Arts and Entertainment

‘He is hip-hop:’ Obama praised as America’s first hip-hop commander-in-chief

​Not only is President Barack Obama the first black president of the U.S., but it’s safe to say he has been America’s first hip-hop commander-in-chief. Obama embraced hip-hop more than any of his predecessors: He’s used Jay Z’s lyrics and Kanye West in speeches, released playlists on Spotify that included Nas, Chance the Rapper, Mos Def and Method Man, and ...

Read More »

Neil Young among artists, activists urging Trudeau government to reform electoral system

A collection of activists, political players and artists — including musician Neil Young — is calling on Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to keep its promise to implement a new federal electoral system in time for the 2019 election. “We congratulate the newly appointed minister, the Hon. Karina Gould, and urge her to move to implement the key recommendation of the parliamentary committee ...

Read More »

People’s Choice Awards: Ellen’s winning record, Fifth Harmony’s quartet debut

Ellen DeGeneres set a record at the People’s Choice Awards, becoming the winningest entertainer in the show’s history, while popular singing group Fifth Harmony made a splash debuting as a quartet at the starry ceremony. DeGeneres picked up three trophies at Wednesday’s event: favourite comedic collaboration (sharing the award with Britney Spears), favourite daytime TV host and favourite animated movie voice, for ...

Read More »

Dimming star power: Do celebrities’ anti-Trump voices matter?

Many Hollywood stars will be easy to find in the next few days, assembled at the various anti-Donald Trump protests: from Mark Ruffalo and Michael Moore’s New York demonstration on Thursday to the Women’s March on D.C. on Saturday, where Scarlett Johanssen and Cher are expected to walk.  Just don’t expect these protests to achieve much. “I think they will be very satisfying for ...

Read More »

Virginia executes man who killed House of Freaks singer and his family

Virginia has executed a man convicted of killing two young girls and their parents during a New Year’s Day home invasion more than 11 years ago. Authorities say 39-year-old Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. Wednesday following a lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va. Asked if he had any last words, he responded, “Nope.” ...

Read More »

Man admits to swindling Alanis Morissette of nearly $5M US

The former business manager for Alanis Morissette admitted embezzling more than $7 million from the singer and other celebrities and agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors said Wednesday. Jonathan Todd Schwartz, 48, of Los Angeles, was charged with wire fraud and filing a false tax return for failing to report the embezzled funds, prosecutors said. Schwartz admitted stealing ...

Read More »

Animal rights group files complaint to province over ‘blatant animal cruelty’ on A Dog’s Purpose film set

A national animal welfare group has filed a complaint with Manitoba authorities after a video surfaced online which appears to show a dog being forced into churning water during the production of soon-to-be released film A Dog’s Purpose. The video was allegedly shot on the film’s Winnipeg set in November 2015. It appears to show film crew forcing a German shepherd dog into turbulent water in ...

Read More »

Animal rights group complaint alleges ‘blatant animal cruelty’ on A Dog’s Purpose film set

A national animal welfare group filed a complaint with Manitoba authorities after a video surfaced online showing a dog being forced into churning water during the production of the soon-to-be released film A Dog’s Purpose. The video, allegedly shot on the film’s Winnipeg set in November 2015, appears to show a member of a film crew forcing a German shepherd into turbulent water in ...

Read More »

Everything old is new again: NBC to revive Will & Grace

In TV, everything old can be new again, as NBC is officially reviving the influential hit comedy Will & Grace. The network’s first new series order for the 2017-18 broadcast season is a show that premiered almost 20 years earlier.  All four original leads — Toronto-born actor Eric McCormack and Americans Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally — will return ...

Read More »