Arts and Entertainment

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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Uncharted territory: Does a new lead character help or harm a beloved video game series?

How often does a movie or TV show successfully continue after the departure of a headliner? Whether with a new actor reprising an old role (James Bond, Doctor Who) or an all-new cast and setting (Star Trek), many pop culture franchises have managed to sustain their popularity with reboots or new faces. But there’s a checkered past with as many failures as successes. For every Frasier ...

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Would you strap on a VR headset for hours? Creators are betting on it

You’re staring out at thousands of shrieking fans at Chicago’s Soldier Field late Thursday night. Look up and a shower of colourful confetti starts falling around you. Look left and there’s Coldplay’s Chris Martin, sweaty and singing. And it’s all happening in your living room — that is, if you have a certain virtual reality headset. Thursday night’s Coldplay concert — being shown live in ...

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Emma Stone tops Forbes’ highest-paid actresses list

Stone, 28, who won best actress for her role as a struggling actress in La La Land, made $26 million (all figures US) in pre-tax earnings, according to Forbes’ calculations over a 12-month period from June 2016 to June 2017. She outpaced Jennifer Aniston, 48, who came in at No. 2 this year with earnings of $25.5 million, with residual income still coming in from the ...

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‘We won’t forget you’: Montreal street to be named after Daisy Sweeney

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre says a street will be named after Daisy Peterson Sweeney, the Montreal legend who died last week at the age of 97. Coderre tweeted out that he would “make sure” there will be a street in her name, after speaking with jazz great Oliver Jones, her former student.  Just spoke to my brother Oliver Jones. I promised ...

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Stranger Things have happened to illustrator Mike Feehan

Mike Feehan, an illustrator and artist based in St. John’s, enjoyed the Netflix smash hit Stranger Things so much, he made a bit of fan art for it. He never imagined he’d get an email from the show’s marketing team asking him to make more, and to make it for them. “To be honest I didn’t quite believe it at ...

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Cosmic gig: Bonnie Tyler will perform Total Eclipse of the Heart during solar eclipse

In a pop culture pairing that’s positively celestial, Bonnie Tyler is set to perform her iconic track Total Eclipse of the Heart during next week’s total solar eclipse. The Welsh singer, backed by Joe Jonas’ band DNCE, will perform her 1980s power ballad on Aug. 21 on a Royal Caribbean ship departing Orlando, Fla., a day earlier. The trip has ...

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Deadpool 2 resumes filming 2 days after stuntwoman’s death

Filming of Deadpool 2 resumed Wednesday in Vancouver, two days after stuntwoman SJ Harris was killed on set. Harris, 40, was performing a motorcycle action sequence when she lost control and crashed through a window in the Shaw Tower near Jack Pool Plaza. According to witnesses, Harris had performed the stunt successfully several times before crashing. A motorcycle lies on the ground after ...

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