Arts and Entertainment

‘One take only:’ filmmakers, directors ready to capture solar eclipse

The sun is getting ready for its close-up. Producers of feature films and TV commercials will set up at key locations to capture what they hope will be unique scenes using the natural spectacle of Monday’s total solar eclipse. For filmmakers, the most-coveted backdrops sit within the “zone of totality,” where the moon will cover the sun and expose a glowing corona around its perimeter for ...

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Tina Fey returns to Weekend Update to talk Charlottesville

Updated ‘Nazis are always bad. I don’t care what you say’ The Associated Press Posted: Aug 18, 2017 9:57 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 18, 2017 10:28 AM ET Tiny Fey has returned to Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live to discuss the violence surrounding a white nationalist rally near her alma mater’s campus in Charlottesville. Sporting a University of Virginia sweatshirt ...

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The Breathing Hole, Reneltta Arluk’s directorial debut at Stratford, opens tonight

Friday night marks the debut of the first Inuit director to take the reins at the famed theatre festival in Stratford, Ont. “Oh my God, I’m so nervous,” said Reneltta Arluk, the Inuvialuit, Dene and Cree director, playwright, actor and artist who was raised in Fort Smith, N.W.T. The Breathing Hole centres on the 500-year saga of a polar bear named ...

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Obi-Wan Kenobi reportedly getting a stand-alone movie

Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry is in early talks to do a Star Wars spinoff based on the beloved Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, a character played by Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness, according to a media report. The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday there’s still no script or leading actor, but Daldry would be helping to develop an origin story with Lucasfilm. A Madame Tussauds wax figure ...

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Art collective takes glass blowing on the road with mobile studio

Two Calgary artists are putting some hot air to good use with their mobile glass-blowing studio. The brainchild of Mandy Patchin and Kai Scholefield from the Glass House Fine Art Collective, the mobile studio is a rolling art creation station built into the back of a moving truck. Mandy Patchin, left, and Kai Scholefield of the Glass House Fine Art Collective have turned a ...

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‘Disposable Red Woman’ art lays corpse in Calgary streets to depict ‘brutal reality’ facing Indigenous women

A bloodied sheet shrouds what looks to be a dead body, laid atop an Indigenous blanket in the middle of a busy downtown Calgary avenue. It’s a graphic piece, evoking emotions that range from shock and discomfort to indifference from pedestrians as they pass by. The display is part of the Disposable Red Woman project, which is equal parts art and social ...

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HBO shuts down social media breach, on the heels of Games of Thrones episode leaks

Hacking of Twitter accounts, including ones for Game of Thrones and John Oliver’s show ‘rectified quickly’ The Associated Press Posted: Aug 17, 2017 2:32 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 17, 2017 2:42 PM ET Related Stories HBO says it has regained control of its social media accounts after the latest security breach to hit the entertainment company. The hacking group ...

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Shania Twain announces extensive Now tour for 2018

Canadian pop-country superstar Shania Twain previously said she was done with touring, but has unveiled plans for a North American road show in 2018. She announced the tour and performed the song Swinging with My Eyes Closed from her upcoming new album on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday. [embedded content] The extensive, 46-date tour is named for her fifth studio album, Now, set for release Sept. 29. It’s the first ...

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Quebecer seeks to file class action against Netflix over fee hikes without warning

A Quebec man wants millions in compensation from Netflix on behalf of subscribers in the province, alleging the company violated strict consumer rights rules when it upped their fees. The class action document filed in Quebec Superior Court earlier this month seeks permission to sue the popular video streaming service for allegedly charging higher fees unilaterally. “They had to send ...

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Katy Perry delays tour kickoff citing ‘production delays’

Katy Perry says she’s pushing back the start of her new tour because of “unavoidable production delays.” The pop star’s Witness: The Tour will now begin Sept. 19 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “Major elements of my tour stage design could not be available for me to rehearse on until this week,” Perry said in a statement Thursday.  “I’ll be spending ...

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