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Jessica Chastain redeems a televangelist in 'Tammy Faye'

Sep. 15, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the nearly 10 years it took for Jessica Chastain to get made a film about the Christian televangelist Tammy Faye Messner, she studied many of the kinds of things you'd expect — the hours of television footage, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s 2000 documentary. But...

Review: With empathy, Chastain plays Tammy Faye Bakker

Sep. 14, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

Tammy Faye Bakker wore a lot of makeup. It was armor — a way for a person who didn’t consider herself beautiful to simply exist in the world. So it's a particuarly a cruel irony that the mascara was also the thing that made her a target and a joke long before she and her ex-husband were...

A Toronto Film Festival that straddles normal and virtual

Sep. 08, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

Film festivals like those in Cannes and Venice are hard to compete with in terms of glamour. But the power of the Toronto International Film Festival is in its audiences. TIFF, a sprawling showcase of fall movies, generates enormous amounts of buzz not from formal red...

Fall movie calendar, from 'Venom' to 'King Richard'

Sep. 07, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

A rundown of notable films coming out this fall: Sept. 9 “Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali” (Netflix): A documentary chronicling the friendship between the boxing legend and the civil rights leader. Sept. 10 ...