Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical “Belfast,” a black-and-white family drama about the Northern Ireland city in the tumult of the late 1960s, on Saturday won the Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award, a telling indicator of Academy Awards chances. The festival’s top honor, voted on by festivalgoers at TIFF, is widely viewed as an Oscar harbinger. The previous nine winners have all gone on to secure a best-picture Oscar nomination, as have 13 of the last 14 People’s Choice prizewinners. Those include best-picture winners “12 Years a Slave,” “Green Book” and last year’s pick, Chloé Zhoe’s “Nomadland.”
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When Prince Philip died nearly six months ago at 99, the tributes poured in from far and wide, praising him for his supportive role at the side of Queen Elizabeth II over her near 70-year reign. Now, it has emerged that Philip had another crucial role within the royal family. He was the family’s barbecue king — perhaps testament to his Greek heritage. In excerpts of the BBC program ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ released late Saturday, members of the royal family spoke admiringly of the late Duke of Edinburgh’s barbecuing skills. Prince Harry also described how his grandfather would “never probe” but listen intently about his two tour of duties to Helmand province during the war in Afghanistan.
FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, June, 19, 2014, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip arrive by carriage in the parade ring on the third day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meeting, at Ascot, England. In the TV program ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ released late Saturday Sept. 18, 2021, members of the royal family have spoken admiringly of the late Duke of Edinburgh’s barbecuing skills. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FILE)
FILE - In this June 14, 2014 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry talks to Prince Philip, left, as members of the Royal family appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping The Colour parade, in central London. In the TV program ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ released late Saturday Sept. 18, 2021, members of the royal family spoke admiringly of the late Duke of Edinburgh’s barbecuing skills and Prince Harry described how his grandfather would “never probe” but listen intently about his two tour of duties to Helmand province during the war in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, Britain's Prince Harry salutes as he and Prince Philip attend the official opening of the annual Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey in London. In the TV program ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ released late Saturday Sept. 18, 2021, members of the royal family spoke admiringly of the late Duke of Edinburgh’s barbecuing skills and Prince Harry described how his grandfather would “never probe” but listen intently about his two tour of duties to Helmand province during the war in Afghanistan.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
The city of Paris is unveiling a monumental artwork built around an actual monument: the Arc de Triomphe completely wrapped in silver and blue fabric. The installation by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who conceived of the project in 1961, will open Saturday. Visits will take place for nearly three weeks. At weekends, the Arc de Triomphe’s traffic-heavy roundabout will be entirely pedestrianized. Visitors to the famous Napoleonic arch, which dominates the Champs-Elysees Avenue, will not only be able to see the gleaming fabric, but also touch it — as the artists had intended. Those climbing the 50 meters (164 feet) to the top — will step on the fabric when they reach the roof terrace.
Robert Durst’s long, bizarre and deadly run from the law ended when a Los Angeles County jury convicted him of murdering his best friend more than 20 years ago. The New York real estate heir was convicted after prosecutors tied the killing of Susan Berman in her Los Angeles home in December 2000 to the disappearance of Durst's wife in New York in 1982. Jurors were convinced that Durst silenced Berman as she prepared to tell police how she helped cover up his wife’s killing. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Durst's lawyers say he will appeal.
This week’s new entertainment releases include new albums from rapper Diddy and “Star Trek” star William Shatner, as well as Melissa McCarthy playing a grief-stricken mother in the Netflix drama “The Starling.” The Amazon series “Goliath” starring Billy Bob Thornton comes to an end on Friday and will have Bruce Dern, Jena Malone and J.K. Simmons aboard for the final chapter. Theater fans will get to celebrate Broadway when the long-delayed Tony Awards start on Sunday, a four-hour advertisement for shows that were shuttered for 18 months. The awards and a special will be on CBS and Paramount+.
A disaster relief organization founded by actor Sean Penn is boosting Georgia’s drive to inoculate people against the coronavirus. CORE _ or Community Organized Relief Effort _ has offered vaccines at hundreds of pop-up clinics around the state, including schools, farmers’ markets and meat plants. But it has had few takers at some of its sites _ a likely reflection, at least in part, of skepticism about vaccines in Georgia. Only 46 percent of the state is fully vaccinated, well below the national average. But CORE says it has no plans to leave the state anytime soon.
FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2021 file photo, Sean Penn arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Flag Day" at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles. A disaster relief organization founded by Penn is boosting Georgia's drive to inoculate people against the coronavirus, though some of its pop-up vaccine clinics have struggled to attract people.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)