Entertainment News Roundup: Cate Blanchett Sees No Agitprop in #MeToo Venice TÁR Movie; Netflix Agrees to Give ‘Bardo’ a Rare Run in US Theaters & More

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Timothée Chalamet bites down hard in Venice’s cannibal film

“Bones and All” starring Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell is an old-school love story and the road movie with a twist – the cursed protagonists are cannibals struggling to live with their horrible affliction. “I feel like it’s been one of the weirdest parts of my career,” Chalamet told Reuters ahead of the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Friday.

Danish director Von Trier gets used to living with Parkinson’s disease

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier said on Thursday he felt fine after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but acknowledged it would take time to get used to the tremors caused by the disease. The 66-year-old director’s new supernatural TV series “The Kingdom Exodus” is screening at the Venice Film Festival. As his cast traveled to Canal City to promote the project, von Trier spoke to reporters via Zoom.

Thai transgender cabaret returns after pandemic shutdown

Transgender performers from one of Thailand’s most famous cabaret shows have returned to the limelight for the first time in about three years after being forced to find other ways to make ends meet during the pandemic of coronavirus. One performer, Peerapong “Bee” Butakul, said she turned to selling chicken rice during this time and was excited to be back on stage this week.

Cate Blanchett sees no agitprop in #MeToo Venice film TÁR

American director Todd Field puts a devastating #MeToo scandal at the heart of his new film, ‘TÁR’, but calling it social commentary or political propaganda would hurt the work, its star Cate Blanchett said on Thursday. Blanchett plays a tough, gifted, gay conductor of a major German orchestra, whose seemingly unstoppable career hits the hurricane with an abuse scandal that is never fully explained.

Bollywood broken? The spell of movie moguls on India is fading

Bollywood can be broken, and it has itself to blame. This is the verdict of one of its biggest and brightest stars after the latest flop of a Hindi-language film industry that has long fascinated Indians and the world with its dazzling singing, a mark of escape on the big screen.

The battle to stop deforestation in the Amazon laid bare in the film “The Territory”

Filmmaker Alex Pritz delves into the shrunken heart of the Amazon basin in ‘The Territory’ documentary, documenting the dangers an indigenous tribe faces to protect their heritage at a pivotal time for the world’s largest rainforest.

The American cinematographer-turned-director follows members of the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau tribe as they attempt to stop farmers and settlers from taking their ancestral lands in the state of Rondonia.

Netflix agrees to give ‘Bardo’ a rare run in US theaters

In a break from its normal business model, US streaming giant Netflix has agreed to show Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film in US and Mexican cinemas before releasing it online. “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths,” which had its world premiere Thursday at the Venice Film Festival, is a three-hour epic that follows the memories and fears of a Mexican journalist reflecting on his journey through the life.

Jane Fonda says she started chemo for ‘treatable’ cancer

Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda said on Friday she had been diagnosed with a “very treatable” form of lymphoma and had started a six-month regimen of chemotherapy. The 84-year-old, who starred in the final season of the Netflix comedy ‘Grace and Frankie’ this year, revealed her diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in an Instagram post.

New ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel series hailed as ‘masterpiece’

The long-awaited “Lord of the Rings” prequel, “The Rings of Power,” has received high praise from television critics, with most critics applauding the plot, visuals, and cinematography of the first two episodes. The show is based on appendices to JRR Tolkien’s original ‘Lord of the Rings’ novels and is set thousands of years before the events of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ novels and films.

(With agency contributions.)