Life/Arts news advisory for Monday, Sept. 13, 2021

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Two Netflix titles showing at TIFF leak online

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Two of Netflix's most-prized 2021 festival movies have leaked online after debuting as part of the at-home digital offerings of the Toronto International Film Festival. By David Friend. Words: 561.

Theatre business titans face off in court


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Cineplex Inc. says a U.K. theatre giant acted in bad faith by delaying a takeover deal of the Canadian company and hoping it would default during the pandemic, a judge heard at the opening of its trial against Cineworld Group PLC. By Salmaan Farooqui. Words: 413, Photos: 1

Naomi Watts on how COVID-19 shaped 'Lakewood'


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Naomi Watts says the swirling anxieties surrounding COVID-19 helped her get into the mindset of a panic-stricken parent racing to save her child in "Lakewood." By Adina Bresge. Words: 404, Photos: 1

Villeneuve on 'Dune''s real test: the box office


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve says he's relieved to see many rave reviews for his sci-fi epic "Dune" on the festival circuit, but the real test will be how it performs in theatres next month. By Victoria Ahearn. Words: 604, Photos: 1. Originally moved Sunday, guard against duplication.



Two-spirit filmmaker mines teen turmoil for TIFF


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Two-spirit filmmaker Bretten Hannam says they hope their new film "Wildhood" will inspire and open doors for more movie makers to show the lives Indigenous people in the LGBTQ community, but also encourage viewers to see parts of themselves in the characters. By Danielle Edwards. Words: 788, Photos: 1

Dionne Warwick on meeting the late Oscar Peterson


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- Legendary singer Dionne Warwick says she never got to work with the late Canadian jazz musician Oscar Peterson but knew him and thought he was a "magnificent pianist." By Victoria Ahearn. Words: 526, Photos: 1

First Nation students head to school a year behind


Shamattawa First Nation chief and council made the difficult decision to shut down the reserve's only school last November after a COVID-19 outbreak devastated the remote northern Manitoba community. By Brittany Hobson. Words: 638, Photos: 1

Cineplex heads to court over Cineworld takeover


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- In what's expected to be a test case for pandemic-era litigation, Cineplex Inc. is headed to court Monday in a bid to recoup cash from a U.K. theatre giant that had planned to purchase the Canadian cinema chain before COVID-19 struck. By Tara Deschamps. Words: 779, Photos: 1





MET GALA — The first of the two-part Met Gala kicks off Monday night with a more intimate affair. Organizers promise no less the star power for what's considered fashion's biggest night, which had its celebrity-splashed party canceled last year due to the pandemic. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 470 words, photos. DEVELOPING: 900 words by 10:p.m.

MET GALA-EXHIBIT — Social justice, gender fluidity, diversity, inclusion, and youth, youth, youth. All these themes are prominent in the new, yearlong Costume Institute show at the Metropolitan Museum — otherwise known as the exhibit that launches the Met Gala. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT: 840 words, photos.

THEATER-TONY-HOSTS — The long-delayed Tony Awards have landed two impressive master of ceremonies — Tony- and Grammy-winning singer and actor Leslie Odom Jr. will host a splashy TV special and the awards will be hosted by Tony-, Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning actor and singer Audra McDonald. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 335 words, photo.

TV-THE PRICE IS RIGHT — If you can hold in your head the price of a 30-ounce jar of mayonnaise, what an Armani purse goes for and how much to shell out for an iPhone 12, there's really only one place to shine — “The Price Is Right.” The show — the longest-running game show in television history — is celebrating its 50th season this month. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. SENT: 1,180 words, photos. An abridged version also available.

EU--VENICE FILM FESTIVAL-PHOTO GALLERY — Whether it was Timothée Chalamet's beaming face greeting fans, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain's playfulness for the cameras, Josh Brolin's ear-to-ear grin in the front row of a “Dune” event or those looks exchanged between Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, the 78th Venice International Film Festival mixed elegance and fun in a way rarely seen since early 2020. SENT: 260 words, photos.

TV-Q&A-JAY LENO — Jay Leno discusses stepping into Groucho Marx's shoes with a new version of "You Bet Your LIfe," the quiz show that Marx hosted from 1950-61. By TV Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 820 words, photo.

R KELLY — R. Kelly’s longtime assistant testified Monday that the R&B superstar was so paranoid, he once asked her to change into a robe to demonstrate she was not wearing a wire. Diana Copeland, was Kelly’s assistant for 15 years, said she did not witness any of the alleged abuse of women described by a long list of witnesses over the past month in Kelly’s racketeering trial in Brooklyn. By Jim Mustian. SENT: 275 words.

BOOKS-KIRKUS PRIZE — The latest novels from Colson Whitehead and Joy Williams, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers’ debut work, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois,” are among this year’s finalists for the Kirkus Prize, $50,000 awards presented by the trade publication. SENT: 215 words, photo.

BOOKS-JHUMPA LAHIRI — The next book from Jhumpa Lahiri, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer, will highlight her work as a translator. SENT: 190 words, photo.

THE STREAM —- This week’s new entertainment releases include new music from Lindsey Buckingham and Scott McCreery, as well as the return of Clint Eastwood, who has gone back to his Western roots with “Cry Macho,” starring as a former rodeo star hired to bring a young man in Mexico back to his father in the U.S. SENT: 850 words, photo.

MTV-VMAS — Lil Nas X won video of the year at Sundays MTV VMAs on a night that Justin Bieber triumphantly returned to the stage as a performer and as winner of the artist of the year. Olivia Rodrigo won best new artist while Bieber owned the early show, rapelling from the ceiling of the Barclays Center at the start of the show for an energetic performance of “Stay” with Kid LAROI and then his single “Ghost.” By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 875 words, photos, video.

