Arts and Entertainment

Firefly’s Nathan Fillion talks Canadian fans, Castle and the Netflix bump

Nathan Fillion says Canadian fans give him a “swell of national pride,” Netflix has created a new generation of Firefly fans and he jumps at any chance to work with directors like James Gunn. The Edmonton-born actor spoke with The Homestretch ahead of his appearance at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. Here’s an edited version of that interview: Q: ...

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‘Stay away’: Musicians urge Radiohead to scrap Israel show as promoters brush off boycott calls

A number of musicians, activists and artists are encouraging Radiohead to scrap a planned July show in Israel as part of a cultural boycott. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Desmond Tutu and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore are among the more than 40 people who have co-signed an open letter to the influential British band, under the Artists for Palestine UK network. They are encouraging Radiohead to reconsider ...

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How a Halifax screenwriter found Genius in Hollywood

The story of how Halifax-born Noah Pink managed to successfully pitch a television series in Hollywood sounds like a movie plot. He calls it a fairy tale. “I’m loathe to tell this story because it will never happen like that again,” Pink told the CBC Nova Scotia’s Information Morning. “It’s such a fairy tale Hollywood story.” Pink, 34, is the ...

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‘Nobody knows what I know’: Madonna’s not happy with a planned biopic about her start

New Like a Prayer singer says she’s the only one qualified to tell her story The Associated Press Posted: Apr 26, 2017 12:28 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 26, 2017 12:28 PM ET Related Stories Madonna isn’t happy with a new biopic planned on her pre-fame life. The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday that Universal had acquired the rights to Blond ...

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Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme dead at 73

The Oscar-winning director of the 1991 horror-thriller film The Silence of the Lambs Jonathan Demme is dead at 73. Demme’s publicist, Annalee Paulo, said Demme died Wednesday morning in his New York apartment, surrounded by his wife, director-producer Joanna, and three children, Brooklyn, Jos and Ramona. Demme died from complications from esophageal cancer, she added. Jonathan Demme was a great artist, humanitarian, ...

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Fox News vehemently denies ‘copycat’ racial discrimination allegations

An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination “that appears more akin to plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment.” The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court, adds eight former and current Fox employees to a case involving three former Fox workers and their accusations against a since-fired Fox financial executive. It also expands the case ...

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Fake Tragically Hip merchandise claiming to raise funds for cancer research dupes fans online

Tragically Hip guitarist Rob Baker is urging fans to be vigilant when buying merchandise that claims to be linked to Gord Downie’s charity. The musician tweeted Tuesday that some online shoppers are being duped into buying T-shirts, hoodies and other items that purport to donate $10 of the proceeds to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. Baker says ...

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The Handmaid’s Tale and its alarming relevance in the Trump era

As women march for equality, reproductive rights are being challenged in the U.S. and targeting “other-ness” is helping politicians divide and conquer, The Handmaid’s Tale is sitting on bookshelves giving the “I told you so” nod. And now, Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel — the one that’s required reading in most Canadian schools and which has been banned in some American ones — has given ...

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Best year he’s ever had? 2016 was the year of Drake, according to stats

New Toronto rapper had year’s best-selling single, One Dance, and 3rd best-selling album, Views The Associated Press Posted: Apr 25, 2017 7:19 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 25, 2017 7:34 PM ET Related Stories Best year he’s ever had? Drake was the world’s most popular recording artist in 2016, as the growth of music streaming gave global music sales their ...

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Night Trap, controversial horror game from the ’90s, set for a re-release

Night Trap, an infamous video game whose controversial content helped pave the way for an industry-standard ratings system, is coming back in a remastered release to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The game, originally released in 1992 on the Sega CD system, will be released by Kentucky-based team Screaming Villains. Night Trap features a group of girls having a sleepover party when ...

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