FILE PHOTO – Cast member Scarlett Johansson arrives at the world premiere of “Jojo Rabbit” at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
TORONTO (Reuters) – New Zealander Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” on Sunday won the audience award given at the end of the Toronto International Film Festival, which has in many past years been a bellwether for Academy Award winners.
“Jojo Rabbit” is a comic satire about a 10-year-old German boy Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) during the World War Two, who finds out his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic and turns for help to his imaginary friend Adolph Hitler (Waititi).
Last week, Waititi was awarded the Toronto International Film Festival’s new Ebert Director Award, with the festival’s co-head Cameron Bailey hailing his “razor-sharp humor, faultless style and boundless generosity.”
Among the most popular films by the half-Maori, half-Jewish director is “Thor: Ragnarok,” a 2017 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor. He is also known for “Boy” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.”
In the past 20 years, the Grolsch People’s Choice Award winner, selected based on voting by audiences at the Toronto festival, has gone on to win the Oscar for best picture five times — “Green Book” last year, “12 Years a Slave,” “The King’s Speech,” “Slumdog Millionaire” and “American Beauty.”
Two Toronto runner-ups, “Spotlight” and “Argo,” have also won Oscars during that time and Toronto award winners have been nominated for best picture Oscars in all but one of the past 10 years.
The prize offers C$15,000 in cash and a custom award. The runners-up are Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite.” Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s “The Platform” won the festival’s Midnight Madness genre film award, and the documentary award went to Feras Fayyad’s “The Cave.”
Reporting by Nichola Saminather; Editing by Sandra Maler
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Cast member Jennifer Lopez arrives for the gala presentation of Hustlers at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – “Hustlers” rolled in the Benjamins this weekend, collecting $33.2 million when it debuted in 3,250 North American theaters.
Boosted by rave reviews and stellar word of mouth, “Hustlers” beat expectations and now ranks as the best start for an STX film, along with the biggest live-action opening weekend for stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. Directed by Lorene Scafaria, “Hustlers” is based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York magazine article about a group of strippers who turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clientele after the 2008 recession hits.
Not all newcomers were as fortunate. Warner Bros.’ “The Goldfinch,” adapted from Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, misfired with a disastrous $2.6 million from 2,542 locations. Those ticket sales are well behind projections that estimated an opening weekend near $12 million. The mystery drama, which cost $40 million to produce, stars Ansel Elgort stars as Theo, a young man who turns to art forgery after losing his mother in a freak tragedy. “The Goldfinch” was skewered by critics after it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
Despite a sour start for “The Goldfinch,” Warner Bros. still dominated box office charts. For the second weekend in a row, “It: Chapter Two” was the No. 1 movie in North America. The scary sequel pocketed another $40 million this weekend, boosting its domestic tally to $153 million. Between “It: Chapter Two” and its predecessor, the franchised based on Stephen King’s horror novel has generated over $1 billion worldwide.
Lionsgate’s “Angel Has Fallen” slid to third place, adding $4.4 million in its fourth weekend of release. At No. 4, Universal’s comedy “Good Boys” picked up $4.2 million, taking its bounty to a solid $73 million in North America. Rounding out the top five is Disney’s “The Lion King” with $3.5 million. After nine weeks in theaters, the remake has amassed a mighty $534 million at the domestic box office.
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Roger Moore‘s ghost still visits from beyond the grave, his daughter has claimed.
Deborah, 55, says she often gets signs that Sir Roger, who died of prostate cancer in 2017, is still around.
Roger Moore is among the best-known actors to have played James Bond, starring in seven films from the iconic franchise between 1973 and 1985.
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His most popular films include “The Man with the Golden Gun” and “The Spy Who Loved Me.”
The star’s daughter, an actress herself, believes he is still making his presence felt.
She recalled a recent occasion on which he got up early one morning to go to Sainsbury’s when what she says “the weirdest thing” happened.
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“There was no one in the street and this little Japanese man in his trainers came up to me with this mobile phone,” she said. “He started pointing at it, going, ‘MI5, MI5, James Bond, James Bond, MI5?’ I said, ‘Are you looking for the MI5 building?’ He went, ‘Yeah, yeah, James Bond, 007.’
“Now, of all the people to come up to in the street, it’s me.
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“I was like, ‘Dad, this is you having a laugh.’ So there’s all these little things which always make it feel as though he’s around me.”
Deborah made her screen debut as a child in 1971, featuring alongside her dad in an episode of “The Persuaders!”
She went on to make appearances in “Bullseye!,” “Chaplin,” and “Die Another Day.”
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Deborah recalled another occasion, this time while she was in France for the christening of her brother’s children, when she felt her father was nearby.
“I was walking along the beach and there was this big Russian boat and when it moved the colors changed and the side said 007,” she said. “And then the friend that I was with, her first day back in work — she lives in Sweden — she said, ‘The only picture in this entire office was of your father.’”
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Deborah also spoke about her father’s final days, spent at a clinic in Switzerland.
“He just used to say to the doctors, ‘I don’t want any bad news, just tell me what the treatment is going to be,’” she said. “He was always trying to be as positive as possible because I don’t think he wanted to accept that he was dying. Right up until the end, he was like, ‘I’m going to get better, I’m going to be fine.’
