AirTalk for July 25, 2014

Comic-Con Harassment complaints and Toronto Film Festival lineup

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An attendee called 'Nomad' of the group Dive Bomber poses on the first day of the 45th annual Comic-Con in San Diego, California on July 24, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center.

A growing number of Comic-Con attendees are protesting incidents of sexual harassment at San Diego's massive annual celebration of geek culture.

This year, comics editor Janelle Assellin surveyed Comic-Con fans and found 59 percent said they felt sexual harassment was a problem in comics and 25 percent said they had been sexually harassed in the industry. Masked men in character are said to act with impunity - groping, stalking and assaulting.

Surprisingly, organizers say 40 percent of attendees are women. And more are demanding something significant be done to enforce a zero-tolerance policy against harassment.

In response, Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer told the LA Times, "Anyone being made to feel uncomfortable at our show is obviously a concern for us.... For this reason we have more staff and security than other events of our type." 

Also, the Toronto Film Festival unveiled its lineup.

The annual film bash is seen as a reliable predictor of Oscar success; past winners of the festival's audience award--Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Seech, 12 Years a Slave, to name a few--had gone on to winning the Oscar for best picture. We'll take a look at what’s on offer and which film has got the most buzz.

Guests:

Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times reporter joins us from Comic-Con International in San Diego

Pete Hammond, awards columnist at the entertainment news site, Deadline. His latest piece is on the Toronto Film Festival lineup and what it portends for next year’s awards season

 


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