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'Stardust' is a Bowie pic without his music but that was always the plan: director

'Stardust' is a Bowie pic without his music but that was always the plan: director

TORONTO — Gabriel Range’s controversial David Bowie drama “Stardust” has angered fans of the pop music icon for many reasons, but the British director thinks much of it comes down to misguided expectations.

Justice Department appeals, seeking to replace Trump in suit

NEW YORK — The Justice Department is appealing a judge’s refusal to let the United States replace President Donald Trump as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s. Department attorneys notified U.
Hijab-wearing Somali-US model takes step back from industry

Hijab-wearing Somali-US model takes step back from industry

MILAN — Somali-American model Halima Aden has announced that she is taking a step back from the fashion industry, saying the pandemic slowdown has allowed her to see instances when her desire to maintain a hijab was not properly respected.
Deepa Mehta on why more Tamil actors weren't in lead roles in new film 'Funny Boy'

Deepa Mehta on why more Tamil actors weren't in lead roles in new film 'Funny Boy'

TORONTO — Canadian director Deepa Mehta says she initially secured "some great Tamil actors" for her new film "Funny Boy," but they were unable to participate "due to family issues and visa problems.

UK judge refuses Depp permission to appeal libel ruling

LONDON — A judge has refused Johnny Depp permission to appeal against a British court's ruling that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard.
Torstar sells digital marketing technology developed by subsidiary to Loblaw

Torstar sells digital marketing technology developed by subsidiary to Loblaw

TORONTO — Torstar Corp. says it has sold digital advertising technology developed by its subsidiary, Eyereturn Marketing Inc., to Loblaw Companies Ltd. Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available.
Calling all eccentric millionaires: 'Schitt's Creek' motel up for sale for $2 million

Calling all eccentric millionaires: 'Schitt's Creek' motel up for sale for $2 million

There's a rose-coloured opportunity for would-be hoteliers looking to flaunt their wealth in small-town Canada.

Review: Melissa McCarthy in 'Superintelligence'

It's a demonstrably difficult task to find a comic screen partner worthy of standing opposite Melissa McCarthy, so you have to appreciate “Superintelligence" for throwing in the towel.

Penguin to buy Simon & Schuster, create publishing giant

BERLIN — German media giant Bertelsmann said Wednesday that its Penguin Random House division is buying rival Simon & Schuster in a megadeal that would reshape the U.S. publishing industry.

US-Bestsellers-Books-USAToday

1. “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama (Crown) 2. “Rhythm of War” by Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 3. “Daylight” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing) 4. ”Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Deep End” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) 5.