TV-EMMYS-CREATIVE ARTS — Claire Foy, Courtney B. Vance, Maya Rudolph and Dave Chappelle won guest actor Emmys at Sunday’s creative arts awards ceremony. On the drama series side, Foy was honored for “The Crown” and her reprisal of Queen Elizabeth II, the role that won her a lead actress Emmy in 2018. By TV Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 385 words, photos.

FASHION-TOM FORD — The Champagne was cold and the front row star studded Sunday night as Tom Ford closed New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center with a spring-summer collection of sporty glam. By Leanne Italie. SENT: 480 words, photos.

ITALY-BALZAN PRIZES — An Israeli-French-American Holocaust survivor and historian and a U.S. scientist specializing in gut bacteria were among the recipients this year’s Balzan Prizes, recognizing scholarly and scientific achievements. The prizes were announced on Monday. Saul Friedlander, was awarded the prize for Holocaust and Genocide Studies for his work broadening the perspective on the history of the Holocaust. By Colleen Barry. SENT: 700 words, photo.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY — The first trial in the college admissions bribery scandal opened Monday with defense attorneys seeking to portray the two parents accused of buying their kids’ way into school as victims of a con man who believed their payments were legitimate donations. Defense attorneys said former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz and former Staples and Gap Inc. executive John Wilson never discussed paying bribes and were told by an admissions consultant that what they were doing was a perfectly legal practice to give children of parents with deep pockets a leg up in admissions. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 788 words, photos.

CELEB BIRTHDAYS — Celebrities with birthdays during the week of Sept. 19-24 include actor and singer Will Smith, actor Catherine Zeta-Jones and singer Julio Iglesias. SENT: 1,430 words, photos.



FILM REVIEW-THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

FILM REVIEW-CRY MACHO. By Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

FILM REVIEW-EVERYBODYS TALKING ABOUT JAMIE. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

BOOK REVIEW-HARLEM SHUFFLE. By Colson Whitehead. Reviewed by Ann Levin. SENT Monday: 420 words, cover image.

BOOK REVIEW-APPLES NEVER FALL. By Liane Moriarty. Reviewed by Rob Merrill. SENT Monday: 465 words, cover image.



Gardening Goes Electric: In a quiet revolution in the suburbs, electric gardening tools are making gains over noisier, more polluting, gas-fueled ones. By Katherine Roth. UPCOMING Tuesday, 800 words, photos.


Fall Trends: The pandemic may have made us restless for the outside world, but it has also helped us appreciate our homes more. As fall nesting season returns, retailers are presenting decor collections that reflect the idea that home is where our hearts and heads are. The biggest trend perhaps: Infusing home with personality. By Kim Cook. UPCOMING Wednesday, 1,400 words, photos.


Met Gala: The first of the two-part Met Gala kicks off Monday night with a more intimate affair. Organizers promise no less the star power for what’s considered fashion’s biggest night, which had its celebrity-splashed party canceled last year due to the pandemic. By Leanne Italie. SENT Monday, photos, video. Will be updated after start of the carpet.

Met Gala-Exhibit: Social justice, gender fluidity, diversity, inclusion, and youth, youth, youth. All these themes are prominent in the new, yearlong Costume Institute show at the Metropolitan Museum — otherwise known as the exhibit that launches the Met Gala. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT Monday, 800 words, photos, video.

Tom Ford: Tom Ford closes out New York Fashion Week. SENT Monday, photos, video.


Virus Outbreak-School Vaccinations: In most but not all states, teenagers need the consent of their parents in order to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Navigating internal family politics in cases of differing views has been a challenge for students and organizers of outreach campaigns, who have faced blowback for directly targeting minors. UPCOMING Monday, photos.


Food-MilkStreet-Sicilian Chicken: Lemony marinade does double duty for roasted chicken. By Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street. UPCOMING Monday, 570 words, photos.


Insider Q&A-Carnival CEO: Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald talks to The Associated Press about his company, the cruise industry and the intersection of business and politics in this Q&A story. UPCOMING Monday, photos.

Racial Injustice-Ski Resort Renaming: Ski resort officials will announce the new name for a Lake Tahoe ski resort previously called Squaw Valley. Officials last year announced they would remove the word “squaw” from its name because it is a derogatory term for Native American women. UPCOMING Monday.


NerdWallet-Liz-Weston-How-To-Negotiate: How to negotiate your way to a richer life. By Liz Weston of NerdWallet. SENT Monday, 840 words, photo.


In case you missed it:

PETS: Our Neighbors’ Cat.

GARDENING: When It’s Dry.

HOMES: Treehouses; Hurricane Ida-Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

FOOD: Amazon-Cashier-less-Whole-Foods; Food-MilkStreet-Chicken Snow Peas; McDonalds Vegan Burger.

PASTIMES: Virus Outbreak-Packed Stadiums.

PARENTING: TV-Cartoonito.

CARS: Behind-the-Wheel-Green Car-Myths.

TRAVEL: Sept 11-Air Travel; Western Wildfires-Abandoned Adventures.

NY FASHION WEEK: New York Fashion Week began Tuesday, Sept. 7, and continued throughout the week. The provided daily coverage with text, photos and video.

WORK: Changing Economy-Office Newbies.

NATURE: Climate-Trout Stream Trouble.

HEALTH: Virus Outbreak-Viral Questions-Long COVID-Kids; Virus Outbreak-Viral Questions-Mu Variant.

PARALYMPICS: A Different Battlefield.

RELIGION: Growing Up Sikh American; Sept 11-Muslims in America.


MONEY: NerdWallet-Millennial Money-Impulse Spending; NerdWallet-Kimberly Palmer-Fall Money Checklist.

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