Fo­cus: Rein­vent­ing film fes­ti­vals for the pan­demic age; and This Way Up

… of celeb sight­ings and red car­pets? Rein­vent­ing film fes­ti­vals for the pan­demic age

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THE ART FORM we love is in cri­sis.” So be­gins a joint state­ment from the Toronto In­ter­na­tional, New York, Tel­luride and Venice film fests, all pledg­ing to forgo their an­nual Septem­ber ri­valry to share ideas and of­fer “a united plat­form.” The move­come­safterCOVI­D-19groundth­e­filmin­dus­try­toa stand­still and ac­knowl­edges that, in times of cri­sis, movies can still “en­chant, in­form, pro­voke and heal.” And though it would have been nice for TIFF to pledge unity with smaller Cana­dian fes­ti­vals as well – like Septem­ber’s Van­cou­ver, Cal­gary and At­lantic in­ter­na­tional film fests

– artis­tic di­rec­tor and co-head Cameron Bai­ley said in a sep­a­rate state­ment that the 2020 fest has “re­sponded by go­ing back to our orig­i­nal in­spi­ra­tion – to bring the very best in film to the broad­est pos­si­ble au­di­ence.” That in­cludes phys­i­cal, dig­i­tal and drive-in screen­ings, vir­tual red car­pets, cast re­unions and celebrity Q&As among other of­fer­ings. As well, Halle Berry, 53, makes her di­rec­to­rial de­but with the world pre­mière of Bruised, about an aging MMA-fighter who steps back into com­bat. Berry – with the six-pack abs she gained in train­ing for the role – also stars in the film. —Mike Criso­lago

The beat goes on Ringo Starr turns 80 and tells Rolling Stone magazine that he still feels like he’s 24 in­side while not­ing that turn­ing 40 was ac­tu­ally hard­est for him.

Sci­en­tists reg­u­late mus­cle shrink­age – an ef­fect of aging – in mice, help­ing them be­come leaner and stronger in re­search that could hold ben­e­fits for hu­mans That is, of course, un­less this new breed of su­per mice over­throws us first.

Don’t cry for her, Ar­gentina. She’s tough Mu­sic leg­end and Evita star Madonna, 61, posts a top­less selfie while lean­ing on a crutch fol­low­ing knee surgery.

Re­search shows mod­er­ate al­co­hol con­sump­tion could ac­tu­ally stall cog­ni­tive de­cline You’ll know when you’ve passed the “mod­er­ate con­sump­tion” marker when you’re danc­ing on the bar while belt­ing out “Like a Vir­gin.”

Grand­chil­dren: they’re not just for show­ing you how to use your smart­phone

A Yel­lowknife wo­man, orig­i­nally from the Délįnę First Na­tion, wins a $55 mil­lion lot­tery but only finds out af­ter her grand­daugh­ter alerts her to it.

They were on a break! In Au­gust, all six Friends stars – now in their 50s – will re­unite on the sit­com’s orig­i­nal sound­stage for the first time in 16 years to film the show’s long-awaited re­union for HBO Max.

Some peo­ple are over the hill while oth­ers sim­ply con­quer it An On­tario man who be­came the world’s old­est heli-skier on his 95th birth­day last year says he’s al­ready plan­ning to cel­e­brate his 100th birth­day on the slopes.

Ringo Starr “Sit­ting in an English gar­den wait­ing for the sun,” Jan­uary 1960

Madonna at the Evita pre­mière in L.A., De­cem­ber 1996

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