet. But he also argued that it’s… Read more »

Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions – “A Wonderful Seed”

Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions - "A Wonderful Seed"Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions, the team-up of Mazzy Star singer Hope Sandoval and My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig, are releasing their new album Until The Hunter next week. We’ve already heard lead single “Let Me Get There,” a duet with Kurt Vile, and now they’ve shared a ghostly acoustic … More »