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TIFF 2021: Highlights from a film festival that entered the multiverse

TIFF 2021: Highlights from a film festival that entered the multiverse

No two people have the same film festival experience. There’s the thumbing of the program and picking out titles, making priorities and curating your own double, triple, quadruple bills. There’s the hopping between venues, meeting faces old and new, emerging from dark rooms disappointed or elated or somewhere in between. For press, there’s a lot…

See who won at the Emmys
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See who won at the Emmys

The 73rd Emmy Awards are in progress. See below for a list of nominees in major categories and check back for winners throughout the night. Additional categories can be found here. Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movie Paul Bettany, “WandaVision” Hugh Grant, “The Undoing” Ewan McGregor, “Halston” *WINNER Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton”…

Adele all but confirms Rich Paul is her boyfriend with new Instagram post

Adele all but confirms Rich Paul is her boyfriend with new Instagram post

Rumors have been swirling for months about the status of Adele’s relationship status, but now she is making it official on her Instagram account. Adele, 33, and Rich Paul, 39, were first linked when Paul told the New Yorker in May they were “hanging out.” The proof appeared in July when the couple attended Game…

How to watch the 2021 Emmy Awards
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How to watch the 2021 Emmy Awards

The Emmy Awards are Sunday night, celebrating the best TV of the year. Here’s everything you need to know. The host Cedric the Entertainer is set to host the 73rd annual event and promises to bring some humor as the show celebrates how TV has helped get us through the pandemic, minus any zingers. “It’s…

The Black Film Archive wants to show the world just how limitless Black cinema really is

The Black Film Archive wants to show the world just how limitless Black cinema really is

Though they go by different names, almost every major streaming service has some type of “Black film” collection, often promoted during the month of February or, during 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests, in the summer. These collections mainly act as an exhibit for the Black movie titles the streamer already has, and as a result,…

How televangelist Tammy Faye Messner became a gay icon
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How televangelist Tammy Faye Messner became a gay icon

Tammy Faye Messner (formerly Bakker) was camp incarnate. With her wildly over-the-top makeup and garish animal-print ensembles, a penchant for singing Christian disco anthems despite her lack of voice training, and a sense of childlike wonder with which she preached her gospel, she made for compelling TV viewing. Though the televangelist is remembered for all…

TV OT: How the Emmys sounded the alarms for the award-show ratings nightmare. Plus: Casting ‘LuLaRich,’ and ‘On the Verge’

TV OT: How the Emmys sounded the alarms for the award-show ratings nightmare. Plus: Casting ‘LuLaRich,’ and ‘On the Verge’

The record-low ratings for last year’s Emmys turned out to be the canary in the coalmine for steep across-the-board drops in award-show viewing — the alarm for an unwelcome wakeup call. Yet if hope springs eternal that those shows can at least partially rebound, challenges associated with the pandemic and shift to streaming only heightened…

Snow Tha Product has proved her doubters wrong
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Snow Tha Product has proved her doubters wrong

Snow Tha Product is the socially-conscious raptress the world needs right now. Born Claudia Alexandra Feliciano in San Jose, California, to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents, the rapper is set to the judge the US Finals of Red Bull Batalla, the world’s largest Spanish rap battle, this weekend. Despite more than a decade in the music…

‘Muhammad Ali’ lets Ken Burns go four fascinating rounds with the champ’s life and legacy
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‘Muhammad Ali’ lets Ken Burns go four fascinating rounds with the champ’s life and legacy

Floating and stinging as it explores the boxing icon’s life inside the ring and out, “Muhammad Ali” is another epic Ken Burns-produced dive into the life of an influential 20th-century figure, coming on the heels of “Hemingway.” Much has said about Ali, but going the distance with this four-part PBS documentary makes it feel like,…

Lizzo wants to star in ‘Bodyguard’ remake with Chris Evans
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Lizzo wants to star in ‘Bodyguard’ remake with Chris Evans

Lizzo apparently has not abandoned her quest to get close to Chris Evans. With news that Warner Bros. (which is owned by CNN’s parent company) is reportedly planning a remake of the 1992 film “The Bodyguard,” the singer has let the world know she wouldn’t mind starring in it with Evans. Taking to her TikTok,…

Priyanka Chopra Jonas on ‘The Activist’: ‘The show got it wrong’
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Priyanka Chopra Jonas on ‘The Activist’: ‘The show got it wrong’

Another judge from “The Activist” has spoken up regarding backlash against the show. On Thursday, Priyanka Chopra Jonas addressed the issue in a statement on her verified Instagram account in the wake of CBS and its production partners, Global Citizen and Live Nation, announcing that changes have been made to the series. “I have been…

‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ isn’t as good as Jessica Chastain’s performance
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‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ isn’t as good as Jessica Chastain’s performance

The stars outshine the movie in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” a dazzling showcase for Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield as Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker in a dutiful, somewhat disjointed chronicle of how the televangelists amassed great wealth before his disgraced fall. While it’s not a landslide vote, thanks to Chastain’s disappearing act, “The…

The winner of ‘America’s Got Talent’ is …
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The winner of ‘America’s Got Talent’ is …

“America’s Got Talent” has crowned another winner. Dustin Tavella, 35, was named the Season 16 winner of “America’s Got Talent” on Wednesday night. Tavella is the third magician to ever win the series and. He walked away with $1 million dollar prize and will headline a show at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las…

CBS changing ‘The Activist’ in response to backlash
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CBS changing ‘The Activist’ in response to backlash

The original format of “The Activist” will be scrapped following pointed criticism of the CBS show that was echoed by one of the program’s own judges. In a statement to CNN, the network said, “The Activist was designed to show a wide audience the passion, long hours, and ingenuity that activists put into changing the…

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s newest collaboration to debut this fall
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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s newest collaboration to debut this fall

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have teamed up with ViacomCBS for a global cross-brand takeover that will include multiple projects across CBS, MTV and Paramount+. “We are honored to partner with the legendary Tony Bennett and the iconic Lady Gaga for ViacomCBS’ biggest cross-platform music talent collaboration to-date” said Bruce Gillmer, Chief Content Officer, Music,…

Kim Kardashian West saw your Met Gala memes of her
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Kim Kardashian West saw your Met Gala memes of her

Just because she couldn’t see super well out of that faceless mask doesn’t mean Kim Kardashian West didn’t notice people having some fun with her Met Gala look this year. The entrepreneur/reality star shared some of the memes about her on the Instastory section of her verified Instagram account. One photo of her reaching out…

Wendy Williams tests positive for Covid-19
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Wendy Williams tests positive for Covid-19

Production on Wendy Williams eponymous daytime talk show has been postponed as she recovers from a breakthrough case of Covid-19. An announcement posted Wednesday on her show’s verified Instagram account reads, “While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19.” “To allow Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover…

Country star Reba McEntire has to be rescued from a second-story window after stairs collapse in historic Oklahoma building
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Country star Reba McEntire has to be rescued from a second-story window after stairs collapse in historic Oklahoma building

Country star Reba McEntire expressed gratitude Wednesday after she had to be rescued from a historic building in Atoka, Oklahoma, after the staircase collapsed. McEntire had to be evacuated on a fire ladder from a second-story window on Tuesday, CNN affiliate KXII reported. “Thankfully, no one was seriously injured,” she wrote on Twitter. “We were…