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Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Rebecca Ferguson pose for a photo as they promote the film “Dune” in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Villeneuve says he’s relieved to see many rave reviews for his sci-fi epic “Dune” on the festival circuit, but the real test will be how it performs in theatres next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

After festival kudos, director says ‘Dune”s biggest test is the box office

Montreal’s Denis Villeneuve needs success in order to green-light part two of epic sci-fi adaptation

Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Rebecca Ferguson pose for a photo as they promote the film “Dune” in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Villeneuve says he’s relieved to see many rave reviews for his sci-fi epic “Dune” on the festival circuit, but the real test will be how it performs in theatres next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
FILE - Host Bob Barker appears with contestants during filming of a special prime-time episode of "The Price Is Right," in Los Angeles on April 17, 2007. The longest-running game show in television history is celebrating it’s 50th season. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Game show ‘The Price Is Right’ celebrates its 50th season

If you can remember the price of a 30-ounce jar of mayonnaise,…

FILE - Host Bob Barker appears with contestants during filming of a special prime-time episode of "The Price Is Right," in Los Angeles on April 17, 2007. The longest-running game show in television history is celebrating it’s 50th season. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
Actors Phillip Lewitski, left to right, Avery Winters-Anthony and Josh Odjick are shown in a scene from the film “Wildhood,” in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Riley Smith **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Nova Scotia filmmaker hopes to inspire Indigenous representation with coming-of-age film

Filmmaker said the coming-of-age film took so long to make because of resistance to the Indigiqueer storyline

Actors Phillip Lewitski, left to right, Avery Winters-Anthony and Josh Odjick are shown in a scene from the film “Wildhood,” in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Riley Smith **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Javier Bardem are shown on the set of the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ action “Dune,” in a handout photo. The Montreal writer-director has made headlines lately for trumpeting the importance of the cinematic experience and saying he hopes audiences will watch his sci-fi epic “Dune” in theatres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.-Chiabella James **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Javier Bardem are shown on the set of the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ action “Dune,” in a handout photo. The Montreal writer-director has made headlines lately for trumpeting the importance of the cinematic experience and saying he hopes audiences will watch his sci-fi epic “Dune” in theatres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.-Chiabella James **MANDATORY CREDIT**
This combination of photos shows nominees for the CMA Award for entertainer of the year, from left, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood. (AP Photo)

Chris Stapleton, Eric Church share top CMA nominations

Paired joined by Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs as entertainer of the year nominees

This combination of photos shows nominees for the CMA Award for entertainer of the year, from left, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood. (AP Photo)
This combination photo shows Jamie Spears, left, father of Britney Spears, as he leaves the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Oct. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles and Britney Spears at the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala on Feb. 11, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.. Britney Spears’ father agreed Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, to step down from the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money for 13 years, according to reports. Several outlets including celebrity website TMZ and CNN reported that James Spears filed legal documents saying that while there are no grounds for his removal, he will step down. (AP Photo)

Britney Spears’ father files to end court conservatorship

Britney Spears said she was being compelled under the conservatorship to take certain medications

This combination photo shows Jamie Spears, left, father of Britney Spears, as he leaves the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Oct. 24, 2012, in Los Angeles and Britney Spears at the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala on Feb. 11, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.. Britney Spears’ father agreed Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, to step down from the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money for 13 years, according to reports. Several outlets including celebrity website TMZ and CNN reported that James Spears filed legal documents saying that while there are no grounds for his removal, he will step down. (AP Photo)
This image released by MGM shows Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani in a scene from "House of Gucci," releasing on Nov. 24. (MGM via AP)

A fall movie season (like everything else) in flux

Delayed movies hope to find better conditions with an autumn release

This image released by MGM shows Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani in a scene from "House of Gucci," releasing on Nov. 24. (MGM via AP)
In this video image provided by NATAS and the Daytime Emmys, executive producer Mike Richards accepts the award for outstanding game show for “Jeopardy!” during the 48th Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, June 25, 2021. (NATAS/Daytime Emmys via AP)

Mike Richards is out as producer of ‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’

Richards had been tapped to replace Alex Trebek before past misogynistic and other comments surfaced

In this video image provided by NATAS and the Daytime Emmys, executive producer Mike Richards accepts the award for outstanding game show for “Jeopardy!” during the 48th Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday, June 25, 2021. (NATAS/Daytime Emmys via AP)
Toronto actor D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai is shown in this undated handout image. Five years ago, Canadian actor Woon-A-Tai never would’ve expected to see a series like “Reservation Dogs” south of the border.But with it and several other fellow Indigenous-led projects finally getting bigger platforms in the U.S., change is afoot when it comes to such mainstream Hollywood representation, he says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jeff Vespa *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Canadian ‘Reservation Dogs’ star on increasing Indigenous representation in the U.S.

D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai stars in the buzzy half-hour FX comedy as one of four Indigenous teens in rural Oklahoma

Toronto actor D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai is shown in this undated handout image. Five years ago, Canadian actor Woon-A-Tai never would’ve expected to see a series like “Reservation Dogs” south of the border.But with it and several other fellow Indigenous-led projects finally getting bigger platforms in the U.S., change is afoot when it comes to such mainstream Hollywood representation, he says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jeff Vespa *MANDATORY CREDIT*
FILE - Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts performs at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. Watts died in London on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 at age 80. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
FILE - Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts performs at the Rose Bowl, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. Watts died in London on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 at age 80. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Margot Robbie in, 'Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.' (DC Entertainment/TNS)

Opinion: Hollywood’s superheroes not feeling so super

No one is calling on Polka Dot Man, and hopefully Hollywood is taking notice.

