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Toronto International Film Festival: A fine time to play Where's Oscar?

'The Judge,' starring Robert Downey Jr., left, and Robert Duvall, will have its world premier as the opening film at the 2014 TIFF. Warner Bros. Pictures

It's uncertain whether Oscar will be attending this year's Toronto International Film Festival. What is certain is that there will be the annual deluge of quality films at the fest, 289 features and 83 shorts from 72 countries. More

'Ghostbusters' still 'makes you happy,' director says

Bill Murray, left, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis ain't afraid of no ghosts. Detroit News Photo Archive

'Ghostbusters' director Ivan Reitman came up with the seminal tag line 'Coming to Save the World This Summer' for the film's pre-release poster as a way of 'focusing that this movie is perhaps larger than you expect.' More

Toledo's Museum of the Great Lakes spotlights shipwrecks

The 617-foot-long Col. James M. Schoonmaker once hauled iron ore, coal and rye. The 617-foot-long Col. James M. Schoonmaker once hauled iron ore, coal and rye on the Great Lakes. It was launched in 1911 and was mothballed in 1980. Today, it is a museum ship at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal/MCT) Bob Downing / MCT

There have been 8,000 shipwrecks on the Great Lakes. A few of those are spotlighted in the expanded and relocated National Museum of the Great Lakes, a new Toledo attraction that opened in the spring. More

Jumping into streaming TV can get convoluted

 Kirk McKoy / MCT

Streaming devices link the TV to the Internet so users can watch Netflix or Hulu on the bigger screen, giving them a far wider choice of programming than cable or satellite services can. But that's where it can be confusing and frustrating. More

48 Hours: The best of things to do in Metro Detroit

Regina Carter David Katzenstein

See Regina Carter at the Detroit Jazz Festival, stack Oreos and try other fun activities at the Michigan State Fair, catch comedian D.J. Dangler at Joey's and more. More

Review: 'Frank' strikes some seriously odd chords

Michael Fassbender, left, and Domhnall Gleeson star in the mystery comedy drama 'Frank.' Magnolia Pictures

'Frank' is an odd little rock-and-roll fable likely destined to become a cult hit for late night stoners everywhere. That's because the title character wears a large papier mache head with a fixed expression of vague wonder day and night. More

As a new TV season approaches, fave shows get ready to sign off

Charlie Hunnam, left, and Marilyn Manson star in 'Sons of Anarchy,' the saga of an outlaw motorcycle gang, which is entering its final season. FX

If we're just about at the beginning of a new TV season, why does it feel so much like things are ending? Maybe because they are: 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'The Newsroom,' 'Mad Men' and more. More

Review: 'As Above, So Below' only so-so horror mash-up

People from France and America team up to search the catacombs of Paris for the Philosopher's Stone in 'As Above, So Below.' Bruno Calvo / Legendary Pictures

'Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,' is the inscription uncovered by treasure hunters in the horror flick 'As Above, So Below.' But the warning could easily apply to viewers checking out this rather hopeless mash-up. More

Grapevine: WXYZ's Dave Rexroth debuts new eye

WXYZ-TV (Channl 7)'s Dave Rexroth, post-surgery with his new prosthetic eye. WXYZ.com

Dave Rexroth has a new prosthetic eye, and WXYZ-TV's chief meterologist sent photos of himself to the station Friday showing how he looks after surgery. More

Daughter: Joan Rivers is in 'serious condition'

Joan Rivers Charles Sykes / AP

New York — Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office. More

Bob Seger leaks track list on social media

A hand-scrawled list of what appears to be a track listing was posted Friday on Bob Seger's social media accounts. Instagram

In case you were wondering what the songs are going to be on that new Bob Seger album, 'Ride Out,' due to drop Oct. 14, his social media team posted a hand-scrawled list of what appears to be the track listing. More

Review: 'Life of Crime' can't find pulse behind its kooky characters

Jennifer Aniston gets kidnapped in 'Life of Crime.' Roadside Attractions

Director-screenwriter Daniel Schechter transforms Elmore Leonard's novel 'The Switch' into the film 'Life of Crime,' a movie that plays out in the goofy caper genre with very little feel of urgency. More

NBC News says Chelsea Clinton quits as reporter

 Mark Baker / AP

New York — Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and imminent birth of her first child. More

Society Confidential: Kem — a 'Promise to Love' — and buy dinner?

