‘JOJO RABBIT’ A BOLD FOLLOW UP FOR ‘RAGNAROK’ DIRECTOR
Taika Waititi (TY’-kuh wuh-TEE’-tee) could have made just about anything after the success of “Thor: Ragnarok.” But he used his industry capital to make the Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbit.”
It’s a comic coming-of-age story about a 10-year-old boy named Jojo who lives with his mom and has an imaginary friend he talks to for company and guidance. Oh, and “Jojo Rabbit” is set in Nazi Germany and that imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler, as played by Waititi.
The film has been compared to “Rushmore” meets “Life Is Beautiful.” While it’s found a mixed response from critics, it won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival, a prize that has for the last decade always corresponded with a best-picture nomination at the Oscars.
Fox Searchlight will release “Jojo Rabbit” on Friday.
IT’S A TIE: ATWOOD, EVARISTO SHARE BOOKER PRIZE
LONDON (AP) – Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and British author Bernardine Evaristo have split the Booker Prize, after the judging panel ripped up the rulebook and refused to name one winner for the prestigious fiction trophy.
Chairman Peter Florence said the five judges simply couldn’t choose between Atwood’s dystopian thriller “The Testaments” and Evaristo’s kaleidoscope of black women’s stories, “Girl, Woman, Other.”
Partly inspired by the environmental protesters of Extinction Rebellion, who were demonstrating near the prize ceremony’s venue in London’s financial district, Florence said the judges refused to back down when told the rules prohibit more than one winner.
Atwood and Evaristo will split the 50,000 pound ($63,000) Booker Prize purse.