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TIFF 2018 How the film festival hopes to fix a broken industry

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement TIFF is an organization caught in the middle of this turbulent social moment, an event both dedicated to celebrating a broken industry – and to fixing it. As the new festival unspools, TIFF has just appointed a woman, the American indie film champion Joana Vicente, as its co-director; it can report another increase in female directors on its program, and it is continuing a new initiative promoting women’s careers in film: In 2018, the festival is a more female-centric organization offering an increasingly diverse lineup. So, TIFF has the #MeToo wind in its sails, but is the voyage ahead just a late-summer pleasure cruise or a long trip to different shores? Harvey Weinstein, Bryan Cranston and Neil Burger at a TIFF party in 2017. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img It’s September and Hollywood has come to town. The stars dutifully twinkle at the parties celebrating their premieres. At the Thompson, Nicole Kidman is spotted with George Clooney; at the Citizen, Jessica Chastain appears with celebrated screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. And at the Cactus Club, Benedict Cumberbatch, star of a new movie called The Current War, is photographed alongside his producer, super mogul Harvey Weinstein.That was TIFF 2017. A year later, a new crop of actors is promoting a new crop of films but Weinstein, who now faces six sexual assault charges in New York, will not be in attendance. Meanwhile, celebrity hunters debate whether actors Casey Affleck, who settled two sexual-harassment claims out of court in 2010, or Emile Hirsch, convicted of attacking a woman at party in 2015, will show their faces on the red carpet when their new films are unveiled. Their names did not appear on a guest list released to media last week.It has been 11 months since The New York Times and The New Yorker outed Weinstein as an alleged sexual predator, unleashing hundreds of similar accusations that used the social-media hashtag #MeToo to tear the veil off widespread sexual harassment in the entertainment and media industries. And there are still many days when sexism in the film business seems intractable. Every other film with a female lead or a female director refers to #MeToo in its media material, but male characters still account for most protagonists in big-budget Hollywood movies while less than a quarter of those productions employ female directors, writers, or cinematographers – a number that hasn’t changed since the 1990s. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Johnson Johnson acquires Swiss biotech firm Actelion in 30billion deal

first_imgJohnson & Johnson and Swiss biotech company Actelion Ltd have entered into an agreement under which Johnson & Johnson will launch an all-cash tender offer in Switzerland to acquire all the outstanding shares of Actelion for $280 per share, valuing the deal at around $30 billion.Cisco grabs San Francisco-based AppDynamics for $3.7 billion just before its IPOAs part of the acquisition, Actelion will spin out its drug-discovery operations and early-stage clinical development assets into a newly created Swiss biopharmaceutical company R&D NewCo, according to a statement released by Actelion late on Thursday (January 26). The shares of R&D NewCo, which will be listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, will be distributed to Actelion’s shareholders as a stock dividend upon closing of the tender. R&D NewCo will be led by Actelion’s current scientific team with Jean-Paul Clozel, MD, chief executive officer (CEO) and founding member of Actelion, as the CEO. Jean Pierre Garnier, chairman of the board of Actelion, will be the chairman of the board of R&D NewCo. Actelion is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialisation of innovative drugs and has a leading franchise for pulmonary arterial hypertension. “We believe this transaction offers compelling value to both Johnson & Johnson and Actelion shareholders,” said Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to Johnson & Johnson’s adjusted earnings per share and accelerate the US pharma major’s revenue and earnings growth rates. After the deal closes, Johnson & Johnson expects the transaction to increase its long-term revenue growth rate by at least one per cent and its long-term earnings growth rate by 1.5-2 per cent above current analyst consensus. Johnson & Johnson estimates EPS accretion in the first full year of $0.35 to $0.40. Johnson & Johnson will fund the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2017, with cash held outside the US. Lazard is acting as the lead financial advisor to Johnson & Johnson with Citibank also providing financial advice on certain matters. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Homburger AG and SextonRiley LLP are serving as legal advisors to Johnson & Johnson. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is serving as Actelion’s lead financial advisor with Credit Suisse also providing financial advice. Niederer Kraft & Frey, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Slaughter & May are serving as the legal advisors to Actelion.last_img read more

Bullethit body found at Benapole

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationPolice recovered a bullet-hit body of a man from Choto Achra area of Benapole in Jashore district early Saturday.Masud Karim, officer-in-charge of Benapole port police station, said locals spotted the bullet-hit body of the man, aged about 30, and informed police, reports UNB.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Jashore general hospital for an autopsy.A case was filed with Benapole port police station in this connection, the OC said.last_img

Riviera18 Audience enthralled by the vibrant display of rich culture

first_imgRiviera 2018, the annual sports and cultural extravaganza event that attracts some of the finest young minds from all over the world commenced with a bang on February 15, at VIT in Vellore. After enthralling the audiences on its first day, the festival continued to present back to back performances, thereby highlighting the rich cultural heritage of different countries.Aikya, a commemoration of the unity in diversity that our nation is famous for and immensely proud of, was conducted on the second day of Riviera’18. Aikya was one of the vibrant displays of grace and power associated with Indian culture. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event offered an important platform for the performers as well as an opportunity to spread awareness about varied cultures of Indian states. A key aspect of any culture is the clothing associated with it, and students of VIT went up and above in this regard, by dressing up in amazing vibrant colours.Another special highlight was ‘Infusion’, an International exhibit of cultures around the world, which was conducted on the third day of the festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The main goal of Infusion is to motivate students from all over the world to form strong cross-culture relationships, which would help the students improve their cultural awareness on a global scale,” Said Ujjawal Surana, student organizer of Infusion.Krishna Radhakrishnan, President, Women Entrepreneur’s Welfare Association, Tamil Nadu graced the occasion as chief guest for the event.Apart from cultural performances, a workshop on Global Skills was conducted during the event. It was graced by the presence of the team from the upcoming Tamil movie Sagaa. Also, Khalbali, the street play was conducted by the students where they portrayed social problems through a creative medium. Hindi was used as the language of conversation throughout the play.The ‘Spokesperson’ event was also conducted to develop and improve the oration skills of students. What’s interesting to note is that students from around 29 countries have worked to put on a graceful display of the diverse cultures that exist around the world.last_img read more