“The last thing he ever said to me was, ‘I love you too,’ which always makes me smile.”
This article originally appeared in The Sun.
J.K. Rowling, the beloved creator of the “Harry Potter” universe, has donated more than $19 million to multiple sclerosis (MS) research in honor of her late mother, who suffered from the chronic neurological condition.
The donation from Rowling, 54, was announced by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland on Thursday. Rowling donated 15.3 million pounds, or $19.1 million USD.
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Money that Rowling previously donated to the school in 2010 funded the creation of the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, named in memory of her mother, who died at 45 years old.
The clinic “has established itself as an integrated care and research facility focusing on MS and neurological conditions with the aim of bringing more clinical studies and trials to patients,” the university said in a statement.
The author and screenwriter, who penned seven novels and numerous spin-off stories and movies about the chronicles of Harry Potter, a boy who discovers he’s a wizard, said the donation will help the clinic enter “a new phase of discovery and achievement, as it realizes its ambition to create a legacy of better outcomes for generations of people with MS and non-MS neurodegenerative diseases.”
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“It’s a matter of great pride for me that the Clinic has combined these lofty ambitions with practical, on the ground support and care for people with MS, regardless of stage and type,” she said, adding she’s “confident” that the team overseeing clinical research “will create a definitive step-change for people with MS and associated conditions.”
Rowling, according to Forbes, was the highest-paid author of 2019. The business magazine reported she fell off their list of billionaires in 2012 after donating an estimated $160 million to charity and because of Britain’s high tax rates.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A documentary about alleged sexual abuse by Michael Jackson won an Emmy on Saturday while RuPaul was named best reality show host and Beyonce went home empty-handed.
2019 Creative Arts Emmys Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, CA, U.S., September 14, 2019 – RuPaul poses with his Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. REUTERS/Monica Almeida
“Leaving Neverland,” which features two adult men who say they were befriended by Jackson and sexually abused by him starting from when they were 7 and 10 years old, was named best documentary at a ceremony in Los Angeles ahead of television’s main Emmy awards show next week.
The program, which aired earlier this year, 10 years after Jackson’s death, was met with outrage by his family and brought fresh scrutiny to the “Thriller” singer’s legacy.
Jackson’s family and his estate have denied the accounts given by the men, calling them a “rehash of dated and discredited allegations.”
Beyonce, whose 2018 Coachella festival concert film “Homecoming” went into Saturday’s ceremony with six Emmy nominations was beaten in all categories.
James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” special with former Beatle Paul McCartney returning to his Liverpool hometown won over “Homecoming” for pre-recorded variety special, while the filmed version of Bruce Springsteen’s acclaimed one-man Broadway show triumphed for variety special directing.
Long-running show “The Simpsons” won the Emmy for best animated series, while gay makeover series “Queer Eye” took home four awards.
“Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” the travel and food show hosted by U.S. celebrity chef Bourdain who died by suicide in 2018, won two Emmys.
In other awards, drag queen RuPaul won his fourth Emmy as best reality show host for “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and rock climbing film “Free Solo”, which won the best documentary Oscar this year, added seven Emmys to its honors.
The main Emmy awards will be handed out on Sept. 22 in Los Angeles, with “Game of Thrones” and “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel”, leading the race for best drama and best comedy series.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Robert Birsel
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apple TV+ premiered its first show at the Tribeca TV Festival on Saturday, flaunting feminist snark, lavish period costumes and a star-studded cast in “Dickinson,” a series that sheds a modern light on the life of an iconic American poet.
Actors Jason Momoa (L) and Alfre Woodard speak during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Emily Dickinson, the prolific American poet, is played by Hailee Steinfeld, the pop star whose breakout vocal performance in Pitch Perfect 2 and debut single “Love Myself” made her a teen idol – a casting decision that Apple is likely betting on to draw young, loyal fans to the streaming service.
Steinfeld’s Dickinson is a firebrand who writes poetry furiously into the night and flirts with Death, a character played by rapper Wiz Khalifa, all while feeling constrained by the expectations she faces as a woman in 1850s New England.
In the first episode, Dickinson resists her mother’s efforts to marry her off and is heartbroken when her father berates her for submitting a poem to be published in a literary magazine.
“I do think that the pressure that Emily Dickinson is under to feel or act or do certain things, I think that women still feel that today,” Steinfeld said after a screening of the show’s first episode.
Steinfeld also surprised the Tribeca audience with the announcement that she will release her new single “Afterlife” on Sept. 19 and the song will feature in the show.
“Dickinson”, which also stars Jane Krakowski of NBC’s “30 Rock”, joins seven other original shows that Apple TV+ will feature when it launches on Nov. 1, including “The Morning Show” with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and “See,” a sci-fi drama featuring Jason Momoa.
“Dickinson” cast members said they were grateful Apple seemed to spare no expense on period costumes and sets.
Apple, which transformed the music, mobile and personal computing industries, plans to spend $2 billion on original programming for its new streaming service this year.
