Although Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may have come under fire for breaking their pledge that they wouldn't get married until all same-sex couples could marry in the U.S., one of Jolie's former lovers is hearing same-sex wedding bells.

Japanese American model and actor Jenny Shimizu, who once had a relationship with Jolie (who costarred with her in the 1996 film Foxfire), is engaged to her partner Michelle Harper.

Jolie is quoted as saying of Shimizu: "I fell in love with her the first second I saw her. I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn't married my [first] husband."

Shimizu also lists Madonna as one of her former lovers.

Female filmmakers are getting increased support from the Whistler Film Festival (which runs from December 3 to 7) with a trio of initiatives that will help address the gender imbalance in the industry.

The WFF and the Creative Women Workshops Association are joining forces to offer, for the first time, the Women in the Directors Chair WFF Industry Immersion, a practicum for eight mid-career female directors for fiction feature film and web series.

The three-part immersion will include workshopping scripts with professional actors,  meetings with industry experts, and mentorship.

The director application deadline is September 15 and the actor application deadline is October 31.

The Bachelor Canada is returning to TV screens for a second season starting September 18. Twenty-five women from across the country will compete to win the heart of 28-year-old Tim Warmels. The Ontario-born tech entrepreneur is also a part-time model and furniture designer. He follows in the footsteps of CFL player Brad Smith, who played the part of Canada’s most eligible bachelor on the first season.

Of the 25 women—aged 23 to 42—competing on the show, six reside in B.C.

On Friday (August 22), at Mercer Stadium in New Westminster, Matt Frame chained himself to a coconut and embarked on a 24-hour, 109.2km walk.

The stunt—described in the filmmaker’s own media release as “absurd”, “moronic”, and “stupid”—was designed to raise funds for Camp Death III: The Final Summer, a movie currently in the final days of an Indiegogo campaign.

Quoted in the media release, co-producer Shawn Bordoff described Frame’s “Walk 4 Death” as “a little sad.”

The Oscar-winning director of Gandhi, Lord Richard Attenborough, has passed away at the age of 90.

When he accepted his award in 1983, he said he was "totally bowled over". The film, which starred Ben Kingsley in the title role, also won the Oscar for best picture.

"When he gave me the part of Gandhi it was with great grace and joy," Kingsley told the BBC. "He placed in me an absolute trust and in turn I placed an absolute trust in him and grew to love him."

Attenborough's best-known acting roles were as John Hammond in Jurassic Park and as a leader of Allied prisoners in The Great Escape.

Tonight, the Rio Theatre will give Vancouverites an opportunity to see Robin Williams on the big screen.

At 6:30 p.m., the East Vancouver movie house will screen The Birdcage, in which Williams plays a gay cabaret owner in South Miami Beach opposite his drag queen lover (Nathan Lane).

That will be followed at 9 p.m. by The Fisher King. Williams stars as a delusional homeless man alongside Jeff Bridges, who plays a despondent former radio shock jock.

In an interview with the Straight's Dan McLeod after the release of The Fisher King in 1991, Williams said his character was on a quixotic quest for the Holy Grail in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Toronto-based Hiltz Squared Media bills itself as "a ground-breaking production and distribution company that continues to push the boundaries of television and film".

But when it produced a documentary about alleged serial killer Luka Magnotta, it likely never expected that it would be pulled from a film festival because of a court-ordered publication ban.

Sex, Fame & Murder: The Luka Magnotta Story was scheduled to be shown today and tomorrow (August 23 and 24) at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Magnotta's trial for the murder of Chinese immigrant Jun Lin, who was openly gay, is scheduled to begin in Montreal on September 8.

One of the many fine memories from my 13-year stint as Vancouver correspondent for New York horror mag Fangoria involved interviewing screen legend Pam Grier when I was covering the Snoop Dogg flick Bones.

I was expecting good things from Bones because I loved director Ernest Dickerson’s previous fright flick, Demon Knight, but it turned out to be no great shakes. It was still worth it to chat with Foxy Brown herself, though, even if I had to go through some makeup FX artists and secondary actors first.

Do we now have Hollywood's first gay male action hero couple?

Apparently we do, according to Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes.

Amid the testosterone sausage fest, a homo-affectionate scene, between characters played by the Governator and one of China's top martial arts movie stars, aroused speculation on the internet.

Trench Mauser (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Yin Yang (Jet Li) are shown cuddling up with each other toward the end of the film.

Expendables leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) tells the dynamic duo to get a room while the pair laugh it off.

"We don't need a room!" Mauser replies. "So jealous!" 

People with good taste generally wish the whole Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon would just go away; not because there is anything inherently wrong with erotic fiction in general or BDSM themes in particular, but because E.L. James's writing is so painfully—one might even say torturously, but not in a hot way—awful.

It's not going anywhere, though. The Hollywood adaptation is scheduled for release next February. If nothing else, it should be fun spotting all the Vancouver locations in the movie, which was shot locally (although the story is actually set in that other Vancouver).

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