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No­to­ri­ous for­mer Toronto mayor Rob Ford is the sub­ject of a new thriller called Run This Town. The late politi­cian will be played by Bil­lions star Damian Lewis in a pros­thetic suit, but that’s not the most con­tro­ver­sial cast­ing move: Ben Platt plays a jour­nal­ist that tries to take Ford down. Robyn Doolit­tle, the real-life jour­nal­ist who ex­posed Ford’s crack ad­dic­tion, ex­pressed her frus­tra­tion at the gen­der re­ver­sal. Both Platt and the film’s di­rec­tor have promised the char­ac­ter is en­tirely fic­tional.


Fresh off of di­rect­ing Daniel Day-Lewis in Phan­tom Thread, Paul Thomas An­der­son is work­ing with yet an­other un­touch­able au­teur — he’s di­rected a por­tion of Adam San­dler’s new standup com­edy spe­cial. Of course, the two pre­vi­ously col­lab­o­rated on 2002’s ex­cel- lent Punch-Drunk Love. Here’s hop­ing they can also get Jonny Green­wood to pro­vide a score.


The Cannes film fes­ti­val has had a ma­jor fall­ing out with Net­flix. Artis­tic di­rec­tor Thierry Fre­maux re­vealed that films could not com­pete in the fest with­out a the­atri­cal re­lease. Net­flix chief Ted Saran­dos said he would co­op­er­ate, but a law in France for­bids movies from ap­pear­ing on home plat­forms for 36 months af­ter their the­atri­cal re­lease. Speak­ing with Va­ri­ety, Saran­dos said, “We loved the fes­ti­val…. It’s just that the fes­ti­val has cho­sen to cel­e­brate distri­bu­tion rather than the art of cin­ema. We are 100 per­cent about the art of cin­ema. And by the way, ev­ery other fes­ti­val in the world is too.”

R2-D2 DID 9/11

Here’s a sen­tence we never thought we’d get to type — famed Cana­dian au­thor Mar­garet At­wood has weighed in on her the­ory that the 9/11 ter­ror­ists were in­spired by Star Wars. She shared her de­cid­edly spicy take with Va­ri­ety: “Re­mem­ber the first one? Two guys fly a plane in the mid­dle of some­thing and blow that up? The only dif­fer­ence is, in Star Wars, they get away.” Could this mean that other Star Wars movies will pre­dict fu­ture at­tacks? What do we need to learn from Jar-Jar Binks?


Fol­low­ing mul­ti­ple al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct and trans­pho­bia, T.J. Miller is con­tin­u­ing his down­ward spi­ral. The co­me­dian was ar­rested for al­legedly phon­ing in a bomb threat on an Am­trak train in Con­necti­cut in March. He was ar­rested in April and re­leased on $100,000 bail. If he’s con­victed, he could face up to five years in prison.

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