Morelia: Guillermo del Toro-backed Doc ‘Ayotzinapa, the Turtle’s Pace’ Looks for Truth in Tragedy

MORELIA, Mexico — Perhaps the most important question asked at this year’s Morelia Festival in Mexico was made by a young teacher in the Impulso Morelia pix-in-progress doc “Ayotzinapa, the Turtle’s Pace”: “Since when is it more dangerous to be a rural teacher than a drug-trafficker?” The question has been asked constantly in Guerrero, Mexico […]



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Joss Whedon Replaces Zack Snyder On ‘Justice League’ After Family Tragedy

Zack Snyder is stepping down from his directorial duties on “Justice League” in the wake of a family tragedy. 

During an interview on the Warner Bros. lot where a rough cut of the film was screened, Snyder revealed that his 20-year-old daughter, Autumn Snyder, died by suicide in March. He is taking time off to take care of his family and deal with her death, while “Avengers” director Joss Whedon will help bring the film across the finish line.

Snyder had already completed the majority of filming on the highly anticipated DC superhero tentpole, which is still slated to be released on Nov. 17, but will hand the reins over to Whedon for shooting additional scenes and post-production.

“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the way through it,” Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter in an emotional interview with his wife and “Justice League” producer Deborah Snyder.

“The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming. And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization,” he continued. “I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”

Autumn, the director’s daughter from his first marriage to Denise Snyder, was attending Sarah Lawrence college at the time of her death. According to his wife, Deborah, Autumn loved “to write, to write, to write” and had recently completed a sci-fi novel, which they hope will one day be published.

Snyder, who is also father to seven other children and step-kids, never intended on sharing the news of his daughter’s death, but due to the high-profile nature of his job, he had no choice. 

“Here’s the thing, I never planned to make this public,” he said. “I thought it would just be in the family, a private matter, our private sorrow that we would deal with. When it became obvious that I need to take a break, I knew there would be narratives created on the internet. They’ll do what they do. The truth is … I’m past caring about that kind of thing now.”

Warner Bros., which is also behind Whedon’s upcoming Batgirl solo film, is fully supportive of Snyder’s decision and assured fans of the franchise that the director’s vision will still be intact. 

 “What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart — our hearts — go out to them,” Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich said. “We’re not introducing any new characters. It’s the same characters in some new scenes. He’s handing the baton to Joss, but the course has really been set by Zack. I still believe that despite this tragedy, we’ll still end up with a great movie.”

Snyder has been collaborating with Whedon in the last month to ensure a smooth transition from one director to another. Although he initially intended to stay on and finish the film, his perspective about movie-making and life changed after Autumn’s death. 

“I want the movie to be amazing, and I’m a fan, but that all pales pretty quickly in comparison,” he said. “I know the fans are going to be worried about the movie, but there are seven other kids that need me. In the end, it’s just a movie. It’s a great movie. But it’s just a movie.”

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Queen Elizabeth Expresses Deep Sorrow In Wake Of Ariana Grande Concert Tragedy

Queen Elizabeth II called Monday’s suspected suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, an “act of barbarity.”

“The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert,” she said in a statement on Tuesday. “I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.” 

The blast, which killed at least 23 people including the attacker and injured 59, occurred outside Manchester Arena near the venue’s box office just moments after Grande concluded her performance. Concert attendees, many of them Grande’s young fans and their parents, were sent into panic.

British police said they are treating the blast as a terrorist incident. While the identities of all the victims have not yet been released, many of those affected are believed to be children. 

Grande, who was set to perform in London next, suspended her tour indefinitely.

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1995 Oklahoma City Bombing: Terrorist Tragedy at the Murrah Federal Building – Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, Foreign Connections, Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists, OKBOMB Task Force

1995 Oklahoma City Bombing: Terrorist Tragedy at the Murrah Federal Building – Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, Foreign Connections, Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists, OKBOMB Task Force

Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this unique publication presents official reports about the Oklahoma City bombing. Contents: Responding to Terrorism Victims: Oklahoma City and Beyond * Chairman’s Report: Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House International Relations Committee – The Oklahoma City Bombing: Was There A Foreign Connection? * 10 Years After the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Department of Homeland Security Must Do More To Fight Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists * An Investigation of the Belated Production of Documents in the Oklahoma City Bombing Case – U.S. Department of JusticeAt 9:02 a.m. on the morning of April 19, 1995 a bomb exploded from within a Ryder truck under the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The blast caused a partial collapse of all 9 floors of the 20-year-old building. 168 people died. Rescuers from the Oklahoma City Fire Department entered the building unsure of whether or not the building would continue to support its own weight. Most of the steel support system had been blown out. Within five hours of the blast the first FEMA urban search-and-rescue task force was deployed. By 6 p.m. the task force was in the building searching for victims. One of the first assignments was to search the second floor nursery for victims. Teams with search-and-rescue dogs began the search in the nursery. The dogs are trained to bark when they find live victims. No dogs barked that night. On the 10th anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing, President Bush said the bombing of a federal office building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is an event “in our national memory where the worst and the best both came to pass.” Bush said the country remembers the malice committed that day and honors the “many acts of courage and kindness we saw in the midst of that horror.” Speaking at a ceremony in Oklahoma City on the 10th anniversary of the attack, Vice President Cheney said all Americans respect

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Jim Jarmusch Speaks at Lisbon Estoril Film Festival: « Trump is a Tragedy for the World »

“The election of Trump is not only a tragedy for the United States,” film director Jim Jarmusch announced to a small group of film aficionados at the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival. “It is a tragedy for the world.”


Jarmusch was here at the festival to speak about his two recently released films, Gimmee Shelter and Paterson, both of which celebrate the power of the individual to choose the way he lives his life. His arrival in Lisbon coincided with the US presidential election.

Sitting calmly, with the Atlantic ocean shimmering behind him, he continued: “I think people should be vigilant about things that have fascistic tendencies, vigilant about people like Le Pen in France, Trump in the US. It is a tragic moment that this clown has been elected. The essence of fascism is coming across and that is not a good thing.”

Nothing could be farther from the insular spirit of Trump’s political platform than Jarmusch’s humanist poetics. Paterson tells the story of a bus driver who leads a humble routine life, enjoying his daily interactions with his beloved wife his friends, the local barman and his dog. The film is structured in seven parts according to the days of the week, and each day is pretty much the same. Throughout, our contented peaceful protagonist writes poetry.

The early Jarmusch films also give witness to deeply interior characters who face existence with deadpan wonder and persistence. I personally enter a meditative trance when watching them.

I asked Jarmusch how his meditative poetics have evolved since his earlier films, such as Deadman (1995).

“Both Deadman and Paterson are circular and cyclical in form,” the director said decisively. “[They take up] the metaphor of life as a cycle. It’s all about acceptance, beginnings and ends, the journey.”

Jarmusch, who began his artistic career as a poet, elaborated:

” Mine are minimalist forms, not dramatic, In Paterson, incidents and details are simplified in the form. There is an accumulative effect. One is to be looking at the details, not at the story-line. I avoid drama and conflict. Paterson is a simple depiction of seven days and a strict routine. It is this routine that allows the character to be free. He drives a bus, he gets up a the same time in the same place.”

The director noted with a laugh that he knows he is going against the screenwriting cardinal rule to have “conflict” at the center of a film.

“My films are closer to those of Ozu and Bresson. The essence of their films is not darkness or drama, but balance. There are lots of films being made about problems, about people not getting along, about women being abused, and these films are valuable. Mine aren’t like that.”

The balanced approach extends to the making of the film. “On my film set, there was not one negative moment,” Jarmusch noted with appreciation. “It was pleasurable to collaborate.”

The Lisbon & Estoril film festival is renowned for inviting celebrated filmmakers, intellectuals, artists and cinephiles from all parts of the globe to enjoy low-key intimate exchanges about art in a relaxed environment, where one is just as likely to attend a dinner with Monica Bellucci as chat with Jonathan Demme over breakfast. I was not surprised to see Jim Jarmusch here. I had had a lively conversation last year with Jarmusch’s wife, director/producer Sara Driver, who had come to present her work-in-progress, and she had told me how she and Jim had loved the similarly warm intimate atmosphere of a film festival they had attended in Portugal, many years ago, in Figueira da Foz.

It too had been a genuine exchange between passionate artists.

She had added with a smile: “That’s the way film festivals were back then. That’s the way the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival still is.”

Jarmusch commented on the Lisbon & Estoril festival, his second time back to Portugal:

“My films are an antidote to drama. This festival is an antidote to festivals as a business: to film as a business. Already in a couple days, I have talked and sat down twice with Jean Pierre Leaud. Wow! Then there are the retrospectives of the films of Godard, Kusturica…. The whole atmosphere is celebrating the joy and beauty of film. What a relief, what an amazing place to be.”

An enclave far from the Trump maddened world.

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