ACTOR HOSEA CHANCHEZ ALLEGES ABUSE BY COLLEGE EX-OFFICIAL
UNDATED (AP) – Actor Hosea Chanchez says a friend’s father sexually assaulted him in Alabama when he was 14 years old.
Chanchez starred in BET’s long-running series “The Game.” He identifies his abuser as a college administrator who later worked at a state university in Pennsylvania and faced accusations that he harassed and molested several male students.
Chanchez described what he says happened to him in an Instagram post this week.
The actor confirms to The Associated Press that the Isaac Sanders he says assaulted him in the 1990s is the same man who worked at Pennsylvania’s East Stroudsburg University last decade.
Sanders has never been charged with a crime, and a federal jury sided with the former university official a civil lawsuit the students filed against him.
A lawyer for Sanders told The AP on Wednesday he had not spoken to his client about Chanchez. The lawyer did not immediately return messages left Friday.
Phone messages were also left at a number associated with Sanders seeking comment.
WAITITI’S ‘JOJO RABBIT’ FINDS A MIXED RESPONSE IN TORONTO
TORONTO (AP) — Taika Waititi’s comedy “Jojo Rabbit,” set in Nazi Germany and starring himself as Adolf Hitler, is one the most divisive movies at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Following its premiere Sunday night, “Jojo Rabbit” was hailed as a masterpiece, an eccentric opus and a worthy heir to Charlie Chaplin’s “The Dictator” by some. Others deemed it a badly misjudged misfire that awkwardly melds humor with atrocity no better than Roberto Benigni’s schmaltzy “Life Is Beautiful” did two decades before it.
“Jojo Rabbit” had come into Toronto as one of the festival’s biggest question marks. It might leave that way, too.
Fox Searchlight will release it Oct. 18.
ANSEL ELGORT, FINN WOLFHARD APPEAR IN “THE GOLDFINCH”
TORONTO (AP) – Finn Wolfhard did not have to reach too deep to play the character of Boris in the new film “The Goldfinch.”
Wolfhard says Boris is “kind of a cold character.” However, he says playing it deadpan was a fun thing to do.
“The Goldfinch” is about a boy taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a museum bombing.
Ansel Elgort, who plays the boy as an adult, says it’s a story about redemption and rebirth.
“The Goldfinch” opens Friday.
EDDIE REDMAYNE HAPPY TO REUNITE WITH FELICITY JONES
TORONTO (AP) — As soon as Eddie Redmayne read the script for “The Aeronauts,” he knew who his co-star should be: His “Theory of Everything” co-star Felicity Jones. He says he called her as soon as he finished it and said he would do the movie if she would.
The pair talked about their reunion as the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday.
Jones says reuniting with Redmayne “felt really natural.” But she adds that what made her do the film was that the parts for both were so good.
In the true story, Jones plays pilot Amelia Wren, while Redmayne portrays scientist James Glaisher. Both find themselves in an epic fight for survival as they attempt to discover how high they can rise in a hot-air balloon.
RESTORED EDITION OF ‘PORGY AND BESS’ READYING FOR MET OPERA
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A restored edition of a pioneering, enduring American opera put through its paces in Michigan is making its official debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” is set to premiere Sept. 23. The staging of the “performance edition” is the culmination of a long-in-the-works project by University of Michigan’s Gershwin Initiative.
The work with edited and corrected notes and other elements received a test drive last year on the Ann Arbor campus. Organizers say feedback from that performance helped develop a definitive score.
University musicologist Mark Clague says in a release the initiative, a partnership with the Gershwin families, ensures George and Ira Gershwin’s works can “be heard as the brothers imagined.”
“Porgy” is by the Gershwins, as well as DuBose and Dorothy Heyward.