All the best movies we saw at Toronto Film Festival, ranked (including ‘Good Joe Bell’)

It’s definitely a different Toronto International Film Festival than usual, with a couch and a Keurig taking the place of theater seats and a coffeehouse stop.

In a year when everything in the movie industry has had to scramble amid COVID-19, Toronto (running through Sept. 19) is the biggest of the A-list film festivals to go virtual, with a reduced slate of movies for an event that’s considered one of the biggest kickoffs for Oscar season. Still, you can’t ignore its cache, even in a very strange 2020: The last five best-picture winners all played Toronto, so it might be the place that (at least virtually) launches, say, Chloe Zhao’s road drama “Nomadland” (starring Frances McDormand) or Francis Lee’s lesbian romance “Ammonite” (with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan) into Academy Awards consideration. 

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Why being a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ is a good thing

In today’s job market, being able to adapt to changes in the work environment and develop transferable skills can help you weather a difficult period. Photo: Getty
In today’s job market, being able to adapt to changes in the work environment and develop transferable skills can help you weather a difficult period. Photo: Getty

For years, we’ve used the idiom “jack of all trades, master of none” as a negative. Picking a specific skill and learning to master it is believed to be more important to a successful career, than being able to turn your hand to a number of tasks.

But in today’s job market, being a generalist might not be such a bad thing. The coronavirus lockdown and record-breaking economic downturn has brought a huge number of businesses to a standstill, which has led to a surge of redundancies.

And the uncertainty of the future of some industries, such as travel, has forced many people to reconsider their employment options entirely. While specialising is never a bad thing, being able to adapt to changes in

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10 Hot Films for Sale in a ‘Wait-and-See’ Market, from ‘Good Joe Bell’ to ‘MLK/FBI’

With its timely vision of Black American icons, awards buzz, and run at two of the fall’s three major festivals, Regina King’s “One Night in Miami” couldn’t have asked for a better sales environment in any other year. But in 2020, few in the business could get to Venice to watch the premiere, while TIFF’s largely virtual program means American industry members would be stuck screening King’s directorial debut at home. The in-theater excitement and cocktail chatter that have inspired so many late-night dealmaking sessions? Not COVID friendly.

“Everyone’s trying to be creative and find a situation whereby we’re not just sending out links (to online screeners) and hoping for the best,” said ICM Partners sales agent Oliver Wheeler.

Earlier this summer, ICM offered extended footage of the film to a cadre of buyers in a tight screening window, a pandemic-era (virtual) analogue to the usual pressure-cooker festival sales environment.

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‘It’s good for me to take a break’

Chrissy Teigen opens up about dealing with her mental health during quarantine. (Photo: Getty Images)
Chrissy Teigen opens up about dealing with her mental health during quarantine. (Photo: Getty Images)

Chrissy Teigen is opening up about her focus on mental health during the coronavirus quarantine and how she’s learned to take a step back from social media because of it.

“I’m barely online anymore, and that was at the request of my therapist,” she told Marie Claire in a new interview. “I didn’t start therapy until quarantine. I used to avoid it and make fun of the idea of it, and then I found the right person and it changed my world.”

The 34-year-old explained her increasing anxiety as a result of running two companies at once — Cravings by Chrissy Teigen and Suit & Thai Productions — in addition to being a mother of two who is now expecting her third child. “With my anxiety, the worst thing is not giving enough to enough

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Are Investors in ‘Good Hands’ With Allstate?

– By Robert Abbott

There’s much to like about Allstate Corp. (NYSE:ALL) today, with reasonable financial strength, good profitability and a discounted price. Is it too good to be true?

A week or two ago, I might have ventured a “no,” but that was before Hurricane Laura came pounding ashore in Louisiana and Texas. We’re also told there’s a possibility of more storms like it before hurricane season ends.

According the insurance rating agency A.M. Best, the storm could cause “meaningful” losses for property and casualty insurers and reinsurers. So far, Allstate has not announced how it will be affected.

However, it did let us know that Covid-19 had not yet been a problem for its investors in the headline to the second-quarter earnings release: “Allstate Quickly Adapts to Pandemic and Delivers Excellent Operating Results.”

Allstate was founded as the insurance division of Sears, Roebuck in 1931, and then spun

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We Asked A Natural Wine Advocate Which Online Shops Stock The Good Bottles

In this installment of “Where The Experts Shop”, Katherine Clary, founder of the Wine Zine , and author of the newly published book Wine, Unfiltered shares her go-to digital haunts for natural wines.

While I’ll always maintain that going into a wine shop, chatting with the shopkeeper, and dutifully inspecting each bottle before purchasing is my preferred way to shop for wine, the current state of the world is not allowing us to have nice things. Fine! No matter: it’s 2020, and small, natural wine-focused shops around the country are shipping straight to your door.

The one thing I love about shopping for wine online is the opportunity to really spend time reading descriptions, which translates to learning about the wine. (Yes, that’s right, you can get a something of a wine education while shopping for wine—if you’re doing it in the right place.) Unfortunately, wine labels aren’t required

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‘An All Around Great Talent and Good Guy’

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WWE wrestler James Harris, who was known by WWE fans as “Kamala” or “The Ugandan Giant,” has died. He was 70.

The World Wrestling Entertainment website confirmed the wrestler’s death in a statement released on Sunday but did not reveal his cause of death.

However, Kenny Casanova, the writer who co-authored Harris’ autobiography, Kamala Speaks, shared in a Facebook post that the wrestler died after contracting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Just got off the phone. Unfortunately, the rumors were correct. To make matters worse, it was Corona that took him; he was one of the good ones,” Casanova wrote in his post.

Per The Washington Post, Harris had suffered from many health issues in recent years and had both of his legs amputated due to complications from diabetes.

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MediaPunch/Shutterstock James “Kamala” Harris


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A Good Time For Mortgage Companies

Rocket Companies Inc. (NYSE:RKT), a mortgage company run by billionaire Dan Gilbert and best known for its subsidiary Quicken Loans, has released terms for its upcoming IPO. The company will sell 150 million shares with the possibility of selling an additional 22.5 million more at a maximum price of $22, and will thus raise up to nearly $3.8 billion. This company could be worth $40 billion after this IPO, making it the largest of 2020.

Bigger certainly does not mean better when it comes to IPO, as a quick glance at Uber (NYSE:UBER) can tell you. But Rocket Companies Inc. is in a good position to take advantage of trends caused by the coronavirus and has solid financial numbers to boot. But the big question is whether the positives can justify such a large valuation.

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Mortgages And COVID-19

Most businesses have been

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Are dress clothes gone for good?

Dressing up is being dressed down – and that’s bad news for retailers that specialize in traditional office clothes.

After years of business attire becoming increasingly casual, the sudden transition to working from home for millions of Americans has undermined retailers that sell dress clothes.

Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, Brooks Brothers, Lord & Taylor, Ann Taylor, Loft and Neiman Marcus are among the retailers whose parent companies have entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in recent weeks, having experienced a sudden drop-off in sales due in part to what industry leaders are calling “casualization.”

While most nonessential retailers have posted sales declines due to temporary store shutdowns and a sharp drop in foot traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic, companies that specialize in dress clothes are in the worst shape – especially menswear shops.

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Brooks Brothers store closings

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