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TIFF 6ix: Rihanna + Lupita + Tumblr = Movie Gold
This week’s essential links, plus a mariachi band led by Guillermo del Toro
“They look like they’re in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker,” Tumblr user elizabitchtaylor — (excellent handle, by the way) — wrote in July of 2014.
The observation was attached to a photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o at a Miu Miu fashion show. Three years later, that heist movie is soon to become a reality. The Netflix production, slated to begin filming in 2018, will be directed by Ava DuVernay with RiRi and Lupita confirmed as leads. Vox’s Aja Romano recounts how it all went from meme to movie.
Toasting the 70th anniversary of Cannes, the Three Amigos — Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarriuto — led a who’s who of Mexican cinema greats (and of course, Denmark’s Mads Mikkelsen) in a sing-a-long backed by a mariachi band flown in by Salma Hayek. Also: Agnes Varda congas! Paolo Sorrentino vapes!
Grab a donut and take the long road out of Twin Peaks to David Lynch’s Lost Highway. Relive the ‘90s with The AV Club’s deep dive into the film's music by Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails founder and frequent David Fincher collaborator.
As part of its annual GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index, Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD president and CEO, and her organization studied 125 films released in 2016 by the major studios. From their monitoring, it was discovered that, out of 125 films released last year, only 23 — 18.4% — contained LGBTQ+ characters. Gregg Kilday of The Hollywood Reporter recaps the report, pointing out (to our absolute horror) that 2016’s slight uptick in the total number of LGBTQ+ characters is "somewhat inflated because of 14 characters who were part of a single musical number in Universal’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping."
40 years after Ridley Scott won Best Debut Film at Cannes for The Duelists, pop culture is revisiting and reviving his cinematic worlds in a big way, with both Alien: Covenant and Blade Runner 2049 in theatres this year. But Scott is a different kind of filmmaker now, and a Peter O’Toole–like android (Michael Fassbender) has stolen Ellen Ripley's rightful throne to become the new face of the Alien franchise. For The Ringer, Adam Nayman reviews the “big, beautiful, insufferable movies” of the Late Ridley Scott Period.
NOW Magazine’s Radheyan Simonpillai interviews Master of None showrunner Alan Yang about how his and Aziz Ansari’s show speaks to LGBTQ+ and POC authorship and representation. “I promise you,” Yang tells Simonpillai, “we’re not in the writer’s room saying, ‘We’re trying to make a diverse show. Let’s make this look like America.’” But it ended up like that anyway, and we’re all grateful for it.
And with that, we're back at where we started:
Morgana McKenzie just released her music video for the song "Atlas World" by Liu Bei. It won two awards at TIFF Next Wave Jump Cuts, including Best Director. You can watch it now, below: