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TIFF Tribute Awards Go Virtual With Kate Winslet, Chloé Zhao — and Shawn Mendes

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The Toronto International Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for its second annual TIFF Tribute Awards on Tuesday night. But this time, the gala was held virtually due to COVID-19.

The awards season kickoff fundraiser, which featured an introduction from Martin Scorsese, honors a select group of cinema trailblazers in the entertainment industry. Hosted by Etalk’s Chloe Wilde and Tyrone Edwards, the evening made good use of its virtual setting by landing such A-list presenters as Ava DuVernay, Jodie Foster and Olivia Colman.

The evening’s honorees included Anthony Hopkins and Kate Winslet, who both received the TIFF Tribute Actor awards. Hopkins, who stars in the Sony Pictures Classics drama “The Father” from first-time director and writer Florian Zeller, dedicated his award to the frontline workers and first responders all over the world. “This award is yours,” Hopkins said during his filmed speech.

In Zeller’s film, Hopkins plays Anthony, a man who refuses assistance from his daughter as he ages.

Winslet, who stars in the Neon’s romantic drama “Ammonite,” echoed the same sentiments as Hopkins during her speech. “I’d like to express my deepest sympathies to families and individuals whose lives have been forever altered by this past six months,” Winslet stated during her speech.

Other honorees included Chloé Zhao, who helms Searchlight Pictures’ “Nomadland,” one of the biggest discoveries to emerge out of TIFF. Following a touching introduction from actor Colin Farrell, Zhao accepted the TIFF Ebert Director Award and reflected on her relatively nascent career that’s included 2017’s “The Rider” and the upcoming “Eternals” from Marvel Studios. She shared, “I feel incredibly lucky that the people I work with, they’re there when I’m succeeding and they’re there even more when I fail.”

Tracey Deer, who helmed the acclaimed coming-of-age story “Beans,” received the TIFF Emerging Talent Award. Filmmaker Mira Nair, whose upcoming television series “A Suitable Boy” opened the festival, was honored with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media.

Oscar-nominated composer Terence Blanchard accepted the Variety Artisan Award. Blanchard, who was nominated in 2018 for “BlacKkKlansman” and provides the music in “One Night in Miami” from director Regina King (who co-presented the award to him with Delroy Lindo) was humbled. “I feel blessed to have this career,” he said in his acceptance. “It’s an honor I just can’t put into words.”

The evening also featured a musical performance from Shawn Mendes, delivering a stripped-down version of Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s in Need of Love Today” from the 1976 album “Songs in the Key of Life.” Mendes then spoke about the new Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award. The $10,000 prize will be given to a film that tackles issues of social change. The foundation will also make an annual contribution in support of TIFF Next Wave and helping TIFF deliver key initiatives to elevate young voices.

Produced by Bell Media Studios, the special aired on CTV and streamed internationally by Variety.

The 45th Toronto International Film Festival concludes on Sept. 19.

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Will Smith admits he was unhappy with ‘Men In Black’ sequel, says ‘Bad Boys for Life’ isn’t a ‘cash grab’

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If you did not like the third ‘Men In Black’ movie which released in 2012, you are not alone. Will Smith, Agent J himself, has confirmed that he was disappointed with the movie and hence he took his time with the sequel for ‘Bad Boys’.

‘Bad Boys For Life’, the third movie in the series, starring Smith and Martin Lawrence, is set to release in theatres next week. In his appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ on NBC on Thursday night, Smith said how important it was to do the sequel right.

“What we tried to do, that was really critical and important to me, is not try to just do the old movies again,” said Smith, referencing 1995’s ‘Bad Boys’ and 2003’s ‘Bad Boys II’.

“You had to take into consideration the time, had to take into consideration how the characters would have grown. And the reason it took so long is because I didn’t want to make it just as a cash grab. You know, ‘Hey, everybody loves sequels, let’s just do a sequel.’”

Smith then proceeded to throw his past sequels under the bus, saying, “I had fumbled a couple of my last sequels. You know, I wasn’t happy with the ‘Men in Black’ sequel.”

