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Movie’s Ads Protest Rules Restricting Gay Men From Donating Blood

But times change, and Mr. Palen is now taking a more antagonistic approach. “All Types Welcome” is a condemnation of blood donation rules set by the Food and Drug Administration that prohibit most gay or bisexual men from giving; before donating, they have to forgo same-sex sexual encounters for at least a year, a contentious precaution resulting from concerns about ...

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Queen! Bow Down to Tattoo-Flashing Octogenarian Dame Dench

This dame, as it turns out, is full of mischief. Ms. Dench got an Oscar nomination 20 years ago for playing Victoria in “Mrs. Brown,” the saga of how the queen grew close to a younger man, a servant who doted on her after her beloved Albert died, outraging her household. Now she is back in Oscar contention for “Victoria ...

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Harry Dean Stanton, and the Movies That Broke Him Free

Photo Harry Dean Stanton in Alex Cox’s “Repo Man” (1984). Credit Universal Pictures/Photofest, via Quad Cinema With “Lucky,” opening Friday, Sept. 29, Harry Dean Stanton, who died this month, landed the role of a lifetime as a 90-year-old, desert-town atheist seeking spiritual enlightenment as he confronts the void beyond. (This directorial debut from John Carroll Lynch was written by Logan ...

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Alternative Movie Posters: Fan Art We Love

Many creators have become so popular that they’re also working for studios, on everything from variant posters (Tracie Ching’s prints for “The Jungle Book”) to Blu-ray covers (Marie Bergeron’s illustrations for Takeshi Kitano films). Last year, the illustrator Kyle Lambert created the official “Stranger Things” poster, his homage to classic hand-painted ones of the 1980s. Today, there are galleries and ...

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Review: ‘The Force’ Follows the Oakland Police From Crisis to Crisis

Photo A scene from Peter Nicks’s documentary “The Force,” about the Oakland Police Department. Credit Kino Lorber In the potent documentary “The Force,” there’s a moment when Sean Whent, the Oakland chief of police, faces a tough critic: the public. It’s 2015, and he’s talking about the police response to calls. He admits the police are not providing the level ...

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Jake LaMotta, ‘Raging Bull’ in and Out of the Ring, Dies at 95

Ray Arcel, one of boxing’s most renowned trainers, said of LaMotta, “When he was in the ring, it was like he was in a cage fighting for his life.” Continue reading the main story Best remembered for his six bouts with Sugar Ray Robinson, LaMotta won 83 fights (30 by knockouts), lost 19 (including a “fix” to which he belatedly ...

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Making ‘Mother!,’ the Year’s Most Divisive Film

The dark lord materialized moments later. It’s not an ill-fitting nickname, at least cinematically. On screen Mr. Aronofsky has conjured up all manner of ghoulish misbehavior and grotesqueries in “Requiem for a Dream” and “Black Swan.” “Mother!,” an ambitious parable hidden in a horror flick, tops them easily. What starts as a home invasion-psychological thriller ends in flaming nightmare surrealism, ...

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Harry Dean Stanton: Fully Inhabiting Scenes, Not Stealing Them

Photo Harry Dean Stanton in a scene from the film “Lucky,” which will be released Sept. 29. Credit Magnolia Pictures Soon after the start of “Paris, Texas,” Harry Dean Stanton appears in an astonishing gorge called the Devil’s Graveyard. He’s playing a lost soul, Travis, who will spend the rest of the film getting found. Right now, though, surrounded by ...

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Men, Women, Cinema — No Longer the Same Old Story

Photo Laurie Metcalf, left, and Saoirse Ronan in a scene from “Lady Bird,” written and directed by Greta Gerwig. Credit via Toronto International Film Festival TORONTO — In my dream film festival, I would program Lucrecia Martel’s historical fiction “Zama” on a double bill with Louis C.K.’s contemporary comedy, “I Love You, Daddy.” Ms. Martel is an Argentine director best ...

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Harry Dean Stanton, Character Actor Who Became a Star, Dies at 91

But he remained largely unknown to the general public until 1984, when the seemingly impossible, or at least the unexpected, happened: Mr. Stanton, the quintessential supporting player, became a leading man. Continue reading the main story That year he starred as a wandering amnesiac reunited with his family in Wim Wenders’s “Paris, Texas,” which won the Palme d’Or at the ...

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