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Johnny Depp film sees Minamata pollution issue as cautionary tale

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For Hollywood star Johnny Depp, the story of an act of industrial pollution that devastated the southwestern Japanese coastal community of Minamata over half a century ago is one that had to be told, not only for its victims but for current and future generations. The film "Minamata," which he… Read

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Netflix finally eyes TV's top prize with 'The Crown' at in-person Emmys

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Netflix is tipped to finally win television's biggest prize Sunday as its critically adored British royals drama "The Crown" battles "Star Wars" series "The Mandalorian" at an Emmys ceremony held in front of a scaled-back live audience. Despite turning the entire TV landscape upside-down since its groundbreaking online platform launched… Read

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Kenneth Branagh's 'Belfast' wins TIFF People's Choice Award

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Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical “Belfast,” a black-and-white family drama about the Northern Ireland city during 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… Read

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New York Philharmonic marks 'homecoming' after pandemic cancellations

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Following 556 days of pandemic-inflicted cancellations and unconventional concerts, the New York Philharmonic opened its new season Friday, a "homecoming" for musicians limited to live streams, one-off and outdoor shows for more than a year. After enduring months of crisis, the Phil, one of America's oldest musical institutions, re-opened its… Read

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U.S. reality show 'The Activist' backtracks after uproar

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Creators of a new reality show pitting activists promoting charitable causes against each other were forced to change course following a massive backlash, with a top star apologizing Thursday for her participation. "The Activist," whose launch was announced this week, was to be broadcast on American network CBS in October… Read

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Emmy host Cedric the Entertainer says stuffiness is banned

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As busy as Cedric the Entertainer is with his sitcom “The Neighborhood” and other projects, he quickly said yes when asked to host his first major awards show. Then he sought advice on how to handle Sunday's Emmy ceremony, airing on CBS (8 p.m. EDT). “Steve Harvey, my good friend… Read

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Clint Eastwood back in the saddle at 91 for 'Cry Macho'

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At the age of 91, Clint Eastwood is not just directing but also climbing back in the saddle, and even throwing a punch for his new Western "Cry Macho." The legendarily prolific Hollywood star has never shown much interest in retiring and appears on-screen in the movie, out Friday, as… Read

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Elton John postpones European shows after hip injury

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Elton John says he is postponing European dates on his world tour until 2023 so that he can have an operation on an injured hip. The 74-year-old singer-songwriter had been due to play cities in Britain and Europe this year as part of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, followed… Read

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Jane Powell, Hollywood golden-age musicals star, dies at 92

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Jane Powell, the bright-eyed, operatic-voiced star of Hollywood's golden age musicals who sang with Howard Keel in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and danced with Fred Astaire in “Royal Wedding,” has died. She was 92. Powell died Thursday at her Wilton, Connecticut, home, longtime friend Susan Granger said. Granger said… Read

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Jessica Chastain redeems a televangelist in 'Tammy Faye'

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In the nearly 10 years it took for Jessica Chastain to get made a film about the Christian televangelist Tammy Faye Messner, she studied many of the kinds of things you'd expect — the hours of television footage, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s 2000 documentary. But one of the most… Read

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