“They clearly put a lot of money and kindness into the look of the show which I think pays off amazingly on screen,” Krakowski, who plays Dickinson’s mother, said after the Tribeca screening.
To compete with Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) Disney+ and Netflix (NFLX.O) in a battle for streaming TV customers, Apple is offering a year of free TV service for customers who purchase most Apple devices. Apple TV+ will be available in over 100 markets at launch.
Reporting by Gabriella Borter; Editing by Himani Sarkar
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Tom Hanks has worked with and met some of the biggest names in Hollywood over his decades-long acting career.
But apparently there are still people he fangirls over.
At the Toronto Film Festival, the 63-year-old Oscar winner met Jennifer Lopez and the rest of the cast of “Hustlers” and couldn’t help but be ecstatic by the moment.
While at the Variety Studio, Hanks waved at Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Constance Wu and director Lorene Scafaria, then rushed over to take a photo with them.
“Listen, I don’t have on any lip gloss. Am I allowed to stand over there?” he asked.
He greeted each woman with a kiss on the cheek before posing with them.
“The only thing I’ve heard about your movie is that it could use a little Tom Hanks,” he joked.
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Hanks was in town to promote his Mister Rogers film, “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.”
More bad news for “Friends” fans.
After the beloved comedy series announced it’s leaving Netflix in July for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, the show’s creators confirmed there won’t be a reunion or reboot series happening anytime soon.
“We will not be doing a reunion show, we will not be doing a reboot,” co-creator and executive producer Marta Kauffman said during the Tribeca TV Festival, according to Deadline.
“The show was about that time in life when friends are your family,” she added.
She reasoned that a continuation of the series is “not going to beat what we did.”
Co-creator and executive producer David Crane agreed.
“We did the show we wanted to do. We got it right, and we put a bow on it,” he added.
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During the panel, the exec also revealed a few behind-the-scenes details about the show, like how they never thought of Monica and Chandler getting together until the audience reacted to them onscreen together.
“We never intended Monica and Chandler,” Kauffman explained. “But the audience reaction was so strong, and their chemistry was so good that we ultimately had to listen to the show. We knew there’s a real relationship here.”
“Friends” ran for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004 on NBC.
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said Saturday that he does not believe that controversial new “Saturday Night Live” cast member Shane Gillis should lose his job over his use of an anti-Chinese slur, adding that he was “happy to sit down and talk” with the comedian.
NBC announced Thursday that Gillis would be one of three new cast members on the venerable variety show. Hours later, a YouTube video surfaced of Gillis and fellow comedian Matt McCusker discussing an unidentified city’s Chinatown neighborhood.
At one point, Gillis asked: “Why do the f—ing c—ks live there?” before complaining that Chinese restaurants are full of “f—ing Chinese. … And the translation between you and the waiter is just such a f—ing hassle.” He also said he was more annoyed by hearing an Asian trying to learn English when he’s eating out than by any other “minority” playing music. He characterized that reaction as “nice racism, good racism,” adding that whites would be a similar target if they were speaking English “over there,” not specifying where he meant.
Early Saturday, Page Six reported that Gillis had described Yang as a “Jew c—k” on a podcast hosted by fellow comedians Luis J. Gomez and Zac Amico.
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In a statement late Thursday, Gillis offered to apologize “to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said.”
“I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries,” the statement began. “I sometimes miss. If you go through my 10 years of comedy, most of it bad, you’re going to find a lot of bad misses … My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks.
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Yang retweeted Gillis’ statement Saturday and responded: “Shane – I prefer comedy that makes people think and doesn’t take cheap shots. But I’m happy to sit down and talk with you if you’d like.”
In a follow-up tweet, the presidential candidate added: “For the record, I do not think he should lose his job. We would benefit from being more forgiving rather than punitive. We are all human.”
Christina Anstead is letting fans join her on her postpartum journey.
The HGTV star, who gave birth to son Hudson last week, revealed on social media that she’s been consuming her placenta in pill form.
“First time I’ve tried it — and I think these placenta encapsulation [pills] are working,” the 36-year-old wrote on her Instagram Story.
The Story also featured her newborn son, Andstead’s first child with husband Ant Anstead. Both have two children from previous marriages.
The couple announced Hudson’s birth on Sept. 6.
“Ant and I are so excited to welcome Hudson London Anstead into the world. Our hearts are SO full of love and joy! Our healthy baby boy was born this morning- 9/6/19 – 7 lbs 7 oz 19.5 inches long,” the “Flip or Flop” star wrote.
“Welcome to the world! Hudson London Anstead I am in awe! Mummy and baby are simply perfect!” added the 40-year-old “Wheeler Dealers” host added.
Antstead’s two kids, whom she shares with ex-husband Tarek El Moussa, met their younger brother the day after the proud parents welcomed him.
“Perfectly captured candid moment of Tay and Bray meeting baby Hudson yesterday- just a little excited,” she captioned the photo of them smiling down at the baby.
On Saturday, Hudson went on his first outing when Christina took the newborn to Taylor’s soccer game.
“Our first outing was a success. Hudson slept, Tay scored!” she wrote.