Arts and Entertainment

César Awards, France’s Oscars, tap Roman Polanski to preside over gala

Filmmaker set to open and close Feb. 24 ceremony The Associated Press Posted: Jan 18, 2017 9:58 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 18, 2017 9:58 AM ET Related Stories Filmmaker Roman Polanski will preside over this year’s César Awards ceremony, the French equivalent of the Oscars. The Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema said Wednesday the 83-year-old Polanski is expected ...

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Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, comedy specials headed to Netflix

Jerry Seinfeld and Netflix have announced a deal that will bring the star’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee to the streaming service later this year. Netflix says new episodes of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will premiere in late 2017 and previous episodes will also be made available. The show, which debuted its ninth season earlier this month, has streamed on digital ...

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Buffy Sainte-Marie to be recognized for humanitarian efforts

Saskatchewan’s own Buffy Sainte-Marie will be recognized for her humanitarian efforts at the JUNO Awards this year. The 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award is given out annually to Canadian musicians that have made philanthropic efforts and have made a positive impact on society. After a career spanning more than 50 years, Sainte-Marie will be recognized for her dedication to protecting Indigenous communities and intellectual property. ...

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CBC News nabs dozens of Canadian Screen Awards nominations

Flanked by its flagship news broadcast, local reporting and special programming, CBC News is set to march in to the Canadian Screen Awards with 33 television nominations. The National picked up eight nominations —  four of them coming from the Best News or Information Segment, which has five total nominees — while TV newsmagazine the fifth estate nabbed four and ...

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‘He’s got a big mouth, like me:’ Soul singer Sam Moore signs on for Trump inauguration concert

Sam Moore of the soul duo Sam and Dave has been added to the list of performers for President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural events. Moore told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he felt that the criticism levelled at singer Jennifer Holliday, which led to her to back out of the event, was unfair. Several other musicians have also backed away ...

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9 Canadian films on the Sundance festival slate

“Everything changed” for Toronto-based Métis/Algonquin filmmaker Michelle Latimer’s career after her award-winning short film Choke won a jury prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, opening the door to more projects. “I think that’s what Sundance can offer, a platform not only for stories to get out but also filmmakers to have a future career,” said Latimer. “It’s kind of amazing.” ...

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Orphan Black, Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience up for Canadian Screen Awards

Attention CloneClubbers, SchittHeads and fans of that Jungchee bromance: your favourites are headed for the red carpet. Sci-fi TV thriller Orphan Black, comedies Schitt’s Creek and Kim’s Convenience, along with family drama It’s Only the End of the World and sports tale Race lead nominees for the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. Actors Maxim Roy, Amanda Brugel and Simu Liu were in Toronto on Tuesday to unveil nominees for ...

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Preserving video game history is about more than nostalgia

Compared to film, theatre or music, video games are a relative newbie in entertainment and popular culture. But gaming’s lineage does go back to the 1960s, and given landmark titles such as Spacewar!, Pong and The Oregon Trail, the history is worth remembering — and preserving. The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., is one institution dedicated to doing that, ...

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Bruce Springsteen cover band changes tune, won’t play at Trump gala

A Bruce Springsteen cover band has changed its tune about performing at a Washington gala the day before U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The B Street Band decided to pull out of the Thursday night performance at the New Jersey State Society’s gala. Band leader Willie Forte said Monday the decision was based “solely on the respect and gratitude we ...

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