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Jean-Marc Vallée attends a press conference to promote the film ‘Demolition’ at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015. His unfinished work was an ode to human complexity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Québec filmmaker and producer Jean-Marc Vallée told stories of human complexity

If Vallée’s films are so moving, it is because for him, cinema and television are an act of communication. He said he hoped his stories would “give back a little.”
Bridget deals with a ‘pervy’ uncle and advances from her boss in Bridget Jones Diary (2001). (Working Title Films)

Holiday romantic comedies and their borderline illegal behaviours

The next time there’s a scene that makes light of gendered violence, pause and ask: what is really being shown here? Is this really all that funny or is it minimizing actual violence?
Dancing with danger. West Side Story/Amblin

‘West Side Story’ may be timeless – but life in gangs today differs drastically from when the Jets and Sharks ruled the streets

Gangs have changed in the decades since ‘West Side Story’ first came out – they are deadlier, and their demographics are different – as are the means law enforcement use to control them.
The witty one-liner is a calling card of the James Bond film franchise. Bob Penn/Sygma via Getty Images

The ancient history of adding insult to injury

Epic poetry tends to be seen as highbrow, while action films are regarded as puerile and brutish. But the two share an affinity for dressing up brutal deaths with rhetorical flair.
Fans of ‘The Sopranos’ will have the option of watching Michael Gandolfini play a young Tony Soprano from their living rooms or in theaters. Bobby Bank/GC Images via Getty Images

David Chase might hate that ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ is premiering on HBO Max – but it’s the wave of the future

With pricing flexibility, the ability to capture data on viewers and the promise of attracting new subscribers, film premieres on streaming services are a no-brainer for studio executives.
When asked how she wanted to be remembered, Tammy Faye replied, “My eyelashes and my walk with the Lord.” John Storey/Getty Images

Underneath all the makeup, who was the real Tammy Faye?

The subject of a new biopic, Tammy Faye was a televangelist icon. But she also represented another side of the evangelical coin – one that was big-hearted, vulnerable and accepting.
A painting for the U.S. Army’s Stars and Stripes newspaper shows a downed pilot fending off sharks with a knife. Ed Vebell/Getty Images

Before Shark Week and ‘Jaws,’ World War II spawned America’s shark obsession

As part of the nation’s massive wartime mobilization effort, millions of Americans, for the first time, traveled abroad – where many had their first encounters with the marine predators.
In buying MGM, Amazon is clearly demonstrating its ambition to dethrone Netflix and the race for the top spot in the video-on-demand market has never been tighter. (Shutterstock)

Will Amazon’s purchase of MGM mark the end of Netflix’s reign?

In the war to secure exclusive content, the ability to invest in the acquisition or production of original content has become crucial ammunition.

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