Written by: Rachel Antony
From Hurricane Irma to TIFF, here's what everyone's talking about this week.
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today. Celebs, movie fans, and groupies are gearing up for another weekend to celebrate the upcoming films. The annual festival is taking place less than a week after its longtime head, CEO Piers Handling, announced his intention to step down after 2018. Piers Handling is responsible for making TIFF one of the world's most important film festivals. Despite declining numbers in attendance, there are big profile names making an appearance in the Six over the next 11 days of the festival including: Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Idris Elba, Ellen Page, Jennifer Lawrence, Priyanka Chopra, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Emma Stone, Drake, Louis C.K. and Margot Robbie.
2. Hurrican Irma
A Category 5 monster hurricane is on a rampage. The strongest-ever on record to form outside the Caribbean and Gulf Mexico made its first landfall in the Lesser Antilles Tuesday night. Early Wednesday the storm tore through the French Caribbean island territories of St. Martin and St. Barthelemy that left eight people dead, another 23 injured and 95% of St. Martin destroyed. Other Caribbean islands like Antigua, Barbuda, Puerto Rico and St. Thomas were all hit hard leaving many areas without power or water. Right now, Irma's path is not concrete but it's expected to head north of Cuba in the direction of Florida. The state has already declared a state of emergency and has begun evacuation in the Florida Keys as the storm is expected to hit sometime on Sunday. The government is preparing for the worst and analysts say it could be the most costly storm the US has ever had which is a lot considering the damage Hurricane Harvey just did.
3. More Taylor Swift
T. Swift dropped her second song this weekend, teasing us on Saturday and then releasing the full song on Sunday morning. "Ready For It" is flirty and fun in a way that only Taylor can pull off. Obviously, the first thing the internet needed to figure out was who the lyrics were about. At first Harry Styles was up on the podium but further analysis, it's been concluded (ahem, assumed) that the song is in fact about her current BF British actor, Joe Alwyn. Even though their relationship has been kept on the DL all year, you can't keep loyal, noisy fans + paparazzi from capturing a few photos. Plus, her BFF Selena Gomez commented on their relationship with an interview for Morning Mash on Sirus XM. Either way, we are now pumped to have not one but TWO Taylor Swift songs to play on repeat until November 10 (when the whole album drops, obvs).
4. North Korea
The current nuclear crisis between North Korea and the United States escalated quickly on Sunday after the Pyongyang announced it had conducted a sixth nuclear test, which it claimed was of a hydrogen bomb. The claim couldn't be verified, but seismological data shows this could be the most powerful to ever be detonated by Pyongyang. North Korea has also claimed they now have the capability of mounting a thermonuclear weapon on a long-range missile that could reach the US. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the situation may be impossible to solve and using political and diplomatic tools will be more beneficial than driving North Korea into a corner with rash emotion and tension. Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are joining forces to try to manage the North Korean situation.
On Tuesday, President Trump announced that he will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Congress has been given six months to replace the legislation otherwise Trump will "revisit this issue." The program is for people brought to the U.S. illegally as children or who came with families who overstayed visas and gives almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants protection from deportation. Emotions are high as people are digesting what this could mean for undocumented immigrants. Those already enrolled in DACA remain covered until their permits expire but the program will not be taking new applications. On Wednesday, fifteen states and the District of Columbia sued to block Trump's efforts to end the program.