Former porn star Jonathan Agassi: I’d be dead if they hadn’t made a documentary about me

An unnerving and acclaimed new film about an Israeli actors meteoric career in adult movies and horrifying descent into drug addiction saved his life, he says The documentary Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life begins with the fresh-faced gay Israeli porn star winning a top industry award in Berlin, and ends with him high on drugs, writhing around on the floor, his life in tatters. Playing out like a bleak Boogie Nights, the film, shot by Israels Tomer Heymann over eight years, catches Agassis swift climb to the top then sticks with him through a slow, ugly decline. Sex and drugs abound, with unnervingly intimate footage, but it is sensitive and compassionate. Agassi, now 35, doesnt work in porn any more. …

Ronan Farrow on investigating Harvey Weinstein: When family issues are thrown at me, its a dirty move

Farrows investigation into the allegations against the producer won him a Pulitzer prize. He talks about the personal cost In the story behind the story of Mia Farrow and sexual abuse allegations made by Dylan, Farrows older sister, against their father. During the course of the investigation, Weinstein would weaponise all of this to try to unnerve him. If Farrow was intimidated, it isnt his style to show it: he is amused, sardonic, diminutive, in a way that invites comparisons to Matt Lauer, the former NBC host accused of sexual harassment, about whom the book contains explosive new allegations Farrow forgot to eat, go out except when following leads, or call his boyfriend in LA. For a while, he says, …

From Thelma and Louise to Animals: how female friendships on screen got real

Animals is the latest film to explore womens lives in a refreshingly realistic way. Why did it take Fleabag and Girls for cinema to realise there is more to a narrative than marriage? When did you last see a film with a friendship between two women that felt real, a friendship that didnt play second fiddle to romance in the narrative arc, that was not trampled over or cast aside in the quest for true love? Love stories about female friends are vanishingly rare. But this summer, Olivia Wildes gorgeous coming-of-age story Booksmart arrived on screen. Now comes Animals, the director Sophie Hydes hedonistic Irish comedy about two best friends, underemployed graduates in their early 30s working as coffee-shop baristas. …

It’s electrifying! Olivia Newton-John on her big Grease auction

Those headturning trousers, a pink ladies jacket, plus many more items from the actors 55-year career are going under the hammer. So why-yi-yi-yi now? When Sandy told Danny to Tell me about it stud, in skin-tight black trousers and a leather jacket in the 1978 film Grease, little did Olivia Newton-John realise her characters costume would go on to fetch a combined estimate of $230,000 (185,000) at auction more than 40 years later. These items of cinema history, along with 200 more of the actors costumes and personal clothes will go under the hammer at Juliens Auctions in LA in November, with 32 highlights now on display at the Museum of Style Icons in Ireland. Needless to say, the black …

‘Straight pride’ group removes Brad Pitt as mascot after backlash

The campaign, which has ties to far-right US groups and advocates for oppressed majority of heterosexuals, took down images of the actor A small group of men with ties to far-right groups who have applied for a license to hold a Straight Pride March in the US have taken down a photograph of Brad Pitt from their website after the actor complained. Three men, who call their campaign Super Happy Fun America, had adopted the actor as an unofficial mascot for the movement, which advocates on behalf of the straight community and describes straight people as an oppressed majority. The move follows a complaint by Pitts representatives, who confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that they had officially requested …

Mindy Kaling: I was so embarrassed about being a diversity hire

The star of The Office and The Mindy Project has defied typecasting by writing her own roles and working very hard. She talks about Late Night, her new film with Emma Thompson, remaking Four Weddings, and her own real life rom-com Oh my God, I cant believe youre doing it again, youre insane! I love it! But youre insane! Mindy Kaling cackles when she spots me waiting for her in a central London hallway and points to my large pregnant stomach. Kaling and I first met when I Inside Out, and I was doing some interviews while pregnant. Whereas most celebrities have forgotten the face of the journalist who interviewed them before they have even left the room, let alone …

Booksmart director Olivia Wilde: Being young is the most painful, most hilarious experience

The American star on re-energising the high-school movie with her directorial debut Olivia Wildes directing debut, Elizabeth Warren. Have you seen or read anything recently that you loved?My favourite book I read this year was [the memoir] Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Amazing Grace review soul-shaking gospel from Aretha Franklin

A spellbinding performance by the singer is captured in Sydney Pollacks 1972 film The 1970s may have been the heyday of the rock concert film, but the genre was frequently marred by questionable performances and legal squabbles. Whether its Led Zeppelin going off the boil in the wrangle-ridden The Song Remains the Same or the Rolling Stones finding themselves stars of an unfolding horror movie in the Maysless The Last Waltz, captured the Band as they were splitting up, cementing the genres long-standing funereal affiliations and serving as inspiration for Rob Reiners nail-in-the-coffin mockumentary Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways