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'A Star is Born' lights up Toronto Intl. Film Festival




Bradley Cooper directed and co-stars with Lady Gaga in a remake of
Bradley Cooper directed and co-stars with Lady Gaga in a remake of "A Star is Born."

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Toronto fest goes Gaga over 'A Star is Born'

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New York Times film reporter Kyle Buchanan says the remake that co-stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (he also directs) got a great reception at its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Kyle also raves about Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk." 

Aaron Dessner is a multi-tasking musician

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Aaron Dessner is a member of the band, The National; he is also the co-founder (with his brother, Bryce) of the new music collective, PEOPLE. His new album with Justin Vernon is called "Big Red Machine.” The music for “Big Red Machine” has its origins in a 2009 AIDS benefit album called “Dark Was the Night.” PEOPLE was developed along with Vernon (of Bon Iver) and a couple of entrepreneurs from Germany. PEOPLE started as a music festival in Berlin where artists were encouraged to collaborate and improvise. They’ve now expanded PEOPLE into a streaming platform, which functions as a collaborative space where musicians can publish works-in-progress. Aaron recently spoke about the venture with John Horn.

Getting the big (and small) picture on the FBI

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The FBI has been in the news since the firing of agent Peter Strzok, who was caught trash-texting then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. That’s just the latest in our long, strange history with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And there’s an interesting parallel history in how the FBI has been portrayed in fictional film and TV. The Frame contributor Tim Greiving has the scoop.