Angelina Jolie will auction rare Winston Churchill painting next month

LONDON — A painting by Winston Churchill that is a piece of both political and Hollywood history is coming up for auction.

Christie’s auction house said Monday that the Moroccan landscape “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” — a gift from Churchill to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt — is being sold by Angelina Jolie next month with an estimated price of 1.5 million pounds to 2.5 million pounds ($2.1 million to $3.4 million).

The image of the 12th-century mosque in Marrakech at sunset, with the Atlas Mountains in the background, is the only painting that Britain’s World War II leader completed during the 1939-45 conflict.

He painted it after the January 1943 Casablanca Conference, where Churchill and Roosevelt planned the defeat of Nazi Germany. The two leaders visited Marrakech after the conference so that Churchill could show Roosevelt the city’s beauty.

“Roosevelt was blown away by it and thought it

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Margo Price Slams Luke Combs’ For Saying He Avoids Being ‘Political’

With a handful of No. 1 singles under his belt, country singer Luke Combs continues to grow his already-enormous platform. Unlike other country musicians such as The Chicks or Maren Morris, Combs has stayed tight-lipped about his political views amid the election and Black Lives Matter protests. But with his new song “The Great Divide,” Combs offers a lukewarm take about how our country’s politics seem more divided then ever.

Combs shared his new song with a lengthy explanation about the single. In it, he said he wrote the track last June when there were “a lot of crazy things going on in the world.” But in the same breath, Combs said the single is “not meant to be political.” Fellow country singer Margo Price took issue with his argument, calling out Combs for other times he had no problem being political.

Sharing a video clip alongside his single, Combs

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Sundance Awards: ‘CODA’ Wins Grand Jury Prize

Top doc honors went to ‘Summer of Soul’ from director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, who accepted his award from inside a car on his “way to work” in New York City at ‘The Tonight Show.’

CODA has won the top award at the Sundance Film Festival, taking this year’s U.S. Grand Jury prize. The title, which made headlines earlier in the fest for its record-breaking $25 million sale to Apple, also took the dramatic audience award, while director Sian Heder was honored with the directing award for U.S. dramatic competition.

“I hope that this opened the door to people getting that audiences want to see these kinds of stories,” said Heder of the movie, which centers on a hearing teenage girl that is a child of deaf adults. “I hope that this means that more stories that center on deaf characters and characters with

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Nipsey Hussle’s ‘The Marathon’ Visual Album Streams Live This Friday

This Friday on Youtube, Nipsey Hussle fans will be able to catch a “visual album experience” titled The Marathon live at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET. The video was teased by Nipsey’s Instagram, the Marathon Clothing account, and by animation studio Oki Doki, who apparently handled the rendering on the visuals. Oki Doki’s account describes the stream as “Celebrating the life of an incredible human, the Marathon mixtape, and the first week of #BlackHistoryYear.”

From what little we’ve seen, the experience appears to be a stunning visual tribute to the late, great Nipsey Hussle, as well as his beloved Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles. Nipsey’s estate first teased the project in December of 2020, writing, “In commemoration of this anniversary we’re proud to announce our collaborative effort with @okidoki to bring to life an interactive live visual album experience coming in 2021. The experience will give viewers

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