Arts and Entertainment

Iranian filmmaker jailed for his work released early

An award-winning Iranian filmmaker imprisoned over his work has been released after serving about five months of his year-long sentence, though he doesn’t know whether he’ll make movies again in the Islamic Republic. Keywan Karimi told The Associated Press on Sunday that he credited international pressure for his early release, as well as escaping the 223 lashes that were part ...

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Despite presidential snub, Trump jokes front and centre at White House press dinners

Without U.S. President Donald Trump, who scheduled a rally instead to mark his 100th day in office, the usually celebrity-filled soiree hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association took a more sober turn, even as it pulled in top journalists and Washington insiders. Instead of the typical roasts — presidents of both parties have delivered their own zingers for years — ...

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More than a hashtag: Making diverse, inclusive theatre the norm

Personal stories of race, gender and sexuality shared in a Caribbean hair stylist’s chair. A glimpse into a convenience store and an Asian-Canadian family’s struggles. A thoroughly remixed Hamlet delivered in English and American Sign Language. Canada is no stranger to acclaimed plays told from diverse perspectives, but a new wave of theatre artists is pushing past existing boundaries to ...

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Samantha Bee gets star support for her Not The Correspondents’ Dinner event

Washington’s once-glitzy “nerd prom” is about to get overshadowed. Late-night TV star Samantha Bee was pulling in celebrities for the first Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday — a tongue-in-cheek play on the real bash, where journalists, the president and, in recent years, lots of bold-face names have mingled. The real White House Correspondents’ Association gala event is being held on ...

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Bahamas-based Fyre Festival fizzles, promising refunds and better luck next year

In this day and age, the young and beautiful live and die on social media. In the case of the ill-fated Fyre Festival — a multiday music, art and culture party that promised “an invitation to let loose and unplug with the like-minded” on the Bahamian island of Exuma — it’s been a sudden and ugly death, chronicled in real-time ...

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13 Reasons Why: Is it ‘exposing the truth’ or a ‘primer’ on teen suicide?

It’s a death scene unlike most others on television. A 17-year-old girl kills herself in a bathtub and the audience, which includes a significant young adult following, sees every moment. The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on the best-selling YA novel by Jay Asher, has scored fans around the world for its raw portrayal of high school life and teen suicide. But it’s also getting widespread criticism from ...

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Margaret’s moment: Age is an advantage, says Atwood

It’s all coming together at once for Margaret Atwood. Two of her books are making their television debuts this week — The Handmaid’s Tale on Bravo and Hulu and Wandering Wenda, a show based on her alliterative children’s books, starts Saturday on CBC. Another show based on an Atwood novel, Alias Grace, is under production and coming to the public broadcaster later this year. The third volume of her graphic ...

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Atlantic electro musicians find fame abroad, but fly under radar at home

The traditional music industry is playing “catch up” when it comes to recognizing electronic music, according to some artists who have decided to create a new Maritime-wide music association to support urban artists. Long-time DJ and music producer Brian Pelrine is part of the group behind the project, which will launch June 3. They haven’t announced the name yet but it ...

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Fyre Festival postponed after reports of Hunger Games-like conditions emerge

The inaugural Fyre Festival, a two-week music event promoted by celebrities including supermodels Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski, was postponed Friday after attendees reported dilapidated accommodations, and top-billed performers pulled out of the Bahamas event. The Coachella-like festival, set to run this weekend and next weekend on the Exuma Islands, was co-organized by rapper Ja Rule. A promotional video for the Fyre Festival appears to ...

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