Arts and Entertainment

‘It’s about making people think’: Trademark ruling on The Slants motivates Canadians

Asian-American band The Slants triumphed this week when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of a law banning offensive trademarks. The ruling, hailed as a landmark victory for freedom of expression, has inspired Canadian free-speech proponents and Canadian bands who’ve faced similar treatment north of the border. For the members of Portland-based The Slants, their name transforms a derisive, racist ...

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All Power to the People: MMFA’s Revolution exhibit celebrates the radical 1960s

To say the late 1960s altered how we see and think about the world is something of an understatement, as a new exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts makes graphically clear. Movements led by predominantly young activists for peace, black civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights and environmental rights turned people power into a political force for equality, freedom and justice. Harlem ...

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Queens of the ring: Netflix’s Glow puts spotlight on women’s wrestling, then and now

In the first episode of Netflix’s Glow, Ruth Wilder, an aspiring, down-on-her-luck actor (played by Alison Brie), is training inside a wrestling ring. She’s one of a dozen or so prospects for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, a women’s wrestling show headed by Sam Silvia (Marc Maron), an ornery director whose B-movie credits include titles such as Blood Disco. Things go awry ...

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More than meets the why? The cinematic slurry that is Transformers: The Last Knight

In the world of modern day blockbusters there is a phrase you hear a lot. “Trailer Moments.” Every action film has to have a few. A trailer moment is something larger-than-life. The hero escaping just as the explosion blooms behind her. The car careering off the cliff.  The quest for trailer-worthy moments is now so critical it begins in the screenplay stage.   But ...

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Ron Howard hopes to honour ‘great work’ done on Han Solo film

Howard chosen to direct film after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the project The Associated Press Posted: Jun 23, 2017 2:11 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 23, 2017 2:11 PM ET Ron Howard says he hopes to honour the great work that’s already been done on the Han Solo film and help to deliver on its promise. The Oscar-winner ...

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A (beautiful) Canada Day: U2’s Bono, The Edge coming to Ottawa July 1

Canada Day in Ottawa just got a little more Irish. Rock stars Bono and The Edge from U2 will be performing a song on Parliament Hill on Canada Day during the early show, the Department of Canadian Heritage announced Friday, though it’s not known what that song will be. The duo joins Gordon Lightfoot, Alessia Cara and Cirque du Soleil on the ...

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Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey should be retried or released, says appeals panel

The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series Making a Murderer was improperly obtained and he should be retried or released from prison, a three-judge U.S. federal appeals panel ruled. Brendan Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 in photographer Teresa Halbach’s death on Halloween two years earlier. Dassey told detectives he helped his uncle, Steven ...

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Ontario to announce ticket sale reforms after ‘scalper bots’ outcry

Ontario will announce reforms to ticket selling legislation on Monday, after a public consultation found widespread support for more transparent sales and more rules for resellers, The Canadian Press has learned. The attorney general sought public feedback earlier this year on how to craft legislation on ticket buying and resale, including how to shut “scalper bots,” which scoop up huge ...

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Johnny Depp sparks controversy with presidential assassination quip

Pirates of the Caribbean star also declares he is someone who lies for a living The Associated Press Posted: Jun 23, 2017 8:40 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 23, 2017 8:40 AM ET Related Stories Johnny Depp has asked a crowd at the Glastonbury Festival when was the last time an actor assassinated a president. The remarks came during a ...

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Vancouver Art Gallery plaza unveiled after $9.6M facelift

One half of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s outdoor space was transformed and unveiled on Thursday. The north plaza was officially reopened as a massive public gathering place, after undergoing a $9.6 million upgrade. “We at the city have the honour of maintaining this remarkable public gathering space, and we are excited to see how it will be used going forward,” said Paul ...

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