James Toback and Alec Baldwin's Cinematic Romp, SEDUCED AND ABANDONED, Premieres Oct. 28 on HBO Canada

James Toback and Alec Baldwin's Cinematic Romp, SEDUCED AND ABANDONED, 
Premieres Oct. 28 on HBO Canada 
- Inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci's classic Last Tango In Paris - 
- Features Canadians Neve Campbell and Ryan Gosling - 
"The movie business is the worst lover you've ever had in the sense that you 
are seduced and abandoned over and over again." - Alec Baldwin 
TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Corus 
Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Bell Media's The Movie 
Network (Eastern Canada), presents SEDUCED AND ABANDONED, the cinematic romp 
that captures the tug-of-war between the eternal dream of creating pure art 
and the bracing reality of modern movie commerce. James Toback's 
feature-length documentary and celebration of movie-making debuts Monday, Oct. 
28 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, exclusively on HBO Canada. 
** Media Note ** - Download photos at http://mediacentre.corusent.com or 
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For ten days in May 2012, Toback and Baldwin worked their way through the 
Cannes Film Festival in an attempt to secure financing for a proposed film 
project, a political-erotic Middle Eastern adventure inspired by Bernardo 
Bertolucci's classic Last Tango In Paris. As they dashed around - hopeful 
against all odds - Toback filmed the hilarious and revealing proceedings, from 
pitches to billionaires, studio moguls, producers and international sales 
financiers, to intimate encounters with major movie stars and iconic directors 
whose passion for movies proves it's still possible to transcend the madness. 
A dazzling collage of interviews, classic movie clips, and colourful 
personalities, SEDUCED AND ABANDONED features a cast that includes, in 
addition to Alec Baldwin, Bérénice Bejo, Bernardo Bertolucci, James Caan, 
Neve Campbell, Graydon Carter, Jessica Chastain, Diablo Cody, Francis Ford 
Coppola, Ryan Gosling, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Diane Kruger, Mike Medavoy, Ron 
Meyer, Jean Pigozzi, Roman Polanski, Brett Ratner, Martin Scorsese, and Taki 
Theodoracopulos. 
Toback and Baldwin explore memories and money, freedom and fate, commercialism 
and confessions. The outcome is a film about the nitty-gritty of great movies, 
revealing a Cannes that is in equal parts cinematic Valhalla and madcap bazaar. 
SEDUCED AND ABANDONED documents their unpredictable experiences against the 
background of the bustling beauty of Cannes' Promenade de la Croisette. The 
intimate and often poignant conversations with actors and industry giants 
constitute a heartfelt ode to everything alluring about cinema, from sex and 
death to the lingering hope of getting one more precious chance to tell one 
more story through film. 
James Toback and Alec Baldwin first met on the set of Woody Allen's ALICE. A 
series of long conversations later led to the ideas that evolved into SEDUCED 
AND ABANDONED. The plan was to travel to Cannes to pitch their story, 
tentatively titled LAST TANGO IN TIKRIT, and explore the current state of the 
business of cinema. There was no script, providing the opportunity for 
something unique and memorable to emerge from the daily uncertainty. 
Bertolucci, Coppola, Polanski and Scorsese provided invaluable insights 
through their reflections on their careers. But surprises also punctuate the 
film, as when Ryan Gosling offered, according to Toback, "the richest splash 
of brilliant anecdotes and observations about himself and the tribulations of 
film actors, as revealing as anything I've ever seen." 
Ultimately, the film turns the camera back on those who still can't resist the 
devilish and beautiful temptations of a love affair with cinema, despite the 
outrageous odds against success. As the film builds to its climax, there's no 
doubt that Toback and Baldwin remain hopelessly seduced. But will they be 
abandoned? 
James Toback's most recent film was the acclaimed documentary TYSON. An 
Academy Award® nominee for his screenplay for Bugsy, he has written and 
directed Fingers, Love & Money, Exposed, The Big Bang, Two Girls and a Guy, 
Harvard Man, The Pick Up Artist, Black and White and When Will I Be Loved. 
Toback also wrote the original screenplay for the Carol Reisz film The Gambler. 
A HanWay films presentation of a Michael Mailer Films production, SEDUCED AND 
ABANDONED was directed by James Toback; produced by Michael Mailer, Alec 
Baldwin and James Toback; executive producers, Morris Levy, Alan Helene, Larry 
Herbert, and Neal Schneider. 
InEastern Canada, episodes and documentaries will be available in High 
Definition and on TMN GO, HBO Canada OnDemand and HBO Canada OnLine. 
In Western Canada, episodes and documentaries will be available in High 
Definition on HBO Canada HD; on demand, via mobile and online with 
participating service 
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which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications 
company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment's 
Movie Central (Western Canada). 
About Movie Central
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based 
media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty 
television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television 
broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. Experience 
Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
 

SOURCE  Movie Central 
For Movie Central (Western Canada): Owen McCorquodale, 416.479.6068 
orowen.McCorquodale@corusent.com 
For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) Scott Campbell,416.956.8645 ext. 
6064orscott.campbell@bellmedia.ca 
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