Entertainment News Roundup: Swift and Spielberg Bring Star Power Back to Toronto Film Festival; From finding deals to turning off screens: Cineworld files for US bankruptcy and more

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Swift and Spielberg Bring Star Power Back to Toronto Film Festival

After two years of muted festivities, the Toronto International Film Festival opens Thursday with full theaters and more than 200 feature films, aiming to stand out in the Hollywood awards race. Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Steven Spielberg and Lee Jung-jae are among the stars set to appear on the red carpets. Tickets for the screenings, which unlike other major film festivals are open to the general public, sold out within minutes.

From looking for deals to turning off the screens: Cineworld files for bankruptcy in the United States

Britain’s Cineworld filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States on Wednesday as the world’s second-largest operator of cinema chains struggles to bring its massive debt under control. The Chapter 11 filing relates to Cineworld’s operations in the US, UK and Jersey, covering the bulk of its business.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunited for their first romantic comedy together

Oscar winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite on the big screen in “Ticket to Paradise,” their first romantic comedy together, depicting a bickering divorced couple. The duo play David and Georgia, who put their differences aside and join forces to stop their daughter Lily from marrying someone she recently met on a graduation trip to Bali.

Double Dose of Tilda Swinton in Ghostly Venice Movie

The relationship between parents and their children is very much at the Venice Film Festival this year, but Tilda Swinton adds a new twist to the theme, playing both mother and daughter in ‘The Eternal Daughter’. Directed by Briton Joanna Hogg, the ghostly two-handed had its world premiere on Tuesday, giving audiences the haunting story of a middle-aged daughter and her elderly mother grappling with family secrets in a country hotel largely deserted.

Kim Kardashian to launch private equity firm with Carlyle’s ex-partner

Reality TV star and entrepreneur Kim Kardashian and former Carlyle Group Inc associate Jay Sammons are launching a new private equity firm focused on investing in consumer and media companies, according to a joint statement. The new company, named SKKY Partners, will invest in sectors including consumer products, hospitality, luxury, digital commerce and media, and plans to make control and minority investments.

Disney found ‘substantial portion’ of fake Twitter users in 2016 – former CEO

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger said on Wednesday the entertainment giant determined a “substantial portion” of Twitter users were “not real” in 2016, when Disney considered buying the social network. . Iger said the Walt Disney Co and Twitter Inc boards were ready to start negotiations when he got cold feet. He said that with the help of Twitter, Disney learned that “a substantial part – not the majority -” of users were fake.

Justin Bieber suspends tour dates to prioritize health

Pop singer Justin Bieber said Tuesday he will be taking a break from his rescheduled Justice World Tour due to mental and physical health issues. The musician posted the announcement on Instagram, saying performing six live shows after being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome earlier this year “has had a real impact”.

Hugh Jackman reveals the winning pitch for being a dad in ‘The Son’

Australian actor Hugh Jackman revealed on Thursday that he was so excited to play the father in a film called ‘The Son’ that he emailed director-screenwriter Florian Zeller asking for the part. Stars like Jackman, who appeared in the ‘X-Men’ series, are normally bombarded with requests to take on new roles, but he said he felt he had to take the initiative when he read the script of “The Son” by Zeller, which was originally a play.

As conflict rages, Ukraine war documentary is rushed to the Venice front line

As Venice rolled out its red carpet for the opening of its Film Festival a week ago, director Evgeny Afineevsky rushed to complete his sobering documentary about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He managed to meet the tightest of deadlines, with the world premiere of “Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” in Venice on Wednesday, vividly depicting the impact of the ongoing conflict on ordinary civilians.

‘Rings of Power’ calls out racism against actors of color

After a flood of racist attacks, Amazon Prime Video’s “Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power” released a statement on Twitter expressing that they refuse to ignore or tolerate “racism, threats, harassment and the abuses” that some of their color face castmates daily. When the black and brown cast members of “Rings of Power” were announced earlier this year, they immediately faced backlash based on the color of their skin. Claiming that the series is a misrepresentation of author JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth, comments have emerged on social media dismissing the show’s diversity.

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