Entertainment News Roundup: Pope playfully spars with 'Rocky' actor Stallone at Vatican; Transgender film looks to win hearts and minds in conservative Poland and more

Although there was a dearth of star power on the red carpet due to the Hollywood actors strike, festival goers can look forward to some 50 films over 11 days, including Craig Gillespie's "Dumb Money," "Lee" which stars Kate Winslet and Taika Waititi's "Next Goal Wins". Los Angeles City Council acts to spare Marilyn Monroe house from demolition The Los Angeles City Council voted on Friday to launch a process to designate actress Marilyn Monroe's former home, where she died of a drug overdose in 1962, a historic and cultural monument, blocking plans to demolish the property.


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Entertainment News Roundup: Pope playfully spars with 'Rocky' actor Stallone at Vatican; Transgender film looks to win hearts and minds in conservative Poland and more
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Pope playfully spars with 'Rocky' actor Stallone at Vatican

Pope Francis playfully pretended to box with Sylvester Stallone during a meeting with the "Rocky" star at the Vatican on Friday. Introduced to Stallone and his family, the Pope said how much he enjoyed the actor's films, prompting a smiling Stallone to clench his fists as if ready to spar, saying, "Ready, we box."

Transgender film looks to win hearts and minds in conservative Poland

The makers of "Woman Of", which follows a man transitioning to a woman in socially conservative Poland, hope their film will help ease deep-rooted prejudices in the Roman Catholic nation. "Woman Of", co-directed by Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert, had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Friday, just a month ahead of parliamentary elections that might hand Poland's ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party an unprecedented third term in power.

GameStop short squeeze-inspired 'Dumb Money' is relevant and timely, director says

Craig Gillespie's "Dumb Money" - a pandemic-era story of the battle between hedge fund billionaires and amateur investors - is relevant and timely, the director said at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday. Dumb Money captures the behind-the-scenes of one of the biggest Wall Street stories of COVID that hooked retail investors and created a mutiny by grabbing the attention of professional investors on social media.

Nickelback reclaims the narrative at documentary TIFF premiere

Rockband Nickelback heard you through the years of condemnation. Their response lies in their new documentary "Love to Hate: Nickelback." The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Friday, a fitting homecoming for the Canadian band.

Toronto film festival kicks off with Miyazaki's 'The Boy and the Heron', few stars

The Toronto International Film Festival opened on Thursday with "The Boy and the Heron" by famed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, the first time an animated feature has taken the coveted spot. Although there was a dearth of star power on the red carpet due to the Hollywood actors strike, festival goers can look forward to some 50 films over 11 days, including Craig Gillespie's "Dumb Money," "Lee" which stars Kate Winslet and Taika Waititi's "Next Goal Wins".

Los Angeles City Council acts to spare Marilyn Monroe house from demolition

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Friday to launch a process to designate actress Marilyn Monroe's former home, where she died of a drug overdose in 1962, a historic and cultural monument, blocking plans to demolish the property. The motion to initiate consideration of the Spanish Colonial-style house in L.A.'s Brentwood section for historic preservation was introduced by Councilwoman Traci Park and approved unanimously the same day, according to her spokesperson Jamie Paige.

Actors' strike stalks Venice film festival from start to end

A strike by Hollywood actors kept most stars away from this year's Venice Film Festival, and even the few A-listers who did venture into town seemed guilty about being on the red carpet rather than the picket line. On the last full day of the competition on Friday, Oscar winner Jessica Chastain told reporters she was "incredibly nervous" to come to Venice to promote her independent movie "Memory", even though she had a waiver from unions to attend.

Good news for Parrotheads: New Jimmy Buffett album coming soon

The final album recorded by late "Margaritaville" singer Jimmy Buffett will be released in November, his record label said on Friday as it released three singles including a collaboration with Paul McCartney called "My Gummie Just Kicked In." Buffett cut the record, titled "Equal Strain On All Parts," earlier this year before he died from skin cancer on Sept. 1 at age 76. The 14-song album will debut on Nov. 3.

Ghibli's Miyazaki has ideas for next project after 'The Boy and the Heron'

Studio Ghibli's legendary director, Hayao Miyazaki, 82, still has not put his pencil down, an executive at the Japanese animation studio said on Friday after its long-awaited feature, "The Boy and the Heron," opened the Toronto International Film Festival. Miyazaki, who was not present at the film festival, is the internationally renowned director behind hand-drawn animated favorites like "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro," "Howl's Moving Castle," and many other beloved films created under Studio Ghibli, which he co-founded.

Mural of Joy Division's Ian Curtis returns to Manchester

The northern English city of Manchester welcomed back a mural of its late music icon Ian Curtis on Friday, newly restored after it had been painted over last year to outcry from local residents. The black-and-white portrait of Curtis, who took his own life in 1980, covers all three storeys of the Star and Garter pub and was completed this week by local artist Akse P19, following permission granted by local authorities on Monday.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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