KEM performing homeless benefit. Robin Buckson / The Detroit News

Diners at Southfield's Beans & Cornbread were pleasantly surprised Friday when Motown recording artist Kem popped into the popular soul food restaurant for carryout. But wait, there's more. More

Review: Witty and wise 'May in the Summer' ponders love, family

Cherien Dabis, left, Alia Shawkat and Nadine Malouf star as sisters in the comedy drama 'May in the Summer.' Cohen Meida Group

'May in the Summer' is a lovely meditation on family and love with crossing cultures and second thoughts. More

Cranbrook looks at Paul Evans, unheralded hero of midcentury design

Detail of 'Cabinet, ca. 1962' is an example of Paul Evans' earlier work. Michael H. Hodges / The Detroit News

When we think of midcentury modern furniture design, the august names that come to mind include Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll. Left out of this pantheon until recently was Paul Evans. More

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt wed privately at chateau in France

Angelina Jolie, left, and Brad Pitt arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014. Jolie and Pitt were married Saturday in France, according to a spokesman for the couple. Vince Bucci/Invision/AP

New York — The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood's reigning royal couple, have tied the knot. More

Diane Sawyer exits as ABC's evening news anchor

 Ida Mae Astute / AP

New York — Diane Sawyer signed off as anchor of ABC's 'World News' on Wednesday, telling viewers that it has been wonderful to be the 'home port' of the network's news team each weeknight. More

Joan Rivers 'resting comfortably' after cardiac arrest

Joan Rivers. Mike Flokis / Getty Images

New York — Joan Rivers is in a New York City hospital Thursday after she was rushed from a doctor's office when she went into cardiac arrest, police and hospital officials said. More

Michael Fassbender gets a big head in 'Frank'

Michael Fassbender stars as a disturbed rock singer in 'Frank,' based loosely on a true story. Magnolia Pictures

'It was the maddest thing I'd ever read,' Michael Fassbender says of the screenplay for 'Frank,' in which an aloof, avant-garde rock singer spends his entire waking life encased in a big papier-mache head. More

Sex, outer space and violence have kept Kool Keith in the mix

Kool Keith has more than 50 albums and mix tapes. Kool Keith

Kool Keith, born Keith Thornton, is likely the most prolific rapper of all-time. He performs at this weekend's Michigan on Mute festival at Rocky's Pub in Riverview. More

Judge lets 'X-Men' director's accuser drop lawsuit

Honolulu — A former child model can drop his lawsuit accusing 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii and has the option of refiling it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. More

Grapevine: Andre 3000 spotted around town

OutKast rapper and actor Andre 3000 was spotted in Detroit Tuesday night. Reports on social media place him at PJ's Lager House in Corktown. The musician most recently starred as Jimi Hendrix in the U.K. biopic 'All Is by My Side.' More

Review: Conspiracies and gunfire drive 'November Man'

Pierce Brosnan stars as a retired CIA agent brought back into the game in 'The November Man.' Aleksandar Letic / Relativity Media

Filled with efficient thrills, 'The November Man' is both more taut and tough than you'd expect from a late August spy action flick. Then again, it's produced by and stars Pierce Brosnan. More

ZZ Top cancels Wednesday DTE show after injury

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and guitarist Billy Gibbons perform at DTE in Clarkston in 2013. John T. Greilick / The Detroit News

Wednesday night's ZZ Top and Jeff Beck performance at DTE Energy Music Theatre has been canceled, promoters announced Wednesday. More

Detroit Jazz Festival overflows with big names, inventive programs

Joshua Redman will play several times over the weekend. Jay Blakesberg

Just in time for a long, lazy weekend before the bustle of fall, the Detroit Jazz Festival is gearing up for its 35th year of providing free, world class music in five venues from the Detroit riverfront to Campus Martius. More

Source: BET suspends producer after Blue Ivy joke

Beyonce on stage hugs Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy on Sunday as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum, in Inglewood, Calif. Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP

— BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter that aired Monday on the network's music video countdown show, '106 & Park.' More

Fresh take on the familiar at Downtown Louie's Lounge

Portobello caps stuffed with roasted peppers and bleu cheese are a staple at the new restaurant. Robin Buckson / The Detroit News

Open since late April, Downtown Louie's Lounge might lure glances with its spiffy look, but once inside, patrons discover that it's not just a pretty face. More

Freda Payne returns to her roots on new album and at jazz fest

Freda Payne: 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Carhartt Amphitheater Stage Christopher Schmidt

When it comes to jazz, Freda Payne isn't just another R&B singer looking for a more mature art form and a chance to wear classier gowns. More

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