However, Smith has promised that fans will love the upcoming movie. He said with a laugh, “I’m going to keep it real: sometimes I say ‘y’all are gonna love it,’ and y’all not gonna love it.” Smith also added, “You know, ’cause sometimes I’ve seen it, and I know y’all not gonna love it, but it’s an expensive movie. But this time…it is so good.”

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lawrence credited Smith with pushing for the sequel with the right script. Lawrence said, “And he pushed and pushed and pushed for years for them to get the script right. So we finally got the script right, and we did it.”

‘Bad Boys for Life’ is scheduled to be released in the United States on January 17, 2020.

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‘Talk Show Karen’: Ellen DeGeneres mocked by upset staffers who don’t want her back amid toxic workplace probe

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Staff members of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ who are upset over the toxic work environment at the set have given a new name to Ellen DeGeneres. They are reportedly calling her “Talk Show Karen”. Production sources told DailyMail.com that staffers called the 62-year-old host “Talk Show Karen” while discussing the recent turbulence. ‘Karen’ has become a term often used for White middle-aged women throwing their privilege around.

“Who would’ve thought that one of America’s most loved personalities would morph into America’s most famous Karen? There’s no way anyone on staff wants Karen and her band of toxic executives to return,” production sources said.

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The exclusive details came as a source from Telepictures revealed that Ellen might be replaced, with talks of Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, Melissa McCarthy, and Jennifer Aniston as potential replacements. “All four have global name recognition and their own following. They are all genuinely warm and could carry an Ellen-less show,” the insider said. The insider also refuted the claims that James Corden is being lined up to replace Ellen.

“James Corden is definitely not under consideration as he has a long term deal with CBS and if he was interested in a daytime show, CBS would develop one for him. Regardless, he’s busy enough in late night so it’s not going to happen. The lesson for a post-Ellen world is to have someone who is genuinely nice and likable,” the source said.

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Continuing further, they added: “Sean [Hayes] is currently the front runner as he has availability and he has proven successful when he has guest hosted Ellen in the past,” they said. ‘It’s funny how history repeats itself. Many of us remember when Rosie O’Donnell was the queen of nice. Look how that turned out. She wasn’t! Ellen is Rosie 2.0. Everyone now knows that she is not what she sold herself as. She’s just mean, mean, mean.

“If Ellen does walk, we have less than six weeks to keep our clearances (time periods) and build a new show around a new host with new show runners. Otherwise, NBC could take the time slots back and up Kelly Clarkson a show that they own. Our show in its current form won’t work. The Ellen production staff and Warner Bros’ executives lost faith in the three executive producers of the show and Ellen. This is a PR nightmare that you can’t recover from.”

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Meanwhile, another report claimed that Telepictures has confirmed that Ellen will reportedly come back to host the upcoming season of the show, though an investigation is going on into allegations of toxic work culture. An insider close to the show’s production refuted the comedian’s replacement claims and confirmed that “no one is stepping in or taking over” in place of her. The insider added that the shooting for Ellens’ spin-off show, ‘Ellen’s Game of Games’, will start from August 24 in the studio, while the host’s personal spokesperson said that the show will return to the airwaves on September 9.

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Stevie Nicks Is on the Edge of Saving Cinema

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Egregiously the only woman to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame twice.
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Tenet who? Stevie Nicks, who has been doubling as a public health commissioner amid the coronavirus pandemic, has announced that she’s releasing her concert film 24 Karat Gold in movie theaters across the world next month. For two nights only on October 21 and 25, the film, which was recorded during her solo tour in 2017, will be available at select cinemas, drive-ins, and exhibition spaces. (So for all of the car-less people out there: Bite the bullet and call your local Hertz outpost now.) In addition to the entirety of Nicks’s 24 Karat Gold concert being recorded, the film, similar to the structure of Beyoncé’s Homecoming, will reveal “intimate storytelling and inspirations for some of the most famous and timeless songs and lyrics in music history.” Because who needs time inversion when you can get a front-row seat to America’s most tenured and sexy feud instead?

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