'Woman King' rules N.American box office

"The Woman King," an epic about an all-female army of African warriors, easily topped the North American box office this weekend with an estimated take of $19 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday.. "Barbarian" took in $6.3 million for the Friday-through-Sunday period.

Five things to know about the queen's coffin procession

The ceremonial processions taking Queen Elizabeth II's coffin to London's Westminster Abbey and then towards her burial place at Windsor reflect the ancient traditions of the British monarchy.. Some detachments from other regiments in Britain and from the armed forces of the Commonwealth, a group of countries headed by the British monarch, will rejoin the funeral procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner near Buckingham Palace. 

Spielberg's 'The Fabelmans' wins Toronto festival top prize

Steven Spielberg's deeply personal new movie "The Fabelmans" secured its position as an early Oscars frontrunner Sunday by winning the top prize at the Toronto International Film festival.. "This is the most personal film I've made and the warm reception from everyone in Toronto made my first visit to TIFF so intimate and personal for me and my entire 'Fabelman' family."

King to host world leaders as UK counts down to queen's funeral

US President Joe Biden was to pay his last respects in London to Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday, as ordinary mourners waiting in marathon lines were warned that time was running out to view her coffin lying in state. . As the queue continued to snake for miles (kilometres) along the River Thames on Sunday, the waiting time stood at more than nine hours, and the line is likely to be closed by the evening.

'Just say no' to roles that objectify women: Binoche

Actors must learn to just say "no" to roles that objectify women, Oscar-winning French actor Juliette Binoche said Sunday at the San Sebastian film festival where she will be honoured with an award for her acting career.. On Sunday evening, the festival will present Binoche and Canadian director David Cronenberg with an honorary Donostia award in recognition of their careers. 

Oscars Academy makes amends over 1973 Native American protest

Almost five decades after she refused an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando over the treatment of Native Americans by the US film industry, Sacheen Littlefeather was honored Saturday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.. "I said okay, and I had made this promise to Marlon (Brando) not to touch the Oscar.

'Crowns of the forest': Indonesian helps orchids bloom again

Orchids in hand and a bamboo ladder on his shoulder, farmer Musimin scans the forest at the foot of Indonesia's most active volcano to point out clusters of the indigenous flowers he has been salvaging for years.. So he set about saving their wilting fortunes, over the years building two bamboo greenhouses where he could preserve the most special kinds of orchids.

Qatar-based sound artist says it's time to slow down and listen

In a noisy, chaotic and fast-paced world, the Qatar-based sound artist Guillaume Rousere is on a mission: to get people to slow down and listen again.. - 'Listen and disconnect' - His new, water-themed installation, "The World As We Know It Is Changing", aims to "take the audience on a journey, to listen and disconnect from the world," Rousere told AFP. "It's become all the more important to me because... we live in fast-paced societies that have stopped listening."

King Charles to host world leaders as UK readies for queen's funeral

Britain was gearing up Sunday for the momentous state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II as King Charles III prepared to host world leaders and as mourners queued for the final 24 hours left to view her coffin.. The influx of dignitaries -- along with that of hundreds of thousands of mourners from across Britain and around the world -- poses an extraordinary challenge for Britain's police.