Margot Robbie in, 'Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.' (DC Entertainment/TNS)
This combination photo shows Mike Richards, left, in the pressroom at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles and Mayim Bialik at a Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Israel on June 10, 2018, in Los Angeles

Mike Richards out as ‘Jeopardy!’ host after past scrutinized

Richards made comments about women, the homeless and others on a 2013-14 podcast

  • Aug 20, 2021
This combination photo shows Mike Richards, left, in the pressroom at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles and Mayim Bialik at a Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Israel on June 10, 2018, in Los Angeles
In this Sept. 29, 2003, file photo, Japanese actor Sonny Chiba arrives for the premiere of the film “Kill Bill: Volume 1” at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Chiba, known in Japan as Shinichi Chiba, who wowed the world with his martial arts skills, acting in more than 100 films, including “Kill Bill,” has died late Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. He was 82. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Japanese martial artist film star Sonny Chiba dies at 82

Chiba gained popularity in the 1970s with the movie “The Street Fighter”

In this Sept. 29, 2003, file photo, Japanese actor Sonny Chiba arrives for the premiere of the film “Kill Bill: Volume 1” at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Chiba, known in Japan as Shinichi Chiba, who wowed the world with his martial arts skills, acting in more than 100 films, including “Kill Bill,” has died late Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. He was 82. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
People social distance as Haviah Mighty opens up for the Arkells concert at the Budwieser Stage in Toronto on August 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Live Nation Canada to require vaccination proof or negative test at concerts

Live concerts are already being held across the country under varying COVID-19 measures

People social distance as Haviah Mighty opens up for the Arkells concert at the Budwieser Stage in Toronto on August 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, a masked family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Walt Disney World is tweaking its face mask policy. Starting Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, the theme park resort in Florida will allow visitors to chose whether or not to wear face coverings in outdoor lines, outdoor theatres and outdoor attractions. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

Disney World tweaks face mask policy, optional for outdoors

Theme park loosening restrictions in lineups, outdoor attractions

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, a masked family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Walt Disney World is tweaking its face mask policy. Starting Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, the theme park resort in Florida will allow visitors to chose whether or not to wear face coverings in outdoor lines, outdoor theatres and outdoor attractions. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)
This combination photo shows Mike Richards, left, in the pressroom at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles and Mayim Bialik at a Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Israel on June 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. Eight months after the death of beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, the daily syndicated quiz show chose its executive producer as Trebek’s successor over a field of celebrity candidates. Sony also chose Mayim Bialik as emcee for “Jeopardy!” primetime and spinoff series, including a new college championship. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
This combination photo shows Mike Richards, left, in the pressroom at the 43rd annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles and Mayim Bialik at a Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Israel on June 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. Eight months after the death of beloved “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, the daily syndicated quiz show chose its executive producer as Trebek’s successor over a field of celebrity candidates. Sony also chose Mayim Bialik as emcee for “Jeopardy!” primetime and spinoff series, including a new college championship. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Ryan Reynolds is shown as Guy in 20th Century Studios’ “Free Guy” in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Alan Markfield

Ryan Reynolds, Shawn Levy talk up the Canadianness of ‘Free Guy’ and Alex Trebek’s cameo

Vancouver-born actor taps into “earnest Canadian optimism for role as unwitting video game character

Ryan Reynolds is shown as Guy in 20th Century Studios’ “Free Guy” in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Alan Markfield
FILE - Britney Spears arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” on July 22, 2019. When Spears speaks to a judge at her own request on Wednesday, June. 23, 2021, she’ll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life and money by her father. Spears has said the conservatorship saved her from collapse and exploitation. But she has sought more control over how it operates, and says she wants her father out. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Britney Spears’ father says ‘no grounds’ for his removal

The fighting between those involved in the conservatorship has grown increasingly heated

FILE - Britney Spears arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” on July 22, 2019. When Spears speaks to a judge at her own request on Wednesday, June. 23, 2021, she’ll do it 13 years into a court-enforced conservatorship that has exercised vast control of her life and money by her father. Spears has said the conservatorship saved her from collapse and exploitation. But she has sought more control over how it operates, and says she wants her father out. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
This image released by Focus Features shows Matt Damon in a scene from “Stillwater.” (Jessica Forde/Focus Features via AP)

Review: In ‘Stillwater,’ a red state American hero roams chic France

Matt Damon’s “Stillwater” is after more than just caricature

This image released by Focus Features shows Matt Damon in a scene from “Stillwater.” (Jessica Forde/Focus Features via AP)
This image released by Disney shows Emily Blunt, right, and Dwayne Johnson in a scene from “Jungle Cruise.” (Disney via AP)

Review: Emily Blunt transcends overstuffed ‘Jungle Cruise’

A fine adventure with two genuine movie stars comes across as an earnest and safe homage

This image released by Disney shows Emily Blunt, right, and Dwayne Johnson in a scene from “Jungle Cruise.” (Disney via AP)