Arts and Entertainment

With great power comes great… anxiety? Pressure’s on for TO writer’s Spider-Man reboot

Toronto comic-book writer Steve Murray is feeling the pressure. When friends and acquaintances found out he had been asked by Marvel Comics to write a new Spider-Man comic book, he was flooded with calls. “People were being like, ‘Are you going to do this? Are you going to do that?'” he told Matt Galloway on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. Murray, who ...

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Grammys producer apologizes for technical glitches

The longtime producer of the Grammy Awards is offering apologies to Metallica and Shirley Caesar after a technical glitch and a misprint marred their inclusion on the show. The mic for Metallica’s James Hetfield wasn’t initially working when the band took the stage to perform with Lady Gaga, and Caesar, a lifetime achievement award honoree, was misidentified during the televised ...

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No mental health support available for First Nations artist who died in jail, chief says

A colourful First Nations artist who was “warm, outgoing and giving” died in a Thunder Bay, Ont., jail because he couldn’t get help for his mental illness, according to those who knew him. The province’s Ministry of Correctional Services said a man was declared dead after being transferred to hospital from the Thunder Bay District Jail on Monday evening. The ...

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Stuart McLean, CBC Radio host and award-winning humorist, dead at 68

Stuart McLean, the host of CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café and an award-winning humorist, has died at age 68 after a battle with melanoma. McLean’s trademark blend of storytelling — part nostalgia, part pithy observations about everyday life — and folksy, familiar delivery made him a hit with audiences for more than 20 years. But he always maintained that success came ...

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‘Yellowface is in fact racism:’ Vogue, Karlie Kloss blasted for geisha-inspired photos

Critics are lobbing charges of whitewashing and cultural appropriation against Vogue, joining the rampant online criticism of the magazine for colourism and tokenism in its already maligned March issue.  The latest volume of the fashion monthly, billed as a “diversity” issue, is being blasted anew for a photo spread in which white supermodel Karlie Kloss is styled to invoke a Japanese geisha.  Apparently ...

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Aunt of drowned Syrian child Alan Kurdi to release memoir

The aunt of a drowned Syrian toddler who became a haunting symbol of the country’s refugee crisis will be sharing her story in a forthcoming book. Tima Kurdi’s memoir The Boy on the Beach: A Syrian Family’s Story of Love, Loss, and Hope During the Global Refugee Crisis will be published by Simon & Schuster Canada in the spring of 2018. The heartbreaking photo ...

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Cineplex open to producing original content as movie attendance drops

Canada’s largest movie theatre chain is open to the idea of producing original content like Netflix and Amazon do, the head of Cineplex said Wednesday. CEO Ellis Jacob said the Toronto-based company isn’t signing up to produce Hollywood blockbusters but he would consider smaller productions. “It’s a matter of being opportunistic in certain circumstances,” Jacob said Wednesday following the company’s ...

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Bill Kelly, former host of CBC’s Land & Sea, dies at 71

Newfoundland and Labrador journalist — and longtime host of CBC’s Land & Sea — Bill Kelly died Wednesday. He was 71. For Kelly, reporting and hosting Land & Sea — which he fought to save from cancellation in 1990, from a hospital bed after his second heart attack — was about reaching as many people as he could with the stories he shared. “I always believed that there was no point ...

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Imitation not so flattering for Calgary artists frustrated by copied work

The Calgary artists behind a popular light installation have taken legal action to stop others — including a Las Vegas bar — from copying their work. The sculpture, called CLOUD, is made up of thousands of incandescent bulbs. It debuted at Calgary’s 2012 Nuit Blanche festival and features pull strings that allow people to engage with the installation. Since then, artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett say they’ve seen some very similar ...

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