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Riz Ahmed, Eva Green, more join 2019 Toronto Film Festival lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival had added a dash of star power to its 2019 lineup. New projects from Emmy-winning actor Riz Ahmed (The Night Of, Nightcrawler), Eva Green (Penny Dreadful), and Julie Delpy (Richard Linklater’s Before series) will screen as part of the Canadian event’s Platforms section, the festival announced Wednesday. Ahmed leads Darius…

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The Toronto International Film Festival had added a dash of star power to its 2019 lineup.
New projects from Emmy-winning actor Riz Ahmed (The Night Of, Nightcrawler), Eva Green (Penny Dreadful), and Julie Delpy (Richard Linklater’s Before series) will screen as part of the Canadian event’s Platforms section, the festival announced Wednesday.
Ahmed leads Darius Marder’s debut feature Sound of Metal, which is set to world-premiere in the festival section focused on showcasing emerging voices from around the world. The film follows a heavy-metal drummer (Ahmed) who, amid losing his hearing, reexamines his standing in the world.

Also joining the Platform section are Suffragette director Sarah Gavron’s Rocks, about a young, British girl suddenly tasked with caring for herself and her younger brother; Actor-director Delpy’s My Zoe, a suspenseful thriller about a recently divorced mother driven to untold extremes, and Alice Winocour’s Proxima, which stars Green as an astronaut questioning her motherly duties as she trains to enter space.

Of the 10 features included in the Platform section, four are directed by women. All will compete for the section’s $20,000 CAD prize, the winner of which will be selected by a jury consisting of a three-person jury led by Carlo Chatrian (Artistic Director of the Berlin International Film Festival), film critic Jessica Kiang, and director Athina Rachel Tsangari (Attenberg). 

“Competitions should celebrate the range of what great cinema is and what it can accomplish. Platform is alive to those possibilities,” Platform Co-Curator Andréa Picard said of this year’s selection. “Whether they are debuts or mid-career works, these films push the boundaries of narrative filmmaking in surprising and rigorous ways, some using documentary or experimental techniques in their approaches. Audiences will recognize similar themes emerge like a global collective subconscious, but what is truly exciting is the varied means of cinematic expression on display.”

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Rose Leslie, Kit Harington and Sophie Turner baby news

“Game of Thrones” stars have been busy since the phenomenally popular HBO series went off the air in 2019 (HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company).Rose Leslie has revealed that she and her husband, “GOT” co-star Kit Harington, are expecting their first child.The couple played star-crossed lovers Ygritte and Jon Snow on the series and…

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Rose Leslie, Kit Harington and Sophie Turner baby news

“Game of Thrones” stars have been busy since the phenomenally popular HBO series went off the air in 2019 (HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company).Rose Leslie has revealed that she and her husband, “GOT” co-star Kit Harington, are expecting their first child.The couple played star-crossed lovers Ygritte and Jon Snow on the series and married in 2018.Leslie debuted her baby bump in the new issue of the UK magazine, Make, which noted “Not many people can pull off a Stella McCartney floor-length silk frock and a fashion shoot when expecting a baby but Rose Leslie shows no sign of fatigue.”She and Harington are well-known for being private and she told the publication that they have been quarantining in their new Tudor manor house in East Anglia which she jokingly called “the house that Jon Snow built.””It’s incredibly old. We have a thatched roof, which currently has an enormous hornet’s nest in it,” she said. “I do love to think about the house and all the people who have lived there. Were they happy, how did they live? All the families passing under those ancient beams.”The magazine notes that “After years of living in New York, it’s a return to nature for Rose and a chance to set up home with her husband, and new baby.””What a glorious thing to be able to run to the countryside and recoup,” she said. “It’s a great privilege to be surrounded by greenery, birdsong and hedgerows, and our delightful neighbours. It’s so peaceful.” Meanwhile their “Game of Thrones” co-star Sophie Turner shared some throwback photos of her pregnancy over the weekend on her verified Instagram account.Turner and her husband, singer Joe Jonas, welcomed their first child, daughter Willa, in July.

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Texas sheriff indicted for allegedly destroying Live PD footage

Live PD’s entanglement with a Texas sheriff has taken a dramatic new turn. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody has been indicted with evidence tampering for allegedly destroying footage shot for the canceled A&E docu-reality show, the Austin American-Statesman reported Monday. The footage showed the death of a Black man who died after Chody’s deputies used…

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Texas sheriff indicted for allegedly destroying Live PD footage

Live PD’s entanglement with a Texas sheriff has taken a dramatic new turn.
Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody has been indicted with evidence tampering for allegedly destroying footage shot for the canceled A&E docu-reality show, the Austin American-Statesman reported Monday.
The footage showed the death of a Black man who died after Chody’s deputies used force to arrest him following a vehicular chase 18 months ago.

Previously, A&E said the footage was destroyed because the show doesn’t air fatal encounters and nobody in Texas law enforcement had asked for it. “Video of the tragic death of Javier Ambler was captured by body cams worn on the officers involved as well by the producers of Live PD who were riding with certain officers involved,” the network said in a statement. “Neither A&E nor the producers of Live PD were asked for the footage or an interview by investigators from law enforcement or the District Attorney’s office. As is the case with all footage taken by Live PD producers, we no longer retained the unaired footage after learning that the investigation had concluded. As with all calls we follow, we are not there to be an arm of the police or law enforcement but rather to chronicle what they do and air some of that footage and our policies were in place to avoid having footage used by law enforcement against private citizens.”

A&E canceled Live PD in June despite it being the channel’s most popular series. The move came amid calls from activists to end the show, which was accused of fostering racist stereotypes along with Paramount Network’s similarly canceled Cops.
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Taylor Swift tops Whitney Houston’s record for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart

Swift’s latest, “Folklore,” has sat on top for seven non-consecutive weeks, giving her a total of 47 weeks, one more than Houston.Swift had a recent boost following the Academy of Country Music Awards, where she performed “Betty” off “Folklore” live and released it as a single shortly after. Houston hit No. 1 with her “Whitney…

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Taylor Swift tops Whitney Houston’s record for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart

Swift’s latest, “Folklore,” has sat on top for seven non-consecutive weeks, giving her a total of 47 weeks, one more than Houston.Swift had a recent boost following the Academy of Country Music Awards, where she performed “Betty” off “Folklore” live and released it as a single shortly after. Houston hit No. 1 with her “Whitney Houston” debut in 1986, and then with “Whitney,” “The Bodyguard” soundtrack and “I Look to You.”Adele ranks third.The Billboard 200 ranks the most popular albums in the US based on album sales. The October 3 chart will be posted Tuesday.Billboard also shares chart news on @billboard and @billboardcharts on Twitter and Instagram.

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